On Native American Day, Governor Newsom Signs Legislation to Support California’s Native Communities, Advance Equity and Inclusion
AB 1314 establishes statewide emergency alert system for missing natives
AB 1936 redesignates UC Hastings College of the Law and advances restorative justice efforts for Indigenous people who suffered massacres orchestrated by the university’s founder
AB 2022 will remove racist and sexist slurs sq_ _ _ from all geographic features and place names in California
SACRAMENTO – Today, on Native American Day, Governor Gavin Newsom signed several bills to support California’s Native communities and build on the administration’s work to promote equity, inclusion and statewide accountability. In a ceremony attended by Native American tribal leaders from across California, the governor signed AB 1314 by Assemblyman James C. Ramos (D-Highland) to help resolve the current people’s crisis missing and murdered indigenous people in communities across the country.
Under AB 1314, local law enforcement will be able to ask the California Highway Patrol to activate a Feather emergency alert, similar to an Amber or Silver alert, to aid in search efforts for a Native. who was reported missing under suspicious circumstances.
“As we elevate the rich history and contributions of California’s diverse tribal communities today, the state recommits to continuing the progress we have made to right historic wrongs and help empower Indigenous communities” , Governor Newsom said. “Today’s actions continue to advance these efforts, including a new emergency alert system that will provide us with the additional critical tools needed to address the missing and murdered Indigenous peoples crisis. I thank all of the lawmakers and tribal partners whose leadership and advocacy help illuminate the way forward as we work to build a better, stronger, fairer state together.
Governor signs AB 1314 alongside Assemblyman Ramos, Tribal Affairs Secretary Christina Snider and Native American tribal leaders from across the state
“AB 1314 will help us get the word out sooner when someone is missing or in danger, by enlisting the public’s help for advice and leads as soon as possible when quick action is essential,” said said Assemblyman Ramos. “I thank the Governor for signing this vital measure – creating an early warning system was one of the key recommendations from tribal leaders to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous peoples.”
This year’s state budget invests $12 million over three years to fund tribal-led programs to help address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous people on tribal lands. This investment builds on last year’s $5 million investment to fund training and guidance for law enforcement agencies and tribal governments to improve public safety on tribal lands. and to explore the challenges of reporting and identifying missing and murdered Indigenous peoples, especially women and girls.
Governor Newsom also signed AB 1936 by Assemblyman Ramos, which redesignates University of California Hastings College of the Law as the College of the Law, San Francisco and advances restorative justice efforts to the Round Valley Indian tribes and the Yuki people whose ancestors suffered massacres. and other atrocities funded and supported by college founder Serranus Hastings in the mid-19th century.
AB 1936 also outlines several restorative justice initiatives the College intends to pursue, such as renaming the Law Library with a Native language name, annually reading a statement about Hastings’ atrocities against the Yuki people, and offering collaborative opportunities to Round Valley tribal students to gain debating and writing experience, among other endeavors.
As part of Assemblyman Ramos’ 2022 AB, the racist and sexist term “squaw” will be removed from all geographic features and place names in the state, and a petition review process aimed at modifying offensive or derogatory place names will be created. This follows federal action this month to complete the removal of the slur from nearly 650 geographic features across the country, including several name changes advanced by California based on extensive tribal engagement. The Newsom administration has initiated a series of ongoing actions to identify and correct discriminatory feature names attached to state parks and transportation systems.
Governor Newsom also signed AB 1703 by Assemblyman Ramos, the California Indian Education Act. The measure encourages local education agencies and charter schools to form California Indian Education Task Forces in partnership with local tribes to develop educational materials that highlight history, culture and government. unique to the tribes of their region.
Below is a complete list of legislative priorities for Native American communities in California that the Governor announced today:
- AB 923 by Assemblyman James C. Ramos (D-Highland) – Government-to-Government Consultation Act: State-Tribal Consultation: Formation.
- AB 1314 by Assemblyman James C. Ramos (D-Highland) – Emergency Notification: Feather Alert: Endangered Indigenous Peoples.
- AB 1703 by Assemblyman James C. Ramos (D-Highland) – California Indian Education Act: California Indian Education Task Forces.
- AB 1936 by Assemblyman James C. Ramos (D-Highland) – University of California: Hastings College of the Law.
- AB 2022 by Assemblyman James C. Ramos (D-Highland) – State Government.
- AB 2081 by Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) – Municipal Water Districts: Water Service: Indian Lands.
- AB 2877 by Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) – Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund: Tribes.
For the full text of the bills, visit: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.
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