Assemblymember James C. Ramos, Chair
Among the goals and objective of the Caucus are:
- To increase awareness and education among non-Californian Native American legislators about California Native cultures, history, and social impacts;
- To identify and prioritize issues for joint advocacy that the California Native American Legislative Caucus members, representing California Native American constituents, and tribal governments, can bring before the state legislature;
- To support the establishment and maintenance of the tribal-state communication and policy processes;
- To encourage open dialogue, understanding, and cooperation between the sovereign California Native American governments and state governments based on respect for individual and sovereign rights;
- To work with the California Tribal governments, state and other governments, legislative caucuses aucuses, and issue-focused organizations on issues of mutual concerns.
The California Native American Legislative Caucus acknowledges the ancestral homelands of the Nisenan, Southern Maidu, Valley and Plains Miwok, Patwin Wintun, and Wilton Rancheria peoples, of the land on which we work on today. Even further, we recognize that all Native American peoples have a deep connection to the land and have made significant contributions to the broader community throughout California, our country, and the world.
We respectfully honor the land itself and that we continue to steward the land now and into the future. It is, without a doubt, very important to be inclusive and carry forward these traditional cultural teachings to reflect our commitment and relationships to the Native Americans in the state of California, and across the nation.