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Op-Ed by Professor William Bauer on the Proclamation by the Governor of the State of California

Earlier this month, Governor Edmund J. Brown proclaimed  September 28, 2012 as “Native American Day” and celebrated how far California  has come since the mid-nineteenth century. Â  Yet, commemorations like this account for the decline of American Indian  people far better than they highlight the ability of California Indian people,  families, communities and nations to survive and make “Native American Day”  meaningful.  I think we might be able to  best see this with a short biography.

Charles Wright, a Concow from northern California, was a ’49er. He was not one of the thousands of people who invaded California from the east to mine for gold in 1849, rather he claimed that he was born that year in a Concow town located on one of the Feather River’s tributaries. It is possible that Wright was not born in the same year as the famous California Gold Rush, but by insisting that his birthyear was 1849, he made his life and family history parallel that of the state of California. During Wright’s childhood, miners and ranchers invaded the Concow homeland. Beginning in 1855, state and federal officials removed and dispersed Concows to different California reservations. Eventually, Charles Wright ended up at the Round Valley Reservation, located in northern California. During the American Civil War, Concow leaders found the reservation conditions so abhorrent that they left the reservation for their homeland. This homecoming was short-lived. In 1863, the California Volunteers marched nearly 500 Concows back to the Round Valley Reservation. It is estimated that forty percent of the Concows did not survive the trip. Removals such as this one are common in California history. Paiutes were forced from their homelands in the Owens Valley; Cupeños from Warner’s Ranch. These removals took an enormous toll on Indian families, such as Charles Wright’s. At some point, perhaps it was the Anglo American violence or the removals, Wright’s parents perished and his grandmother raised him when they lived on the Round Valley Reservation.

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Click here to read the Proclamation by Governor Edmund J. Brown Jr.


Press Release: Los Angeles Urban Indian Roundtable


Director Angela Riley becomes elected member in The American Law Institute

LOS ANGELES- The Los Angeles Urban Indian Roundtable is excited to announce the steps it is taking to address the visibility of American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) in Los Angeles County. The representatives of this Roundtable support the need for research, analysis of existing policies, and advocacy to raise the quality of life for AI/AN.

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Director Angela Riley was recently elected as a member in The American Law Institute (ALI).

American Law Institute:
The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.


Save the Date: Indian Law and Order Commission Presentation, Q&A, and Reception

Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 4:30 pm
UCLA School of Law, Law School’s Library Tower

The Commission will be holding its next business meeting/working session at UCLA School of Law on Tuesday, October 9 and Wednesday, October 10, 2012. At 4:30 P.M. on Tuesday, October 9 the Commission will hold an open meeting with the UCLA community in the Law School’s Library Tower, presenting its work and responding to questions. At 6:00, following the Commission’s presentation, there will be a reception to honor the Commission and its relationship with UCLA.

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