November 2013 USDA Food Distribution Program – Happy Thanksgiving!
An assortment of USDA Food that recipients were happy to receive as the Thanksgiving holiday nears. Nov. 19, 2013 USDA Food Distribution on Indian Reservations – CVMT Tribal Land, Stockton, California 95212
11/19/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe held its monthly USDA Food Distribution.
Each month, qualified participating households receive a USDA food allotment to help them maintain a nutritionally balanced diet. This month, recipients were especially grateful to receive food items that will put a holiday meal on their table that they otherwise would not have if not for the food distribution program. An example of the foods that recipients can use to make their holiday meal includes, frozen packaged turkey, frozen beef roast, frozen ham, canned salmon, canned beef stew, canned fruits, canned green beans, canned corn, canned diced tomatoes, canned pumpkin mix, boxed mushroom soup, block cheese, lowfat milk, flour, cornmeal, bakery mix, crackers, dehydrated instant potatoes, cranberry-apple juice, orange juice, dried plums, raisins, and unsalted peanuts.
To receive a USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) application, you may contact the California Valley Miwok Tribe – Tribal Office at (209) 931-4567.
CVMT sincerely thanks the Tule River Reservation (USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations), Mr. Richard McDarment, USDA FDIR Director, Mrs. Patricia Salas, USDA FDIR Intake Manager, Mr. Jesus Salas, USDA FDIR Staff, and Mr. Ronald Buckman, USDA FDIR Staff & driver.
A Successful 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference Wraps Up
11/15/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, Chairperson Silvia Burley of the California Valley Miwok Tribe shares some pictures from the 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference that was held at the United States Department of the Interior (DOI) Sidney R. Yates Auditorium, at 1849 C Street NW, Washington, D.C.
In the President’s own words, Chairperson Burley heard President Barack Obama say, “the first of my second term – reflects my Administration’s commitment to advancing tribal sovereignty by strengthening our government-to-government relationship and ensuring tribal leaders have a voice when policy priorities are being set.” “Tribal self-determination and prosperity remain a priority for my Administration.”
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Tribal Leaders at the 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference. Chairperson Burley pictured in the black coat (middle of photo) shakes hands with President Obama for the 2nd time, the 1st time she shook the President’s hand was when she attended the 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C.
The President went on to say, “In the coming years, I will keep taking steps to advance tribal sovereignty. I will urge Congress to pass a budget that acknowledges the United States of America’s trust responsibilities to Native Americans while respecting and bolstering Indian self-determination.” “In partnership with tribal nations, my Administration will continue to honor and respect native cultures, languages, and customs. And by working together, we can ensure America retains a place big enough and bold enough to accommodate the dreams and aspirations of all our people.”
On October 31, 2013, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation proclaiming November 2013 as National Native American Heritage Month, and called upon all Americans to commemorate this month with appropriate programs and activities, and to celebrate November 29, 2013, as Native American Heritage Day. In the proclamation, President Obama proclaims, “My Administration remains committed to self-determination, the right of tribal governments to build and strengthen their own communities.” In closing, using President Barack Obama’s words written in his proclamation, as signed on Oct. 31, 2013, the President says, “… Let us shape a future worthy of a bright new generation, and together, let us ensure this country’s promise is fully realized for every Native American.”
President Barack Obama Speaks at the 5th White House Tribal Nations Conference
11/15/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, President Barack Obama addressed Tribal Leaders, Tribally Designated Representatives, Federal Officials, Specially Invited Guests, and the Press in regards to the 5th White House Tribal Leader Nations Conference.
President Obama hosted invited representatives from 566 American Indian and Alaska Native tribes at the 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference. This year marked the 5th Conference that is set to reinforce the commitment to a strong government-to-government relationship with Tribal Leadership. President Obama established the White House Council on Native American Affairs to promote and sustain prosperous and resilient Tribal nations.
President Barack Obama’s printed speech to the Tribal Leaders and Tribally Designated Representatives at the 5th White House Tribal Nations Conference held in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
President Obama thanked the Tribal Leaders for attending the 5th White House Tribal Nations Conference, and referenced this year’s attendance as larger than the previous four White House Tribal Nations Conferences. He also thanked the White House Council on Native American Indian Affairs which includes the Chair, Secretary Sally Jewell of the Department of the Interior, and several Cabinet officials. The Native Code Talkers and current and past military persons were recognized for their service to this country. Also recognized were Charlie Galbraith, Associate Director of White House Intergovernmental Affairs and Jodi Gillette, Senior Policy Advisor to the White House Domestic Policy Council.
Of course, the California Valley Miwok Tribe cannot name all whom were in attendance, but here are the names that were presenters and/or participants in this event: Secretary Sally Jewell, Department of the Interior, Secretary Eric Shinseki, Department of Veterans Affairs, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Health and Human Services, Secretary Anthony Foxx, Department of Transportation, Secretary Ernest Moniz, Department of Energy, Attorney General Eric Holder, Department of Justice, Administrator Gina McCarthy, Environmental Protection Agency, Secretary Thomas Perez, Department of Labor, Secretary Tom Vilsack, Department of Agriculture, Cecilia Munoz, Assistant of the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council (Co-Moderator), Secretary Shaun Donovan, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary Arne Duncan, Department of Education, Acting Secretary Rand Beers, Department of Homeland Security, Acting Administrator Jeanne Hulit, Small Business Administration, Chair Nancy Sutley, Council of Environmental Quality, and President Barack Obama.
The California Valley Miwok Tribe would like to give a special thank you to all the Tribal Leaders and Tribally Designated Representatives whom contributed their time, thoughts, and participation into making this a successful event that strengthens unity amongst tribes and builds a greater government-to-government partnership with the many US officials, departments, councils and agencies, reminding them of the unique trust responsibility that the United States has with sovereign American Indian and Alaska Native Nations.
Chairperson Silvia Burley Attends the 5th White House Tribal Nations Conference
11/15/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe’s Chairperson Silvia Burley attended the 5th White House Tribal Nations Conference hosted by President Barack Obama.
On September 29th, 2013 the California Valley Miwok Tribe received an invitation from the White House, on behalf of President Obama, in which the White House Council on Native American Affairs cordially invited our federally recognized tribe to send a representative to the 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington DC on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. The invitation stated that the conference will be held at the Department of the Interior’s Sidney R. Yates Auditorium at 1849 C Street NW, Washington DC 20240.
5th White House Tribal Nations Conference, Washington DC, the California Valley Miwok Tribe is proud to see its Tribal Flag in a picture which will be forever honored by CVMT as a memorable historical event.
CVMT elected to send Chairperson Silvia Burley to represent the interest of the California Valley Miwok Tribe and to bring to their attention the issues facing federally recognized ‘landless” tribes. Doors opened at 7:00 am in which credentials were checked in advance and Tribal Leaders and Tribally Designated Representatives were allowed to enter the Sidney R. Yates Auditorium in anticipation for the event to commence at 9:00 am. Participants received a special folder (as in prior years) with the Seal of the President of the United States printed on the cover along with a black and white picture of the White House. Included in the folder was a copy of the National Native American Heritage Month, 2013 Proclamation by the President of the United States of America, a copy of the agenda outlining the scheduled events, and a copy of President Obama’s speech that was to be presented at the end of the 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference.
From 11:30 am – 1:15 pm, the event went into the “Breakout Sessions” that were closed to the press. There were eight breakout sessions which were as follows: Promoting Healthy Tribal Communities, Strengthening Tribal Economies, Protecting Natural and Cultural Resources, Advancing the Government-to-Government Relationships, Supporting Self-Determination and Self-Governance, Building Safe Tribe Communities, Investing in the Future, and Moving Communities Forward.
Chairperson Burley attended the Strengthening Tribal Economies (Breakout Session) in which she spoke in front of a delegation of White House and Interior officials to bring to their attention the need for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Officials and Departments of the White House, to work together with federally recognized tribes that are “landless”, to build a stronger relationship between their agencies and departments in regards to the issues facing federally recognized “Landless” tribes. She went into detail outlining the hardships that federally recognized “landless” tribes deal with on a daily basis, year after year. She made it a point that she will continue to advocate for the landless tribes, and wants to see an initiative on their part to brainstorm together in order to bring some kind of economic opportunities to federally recognized “landless” tribes. The Trust Responsibility that the United States has with sovereign Trial Nations must be met and that relationship should to be continually strengthened.
NCAI Hosts Tribal Leaders Preparatory Meeting in Washington, D.C. - 11/12/2013
11/15/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe’s Chairperson Silvia Burley and Vice Chairperson Anjelica Paulk attended the Tribal Leaders Preparatory Meeting hosted by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), of which CVMT is proud to be a member tribe.
The National Congress of American Indians was established in 1944 in response to the termination and assimilation policies the US government forced upon tribal governments in contradiction of their treaty rights and status as sovereign nations. To this day, protecting these inherent and legal rights remains the primary focus of NCAI.
Credential badge for Silvia Burley, Chairperson of the California Valley Miwok Tribe to attend the 5th White House Tribal Nations Conference to be held on Nov 13, 2013 – US Dept. of the Interior Building, Washington, D.C.
Members and guests were welcomed by newly elected NCAI President, Brian Cladoosby. The Tribal Leader Preparatory Meeting was held at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event began with a Tax Action Meeting, followed by the Tribal Leader Preparatory Meeting, and meetings with key federal officials. Tribal leaders discussed top priorities for the President, issues that should be raised with key Administration officials for each breakout session, Mascot Update, and Dialogue with Federal Partners which included Kevin Washburn, Interior; Elaine Buckberg, Treasury; and Nancy Berryhill, SSA.
Tribal leaders invited to attend the 5th White House Tribal Nations Conference began lining up at 12:00 noon to receive their pre-registration credentials. The White House security is very strict about invited guest presenting their credentials before being allowed into the White House Tribal Nations Conference. If one cannot show their credentials, they are denied access to participate in the event. In order to received their 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference registration credentials, Tribal Leaders and Tribally Designated Representatives waited for White House Staff members to arrive at the NCAI event. White House Staff personally checked each badge with the intended Tribal Leader and/or Tribally Designated Representative, of which each (by invitation only) participant had to provide photo ID which was doubled checked and had to match the White House official roster.
The credentials are color-coded so that the participants holding credentials lined with gold coloring are allowed to sit in the middle section, first 5 rows nearest to the stage located inside the United States Department of the Interior, Sidney Yates Auditorium at 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
Expanding Use of Passenger Portable Electronic Devices (PED)
11/03/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe received notification from the USA.gov Team informing the Tribe that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given airlines the ability to expand the use of personal electronic devices (PED) for passengers on board. In short, that means, you could soon be able to listen to your music or read books on an e-reader from gate-to-gate on your flight. Individual airlines will have the ability to determine when it is safe for passengers to use their electronic devices.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), current FAA regulations require an aircraft operator to determine that radio frequency interference from PEDs are not a flight safety risk before the operator authorizes them for use during certain phases of flight. An airline must show it can prevent potential interference that could pose a safety hazard. On January 7, 2013, the Administrator of the FAA established the Portable Electronic Devices (PED) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to provide a forum for the U.S. aviation community and government regulatory groups to review this PED policy and guidance. The ARC was tasked to make recommendations to further clarify and provide guidance on allowing additional PED usage without compromising the continued safe operation of the aircraft.
What is a PED? A PED is a Portable Electronic Device (PED) is any piece of lightweight, electronically-powered equipment. These devices are typically consumer electronic devices capable of communications, data processing and/or utility. Examples range from handheld, lightweight electronic devices such as tablets, e-readers, and smartphones to small devices such as MP3 players and electronic toys.
Due to differences among fleets and operations, the implementation will vary among airlines, but the agency expects many carriers will prove to the FAA that their planes allow passengers to safely use their devices in airplane mode, gate-to-gate, by the end of the year. The FAA based its decision on input from a group of experts that included representatives from the airlines, aviation manufacturers, passengers, pilots, flight attendants, and the mobile technology industry. Cell phones differ from PEDs in that they are designed to send out signals strong enough to be received at great distances. Cell phones may not be used for voice communications. The FAA is not considering the use of cell phones for voice communications during flight because Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations prohibit any airborne calls using cell phones.
Changes to PED policies will not happen immediately and will vary by airplane. Check with your airline to see if and when you can use your PED. Devices must be used in airplane mode or with the cellular connection disabled. You may use the WiFi connection on your device if the plane has an installed WiFi system and the airline allows its use. Properly stow heavier devices under seats or in the overhead bins during takeoff and landing. These items could impede evacuation of an aircraft or may injure you or someone else in the event of turbulence or an accident.
Always follow crew instructions and immediately turn off your device if asked.
American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California (AICCC)
11/03/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California
The American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California in celebration of Native American Heritage Month, will hold its 14th Annual Warrior Awards and special presentations of American Indian Student Scholarships on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at the Grand California Hotel – Disneyland Resort 1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802 Time: 11:00 am Silent Auction and Reception, Noon Luncheon.
Founded in 1995, the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing opportunities for and providing a forum for support of American Indian business people In California. The Chamber provides mentor’s environment for those individuals beginning new endeavors and is an established vehicle for entrepreneurial, educational, networking and growth opportunities for American Indian business people.
For additional information contact (213) 440-3232
6th Annual MUSD Bus Drivers Stuff The Bus For Kids Sake - Food, Coat & Toy Drive
11/01/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
Manteca Unified School District Bus Drivers' "Stuff the Bus for Kids Sake" 6th Annual Food, Coat, & Toy Drive is scheduled for Saturday, December 7th, 2013 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the Golden West School Parking Lot 1031 N. Main Street, Manteca, California.
MUSD Bus Drivers Stuff the Bus for Kids Sake
6th Annual Food, Coat & Toy Drive
This event was started in memory of Teresa McNeilage, who passed away on July 11, 2004 from A.L.S., also known as Lou Gehig’s Disease. Coworker Daveen Williams said, “Teresa was an avid volunteer and an extremely generous woman.” They had started an A.L.S. team ‘Teresa’s True Believers’ to raise money for A.L.S. awareness, so this (Stuff the Bus for Kids Sake), was another great way to keep her volunteering spirit going for the children of the local area.
Every year, the first weekend in December, the MUSD Bus Drivers take a school bus to Golden West Elementary School in Manteca to collect nonperishable food for Second Harvest Food Bank, new and gently used coats to be distributed to children throughout Manteca Unified School District area, and new toys for the Raymus House (which houses homeless women & children), and the Hope Shelter (which houses homeless families). The MUSD Bus Drivers also deliver annual toy donations to the Marines Toys for Tots collection site at Walmart in Manteca, and they sponsor a needy family in the Manteca area. They pick a family and take them food, coats and toys for the children. If any cash is donated, it is used to buy coats and mittens. They always put mittens in every coat they give away. The MUSD Bus Drivers are very grateful for the generosity of the community.
For more information, you may call Ms. Daveen Williams (California Valley Miwok Tribe, Tribal Member) at (209) 603-2207.
U.S. Dept. of Justice – Violence Against Women Consultation, Set For Nov. 14, 2013
10/25/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe received an email from Kauffman & Associates, Inc. informing the Tribe about the upcoming U.S. Department of Justice, Violence Against Women Government-to-Government Consultation that has been scheduled for November 14, 2013.
Save the Date – U.S. DOJ Violence Against Women Government-to-Government Consultation, November 14, 2013 – Washington, D.C.
The event will take place from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on November 14th, at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Justice Programs, Main Conference Room 3102, 810 Seventh Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001. It is designed to follow the 5th Annual White House Tribal Nations Summit on November 13. Tribal Leaders attending the summit are asked to extend their stay an additional day to participate in the Violence Against Women Government-to-Government Consultation.
The purpose of the government-to-government consultation is to solicit recommendations from tribal leaders on the following three topics: Enhancing the safety of American Indian and Alaska Native women from domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; Strengthening the federal response to the crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; and Administering grant funds appropriated for tribal governments and programs created to benefit tribal governments by the original Violence Against Women Act and subsequent legislation.
California Valley Miwok Tribe Sends Tribal Representatives to Attend Public Foreclosure Auction
10/22/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, Tribal Representatives from the California Valley Miwok Tribe attended the public Foreclosure Auction held at 222 E. Weber Avenue, Stockton, California.
No Sale at Auction Tribe Fears Future Eviction
10/22/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, representatives from the California Valley Miwok Tribe were in attendance today at the public auction held at 222 E. Weber Avenue, Stockton California, to observe the bidding process and make any potential bidders aware of the various multiple issues that they would inherit if they wished to bid on the Tribal Property.
Even though confident no one would want the tribal property with all of its current issues emotions ran high as the California Valley Miwok Tribe braced itself for whatever the outcome may be from the bidding process at the public auction. It's bad enough that we have no choice but to continue to do our jobs and duties, even though we don't get paid, but each and every day we remind ourselves that being a Tribe is not a job, it's about who we are as Indian People. In order to survive these past years without tribal funds, we've had to look deeper inside to find that little bit of strength that no one knows he or she has until the time comes that one has to hang on no matter what. Again, we know that you don't stop being a tribe just because you don't have any money. Wages or no wages, the jobs must be done and the Tribe has to continue being a Tribe. For the longest time, Tribal members had mixed feeling of anger because we felt alone, abandoned and forgotten. This whole experience has opened our eyes to a more caring world. We have come to realize that we have people who care; even people around the world have expressed concern.
News 10 Investigative reporter Tim Daly, his camera man and Tribal Consultant, Tiger Paulk, along with others in attendance, prepare for the beginning of the auction.
Though there were no bidders today on the Tribal Property, the Tribe is still fearful (and with good reason) that the Bank will now initiate the process that concludes with serving an eviction notice, as they had done previously in 2009. Until the Tribe's revenue sharing trust fund money is released, the Tribe cannot have any sense of security. Every day we have to face the fact that today could be the day we are forced to go into a lockdown mode and secure the property. It is a very miserable existence to have to live each and every day with the threat of being thrown into the streets. We shall remain focused on retaining the Tribal Property and going after the Revenue Sharing Trust Fund money that has been owed to the Tribe yearly since 2005. Until our issue is resolved the tribe shall remain vigilant in trying to reach an amicable resolution of this matter with all parties involved, but will also protect the health, safety and welfare of its tribal members in defense of the only homeland left to it.
At this time the tribe would like to thank investigative reporter Tim Daly of NEWS10 ABC, and its affiliates of the Gannett Company for their tireless dedication in bringing forth to the American public the plight of the California Valley Miwok Tribe.
Channel 10 News Story with Investigative Reporter, Tim Daly
10/22/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Monday, October 21st, Tribal Representatives Anjelica Paulk, Vice Chairperson and Tiger Paulk, Tribal Consultant, attended an auction held at the entrance of the San Joaquin Superior Court in Stockton, CA, to hand out documentation informing potential buyers of the dire circumstances that the Tribe, threatened with the prospect of losing its sole place of conducting tribal business and providing shelter for financially struggling members (including elders and children), is facing. Tim Daly, an investigative reporter for Channel 10 News, was there to cover the story. Below is an off-site link to Channel 10's article and video coverage of this story.
Tribe Receives 24 Hour Reprieve on Foreclosure Sale of Tribal Property
10/21/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Monday, October 21st, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe did everything within its power to save the Tribal Property at 10601 N. Escondido Pl., Stockton, CA. The Tribe was notified that the Tribal Property was scheduled for auction at 11:00 am at 222 E. Weber Avenue, Stockton, California. Tribal Consultant, Tiger Paulk was sent to the auction to inform potential buyers that the Tribe is fighting to save its property. Tiger Paulk distributed flyers at the auction site informing people that the Tribe is not willing to lose its Tribal land. The Tribe is asking the Bank to work with the Tribe to get the Tribe's Revenue Sharing Trust Fund monies released from the California Gambling Control Commission so that the Tribe can pay off the property, and no longer be threatened with eviction.
As the auction proceeding moved forward, the Tribe anxiously waited to see what was going to happen with the property. With a 24 hour reprieve, we'll be back at the auction site tomorrow. This whole thing can go away if the California Gambling Control Commission would release the Tribes RSTF money. While at the auction, CVMT Tribal Consultant, Tiger Paulk was interviewed by Channel 10 News Reporter, Mr. Tim Daly. Mr. Daly was invited to the Tribal Property to get a better understanding of the frustrations of the Tribe, and of knowing that the Tribe indeed would actually have the funds to pay for the Tribal Property if the California Gambling Control Commission would release the funds. The Tribe fully believes that the Tribes that operate casinos in California, meaning the Tribes that pay into the Revenue Sharing Trust Funds, in which non-gaming eligible Tribes receive quarterly payments from that trust fund, need oversight over the California Gambling Control Commissions' distribution of said funds to the non-gaming Tribes. The California Gambling Control Commission has no authority to tell a Tribe who its membership should be or who its duly elected Chairperson is. As it is, there is no Native American on the California Gambling Control Commission, and when alleged disputes arise amongst a Tribe, it's been the experience of CVMT, that the California Gambling Control Commission doesn't know how to handle the issue, therefore as in our case, they just simply cut off the funds to the Tribe.
CVMT Tribal Consultant, Tiger Paulk talks with Channel 10 News Reporter, Mr. Tim Daly - Stockton CA
CVMT believes that the Gaming Tribes paying into the RSTF account should have a Board established to deal with Indian issues in regards to the RSTF distribution. If CGCC believes there to be a dispute within a Tribe that receives RSTF distributions, then that dispute would be forwarded to the Oversight Board Governed by Native Americans who understand Tribal Affairs. Simply put, the RSTF account was established by Gaming Tribes to help non-gaming Tribes, the only clear authority that CGCC has is to distribute RSTF monies to eligible Tribes, not to dictate their opinion regarding potential membership. CGCC does not have any authority to tell a Tribe who the Tribe's elected officials will be. The Tribe sent a document to CGCC from the Bureau of Indian Affairs acknowledging the Tribes most recent election of January 2011. CVMT has an election every 6 years. The next Chairperson election is set for 2017. The California Gambling Control Commission is overstepping their authority by unilaterally withholding the RSTF money from the California Valley Miwok Tribe. CVMT as a sovereign Indian nation, who is eligible to receive the RSTF money, and is asking for the Gaming Tribes to seriously consider establishing an Oversight Committee or Board to handle issues related to the RSTF account regarding distribution of funds.
We pray that this issue gets taken care of soon, so that the Tribe can continue its day-to-day tribal business without worrying about being put in the street. We ask that our local and surrounding community stands with the Tribe to save its land. The California Valley Miwok Tribe is the only federally recognized tribe located in San Joaquin County.
Stop the Eviction – Justice for the California Valley Miwok Tribe
10/20/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe has been notified that its Tribal Property is scheduled for auction on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 11:00 am, to be held at 222 E. Weber Ave., Stockton California. The Tribe is federally recognized, and is listed in the federal register. CVMT is a "landless Tribe" in that it does not possess land held in trust by the federal government. The State of California expressly recognizes the Tribal Property as the Tribe's principal place of business. The Tribe has no other real estate other than the Tribal Property. The Tribe has no other location from which it can continue to provide governmental services critical to the Tribe and its members. The Tribe is a sovereign nation that is fully entitled to govern its own resources, interests, and rights, including its own property. The Tribe has resided at 10601 N. Escondido Pl., Stockton since 2002, prior to moving to Stockton, the Tribe was located in Tracy (San Joaquin County) California.
California Valley Miwok Tribe – Stop the Eviction, Justice for the Miwok
10601 N. Escondido Pl., Stockton, CA 95212
The Bank auctioning the Tribal Property will cause harm to the Tribe. The action will paralyze the Tribe's ability to continue governmental operations and administration of essential Tribal benefits to its members. Allowing the seizure of the Tribal Property is in direct contravention of the Tribe's sovereignty and tramples on the Tribe's ability to properly and meaningfully exercise its sovereign authority. The California Valley Miwok Tribe is a self-governing Indian Tribe possessing inherent sovereignty that predates the founding of the United States and the ratification of the United States Constitution. The Tribe possesses a distinct political society capable of managing its own affairs and through its sovereignty, is generally immune from state laws and administrative actions that would interfere with those rights of self-government and sovereign immunity. The Tribe is currently seeking resolution of its interest in ongoing litigation, and such ongoing litigation affects the Tribal Property at issue, any and all disposition of that Property will improperly interfere in that litigation.
At the heart of this foreclosure and pending eviction is the California Gambling Control Commission (CGCC), which has been illegally withholding CVMT's Revenue Sharing Trust Fund (RSTF) monies since the 4th quarter of 2005. This action stems from a tribal member being taken advantage of and manipulated by outside influences to file a false claim of a leadership dispute. The outside influence then initiated a fictitious group falsely claiming to be members of CVMT. Not one member of this group is or ever was a member or in any way associated with the California Valley Miwok Tribe, in fact, there is not a single individual in this fictitious group that has federal recognition to prove that they are Native American Indian. The fictitious group is after the Tribes Revenue Sharing Trust Fund money, they have no standing to file suit or claims on behalf of the Tribe. In February 2011, in court deposition, the tribal member admitted that he lied about the tribal leader dispute, and that it was an outside influence who told him to say there was a leadership dispute. Even with this admission, the Gambling Control Commission continues to illegally withhold the Tribe's RSTF money saying they do not know who the Tribal leader is. The Gambling Control Commissions' deliberate and continued interference into the California Valley Miwok Tribe's governmental affairs has caused the Tribe to default on its Property payments. CVMT is asking all federally recognized California Tribes who pay into the RSTF to demand that the Commission immediately release the RSTF monies that are owed to the
California Valley Miwok Tribe. CGCC's refusal to release CVMT's RSTF monies is in clear violation of the 1999 State compact.
The Tribe has made numerous good faith attempts to negotiate an amicable resolution with the Bank towards resolving any outstanding debt on the Tribal Property. Instead of trampling on the rights of a sovereign Indian Nation, the Bank should be working with the Tribal government against the California Gambling Control Commission to pressure the Commission to follow the law and release the RSTF monies so that the Tribe can pay its bills. The California Valley Miwok Tribe is hereby asking for all media, the general public, concerned citizens, other federally recognized Tribes, local, state and federal officials and representatives to help the California Valley Miwok Tribe save the only Tribal Property that it has.
An impending eviction is causing the Tribe an inability to provide essential services such as public safety, education, health care, and basic infrastructure critical to its members. This is of no fault of the Tribe. The public is well aware that the United States has just come out of a 16 day government shutdown. We all have the images fresh in our minds of some of the 800,000 federal workers who were protesting the shutdown because they were worried about the uncertainty of how they were going to pay their bills, buy food, etc… In the brief time allowed for the federal workers to contact via email or otherwise, CVMT received many calls and emails from federal workers telling us they have been furloughed. Little did the people contacting us know that the California Valley Miwok Tribe has endured years of abuse and financial strangulation from the California Gambling Control Commission, and the government shutdown was no different than what the Tribe has been dealing with since CGCC unilaterally stopped releasing CVMT's Revenue Sharing Trust Fund money, in which the Tribe is an eligible tribe to receive. The California Gambling Control Commissions' lack of respect for Tribal sovereignty needs to be addressed so that no other Tribes and their membership have to suffer the way we are suffering. The People of California deserve to know the truth.
The California Valley Miwok Tribe has suffered far too long. It's sad to think of what our Indian ancestors had to survive through while California was becoming a State, but, in this day and age, to think that officials employed by the California Gambling Control Commission have no empathy towards the suffering of the tribal members of the California Valley Miwok Tribe bring us to tears each time we wake up to another miserable day of existence. As long as the CGCC Commissioners get their paycheck each month and pay their bills, they don't worry about their property being foreclosed on, or about being evicted with winter around the corner. What our Tribe has to look forward to is empty holiday cheer, with no reason to celebrate. At least with the government shutdown being over, we are grateful to have commodity food to prepare meals. As we search through our faded and torn clothing, and think back on the embarrassment of closing out our bank accounts because the balance statement showed zero. We are asking people to imagine themselves in our situation, feel the anger, the pain and the distrust for the system that has failed us so miserably.
No one should have to live in constant fear of being thrown in the streets. Of wondering how you are going to pay the utility bills or purchase tribal office supplies to correspond with federal, state and local agencies. Or to sit in a cold office because you are afraid to turn the heat on because heating the office would cause the utility bills to be too big to pay. Or to have to make a decision not make an appointment with a doctor or dentist because you have no money to pay the medical bill or gas for the vehicle to take you to the appointment.
The California Valley Miwok Tribe is a tribe member of many organizations, listed is an example of such organizations: National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), California Tribal TANF Partnership (CTTP-TANF), California Association of Tribal Governments (CATG), Sierra Nevada Native American Graves and Repatriation Act Coalition (SNNC) NAGPRA, The
American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California (AICC of CA), National Congress of American Indians (NCAI).
This is a very critical situation the Tribe is in. We are asking for all who read this article to save the California Valley Miwok Tribe, stop the eviction, and assist the Tribe in getting its Revenue Sharing Trust Fund (RSTF) money released from the California Gambling Control Commission (CGCC) so the
Tribe can save its property, pay its bills, and keep the tribal day-to-day operations / programs running to serve its tribal members, and to continue to carry out its responsibilities to the planning departments, transportation departments, social departments, FCC Tower Construction projects, general public inquiries, etc.
The United States has a trust responsibility and November is Native American Heritage Month. Please help us put an end to these unwarranted and shameful abuses against the California Valley Miwok Tribe.
If you can help us, please contact the California Valley Miwok Tribe via Tribal Office phone (209) 931-4567, Fax: (209) 931-4333, Office Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , Tribal Council: email@example.com , Chairperson Silvia Burley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USDA Food Distribution Program (FDPIR) Recipients Worried About Government Shutdown
10/15/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Tuesday, October 15th, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe held its monthly USDA Food Distribution.
Food recipients are very concerned about next months' food distribution. Not knowing if the government shutdown is going to continue. The government shutdown is causing many recipients, whom participate in the USDA FDPIR Food Program, to worry about how they are going to get food on their table next month, especially if the USDA Food Distribution program is stopped due to the government shutdown.
FDPIR - October Food Distribution, Tule River Staffer, Ron Buckman sends boxes of commodity food down the conveyor to CVMT Staffer, Tiger Paulk. California Valley Miwok Tribe – October 15, 2013
The U.S. Department of Agriculture made available its contingency plan, outlining the impact of a government shutdown on the federal nutrition programs, USDA says, "The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will continue operations and eligible households will still receive monthly benefits for October, No additional federal funds, however, would be available to support the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)'s clinical services, food benefits and administrative costs, States may have some funds available to continue operations for a week or so, but states would likely be unable to sustain operations for a longer period. Contingency funds will be available to help states – but even this funding would not fully mitigate a shortfall for the entire month of October; The Child Nutrition (CN) Programs, including School Lunch, School Breakfast, Child and Adult Care Feeding, Summer Food Service and Special Milk will continue operations into October; No additional federal funds would be available to support the Commodity Assistance Programs (CAP) including the Commodity Supplemental Food Programs (CSFP); The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) administrative funding l and the WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)."
If the government shutdown continues, no new funds will be available to support the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).
CVMT sincerely thanks the Tule River Reservation (USDA Food Program, Mr. Richard McDarment, USDA FDIR Director, Mrs. Patricia Salas, USDA FDIR Intake Manager, and Mr. Ronald Buckman, USDA FDIR Staff & driver
U.S. Government Shutdown – Federal Tribes Facing Economic Hardships
10/14/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe is compelled to bring to the attention of the local and surrounding communities, the dire situation the US Government Shutdown is causing to Native American Tribal Governments and their citizens.
In quoting the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), "The failure to come to a budget agreement threatens the capacity of tribal governments to deliver basic governmental services to their citizens. The federal government has made treaty commitments to our people, and in return we ceded the vast lands that make up the United States. The immediate shutdown crisis poses very real threats to tribal governments and denies health, nutrition, and other basic services to the most vulnerable tribal citizens."
Examples of impacts to tribal governmental services and other assistance to tribal citizens include: General assistance payments (BIA) to needy individuals and to venders providing foster care and residential care for children and adults will stop, which will be difficult for many tribal communities. The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) will be affected. There will be some inventory available for use in food packages, no carryover, contingency, or other funds are available to support continued operations. The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) program is administered at the Federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, FDPIR is administered locally by either Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) and 5 State agencies. FDPIR provides USDA Foods to low-income households living on Indian reservations, and to American Indian households residing in approved areas. The average monthly participation for FY 2012 was 76, 530 individuals. The Administration for Children and Families would not continue quarterly formula grants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Child Care, Social Services Block Grant, Refugee Programs, Child Welfare Services, and the Community Service Block Grant programs.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is an agency of the federal government of the United States within the U.S. Department of the Interior. It is responsible for the administration and management of 55,700,000 acres of land held in trust by the United States for Native Americans in the United States. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is located at 1849 C Street, NW in Washington DC. The BIA is headed by an Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. The current appointee is Kevin K. Washburn, and enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma.
The BIA serves the 566 federally recognized tribes through four offices:
1.) The Office of Indian Services: operates the BIA's general assistance, disaster relief, Indian child welfare, tribal government, Indian Self-Determination, and Indian Reservation Roads Program.
2.) The Office of Justice Services (OJS): directly operates or funds law enforcement, tribal courts, and detention facilities on federal Indian lands.
3.) OJS funds 208 law enforcement agencies, consisting of 43 BIA-operated police agencies, and 165 tribally operated agencies under contract, or compact with the OJS.
4.) The Office of Trust Services: works with tribes and individual American Indians and Alaska Native in the management of their trust lands, assets, and resources.
5.) The Office of Field Operations: oversees 12 regional agencies; Alaska, Great Plains, Northwest, Southern Plains, Eastern, Navajo, Pacific, Southwest, Eastern Oklahoma, Midwest, Rocky Mountain, and Western; and 83 agencies, which carry out the mission of the Bureau at the tribal level.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs Contingency Plan Fact Sheet specifies services and programs that would be ceased. Management and protection of trust assets such as lease compliance and real estate transactions, Federal oversight on environmental assessments, archeological clearances, and endangered species compliance, Management of oil and gas leasing and compliance, Timber Harvest and other Natural Resource Management operations, Tribal government related activities, Payment of financial assistance to needy individuals, and to vendors providing foster care and residential care for children and adults, and Distribution of tribal funds for tribal operations including responding to tribal governments request.
The majority of federal Tribes do not have gaming or other enterprises to fall back on for funding during a government shutdown. Dozens of tribal leaders have voiced their concerns to officials with the Department of the Interior, Health and Human Services, and other federal agencies that serve large amounts of American Indians. The real impact on tribes will depend on how long the government shutdown continues. According to Jaime Prouty, treasurer of the National Association of Food Distribution Programs on Indian Reservations, "so far, six tribes have closed their Food Distribution programs in the first week of the shutdown, affecting about 2,550 tribal members." In an article written by Jonathan Kaminsky (Indian tribes struggle, and fume, as the US Shutdown wears on), it is written, "the anger felt by many Native Americans over the suspension of services during the shutdown stems in large measure from the fact that their forebears signed treaties with the federal government in which they ceded territory partly in exchange for those provisions."
An article written by Rob Capriccioso on October 1, 2013 published in Indian Country Today, wrote, "The federal government has a trust responsibility to tribes and their citizens. It is a unique relationship, which means there will be unique and painful consequences as a result of the government's current shutdown, tribal leaders say."
San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) – Unmet Transit Needs
10/11/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe received correspondence from the San Joaquin County Council of Governments (SJCOG) regarding Unmet Transit Needs in San Joaquin County, California.
Do you use public transit? Are there places in San Joaquin County that you want to access but cannot? Each year, the San Joaquin Council of Governments in coordination with local agencies conducts an assessment of transit needs in San Joaquin County. The Unmet Transit Needs (UTN) process reaches out to residents through surveys and public hearings to identify and assess whether there are transit needs that are not being met by the current system. The California Valley Miwok Tribe is getting the word out and asking the community to fill out a brief survey letting SJCOG know whether the current transit service meets their needs.
You can voice your opinion about unmet transit needs at public hearings held throughout San Joaquin County during the months of September, October, November and December. For more information visit http://www.sjcog.org
, If you have questions, concerns or would like to voice your opinion, contact Mr. Daniel Meza, Regional Director. You may email your views to email@example.com
Surveys may be sent online or via regular mail to the SJCOG office:
Mr. Daniel Meza, Regional Planner
San Joaquin Council of Governments
555 E. Weber Avenue
Stockton, California 95202
The California Valley Miwok Tribe would like to thank SJCOG Chairman, Jeff Laugero – SJCOG Vice Chairman, Steve Dresser – SJCOG Executive Director, Mr. Andrew T. Chesley – SJCOG Regional Planner, Mr. Daniel Meza, and Member Agencies, Cities of Escalon, Lathrop, Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Stockton, Tracy, and the County of San Joaquin.
Wellness of Family and Community - Antolino Family Wellness Center, Inc.
10/08/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Monday, October 7, 2013 the California Valley Miwok Tribe received a flyer from the Antolino Family Wellness Center, Inc. located in Pacifica, California. CVMT would like to share this information with our local and surrounding communities.
About Antolino Family Wellness Center, Inc., Antolino Family Wellness Center (AFWC, Inc.) is a not for profit organization dedicated to the wellness of family and community. As a non-profit organization their vision is to promote harmony within families, communities, and private and public agencies. To achieve the preservation, improvement and expansion of this harmony their services include, but are limited to the following: Assisting in the communication among family members to better understand and relate to one another, Providing information on domestic abuse and its prevention, as well as conflict resolution, Guiding with one's individual well-being; and Supporting general family and domestic welfare.
Each year the Antolino Family Wellness Center, Inc. continues to advance its mission of dedication to the wellness of family and community. Through their programs, the Domestic Harmony Program, the Youth and Children's Program, the Parenting Program and Community workshops and trainings, they have seen many lives changed for the better. AFWC, Inc. is a certified Batterers' Intervention Program in San Francisco, CA (1999) and in San Mateo County (1997). AFWC, Inc. has been conducting domestic violence training for over 10 years and has certified hundreds of individuals and community agencies. AFWC, Inc. has assisted in the certification of several agencies such as the Karuk Tribe in Northern California, Positive Directions in San Francisco, CA, AVACA in San Francisco, CA and the Mexican American Community Services in San Jose, CA.
AFWC, Inc. has provided 40 hour basic core training for Batterers' Intervention Programs for California Native TANF and other trainings for Two Feathers in Northern California, Oneida Nation in Wisconsin, community organizations and tribes in Nevada, and to CRIHB (California Rural Indian Health Board) in Sacramento, California.
For more information contact the Antolino Family Wellness Center, Inc., P.O. Box 1486, Pacifica, CA 94044; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: (650) 898-8134, Fax: (650) 898-8136, or visit http://www.domesticharmony.net
California State Senator Cathleen Galgiani, 5th Senate District
10/01/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe hosted a Meet and Greet meeting with Mr. Max Vargas, Deputy District Director with State Senator Cathleen Galgiani's District Office, Stockton, CA.
CVMT and Mr. Vargas exchanged dialogue in which much was learned on both sides. It was a very pleasant and cordial meeting. This is the first time that the California Valley Miwok Tribe reached out to Senator Galgiani's office, and the Tribe was honored to have a prompt response from Mr. Vargas who scheduled time to meet with the Tribe at CVMT's Tribal Office. The California Valley Miwok Tribe provided information to Mr. Vargas educating him on what programs, assistance, and contacts CVMT has in place to help American Indian families in San Joaquin County, the local community / general public, and the educational system in regards to American Indian Issues and concerns.
Brochure from State Senator Cathleen Galgiani.
Mr. Vargas explained that Senator Galgiani is committed to providing the highest quality of public service possible. For example, when you have a problem with a state agency or need information on state legislation, Senator Galgiani's district office can be of service. The District Office can assist you with government forms, provide information on legislation, or support you in dealing with state agencies. Constituent services include: DMV / Auto Insurance Problems, Consumer Complaints, Landlord / Tenant Disputes and Unemployment Insurance Questions. Legislative services include: Analyses of Legislation, Copies of Legislation and Laws, Committee Member Rosters, and Speakers on the Legislation Process. And Community Services include: Community Organizations, Technical Assistant / Advice on Local Issues, Funding for Local Projects, and Neighborhood Outreach.
For more information, you can contact State Senator Cathleen Galgiani's Stockton District Office at (209) 948-7930, the Modesto District Office at (209) 576-6273, and the Capitol Office at (916) 651-4005. You may also visit the website at http://sd05.senate.ca.gov
Tribal Flags Flown at the State Capitol – 46th Annual California Native American Day
09/27/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
Chairperson Silvia Burley attended the Tribal Leaders Forum at the 46th Annual California Native American Day on September 27, 2013. The Governor's Tribal Advisor hosted an invitation only event for Tribal Leaders prior to the general public festivities at the State Capitol from 8:30 am to 10:00 a.m.
The Tribal Leaders Forum was held at the California State Capitol in Room 4202. The Governor, Tribal Advisor, members of the legislature, and California's Tribal Chairs and Tribal Council members were present. The purpose of this event was to formally welcome Tribal Leadership to the State Capitol, in honor of and in commitment to government-to-government relationships. In addition, this year, the Tribal Advisor asked that each federally recognized Tribe donate a tribal flag to the Governor. These flags will be flown at the State Capitol to honor this celebration as well as future events hosted by the Office of the Governor's Tribal Advisor.
California Tribal flags flown on the South Steps of the California State Capitol on Sept. 27, 2013 46th Annual California Native American Day.
Opening prayer was given by Mr. Bill Wright, Cortina Indian Rancheria of Wintun Indians of California. Besides the Fifty-Five Tribes that were represented, in attendance were, Honorable Cynthia Gomez, Tribal Advisor – Mr. Joe Dhillon, Senior Advisor for Tribal Negotiations – Honorable Marshal McKay, Chairman of Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation – Honorable Nicholas Fonseca, Chairman of Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians – Honorable Bo Mazzetti, Chairman Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians – Honorable Vincent Armenta, Chairman Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians – Honorable Garth Sundberg, Chairman Northern California Tribal Chairmen's Association – Honorable Robert Smith, Chairman Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association – Honorable Dale Delgado, Chairman Bishop Paiute Tribe – Honorable Daniel Tucker, Chairman Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation – Ms. Amy Dutschke, Director, Pacific Regional Bureau of Indian Affairs – Honorable Das Williams, Assembly, District 37 – Honorable Luis Alejo, Assemblyman, District 30 – Honorable John Perez, Speaker of the California Assembly – and Honorable Edmund G. Brown Jr., Governor of the State of California.
There were approximately 40 tribal flags flown on poles on the South Steps of the Capitol for public display at the Native American Day program. The California Valley Miwok Tribe is honored to have its Tribal Flag on display for this and future events at the State Capitol. CVMT would like to thank Ms. Cynthia Gomez, Ms. Heather Hostler, Honorable Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., the speakers, presenters, volunteers and all whom had worked together to make this first of its kind, "inaugural event" a very successful collaboration between tribes and governmental officials.
Governor Jerry Brown Signs AB 1233, Medi-Cal Administrative Claiming Process
09/18/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe has received word from the California Rural Indian Health Board, Inc., that Governor Jerry Brown has signed into legislation Assembly Bill 1233.
Assembly Bill 1233 authorizes Indian tribes and tribal organizations to claim, as a Medi-Cal Administrative Activity, facilitating Medi-Cal applications, which includes, but is not limited to, using the California Healthcare Eligibility, Enrollment, and Retention System. The 2010 U.S. Census reports that 1) there is a total population of 689,320 American Indians in California; 2) 22% of American Indians in California have an income below poverty level; 3) 26.7% of American Indian children ages 0-17 live in poverty in the region. Many of these people qualify for participation in the Medi-Cal program.
The California Valley Miwok Tribe supported this legislation, which will assist in reducing the significant health disparities of American Indians. According to the Federal Indian Health Service, marked health disparities exist between American Indians and the general U.S. population. This can be seen in death rates for American Indians compared to that of the general U.S. population, for selected conditions: Tuberculosis – 750 percent higher; Alcoholism – 550 percent higher; Diabetes – 190 percent higher; Unintentional injuries – 150 percent higher; Homicide – 100 percent higher; and Suicide – 70 percent higher (Indian Health Service, 2010).
When this new law takes effect, it will enable Tribal clinics and Tribal governments to claim, as a Medi-Cal Administrative Activity, facilitating Medi-Cal applications using the California Healthcare Eligibility, Enrollment and Retention System. This will result in increased revenue to the Tribal entities and expand access to healthcare services for American Indians in California.
Yosemite Rim Fire - Geronimo Hotshots, San Carlos Apache Tribe - Firefighters
09/18/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe would like to convey our sincere appreciation to all the fire fighters, hotshot teams, U.S. Forestry Dept., law enforcement, volunteers and local and far reaching community members, and friends who pulled together to assist in the now famously known Yosemite Rim Fire, Stanislaus National Forest. The wildfire began on August 17, 2013. The estimated containment date is Friday, September 20, 2013. The fire has consumed 256,895 acres and is now considered 84% contained. There are still approximately 1,406 personnel onsite.
One of the firefighting teams that assisted with the containment of the Rim Fire is the Geronimo Hotshots from the San Carlos Apache Tribe out of San Carlos Arizona.
CVMT Chairperson Silvia Burley recently wrote a letter to the San Carlos Apache Tribe, San Carlos Fire Department and the Geronimo Hotshots Team, saying "As the Chairperson of the California Valley Miwok Tribe, I am writing to sincerely thank you for assisting with the Rim Fire in Tuolumne County, California. We have many friends who live at the Tuolumne Rancheria located outside of Tuolumne City, east of Sonora. We were very worried for their safety. Also it was heart wrenching to see so much forest burn in and near the Yosemite National Park. Our Tribe felt we had to express our heartfelt thanks for the bravery and strength you showed in fighting such a horrific and devastating fire. We are proud of and grateful to the San Carlos Geronimo Hotshots Team, the San Carlos Fire Department, the San Carlos Apache Tribe, and to the families of the brave, heroic, and selfless firefighters who put their lives on the line every time they are called to help others in need. You all will be forever in our hearts and our prayers."
Thn mik a mo! (Thank You!)
Food Insecurity Remains a Real Challenge in America
09/17/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe held its monthly U.S. Food Distribution on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 10601 N. Escondido Pl., Stockton, California. For families and individuals interested in participating in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (RDPIR), or would like to receive more information regarding the food distribution program, you may contact the CVMT Tribal Office at (209) 931-4567.
CVMT Staffer, Tiger Paulk stands by a fully loaded cart ready to serve a participating food recipient. Tule River Staffer, Ron Buckman stands near the loaded food cart ready to help load the recipients' food allotment into their vehicle.
Food Insecurity - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is using a new study that shows a nominal reduction in food insecurity. The USDA study found little change in 'food insecurity' dropping from 14.9 percent in 2011 to 14.5 percent in 2012. The study defined food security as 'meaning that they had access at all times to enough food for an active healthy life for all household members. Food insecurity was more common in large cities and rural areas than in suburban areas and exurban areas around large cities.
With a growing uneasiness of a vote (on the food-assistance bill) that will soon take place, that could mean $40 billion in cuts to nutrition programs over 10 years, would be a 5.2 percent reduction from what the Congressional Budget Office estimates would be spent under current policy. Private organizations that provide free meals say it would send many more hungry people to their doors.
According to the Washington Post, "Almost 48 million people in 23 million households rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the largest of the nutrition programs." The cuts in the food stamp bill are expected to be about double what House lawmakers considered earlier this year. House Republican leaders will have to depend on their own party members to pass the bill because Democratic leaders say their rank-and-file will oppose it. "There are too many that through no fault of their own depend on these programs to feed their families," Representative Nick J. Rahall II (D-W.Va.) said in an interview. "It's numbness, without any feeling of pain. They go and chop out these programs for people who are feeling a great deal of pain."
Chairperson Silvia Burley Recalls Her Childhood as a Miwok Indian
09/07/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The following story is strictly the personal recounting of Chairperson Silvia Burley, in her own words.
"I grew up hearing my grandparents, aunts, uncles, mother, cousins, relatives and friends from the other Miwok tribes speaking Miwok. At a young age, it was confusing for me to go to public school and hear the English language being substituted for the language I was taught at home. At recess, my cousins and I would tease each other and say things in the Miwok language and the teacher would tell us that we were not allowed to speak anything other than English at school. I tell these things because so many people say, "Why is it that so many Indian People can't speak their own language?" While attending grammar school, the majority of Indian students were told not to speak their native languages. We were made fun of if we took la' Ki-u (fried bread) or other native made foods for lunch. As a Miwok in school, we also had to endure books that painted the Native people as savage redskins that would scalp innocent people coming out to live in the West. Nothing in school was ever taught about the massacres that wiped out many Miwok people when the Gold Rush era came to California. The last thing that we'd hear on the long bus ride home was the woo-woo-woo of the other kids clapping their hands across their mouths, making what was supposed to be Native war calls. The kids always laughed saying Injuns couldn't sneak up on anyone because they had their own theme music, as you would hear in the old black and white cowboy and Indian movies it was either the do-do-dododut-do… or doong-doong-doong-doong… doong-doong-doong-doong or whatever made the Indians look silly.
1970 picture of Chairperson Silvia Burley as a child, with her younger brothers Bill and Ricky and her younger sister Michele, participating in a parade dressed in traditional Miwok regalia.
I, as the Chairperson, bring these personal experiences to the forefront to educate the general public and to answer some of the questions that the California Valley Miwok Tribe receives from non-Indian people whom are trying to understand our Miwok culture. When my mother was a young child, she was punished by the teacher for talking Miwok. The teacher would make my mother put her hands out in front of her, than she would hit her hands with a long ruler, then the teacher would take my mother to the front of the class and she would yank her braided hair upward until she began crying, in which all the other kids would start laughing. Needless to say, my mother never liked school, for she knew that she would be humiliated over and over again. In my grandparents' era, officials tried to force them to stop the traditional Miwok ceremonies, speak English and fit into society like everyone else. Through the 60s and 70s, we children and old chiefs were paraded down the middle of the streets in festive parades. The people watching the parade from the sidelines would say, "Here comes the Injuns!" Every time I saw a camera, I'd look away. I had no reason to smile. We are human beings, not animals that jump and do tricks so that people could throw candy or pennies at us. All I wanted to do was to hug my younger siblings and shield them from the humiliation.
CVMT begins to receive a lot of inquiries from outside interest in the months of September, October and November. Requests come in for presentations at museums, school classrooms (including colleges) and at state departments, agencies and other organizations, local events and functions. One history teacher (from a county I will not mention) called and asked if he could bring a bus load of grammar school students to the Tribal Office to do a school play. He said he told his students that they could dress up like cowboys and soldiers and he asked the Tribe if we'd dress up like Indians and this time if we'd let General Custer win the battle. He said it would make his students happy, he laughed all the way through his request… needless to say I told him the Tribal Council was appalled and disgusted by what he is teaching his students, and as a history teacher, he should know that General George Armstrong Custer never fought California Indians. I told him to never call us again, and then I hung up on him.
Recently, the Tribe had an individual contact the Tribal Office from a local museum informing us that they have an event coming up and that they wanted to invite our Tribe to the event, he said that there will be many city officials there and he wanted to know if we could show up in our regalia.
Growing up, we were told not to be Indians, and now, we are asked to come to events dressed in American Indian regalia. In the 80's, my youngest daughter was in 1st grade and the teacher was instructing the students about American Indians, when one of the young boys raised his hand to ask the teacher, "What is an Indian?" The teacher said, "There's one sitting next to you", pointing to my daughter and the other students picked up their desks and moved back away from my daughter.
We are a proud people. Our culture and history go back several thousand years. We have continued to keep our language alive, our oral stories alive, and our customs and traditions alive. I am currently writing a book about the accomplishments and the milestones that have been met in defense of tribal sovereignty, despite the unjust actions perpetrated against and in the face of the continuing corruption plaguing the California Valley Miwok Tribe; not only for the future generations to come, but out of respect to our ancestors who endured the many hardships of being a California Miwok Indian. One memorable moment for me was when I shook President Obama's hand last year at the White House Tribal Nations Conference, and our Tribal flag was up front by the entrance that President Obama used to walk up to the podium to address the many Tribal Nations that traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the conference."
Chairperson Silvia Burley holds an AA Degree in General Education from the Deganawidah-Quetzalcoatl University, (aka DQ University – an American Indian tribal college located outside of Davis California), and a Bachelor's Degree in Tribal Administration from The Evergreen State College (TESC) located in Olympia, Washington. Chairperson Burley is an accomplished traditional redwood flute player, and a published poet. Chairperson Burley's given Miwok name is Tok'Kule meaning Hoot Owl, the Messenger of News.
Big Time Celebration at Chaw'se Indian Grinding Rock State Park
08/29/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe received a flyer in regards to the upcoming Big Time Celebration scheduled to be held at the Chaw'se Indian Grinding Rock State Park, located at 14881 Pine Grove Volcano Road, Pine Grove, California 95665.
The Big Time Celebration has been scheduled for Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th, 2013. There will be Traditional Dances, Native Arts & Crafts, Handgame Tournament, and a Deep Pit BBQ. The celebration is being sponsored by the Ione Band of Miwok Indians and the Jackson Rancheria. For more information contact: (209) 256-9799.
Morada Neighborhood Watch Program Honored With 2013 National Award
08/28/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe congratulates the Morada Neighborhood Watch Program for their excellent work in deterring crime in the community of Morada.
Each year only three (3) of these awards are given out in the entire nation. Morada's NW got one of those three awards. On Tuesday, August 27, 2013 the San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore presented Donna Augustine with a plaque award that says. "2013 National Award for Excellence in Neighborhood Watch, presented to Morada Neighborhood Watch Program, San Joaquin County, California – Presented by The National Sheriff's Association and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice".
On Wednesday, August 28, 2013, the Stockton Record wrote about the Morada Neighborhood Watch Program being presented with the 2013 National Award, titled A Neighborhood Watch Success Story. Morada Neighborhood Watch organizer Bill Hughes said Morada residents had been frustrated with increased crime and in 2011 demanded a stronger patrol presence. When sheriff's representatives suggested a Neighborhood Watch, the community hesitated. Nonetheless, in March 2011, the watch held its first meeting with more than 200 residents. Sheriff's spokesman Deputy Les Garcia said Moore presented the Neighborhood Watch with an award and expressed how impressed he was that the community – which had been skeptical of the program's worth in the past – has grown to a corps of 3,000 members and 60 block captains.
Communities interested in setting up their own Neighborhood Watch can call Mr. Bill Huges, who also serves as the Sheriff's Office Neighborhood Watch organizer, at (209) 468-4796.
The California Valley Miwok Tribe would like to take this time to thank the Morada community, the Morada Neighborhood Watch Program, Bill Hughes, Donna Augustine; Gayle Harrell; Sheriff Steve Moore; Deputy Riley; the National Sheriff's Association; the Bureau of Justice Assistance; Office of Justice Programs; the U.S. Department of Justice and the individuals who provided food and drinks at the presentation. CVMT would also like to express our appreciation to the Spring Fellowship Church at 4799 Foppiano Lane, where the presentation was held.
Governor Jerry Brown Appoints Senior Advisor for Tribal Compact Negotiations
08/28/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
Today, the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) is hosting a Roundtable Discussion at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort (1200 Athens Ave, Lincoln, CA) in which Mr. Jacob Appelsmith will introduce to Tribal Leaders, the newly appointed Joginder Dhillon as the Senior Advisor for tribal negotiations in the Office of the Governor.
Below is the press release (dated August 15, 2013) as posted on the official website of the Office of the Governor:
Joginder Dhillon, 52, of Sacramento, has served in multiple positions at the California Gambling Control Commission since 2009, including chief counsel and acting executive director. He was general counsel at the California Emergency Management Agency from 2007 to 2009, director of academic support at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law from 2005 to 2007 and an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton from 2004 to 2005. Dhillon was an associate and shareholder at Schuering Zimmerman Scully and Doyle LLP from 2002 to 2004. He served as legal advisor at the U.S. Space Command and at the North American Aerospace Defense Command from 2001 to 2002 and was chief of operational law from 1999 to 2001.
Dhillon served in multiple positions at the Air Force Legal Services Agency from 1994 to 1998, including deputy chief of the Military Personnel Branch's Litigation Division and Labor Counsel at the Central Labor Law Office. He was an assistant professor of law at the U.S. Air Force Academy from 1991 to 1994 and assistant staff judge advocate and area defense counsel at Howard Air Force Base from 1988 to 1991. Dhillon earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School and a Master of Law degree in intellectual property law from the University of Houston Law Center. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $152,076. Dhillon is registered decline-to-state.
CVMT - USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
08/20/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Tuesday, August 20, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe had its monthly USDA Commodity Food Distribution.
USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) applications can be requested by calling the California Valley Miwok Tribe's Tribal Office at 209-931-4567 located in San Joaquin County, CA. For more in depth information on the food program or to request an application (from the Tule River Tribe) for participation in the Tule River Food Distribution Program send your inquiries to the Tule River Food Distribution Program, 2780 West Yowlumne, Suite B, Porterville, CA 93257. Phone: (559) 781-3128 – Fax: (559) 781-9192.
CVMT sincerely thanks the Tule River Reservation (USDA Food Program), Mr. Richard McDarment, USDA FDIR Director, Mrs. Patricia Salas, USDA FDIR Intake Manager, Mr. Jesus Salas, USDA FDIR Staff, and Mr. Ronald Buckman, USDA FDIR Staff & driver.
Talking Leaves Book Project – Free Books
08/13/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On August 13, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe received a shipment of free books from the Talking Leaves Book Project, Seattle, WA 98145, the shipment was in response to an official request the Tribe made on July 11, 2013. CVMT is participating in the free book program.
CVMT received an email from the American Indian Library Association (AILA) regarding the Talking Leaves Free Book Project. The books and shipping are free to Native serving libraries, institutions and organizations. These books are in near-new to new condition. The home page of Talking Leaves states that donors and volunteers have been giving books away for over a decade. The Talking Leaves Book Project works with Native non-profits, schools, organizations, clinics, libraries, community centers, and cultural organizations; Talking Leaves also works with non-Native schools, organizations, and libraries that serve Native communities. Books and materials are provided free of charge to recipients.
Talking Leaves states that it is happy to help communities build a solid collection of materials. For more information on the free book project, visit http://sites.google.com/site/talkingleavesbookproject/home
. To send a request by mail, send to: Talking Leaves Book Project c/o Zoe Holbrooks P.O. Box 95214 Seattle, Washington 98145-2214. Talking Leaves ship (as needed) U.S. Postal Service media mail. Whenever possible the books are delivered by folks traveling to locations near the receiving organization.
The California Valley Miwok Tribe would like to thank the American Library Association (AILA), The California State Library, Library Development Services and Ms. Susan Hanks, Library Programs Consultant for sharing information regarding the Talking Leaves Book Program. CVMT would also like to thank Zoe Holbrooks, Talking Leaves Book Project, and the many donors and volunteers whom contribute their time and resources to make the free book program a continued success.
Tribal Elder Mildred Burley, Certified Indian Artisan and Traditional Miwok Basket Maker
08/05/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Monday, August 5th, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe is honored to feature Tribal Elder Mildred Burley on the official Tribal website. It is with great pleasure that the Tribe acknowledges tribal elder, Mildred Burley whom is a fluent speaker of the Plains / Central / Sierra Miwok language. Mildred received her official certification from the California Valley Miwok Tribe in 2000 and is listed as the only federally recognized certified Indian Artisan for the California Valley Miwok Tribe at the U.S. Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Board, Washington DC.
The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-644) is a truth-in-advertising law that prohibits misrepresentation in marketing of Indian arts and crafts products within the United States. It is illegal to offer or display for sale, or sell any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian produced, an Indian product, or the product of a particular Indian or Indian Tribe or Indian arts and crafts organization, resident within the United States. For a first time violation of the Act, an individual can face civil or criminal penalties up to a $250,000.00 fine or a 5-year prison term, or both. If a business violates the Act, it can face civil penalties or can be prosecuted and fined up to $1,000,000.00 Under the Act, an Indian is defined as a member of any federally or State recognized Indian Tribe, or an individual certified as an Indian artisan by an Indian Tribe. All products must be marketed truthfully regarding the Indian heritage and tribal affiliation of the producers, so as not to mislead the consumer. It is illegal to market an art or craft item using the name of a tribe if a member, or certified Indian artisan, of that tribe did not actually create the art of craft item. The law covers all Indian and Indian style traditional and contemporary arts and crafts produced after 1935.
Tribal Elder Mildred Burley is very active in the community and has recently presented one of her traditional Miwok Pine Needle Baskets (for display) to Mr. David Stuart of the San Joaquin Historical Society and Museum, located at the Micke Grove Regional Park 11793 N. Micke Grove Road, Lodi, California 95240. In April 2011, Mildred presented a traditional basket and medallion to Congressman Jerry McNerney at his office at 2222 Grand Canal Blvd. #7 Stockton, California 95207. In December 2010, Mildred donated a traditional Miwok Pine Needle basket to the California Museum located at 1020 O Street, Sacramento, CA; and in July 2000, a traditional Pine Needle medallion created by Mildred was presented to Former Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, Mr. Kevin Gover, at the Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs building in Washington DC.
Besides baskets and medallions, Mildred makes, traditional necklaces, earrings, bracelets, regalia, beadwork, and cradle boards. The California Valley Miwok Tribe is very proud to feature Tribal Member/ Tribal Elder, Mildred Burley whom is always willing to teach those whom want to learn. Mildred is currently working on a traditional Pine Needle Basket (in representation of the California Valley Miwok Tribe) to be raffled off at the upcoming Annual 'Acorn Gathering' Big Time which usually takes place after the 4th Friday in September at the Chaw'se Indian Grinding Rock State Park. Directions to the park, take State Highway 88 East through Jackson to the town of Pine Grove. Take a left on the Pine Gove-Volcano Road, and about a mile and a half later you will enter the Park. The SECOND turnoff is the main entrance (the first is to the small campground).
For more information, visit the Chaw'se Indian Grinding Rock State Park at:
USA.gov Team - Tips to Prevent and Report Identity Theft
07/22/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Monday, July 22nd, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe decided to post this public service announcement (received from the USA.gov Team) because this involves subject matter that the Tribe knows all too well.
For more info call: 1-800-FED-INFO (333-4636).
Identity thieves steal your personal information to commit fraud. They can damage your credit status and make it difficult to restore your good name. Tips for preventing identity loss: Don't carry your social security card, protect your PIN, watch out for "shoulder surfers" when using an ATMs; collect mail promptly; pay attention to your billing cycles; keep your receipts and watch for unauthorized transactions; tear up and shred unwanted receipts; store information in a safe place at home and at work; don't respond to unsolicited requests for personal information in the mail, over the phone or online; install firewalls and virus-detection software on your home computer; check your credit report once a year.
Free credit reports: You can request a free credit report once a year from each of the three major credit reporting agencies – Equifax, Exporian, and TransUnion. You may want to request your credit reports one at a time, every four months, so you can monitor your credit throughout the year without having to pay for the report. (If you ask the credit bureaus directly, they will charge you a fee to obtain your report.) To order your free report, you must go through http://www.annualcreditreport.com
or call 1-877-322-8228.
Medical Identity Theft: Medical identity theft can occur when someone steals your personal information number to obtain medical care, buy medications, or submit fake claims to your insurer or Medicare in your name. If you believe you have been a victim of medical identity theft, file a complaint with the FTC at 1-877-438-4338 or http://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov
For more information about Medicare fraud, visit: http://www.stopmedicarefraud.gov
Beware Investment Fraud: Deceptive pitches for investment often misrepresent or leave out facts to promote fantastic profits with little risk. No investment is risk-free, and a high rate of return greater risk. Beware if a salesperson pressures you to invest immediately, promises quick profits, or uses words such as "guarantee," "high return, "or "limited offer."
Protecting Your Privacy: Identity thieves steal your personal information to commit fraud. They can damage your credit status and cost you time and money to restore your good name.
Reporting Identity Theft: If your identity has been stolen, you can use an ID Theft Affidavit to report the theft to most of the parties involved. All three credit bureaus and many major creditors accept the affidavit. Request a copy of the document by calling toll-free 1-877-438-4338 or visit http://www.ftc.gov/idtheft/
National Do Not Call Registry: The federal government's Do Not Call Registry allows you to restrict telemarketing call permanently by registering your phone number at http://www.donotcall.gov
or by calling 1-888-382-1222.
Credit Checks – A New Part of the Hiring Process: If you are in the market for a new job, remember that potential employees are reviewing your credit history – For more information about what to know when looking for a job, visit:
Single copies of the current Consumer Action Handbook are available by writing: Handbook, Federal Citizen Information Center, Pueblo, Colorado 81009. The Handbook can also be viewed and ordered online at http://www.usa.gov/consumer-action-handbook/order-form.shtml
July FDPIR USDA Food Dist. – USDA Recipes Cookbook and CDC Extreme Heat Prevention Guide
07/19/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Friday, July 19th, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe held its monthly USDA Food Distribution.
The USDA Food recipients are always happy to pick up their monthly food allotments from Tule River Staffer Ronald Buckman. Even in hard times, there are plenty of smiles to go around. The Tribe and the participants are grateful to the Tule River Staff for scheduling the food pick up early in the morning (from 8:00 – 9:00 am) because it beats the searing summer heat. Mr. Buckman handed out new USDA "A Harvest of Recipes with USDA Foods" Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) cookbooks (dated May 2013).
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Food Distribution Division is pleased to provide this recipe book developed for the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) participants and staff. A Harvest of Recipes with USDA Foods is a collection of delicious recipes adapted from regional and traditional ones submitted by tribal members, and new ones created. These recipes have been tested to make sure they will produce the stated number of servings. They also meet the latest recommendations from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. You can find additional resources for USDA Foods including other recipes on the Food Distribution Division Website:
CVMT received a pfd hand-out from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention regarding "Extreme Heat – A Prevention Guide." CVMT shared theses handouts with the USDA Food recipients, especially since this summer has been seeing triple digit highs. It is important to know that extreme heat can be very dangerous, leading to heat stroke and death. Heat stroke occurs when your temperature rises quickly and your body cannot cool down. This condition is life-threatening, but it is preventable. Here are some tips for preventing heat-related illness: Stay in air-conditioned space if possible. If your home is not air-conditioned, go to a public library, heat-relief shelter, or other cool location. Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing. Cut back on exercise. Closely watch those who are at high risk of heart-related illness, including older adults, young children, and individuals with physical and/or mental illnesses. NEVER leave anyone in an enclosed, parked vehicle.
CVMT sincerely thanks the Tule River Reservation (USDA Food Program, Mr. Richard McDarment, USDA FDIR Director, Mrs. Patricia Salas, USDA FDIR Intake Manager, Mr. Jesus Salas, USDA FDIR Staff, and Mr. Ronald Buckman, USDA FDIR Staff & driver, and a special thank you to the CDC for sharing the prevention guide regarding extreme heat.
Camp Kote 2013 – Native Kids Enjoy Overnight Campout at Eagal Lakes, Tracy CA
07/13-14/2013 – Mrs. Daveen Williams (Tribal Member of the California Valley Miwok Tribe) organized an overnight campout called Camp Kote (means to Eat, Dance, Gather & Sing) for American Indian kids ranging from age 5 through 18. The group consisted of about 25 participants. All the participants were native kids from different tribes. The kids enjoyed activities such as making traditional Miwok baskets, medallions and necklaces. Other activities included hiking, biking, swimming, fishing; canoeing, and learning about nature and the natural environment. Chaperone Bella Williams taught the kids how to make ice cream in a freezer bag. Not a dull moment was had. It was hilarious to see the boys and girls competing to get their tents up first.
For some, this was the first time of ever experiencing an overnight campout and being that the age range was as young as 5 years old, safety was a priority. The kids were taught how to safely wear their life jackets, and the importance of swimming and exploring the camp site (and facilities) in pairs and/or groups at all times. It was very important that the kids understood that it's very easy for a responsible child to go exploring by themselves, taste some vegetation, approach animals and other seemingly harmless acts that could lead to serious problems. Fire safety was also explained.
Healthy food was served, stories told, lasting friendships were made and the weather was perfect. By the end of the campout, participants were already talking about next year. Miwok Elder, Ms. Gladys Jeff sang traditional Miwok songs around the campfire and the kids talked about what jobs they want when they grow up. In order for this campout to come together, Daveen sold Indian tacos, necklaces and medallions to raise the money needed to purchase the necessary supplies for the campout. Daveen also accepted some donations Everyone enjoyed the fresh out-door air, the cool water and all the events that all summed up to a very successful campout.
CVMT sincerely thanks Tribal Member, Daveen Williams for her love of teaching native children the Miwok culture and for making it possible for these kids to enjoy a fun and safe campout within our own county of San Joaquin. CVMT would also like to thank the kindhearted people who helped chaperone the children and events, Mr. Doug Williams, Ms. Raquel Williams, Bella Williams, Leanna Italiana; Miwok Elder, Ms. Gladys Jeff; and a special thank you to Karen & John Eagal of Eagal Lakes,Tracy California.
Executive Order Establishing White House Council on Native American Affairs
06/26/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Wednesday, June 26th
, 2013, Chairperson Silvia Burley received an email from Mr. Charles Galbraith, Associate Director for Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House in regards to an immediate press release announcing that President Obama signed an Executive Order Establishing the White House Council on Native American Affairs.
The Executive Order reiterates that the United States of America recognizes a government-to-government relationship, as well as a unique legal and political relationship, with federally recognized tribes. This order establishes a national policy to ensure that the Federal Government engages in a true and lasting government-to-government relationship with federally recognized tribes in a more coordinated and effective manner, including better carrying out its trust responsibilities. The Council shall improve coordination of Federal programs and the use of resources available to tribal communities.
The Secretary of the Interior shall serve as the Chair of the Council, which shall also include the heads of the following executive departments, agencies, and offices: the Dept. of the State; Dept. of the Treasury; Dept. of Defense; Dept. of Justice; Dept. of Agriculture; Dept. of Commerce; Dept. of Labor; Dept. of Health and Human Services; Dept. of Housing and Urban Development; Dept. of Transportation; Dept. of Energy; Dept. of Education; Dept. of Veterans Affairs; Office of Management and Budget; Environmental Protection Agency; Small Business Administration; Council of Economic Advisers; Office of National Drug Control Policy; Domestic Policy Council; National Economic Council; Office of Science and Technology Policy; Council of Environmental Quality; White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs; Advisory Council on Historic Preservation; Denali Commission; and such other executive departments, agencies, and offices as the Chair may, from time to time, designate.
The Council shall coordinate its outreach to federally recognized tribes through the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. The Council shall coordinate its policy development through the Domestic Policy Council. For the purposes of this order, "American Indian and Alaska Native" means a member of an Indian Tribe, as membership is defined by the tribe.
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian - Repatriation and Reburial
06/18/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Tuesday, June 18th
, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe met with Mr. Terry Snowball, Repatriation Coordinator for the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.; in regards to the scheduled repatriation of unassociated burial objects that were originally taken from four sites within the cultural territory of the Plains Miwok and Northern Valley Yokuts (San Joaquin County). The reburial (of which no human remains were involved) is scheduled for June 19th
The National Museum of the American Indian Act (NMAI Act) was enacted in 1989 and by law, requires that all museums that receive federal funding are to return specified items, including human remains and sacred objects, to the tribes with whom they are culturally affiliated. On May 19th
, 2008, the Santa Rosa Rancheria Tachi Yokut Tribe initiated the repatriation process claim request. On February 18th
, 2013, the Smithsonian Institution NMAI Board of Trustees approved the claim request for the repatriation of unassociated burial objects taken from San Joaquin County, California.
In March 2012, Carrie Feldman attempted to consult with all of the potentially affiliated tribes regarding these funerary objects. The signatory tribes for the repatriation are as follows: the Santa Rosa Rancheria Tachi Yokut Tribe (Lemoore, CA), Tule River Reservation (Porterville, CA), and the California Valley Miwok Tribe (Stockton, CA). Items repatriated consisted of a bone awl, pestles, a small double pointed stone, sea shell (funerary object inferred); bone harpoon points, a bone from an eagle claw, a mortar, disc shell beads; charred fragments of fishnet and basketry, charred acorns and shell beads.
The NAGPRA repatriation process is a complex and lengthy process that involves an ongoing collaboration between tribes, their cultural departments and staff, the museum staff, Repatriation Coordinator, Research Specialist, the Museum Director, and Board of Trustees.
The Tribal Council of the California Valley Miwok Tribe, Chairperson Silvia Burley, Vice Chairperson Anjelica Paulk and Secretary Treasurer Rashel Reznor would like to thank all whom were involved in the joint cooperation for a successful repatriation and reburial (at an undisclosed location) of unassociated burial objects from San Joaquin County.
Forever grateful to the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Board of Trustees, Mr. Kevin Gover, Director (NMAI), Ms. Jacquetta Swift, Repatriation Manager (NMAI), Mr. Terry Snowball, Repatriation Coordinator (NMAI); Ms. Carrie Feldman, Research Specialist (NMAI); Santa Rosa Tachi Yokut Tribal Council; Chairman Ruben Barrios (Tachi Yokut Tribe); Cultural Committee Chairman Elmer Thomas (Tachi Yokut Tribe); Cultural Specialist / NAGPRA Coordinator, Mr. Hector (Lalo) Franco (Tachi Yokut Tribe); Mr. Pete Alanis (Tachi Yokut Tribe); Archaeological Technician / Cultural Specialist, Ms. Shana Brum (Tachi Yokut Tribe); Chairman Neil Payron (Tule River Res); Director, Department of Environmental Protection, Ms. Kerri Vera (Tule River Res); Mr. Karl Stromayer, Ph.D., Ms. Kim Forest, FWS; Mr. Bob Parris, FWS; and Mr. Peter Kelly, FWS. Our apologies to anyone we may have inadvertently left off the thank you list.
June 2013 USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
06/18/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Tuesday, June 18th
, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe held its monthly USDA Food Distribution.For the readers whom may be uninformed of what the Food Distribution on Indian Reservations program is, FDPIR provides USDA commodity foods to low-income households living on Indian reservations and to American Indian households residing in approved areas near reservations. Low-income American Indian and non-Indian households that reside on a reservation and households living in approved areas near a reservation that contain at least one person who is a member of a federally-recognized tribe, are eligible to participate in FDPIR. Households are certified based on income and resource standards set by the federal government, and must be recertified at least every 12 months. Elderly and disabled households may be certified for up to 24 months.
Each month, participating households receive a food allotment to help them maintain a nutritionally balanced diet. An example of the foods that are distributed within the FDPIR program are: frozen ground beef, beef roast, chicken, canned meats, poultry, and fish; canned fruits, vegetables, beans, soups, and spaghetti sauce; pastas, cereals, rice, and other grains; cheese, egg mix, lowfat ultra high temperature milk, nonfat dry milk, and evaporated milk; flour, cornmeal, bakery mix, and crackers; dried beans and dehydrated potatoes; juices, dried fruit, peanuts and peanut butter. For more information, or to receive a USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) application, you may contact the CVMT Tribal Office at (209) 931-4567.
CVMT sincerely thanks the Tule River Reservation (USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations), Mr. Richard McDarment, USDA FDIR Director, Mrs. Patricia Salas, USDA FDIR Intake Manager, Mr. Jesus Salas, USDA FDIR Staff, and Mr. Ronald Buckman, USDA FDIR Staff & driver.
The Health Care Law and You - The Affordable Care Act - Help Get the Word Out
06/18/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe was recently contacted by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), for the purpose of distributing educational information about the "Affordable Care Act" to CVMT's network of contacts.
It's important for all American Indians and Alaska Natives to understand the benefits and choices available to them when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect. In March 2010, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act. The law included a permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. The government's historical and unique legal relationship with Indian tribes is based on treaties, laws, and Supreme Court decisions. Indian Health Service offers health care to American Indians / Alaskan Natives (AI/AN) on or near Indian reservations and in some Urban Indian communities.
The law increases your access to affordable care. Insurance companies must now pay the cost of many preventive services such as cancer screening, mammograms and colonoscopies, vaccinations such as flu, mumps and measles; blood pressure screening, cholesterol screening, tobacco cessation counseling and interventions, birth control, depression screening and more… visit http://www.healthcare.gov/prevention
for a full list.
In 2014, families and small business owners who buy their own coverage can shop for private health insurance in a new, competitive marketplace in their state - called Affordable Insurance Exchange – where private insurers will compete for your business. Members of Congress will buy insurance there, too. Another improvement will be that discriminating against anyone with a pre-existing condition will be illegal; insurance companies won't be able to charge women more than men, and tax credits will make buying insurance more affordable.
To learn more about HealthCare.gov, visit http://www.healthcare.gov/
- To find more information regarding American Indians and Alaskan Natives (AI/AN), visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service - Indian Health Service (IHS) website at http://www.ihs.gov
The California Valley Miwok Tribe would like to thank Tina Swannack, Communications Associate at Kauffman and Associates, Inc., and the Center for Medicare and Medical Services (CMS).
Presentation by Susan Lal, RHA, Inc., Regarding Discounted Phone Service Program
06/07/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Friday, June 7th
, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe hosted a presentation by Susan Lal, RHA, Inc., regarding the California LifeLine Program and the Enhanced LifeLine for Tribal Lands.
Ms. Susan Lal was very gracious to accept an invitation by the California Valley Miwok Tribe to do an on-site presentation regarding the California LifeLine Program and the Enhanced LifeLine for Tribal Lands Program, which are discounted phone services provided by the California Public Utilities Commission.
Ms. Lal spoke about how the California LifeLine program provides discounted basic home phone service to qualified households. She also emphasized that the California LifeLine discounts do not begin until after the California LifeLine Administrator approves the application form, and that while waiting to be approved, a consumer will pay the regular rates for basic home phone service. After receiving the application, the California LifeLine Administrator will mail either an approval or disqualification letter to the applicant. If approved, participation in California LifeLine will start on the date the phone service began or on the date the applicant asked to be on California LifeLine, whichever is later.
The discounts will be shown as bill credits. The phone company can also refund the difference between the regular rates and the California LifeLine discounted rates for basic home phone service if there is a net credit of more than $10. The California LifeLine discounts will last for only one year unless the California LifeLine participant renews his or her participation.
For more information visit http://www.californialifeline.com
, or you may call the California LifeLine Call Center, from 7am to 7pm, Monday through Friday at 866-272-0349.
CVMT would like thank Ms. Susan Lal for her informative presentation, and the attendees; Commander Richard Windfeathers Muniz, Mrs. Joni Drake, Mrs. Daveen Williams, Ms. Rose Mose and Mrs. Mildred Burley for their concerns, suggestions and comments.
USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) – Making a Positive Impact
05/31/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
USDA Summer Food Service Program, Summer Food Rocks, Find Sites Serving Summer Meals – Call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE. Visit www.whyhunger.org/findfood to find help getting food for your family.
The California Valley Miwok Tribe has received an email from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) about the USDA Summer Food Service Program. This program is designed to help fill the summer food gap for low-income children by reimbursing organizations that serve children meals at feeding sites during summer months. Schools, churches, recreation centers, playgrounds, parks, clinics and camps can provide summer meals in neighborhoods with high percentages of low income families, making a positive impact on the lives of hungry children. In California, this program only reaches 2 of every 10 children experiencing food insecurity!
You can help make a difference in the lives of hungry children. The USDA wants to make sure that every child in need has access to summer meals. Please share this information. You can download the Summer Food Rocks flyer in English here (click to open)
and the Spanish language version here (click to open)
CVMT sincerely thanks the United States Department of Agriculture for bringing this valuable information to our attention.
USDA Food Distribution and CPUC Discount Phone Service Program
05/21/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Tuesday, May 21st
, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe held its monthly USDA Food Distribution. As recipients arrived to pick up their monthly USDA food allotments, Chairperson Silvia Burley passed out pamphlets regarding the California LifeLine Program. The California LifeLine Program is a service provided by the California Public Utilities Commission.
The two discounted phone service programs pamphlets that were provided to CVMT are: 1.) LifeLine for Tribal Lands, an Enhanced LifeLine for Tribal lands provides discounted home phone service to qualified households. With the Enhanced LifeLine discounts residents of federally recognized tribal lands get the opportunity to have basic phone service for as little as $1.00 a month. There's no charge for deposits for basic phone service or for toll blocking. The discounted rate for service connection is $10.00 Interest-free installment payment plans are available, and 2.) The California LifeLine for the general public. The California LifeLine Program provides discounted home phone service to qualified households. The California LifeLine discounts help consumers lower the cost of their phone bills. Consumers can get unlimited local calls for less than $7.00 a month. There's no charge for deposits or toll-blocking. The discounted rate for connection fees is $10.00. Installation payment plans are also available. Start saving money by calling your local home phone company and ask for the California LifeLine discounts.
Only one discount per household is allowed. Households must choose to get the discount either on a home phone or a cell phone, but not on both. Households cannot get the discount from multiple phone companies. After you submit your application the California LifeLine Administrator will send you a letter in the mail informing you whether or not your application was approved. For more information you may call (866) 272-0357. CVMT is hoping that the discounted phone service information will get out to all individuals whom may qualify for the program services. As for the USDA Food Distribution, as usual, it is always nice to catch up on how the recipient families are doing. Sharing recipes is something we all look forward to. The USDA Food Distribution allotments have nutritional foods that easily make many delicious meals. The popular item of late has been the canned salmon and frozen roasts.
CVMT sincerely thanks the Tule River Reservation (USDA Food Program), Mr. Richard McDarment, USDA FDIR Director, Mrs. Patricia Salas, USDA FDIR Intake Manager, Mr. Jesus Salas, USDA FDIR Staff, and Mr. Ronald Buckman, USDA FDIR Staff & driver, and CVMT would like to thank the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for the pamphlets and posters that CVMT shared within its Native community.
April USDA Food Distribution at the California Valley Miwok Tribe
04/16/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Tuesday, April 16th
, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe held its monthly USDA Food Distribution. A very joyous day was had as the USDA Food Distribution Staff distributed food allotments to awaiting recipients, and though a strong wind was blowing, the recipients had no complaints. Mrs. Daveen Williams, a tribal member of the California Valley Miwok Tribe, showed CVMT Staffer, Tiger Paulk one of the many traditional Miwok baskets she weaved as she teaches basket weaving classes through the Native American Indian Program 'Title VII'; at the Manteca Unified Elementary School located in San Joaquin County, CA.
Mrs. Williams is always cheerful and ready to assist young Native elementary school students in learning about the traditional Miwok culture. CVMT thanks Mrs. Williams for sharing with the Tribe how she is continuing to teach Miwok basket weaving to young students and the local indigenous community who are interested in learning more about the traditional Miwok culture.
The Tribe would also like to thank the Tule River Reservation (USDA Food Program), Mr. Richard McDarment, USDA FDIR Director, Mrs. Patricia Salas, USDA FDIR Intake Manager, Mr. Jesus Salas, USDA FDIR Staff, and Mr. Ronald Buckman, USDA FDIR Staff & driver.
March 2013 USDA Food Distribution at the California Valley Miwok Tribe
03/12/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Tuesday, March 12th
, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe held its monthly USDA Food Distribution.
With the time change being moved ahead one hour, recipients are enjoying warmer mornings when they come to pick up their allotments. The California Valley Miwok Tribe first initiated the USDA Food Program in 2009, making this the fourth year that CVMT has been distributing USDA Food allotments to needy families and individuals. USDA Food Applications can be requested by calling the Tribal Office at 209-931-4567.
The California Valley Miwok Tribe sincerely thanks the Tule River Reservation (USDA Food Program), Mr. Richard McDarment, USDA FDIR Director, Mrs. Patricia Salas, USDA FDIR Intake Manager, Mr. Jesus Salas, USDA FDIR Staff, and Mr. Ronald Buckman, USDA FDIR Staff & driver.
CVMT Celebrates 10th Anniversary of –NSN.gov Domain & Official Website
03/01/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
Thank you all for visiting the California Valley Miwok Tribe's official website. In order to have an -nsn.gov domain name and official -nsn.gov website, you must be a federally recognized tribe.
On Friday, March 1st
, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe celebrated the tenth year anniversary of its -nsn.gov domain name and official website. It's hard to believe that a decade of reporting tribal events have passed by so quickly.
The California Valley Miwok Tribe's Tribal Council and Tribal Members are happy to share their memories through an array of photos, celebrating an overview of just some of the events of the past ten years of reporting on its -nsn.gov website. On this first day of March 2013, we celebrate an amazing achievement of success, with gratitude to all those whom have been participants in our reporting over these past ten years. It really is true that a picture is worth a thousand words.
Secretariat of State – From the Vatican, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
02/26/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Tuesday, February 26th
, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe received correspondence (Post Dated Feb 22, 2013) from The Vatican, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI; signed by Monsignor Peter B. Wells, Assessor, Apostolic Nunciature located in Washington, D.C.
The Vatican as a sovereign nation has its own mail system. When the Vatican sends mail addressed to someone in the United States, you'll notice it is postmarked from within the U.S. somewhere. That's because the Vatican only uses its own couriers, routinely traveling to the U.S. on a daily basis, to carry US mail over and mail it within the US.
During the holiday season of December 2012, the California Valley Miwok Tribe sent season's greetings and a wish for a Happy New Year to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, Vatican City, Europe. On Tuesday, February 26th, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe received a letter acknowledging CVMT's greetings sent to him for Christmas and the New Year. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI also sent his Apostolic Blessing. Included with the letter were two pictures.
The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) is a custom and tradition Miwok tribe that highly respects all peoples' religions and beliefs, and is very thankful for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI's act of kindness for responding to our 2012 season's greetings; and furthermore, the Tribe is elated for receiving a blessing from His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
Through media reports, CVMT has learned that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI as of Thursday, February 28, 2013, resigned his position as Pope, and shall from this day forward be known as the Emeritus Pope, as he continues to live at the Vatican in retirement. All at the California Valley Miwok Tribe send our love and well wishes to His Holiness Emeritus Pope in his retirement.
Sierra Foothills Storm Does Not Delay USDA Food Distribution at CVMT
02/20/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Wednesday, February 20th
, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe carried out its USDA Food Distribution Program without a hitch.On the previous day, the Tule River Food Distribution staff distributed USDA commodity foods to eligible recipients at the Tuolumne Rancheria. A severe winter storm in the Sierra foothills area stranded many drivers by surprise. Amongst those whom were stuck in the storm were Tule River USDA Food Distribution staffer Jesus Salas, Tule River USDA Food Intake Manager, Mrs. Patricia Salas and Tule River USDA Food Distribution Director, Mr. Richard McDarment.
Luckily for the California Valley Miwok Tribe and the eligible recipients (whom participate in the USDA Food program held monthly at the Tribal Offices in Morada, located in San Joaquin County), Mr. Ronald Buckman, Tule River USDA Food Distribution Staffer and Driver was able to leave the Tuolumne Rancheria before the snow accumulated. The blizzard-like conditions caused between 50 and 75 cars to become stranded along a long stretch of roadway in Tuolumne County.
Mr. Buckman delivered commodity foods to the awaiting families whom rely on the monthly distribution at the Morada site. They were very thankful that Mr. Buckman did not get stuck in the upcountry winter storm. Through rain, high winds, sleet and snow, Mr. Buckman showed up on time to distribute the commodity foods. As usual, his smile and warm sense of humor brought joy to all.
CVMT is very happy to report that after being stranded for 6 hours in wintery blizzard-like conditions, Richard, Jesus and Patricia made it home safely. CVMT truly appreciates all the obstacles that the Tule River staff overcome as they do their jobs to bring nutritional foods to families in need. Thank you Tule River Reservation (USDA Food Program), Mr. Richard McDarment, USDA FDIR Director, Mrs. Patricia Salas, USDA FDIR Intake Manager, Mr. Jesus Salas, USDA FDIR Staff, and Mr. Ronald Buckman, USDA FDIR Staff & Driver.
Delta Mercury Exposure Reduction Project
02/19/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Tuesday, February 19th
, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe hosted a meeting with several representatives from the California Department of Public Health, Ms. Janis Cooke, Ph. D.; representing the California Regional Water Control Board, Central Valley Region, and invited guests, Mr. Gary Prost, Field Representative from Congressman Jerry McNerney's Stockton Office, and Mr. Richard "Windfeathers" Muniz, Commander of the San Joaquin County Native American Veterans Lodge.
The Central Valley Water Board has established the Delta Mercury Exposure Reduction Program (Delta MERP) to reduce the consumption of mercury-contaminated fish. The Central Valley Water Board staff is developing a work plan to reduce exposure to mercury from Delta fish. The program will be funded by wastewater dischargers, state and federal agencies with jurisdiction over waterways, farmers and land managers in the Delta.
The primary goals of the Delta MERP are to: Involve local organizations that serve Delta fish consumers and their families (such as tribes, community-based groups, and county health departments) in the design and implementation of the exposure reduction program; Develop and implement community-based activities to reduce mercury exposure from Delta fish; Raise awareness and understanding of fish contamination issues among fishing populations; and provide information and tools that encourage consumers to change their fishing behaviors in ways to reduce their exposure.
CDPH and the Central Valley Water Board invites community-based organizations, tribes, fish consumers, fishermen, fishing organizations, and other community representatives with an interest in reducing exposure to mercury in fish to participate in the Delta MERP.
The California Valley Miwok Tribe would like to thank the Department of Public Health Representatives, Ms. Olga Martinez, Ms. Rebecca Lakew, Ms. Alyce Ujihara, Mr. Ian Walker and Mr. Primitivo Rojas-Cheatham; Ms. Janis Cooke, Ph. D., representing the California Regional Water Control Board, Central Valley Region; Mr. Gary Prost, Field Representative from Congressman Jerry McNerney's Stockton Office, for his attendance over the congressman's concerns for the health and welfare of all the citizens that reside within the congressman's district and Mr. Richard "Windfeathers" Muniz, Commander of the San Joaquin County Native American Veterans Lodge for bringing a different perspective and bringing forth both concerns and issues during the meeting in representation of groups, organizations, and local individuals that he works with.
January 2013 USDA Food Distribution at the California Valley Miwok Tribe
01/22/2013 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Tuesday, January 22nd
, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe held its monthly USDA Food Distribution. It was a cold morning and many recipients were happy to get their allotments and get back to a warm house. The chill was in the air but at least it wasn't raining.
CVMT is more than happy to email USDA Food applications upon request. If there is anyone out there who believes they may meet the eligibility requirements and would like to apply to the food program, you may email the California Valley Miwok Tribe at email@example.com to request for an application to be emailed to you.
To show our appreciation, CVMT sincerely thanks the Tule River Reservation (USDA Food Program), Mr. Richard McDarment, USDA FDIR Director, Mrs. Patricia Salas, USDA FDIR Intake Manager, Mr. Jesus Salas, USDA FDIR Staff, and Mr. Ronald Buckman, USDA FDIR Staff & driver.