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Updated: Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
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California Indian Basketweaving Demonstrations - State Indian Museum, Sacramento, CA

10/29/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) received a flyer regarding the upcoming California Indian Basketweaving Demonstrations event to be held at the State Indian Museum in Sacramento, California.

What:
California Indian Basketweaving Demonstrations

Native weavers share a variety of materials, techniques, and stories in a daylong showcase of basketry art!

Dixie Rogers, Karuk
Susan Campbell, Maidu
Kathy Wallace, Yurok/Karuk/Member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe
Jennifer Bates, Northern Miwuk

Where:
State Indian Museum, 2618 K Street, Sacramento, California

When:
Saturday, November 1st, 2014 from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
For more information call (916) 324-0971 or visit http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=486.
November is Native American Heritage Month. All events are free with Museum admission.

National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) - November is National Diabetes Month

10/29/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA

The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) received a flyer regarding the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP).

Each year in November, National Diabetes Month is observed and the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) continues educating the American Indian and Alaskan Native community on the topic of diabetic eye disease to avoid blindness among our people. People with diabetes should have a dilated eye exam at least one a year to detect diabetic eye disease in its early stages. Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that people with diabetes may face as a complication of the disease and includes cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. Diabetic retinopathy, the most common diabetic eye disease, is the leading cause of blindness in adults 20-74 years of age.

For more information on diabetic eye disease and tips on finding an eye care professional or financial assistance for eye care, visit www.nei.nih.gov/diabetes or call NEI at (301) 496-5248. The National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, leads the federal government's research on the visual system and eye diseases. NEI supports basic and clinical science programs that result in the development of sight-saving treatments. For more information, visit www.nei.nih.gov.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the Nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

October 2014 - USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

Pictured CVMT Staffer Tiger Paulk loads the food cart while Mr. Ron Buckman and Mr. Jesus Salas prepare more boxes to send down the conveyor.
10/21/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, the California Valley Miwok Tribe held its monthly USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).

What are the eligibility requirements for FDPIR? Low-income American Indian and non-Indian households that reside on or live near a reservation, and that contain at least one person who is a member of a Federally-recognized tribe, are eligible to participate in FDPIR. Household are certified on income and resource standards set by the Federal government, and must be re-certified at least every 12 months. Elderly and disabled households may be certified for up to 24 months.

How to Apply. You may contact the California Valley Miwok Tribe at 209.931.4567 for a USDA FDPIR application. An application (in pdf format) can be emailed to you upon request.

The CVMT Tribal Council 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.

Catching the Dream (CTD) - Scholarship Programs for Native American Students

10/20/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) received a flyer regarding the Catching the Dream Scholarship Programs for Native American Students.

What:
MESBEC: Math, Engineering, Science, Business, Education, and Computers: All science fields, medicine, business, education, math, computer science.

NALE: Native American Leadership in Education: Secondary Education, Elementary Education, Special Education, Educational Administration

TBM: Tribal Business Management: Finance, Economics, Business Administration, Accounting, Retailing, Hotel Management

Where:
8200 Mountain Road, NE, Suite 203, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone: (505) 262-2351 Fax: (505) 262-0534
Email: Main (Joy Noll) Nscholarsh@aol.com.
Executive Director: Dean Chavers, PhD., CTD4DeanChavers@aol.com.

When:
Call, phone, fax or email for guidance on how to apply. Students are encouraged to apply for all sources of funding in addition to applying to CTD. The minimum number of scholarships students will find is 40 or more. This will enable them to attend any college in the U.S.

California Rural Indian Health Board's 45th Anniversary Board of Directors Meeting

10/12/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) received a flyer regarding the upcoming California Rural Indian Health Board's (CRIHB) 45th Anniversary Board of Directors Meeting.

What: California Rural Indian Health Board's 45th Anniversary Board of Directors Meeting

Where: Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino - 17225 Jersey Avenue, Lemoore, CA

When: October 16 -18, 2014

Featured Speakers are: Cecilia Fire Thunder, Stacy A. Bohlen, Senator Andy Vidak; and Mitch Factor.

Cultural Night: Torres Martinez Birdsingers - Thursday, October 16th, 7:00 pm

Statewide Indian Health Policy Discussion - Friday, October 17, 1:30 pm - This discussion will focus on improving the health status of American Indians living in tribal communities across California

Awards Banquet & Comedy Night - Friday, October 17th, 5:30 pm

Red Bloods Band, Saturday, October 18th, 7:00 pm

You are invited to join the California Rural Indian Health Board, Tribal Health Programs and tribal leaders of the Tribal Governments Consultation Committee in our three-day meeting. There is no cost to attend, but donations are appreciated.

Register Online: http://www.45bod.eventzilla.net

CVMT Miwok Language Retention Program, Central Component of Cultural Identity

California Valley Miwok Tribe - Miwok Language Retention Program (CVMT-MLRP)
09/20/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe believes that its cultural identity not only consists of passing on its traditional knowledge and skills of ceremonies, dances, songs, medicines, preparing and cooking foods, arts and crafts, spiritual beliefs, sacred stories, hunting and gathering practices and retaining the Miwok language.

Although the languages of the American Indians have survived under the enormous pressures to assimilate, they are by no means healthy, and many face extinction. Language contains generations of wisdom. When a language is lost, the knowledge that language represents is also lost.

The California Valley Miwok Tribe, being a Custom and Tradition Tribe, believes that it is of critical importance, for the survival of our traditional Miwok language, that our Tribal members are able to speak the Miwok language fluently. Therefore, the California Valley Miwok Tribe - Miwok Language Retention Program (CVMT-MLRP) was established in the year of 2000. The main purpose of the Miwok language program (Tribal Miwok Dictionary) is to help our members retain the traditional Central Valley / Northern Sierra Miwok Language. The Tribe believes that retaining our language is a central component of cultural identity.

September 2014 - USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

09/18/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Thursday, September 18, 2014, the California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) held its monthly USDA Food Distribution.

The FDPIR program was created by the USDA Food Nutrition Services (FNS) as an alternative to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, ie., food stamp program), for tribal members living on reservations; and Alaska Natives living within federally recognized tribal communities. The important thing to remember about the FDPIR is that, although it deals with a great amount of food, it is NOT a food bank program. Its primary purpose is to assist low-income eligible households in receiving nutritional food assistance or benefits.

How DO USDA Foods Get To You?

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), an Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), administers FDPIR at the Federal level. The program is administered locally by either a federally recognized Indian Tribe or an agency of a state government. These administering agencies determine applicant eligibility, store and distribute the foods, and provide nutrition education to program participants.

Anyone interested in learning more about the monthly USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) can contact the California Valley Miwok Tribe at (209) 931-4567, you may also email the Tribe at:
office@californiavalleymiwoktribe-nsn.gov or office@cvmt.net.

A USDA Food Distribution application (in pdf format) can be emailed to you upon request. Households that meet program eligibility requirements may be certified to participate up to 12 months.

The CVMT Tribal Council 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.

Department of Public Works, San Joaquin Co. Mandatory Water Conservation Measures

09/10/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) received an update from the Department of Public Works, San Joaquin County, Stockton, California regarding mandatory water conservation measures in effect.

California is experiencing a serious drought and everyone has been called upon to help conserve. The following mandatory water conservation measures are in effect.

San Joaquin County Water Districts - Acampo, Almond Park, Colonial Heights, Corral Hollow, CSA 12 Thornton, CSA 16 Par Country EST, CSA 18 Fairway Estates, CSA 30 Manteca Industrial, CSA 31 Flag City, CSA 35 Santos Ranch, CSA Clements, CSA 44 Fair Oaks, CSA 44 Zone E Castello EST, CSA 44 Zone G Carbona STN, CSA 46 Morada Est North, Elkhorn, Gayla Manor, Lincoln Village, Maurland Manor, Mokelumne Acres, Morada Acres, Morada Estates, Morada Manor, Rancho San Joaquin, Raymus Village, Shaded Terrace, SJ Water Works #2, Spring Creek Estates, Sunnyside Estates, Walnut Acres, Wilkinson Manor, and Wilkinson Manor Zone A.

BASIC RULES - Restrictions are for properties within the boundaries of any County Water District. An automatic shut-off nozzle on the hose and a water bucket is required for washing vehicles or boats - An automatic shut-off nozzle is required for cleaning building exteriors - Use of water to wash driveways, patios, parking lots, etc. is prohibited - Water runoff from a property for more than ten (10) minutes is prohibited - Draining and refilling of swimming pools, spas, and ponds requires approval from the Public Works Department Director or designee.

Watering Days (effective 8/12/2014)
If your house number ends in EVEN number (0,2,4,6,8) then you may water on Wednesday and/or Friday and/or Saturday.
If your house number ends in ODD number (1,3,5,7,9) then you may water on Tuesday and/or Thursday and/or Saturday.
Watering is prohibited between the hours of 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM.
WATERING IS NOT PERMITTED ON MONDAY

For more information contact:
San Joaquin County Water Public Works Department, Utility Maintenance Division - (209) 468-3090

8th Annual Santa Ynez Chumash Cultural Days - Oct 18-19, 2014 Santa Ynez, California

09/09/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) received a flyer from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Cultural Department regarding the upcoming 8th Annual Santa Ynez Chumash Cultural Days event.

What: 8th Annual Santa Ynez Chumash Cultural Days

Craft Booths - Handgame Tournament - Food Booth - California Style Singing & Dancing

All California Dancers Welcome! Sign up your dance group, singers and handgame team. All dance groups are required to pre-sign-up for singing & dancing by Thursday, October 16. No walk-in groups allowed. All groups will be confirmed by the Cultural Days Committee and given a time.

Contact Nakia Zavlla at (805) 688-7997 or email: nzavalla@santaynezchumash.org
Handgame Tournament: Contact Erick Mason (760) 920-8625 or email: ahdzaah@yahoo.com


Where: Santa Ynez Tribal Hall, 100 Via Juana Lane, Santa Ynez, California 93460

When: Saturday & Sunday, October 18-19, 2014

Note: No Drugs or Alcohol allowed

Festival of the Americas Pow Wow, Oct 4-5, 2014, El Dorado Co. Fairgrounds, Placerville CA

09/09/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) received a flyer from the Foothill Indian Education Alliance, Inc. in regards to the upcoming event, "Festival of the Americas Pow Wow".

What: Festival of the Americas Pow Wow

All Drums and Dancers Welcome - Open to the public - Free admission - Competition Dancing - Drum Contest - Open Gourd Dancing - Exhibition Dance Groups - Native Arts / Crafts - Native Food Vendors

Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville, California

When: Saturday & Sunday, October 4-5, 2014

Pow Wow information phone: (530) 621-3096 Pow Wow info email: foothill@innercite.com

Note: Absolutely no drugs, alcohol, or weapons. There will be a $5.00 parking fee payable to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Festival of the Americas Website at http://www.fotapowwow.org

August 2014 USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

While Tule River Staffer, Ron Buckman loads the conveyor, CVMT Staffer, Tiger Paulk loads a cart with food allotments for the families participating in the monthly USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations.
08/15/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Friday, August 15, 2014, 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. 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.

HPUL 1st Annual Big Time – Honoring Youth, Keeping Our Traditions Alive, August 23, 2014

08/15/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) received a flyer regarding the upcoming HPUL 1st Annual Big Time.

What: Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake – HPUL 1st Annual Big Time, “Honoring Youth Keeping Our Traditions Alive"

Where: On the back acreage lot of the Running Creek Casino, 635 E. Hwy. 20, Upper Lake, California 95485

When: Saturday, August 23rd, 2014, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

For more information contact Angelina Arroyo at (707) 275-9050 ext# 202 or email at coachyoyos@yahoo.com.

Note: Vendor booths are available

Indian Day Celebration at Twin Pine Casino & Hotel, September 20, 2014

07/31/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) received a flyer regarding an upcoming event to be hosted by the Twin Pine Casino & Hotel.

What: Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California, Twin Pine Casino & Hotel – Indian Day Celebration

Enrich yourself in this cultural experience. There will be an opening prayer, traditional dances, native cuisine and live music.

Where: Twin Pine Casino & Hotel 22223 Hwy. 29, at Rancheria Rd., Middletown, CA

When: Saturday, September 20, 2014 from Noon-5:00 PM

For more information contact Cassi DeTrinidad or Leonard Castanuela at (707) 987-1276.

Note: Artisans are invited to display their creations for sale.

Technology & Career Fair! Hosted by the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center

07/30/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) received a flyer from the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center (CIMCC) regarding the upcoming Technology & Career Fair.

What: Technology & Career Fair hosted by the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center

CIMCC is proud to host its first technology career fair. CIMCC invites organizations seeking enthusiastic youth with experience and interest in technology to come meet Native American students and family. Join CIMCC to combine talent and opportunity, share information about technological education, share career opportunities, and enjoy food and refreshments.

Where: California Indian Museum and Cultural Center 5250 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, CA

When: Saturday, August 9, 2014, from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Vendor space is complimentary. Register online today to take advantage of this opportunity!
Go to: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/techdayregistration

For more information contact Scott Anderton at (707)579-3004 or scott@cimcc.org.

July 2014 USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

USDA FDIR Staff, Mr. Ronald Buckman prepares to send another food allotment down the conveyor to CVMT Staffer, Tiger Paulk, as Mr. Paulk loads cart. July 18, 2014
07/18/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Friday, July 18, 2014, 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.

An example of the foods that recipients receive are: frozen packaged chicken, frozen beef roast, canned beef stew, canned fruits, canned green beans, canned corn, canned diced tomatoes, boxed mushroom soup, block cheese, macaroni, beans, rice, lowfat milk, flour, cornmeal, bakery mix, crackers, corn flakes, dehydrated instant potatoes, can tomato soup, dry egg mix, 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 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.

EXPO ‘14, American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California 11th Annual EXPO

07/17/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe received a flyer from the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California informing the Tribe of the upcoming event to be held at the Agua Caliente Resort on the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indian’s reservation in Rancho Mirage, California.

What: EXPO ‘14 American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California, 11th Annual EXPO – Creating Opportunities for Growth, Capacity & Sustainability.

Where: Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, Rancho Mirage, on the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indian’s reservation, Rancho Mirage, California.

When: July 20th, 21st, & 22nd, 2014

Annual EXPO ‘14 is a two and one-half conference featuring coaching sessions, tribal leaders discussions, keynote addresses, procurement panel discussions, one on one matchmaking and more. In addition to cutting-edge opportunities for real and sustainable business development, the EXPO has a couple very interesting and distinct opportunities for support: AICCC Building Infracture in Indian Country Tribal Leader Roundtable Consultation with the California Public Utilities Commission; AICCC Jr., American Indian Chamber of Commerce Youth EXPO ‘14, This Youth session has grown to over 150 youth attending from California tribes, and urban American Indian youth from all over the U.S.; and AICCC EXPO Coaching Sessions – Each Native American business and tribal enterprise that attends will have the opportunity to meet one on one with buyers and review their forecasts.

Registration & Information:
Events Ph: (213) 448-2330
AICC CA Headquarters
555 West Fifth St., 31st Floor, Los Angeles, California 90013
Online registration available to to http://www.aicccal.org

29th Annual California Indian Conference - 2nd Call for Workshops and Papers

07/17/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe received a flyer from the California State University, San Bernardino – College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, informing the Tribe that the 29th Annual California Indian Conference is scheduled to be held on October 9-11, 2014.

What: 29th Annual California Indian Conference, hosted by the California State University (CSU), San Bernardino, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies
When: October 9-11, 2014

2nd Call for Workshops and Papers:
To California Indian leaders, researchers, faculty, and students of California Indian affairs, we invite submissions for workshops, papers or sessions for presentation at the California Indian Conference 29th annual meeting 2014 held at California State University, San Bernardino, October 9-11. This year’s theme is “Silenced Voices: California Natives’ Survivance and Revitalization”. Suggested content areas include: Cultural Sovereignty & Identity; Land Conservancy – Indigenous Paradgms; Revitalization – Bird-Singing; Non-Recognized Native Peoples in California (Southern California region); Decolonization and Revitalization; Silenced Voices – Descendants Tell Our Own Stories and Histories; Museum Representation and Repatriation; Genocide, Resistance and Survival; Cultural Resources Management; Education & Media; and Nation-Building.


Deadlines:
July 30, 2014: Proposals / abstracts and sessions due – 2nd round
August 30, 2014: All submissions due – final round
September 20, 2014: Finalized presentations set, program listings in final set

Please email your submission to CIC@csusb.edu. Website information available at http://californiaindianconference2014.org

"Sliver Of A Full Moon", Presented by NIWRC and Indian Law Resource Center

07/16/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe received a flyer from the Indian Law Resource Center regarding the upcoming Sliver of a Full Moon, a play by Mary Kathryn Nagle. Presented by the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) and Indian Law Resource Center.

Sliver of a Full Moon is a portrayal of resistance and celebration – the story of a movement to restore safety and access to justice to indigenous women and girls in the United States. Yet, the story is still dire, as millions of indigenous women around the world continue to suffer disproportionately high and multiple forms of discrimination and violence not only because they are women, but because they are members of indigenous communities. This play by Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee) is being staged alongside the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples to recognize, strengthen, and honor the growing global movement to end this human rights crisis. Together we are stronger.

What: Sliver of a Full Moon, a play by Mary Kathryn Nagle
When: Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 1:00 pm
Where: Church Center for the UN Chapel, 777 1st Ave., E. 44th St., New York City, NY

The performance is free, but seating is limited. For more information, email mary.kathryn.nagle@gmail.com or visit http://www.sliverofafullmoon.org/#schedule

Redding Rancheria’s Stillwater Pow Wow, Oct. 3-5, 2014, Shasta District Fairgrounds

07/16/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe received a flyer from the Redding Rancheria informing the Tribe of the upcoming Redding Rancheria Stillwater Pow Wow, Open to the public. No drugs or alcohol allowed. Limited spaces available.

What: Redding Rancheria Stillwater Pow Wow to be held at the Shasta District Fairgrounds

All dance categories – Men and Women’s Golden Age, Men and Women’s All Around Competition, Adults, Teens, Juniors and Specials – over $15,000 in prizes! Dance Specials: Spotlights, Switch, Arena Director’s Choice – Hand Game Tournament, Drum Contest, Drop in Drums, First 5 Registered Guaranteed Session Pay.
Host Drum: Midnight Express Minneapolis, MN

When: October 3rd through 5th, 2014

For general information, please contact James Hayward, Sr. or Louise Davis at (530) 225-8979 – Host Hotel: Win-River Resort & Casino special room rate $69.00 room per night. Mention POW WOW for special room rate.

A Publication of Letters and Poems From Families to Their Missing Loved Ones

Left to right: Cover of "Letters to Our Missing" book; image of first page of "Letters to Our Missing", featuring Angela Jeff, with two poems written by Silvia Burley, Chairperson of the California Valley Miwok Tribe.
07/06/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) received a complimentary copy of the “Letters to our Missing”, a publication of letters and poems from families to their missing loved ones, compiled by Media for the Missing.

Stay Informed, Be Aware, Get Involved – It happens every day. Vanished leaving little or no clues behind. Search after search, yet not a trace. How does someone just disappear? Media for the Missing serves as a media outlet to help ensure missing people of all ages, race, ethnicity, gender, and economic status receive equal and adequate exposure through highly viewable methods to assist the public with identifying and locating missing persons.

“Letters to our Missing”, 1st Edition, evolved to give families a voice through their written words. This book encloses many voices of hope, determination and the will to never give up and provides additional exposure for their missing love one. “It takes a Nation to be aware, it only takes one to recognize a missing person.”

Silvia Burley, Chairperson of the California Valley Miwok Tribe contributed to the book “Letters to our Missing”, two personally written poems and a picture of her cousin Angela Jeff to memorialize Angela who has been missing since 1979, last seen in Oakland, California. Chairperson Burley said, “Angela was and will always be like a sister to me, the emptiness of not knowing what happened to her is something that has stayed with me all these years, I’m thankful that there are organizations like Media for the Missing whom have kept the awareness of missing loved ones in the eye of the public. With this exposure, I hope answers will be forthcoming and her family can finally have closure and the healing process can begin.”

For more information, contact info@mediaforthemissing.org, on FaceBook at: www.facebook.com/Media4theMissing.
Stephanie Coplen, Founder, Media for the Missing, Inc. (501c3) www.mediaforthemissing.org.

Waterloo-Morada Fire District – Cooling Zone, San Joaquin County

07/05/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe received a flyer regarding a Cooling Zone that the Morada Fire Station is establishing. Basically, the Cooling Zone is a place for anyone in the community (especially the elderly or medically sensitive) whom needs to have a temporary area of refuge during the day for relief from the heat. The Cooling Zone will be air-conditioned and cold bottled water will be available for hydration.

Where: The Waterloo-Morada Fire District will establish a Cooling Zone at Fire Station 15-1 Recreation Hall located at 6925 E. Foppiano Ln., Stockton, California 95212 on an as needed and limited basis.

When: The community will be notified of the Cooling Zone days and hours of operation through the Morada Area Association email system. The Cooling Zone will be open to the public based on local weather forecast, the NWS Heat Emergency Phase criteria and as determined by the Fire Chief. According to the National Weather Service, the San Joaquin Valley is expected to experience higher than normal temperatures throughout the month’s of June through September 2014.

Note: Please, we ask that you respect the firefighters’ firehouse environment as this is their home away from home. They are on-duty and may have to leave on a 9-1-1 emergency and other business. We ask that you limit your stay to the Recreation Hall unless directed by the on-duty Captain.

For more information please call the Fire Station 15-1 at (209) 931-3107.

Picayune Rancheria Chukchansi Pow Wow, October 3rd - 5th, 2014, Coarsegold, California

06/30/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) received a flyer from the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians regarding their upcoming Pow Wow scheduled for October 3-5, 2014, 711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold, California.

What:
Picayune Rancheria Chuckchansi POW WOW
Dance Contest / Specials Saturday & Sunday – Drum Contest, Dance Competition, Golden Age, Adult, Teen & Junior Categories – Specials: Potato Dance, Switch Up, Chicken Dance and Hand Drum. Princess Contest & Brave Contest.

Where:
711 Luck Lane, Coarsegold California – Free Admission & Open to the Public!

When:
October 3-5, 2014

For Lodging Information: 1 (800) 794-6946 Camping Space Available – RSVP Required. Contact Information: Theresa Johnson (559) 760-4853 / Chris Works (599) 760-7072

*** Please bring your own chairs! - No Pets, Drugs or Alcohol ***

20th Annual Sacramento Contest Pow Wow – August 8-10, 2014 - Open To The Public

06/29/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) received a flyer from the Sacramento Pow Wow, regarding their upcoming 20th Annual Sacramento Contest Pow Wow to be held on August 8-10, 2014, in Sacramento, CA.

What:
20th Annual Sacramento Contest Pow Wow
Open to the Public – Free Parking – Everyone is Welcome!

Where:
O’Neil Park, 715 Broadway, Sacramento, California 94296

When:
August 8-10, 2014

For more information, phone : (916) 804-7326 or email: wailaki10@comcast.net

Note: Absolutely NO alcohol / drugs – Bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on – Limited camping available – contact committee – www.sacpowwow.org

June 2014 - USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

CVMT’s Tribal staffer, Tiger Paulk, assisted Tule River staffer, Mr. Ron Buckman, to unload USDA commodity foods from the semi-truck. CVMT Tribal Office, Stockton, CA.
06/20/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Friday, June 20, 2014, the California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) held its monthly USDA Food Distribution. CVMT’s Tribal staffer, Tiger Paulk assisted Tule River staffer, Mr. Ron Buckman unload USDA commodity foods from the semi truck.

Anyone interested in learning more about the monthly USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) can contact the California Valley Miwok Tribe at (209) 931-4567, you may also email the Tribe at office@californiavalleymiwoktribe-nsn.gov or office@cvmt.net.

A USDA Food Distribution application (in pdf format) can be emailed to you upon request.

The CVMT Tribal Council 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.

CIMCC to Host Free Summer Camp for Tribal Youth Ages 10+

06/20/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe received a flyer from the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center (CIMCC) regarding two planned GIS Camps for Tribal Youth. This summer, the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center (CIMCC) will host two free GIS Camps for Tribal Youths.

What: Develop a new GIS exhibit of California Indian Country – Learn new skills in technology and research – Meet with tribal elders, scholars and professionals – Learn tribal, historical, cultural and language information – Meet and share new experiences with other Native youth – Discover upcoming community, educational and internship opportunities – Hike, play games and have fun!

When: Two Sessions – June 23 – 27, 2014 and August 4-8, 2014
Day Camps at CIMCC – Session 1: June 23 & 27, 2014, Session 2: August 4 & 8
KOA Cloverdate Camping Resort (overnight) – Session 1: June 24 – 26, 2014, and Session 2: August 5 – 7, 2014

Space is limited to 20 youth per session!

For application & sign up, please contact CIMCC at: cimandcc@aol.com or ask Anthony at (707) 579-3004. The California Indian Museum and Cultural Center is located in Santa Rosa, California. To learn more about CIMCC, please visit http://www.cimcc.org.

CVMT Tribal Council Meets Mr. Montel Jennings, President / CEO MLK Civic Council

Mr. Montel Jennings, President / CEO at MLK Civic Council, pictured with Silvia Burley, Chairperson of the California Valley Miwok Tribe. Photo taken at the CVMT Tribal Office, 10601 Escondido Pl., Stockton, California.
06/10/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe hosted a Meet & Greet meeting with Mr. Montel Jennings, President / CEO of the MLK Civic Council. Discussions centered around mutual concerns.

The Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Civic Council is a national organization / think tank dedicated to neighborhood empowerment, enhancement of small business opportunities, corporate partnerships, a strong commitment to labor, and linkages with the global marketplace vis-a-vis international business alliances. The MLK Civic Council is also an informational clearinghouse which provides policy updates, input from decision-makers in your community, and access to policy makers at City Hall, the Statehouse, Capitol Hill, and the White House.

Montel Jennings is the President – Board of Directors at the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Council, located at 141 Industrial Street, San Francisco, California, 94124.

Appellant's Reply Brief (In Response to the Commission's Respondent Brief)

05/25/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
All representations in the legal briefing provided here are fully supported by documents currently on record with the appellate court in San Diego, California, where this case will be decided.

This legal briefing is being posted to answer the many inquiries the Tribe has received in recent months regarding this matter.

As to the Tribe’s current situation because of this matter, the Tribe’s members have and continue to suffer immeasurably, lacking all basic services, financial compensation for fulfillment of their duties and currently defending themselves and their government from imminent eviction.

The Tribe prays that they will be afforded some sort of relief over what it believes are the wrongful and continuing illegal actions perpetrated against them by the California Gambling Control Commission, acting outside any authority given to it by the 1999 state gaming compacts.

Robinson Rancheria’s Annual California Tribal TANF Partnership Meeting in Nice, CA

05/20/2014 CTTP TANF Partnership meeting held at the Robinson Rancheria in Nice, CA.
05/20/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) is a partner Tribe of the California Tribal TANF Partnership aka CTTP TANF. On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, CVMT Chairperson Silvia Burley attended the annual CTTP TANF Partnership meeting called to order by the Robinson Rancheria Citizens Business Council in Nice, California.

History of CTTP - Robinson Rancheria is the grantee for CTTP. CTTP has been operating since 2004. When TANF was created, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) pushed for Tribal TANF programs as they felt Tribes could better serve Native American families utilizing Tribal cultures and traditions. The four purposes of Tribal TANF are to provide assistance to Native American families in need so that their children may be cared for in their own homes. To end dependency of government benefits through promoting education, career development and employment preparation. To reduce and prevent out-of-wedlock pregnancy, and to encourage healthy formation and support two-parent families.

Supportive Services: Current Supportive Service Programs: Incentive for completion of vocational, certificate and licensure programs – Bus passes or reimbursed gas mileage for participation in work and school – Reimbursed childcare for participation in work and school – Assistance with obtaining a driver’s license – Assistance with grooming and hygiene – Assistance with clothing for job search – Assistance with special tools and equipment needed for work – Clothing allowance for newly employed - Vehicle repairs – Youth Services: Incentives for grades, Assistance with extra-curricular activity and Seasonal and school clothing allowance.

CTTP is currently serving 611 families – 425 adults, 974 children – in 16 counties and 14 site offices as of April 1, 2014. CTTP serves 25 partner Tribes as well as unaffiliated Native Americans. CTTP’s new Career Development Coordinators’ focus has been on teaching a 12-week job skills program, making contacts in the community, and expanding participants’ job readiness skills with the ultimate goal of obtaining employment. Since CTTP’s inception, there has been 350 families who have left the program due to employment and becoming self sufficient.

For more information on CTTP within San Joaquin County, contact Ms. Joni Drake (site Manager at (209) 474-6890 or visit http://www.cttp.net.

May 2014 - USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

CVMT staffer Tiger Paulk assists Tule River staffer, Mr. Ron Buckman unload the USDA food allotments from the semi-truck. California Valley Miwok Tribe, Stockton, CA.
05/19/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Monday, May 19, 2014, the California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) held its monthly USDA Food Distribution. CVMT staffer Tiger Paulk assisted Tule River staffer, Mr. Ron Buckman unload the USDA commodity foods from the semi truck.

Participant Eligibility Requirements. Low-income American Indian and non-Indian households that reside on a reservation, and households living in approved areas near a reservation or in Oklahoma 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 financial (e.g., income) and non-financial standards set by the Federal government, and must be re-certified at least every 12 months. Elderly and disabled households may be certified for up to 24 months. Households may not participate in FDPIR and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the same month. For more information, contact the Tribal Office at (209) 931-4567.

The California Valley Miwok Tribe 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.

California Tribal TANF Partnership – Attention Low-Income Native American Families

05/15/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe wishes to share valuable information that may help Low-Income Native American families who may qualify for TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) services in San Joaquin County.

Eligibility – California Tribal TANF Partnership (CTTP) is a state funded social service agency. CTTP offers services and temporary assistance to Native American families in Northern and Central California. To be eligible for CTTP programs and services, applicants must go through an in-take approval process. Applying for services does not guarantee approval. Applicants must be a resident within the county service area where CTTP has an office. All households must have at least on eligible Indian child under the age of 18. The term “Indian” shall be defined as a member or descendent of a federally recognized tribe; individuals and/or descendent must be listed on the California Indian Judgment Roll.

Overview of Programs and Services – CTTP Tribal TANF Goals. To provide assistance to Native American Families in need so that their children may be cared for in their own homes. End dependence on government benefits through promoting education, career development, and employment preparation. Reduce and prevent out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Encourage healthy formation and support of parents and families. Career Development - Career Counseling, Interview and resume development, and Job Readiness Workshops. - Career Search Assistance, Job Fairs, Networking, Referrals, Internet Access, and Job Skills Training. Education – GED preparation, Good grades incentives (as funding permits), Vocation Resources, and Higher Education. Teen Pregnancy Prevention.

Supportive Services – Supportive services are provided to current participants to increase their self-sufficiency. All who meet CTTP’s program requirements are eligible for the following services: Homeless assistance for Domestic Violence victims, Child care for employed parents, Mileage reimbursement for employed parents; Newly employed clothing allowance; and School clothing allowance for children enrolled in school. Cash Assistance – Monthly cash assistance is provided to meet a family’s basic needs, such as food, clothing, shelter, utilities, household goods and personal care items. Due to anticipated cuts in funding CTTP proactively reduced some supportive services. CTTP intends to return some of these supportive services as funding permits.

Contact Ms. Joni Drake, Site Manager, CTTP San Joaquin County Office located at 3024 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, California 95204 – Phone (209) 474-6890.

The California Indian Museum Presents - Native American Sports Heroes

05/12/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe received a flyer from the California Indian Museum & Cultural Center located at Santa Rosa California, informing the Tribe about an upcoming event titled “Native American Sports Heroes.”

Native American communities have produced many sports champions. From track and field to ice skating. Native American youth have overcome tremendous challenges and (in the words of Hiram Thorpe) have “shown the world what Indians can do.” Explore the lives and experiences of Native American sports stars, from the late 19th century up to the present. Learn more about both professional and amateur players, and their triumphs over the odds.

What: The California Indian Museum Presents – Native American Sports Heroes

Where: The California Indian Museum & Cultural Center, 5250 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, California

When: June 7, 2014

Time: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

For more information and to register, visit the website at http://www.cimcc.org or you may call (707) 579-3004.

18th Annual Payomkawichum Soboba Inter-Tribal Pow Wow – Sept. 19, 20 & 21, 2014

04/28/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) received a flyer from the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians regarding their upcoming 18th Annual Payomkawichum Soboba Inter-Tribal Pow Wow to be held on September 19, 20, & 21st, 2014, San Jacinto California.

What:
18th Annual Payomkawichum Soboba Inter-Tribal POW WOW Drum Contest - Dance Contest - Bird Singing/Dancing - Peon Games

Where:
Soboba Event Center 23333 Soboba Rd., San Jacinto, California 92583 (next to the casino)

When:
September 19th, 20th, & 21st, 2014, San Jacinto California.

For Sponsor & Vendor Information contact Andrew Vallejos at (951) 203-4589
For Pow Wow information call (951) 652-5544 – Option 2

Note: Committee is not responsible for loss, theft and/or short funded travelers.

California Valley Miwok Tribe Celebrates 15th Anniversary of Chairperson’s Leadership

Chairperson Silvia Burley honored at the California Valley Miwok Tribe’s 15th Anniversary of Chairperson’s Leadership. Stockton, California - April 20, 2014.
04/20/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Sunday, April 20th, 2014, the California Valley Miwok Tribe celebrated Chairperson Silvia Burley’s 15th anniversary as the leader of the Tribe. Silvia Burley is currently the Chairperson at the California Valley Miwok Tribe.

Chairperson Burley is the first woman and longest-serving Chairperson of the California Valley Miwok Tribe, leading the Tribe since first being elected in 1999 to present. Under her leadership, she has overseen every aspect of the organizing of the California Valley Miwok Tribe pursuant to the Tribe’s sovereign rights to chose their own form of government. She initiated the Tribe’s first government to government P.L. 93-638 contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She oversees executive level management of the California Valley Miwok Tribe’s Tribal governmental operations, including the Tribe’s Departments of Administration, Natural Resources, Social Services, Cultural Preservation, Miwok Language Retention, and the CVMT Indian Child Education Program (ICEP).

Chairperson Burley earned an AA Degree from the D.Q. University (Native American Tribal College), Davis California, and a BA Degree from The Evergreen State College (TESC), Olympia, Washington. She was appointed on July 6, 2012 to the State of California Health Benefit Exchange Tribal Advisory Workshop as the alternate for the Central West Region, and she also was appointed as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee - TAC (September 18, 2013), at the San Joaquin County Community Development Department General Plan TAC, Stockton, California.

Over the past 15 years, the Tribe, under the leadership of Chairperson Burley, has collaborated directly with state, federal, international and Tribal governments. The Tribe has a government-to-government relationship with numerous organizations, such as non-profit organizations, Child Welfare Departments, Adult and Juvenile Court Systems, Veteran Affairs, USDA Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), US Fish and Game Dept; US Bureau of Land Management (BLM); US Fish and Wildlife Dept; Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC); US Customs and Border Protection; California Transportation Dept. (Caltrans); US Military and Army Corps of Engineers; Higher Education, Tribal Land and Water Issues; Tribal Sovereignty issues, Tribal Policy / Governmental Affairs; Tribal Health Issues, Timber Harvesting Projects, City, County, and other land use projects.

At the 15th ‘leadership’ anniversary celebration, Chairperson Burley spoke of the personal courage it takes to be a Native woman in a leadership role, and the sacrifices made to take on tasks both great and small. Chairperson Burley said, “It is an honor to serve as the duly elected Chairperson of the Tribe. These past 15 years have been an experience that one can never attain from reading books. I have learned so much, not only politically, but personally too!“. She credited the unity of the Tribe for supporting her.

April 2014 USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

CVMT staffer Tiger Paulk assists Tule River staffer, Mr. Ron Buckman unload the USDA food allotments from the semi-truck. California Valley Miwok Tribe, Stockton, CA.
04/15/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, the California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) held its monthly USDA Food Distribution. CVMT staffer Tiger Paulk assisted Tule River staffer, Mr. Ron Buckman unload the USDA commodity foods from the semi truck.

To learn more about the monthly USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) you may can contact the California Valley Miwok Tribe at (209) 931-4567, or via email at office@californiavalleymiwoktribe-nsn.gov. A USDA Food Distribution application (in pdf format) can be emailed to you upon request.

The California Valley Miwok Tribe 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.

Writer Lucy Goodison from England & Julio Guarita, Mayan Indian from Guatemala, Visit CVMT

California Valley Miwok Tribe, Tribal Elder Mildred Burley gifts a traditional Miwok Pine Needle Basket to Julio Guarita, Mayan Indian (Guatemala) visiting from England – April 09, 2014.
04/09/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe hosted a meeting with visitors Julio Guarita, Mayan Indian (Guatemala) and Writer / Professional Journalist, Ms. Lucy Goodison from England. This was the first time for Julio Guarita to visit the United States of America, and upon making their final plans, they wanted to meet a federally recognized American Indian Tribe. Since their airplane landed in San Francisco, and Ms. Goodison has friends that live in Oakland, the California Valley Miwok Tribe was the Tribe they reached out to.

It was a very pleasant and exciting meeting with much information being exchanged between the Tribe and our kind and courteous visitors. Tribal Elder Mildred Burley gifted one of her ‘personally made’ traditional Miwok Pine Needle baskets to Mr. Guarita, to take back home with him. Chairperson Silvia Burley explained the California Valley Miwok Tribe’s ‘Miwok’ heritage, culture and traditions; and gave a tour of the ‘Wall of Achievement’.

The California Valley Miwok Tribe would like to sincerely thank Writer / Professional Journalist Ms. Lucy Goodison, and Julio Guarita, Mayan Indian from Guatemala / England, for taking the time out of their vacation (to America) to learn about our Tribe.

The California Valley Miwok Tribe meets Mayor Anthony Silva, City of Stockton

Chairperson Silvia Burley, California Valley Miwok Tribe, pictured with Mayor Anthony Silva, City of Stockton – March 27, 2014
03/27/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe hosted a meet and greet meeting with Mayor Anthony Silva, City of Stockton. Although there are many American Indians living in Stockton and the surrounding communities, the California Valley Miwok Tribe is the only federally recognized Tribe residing in San Joaquin County.

It is said that, “when Mayor Anthony Silva decided to run for office it was to make a difference.” It is an honor for the California Valley Miwok Tribe to meet Mayor Silva. He expressed his priorities and focus as having a safer city (by hiring more police), and to bring new business to Stockton that will create job opportunities. Helping the homeless, the youth, the veterans, and repairing city roads were also brought into the conversations.

The California Valley Miwok Tribe warmly welcomed the Mayor to the Tribal Office/Tribal property, gave him a tour of the “Wall of Achievement”, familiarized him to the Miwok history & Miwok Culture, and talked of issues and concerns that are affecting our Tribe.

Mayor Anthony Silva was elected in November 2012. He was born and raised in Stockton, graduated from Lincoln High School and Humphrey’s College. He has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stockton, and from 2004 to 2008, Mayor Silva served as a member of the Stockton Unified District Board of Education and was appointed Board President in 2006 and 2007. He has also served as a City of Stockton Parks & Recreation Commissioner.

The California Valley Miwok Tribe sincerely thanks Mayor Anthony Silva (City of Stockton) for making the effort to listen and understand our Tribal issues and concerns. Mayor Silva truly is making a difference. That simple act of kindness and respect shown by Mayor Silva demonstrates how compassionate and serious he is in hearing from all his constituents.

The California Indian Museum Presents - California Indians You Should Know

03/24/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe received a flyer from the California Indian Museum & Cultural Center located at Santa Rosa California, informing the Tribe about an upcoming event titled “California Indians You Should Know.”

From Modoc leader Captain Jack to San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos, California has a rich history of individuals who are dedicated to protecting tribal peoples homelands. Presenters will discuss Native American leaders, cultural guardians and revolutionaries who have impacted the history of California. The general public often knows very little about these unsung heroes. Join us in exploring the experiences and contributions of California native historical and contemporary figures.

What: The California Indian Museum Presents – California Indians You Should Know

Where: The California Indian Museum & Cultural Center, 5250 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, California

When: April 12, 2014

Time: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

For more information and to register, visit the website at http://www.cimcc.org, or you many call (707) 579-3004.

SAVE THE DATE - California Tribal College Leadership Meeting

March 2014 USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

CVMT staffers Tiger Paulk and Tristian Wallace, assist Tule River staffer, Mr. Ron Buckman unload commodity foods from semi-truck. CVMT Tribal Office, Stockton, CA
03/14/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Friday, March 14, 2014, the California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) held its monthly USDA Food Distribution. 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) or an agency of a State government. Currently, there are approximately 276 tribes receiving benefits under the FDPIR through 100 ITOs and 5 State agencies.

USDA purchases and ships FDPIR foods to the ITOs and State agencies based on their orders from a list of available foods. These administering agencies store and distribute the food, determine applicant eligibility, and provide nutrition education to recipients. USDA provides the administering agencies with funds for program administrative costs.

Low-Income American Indian and non-Indian households that reside on reservation, and households living in approved areas near a reservation or in Oklahoma 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 financial (e.g., income) and non-financial standards set by the Federal government, and must be recertified at least every 12 months.

The CVMT Tribal Council 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.

American Indian Public Affairs at the Social Security Administration, San Francisco Region

USA Social Security Administration – March 2014 Update
03/04/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe received correspondence from Ms. Kimberly Yellow Robe, San Francisco Region / American Indian Public Affairs Specialist at the Social Security Administration, regarding upcoming changes to the services that are provided at Social Security offices across the country.

Ms. Yellow Robe writes, “Beginning August 2014, we will no longer issue Social Security number printouts in our field offices. Individuals who need proof of their Social Security number and cannot find their card, will need to apply for a replacement card. In addition, beginning October 2014, our field offices will stop providing benefit verification letters, except in emergency situations. Benefit verifications are available online, and can be obtained anytime by registering for a my Social Security account located at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount, or requested through our national toll free number, 1-(800)772-1213."

For more information, the Social Security Administration developed outreach material on a third party page at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/thridparty/whatsnew.html.

Rosette LLP Memorandum

02/25/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
Recently, a legal memorandum that pertains to issues very current in ‘Indian country’ was initiated by the Indian law firm of Rosette LLP.

The Tribe is posting this memorandum because it is also supported by authentic documents (legally obtained), that fully support the foundation of the legal arguments represented in the memorandum.

The Tribe continues to receive correspondence in various communications too numerous to adequately respond to, so in an attempt to satisfy requests, the Tribe is making this document and corresponding evidence available to give more transparency and understanding on these very issues that affect all within Indian country.

The Tribe offers this information without political comment.

Thank you.

The California Valley Miwok Tribe

February 2014 – USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

Pictured is a selection of foods distributed by the USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
02/19/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Wednesday, February 19, 2014, the California Valley Miwok Tribe held its monthly USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).

FDPIR provides USDA Foods to low-income households living on Indian reservations, and to American Indian households residing in approved areas near reservations or in Oklahoma. Many households participate in FDPIR as an alternative to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), because they do not have easy access to SNAP officer or authorized food stores.

What are the eligibility requirements for FDPIR? Low-income American Indian and non-Indian households that reside on a reservation and households living in Oklahoma that contain at least one person who is a member of a Federally-recognized tribe, are eligible to participate in FDPIR. Household are certified on income and resource standards set by the Federal government, and must be re-certified at least every 12 months. Elderly and disabled households may be certified for up to 24 months."

What foods are available through FDPIR? Each month, participating households receive a food package to help them maintain a nutritionally balanced diet. Participants may select from over 70 products including: 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 and dried fruit – peanuts and peanut butter.

How to Apply. You may contact the California Valley Miwok Tribe at 209.931.4567 for a USDA FDPIR application, or contact your SDA/Indian Tribal Organization (ITO), or the Food and Nutrition Service Regional Office in your area for further assistance.

The CVMT Tribal Council 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.

Governor Brown Declares A Statewide Drought Emergency - Help Save Our Water

02/19/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe, in partnership with the “Save Our Water” public education program, has acquired the following water conserving information to share with our readers.

HELP SAVE CALIFORNIA’S WATER

Our state is facing severe water challenges, and many communities and ecosystems are suffering as a result. Environmental problems, the pressures of a growing population and the effects of climate change are making it extremely difficult to keep water flowing reliably to our economy, our environment, our farms and our communities. State and local water managers are working on long-term solutions, including investments in our water infrastructure. But in the meantime, California needs every drop of water it can get, which is why we all need to do more to conserve water. Doing everything we can to save water today will go a long way toward helping our water supply situation while we move ahead with the necessary long-term fixes.

The good news is that it’s not difficult to save water in our daily lives. Just as Californians have embraced compact-fluorescent light bulbs and recycling, we can adopt habits to reduce our water use inside and outside our homes on a daily basis. As we have seen with energy conservation, small changes in our daily habits can make a big difference for California. In 2009, the California Department of Water Resources joined with the Association of California Water Agencies—450 public water agencies throughout the state—to form a statewide conservation and education program called “Save Our Water”. This effort is aimed at helping Californians learn about our water challenges and ways to save water inside and outside our homes.

For example, did you know that the typical Californian uses much more water outdoors than indoors? Watering the lawn, washing cars and cleaning off the driveway and patio use much more water than you might think. Simple changes to our behavior, such as watering only when your landscape needs it or using a broom instead of the hose on the driveway, can add up to big water savings for the state.

For more information about how to conserve water or about the “Save Our Water” public education program, please visit www.saveourH2O.org.

Chairperson Burley Advocates For California’s 12 Federally Recognized ‘Landless’ Tribes

02/13/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
California Valley Miwok Tribe’s Chairperson Silvia Burley received a personal letter from the Department of the Interior, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, Kevin Washburn in response to Chairperson Burley advocating for California’s federally recognized ‘landless’ Tribes during the 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference, held at the Department of the Interior – Indian Affairs Sidney Yates Auditorium, in November 2013.

On November 13, 2013, while representing the California Valley Miwok Tribe at the 5th White House Tribal Nations Conference (WHTNC) in Washington DC, Chairperson Silvia Burley participated in 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 (BIA) 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.

Chairperson Burley went into detail outlining the hardships that federally recognized “landless” tribes deal with on a daily basis. She made it a point that she will continue to advocate, and be a voice for the landless tribes. She said there needs to be initiative taken at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and by White House officials to collaborate with all federally recognized “landless” tribes with efforts focused on action to bring economic opportunities to the ‘landless’ Native sovereign nations whom are in desperate need of creating jobs and skilled labor for positive growth and forward progress of these tribes.

Chairperson Burley asked that her voice be heard and that the voice of all other federally recognized “landless” tribes be heard too! She reiterated that the trust responsibility that the United States has with sovereign Tribal Nations must be met and that relationship should be continually strengthened.

While attending the WHTNC, Chairperson Burley learned that California is home to twelve federally recognized tribes that are ‘landless’. In late December 2013, Chairperson Burley received a personally written letter from the United States Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs, Kevin Washburn. The letter states, “ Dear Chairperson Burley, Thank you for your participation in the White House Tribal Nations Conference. I heard you loud and clear about the needs of landless tribes. The solutions are not simple, but the Administration is committed to insuring that Tribes have homelands and I encourage you to continue advocating for your Tribe. Warm Regards, Kevin Washburn."

The California Valley Miwok Tribe would like to thank President Barack Obama, the Obama Administration, Bureau of Indian Affairs officials, Dept. of the Interior officials, Dept. of Justice participants, speakers, coordinators, other government departmental officials, Tribal Chairperson/Chiefs and Tribal Representatives who attended the 5th White House Tribal Nations Conference. and a special thank you to the many individuals and groups who spoke to Chairperson Burley regarding the ‘landless’ tribes’ issue. In closing, the California Valley Miwok Tribe warmly thanks Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Mr. Kevin Washburn for his letter informing Chairperson Burley that her voice and message was heard loud and clear

Native Wellness Institute – Four (4) Trainings! One Location! Anaheim, California

Native Wellness Institute – 4 Trainings! One Location!
Anaheim, California.
01/25/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Saturday, January 25, 2014, the California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) received a flier from the Native Wellness Institute regarding upcoming training workshops that will be held in Anaheim, California. The ‘Mission Statement’ of the Native Wellness Institute is, “The Native Wellness Institute exists to promote the well-being of Native people through programs and trainings that embrace the teachings and traditions of our ancestors”.

Native Wellness Institute – March 3-5, 2014, 4 Trainings! One Location!, Anaheim, California – 1: Adult Leadership Training with Jillene Josepn, Gros Ventgre, 2: Wellness Facilitator Training with Theda New Breast, Blackfeet, 3:Native Life Skills Training of Trainers with Jay LaPlante, Blackfoot-Cree, and 4: Power of Positive Thinking Training with Robert Johnston, Muskogee Creek-Choctaw.

History – The Native Wellness Institute was founded in 2000 by a knowledgeable and dedicated group of Native individuals, including tribal leaders, committed to making a positive difference in Indian Country. The Native Wellness Institute is a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization serving as the leading provider of Native-specific and wellness-related training and technical assistance (strategic planning, program design and curriculum development) to Native people, communities, tribes and organizations throughout North America.

For more information and to register, visit the website at www.NativeWellness.com

January 2014 - USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

CVMT staffers assist Tule River staffer, Mr. Ron Buckman, to unload commodity foods from semi-truck. CVMT Tribal Office, Stockton, CA.
01/21/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, the California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) held its monthly USDA Food Distribution.

The California Valley Miwok Tribe’s tribal staff assisted Tule River staffer, Mr. Ron Buckman, unload USDA commodity foods from the semi truck. Anyone interested in learning more about the monthly USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) can contact the California Valley Miwok Tribe at (209) 931-4567, you may also email the Tribe at office@cvmt.net.

A USDA Food Distribution application (in pdf format) can be emailed to you upon request.

The CVMT Tribal Council 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 Book “Letters to Our Missing” - For Native Families Who Have a Missing Loved One

“Letters to Our Missing”, Media for the Missing - Eagle Creek Entertainment
01/16/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) received a flyer from Ms. Tara Pretends Eagle Weber of Eagle Creek Entertainment.

Submission call for letters or poems. Please spread the word that a book titled, “Letters to our Missing” is being created to help Native Families who have a missing loved one and would like to share a letter or poetry that they wrote to their missing loved one.

Please include hand written or typed letter or poem, attach 1-2 photos of loved one, name, age, case #, date, location of last seen, investigating agency & phone #, website, and social media info. Submit to: letterstoourmissing@mediaforthemissing.org.

Guidelines: no cursing, no derogatory statements or accusations towards specific person(s).

For more information contact: Tara Pretends Eagle Weber, Eagle Creek Entertainment at eaglecreekentertainment@gmail.com or Stephanie Coplen, Media for the Missing at stephanie.coplen@mediaforthemissing.org.

The California Valley Miwok Tribe Received a Greeting Card from The White House

White House greeting card signed by U.S. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
01/13/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) received a Greeting Card from The White House signed by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

It is an honor to receive a greeting card from the President of the United States Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama. The California Valley Miwok Tribe, being the only federally recognized tribe in San Joaquin County, is very proud to share this recognition.

Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) 11th Annual Training Program

Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE)
11th Annual Training Program
01/13/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) received a flyer from Mrs. Terry R. Bentley, Tribal Governmental Relations Specialist – Western Region – Office of Tribal Government Relations, in regards to the upcoming SAIGE 11th Annual Training Program to be held on June 8-13, 2014, at the Isleta Resort & Casino, located at 11000 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87105.

Formed in 2002, SAIGE is the first national non-profit organization representing American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Federal, Tribal, State, and local government employees. SAIGE provides a forum on the issues, challenges, and opportunities of AI / AN government employees. SAIGE is proud to host an outstanding week-long annual National Training Program focused on professional development, leadership and topics that are integral to the highly complex relationship known as the Federal Indian Trust Responsibility. As part of his program, SAIGE offers special training sessions for veterans, youth, and a Federal Indian Law Course. Additionally, cultural events are presented by local native people.

SAIGE National Training Program Information and Registration Website will be announced soon. Please visit the SAIGE website at http://www.saige.org, and the SAIGE listserv for information to come.

E0580, Emergency Management Framework for Tribal Governments Course

FEMA - E0580, Emergency Management Framework
for Tribal Governments Course
01/10/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) received a flyer from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region IX regarding an upcoming 4-day course being offered on March 24-27, 2014, at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) campus in Emmitsburg, MD.

Who should attend? Tribal emergency managers, tribal emergency response personnel, tribal government department heads, tribal government employees, and tribal leaders.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is actively recruiting for participants to attend the E0580, Emergency Management Framework for Tribal Governments course at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) campus in Emmitsburg, MD. Representative from tribal nations, in conjunction with FEMA training staff, developed this 4-day course to provide tribal representatives with information and strategies to develop or improve emergency management programs and systems management from preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation, into the planning process. The course will provide the knowledge and skills needed to improve the overall response to emergencies regardless of hazard, size, or complexity and improve the sustainability of tribal communities and better protect tribal citizens, lands. Culture and sovereignty.

Contact NETC Admissions Office at (301) 447-1035 in regards to questions concerning the admissions process. If you have questions regarding the course content, please contact Katie Hirt by email at katie.hirt@fema.dhs.gov or by phone, at (301) 447-1164.

NOTICE: You will be required to enta a FEMA Student Identification Number (SID) on your application. Prior to the class, please obtain an SID by going to https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid/ and be sure to write down that new SID and keep it in a safe place for future course applications.

Native American Volunteers Needed at the Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park

Native American volunteers needed at the Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park
01/07/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) received a Help Wanted flyer, and a follow up call from Park Ranger, Barry Robertson in regards to the flyer stating that the Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park is looking for Native Americans to volunteer at the park.

Native Americans whom are interested in volunteering their time at the Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock State Park are encouraged to attend the upcoming meeting scheduled for Saturday, January 25th, 2014, from 11:am to 1:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to share your culture, traditions and beliefs with everyone.

Chaw’se is the Miwok word for Grinding Rock.

Some of the programs available at Chaw’se are: Roundhouse Fires, Guided Walks and Special Presentations, Campfire Programs, Traditional Crafts and Skills Demonstrations, Native Plant Gardener, Library, Rock Cleaning, Trail Maintenance, Visitor Center, Activity Center, Activity Coordinator, Archive & Museum Collection, Junior Ranger and School Tours.

About the Park:
Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park (IGR) is located in the Sierra Nevada foothills 12 miles east of Jackson, CA. The park nestles in a little valley 2,400 feet above sea level with open meadows and large valley oaks that once provided the Native Americans of this area with an ample supply of acorns. The park was created in 1968 and preserves a great outcropping of marbleized limestone with some 1,185 mortar holes -- the largest collection of bedrock mortars in North America.

Location/Directions
The park is northeast of Stockton in the lower foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Take State Highway 88 East through Jackson to the town of Pine Grove. Take a left turn on Pine Grove-Volcano Road and approximately 1.5 miles later you will arrive at the park. The second turnoff is the main entrance to the day use area while the first turn off is to the campground.

For more information call (209) 296-7488 or email Barry.Robertson@parks.ca.gov

Arizona State University & NAFOA Tribal Financial Manager Certificate Program

Arizona State University (ASU) and Native American Financial Officers Association (NAFOA) In-Classroom Tribal Financial Manager Certificate Program
01/07/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) received a flyer from the Arizona State University, located in Tempe, Arizona regarding the upcoming ‘In-Classroom’ program for Tribal Government Financial Managers.

Registration began on November 1, 2013 and will continue to be accepted. The Tribal Financial Manager Certificate Program course classes are January 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, 2014, at the Arizona State University (Tempe Campus), Tempe, Arizona. The Fee is $1,600 (includes registration and all course materials).

Participants who complete the certificate program will learn: Principles of federal Indian Law and how they affect tribal financial management, Federal Accounting standards and principles, How to comply with Office of Management and Budget circulars A-102; A-87; and A-133, Developing and using internal financial and progtram controls, Government fund accounting systems, Self-Determination and Self-Governance financial compliance and record keeping, How federal, state and tribal taxation affect tribal financial management, including development of a RAP, and Key tools for developing and managing a budget.

For more information please contact the American Indian Policy Institute at (480) 965-1055, email: aipi@asu.edu

New Opportunities For Calif. Tribes - Low Income Housing Tax Credit Workshop

Low Income Tax Credit Workshop @Black Oak Resort & Casino,
Tuolumne, California 95379
01/01/2014 – CVMT TRIBAL OFFICES, TRIBAL LAND, STOCKTON, CA
The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT) received a flyer and accompanying information from the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Housing Authority regarding an upcoming Low Income Housing Tax Credit Workshop sponsored by the Nevada California Indian Housing Association and in partnership with the California Coalition for Rural Housing.

A no-cost workshop. This is an opportunity to become familiar with the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. The 2014 Regulations will be discussed to establish a Tribal Set Aside for the first time in California.

What: Low Income Tax Credit Workshop
When: January 14 & 15, 2014
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day
Where: Black Oak Resort and Casino
19400 Tuolumne Road North
Tuolumne, Califonria 95379
Registration Code: TMHA Tax Credit Workshop
Room Rate: $89.00/night
887-747-8777

For more information, contact the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Housing Authority, Lee Ann Brown, Executive Director, P.O. Box 699, Tuolumne California, 95379. Phone: 209-928-5321, Fax: 209-928-419 Email: leeann@mewuk.com
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