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Governor Newsom’s Order Regarding Tribal Lands

By Dorothy Alther, Executive Director On September 22, 2020, Governor Newsom signed “A Statement of Administration Policy on Native American Ancestral Lands” acknowledging and reiterating that Native Americans occupied California long before statehood and were forced to relinquish their lands and sacred sites,  through violence or other means, to the newcomers descending upon the state. […]

Streamlined Path to Firefighting Employment for the Formerly Incarcerated

By Jay Petersen, CILS Sacramento Senior Attorney Assembly member Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-47th) of San Bernardino introduced AB 2147 in February 2020 and Governor Newsom signed the bill in early September.  The law takes effect January 1st, 2021. AB 2147 represents a clear eyed and fair minded “ban-the-box” law intended to reduce unnecessary barriers to […]

An Introduction into Public Law 280

By Dorothy Alther, Executive Director If you are a California Native American chances are you have heard of Public Law 280 (PL 280) at some point in your life.  But what does PL 280 really mean to you, to your tribes, and California tribal communities? The following is a short introduction and overview of PL […]