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.