The California Valley Miwok Tribe recently sent Chairperson Silvia Burley to the NCAI (National Congress of American Indians) convention, held October 11th – 16th, 2009, in Palm Springs, California.
While there, Silvia was able to attend many functions that will be instrumental in the Tribe’s future. The Tribe felt that their Chairperson should attend, due to the numerous invitations that were sent addressed specifically to Chairperson Burley, asking for her participation, from such organizations as NCAI (National Congress of American Indians), CATG (California Association of Tribal Governments), SNA (Sovereign Nations Alliance), TTIRR (Tribal Transportation for Indian Reservation Roads), TEDNA (Tribal Education Departments National Assembly), AICCC (American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California), among others.
At the Tribal leaders’ discussion with hundreds in attendance, including upper eschelon Interior officials, Chairperson Burley was able to voice many of the Tribe’s concerns during an open mic session. Chairperson Burley was also able to elaborate on many of the concerns of the California Valley Miwok Tribe and the local Indian community with many high ranking Interior officials during the convention, leaving the event with a very positive feeling for the future of the California Valley Miwok Tribe and the local Indian community.