The California Valley Miwok Tribe (located at 10601 N. Escondido PL, Stockton, CA, as listed in the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ BIA/DOI Spring 2011 Tribal Leaders Directory), a federally recognized tribe eligible to receive and distribute services from the federal government – on Monday, June 13th, 2011, held the USDA Food Distribution at the tribal offices. This was the hottest food distribution so far this year, but it was not a laborious day, due to the outpouring of local community support.
As always, the California Valley Miwok Tribe appreciated the continued assistance of the local Native veterans from the San Joaquin Native American Veterans Lodge, whom along with their monthly donation, are always on hand to help distribute the commodities. This month also saw the return of Mr. Freddie M. Canez, a local veteran whom has assisted the Tribe previously and also conducts charitable works through his car club throughout the community. Ms. Deborah Pollard also returned to assist and was accompanied by her son, Lamont Shannon, who is new to the distributions, but whose assistance was very much appreciated.
These distributions are not only a time to lend assistance to those in need, but also a time for participants and volunteers to discuss and plan local community events, and as always, those whom attend utilize their time while here. The California Valley Miwok Tribe requests that if you are reading this and are not currently a participant, please contact the Tribe to apply and become a part of something that is so much more than just a monthly service.
The Tribe would like to thank the USDA and Tule River Food Distribution Department in helping the Tribe to provide this service and to Freddie M. Canez, Deborah Pollard and Lamont Shannon for their participation. We would also like to thank Commander Richard “Windfeathers” Muniz and the San Joaquin Native American Veterans Lodge for their assistance and donations to not only this program, but to tribal member Ms. Daveen Williams and the Title 7 Indian Educational Program, whom they made donations to during the program’s recent event in Oak Park, Stockton, CA.