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 Thursday, September 29th, attended a meeting at the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Rancheria, concerning the establishment of a Native American college in the state of California. This has been an on-going process that is being pursued by the federally recognized tribes of California for their peoples whom wish to achieve higher education.
The California Valley Miwok Tribe sent as its representative Chairperson Silvia Burley, to participate in this great endeavor. One action that was taken during the meeting was that Chairperson Burley received an appointment to represent the central California tribes as a member of the project’s fund raising committee, working in conjunction with other appointees from both the northern and southern regions.
This is a great undertaking by the federal tribes to establish a federal tribal Native American Indian college in California, to have an institution of higher learning that is fully accredited and structured for federally recognized Native Americans that will give the best possible education, while maintaining a cultural sensitivity and respect for its indigenous students and offering subject matter and elective courses found nowhere else in California’s higher educational system. This is truly an endeavor whose time has come.
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