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 Tuesday, January 17th, 2012, initiated the new year’s first installment of its tribally operated food distribution program. The Tribe had endured many hardships and much adversity in the previous year and now looks forward to being able to better address the needs of its members and the surrounding Native American community in the near future.
This month’s distribution saw much colder weather, making it difficult for many to attend, so the Tribe stored many allotments for those with transportation issues, but what made this distribution special was the return of Tule River Food Distribution staffer and good friend of the Tribe, Ms. Patricia Solas. Ms. Solas, months prior, had received injuries due to a job–related accident and had been greatly missed in her absence. The Tribe was very happy to have her back and in good health.