On Monday October 12th, 2009, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, the California Valley Miwok Tribe completed the October Food Distribution with continued access by the participants to Tribal facilities. The atmosphere during the event was relaxed and cordial, with many attendees networking amongst themselves to further assist and communicate with each other throughout the month until the next distribution. This is an unexpected bonus of the program; that the local Indian community participants can continue to interact and come together on many issues after getting to know one another as program participants.
The California Valley Miwok Tribe would like to thank all of the new participants for making the program a growing success – such as Lisa Zaldivar, an Alaskan native of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. When asked, Lisa Zaldivar was glad to know that this program was locally available so that she could attend and thanked the Tribe for the help she is now going to recieve, but it was a privilege to help a fellow Native American so far away from her tribe with whatever services the Tribe could provide. We would also like to thank the USDA, the Tule River Tribe, their food distribution staff and especially Ronald Buckman, as well as all of the participants whom have helped the program grow by their continued attendenance.