Chairperson Silvia Burley, California Valley Miwok Tribe, pictured with Mayor Anthony Silva, City of Stockton – March 27, 2014

The California Valley Miwok Tribe hosted a meet and greet meeting with Mayor Anthony Silva, City of Stockton. Although there are many American Indians living in Stockton and the surrounding communities, the California Valley Miwok Tribe is the only federally recognized Tribe residing in San Joaquin County.

It is said that, “when Mayor Anthony Silva decided to run for office it was to make a difference.” It is an honor for the California Valley Miwok Tribe to meet Mayor Silva. He expressed his priorities and focus as having a safer city (by hiring more police), and to bring new business to Stockton that will create job opportunities. Helping the homeless, the youth, the veterans, and repairing city roads were also brought into the conversations.

The California Valley Miwok Tribe warmly welcomed the Mayor to the Tribal Office/Tribal property, gave him a tour of the “Wall of Achievement”, familiarized him to the Miwok history & Miwok Culture, and talked of issues and concerns that are affecting our Tribe.

Mayor Anthony Silva was elected in November 2012. He was born and raised in Stockton, graduated from Lincoln High School and Humphrey’s College. He has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stockton, and from 2004 to 2008, Mayor Silva served as a member of the Stockton Unified District Board of Education and was appointed Board President in 2006 and 2007. He has also served as a City of Stockton Parks & Recreation Commissioner.

The California Valley Miwok Tribe sincerely thanks Mayor Anthony Silva (City of Stockton) for making the effort to listen and understand our Tribal issues and concerns. Mayor Silva truly is making a difference. That simple act of kindness and respect shown by Mayor Silva demonstrates how compassionate and serious he is in hearing from all his constituents.