2018 California Democratic Party Convention


 2018 California Democratic Party Native American Caucus Meeting 

Friday February 23, 2018
7;30 pm
San Diego Convention Center
Room 27 A


Andrew Maisel running for State Assembly

Andrew Maisel Sr.

Our Chair is Running for State Assembly!


CADEM Native American Caucus Chairman, Andrew Maisel, is Running for State Assembly in Assembly District 75.

He is the only candidiate in the race to be endorsed and backed by the California Democratic Party because of his strong Democratic record.

His CrowdPac page is located at https://www.crowdpac.com/candidates/570d72101a7f387d74f03ac8/andrew-masiel-sr.

California Democratic Party Summer 2016 Executive Board Meeting

Native American Caucus E- Board Meeting

Long Beach Convention Center

200 S. Pine AVE. Long Beach, CA. 90802

Friday June 17, 2016: 6 to 8 pm in Promenade 102 C



Call to order - Chairman Andrew Masiel Sr.


Minutes from February 26, 2016 meeting

Treasurer Report - Debra Broner

Education Report - Joely Proudfit

CDP 2016 Platform - final language

DNC Voter Engagement

Voter Registration - Chrissie Castro

Legislative Updates - Chairman Masiel

Items from the Caucus Floor



President Obama Names CSUSM Professor to National Advisory Council on Indian Education



On Friday, Feb. 19, President Barack Obama named California State University San Marcos Associate Professor Joely Proudfit, Ph.D., to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education.

“I am honored that these talented individuals have decided to serve our country,” said President Obama. “They bring their years of experience and expertise to the Administration, and I look forward to working with them.”

Proudfit, chair of the Department of American Indian Studies and director of the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center at CSUSM, will serve on the council, which was established under the Indian Education Act of 1972. The council is tasked with advising the Secretary of Education and Congress on the administration and funding of Alaska Native and American Indian education programs.

“We are very proud of Dr. Proudfit’s appointment to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education,” said CSUSM President Karen Haynes. “She has been a champion educator and scholar. Her research and work have been integral to our university’s efforts to address the serious challenges facing American Indian students, and we are proud to have the highest per-capita number, and the only increasing number, of American Indian students in the 23-campus CSU system. Furthermore, her work as the founding director of the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center, in collaboration with our Tribal Liaison, has nurtured transformational relationships with tribal partners in our efforts to increase the educational access and success of American Indian students in our region.”

In his announcement on Friday, President Obama appointed six other individuals to key Administration posts, including:

  • David Benton – Member, Arctic Research Commission
  • Phyliss J. Anderson – Member, National Advisory Council on Indian Education
  • Mandy Broaddus – Member, National Advisory Council on Indian Education
  • Dahkota Kicking Bear Brown – Member, National Advisory Council on Indian Education
  • Robert O. Carr – Member, National Infrastructure Advisory Council
  • Keith T. Parker – Member, National Infrastructure Advisory Council

“I am honored to accept President Obama's appointment to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education,” said Proudfit. “California is home to more than 110 American Indian tribes and thousands of American Indian/Alaska Native youth and it is time to acknowledge the daunting challenges facing them as we preserve our heritage and honor our traditions through commitments to the cultural values—responsibility, reciprocity, respect and relationships— that define us.”

(originally reported by CSUSM and authored by By Margaret Chantung)

Update from the DNC Native Americans

Good Afternoon Indian Country,
Last Thursday’s Democratic debate in Milwaukee showcased two dynamic candidates who are interested in a serious and substantive debate worthy of the American people.  Compared to circus like atmosphere of the Republican debates--full of crass and divisive rhetoric--the contrast couldn’t be clearer.  Our debate reinforced what Americans are seeing more and more every day, we need to elect a Democrat as our 45th President to keep America moving forward.
During the pre-debate program, Wisconsin Democratic Native American Chairwoman, Arvina Martin (Ho-Chunk Nation), had the opportunity to speak on the importance of protecting the voting rights of all Americans, including Native Americans, who face significant barriers at the ballot box.      
Arvina Martin (Ho-Chunk Nation)
   Chair of Wisconsin Democratic Native American Caucus

As we look ahead to the Democratic primary, we couldn’t ask for a more exciting race.  Secretary Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders have voters energized and the hard work their campaigns have done at the grassroots level has turned out the vote in a big way, as they split victories in Iowa and New Hampshire during the first caucus and primary of the year.  


Secretary Hillary Clinton


Senator Bernie Sanders


Next our candidates will look to carry their momentum out west for the Nevada Caucuses on February 20th and then south for the South Carolina Primary on February 27th.  For information how to vote in the Nevada Caucuses click here.   

Both Democratic candidates have been smart and substantive, and they understand how to build on the incredible progress our country has made over the last seven years, including 71 straight months of private-sector growth.  From the passage of the Violence Against Women Act, permanently authorizing the Indian Healthcare improvement Act, placing over 300,000 acres into trust for tribal governments, to creating programs that invest in future of Native American youth, Democrats will  build upon our progress to strengthen Native American communities, support tribal sovereignty, and foster economic opportunities for Indian Country.  

Donald Trump ran away with the Republican primary in New Hampshire and placed second in Iowa sending a clear message to the American people that the rise of extreme elements in the Republican primary isn’t just entertainment anymore, it has overtaken the Republican Party.  From calling Mexican “rapists and criminals,” to calling for a ban on all Muslims from entering the country, Donald Trump has also proved that he is no friend of Indian Country’s when he racially disparaged the leadership of the Mashantucket Pequot claiming, “They don’t look like Indians to me and  they don’t look like Indians to Indians.”     

The rest of the Republican field doesn’t look better.  Both Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz voted against the Violence against Women Act in the Senate. Jeb Bush openly supports the keeping the Washington football team’s name claiming, “I don’t find it offensive.”  Each Republican candidate said they would repeal the Affordable Care Act  which contains the permanent authorization of the Indian Healthcare Improvement Act.  What is clear is that Republicans do not understand Indian Country and would take away all the progress we've made.    

President Obama’s Budget
Last week, President Obama put forward his budget for Fiscal Year 2017 that makes critical investments to grow our economy and strengthen our communities to create a world that we want to pass on to our children and grandchildren.  In line with the President’s consistent commitment to Indian Country, President Obama has proposed numerous budget increases to accelerate community development and economic opportunities in Indian Country, cover the federal government’s responsibility for contract support costs, and invest over $1 billion to support the comprehensive transformation of the Bureau of Indian Education.
“Across the Board Increases for Obama’s Indian Country Budget”



National Democratic Convention Diversity Supplier List
The Democratic National Convention Host Committee is committed to diversity in the vendors and contractors that are used for the Democratic National Convention in July 2016. We encourage minority-owned businesses to register for contract consideration with the 2016 National Democratic Convention.  Our goal is for 35% of Convention contracts to go to diverse vendors as part of our overall spending for the Convention.  Prospective businesses interested in being considered an official Democratic National Convention vendor should register at http://www.phldnc.com/philadelphia-2016-vendor-form/

The 2016 Vendor Directory is a comprehensive listing of businesses that have registered for contract consideration on the Host Committee’s vendor webpage. The directory will be used by the Host Committee, DNCC and other interested parties for needed services leading up to and during the Convention. It will also be provided to third parties that may want to holding events related to the Convention and will have contract needs in order to put on those events. Once the Convention ends, the Vendor Directory will be provided to our local partners, such as the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Visit Philadelphia, and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity, for future contract needs -- this is why it is critical for businesses to register, even if you do not think your business will be able to offer services needed specifically for the Convention.
To view the Vendor Directory Webinar, please follow the link:


Native American Hired to Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC)
The DNCC has hired Erin Weldon as a Staff Assistant for the DNCC Office of Public Engagement.   Erin is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and a recent graduate of Dartmouth College where she majored in Philosophy.  Erin will play an important role working with the DNCC CEO for Public Engagement and we are excited to have her on the team.        


Voter Suppression in Indian Country
Last April, Republicans in the North Dakota legislature passed a new voter ID law that is now being challenged in court by seven tribal members from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.  North Dakota’s new Voter ID law disproportionately burdens the right of many Native Americans to vote in the state–especially those who live on reservations located in rural parts of the state. 
Under the new law, many Native Americans living on the reservation do not have eligible IDs required to vote and face extraordinary barriers to attain a driver’s license or state ID card.  There are no DMVs located on any reservation in the state and some DMVs may be over 60 miles away. 
Last August, as Democrats celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, we recognized that many in this Nation--including Native Americans--still face numerous barriers to vote.  That’s why Democrats in the US Senate introduced the Native American voting rights act that would require each state to establish polling locations on reservations upon request from the tribe, including early voting locations in states that allow votes to be cast prior to Election Day. The bill also directs state election administrators to mail absentee ballots to the homes of all registered voters if requested by the tribe.
DNC Facebook 
Please like and follow the official DNC Native American Facebook page for news and updates from the DNC.


2016 Hope Institute

The Democratic National Committee is looking for candidates with little previous exposure to politics to participate in the Hope Institute Winter 2016 program in Washington, DC.

Ideal candidates will be eager for political campaign training with the goal of jumping on a campaign in the 2016 elections. Candidates should be enthusiastic, politically minded future leaders between the ages of 20 and 24 from diverse backgrounds all across the country.

This is a great opportunity for young Native leaders for are interested in politics to network, learn new skills and interact with other Future Democratic Leaders.


All costs will be covered, including airfare to and from Washington, accommodations, meals, and ground transportation to and from Hope Institute activities.



The Winter 2016 program runs from:
February 25-27, 2016

The deadline for applications is:
Monday, January 25th.


Executive Board Caucus Meeting

Friday, August 14 2015

6:00PM - 8:00PM

Room Grand Pen G.

Hyatt Regency San Fransisco Airport

1333 Old Bayshore Highway

Burlingame CA, 94010

DNC Native American Engagement


DNC Native Americans

DNC Native American Engagement
August 7th, 2015

DNC Native American Council Chair, Rion Ramirez  
DNC Director of Native American Engagement, PaaWee Rivera


Good Afternoon,
Yesterday we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was aimed at ending racial discrimination in our election system.  Yet, 50 years later, Republicans continue to fight against the American people by restricting access to the ballot box, such as voter ID laws, cutting back on early voting periods, and eliminating same-day registration.  These insidious laws are designed to suppress minority participation in elections and we have seen some of the most egregious cases take place in Indian Country. 
Despite the significance of the 50th Anniversary of the VRA as one of the most consequential pieces of legislation in our Nation’s history, Republicans made no mention of the historic anniversary or voting rights at-large during last night’s Republican primary debate.  It is apparent that Republicans would rather talk about Donald Trump and building a wall on the southern border than ensuring that every American has an equal voice in our Democracy. 
The fact the Native Americans face a wide range of barriers to vote is no secret.  President Obama and his Administration have made it a priority to address these barriers.  Earlier this year, the Department of Justice proposed legislation to improve access to voting for American Indians and Alaska Natives.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch said, “As citizens of a nation founded upon the principles of liberty and equality, Native Americans have faced unacceptable barriers to participating in the franchise, a situation aggravated by a history of discrimination, poverty and — significantly — great distances from polling places.
In addition, President Obama has taken unprecedented steps to give Indian Country a voice and strengthen government-to-government relationships between the United States and tribal governments.  In fact this past July, not only did the President visit Choctaw Nation to meet with tribal leaders, but the White House made history by hosting its first ever White House Tribal Youth Conference as a part of their Generation Indigenous initiative.  Over a thousand Native American Youth, representing 230 tribes, from 42 states met with First Lady Michelle Obama, members of the Cabinet, members of Congress, senior White House officials, and federal agency staff to focus on improving the lives of Native youth through new investments and increased engagement.   

Republicans simply don’t get Indian Country’s priorities and they would take us back to the Bush Era policies where we had no voice in the process and no seat at the table.  I hope you can join me at our Native American Council Meeting in Minnesota to discuss how we ensure that Indian Country still has a voice at the highest levels of our government by doing all that we can to elect another Democrat to lead our country in 2016!
What we have been up to!
It’s hard to believe that August is upon us and our annual summer meeting is only a few weeks away.  Over the past two months, we have been active in reaching out to tribal leaders, state democratic parties, state Native American caucuses, Native American elected officials, and other allied organizations. Our objective is to build a vast network of support within the Native American community and developing specific Native American outreach resources.  To that end, if you can help identify leaders in this space, please reach out to us with your suggestions.
We face unique challenges in reaching out to Native Americans given the extreme statistical diversity of our population.  Indian Country is made up of 5.2 million people belonging to 567 federally recognized tribes spread across a vast geographic areas.  Roughly 78% of the Native American population lives off the reservation and 40% is under the age of 25.  Given our demographic challenges, it is important that we organize early on to maximize Native American turnout in 2016.
Below are some of the initiatives underway.  Please reach out to us with suggestions and additional information to help build out our Native American outreach. Thank you.

  • Engage with state parties to discuss specific Native American outreach and organizational plans.  On July 30th, the Association of State Democratic Chairs hosted Chairman Ramirez and PaaWee Rivera as panelists on a webinar to discuss Native American engagement.  The webinar focused on a broad understanding of why the Native American vote is important, how to engage with Native communities, and how the DNC can be a resource for Native American outreach.   
  • Work with the Party Affairs and Delegate Selection Department (PADS) and the Rules and Bylaws Committee to ensure that Native American diversity is included in every state party delegate diversity plan. 
  • Continue to build our surrogate contact list including: tribal leaders, Native state legislators, key community leaders, and prominent Native American figures.
  • Continue to organize the national calendar of important dates. 
  • Develop a comprehensive list of media outlets including: tribal radio stations, tribal newspapers, tribal newstations, and other media outlets.
  • Develop our social media presence on Native American Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms.


DNC Summer August Meeting:  August 26th-29th 2015, Minneapolis MN
Save the Date!  August 26th from 4:00-5:00 PM, the DNC Native American Council will convene for our annual summer meeting.  Chairman Ramirez and PaaWee Rivera will discuss the Party’s Native American engagement plans as we prepare for the Democratic National Convention and general election in 2016.  Later in the week, participants will also hear from all the Democratic presidential candidates as they address the general assembly.  This will be the last time that the DNC will meet before the Convention next July in Philadelphia, so we look forward to seeing you all there!  Please RSVP to PaaWee Rivera at NativeAmericans@dnc.org if you plan on attending. 
Democratic Primary Debate Schedule:
1.      October 13, CNN, Nevada
2.      November 14, CBS/KCCI/Des Moines Register, Des Moines, IA
3.      December 19, ABC/WMUR, Manchester, NH
4.      January 17, NBC/Congressional Black Caucus Institute, Charleston, SC
5.      February or March, Univision/Washington Post, Miami, FL
6.      February or March, PBS, Wisconsin
Key Legislation on the Hill
Native American Voting Rights Act- July 30th, Senator Tester (D-MT), Senator Udall (D-NM), Senator Franken (D-MN) introduced a bill to “require each state to establish polling locations on reservations upon request from the tribe, including early voting locations in states that allow votes to be cast prior to Election Day. The bill also directs state election administrators to mail absentee ballots to the homes of all registered voters if requested by the tribe”
Senator Tester Press Release: http://www.tester.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=4070


Link to Bill: http://www.scribd.com/doc/273044387/Native-American-Voting-Rights-Act

To sign up to receive updates from the DNC Native American Council, please email NativeAmericans@dnc.org.

Native Americans in the Armed Forces

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Native Americans have a long history of service to our country click here to watch a documentary on this proud history.

Appointments to the California Native American Heritage Commission

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.

Merri Lopez-Keifer, 43, of Martinez, has been appointed to the California Native American Heritage Commission. Lopez-Keifer has been an attorney in private practice since 2010 and chief legal counsel for the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians since 1998. She served as an assistant district attorney in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office from 1999 to 2004. Lopez-Keifer earned a Juris Doctor degree from Boston College Law School. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Lopez-Keifer is a Democrat.

Joseph Myers, 75, of Petaluma, has been appointed to the California Native American Heritage Commission. Myers has been executive director at the National Indian Justice Center since 1983. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Myers is a Democrat.

Mary Ann Andreas: A knowledge gap on Native issues

Mary Ann Andreas

There has been a flurry of news reports about an unfortunate gesture by a U.S. Senate candidate in California who caricatured an Indian war cry. Apologies are already being made and the dust will soon settle.

But this incident brings to mind two things: First, the truth is she is hardly alone. Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee recently compared American Indians to the "bad guys" in "a 50s western." I once heard a U.S. senator introduce tribal guests as "my Indians." The New Yorker magazine just published a so-called humor piece using the word "squaw" — a profoundly insulting racial slur.

Second, what's really important here is not a casual remark or the need to be politically correct. That's far too superficial. Everybody has said something in the moment that upon later reflection they wished they could take back. That's only human.

The stereotypes and slurs that sometimes echo through the rough and tumble of contemporary American culture simply reveal the reality that candidates, like most people, rarely have a genuine understanding of tribal governments and Native issues.

National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby points out "this is an opportunity to educate," and he's right.

American Indian tribes make up a vast and complicated universe that has grown even more complex in the past quarter century. There are 566 federally recognized Indian nations — variously called tribes, nations, bands, pueblos, communities and native villages — in 34 states. They are ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse entities.

Those differences are important because the time when many tribes' geographic isolation kept them out of sight and mind is long gone. The last 50 years has especially seen dramatic growth of tribal governments and their ability to provide services to their communities. Their communications and interactions with local, state and federal government agencies have expanded accordingly.

The total American Indian/Alaska Native landmass — 100 million acres — would right now make Indian Country the fourth largest state in the United States. The tribal governments comprising this network don't just deal with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. They work regularly with the departments of Justice, Defense, Health & Human Services, Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Interior, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency, Housing & Urban Development and Homeland Security.

They work daily with city councils, state legislatures and Congress. Tribes have become active participants in the democratic process and are an integral part of the political fabric of the United States.

The bottom line? Anyone who seeks or holds public office in the United States today needs to be more informed about this country's first Americans — their history, policies and issues. Focusing on political correctness is a disconnect. It's a smaller, more interconnected world that we share. The future we share depends on forging a real and lasting understanding.

Mary Ann Andreas is the tribal council vice chair of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and first vice chair of the Native American Caucus for the California Democratic Party. Email her at Rezbiz2001@aol.com.

Original Source: The Desert Sun





May 18, 2015 – The California Democratic Party Native American Caucus has deep concerns regarding the actions of both declared candidates running for Senate in California.

We are dismayed by the lack of sensitivity to tribal issues and to Native Americans as individuals that we see in our announced candidates.

Their comments and actions provide little assurance that they grasp the government-to-government relationship guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

In the case of U.S. Representative and candidate Loretta Sanchez, her recent comments and mimicking of a cliché Indian war cry can only be described as insensitive and insulting. The remarks were made at a private meeting not a Native American Caucus event as reported by members of the media. However, these comments coming from a longtime friend makes it doubly difficult.

In the case of candidate Kamala Harris, she has chosen to ignore the federal policy and legal findings of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Interior in a case concerning California lands held by the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT). Despite existing federal policy, without any effort to discuss the issue with CRIT and without concern to the facts, Attorney General Harris filed an amicus brief supporting an individual trespassing on tribal lands who refused to pay rent to the tribe. This person is suing the tribe because he was evicted from the land on which he was squatting.

California has benefitted from the presence and activism of Senator Barbara Boxer in her distinguished career in both the House of Representatives and in the Senate. The interests of all Californians, especially Native Americans, have been well served by her genuine efforts to learn about the first Americans and then to fight for their basic rights of self governance and self determination.

We are disappointed in the apparent lack of sensitivity and awareness that our current Senate candidates have for Native Americans. We extend an invitation to both Ms. Sanchez and Ms. Harris to personally meet with our California Native American Caucus and tribal leaders. They both should treat this as a learning opportunity and beginlearning our history, our cultures and our issues. Without such an effort, we cannot expect informed decision-making and fair representation.

Revised Agenda for NAC Meeting @ CADEMS Convention, May 15th 2015

Native American Caucus E. Board Meeting
Anaheim Convention Center
Hall 202A
Friday May 15, 2015
1.       Call to order – Mary Ann Andreas
2.      Minutes – Debra Broner
a.      Review and Approval of minutes November 14, 2014
3.       Treasurer Report –
4.      Dues-Debra Broner/MaryEllen Early
5.      Officer-Elections/MaryEllen Early
6.      Update AB 52-Laura Miranda
7.      State Mascot issue – State Assemblyman - Luis Alejo
8.      Representative for 34th Congressional District - Xavier Becerra
9.      Senate Pro Tem - Kevin De Leon
10.  Secretary Of State - Alex Padilla
11.  Items from the Caucus Floor
10:00PM: TASIN Reception Location TBD


Governor Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring Native American Day

California has been home to human beings for at least 12,000 years, with the period of European-American settlement representing only a tiny fraction of this time. The first Europeans to arrive in California encountered hundreds of thousands of people organized into hundreds of distinct tribal groups. They flourished in the bountiful hills and valleys of what would someday become the Golden State.

The contact between these first Californians and successive waves of newcomers over the three succeeding centuries was marked by the utter devastation of Native American people, families and society. The colonial regimes of Spain and Mexico, through disease and slavery, reduced the indigenous population by more than half. Then the Gold Rush came, and with it a wave of new diseases and outright violence that halved the population again in just two years. The newborn State of California institutionalized violence against Native Americans, enacting policies of warfare, slavery and relocation that left few people alive and no tribe intact. In his 1851 address to the Legislature, our first Governor, Peter Hardeman Burnett, famously stated, “That a war of extermination will continue to be waged between the two races until the Indian race becomes extinct, must be expected.”

In spite of Burnett’s prediction, California today is home to the largest population of Native Americans in the fifty states, including both the rebounding numbers of our native Tribes and others drawn to the Golden State by its myriad attractions. The success of tribal businesses and the rise of tribal members in all walks of life today stand as testament to the resilience and enduring spirit of our native peoples. If Governor Burnett could not envision a future California including Native Americans, it is just as impossible for us today to envision one without them.

NOW THEREFORE I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim September 28, 2012, as Native American Day.

Register to vote online

This morning, the California Secretary of State's office officially launched its brand new online voter registration application. For the first time, Californians can register to vote online!

Democratic National Convention 2012

Democratic National Convention 2012

Andrew Masiel, Sr., Native American Caucus Chairperson, seated with his wife, Gloria.

NAC Executive Board Meeting, July 27, 2012

Native American Caucus at the California Democratic Party executive Board meeting
Native American Caucus E. Board Meeting – Park A
Sheraton Park Hotel
Anaheim Resort, 1855 S. Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92802
Date: Friday July 27, 2012
Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

Congratulations to our California Native American Delegation to the Democratic National Convention!

Charlotte North Carolina on September 3 - 6, 2012
Tribal Chairman Mark A. Macarro
Tribal Council Members:
Mary Ann Andreas
Charles Martin
Andrew Masiel, Sr.
Corrine R. Garbani Sanchez
Daniel J. Tucker
At- Large Alternates
Russell G Murphy
Richard W Sanchez

EBoard Hotel Room Block Open

Our summer Executive Board meeting will take place on the weekend of July 27-29 in Anaheim at the Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort. E Board members will vote to take positions on the November ballot propositions and will elect DNC members for the 2012-16 term.

You can register for the E Board and book your hotel room with our special CDP discount, by visiting our one-stop-shop E Board page here.

Registration is $40 and you can also purchase an Observer pass for the same amount.

The special E Board rate at the Sheraton Park Hotel is $142 per night for a single / double.

Tip: You can avoid paying registration charges by signing up one new member to our Donate Every Month (DEM) 2012 program.

Once again, you can register, purchase E Board lunch tickets [speaker to be announced] or Observer passes, and book your hotel room using our one-stop-shop E Board page here.

Please note we will NOT be selling luncheon tickets onsite. If you are interested in attending the luncheon, you must purchase a ticket by 5pm on July 16, 2012.

We look forward to seeing you in Anaheim.

The CDP Team

** In order to vote, and have one’s vote counted, at this meeting, a member must have timely paid their dues to This Committee (or had them waived), registered for the meeting, obtained their credential prior to the close of credentialing, and completed and returned to the proper authority any ballot that may be issued.

For All My Relations: Conference for Indian Families

Conducted by The National Indian Justice Center

August 2-4, 2012
Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City Hotel
Universal City, California
This year we are celebrating the 12th anniversary of the For All My Relations Conference for Indian Families.  
Please join us as we gather to share new information and resources offered to help Native communities strengthen Indian families. This conference provides a variety of workshops for tribal adults and youth as well as workshops for those who serve tribal communities. 

The goal of this conference is to create strong foundations for Native American families and tribal governments.  Collectively, we must be ready and willing to face the challenges that can result in a stronger future for Indian country.  The cultural, social and political integrity of tribal communities will become healthy and stable if we commit collectively to care for and support Native families.  It is our duty to increase our knowledge and awareness about issues that threaten the health, safety and welfare of Native families. 
New workshops and more to experience!
Even if you participated in FAMR in the past, you will discover a new experience this year. There are new workshops and numerous opportunities to grow. More information about the workshops will be available soon on our website at www.nijc.org/conferences.html.
It is for all our relations that we come together to share our knowledge, skills, and dreams for the future of Indian families. 
~Registration Fees ~

Standard Registration (12 years and over)   $360 person   
Child Registration (11 years and under) $185 child


Rocking the Native Vote!

Join us for an Important Webinar:

Rocking the Native Vote

Your role in the partnership between   

Rock the Vote & Native Vote 

Date:   Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Time:   1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT


Civically informed youth are civically engaged youth! 


42 percent-nearly half-of the American Indian and Alaska Native population is under the age of 24. As Indian Country's future leaders, it is important that Native youth are civically informed and prepared to engage in elections. 2012 is an important election year and an opportune time to engage youth and educate them about voting rights and civic responsibility.


During this webinar (designed for educators, tribal leaders, youth coordinators, and mentors) we will:

  • Learn about Native Vote's new partnership with Rock the Vote and introduce resources for Native Vote coordinators;
  • NCAI will introduce the new Native-specific supplement to the Rock the Vote "Democracy Day" one-class curriculum.
  • Discuss the tools and resources available to encourage youth civic engagement;
  • Provide ways to get involved with Rock the Native Vote Youth Week, to take place this year September 24-28th.

Participants will include:

  • Jacqueline Pata, Executive Director of National Congress of American Indians
  • Heather Smith, President, Rock the Vote
  • Jaynie Parish, Field Organizer for Rock the Vote Southwest

Register Today!


After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.


NCAI Contact Information: Peter Morris, Director of Strategy & Partnerships, pmorris@ncai.org



New NativeVote.org
Website Features


State-Based Community Groups - The Native Vote Community is over three hundred people strong, however, we know it's not easy to find people to connect with. That's why we've created state-based groups to help the community connect with each other to organize the Native Vote in your state. 


Native Vote Trainings - Native Vote offers regular trainings at events and via online webinars. Our newTrainings page features videos of the most recent trainings offered by Native Vote. Check out our most recent videosNative Vote for Non-Profits and Rocking the Native Vote: Tools and Tips for Engagement.



Native Pride. Native Power. Native Vote. 
Every Voice Counts! 

Native Vote is a nonpartisan campaign initiated by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). The campaign works with community organizers, non-profits, urban Indian centers, tribal governments, and regional organizations to create a strong and permanent infrastructure for election training that highlights voter registration, election protection policies, and voter education.

Important dates

Dear Caucus members, please note the following important dates:

April 11 – DNC Delegate Selection: Filing  deadline for  District- Level Delegates & Alternates (Form A)

April 17- Tax Day!

April 29 – DNC Delegate Selection: District Level Caucuses to slate District-Level Delegates and Alternates

May 21 – Last day to register to vote: CA Primary Election

May 29 – Last day to request Vote by Mail ballot: CA Primary

June 5 – California Primary Election: (polls open 7am – 8pm)

June 13 – DNC Delegate Selection: Filing deadline for At Large Delegates & Alternates and PLEO Delegates

June 24 – Delegate Selection: Statewide Delegation meeting to select At-Large and PLEO Delegates and remainder of Delegation

July 27-29 – CDP Executive Board Meeting – Anaheim, CA

September 4-6 – Democratic National Convention, Charlotte, NC

October 22 – Last day to register to vote: General Election

October 30 – Last day to request Vote-by-Mail: General Election

November 6 – General Election (Polls open 7am-8pm)

November 16-18 – CDP Board Meeting, Millbrae, CA

To register as a delegate, please visit: cadem.org.

NAC/TASIN Reception

Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Room: Cobalt 500
One Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101
Friday, February 10, 2012

Native American Caucus Meeting

Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Room: Sapphire D
One Park Boulevard
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Friday, February 10, 2012

February 2012 CA Legislative Report

The second half of the 2011-2012 CA legislative year looks as though it is going to be a busy year for Indian country.  Word around the Capitol building is that Legislators will introduce several measures impacting Tribes, ranging from Internet Poker to CEQA changes.  Legislators have until February 24 to introduce new bills for consideration in 2012. 

Issues that will be considered in 2012 are:

Sacred Sites

  • AB 742 (Lowenthal & 38 co-authors) – would prohibit a lead agency from approving a reclamation plan for an aggregate mining operation if the proposed land is located within a specified distance of the external boundaries of an Indian reservation, a Native American sacred site, or the San Margarita River, unless the tribe whose reservation is nearest the operation consents to the operation. This is the bill the Luiseno Tribes sponsored and supported to save their place of origin.  The bill is pending in the Senate Rules Committee and county hearings continue.

Governor Brown Appoints Tribal Advisor


SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointment.

Cynthia Gomez, 54, of Sacramento, has been appointed Governor's Tribal Advisor and executive secretary for the Native American Heritage Commission. Gomez has been the chief justice for the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Tribal Court since 2010. She was assistant secretary of environmental justice and tribal governmental policy for the California Environmental Protection Agency from 2008 to 2010, chief of the Native American Liaison Branch for the California Department of Transportation from 1999 to 2008, and a housing and community development representative for the California Department of Housing and Community Development from 1989 to 1999. Gomez is a member of the Tribal and State Court Forum for the California Administrative Office of the Courts and has served as chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Native American Transportation Issues Committee. Gomez received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Northern California, Lorenzo Patiño School of Law. These positions do not require Senate confirmation and the total compensation is $140,000. Gomez is a Democrat.

Governor Brown established this position by Executive Order to bolster communication and collaboration between California state government and Native American Tribes. The Tribal Advisor will serve as a direct link between the Governor’s Office and tribal governments on matters including legislation, policy and regulation. For more information, click here.



WHEREAS California is home to many Native American Tribes with whom the State of California has an important relationship, as set forth and affirmed in state and federal law; and

WHEREAS the State of California recognizes and reaffirms the inherent right of these Tribes to exercise sovereign authority over their members and territory; and

WHEREAS the State and the Tribes are better able to adopt and implement mutually-beneficial policies when they cooperate and engage in meaningful consultation; and

WHEREAS the State is committed to strengthening and sustaining effective government-to-government relationships between the State and the Tribes by identifying areas of mutual concern and working to develop partnerships and consensus; and

WHEREAS tribal people, as both citizens of California and their respective sovereign nations, have a shared interest in creating increased opportunities for all California citizens.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, by virtue of the power vested in me by the Constitution and the statutes of the State of California, do hereby issue the following orders to become effective immediately:

IT IS ORDERED that the position of Governor’s Tribal Advisor shall exist within the Office of the Governor;

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Governor’s Tribal Advisor shall oversee and implement effective government-to-government consultation between my Administration and Tribes on policies that affect California tribal communities, and shall:

• Serve as a direct link between the Tribes and the Governor of the State of California.
• Facilitate communication and consultations between the Tribes, the Office of the Governor, state agencies, and agency tribal liaisons.
• Review state legislation and regulations affecting Tribes and make recommendations on these proposals.

IT IS FUTHER ORDERED that the Office of the Governor shall meet regularly with the elected officials of California Indian Tribes to discuss state policies that may affect tribal communities.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that it is the policy of this Administration that every state agency and department subject to my executive control shall encourage communication and consultation with California Indian Tribes. Agencies and departments shall permit elected officials and other representatives of tribal governments to provide meaningful input into the development of legislation, regulations, rules, and policies on matters that may affect tribal communities.

For purposes of this Order, the terms “Tribe,” “California Indian Tribe”, and “tribal” include all Federally Recognized Tribes and other California Native Americans.

This Executive Order is not intended to create, and does not create, any rights or benefits, whether substantive or procedural, or enforceable at law or in equity, against the State of California or its agencies, departments, entities, officers, employees, or any other person.

I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this Order shall be filed with the Office of the Secretary of State and that it be given widespread publicity and notice.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my
hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 19th day of September 2011.

Governor of California

Secretary of State


Read more news coverage on this ground-breaking appointment from around the web:

NAC/TASIN Reception Agenda

Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Room: Cobalt 500

One Park Boulevard

San Diego, CA 92101

Friday, February 10, 2012


Welcome: Chairman Andrew Masiel Sr.

Introduction: Chairman Andrew Masiel Sr or Caucus Secretary Corrine Garbani Sanchez

Introduction of Kumeyaay Bird Singers

A moment of Prayer

Introduction of other Tribal Officials: Chairman Andrew Masiel Sr.

Introduction Executive Director of National Congress of American Indian:  Jackie Johnson

Introduction of Legislators: Chairman Andrew Masiel Sr.

Introduction of San Bernardino Chair: Ron Wall

Introduction of Imperial County Chair: Jim Horne

Introduction of Imperial County Central Committee Chair: Ken Hampton

Recognition Presentation

Comments and enjoy the Reception message: Chairman Andrew Masiel

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