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Native American Caucus

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

 

Agenda

Call to order - Chairman Andrew Masiel Sr.

Blessing

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

Candidates

Adjourn

STATEMENT CONCERNING CALIFORNIA U.S SENATE CANDIDATE

 

STATEMENT CONCERNING: CALIFORNIA U.S SENATE CANDIDATES

FROM: CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY NATIVE AMERICAN CAUCUS CHAIRMAN ANDREW MAISEL, VICE CHAIRWOMAN MARY ANN ANDREAS AND BOARD MEMBERS

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
7:30PM
 
1.       Call to order – Mary Ann Andreas
 
Blessing:
 
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
 
 

               Adjourn

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