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  • Host Tribal SponsorCentral California Tribal Chairpersons Association

    Presented by

    Northern California Tribal Chairmens AssociationSouthern California Tribal Chairmens Association Central California Tribal Chairpersons AssociationCalifornia State Tribal Liaisons

    Legislative SponsorsSenator Tom Berryhill, District 8Assemblymember Frank Bigelow, District 5

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    Table of ContentsCalifornia State Tribal Liaisons ......................................................................................................6

    History of Native American Day ...................................................................................................6

    Native American Day Planning Committee Leads .................................................................6

    Welcome .............................................................................................................................................7

    The Masters of Ceremonies ...........................................................................................................8

    Agenda ...............................................................................................................................................10

    Honored Elders & Veterans Portraits ........................................................................................14

    Special Exhibits Celebrating Native American Day .............................................................14

    2016 Native American Day Honorees ......................................................................................15

    2016 Native American Day Honorees (cont.) .........................................................................16

    Education Pavilion Exhibit ...........................................................................................................19

    2016 Event Exhibitors ....................................................................................................................20

    2016 Vendors ....................................................................................................................................21

    In Appreciation ............................................................................................................................... 23

    Featured Poster Artist ................................................................................................................... 23

    Tribal Sponsors ................................................................................................................................24

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    History of Native American DayIn 1939, California Governor Culbert Olson proclaimed October 1 as California Indian Day.

    In 1968, California Tribal Leaders and Governor Ronald Reagan declared the fourth Friday of September as American Indian Day in California, as does each succeeding governor through 1998.

    In 1998, the California State Assembly enacted legislation (AB 1953) to establish Native Amer-ican Day as an official state holiday and it was signed into law by Governor Pete Wilson on September 21, 1998.

    California State Tribal LiaisonsThe State Tribal Liaisons of California are representative of Californias agencies, departments, and commissions that serve within the state in official and unofficial capacities.

    They help serve and support the Native American community in areas such as health, transportation, employment, education, economic devel-opment, law enforcement, child welfare, and environment.

    Native American Day Planning Committee LeadsAnecita Agustinez, Department of Water ResourcesBarbara Cross, Department of Water ResourcesBennie Lee, Department of TransportationBrittani Orona, Department of Toxic Substance ControlCarolyn Yee, Department of Toxic Substance ControlDavid Pegos, Department of Food & AgricultureDonna Begay, State Water Resources Control BoardElva Galindo, Indian Health Program, Department of Health Care ServicesFrancina Stevenson, Department of JusticeJim Suennen, Health and Human ServicesHeather Hostler, Office of the GovernorNicole Scott, California Indian Legal ServicesPammy Jimenez, State Water Resources Control BoardPaulette Hennum, State ParksSandra Salazar-Thompson, State Water Resources Control BoardSharaya Souza, Native American Heritage CommissionSteven Yoshida, Department of JusticeTennille Haberman, Department of TransportationTim Nelson, Department of Water ResourcesVida Castenada, Judicial Council of CaliforniaViola Brooks, Bureau of Indian Affairs

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    Tennille J. HabermanCo-Chair, 2016 NAD Planning CommitteeTraffic Data Branch Chief, Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

    Anecita AgustinezChair, State Tribal LiaisonsChair, 2016 NAD Planning CommitteeTribal Policy Advisor, Department of Water Resources

    Dear Community,

    On behalf of the California State Tribal Liaisons, we are proud to partner with our host nation sponsor, Central California Tribal Chairpersons Association, in the coordination and planning of the 49th Annual California Native American Day celebration. The theme we honor is Education: Building Tomorrow through Teachings Today. The theme of the event was selected to highlight the im-portance of education in Native American communities. To commemorate the event, we have invited Tribal cultural practitioners, Traditional dancers, and Tribal leaders to demonstrate the theme through presentations, demonstrations, and cultural sharing.

    We are also very excited to honor the 40th Anniversary of the Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC). Please take some time to visit the exhibits dedicat-ed to the past 40 years of accomplishments of the NAHC at the Governors Wall and in the Rotunda on the second floor located in the State Capitol.

    The celebration of Native American Day is made possible through the support of community volunteers, the commitment from our State government, our legis-lative sponsors Assembly Member Frank Bigelow and Senator Tom Berryhill and their staff, and the direction and support of Californias Tribal Leadership.

    As Co-Chairs of 2016 Native American Day, we would like to offer our support, respect, and admiration for our Tribal Elders, Tribal Leaders, members of the California State government, and each and every one of you participating in this celebration. For these past 49 years, Native American organizations and State agencies have participated in this event which honors the valuable historic and cultural contributions made by Native Americans in California. Thank you for taking the time to be here and allowing us to continue this tradition of honor and recognition. Please find a relaxing spot in the shade, and enjoy the celebration!

    Welcome

    Brittani R. OronaCo-Chair, 2016 NAD Planning CommitteeEJ and Tribal Affairs Specialist, Department of Toxic Substances Control

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    The Masters of Ceremonies

    Honorable Lynn Nay ValbuenaSan Manuel Band of Mission Indians

    Lynn Nay Valbuena is Chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. Her past tribal government positions include Vice Chairwoman and member of the Business Com-mittee, which manages daily governmental operations on behalf of the General Council. For the past 20 years she has been the Chairwoman of the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign In-dian Nations (TASIN). She is also an elected -r for the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), an advisory board member of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California, and Vice Chairwoman and Secretary of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA). She is a former trustee for the Smithsonians National Museum of the American Indian, a current trustee for Autry National Center, and is Capitol Weekly Advisory committee member. She is the recipient of numerous distinctions throughout her career, including 2011 San Bernardino County Safety Employees Benefit Association Distinguished Benefactor Honoree, 2010 California Assembly-man Bill Emmersons California Woman of Distinction, Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations (WEWIN) Honoree, the NIGA Chairmans Leadership Award and in 2015 entered the American Gaming Association Hall of Fame.

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    Honorable Council Member Dennis Hendricks Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians

    Dennis Hendricks is a Tribal Council member of the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians. Mr. Hendricks served two terms as Tribal Chairman.

    He has represented California Tribes on the National Indian Health Board and has been the chairman of the California Rural Indian Health Board.

    Currently Mr. Hendricks is a member of the Cal Trans Native American Advisory Committee and Treasurer of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association and serves on the Board of Regents for the California Tribal College project.

    Key NoteTishmall Turner Rincon Band of Luiseo Indians Tribal Member

    Ms. Turner was appointed in 2007 as the first full time Califor-nia Indian Tribal Liaison in the California State University Sys-tem. She provides guidance to the CSU San Marcos president, campus administrators and faculty to improve institutional relationships with California tribal communities. She pro-vides mentorship to American Indian students, and conducts outreach to tribal youth about higher education. Ms. Turner serves on numerous boards and committees, such as the Rin-con Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, Palomar Health Foundation Board, and the National Museum of American Indian National Advisory Council. She has assist-ed in publishing childrens books and annual calendars in the Luiseo language among other cultural and educational proj-ects. Her contribution to the forthcoming On Indian Ground, book series will share high impact pra