CDCR Recruiters, Spiritual Leaders at Native American Day –


CDCR recruiters and Native American spiritual leaders will staff a booth at the 55th Annual California Native American Day at the State Capitol. The September 23 event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Michael Hermann, a Native American spiritual leader with CDCR, said his position was rewarding. He spent one year volunteering and eight years as a full-time spiritual leader at two different CDCR institutions.

“I can share the kinds of things we’re currently doing with incarcerated Native Americans to help prepare them to reintegrate into their communities in a positive way,” Hermann said. “I can also explain the kinds of things required and expected of a Native American spiritual leader at CDCR. Hopefully we will find a few who will return to their tribes and encourage qualified people to contact us and help them join our efforts to help the incarcerated.

As the department seeks to fill corrections officer positions, Native American Day recruiters will show that there are also other careers available ranging from entry level to management.

Quick facts, courtesy of the California Native American Heritage Commission:

  • American Indian Day began in California in 1939, when Governor Culbert Olson dedicated October 1 as “Indian Day.”
  • In 1968, California tribal leaders and Governor Ronald Reagan declared the fourth Friday in September California Indian Day.
  • The observance of “Native American Day” is an official holiday, pursuant to the Assembly Bill of 1953 (Baca) and signed into law by Governor Pete Wilson on September 21, 1998. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2011 drafted a Governor’s Proclamation highlighting this momentous and significant day.
  • The celebration of Native American Day has become a centuries-old tradition in the Native American community.

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