Native American tribes in California receive funding

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The Decolonizing Wealth Project, an Indigenous and Black-led organization, will distribute half a million dollars to California Native communities and non-profit organizations. It’s to support storytelling and healing, said Carlos Rojas Alvarez, director of executive affairs and strategic initiative.

The money comes from the California Endowment, the Christensen Fund and the fund supporting the New York-based Decolonizing Wealth Project.

The project partnered with the California Truth & Healing Council, which Governor Gavin Newsom established in 2019, he said, to “clarify the record – and provide their historical perspective – on the troubled relationship between tribes and the state”.

The Council on Truth & Healing is expected to release a report on the state’s historic relationship with Native Americans in California by 2025. It may include recommendations to the Legislature regarding land reparations or restoration for Native communities .

The first such council in the nation, it is made up of 12 members of Native tribes from across the state and is led by state Tribal Councilor Christina Snider, a lawyer and member of the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians. .

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