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Yolo California Indian Curriculum and Professional Learning Advisory Group

Deb BrunsDeborah Bruns  Advisory Group Facilitator


9/23/2022: Governor Newsom signed AB 1703 by Assembly member Ramos, the California Indian Education Act. The measure encourages local educational agencies and charter schools to form California Indian Education Task Forces in partnership with local tribes to develop curricular materials that highlight the unique history, culture and government of tribes in their region. (Link at left with full text of bill.) YCOE looks forward to continuing to partner with Yocha Dehe to meet the goals of the new legislation.


10/11/2022: The Yolo County Board of Education (YCBE) will consider resolutions in support of Indigenous Peoples’ Day (October 11) and Native American Heritage Month (November). Join in-person at YCOE Conference Center or via zoom. Meeting begins at 3:30.  


In November 2019, the Yolo County Board of Education passed Resolution #19-20/16 to officially recognize November as Native American Heritage Month. The resolution led to conversations between YCOE and tribal leaders about how to recognize the contributions of Native Americans through curriculum and activities in Yolo County schools.

In November 2020, YCOE convened the Yolo California Indian Curriculum and Professional Learning Advisory Group. 

Members of the advisory group include tribal leaders, cultural practitioners and educators, parent representatives, college and university faculty, and graduate students.

The focus of the group is to “provide Yolo County educators with professional development opportunities regarding cultural awareness of Wintun/Patwin homeland history and California Native peoples. Implementation of our work will support relevant and accurate curriculum, identify ongoing impacts of colonization and uplift the diverse histories, cultures, and ongoing contributions of California’s first peoples”.

Cultural understanding workshop

The advisory group worked with Taylor Pennewell, Redbud Resource Group to develop and host a virtual workshop for Yolo County educators and community members on September 20, 2021. The recording of the session is available:  

Link to Recording: Native American Cultural Understanding for Educators Recording 

You will be asked to “register” to watch the on-demand recording.


October 12th & 26th              3:30 - 5 pm
Native Ways of Knowing Webinar (Ongoing series for K-12 educators)
Register here

October 11, 2022  
Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Tuesday, October 11th, 2022    9:00-10:30 AM Feed La Revolución: A Testimony of Decolonization towards Traditional Comida Mexicana Woodland Community College. This event is free and open to community members, students, staff, and faculty

Sunday, October 16, 4 pm, Seeds of Justice Speaker Series
“Cultural Fire, Storytelling, and Reclaiming Indigenous Land Stewardship Practices."
Melinda Adams (San Carlos Apache), Ph.D. Candidate in Dept. of Native American Studies, UC Davis.

Sunday, October 16th, 2022 The History of the Peñas and the Vacas Part I: From Prehistory to 1841 With Cecelia Peña and Armando Pérez. 2-4 PM Dixon Methodist Church.

October 18th, 2022 10 AM Redbud Resource Group : Going Beyond Land Acknowledgments on zoom.                                     Get Tickets Here

October 18, 6-8 pm, Stephens Davis Branch Library, Davis CA
"Decolonizing the Curriculum", with Dr. Oriel Maria Siu, author of Christoper the Ogre Cologre, It’s Over
Teaching guide for the book

Register Here

National Native American Indian Heritage Month
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