California Tribal Issues

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A bill proposed by State Assemblymember James Ramos, that would reduce rates of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, moved one step closer to state law Tuesday. 

The bill, introduced to the state assembly in February by Highland’s Assemblymember James Ramos, unanimously passed the Public Safety Committee on May 19.

In a press release, Ramos, the former chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, says the murder rates of Native American women can be ten times the national average on some reservations.

San Bernardino Sun

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians yesterday (Tuesday) announced a huge expansion of their casino property in Highland.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

In what could be a significant decision concerning groundwater rights in California, a federal court panel has affirmed that an Inland Empire-area Indian tribe does have rights to groundwater supplies below its lands.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will host the largest gathering of traditional and modern Native American culture in California -- free and open to the public -- at Cal State San Bernardino this coming weekend.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details on the annual San Manuel tribe's Pow Wow.

An 1,100 mile long pipeline being built by Texas-based Dakota Access is slated to carry 470,000 barrels of oil daily through treaty lands of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota.  Although mainstream media has not provided much coverage of this story, the tribe has been protesting the pipeline and attracting support from American sympathizers and native people across the continent.  The Standing Rock Sioux argue that they were not adequately consulted on the project and claim the construction and pipeline will endanger water supplies and damage culturally-sensitive sites on ancest

Jeff Stork

Much of the desert resort city of Palm Springs is built on land owned by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.  For decades, the relationship between the tribe and the city and its residents has been cooperative and friendly.  Recently, though, a rift has developed between tribal officials and Palm Springs architectural preservationists over the fate of some iconic mid-century modern buildings owned by the tribe.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports.