Support The CA Indian Education Act

CA State Assembly Committee on Education

Assemblymember James Ramos introduced Assembly Bill 1554 and Assembly Constitutional Amendment 6 to integrate California Native American history and culture into the state’s social studies curriculum. It is important to teach local California Native American history in our classrooms which will increase belonging and dignity for native students, and improve the overall knowledge of our state’s history.

To: CA State Assembly Committee on Education
From: [Your Name]

Dear CA State Assembly Committee on Education,

I support AB 1554/ACA6 because I believe it is important to teach local California Native American history in our classrooms which will increase belonging and dignity for native students, and improve the overall knowledge of our state’s history.

Proper Native American education would prevent incidents such as the Riverside math teacher who recently wore a fake Indian headdress and thoughtlessly hopped around her classroom to teach trigonometry principles. The lack of respect behind that episode underscores the need to do a better job of incorporating Native American studies so the history of all Californians is taught and learned. Our teachers need more tools to perform their jobs, and we must demand more of our teacher training programs.

To quote our only Native American in the legislature, and author of AB 1554, Assemblymember James Ramos, “By moving forward together to honor the factual history and culture of California Indians, we will truly build mutual respect and appreciation that acknowledges California’s First People.”

CA Native Vote Project and our listed Native, Indigenous, and non-Native allies and partners ask your committee to pass this historic bill as we correct the history of our state, and fully acknowledge the living Native and Indigenous peoples who have cared for and lived on these lands since time immemorial, and continue to contribute to California every day.