Sacramento, California – The 55th Annual California Native American Day returns to the West Steps of the State Capitol Building in Sacramento, CA on Friday, September 23, 2022 from 10 am to 2 pm.
The first in-person California Native American Day since 2019, this year’s theme, “Stand Strong Together” celebrates and honors the years spent apart alongside the historical and cultural contributions by California Native Americans.
“The California Tribal Chairpersons’ Association is proud to be the host organization for the 55th Annual California Native American Day, working in partnership with the Native American Heritage Commission and the California Native American Day Planning Committee,” said California Tribal Chairpersons’ Association Chairman Bo Mazzetti. “It is a special honor to welcome you back to the California State Capitol Building to celebrate the resilience of our Tribal communities as we Stand Strong Together after years spent apart.”
Started in 1939 by then-Governor Culbert Olson, “Indian Day” evolved into California Native American Day in 1968, thanks to Governor Ronald Reagan and California Tribal Leaders. The Day is considered a time-honored tradition in the California Native American community. The event is hosted by the California Tribal Chairpersons’ Association.
“As the first and only California Native American elected to the state legislature, my priority has been to educate my colleagues and the public about our unity and shared experiences while also acknowledging the wide diversity and different needs of California Indians,” said California Assemblymember James C. Ramos. “I am happy to welcome you all to the 55th California Native American Day at the California State Capitol. It is a great day to celebrate and witness the culture of California’s first people.”
The 55th Annual California Native American Day will feature remarks from CTCA Chairman Bo Mazzetti, Assemblymember James C. Ramos, Tribal Affairs Secretary for the Governor’s Office of Tribal Affairs Christina Snider, Deputy Secretary for the California Department of Veterans Affairs Xóchitl Rodriguez Murillo, and more.
“On behalf of the California State Tribal Liaisons, and the California Native American Heritage Commission, we are proud to partner with our host nation sponsor, the California Tribal Chairpersons’ Association, in the coordination and planning of the 55th Annual California Native American Day celebration,” said Native American Heritage Commission Executive Secretary Raymond C. Hitchcock. “This year’s theme is “Stand Strong Together!” It was selected to highlight the importance of unity. When we speak in that united voice and stand together as one, our voices echo far beyond our Native American communities and those positive effects are felt throughout the State. For the past 55 years, Native American Tribe’s, Organizations, and State Agencies have participated in this event which honors and recognizes the valuable historical and cultural contributions made by our Tribal Ancestors and families here in our great State. Thank you for taking the time to be here and allowing us to continue this tradition of honor and recognition of the first peoples of California!”
The day will also see Cultural Sharing from the Intertribal Bird Singers & Dancers, the Karuk Tribe Traditional Dancers, the Chumash Tribal Singers, and the Cachil Dehe Wintun & California Kalte Crew.
For more information, including the 2022 California Native American Day agenda and official program, go to CaliforniaNativeAmericanDay.com.