California Native

California Native is a monthly series examining the role the state's indigenous people had in California. For 6 months, different topics such as the history or culture of area tribes tribes will be discussed.

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Insight With Beth Ruyak

California Native: Suicide Prevention

September 27, 2017 | Chris Remington

Native Americans have the highest suicide rates of any ethnic demographic nationwide and young Native Americans are at the greatest risk. Dr. Michael Yanuck and Tasha Norton explain what’s being done to address the crisis.

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California Native: Indigenous Communities And Environmental Stewardship

August 16, 2017 | Chris Remington

Indigenous communities in California are on the front lines in the major conservation movements across the state. We continue our California Native series with a conversation about environmental stewardship.

Insight With Beth Ruyak

California Native: Dahkota Brown On Passing Law Banning Racial Mascots

July 26, 2017 | Chris Remington

Native American activist Dahkota Brown shares the story of lobbying the California Legislature to pass Assembly Bill 30, the California Racial Mascots Act, which banned derogatory and offensive mascots in public schools in 2015.

Insight With Beth Ruyak

32nd Annual Sierra Storytelling Festival

July 20, 2017

Johnny Moses joins to preview the 32nd Annual Sierra Storytelling Festival with tales from the Tulalip Native American tradition.

Insight With Beth Ruyak

California Native, A Look At The State's First People

June 14, 2017

Sacramento State professor of Native American History Khal Schneider and Director of the 5th Direction Calvin Hedrick kickstart the premiere of California Native, a monthly in-depth look at the history of California's indigenous people.

Mission Project Protests Help Spur Changes

May 17, 2017 | Steve Milne

For decades, California kids have been building replicas of historic Spanish missions as part of the fourth-grade curriculum. But Native American community activists say the missions exploited indigenous people...and they want the project banned.