SACRAMENTO—A mural depicting California Native American history will be incorporated as part of a legislative hearing room as part of any construction, restoration, rehabilitation, renovation, or reconstruction work undertaken for the legislature’s annex under AB 1459 signed today by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Assemblymember James C. Ramos (D-San Bernardino), the first California Native American elected to the legislature since statehood, introduced the bill.
Ramos, a Cahuilla and Serrano Indian, was elected in 2018 and is a lifelong resident of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians reservation. “A mural showcasing the diversity and history of California’s First People will educate Capitol visitors, legislators and staff about the resiliency, rich culture and perseverance of the state’s Native Americans despite acts of genocide, forced assimilation and family separation,” Ramos stated.
AB 1459 also requires that the mural be designed in consultation with the Native American Heritage Commission to ensure accurate portrayals of California Indian people.
Assemblymember James C. Ramos proudly represents the 45th Assembly district which includes the Cities of Fontana, Highland, Mentone, Redlands, Rialto and San Bernardino. He is the first and only California Native American serving in the state’s legislature. Ramos chairs the Assembly Committees on Rules.