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Governor signs Ramos measure to ensure Bureau of Gambling Control time keeping accountability

SACRAMENTO— A bill requiring the Department of Justice to implement procedures for employees assigned to the Bureau of Gambling Control to track those hours and expenses that can be charged to the Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund was signed by Governor Gavin Newsom today. The measure, AB 553, was introduced by Assemblymember James C. Ramos (D-San Bernardino).

Tribal leaders, LA law enforcement, victims, lawmakers join to stem violence against Native Americans in Los Angeles county

Today tribal leaders, victims, local law enforcement and lawmakers gathered today to learn how the a new tool – the Feather Alert – will work to help law enforcement quickly notify the public about missing Native Americans and enlist their aid. The law, AB 1314, took effect in January and was authored by Assemblymember James C. Ramos (D-San Bernardino), the first and only California Native American elected to the legislature.

Ramos honored with award for long service to California Native American Commission

SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember James C. Ramos (D-San Bernardino), the first and only California Native American elected to the legislature, announced he received an award from the California Native American Heritage Commission for serving as the longest serving chair. Ramos received the award last night at the California Tribal Chairpersons’ Association.

Bill advances banning CSU from using Native American remains and requiring they be returned to the tribes

SACRAMENTO—A measure prohibiting California State University campuses from using Native American remains and cultural artifacts for teaching or research cleared the Senate Education Committee today on a 5-0 vote. The bill also requires the CSU system to follow recommendations from the State Auditor—and to obey state and federal laws—by repatriating remains and sacred artifacts to appropriate tribes.

Frustrated lawmakers & tribes probe CSU officials over scathing audit report detailing failure to repatriate 700,000 Native American human remains after nearly 30 years

SACRAMENTO-- California State University administrators faced skeptical legislators and tribal leaders during a joint informational oversight hearing today over their decades-long failure to return 698,200 Native American human remains and artifacts to appropriate tribal descendants in violation of state and federal laws. Assemblymember James C.

Rialto Firefighter to be honored with highway designation

SACRAMENTO—The Ayala Drive overcrossing on State Route 210 in San Bernardino County will be renamed in honor of longtime City of Rialto firefighter, Scott “Buckshot” Schwingel, who died of job-related colon cancer.