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Yolo California Indian Curriculum and Professional Learning Advisory Group

Deb BrunsDeborah Bruns  Advisory Group Facilitator


September 23, 2022: Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1703 by Assemblymember Ramos, also known as the California Indian Education Act. The measure encourages local educational agencies and charter schools to form California Indian Education Task Forces in partnership with local tribes to develop curricular materials that highlight the unique history, culture, and government of tribes in their region. YCOE looks forward to continuing to partner with Yocha Dehe to meet the goals of the new legislation.

October 11, 2022: The Yolo County Board of Education approved resolutions in support of Indigenous Peoples’ Day (October 11) and Native American Heritage Month (November).

Cultural understanding workshop

The advisory group worked with Taylor Pennewell, Redbud Resource Group to develop and host a virtual workshop for Yolo County educators and community members on September 20, 2021. The recording of the session is available:  

Link to Recording: Native American Cultural Understanding for Educators Recording 

You will be asked to “register” to watch the on-demand recording.


In November 2019, the Yolo County Board of Education passed Resolution #19-20/16 to officially recognize November as Native American Heritage Month. The resolution led to conversations between YCOE and tribal leaders about how to recognize the contributions of Native Americans through curriculum and activities in Yolo County schools.

In November 202, YCOE convened the Yolo California Indian Curriculum and Professional Learning Advisory Group. Members of the advisory group include tribal leaders, cultural practitioners and educators, parent representatives, college and university faculty, and graduate students.

The focus of the group is to "provide Yolo County educators with professional development opportunities regarding cultural awareness of Wintun/Patwin homeland history and California Native peoples. Implementation of our work will support relevant and accurate curriculum, identify ongoing impacts of colonization and uplift the diverse histories, cultures, and ongoing contributions of California's first peoples".


National Native American Indian Heritage Month
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November 8th, 2022 10 AM Redbud Resource Group: Going Beyond Land Acknowledgments on Zoom.                                     Get Tickets Here

November 9th & November 30th, 3:30 - 5 pm
Native Ways of Knowing Webinar (Ongoing series for K-12 educators)
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November 1-18th,2022 Journeys to the Past - Mondavi Center - Jacque Nunez, master storyteller, and Educator of the Year for the Indian Education State Conference 2009, shares her people's indigenous tools, instruments, games and clothing through stories and songs

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