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Yolo California Indian Curriculum Professional Learning Advisory Group

Deb BrunsDeborah Bruns  Advisory Group Facilitator

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 2020, 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”.


Sunday, September 18, 4 pm, Seeds of Justice Speaker Series
“In Relation to Water: Indigenous Leadership in Restoring and Re-envisioning Watershed Stewardship.”
With Beth Rose Middleton Manning, Professor, Department of Native American Studies, UC Davis

Tuesday, September 20, 10 am-12:30 pm
Redbud Resource Group
Going Beyond Land Acknowledgments
Register here

Wednesday, September 21, 3:30 - 5 pm
Native Ways of Knowing Webinar (first in a series for K-12 educators)
Register here

September 23, 2022
California Native American Day 

October 11, 2022  
Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Sunday, October 16, 4 pm, Seeds of Justice Speaker Series
“Cultural Fire, Storytelling, and Reclaiming Indigenous Land Stewardship Practices."
Melinda Adams (San Carlos Apache), Ph.D. Candidate in Dept. of Native American Studies, UC Davis.

October 18, 6-8 pm, Stephens Davis Branch Library, Davis CA
"Decolonizing the Curriculum", with Dr. Oriel Maria Siu, author of Christoper the Ogre Cologre, It’s Over
Teaching guide for the book

National Native American Indian Heritage Month
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