Celebrate “California Indian Heritage Month” Throughout the Month of November

Today, Senator Jim Battin (R – La Quinta) proudly announced that November is “California Indian Heritage Month.” November was so designated by the passage of Battin’s SCR 45, which also honors the culture, heritage, and the contributions of California’s Native Americans.

Senator Battin has been well known as an advocate and protector of Indian sovereignty in the state and legislature for many years.

“California’s Indian nations have made tremendous contributions to the strength and diversity of our society, and tribal self-determination continues to be a top priority of mine. Recognizing their historical and current achievements is important, and I am honored to have once again carried this important resolution,” commented Battin.

The resolution, passed unanimously by the legislature, was chaptered by the Secretary of State on July 5, 2007. Battin has authored this resolution for the past 5 years, to recognize the significant impact that Native Americans have had on California’s economy, history and culture.

“California’s Indian nations are a vital part of our society,” Battin said. “The number of tribal owned businesses is rapidly rising and their commitment to family and community has had an immeasurable and positive effect on our state.”

Senator Battin also encourages government agencies, educators, museums, churches, cultural centers and the people of California to honor this observance with positive activities that celebrate our uniqueness as Americans.