This event will be livestreamed from the in-person event happening on Saturday, November 5, 2022, from 1 pm- 2:30 pm.
The Amah Mutsun Speaker Series began in 2009 by the then American Indian Resource Center Director, Dr. Dennis Tibbetts, and Chairman Valentin Lopez of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. The purpose of the Amah Mutsun Speaker Series is to raise awareness about the issues that impact Native Americans and California Natives in particular.
This presentation discusses how non-federally recognized tribes in California enact inherent tribal sovereignty via government-to-government relations with the state and argues this represents official state recognition. Utilizing the definition of a “California Native American tribe” codified in state statutes, tribes are empowered in their efforts towards community self-determination and cultural persistence.