This Friday, employees of the state judiciary and local courts will be the first public officials to mark “California Native American Day” as an official holiday.
California Native American Day became an official public holiday thanks to AB 855, authored by James C. Ramos (D-Highland) and co-sponsored by the Judicial Council of California.
The legislation did not introduce additional paid leave for law enforcement officials, instead replacing Columbus Day with California Native American Day, observed annually by law enforcement officials on the fourth Friday of September.
said California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye:
“This coming Friday, September 23, will be a first—a newly celebrated Judiciary Day, our California Native American Day. The Judiciary Council was proud to sponsor this landmark bill, penned by Assemblyman James Ramos last year. In honoring California Native American Day, we recognize the contributions and history of our state’s First People. This important day marks another step in our justice mission to ensure equal access and fairness throughout our justice system—one where all Californians feel welcome and represented.”
Check out the Chief Justice’s remarks at this week’s Judicial Council meeting:
said boss Judge Abby AbinantiMember of the Yurok Tribe and Co-Chair of the Tribal Court-State Court Forum of the Judicial Council:
“California courts continue to lead the country’s recognition effort as we work to heal the rift with those of us whose systems have been so badly affected by the evolving current institutions. We as tribes are working to help the “newer” systems learn the ways of this country/people to move forward as justice systems in healing ways.”
said Assembly member Ramos:
“I’ve been working on the idea of a California Indian Day since 1998. I am happy that it can be a paid holiday for the state courts and judiciary. It’s time to extend celebrations to this day, which honors the presence, history and culture of California’s Native Americans while acknowledging a painful past. A paid holiday gives this commemoration additional state emphasis. As the first California Native American legislator in 172 years, I was pleased that California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and the Judiciary Council decided to lead by example and sponsor my 2021 bill. I applaud her forward-looking move on behalf of inclusion, as well as that of my fellow lawmakers and the governor.”