be designed with input from tribes
Santa Barbara, CA A bill authored by Assemblymember Monique
Limon (D-Santa Barbara) that would create a model curriculum in
Native American studies in schools has been signed by Gov. Jerry
Under Assembly Bill 738, schools for grades 9-12 would need
to offer a course in Native American studies based on the model
The model curriculum will be designed with input from different
tribes to preserve Native American culture and history.
AB 738 is about communities telling their own stories
that can be passed on to future generations, said Limón.
A school curriculum that draws upon and reflects the history
of all students, especially underrepresented students, is critical
in providing a positive, engaging and meaningful experience in the
California has the largest Native American population in the
This is a proud day for our tribe and Native Americans
throughout the state of the California. The passage of this bill
means that students will have an opportunity to learn about our
history, our journey, our sovereignty and our culture through a
curriculum that will be developed with vital input and oversight
from Native American tribes. We would like to thank both state Assemblymember
Monique Limon for her work on this bill and Governor Brown for making
this dream a reality, said Tribal Chairman of the Santa Ynez
Band of Chumash Indians Kenneth Kahn.
AB 738 will become law on January 1, 2018.