About the California Truth & Healing Council

 

The California Truth & Healing Council, created by Executive Order N-15-19, bears witness to, records, examines existing documentation of, and receives California Native American narratives regarding the historical relationship between the State of California and California Native Americans in order to clarify the historical record of such relationship in the spirit of truth and healing. The Council is led and convened by the Governor’s Tribal Advisor and includes representatives from California Native American tribes, relevant state and local agencies, and other relevant non-governmental stakeholders.

The Council works in consultation with California Native American tribes to shape the overarching focus and develop the work of the Council and will endeavor to accurately represent the diversity of experience of California Native Americans within the State of California.

To learn more about the Council, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Voting Members

 

CENTRAL REGION

Chairman Kenneth Kahn (Chumash)

Kouslaa Kessler-Mata (Chumash)

Chairman Mark Macarro (Luiseño)

Alternate: Councilmember Alexis Manzano (Serrano)

 

 

EASTERN REGION

Anthony Burris (Miwok)

 

Chairman Neil Peyron (Yokut)

Chief Caleen Sisk (Wintu)

Alternate: Chairman Anthony Roberts (Patwin)

 

 

NORTHERN REGION

Chairman Isaac Bojorquez (Ohlone)

Councilmember Joan Harper (Pomo/Coast Miwok) 

Vice Chairman Frankie Myers (Yurok)

Alternate: Councilmember Joseph Giovannetti (Tolowa)

 

 

SOUTHERN REGION

Chairwoman Angela Elliott-Santos (Kumeyaay)

Vice Chairwoman Tishmall Turner (Luiseño)

Non-Federally Recognized Seat:

VACANT [SAN DIEGO/IMPERIAL]

Alternate: Robert Phelps (Kumeyaay)