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News Release

Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez Commemorates California Native American Day

For immediate release: September 24, 2021

Native American Day - September 24, 2021

Today, Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez issued a proclamation declaring September 24 as California Native American Day in Moreno Valley.

“I am honored to issue this Mayoral proclamation paying tribute to the Native American people who have historically called this region home,” said Mayor Gutierrez. “We must always honor our heritage, and I invite Moreno Valley to take time today to celebrate the historic and cultural contributions by Native Americans."

Moreno Valley has historically been the ancestral land of several Native American tribes, most notably the Luiseño and the Cahuilla. The foothills above the City contain evidence of Native Americans thriving in Moreno Valley for generations, including ancient rock carvings and “granite mortars,” which the indigenous population used to grind acorns and other food. 

California Native American Day, celebrated on the fourth Friday in September, is a time-honored tradition commemorating the scores of Native tribes who have lived in California for thousands of years. The statewide event is hosted by the California Tribal Chairpersons Association.

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Alcalde Yxstian Gutierrez Conmemora
Día de los nativos americanos de California

Hoy, el alcalde Yxstian Gutiérrez emitió una proclamación declarando el 24 de septiembre como el Día de los Nativos Americanos de California en Moreno Valley.

“Es un honor para mí emitir esta proclamación de la alcaldía rindiendo homenaje a los nativos americanos que históricamente han llamado hogar a esta región”, dijo el alcalde Gutiérrez. "Siempre debemos honrar nuestra herencia, e invito a Moreno Valley a tomarse un tiempo hoy para celebrar las contribuciones históricas y culturales de los nativos americanos".

Moreno Valley ha sido históricamente la tierra ancestral de varias tribus nativas americanas, sobre todo los luiseños y los cahuilla. Las estribaciones sobre la ciudad contienen evidencia de nativos americanos que prosperaron en Moreno Valley durante generaciones, incluidos antiguos grabados rupestres y "morteros de granito", que la población indígena usaba para moler bellotas y otros alimentos.

El Día de los Nativos Americanos de California, que se celebra el cuarto viernes de septiembre, es una tradición consagrada que conmemora las decenas de tribus nativas que han vivido en California durante miles de años. El evento estatal es organizado por la Asociación de Asesores Tribales de California.

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