[The Sacramento Bee] Gavin Newsom apologizes on California’s behalf to native tribes for slaughter of ancestors

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center

Gov. Gavin Newsom formally apologized to California Native Americans through an executive order Tuesday for the state’s “dark history” of violence against indigenous people.

“It’s called a genocide,” Newsom said at a ceremony announcing the state’s apology. “No other way to describe it… I’m sorry on behalf of the state of California.”

The order represents an apology to Native people for the government’s slaughter of their ancestors, family separations and forced servitude, according to his office.

Newsom also announced a new commission called the Truth and Healing Council that his office says will allow Native Americans to clarify the historical record of the state’s violence against them.

Posted on July 1, 2019, 11:31 AM PST