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Assemblymember James C. Ramos Celebrates Native American Heritage Month at Judson and Brown Elementary School



December 16, 2021



Attn: News Desk

Christine Stephens



Public Information Officer


No. 2021-12-16-01

Phone: (909) 748-6784



Press Release --- Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 10:00AM


Assemblymember James C. Ramos Celebrates Native American Heritage Month at Judson and Brown Elementary School


Redlands, CA—On November 10, 2021, Assemblymember James C. Ramos delivered a cultural presentation to the Judson and Brown Elementary School fourth-grade class in commemoration of November’s National Native American Heritage Month.


Assemblymember Ramos is a member of the Serrano/Cahuilla tribe, and he was elected as the first Californian Indian elect to the State Assembly back in 2018. After being appointed the State Board of Education in 2011, one of his goals is to visit and educate schools regarding the importance of Native American history and culture.


As part of the fourth grade curriculum at Redlands Unified School District, students are learning about California history, which includes a strong focus on the Native American culture. In order to bring hands-on learning and experience to the curriculum, Assemblymember Ramos was contacted and asked if he could share his first-hand experience of how Native Americans lived in the surrounding areas. In 2020, he delivered a similar presentation to the Judson and Brown Elementary School fourth graders via Zoom. 


Alongside his son James C. Ramos Jr. and nephew Trevor Mathew, Assemblymember Ramos led songs and lessons on local vegetation and tribal history, including how Native American Americans used to eat as they traveled during the various seasons to hunt and gather in Redlands. “Hearing the students sing along to the Cahuilla bird song embodied the meaning of sharing and teaching factual sights and sounds of who California Indian people are,” shared Assemblymember Ramos. The students and staff continued to participate and engage throughout the entire presentation, which ended in singing and dancing with the Assemblymember and family members. “The teachers felt it was a great real-life experience that brought learning alive,” shared Judson and Brown Elementary Principal Todd Rossi. 


As a member of the indigenous community, Assemblymember James C. Ramos uses the month of November as an opportunity to share about his culture’s traditions, ancestry, and the contributions that the Native American communities have made throughout history and that continue on today. 


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