California Indians have been withstanding the efforts of the territorial, state and local governments to commit genocide against us at all fronts, dating back 168 years since the Indian Extermination Act was passed & funded by the first elected officials of the newly created state. This effort merely codified and authorized what was already going on due to the Gold Rush: widespread killing and enslavement of California's Indigenous peoples. Militia-run law enforcement has been authorized and funded in the state of California, up to and including today's police brutality and excessive force used against the bodies as well as lands of Indigenous peoples. Today's Native American communities continue to be grossly wounded by the efforts of the state of California to annihilate the indigenous peoples, rights and traditional life ways. The mission of RJIP is to restore justice for Indigenous peoples in California, using our traditional life ways and culture as well as community organizing and advocacy to restore justice, defend and free our people in our ancestral homelands.
ABOUT PROJECT DIRECTOR
Morning Star Gali is a member of the Ajumawi band of Pit River located in Northeastern California. Since 2007, she has served as the Community Liaison Coordinator for the International Indian Treaty Council, working for the Sovereignty and Self Determination of Indigenous Peoples and the recognition and protection of Indigenous Rights, Treaties, Traditional Cultures and Sacred Lands. She was a Leading Edge Fellow (2016-2018) focusing on the disproportionate impact of the criminal and juvenile justice systems on Native Americans. She previously worked as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Pit River Tribe and continues to lead large-scale actions while helping organize Native cultural, spiritual, scholarly, and political gatherings throughout California. Morning Star serves as a board member for Sovereign Bodies Institute, California Indian Heritage Center Foundation and Women's Health Specialists of California. Since 2008 she has been a host on KPFA’s “Bay Native Circle” and is the proud mother of four children.