2023: A Year In Review

2023 was an incredible year of growth and learning for the California Native Vote Project. As we look back and reflect on our community wins, we can’t help but hold deep gratitude to you all – our young leaders, our elders, our co-conspirators, our funders, and every single person who in some shape or form has contributed to the success of our organization.

We are advancing policy that will positively impact Natives in CA, creating spaces to build Native leaders across generations, leading in research and data efforts, and we are building political power together! What started out as an effort to register Native voters in 2016, has evolved into a power-building hub for Native communities in California.

Let us go into the holiday season celebrating all we accomplished together!

To download the full report, please download here. 

Native Power Building Fellowship

Background: The Native Power Building Fellowship is an 18-month Fellowship that will bring together a cohort of Native leaders that are committed to building power in Native communities in California. 

 The Fellowship will bring together fellows from across California to build relationships; participate in leadership development programming, including an Indigenized version of Rockwood Leadership Institute’s Art of Leadership; Coaching for Equity and Transformation; transformational organizing; and integrated voter engagement, including organizing and base building; and sharpen their practice of creating change in their communities.  

 Each fellow will also be asked to launch and/or support a campaign in their community that advances justice for Native peoples. Online and in-person gatherings will be a requirement for applicants, as well as a request to be part of an alumni network that will be built and grown over time. 


 Fellowship Requirements


Fellows will convene in person at least twice over the course of the fellowship to receive leadership development training. The first training will be a 5-day in person training to take place in Southern California. The second training will take place in Northern California. Travel costs and accommodation will be provided to participants. Fellows are expected to attend the full length of both trainings, and should factor their availability into their decision to apply.  


Fellows will convene virtually several times over the course of the fellowship. The first meeting will consist of a relationship building meeting and orientation to the fellowship. A handful of additional meetings will be held according to the needs of the cohort. 


Fellows will be asked to either develop or join an existing issue campaign in their community. Fellows will receive training and support on all aspects of campaign planning, implementation and evaluation. 


A reflection report will be required to submit after each in-person training, as well as at the end of the program.


Fellows will be invited to participate in an emergent statewide alumni network upon successful completion of their program.  


The fellowship is designed for Native Peoples that are early or in the middle of their social justice journey. We are seeking applicants with between three to ten years working towards justice and self-determination for Native peoples within an organization or association. This may include a formal paid position within a Native organization, a volunteer position within a non-formal grassroots association, a role within a college or university program, and/or any other similar experience.

We are currently not accepting applications, but stay tuned! We will announce application openings later this year in 2024! 

Check out our 2023 fellows here. 

 Please send any questions to info@canativevote.org. 

The featured artwork is a collaborative original artwork created for the “We the Resilient” report to communicate the resilience of Native peoples in California. Artist Ernesto Yerena (Yaqui and Chicano) created this print based on a photograph taken by fine artist photographer Cara Romero (Chemehuevi Indian Tribe). The image features Kiyanni, a Chemehuevi and Navajo youth leader.


How would you spend $100 million dollars to support the Native American Community?


We are hosting two upcoming events to discuss and plan how we can channel $100 million dollars back into our LA Native communities, and we want you to take part in those discussions. 

May 21, 12-1:30PM we will host a virtual listening session, we also encourage all Native Americans in LA County to attend. Zoom registration link click here

May 22, 1-5PM, Join our in-person Homecoming Celebration & Conversation at Homeboy Industries where we welcome back our relatives into the Community. All Native Elders, Aunties, Uncles, and Homies are encouraged to attend! We will have important conversations on how we want our community supported in Affordable Housing, Re-Entry, and Employment Opportunities.
Click here to register for the in-person event at Homeboy Industries 130 Bruno St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

$50 Gift cards will be given to the first 100 individuals who attend the event in person and complete the survey.  $25 gift cards will be given to the first 100 zoom participants that complete the survey.

For specific questions or information please contact Juay Roybal-Kastl, Call us at 562-551-8667 or email jroybal-kastl@canativevote.org


Toolkit information for the Alternatives to Incarceration Initiative

NCNYJ Partnership Meeting 4-28

Northern California Native Youth for Justice invites you to join us, Thursday, April 28, 6:00-7:00 pm. for a partnership building meeting. Please join us virtually on Zoom, as we discuss Education Equity for Native American students in San Juan Unified School District. Our youth organizers will propose changes we would like to see in the American Indian history curriculum.

Our students need allies and partners who want equity for American Indian Students to register for this virtual meeting.

Real Covid Talk May 2022

Join us for our final Real Covid Talk community forum Tuesday, May 3rd at 12:00 PM. We will be hearing from our very own, Covid talking circle host, and community leader… Read more

Spring Break Announcement

Our virtual offices will be closed for the week of March 28th through April 1st. Our team is taking the week off to rest, reflect, and recharge. We encourage you to take some time and practice rest along with us. We look forward to returning on Monday, April 4th. Please continue to remain safe by wearing a mask, washing your hands, and practicing social distancing.

CA Indian Education Act – Take Action

The California Native Vote Project and our listed Native, Indigenous, and non-Native allies and partners ask your committee to pass this historic bill as we correct the history of our state, and fully acknowledge the living Native and Indigenous peoples who have cared for and lived on these lands since time immemorial, and continue to contribute to California every day.

Native Powerbuilding Summit 2022

Join CNVP, tribal leaders, elders, and community members May 14, 2022, from 11 AM to 2:30 PM as we continue to build Native Power in California. We will hear more about AB 1703, the California Indian Education Act, and the importance of voting in the Primary Election on June 7th.

Join us as we build relationships with Natives across California!

Special guest speakers:

James Ramos  – California Assemblymember, author of AB1703 California Indian Education Act, and a proven civic leader and has served on numerous boards and organizations in the Inland Empire. He is the immediate past Chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, with a deep commitment to the preservation of California Indian culture. Additionally, Ramos is co-founder of the San Manuel Band’s Cultural Awareness Program, and serves as director of the California Indian Cultural Awareness Conference held annually at California State University, San Bernardino.


Lyla June –  Indigenous musician, scholar and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages. Her dynamic, multi-genre presentation style has engaged audiences across the globe towards personal, collective and ecological healing. She blends studies in Human Ecology at Stanford, graduate work in Indigenous Pedagogy, and the traditional worldview she grew up with to inform her music, perspectives and solutions. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree, focusing on Indigenous food systems revitalization.


– Performances by DJ Daniel French (Mohawk)

– Raffle prizes

Contact Joey Williams at California Native Vote Project for more details at jwilliams@canativevote.org