leaders to discuss Native American
sacred sites legislation
leaders, members of the State Legislature and high school students
will meet Thursday, Sept. 19 from 1 to 2 p.m. in room 444 at the
State Capitol to discuss controversial land use issues surrounding
SB 1828, a bill seeking to protect undeveloped land that California
Native Americans consider sacred.
The meeting is sponsored by the LegiSchool Project, an award-winning
civic education program administered by California State University,
Sacramento's Center for California Studies and the State Legislature.
Panelists and audience participants will include students from Central
High School in Shasta Lake, Lodi High School, Noli Indian School
in San Jacinto, and Sheldon High School in Sacramento. Other panelists
include Sen. Wesley Chesbro (D-Arcata), Assemblymember Darrell Steinberg
(D-Sacramento), Cassie Gilson from Kahl/Pownall Advocates and John
Gomez from the Pechanga tribe.
Students in the audience will be able to ask questions, and thousands
of students will view the meeting live on the California Channel
or at a later time on videotape. Paula Gardner, a professor in the
CSUS College of Education, will moderate the meeting.
LegiSchool's mission is to engage young people in public policy
matters and state government.
More information is available by contacting LegiSchool Project director
Kolleen Ostgaard at (916) 278-6906 or by visiting the LegiSchool
website at www.csus.edu/calst/legischool.htm.