Cultural Resources

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Cultural Resources

We are committed and loyal to the success of our Tribe, our culture and our Native language. Today, we are preparing our children for the future in ways that honor our heritage and demonstrate the belief that Native arts, culture and language are essential elements in our continued success and independence as a people.

The Yocha Dehe Cultural Resources Department designs cultural programs to protect historic sites, creates cultural media, plans community events and supports language revitalization. The Tewe Kewe Cultural Center serves as a home for these programs with facilities that include a site protection and mapping office, a California Indian Library Collection and an extensive Patwin language and history research section.

We are working with trained tribal monitors and archeologists to ensure that archaeological findings are treated in the most respectful way possible. We are working diligently to get ahead of inadvertent discoveries and avoid excavation in culturally sensitive areas within our Tribe's aboriginal territory. Our Tribe has taken on the responsibility of digitizing the state records of Native cultural sites in order to respond to construction notices and ensure appropriate protection.

The mission of the Cultural Resources Department is to identify, preserve and protect Patwin language, culture and sites. Chom chimes da biogas Patwin tewe weya da wilak.