(Re)Introducing the California Indian Genocide in 6-12 Curriculum

Nov 01, 2023 9:00AM—12:00PM



Cost Early Bird Pricing for Members (available until October 11) $525 members; $450 group-rate 3+; $825 non-members

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(Re)Introducing the California Indian Genocide in 6-12 Curriculum

SESSION: November 1, 2023 | 9:00am - 12:00pm

OFFICE HOURS: November 8, 2023 | 3:30pm - 4:30pm


This 3-hour interactive workshop, presented by Redbud Resource Group, will support independent school educators across California in deepening their understanding of California history through a decolonial lens. The session aims to empower educators with culturally sustaining curricula that encompass topics such as westward expansion, California history, human rights, and citizenship debates. Educators will learn more about how today's Native peoples are tirelessly striving to heal and revitalize Indigenous lands and communities.

Participants will:

  • Discover strategies for incorporating Indigenous voices, experiences, and perspectives into your social sciences/humanities curriculum 
  • Gain access to previously silenced historical accounts, primary sources, and educational materials that illuminate the period of California statehood
  • Learn effective teaching approaches and activities that foster empathy, critical thinking, and respectful dialogue among students 
  • Explore resources and initiatives that support the healing and resilience of Native communities 
  • Develop an understanding of the ongoing implications of the California Indian Genocide in present-day Native communities, and explore how to address related social justice issues with sensitivity and relevance


This virtual workshop is intended for 6-12th grade teachers, curriculum developers and  directors of teaching and learning.

Do you work at an independent school outside of California? Click here for a discount on our non-member registration!



Redbud Resource Group helps improve public health outcomes for Native American communities through education, research, and community partnership. Increasing Native and non Native partnerships has the potential to improve public health outcomes, expand economic opportunities within the conservation sector, and expedite the return of Indigenous land stewardship practices (Traditional Ecological Knowledge) to their local ecosystems.

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Taylor Pennewell is the Executive Director of Redbud Resource Group. She is a citizen of Berry Creek Rancheria Band of Tyme Maidu Indians of California. Taylor has a Masters in Teaching and worked as a middle school ELA and Humanities teacher for seven years before transitioning to the nonprofit sector. Taylor's work focuses on improving positive Native visibility across the education and environmental sectors. She currently serves on the California Governor's Council for Holocaust and Genocide Education.

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Trelasa Baratta is an enrolled member of the Middletown Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians of California. She grew up on the traditional homelands of the Coast Miwok and Ohlone peoples in Marin and San Francisco counties. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Chico State in 2011, and is currently working on her Masters Thesis in Education from Sonoma State University. Her research focuses on best practices for teaching about the California Indian genocide that took place in California during the Gold Rush era.

Jonathan Kunkel (150 x 150 px)

Jonathan Kunkel is of Yoeme - Hiaki (“Yaqui”) descent. He has devoted over ten years to the detailed study and documentation of his ancestors' stories. Jonathan has showcased his research at distinguished platforms like the California Indian Conference at Humboldt State Cal Poly and the American Indian Studies Association Conferences at the University of New Mexico and Arizona State University. He's currently collaborating with the Redbud education team as a research specialist. Through his commitment to historical accuracy, Jonathan aspires to enlighten both Native and non-Native communities about California's authentic history.

Cancellation Policy

Life happens. We understand that there will be times when you cannot attend a workshop that you have registered and paid for. We strive to be as helpful and flexible as possible when things out of your control happen. Please visit our FAQ page for detailed information about our cancellation policy and answers to frequently asked questions about enrollment and membership.