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With 1 Of Their Own In The Statehouse, Native Americans In California Win New Rights

James Ramos, a Native American who authored three new laws said, "For once, we do have someone in the legislature that understands the issues and the plight of the California Indian people."

James Ramos, the first member of a California Native American tribe to serve in the state legislature, authored a trio of new laws bolstering the rights of Native Americans in the state.

The measures, signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom in September, will go into effect on Jan. 1. One such law will

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