Did you know that San Diego County has more Native American Indian Reservations than any other county in the United States, and California has the country’s largest Native American population? In total, there are 583 federally recognized tribes in the United States, according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Have you every wondered if your family tree includes Native American heritage? If so, register today and join us to learn about the process of researching Native American ancestry and resources for researching ancestry in this FREE community event on Thursday, March 12th, at 12:00 pm at our Downtown location.

During this event local attorney and member of the Navajo Nation, Mica Llerandi, will teach attendees about tracing their Native American ancestry, and will discuss:

  • Brief History of Indian Relocations
  • Brief History of Federal Recognition as applied to Tribes
  • Summary of Key Terms and Phrases
  • How to being process of researching ancestry
  • Resources for researching ancestry
  • For Indian Adoptees—how to file a petition to unseal birth records

About the Speaker:

Mica Llerandi, a member of the Navajo Nation, joined California Indian Legal Services as a Staff Attorney in January 2018. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Yale University and her Juris Doctor and a Certificate in Indigenous People’s Law and Policy from the University of Arizona, James E Rogers College of Law. After law school, Mica worked on multiple Indian reservations in both state and tribal courts in Arizona. She moved to California in 2016 and, before joining CILS, represented children in San Diego County dependency proceedings.