In order to support the Native community, City leadership has met with leaders from the Barbareño/Ventureño Band of Mission Indians, a self-governing band with a territory that spans Ventura County and parts of Kern and Los Angeles counties to build a relationship, and are committed to having an open and honest dialogue about their needs. The City is looking forward to learning and growing together while exploring partnership opportunities for upcoming future projects, cultural awareness, and cultural resources.
In addition to growing these partnerships, the City is launching a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Evaluation in late 2023 to better understand where the city is when it comes to meeting the needs of all constituents regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. This work will be done by local scholar and educator, Dr. Lori Santamaria, who has experience working with indigenous communities and is of indigenous Choctaw descent. Dr. Santamaria will help identify organizational strengths and gaps and recommend priorities, strategies, objectives, programs, and initiatives.