UC Hastings is now UC College of the Law, San Francisco

On Native American Day, California Gov. Gavin Newsom officially changed the name of UC Hastings College of the Law to UC College of the Law, San Francisco.

On Friday, Newsom signed AB1936, renaming the SF law school that was founded in 1878 by Serranus Clinton Hastings. Hastings supported and funded the mass killings and other atrocities committed against Native American people in the mid-19th century. The name change will take effect on Jan. 1, 2023.

The bill “also outlines several restorative justice initiatives that the College intends to pursue, such as renaming the law library with a Native language name, annually reading a statement of the atrocities Hastings committed against the Yuki people and providing collaborative opportunities for Round Valley tribal students. to gain debate and writing experience, among other efforts,” according to a statement by the governor’s office.

“As we lift up the rich history and contributions of California’s diverse tribal communities today, the state recommits to building on the strides we have made to redress historical wrongs and help empower Native communities,” Newsom said. “Today’s measures continue to move these efforts forward, including a new emergency alert system that will provide us with additional critical tools needed to address the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People. I thank all the legislators and tribal partners whose leadership and advocacy help light the path forward in our work to build a better, stronger and more just state together.”

Newsom also signed two other bills, AB1314 and AB2022, designed to support Native American communities throughout California.

AB1314 establishes a statewide emergency alert system, similar to an Amber Alert, for missing Native American people. The new law allows local law enforcement to ask the California Highway Patrol to issue a Feather Alert.

AB2022 removes the term “squaw” from all geographic features and place names in the state. A process to review petitions to change offensive or derogatory place names will be created.

The move comes several weeks after the US federal government made a similar change.

“I feel a deep obligation to use my platform to ensure that our public lands and waters are accessible and welcoming. That starts with removing racist and derogatory names that have graced federal locations for far too long,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said in a statement.

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