Gaspar de Portolá was appointed Governor of Las Californias from 1768-1770. During that time, he expelled the Jesuits from Baja California and led expeditions by land and sea to settle colonies on the California coast.
J. Allison Moore (center), special agent in the Indian Service, standing indoors with Jack Kelly and Rose Grant. Kelly is wearing a hat and a star spangled bandanna tied around his neck, and Grant is wearing a head scarf.
California Indian Day was recognized in 1968 when California Tribal Leaders and then Governor Ronald Reagan declared the fourth Friday of September to be “California Native American Indian Day”. In 1998 it became an official state holiday by the passage of California State Assembly Bill AB 1953 making the 4th Friday in September "Native American Day”.