Beneath the promise of gold in California in the late 1840s and early 1850s, white settlers were well armed and prepared to kill Native Americans who lived there. These violent attacks against Native Americans were often supported and funded by the state’s newly created government. To uncover more details about the gold rush, we spoke with Jayden Lim and Nicole Myers-Lim of the California Indian Museum and Benjamin Madley, author of “An American Genocide.”
For more information on California Native Americans:
Vine Deloria Jr.
California Native American Heritage Commission
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