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Kimberly Morales Johnson

Kimberly Morales Johnson is an enrolled member of the Gabrieleno/Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians. Her family maintains tradition and continuity to their tribe by living on the tribal traditional land and knowing its precious history. Kimberly currently serves as Tribal Secretary for the tribe, and as a community elected commissioner for the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission. She is currently serving as Vice President of the newly formed Tongva Land Conservancy.  After teaching elementary school for several years, in 2010, Kimberly earned her Master’s in Public Health and taught Diabetes Education with Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health. She recently stopped working as Special Education Teacher in Pomona, California to pursue her PhD in Native American Studies at UC Davis.  Her passion is to tell the story of the Tongva with, by and for the community.  Kimberly enjoys traditional basket weaving, preparing native foods, and keeping California Native American culture alive.