Joseph Myers

Joseph Myers

1940 - 2020

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Joseph A. Myers, will be laid to rest on Friday, January 8, 2021. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, he will not have public funeral services. There will be a viewing at Eggen and Lance Mortuary in Santa Rosa, California from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Eggen and Lance Mortuary is located at 1540 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. To attend the viewing, use the following link to specify a time for your arrival to Eggen and Lance. Specify arrival time at: COPY AND PASTE LINK BELOW TO SELECT ARRIVAL TIME- https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090549aca62da13-inloving A live stream is also available on our webpage at 11:00am. We encourage family and friends to use this option as well. Family and friends may visit in 20 minute intervals. The mortuary will conduct COVID-19 cleaning protocols prior to the entrance of the next group. We want you to be safe. Please note that the Myers Family will have a Celebration of Life Event for Joe once it is safe to gather. Please stay safe and healthy. Flowers may be sent to Eggen and Lance for the viewing on January 8, 2021. Sympathy cards may be sent to the Myers Family c/o NIJC/CIMCC, 5250 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, CA, 95492. Donations in Joe’s honor may be made to CIMCC through https://cimcc.org/donation-center/. In Loving Memory of Joseph Myers The founder of the National Indian Justice Center and the founder and chairman of the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center has walked on to the spirit world. We are devastated by this loss. He was a fearless leader and educator. He was dedicated to the improvement of justice in Indian Country, public awareness of California Indian history and cultural revitalization. We will continue to carry on his visionary work for future generations. Please take a moment to learn about his life’s work and honor his legacy. May he forever Rest in Peace and Power. Joseph A. Myers, a Pomo Indian of northern California, served as the Executive Director of the National Indian Justice Center (NIJC), a non-profit corporation in Santa Rosa, California. He founded the NIJC in 1983, as an independent resource for tribal governments and their courts. NIJC creates and conducts legal education, research, and technical assistance programs aimed at improving the administration of justice in Indian Country. Mr. Myers began his career as a law enforcement officer in Oakland. He was the first known California Indian to join the California Highway Patrol Officer. He was a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), School of Law at Boalt Hall. From 1976 to 1983, Mr. Myers served as associate director of the American Indian Lawyer Training Program, creating and managing its tribal court advocate training project. During this time, he collaborated with the California Indian Legal Services to bring a lawsuit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs on behalf of his mother Tillie Hardwick. This case reversed the termination of 17 California Indian Rancheria communities. Mr. Myers contributed significantly to the improvement of education, justice and the quality of life in Indian country. For the past 29 years he lectured in Native American Studies at UCB. In 1993, Mr. Myers received national recognition from Attorney General Janet Reno for his work on behalf of victims of crime in Indian country. On December 6, 2002, the California Wellness Foundation awarded him the California Peace Prize for his work in violence prevention on Indian reservations. In 2010, Mr. Myers received the Peter E. Haas Public Service Award from U.C. Berkeley. Additionally, Mr. Myers was a founding board member of the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center. From 2002 to 2018, he served as Chairperson of CALTRANS Native American Advisory Committee. UCB recently honored Mr. Myers by naming a research center in his honor. The Joseph A. Myers Center is housed at UC Berkeley’s Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISSI), the center’s name is intended to recognize his extensive service to Indian country. On December 29, 2020, Joseph Myers passed away from complications related to heart failure. He has left us with an amazing legacy of his achievements.
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