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UC Hastings will remove the name of founder who funded California Native genocide & forced displacement

UC Hastings College of the Law
UC Hastings Law
UC Hastings Law
Simona Agnolucci, the UC Hastings Board Chair, sits with John DiPaolo on her left, the attorney for UC Hastings, and on her right in the mask is Board of Director Chip Robertson.

On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing the history of UC Hastings College of the Law. Last week, the law school announced it would drop the name of its founder Serranus Clinton Hastings, a man whose legacy includes profiting off the brutal killings and displacement of Native people in Round Valley, California.

The decision comes after four years of internal investigations. The official name change must go through the Legislature.

UC Hastings also plans to form a 501(c)(3) entity in association with, and jointly governed by, the Round Valley Indian Tribes to work on the social needs of the community; Assist tribal leaders with other community legal needs such as contributing resources to local education and curriculum, preserving the Yuki story, preservation of tribal oral traditions and stories, and advancement in teaching and preserving native languages; reach out to California Governor Newsom's Tribal Advisor to engage with, and contribute to, that office and the newly-formed Truth and Healing Council; and recommend the establishment of an Indian Law Program and related academic and educational programs at Hastings, available to all students interested in studying Indian Law.

How are institutions across the country reexamining their history? And how should we reckon with the true history of California?


Brendan Lindsay, associate professor of history at the California State University, Sacramento, where he teaches California, Native American, and United States history, and author of the award-winning book, Murder State: California’s Native American Genocide, 1846-1873

Deb Hutt, Yuki tribeswoman who lives in Round Valley

Web Resources:

UC Hastings School of Law: UC Hastings Board Directs Chancellor & Dean to Pursue Name Change

The San Francisco Chronicle, John Briscoe: The moral case for renaming Hastings College of the Law

The Los Angeles Times, Melissa Gomez: UC Hastings College of the Law to rename school after reviewing founder’s role in mass killings of Yuki Indians

The New York Times, Thomas Fuller: He Unleashed a California Massacre. Should This School Be Named for Him?

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.
Lea is a producer for Your Call on KALW Local Public Radio. She graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in 2018.