Native Community Appointed Commissioner
Kimberly Morales Johnson is an enrolled member of the San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians/Gabrieleno Tongva. 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.
Kimberly has been active in Native American politics and culture, maintaining her family traditions all of her life. Her father served as tribal chairman, and was one of the first to serve as a Native American Monitor for the State of California. She and her family have been featured in documentaries and several books, regarding the Native people of the Los Angeles Basin.
Kimberly has given various presentations to several local colleges and universities about the Gabrieleno/Tongva and maintaining cultural traditions. She has consulted for many publications including, Harcourt Mifflin Social Studies Text Books and with William McCawley on his most recent book, “Oh My Ancestor.”
In 2010, Kimberly earned her Master’s in Public Health and taught Diabetes Education with Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health. She is currently working as Special Education Teacher in Pomona, California. Kimberly enjoys traditional basket weaving, preparing native foods, and keeping her Native American culture alive.
Last modified: June 9, 2021