Oakland City Council: Vote No on Ohlone Cultural Easement at Sequoia Point

It’s not the fact that Sogorea Te Land Trust may be receiving a Cultural Conservation Easement grant of 5-acres of land, called Seqouia Point, in Oakland’s Joaquin Miller Park that bothers me. Or that this is the product of Libby Schaaf’s (Mayor of Oakland) unilateral dealings with Corrina Gould (Spokesperson for Sogorea Te Land Trust,… Continue reading Oakland City Council: Vote No on Ohlone Cultural Easement at Sequoia Point

Help Restore the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe’s Federal Recognition

In this year’s California legislative session, a joint resolution between the California Senate, and California House has been introduced to restore recognition to the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area. It is Senate Joint Resolution #13. If you didn’t know, the present day Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area… Continue reading Help Restore the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe’s Federal Recognition

Text of CA Senate Joint Resolution re: Muwekma Ohlone Tribe Federal Recognition

Amended in Senate June 08, 2022 CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION Senate Joint ResolutionNo. 13 Introduced by Senator Cortese(Coauthor: Senator Wieckowski)(Coauthors: Assembly Members Kalra, Lee, and Low) March 07, 2022 Relative to the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST SJR 13, as amended, Cortese. Muwekma Ohlone Tribe: federal recognition. This measure would urge the United… Continue reading Text of CA Senate Joint Resolution re: Muwekma Ohlone Tribe Federal Recognition

Christian Prayers at Powwow: How Praying to Your Oppressor’s God Colonizes Your Soul

This past week, we remembered the children who were forced into Boarding Schools, and never left. As we wore orange shirts, and declared “never again”; “never forgotten”; and “bring them home”… there’s an even larger group of contemporary Native Americans who asked for all of these things in the name of Jesus Christ. But, is… Continue reading Christian Prayers at Powwow: How Praying to Your Oppressor’s God Colonizes Your Soul

Alameda Is Not Becoming a ‘Food Desert’, You’re Just More Privileged Than You Think

During the most recent Alameda City Council Meeting, the very real possibility of Safeway closing on Bay Farm Island was brought up as something which would leave Bay Farm without any means or hope for getting fresh produce, and other nutritious foods. The term “food desert” was used, as well as a definition. The US… Continue reading Alameda Is Not Becoming a ‘Food Desert’, You’re Just More Privileged Than You Think

Forms of Recognition: Alameda’s Anti-Asian History

Recognition and Acknowledgment can only do so much; we know. But it’s the start of a larger truth and reconciliation process that America needs to engage in. This may be a project that focuses on Native American “stuff”, but… Native American History isn’t the only American History that has been ignored by Alameda’s Colonial Historians.… Continue reading Forms of Recognition: Alameda’s Anti-Asian History

Mutual Aid at Wood Street Village: Observe & Report

I read some stuff about what was happening at Wood Street Village, and I wanted to see for myself if it was true. There was an open call for mutual aid, for observers. Reports indicated that removal crews were coming very early in the morning, in an attempt to tow vehicles people were living in,… Continue reading Mutual Aid at Wood Street Village: Observe & Report

Alameda Recreation and Parks Department to ‘Pause’ Collaboration with Sogorea Te Land Trust

On Monday, Amy Wooldridge (Director of Alameda Parks & Recreation Department) replied to our open letter concerning the possibility of Sogorea Te Land Trust being given a portion of Linear Park, in Alameda–at the corner of Main Street and Singleton Avenue. In our preliminary email, asking whether or not this was true, Wooldridge told us:… Continue reading Alameda Recreation and Parks Department to ‘Pause’ Collaboration with Sogorea Te Land Trust

Thanks, But No Thanks (Toxic Land is *not* Land Back)

This is an excerpt of a letter sent to ARPD’s Amy Wooldridge, the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department Director; as well as City of Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ashcraft, Vice Mayor Malia Vella; and Council Members: Tony Daysog, Trish Herrera Spencer, and John Knox White [who made the original announcement concerning the indigenous land management of… Continue reading Thanks, But No Thanks (Toxic Land is *not* Land Back)