Indigenous Land Acknowledgement 

 

I acknowledge that I live, work, and play on land that is the ancestral and unceded territory of the Ohlone-Ramaytush-Yelamu people. 

 

The Ramaytush (pronounced rah-my-toosh) are the only original people of the peninsula named by settlers and known today as San Francisco, California. Since time immemorial the Ramaytush continue to live on this land. The ancestral stewards lived together with many tribes under the Ohlone nation taking only what they needed and using all that they took. They believe that everything in nature had a spirit and they gave thanks for what they received. Today, the Ramaytush people serve as stewards of San Francisco. I am grateful to have the opportunity to live, work, learn, and play here. I stand with their struggles for liberation, affirm my responsibility to amplify Indigenous voices, acknowledge the past and the present, and seek that this land return to the Ohlone’s indigenous stewardship. 

 

I practice land acknowledgment in order to teach and promote greater public consciousness of Native sovereignty and cultural rights. I encourage you to connect with Sogorea Te Land Trust, an urban Indigenous women-led community organization that facilitates the return of these lands to Indigenous stewardship.

 

A Land Acknowledgement is a transformative act that confronts our place on Native Lands and builds mindfulness of our present participation in colonial legacies. The First Nations have been hit exponentially harder by COVID. Consider donating to the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

 

If you are interested in learning more about your Native land and their Native Nations of that territory check out https://native-land.ca/.

 

Learn more about the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe campaign to become federally recognized; the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone researching, revitalizing, and preserving Ramaytush Ohlone history and culture; and the Confederated Villages of Lisjan working to return Native land back to Indigenous stewardship. 

 

Ref: These Indigenous Women Are Reclaiming Stolen Land in the Bay Area

Ref: https://www.fnch.org/tribal-covid-19-relief-fund.aspx

Ref: https://sogoreate-landtrust.org/

Ref: https://native-land.ca/

Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohlone

Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramaytush

Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yelamu

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Photo: moonless San Francisco 2012
 Sinisa Kukic