Native American Allyship Resources
Green Foothills has worked closely with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band in recent years to protect the 6,400 acres of Juristac southwest of Gilroy from the threat of a sand and gravel mine. There is a stronger chance we will succeed in permanently protecting this wildlife corridor and sacred site because of this collaboration. Since then, all of us at Green Foothills have been thinking about how allyship is integral to our mission and what solidarity with Native Americans looks like for our organization.
This is a resource page to accompany our piece, 6 Actions Toward Allyship with Native Americans. We’d like to thank representatives of the Muwekma, Dine (Navajo), Lenca, and Maya and Amah Mutsun Nations with whose help our blog and this resource page would not have been possible.
COVID-19 Relief and Financial Assistance
Right now, local tribes are asking for economic support as tribal members weather the negative economic impact of COVID-19.
Muwekma COVID-19 Relief Fund
All funds raised are 100% allocated to Muwekma Ohlone families who are economically struggling during this time with assistance of necessary household needs and medical care.
Amah Mutsun COVID-19 Relief Fund
Funds will be used for personal protective equipment (PPE), food, elder care, medical supplies and transportation, school-related supplies/technology for distance learning, rent assistance for those most in need.
Native Land Map to local tribes
An interactive map to explore the traditional territory for North American Nations. This map does not represent or intend to represent official or legal boundaries of any Indigenous nations. To learn about definitive boundaries, contact the nations in question.
Invasion of America
“Between 1776 and 1887, the United States seized over 1.5 billion acres from America’s indigenous people by treaty and executive order. The Invasion of America shows how by mapping every treaty and executive order during that period. It also contains present-day federal Indian reservations.”
NPR: Pre-Contact Full North American Tribal Nation Map
This map represents the original pre-contact homelands of the hundreds of Tribal Nations that existed across what is now Canada and the “lower 48″of the United States. Most of the names shown here are the indigenous antonyms that tribes use for themselves. In some cases where the original name was never recorded, other common names are used. Many tribes did not survive the invasion by Europeans , yet this map serves as a visual reminder of their memory. This is the first time for many of these tribes to ever have a place on a map.”
The Problem With The Ecological Indian Stereotype
“to apply…the blanket statement that [Native Americans] are “original environmentalists” is to overlook the meaning of the concept of environmentalism on the one hand, and on the other to mischaracterize Native peoples’ actual relationship to land. It creates an impossibly high standard to live up to, exposing Native peoples to dangerous policy objectives when they fail to meet those standards.”
Contemporary Ohlone History
“Surviving through two centuries of persecution and genocidal policies during the Spanish, Mexican and American eras, Ohlone people continue to inhabit their ancestral homeland, the San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay areas…Although there are many valuable ways to support Ohlone people in their struggles and restorative efforts, one issue stands out as paramount: the need for land to be returned to the stewardship of Ohlone people. To this day, Ohlone people have never been compensated for the taking of their lands and the destruction of their environmental and cultural heritage.”
Bay Area Native Americans Granted Property Rights to Sacred Mountain
Wednesday night, the board of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District voted unanimously to grant local Native Americans property rights to 36 acres at Mount Umunhum, which was formerly home to the Almaden Air Force Station.
Returning Stolen Land to Native Tribes, One Lot at a Time
A quarter-acre of land in Oakland, California is about to return to Native hands, bringing a sense of place and healing to the Ohlone people.
Sample Land Acknowledgement
Land acknowledgments recognize indigenous people as traditional stewards of this land, the historic trauma they experience, and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories. For example, below is the land acknowledgment statement at the beginning of the Bay Area Lands, People, and Economy Report from Together Bay Area:
“For thousands of years, the place now called the Bay Area has been the home of Ohlone, Miwok, Kashia, Pomo, Mishewal Wappo, Amah Mutsun, and Patwins tribes and bands. We acknowledge that for 10,000 years people lived in harmony on these lands. We recognize the impact that the arrival of and colonization by the Spanish and Americans have had on the lands and the Native peoples. We honor the Indigenous people living today as well as their ancestors, and we deeply respect their resilience and connection to the land.”
Land Tax Calculator
Consider becoming a sustaining donor to local tribes. Most of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties are considered to be in Muwekma territory with the Amah Mutsun territory in the southern reaches of Santa Clara County and Ramaytush territory in the northern reaches of San Mateo County. “I base my monthly donation to the Amah Mutsun Land Trust on the Shuumi Land Tax model of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust in the East Bay,” says Nancy Vail, Founder of Pie Ranch on the San Mateo County coast.
Critical Mission Studies
The history of the California Mission system is told by perpetrators and Native American voices are not heard at all. We are working to tell the truthful history of California Missions and bring it to the education system.
All My Relations
All My Relations, a podcast where we explore what it means to be a Native person in 2019. To be an Indigenous person is to be engaged in relationships—relationships to land and place, to a people, to non-human relatives, and to one another. All My Relations is a place to explore those relationships, and to think through Indigeneity in all its complexities.
An 1839 assassination of a Cherokee leader and a 1999 murder case – two crimes nearly two centuries apart provide the backbone to an upcoming 2019 Supreme Court decision that will determine the fate of five tribes and nearly half the land in Oklahoma.
For the Wild
We join some of the brightest thought-leaders and visionaries of our time– to uplift a multitude of perspectives, to amplify grassroot voices, and to tell stories that would otherwise disappear in mainstream media. Key topics include the struggle to protect wild nature, to promote ecological renewal and resistance and to heal from the disconnection furthered by consumer culture and human supremacy.
Places to Visit
Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park in Santa Clara County is a place where school children and adult visitors alike can learn about the past and experience the beauty and the serenity that attracted the first Native Americans to this peaceful site along the banks of Uvas Creek.