We Are Still Here.

Tour curated by: Ashlyn Warny

Here, in Oakland, we see signs of the strong Native American culture present whether it is in the street art, land marks, Intertribal Friendship House also known as the "Urban Rez" or the fact that we walk on Ohlone land everyday. This tour aims to inform both Native an non-Native people of the rich Native culture in the place we all call home while educating and providing history of how the tribal diversity came to be here in Oakland.

Locations for Tour

Many people know of the Indian Removal Act of 1830 where Native Americans were placed on reservations but few now about the Urban Indian Relocation Program of 1952. The program was issued by the federal government and ‘encourages’ Native people…

There are just over 3,000 Native American in Oakland according to Census and almost 24% of Natives who don't have health insurance and rely completely on Native Health services. The Native community, as well as other under-served groups, have…

In random places around Oakland, especially walking around the lake, you will see the four sacred colors (black, white, yellow, red) painted on the side walk or on the street in a Sacred Hoop/Medicine Wheel. The Hoop is sacred to most tribes and…

Mills College is a private, liberal arts college in Oakland, originally a Seminary school for young women in Benicia, CA. Mills was founded in 1852 but moved from Benicia to the site of an Ohlone Village in Oakland in 1871, becoming the first…

California has a rich history of Native American culture. For thousands of years before colonization, the Ohlone people inhabited what we know today as the Bay Area. The Ohlone constructed shell mounds as sacred burial sites made out of primarily…

In March 2009, Visionary Village and Burners (those who attend Burning man) planned a "Go Native" party at the Bordello in Oakland California. Visionary Village offered a discount to those who came dressed up as Natives, promoted a theme…

February 7, 2015 in front of Oakland City Hall, the "March for Real Climate Leadership" was held. Oakland is the site of this protest made up of Natives, non-Natives and Idle No More (a movement founded by four First Nations women aiming…