Land Acknowledgement Resources
We acknowledge that we are on the territory of the Nisenan people (as well as potentially unrecognized tribes). We honor the people and elders here today, the ancestors, and people who died in genocides past and present.
We also acknowledge folks of African descent brought here to this country and indigenous lands whose labor and bodies have been and still are exploited and brutalized. We honor their ongoing resistance to genocide and colonization. We recognize our position as colonizers that benefit materially and physically from genocide.
This is one of the local Nisenan tribes. Their Rancheria was illegally terminated during the 1950s/60s by the California Rancheria Termination Acts. This website offers information about the group as well as ways for you to help them get their federal status reinstated.
This is a really great article about the history of what actually happened to the Indigenous populations in California. Many are still here today, but only after centuries of abhorrent and shockingly cruel treatment by the Spanish, the Mission system, American colonizers, The Gold Rush, Indian Boarding Schools, and Termination. The article does not shy away from the ugly parts of the history.
A beautiful publication that is "a quarterly magazine published by Heyday and devoted to the vibrant cultures, art, languages, histories, social justice movements, and stories of California's diverse Indian peoples." Consider a subscription, purchasing the current issue of this magazine, or supporting their work through a donation.
Another one of the local Nisenan groups. This site offers lots of information about what the history of the tribe, cultural events, and information about their tribal government. There is also information about the casino and health and wellness center they operate.
For those of you with children in your lives, consider advocating for the removal of Island of Blue Dolphins from their curriculum. It is inaccurate and contributes to misperceptions of Indigenous peoples.
Complied by the amazing children's literature scholar, Dr. Debbie Reese, who is a Nambe Pueblo woman. These are nearly yearly best-of book lists for children and teens (that adults will love too!) written by and about Native Nations. See her selections and then vote with your dollar and purchase copies of these and insist that your local school and public libraries have copies on their shelves! Dr. Reese's blog is also highly recommended reading if you like children's literature and/or want to see how deeply problematic depictions of Native peoples can be in literature.
Another way you can take action is by fighting to get Native American mascots removed from local schools. The website above has an interactive map where you can locate mascots in our area that are racist. If you would like more information about how these mascots are detrimental see this article from Stephanie Fryberg, et al.