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.

A screen shot of the website for the Nevada City Rancheria. It has a dark brown background with a black silhouette of a large oak tree. White text reads "Nevada City Rancheria" with smaller illegible text below. Under all the text is a large bright green button with the words "learn more".

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.

The cover of an issue of the magazine. An orange and purple flame background.  White text reads "Experiencing 30 years of cultural renewal".

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.

A screen shot of the website for the Shingle Springs band of Nisenan people. The image is of a field full of California poppies blooming. In the distance is a large oak tree with leaves and a blue sky.

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.

Screen shot of the home page of the Digital Archive of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island. It features a heading with the site title and a watercolor picture of a woman wearing a sleeveless brown tunic and thin brown headband that wraps around her shoulder-length hair. She has one hand out in front of her and is looking down at the ground in front of her. Her other arm is raised behind her and is holding a flaming torch. In the distance is a large tree and beyond that is the ocean.

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.

Screenshot of the American Indians In Children's Literature book list page. Most black text on a white background with the site name in large letters at the top. Just below it is a round logo with "AICL" in the center.

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.

Stylized profile drawing of a head wearing a feather headdress. In black text below are the words "Native American Mascot Database".

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.