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We are OF the Land \ Ohlone Land Acknowledgement Series

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Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Cordero, 2021.

Jonathan Cordero, Chair of the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone, and Gregg Castro, Principal Cultural Consultant, discuss the cultural and spiritual significance of Land to the Ramaytush Ohlone peoples. They will share their innovative work with the Land at Ma Da Dil farm and at other places along the San Francisco Peninsula.  

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco recently formalized a land acknowledgment statement that recognizes the Indigenous peoples of the land where our two museums, the de Young and the Legion of Honor, are sited in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and Lincoln Park, respectively. The Ramaytush Ohlone are the original peoples of the San Francisco Peninsula. We respect the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous peoples and their traditional territories. It is important to understand the history of the San Francisco Peninsula and the dynamics of settler colonialism in the region to create a broader awareness of their impact today. Join the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone, other Ohlone community leaders, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco for a three-part series on Virtual Wednesdays at our YouTube channel as we focus on Ohlone history, culture, and land. 

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About the Speakers

Gregg Castro [t'rowt'raahl Salinan/ rumsien-ramaytush Ohlone], has been involved in the preservation of his cultural heritage for nearly three decades, for both his late Mother’s rumsien Ohlone heritage, and his late Father’s heritage, the since ended ‘Salinan Nation Tribal Council’ (serving two terms as Tribal Chair) and currently the non-profit organization, Salinan T’rowt’raahl. Gregg is a member of the Society for California Archaeology (SCA), serving as Chair on SCA’s Native American Programs Committee (NAPC). Gregg is an Advisor / Facilitator for the annual California Indian Conference, a 30+ year forum for academia and culture bearers about California Indigenous heritage. He is a founder and advisor to the California Indian History Curriculum Coalition, based at CSU-Sacramento, that promotes accurate educational lessons about early state history. He was a past board member and adviser with the California Indian Storytelling Association (CISA). Gregg was also on the Archaeology Resources Committee (ARC) of the State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC). He recently began assisting his Ramaytush Ohlone relatives in the San Francisco Peninsula as their “Principal Cultural Consultant.” Gregg is a writer and activist within the California indigenous community, on issues regarding cultural preservation, protection, education and traditional practices.

Jonathan Cordero, Ph.D. (Ramaytush Ohlone/Bay Miwok/Chumash) is Founder and Executive Director of the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone. Dr. Cordero works as a consultant in both the public and private sectors, especially in the arts, and he serves as a leader, speaker, and activist in the broader Ohlone and Chumash communities. Dr. Cordero co-authored the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Proclamation for the City and County of San Francisco. He serves as Project Lead for the California Indian Environmental Alliance grant through the Integrated Regional Water Management Program. Also, Dr. Cordero is Assistant Professor of Sociology at California Lutheran University, Visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California’s Spatial Sciences Institute, and Visiting Professor at UC Hasting Law. Dr. Cordero has written several articles that revise previous scholarship on California Indian and Spanish relations during the Mission Period, including “Native Persistence: Marriage, Social Structure, Political Leadership, and Intertribal Relations at Mission Dolores, 1777-1800” (2015), “California Indians, Franciscans, and the Myth of Evangelical Success” (2017), and “The California Mission Economy Before and After 1810” (forthcoming). Dr. Cordero is a Research Partner for the California Mission Studies grant with UC California. 

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