The West Berkeley Shellmound is Free!

On April 30, 2024, escrow closed on the purchase of the West Berkeley Shellmound site at 1900 Fourth Street in Berkeley. Title to the 2.2-acre sacred site transferred immediately to the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, a women-led indigenous land trust, making this the biggest urban Land Back victory in California history.

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Honoring Dr. Noa Emmett Aluli

Remembering, with deep sadness, the brilliant Dr. Noa Emmett Aluli, who passed away in 2022. Emmett helped us tell the story of the Protect Kaho`olawe Ohana’s 50-year campaign to stop the bombing of a sacred Hawaiian island and to restore both the island and Native Hawaiian cultural practices.

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Juukan Gorge

In May 2020, while clearing the way for a mine expansion, the transnational mining company Rio Tinto set off explosives that destroyed a site sacred to the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura people in Western Australia. The site included the Juukan Gorge Rock Dwellings, which have evidence of human habitation dating back 46,000 years. The mining company placed their explosives meters from the rock shelters with full permission of the Australian government—and after misleading Traditional Owners.

Berkeley is Ohlone Territory

Berkeley was the first city in the Bay Area to recognize that its citizens live on Ohlone land by revising street signs to read “Welcome to Berkeley, Ohlone Territory.” On May 22, 2022, Ohlone activists and their allies painted an Ohlone Territory mural on Center St. next to City Hall and touched up “Black Lives Matter” on nearby Allston St. We bring you highlights from a beautiful spring day.

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Davianna Pomaika`i McGregor – Part Two

Native Hawaiian historian and land protector Davianna Pomaika`i McGregor is a leader in the Protect Kaho`olawe Ohana. In this second part of our interview, Davianna relates the history of settler colonialism and the impact of Christian missionaries as she delves into Native Hawaiian spirituality and traditional cultural practices.

Davianna Pomaika`i McGregor – Part One

Native Hawaiian historian and land protector Davianna Pomaika`i McGregor is a leader in the Protect Kaho`olawe Ohana. In this Audio Archive episode, we discuss the U.S. military occupation of Kaho`olawe and the movement to return the sacred island to Native Hawaiian stewardship after 50 years of bombing by the Navy. This story of cultural and ecological restoration offers hope to indigenous people around the world.

Oren Lyons – Part Two

Onondaga elder Oren Lyons is one of the “big thinkers” we interviewed for our four-part series, Standing on Sacred Ground.

In Part Two of this two-part podcast, Oren explains the Haudenosaunee influence on the creation of the American government, shares a unique interpretation of The Wizard of Oz, and offers guidance toward a way out of our current predicament.

Oren Lyons – Part One

Onondaga elder Oren Lyons is one of the “big thinkers” we interviewed for our four-part series, Standing on Sacred Ground. Now in his 90s, Oren Lyons is a chief, a faithkeeper, and a long-time messenger for the Haudenosaunee people. Throughout our interview, Oren shared life lessons and insights through long stories that we could never include in their entirety in the film. We are thrilled to finally have the opportunity to share Oren’s insights.

In Part One of this two-part podcast, Oren tells the story of the Peacemaker and provides a pathway forward to protect sacred places.

Corrina Gould Lifetime Achievement Award

Heyday books gave Lisjan Ohlone leader Corrina Gould their 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award in October. We created this video for the Heyday Harvest online event to illustrate Corrina’s lifelong commitment to preserving the culture and sacred sites of the Ohlone people, and in recognition of her activism and leadership among California Indians and beyond.

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Vine Deloria Jr. – Part Two

In this second part of our 1997 interview with legendary lawyer, theologian and scholar, Vine Deloria Jr., the renowned author breaks down national policy in relation to native people, discusses his cultural identity, and makes predictions about the future of technology.