The goal of the Ohlone Profiles Project is to document the ongoing lives of Ohlone leaders and organizations. Most people in San Francisco believe the Ohlone no longer exist. Very few realize that there are nine Ohlone organizations applying for tribal recognition, several with more than 500 members.
Almost no one in San Francisco knows that the largest living Ohlone tribe, with 2,000 members, began a migration from San Francisco’s Mission Dolores in 1834 and now lives in Pomona California. The tribe supports a thriving Ohlone cultural life including a song and dance group, and weekly sweat lodge healing ceremonies.
The Ohlone Profiles Project exists to give as many Ohlone groups as possible visibility and support.
The project began by sponsoring Ohlone community meetings, art exhibits, radio broadcasts, and film screenings, and by documenting these events. The documents are presented on this web-site as profiles of Ohlone leaders and organizations, so that anyone can gain knowledge of the ongoing presence of San Francisco and the Bay Area’s original people.
The Ohlone Profiles Project is co-Directed by Neil MacLean and Mary Jean Robertson. Neil MacLean taught Ohlone history and presence at New College and has supported Ohlone events since 1992. Mary Jean Robertson hosts the Voices of Native Nations radio program on KPOO, 89.5 FM, since 1973.