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Testing the waters with the freshly made Tule Boat.

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Boat made by Dianna A. & myself¬† “A.” & another helper.

Pics. By:  Melissa K. Nelson

30-minute Video Released – Ohlone inclusion in San Francisco development

The Ohlone Return: Inclusion in SF and Yosemite Slough by The Ohlone Profiles Project.

30-minute document of an Ohlone Sunrise Healing ceremony for Yosemite Slough on the day that the SF Board of Supervisors voted on Hunters Point Redevelopment and Ohlone inclusion. Public testimony in front of the Board of SF Supervisors. Video production by pollinatethis!

Resolution passes with immediate response from Mar’s office

Click on image for full storyAfter the Resolution passed unanimously yesterday, the press conference received a staffer from Supervisor Eric Mar’s office, who offered to help in the next steps of implementing the resolution’s intent: inclusion in the planning process. She suggested help with drafting language for “ordinances” and other legislative action.

As the recognition process continues to leave the realm of symbolic and enters the reality of law, more and more Ohlone decendants are seeking out their heritage, embracing it and learning the culture that comes with it.

Eventually, there is a personal confrontation with the history of genocide and mass murder, the anger and despair that comes over that and the dangerous nuclear waste polluting their sacred sites where Lennar Corp actually wants to build housing, all of which is difficult for any human to come to terms with and choose a path of healing, reconciliation and active reformation for future generations.

Conscious choice is key. One can remain inactive around the issues of Native American justice, or one can step forward and participate, whether they are Native or not. For most Ohlone, there’s not much of a choice: it’s participate or disappear and never exist… or exist as something other than Ohlone.

The Ohlone Profiles Project remains an effort for artists, cultural workers and, as seen yesterday, politicians to support and embrace the necessity to strengthen and uphold San Francisco’s positive legacy as Sanctuary City and birthplace of the UN Charter. Artistic forms of communicating culture are just one element of the work. This week’s success at the local, legislative level is another.

At a place known as an EPA Superfund cleanup site where the Navy dumped toxic, toxic waste and ran nuclear tests in a building that’s still standing radioactive… a corporation wants to build housing with a plan that the San Francisco government approved… all in a place that long before was home to Native tribes who still live today, and have not forgotten their ancestors and legacy. Despite the fact that the Navy never cleaned it up, dumped it on SF, which sold it to Lennar Corp for $1, which still hasn’t cleaned it up and is banking on the forgetfulness of a defeated justice-seeking population including environmental scientists public video testimony against the Lennar’s development plan… despite all of this, it is still all of our responsibility today to find justice and to create and live in a just, sacred and sustainable world.

-Rupert, Supporter

Look at the nice photos taken by Chronicle photographer at the sunrise ceremony

Sunrise Ceremony to Celebrate “Ohlone Inclusion Act” Supervisor Board Resolution

Tomorrow, the Ohlone Profiles Project joins with the Costanoan Rumen Carmel Tribe of Ohlone to continue the PressReleaseThumb Ohlone Renewal effort in hearing and seeing the SF Board of Supervisors call for more inclusion of Native peoples in City Planning.

Schedule
Tuesday, 6am, Yosemite Slough Sunrise Ceremony (public, TV welcome)
Tuesday 2pm: board of supervisors meeting including testimony about the resolution
Tuesday 4pm City Hall, Room 278, Press Conference with Chairman Tony Cerda and members
of Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe (CRCT), Chairwomen Ann Marie Sayers, and others

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The native Californian Ohlone tribe continues its return to its homeland of San Francisco and will likely get the support of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in a vote on Tuesday, August 10 (tomorrow). A resolution introduced by Supervisor Maxwell on Aug 3rd, urges the Mayor, Planning Department and the Redevelopment Agency to include the Ohlone in the planning process. The purpose is to bring Ohlone into the cultural life of San Francisco, a life from which one of the Ohlone tribes who is organizing the events tomorrow, have been exiled since 1834.

Tomorrow begins for the Ohlone with a public sunrise ceremony at 6am, and includes testifying at the Supervisors’ meeting about 2:30 in the afternoon. The tribe will hold a press conference after the meeting, about 4pm, in City Hall (Room 278). The 6am sunrise ceremony will occur at Yosemite Slough, accessed at the end of Carroll Road in Candlestick Point State Park (see attached map). Television and photojournalists are invited to attend.

The park has the potential to host a circular, outdoor ceremonial arbor for Ohlone and public use. If it were restored the Slough could become a precious salt marsh ecosystem that helps heal the Bay, according to State publicity about the park.

Of highest priority for the Ohlone community is preventing any desecration of their native burial, village and ceremonial sites, the Ohlone ancestors. “What often happens is the builders start driving pylons into the ground at some project site, discover some bones and artifacts, and say ‘oh, sorry’ and offer a monument as as an apology,” says Neil MacLean of the Ohlone Profiles Project. “This resolution aims to prevent that from happening.” The supervisors are urging a full and meaningful inclusion of Ohlone in the development of Hunter’s Point.

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YouTube Video- Demonstrating in front of City Hall to demand inclusion, Video independently produced by YouthOutlookMedia

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