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  • Goals  

    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…

    • An Ongoing Ohlone Cultural Presence 

      There are no Federally Recognized Ohlone tribes. There are nine groups applying for recognition. Their are over 400 tribes across the country that have applications before the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The bureau processes the applications at the rate of 1.5 per year. It costs hundreds of thousands…

    • An Ohlone Cultural Center  

      The City of San Francisco is planning a 700 acre Shoreline Development at Hunter's Point and Candlestick Point. The area includes at least sixteen "archeological" sites where Ohlone used to live. The Ohlone elders we work closely with, Ann Marie Sayers and Tony Cerda, and a growing number of…

    • Truth and Reconciliation 

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    • Economic Development Plan 

      Economic Development Plan

  • Process 

    The Ohlone Profiles Project set out to present profiles of Ohlone organizations and teachers: to create a catalog of living Ohlone and present that to San Francisco on the internet. We felt that by demonstrating the life of the tribe, we could gain support for the tribe. We were working at…

    • Formation of the Ohlone Profiles Project 

      "Until the Ohlone are recognized in San Francisco, we will remain invisible." -Anne Marie Sayers, Ohlone Indian It is with this strong sentiment in mind that the Ohlone Profiles Project was founded. The goal of the Ohlone Profiles Project is to bring awareness to Ohlone leaders and organizati…

    • First Events 

      The formation of the Ohlone Profiles Project gave way to the "First Events," a series of three events that took place in San Francisco and aimed to answer questions about who the Ohlone are and issues surrounding their return to and recognition from San Francisco. Read more and view photos and…

    • Ceremonial Cycle 

      Several Bay Area sites and cultural events form the basis for the Ceremonial Cycle. The Ceremonial Cycle was the initiated by the Ohlone as a methodological way to engage with San Francisco and Bay Area communities and open the hearts of people who would come to know the conditions and cultural…

    • The Documentary 

      Feature-length documentary: The Ohlone Profiles Project has documented many of our events working with a number of videographers. With the help of Can Tashora, we produced two 30 minute compilation videos, one documenting the Coit Tower Projection, another documenting the Sunrise Ceremony and the…

  • Outcomes 

    We are about to succeed in bringing awareness of ongoing Ohlone cultural life to many thousands of San Franciscans. We want their original right of occupancy to be acknowledged.

    • Events 

      San FranciscoF is a capital of indigenous revival and respect for indigenous cultures all over the world. 2 of the shining examples of this are the World Music Festival and the Ethnic Dance Festival. Directors of both festivals were excited by the prospect of working with The Ohlone, and made space…

    • Media Coverage 

      Stay tuned--content coming soon!

  • Who We Are  

    Who we are: Bios and Profiles of our Ohlone Partners Contemporary Ohlone Communities Ohlone Applicants for Federal Recognition Ohlone Educators, Artists and leaders California Tribes Supporting the Ohlone Community Organizations supporting the Ohlone in San Francisco

    • Profiles of Ohlone Elders and Project Partners 

      In 2006 Catherine Herrera introduced me to Tony Cerda. I have supported Ohlone organizers since 1993. I had no idea that 2,000 Ohlone live in Pamona California, or that their Chief is such an interesting, open, supportive, and powerful leader. For the last two years he has been performing…

      • Charlene Sul 

        Charlene Sul was born and raised in San Jose, California.  Her mother was born in San Francisco, her grandmother was born near Morgan Hill.  Members of her family have lived within this 50 mile radius for hundreds, yes, hundreds of years.  Her career and artwork is a reflection of a strong tie…

    • Ohlone Artists and Educators  

      We are still meeting new Ohlone, and learning more from those we have known for some time. So while this is an expanding list, we want to honor the major contributors we are working with and who we hope to work more with in the future. Indian Canyon  Nation- www.indiancan…

    • Community Partners 

      We work with several partner organizations who manage or own the various ceremonial sites that previously were known as Ohlone territory and remain sacred ground.  More to come. Arc Ecology - www.arcecology.org Arc Ecology is a community-based grassroots organization for peace, environmen…

    • Contemporary Ohlone Communities 

      Ohlone Applicants for Federal Recognition The issues raised by what the Federal government calls Tribal Recognition are troubling and divisive. Tribes in California, especially the Ohlone, face contradictory requirements when applying for Federal Recognition. It seems unlikely to us that any…

    • California Tribes Supporting the Ohlone  

      Elem Indian Colony http://www.elemnation.org/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elem-Indian-Colony/107658192596988 https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Elem_Indian_Colony_of_Pomo_Indians,_California (site udner construction... looking for caches/alternate sites) none found. Elem Indian Colony…

  • Resources 

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    • Press 

      Stay posted--content coming soon!

    • Rumsen Ohlone: a brief history 

      Or: the Ethnic Dance Festival's commission and production support for the Ohlone make these events a turning point in the awareness of San Franciscans about the tribe. The text below appears on the Festival brochure. ON this page we add links and documentation to the thesis and answer the question:…

    • California Indians: a brief history 

      The American Indian Issues: a curricular guide for educators, written at Humbolt State University as a project of the University's Center for Indian Community Development. The guide is an accessible yet honest introduction to California Indian history. Intended for high schools, it nevertheless…

  • Contact Us 

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  • Other  (12)
    • Ohlone Profiles Film Screening by: Neil

      December 12, 2013, 15:37

      Short films invoking the Ohlone tribal presence in San Francisco, and celebrating their renaissance. Thurs. Dec. 12, 8 pm An Evening of Ohlone Short Films with the Ohlone Profiles Project (OPP) and Injunuity The Ohlone Return: Inclusion in SF and Yosemite Slough(2010); 5 Shorts Projected…

    • Ohlone Big Time is on at Rob Hill Campground! by: Neil

      October 11, 2013, 13:10

      We have moved the Ohlone Big Time to Rob Hill Campground. Many tribal groups are showing support and planning to dance. This event is free and open to the public. Please join us! The Big Time offers a place to see (and sometimes join) the dancing, to learn from cultural presentations, perhaps to…

    • Ohlone Big Time At Rob Hill  by: Neil

      October 11, 2013, 12:29

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    • Parking for Ohlone Big Time at Rob Hill Campground by: Neil

      October 11, 2013, 11:56

      The Big Time has moved to Rob Hill campground. We are  hosting 10 tribal dance groups, 30 vendors, have limited camping, all at Rob Hill campground. Saturday 2pm -6pm, Sundown: healing ceremony Sunday 12pm-9pm. One big challenge will be parking. The area has lost 1,000 parking spaces…

    • Important Update: New Location for Ohlone Big Time by: aidan

      October 8, 2013, 00:32

      Due to the government shutdown, the Big Time has been relocated to Rob Hill Campground (nearby our original event site, also located in San Francisco's Presidio). Rob Hill is the only overnight campsite in San Francisco. The Presidio Trust describes Rob Hill as "a hidden treasure, located at the…

    • 2013 Ohlone Big Time Gathering in San Francisco by: aidan

      September 13, 2013, 17:58

      When: Ohlone Indigenous People's Weekend, October 12-14, 2013 The Big Time (traditional California Native festival) will include a dance arena, vendor booths, camping, talking circles, and a sunrise ceremony on Alcatraz. The schedule is below, and the Facebook Event is here. This is an…

    •  by: Neil

      February 5, 2013, 00:46

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    • Ohlone Veterans Day  by: Neil

      November 11, 2012, 11:57

      Ohlone Turkey feed after the parade: 1pm. Room 223, in the Veteran’s Building 2pm. Ohlone talking circle led by Chief Tony Cerda Discussion: Ohlone 2013 Cycle of Ceremonies: Aug 3rd, Hiroshima Day Oct 12th: Fleet Week Nov. 10th Veteran’s Day Aug 3rd Hiroshima Day: We will conduct…

    • Indigenous People's Day: Ohlone Rumsen tribe will be in the Bay Area  by: Neil

      September 25, 2012, 14:26

      Rumsen Ohlone Indigenous People's Day Events: Oct 6th: Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe of Ohlone will hold a healing ceremony at the Rob Hill Campground: Feather dances began at 6pm., healing ceremony at 7:30 Oct. 7th Feather dances at Coyote Hills Campground Fremont,…

    • Testing the waters with the freshly made Tule Boat. by: tzinflas

      July 12, 2012, 10:12

      Boat made by Dianna A. & myself  "A." & another helper. Pics. By:  Melissa K. Nelson

    • This weekend was such an enlightening experience working with Dianna Almendariz(The Tule Lady)  by: tzinflas

      June 19, 2012, 23:54

    • Makin The Tule Boat by: tzinflas

      June 19, 2012, 23:14

      It was a great honor to finally get to meet Dianna Almendarizys and Ooti -  Patwin relations, and together help make this boat. There are many details which make the sacred Tule a traditional food, clothing, shelter and travel-way of getting around the water ways of central and southern…

  • Tribal Recognition  (4)
  • Sacred Sites  (3)
  • Multimedia  (13)
    • Testing the waters with the freshly made Tule Boat. by: tzinflas

      July 12, 2012, 10:12

      Boat made by Dianna A. & myself  "A." & another helper. Pics. By:  Melissa K. Nelson

    • 30-minute Video Released - Ohlone inclusion in San Francisco development by: Can Tsahora Rupert

      September 5, 2010, 21:34

      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…

    • Ohlone Indian Heritage Site Preserved for Viewing by: Can Tsahora Rupert

      August 19, 2010, 18:49

    • Reviving the Ohlone Language  by: Can Tsahora Rupert

      August 19, 2010, 18:39

      http://www.smithsonianmag.com/people-places/american-indian-heritage.html

    • Coit Tower Projection and KPOO Broadcast by: Neil

      November 25, 2009, 04:59

      Wednesday night 6pm. 1) Broadcast and projection opening with a ceremony led by Ohlone Costanoan Carmel Rumsen Tribal  Chair Tony Cerda, supported by Indian Canyon Chair, Ann Marie Sayers and several people and organizations that are helping bring about a renewal of Ohlone presence in San…

    • Come Out Wednesday by: Neil

      November 22, 2009, 03:14

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    • June 17th ATA by: Neil

      November 21, 2009, 18:36

      ATA 992 Valencia (at 21st) June 17th, 2009 The Ohlone’s first contact with Europe: broadcast discussion followed by screening pre-historic petroglyphs and Mission Dolores mural circa 1790. 6pm-8pm Live Radio Broadcast: of the Voices of Native Nations live from ATA: Guests: Ann Marie Sayers,…

    • Pictures from 5/20 Seeing and Hearing Ohlone by: Neil

      August 2, 2009, 12:39

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    • Radio Show by: MJ

      July 26, 2009, 15:20

      I have never had a sister and I always wondered what it would be like to have one. At the radio show last Wednesday I discovered a sister of my heart. Anne Marie was in fine form. I said, welcome to Ohlone Territory and the look she gave me.. I could hear her without her saying anything, "That's my…

    • Pics 5/20 Seeing and Hearing Ohlone by: Neil

      June 8, 2009, 13:18

      This is the first in a series of three radio broadcasts, film screenings and community discussions with descendants of the original inhabitants of San Francisco, members of the Ohlone tribe. The events support film makers and radio producers to meet with and think about Ohlone life, to…

    • Ohlone Profiles at ATA, San Francisco by: Neil

      May 23, 2009, 01:46

      We put on our first broadcast at ATA last Wednesday. Mary Jean, Anne Marie, Corina, Catherine, Ben and I, plus a gang at ATA: Kent and Fara long term, plus volunteers for that night. It was totally fun. About twenty minutes before air-time I had a complete loss of confidence. Harrison at KPOO…

    • Videos  (6)
      • 30-minute Video Released - Ohlone inclusion in San Francisco development by: Can Tsahora Rupert

        September 5, 2010, 21:34

        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…

      • Ohlone Indian Heritage Site Preserved for Viewing by: Can Tsahora Rupert

        August 19, 2010, 18:49

      • Reviving the Ohlone Language  by: Can Tsahora Rupert

        August 19, 2010, 18:39

        http://www.smithsonianmag.com/people-places/american-indian-heritage.html

      • Coit Tower Projection and KPOO Broadcast by: Neil

        November 25, 2009, 04:59

        Wednesday night 6pm. 1) Broadcast and projection opening with a ceremony led by Ohlone Costanoan Carmel Rumsen Tribal  Chair Tony Cerda, supported by Indian Canyon Chair, Ann Marie Sayers and several people and organizations that are helping bring about a renewal of Ohlone presence in San…

      • Come Out Wednesday by: Neil

        November 22, 2009, 03:14

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      • June 17th ATA by: Neil

        November 21, 2009, 18:36

        ATA 992 Valencia (at 21st) June 17th, 2009 The Ohlone’s first contact with Europe: broadcast discussion followed by screening pre-historic petroglyphs and Mission Dolores mural circa 1790. 6pm-8pm Live Radio Broadcast: of the Voices of Native Nations live from ATA: Guests: Ann Marie Sayers,…

    • Slideshows  (4)
      • Coit Tower Projection and KPOO Broadcast by: Neil

        November 25, 2009, 04:59

        Wednesday night 6pm. 1) Broadcast and projection opening with a ceremony led by Ohlone Costanoan Carmel Rumsen Tribal  Chair Tony Cerda, supported by Indian Canyon Chair, Ann Marie Sayers and several people and organizations that are helping bring about a renewal of Ohlone presence in San…

      • June 17th ATA by: Neil

        November 21, 2009, 18:36

        ATA 992 Valencia (at 21st) June 17th, 2009 The Ohlone’s first contact with Europe: broadcast discussion followed by screening pre-historic petroglyphs and Mission Dolores mural circa 1790. 6pm-8pm Live Radio Broadcast: of the Voices of Native Nations live from ATA: Guests: Ann Marie Sayers,…

      • Pictures from 5/20 Seeing and Hearing Ohlone by: Neil

        August 2, 2009, 12:39

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      • Pics 5/20 Seeing and Hearing Ohlone by: Neil

        June 8, 2009, 13:18

        This is the first in a series of three radio broadcasts, film screenings and community discussions with descendants of the original inhabitants of San Francisco, members of the Ohlone tribe. The events support film makers and radio producers to meet with and think about Ohlone life, to…

    • Documentaries  (3)
      • 30-minute Video Released - Ohlone inclusion in San Francisco development by: Can Tsahora Rupert

        September 5, 2010, 21:34

        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…

      • Coit Tower Projection and KPOO Broadcast by: Neil

        November 25, 2009, 04:59

        Wednesday night 6pm. 1) Broadcast and projection opening with a ceremony led by Ohlone Costanoan Carmel Rumsen Tribal  Chair Tony Cerda, supported by Indian Canyon Chair, Ann Marie Sayers and several people and organizations that are helping bring about a renewal of Ohlone presence in San…

      • Come Out Wednesday by: Neil

        November 22, 2009, 03:14

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    • Radio Broadcasts  (5)
      • Coit Tower Projection and KPOO Broadcast by: Neil

        November 25, 2009, 04:59

        Wednesday night 6pm. 1) Broadcast and projection opening with a ceremony led by Ohlone Costanoan Carmel Rumsen Tribal  Chair Tony Cerda, supported by Indian Canyon Chair, Ann Marie Sayers and several people and organizations that are helping bring about a renewal of Ohlone presence in San…

      • June 17th ATA by: Neil

        November 21, 2009, 18:36

        ATA 992 Valencia (at 21st) June 17th, 2009 The Ohlone’s first contact with Europe: broadcast discussion followed by screening pre-historic petroglyphs and Mission Dolores mural circa 1790. 6pm-8pm Live Radio Broadcast: of the Voices of Native Nations live from ATA: Guests: Ann Marie Sayers,…

      • Radio Show by: MJ

        July 26, 2009, 15:20

        I have never had a sister and I always wondered what it would be like to have one. At the radio show last Wednesday I discovered a sister of my heart. Anne Marie was in fine form. I said, welcome to Ohlone Territory and the look she gave me.. I could hear her without her saying anything, "That's my…

      • Pics 5/20 Seeing and Hearing Ohlone by: Neil

        June 8, 2009, 13:18

        This is the first in a series of three radio broadcasts, film screenings and community discussions with descendants of the original inhabitants of San Francisco, members of the Ohlone tribe. The events support film makers and radio producers to meet with and think about Ohlone life, to…

      • Ohlone Profiles at ATA, San Francisco by: Neil

        May 23, 2009, 01:46

        We put on our first broadcast at ATA last Wednesday. Mary Jean, Anne Marie, Corina, Catherine, Ben and I, plus a gang at ATA: Kent and Fara long term, plus volunteers for that night. It was totally fun. About twenty minutes before air-time I had a complete loss of confidence. Harrison at KPOO…

    • News coverage  (3)
  • Ceremonies  (11)
    • Rumsen Ohlone OCTOBER Events, Ceremonies by: Can Tsahora Rupert

      September 28, 2012, 00:50

      Indigenous Peoples Day Sunrise Gathering, Mon, Oct 8, Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, Ohlone Territory.  Commemorating 520 years of Indigenous resistance and honoring struggles to protect sacred places.  Presenters include: IITC board members Hinewirangi Kohu, Maori Nation; Ron Lameman,…

    • Testing the waters with the freshly made Tule Boat. by: tzinflas

      July 12, 2012, 10:12

      Boat made by Dianna A. & myself  "A." & another helper. Pics. By:  Melissa K. Nelson

    • "The Ohlone Return" to SF Continues at Ethnic Dance Festival by: Can Tsahora Rupert

      April 17, 2011, 17:32

      Ohlone Return 33rd San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival June 3; 11 & 12; 18 & 19; 24, 25 & 26; and July 1, 2 & 3 New Programs, Events & Locations 50 Companies, 750 World Dance & Music Artists, 15 World Premieres Special Events Mark Return of Native Ohlone…

    • Nov. 7 Ohlone Join Veterans in March by: Can Tsahora Rupert

      November 2, 2010, 16:36

      They’re Both Coming Home! Join us Sunday, November 7th as San Francisco celebrates Veterans Day. The Ohlone Tribe returns to San Francisco to join the Veterans for Peace Contingent in the Veterans Day Parade. The Parade staging area: on Howard St. near 3rd St at 10:30am. The…

    • 30-minute Video Released - Ohlone inclusion in San Francisco development by: Can Tsahora Rupert

      September 5, 2010, 21:34

      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…

    • Sunrise Ceremony to Celebrate "Ohlone Inclusion Act" Supervisor Board Resolution by: Can Tsahora Rupert

      August 9, 2010, 17:34

      Tomorrow, the Ohlone Profiles Project joins with the Costanoan Rumen Carmel Tribe of Ohlone to continue the 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…

    • listening to robert john knapp by: Neil

      April 24, 2010, 22:00

      Examples of inclusion and autonomy with Tony's tribe are non-stop. The first event this morning was the spiritual advisor, Robert John Knapp, talking about the power of gentleness and introducing the young people and those in regalia, blessing them, and then having everyone of the children and…

    • at Tony Cerda Park for the Big Time Gathering and Pow Wow by: Neil

      April 24, 2010, 21:10

      I'm at Tony Cerda Park in Pomona, the guest of Tony, the Chair of the Costanona Rumsen Carmel Tribe, who, at 72, is getting more and more support and acknowledgment: both here in Pomona, where the tribe relocated over a century ago, and is an exciting leader that Mary Jean and I…

    • Coit Tower Projection and KPOO Broadcast by: Neil

      November 25, 2009, 04:59

      Wednesday night 6pm. 1) Broadcast and projection opening with a ceremony led by Ohlone Costanoan Carmel Rumsen Tribal  Chair Tony Cerda, supported by Indian Canyon Chair, Ann Marie Sayers and several people and organizations that are helping bring about a renewal of Ohlone presence in San…

    • Tony Cerda's play: "The Journey" telling the story of exile to Pomona California by: Neil

      August 26, 2009, 18:44

      ... In 2006 Catherine Herrera introduced me to Tony Cerda.  I have supported Ohlone organizers since 1993. I had no idea that 2,000 Ohlone live in Pamona California, or that their Chief is such an interesting, open, supportive, and powerful leader. For the last two years he has been…

    • Memorial for Al Robles by: MJ

      July 26, 2009, 15:38

      Sabrina and I went to Glide for the memorial service for my friend, Al Robles.  I remember when Al and Russell were running the Brannon Street Cultural Center and the American Indian Arts workshop had classes and events there. William Snieder taught singing and drumming, his wife Alberta taught…

  • Language  (1)
  • Journal  (6)
    • Testing the waters with the freshly made Tule Boat. by: tzinflas

      July 12, 2012, 10:12

      Boat made by Dianna A. & myself  "A." & another helper. Pics. By:  Melissa K. Nelson

    • listening to robert john knapp by: Neil

      April 24, 2010, 22:00

      Examples of inclusion and autonomy with Tony's tribe are non-stop. The first event this morning was the spiritual advisor, Robert John Knapp, talking about the power of gentleness and introducing the young people and those in regalia, blessing them, and then having everyone of the children and…

    • at Tony Cerda Park for the Big Time Gathering and Pow Wow by: Neil

      April 24, 2010, 21:10

      I'm at Tony Cerda Park in Pomona, the guest of Tony, the Chair of the Costanona Rumsen Carmel Tribe, who, at 72, is getting more and more support and acknowledgment: both here in Pomona, where the tribe relocated over a century ago, and is an exciting leader that Mary Jean and I…

    • Come Out Wednesday by: Neil

      November 22, 2009, 03:14

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    • Memorial for Al Robles by: MJ

      July 26, 2009, 15:38

      Sabrina and I went to Glide for the memorial service for my friend, Al Robles.  I remember when Al and Russell were running the Brannon Street Cultural Center and the American Indian Arts workshop had classes and events there. William Snieder taught singing and drumming, his wife Alberta taught…

    • Friday, July 24th: After the planning meeting and broadcast by: Neil

      July 24, 2009, 09:50

      Wednesday and Thursday were big days for the Ohlone Profiles project. We held our last broadcast of the Spring season, and held our first in a series of planning meetings for the next several years. One outcome was agreement on this one sentence vision statement for the Ohlone Profiles project: …

  • Ohlone Renewal Events  (9)