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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 Ohlone tribe will be recognized by the Federal Government. Yet, the nine Ohlone applicants are forced to compete with one another, and seek exclusive recognition, despite knowledge of one another and in some cases descent from the same ancestors.

We think that the process is corrupt and that it is corrupting. At the same time, we honor the effort and resources that many Ohlone have devoted to obtaining recognition.

One of the most heart rending efforts has been that of the Muwekma Ohlone. That tribe was recognized up until 1931 and 27 members of the tribe were signers on treaty documents that turned over land to the tribe. In 1931 the government declared the tribe extinct. In 1986 there were several living signers of that treaty and Rosemary Cambra took on the task of re-recognition, a process that has cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, taken 25 years, and was finally rejected last year although three of the original signers are still alive.

Amah Mustsun

120 Amah Mutsun Band of Ohlone/Costanoan Indians
(formerly Amah Band of Ohlone/Costanoan Indians)
c/o Ms. Irene Zwierlein
(415) 851-7747
7890 Canada Road
Woodside, CA 94062
also: c/o Mr. Valentin J. Lopez
(831) 375-5045
3095 Eastern Avenue #94
Sacramento, CA 95821
Letter of Intent to Petition 09/18/1990
Carmel Mission
110 Coastanoan Band of Carmel Mission Indians
c/o Mr. Anthony Miranda
(818) 210-6922
4624 North Durfee Avenue
El Monte, CA 91097
Contact person: Vincent J. Zarate, (626) 444-3191
Letter of Intent to Petition 09/16/1988

Costanoan Rumsen

143 Costanoan-Rumsen Carmel Tribe
c/o Mr. Tony Cerda
(909) 464-2074 days
3929 Riverside Drive
(909) 622-1564 evenings
Chino, CA 91710
Letter of Intent to Petition 08/24/1994


147 Costoanoan Ohlone Rumsen-Mutsun Tribe
c/o Mr. Patrick Orozco
(408) 728-8471
644 Peartree Drive
Watsonville, CA 95076
Letter of Intent to Petition 12/07/1994

Costanoan-Santa Cruz

210 Costanoan Tribe of Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista Missions
c/o Ms. Quirina Cynthia Luna
(Phone Unknown)
704 Wessmith Way
Madera, CA 93638-2172
Letter of Intent to Petition 5/11/1999; Letter of Intent withdrawn 5/10/200


131 Esselen/Coastanoan Tribe of Monterey County
(formerly Esselen Tribe of Monterey Council)
c/o Ms. Joan P. Denys
(Phone Unknown)
1024 Chippendale Way
Roseville, CA 95661
Letter of Intent to Petition 11/16/1992; Letter of Intent withdrawn 11/15/1996

Indian Canyon

112 Indian Canyon Band of Coastanoan/Mutsun Indians
c/o Ms. Ann Marie Sayers
(408) 637-4238
P.O. Box 28
Hollister, CA 95024-0028
Letter of Intent to Petition 06/09/1989


111 Muwekma Ohlone Tribe

(formerly Ohlone/Costanoan Muwekma Tribe aka Muwekma Indian
Tribe: Costanoan/Ohlone Indian Families of the San Francisco Bay)
c/o Ms. Rosemary Cambra
(408) 441-6185
1358 Ridder Park Dr.
FAX (408) 441-6476
San Jose, CA 95131
Letter of Intent to Petition 05/09/1989
Declined Acknowledgment effective 12/16/2002 67 FR 58631


132 Ohlone/Costanoan – Esselen Nation
c/o Mr. Rudy Rosales
(831) 455-0350
P.O. Box 1301
Monterey, CA 93942
Letter of Intent to Petition 12/03/1992