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Corrina Gould Biography
Corrina Gould is the tribal spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan. Born and raised in her ancestral homeland, the Ohlone territory of Huchiun, she is the mother of three and grandmother of four. Corrina has worked on preserving and protecting the ancient burial sites of her ancestors throughout the Bay Area for decades. She has developed an extensive network of partnerships and collaborations within intertribal Indigenous communities and across a broad spectrum of ethnic and community groups and organizations. A lead organizer in the campaign to Save the West Berkeley Shellmound, Corrina has won historic victories in the ongoing struggle to protect Indigenous sacred sites.
Corrina is the Co-Founder and a Lead Organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change, a small Native run advocacy organization that works on Indigenous issues. From 2005-2009, IPOC led an annual Shellmound Peace Walk to bring about education and awareness of the desecration of the sacred sites in the greater Bay Area.
In April of 2011 Corrina, Wounded Knee De Ocampo and a committee of others, joined together and put a call out to warriors to create a prayerful vigil and occupation of Sogorea Te’ in Vallejo CA. This is a 15 acre Sacred Site that sits along the Carquinez Straits. The occupation lasted for 109 days and resulted in a cultural easement between the City of Vallejo, the Greater Vallejo Recreation District and two federally recognized tribes. This struggle was victorious and will set precedence in this type of work going forward with others that are working on sacred sites issues within city boundaries in California.
Corrina is the Co-Founder/Co-Director of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, the first Indigenous women led urban land trust in the country. She has helped to bring the work of rematriation into public consciousness. A celebrated speaker locally, nationally and internationally, at schools, universities, conferences and community events, she regularly offers protocol, stories, guidance, history and vision.