As we dream of and work towards land return and Rematriation in one of the most expensive “real estate” markets in the country, we announce the launch of our Rematriate the Land Fund.
The Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, the first urban Indigenous women led land trust in the country, is working to Rematriate the land in Lisjan territory. Our programs and initiatives include reclaiming stolen land, growing medicine gardens, building Himmetkas (emergency response hubs), distributing fresh food to elders, and revitalizing Indigenous languages, cultures and practices in the East Bay Area. With the support of our community and the Shuumi Land Tax, Sogorea Te’ has been able to build the first Ohlone ceremonial arbor in Lisjan territory in more than 250 years and is creating new pathways to connect to land.
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The Bay Area is home to diverse communities of Indigenous peoples. We are an intertribal Indigenous women-led land trust, working closely with the Lisjan whose land we are on. We work to restore reciprocal relationships with the sacred land we live on, and with the plants, animals and other human beings who we share this land with. We create opportunities for all people living in Lisjan Ohlone territory to work together to re-envision the Bay Area community and what it means to live on Ohlone land.
“Two hundred fifty years ago, there was no concept of homelessness and hunger in this territory, today, we are homeless in our own homeland.”–Corrina Gould, Traditional Spokesperson & Chair of the Confederated Villages of Lisjan
Sogorea Te’ Land Trust works predominantly within the territories of the Lisjan Ohlone, which includes 5 Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, Solano and San Joaquin, close to 3 million acres of land. Right now, Lisjan tribal members and the Trust protect less than 0.0001% of this land base.
As we begin to heal and transform the legacies of colonization, genocide, and patriarchy and to do the work our ancestors and future generations are calling us to do, we invite those who have benefitted from stolen land and settler-colonialism to contribute to our vision of rematriation, to help us build Indigenous Sovereignty, and support our movement to rematriate the land.
Support Indigenous led land return.
For contributions over $2000, checks can be made to the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust and sent to 2501 Harrison St. Oakland CA 94612. Please write “Rematriate the Land Fund” in the Memo. If you would like to discuss a significant contribution, encounter issues with or need to change your contribution, please contact ariel (at) rematriatetheland (dot) org.