We are founded on stolen land and Indigenous people are still here.
If you have access to land and wealth, consider your place in the lineage of this theft and how you might contribute to its healing, how you might reimagine your relationship to the land you are on.
From creating a cultural easement for gathering rights, offering access to a space or writing us into your will or nonprofits dissolution documents, we are dreaming with our supporters to build many paths of radical reciprocity that are a part of rematriation and land return.
“As long time racial justice activists, we are choosing not to perpetuate the unearned privilege of passing on our home within our White families…”From A LETTER about the intention to will a home to Sogorea Te’ Land Trust.
Creative collaborations with our allies have opened up gardens to grow our food in, neighborhood projects have cultivated plants for us to make medicine with, and allies have opened their access to privatized land allowing us to create Lisjan and build ceremonial spaces including the first Ohlone arbor in territory for more than 200 years. But we still dont “own” land we can live on.
If you have more than you need, consider how you can shift resources towards returning land to Indigenous people.
All land carries Indigenous knowledges and stories, and is home to Indigenous peoples. What can we do to honor this? This Resource Guide offers a variety of questions, prompts and ideas for how to engage this history a variety of questions, prompts and ideas for how to engage the history and reality of the land we are on.
Check out our in progress Recommended Reading List.
Read one of these pieces and talk to someone about it!
Start a study group with your family, friends, collective, business, coop, nonprofit. Go on walk and talks with your neighbors, organize your community, penpal with your grandma. Talk about the land you are on and how you got here. How has your family benefitted or been impacted by legacies of colonization? What does it mean to you to be on stolen land? What does it mean to recognize this history? How can allies we go beyond acknowledgement? How can we rematriate? Learn about how other communities are healing the history of the land our relationships to it.
Questions About Home for Reflection
These are Questions About Home is an for exercise is for non-native people to learn and reflect on the history and current struggles of Indigenous people, and to begin thinking about our role in colonization and decolonization. By Qwul’sih’yah’maht, Robina Thomas (Lyackson of the Coast Salish Nation) with input from our founders Corrina Gould (Chochenyo and Johnella LaRose (Shoshone-Bannock), Nick Tilsen (Oglala-Lakota), Annie Morgan Banks and Chanelle Gallant.
Tips for Difficult Conversations
Check out these tips for talking about Settle Colonialism and other difficult conversations from Showing Up for Racial Justice Albuquerque.
Resource Guide for Indigenous Solidarity Funding Projects
This is a Resource Guide for Indigenous Solidarity Funding Projects compiled by the Indigenous Solidarity Network and representatives from Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, Real Rent Duwamish, and the Manna-hatta Fund.
Understand your relation to the land on which you live, work, and stand.
Land Returns and Rematriation Examples
Passamaquoddy Tribe, Maine (2021)
Press Herald, May 17th
Lower Sioux Indian Community To Get Ancestral Land Back (2021)
CBS4 Local News Minnesota, February 4th
Redwood Falls Gazette, February 11th
Churches Return Land to Indigenous Groups (2020)
Religious News Wire, December
Yale Union Art Center in Portland, OR (2020)
Penobscot Nation, Maine (2020)
Press Herald, October
Esselen Tribe Land Return, Big Sur CA (2020)
Northern California Esselen tribe regains ancestral land after 250 years
The Guardian, July
Alma de Mujer outside Austin, Texas (2019)
Ute Indian Tribe, Colorado (2018)
Colorado Land Returned to the Ute Indian Tribe
Ute Indian Tribe Political Action Committee, October 30th
Ponca Land Return, Nebraska (2018)
Sierra stewards listen to the trees, and a California tribe regains an ancestral land
The Sacramento Bee, June
Tuluwat returned to Wiyot Tribe in Eureka, California (2018)
The Coming Home Song: Wiyot People Joyous as Eureka City Council Takes Another Step Towards Returning Indian Island
Redheaded Blackbelt, December
The Wiyot Tribe’s Long Path to Renewing Indian Island
KHSU Diverse Public Radio, August
Richardson Ranch in Sonoma, CA (2017)
How This Tribe Got Their Coastal California Lands Returned
Yes Magazine, April
Sonoma Coast’s Stewarts Point becomes part of historic agreement for coastal ranch
The Press Democrat, February
Professor gives $250K to Ute Indian Tribe to compensate for great-grandparents profiting off tribal land sales
The Salt Lake Tribune, September
Return of the Sinkyone- Land & People
Return of the Sinkyone—Land&People
The Trust for Public Land, 1998
South Africa Confronts a Legacy of Apartheid
The Atlantic, May 2019
New Zealand to pay colonial compensation
Al Jazeera, May 2013
Australia Aboriginals win right to sue for colonial land loss
Al Jazeera, March 2014