We recognize the painful history upon which the state of California was created, and how policies, systems, and structures continue to oppress and erase Indigenous peoples today.
It is critical to recognize the Bay Area’s Indigenous populations, past and present. According to the U.S. Census, the Indigenous population in the Bay Area is 18,500 strong and is projected to grow over the next few decades.
The city of San Francisco occupies land stolen from the Native Ramaytush (rah-my-toosh) Ohlone Tribe who are the original inhabitants of this beautiful land. We pay respect to indigenous elders past, present and future. Despite the atrocities of colonization and genocide, Native communities persist today and are active in efforts to preserve and revive the culture.
We welcome your suggestions of ways the SFBC Sangha might usefully participate in this work.