Muwekma Ohlone Warrior -
the Muwerkma Ohlone - the First People of San Francisco.
Here at SF City Hall ( circa 1938)
the KKK had free access -
under the present Rotunda - for all the world
to see and witness our past - racist - history.
San Francisco is a Racist City - time and time again - it fails to honor and respect the Muwekma Ohlone.
As things stand - before the Great Spirit - those that have life - those that have lived here for thousands of years - those chosen to preserve and protect this land - those that respect the Shellmound - containing the Sacred Remains of the ancestors - are still alive - and slowly but surely - will be in charge of everything - more spiritually - Aho.
In the records that the City and County of San Francisco keeps there are Resolutions, Commendation, and other pieces of legislation - linked to the General Plan of the City and County of San Francisco - mentioning the Muwekma Ohlone - once Federally Recognized - and today seeking - to be reinstated - in the failed system of the Department of Interior - the Bureau of Indian Affairs - the Department of Justice - our Supreme Court - this Nation - the United States of America.
Once know at Turtle Island - those tribes and nations of old - left a legacy - and it is just a matter of time - before - all returns to some normalcy - it is not evident today - but will as we endure - but learn more - listen to the "wisdom" of the elders - in humility.
The Ohlone lived here for over 13, 000 years -
all Carbon Dated - empirical data - that reads well -
for those that have some intelligence - and more compassion.
Who are the Muwekma ? Learn more and read the history :
San Francisco has turned its head - and with disdain - increased its Carbon Foot Print - built and keeps building - without impunity - skyscrapers - some of them sinking - thinking they can serve some need - with high density - but that will not work.
In the year 2017 - the City and County of San Francisco - with an over $9 Billion budget - and billions of dollars - invested - as part of our City's Pension Fund - has failed to understand that the time for investing in " fossil fuels " - is over - kaput.
More and more Climate Change and Sea Level Rise - is becoming a reality. We will see more and more flooding - not only on the West Coast but the East Coast too.
On another level - more important - and critical to understanding our Nation - we went 1600 miles - from San Francisco to North Dakota - we went there to standing shoulder to shoulder - with the Protectors of Water.
The indigenous people here in the Bay Area - the many tribes that were removed from the land of their ancestors - bused to the West Coast - from the East Coast.
Many of them living here - in the Bay Area - our sisters and brothers - that we embrace and love - Ohlone People - closer to San Francisco and the adjacent areas - the Muwekma Ohlone.
Chief Sitting Bull - united the Lakota Nation -
the Lokata defeated Custer - this Nation -
understands well - that one battle - etched in the minds -
Chief Sitting Bull united the Lakota Nation - many tribes under one flag. The Lakota Nation is Sovereign Nation - the Treaty of Leramie - signed September 17, 1851.
The participating tribes the Cheyenne, Sioux, Arapaho, Crow, Assinbonie, Mandan, Hidasta and Arikara Nations.
The Lakota are a Sovereign Nation - the land coming under the Treaty signed - has endured many difficulties.
Again and again - the United States - has failed this " treaty " - the treaty of Leramie - recently allowed the passage and construction of the North Dakota Access Pipeline - in very close proximity to the Missouri River and the near by Watershed.
The Missouri River has for thousands of years - been revered and been treasured as a source of "life " - much like blood - that nourishes all life - Whites fail to understand this singular fact.
Putting this source in immediate " danger " - one single incident - a pipe breaking open - oil spilling in the millions of gallons - can adversely impact - trillions of gallons of water - the Missouri joins the Mississippi - forming the largest joined river - in the United States.
Thousands gathered at Camp Oceti Sakowin -
in North Dakota - to protect the water -
to warn the U.S. Corps of Engineers -
those that are " greedy " - lacking spirituality -
those that fail to respect Mother Earth.
Our Chiefs were wise and their demeanor stunned those greed "strangers " - who wanted it all for free. This land once called Turtle Island - allowed tribes to roam freely - they took little and protected Mother Earth.
Those that invaded Turtle Island - to this day - want it all - they have no compunction - have no understanding, are spiritually bankrupt - they want it all - and this one singular act - will bring their down fall - they will fall flat on their faces.
At this critical juncture - here, in San Francisco - the Muwekma Ohlone that I represent play an important and vital part - in many of the very serious deliberations - affecting things local, on the state level, the nation and all over this Earth.
More - on the more urgent issues that must be addressed - planning, land use, transportation, education, safety, health, resources - local, state, and federal government policies that affect San Francisco.
The Muwekma Ohlone exercised its right of first refusal - on access property - mostly those land linked to base closure in 1991.
The Muwekma Ohlone appreciate those Tribes that are defending their right to live a normal life - be in on Ohlone Land - we all are one - and must stand in unison to proclaim - those pertinent and salient - unwritten laws and protocol that all Native American Tribes - understand - more spiritually.
Again Tribes united have held marches in San Francisco - and we the Muwekma have endorsed the protests - and those in power know us - they know me - and therefore - we have had the blessings of those Supervisors at City Hall - the likes of Eric L. Mar, David Campos and John Avalos and others.
Past Mayors have passed Resolutions and others given the Muwekma Proclamations - endorsing recognition for the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe - and directly and indirectly the other Ohlone - who have every right - to go into ceremony and do what is right - for all human beings - all life.
Here is one Resolution dated July 24, 2002 - endorsed and signed by Mayor Willie L. Brown - and signed by the 11 Supervisors :
Resolution urging the Unites States Congress, the Department of the Interior and its Bureau of Indian Affairs to reaffirm and restore the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the the San Francisco Bay Area as a Federally Acknowledged Indian Tribe.
WHEREAS, Based upon the determinations made by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the United States Federal District Court of the District of Columbia Circuit, Case No. 99-3261 (RMU) the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe is identified as the indigenous Native American Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area: and
WHEREAS, the Muwekma Ohlone people, who never left their aboriginal land and were once pronounced extinct by anthropologists, have retained their culture and social identity for the past 230 years: and,
WHEREAS, The Ohlone people have left a record of approximately 13, 000 years of human history; and,
WHEREAS, the United States Government maintained a
" trust " relationship with three Costanoan tribal groups, including the Muwekma, historically identified as the Verona Band, by the Bureau of Indian Affairs from 1906-1927; and,
WHEREAS, The Muwekma Ohlone Tribe were illegally removed from the Federal Register in 1927 despite its "trust" relationship and its previous efforts to foster and secure federal recognition as an Indian tribe; and,
WHEREAS, The Muwekma Ohlone tribe enrolled with and was approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs under the 1928 California Jurisdictional Act, and have since organized themselves according to the Bureau's directives, still have no right to legally considered an Indian Tribe without first obtaining reaffirmation and formal acknowledgement by the Secretary of the Interior; and,
WHEREAS, There are over 400 identified descendants of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe in the San Francisco Bay Area; and,
WHEREAS, European migration led to the near decimation of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe and the lack of formal recognition after 1927 by the Department of the Interior suggests a disregard for the cultural diversity and historical presence that the Muwekma have offered to our state, including service in the United States in previous wars and military conflicts: and,
WHEREAS, The Board of Supervisors has officially supported the Muwekma in its efforts for recognition through legislation commending their efforts and historical and social accomplishments in 1992 on file with the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors in File No. 6-92-13, and also supporting the requests for historical claim by the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe at the Presidio of San Francisco in 1998, on file with the Clerk of the Board in file NO. 98-0824; and,
WHEREAS, It is imperative that the Department of the Interior and the Federal Government officially recognize the historical and social history of the Muwekma Ohlone through its efforts to attain federal recognition; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco does hereby urge the United States Congress and the Department of the Interior and its Bureau of Indian Affairs to reaffirm and restore the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay as Federally Acknowledged Indian Tribe; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the City and County of San Francisco does hereby ask the copies of this resolution be sent to our congressional representatives, the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and His Honor the Mayor, with instructions that all actions be taken to support and ensure the immediate reaffirmation and restoration of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe as a Federally Acknowledged Indian Tribe, and include them within the Federal Registry of Recognized Tribes under the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
This Resolution was approved by the SF Board of Supervisors and signed by then Mayor of San Francisco - Willie L. Brown Jr.
Dated July 24, 2002.