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American Indian Cultural District

San Francisco Heritage

In 2021, SF Heritage started a partnership with the American Indian Cultural District (AICD), the first established cultural district of its size in the United States dedicated to recognizing, honoring, and celebrating the American Indian legacy, culture, people, and contributions. Since its founding in 2020, AICD has successfully advocated for equitable resources, funding, and opportunities for American Indians in and around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Our first initiative was formally adopting, with AICD’s guidance, a Land Acknowledgement and a Commitment to Work Meaningfully with the American Indian Community. Our collaborative posts spotlight important places that transcend cultural district boundaries and honor the resilience of the American Indian community: from the Ashbury Heights home of the American Indian Historical Society, to the roots of the service organization, Friendship House, in an Alamo Square Victorian, to the burning and rebirth of the American Indian Center in the Mission District.

We look forward to continuing our partnership to boost American Indian visibility and history in San Francisco.

American Indian Cultural District staff with community leaders (from left): Janine Laiwa, Sharaya Souza (Executive Director), Mary Travis Allen, Paloma Flores (Director of Community Development), Mary Jean Robertson, and Debbie Santiago.

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