Commitment to Work Meaningfully with the American Indian Community

We affirm that Heritage’s land acknowledgement is just the first step needed in acknowledging and honoring the land, culture, wisdom, and contributions of the Ramaytush Ohlone peoples throughout the San Francisco Bay Area; and Heritage will establish a relationship with the Ramaytush Ohlone to engage in a meaningful consultation process to understand their unique needs, concerns, and knowledge as the original caretakers of Yelamu.

Heritage will engage with the San Francisco American Indian Cultural District and other American Indian stakeholders to elevate American Indian knowledge, concerns and expertise through cultural resource preservation and documentation, public programming, community engagement, and the identification of funding and other resources that can support this work.

On June 22, 2021, the Heritage board reviewed and passed a resolution formally adopting the above commitment to working meaningfully with the Native American community.

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. Our first initiative was collaborating on a series of articles spotlighting the history of American Indian businesses and organizations in San Francisco. Read our latest posts below:

January 2022: The Legacy of the Indian Education Program in San Francisco
October 2021: American Indians on Film and the Work of the American Indian Film Institute
August 2021: The American Indian Center in San Francisco
June 2021: The Ashbury Heights Home of the American Indian Historical Society
April 2021: Friendship House’s Origins in Alamo Square
April 2021: Preserving American Indian Culture in San Francisco