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Saturday, October 21 • 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Genocide and Survivance: Calling for Truth and Recognition in California | Indigenous Forum
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In 1851, California’s governor ordered a “war of extermination . . . until the Indian race becomes extinct.” Prior to genocides under Spanish and then American colonization, California was home to the most linguistically diverse and dense populations of First Peoples in North America. California Indian culture bearers come together to speak to California’s true history and to celebrate California Indian survivance, despite generations of relocation, kidnapping, slavery, and mass murder. Hosted by: Valentin Lopez (Mutsun/Awaswas/Chumash/Yokuts), Chairman, Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. With: Loren Bommelyn (Tolowa) Chairperson, Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation; Marshall McKay, Chairman, Yoche Dehe Wintun Nation; Corrina Gould (Chochenyo/Karkin Ohlone), founder, Sogorea Te’ Land Trust; Vincent Medina (Muwekma Ohlone).


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Loren Bommelyn

Loren Me'-lash-ne Bommelyn, until recently Tribal Chairman for the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation of northern California and southern Oregon, is his people’s most accomplished “tradition bearer” who has preserved, practiced and promoted Tolowa cultural traditions including its language... Read More →
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Corrina Gould

Corrina Gould, from the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone, born and raised in Oakland, CA (the territory of Huichin), is the co-founder of Indian People Organizing for Change. Her work includes preserving and protecting the ancient burial sites of her ancestors in the Bay Area... Read More →
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Valentin Lopez

Valentin Lopez, Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, one of three historic tribes recognized as Ohlone, is President of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust and a Native American Advisor to: the University of California, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Phoebe Hearst Museum... Read More →
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Marshall McKay

Marshall McKay (Yocha Dehe Wintun), an award-winning tribal leader, advocate and steward of indigenous cultural preservation, education and the arts who serves on many boards, councils and commissions, including the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change, is Chairman... Read More →
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Vincent Medina

Vincent Medina (Chochenyo Ohlone) serves on the board of directors of Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, a statewide organization that works to strengthen and foster California Indian languages, as well as on the steering committee of Slow Foods Turtle Island... Read More →

Saturday October 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm PDT
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