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Decolonizing History

Native American boy holding a slip of paper in the card catalog section of a library.

For more than 100 years, we have been purposefully separated from our family, language, and culture.

The process of repatriation isn’t limited to Native American Graves and Burials; it also includes reclaiming the Indigenous Knowledge kept from us by institutional gatekeepers, and refusal to acknowledge our very indigeneity.

The sovereign rights of tribal nations includes Data Sovereignty, the Academic Right to Be Forgotten, and the Unrestricted & Unequivocal Right of Access.

Decolonizing History is a multi-faceted effort which must rely on the intergenerational integration of Indigenous Knowledge, Culture, and Data to preserve our history, and identity for the Next Generation of Indigenous Leaders.

EDUCATION

Next-gen integrations.

Using modern technology to leverage awesome new ways of educating youth about the indigenous, pre-contact history of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Presenting California History, and Native American History in a way which has never been done before; from an indigenous perspective, inclusive of indigenous voices and lived experiences.

For too long, our stories and knowledge have been overlooked as simple superstitions and useless information only of interest to die-hard outdoors people and survivalists.

Indigenous knowledge is valid; and our legends and creation stories are just as amazing and noteworthy as Western and Eastern Theologies such as the Greek & Roman, and Egyptian, pantheons.

Except: Native American culture and beliefs are far more relevant to California and San Francisco Bay Area history.

earthen mound rising above the waters of the san francisco bay area.  example of a shellmound.
indigenous beach camp on the california coast.
boy wearing backpack stands looking at small teepee village in an abandoned lot on the outskirts of San Francisco

Sparking creativity and challenging the status quo by providing new ways to preserve and share history; providing access to equipment and training which enables tribes to produce and store their own sovereign data and archives.

Using next-gen technology to enhance connectivity between ourselves and our community; and provide awesome new ways to center Indigenous History, Knowledge, and Culture from the perspective of the Indigenous people themselves.

East Bay Tribal Groups map.  Showing tribal village names around the East Bay.  Has sticky note that let's the East Bay Regional Park District know the map is fixed and
ADVOCACY

Accuracy matters.

Creating and using accurate data to adequately, unambiguously identify Tribal Cultural Resources, Sacred Sites, Native American Cemeteries, and other Tribally Significant Locations, is key to advocating for their protection.