Muwekma Ohlone SJSU Area Land Acknowledgement

Mwekma OhloneThe San José State University community recognizes that the present-day Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, with an enrolled Bureau of Indian Affairs documented membership of over 550, is comprised of all of the known surviving American Indian lineages aboriginal to the San Francisco Bay region who trace their ancestry through the Missions Santa Clara, San José, and Dolores, during the advent of the Hispano-European empire into Alta California; and who are the successors and living members of the sovereign, historic, previously Federally Recognized Verona Band of Alameda County.

Furthermore, the San José State University community recognizes that the university is established within the Tha?mien Ohlone-speaking tribal ethnohistoric territory, which based upon the unratified federal treaties of 1851-1852, includes the unceded ancestral lands of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of the enrolled Muwekma lineages are descended from direct ancestors from the Tha?mien Ohlone tribal territory whose ancestors had affiliation with Mission Santa Clara.

The San José State University community also recognizes the importance of this land to the indigenous Muwekma Ohlone people of this region, and consistent with our principles of community and diversity strives to be good stewards on behalf of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe whose land we occupy.

Download a PDF version of this Land Acknowledgment

Link to shareable Google Slides document with this Land Acknowledgment specifically for SJSU events and meetings 

Download a PDF of the Muwekma Ohlone greeting to Learn More about the Tribe and its History

Pronounciation Guide for this Land Acknowledgment

What is a Land Acknowledgment?

A Land Acknowledgment is a simple, powerful way of showing respect
and a step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history and culture and toward inviting and honoring the truth.  Acknowledgment by itself is a small gesture. It becomes meaningful when coupled with authentic relationships and informed action. But this beginning can be an opening to greater public consciousness of Native sovereignty and cultural rights, a step toward equitable relationship and reconciliation (U.S. Department of Arts and Culture Honor Native Land Guide, 2017)

We are grateful for Charlene Nijme and Monica V. Arellano of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribal Council for providing SJSU with a Land Acknowledgement and Greeting.

The following video accompanies the USDAC’s #HonorNativeLand?—a guide and call-to-action (see the More Resources section below) to spread the practice of acknowledgment of traditional Native lands at the opening of all public gatherings.  


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