Join Peninsula Open Space Trust for a special free online screening of “Gather” – an award winning film focused on discussing justice for Native American communities and indigenous food sovereignty in the United States. The event is free but registration is required. Guests who register for the event will receive a viewing link and password to access the film anytime between 7pm Wednesday November 17 through midnight on Wednesday, November 24th. The event will include a panel discussion with Executive Producer A-dae Briones of the First Nations Development Institute, joined by Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino of Café Ohlone (see below for details).

Gather is an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide.

Gather follows Nephi Craig, a chef from the White Mountain Apache Nation (Arizona), opening an indigenous café as a nutritional recovery clinic; Elsie Dubray, a young scientist from the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation (South Dakota), conducting landmark studies on bison; and the Ancestral Guard, a group of environmental activists from the Yurok Nation (Northern California), trying to save the Klamath River.

Panel Discussion – 7pm Wednesday, November 17

In addition to making the film available for online viewing, we will be hosting a special panel to discuss the film’s significance and relate these national efforts towards indigenous food sovereignty to our region here in the Bay Area. Our panel will include A-dae Briones, Director of Programs for Native Agriculture and Food Systems at the First Nations Development Institute, as well as Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino of mak-‘amham/Cafe Ohlone. The conversation will air on POST’s Facebook and Youtube channels at 7pm, Wednesday November 17th.

Louis Trevino (left) and Vincent Medina, mak-‘amham/Café Ohlone
A-dae Briones, First Nations Development Institute

The land in POST’s working area has been home to many distinct communities of Native people since time immemorial. We work to conserve and care for these lands — the ancestral territory of at least four contemporary Indigenous communities: the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, Muwekma Ohlone, Ramaytush Ohlone and Tamien Nation. These groups have survived centuries of oppression and displacement, and are the past, present and future caretakers of this land. Read more.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page for a list of resources to learn about and support Bay Area Tribes and indigenous organizations

This is part of POST’s community event series. These events are open to the general public and POST donors alike, and we hope you will join us! We also curate a separate series of private events for our donor community. Find out more about how you can support POST.

Learn more about Contemporary Tribes and Support Directly

Please read below for additional resources that can help orient you to contemporary local Tribes and indigenous organizations. This is by no means a comprehensive list, and we encourage participants to reach out to POST with additional resources to include.

  • Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and affiliated Amah Mutsun Land Trust – The Amah Mutsun trace their ancestry and heritage through a time when the Spanish occupied their traditional lands and involuntarily held local native people in missions San Juan Bautista and Santa Cruz.
  • Muwekma Ohlone Tribe – The Muwekma Ohlone Tribe is comprised of all the known surviving lineages indigenous to the San Francisco Bay Region who trace their ancestry through the Missions Dolores, Santa Clara and San Jose, and who are also members of the historic Federally recognized Verona Band of Alameda County.
  • Ramaytush Ohlone – The Ramaytush (pronounced rah-my-toosh) are the original peoples of the San Francisco Peninsula. Prior to the arrival of the Spanish, the Ramaytush Ohlone numbered approximately 1500 persons, but by the end the Mission Period only a few families had survived. Today, only one lineage is know to have produced living descendants in the present. Those descendants comprise the membership of the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone (ARO) today.
  • Tamien Nation – The vision of Tamien Nation is to acquire lands within their aboriginal territory to live our lifeways with dignity, peace, and prosperity.
  • Confederation of Ohlone People – The Confederation of Ohlone People is a cooperative made up of the descendants of Ohlone people, as well as community advocates. Their common mission is to increase the visibility and interests of present day Ohlone. Today members of the cooperative are involved in the Land Acknowledgement movement, cultural revitalization, education, leveraging the arts to create visibility and tell the Ohlone story, providing mediation services, and cultural site preservation.
  • Indian Canyon – During the 1700s and 1800s Indian Canyon served as a safe haven for local Indigenous peoples who were being abducted/recruited/bribed/transported to the Missions by the Spaniards. The local Ohlone peoples knew the terrain and were able to traverse the territory into the secluded valley of Indian Canyon south of Hollister.  Since then, Indian Canyon has remained a safe haven.
  • Cafe Ohlone is a place to understand the importance of the revival of Ohlone foodways through memories of elders, where this first Californian cuisine is prepared by Ohlone standards. It is also a place for meaningful, boundary-breaking dialogue, a place where poetry and song in California Indian languages and organized talks from leaders in the Ohlone community share living stories.
  • The Sogorea Te Land Trust is an urban Indigenous women-led community organization that facilitates the return of Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone lands in the San Francisco Bay Area to Indigenous stewardship. Sogorea Te creates opportunities for all people living in Ohlone territory to work together to re-envision the Bay Area community and what it means to live on Ohlone land.


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