Land Acknowledgement

Land Acknowledgement


The campuses of San Francisco State University on the San Francisco peninsula and north bay are located within the occupied territories of the Ohlone peoples and the Coastal Miwok (who, along with the Southern Pomo, are organized as the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria).

In Fall 2019, AIS has begun an initiative with community leaders throughout the area to ensure SFSU not only acknowledges the multiple lawyers of Indigenous San Francisco and Marin counties but does so in a way that is meaningful and responsible to Indigenous people’s cultural teachings and concerns.

The first workshop was October 9 with members representing the diversity of Ohlone people.

The March workshop has been postponned to Fall 2020. Details forthcoming.


The 50th from the Perspective of this Place: A Workshop on Land Acknowledgment

Wednesday, October 9, 2:00-3:30 pm · Seven Hills Conference Center


Corrina Gould (Chochenyo Ohlone)

Kanyon Sayers-Roods (Coastanoan Ohlone/Chumash)

Gregg Castro (t'rowt'raahl Salinan/rumsien Ohlone)

Discussant: La Nada War Jack (Bannock Nation)


Panel and discussion available on the AIS Red Tawks YouTube channel.




Land Back: A Yellowhead Institute Red Paper (October 2019).

Deborah Miranda (Bad NDNs), "Land Acknowledgement: Why Do It?" (February, 6 2020).

Howie Echo-Hawk, "Fuck Your Land Acknowledgement" (February 10, 2020)

Mapping Indigenous LA:

Guide to Indigenous Land and Territorial Acknowledgements for Cultural Institutions (Developed by: Felicia Garcia (Chumash), M.A. Museum Studies, New York University, 2018):

Gathered by Traci Gardner (last updated on April 4, 2019), Example Land Acknowledgment Statements

Canadian Association of University Teachers, Guide to Acknowledging First Peoples & Traditional Territory

U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, Honor Native Land: A Guide And Call To Acknowledgment

Hayden King (July 2, 2019), CBC Radio, Land acknowledgements can be used to erase Indigenous people's presence, says writer