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 Ramaytush Ohlone 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 SF STATE not only acknowledges the multiple layers 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, 2019, with members representing the diversity of Ohlone people.

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

Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 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 Acknowledgments Are Just Moral Exhibitionism (2021).

Land acknowledgments meant to honor Indigenous people too often do the opposite – erasing American Indians and sanitizing history instead (2021).

From Land Acknowledgement to Land Back: The Path to Justice for Indigenous Peoples (2021).

What To Know About Land Acknowledgment, And Why It's Deeper Than Just A Statement (October 2021).

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: VISIT UCLA STORY MAPS

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