Living on Ohlone Land & Reciprocity

For those of us living in the Bay Area as I do, this is Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone lands and we are inadvertently benefitting from the genocide waged against the Ohlone people and the ongoing theft of their land. Whether we know it or not, however we feel about it, this is an inescapable fact. The civic infrastructure, the economic system, the private development and the consumption of natural resources in our society are all connected to and in different ways built upon the colonial occupation of this land and the violent displacement of the Ohlone. Paying the Shuumi Land Tax is a small way to acknowledge this legacy and contribute to its healing.

Shuumi is for non-Indigenous people who live in traditional Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone territory to make a voluntary annual financial contribution to this critical community work. The Shuumi Land Tax directly supports the Sogorea Te Land Trust’s work to acquire and preserve land, establish a cemetery to reinter stolen Ohlone ancestral remains and build a community center and round house so current and future generations of Indigenous people can thrive in the Bay Area.

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. Guided by the belief that land is the foundation that can bring us together, Sogorea Te calls on us all to heal from the legacies of colonialism and genocide, to remember different ways of living, and to do the work that our ancestors and future generations are calling us to do.

sustainability practices

My dedication to sustainability and quality has led me to using only organic plant medicines and supporting local medicinal growers.  I prepare medicines with intention and in their natural whole forms: seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers. Alcohol-based tinctures are made from biodynamically-grown organic grapes.

Very few herbs I use are wild harvested out of respect for the plants which are increasingly threatened due to habitat destruction and over-harvesting. I also take into account the local Indigenous peoples who may be tending to them. 

I am committed to the guidelines set forth by United Plant Savers “to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.” 

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Ask First! ~ A Better Practices Guide for Indigenous Engagement

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Whether we acknowledge it or not, we are always in relationship with Indigenous peoples by living in and producing events on their ancestral homelands.... MORE HERE