Amah Mutsun’s Letter to Pope Francis

Valentin Lopez, Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of Costanoan/Ohlone Indians, wrote a poignant letter to Pope Francis sharing a Native perspective on why Junipero Serra should not be named a Saint. February 24, 2015 Re: Open Letter to Pope Francis, Your Holiness, Pope Francis, My name is Valentin Lopez and I am the Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. Our historic and continuous Tribe is comprised of the d...
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In Our Languages. Voices on Missions.

California Indian voices on what Missions represent ‘akkwet horše k-hinnan, kiš sohyen k-hinnan ‘aa ‘e hemme mákkin — My heart is sad on me, oh but we are alive still. Chochenyo Ohlone Vincent Medina   pachu attap waS aa mishshix rumsen rottey. inn kuwee makk emmen. — Now it is good to be Rumsen again. But we will not forget. Rumsen Ohlone Louis Trevino   May’ hedda’ hoyu...
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Native Reflections on the News of Junipero Serra’s Canonization

The California Indian community in recent days has shared a multitude of expression regarding Pope Francis’ decision made on January 15th, 2015 to make a saint of Junipero Serra, the founder of the California Mission System. We continue to be amazed by the thought, intelligence, grace and dignity by those in Native California who continue to speak out and share their reflections through social media, Facebook p...
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Rethinking California’s Missions: A Native Perspective

Join us for educational lectures on the real experiences of Native people in California’s famous missions.  Speakers include Andrew Galvan, Ohlone, curator of San Francisco’s Mission Dolores (first Native American mission curator!) –and- Elias Castillo, author or the forthcoming book A Cross of Thorns: The Enslavement of California’s Indians by the Spanish Missions. 11:00am – 2:00pm Saturday. Free with regular museum...
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“San Zombie de los Muertos Vivientes” by Deborah Miranda

Deborah Miranda (Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation) shares a video poem of intensity, and deep beauty as she discusses experiences of the California Missions. On her blog she writes “In the summer of 2014 I traveled to eight of the twenty-one California missions established by Franciscan priests from Spain during what is now called the Mission Era, 1769-1823.  My purpose was to interview these venerable establish...
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