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Mabel Pike (left), Tlingit artist and storyteller, lead beading and moccasin-making workshops at the Native American Cultural Center. Credit Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

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Bay Area Community

The San Francisco Bay Area continues to have the second largest concentration of Amrican Indians and Alaska Natives in the state - second only to the Los Angeles area. In fact, the state of California surpassed Oklahoma in its total number of Native Americans!

As a result of the Federal Relocation Program of the 1950s, many Indian families came to the Bay Area to make their homes. They stated, more family members followed, children were born, and the rest is history. Now, in the 1990s, the Bay Area Native American community is estimated conservatively to be 50,000 including members of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, the original inhabitants of the area.

Many resources are available here to American Indians and Alaska Natives, including community centers, health clinics, referral agencies, educational programs, Native American student associations from more than fifteen colleges, and social, recreational, and cultural groups. Living in the Bay Area means having easy access to regular events, resources, exhibits, and activities of special interest to Native people within the surrounding six-county area.

There are permanent Native American exhibits at the Academy of Science, DeYoung Museum, Jesse Peter Native American Art Museum, Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Marin Museum of the American Indian, and Oakland Museum. Annual events includ the American Indian Film Festival held in San Francisco each fall, all-indian bowling, golf, and basketball tournaments, marathon runs, holiday dinners hosted by Indian community centers, and a powwow every weekend!

Learn more about the NACC's efforts to raise consciousness at Stanford about the history of the fight for federal re-recognition of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe.