The Ramaytush Ohlone
18 January 2024
Portola Statue Removed!
Three and a half years after submitting our request to the State, CalTrans removed the Portola statue from its plinth along Highway 1 in Pacifica. The 8 July 2020 letter from the ARO to the State prompted the action and provides a precedent for the future removal of the Serra statue on I280, which awaits State approval of funding. The State's response to a request for the removal of a statue of a colonizer and initiated by a tribe is precedent setting. While we would have liked to return the statue to Spain with a not-so-kind note, CalTrans has other plans for its placement.
December 1, 2023
Mapping Yelamu (San Francisco) Landscape Grant
The ARO and the San Francisco Estuary Institute received a grant from the State Coastal Conservancy to map the historical landscape of San Francisco.
October 9, 2023
Mapping Los Angeles Landscape
Jonathan Cordero and other Native and non-Native scholars just completed mapping the Indigenous Landscape of Los Angeles. A similar effort is underway in San Francisco led by Jonathan Cordero, the ARO, and the San Francisco Estuary Institute. You can read the story in the Los Angeles Times.
Los Angeles Times article
Mapping Los Angeles Landscape History
September 20, 2023
One More Grant!
The City of San Francisco, with the support of the ARO, received $12 million "to plant and maintain trees, combat extreme heat and climate change, create green jobs and improve access to nature in the City." It is "the largest single award among California recipients to grow urban tree canopies under President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act. " Read more HERE.
Yet Another Big Grant
The ARO is a 2023 recipient of the San Francisco Soda Tax Initiative Award! The funds will support the ARO's work in developing a Community Garden/Urban Farm in San Francisco in coordination with the Friendship House and The Cultural Conservancy. Click here for more information on the grant. Click here for information on the Urban Farm.
Another (Big) Project Grant
In partnership with the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone and Potrero Nuevo Farm, the San Mateo County Resource Conservation District has received $5.5 million to increase stream flow and fish passage in Pilarcitos creek and to increase water storage at Potrero Nuevo Farm, which serves the homeless and Latinx population in and around Half Moon Bay. Congrats to us all!
Recent News and Events
January and February
November and December
During the months of July and August, the ARO gave a number of openings, presentations, and/or workshops for the following organizations:
International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
SF Department of Public Works