On Indigenous Peoples Day, Oct. 11, the Pacifica City Council approved language to acknowledge the contributions of the Ramaytush Ohlone at every subsequent City Council meeting. 

The Ramaytush Ohlone people are the original people of Pacifica whose ancestral village was located along Calera Creek. Archeologists noted the Ramaytush Ohlone settled the Peninsula for thousands of years before it was settled by the Spanish in 1769, said Mike Perez, director of Parks, Beaches and Recreation.

“The city of Pacifica acknowledges the Ramaytush Ohlone people as the original inhabitants and stewards of this land. We also recognize the historic oppression of indigenous people and are committed to engaging and understanding the concerns and needs of the Native American community,” said Perez.

The following land acknowledgment was drafted by staff with input by Jonathan Cordero, executive director of the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone, said Perez.

“The city of Pacifica acknowledges that we occupy the unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone peoples, who are the original inhabitants of the San Francisco Peninsula. We honor the Ramaytush Ohlone peoples for their enduring commitment to Mother Earth. As the indigenous protectors of this land and in accordance with their traditions, the Ramaytush Ohlone have never ceded, lost nor forgotten their responsibilities as caretakers of this place, as well as for all peoples who reside in their traditional territory. We affirm their sovereign rights as First Peoples and wish to pay our respects to the ancestors, elders and relatives of the Ramaytush Ohlone peoples.”

Several speakers spoke in favor of the acknowledgment.

 “Thank you,” said Laverne Villalobos, who is a Native American and

advocates for Native American concerns. “I am grateful my family lives in this

beautiful town. This is an act of respect. Doing what’s right isn’t always easy. Ramaytush history is Pacifica history.”

Jane Northrop has covered Pacifica for the Pacifica Tribune since 1996. She has won first place John Swett Awards from the California Teachers Association for her coverage of education.

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