Indigenous Peoples

Stories
November is Native American Heritage Month, a chance for us all to reflect on the contributions and wisdoms of the original stewards of these colonized lands.
Tipi on Alcatraz with Golden Gate Bridge in background
Events
Alcatraz Visitor Center
the San Francisco Public Library and the National Park Service at Alcatraz Island will host a dialogue between Asha Nordwall and Benayshe-Ba-Equay Titus.
Tipi on Alcatraz with Golden Gate Bridge in background
Events
Alcatraz Visitor Center
Join the National Park Service and the San Francisco Public Library will host a a one-hour panel followed by a 30-minute Q & A with our panelists.
NPS arrowhead commemorating Alcatraz Occupation
Stories
In November 2019, hundreds of people from around the country came to Alcatraz to celebrate a momentous event in the Native American rights movement: The 50th anniversary of the 19-month Occupation of Alcatraz from 1969 to 1971. Here are photos of the series of events that took place on the...
Eloy Martinez, third from right, at an event on Alcatraz.
Gateways Article
On Nov. 20, 1969, a group of Native Americans set up camp on Alcatraz Island in nonviolent protest, claiming it as Indian Land under the Treaty of Fort Laramie (1868). Eloy Martinez was one of them.
Attendees form a circle during an event
Article
The indigenous Ohlone people were the first to live, steward, and walk in the coastal hills and scrubland of San Mateo County and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Read about the legacy of their stewardship and the evolving relationship between indigenous people and the parks.
Ramaytush Ohlone in a tule boat in the San Francisco Bay, 1816.
Article
Each day I spend with my peers at the Parks Conservancy, and with our passionate and vital cast of volunteers, I endeavor to remember the people who shaped, shared and enshrined these lands and waters.
Interior of Sutro Baths, circa 1900
Park E-Ventures Article
Every summer, Park Stewardship welcomes youth interns who help organize and energize volunteer and visitor programs. They also researched and wrote about the parks’ history and resources. Read on for a fresh look at the history of Sutro Heights.