Save the West Berkeley Shellmound

974 Signatures Goal: 5,000

From Huichin, Ohlone Territories, in what is now also called Berkeley, California, we ask for your help. The oldest of the San Francisco/Bay Area Shellmounds- the West Berkeley Shellmound and village site- is threatened with destruction. Native people lived in this sacred place for over five thousand years and it continues to be an important landmark for the Ohlone, the Indigenous people of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Shellmounds are the monuments that the Native inhabitants created by piling shells, bones, ashes, stones, and earth several stories high; most shellmounds were 300 to 400 feet horizontally and could be seen for miles. Around them people lived, ate, held ceremonies, raised families, buried their loved ones, and spoke to their ancestors for thousands of years.

The shellmounds have been leveled by a few hundred years of occupation on Ohlone lands by non-native peoples. But as recent burials found across the street attest, remains of the West Berkeley Shellmound and site are still buried in the earth.

A real estate developer currently wants to excavate this sacred land to build a shopping mall and five-story apartment complex. Despite its adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples last year, the City of Berkeley is poised to accept the developers’ Environmental Impact Report that completely failed to include adequate consultation with concerned members of the Ohlone community. Please join us to demand that the voices of local Indigenous people be respected when it comes to the protection of their sacred sites!

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Highlights

December 8
Petition has reached 250 signatures!
December 5
We are now live!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Apr 12, 2017
    Apr 12, 2017
    I am Ohlone (Carmel tribe)...help preserve our ancestors
  • Sharyn Rose White
    Sharyn Rose White United States, El Sobrante
    Mar 27, 2017
    Mar 27, 2017
    This land must not be desecrated any further. It legitimately belongs to the Ohlone Nation and to bulldoze it and allow yet another shopping mall and apartment complex that will be available for only the wealthy is a complete travesty in so many ways. Let it remain with the People who respect it. This is their right to protect their sacred sites. If you don't understand that, then please think deeply how you would feel if the grave yards of your ancestors were bulldozed and desecrated for material wealth and trade of a nation that knows no boundaries.
  • Chris Hiebert
    Chris Hiebert United States, Walnut Creek
    Mar 13, 2017
    1
    Mar 13, 2017
    The gap between the level of respect and protection shown towards white American burial sites and the almost total lack of respect shown towards the burial sites of First Peoples in this country should be a source of shame for all Americans. For those of us living as guests on unceded land, the LEAST we can do is show a basic level of RESPECT for these ancient, sacred sites by treating them as we would want the sites of our own ancestors to be treated.
  • Betty Kissilove
    Betty Kissilove United States, San Francisco
    Mar 12, 2017
    1
    Mar 12, 2017
    The City of Berkeley's recent adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will be an empty gesture if the city does not protect this most sacred site.
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