Living on Ohlone Land
Speaker: Corrina Gould, spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone
Corrina Gould is the spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone. She was born and raised in Oakland, CA, the territory of Huichuin. She is an activist that has worked on preserving and protecting the ancient burial sites of her ancestors in the Bay Area. She is the Co-Founder and a Lead Organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change, a small Native-run grassroots organization that works on Indigenous peoples’ issues that had also sponsored the Shellmound Peace Walk between 2005-2009, to bring about education and awareness of the desecration of the sacred sites in the greater Bay Area. IPOC also hosts the annual Shellmound gathering at Emeryville Mall where an ancient site was desecrated by development.
In April of 2011 Corrina, Johnella LaRose, Wounded Knee De Ocampo, and a committee of others joined together and put a call out to warriors to create a prayerful vigil and occupation of Sogorea Te, a 15 acre Sacred Site that sits along the Carquinez Straits in Vallejo CA. The occupation lasted for 109 days and resulted in a cultural easement between the City of Vallejo, the Greater Vallejo Recreation District, and two federally recognized tribes.
Her current work includes the Co-Founding of a Native-women-led urban land trust within the setting of what continues to be her ancestral territory of the Bay Area. Corrina worked with Michelle Steinberg to create the film "Beyond Recognition", that focuses on the work of creating the Sogorea Te Land Trust, which has been shown at multiple film festivals and won the "Green Award" at the SF Green Film Festival in 2015. The movie has been shown on PBS locally and has been shown nationwide.
Corrina is an acclaimed speaker locally, nationally and internationally on the work of sacred sites protection and preservation, as well as the invisibility of her people. She works within the intersection of many communities to create partnerships with all people to create a sustainable future, where Ohlone people will not continue to be invisible in their own homelands.
Corrina also sits on a number of local non-profit boards.
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