Bay Area's indigenous community builds a better future by reconnecting with their past

ByJason Beal KGO logo
Friday, November 26, 2021
Bay Area's Native Americans making a better future by looking to past
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The history of indigenous peoples in the Bay Area is complicated and not always pretty. But the dark past is serving as inspiration for a brighter future for that community.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- For Native Americans living in the San Francisco Bay Area, feeling invisible is common.

From the forced relocation acts of the 1950's to today, many indigenous people feel as though they were and are still being stripped of their culture.

RELATED: 1969 Occupation of Alcatraz: How Native Americans took over former prison and ignited a movement

Through the spirit of the occupation of Alcatraz, a coalition of native groups are creating a cultural hub known as 'The Village.'

Located in the heart of the American Indian cultural district of San Francisco, the first of it's kind in the US, 'The Village' will provide indigenous people a way to receive essential services and regain a connection to their community.

Native people in San Francisco are using the foundation of past activism to fight for the future they deserve.

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with "Our America: Indigenous and Urban" on this ABC station or wherever you stream: Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV or Roku.