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Exploring the Urban American Indian Experience in Yelamu

Photo: Yuki dancers from Round Valley Indian Tribes in Mendocino CA, courtesy of April McGill

The film screening and panel discussion will be focused on the San Francisco urban American Indian community. There will be a short film screening of three films that will focus on Ohlone visibility in the San Francisco Bay Area, highlight key moments like the Occupation of Alcatraz, and show how government termination and relocation policies brought American Indians from all over into the City.

Following will be a panel discussion with founders of and representatives from the American Indian Cultural District (AICD). The panel discussion will focus on how the current inter-tribal urban American Indian community in San Francisco sprouted from Yelamu, a thriving Ramaytush Ohlone landscape, cover key events and experiences that shaped the urban Indian community today, and show how the American Indian Cultural District is focused on celebrating and honoring American Indian culture, heritage and contributions for past, present and future generations.


  • Register to get a Party link and access code
  • Watch Gold, Greed, & Genocide and Beyond Recognition BEFORE the Watch Party.
  • Use Party link and access code to join at the right date and time. We’ll watch the remaining films and go straight into interactive panel discussion


CM Credits: 2
Curated by AICD, Kristal Çelik, Fay Darmawi, Ron Sundstrom


Peter Bratt Peruvian Film Director, AICD Board Member

Gregg Castro t’rowt’raahl Salinan/rumsien-ramaytush Ohlone Cultural Preservation Activist, AICD Board Member

April McGill Yuki, Wappo, Little Lake Pomo, Wailaki Executive Director American Indian Cultural Center, AICD Co-Founder and Board Member

Sharaya SouzaSharaya Souza (Moderator) Taos Pueblo/Ute/Kiowa Executive Director and Co-Founder, AICD

Mary Travis-AllenMary Travis-Allen Mayagna, Chortega, Seneca Activist, AICD Board President

Co-Presented by  American Indian Cultural District San Francisco  Planners Network

In this program

Woman stands in the foreground, the Bay and the San Francisco skyline in the background


Directed by Patty L Collins

Betty Cooper grew up along Little Badger Creek on the Blackfeet Nation, in Northern Montana. Betty was nurtured…

a group of Native folks stand in front of a teepee on Alcatraz Island

The People’s Home

Directed by Billy Marchese, Peter Bratt

In 2019, 50 years after Indian people occupied Alcatraz Island, a group of youth accompany original occupier, Robert Free, back to the “rock” to honor those who ignited the movement.

Illustration of a machine excavating from a large hole in the earth, som epeople gather around the rim

Gold, Greed, and Genocide

Directed by Pratap Chatterjee

Describing the genocide of many California native peoples and the destruction of the natural environment as a result of the California Gold Rush.

protestors stand outside of a city building holding signs saying "Respect Ohlone Burial Sites"

Beyond Recognition

Directed by Michelle Grace Steinberg

The quest to preserve one’s culture and homeland in a society bent on erasing them.

Dates & Times


Virtual Watch Party

Thu, Feb 18
5:30 pm