Makkin Mak Muwekma Wolwoolum, 'Akkoy Mak-Warep, Manne Mak Hiswi!
We Are Muwekma Ohlone, Welcome To Our Land, Where We Are Born!

HorŠe Tuuxi! = (hor-sheh troo-hee) Welcome to the Official Website of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area. The present-day Muwekma Ohlone Tribe is comprised of all of the known surviving American Indian lineages aboriginal to the San Francisco Bay region who trace their ancestry through the Missions Dolores, Santa Clara, and San Jose; and who were also members of the historic Federally Recognized Verona Band of Alameda County. The aboriginal homeland of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe includes the following counties: San Francisco, San Mateo, most of Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, and portions of Napa, Santa Cruz, Solano and San Joaquin. This large contiguous geographical area, which historically crosscuts aboriginal linguistic and tribal boundaries, fell under the sphere of influence of the aforementioned three missions between 1776 and 1836. The missionization policies deployed by the Catholic Church and militarily supported by the Hispanic Empire, brought many distantly related, and in some cases, already inter-married tribal groups together at the missions.

Comprehensive genealogical analysis of the Mission Baptism, Death, and Marriage Records from the three Bay Area Missions traces the surviving Muwekma lineages of the late 19th century through today back to their aboriginal villages. The present-day tribally enrolled Muwekma lineages are represented by the: Armija / Thompson, the Santos-Pinos / Juarez / Colos / Armija, the Guzman / Nonessa, and the Marine-Guzman-Peralta, Marine-Alvarez / Galvan, Marine-Sanchez, Marine-Munoz, Munoz-Guzman, Marine-Arellano, and Marine-Elston / Thompson / Ruano descended families.

The Ancestral Lands and Territory of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area
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Muwekma Ohlone Tribe – Emerging Genomic Evidence

Our Original Residents, the Muwekma Ohlone
Our Original Residents, the Muwekma Ohlone
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The Muwekma Ohlone Tribe wants federal recognition. A new Stanford student group is supporting their efforts.
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This Native American Tribe Wants Federal Recognition. A New DNA Analysis Could Bolster Its Case
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New DNA Analysis Supports an Unrecognized Tribe’s Ancient Roots in California
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Publications

Ohlone/Costanoan Indians of the San Francisco Peninsula
Ohlone/Costanoan Indians of the San Francisco Peninsula and their Neighbors, Yesterday and Today

Excerpted From Milliken et al.’s 2ostanoan Indians of the SF Bay Area Study
The Verona band was visited in 1906 by BIA Special Agent C. E. Kelsey, who was documenting groups of landless Indians in response to a late nineteenth-century law directing the formation of new small reservations. Kelsey found [at Pleasanton] and at Niles (Kelsey 1971). No action was ever taken, however, to secure land for them. … Descendants of the Alisal/Verona Band still live in the San Francisco Bay Area today; they form the core membership of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe (Field et al. 1992:19).

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Events

Native American Heritage Night

Join the Muwékma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area at the American Indian Heritage Night with the San Jose Earthquakes, Saturday, October 1, 2022, 7pm kickoff ⚽️🪶🐚🏹

The Muwékma Ohlone Tribe will be presenting a Tribal Land Acknowledgment and there will be a pregame Powwow Dance Exhibition‼️🎶🥁

Date: Saturday, October 1st, 2022
Time: 7:00 pM

American Indian Heritage Celebration

SAVE THE DATES!

Join the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area at the American Indian Heritage Celebration on November 11-13, 2022, at the Santa Clara County Fair Grounds. More information to come!

Date: November 11th - 13th, 2022

A Brief Historical Overview of A Previously Federally Recognized Tribe

Makkin Mak Muwekma Wolwoolum, 'Akkoy Makwarep, Manne Mak Hiswi! We are Muwekma Ohlone, Welcome To Our Land, Where We Are Born!

The Present-day Muwekma Ohlone Tribe is comprised of all of the known surviving American Indian lineages aboriginal to the San Francisco Bay region who trace their ancestry through the Missions Dolores, Santa Clara, and San Jose; and who were also members of the historic Federally Recognized Verona Band of Alameda County. The aboriginal homeland of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe includes the following counties: San Francisco, San Mateo, most of Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, and portions of Napa, Santa Cruz, Solano and crosscuts aboriginal linguistic and tribal boundaries, fell under the sphere of influence of the aforementioned three missions between 1776 and 1836. The missionization policies deployed by the Catholic Church and militarily supported by the Hispanic Empire, brought many distantly related, and in some cases, already inter-married tribal groups together at the missions.

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Culture

Cultural Resources
Cultural Resources

The Continuing Existence of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe: Bridges Between Our Ancestral Past and Our Future

Customs & Traditions
Customs & Traditions

Muwekma Ohlone Indian Dancers at Mission Jose in Fremont, CA Rezanov / Langsdorff Expedition, circa 1806

Language Revitalization
Language Revitalization

Muwekma Ohlone Tribe Language Committee Present Day

Military Service
Military Service

The Muwekma Ohlone Men and Women who served in the United States Armed Forces from 1914 – Present Day

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Timeline and Evidence
Timeline and Evidence

A Brief Historic Timeline from Missionization to Present with Selected Evidence for Previous and Continued Federal Recognition

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We Are Muwekma and We Are Still Here

The history of San Jose, CA’s name
The history of San Jose, CA’s name

What’s in a name? Learn how San Jose’s various names have evolved across the centuries.

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Los Gatos appears willing to allow any individual of Indian descent to claim territory and start demanding respect and compensation
Los Gatos appears willing to allow any individual of Indian descent to claim territory and start demanding respect and compensation.

The world was covered with water, one day a feather...

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This Is The Way
This Is The Way

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Alameda Creek Watershed Center, Sunol, California
Alameda Creek Watershed Center, Sunol, California

Ruupaywa: Songs of the Watershed - This project...

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