Land, Territory, and Water Acknowledgement


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A land and territory acknowledgement recognizes the Indigenous inhabitants of a place, and their history, presence, and future. We make this acknowledgement out of respect for Indigenous peoples, to recognize their integral relationship to the lands and waters, to acknowledge suppressed and erased histories, and to remind ourselves and our communities that many Indigenous peoples from many nations live, study, and work in the San Francisco Bay area and throughout the world today. As a place-based center for coastal and marine environmental education and research, we continue to learn, discover, and study together with our students and surrounding communities, and to share what we are learning. We make this land, territory, and water acknowledgement as one small step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history and culture, while recognizing that much more work remains to be done. We commit ourselves to inviting and honoring the truth.

The Estuary & Ocean Science (EOS) Center of San Francisco State University is located on the ancestral homeland and waters of the Coast Miwok Huimen community. Today the Coast Miwok and the Southern Pomo Peoples are a sovereign nation named the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria recognized as a tribe by the US Congress. The San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, based at the EOS Center, works to help steward the ancestral homelands and waters of the Coast Miwok Tamal Aguasto community at China Camp State Park, and the Patwin Suisun community at Rush Ranch. The Patwin people are named the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, a sovereign nation recognized by the US Congress. SF State’s campuses in San Francisco sits on the ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone. We further acknowledge that we work on the ancestral lands and waters of many other Indigenous peoples and nations in our field work in the Bay area and around the world.

Yocha Dehe–pronounced: “YO-cha DEE-hee”

Ramaytush Ohlone - pronounced: “rah-my-toosh oh-loh-nee”


We invite you to learn more and offer some resources to start your journey:

Indigenous Lands and Nations

SF State programs

Regional organizations

Books, articles, and videos