As the stewards of a historic building in the City of Sonoma, we recognize our responsibility to hold, honor, and tell the full story of the land on which we stand.
It’s important to acknowledge that our status as ‘stewards’ and ‘owners’ of this piece of land is the result of centuries of colonialism, oppression, and systemic racism – and the forcible occupation by white settlers of land belonging to the Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo. Today, these communities are represented by the Graton Rancheria federation. We invite you to learn more about the history and vibrant present culture of these communities, and the Graton Rancheria’s website is an excellent place to start.
The Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo have been committed to the stewardship and care of these lands for centuries. We are honored and grateful to be here at this site today, offering our Center as a resource for our community at large – and we are committed to honoring the indigenous inhabitants of this land through ongoing education and action.
Our first step in this process is to uncover and explore the history of the site on which the Community Center operates, with a particular focus on uplifting the stories and voices of the indigenous people of this land. As our journey of education continues, we will periodically update this statement with new information about our learnings and actions. We hope you’ll join us in this process.