Sogorea Te’ Land Trust / Shuumi Land Tax

Project: Sogorea Te’ Land Trust / Shuumi Land Tax

Practitioners: Bay Area Indigenous Community; Founders: Corrina Gould & Johnella LaRose

Date: 2016-Ongoing

Location: Ohlone Land, Bay Area, San Francisco, CA


The Sogorea Te Land Trust is an urban Indigenous women-led community organization that facilitates the return of Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone lands in the San Francisco Bay Area to Indigenous stewardship. Sogorea Te creates opportunities for all people living in Ohlone territory to work together to re-envision the Bay Area community and what it means to live on Ohlone land. Guided by the belief that land is the foundation that can bring us together, Sogorea Te calls on us all to heal from the legacies of colonialism and genocide, to remember different ways of living, and to do the work that our ancestors and future generations are calling us to do.

Today, the Ohlone community in the East Bay has no land base. They are not federally recognized and have been politically and economically marginalized. Thousands of their ancestors’ bones are locked away in museum basement boxes at U.C. Berkeley and San Francisco Sate University.

The Shuumi Land Tax directly supports the Sogorea Te Land Trust’s work to acquire and preserve land, establish a cemetery to reinter stolen Ohlone ancestral remains and build a community center and round house so current and future generations of Indigenous people can thrive in the Bay Area.

Shuumi is for non-Indigenous people who live in traditional Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone territory to make a voluntary annual financial contribution to this critical community work. For details on how to calculate your annual contribution, visit:

*Poster design by Jesus Barraza & Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde


Tactic: Land Trust, Land Reclamation, Prefigurative Idea