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10 22-0849 Subject: Cultural Conservation Easement To Sogorea Te' Land Trust In Joaquin Miller Park From: Economic Workforce Development Department, Office Of The Mayor, & Pro Tem Thao Recommendation: Adopt An Ordinance (1) Granting A Cultural Conservation Easement Over An Approximately 5-Acre Portion Of Joaquin Miller Park Known As Sequoia Point To The Sogorea Te' Land Trust (Grantee), At No Cost, To Preserve And Enhance The Cultural, Historic, Educational, Natural Resource, Scenic, And Open Space Values Of The Easement Property In Perpetuity; And (2) Authorizing The City Administrator To Negotiate And Enter Into A Memorandum Of Agreement For The Implementation Of The City Of Oakland's Reserved Rights And The Grantee's Rights And Obligations Under The Conservation Easement, And To Amend Said Memorandum Of Agreement Without Returning To Council; And (3) Amending The Oakland Municipal Code To Add Section 12.64.420 To Authorize The Use Of Parks By Recipients Of Conservation Easements Without Obtaining Park Permits; And (4) Making California Environmental Quality Act Findings[TITLE CHANGE]

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    Laura MalchowHay over 1 year ago

    I urge the City of Oakland to return Sequoia Point to Sogorea Te’ Land Trust and the Lisjan Ohlone people. I fully support granting this easement to rematriate this land to its original caretakers.

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    Grace Brakeman over 1 year ago

    This would be a terrific first step to healing land theft and genocide.

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    Cameron Preston over 1 year ago

    As a long time Oakland resident bringing this land back to its original caretakers would give me tremendous pride and respect for my beloved town.

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    Kim Drake over 1 year ago

    Please give this land to Sogorea Te Land Trust. I fully support giving land back to the Indigenous peoples that we (as a city and country) have taken so so much from.

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    Gabriel Duncan over 1 year ago

    There are a number of Ohlone organizations in this area which should be consulted concerning this easement. The Native American Heritage Commission is available to provide a list of Most Likely Descendants of the Joaquin Miller Park Area, which the City of Oakland has a duty to use to contact Ohlone Organizations, including the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area--which is the Formerly Federally Recognized Ohlone Tribe [read: sovereign nation] of this area. This is especially important considering the fact that this easement would give rise to a Public Project; which the City is bound [legally required] to reach out to the proper tribe by law, according to the California Environmental Quality Act, and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act for any public project on Native Land. At the very least, the City of Oakland needs to contact the Most Likely Descendants of Joaquin Miller Park to offer them all an equal share of interest in this property/project/easement.

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    Alyssa Gill over 1 year ago

    The presence and work of the Sogarea Te’ Land Trust is invaluable to the communities of the Bay Area. I fully support the returning of this land to indigenous stewardship.

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    Stephanie DCosta over 1 year ago

    I 100% support this land being given to Sogorea Te Land Trust. As a city, let us be in right relationship with the indigenous peoples of this land.

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    Hannah Freund over 1 year ago

    Return the land to the original inhabitants. Return the land to the Sogorea Te' Land Trust.

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    Karis Polfer over 1 year ago

    I fully support the return of Indigenous lands back to the people who originally inhabited it.

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    Randy KB over 1 year ago

    Joyfully in support. Sogorea Te Land Trust is doing such important work, their activism contributes so much to the community.

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    Shanhuan Manton over 1 year ago

    It is so important to return ancestral lands to traditional stewards! I stand in full support of granting this easement.

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    Dana Viloria over 1 year ago

    I support granting an easement on Sequoia Point to Sogorea Te’ Land Trust. No one knows how to better care for this land in Huichin than Lisjan Ohlone people. Rematriate the land!

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    Marguerite Clementi over 1 year ago

    This is a historic moment and a rare opportunity in a political career to have influence in a decision that would return land back to the original People and stewards of this land. I urge you to make this your legacy and vote to support the return of Sequoia Point to the Lisjan Ohlone community.
    Thank you for the opportunity to voice my support.

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    Corey Rowland over 1 year ago

    It is so important that the Lisjan people are given back some of what has been theirs all along. The Lisjan people deserve to have this loan for land restoration and cultural practices. Outside of this being so significant for the local Indigenous communities, it has the potential to set a powerful example for other places across the continent. Please support stolen land being returned to its rightful stewards. Thank you.

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    Adrienne Lazaro over 1 year ago

    As an Oakland resident, voter, and community member I urge the council to return Sequoia Point to the Lisjan Ohlone community. In the words of Corrina Gould, “This agreement with the City of Oakland will restore our access to this important area, allowing a return of our sacred relationship with our ancestral lands in the Oakland hills. The easement allows us to begin to heal the land and heal the scars that have been created by colonization for the next seven generations.”

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    Jeremy Nolan over 1 year ago

    As a someone with who frequents the Redwood forest of Oakland, loves the culture of progress and evolution, who has a vested interest in the health and welfare of the city of Oakland and Dan Francisco, it is a great honor to have the privilege of voicing my support of the return of land to the indigenous first steward of the land.

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    Sorcha Cunningham over 1 year ago

    I strongly support the easement of Sequoia Point to the Sogorea Te' Land Trust

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    Keira Cruickshank over 1 year ago

    Indigenous land must be returned to Indigenous hands. Return Sequoia Point to Sogorea Te’ Land Trust.