Muwekma Ohlone children with Healing Pole


Presently, there are approximately 180 tribes in the United States petitioning for recognition. After coming back from "extinction", the Muwekmas now face, along with approximately 40 other California Indian Tribes, BIA bureaucratic inaction and obstruction. The Muwekmas, who have never left their ancestral homelands, have been waiting for a response from the United States Government since 1906. In 1972, as a result of the 1928 California Indian Jurisdictional Act, the U.S. Government made a token payment of $668.51 (this is with interest since 1852) as compensation for the illegal appropriation of California land, minerals and resources.