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San Jose raises first California Indian Flag

Posted By PowWow Articles July 10th, 2018 Last Updated on: January 20th, 2022

On June 15th 2018, the city of San Jose in California raised the first-ever California Indian Flag to represent California Tribes. The ceremony honored local Ohlone tribes.

The following were in attendance and honored..

  • Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area –
  • Charlene Nijmeh – Chairwoman
  • Monica V. Arellano – Vice-Chairwoman
  • Gloria Gomez – Tribal Member
  • Rosemary Cambra – Tribal Member
  • Lucas Arellano – Tribal Member
  • Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation of the Greater Monterey Bay Area –
  • Louise Ramirez – Chairwoman
  • Jordon Casares – Tribal Youth Coordinator
  • Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of Mission San Juan Bautista and Mission Santa Cruz –
  • Amah Mutsun UwiSmak Women and Children Dancers

The ceremony included prayers as well as traditional dances by the Amah Mutsun UwiSmak Women and Children dancers. It was a beautiful performance, and the moment the flag was raised the crowd cheered with enthusiasm.


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Richard Burden

Truly wonderful day! !!

Theone Stanley

A great beginning to recognizing our American Native brothers & sisters as true Americans!

Eleanor Hotchkiss

Many blessings to you all

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