San Jose raises first California Indian Flag

San Jose raises first California Indian Flag

Posted By Corinne Oestreich July 10th, 2018

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.

Posted by Corinne Oestreich on Thursday, June 14, 2018


About Corinne Oestreich

Corinne Oestreich (Mohawk/Lakota) has been a writer with since 2014. She lives in the state of CA, and enjoys attending and photographing many of the Northern CA powwows and events. She owns her own photography business and is also a Fellow with Changemaker Initiative in partnership with Ashoka.

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