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"The story of the shellmound is the story of humanity—the mystery of how people came here and how they adapted to a changing environment for 5,000 years." —Malcolm Margolin, author of The Ohlone Way

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"It’s a wonder of the world. It’s a place that we should preserve. It’s not intact above the ground, but underneath, it’s there—it still holds our people."
—Corrina Gould, Lisjan Ohlone

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"When will enough be enough? How long will our community have to suffer this disrespect and continued injustice?"
—Vincent Medina, Chochenyo Ohlone

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City of Berkeley Forced to Issue SB-35 Zoning Permit for 1900 4th St
City of Berkeley Forced to Issue SB-35 Zoning Permit for 1900 4th St
Statement from Corrina Gould "It is a sad day when a permit is issued to allow construction that would desecrate the 5,000-year-old Ohlone village and burial site known as the West Berkeley Shellmound. We have been working to preserve this...
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City of Berkeley and Lisjan Tribe Appeal Shellmound Case to CA Supreme Court
City of Berkeley and Lisjan Tribe Appeal Shellmound Case to CA Supreme Court
In response to the April 20 appeals court ruling in favor of Shellmound developers Ruegg & Ellsworth, the Confederated Villages of Lisjan and City of Berkeley have filed an appeal with the California Supreme Court. The court is expected to...
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Developers fence Shellmound site, hundreds gather for candlelit vigil
Developers fence Shellmound site, hundreds gather for candlelit vigil
On the very same day that three judges at the California Court of Appeal heard arguments over whether to uphold lower court protection of the West Berkeley Shellmound and Village Site, the landowners erected a six-foot chain link fence and...
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State Appeals Court Hears Arguments to Erase West Berkeley Shellmound
State Appeals Court Hears Arguments to Erase West Berkeley Shellmound
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The California Court of Appeal for the First District will hear oral arguments tomorrow in the ongoing legal battle over the fate of the West Berkeley Shellmound and Village Site, one of the earliest known Ohlone settlements...
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Corrina Gould to Brief Berkeley City Council on History of Shellmound
Corrina Gould to Brief Berkeley City Council on History of Shellmound
In recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day, the Berkeley City Council has invited Lisjan Ohlone leader Corrina Gould to brief council members and city staff on 5,700 years of Ohlone history in Huichuin, the land we now call Berkeley. The media...
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Berkeley Shellmound Site Listed as One of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places
Berkeley Shellmound Site Listed as One of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places
In a extraordinary turn of events, the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced today that they have placed the West Berkeley Shellmound and Village Site on their 2020 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. “We are incredibly honored...
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Featured Videos

Free the West Berkeley Shellmound!
My Ancestors' Home—with Corrina Gould (Dec. 2020)
My Ancestors' Home—with Corrina Gould (Dec. 2020)
An Ohlone View of the Fourth of July
An Ohlone View of the Fourth of July
A New Vision for the West Berkeley Shellmound
A New Vision for the West Berkeley Shellmound
Corrina Gould on the West Berkeley Shellmound
Corrina Gould on the West Berkeley Shellmound
The attack on the West Berkeley Shellmound and Village Site
The attack on the West Berkeley Shellmound and Village Site
Corrina Gould and the Ohlone Shell Burial Mounds | Bioneers
Corrina Gould and the Ohlone Shell Burial Mounds | Bioneers
West Berkeley Shellmound Action on MLK Day
West Berkeley Shellmound Action on MLK Day
Natural Heroes BEYOND RECOGNITION - episode 708
Natural Heroes BEYOND RECOGNITION - episode 708
"Buried" - Injunuity
"Buried" - Injunuity
Protecting ancient shellmounds
Protecting ancient shellmounds
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Free the West Berkeley Shellmound!
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My Ancestors' Home—with Corrina Gould (Dec. 2020)
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An Ohlone View of the Fourth of July
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A New Vision for the West Berkeley Shellmound
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Corrina Gould on the West Berkeley Shellmound
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The attack on the West Berkeley Shellmound and Village Site
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Corrina Gould and the Ohlone Shell Burial Mounds | Bioneers
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West Berkeley Shellmound Action on MLK Day
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Natural Heroes BEYOND RECOGNITION - episode 708
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"Buried" - Injunuity
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Protecting ancient shellmounds
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