"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

"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

"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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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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AB 168 passes unanimously and is signed by Governor Newsom
AB 168 passes unanimously and is signed by Governor Newsom
In a step forward for sacred sites protection statewide, AB 168 has been unanimously passed by the California Senate, Assembly and Housing Committee, and was signed by Governor Newsom on September 25, 2020! Thank you to everyone who responded to...
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Court victory: Judge rules against Shellmound developers
Court victory: Judge rules against Shellmound developers
We are thrilled to announce that an Alameda County Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of preserving the West Berkeley Shellmound, by dismissing the lawsuit filed against the City of Berkeley by property owners Ruegg & Ellsworth and the...
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