16th Annual Shellmound Protest Set for Today in Emeryville, CA

Previous Shellmound Protest in Emeryville, California - Held on Black Friday

Previous Shellmound Protest in Emeryville, California – Held on Black Friday

Published August 27, 2015

EMERYVILLE, CALIFORNIA — American Indians and their allies from the San Francisco Bay area will come together today, Friday, November 27, 2015, for the 16th annual protest at the Bay Street Shopping Mall, which sits on site where an Ohlone village and shellmound once was.

The sacred shellmound once stood over 60 feet high and 350 feet in diameter and it was considered the largest funerary complex of the Ohlone people.

In 1999, the City of Emeryville decided to create the mall that now sits on the corner of Shellmound St and Ohlone Way. Some of the same people involved in today’s protest went to Emeryville’s city council and asked them to not destroy any more of the sacred site, but the developers and the businesses won.

The mall opened in 2000, amid massive controversy.

Every Black Friday since, the American Indian community has protested on the day after Thanksgiving to organize an educational protest to talk about sacred sites and to educate the public on why this kind of desecration should never happen again.

Organizers believe It is only through the recognition of the rights of Indigenous peoples to have their sacred places accessible and intact that historical injustices can begin to be addressed.

All are invited to join in this family-friendly event that was established as a protest to educate non-Native people about this horrific injustice. Those interested in attending may meet at the corner of Ohlone Way & Shellmound Street from 12 noon to 2:30 pm – PST.

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