The Ohlone Education Project - North American Cultural Center (NACC) lists a variety of educational resources to help students and teachers who wish to focus on the First Nations cultures of the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Northern California Indian Development Council (NCIDC) is a non-profit that meets the development needs of American Indians and operates an art gallery featuring the art of California tribes.

Native American Sites is presented by Lisa Mitten, a mixed-blood Mohawk urban Indian, who is a librarian at the University of Pittsburgh. Her goal is to provide access to home pages of individual Native Americans and Nations, and to other sites that provide solid information about American Indians.

Sipapu - Chetro Ketl Great Kiva presents a three-dimensional reconstruction of a Great Kiva, an architectural feature found in many prehistoric Anasazi communities in the Southwestern United States.

Guthrie Studios presents Cherokee Indian history, stories and art. Award-winning family of Native American Artists offering a broad range of cultural art and gifts, expressing tribal pride. Indian owned in the Heart of Cherokee Nation.

Here are websites from a listing of California Indian tribes and rancherias:

Lytton Rancheria

Pinoleville Rancheria

Southern California Indian Center

Tsnungwe Council

Click here for a colorful map of California Tribal Linguistic Groups.

A Line in the Sand offers a threaded discussion group on sovereignty issues and much more. The site is a cooperative production of:

David E. Cole of NativeWeb - An Internet Community

Jordan Dill of First Nations

Arlie Neskahi of Rainbow Walker Music Productions

Timm Lloyd Severud of Lac Courte Oreilles Hydro, and

Karen Strom of Native American Resources on the Internet.

Here's the website for Ohlone College in the Fremont-Newark Community College District.

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs maintains a website offering outdated press releases on issues important to Native Americans. As an example, a bill introduced into the House of Representatives on April 23, 1996 proposes to amend the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 making it easier for non-Indians to adopt Indian children without tribal consent. Ada E. Deer, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, reacts as follows:

"I join the Administration's support for the general provisions of this bill, but as the trustee for American Indians and Alaska Natives I cannot support Title III of H.R. 3286. Title III of this bill, in my opinion, would in effect nullify major provisions of the Indian Child Welfare Act which were intended to preserve and maintain the cultural integrity of Indian communities and families. The provisions in this title set us back 30 years and destroy all the progress Indian tribes have made in protecting their children."

Also on the site is an index of Federal Acknowledgement Petitioners, which includes the Muwekma Ohlone under "M".

Here's where the Branch of Acknowledgement (BAR) lists its "procedures for establishing that an American Indian group exists as an Indian tribe". is "dedicated to the interests of Native Peoples of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. It exists for one purpose and one purpose only - to promote their interests."

The San Jose Unified School District plans to create a Muwekma educational center at the district's newest school, Tamien Elementary.

The Pomo people of California have taken action to clean up pollution on the shores of their ancestral lands at Clear Lake.

In the 19th century, the Pomos lost possession of their homeland and much of their tribal culture (such as the making of ingenious basketry fish traps). Then in recent months herbicides began to poison the rich beds of tules along the lakeside.

"I brought my mom out here to get some tules," explains explains tribal administrator Mike Umbrello. "But when we got here, we found that they were all bitter. It was the saddest thing when my mother saw she couldn't eat them anymore. ... I promised I would do something about it."