Celebrate Native History with OPL!

November is National Native American Month! Celebrate Native history with OPL. All events are free and open to the public!

November is National Native American Month!
OPL has relevant programming planned for October (see "Beyond Recognition") and continues the theme in early November with events that are likely to be popular. All events are free and open to the public. Make your plans now!

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Beyond Recognition Film Screening and Discussion

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After decades struggling to protect her ancestors’ burial places, now engulfed by San Francisco’s sprawl, a Native woman from a non-federally recognized Ohlone tribe and her allies occupy a sacred site to prevent its desecration. When this life-altering event fails to stop the development, they vow to follow a new path- to establish the first women-led urban Indigenous land trust. Beyond Recognition explores the quest to preserve one’s culture and homeland in a society bent on erasing them. Through cinéma vérité, interviews, and stunning footage of the land, Beyond Recognition introduces Corrina Gould, Johnella LaRose, and Indian People Organizing for Change as they embark on an incredible journey to transform the way we see cities.  The film is directed and produced by Michelle Grace Steinberg and co-produced by Robyn Bykofsky. We will be joined for a discussion following the film by Corrina Gould and Michelle Grace Steinberg. More about the film https://underexposedfilms.com/beyond-recognition

Saturday, October 26 - 12pm @ Lakeview Branch




Tommy Orange in Conversation with Youth Poet Laureate Samuel GetachewImage of Tommy Orange, author of There There

Tommy Orange, Oakland native, member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, and best-selling author of the novel There There (a 2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalist), will join Oakland’s 2019 Youth Poet Laureate, Samuel Getachew, in conversation at the Oakland Museum of California’s James Moore Theater. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Friday, November 1 - 6:30pm
Oakland Museum of California (James Moore Theater)
1000 Oak Street 
OaklandCA 94612



Field Trip to Coyote Hills and Tuibun Ohlone Village SiteImage of Coyote Hills

Join us at the 81st Ave. Branch for a daytrip to one of the East Bay's most significant Native American sites. We'll be going on a fieldtrip to Coyote Hills and Tuibun Ohlone Village Site, returning approximately 4:00 pm. This trip is wheelchair and stroller friendly. Tip: wear sturdy shoes and sun protection. RSVP: 510-615-5812

Saturday, November 2nd - 12pm @ 81st Avenue Branch



Living on Ohlone Land: A Talk with Corrina GouldImage of Corinna Gould

Join us for a talk with Corrina Gould to learn about Indigenous sites in the East Bay and Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, an urban Indigenous women-led community organization that facilitates the return of Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone lands in the Bay Area to Indigenous stewardship. Ms. Gould is the spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone and co-founder of Indian People Organizing for Change, hosts of the annual Shellmound gathering in Emeryville. She also formed Sogorea Te' Land Trust. 

Wednesday, November 13 - 6pm @ Dimond Branch




Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World is an electrifyiimage of person in rock n roll gearng look at the Native American influence in popular music — despite attempts to ban, censor and erase Indian culture. The film reveals how early pioneers of the blues and jazz had Native American roots, and as the folk-rock era took hold in the '60s and '70s, Native Americans helped to define its evolution, forever changing the trajectory of rock and roll. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, Redbone, Randy Castillo, and Taboo (Black Eyed Peas). 

Wednesday, November 20 - 6pm @ Golden Gate Branch







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