Native American Heritage Month

Background image: Native American students graduation.

As we mark the 30th anniversary of the proclamation naming this month and as UC Berkeley builds a more inclusive campus, it is important to acknowledge the rich heritage of Native communities in this country, both historically and today.


The Division of Equity & Inclusion acknowledges that UC Berkeley sits on the territory of xučyun (Huichin), the ancestral and unceded land of the Chochenyo speaking Ohlone people, the successors of the sovereign Verona Band of Alameda County.

We recognize that every member of the Berkeley community has, and continues to benefit from, the use and occupation of this land, since the institution’s founding in 1868. Consistent with our values of community, inclusion, and diversity, we have a responsibility to acknowledge and make visible the university’s relationship to Native peoples. As members of the Berkeley community, it is vitally important that we not only recognize the history of the land on which we stand but also, we recognize that the Muwekma Ohlone people are alive and flourishing members of the Berkeley and broader Bay Area communities today.

This acknowledgment was co-created with the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe and Native American Student Development and is a living document.