Coast Miwok Acknowledgement
The land area currently known as Marin County is the historic home of the Coast Miwok tribe. Some current tribal members are affiliated with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, which also includes Southern Pomo descendants. Others who are not officially part of Graton may be found at this website, www.coastmiwok.com or this Facebook page.
On September 13, 2007, 144 member states of the United Nations voted in favor of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. At the time the United States joined Canada, Australia, and New Zealand as the only four member nations that voted against the declaration, but later reversed their position. (Reference.)
Please click here or on the image of the document to access the complete declaration. An excellent book by Bette Goerke, teacher at College of Marin, is available as well. Serious researchers may want to track down the book Interviews with Tom Smith and Maria Copa.
Visit this helpful reference for a map of the traditional territories of native groups, Native Land.