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Returning Stolen Land to Native Tribes, One Lot at a Time

Emily Wilson Feb. 8, 2018 A quarter-acre of land in East Oakland is about to return to the Muwekma Ohlone, bringing a sense of place and healing to people whose connection to indigenous lands were taken from them. “Native Americans face a myriad of maladies and unhealthy behaviors known as Historical Trauma Response.”

It’s the winter solstice, but the sun is shining in East Oakland, California. Within view of the freeway, amidst a gritty stretch of neighborhood with more concrete than trees, Rolling River Nursery and urban farm stands out.

The two-acre lot, run by nonprofit Planting Justice, is filled with about 30,000 fruit trees and is staffed by former inmates and other area residents with few employment options.

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