San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has marked Native American Heritage Month by acknowledging that the Ramaytush Ohlone people are the original inhabitants of the airport land.
The plaque dedication ceremony was attended by airport leadership and members of the Association for the Ramaytush Ohlone. The plaque is located in a pre-security connecting walkway between Terminals 2 and 3.
“Native American Heritage Month is an opportunity for us to honour the history of our region,” said airport director Ivar C. Satero. “With this plaque installation, we acknowledge that the Ramaytush Ohlone were the original occupants of the land where SFO sits today and invite travellers from around the world to learn the history of the first people to call the San Francisco Bay Area home."
The Ohlone people lived in Northern California from the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula down to the northern region of Big Sur, and from the Pacific Ocean in the west to the Diablo Range in the east. The Ohlone formed a complex association of approximately 50 different "nations or tribes" with about 50 to 500 members each. The Ramaytush language is one of eight Ohlone languages spoken by the people who inhabited the land, now known as the San Francisco Peninsula, for hundreds of years.
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