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Connecting to the Past: The Indigenous Peoples of the San Francisco Bay Area


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Assoc. of Ramaytush Ohlone - Principal Cultural Consultant

Board member, Salinan T'rowt'raahl - a Salinan advocacy group

Society for CA Archaeology - NAPC Chair

California Indian Conference - Facilitator/Advisor

California Indian History Curriculum Coalition - Advisor

Gregg Castro - t'rowt'raahl Salinan / rumsien-ramaytush Ohlone has been involved in the preservation of his cultural heritage for over three decades, for both his late Mother’s rumsien Ohlone and his late Father’s Salinan heritage, the since ended ‘Salinan Nation Tribal Council’ (serving two terms as Tribal Chair) and currently as a founding board member of the non-profit organization, “Salinan T’rowt’raahl”. Gregg is a member of the Society for California Archaeology, serving as Chair of SCA’s Native American Programs Committee. Gregg is an Advisor / Facilitator for the annual California Indian Conference, a 30+ year forum for academia and native culture bearers about California Indigenous heritage. He is a founder and advisor to the California Indian History Curriculum Coalition, based at CSU-Sacramento, that promotes accurate educational lessons about early state history. He was past board member and adviser with the California Indian Storytelling Association and was also on the Archaeology Resources Committee of the State Historical Resources Commission. He recently began assisting his ramaytush Ohlone relatives in the San Francisco Peninsula as “Principal Cultural Consultant” for the ‘Association of Ramaytush Ohlone’ and is a Board member of the San Francisco American Indian Cultural District. Gregg is a writer and activist in the California indigenous community on the issues of cultural and ecological preservation, education, history and traditional practices.

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