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Oakland’s first American Indian community center turns 54

on September 22, 2009

The Intertribal Friendship House developed out of necessity when American Indians were relocated to the Bay Area in the 1950s. Over time, the center has emerged into a nationally historic space for social services, organizing and building relationships, and continues to be considered the “heart” of the Bay Area American Indian community.

The following Oakland North Interactive features two elders and other members of Oakland’s American Indian community speaking about their experiences in the city.

[This interactive report is no longer available.]

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  1. Phoenix on September 30, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful article and story. As someone new to Oakland and who lives in the neighborhood of the Interribal Friendship House this was a great way to learn of about the Native community in my hood.

    Many Thanks,

  2. Angela J. Bass on January 24, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Very informative and well-done, Jun. Thanks.

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