I live in Pleasanton, California. Consequently, this means that I am living in the area that the Ohlone, or Muwekma, people once lived. Seven different tribes made up what was once the Ohlone nation in the Bay Area. Reaching populations of nearly 20,000 natives, Spanish and American colonization dwindled their culture and society. Whether it be from disease of missionaries, their population suffered. Settlers forced a new way of life on the Muwekma people. This caused many to take on new identities to survive. At the turn of the 20th century, there were as few as 184 Muwekma people, seeking refuge in “Indian Town”, or modern day Pleasanton. Throughout the 20th century there were countless land grabbing and relocation acts done, and finally a group called Indian People Organizing for Change was formed. This group helped secure and protect many different sacred sites for Bay Area Natives. They even obtained a half-acre of land, and are looking to expand. This will serve as a foundation for the rebuilding of the Muwekma people.