City to Pay Shuumi Land Tax

City to Pay Shuumi Land Tax

Sun Staff Reports

Alameda became the first city in the country to commit to paying Shummi, a voluntary tax that recognizes the legacy of colonization while supporting the return of land to Indigenous people.

In June 2021, the Alameda City Council voted to pay the tax in the amount of $11,000 per year for the next two years as part of the City’s two-year budget. Shuumi is a way for non-Indigenous people to participate in the return of land to Indigenous people. The women-led, Sogorea Te’ Land Trust founded the tax that contributes to supporting critical Indigenous-led work. This includes food distribution, establishing urban gardens, ceremonial spaces and fulfilling the dream of an alternative land base for Indigenous people.

The local tribe, the Villages of Lisjan and Ohlone people have no land to call their own, are not federally recognized and have no access to federal benefits for housing, education and more. Additionally, thousands of Indigenous people from many tribal backgrounds were relocated here under government policies and generations later, continue to call this area home.