Native Americans

2:26pm

Tue November 12, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Swimming from Alcatraz to heal body and soul

The seven Pathstar swimmers from 2013
Angela Johnston

The sun is just beginning to rise over the glassy water at San Francisco’s aquatic park. Karen Wapato is beaming as she emerges from the Bay and peels off her goggles.

“It was better than yesterday,” she says. “I keep on just telling myself, stay calm don’t panic, keep breathing, try to keep my stroke real smooth as smooth as I can,” she says as she catches her breath.

Wapato has never swum in the ocean before, and it’s her second day swimming in the San Francisco Bay. 

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2:45pm

Tue February 28, 2012
Arts & Culture

Revisiting Richmond's boxcar village

Emily DeCory’s family was one of many Laguna tribe families that moved to Richmond, California, to work on the railroad.

Some of the first people in the Bay Area were Native Americans – members of the Ohlone tribe, who settled around what is now the city of Richmond. Beginning in the 1920s, another group of Native people found their way to the Bay Area. They were migrants from the Acoma and Laguna tribes of the Southwest. When they arrived, they took up an unusual living arrangement: in boxcars, parked on the dead ends of the city’s railroad tracks.

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