Shaamo’sh Ake’sh/ Mishish tuux – Greetings

Gregg Castro [t’rowt’raahl Salinan/rumsien & ramaytush Ohlone], has been involved in the preservation of his cultural heritage for 30+ years. He represents his late Mother’s Ohlone family interests in protection of their heritage in their homeland, the rumsien Ohlone Monterey Bay area. On his late Father’s side, he was a founding member of the since ended ‘Salinan Nation Tribal Council’ (serving two terms as Tribal Chair) and their non-profit organization, now known as Salinan T’rowt’raahl in a leadership role in their Elder’s Council. He recently accepted the role of assisting his Ramaytush relatives in the San Francisco Peninsula as “Principal Cultural Consultant to the “Association of Ramaytush People” (ARO) Tribal Chair in representing their interests in their homeland. As part of that role, he accepted a seat on the Advisory Board of Directors for the newly established American Indian Cultural District in San Francisco.
Gregg is a long time member of the Society for California Archaeology (SCA), a state organization of archaeologists, cultural resource professionals and others working to document and preserve the history of California. He serves on SCA’s Native American Programs Committee (NAPC) as Chair. In 2012, in recognition of his work, he received the SCA’s prestigious California Indian Heritage Preservation Award. Gregg is an Advisor / Facilitator for the annual California Indian Conference, a 30+ year gathering of academia and 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 lessons of state history. He was a past board member and adviser with the California Indian Storytelling Association (CISA) as well as past central California Native representative on the Archaeology Resources Committee (ARC) of the State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC). This committee was an advisory body to the SHRC, which works with the State Office of Historic Preservation, on issues of cultural resources management. In association with other indigenous California activists and allies, under the leadership of Dr. Beverly Ortiz, he is a founding Board member of the Native Californian Research Institute, a non-profit to support statewide cultural preservation efforts. He has also recently been appointed to the Advisory Board to The Cultural Conservancy, a non-profit organization supporting Indigenous People worldwide and especially here in California. Gregg is a writer and activist within the California indigenous community, on issues regarding cultural preservation, protection, education and traditional practices.

2019 Presentations:

Curriculum Consultation with Chrissy Field – Golden Gate Parks (2019), Exploratorium Exhibit Project Consultation

San Francisco History Days: Presentation (2019)

Not “Politically” Correct – Historically Correct:
Curriculum for Indigenous California History

Gregg Castro [t’rowt’raahl Salinan/rumsien Ohlone], founder and advisor to the “California Indian History Curriculum Coalition” (CIHCC) based at CSU – Sacramento, will give an indigenous perspective to the personal experience of growing up in the a school system that continues to deny the real facts of what happened to the hundred of thousands of native people of California since European colonization of the 18th century. As People of Color begin to more strongly assert their rightful and lawful place in American society, they also want that society to face the truth of a past the directly and strongly impacts their daily lives today. Gregg will discuss the efforts by native communities to assure that children of today are accurately informed of the past that has shaped their present and future.

Recommended Links


Spanish and Mexican San Francisco: Colonialism and Its Consequences
Ballroom Speakers: Kari Jones and Gregg Castro The archaeologist for the Presidio Trust and the Native American Programs Committee chair for the Society for California Archaeology discuss how to share difficult history with the public
at the 40th Anniversary of “Ohlone Way” by Malcom Margolin with #RoamingOhlone

Xayaatspanee– thank you, Gregg  

Gregg Castro, t’rowt’raahl Salinan / Rumsien Ohlone

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 – for the Salinan people

pkotse tok’a:wten tsep ” – “act with good hearts”


Contact Gregg – trowtraahl (at)