In June 2021, the Alameda City Council voted to pay in Shuumi Tax in the amount of $11,000 per year for the next two years as part of the City’s two year budget. Alameda is the first city to pay Shuumi Land Tax.
What is the Shuumi Land Tax and why is it important?
- Shuumi is a Chochenyo word for gift. This is a way for non-Indigenous people to participate in the rematriation of land to Indigenous people. Rematriation includes returning Indigenous land to Indigenous people, establishing a cemetery to reinter Indigenous remains, and building gardens and ceremonial spaces for Indigenous people who live in the Bay Area.