“To support traditional Native culture and values; to give Native People the tools to become contributing members of their communities; and to improve educational opportunities and resources for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.”
Ya-Ka-Ama, which means “Our Land” in the Pomo language, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1971. It is situated in a rural setting on 127 acres of agricultural land in Western Sonoma County near Forestville, California about six miles west of Santa Rosa, the county seat, and 70 miles north of San Francisco. “The Land,” as it is known locally, is partially bordered on the west and northwest by the Russian River. On the north by Lake Benoist in the Riverfront Regional Park and on the south and east by the Santa Rosa Junior College, Shone Farm. Redwood forest, oak woodlands, grasslands and more than two hundred varieties of native plants thrive throughout the land.