Oakland Intertribal Friendship House owes taxes

The Intertribal Friendship House in Oakland, California, is going on the auction block on March 23 unless it pays $30,000 in back taxes.

The center has raised $23,000 so far. Community members are busy trying to raise the rest, though several events over the next couple of weeks.

The center opened in 1955 to accommodate for the relocation of Native Americans into the Bay Area. The federal government, in an attempt to assimilate and terminate tribes, moved people from across Indian Country to Oakland in the 1950s.

Today, about 20,000 Native Americans live in Oakland alone, according to the House.

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