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The abundance of life-sustaining resources in the Bay Area created a culture of trust and sharing that almost killed the Native American Ohlone tribes. The abundance of wealth concentrated in the hands of one woman created a culture of appreciation and preservation that may have saved the Ohlone tribes.

Phebe (original spelling) Apperson was born in Missouri when Missouri was the western edge of the United States. She…