The following Open Letter is from the Committee to Protect Glen Cove,
addressing recent misunderstandings and statements released by Cortina and Yocha Dehe:
The Committee to Protect Glen Cove would like to lend our support to the cultural easement proposal set forth by the Cortina and Yocha Dehe tribes.
After twelve years of dedicated struggle towards preventing the desecration of this 15-acres of sacred land, the local Native peoples involved applaud the decision by these two tribes to step up and join in its preservation.
We want to dispel several misunderstandings that have been circulated. First, this is not an inter-tribal conflict. We wish to work together as California Native peoples to do what is necessary to protect this sacred site – in this case, by supporting the cultural easement that the two federally recognized tribes have chosen to pursue.
Without our presence here for the last 71 days, Sogorea Te/Glen Cove would already have been desecrated and the resting place of many ancestors irrevocably disturbed. Our presence at the site has always involved the utmost respect and stewardship of the land. We have collected over 500 lbs of trash and painted over graffiti, and have always relieved ourselves in off-site restrooms, whether at the nearby public park, local businesses, or the porta-potties located on the street.
As we have since the start of our spiritual vigil, we again wish to clarify that our sole intention has been the protection of the land from any form of development, including the restrooms, parking lot, and grading proposed by GVRD. It is GVRD, rather than ourselves, who have released maps alluding to the placement of burials and artifacts, as seen in their Master Plan. We are well-aware that this knowledge is strictly guarded to protect the ancestors.
As our brothers and sisters join with us in this struggle, we wish to reiterate that we will not rest until a cultural/conservation easement is signed that allows the ancestors of all tribes who have ties to the site to be protected forever from further disturbance.
For more information contact the Committee to Protect Glen Cove:
Wounded Knee DeOcampo (707) 373-7195
Corrina Gould (510) 575-8408 firstname.lastname@example.org
Letter templates for City of Vallejo and GVRD
At this time we are asking our supporters to please send an email or letter to GVRD and the City of Vallejo, urging them to approve and sign the cultural easement that two federally recognized tribes, Cortina and Yocha Dehe, are proposing. This cultural easement could lead the way to permanent protection for the sacred grounds of Sogorea Te. Thank you.