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    • Andrew Godsey April 8, 2013 at 9:16 am on Sogorea Te Reunion Gathering: 1pm on Sunday, April 14thIt's a beautiful and glorious victory when all nations can come together and fight for what is right and have the outcome be Victorious. You know those heart felt emotions that fill your heart & run through out your body when the Good News is heard about saving a Culturally Sensative Area. For it is our responsibility as keepers of Mother Earth and our Ancesters that we continue to come together for this purpose. As the Creator will always be with us guiding us through our lifes daily struggles. Preservation and Protection of our indigenous territores is very crucial. May the Great Spirit Always be with us ALL. AHO
    • Bill Snyder January 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm on An update for supporters and friends of Sogorea TeThis is quite upsetting, to say the least. I heard something about this; earlier today and tomorrow, I am visiting the place, I fell in love with, last year. How disheartening; once again, to be lied too. This however; is not surprising, given the lack luster attitudes, of those whose purpose, was solely for profit. It is truly sad and so Vallejo and its lack of sensitivity for family, history and our native ancestors. In our current environment; this is not surprising, its just disheartening, to think there is nothing sacred, anymore.
    • Laurie Padgett January 14, 2012 at 3:33 am on An update for supporters and friends of Sogorea TeI'm so sorry to hear that your respectful occupation was ultimately responded to with such betrayal. I have not stopped by the site since late November. It makes you fearful for where future generations are being led and by whom and what values they will have. So much has been written by so many since last April about the historical significance of Sogorea Te with a great deal of emotion ranging from despair to rage and everything in between. It was an opportunity for you to educate a lot of us. I was awe struck by the respect, hope and pride in the faces of the children during the ceremonies even when faced with such steadfast opposition. These qualities they get from thier ancestors and are the very qualities missing from the betrayors.
    • Lori Cannon January 14, 2012 at 1:58 am on An update for supporters and friends of Sogorea TeI agree with everything you have said...still it was a victory...we did get the message out and had our voices heard...I think the grading of the hill is not in the residents best interest as the land was found to have toxic lead levels reported in the EIR and by excavating has put it up in the air for children and elders to breath that could be seriously toxic to their health...so I would suggest holding a get together to brainstorm about the future of Sogorea Te....we are still the keepers of the fire and my passion for the cause will never be extinguished...I know the many who believe still outweigh the few who do not...so what say you people of the fire?
    • Cris Melo September 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm on Sacred Sites Peacewalk for a Nuclear Free World:
      Diablo Canyon to Sogorea Te
      Went to Sogorea Te/Glen Cove today to visit and commune with the land for the 1st time and it's gated and locked. WHY???? :(
    • Al Green August 20, 2011 at 2:41 am on Day 104: Closing ceremony set for Saturday, Yocha Dehe representative visitsI'm writing from Lake County, where a place called Harbin Hot Springs exploits what I am told was a sacred place to the Pomo. So it has always been since my people invaded this native Manger and Eden, what is called Lake County now. This 'church' at Harbin recently involved me, and a number of other citizens here, in secret recordings of confidential doctor/patient relationships, protected by law, last year when they called the Lake County Sheriff on me who then drageed me to the ER in handcuffs, and tried to have me locked up in a ansane asylum for three days. I hope to have the biggest lawsuit Lake County has ever seen, to win, hands down, and take control of the land Harbin was built on for the damages I suffered at their hands, in a Church, on Sacred Native American land. Should this future be realized, there is only one man I would give the land to, free. My hero, Wounded Knee. He knows the needs of the warriors that stood before, and with him in Glen Cove. Thank you!
    • Neil Whitelaw, Druid Order July 30, 2011 at 10:16 pm on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea Te@
    • Isabella Rivera July 30, 2011 at 7:28 am on Day 104: Closing ceremony set for Saturday, Yocha Dehe representative visitsStay strong, stay proud, stay healthy!!! I agree, take all the sacred sites back. As many as you can! Prayers from Morgan Hill/San Jose. Peace!
    • Al Green July 28, 2011 at 12:12 am on Day 104: Closing ceremony set for Saturday, Yocha Dehe representative visitsThank you all for your courage, your deep understanding of real life on Earth, your deeper spirituality. As an 'American', I give you my blessing in your continuing struggle. Occupy every sacred site in this stolen land until you acheive the same result these brave warriors at Glen Cove did. The US is dumping parkland and closing parks as fast as it can. Any land that America finds no public value in anymore should revert immediately to Native control, in my opinion, in addition to every sacred site. I would posit that a gift of all Federal, State, and County land to the Native Americans would go a long way towards healing the wounds we cut into Native culture.
    • Louise Johnson July 27, 2011 at 2:46 am on Day 104: Closing ceremony set for Saturday, Yocha Dehe representative visitsExcellent start for Mother Earth!!!
    • Louise Dunlap July 26, 2011 at 11:36 am on Day 104: Closing ceremony set for Saturday, Yocha Dehe representative visitsThis is truly something to tell my grandchildren. I am so proud to know that this important and beautiful site is safe and so honored to be connected with your struggle in a small way.
    • Mono Palomo July 25, 2011 at 4:52 am on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TeIt was an Honor to spend quality time there and feel all the unity of building consensus regarding our ancestral tribal burial grounds. Sharuru! Blessings
    • lila j Peters July 24, 2011 at 6:06 am on Day 99 update: Yocha Dehe chairman speaks, City Council finalizes cultural easementprayers Con'T 4 the 7Th generation......MothEr EarTh.and aLl she holDs...and endUres*For the sake of ManKind....til my lasT breathe!*.4 a Red Rd. Way oF liFe *....love/peace*....always....lila..
    • Stephanie Manning July 23, 2011 at 10:32 am on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TeBigtime congratulations to the organizers and the occupiers! Way to go! Along with celebrations must come extreme vigilance that the site continues to be protected, that the ancestors, the trees, the animals and the configuration of the terrain be kept in a way that respects the sacredness of the site. It is not just the presence of ancestral remains that makes this site sacred, it is everything about it, the land, the waterways, the flora & fauna and beauty itself. These must be guarded as the newly configured parking lot gets designed and constructed. We thought West Berkeley Shellmound was stable for the time being, but deep trenches are dug around the perimeter daily as the City constructs the animal shelter project close by with no monitors present. There is no telling who they are disturbing nor does anyone working seem to care.
    • Stefanie Baeker July 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TeBravo! Faith & persistence pay off... I admire everyone's courage and sacrifice to protect this sacred place. All you folks who made this happen: you are an inspiration - thank you!
    • Morning Star Gali (reposted from Facebook) July 22, 2011 at 10:43 am on Day 99 update: Yocha Dehe chairman speaks, City Council finalizes cultural easementDay 100 - Never Give Up. Very humbled by everyone's well wishes and congratulations. I can't thank you enough for all of your prayers and support over these past 100 days...However I am just a young person that was entrusted with a responsibility to take direction from my elders and relatives over the past six years of this struggle. The true leadership came from Corrina Gould, Johnella La Rose, Wounded Knee DeOcampo and Fred Short. I am forever grateful to them for allowing room for me to take part in this journey with them, for the lessons learned, the traditional knowledge passed down and in recognizing that this is just one step forward....the struggle continues. My continued prayer is for protection of all of our sacred places, that they are utilized in the sacred ways they are meant to be, that our relatives and elders are willing to pass down the teachings and responsibilities, and that our young people are willing to step up and accept their roles in those opportunities to continue on our Indigenous cultural survival.
    • Bonnie Plain July 22, 2011 at 6:24 am on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TeCongrats to all who stood strong and stayed on site throughout it all. I am so happy my heart is filled with joy! Now, if everyone, everywhere will follow through in the same manner, we will prevail in all our attempts to protect our sacred sites and hopefully our land, water, and air. Nishin (Good Job).
    • Smiling Butterfly, elder and pipe carrier for Native Americans United July 22, 2011 at 12:37 am on Day 97 update + photosPrayer smoke for all your endevours. Keep our lands that are sacred safe.
    • Sonia July 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TeThank you Great Spirit for answering our prayers and thank you to all the Warriors for holding vigil and providing inspiration and Power to the people. The struggles may continue but the Movement is gaining force to unify and stand up and fight for the protection and highest respect of the sacred lands of all native peoples. The world is waking up -- no more desecration! Thank you Great Spirit you are within us all.
    • Rua Lupa July 21, 2011 at 10:53 am on Statements of SupportI have spread word and signed the petition. You have my support and I hope that this land will regain the respect it deserves. Many blessings to you and yours.
    • Armando Lawrence July 21, 2011 at 9:32 am on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TeWow, just got wind of this cause from a friend on FB. I will add this movement, at Sogorea Te, to my prayers. Pray for protection of sacred sites/Burial sites in Cal and all places. You have my email now, please relatives ,keep me posted. Chamahua ( Great Mystery in Opata) please keep this place protected and the relatives who are defending it!
    • Cindy Katenay July 21, 2011 at 8:40 am on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TeMitakuye Oyasin
    • Paula Landua July 21, 2011 at 8:01 am on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TeThank You Great Spirit for answering the prayers from those holding vigil at Sogorea Te, and thank You for the strength You gave them to stand firm for 98 days. You have blessed these people for standing firm in honor of their Ancestors. Thank You for all those across the Nation who could not be there in physical vigil, but held with them in vigil of prayer. You are the Great Spirit of us all. Paula Landua member of: therednationsociety.ning.com and Care2.com Warriors Of The Rainbow
    • Hinhanska Haney July 21, 2011 at 5:15 am on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TeGreat news and affirmation that our prayers are intended in the right place. Thoughts go the the people at Sogorea Te, wish I could have been there longer. Much appreciation to the people who stood by their word. This is powerful momentum on the issue of burial and sacred sites, opportunities that are unforeseen, but can be felt. Look forward to meeting with you once again. Mvto! Hinhanska Haney
    • Jeff Hoffman July 21, 2011 at 3:50 am on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TeFinally, the Indians win one over the cowboys. Let's hope this in only the first in many, many victories.
    • Giovanni Vassallo July 21, 2011 at 3:42 am on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TeDear Brothers & Sisters, On behalf of the Bay Area Friends of Tibet, Please accept my hearty Congratulations at this moment of victory. Congratulations for having the courage to presevere and not giving up. Take care together going forward. Vast best wishes!
    • Sacred Land Film Project July 21, 2011 at 2:43 am on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TeAmazing news! Warm congratulations and blessings to all the organizers and supporters!
    • Lutangu Amulimukwa July 21, 2011 at 12:36 am on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TeThanks for the job well done and keep it up.
    • ADNAN KHAN July 20, 2011 at 11:20 pm on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TeIT IS A GREAT VICTORY
    • gail and James Whissen July 20, 2011 at 11:04 pm on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea Teyes, this just proves to the people who do not care about the Native American people regardless of what % they are. that Creator answers our prayers and we are not the Devil Worshipers that people say we are that we believe in the same God and he also answers our prayers.
    • Guy Cobb July 20, 2011 at 11:04 pm on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea Telet this be the beginning of many victories. we must preserve the past to assure the future. we do not have to destroy the past to enjoy the future. we will keep the eagle eye on mother earth and will always protect when we do not stand up for rights, we give up these rights
    • wilma brooks July 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea Teso glad to hear about the victory!!!thank-you once again "Great Spirit"!!!!May God Bless all who helped and stood for what IS right!!!!!
    • Nancy Rieser July 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TeBe still my heart! Hey -- wait a minute! What am I saying?! To heck with hearts being still.... may all hearts LEAP and beat with joy! Blessings, blessings, blessings......
    • Rick Hunsicker July 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TeMy congradulations, love and prayers continue. Awesome work there for all of us! ... Rick
    • Laulani Teale July 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TeBlessings to all whose hard work, courage, love, prayers and perseverance have culminated in this great news!! He lanakila maikaʻi nō kēia nūhou!!!
    • Nikolaus Legendre July 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TeWonderful news. Prayer and peaceful means thwarted the "sky people"- who think they can take whatever they want. Pilamaya to our friends on the ground.
    • Isabella Rivera July 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TeYeeeeaaaaaaaaa!!!!!! I am so happy. I feel like I can smile about this now, where before there was rage.
    • Calvin Tatsey July 20, 2011 at 2:21 pm on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TeThis is a result of Unity and the good sense of those who’d begun the vigil and to those wise enough to utilize media to gather the resources for positive impact. My War Bonnet is off to the courage, dedication and initiative of the vigil holders, Ms. Corrina Gould, Mr. Wounded Knee DeOcampo and to the subsequent respect and professionalism evinced by Mr. Osby Davis and Mr. Shane McAffee. Unity is imperative and I speak on behalf of The Red Nation Society and our 2,500 plus membership, who’ve all absorbed its essence and who strives for its perfection in all that we say, do and believe. We Are All One! Sincerely, Calvin Tatsey, Blackfeet, therednationsociety.ning.com
    • Mending the Sacred Hoop July 20, 2011 at 1:47 pm on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TeDEAR FRIENDS OF SOGOREA TE.....A WELL EARNED AND BLESSED VICTORY. MY PRAYERS WILL STAY WITH YOU AND THE LAND. CHOQOSH AUH'HO'OH CHUMASH,YAQI AND MAYO
    • BobTorres July 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TeThank the creator for the hard work of the organizers and all the supporters of this occupation.It shows that power is there for change.Peace to all and good fortune.What beckons next??????
    • Sam Kurshan for Vallejo City Council 2011 July 20, 2011 at 1:04 pm on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TeWounded my brother, I told you all along you would prevail. I am glad to bee a supporter. You have my continued and unending support. I will be at City Hall tomorrow. HO! Sincerely, Sam Kurshan
    • Ruth Marquez-Washeleski July 20, 2011 at 10:53 am on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TePOWERFUL NEWS AND ANSWERED PRAYERS FOR THE WARRIORS AT SOGOREA TE! NOW LEGALLY A SACRED SITE!
    • Douglas Duncan July 20, 2011 at 5:40 am on Press Release: A Victory for Protection of Sogorea TeThis is just the beginning of the many sites that are out there. Pray that all the tribes will get the same support throughout CA. Keep the prayers going, love to all.
    • Marilyn Hays - Bayarrah July 20, 2011 at 4:39 am on Day 97 update + photosIn divine appreciation of your commitment to Struggle. As an African born in Amerikkka, sojourning 64 years here I AM inspired to know that there are still those of WE who hold fast to the ideals instilled by the Ancestors.. I look forward to another journey to support you efforts at Sogorea Te. Peace & Blessings Marilyn Hays (Bayarrah)
    • Larry D. Cooper ( Chickamaka Tsalagi ) July 20, 2011 at 3:43 am on Day 97 update + photosPrayers and blessing to you all . If you would walk up on their cemeteries as a group they would arrest you. We as Indian People would not lower our selves to do that because we still know how to show RESPECT . Have you looked into the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act ? Public Law 101-601-Nov 16, 1990 If their Laws don’t protect us why do they bother? Wado Larry Cooper Chairman of Standing Bear Council Inc.
    • Richard Flittie July 20, 2011 at 2:47 am on Day 97 update + photosThis is a fantastic group of photos. I spend alot of time @ Glen Cove and there is much I still haven't seen. Thanks for posting.
    • Mike Swain July 20, 2011 at 1:10 am on Statements of SupportBrothers and Sisters, May the strength of all my ancestors be with you as you sacrifice to proctect this sacred site. I am unable to assist you physically from the other side of this land but the smoke of my pipe will speak to the Great Mystery and he will lean to hear my feable voice, as he heard those before me. Stay strong my friends and receive my strength. I give it freely. Make a loud voice together and stand firm your ground, this cause is our cause. All my relatives, it is so, Mike Swain White Wolf
    • Dann Williams July 20, 2011 at 12:07 am on Statements of SupportThis is sacred land. It needs to be treated as such.
    • SNOW BIRD July 20, 2011 at 12:00 am on Statements of SupportI am writing to show my support on behalf of myself and The Red Nation Society (TRNS) to speak against the desecration of the Native burial ground and ancient Native settlement in Glen Cove, CA. We are outraged and want this to STOP. TRNS stands behind you in your fight for our people. Our members are doing all they can to help stop this. Please know we are with you in our hearts, minds and spirits. Many blessings to you and may the Creator continue to guide you. http://therednationsociety.ning.com/
    • Steve July 19, 2011 at 8:07 am on Photos: April 29, 2011 – Day 16 on the land@Queen, et al, I so agree with you're right and position on protecting the graves of your ancestors. However, the people opposing you are not all "White". I disapporve of the stereotyping of white people as uncaring and "Greedy", just as you would be offended at them stereotyping Native Americans. Let's forego the labels and concentrate on doing what's right by your ancestors.
    • Chief Medicine Horse Dennison July 19, 2011 at 7:26 am on Statements of SupportAsiyu and Blessings Brothers and Sisters, I was contacted by Chief Swamp Rat and asked to try and help you with this atrocity against our people. I started emailing this morning and have been informed my email/your story has already reached 30,000 + individuals, been posted on one Native American site called Land Rights N Farming who have a 68,000 + subscribers, has been posted on 5 international sites, and one contact has placed your story and prayer for victory in the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. Ive also contacted a news site called Forbidden Knowledge who specializes in suppressed news and alerted them to this with Brother Wounded Knees phone number, and when Im done here, will be contacting the other CA reservations for Brother Wounded Knees c all for help. So this day alone over 100,000 more people have been told of this sin against us all and called to help, by the end of the week, half the country should know. So please know you are not alone!! May The Great Spirit bless you and your familys this and every day! With Honor and Respect, Chief Medicine Horse Southeastern Chickamauga Cherokee Nation
    • JoHanna M. White July 18, 2011 at 5:57 am on Photos: July 12, 2011 – Demonstration at City HallKeep up the Good fight~ Glad to see Rev. McCollum there.
    • Yolanda Bailey July 17, 2011 at 9:26 am on Photos: July 12, 2011 – Demonstration at City HallAll of you guys are a great inspiration standing strong for so long, and I don't think everyone know's what a great sacrifice some of you have made physically and mentally, conditions have been very hard at times. Much love and respect MamaBear.
    • dixie July 16, 2011 at 11:45 am on Photos: July 12, 2011 – Demonstration at City HallTruly inspiring! You instill hope. Thank you.
    • ReginaQuetzal Quinones July 16, 2011 at 9:51 am on A show of strength at Vallejo City Hall – Report, videos & transcripts from July 12thTHANK YOU TO MY BROTHER AND SISTERS TAKING THE TIME TO DO A STAND IN. IT IS A BENEFIT TO ALL WHO CALL THIS LAND THEIR "HOME".
    • ReginaQuetzal Quinones July 16, 2011 at 9:49 am on A show of strength at Vallejo City Hall – Report, videos & transcripts from July 12thWe pay our respects to all the Active Warriors on the stand-in. We are over here at another site preparing for the same. We send PRAYERS of change and good energy. A Village site is just that, a site that was lived on occupied and prepared for another Generation. The relocation and dislocation of this Turtle Island as we know it, was a huge LAW passed design to erase and remove indigenous, aboriginal peoples from their land. As I sit here in this space of knowledge in the Genealogy department of a prominent research Library, I look around at all the time the Europeans gave them selves to settle here. The Land Lotteries speak for them selves. Mayflower and other Ship after ship brought refugees here to Land that was and still is inhabited. The best the "Americans" can do now is to create alliances with the "Wisdom Keepers" and Medicine Bundles. The Oral Traditional Stories speak volumes of the Heritage and Resources left here by the ancestors and descendants. R.Quetzal Quinnones ndnmediaSOULJA
    • levent July 16, 2011 at 8:42 am on Day 78 – Supporters requested over the coming weekWa-Kan-Tan-Ka, in Siberian Yakut Turk language; Tangara is God and Kan, Han, Khan, Kaan, Kagan, Kaghan, Hakan is the King... Tengir, Dingir (Sumer), Tangara (Turk, Bulgar), Tanagra (Etrusk, Ellen), Tenguri (Japanese) Tengere (Turk, Mongol, Hun-Magyar), Tengri is God. Tan is sunrise and pray time for Tangara. Gara is great spirit, for example Hakan Tangara (Kayra Khan)... Tan Gara means Great Spirit in the sky or Sky God; Kok Tangara, Kok Tengri, Gok Tanri in Turkish... Your Wakan Tanka is our Hakan Tangara... Mitakuye Oyasin!.. We believe in Wakan Tanka. Wakan Tanka bless you. Loves from Turkey to the First Nation of America.
    • marilynne napala July 16, 2011 at 7:16 am on A show of strength at Vallejo City Hall – Report, videos & transcripts from July 12thThe Indian burial site is behind my house. It is important for the leaders in city of Vallejo know that there are people living in Glen Cove who agree with the Native American cause to protect this land. Many residents welcome their presence & support the protest. The sound of the drumming reminds us that living in this beautiful historical spot is an honor. They have been respectful, good neighbors. On a practical note- I watch strangers enter and leave. Those who drive here park on Whitesides Dr. There is more parking available than is ever needed. For hikers, the bathroom in Benicia State Park is closer to us than it is to those who enter from the State Park parking lot!! There is absolutely NO NEED. Why build what is not at all needed here? There are those of us who believe it will invite trouble. Look at the police records to see the number of calls they have gotten over 20 yrs. with teens and crimes. Just because the grant money is there, does not mean it must be used for something that is going to be useless and will ruin a historical site.
    • Sioux Messinger July 14, 2011 at 5:03 am on Day 78 – Supporters requested over the coming weekThis is so important. The older I get, the more I realize that our country was not founded on the stated principles of democracy. Instead, many of our founders used bullying and manipulation, and broke promises to native people time and time again. I, for one, will not stand by while this is being done to native people again. As a white person, I offer my deepest apologies to all native people everywhere. Bringing firewood and food!
    • Chereen Patrick July 14, 2011 at 3:09 am on New Action Alert: Gather at GVRD this Thursday, 6:00pmMay the creator bless you all and bless the sacred territory your ancestors have cherished. Creator have pity on us, for we are trying to protect the land for the better. I love you all and stay strong, never let down and keep your guards up! You will be in my heart and prayers. -Chereen Patrick Gitxsan/Carrier Power
    • Jennifer Mary Pearson, Ph.D July 11, 2011 at 8:29 am on Statements of SupportJuly 10, 2011 Re: Glen Cove Cultural Easement Dear Vice Mayor Michael Wilson: I respectfully ask and pray that you CONTINUE to progress a course of action to conserve the Ohlone-Karquin pre-historic shell mound village and sacred cemetery area of Glen Cove/Sogorea Te at the Carquinez Strait waters. As a council member, you know, your protective action to date is clearly in concordance with State and Federal laws. As good patriotic Americans, the City Council now has this short time in world history to contribute to the common heritage of humanity. I pray you will embrace the generous 'cultural easement' concept proposal from the tribal allies of the Ohlone Native American descendants. Undoubtedly this sacred burial and trading place is of outstanding cultural importance for future generations. The cultural easement can be the next step in a respectful progression to conserve this sacred place in world history. This may be the last least disturbed massive burial shell mound of those 400 that ringed the S F Bay, inventoried by Nels Nelson in 1907 (Sol-236). We trust you will continue to value our history; then our nation can proceed to nominate Sogorea Te of "outstanding universal value" to inscribe on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A "cultural easement" can be legal, consistent and practicable for the City of Vallejo's mission. Would it not also be practicable to form an ongoing working group that invites Congressman Miller, State Senate and Assembly Members to an open dialogue with the Native Americans and non-native people who are attempting to "save" Sogorea Te from danger? The Mayor of Richmond has offered to work with you; undoubtedly other experienced colleagues would offer to participate. Considering religion: The 1978 American Indian Religious Freedom Act requires policies of ALL governmental agencies to eliminate interference with the free exercise of Native peoples to believe, express and exercise their religion-- and to accommodate access to and use of religious sites to the extent that use is PRACTICABLE and not inconsistent with an agency's essential function. Considering both history and religion, my two granddaughters learned in Vallejo's schools that this lovely place was an Ohlone people's village at the confluence of rivers and the Bay, a strategic trade route where ancient peoples from all over the West Coast of the USA gathered together centuries before the arrival of the Europeans--before any factories, houses, roads etc.. The children's classes visited Sogorea Te and imagined how the thousands of Karquin-Ohlone Indians buried there had lived in past centuries. They learned of the religious ceremonial rites from local Native American speakers. They read historical accounts by the Spaniards, Mexicans and historians that described ceremonial gatherings of visiting tribes, the significance of the plentiful salmon and huge sturgeon in the Karquinez Strait, and the plants the Indians harvested for food. You likely have heard the fascinating legend that when the salmon ran in droves one could walk on the backs of those gleaming silver fish across the water. Indians could scoop up fish by hand from a canoe. This interested the children to gather reeds and make a 1/3 sized canoe that hung in the classroom for all to see--they wrote poems, drew nature scenes and imagined hundreds of years ago they were living at Sogorea Te. They gathered acorns and made acorn meal cakes--imagining they were Ohlones. They wrote on the arrival of the Spaniards, the settlers taking the land--the painful story of the Indians being removed to forced work at the Missions--breaking their culture into pieces--and the 20th Century Human Rights efforts on the restoration of Indian culture. Besides knowing bits of the (archaeological) historical record of Sogorea Te as a community trading village, schoolchildren all over the Bay Area wonder how Native Americans lived, died and were buried there by the water beneath the mounds of shells. Thus, doesn't this public land belongs to ALL our children and their children's children? Recall that former Mayor Gloria Axline asked local community leaders to value letting the dead rest and to 'keep quiet' for fear of grave robbers who pull out Indian bones and funerary items to sell on the international market. Perhaps the Council will formally commend the volunteer Protect Glen Cove prayer vigilers for providing 24 hour security? I applaud your ongoing protection of the 15 acre public land Glen Cove burial site from intrusion of a local bullish 'parks' agency who disrespect laws that protect religious practices and threaten to violently dig, bulldoze and move soil that will erase our heritage forever--it cannot be replaced. In conclusion, do ask our children--they know the ugly painful history of Native peoples will say NO MORE Indian bones should ever be pulled out of the ground just as the soil of the graves of our grandparents--our ancestors should never be disturbed. Please suppo
    • Anna Christensen July 10, 2011 at 2:56 pm on Statements of SupportAnna Christensen, Long Beach, California, July 10, 2011 After spending the past week at Sogorea Te, and some time researching past and planned developments for Glen Cove, it seems appropriate to communicate the following. It is a matter of public record that tribal peoples inhabited Glen Cove and that a shell mound, cultural materials, and burials remain on the land. Since 1907, the scientific community has been aware of the existence of the indigenous occupation of Glen Cove. In 1986 the Vallejo Times Herald noted the discovery of a Native American burial in Vallejo and quoted representatives of both the California Native American Heritage Commission and the State Office of Historic Preservation who agreed that to disturb burials, and other evidence of ancient places was to destroy history, to displace what is irreplaceable and invaluable. Too bad that those interested in and/or having some responsibility for historic preservation over the past 100 years have not taken the opportunity to ensure that history, intact, is preserved at Glen Cove. To the uninformed eye, Walden Pond looks like any old puddle. Activists have fought to keep developers and the general public from totally destroying what inspired Thoreau, our great green grandfather. While many Americans, of my generation at least, learned a lot about Thoreau in public school, we didn’t learn much about Indians. History started with Columbus, jumped to the Mayflower, jumped to George Washington, jumped to pioneers, jumped to the Civil War, and kept on jumping forward in time, never looking back or even sideways, as we claimed “our” history without question. The learning curve may be steep right now, but follow along and don’t pretend you’re a pioneer. The Greater Vallejo Recreation District jumps into Glen Cove with its current plan to make “improvements” for the benefit of the good citizens of Vallejo. Most of Vallejo’s coastline has already been improved to the exclusion of wildlife and vegetation, but the GVRD wants to add a paved parking lot with restrooms and paved trail, bulldoze a meadow, and uproot trees and other plants. Since the GVRD’s prior plan to lease the old “historic” Stremmel mansion on the cove had no takers, they now want to bulldoze that as well. Downtown Vallejo has many great old mansions, it has no other shell mound. Vallejo has public parks with restrooms, in need of maintenance and better security. Because we all have personal obligations, we allow officials to make bad public decisions for us. If the GVRD really means to improve Glen Cove, then it must abandon its plan to destroy it in the name of the good citizens of Vallejo. A visitor to Glen Cove will see ducks, geese, skunks, fishermen quietly waiting for a tug on their lines, a man kayaking, people walking with their children and their dogs. One can stop by the prayer vigil, share a meal, and learn some history from those standing between their ancestors and the bulldozers. If we can simply agree that we enjoy a quiet natural spot with a clean beach and well-maintained trails, and that we can best respect the history of Glen Cove by not bulldozing its shell mound and burials; then we can be both inclusive and protective of our shared spaces and humanity. We can and we must.
    • rene beth heyenga July 10, 2011 at 12:44 am on Week 12 update: Still StrongMy my companion Joe and I have just learned about the 'Protect Glen Cove' project and would like to offer our prayers and support. Any information would be appreciated and we can share the message with our hometown community in Humboldt county. Thank you ...namaste
    • Elsie Cook July 7, 2011 at 7:57 am on Corrina Gould & Wounded Knee DeOcampo speak in Vallejo: Transcripts + AudioI would like to apologise to the Indian Nations for what the white man and others have done to you for decades and more years than I care to remember.The driven force of all of what has happened to you has been greedy people wanting what is not theirs and never will be.The Great Indian Nations are the only peoples who recognised the true worth of living from the land and only taking what was really necessary and then putting back into the land so that Mother Earth could replenish herself to feed others.I only hope and pray that your ancestors will be allowed to rest in peace and my prayers are with you always.God Bless each and everyone of you. xxx
    • Chester King Ph.D. July 6, 2011 at 1:49 pm on Statements of SupportI am a specialist in the archaeology and ethnohistory of California Indian societies. The San Francisco Mission records indicate that the Carquin and the Huichun-Aguasto Ohlone groups lived along the Carquines Straights. The area is also immediately adjacent to the Napa Patwin tribe in the Vallejo area. The Carquines straight also served as the waterway that united the Coast, Bay, Plains and Sierra Miwok groups who were important manufacturers and traders in Central California. The Carquines Straight is the passageway through which all streams drain out of California's Central Valley. The Spanish explorers saw Indians in boats catching Sturgeon with nets in the Straights. The settlement site at Glen Cove is an important Californian site and should be protected. Heritage sites such as the mound at Glen Cove are unique and can not be replaced. Unlike trees that can be replanted, there is no way to put a site back together once it has been disturbed. Even the best intended development work at a site usually entails more disturbance than initially intended; because planners usually don't anticipate the disturbance that occurs when site deposit is removed to place base material for parking lots or during excavation of utility trenches. The site should be protected by avoiding soil disturbing activities in site areas. Sincerely, Chester King
    • Axitia July 4, 2011 at 1:59 pm on An open letter regarding recent misunderstandingsWe would like to send all of our positivity and support to the cause of protecting Glen Cove. As lifelong Northern California residents we have been blessed. Respect the rights of all indigenous people and all those who truly respect nature and human rights. Support will be maximal. AXITIA, Butte County, Earth
    • Neil Whitelaw, Druid Order July 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm on An open letter regarding recent misunderstandingsAs an initiate of the Druid Order, London Lodge we endorse this Open Letter & the aims of the Committee to Protect Glen Cove. The Druid Order, reorganized June 24, 1717, London, England, is an Ancient Mother Earth-based Father Sky-based Spiritual Philosophy dedicated to the protection of Mother Nature & Sacred Spaces not unlike the dedication of our Brothers & Sisters of the Indigenous Peoples of North, Central, and South America & therefor aligned with the aims of the Committee to Protect Glen Cove, the Save Sacred Sites group, as well as the Shellmound Walk group. We Druids have had to deal with this for many, many Centuries, and still do to this day, to protect our Sacred Spaces in England, Eire, Scotland, Wales, France and the islands of Mallorca, Ibiza, & Formentera in the Mediterranean. “We Remember”
    • Yair June 29, 2011 at 2:47 pm on Day 71 update + photos: 500 mile runners arrive at Sogorea TeLet the city of Valejo make amends and give glen cove back to the people it belongs to. Let them take out any thing they put in, roads, buildings, power lines and let the people who took such good care of this land show them how it is done in respect.
    • Consuela M Vargas Pit River Tribe (Hammawi Band) Alternate Council Rep June 29, 2011 at 11:41 am on Day 71 update + photos: 500 mile runners arrive at Sogorea TeI will always keep you in my prayer so be safe and keep strong out there and Ay thank you all so much for helping in the fight to protection of our sacred sites/lands here in 2011. I thank you and to all my Pit River people/family for helping and spreading the word with the 500 Mile American Indian Spiritual Marathon Runners and for all the years even going back to the gold rush days, 47 cents, land claims fights, and treaties never being ratified fight. Just look what we as a people have been through and we are still here! You are still here that’s power! You, me, and others standing together with one another to help each other that’s what it’s all about. All of you no matter what tribe you are from, you are still my sisters and brothers in the circle. May creator bless you all, and I know we as a tribe are thankful and hope we can see you soon okay be safe out there my people. We will keep you in our prayers at the Medicine Lake Gathering if you don't make it back up Pit Rivers.
    • Isabella Rivera June 27, 2011 at 9:14 am on Day 30 update – Pit River shows supportAwesome news!!! I love hearing about the tribes standing together to stand their ground!!!
    • Ingrid Everaert June 25, 2011 at 5:59 pm on Day 71 update + photos: 500 mile runners arrive at Sogorea TePlease leave the Native Americans their heritage and way of living its so beautiful living close to nature. Let them have their culture it is so good in times of stress and all that is happening in the world. Its a way that would be good for all people to life by there thoughts and spirit!!! Ingrid Everaert (Belgium)
    • Rosita Eagle Feather June 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm on Day 71 update + photos: 500 mile runners arrive at Sogorea TeI am touched by all this beauty . This is a wonderful initiative , I never heard of it before . I see that good things are very much alive and Native Armericans are still spreading the message of peace , unity and harmony with all ! Thanks to all of you , you are wonderful !!!!!!! Rosita ( Belgium)
    • Sinnie Santo June 25, 2011 at 5:03 pm on Day 71 update + photos: 500 mile runners arrive at Sogorea TeContinued Prayers And Blessings To Our Brothers And Sisters Taking A Stand, For What Is Right!! True Warriors In My Book!! And Special Thanks To The 500 Mile American Inian Spiritual Marathon Runners For Spreading The Sacred Message, For Our People, From a Native Pima Sister In Salt River, Arizona, Aho
    • danita quinn June 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm on Day 71 update + photos: 500 mile runners arrive at Sogorea Tevery good write up. warren quinn of the atwamsini band of pit rivers and santana sanchez of the ajumawi band of pit rivers. thank you.
    • Isabella Rivera June 25, 2011 at 5:33 am on An open letter regarding recent misunderstandingsBeautifully said. Thank you for sharing this information with all of us. The stand for the preservation of Sogorea Te/Glen Cove is for all nations! Let's all stand together and help each other.
    • Laulani Teale June 24, 2011 at 8:21 am on An open letter regarding recent misunderstandingsAwesome, Braddah Keale. May the rainbow bridge, moʻolelo and kūpuna who have connected our lands and peoples mai kinohi mai (from time immemorial) shine in strength for the protection of the sacred ʻāina everywhere. E kūlike kākou!!!
    • KEALE June 24, 2011 at 7:58 am on An open letter regarding recent misunderstandingsAloha Ohana, Mahalo nui for your clarification of intent in this letter. From our standpoint it was never in question. Your thoughts & actions have always reflected "pono" righteousness. We are glad that the attempt to divide us has been made evident. We have come to expect such things over the years, yah? Let us stay strong in the protection of our Kupuna/Elders in this world and the Otherworld. We in Hawaii who have sustained ourselves through attempts to be co-opted by entities that truly do not have the past, present and future at heart stand with you. Our prayers continue with much aloha to you! Creator Io-Kane and our stones are witness to these things as you well know.
    • Mim June 23, 2011 at 11:53 am on Bay Trail and Association of Bay Area Governments Suspends $200,000 Grant to GVRDCelebrating with you, in prayer, this important step towards recognition of Indigenous rights and values!
    • Sam Kurshan June 23, 2011 at 6:21 am on Statements of SupportMy heart and spirit have always been supportive of you. There are many kind, decent and compassionate people in Vallejo who offer the same support. Do not be swayed by the handful of hateful, insensitive souls. Your comments echo the gentle, sensitive feelings and respect I have experienced every time I have visited the site. There is and continues to be, nothing but a peaceful spirit of love and pride exhibited by the people demonstrating there, for the sacred land your ancestors are buried on. I have absolutely no regrets for supporting the people protesting the building of toilets and parking spaces on Native American burial ground. I also find it odd that the formally designated tribe only spoke up now. I once said I am a person who has the courage to stand behind my beliefs. Just because an issue is controversial or unpopular with some, will not cause me to withdraw my support of it. That's right I now own it and I am proud to do so. God will continue to watch over and protect you and your supporters. You will prevail. Sincerely, Sam Kurshan Sam Kurshan for Vallejo City Council 2011 Ho
    • Sam Kurshan June 23, 2011 at 6:13 am on Winnemem Wintu hold Salmon ceremony at Glen CoveWounded, My heart and spirit have always been supportive of you. There are many kind, decent and compassionate people in Vallejo who offer the same support. Do not be swayed by the handful of hateful, insensitive souls. Your comments echo the gentle, sensitive feelings and respect I have experienced every time I have visited the site. There is and continues to be, nothing but a peaceful spirit of love and pride exhibited by the people demonstrating there, for the sacred land your ancestors are buried on. I have absolutely no regrets for supporting the people protesting the building of toilets and parking spaces on Native American burial ground. I also find it odd that the formally designated tribe only spoke up now. I am a person who has the courage to stand behind my beliefs. Just because an issue is controversial or unpopular with some, will not cause me to withdraw my support of it. God will continue to watch over and protect you and your supporters. You will prevail. Sincerely, Sam Kurshan Sam Kurshan for Vallejo City Council 2011 Ho
    • Makere June 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm on Winnemem Wintu hold Salmon ceremony at Glen Covei was so happy to see you all again in this video. my heart is with you all always. Kia kaha, kia u, kia mataara. Keep in touch Makere
    • Ruth Marquez-Washeleski June 20, 2011 at 11:44 am on Day 67 update – Spiritual Marathon Departs from Pit RiverI CONTINUE TO LIFT UP PRAYERS AND SMUDGE ALONG THE SACRAMENTO RIVER FOR THE SALMON'S RETURN AND THE SONGS TO CARRY ON THE WIND TO YOU "ALL MY RELATIONS" AT SOGOREA TE. I HOPE TO VISIT AFTER THE FIRST OF THE MONTH! STAND STRONG, UNITED ! AHO/AMEN - BE BLESSED RUTH ANGELA
    • Louise Dunlap June 20, 2011 at 12:03 am on Day 67 update – Spiritual Marathon Departs from Pit RiverI have to be away from California during the month of June on a working trip but I am checking this terrific site regularly (whether I get the emails or not) and telling everyone about the magnificent spiritual encampment to protect Sogorea Te and all you are accomplishing. This is what it means to build awareness and a movement. With gratitude and respect Louise (Shellmound Walker)
    • admin June 17, 2011 at 7:09 pm on Winnemem Wintu hold Salmon ceremony at Glen Cove
    • Rev. Kathryn Schreiber June 15, 2011 at 3:17 am on Bay Trail and Association of Bay Area Governments Suspends $200,000 Grant to GVRDDear sisters and brothers -- before, now and will be -- we celebrate with you, grateful for your steady work for deep justice and holy compassion for all beings. -- your friends at UCH, UCC
    • Louise Brookes June 14, 2011 at 10:31 pm on Winnemem Wintu hold Salmon ceremony at Glen CoveI am part of a group helping to stop the building of the Belo Monte Dam in the Amazon which will steal the lands of 40000 Kayapo tribe and destory vast areas of the Amazon watershed and rainforest. I'd like to stand in solidarity with you. This is our group. We are coming together internationally now. Which means that the people who are building dams have millions of people uniting internationally to stop them... I thin if we help each other at significant times we can make a big difference in each other'sstruggles. Thank you for what you're doing. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-Chief-Raoni/206875702683503
    • Rebecca Ruiz-Lichter June 14, 2011 at 6:39 am on New video: The Spiritual Encampment to Protect Glen CoveMy youtube statistics say that people have viewed this video from Guam, New Zealand, Canada, New Caledonia, Sweden, Honduras, Australia, Belgium, Palestinian Territories and all over the U.S.! It seems you all have a following all over!
    • Willie June 14, 2011 at 3:36 am on Day 59 update – 250 attend Spiritual Gathering at Sogorea TeJust wanted to thank you for the emails about the status of what's going on at Glencove.I had great time up there.Just wish we could of stayed longer. I'm Cherokee and have only been to Pow Wows.Going to the burial site gave me a side of Indian Spiritually I've never seen, and I feel that as blessing to experience.
    • Carol Shangreaux (Ampowakiyanwi) June 13, 2011 at 8:34 am on Day 59 update – 250 attend Spiritual Gathering at Sogorea TeLike this... it is good for the Oyate (people) who wish to get into contact with their spiritual self and others... the land is sacred to the People..( But to the state... this land they are wanting for their own purpose...... Just like when the pilgrims first came to this country... and claimed land that was already owned... by the Red Man...
    • Stephanie Manning June 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm on Bay Trail and Association of Bay Area Governments Suspends $200,000 Grant to GVRDThis is wonderful news and the result of all the days and weeks of struggle by the Ohlone and the intertribal folks and non-natives as well. Good for you guys and gals! The Great Spirit brings this gift along with the grace of better weather and summer ahead. Hang in there and stay strong! You are my heroes! Stephanie Manning
    • Lopez Tattoo June 12, 2011 at 11:06 am on Winnemem Wintu hold Salmon ceremony at Glen CoveHot Prayers from the Inland Valley Chino Pomona area. Ohlone Nation . Indigenous reamain and return . Houses are fake . MOTHER EARTH, FATHER SKY Creator Bless them.
    • Elizabeth Wilson June 12, 2011 at 4:42 am on Winnemem Wintu hold Salmon ceremony at Glen CoveMy heart goes out to my native people for their plight. Its heart breaking what these Corporate and Govt funded companies are doing to the land and the people. For centuries it has been just take and no give back. When the Salmon is gone.......they are gone forever, and a way of life for the native and local people is gone too. Haven't they done enough raping of the land and now they want more. How would these culprits like it if we had to go into their front yards and did that to them. Us natives have never ever desecrated a burial ground or a sacred site. To Christians a sacred site is a cemetery, church. How would they like it if our people went in and flooded their cemeteries huh. or tore down their churches because they were in the way.
    • Dr. Sandra M. Pacheco June 12, 2011 at 1:07 am on Relations with the Glen Cove neighborhood: a letterI live in Glen Cove and support all your efforts to protect sacred burial grounds.
    • Nick Carabajal Jr. June 12, 2011 at 12:40 am on Day 59 update – 250 attend Spiritual Gathering at Sogorea TeCongrats Family. It is great to see a victory for the people. I wish I had been able to attend. TarahaTak Rukka is Truly watching over you all. I am Mutsun Ohlone and am eternally thankful for all victories in California. HHHHHOOOOOLLLLLLEEEEEEE!!!!!!
    • Malc June 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm on Winnemem Wintu hold Salmon ceremony at Glen CoveI have enjoyed your story and my heart is with you and the Salmon and the Mother, Sadly i cannot spare any funds as we live close to the Earth and have little---but i do walk softly and feel my children are Human Beings!
    • Ruth Marquez-Washeleski June 11, 2011 at 12:05 pm on Photos: Week 5 on the land – May 2011Prayers for perseverance, relief/supporters/advocates to continue to hear of the encampment and Segorea Te, Glen Cove, Vallejo, CA. I know the need is great for donations! I continue to gather signatures here in/around Sacramento and on my travels, prayer walks along the Sacramento River and spread the news to SNAHC/TANF/BV Rancheria, etc. I need prayers in a request to speak to Govenor Brown. I will be visitng for the day Sunday and hope to camp soon after I graduate this program and find permanent housing. Now I come when I can usually on my way into the Bay Area to visit my Sons. They hope to visit soon, possibly next weekend. This Sunday, I will be escorted by Steaven Greenwood, President: Aggressive Aerodynamics Institute of Research. "I am volunteering along side this Brother to help with the 'Mother Earth Medicine/the power of the Air' - to detox our environment!" Thank you for the wonderful clear pictures that were recently uploaded to the website. Blessings, AHO RUTH ANGELA MARQUEZ-WASHELESKI Executive Administrative Assistant Aggressive Aerodynamic Institute of Research
    • Sam Kurshan June 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm on Photos: Week 5 on the land – May 2011I wish I could be there with you now as I have been many times in the past. My engine blew up in my truck making it very difficult for me to get around lately. My heart and prayers are with you and everyone there. God is watching over and protecting all of you. Keep up the vigil. You will prevail. I hope to join you again, soon. Your friend and supporter, Sam Kurshan
    • Simone Schulz June 10, 2011 at 11:30 am on Winnemem Wintu hold Salmon ceremony at Glen CoveIn support of Indigenous Peoples struggle... around the world... to protect the last pristine places on earth... I pray with you...
    • Lila Peters June 10, 2011 at 5:42 am on Relations with the Glen Cove neighborhood: a letterstay stRonG in The fighT 4 lifE!* sacRed mother EarTh!* I am w U in prayEr*...always*......lila
    • Toney Steele June 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm on Statements of SupportAs a Northern California native I am proud to live in this part of the country. There are many places that are sacred among our people. Many customs that we practice today that have not died in vain as some would hope. I went to a funeral today of a close friend and family and one of the elders I spoke to said something to me I thought was very profound. She said that we should walk gently on this earth and not make many enemies as we may make someone angry at us and that person may have to bury us. She then proceeded to chuckle and I began to think, how wise this humorous story struck me. I'm am not surprised at the horrific news of the leadership of Vallejo wanting all of the world to turn their backs as once again the foreign mindset of destroying something they know nothing about for what always seems as financial gain. What they don't understand yet is the long term effects and consequences of desecrating our elders. Look around you!! Wake up and realize that any race that can live in this land for 10,000 plus years and keep it as beautiful as you found it had some discipline and rules. A burial site such as this was at the edge of the water which is sacred in itself. Some elders had to travel four days to get to sogorea te which is also a rule. Last I heard golf courses aren't doing so well why not build some toilets over on the golf course. The indigenous are not asking for all of Vallejo back yet. Just perserving these burial sites which are sacred to our people. The bible your ancestors wrote awhile back mentions that you reap what you sow. So consider stopping the insanity of destroying your own future on borrowed land because you do not own any of it...we believe that the land owns us. Respect what is not yours ...let our Elders rest....
    • Cris Melo June 9, 2011 at 7:17 am on Bay Trail and Association of Bay Area Governments Suspends $200,000 Grant to GVRDWOOOOT! Congratulations to all!!! The energy is finally flowing right! Keep going, everyone! Enough is ENOUGH! Love to all! A few of us are planning to be there soon...
    • Louise Johnson June 9, 2011 at 6:12 am on Bay Trail and Association of Bay Area Governments Suspends $200,000 Grant to GVRDSweet! Keep the prayers and positive vibes going . . .
    • Ruth Marquez-Washeleski June 9, 2011 at 1:41 am on Day 51 update + photos – Staying active in the downpourElder's Meditation of the Day - June 9 Every part of this country is sacred to my people. Every hillside, every valley, every plain and grove has been hallowed by some fond memory or some sad experience of my tribe. Even the rocks, which seem to lie dumb as they swelter in the sun along the silent shore in solemn grandeur, thrill with memories of past events connected with the fate of my people. -- -Chief Seattle, SUQUAMISH Native people say the Earth is sacred. Some places on Earth will feel more sacred than others. You can often feel the sacredness of these places because of what has happened on them. If you do a ceremony on a certain place and return later, whatever happened before will still be there to help you. Even if someone you didn't know did something on the Earth and you come along later, the powers will be there to help you. This is why the Earth is sacred and these special places are sacred spots. My Creator, let the powers of the sacred places help the people today.
    • marion krott June 9, 2011 at 1:35 am on Bay Trail and Association of Bay Area Governments Suspends $200,000 Grant to GVRDthank u ABAG u did the right thing!!!! to all warriors involved 56 days thank you from my heart as always united we stand!!!
    • Bill Snyder June 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm on Bay Trail and Association of Bay Area Governments Suspends $200,000 Grant to GVRDThis is tremendous news. Finally; someone who understands, that Life is not always about profit, but has Spirituality, Family and Tradition. Thank you ABAG, for taking the lead and responding with intelligence and decency.
    • Angelheart June 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm on Bay Trail and Association of Bay Area Governments Suspends $200,000 Grant to GVRDWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
    • rebecca ruiz-lichter June 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm on Relations with the Glen Cove neighborhood: a letterthis is really good. i hope they print it
    • robert tomaskin June 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm on New poster design: “Protect Sogorea Te”my prayers are with you all.
    • robert tomaskin June 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm on New poster design: “Protect Sogorea Te”keep the endless work up...
    • Mt. Shasta Mike June 6, 2011 at 8:20 am on Statements of SupportNever stop defending sacred areas. My heart and spirit is with you all. The sober warriors of the Hupa Tribe (Sweat Hogs) will be praying hard for your cause. We plan on organizing a trip down there to support you perhaps on the 25th of June. Maybe we could bring some willows and blankets and sweat, pray and sing together. It is so important for all peoples to pull together and act as a unified team to show the strength of protecting sacred sites and traditions! Yotahwapie akreeva. Soovinik!
    • Lucy June 6, 2011 at 5:53 am on Day 48-50 updates + photos: Bay Trail meets with Protect Glen Cove Committee, Spiritual Gathering to take place Saturdayhttps://www.facebook.com/notes/james-magaska-swan/bear-butte-update-6511-support-rally-gathering/219902361367923 Please ck. out this site, and there is another fight going on at Bear Butte, S.D. Mr. James Magaska Swan is spear heading this rally...and as NDN's we support your endeavors! Keep up the fight!!!
    • Amy Juan June 4, 2011 at 10:36 am on Statements of SupportSending you all prayers, strength and love from the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona! Like Indigenous Peoples all over the world we too fight ever increasing occupation of our traditional and sacred lands. All over O'odham jewed (land) we are striving to protect our burial sites, mountains and environmentally sensitive lands from occupation by the United States Border Patrol and Economic/Free Trade Monsters established by our sharing of 75 miles of International Border with Mexico. We know that the strength gathered from the basic and true of our cultures and traditions, songs and prayers will sustain us as they have since time immemorial, but also that in today's time that more has to be done to defeat our enemies. We are here. Please know that we stand in solidarity with the people of Segorea Te and all who protect the land of our Ancestors! Si has em-elid, with love and respect.
    • CHODDY MARLOW June 3, 2011 at 10:51 am on Memorial Day weekend updates & photos – Workshops held, Alcatraz Story shared, Support reinforces ongoing ceremonyKEEP UP THE GOOD WORK BROTHERS AND SISTERS, JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL. WAKAN TANKA, HEAR MY PRAYER TUNKASILA, I STAND HUMBLE BEFORE YOU, THIS ONE ASKS NOT FOR HIMSELF BUT ASKS YOU TO HELP OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THEIR FIGHT TO KEEP THESE LANDS SACRED AND NOT DESICRATED, MAKE THEIR ENEMIES BOW DOWN BEFORE THEM, KEEP THEIR SPIRIT STRONG IN THE COMING WEEKS AND WATCH OVER THE COVE FOR THE PEOPLE. MAY THE SPIRITS OF THE FOUR WINDS SEND THEIR SPIRIT WARRIORS TO HELP IN THIS TIME OF NEED. PILAMAYAYE TUNKASILA. WAKAN TANKA NICI UN. MITAKUYE OYASIN ++++
    • Wanda Cloud June 1, 2011 at 3:33 pm on Photos: Week 5 on the land – May 2011I will continue to pray, my fear is that one day all of our mother will be covered in buildings and pavement and only a few grass leaves will fight their way though the cracks in the pavement
    • rebecca ruiz-lichter June 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm on Memorial Day weekend updates & photos – Workshops held, Alcatraz Story shared, Support reinforces ongoing ceremonyLast weekend's stories and workshops sound like they were amazing! I'm sorry I missed them
    • Mt. Shasta Mike June 1, 2011 at 5:58 am on Photos: Week 5 on the land – May 2011Keep things going strong and ask for protection from creator. I am hosting a fasting sweat prayer ceremony June 11 at 6am sweat.Then we are going up on Mt. Shasta to raise the pipe and smoke...then solo time on the Mountain for participants then going back for a 8pm sweat on my property. I met Wounded Knee at the Bloody Island commemoration last month at Clear Lake and really want to support what you are trying to do. We must never waver to protect our sacred sites. We will be focusing the June 11th ceremony to pray for protection and strength for the cause at Glen Cove. We hope to bring some bears down there to offer strength and protection soon. Oh ho!!!!
    • Jeremy Amouak May 31, 2011 at 5:35 pm on Day 44 update – Support Requested, Workshops this SaturdayY'all are still in my prayers thanks for the hospitality and love!!!!!
    • Bob Torres May 31, 2011 at 3:54 pm on Statements of SupportI am so happy to know so many of you who are able to stand as warriors.I also am grateful for the others I have met at the camp.These kind of actions are what true freedom is about.It also shows how much people truly love being connected,tribal life.Aho.All My Relations.
    • Jeff Chop May 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm on Day 37 update – Rain passes, Salmon Dance plannedLet the salmon dance again, make the rivers flow again, bless the clouds to bring us rain. wild is our spirit, migration into the vastness of the pacific, in endless rhythms across time, the river calls us home, our world is to bless the salmon, keep the land, our world can only be with a river running free, to begin again, the salmon cycles, this is the way of our soul, bless the souls of those who love and fight to protect the waters.
    • Amy Ballard Rich May 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm on Day 44 update – Support Requested, Workshops this SaturdayBless you and all you do! I can't come tomorrow but I will be out there Sunday!
    • Fayala Amaya May 27, 2011 at 6:15 am on Photos: Week 5 on the land – May 2011Hope the sacred territory will remain SACRED!! My spirit will stand by those in the defense of the land.
    • Lora Chandler May 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm on Day 37 update – Rain passes, Salmon Dance plannedIt was so good to see you all down there today at Sogorea Te today...miigwech for standing strong relatives. You are in our hearts and prayers. Peace be with you...looking forward to seeing you all at the Salmon Dance.
    • in solidarity May 22, 2011 at 7:44 am on Photos: Week 5 on the land – May 2011beautiful pictures, stay strong everyone i have been there in spirit and prayers every single day. sending a lot of love to segorea te.
    • Hinhanska Haney May 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm on Day 37 update – Rain passes, Salmon Dance plannedGreat News, keep it coming Prayer for us all
    • sal camarillo May 19, 2011 at 12:19 pm on Day 32+33 updates – Benicia State Recreation Area set to close, Richmond Mayor asks GVRD to sit down for discussionwe have and will continue our support by posting the latest updates and news on our yahoo group and on Facebook.
    • Jennie May 18, 2011 at 3:13 am on Day 32+33 updates – Benicia State Recreation Area set to close, Richmond Mayor asks GVRD to sit down for discussionI wish I could still be there with you my brothers and sisters! I am so proud of the strong people that have been there holding it down! I will see you as soon as we can get some gas money together. Until then me and my family are thinking about you and praying for you all. Thank you!
    • sharon reid May 17, 2011 at 2:54 pm on Day 31 update – Bloody Island report, Rain at Sogorea Tekeep on fighting for what you believe, especially this, i would not like it if someone told me they were going to dig up my ancestors, will be with you from afar , blessings to you all.
    • shari wesley May 16, 2011 at 11:25 pm on Transcript & Audio of Corrina Gould in San Francisco, May 10Many Prayers, our hearts are with you, even if we cannot get there, praying for the ancestors and your efforts to save the site. love yellow hummingbird
    • Mt. Shasta Mike May 16, 2011 at 7:51 am on Day 31 update – Bloody Island report, Rain at Sogorea TeIncredible gathering of prayer, team-ship, dance, songs, regalia, love and respect for the ones who lost their lives in 1850. I was blessed with the people and smiles and prayers throughout the event. Doug's dream came to fruition and I believe will grow outward as this ceremony keeps teaching and reaching out! Oho!!!
    • Julie Risdall May 16, 2011 at 7:05 am on Day 32+33 updates – Benicia State Recreation Area set to close, Richmond Mayor asks GVRD to sit down for discussionThank you for the daily updates. I've been keeping up to date on your struggle since it began. I've posted the info several times on Facebook. I have quite a few Native Americans as friends on FB. Also signed the petition and posted that info on FB. You are in the right and please don't give up. I'm so sorry that people of my heritage are still trying to do these kinds of disgraceful actions. I am very ashamed of them. I wish I could be of more personal help to you, but my prayers and hopes are there with you. The Creator is there with you and your ancestors!
    • Stephanie Manning May 15, 2011 at 12:23 pm on Day 31 update – Bloody Island report, Rain at Sogorea TeThe appearance of the three horses was a spiritual gift from higher power. That kinda thing leaves you speechless. Hang in there People of the Earth!
    • Sinnie Santo May 15, 2011 at 10:28 am on Day 31 update – Bloody Island report, Rain at Sogorea TeContinued Prayers and Blessings To You All And A Big "Happy Birthday To "Fred Short" And Congrats On His 9month. Sobriety. From A Native Sister In Salt River , Arizona And Fello AIMster, Aho
    • Ka'iulani Mahuka May 13, 2011 at 8:47 am on Solidarity Statement from HawaiʻiAloha Kakou, My heart is with you as are my prayers for justice. Me ke aloha pumehana, Ka'iulani Mahuka
    • B. Light May 13, 2011 at 7:53 am on Solidarity Statement from HawaiʻiIn solidarity with the struggle for Sogorea Te from San Francisco!! Stop the racist development of Glen Cove!! Parks should be built to celebrate life, wisdom, happiness and truth - not to destroy culture, desecrate the ancestors, and hurt the aina.
    • Bill Ellison Little Eagle May 12, 2011 at 4:38 pm on Statements of SupportOsiyo, There are things in this life that are very Sacred, and one is our Sacred Burial Grounds,Just because we are Indigenous People, doesn't mean we don't exist, we are real and we are still here. Why do you think you have the right to Desecrate our Sacred Grounds. They are not your Ancestors, they are our Ancestors. We are here to stay. You always try to destroy what you don't understand or fear what you know nothing abought, why can't you try and learn about these things. We are all as one. We do not distroy your cemeterys leave ours alone. You wonder why we were always at war with each other, that is one good reason.Please think about what you want to do.The Creator does not want you to dig up a Sacred Site,it is Sacrilege. What you do will come back on you 10 times.I have been calling on all people to come together in Peace, how can there be peace with the distruction of our Sacred Sites.I am calling for a Great Gathering to begin. Bill Little Eagle, Cherokee, Manataka.
    • Morning Star Gali May 12, 2011 at 5:47 am on Statements of SupportThank you Melissa and your grandmother for visiting with us at the fire the other evening ago. It's great that your teacher is informing your classmates about the Glen Cove shellmound and encouraging students to visit. We welcome your classmates anytime you are able to make it down. Please keep spreading the word!
    • Ben Manuel May 12, 2011 at 5:15 am on Solidarity Statement from HawaiʻiOnce upon a time in a shipping container turned into a makeshift storage unit that had shelves that held cardboard cartons that held the remains that were unceromoniously dug up at the Walmart site, I stood, accompanying to Kanaka Maoli women, Ka'anohi and her neice, Keala. We had been part of a small contingent of people that came to oppose the grand opening of Walmart and Sam's Club, because of its blatant disregard for sacred places evidenced by the desecration of the burial sites at this location. For a few moments that stretched into what seemed like an eternity, we stood with our heads bowed, offering our respects and our prayers. Ka'anohi nodded to her neice, Keala, who then approached a little table and removed what appeared to be a small washcloth that covered some of the remains that were in the process of being "studied and examined" by an archeologist. An overwhelming feeling of sadness and grief came to rest upon me that day, a deep sense of kaumaha, I was told. I had dreams of kupuna who had gone on and had to seek the advice of Ka'anohi, who as lineal descendant to many of the kupuna whose graves were dug up, was in my estimation, the best one to consult with. She comforted me in the gentlest of ways and helped to allay some of the fears and doubts that arose in me, not knowing really what all of this implied in the different ways that it might. Having seen the face of blatant disregard for Native Culture and the willful desecration of Sacred Sites, and understanding the underlying racism that often is the engine that drives such rude incursions into Native places and spaces, I offer my respects, support and solidarity to all who have converged upon Glen Cove to protect it.
    • Elise Davis May 11, 2011 at 7:51 pm on Solidarity Statement from HawaiʻiI offer my passionate support for your work in Glen Cove!...yes, we need to malama the land, people, and culture! -Elise Davis
    • willing spirit for change May 11, 2011 at 7:50 pm on Solidarity Statement from HawaiʻiMahalo for allowing me to show my support for your efforts…my deepest wishes for a successful outcome. Malama pono…aloha ‘aina!
    • Amy Marsh May 11, 2011 at 7:49 pm on Solidarity Statement from HawaiʻiI would like to add my signature of support for the people at Glen Cove. We also don't shop at the "Dead Mall" in Emeryville, which was built over a shellmound and burials. Amy Marsh
    • R. Bruce Denney May 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm on Solidarity Statement from HawaiʻiWe must mālama the heritage. While all that is new is not necessarily worthless, giving respect and dignity to that which has gone before (both pono and hewa) is necessary. No matter how good one's intent, tear away the roots and nothing of value remains.
    • Puanani Rogers May 11, 2011 at 7:47 pm on Solidarity Statement from HawaiʻiI feel that this connection is a ho`ailona for all of us that are presently defending the sanctity of our na iwi kupuna. I send my warmest aloha and success to our cousins in Glen Cove, I can relate completely on why they are doing what they have to do. We are connecting the bones! Mahalo ia Te Atua!
    • Academic Workers for a Democratic Union (AWDU) May 11, 2011 at 6:09 pm on Statements of SupportAs we members of Academic Workers for a Democratic Union continue conducting a sit-down in this union office to demonstrate our commitment to member participation in governing ourselves, we claim the right to this space, since we are members of UAW 2865 and this is the office of UAW 2865. But we are aware that this building occupies land which originally belonged to the Ohlone people. The legacy of displacement and raw acts of power against the rights of people to decide their own fate is part of all of our histories, and it is our duty to point out and resist those acts wherever possible. If the struggles are for justice, then they are part of the same struggle. To that end, we offer our solidarity with the indigenous peoples and their supporters currently occupying Glen Cove, just up the road in Vallejo. Their right to have a say in what happens to the land must not be ignored. Glen Cove is a sacred gathering place and burial ground that has been used by numerous Native American tribes for well over 1000 years. No matter how much supporters of so-called development use words like "improvement" and "preservation," any action that does not put first the interests of the people still here, who have been connected to this land since before this country existed, is illegitimate. Indigenous people have seen fit to protest the current plans for development, which includes such insults as putting toilets near burial grounds. They have put their bodies on the line and on the land, and we support their demands that the resting place of their ancestors be respected. SIGNED Academic Workers for a Democratic Union (AWDU)
    • SUSAN BLEU May 11, 2011 at 4:48 am on Day 27 updateAS ALWAYS..SENDING UP PRAYER SMOKE FOR ALL.....
    • Melissa A. Kroll May 10, 2011 at 2:53 pm on Statements of SupportToday on 5.10.11 my Grandmother and I visited the camp. :) My English teacher is a Kickapoo Native American. She is from Kansas. She printed out a four page news article about the Glen Cove burial site. She visited like I did. I'm really shocked to see that people want to build a park over someones grandmother. I don't see why the city just cant leave it alone. It isn't like they took care of it threw the 10 years I have been going there. I don't think that the people that plan on building the park realize that peoples family is buried there. I sure wouldn't want a bathroom buried on my grandmother, or sewer lines running through her grave, or kids playing and digging where she lay in peace. I picture it as a cemetery. That's what it is isn't it? After we had left the camp, me and my grandmother were thinking about ways we can help. The best way that we think is to spread the word and have people visit and do as we did. Melissa A. Kroll Age: 15 8th grade Student at SpringsTowne Middle School Vallejo Ca.
    • Steve Jerome-Wyatt May 8, 2011 at 9:54 am on Statements of SupportThe Affiliated Obsidian Nation is an independent, community-based, American Indian people's resistance movement. By way of this communique, we wish it to be known that we stand in total solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are fighting to preserve and protect the remains of our dead relatives at Glen Cove. The people in our Circle played an instumental part in the People's Occupation of D-Q University; we stood our ground at our school , against all odds; much the same as we now lend our support to the struggle as undertaken by Indian people in Vallejo and clear across California to protect Glen Cove. Stand strong, Brothers and Sisters; our thoughts and our prayers are with you, always. from: Steve Jerome-Wyatt, Acknowledged Spokesman, Affiliated Obsidian Nation, Davis, CA
    • Pitt River Warrior May 5, 2011 at 12:21 pm on Brief Day 21 updateThe unity within the Indian nation is a wild fire just waiting for that spark! "Sogorea te"
    • Christopher Bowers May 5, 2011 at 8:02 am on Statements of SupportDear Mayor Davis, I am writing to plead with you to consider Glen Cove a sacred space and allow it to remain as it is- a historic and spiritual burial ground of a people who originally inhabited this land. I know that this country has a painful history with Native Americans and I would hate for Vallejo to be another chapter in that history. Though I pass as white, I do have native american ancestry and it hurts to know how much of that culture has been lost. I hope you will do the right thing in this situation and allow the local Native American tribes sovereignty over the few precious lands they have left.
    • Caitlin May 5, 2011 at 2:01 am on Brief Day 21 updateThank you for welcoming me to your sacred site and allowing me to pray with you for the protection of your ancestors' burial grounds. You know you're on the losing side of an ethical battle when you have to pay $10,000 to get people to trumpet your misguided lies. Stay strong and we will continue to support in the ways you need us.
    • Lyn McNutt May 5, 2011 at 1:51 am on Burial site in Kaua’i under siege for park developmentThis gives a reverse meaning to the "Grandfather" clause in land statutes. Unfortunately, they have forgotten the Grandfather.
    • Pitt River Warrior May 4, 2011 at 12:38 pm on Day 20 morning update – GVRD snapping photosThis is a shout out to all the warriors holding it down at glen cove! The cause is a just, one must stand in a time of need.
    • Aunty Louise May 4, 2011 at 11:07 am on Burial site in Kaua’i under siege for park developmentCommon State and County of Hawaii procedure to insure loopholes for future govt plans. Example Oahu rail system - with all the okays to desecrate now in these smaller govt projects including desecration at the Kawaiha'o Hawaiian church on Oahu ;0 It allows them to continue desecrating because it was allowed in prior projects =( I call it Racial Genocide =0 For Hawaiian's our Kupuna Iwi should be allowed to rest in peace where they lay "AS IS"!!! When you start moving them around it takes away our from our connection to that earth, our mana, and our spiritual essence for exsistence as Hawaiian people :( Mahalo for your support as we support your battles <3 Mind focus your prayers for all our warriors battling issues on desecration and genocide <3 We are the powerful force to end this evil <3 Aloha pumehana, Aunty Louise a me Kupuna Iwi 'o Nau'e, Kaua'i
    • Shelley May 4, 2011 at 5:27 am on Burial site in Kaua’i under siege for park developmentMahalo nui for writing about this.. if people are interested there is a video of the excavation here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCFLG9uyO5E Grateful for the solidarity! Sad that we are facing the same desecration. Sending aloha to you guys in Vallejo.
    • Lyn McNutt May 4, 2011 at 2:59 am on Burial site in Kaua’i under siege for park developmentAloha. Thank you for the support. The fight continues, Log into www.kkcr.org to listen to Songs of Sovereignty on Wednesdays 9-11 AM (Hawaii time) or Na Leo Hawaiian Issues on Saturdays 1-3 PM. They will keep you posted on this, the latest of many bulldozing escapades on sacred land here. This is only one of many things they have done, are doing, and plan to do in this area, which is one of the most sacred on Kauai, and one of the oldest sacred areas in Hawaii. Mahalo Nui Loa.
    • kim deocampo May 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm on Day 20 morning update – GVRD snapping photosDid anyone take photo's of GVRD taking photos, esp. of the prayer alter - such blatant disregard for our spiritual rights.
    • Queen May 2, 2011 at 1:03 am on Photos: April 29, 2011 – Day 16 on the landThese people of top Government Positions Need to go back to History Class! We have been here before any of them arrived on that Boat! And We NDN are still living here! Would any of these construction workers or Politicians like to have their mothers, fathers, or grandparents & family members buried under a Honey Bucket!!? Or let's go place a Out House over their family members Head stones!!! It just disturbs me, how some white people think. They are always on their Road of greed, destruction, diseased minds, and hostile take overs. They cannot erase our History, WE ARE STILL HERE THROUGH OUR ANCESTOR’S WE HAVE A HISTORY, WE HAVE A CULTURAL, WE HAVE STRENGTH WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO CONTINUE OUR HERITAGE OUR WAY OF LIFE, AS WE RESPECT OUR ELDERS THAT ARE ALSO OUR ANCESTOR'S . THE WHITE MAN PUT THERE ELDERS IN A SENIOR HOME, WE TAKE OUR SENIORS HOME WITH US. THEY MAY BURY THERE FAMILY IN A FIELD OF COLD STONE, AND FORGET THEM AFTER A WEEK, WE DO NOT FORGET OUR ANCESTORS, OR WHERE THEY LAY TO REST. Why must we as a nation of Tribes always have to battle against with these white thieves. When will the white man get over it, we are a Important people with strong values and History. This land is our cultural, or Home, or history, our mother earth. Queen
    • Hinhanska Haney May 1, 2011 at 6:36 pm on Brief Day 17 Update – FAQ added to websiteGaining support here in Berkeley
    • Clydene Cannon May 1, 2011 at 2:46 am on Photos: April 29, 2011 – Day 16 on the landNone of this makes sense except the fact that all of us respect our ancestor's graves and they must always be kept sacred no matter what their nationality may be. I'm with those who protest making a park on the Glen Cove site. I have a story to tell that may shed some light on the subject of not disturbing graves. This is the story of my ancestor and where she is buried. Her name was Mataoka also known as Pocahontas and Lady Rebecca. She bridged two worlds when it was not a popular thing to do and that's why she is known in America and abroad. The story goes that she married, John Rolfe, a white man in the Virginia Colony. Not long after her son, Thomas, was born, she made a trip to England with her family and had a court with the King and Queen of England. There she became ill and when their ship left to come home she fell into a coma. The ship docked at Kent England and there she was buried at Gravesend in the Church Yard. This is not just a story but the truth. The entertainer, Wayne Newton, is a descendant of Pocahontas, also. About 20 years ago he decided that his great grandmother should not remain in England and made plans to have her body removed and brought back to Virginia to be interred in the land of her people. Mr. Newton made all the necessary arrangements except he hit a barrier in England at the Church Cemetery. They told him that Pocahontas, the Lady from America, was buried below several other English people and that their graves would have to be disturbed to get to hers. They adamantly opposed this as they did not believe in disturbing graves. That was the end of it. Mr. Newton saw that it was impossible to do what he had planned and did not want to disturb other burials. To this day, Pocahontas, remains buried in a foreign land, far from her home and people. In England, burials are in layers with the most recent buried near the surface. In the 1620's no one could have imagined any reason for digging up a grave and it remains that way today. So, nationality has nothing to do with burials being sacred - it's custom that is passed down for hundreds of generations. It just is not done. Our ancestors would have never imagined that their graves would be dug up for any reason at any time and certainly not to put in a park, bathroom, parking lot and paved jogging trails. Their graves must remain sacred to all. This reminds me of Buffy St.Marie's song lyrics: "Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone - - - They take paradise and put in a parking lot." This is paradise to those ancestors - leave them lay unmolested. Because you and I don't know their names, as we do with my ancestor, does not make a bit of difference. This is a moral custom of all nations not to disturb burials.
    • Sinnie Santo April 30, 2011 at 10:28 am on Photos: April 29, 2011 – Day 16 on the landHello, Good Day To You, Just Want To Share, How I Respect You All For "Standing Up", For What Is Right, I Do Not Get That They Are So Heartless And Greedy, And To Top It Off!! Managed To Find Money, To Build!! I'm And So Sure, There Are Other Areas To Build A "PARK", Why Here? How Would They Like It If We Wanted To Make A "Park", On There Cemertary's!! They Need To Focus On Other Areas To Help The Public, But!! Not With A Park!!! That's The Last Thing On The List!! So, My Brothers and Sisters, "CONTINUE TO STAND STRONG" !! Continued Prayers and Blessings , To You All, From, Salt River, Arizona,Aho!!!
    • Diane the Great April 30, 2011 at 7:15 am on Statements of SupportI don't have any money to help, but I am willing to lay down in front of a bulldozer or help with whatever means necessary to prevent further harm coming to the Sacred Site. I hope someone in the chain of fools will wake up from their delusional overlord mindset, and become human and humane once more. The whole idea is vile and despicable. I urge the police as individuals and as human beings to have a conscience. Unjust orders should not be carried out. Just find something else to focus your time and attention on. I don't think desecrating sacred land would be where taxpayers want their money spent when Vallejo has so many concerns that need to be addressed. Thank you for your time and consideration.
    • Alex April 30, 2011 at 7:00 am on Day 16 – Glen Cove spiritual encampment holding strongI send you my love and prayers that your land will be yours.
    • CanWeKa "Robert Cross" April 29, 2011 at 5:07 pm on Day 15 – Additional updatesHau, My name is CanWeKa. I'm not able to get up and move right now or I would be there. I go into the stone peoples lodge and pray for you all the time. My spiritual leaders say to stand by courage, endurance, patience and awareness. These are the ways of the Scout. Always remember your ancestors so you will always know where you come from and who you are. CanWeKa,Wajaje Titunwan
    • michelle racicot April 29, 2011 at 3:27 pm on Photos: April 24th-25th – Days 11 & 12 on the landI stumbled on this site and situations like this just irritate the heck out of me. I was born and raised in Vallejo, Ca. Riding my bike down Columbus Pkwy/Benicia Road to Glen Cove holds some of the fondest memories in my heart. I look at the pictures and still see the beautiful shoreline and green rolling hills that Vallejo still holds, just like back in the day. Why cant they just leave it alone, let it be, allow at least a little bit to stay and be as beautiful as it did from day one. You are in my thoughts and prayers tonight, I didnt even know this was going on, I know how beautiful it is, I remember, only if they could see too.
    • Laulani April 29, 2011 at 7:56 am on Photos: April 24th-25th – Days 11 & 12 on the landJust wanted to let you know that our hearts and spirits are still very much with you!! Linked below is an article about the desecration of an important burial site that happened yesterday on Kauaʻi to do (yes, seriously) park development in Wailuanuiahoano (near the famous Coco Palms). Two of our warriors were arrested. Our hands are full, but our hearts are with you in your struggle to protect your sacred lands, traditions and ancestors!! Aloha pumehana, Laulani http://thegardenisland.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/article_9f932f46-723a-11e0-a92e-001cc4c03286.html
    • Pat McCabe April 29, 2011 at 7:26 am on Day 15 – Additional updatesI have the blood of Saami (Finland) and Cherokee ancestors that makes me, me. It is very sad what civilization has done to my ancestors. My prayers go out to those who are helping to keep Glen Cove a sacred place. We cannot lose all that came before us - how do we stay sane otherwise?
    • Yomira M Palacios April 29, 2011 at 6:39 am on Photos: April 24th-25th – Days 11 & 12 on the landMy name is Yomira I' am 13 years old, me and my mom and family have been praying for you guys out there at Glen Cove, hope you are ok, and my Danza group that I am apart of in Woodland CA, has been praying for all of you to be safe when we ending Danza in the prayer circle. Thank you for protecting Glen Cove!
    • Consuela M Vargas April 29, 2011 at 6:25 am on Photos: April 24th-25th – Days 11 & 12 on the landHope all keep safe and stay strong my family's prayers are with you all, thank you for helping in the protection of our sacred sites and areas.
    • Carolyn Langston April 29, 2011 at 4:53 am on Photos: April 24th-25th – Days 11 & 12 on the landGOD BLESS ALL OF YOU MEMBER OF THE CREEK INDIAN NATION OF OKLAHOMA
    • Linda Orannhawk April 28, 2011 at 8:02 pm on Photos: April 24th-25th – Days 11 & 12 on the landI spoke with a friend tonight who is Potawatomi ... he asked me to relay a message to Wounded Knee and all of the supporters at Glen Cove. He is also fighting to save and protect a Sacred Mound in his area, so he is quite familiar with the actions of the opposition. He said his prayers are with all at Glen Cove, and with the Ancestors ... and that what we do is for love, for honor and respect for the Ancestors. He shared with me something that was stated during a prayer circle he was in .... "Yum Gwan azin" Be Determined in Your Walk. (Mede' Potawatomi) He said it is important to pray with each step that you take and he meant it literally ... and that he will remind himself "Yum Gwan Azin". Please tell Uncle Wounded that I am praying hard ! Thinking of you all, Linda
    • Jesse April 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm on Photos: April 24th-25th – Days 11 & 12 on the landI Am one of the Warriors out there and iv been there since day one. we have some very strong and good hearted warriors out there and im proud to be inservice of our ancestors. we will not let them destroy sacred grounds
    • Andrew Godsey April 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm on Photos: April 24th-25th – Days 11 & 12 on the landHey if you are needing more firewood we here at the Shingle Springs Rancherias Cultural Resource Dept. Would surely be more than ready to bring down a load of firewood in support of the fight for what's right!!! Just e-mail me and let me know!!!!
    • vicki kritzell April 28, 2011 at 8:14 am on Photos: April 24th-25th – Days 11 & 12 on the landStay the course. You have the power of right on your side.
    • Bear Warrior April 28, 2011 at 6:48 am on Photos: April 24th-25th – Days 11 & 12 on the landI was there for the first 12 days but had to come home to see a liver specialist. I am planning on going back up. We need everyone that can make it to show up and show your support. Prayers are great but if you can make it to Glen Cove please do. It is a 6 hour drive for me so I know if you live closer you should be able to make it.
    • Richard Flittie April 28, 2011 at 2:44 am on Photos: April 24th-25th – Days 11 & 12 on the landIt has been an honor to spend time @ Glen Cove w/ Brothers and Sisters from around the country and the world who have come here to show their support for the right of the Ancestors of the 1st peoples of this land they, and we now, call Turtle Island. Most of these people are putting their lives on the back burner while they try to let the world know what kind of disrespect and prejudice an agency of The City of Vallejo is trying to force on the Indigenous People of this land. Try and imagine how you would feel about that level of indifference and disrespect if it was your family. I will return, again and again, until this is resolved.
    • Elaine Brewer April 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm on April 15th: Occupation underway, demonstrations at City Hall and GVRD HeadquartersWe've been getting Emails regarding this & plan to come by this week for support & see what we can help with re:supplies, etc. We live right across the Bay presently & are from the Oglala Sioux Tribe of S. Dakota & Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma.
    • Ron Rowell April 25, 2011 at 2:13 pm on Statements of SupportTo Whom It May Concern: It is disturbing that in this century in Northern California, a local government would be so clueless about the importance of preserving aboriginal sites of any kind, above all a burial ground. I speak for myself as a Choctaw Nation citizen from Oklahoma who's lived in the Bay Area for almost 40 years. I appeal to you to understand as human beings why this important to all of us in the American Indian community and to enter into respectful dialogue with those in whose territory you now live and come to an honorable resolution of this dispute. Please don't repeat the mistakes of the past. Ask yourselves seriously: would you have made this decision if this were a European immigrant graveyard? Sincerely, Ron Rowell CEO, Common Counsel Foundation, Oakland President, Native Americans in Philanthropy, Minneapolis Chair, Friendship House Association of American Indians, San Francisco
    • wolfpaw April 25, 2011 at 6:46 am on Photos: April 20th-21st – Days 7 & 8 on the landyou are in my thoughts and prayers xxx
    • Lakota Harden April 25, 2011 at 12:47 am on Day 10: Hundreds attend community gathering at Glen CoveWe came to support our brothers and sisters who are protecting this sacred site. Thank you for keeping the fire of resistance burning. We have become slaves to a system where we work so much and still don't have enough to give our children decent food, education and safety. . .amongst all this , Glen Cove is a respite, a home place for our ancestors and many relatives (the birds, insects, plants, other animals) to thrive. As we were dancing within the circle, I could feel hundreds of ancestors who have danced that very dance, singing that very song. . for centuries. . gathered with us there, strongly. So grateful to you, the modern day warriors taking a stand against 'the pavement smoothering' of our natural Grandmother Earth's breath. You continue to follow those original instructions given us , previous to the invasion of the foreigners who endeavor to kill this little piece of earth, the resting place of our ancestors.
    • Afghans for Peace April 24, 2011 at 10:36 am on Day 10: Hundreds attend community gathering at Glen CoveSalaam / Peace, It was an honor to be part of yesterday's gathering at Sogorea Te. I cannot put into words how special and amazing this gathering is, I was touched deeply on many levels. Amongst the many things shared and remembered, the following words shared by an elder speaking resonated deeply with me as an Afghan woman: "A nation is not defeated until the hearts of its women are on the ground". As Afghan people, we stand in solidarity with our Native sisters and brothers in the struggle for peace.
    • Teri April 24, 2011 at 10:01 am on Statements of SupportTo whom it may concern, Please do the right thing and consider saving Glen Cove sacred burial site from being desecrated and destroyed in Vallejo by bulldozers and placing toilets and a parking lot on top of the ancestors buried there. How would anyone feel if toilets were built on top of their family's final resting place. There already is a park in place with toilets just a few blocks away. Glen Cove is beautiful and serene just as it is, and Vallejo residents already enjoy it as it is with the nature and history surrounding it. Vallejo has filed for bankruptcy, so please reconsider what message is being sent for bankrupt Vallejo to spend $1.5 million on building toilets and a parking lot on top of a sacred burial ground. There is a huge public outpouring of support from around the world and from the tax paying residents of Vallejo to save and protect Glen Cove as a sacred burial ground. The Great Pyramids, Stone Hedge, and other sacred places are protected and admired from people all over the world, and here you have a sacred site with cultural and historical significance in Vallejo. Please do the right thing and act with common sense and decency.
    • Lori Cannon April 23, 2011 at 7:53 pm on Statements of SupportWhy is City of Vallejo insisting on digging up lead contaminated soil which are the findings of the EIR to put a toilet and a parking lot on a sacred burial site? This will also corrupt the creek that flows thru the sight causing harm to endangered species such as the California Newt and other endemic flora and fauna of this area? The EPA should not be allowing the disturbance of the creek. - Former Registered Environmental Health Specialist/US Air Force Veteran/Retired Public School Science Teacher.
    • Stephanie Manning April 23, 2011 at 8:32 am on Photos: April 20th-21st – Days 7 & 8 on the landStay strong all involved. We owe our support especially to the Ohlone descendants. This is their burial ground, this is their sacred site which was stolen from them when Fages & Crespi entered the Straits in 1772 despite offerings of food by the Ohlone villagers at the time. Some of the villagers' names are preserved in "A Time of Little Choice" by R. Milliken: Nazaria Saqenamaie, Blandina Guaiamay (p.103), and Logeacse (p.131), As the great scholar Vine Deloria (Standing Rock Sioux) said, "Every society needs these kinds of sacred places. They help instill a sense of social cohesion in the people and remind them of the passage of generations that have brought them to the present...The Sanctity of Lands is the Foundation of Individual and Group Dignity."
    • Leah Scott April 23, 2011 at 5:18 am on Photos: April 20th-21st – Days 7 & 8 on the landDaily prayers are sent!
    • Antoine April 22, 2011 at 8:40 pm on This Saturday: Earth Day Celebration & Interfaith GatheringPerfect put up, I will be browsing back again persistently to discover fresh news.
    • Clayton Duncan April 22, 2011 at 12:22 pm on Photos: April 20th-21st – Days 7 & 8 on the landpeople that show respect for the ancestors is a real human being thing to do . Vallejo this is not 1850 and you can't treat us like we're your slaves anymore , its over . Your ego is hanging way out there , you are infected with the descease scycopathy , Your forfathers was infected with that same desease when they built this country they thought they really owned the land .When we all get to the happy hunting ground we will find out what we been telling you all along this is our land , And you have no right disrespecting us like you do.I have no problem telling you this cause I know its true.To build over a burial ground is the most disrespectful thing any human being could do to another human being .If you are only a human ego ,I understand why you have no feelings AMERICA...
    • Andrew Godsey April 22, 2011 at 11:23 am on Photos: April 20th-21st – Days 7 & 8 on the landOur thoughts and prayers go out on a daily for everyone involved/aho
    • Yolande BanksRyan April 22, 2011 at 11:13 am on Photos: April 20th-21st – Days 7 & 8 on the landI send everyone blessings to be strong holding the spirit for the ancestors who need protection against removal & being destroyed at GlenCove.WakanTanan KiciUn!
    • Tricia Shortridge April 21, 2011 at 3:59 pm on Photos: April 20th-21st – Days 7 & 8 on the landYou will have victory in this fight to save Sagorea Te. Everyone will benefit from your victory. Friends, please keep your fire stoked. It makes a huge difference in everything. My good wishes and thoughts are with you throughout the day and night.
    • Yolande Banks April 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm on Photos: April 20th-21st – Days 7 & 8 on the landI am proud of this group for showing the concern native americans do have for their ancestoral burial grounds.This proves the spiritual strength of native americans will always help them keep their traditions and heritage as a part of their being.The ancestors are with you and will guide all to cause the movement to be successful.Wakan Tanan Kici Un Kolas!!
    • xolocihuatl April 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm on Photos: April 19th, 2011 – Day 6 on the landto everyone: At this critical point of our cultures being totally disentegrated and so few of us really fighting for our ancestors and everything they left to us, we have no time to talk of the tiny little details concerning this crucial take over we have had to endure for 500 years. Even though i am of another tribe, i back this protest 100%. Even if it was my tribe, it doesn't matter if there is a tipi, an inca monument, the aztec calendar or a mayan representative. It is trying to convey a message that we are all the same. We all live and are from this continent. We all have been deeply affected by the invasion and the invader acts always in one way and that way is conquer and divide. Therefore, even if you disagree with the tipi, we are all, from the tip of Alaska to the southmost of south america have the same agreement: Respect Mother Earth. Don't dig her and respect each other. We affectionately respect the original people from this area and let you know we are behind you.
    • Dojon Banks April 21, 2011 at 10:46 am on This Saturday: Earth Day Celebration & Interfaith GatheringHi This is Dojon from the Inter-tribal allied DQ student occupation, and we're still in the process of stabilizing and developing a level of respectable Autonomy and Understanding between The Board of Trustees and the Students. Currently we have lots of good news to share, and configure ways at outlining possible benefits of aligning our two movements to help increase and promote growth in protecting and staying active in protecting sacred sites as well as forming and maintaining sustainable Land Base outposts for these specific movement activities. I'm currently with a good friend who is heavily involved in the Festival circuit and has extensive knowledge on Indian Law and resources. We're looking to make contact and see what plans together we can conjure. currently we have a Van and can bring food and water to share, but we ask if there are any available funds of minimal gas re-imbursement, we can also transport and take Glen Cove Occupation representatives to the SNAG event tomorrow to engage and inform a younger and active artistic community for possible joint projects and possible ideas. We'll be performing the following day in SF on Sat. at a much larger event, and we can possibly offer some minutes to talk to a Mass crowd in San Francisco Earth Day festival.. Dolores Huerta will be there, we can possibly get a few of your representatives to meet with her if the energy is right.. thank you for your direct participation and commitment in preserving and informing people of these essential sacred sites and creating the space for gathering... Migwetch
    • Edie Grijalva Borquez April 21, 2011 at 7:02 am on Photos: April 20th-21st – Days 7 & 8 on the landKeep your faith strong. I do hope and pray that you come out victorious!!!
    • Glen Cove Resident April 21, 2011 at 6:50 am on Statements of Support!!!GLEN COVE RESIDENTS - PLEASE READ THIS!!!! You posess all of the power to stop the desecration of these sacred grounds. If you have never been to the area, please go. You will see that the area is enjoyed by many AS IS. It is our property tax money that pays for this "park" to go in and our property tax money that pays to maintain it. There is a reason your property tax statements aren't itemized. Get an itemized statement and see how much of that money goes to the Glen Cove Special Assessment. Indeed, if the park goes in, it is YOUR park. Do you want YOUR park build on top of sacred, and desicrated land? Can your household afford to pay for the tax increases to maintenancing it - water, power, sewer and garbage removal ALL cost money. Money Vallejo doesn't have, money you don't have. Please go visit the sacred site. All are welcome and the Native people are very gracious to visitors. After you visit, please let your voices be heard. Your money pays the salaries of the people in charge of this.
    • Jrisdall April 21, 2011 at 5:08 am on Photos: April 20th-21st – Days 7 & 8 on the landMy heart goes out to you. I have posted on FB about this struggle as I have many Native Americans as friends on FB. I wish I could join you, maybe at a later date. Love, best wishes and hope go to you in this struggle!!
    • Eulogio Castro April 21, 2011 at 4:13 am on Photos: April 20th-21st – Days 7 & 8 on the landStay strong my brothers I will pray that we are victorious.
    • Amy Ballard Rich April 21, 2011 at 1:22 am on Photos: April 20th-21st – Days 7 & 8 on the landThanks for all you are doing. I was there Sunday, and plan to come back this Sunday. I didn't know about the emergency call on Monday. Please put me on your email list. Segorea Te is so beautiful. The very least that should be done to make a dent in the huge amends owed to California Tribes is to save this beautiful sacred site. Sincerely, Amy Ballard Rich
    • Eddie Grijalva April 21, 2011 at 1:14 am on Photos: April 20th-21st – Days 7 & 8 on the landKeep the faith, I pray that our Creator of Mother Earth, will bless you and be with all of us in this time of troubled waters.
    • pomodoll April 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm on Photos: April 19th, 2011 – Day 6 on the landThe pictures are wonderful, however Wappo Nation does have a point here. Why is there a tee pee standing? California Native people did not live in tee pee's, therefore we should really question who is benefiting from this occupation.

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