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Injustice to all California Native Americans at Glen Cove by greedy corrupt politicians.
by Francisco Da Costa
Sunday Apr 24th, 2011 8:35 PM
All Californians, must rally to the support of Glen Cove and the protesters. At Glen Cove; where lie the remains of our ancestors - greedy politicians desire to desecrate the Sacred Ground. As much, as we have convinced the politicians from Vallejo; to stop desecrating the "Sacred Remains" of our ancestors - every ploy and machinations has been used to desecrate the Sacred Burial Ground. The time has come to put a stop to all mundane development and sordid acts - now.
For thousands of years the First People of the Bay Area have respected the Sacred Burial Grounds - the many Shellmounds that we find in the Bay Area. Supreme among them is the Sacred Burial Ground at Glen Cove.
For thousands of years the Ohlone, the Pomo, the Miwoks - the other tribes of the region have revered the area around Glen Cove as Sacred Burial Grounds and having patrimonial jurisdiction. The was thousands of years before the strangers made their feeble appearance.
Some years ago I testified before a group of folks that produced a faulty draft Environmental Impact Report in Vallejo.
The matter to develop Glen Cove and follow some Master Plan for the area was halted for some time - but, then again - unashamedly, the folks that said they would respect the wishes of the First People - went against there word.
The many local Native American leaders that spoke in favor of NOT developing the area - were shoved aside - and there was talk of development. Right now some forces want the Open Space and the Sacred Burial Ground - developed with rest rooms, trails asphalted, and people walking and running on Sacred Ground.
Folks bring their dogs and peeing on Sacred Ground - and performing other acts that defy decency and show disrespect.
This time around some leaders among them Corina Gould and Wounded Knee O'Campo have camped on the Sacred Grounds and sent a strong message to the Greater Vallejo Recreational District and the City of Vallejo - to leave their ancestors alone and let them rest in peace.
Steve Pressley a manager for the Greater Vallejo Recreational District purports that the park belong to everyone and that the Native Americans protesting must pay heed to his request. He wants to serve the entire community for all the wrong - reasons.
Steve Pressley is naive about history and must comprehend that the land belongs to the Native Americans, all of it and was stolen from them.
Our women raped, our children killed, our men scalped and their scalps sold of $5. Children taken forcefully and put into White Boarding Schools.
Of importance to note the land; all of it stolen. In this case Glen Cove - a Sacred Burial Site that has been in place for over 12,000 years.
Thieves have stolen artifacts and even human remains and sold them to Museums. Others have helped themselves to artifacts - desecrating the site and gone unpunished.
Other notorious activities have taken place on this site - much like using a church or temple as a place of prostitution.
This time around the Native Americans have joined forces with all good children, men, and women many Native American Tribes and others that are not Native American but speak to truth - to tell the world that politicians in Vallejo have crossed the line.
Vallejo is suffering since it declared bankruptcy. Vallejo backed Lennar a Rogue Developer that promised the City - millions in tax increment on the ten thousand homes it was suppose to build on Mare Island.
Ten years passed and Lennar failed to deliver. Vallejo declared bankruptcy and today the bare necessities any City needs cannot be expanded by the City of Vallejo - it is as I said - bankrupt.
Yet the politicians want to waste money challenging the Native American that are protesting and rightly so.
The Native Americans have patrimonial jurisdiction - not covered in any White Man's Court that is fake, faulty, and full of - his justice.
In this case the Federal Government has got involved and there is more to come.
The United Nations and many other world bodies respect the right of human dignity in life but also in death.
Vallejo better play fair - and leave the Sacred Burial Ground alone - for too long, have too many desecrated the Sacred Burial Grounds and gone unpunished. Such shameful acts cry to heaven for justice. The Grand Father witnesses it all - and if justice is not done - Vallejo will suffer.
No human being, more a decent human being - should permit immoral people from building restrooms and other mundane facilities on any Native American Sacred Burial Ground.
Stop the nonsense - now.
Here are some photographs that I took today at the Glen Cove site:http://www.flickr.com/photos/franciscodacosta/sets/72157626571173864/show/
Francisco Da Costa
Environmental Justice Advocacyhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/franciscodaco
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