The feature I wrote for this week’s East Bay Express explores how indigenous people in California’s East Bay Area are working to reclaim land and protect sacred sites, with a focus on the Sogorea Te Land Trust and the struggle to protect the West Berkeley Shellmound and Village Site. The Sogorea Te Land Trust is the nation’s first urban indigenous, women-led land trust. Its founders dream of acquiring a patchwork of dozens or hundreds of parcels throughout the East Bay. The West Berkeley Shellmound and Village Site is the oldest sacred site and site of human habitation along San Francisco Bay. Developer Blake/Griggs has proposed to construct a housing and retail development in the heart of this city-landmarked site and has applied for fast-track authority under a new state law, Senate Bill 54, to do so. Click here to keep reading. >>

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