Published April 4, 2018
BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA – Local American Indian activists in the San Francisco Bay Area are fighting a planned development that will disrupt an ancient ceremonial landmark in Berkeley, California.
Known as the West Berkeley Shellmound, the ancient site was designated as a landmark by the City of Berkeley in February 2000. The city of Berkeley states,, “The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) is responsible for the preservation and protection of Berkeley’s cultural and historic landmarks.”
A developer who does not even reside in Berkeley is using a new law SB 35 and affordable housing to build upon this ancient ceremonial landmark.
The Ohlone people were the original people who lived on what is now known as Berkeley. They had ceremony and people were buried in the shellmounds.Ohlone descendents are seeking to stop the further desecration of the shellmound. The Ohlone community is seeking a natural use of this landmark. They desire a memorial, and culturally-appropriate education and community center with an open green space for gathering and prayer. Ceremonies and prayers have been taking place on this land for thousands of years.
Organizers welcomes public support of its opposition to build on the West Berkeley Shellmound and ask interested parties to join them at the Land Marks Commission meeting on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. – PDT. The meeting will be held at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst, Berkeley, California.
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