Glen Cove Shellmound-Burial Site Threatened

Glen Cove, Vallejo, California is a Native American Sacred Site

Glen Cove located in Vallejo California is a peaceful natural open space. It is also a Native American sacred site where there was once located a shellmound. Local Indians lived on the site and buried their dead at the Glen Cove Shellmound. The burials are still beneath the wild grasses.

The Greater Vallejo Recreation District wants to “improve” the site by adding a paved parking lot, paved trails and restrooms. This proposal is in direct conflict with respecting the cultural and sacred landscape as it currently exists. Ohlone and Miwok descendants and other Native Americans have been protesting this proposal by voicing their concerns at official Vallejo City Council Meetings for years.

On April 14th, Native Americans, the Protect Glen Cove and Sacred Sites Protection and Rights of Indigenous Tribes groups took action by occupying the site on the eve of day before construction was set to begin. They submitted a civil rights violation complaint with the State of California Justice Department. A federal Department of Justice mediator has been assigned to mediate the dispute between the Indians and the Vallejo Recreation District, while the encampment keeps growing.

Glen Cove Native American Occupation

The groups camped out at Glen Cove invite the public to Earth Day ceremonies, Saturday, April 23rd at the Cove from 1- 5 PM. See the Glen Cove website for further details.

  • Carmen Saldivar:

    It is very disturbing that this injustice continues according to the reports there could not be a factual discussion on this site since all information is not in the EIR. The fact is this that this land has been disturbed by the City of Vallejo and others in the past that a true impact report is not possible. Reason being that they do not go down further than 8 feet. How does this have anything to do with this situation you ask. The land has top fill 8 feet or more therefore the readings that the DVRD is stating that no proof of burial sites on this land are not accurate. In there own reports they do state that they are not able to have proper discussions on this matter for this very reason. Now let’s not forget that there were remains found on this site not while they have been doing all this testing but many years before and are currently in boxes locked up in the basement of UC Berkeley. It is not appropriate for toilets to be placed on burial sites. It is not appropriate to disturb the original peoples final resting place. I write this because I am disturbed that the DVRD and the City of Vallejo are showing no regard to the original people of this land. After thoroughly reading there own documents they clearly show that the DVRD spokes people are not being fourth coming in there statements to the community.