Glen Cove Shellmound-Burial Site Threatened
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.
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.