Native American Tribe Finally Regains Ownership of Big Sur Ancestral Lands After 250 Years

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This comes over 250 years after it was initially stolen from them by colonizers…

But they lived around Santa Lucia Mountains and the Big Sur coast for thousands of years.

The Esselen peoples’ land was taken from them by Spanish colonizers around this time.

And were a landless tribe – until Monday.

They came together with the Western Rivers Conservancy, an environmental group operating in the Northern California area.

Which came at the staggering cost of $4.5 million.

Thus supported the Esselen people in their aims to take back the land they treat as sacred.

“It is with great honor that our tribe has been called by our Ancestors to become stewards of these sacred indigenous lands once again,” Tom Little Bear Nason, Tribal Chairman of the ETMC.

“Directly across the Little Sur River sits Pico Blanco or ‘Pitchi’, which is the most sacred spot on the coast for the Esselen People and the center of our origin story.”

And has first attracted the WRC because of its extreme natural biodiversity.

The California Condor is known for nesting in the region’s large redwoods.

“These trees will be important for the future effort to assist in redwood survival,” Sue Doroff, president of WRC, shared.

The South-Central California Coast Steelhead is in dire need of conservation, too.

Both parties had to agree not to use the land for any commercial reasons.

Which shouldn’t be a problem for the Esselen people.

The area is also undeniably beautiful, too.

“We are honored to be a part of rebuilding the Esselen Tribe.”

They’re going to construct a village there, which can also be used by other tribes in the surrounding state.

The ETMC wish to use their platform to educate about their culture.

“Getting this land back gives privacy to do our ceremonies. It gives us space and the ability to continue our culture without further interruption,” Nason explained.

Offering positive impacts to the environment and to the Esselen people, too. Want more positive climate news? Keep scrolling for Greta Thunberg’s latest gesture …