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DAY 10: Hundreds attend community gathering at Glen Cove
by Protect Glen Cove
Sunday Apr 24th, 2011 4:41 PM
It was a beautiful day. We are inspired and encouraged that even with short notice and minimal outreach, so many came from near and far in support of this work of honoring and protecting our indigenous ancestors. We send a heartfelt Thank You to everyone who was present, in body or in spirit.
*** DAY 10: Hundreds attend community gathering at Glen Cove

Over 300 people attended today’s Indigenous Peoples Earth Day celebration, in support of the ongoing struggle to protect the Glen Cove sacred burial ground from desecration. Many races and creeds were represented in the attendees, who included Alcatraz Occupation veterans.

Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis received a guided tour of the land. News media on the scene were KPFA, KCBS, KPIX, KTVU, Indybay, and the DC Radio Coop.

Speakers included Jimbo Simmons (Choctaw), Fred Short (Ojibwa), Mark Anquoe (Kiowa), Bradley Angel of Greenaction, and a Seneca man who spoke about the Great Law of Peace. Songs and dances were offered by Pomo, Rumsien Ohlone, Miwok, and Aztec people.

It was a beautiful day. We are inspired and encouraged that even with short notice and minimal outreach, so many came from near and far in support of this work of honoring and protecting our indigenous ancestors. We send a heartfelt Thank You to everyone who was present, in body or in spirit.

*** DAY 10: Additional updates

In other news, Morning Star Gali met with traditional Patwin Tribe elders on April 22nd and received their blessings and support for our work of protecting Sogorea Te. Indigenous representatives from the Committee to Protect Sogorea Te are in the process of meeting with elders and tribal councilmembers of the other tribes/nations who have ancestral ties to Glen Cove.

The neighbor we mentioned in yesterday’s update, who had approached the police to complain about our spiritual encampment, has since been standing beside us in a respectful way.

We received a letter expressing solidarity from the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, its on the Protect Glen Cove website. A response to an editorial in the Vallejo Times Herald has been written by a member of the Committee to Protect Sogorea Te, and is also available on our website.

We would like to remind all our supporters to please remain on alert in this coming week. In the event of an emergency, we will notify you as soon as possible by email and text message.

*** Current Requests for Support:
- Photos, video and audio from Saturday's Earth Day gathering - please email footage to glencovedefenders [at] gmail.com
- Transcriptions based on audio and video recordings of speakers at Saturday's gathering.
- Letters/statements of support from neighbors, organizations, and political leaders.
- Spanish language translation of the "About Glen Cove" page, and any other parts of the Protect Glen Cove website.
- Firewood and food for the spiritual encampment
- Your presence and your prayers at the spiritual encampment. All who come respectfully and prayerfully are welcome to join us at Glen Cove anytime.

"For me, this is not an occupation. This is not a 'site'. These are sacred grounds... This is not something you come to look at - it is something you come to be a part of.
For me, this is coming home."
-Red Star, Rumsien Ohlone

*** Latest articles/ media:
Times-Herald, 4/24: Earth Day celebration centered around tribal land dispute
Times-Herald Op-Ed 4/24: The bottom line on Glen Cove
Protect Glen Cove, 4/22: Another message from Seneca Wisdomkeeper, Edna Gordon, 90 years old
Indian Country Today, 4/23: Natives Occupy California Burial Ground to Stave Off Bulldozers
KTVU, 4/24: Federal Mediator Stepping Into Burial Site Dispute
Protect Glen Cove Committee 4/23: Response to Janet Roberson's 4/21 editorial

Coming soon: Photos from Saturday. Please send us your favorites, if you took photos.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Mark Anquoe, Kiowa Tribe: 415-680-0110
Morning Star Gali, Ajumawi Band, Pit River Nation: 510-827-6719

For more information and updates:
http://protectglencove.org/