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Protecting Sacred Landscapes: From Juristac to Medicine Lake

August 5, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

| Free

Join the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and Green Foothills learn how we can protect sacred landscapes and critical wildlife habitat from industrial development.

In Santa Clara County southwest of Gilroy, the most sacred site of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is currently threatened by a proposed 317-acre sand and gravel mining operation. Juristac, otherwise known as Sargent Ranch, is the cultural and spiritual center of Amah Mutsun territory and also serves as an essential migration corridor for mountain lions, badgers, and other wildlife.

In Northern California near Mt. Shasta, the Pit River Tribe has led a successful decades-long fight—alongside other allied tribes and environmental organizations—to protect the sacred Medicine Lake Highlands from proposed geothermal industrial development. This landmark struggle to prevent the desecration of sacred land provides inspiration for the movement to protect Juristac and related efforts around the world.

The County of Santa Clara will be releasing an Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Sargent Ranch mining operation later this year, and members of the public will have the opportunity to make our voices heard. Join us at this online event to get your questions answered and find out how you can take action to protect Juristac!

Co-hosted by: Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, Green Foothills, Silicon Valley Youth Climate Strike, Department of Anthropology and Social Change, California Institute of Integral Studies, ACLU Foundation of Northern California, Center for Biological Diversity, Greenbelt Alliance, First Unitarian Church of San Jose, Galilan College – Social Sciences Dept.

Valentin Lopez, Chair of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band
Morning Star Gali, Pit River Tribe of Northern California
Alice Kaufman, Green Foothills Legislative Advocacy Director
Dr. Stuart Weiss, Ph.D., Chief Scientist for Creekside Science


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