Sogorea Te: Day 98- A day to celebrate
Youth from the Oakland-based Homies Empowerment Program cooked up a storm and then journeyed Sogorea Te, bringing dinner to all the warriors still holding it down. A group of young Native artists from the Emerging Indigenous Voices: A New Generation of Artists Residency (Ojibwe, Xican@, Tongan, Maori...) were in attendance Wednesday evening, accompanied by Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza of Dignidad Rebelde. On this day the committee announced "After 98 days and nights of a continuous prayer vigil, the Committee to Protect Glen Cove is pleased to announce a victory in the struggle to protect the sacred grounds of Sogorea Te/Glen Cove. the Yocha Dehe and Cortina tribes established a cultural easement and settlement agreement with the City of Vallejo and the Greater Vallejo Recreation District (GVRD). The agreement sets a legal precedent for granting Native peoples jurisdiction over their sacred sites and ancestral lands. The cultural easement forever guarantees that the Yocha Dehe and Cortina tribes will have legal oversight in all activities taking place on the sacred burial grounds of Sogorea Te/Glen Cove. It also represents a significant step forward in enacting tribal sovereignty, as the first such easement under CA Senate Bill 18 to be negotiated at the city and recreational district levels."

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