Wednesday, September 7, 2011

First Week of Protests at Ohlone Burial Site in Santa Cruz - August 19, 2011

Local resident Autumn Sun, next to the Knoll

On August 19, 2011, with the archaeologoical work ongoing, protests continued for a sixth straight day at the Ohlone village and burial site near Branciforte Creek in Santa Cruz. Protestors are now asking that community members sign a petition which seeks to permanently protect the site. The petition is available at the KB Home construction site on Market Street/5 Isbel Dr, or by signing it online:
Save the Knoll Petition

 That previous Tuesday, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that plans remained unclear for the site, and Ann Marie Sayers, who has been named the most likely descendent, was quoted as saying, "I would love to see (the land) purchased by people who understand what sacredness is...KB Homes should donate it to the city or the county so it would remain open and no more burials be disturbed."

Friday, August 19, 2:30pm - Local resident Autumn Sun had started protesting at the construction site at 9am that day, collecting petition signatures and handing out fliers. He was also at the 1975 occupation of the Ohlone burial ground Wounded Lee (in Watsonville) that was eventually protected from development.

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I originally published portions of this at Indybay.

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