Protect the Ohlone village and burial site at Branciforte Creek
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Protect the Ohlone village and burial site at Branciforte Creek

    1. Save the Knoll
    2. Petition by

      Save the Knoll

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September 2011

Victory

Following a robust community-driven campaign in opposition to a controversial condo development, KB Homes and the City of Santa Cruz have reached compromise that will protect the ancient Native American burial site. The Knoll, an area where the remains of an Ohlone child were found earlier this summer, will be preserved for Ohlone Indians.

The community group, Save the Knoll, delivered more than 3,000 signatures from Change.org supporters at two public meetings, in addition to holding several rallies, marches, and public events.

We implore the City of Santa Cruz to honor the wishes of Ohlone descendant Ann Marie Sayers by taking action to permanently protect the ancient village and burial site on the Knoll at Branciforte Creek (5 Isbel Dr.) KB Home currently plans to build seven homes, driveways and a new road within the known 6,000 year old cultural and archaeological site. Out of respect for the original people of this land, the sacredness of a burial ground, and the rich cultural and historical value of the area, we ask that you not allow any more digging or construction to occur on the Knoll. Thank you.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. 2,877 more signatures delivered, Public meeting demanded.

      Corinne Ball
      Petition Organizer

      On September 13th, dozens of demonstrators returned to City Hall, holding a vigil outside before entering at 5:00pm for the “public comment” section of the monthly Santa Cruz City Council meeting.

    2. Reached 3,000 signatures
    3. 200 attend Ohlone speaking event in Santa Cruz

      Corinne Ball
      Petition Organizer

      Today’s speaking event was a great success. Opening prayers were given by Ohlone elders, traditional Ohlone songs were shared, and speakers included Tony Cerda, Ann Marie Sayers, Corrina Gould, Wounded Knee DeOcampo and Henry Dominguez.

    4. Reached 2,500 signatures
    5. City, builder mulling solutions for sacred knoll

      Corinne Ball
      Petition Organizer

      SANTA CRUZ - City officials are working with a builder to determine whether an Eastside housing project can be altered to preserve a knoll where Native American remains were discovered earlier this month.

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. "Save The Knoll" Meets With Santa Cruz City Council

      Corinne Ball
      Petition Organizer

      The Santa Cruz city council chambers was packed, Thursday morning with people concerned about the remains found at the Branciforte Creek construction site. The group, Save The Knoll, spoke to council and gave them a petition with over 800 signatures.

    8. Reached 750 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Wanda Williams HOBOKEN, NJ
      • about 3 years ago

      these people (native americans) have suffered for many, many, years. when will the time come to respect them and give them back their land?

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    • John Colby SANTA CRUZ, UNITED STATES
      • about 3 years ago

      The Knoll is sacred land, which should be preserved. It should not be desecrated for some fast cash for the City of Santa Cruz and a predatory, unethical developer.

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    • Michael Caesar SACRAMENTO, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      The business smucks have already been desecrating graves in Emeryville isn't that enough disgrace for them for this lifetime

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    • Carl E. Churchill CENTRAL POINT, OR
      • about 3 years ago

      I'm a member of the Amah Mutsun Tribe of San Juan Bautista, also an Ohlone Tribe. Born and raised in Santa Cruz until 8 years ago when we moved to Oregon. Please leave these sacred grounds alone!

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    • Robert Barclay TEASDALE, UT
      • about 3 years ago

      we must all insist that the law of common decency is stronger than the laws supporting business profit.

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