Stolen in 1877, Rattlesnake Island has been the ceremonial center of the Elem Pomo of Lake County, California for thousands of years. The island is now privately held by Bay Area multi-millionaire and CEO of Nady Systems (audio equipment), John Nady.
With disregard for recommendations by the Lake County Planning Commission, the Elem People, and the historical and cultural significance of Rattlesnake Island, the Lake County Board of Supervisors (by a 3 to 2 vote), waived the need for a focused Environmental Impact Report (EIR) according to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) law. This, despite the fact that carbon testing indicates that the Pomo people have inhabited the area for approximately 12,000 years.
We demand that Rattlesnake Island be protected and preserved as an invaluable cultural and environmental resource, not only to the Pomo people, but as a testament to human history in Lake County California, and with respect for human culture.
We demand a focused EIR and archeological review of the island and found artifacts prior to any further development or building on the Island!
To further support this cause or for more information, please visit www.FriendsofRattlesnakeIsland.org. Thank you!
Friends of Rattlesnake Island