Glen Cove is a sacred gathering place and burial ground that has been utilized by numerous Native American tribes since at least 1,500 BC. Today, Glen Cove continues to be spiritually important to local Native communities. It is located just south of Vallejo, California along the Carquinez Strait, a natural channel that connects the Sacramento River Delta to the San Francisco Bay. Glen Cove is known as Sogorea Te in Ohlone language.
Glen Cove is currently under threat of development by the Greater Vallejo Recreation District (GVRD). In response to this, local tribes have occupied the site and will continue to do so until an agreement can be reached that protects the area. The occupation began on April 14th.
Native Americans and supporters have successfully occupied the ancient burial site at Glen Cove, Vallejo, preventing the Greater Vallejo Recreation District from beginning work that would desecrate the sacred site. Beginning with an early morning spiritual ceremony attended by over 100 people, protesters vowed to block bulldozers and prevent any work that would desecrate the site from taking place. The occupation will continue until there is an agreement to protect the burial site. Dozens will camp at the site tonight.
This should remind us that no Native lands are safe. We should be prepared to respond with similar tactics as our brothers and sisters in California, and if you can, give them your support! Among my people, the Tlingit, we are faced with similar desecration of our sacred sites and destruction of our natural resources and way of life in the Yakutat Forelands.