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Protecting Sacred Landscapes: From Juristac to Medicine Lake

Wed, August 5, 2020 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us for an inspiring online event to learn about Indigenous-led movements in California to protect sacred places and critical wildlife habitat from industrial development—and how you can get involved.

Valentin Lopez, Chair of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band
Morning Star Gali, Pit River Tribe of Northern California
Alice Kaufman, Green Foothills Legislative Advocacy Director

Dr. Stuart Weiss, Ph.D., Chief Scientist for Creekside Science
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In Santa Clara County southwest of Gilroy, the most sacred site of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is currently threatened by a proposed 317-acre sand and gravel mining operation. Juristac, otherwise known as Sargent Ranch, is the cultural and spiritual center of Amah Mutsun territory and also serves as an essential migration corridor for mountain lions, badgers, and other wildlife.
In Northern California near Mt. Shasta, the Pit River Tribe has led a successful decades-long fight—alongside other allied tribes and environmental organizations—to protect the sacred Medicine Lake Highlands from proposed geothermal industrial development. This landmark struggle to prevent the desecration of sacred land provides inspiration for the movement to protect Juristac and related efforts around the world.
The County of Santa Clara will be releasing an Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Sargent Ranch mining operation later this year, and members of the public will have the opportunity to make our voices heard. Join us at this online event to get your questions answered and find out how you can take action to protect Juristac!
Sponsored byAmah Mutsun Tribal Band, Green Foothills
Co-hosted by: California Institute of Integral Studies Department of Anthropology and Social Change, Silicon Valley Youth Climate Strike, Greenbelt Alliance, Social Sciences Department of Gavilan Community College, First Unitarian Church of San Jose, Center for Biological Diversity
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For more information: 
@protectjuristac on Instagram and Facebook
@protectmedicinelake on Facebook


Wed, August 5, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Amah Mutsun Tribal Band
South Bay Indigenous Solidarity


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