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Saving Juristac: Tribal Chair Valentin Lopez Speaks
July 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Short URL: https://siliconvalleydsa.org/?p=3455
Amah Mutsun Tribal Chair Valentin Lopez will speak about protecting Juristac, the ancient ceremonial site located in South County. A proposed sand and gravel quarry threatens to level sacred hills and rip 40 million tons of material from pits covering 320 acres. Aside from containing cultural sites, Juristac is an ecologically sensitive wildlife corridor, home to threatened species, a sensitive watershed with a sensitive water-table.
In Tribal Chair Lopez’s words: “Juristac …is in a pristine state in relation to the surrounding region. The vast majority of our sacred ceremonial siteshave been lost to development. Our Amah Mutsun tribe maintains that once disturbed by mining, there will be no way to rehabilitate the cultural and spiritual aspects of the landscape.”
He’s spoken to the United Nations about this, but the citizens of Santa Clara County will be his most important audience.