700 Acres of Coastal Land in California Gifted Back to Native Americans

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It's been 150 year since the Pomo Native American tribe roamed freely, hunting and fishing along the California coast. But in an effort to give back the land that was once home to the tribe, 668 acres of dramatic coastline was donated it back to the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians last week.

In a group effort organized by the Sonoma County government, The Trust for Public Land and private foundations, the newly established Kashia Coastal Reserve restored ownership of the land to the tribe, according to the website True Activist. The land, which was bought by the Richardson family in 1925, will now be managed by the tribe where their ancestors once hunted and fished. The protected open space will also be used to educate the public about the history and practices of native people in the area, according to the website True Activist.

Sonoma County, where the land is situated, contributed two million dollars to the project for the Kashia and in exchange will extend California Coastal Trail one mile north crossing into the Kashia Coastal Reserve. 

While this project is yet to get underway, the Pomo Native American tribe was granted access back to their coastal land immediately where they will once again be able to roam freely.


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