Cal State Long Beach, Native Americans reach agreement to perpetually protect Puvungna land – Press Telegram

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The settlement agreement will permanently protect 22 acres of land at California State University Long Beach as sacred by the Native Americans in the region.

The settlement took place on September 15, two days before the proceedings over the land were to be tried. Signed by President Jane Close Conoray of California State University Long Beach. Chairman of Matthias Berardes, Mission Indians Juanenho Band, Achakemen Nation. Patricia Marts, President of the California Cultural Resources Conservation Alliance.

“This agreement respects the land and the people who have fought for 30 years to protect Puvnnah,” said Matthias Berardes, chairman of Huaneno Band, in an announcement release of the agreement. “This victory respects our history and protects our religious and cultural practices in Pubunna in the future.”

It will take 30 days for the settlement to become binding, and the judge in the proceedings will need to approve it. Contract restrictions include the construction of temporary or permanent buildings or parking lots, the operation or storage of construction machinery, the dumping of materials there, and the blockage of access to land.

Jeff Cook, Chief Communications Officer at California State University Long Beach, said: “There will be additional comments in late October when all aspects of the agreement are finalized.”

In addition to land-use restrictions, California State University Long Beach agrees to pay plaintiffs $ 180,000 in attorneys’ fees in the settlement.Puvungna is a 22-acre undeveloped land at California State University Long Beach along Bellflower Boulevard. Native Americans and supporters have been fighting for decades to […]

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