The Amah Mutsun Land Trust
The Amah Mutsun Land Trust (AMLT), an initiative of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, is the vehicle by which the Amah Mutsun access, protect, and steward lands that are integral to our identity and culture. The AMLT returns our tribe to our ancestral lands and restores our role as environmental stewards. Due to our difficult history and generations of physical, mental, and political abuses, our land stewardship practices were disrupted, and much of our culture was lost. AMLT serves not only in the re-learning of our history and restoration of indigenous management practices, it also serves as a vehicle for healing. By restoring our traditional ecological knowledge and revitalizing our relationship to Mother Earth, we also restore balance and harmony to the lands of our ancestors.
Our Mutsun Identity
The people of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, collectively referred to by many as “Ohlone”, are the indigenous peoples of the territories ranging from Año Nuevo to the greater Monterey Bay area. Historically comprised of more than 20 politically distinct peoples, the modern tribe represents the surviving descendant families of the indigenous people who survived the Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista missions. Working the lands known to them as Popeloutchom for millennia, it is the goal of AMLT to restore the Mutsun people and their knowledge to better conserve and protect these lands.
News and Updates
Help us Protect Juristac!
For well over 100 years our members kept a very low profile and trusted no one as we struggled for our survival as a Tribe. Today we fully recognize that the efforts to destroy and dominate our peoples never ended, it just evolved to the laws, rules, and regulations that we live with today. These laws prevent Universities and other governmental organizations from returning the remains of our ancestors, from having Tribal lands, and these laws allow the continued destruction of our cultural and sacred sites.
Currently there is a proposal to allow sand and gravel extraction on our most sacred site, Juristac. There are very few cultural and sacred sites left in Santa Clara County, most have been destroyed by development. We are asking you to stand with us to protect Juristac and to oppose this mining proposal.
Thank you for your support,
Valentin Lopez, Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band
Update: Amah Mutsun Tribal Chairman Speaks at United Nations to Call for Protection of Tribal Sacred Site from Surface Mining Proposal
Chairman Valentin Lopez of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band announced today that he will speak on the floor of the United Nations in New York on Tuesday, April 17th, during the 17th Session of the United Nation’s Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Chairman Lopez will be calling the world’s attention to the proposed sand and gravel mining proposal at Sargent Ranch in Gilroy, California Located on the southern border of Silicon Valley. The site, known to the Amah Mutsun as Juristac, is the location of the tribe’s most sacred ceremonies and home to its spiritual leader, Kuksui. continue reading..
AMLT at the new ethnobotanical garden at Castle Rock State Park!
The Amah Mutsun Land Trust, with the help of Sempervirens Fund, California Nativescapes, and members of the Muwekma Ohlone tribe, recently designed and installed an ethnobotanical demonstration garden at Castle Rock State Park’s new Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance. Volunteers joined us on the weekend of March 24th to plant over 700 culturally significant native plants in the garden. Watch this short video to learn more.
Amah Mutsun Featured in the Half Moon Bay Review
The April 2018 release of the Half Moon Bay Review featured the Amah Mutsun Tribal band, giving a breif review of post-contact history and how the Tribal Band is trying to return to the ways of their ancestors as stewards of their native lands. The article ends with a quotes from Chairman Lopez stating, "One of our elders said... in seven generations, things would get better. I'm the seventh generation. It's time for things to get better." The full article can be found here on pages 26 through 34.