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
AMLT on National Television!
We are ecstatic to announce that our Amah Mutsun Tribal Band will be featured on PBS in Native America, a 4 part documentary series, starting with the first episode on October 23rd, at 6pm Pacific Time. The 4th episode will be highlighting the AMLT and will be aired on November 13th at 7:00 pm Pacific Time. PBS is launching this profound 4 part series that focuses on the sacred stories and practices of Native America with active participation from current Native Communities. This detailed documentary will study the ways Native people are defending their traditions, including AMLT's participation in the restoration of cultural burning within Amah Mutsun tribal territory. Please join us in our celebration by watching the 4th segment on this link https://www.pbs.org/show/native-america/ or on the PBS channel or the PBS app on your electronic devices. We kindly ask that you stay tuned for a date/time of a special screening and panel discussion hosted by the AMLT in late November!
Restoring Indigenous Stewardship Lecture
We are proud to announce that the Amah Mutsun will be sharing their environmental management practices and stewardship of Mother Earth during a lecture at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History on November 8th at 7pm. Tribal Chairman Valentin Lopez and Research Associate Sara French will be discussing the conservation and restoration of the lands within the tribal territories of Santa Cruz and surrounding areas. These two dedicated and passionate speakers will bring to light the way that history, research and innovative partnerships have all assisted our tribal band in the relearning of traditional ecological knowledge. Please join us in attendance at the museum starting at 6:45pm and support our efforts to continuously spread the awareness of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. Ho!
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..