Restoring indigenous knowledge and practices to Popeloutchom - our ancestral lands

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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!

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Special Screening and Panel Discussion December 13th!

We are ecstatic to announce that we are hosting our special screening of the 4th episode in the PBS critically acclaimed series, Native America. Join us on Thursday, December 13th, 2018 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Woodside High Performing Arts Center! PBS proudly launched this profound 4 part series that focused on the sacred stories and practices of Native America with active participation from current Native Communities. This detailed documentary studies the ways Native people are defending their traditions, including AMLT's participation in the restoration of cultural burning within Amah Mutsun tribal territory. This event is a fantastic opportunity that you won’t want to miss as there will be a panel discussion and Q&A led by Valentin Lopez, Amah Mutsun Tribal Chairman and AMLT President, EkOngKar Singh Khalsa, AMLT Executive Director, Kent Lightfoot, Professor of Anthropology at UC Berkeley and Scott Stephens, Professor of Fire Science also at UC Berkeley. We invite all to come join us as we delve deep into this episode in attempts to deepen our knowledge and understanding of certain practices that our scorched state of California can benefit from. Please register for the event here and share with your loved ones!

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.

We hope you will read the information on this website, sign our petition and consider other "How to Help" steps that are needed for our success.

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..


Our stewardship area stretches from Año Nuevo in the north, along the ridge-lines and west slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay, south to the Salinas River and inland to include the Pajaro and San Benito watersheds.


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