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

June Fundraising Campaign to Support Amah Mutsun Summer Interns

During the month of June, your donation to support our Native Stewardship Corps Summer Internship Program will be matched 1:1. This program provides paid summer work and hands-on education to Amah Mutsun high school and college-aged students who are eager to reconnect with Mutsun culture and restore balance to Mother Earth. If we can raise $10,000, we can expand our program and welcome an additional three interns this summer! Please take this opportunity to make a powerful difference in the life of an Amah Mutsun youth and donate today.

UPDATE: We made our campaign goal! Thank you so much to everyone who contributed. If you didn’t get a chance to make your gift yet, there is still time to support this important program. Click here to donate.

Native Stewards Serenity Luna and Natalie Pineida are ready to teach the summer interns.

Native Stewards Serenity Luna and Natalie Pineida are ready to teach the summer interns.

 

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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