AMLT’s Newsletter!

AMLT releases a quarterly electronic newsletter that is distributed through email and placed on our website.  These newsletters include opening statements from Chairman Lopez, Executive Director Khalsa, and highlight some of the recent projects and other  initiatives of AMLT.  If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please fill out the form here, or send an email to info@amahmutsun.org asking to be added to the mailing list. 

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SUMMER 2019

AN INTRODUCTION FROM CHAIRMAN VALENTIN LOPEZ

By Valentin Lopez, President of AMLT and Tribal Chairman

Dear Friends,

Our Amah Mutsun Land Trust continues to grow in amazing ways. When our Land Trust was first starting, I remember being asked what the hardest thing about having a land trust was. After just a few seconds of thought I said…. continue reading.

LETTER FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

By EkOngKar Singh Khalsa, Executive Director

It is a little more than three years since I first met Chairman Val Lopez and listened to his vision and plans for the Amah Mutsun Land Trust. Since that time, the Amah Mutsun Land Trust has grown tremendously and our programs and outreach are having big impact…continue reading.

AMLT COASTAL STEWARDSHIP SUMMER CAMP

Articles by Amah Mutsun youth

 Amah Mutsun Land Trust held the third year of our Coastal Stewardship Summer Camp for Amah Mutsun youth from July 8-12 and July 15-19. 40 youth, ages 5-19, and their families participated in a variety of activities meant to strengthen tribal identity, teach about Amah Mutsun stewardship, and connect young tribal members to their ancestral territory on the coast. Please enjoy our report about this year’s camp experience, written by two Amah Mutsun youth campers….continue reading.

SLIDESHOW - AMLT SUMMER CAMP

Each year, our AMLT youth camp grows - both in participant numbers and in impact. AMLT is grateful to the California State Coastal Conservancy, to Youth Outside, to the San Francisco Foundation, and to our generous individual donors for supporting this powerful program. Please enjoy this slideshow of some highlights during this year’s camp experience! View some of our favorite moments here

UPDATE ON CULTURAL RESOURCE SURVEY AT COTONI-COAST DAIRIES

By Rob Cuthrell, AMLT Research Associate

In 2016, Amah Mutsun Land Trust signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the BLM Central Coast Field Office that described how the two organizations will work together to steward cultural and natural resources, as well as to educate members of the public about indigenous history at Cotoni-Coast Dairies. In 2018, BLM began working on an amendment to the California Coastal National Monument Resource Management Plan (RMP) in order to guide management of the Cotoni-Coast Dairies property over the long term. Through the RMP Amendment development process, BLM will evaluate how best to balance public use of the property with protection of natural and cultural resources….continue reading. 

AMLT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

By Sara French, AMLT Dir. Of Programs & Development

During July and August, a dedicated group of Amah Mutsun youth spent several weeks of their summer vacations stewarding Amah Mutsun ancestral lands as participants in the Native Stewardship Corps Summer Internship Program. Facing coastal fog and blazing sun, thickets of poison oak, and plenty of demanding work, these interns labored side by side with AMLT’s Native Stewardship Corps (NSC) to tend native plants, remove invasive species, and reduce hazardous fuel loads on their ancestral lands….continue reading.   

SLIDE SHOW—NSC SUMMER INTERNSHIP

During July and August, a dedicated group of Amah Mutsun youth spent several weeks of their summer vacations stewarding Amah Mutsun ancestral lands as participants in the Native Stewardship Corps Summer Internship Program. Facing coastal fog and blazing sun, thickets of poison oak, and plenty of demanding work, these interns labored side by side with AMLT’s Native Stewardship Corps (NSC) to tend native plants, remove invasive species, and reduce hazardous fuel loads on their ancestral lands. The fieldwork was coupled with skill-building and cultural activities, including studying the Mutsun language and engaging in ceremony. View some of our favorite moments here!

AMAH MUTSUN ETHNOBOTANY

By Ally Arganbright, UCSC Community Studies Intern

Do you want to learn more about the useful and culturally significant plants in the California landscape? Each AMLT newsletter will highlight a native plant that is used by the Amah Mutsun. Click here to read about ethnobotany of tule.

WISDOM FROM ASCENCION

Edited by Jay Scherf, AMLT Program Coordinator

Ascención Solórsano was a Mutsun healer and leader who had extensive knowledge of Mutsun culture, language, plant uses, and customs. In the 1920s and ’30s she shared her knowledge with John P. Harrington, an ethnographer from the Smithsonian Institute. Harrington recorded over 78,000 pages of her wisdom, which are stored at the Smithsonian. In each newsletter, we share a selection from these notes. Here are some of Ascensión’s words: Here are some of her words.

REVITALIZING COASTAL CONNECTIONS THROUGH ARCHAEOLOGY AND STEWARDSHIP

By Mike Grone, PhD Candidate in Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Some of our deepest ancestral relationships as humans are with coastlines, where land meets the sea in a rhythmic pulse of incoming and outgoing tides. For the past four years, I have been working with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band to better understand these relationships. We have conducted archaeological research to learn how their ancestors stewarded the oceans in their traditional homelands before Eurpoean contact. We hope to apply this ancient traditional ecological knowledge to address present day issues in managing coastal resources…continue reading.