AMLT 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. 

 

SPRING 2018

AN INTRODUCTION FROM CHAIRMAN VALENTIN LOPEZ

Dear Friends,

A lot has happened since our fall newsletter was published. On December 13th, 2017, our AMLT signed a Cultural Easement agreement with Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District for the 36-acre top of Mount Umunhum. This easement grants to our Tribe permanent rights to help steward the mountain top for natural resource conservation, cultural relearning and public education... continue reading.

LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

By EkOngKar Singh Khalsa, AMLT Executive Director

It has been a busy time at the Amah Mutsun Land Trust (AMLT).

With our dedicated partners we are working hard to grow our capacity and to build organizational support for a variety of projects and initiative - and we are succeeding!

Whether expanding the Native Stewardship Corps program... Read more.

AMLT WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS STEVE ABBORS AND ABRAN LOPEZ

By EkOngKar Singh Khalsa, AMLT Executive Director

(AMLT) is pleased to welcome two new members to its board of directors – Steve Abbors, the former General Manager of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen), and Abran Lopez, Amah Mutsun Tribal Band member and AMLT Native Stewardship Corps member... Read more

MANY HANDS HELP OUR ETHNOBOTANICAL GARDENS THRIVE

By Sara French and Jay Scherf

You made our gardens bloom - thank you volunteers!

From planting in the snow to watching newly-hatched feral chickens scratching at our topsoil at San Juan Bautista, this spring has been AMLT’s busiest season ever for our educational gardens. In just the past two months... continue reading. 

SLIDESHOW - FIRE TRAINING AT TASSAJARA ZEN MOUNTAIN CENTER

Compiled by Jay Scherf, AMLT Program Coordinator

In April, Amah Mutsun Land Trust Native Stewards attended the Tassajara Fire Academy for the fourth consecutive year. Three tribal members and our Program Coordinator received Wildland Firefighter Type II certification, and two tribal members returned as Instructors' Assistants. The lively, hands-on course in such a magical setting made for an unforgettable experience. View some of our favorite moments here.  

AMAH MUTSUN ETHNOBOTANY

By Sara French, AMLT Director of Programs and Development

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 Indian milkweed.

WISDOM FROM ASCENCION

Edited by Jay Scherf, AMLT Program Coordinator

Ascension Solorsano was a Mutsun healer and leader who had extensive knowledge of Mutsun culture, language, plant uses, and customs. In the 1920s and ’30s she and other Mutsun people shared their knowledge with the ethnographer John P. Harrington, who recorded over 78,000 pages of her wisdom, which are stored at the Smithsonian. Here are some of her words.