Tribe pleads for halt to burial site bathrooms

Vallejo, California (AP) April 2011

A California tribe wants the state to halt construction of bathrooms atop an American Indian burial site in Vallejo.

The Ohlone tribe’s civil rights complaint asks California Attorney General Kamala Harris to block creation of a park with public toilets at Glen Cove, a 3,500-year-old Ohlone settlement along Carquinez Strait.

Tribe member Corinna Gould tells the San Francisco Chronicle that Ohlone ancestors deserve a place where they can rest forever. It’s one of the last native village sites in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Vallejo park district’s $1.5 million project, starting later this month, is aimed at sprucing a 15-acre shoreline property. It includes extensions of the Bay Trail, Ridge Trail and California Delta Trail, a parking lot and a two-stall restroom.



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