Vallejo Construction Project Sparks Protest Over Burial Grounds

VALLEJO (CBS SF) – A Native American group in Vallejo is opposing the potential construction of a parking lot on their ancient burial site that could begin later this month.

Glen Cove Waterfront Park, a 15-acre stretch of land and water in the southern part of Vallejo, is slated to have its natural trails enhanced and receive a new parking lot sometime this year, according to the Greater Vallejo Recreation District.

But the area, which features a protected shoreline and groves of eucalyptus trees, is also the final resting place of many Native Americans dating back more than 3,500 years, according to Wounded Knee, a Vallejo resident and Native American opposing the park’s renovation.

KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:

“They have built swimming pools and condominiums, and now they want to build a parking lot,” Knee said. “We think enough is enough.”

GVRD’s master plan includes building a parking lot would service 15 cars, according to its website, In addition, crews would construct a single restroom for the use of visitors who don’t live near the site.

The organization also plans to provide a small number of picnic tables and benches, mostly along the shoreline.

A GVRD spokesperson was not immediately available to comment on the potential bulldozing.

Knee said he heard rumors that a local contractor may begin bulldozing as soon as Friday, so protesters planned a news conference and rally Wednesday afternoon.

“Everyone has the right to a final resting place,” Bay Area resident and Ohlone member Corrina Gould said in a statement. “Our ancestors deserve to have a resting place on their original land without the threat of being removed for the sake of a park.”

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  • cwagner

    you are one sick confused white man, what if these thiings happen to your white ancestors, you would be singing a different song probably, get a life

  • Ray

    Final resting places are sacred for anyone buried there, no matter. When greed uproots a sacred ground only curses will happen for the spirits will indeed come into the picture and sometimes it is not nice for those whom desecrate such a holy place. My opinion, leave that place alone as it will haunt anyone whom will play a part in that sequence, even their children.

  • Allison

    OMG I don’t even know what to say to this, it’s insult to millions of injuries already inflicted on these people. I can’t believe how those who run that company sleep at night, have some class and respect. And as an answer to comments that likely will be made, I was born on this land and I am not leaving because it’s a part of me and I it.

  • bobcat

    nuke whole land.. let found out..

  • Kris Greenn

    This is just crazy stupid. This is another slap in the face of a noble race that was darn near wiped out by white settlers. Now they won’t even let their ancestors rest in peace. These devlopers will get theirs one day.

  • Phillip Weahkee

    Why would they do that to someones sacred land?

  • Logic

    3500 years ago…you people making the comments here have got to be kidding me. modern day humans came about around 200,000 years ago. this site was inevitable the site of many, many other burial grounds long before 3500 years ago.

    expand your minds and think of the concept of time. land is not static, it moves and changes. if a park was never built there the site would eventually be completely changed by natural geologic processes, much more significantly than the change that would remove a rundown mansion full of meth heads and replace it with one single bathroom, parking for 15 vehicles, some picnic tables, nice trails, and an area of preserved land to educate visitors about the sites cultural significance and to honor that significance.

    if the people who care about this natural burial ground aren’t willing and able to preserve the land themselves by acquiring it, then a park is really the absolute best thing that they could hope for someone else who owns the land to create there. i know many of us don’t believe that you can truly own land, but today’s societies do and that’s the rules of the game. i know tons of casinos in california are owned solely by native americans based on the principle that two wrongs make a right. ray thinks it’s not greedy to have spirits curse the children of landscape designers trying to make a beautiful park for a city, but when the local native americans don’t want to acquire the land and do anything with it themselves but think that nobody else should be able to do anything with it either is not greedy? that’s actually a definition of greedy. when you’re willing to forego the pain of your ancestors for the ability to build casinos on your sacred land that you don’t believe anyone can truly own, that is the essence of greed.

    the local native americans could have raised funds from the get go, as in ten years ago when the project as in initial public planning stages, and acquire the land and do with it as they see fit to honor their ancestors. according to the national indian gaming commission, annual revenues for indian casinos in california easily tops $7 billion. if all native americans had the same morals and values that the ones in this story claim to have, then none of them would own casinos. and even if thousands did own casinos in california then that revenue would be spent improving education, preserving beautiful unspoiled land, restoring damaged wild lands, getting land back that was once stolen, etc. this is not what this revenue is used for. period. greed is a human trait not a white man trait. so is war. hate. racism. and love. to find balance humans must compromise. if i found myself in a situation where someone else owned land that was a sacred burial ground to my ancestors, i would dream of them deciding to build a park there instead of a nuclear power plant, a freeway, open sewage treatment (this already exists on site), a rundown mansion for drug addicts (already exists on site)…

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