VALLEJO (KCBS) – A federal mediator is expected to meet with the Greater Vallejo Recreation Department on Monday to discuss its plans to turn an ancient Native American burial site into a parking lot, bathrooms, benches and trails at the 15-acre Glen Cove Waterfront Park.

During an Earth Day celebration this weekend, about a hundred people gathered to honor their long-buried Ohlone elders.

“They come to sing their songs at night and pay respects to the elders and ancestors that are here and offer their prayers that we can protect this place,” said Corrina Gould with the group Indian People Organizing for Change.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

Gould said the two sides remain at odds over the park development plans.

“We’re asking once again not to have bathrooms on this site. There’s a bathroom several hundred yards from this area that people can use,” she said. “We’re asking not to have a parking space put here because there’s ample parking here for the public. And we’re asking them not to grade the hill that may still have remains of our ancestors in it and to leave this site as it is.”

Glen Cove Waterfront Park is considered one of the last Native American village sites in the Bay Area.

Protesters have been camped out at the site for more than a week to show their displeasure with the GVRD plans.

A mediator with the U.S. Department of Justice is scheduled to meet with the Greater Vallejo Recreation Department to discuss whether there would be a future meeting between the Native Americans and GVRD.

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Comments (12)
  1. Joel says:

    Let them rest in peace.

    1. David Ruiz says:

      I’ve heard about 796 Bowman Road in Jackson, NJ..Isn’t this the house built on top of Indian burial grounds???…that two families lived in with extreme domestic violence??

  2. Hat says:

    I bet there are just hundreds, no thousands, of people flocking daily to this park and are constantly complaining about difficult parking and having to wait a half hour to get into a bathroom. No. But I would bet that someone sees a way to make a fat profit in this difficult economic time. Forget respect. Forget ethics. Forget common decency and empathy for fellow human beings. No. Go out ther and destroy something that is sacred and precious to a People as well as a piece of human history, whether it’s needed or not. That’s the American way. Greed before humanity. It works every time.

    1. Sandy says:

      Well said Hat, well said!

  3. cg says:

    Please leave these grounds alone. No bathrooms, no parking–I mean really, is this how we want toshow respect for our ancestors?

    Besides — isn’t Vallejo broke? Please spend that $ and hire a fireman or policeman. Fix potholes /roads if the $ needs to go to people working.

  4. Bill says:

    No one would dream of razing a veteran cemetery with a nice view, or the resting place of Californian founders, or any other resting place where anglos may be buried. The outcry would be far and wide…but a few Native American remains are to be moved and it is just a bunch of indians causing trouble. There is no point to belittle the power brokers since have no dignity, sense of history or respect. Shame.

  5. Mary says:

    What a disgrace that people are so desperate to make money that they would tear up a cemetery and part of our natural history to line their pockets I agree with Bill, CG, Hat and Joel …let these people rest in peace and be respectful of our heritage.

  6. AmericanNavyGirl says:

    Heres a better idea: leave the burial ground alone, and go build a park on a landfill. Don’t disturb the dead, let them rest in peace. I’m sure no one would like it very much if you were to go and build a park on their mother and fathers grave sites so why do it to the Native Americans? I want my history preserved and honored so leave this place alone build a park on a land fill ( like they did in Virginia Beach) and everyone will be happy.

  7. AIMSUCKS says:

    aim Taking Over a “Park Near You…lol Losers

  8. Peggi says:

    You will learn from your history…. I still cannot walk into or upon Sacred Grounds. My respect even for unknown or unrelated Elders forbids me from disturbing their Peace. Stop building tourist traps near Sacred Ground. I’m also a Biker but have never attended Sturgis or bought “Black Hills” gold for that same reason. Stop Raping the Land White=Man! You will reap what you sow.

  9. Tracey says:

    Visited yesterday, its a beautiful place, please leave untouched, and respect the Indian burial grounds,, enough damage has been done to the Indian nation,

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