Tribes reclaim rights to manage coastal land


Last updated 11/28/2022 at 11:37am

National Parks Service

The California Ocean Protection Council voted Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, to provide $3.6 million to support the Tribal Marine Stewards Network, a collaboration between five coastal tribes and state government to protect marine ecosystems, including those at San Miguel Island.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.-Five California tribes will reclaim their right to manage coastal land significant to their history under a first-in-the-nation program backed with $3.6 million in state money.

The five tribes are the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of the Stewarts Point Rancheria, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, the Resighini Rancheria, the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation, and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.

The tribes will rely on their traditional knowledge to protect more than 200 miles of coastline in the state that have suffered damage from climate issues and human activity.

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