Bay Trail and Association of Bay Area Governments Suspends $200,000 Grant to GVRD

Bay Trail: divested! – View ABAG Press Release

$200,000 Grant for Glen Cove
Development Suspended Due to Impact on Native American Burial Site

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Vallejo, California – In the 56th day of their Spiritual Vigil, Native Americans working to stop destruction and desecration of the sacred burial ground at Glen Cove in Vallejo welcomed the decision by the San Francisco Bay Trail Project of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) to suspend its $200,000 grant to the Greater Vallejo Recreation District. The statement from ABAG and their Bay Trail Project states: “The issue of concern is that the proposed half mile Bay Trail segment on the Glen Cove property in Vallejo is part of a larger GVRD development that affects sensitive Native American burial sites.” ABAG’s statement says that the grant is being suspended until cultural land use issues are resolved.

“We are pleased that the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Bay Trail Project have listened to the voices of the Indigenous people and supporters and have made the decision to reconsider funding of the joint project that they had planned with GVRD at Glen Cove/Sogorea Te. We would like to thank them for their support in the protection of our Sacred site,” said Corrina Gould, an Ohlone tribal member and leader of the ongoing efforts to protect the Glen Cove sacred site. “We hope this loss of major funding for GVRD will encourage all the parties involved in this issue to sit down and reach a mutually acceptable solution that protects the burial and cremation sites from destruction.”

Bay Trail’s decision to suspend funding of the Glen Cove Project follows mounting pressure from their constituents to address their involvement in the controversial plans to develop a recreational park on a sacred burial ground and spiritually important area. Supporters of the effort to protect the sacred site picketed the offices of Bay Trail on Tuesday May 31st, challenging their role in the planned development and urging them to immediately divest all funding.

Following a meeting between the Native American-led Protect Glen Cove Committee and representatives of Bay Trail and ABAG, last Thursday, the decision to suspend the $200,000 grant comes at a crucial time. This significant loss of funding and political support for the controversial Glen Cove project leaves its future uncertain, placing even more pressure on GVRD regarding their plans to bulldoze a hill that likely contains human remains and to build toilets and a parking lot at the sacred site.

Sacred Sites Protection & Rights of Indigenous Tribes and the Protect Glen Cove Committee, backed by supporters from all walks of life, have vowed to continue the spiritual ceremony at Glen Cove until an agreement is reached that will protect the sacred site and human remains.

The historical and cultural value of the site has never been disputed and it continues to be spiritually important to California tribes. Human remains have been consistently unearthed over the years as the area around the site has been developed. The Glen Cove Shell Mound spans fifteen acres along the Carquinez Strait. It is the final resting place of many Indigenous People dating back more than 3,500 years, and has served as a traditional meeting place for dozens of California Indian tribes. Glen Cove is located near the intersection of South Regatta and Whitesides Drive in Vallejo.

Related links:
Vallejo Times-Herald, 6/09: Grant money suspended for Glen Cove project
Press Release from ABAG, 6/07: Bay Trail Project Suspends Funding for Bay Trail Segment in Vallejo
Indybay, 5/31: Demonstrators demand that Bay Trail cut ties with Glen Cove development
Native News Network, 6/09: $200,000 for Glen Cove Suspended Pending Sogorea Te Outcome

Press contacts for further comment:
Corrina Gould (510) 575-8408
Morning Star Gali (510) 827-6719

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9 Responses to Bay Trail and Association of Bay Area Governments Suspends $200,000 Grant to GVRD

  1. Angelheart says:

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

  2. Bill Snyder says:

    This is tremendous news. Finally; someone who understands, that Life is not always about profit, but has Spirituality, Family and Tradition. Thank you ABAG, for taking the lead and responding with intelligence and decency.

  3. marion krott says:

    thank u ABAG u did the right thing!!!! to all warriors involved 56 days thank you from my heart as always united we stand!!!

  4. Louise Johnson says:

    Sweet! Keep the prayers and positive vibes going . . .

  5. Cris Melo says:

    WOOOOT! Congratulations to all!!! The energy is finally flowing right! Keep going, everyone! Enough is ENOUGH! Love to all! A few of us are planning to be there soon…

  6. Stephanie Manning says:

    This is wonderful news and the result of all the days and weeks of struggle by the Ohlone and the intertribal folks and non-natives as well. Good for you guys and gals! The Great Spirit brings this gift along with the grace of better weather and summer ahead. Hang in there and stay strong! You are my heroes!
    Stephanie Manning

  7. Rev. Kathryn Schreiber says:

    Dear sisters and brothers — before, now and will be — we celebrate with you, grateful for your steady work for deep justice and holy compassion for all beings. — your friends at UCH, UCC

  8. Mim says:

    Celebrating with you, in prayer, this important step towards recognition of Indigenous rights and values!

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