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  • Carolyn L. Baker

Giving the Land Back

An important article in the LA Times by JONAH VALDEZ STAFF WRITER

OCT. 10, 2022 5 AM PT

In 1851, the U.S. government signed and broke treaties with the Gabrieleno/Tongva promising 1.55 million acres (over ½ of LA County) of our 2.56 million acre ancestral territory. "171 years later, we launch the Return the Land Fund, to raise an initial and symbolic, $1.55 million for Tribal housing subsidies, land, plant, relative return, and cultural revitalization. $1 for every acre promised is meaningful and also so little; land has been commodified so much our own people can't afford to live in our ancestral land."

The Tongva Taraxat Paxaavxa Conservancy is a Tongva-led organization created to steward lands on Tovaangar, the traditional Tongva region, encompassing the greater Los Angeles basin. The Conservancy has received land back, is creating community and housing Native people, practicing ceremony, archiving, and repatriating the land.

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