News From Native California Volume 31, Issue 3 - Page 63

twelve feet from where it formerly sat, still has the potential to fail, according to geological reports associated with the project. Tribal and community members held demonstra- tions against the decision for the lighthouse. Fortunately for all parties involved, a compromise was reached and the Trinidad Lighthouse has been moved to a temporary location at the bottom of the hill, away from the contested site. “We reached an agreement with the Yurok Tribe, the Trinidad Civic Club, and the Trinidad Rancheria [about] where to store this light- house until we can find a permanent home for it,” Yurok Chairman Thomas O’Rourke told the Times-Standard. of Montecito, which used to be called Indian Town. Before that it was the Chumash village of Šalawa—from which the Lopez family descends—way before the rich and famous ‘discovered’ and walled in the beauty and sunlit peace of this land.” Fortunately, the GoFundMe effort helped raise more than twenty-five thousand dollars for the Lopez family. We at News from Native California send our love, strength, and good wishes to Marcus Lopez and his family as they rebuild their home. The Fresno Bee reported the last Native village in Yosemite National Park is being restored. This is happening genera- tions after the area’s original people were driven off the land. California Native women from across the state participated in the 2018 Women’s March this past January. They carried with them messages of justice for missing and murdered indigenous women, cultural survivance, and action to fight climate change. Southern California suffered from massive wildfires in the fall. Virginia Public Radio WVTF shared a report about Chumash firefighters who were among those protecting their homelands. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been impacted by the fires. The City of San Francisco has given up Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples’ Day. In January, the city’s board of supervisors voted 10 to 1 in favor of the replacement. San Francisco joins other California cities, including Berkeley and Los Angeles, in renaming this holiday. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians hosted the Southern California Energy Water and Green Living 2018 Summit at the tribe’s resort and spa. The event focused on local solutions to climate change. Representatives from Southern California Edison, State Water Resources Control Board, Coachella Valley Association of Governments, and others participated in the event. Humboldt State University announced that more Karuk traditional knowledge and practices will be taught to stu- dents in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. This is thanks to a grant from the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE). This project is part of the NCSCE’s pilot program Transcending Barriers to Success. It aims to connect civic, sustainability, and cultural issues to STEM learning, increasing partnerships between Native people and local universities. Humboldt State is one of only four sites in the nation to participate in this program. Chumash elder Marcus Lopez and his family lost their home during the mudslides in Montecito this past January. Roberta Cordero (Chumash/Yaqui/Mestiza) set up a GoFundMe page to assist the family with restoration efforts. “Along East Valley Road in Montecito, the Lopez family has continu- ously lived on a beautiful property for many generations,” the description on the page stated. “On the property are sev- eral very old and humble, well-kept dwellings where Marcus, his siblings Larry and Alma, and his oldest son, Marcus, live. There are still many other old dwellings like this near this part In January, Judge Claudette White (Quechan) was sworn in as chief judge of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Court. “We welcome Judge White to the San Manuel Tribal Court,” said San Manuel Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena. “She is a knowledgeable veteran of tribal courts with the breadth and depth of judicial experience that will contribute to continued growth of our courts.” Judge White has served SPR IN G 2 018 ▼ 61