The Decolonizing Wealth Project, an Indigenous and Black-led organization, will distribute $500,000 to California Indigenous communities and nonprofits.
“We’re the only people in the nation and probably globally that have to prove who we are, and prove our blood quantum,” said Jimi Castillo, 78, a spiritual leader who is a member of the Tongva tribe.
Cal State Long Beach President Jane Close Conoley said in a video in January that the university will not build on top of its sacred indigenous land, Puvungna, but tribal leaders want the promise to be legally binding.
The lawsuit claims that CSU project developers did not consult with the appropriate native tribes before moving the soil onto the Puvungna site.
CSU Long Beach is trying to take over sacred land of Native Americans, and Gov. Newsom should help permanently protect the prehistoric site.