The California Native American Heritage Commission, a governor-appointed agency, said their staff still needs to collect more research before proceeding.
A state commission charged with protecting indigenous resources on Friday will consider opening an investigation into CSULB’s treatment of sacred Native American land.
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.
CSULB’s Instagram account has been inundated with comments calling for the university to address rumors of plans to build a parking lot on the land and a GoFundMe for legal funds to be used in an ongoing lawsuit against CSULB has raised thousands of dollars in the weeks since the first video posted.
A state department tasked with preserving historic landmarks criticized Cal State Long Beach in a recent letter for depositing soil from a construction zone on a parcel of Puvungna land that is sacred to local Native tribes.
The lawsuit claims that CSU project developers did not consult with the appropriate native tribes before moving the soil onto the Puvungna site.