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American Indians occupy burial grounds

"No sir, we don't want noting to be built on top of our sacred site. A toilet on top of a sacred burial site, I don't believe they would put a toilet on top of their ancestors." Norman "Wounded Knee" Deocampo.

By Tomas Roman

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VALLEJO, Calif. (KGO), April 17, 2011

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evelopers in one Bay Area community imagine a Vallejo site as a public park with benches and a parking lot. But the American Indian tribes who claim the land as sacred are vowing to keep-out construction. The tribes camped out on Friday night at the Glen Cove area in Vallejo and they say they won't leave.

American Indian say for thousands of years their people have gathered at Glen Cove to perform religious ceremonies, but the gathering on Friday night is different. They say they're here to try to preserve the site and prevent their sacred burial ground from being desecrated.

About two dozen American Indians and their supporters are occupying the 15-acres they consider a 3,500 year old sacred burial site. They want to block any machinery attempting to change this area.

Norman "Wounded Knee" Deocampo is a Miwok. He told ABC7, "No sir, we don't want noting to be built on top of our sacred site. A toilet on top of a sacred burial site, I don't believe they would put a toilet on top of their ancestors."

The standoff between members of various California American Indian tribes and Vallejo is because the Greater Vallejo Recreation District wants to develop Glen Cove raw parkland by the Carquinez Strait into a park area with a parking lot, benches and restrooms. The American Indians say they have been fighting the district for 10 years in order to keep the area just the way it is and not disturb an ancient Ohlone gravesite.

Corrina Gould is an Ohlone. She says, "I have direct ties to this land. Yes, my ancestors are here, I feel their presence here and it horrifies me."

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