Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians,Kizh NationLast year US Representative Judy Chu introduced a bill to establish the San Gabriel Mountains, the Rio Hondo/San Gabriel Rivers, and the Puente Hills area as a National Recreation Area. The bill stalled in committee so Ms. Chu went to President Obama to declare the San Gabriel Mts. as a National Monument and it was proclaimed a Nat'l Monument on Oct. 10, 2014.Throughout both initiatives, Ms. Chu and the proponents have never contacted the KIZH GABRIELENOS, the indigenous Tribe of the Los Angles basin. Measures of this propensity require Tribal input. Now that the development of the Nat'l Monument has progressed, the National Forest Foundation and the National Forest Service have completely ignored the True Tribe of the Area, the Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians, KIZH Nation. Instead, they have appointed the Chumash Indians (San Ynez), the Tejon Tribe (Grapevine area), and the San Manuel Indians ( San Bernardino County) as representatives to the NM.The NM proclamation states: "To the maximum extent permitted by other applicable law and consistent with the purposes of the monument, the plan shall protect and preserve Indian sacred sites, as defined in section 1(b) of Executive Order 13007 of May 24, 1996, and access by Indian tribal members for traditional cultural, spiritual, and tree and forest product-, food-, and medicine-gathering purposes. Nothing in this proclamation shall be construed to enlarge or diminish the rights of any Indian tribe as defined in section 1(b) of Executive Order 13007."Executive order 13007 refers to Federally Recognized Tribes. Even though the KIZH NATION is not Federally recognized, they are recognized by the State ofCalifornia, the Native American Heritage Commission, and by the California Environmental Quality Act. The KIZH NATIONwas instrumental in the Passing of California Assembly Bill AB52, preserving tribal rights of all Tribes in California, Federally recognized or not.To designate three Tribes that are far removed from the NM would be a disservice to the community and an insult to Tribes throughout the Nation. These Tribes have no connection historically, geographically, or culturally. These federally recognized tribes continue to disrespectfully infiltrate in our tribal territories such as San Nicolas Island, Burro Flats, and now The San Gabriel Mountains. Only the KIZH NATION have the pertinent information related to the NM. It was the KIZH ancestors that protected and environmentally preserved the majesty of the San Gabriels.
Join us on March 25 to hear our expert panel address these questions and more. The panel discussion will be moderated by Steve Scauzillo, award-winning San Gabriel Valley Tribune reporter. Invited panelists include Daniel Lovato, Acting Supervisor of the Angeles National Forest; Belinda Faustinos, Vice-Chair of San Gabriel Mountains Forever; Tim Brick, Managing Director of the Arroyo Seco Foundation, and Edward Belden, Southern California Program Associate, National Forest Foundation.