OAKLAND – On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, a standing room only crowd packed the board room of the East Bay Regional Park District in Oakland, California to protest the plan to construct a parking lot and bathroom over an Ohlone sacred site at Mission Peak.
An Environmental Impact Report acknowledged that there have been “Native American human remains” discovered where the planned parking lot and restroom are to be built. The report acknowledged that the parking lot would have a “high” impact if further remains were “discovered.”
The East Bay Regional Park District decided a parking lot and bathroom were necessary. Some three dozen American Indians and supporters from the San Francisco Bay Area spoke out against building the parking lot and bathroom.
Despite the comments mostly opposing the parking lot and bathroom, the board voted to go ahead with the construction.
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