Rest in Peace: El Pueblo Campo Santo Cemetery Excavation Public Records

Posted: May 11th, 2012

Human remains excavated at El Pueblo Campo Santo, Jan. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

After improperly excavating the remains of more than 100 people who were buried at the first cemetery in El Pueblo de Los Angeles, next to La Placita Catholic Church, downtown, the County of Los Angeles finally returned the remains to their eternal resting place in April 2012. County officials acted in response to the outrage of Native Americans and descendants of the Pobladores — the original 44 settlers of Los Angeles — whose Ancestors are buried at the site, a media outcry, and federal pressure to follow the law. The remains traveled a trail of tears from the burial site, to offices in Whittier, to Cal State L.A., to the County Museum of Natural History at Exposition Park, to the Pomona Fairgrounds Fairplex, and finally back to their burial site. We bear witness to the truth of what happened, out of respect for the Ancestors, to commemorate the pain of their descendants, to preserve history – and to hold public officials accountable so this never happens again. Public records and witness accounts depict what happened.

Visit www.saveancestors.org and check back here regularly for updated information and records.

Click here to see images of the excavations and reburials.

 

County of Los Angeles (COLA) Public Records Act Request Sept. 29, 2011

COLA Public Records Oct. 26, 2011

COLA Cover Letter for Jan. 18, 2012, Public Records

COLA Public Records Jan. 18, 2012, Part 1

COLA Public Records Jan. 18, 2012, Part 2

COLA Public Records Jan. 18, 2012, Part 3

COLA Public Records Jan. 18, 2012, Part 4

COLA Public Records Jan. 18, 2012, Part 5

COLA Public Records Jan. 18, 2012, Part 6

COLA Public Records Jan. 18, 2012, Part 7

COLA Public Records Jan. 18, 2012, Part 8

COLA Public Records Jan. 18, 2012, Part 9

COLA Public Records Jan. 18, 2012, Part 10

COLA Public Records Jan. 18, 2012, Part 11

 

COLA Public Records Act Request Apr. 25, 2012

COLA Cover Letter for May 23, 2012, Public Records

COLA Public Records May 23, 2012, Part 1

COLA Public Records May 23, 2012, Part 2

COLA Public Records May 23, 2012, Part 3 

COLA Public Records May 23, 2012, Part 4

COLA Public Records May 23, 2012, Part 5

COLA Cover Letter for June 11, 2012, Public Records

COLA Public Records June 11, 2012, Part 1

COLA Public Records June 11, 2012, Part 2

COLA Public Records June 11, 2012, Part 3 

COLA Public Records June 11, 2012, Part 4

COLA Public Records June 11, 2012, Part 5

COLA Public Records July 27, 2012, Part 1

COLA Public Records July 27, 2012, Part 2

COLA Public Records July 27, 2012, Part 3

 

COLA Museum Public Records Act Request March 3, 2011

COLA Museum Cover Letter and Public Records March 11, 2011

 

CSULA Public Records Act Request March 3, 2011

CSULA Public Records Part 1 May 24, 2011

CSULA Public Records Part 2 May 24, 2011

CSULA Public Records Part 3 May 24, 2011

 

Coroner Public Records Act Request March 11, 2011

Coroner Response Letter March 21, 2011

Coroner Public Records April 1, 2011

 

City of LA (Planning and Cultural Affairs) Public Records Act Request March 23, 2011

City of LA Response Letter March 29, 2011

City of LA Public Records May 5, 2011

 

National Park Service (NPS) FOIA Request re Los Angeles Plaza Historic District March 2, 2010

NPS Los Angeles Plaza Historic District Public Records March 29, 2010

NPS FOIA Request April 25, 2012

NPS Public Records May 25, 2012, Part 1

NPS Public Records May 25, 2012, Part 2

 

The 2004 Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the project is a large file that is available here: http://file.lacounty.gov/bos/supdocs/13998.pdf

The 2010 Addendum to the FEIR is available here: http://file.lacounty.gov/bos/supdocs/56770.pdf

The 2008 Archeological and Human Resources Assessment is available here: http://tinyurl.com/6hj52le