We have asked Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and the National Park Service to protect 118 sets of human remains, including Native Americans and Pobladores who originally settled Los Angeles, who were unearthed without proper protections at El Pueblo Campo Santo by the County of Los Angeles and La Plaza de Cultura y Arte (LPCA).
NPS should ensure that a professional, objective mediator presides over consultations, access to the remains and artifacts, and the repatriation process, as the Los Angeles Times has recommended in an Editorial. The County has conflicts of interest in presiding over this matter.
NPS should ensure the County and LPCA prepare and provide a summary of the remains and artifacts they unearthed and are storing at the County Museum of Natural History, as required under applicable laws.
NPS previously withheld federal funds from the County in this matter. NPS should continue to withhold federal funds, and to impose civil penalties, until the County and LPCA fully comply with the laws protecting Native Americans and Pobladores, including section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.
Robert (Bob) Bracamontes Yu-va’-tal ‘A’lla-mal (Black Crow), Acjachemen Nation, Juaneno Tribe
Maria Benitez, President, Pobladores 200, and Individual Pobladores
The City Project