ROBERT BRACAMONTES, Montebello

When people ask, “Where were you born?”, I say, “On my Ancestral land.”

I was born Acjachemen.

Today, we struggle to maintain control over our sacred burial and village site, Putuidem. The Acjachemen nation controlled all of Orange County, in the not-so-distant past. The land has and carries the treasures of the past, present and future of our people.

The past is the blood-soaked Mother Earth that witnessed a hideous genocide during the building of the San Juan Capistrano Mission. Our slavery is often unspoken of in textbooks and newspapers. But the pain lingers as historical trauma.

The present is the perpetual battle to protect the tiny specks of land that carry all of our archeological, historical and spiritual essence. Such little space remains that hasn’t been stolen. Our Ancestors cry out. Hidden from the naked eye, they speak to us from the grave to stop the desecrations. I have no army or weapons to stop them. And I will not beg.

We only ask that the San Juan Capistrano City Council live up to and fulfill their promise to protect one morsel of our Ancestral land. This by allowing the Putuidem Park project to proceed. And disallow investors the right to violently desecrate our sacred site with an RV parking lot.

The future can be just another burial sacred village demolished and forgotten. Or San Juan Capistrano City Council can live up to the promises of treaties past. The ones that were broken a million times. Make History, change History, or be judged by History.

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  • Dear, Capistrano Dispatch Team,

    My family visit historical land monuments all over the world. We witness the large land they set aside for every group of tribes to educate and recognize the ancestors who came before, Native Tribes are filled with inspiration and knowledge that teach our children how to live sustainably on the land.
    We are waiting for San Juan Capistrano, CA to do the same. We join several schools in the district to observe how the Mission is educating our children about our indigenous tribes, the Acjachemen. We are saddened by the lack of history. the MIssion present.
    Let the Acjachemen teach our children to live on this land with all its powerful resources to educate.
    We can wait no longer. The land will be gone.
    The North West Open Space is not big enough for a recreational site.
    Join the world and work to balance history.
    WE ARE WATCHING……………………………………………..

    Tyler Mcdonald

  • Dear, Capistrano Dispatch Team,

    My family visit historical land monuments all over the world. We witness the large land they set aside for every group of tribes to educate and recognize the ancestors who came before to build these amazing buildings, Native Tribes are filled with inspiration and knowledge that teach our children how to live sustainably on the land.
    We are waiting for San Juan Capistrano, CA to do the same. Our school has joined with several schools in the district to observe how the Mission is educating our children about our indigenous tribes, the Acjachemen. We are saddened by the lack of history.
    Let the Acjachemen teach our children to live on this land with all its powerful resources to educate.
    We can wait no longer. The land will be gone.
    The North West Open Space is not big enough for a recreational site.
    Join the world and work to balance history.
    WE ARE WATCHING……………………………………………..

    Bright Blessings, Ettara Lin Thomas

  • Dear, Capistrano Dispatch Team,

    My family visit historical land monuments all over the world. We witness the large land they set aside for every group of tribes to educate and recognize the ancestors who came before, Native Tribes are filled with inspiration and knowledge that teach our children how to live sustainably on the land.
    We are waiting for San Juan Capistrano, CA to do the same. Our school has joined with several schools in the district to observe how the Mission is educating our children about our indigenous tribes, the Acjachemen. We are saddened by the lack of history.
    Let the Acjachemen teach our children to live on this land with all its powerful resources to educate.
    We can wait no longer. The land will be gone.
    The North West Open Space is not big enough for a recreational site.
    Join the world and work to balance history.
    WE ARE WATCHING……………………………………………..

    Ed Thomas

  • Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz,, historian and author “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States.”wrote “The history of the United States is a history of settler colonialism–the founding of a state based on the ideology of white supremacy, the wide-spread practice of African slavery, and a policy of genocide and land theft. Those who seek history with an upbeat ending, a history of redemption and reconciliation, may look around and observe that such a conclusion is not visible, not even in utopian dreams of a better society.”

    The actions of our City Council reflects the truth of Dunbar-Ortiz’s statement above. The site for the construction of the Acjachemen Putuidem cultural center had been approved by the Council, and now they are attempting to break the agreement. We don’t need an RV parking lot, we need the to retain the agreement to build the Putuidem Cultural Center. No more broken treaties, no more broken promises. Allow the construction of the Putuidem Cultural Center to proceed. No more delays,

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