The Elem Pomo Tribe of California is seeking local and federal support to reacquire Rattlesnake Island, the ancestral Pomo village. The 58-acre island was stolen from the tribe in the 1800s, administrator Jim Brown said. A non-Indian man bought the land and wants to build two cabins and a standalone bathroom there. The tribe opposes the effort and is seeking support from Lake County to regain ownership of the land. Brown also met with Rep. Mike Thompson (D-California) to discuss the issue. "We basically want it for our religious ceremonies," Brown told The Lake County Record-Bee. "We want to put our original roundhouse back up." Get the Story:
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