County delays decision on building plans at ancestral Pomo site

The board of supervisors in Lake County, California, held a hearing on Tuesday to discuss a controversial project on Rattlesnake Island, the ancestral Pomo village

The county is requiring John Nady, who owns the 58-acre island, to complete an environmental impact report before he builds on the property. He's challenging the requirement amid objections from the Elem Pomo Tribe, whose leaders say the island was stolen from them.

Members of other tribes came to lend their support at the hearing. “Sacredness is real,” Clayton Duncan, a member of Robinson Rancheria Pomo Indians, told the board.

After four hours, the board said it needed more time to take comments. Another hearing is scheduled for September 6.

Get the Story:
Supervisors hear testimony on Rattlesnake Island EIR appeal; hearing continued to Sept. 6 (The Lake County News 8/17)
Decision delayed on Clear Lake Rattlesnake Island project (The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat 8/17)

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