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Elem Pomo Tribe promises litigation to protect ancestral island

The Elem Pomo Tribe of California vowed litigation to protect Rattlesnake Island, the ancestral Pomo home.

The board of supervisors in Lake County voted 3-2 to allow John Nady, who owns the 58-acre island, to build two cabins and a standalone bathroom there. He won't have to conduct an in-depth environmental impact report as sought by the tribe.

We're going to go straight to litigation," tribal administrator Jim Brown said in response, The Lake County Bee reported.

The tribe claims the island was stolen from the Pomo people.

Get the Story:
Board of Supervisors upholds Rattlesnake Island owner's appeal; building project can proceed (The Lake County News 9/7)
Debate over Rattlesnake (The Lake County Record Bee 9/7)

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