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Wiyot Tribe seeks discussion with city for return of Indian Island






A view of Indian Island in California. Photo by Ellin Beltz via Wikipedia

The Wiyot Tribe and the city of Eureka will be discussing the potential return of Indian Island in California.

The tribe lived on the island until it was nearly wiped out by a massacre on February 26, 1860. The event disrupted the annual World Renewal Ceremony and tribal members weren't allowed to return to their homes.

The tribe was able to purchase a small portion of the island in 2000 and the city donated another 60 acres in 2006. The city is open to discussions to return the rest of its property to the tribe, an official said, but no private land will change hands.

The tribe held the World Renewal Ceremony last year for the first time since the 1860 massacre.

Get the Story:
Wiyot Tribe asking city council for land back (KRCR 4/6)
Eureka to Consider Giving the Rest of Indian Island Back to Wiyot Tribe (The Lost Coast Outpost 4/4)

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