Kumeyaay Nation protests military training center at burial ground

Members of the Kumeyaay Nation and supporters staged a protest on August 31, 2016, near the site of a military training center near San Diego, California. Photo by ndnviewpoint

The 12 tribes of the Kumeyaay Nation are calling on the U.S. Navy to modify plans for a $1 billion training center.

The tribes don't want the SEAL training center to disturb a burial ground. According to news reports, a Native boy, whose remains dated back more than 7,000 years, was previously found in the same area.

"It’s Kumeyaay land," Kenny Meza, the vice chairman of the Jamul Indian Village, told The San Diego Union-Tribune of the site.

The Naval Base Coronado says it has taken steps to address concerns about development at the Silver Strand Training Complex. A previously-scheduled meeting with tribal leaders is taking place on Friday, according to a statement released in response to the protest on Wednesday.

Read More on the Story:
Indians protest Navy building site they say is sacred burial ground (The San Diego Union-Tribune 9/1)
Native American Groups Protest Naval Base Expansion Near Imperial Beach (KPBS 8/31)
Kumeyaay Tribes Protest Naval Base Coronado Training Center (San Diego Patch 8/31)
Native American tribe protests Navy construction on Silver Strand (10News 8/31)

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