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SAVE THE DATE: November 12th.  We will be having a General Meeting.  The time and location will be advised as soon as we have worked out the details.  This is a very important meeting as we will be nominating officers and  working out the meeeting dates and events for 2012.  Please save the date as we need your participation at this meeting.

Hello Pobladores Members,

We received this message from Dawn McDevitt yesterday afternoon.  As you can see, it appears they want to rebury our descendants which were dug up from Campo Santo which is what we have been fighting for all of this time.  However, if you read the message closely you will see that they want to promptly rebury the remains, in spite of the fact that one of the things we have been asking for is to have the remains properly and with dignity reburied in the same place where they were dug up from.  Then have a Catholic and Native American reburial ceremony together and at a time when we could attend; perhaps on a Saturday or Sunday.  We have also requested the site be made into a Memorial Park with the names of those who were interred at Campo Santo and a plaque with the History of the area beginning with the Yagna/Tongva Indian history, then with the history of our ancestors the Pobladores who founded Los Angeles. Ms. McDevitt has asked if anyone has any questions or comments to call or email her.  This information is found at the bottom of her message.  If you wish to express your concerns please do so. Thank you all for your support.

Your President,
Maria G Benitez


Good Afternoon Everyone,

Following the public meetings and official consultations held regarding the historic cemetery, the County and Foundation are developing a plan to allow the human remains and associated artifacts to be re-interred at the LA Plaza property on an expedited basis.

In working with the federal and state agencies on the expedited re-interment plan, the National Park Service (NPS) has advised that will require that notice of the proposed re-interment be provided consistent with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).  A NAGPRA notice was also requested by certain tribes and interested parties; a draft notice is attached to this message.

To allow the re-interment to occur as soon as possible, NPS directed the County to identify a Federally-recognized tribe who will consent to the re-burial of the remains and artifacts at the LA Plaza property.  If no Federally-recognized tribe is identified, the County would seek approval from the Secretary of the Interior to complete the on-site re-interment; it is expected that approval process would require additional time before re-burial could commence.

Please note that the remains and artifacts will remain in the physical custody of the County at all times through the completion of the on-site re-interment process.

If you have any questions, comments or objections regarding the proposed notice or the plan for re-burial at the LA Plaza property, please contact me, Dawn McDivitt, at (213) 974-2620 or at no later than Thursday, September 29, 2011.

Thank you for your continued participation regarding this project.


Dawn McDivitt

Manager, Capital Projects





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