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In California, Salinan Indians Are Trying to Reclaim Their Culture and Land

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Allison Herrera and Mary Bishop, both Salinan Indians, look out at the Indian Cemetery at the San Antonio Mission in Lockwood, California. 
The cemetery was laid out in 1804 at the height of the mission building period in California. Missions were built by California Indians through force. The total number of California Indians laid out in this cemetery is unknown, although Mary said it was in the thousands. Image by Isaac Kestenbaum. California, 2017.
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An archival photo from the early to mid-1930s of Allison Herrera's family near Toro Creek, an ancestral village of their Salinan Tribe. From left: Felista Rosas, her great-grandmother; Anna Herrera, her grandmother; Andy Rosas, Anna's brother; and Ramon Rosas, Andy and Anna's uncle. Image courtesy Allison Herrera.
An archival photo from the early to mid-1930s of Allison Herrera's family near Toro Creek, an ancestral village of their Salinan Tribe. From left: Felista Rosas, her great-grandmother; Anna Herrera, her grandmother; Andy Rosas, Anna's brother; and Ramon Rosas, Andy and Anna's uncle. Image courtesy Allison Herrera.

Allison Herrera is Salinan, a California tribe that's not recognized by the federal government and has no land or sovereignty. She explains how that lead her family to lose its ancestral home.

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