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Amah Mutsun Tribal Band 


Saturday, September 10th, 2022, 1:00-4:00pm (Speakers 1:30-3pm)


McEntee Plaza in front of Santa Clara County Government Building:

70 W Hedding St, San José, CA 95110


The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band will join forces with hundreds of members of the public and representatives of 70+ co-sponsoring organizations, calling on Santa Clara County to protect the sacred Native American site of Juristac by denying permits for the proposed Sargent Ranch Quarry.

A petition with more than 21,000 signatures will be presented at the Rally, along with a statement of opposition to the quarry signed by more than 100 elected officials, prominent individuals and organizations.

Dozens of speakers include elected officials, Indigenous leaders and elders, scholars, reps from environmental, human rights and faith organizations. Traditional Native American ceremonial group, the Uwismak Singers, will offer songs.


1:00–4:00 p.m. Rally at McEntee Plaza

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1:303:00 p.m. Program of speakers and tribal singers on main stage, including:

Valentin Lopez, chair of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band

Ash Kalra, assemblymember of the 27th district of California

Charlene Nijmeh, chair of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe

Tedde Simon, ACLU of Northern California

Tiffany Yap, Senior Scientist, Center for Biological Diversity

Tony Gonzales, American Indian Movement West

3:30–3:45 p.m. Petition Delivery to County Staff

Complete list of speakers and rally co-sponsors is available on Rally for Juristac webpage.

About the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band 

The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is comprised of descendants of the Indigenous peoples taken to the missions at San Juan Bautista and Santa Cruz during Spanish colonization of California’s Central Coast. The traditional territory of the Amah Mutsun encompasses all or portions of the modern counties of San Benito, Santa Clara, Monterey and Santa Cruz. Today’s tribe represents the surviving descendant families of 20 distinct historic tribal groups, and currently has an enrolled membership of nearly 600 people.

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