Indian Canyon, California
Indian Canyon (formerly known as Indian Gulch) is the only federally recognized Indian country from Sonoma to the coast of Santa Barbara in California, a distance of over 300 miles. The canyon is a mile long. As the only such place within the original Costanoan-Ohlone territory, anyone of Native American heritage can come to Indian Canyon to hold ceremonies on this sacred and traditional land. Until 1978, when the American Indian Religious Freedom Act was passed, Native Americans were prohibited from practicing all traditional forms of spirituality.
Anne Marie Sayers and the reclamation of Indian Canyon
Anne Marie Sayers is a Mutsun Ohlone leader and the tribal chair of the Indian Canyon. In a landmark 8-year case ending in 1998, Sayers used the Dawes Act (also known as the Allotment Act of 1887) to reclaim land in the Indian Canyon, that had belonged to her family for centuries.
Sayers is also the Director of the Costanoan Indian Research, Inc., an organisation based in the Indian Canyon, dedicated to the preservation and return of native artifacts to their tribal groups.
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