The fight for Juristac is shaping up to be Silicon Valley’s own Standing Rock.

Valentin Lopez has served as chairman of the Amah Mutsun tribe for 16 years. (Photo by Nicholas Chan)
The Bay Area’s Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is fighting to reclaim what it calls its holiest site — Juristac, located in southern Santa Clara County.

A Monumental View

A view from Mt. Umunhum. (Photo by Nicholas Chan)
Restoration underway on Umunhum’s summit (Photo by Robert Raymond)

Sacred Land

The radar tower atop Mount Umunhum (Photo by Robert Raymond)

Preservation Blues

Informational sign on the summit of Umunhum (Photo by Robert Raymond)
The Radar tower closed to the public because pieces of lead paint were chipping off (Photo by Robert Raymond)

Claim Jumping

Green Belt

The Fight for Juristac

The Bay Area’s Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is fighting to reclaim what it calls its holiest site — Juristac, located in southern Santa Clara County.
Amah Mutsun and solidarity groups walk from Mission San Juan Bautista to Sargent Ranch (Juristac)

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