San Vicente Redwoods is within the traditional lands of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, and Awaswas people. They have cared for these lands for thousands of years, and they and their descendants continue to be inseparable from these lands.
Save the Redwoods League recognizes the violence that settlers have perpetrated against California tribes and the lands to which they have been connected since time immemorial. Indigenous peoples of this region were forced into enslavement in the Missions by the Spanish in the 18th century and experienced continued displacement, enslavement, and genocide by Mexican and white American settlers in the 19th century.
We respect and support Indigenous peoples’ efforts to follow their own paths toward healing, including revitalization of their languages, culture, and stewardship practices.
The League appreciates the opportunity to work with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and the Amah Mutsun Land Trust in the stewardship of San Vicente Redwoods and as we continue to learn more about the history of the redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Learn more about the tribes’ histories and cultures in their own words at the links below: