California tribes will manage, protect state coastal areas – AP News

Ocean with flowers - Salt Point State Park, CA (by Alyosha Efros CC BY-NC 2.0 via Flickr).

Five California tribes will reclaim their right to manage coastal land significant to their history under a first-in-the-nation program backed with $3.6 million in state money. Valentin Lopez, chair of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band … said climate change has forced governments with a history of exploiting Indigenous lands to acknowledge tribes’ deep-rooted knowledge of protecting ecosystems.“We’re in the crisis mode,” he said.