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Last updated on July 4, 2018

“The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band are the living descendents of Mutsun and Awaswas-speaking peoples who have continually occupied the greater Monterey Bay Region, thriving for thousands of years and countless generations prior to European contact.

Our History traces a path of subjugation and community disintegration under Spanish occupation, through Governor Peter Burnett’s extermination order in 1853, to federal recognition and acknowledged responsibility to the San Juan (Bautista) Indians in the 1920’s, and the subsequent denial of land through the wrongful and illegal termination of our status as a sovereign Indian nation. In 1927, Indian Field Service superintendant Lafayette A. Dorrington claimed that “the San Juan Indians were “well cared for by the Catholic priests and thus required no land.” Each of our 500+ members can trace their family’s heritage directly to one or more Mutsun/Awaswas-speaking groups that were documented as having passed through Spanish-established missions in Santa Cruz or San Juan Bautista, California.”



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