Rocklin, Calif. – The United Auburn Indian Community announced today plans to purchase land encompassing culturally sensitive sites held sacred to the Tribe in Clover Valley, contingent upon a ‘yes’ vote on Measure H and the approval of the Rocklin City Council.
The Tribe’s purchase, combined with Measure H, an initiative on the February ballot, would protect much of Clover Valley as open space from the threat of urban sprawl and reduce the number of homes that Clover Valley owners proposed to build from 558 to 404. Measure H also calls for 366 acres of open space, but that total would increase to 406 acres with the Tribe’s purchase.
The Tribe has worked closely with the owners of Clover Valley to ensure our sacred sites are protected,’ said UAIC Tribal Chairwoman Jessica Tavares. ‘The potential purchase of the culturally sensitive land and the passage of Measure H are our best options to help manage the future of Clover Valley.’
The 33 sites deemed sacred by the Tribe include village dwellings, rock art panels, ceremonial sites and four burial grounds dating back as far as 5,000 B.C. All 33 sites qualify for the National Registry of Historical Places.
As part of the agreement, the Tribe will contribute to the construction of two miles of bike trails in Clover Valley.