More Than 500 Acres of Redwood Forest Returned to Indigenous Tribes


February 3, 2022

Tc'ih-Léh-Dûñ is a 523-acre property donated to the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council. Max Forster (@maxforsterphotography), courtesy of Save the Redwoods League

In California, 523 acres of redwood forest have been returned to a group of Native American tribes whose ancestors were forcibly removed from the land generations ago, per a statement from Save the Redwoods League.

The league, a nonprofit that works to protect and restore redwood forests, purchased the property back in 2020 and donated it to the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council, a consortium of ten federally recognized northern California tribal nations. In turn, the league was granted a conservation easement, which prohibits commercial timbering, fragmentation, development or public access, per the league's project overview.

The land, formerly named Andersonia West, will again be called Tc'ih-Léh-Dûñ, which means "Fish Run Place" in the Sinkyone language.


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