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Meyers Nave Represents the Tongva and Acjachemen Communities in Orange County’s First Ever Native American Land Back Transaction

Meyers Nave attorney, Russell Morse represented the Acjachemen Tongva Land Conservancy (“ATLC”), a nonprofit organization formed by members of the Acjachemen and Tongva communities dedicated to preserving their ancestral homelands, in the first Indigenous land return in Orange County history. Community members of the Tongva and Acjachemen, two tribes that have historically inhabited lands in Southern California, joined forces to successfully acquire a six acre-parcel on the Bolsa Chica Mesa adjacent to the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.

The ATLC now holds title to a portion of the sacred Bolsa Chica Mesa, home to an ancient village site inhabited by the Tongva and Acjachemen Tribes some 9,000 years ago. This acquisition marks the beginning of an extensive restoration program, which will include the reintroduction of native species and removal of bike jumps unlawfully built on the site. Once complete, the site will potentially be a forum for cultural ceremonies and conduct public education activities to heighten awareness of the land’s historical and cultural significance.

Meyers Nave is proud to represent the ATLC and to have helped secure this important victory for the Tongva and Acjachemen people. For more information on the ATLC, we encourage you to visit: https://www.atlandconservancy.com/.