current authorTongva Taraxat at Paxaavxa Land Conservancyoriginal authorBeth Helmstetter

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Tongva Tarax at Paxaavxa Land Conservancy

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Tongva Tarax at Paxaavxa Land Conservancy

The Tongva people have been in Los Angeles County for thousands of years. However, we have not had access to land since colonization. The Tongva Taraxat Paxaava Conservancy, which roughly translates to “the people’s land” is the very first plot of land returned to the original people of Los Angeles.

For generations we have been pushed out of Los Angeles by high rent, we have had to ask permission to have traditional gathering relationship with our plant relatives, and we have had to pay fees to hold ceremony and space inside of our own ancestral lands. The Tongva Taraxat Paxaavxa Land Conservancy will help begin the healing process we need by giving tribal community members access to free housing on their native land, give access to gathering without permission from outsiders, and a space to have community time and ceremonies in privacy.

Our vision is to rematreate the land to California native plants and Tongva people. We are and will continue to be run by Tongva people.