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Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Protecting Juristac

A proposed sand and gravel operation is threatening one of the last remaining intact sacred sites of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. Juristac, also known as “Sargent Ranch,” contains various sites of cultural and spiritual significance and lies at the heart of the ancestral lands of the Amah Mutsun near Gilroy, California. The Amah Mutsun are vehemently opposed to the proposed mining operation. On September 8th, 100 members of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, alongside 300 members of the general public, led a five-mile, prayerful walk, beginning at Mission San Juan Bautista and ending at the eastern edge of Juristac. 

The Amah Mutsun are asking the public to join them in telling both the developer and Santa Clara County officials that Native American spirituality, culture, environments and peoples must be respected and protected. Below are some resources the Amah Mutsun Land Trust has put out to help the cause and stay informed:

  • Sign the Amah Mutsun petition to protect Juristac here. 
  • Follow @protectjuristac on Instagram and “like” the Protect Juristac Facebook page for photos and updates. 
  • The Committee for Green Foothills and  Amah Mutsun Land Trust are asking organizations, elected officials and community leaders to sign on to a Statement of Opposition to the Sargent Ranch Quarry. If you represent an organization in the community and you believe there should not be a quarry at Juristac, please email Alice Kaufman at
  • The Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Sargent Quarry Project is set to be released by the County of Santa Clara in the coming months. Once it is released, a public comment period will begin and AMLT is asking all supporters to send in comments and show up for the public hearing. Until then, please write letters to Santa Clara County expressing your opposition to the mining permit.