SNOW VISITORS DEFACE LA POSTA SACRED SITE

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By Miriam Raftery

Photo: ECM news partner 10 News

February 26, 2019 (La Posta) — A couple who claimed responsibility on social media for spray-painting graffiti on rocks at a sacred site on the La Posta Indian reservation in East County claims they didn’t know they were on tribal lands, but have offered to clean up the damage.

Victor Estrada, Vice Chairman of the La Posta Band of Mission Indians, says the tribe learned about the vandals apparent identity through social media and could prosecute, but is open to the perpetrators cleaning up the mess themselves, 10 News reports.

Several rocks were defaced over the weekend when the site was covered in snow.  Estrada has these words for visitors:  “You can come out here and play in our snow, but don’t destroy our stuff,” said Estrada, “don’t spray paint your name and your family and say 'hey you were here.' “

10 News reports that it received  a statement from the purported vandals reading, “We are truly sorry as we were not aware that we were on sacred or tribal lands. My husband will be going up this weekend to clean up the writing on the rocks.”

Comments

My Take

The husband was going to remove what his childern did.

I agree!

Graffiti is unacceptable at any level - anywhere. Desecrating a sacred Native American site is just heinous! Fines, and perhaps jail time or community service is in order (like cleaning up graffiti elsewhere) Shame on these people (and everyone else who applies graffiti of any type, especially gang members) this has become a blight across America :-(

Prosecute

The perps should have to pay for their crime. Who sold the spray paint? If the paint was sold to minors that is a crime in California.

Re: Prosecute

Well it did say "husband is gonna clean it" which means they are not minors, they're dam adults should know better, I say 2,500 fine, 100 community hrs, working on they reservation

AS IF IT WOULD BE OKAY IF IT WASN"T

ON SACRED INDIAN LAND!!!!!

Those idiots should be arrested and fined regardless of their intention or location of the crime.

AS IF IT WOULD BE OKAY IF IT WASN"T

ON THE RESERVATION!!!!!!

Those idiots should be arrested and fined regardless of their intention or location of the crime.