By Miriam Raftery
Photo by Ozzie Monge
September 1,2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Native Americans held a protest Wednesday outside theNavy’s new SEAL training center on Coronado over desecration of an area where ancient Indian remains were found.
The 12 tribes of the Kumeyaay Nation have asked the Navy to move the construction boundary to preserve the site where tribal members believe more remains are likely located, but so far the Navy has refused.
“To us, the sight of those machines brutally ripping our ancestors from the ground is no different than it would be for those very same Navy personnel to watch bulldozers rip through Arlington National Cemetery, scattering the bodies of fallen soldiers carelessly under the metal treads,” Cynthia Parada, Councilwoman of the La Posta Band of Mission Indians, wrote on a Facebook page for the Save Our Ancestors from Desecration event.