Protestors have now been camped out at Trinidad’s Memorial Lighthouse for over a week and have halted the Civic Club’s project to move their replica lighthouse 22-feet. The Civic Club and local tribal councils are currently in the process of drafting an agreement.
A geology report was submitted to the Civic Club and the City of Trinidad back in July, outlining how the lighthouse needed to be moved from its current location due to soil erosion.
The lighthouse has become the center of controversy after the Civic Club was granted an emergency permit by Trinidad’s city manager and city planner. The Yurok Tribe and the Tsurai Ancestral Society were left out of this planning process and not consulted by the Civic Club and the city.
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For three days there have been continuous meetings with the City of Trinidad and local tribal councils from the Trinidad Rancheria as well as the Yurok Tribe. The Tsurai Ancestral Society have also been involved as the city and TAS have a management plan in place for the 12-acres adjacent to the Civic Club’s property. TAS are also descendants from the Tsurai Yurok village where the lighthouse currently sits on top of.
This evening I spoke to Civic Club member Jan West and she relayed that the only thing she can say, is that the stakeholders are preparing to release a joint statement.