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San Juan tribe protests over cemetery closure

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  • Sal Camarillo
    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – It has been their family burial place for more than 150 years, but a recent decision has barred Acjachemen tribal members and others
    Message 1 of 1 , May 2, 2010
      SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – It has been their family burial place for more than 150 years, but a recent decision has barred Acjachemen tribal members and others from burials at the Old Mission Cemetery.
      About 50 protesters demonstrated outside the entrance to the Mission San Juan Capistrano on Saturday morning.
       
      They were there to protest recent changes at the Mission, including a decision to halt burials in Old Mission Cemetery as workers study how much space is available there, if any. Control of the cemetery was turned over to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange in April.
      The demonstrators represented factions of the Acjachemen tribe, which built the Mission over two centuries ago, as well as other descendents of San Juan's historic families.
       
       
       
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