“We don’t want to impact a cultural site. We’re very concerned about that,” Nelson said.
A quick on-the-ground inspection of the area produced numerous obsidian chips and other American Indian artifacts, leading Nelson and Cal Fire officials to immediately expand a buffer area from less than an acre to around 3 acres.
The Maidus welcomed the temporary protections but remained skeptical about the company’s commitment to protect the valley it owns.
Story: Jane Braxton Little, The Sacramento Bee | Photo: Jane Braxton Little, The Sacramento Bee