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Historic U.S. island return to native tribe ‘path forward’ for other land transfers – National Post

WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A Californian city will return a historic island to its former Native American owners on Monday, more than 150 years after the tribe was decimated, in a move which indigenous groups said could inspire other land transfers across the country.

The voluntary transfer of the 280-acre Duluwat Island from the northern Californian city of Eureka to the Wiyot tribe is nationally unique, indigenous activists said, and could provide a model for such processes elsewhere.

“We look forward to other such land transfers from cities to tribal nations and hope this serves as a practical path forward to resolve similar issues elsewhere,” said a spokesman for the National Congress of American Indians, an umbrella group.

Nearly 7 million Native Americans live in the United States – making up about 2% of the population, according to census figures.

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