LOS ANGELES (KNX1070) — Dozens of demonstrators turned out Sunday to protest a Mexican-American cultural center being built just north of Downtown LA.

Protesters Say Construction Of Cultural Center Downtown Should Be Halted, KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports

Demonstrators say the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes project at 5th and Main is being built at a cemetery which contains remains of Native Americans among others.

According to protesters, nearly 700 people were buried at the site and they believe a third could be Native Americans.

Project officials confirm remains have been found but say the coroner’s office dates the remains to when the land was a church cemetery.

Meantime, the Native American Heritage Commission has asked coroner’s officials to order a halt on the project.

Comments (5)
  1. Tom says:

    Mexicans are Native Americans. It was a cemetery from a church, which makes the remains more likely to have been of Mexicans. Let them build their cultural center. it will hopefully help kids stay in school and off drugs/gangs.

    1. History lesson says:

      The population of LA when the cemetery was actively being used, 1822-1844, was largely comprised of Indians and Spanish; they had become Mexican citizens in 1821. Due to the Mission system some Indians had became catholic, were burried in this cemetery as Catholics, but never stopped being Indian. The Tongva of LA as well as Californios (different from Mexicans) are still here and should be afforded their human rights to not have their family burials desecrated. The people in this cemetery have names and were community members of Los Angeles. They should be shown respect!

  2. Nancy says:

    The artifacts found at the burial site conflict with the “official” report. The Los Angeles Coroner is not an expert on the matter There was no monitor on site as required by law and the archeologists who were there walked off the job because their findings were ignored. The law requires that once remains are found the NAHC be contacted the artifacts examined by exoerts, tribal affiliation determined and proper steps must be taken for the extraction and rebuirial. This affects only the land where a fountain/memorial is being built.

  3. Alfred Cota says:

    There is more here than just bodies buried here. There is a rare and unique multi-cultural history of people that helped create our great city of Angels that needs to be fully understood and respected that goes beyond Race, Creed and/or National Origin.

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