VIDEO: Chumash Bless the Malibu Lagoon

California State Parks, the lead agency on the Malibu Lagoon project, is including input from the Chumash people during the project, which could last four months.

As protesters rallied in opposition to the Malibu Lagoon project on Pacific Coast Highway Friday, several members of the Chumash tribe carried smoking sage as they walked through the lagoon.

The sage smudging served as a cleansing and a blessing of the Malibu Lagoon, which tribal members believe is too sick to sustain life.

"This is not about fighting in opposition. This is about healing," said Mati Waiya of the Chumash tribe during a prayer on the edge of the lagoon overlooking .

The Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project is expected to begin as early as Monday. Activists and surfers began protesting the project on Friday, and another protest is set for Sunday at 2 p.m.

Barbara Tejada, a State Parks archaeologist, said the Chumash are being included in the monitoring of the project.

"During the project, we're going to have archaeological and native monitors during all the ground disturbance to be on the lookout in case any artifacts, both historic or native period come up," Tejada said.

David Paul Dominguez of the Chumash said he is concerned for the wildlife in the lagoon, and tribal members will be at the project site daily once it gets underway.

"This is getting restored to its natural habitat. It's been disturbed by centuries of misuse, mismanagement," Dominguez said.

He added the sage is more than a blessing.

"We're asking for forgiveness. We're asking that this [project] goes in a good way. We're here for these people," Dominguez said, pointing to two ducks in the lagoon. "We're here for them, the smallest creatures."

Dominguez said he feels honored to work within the process to make sure the lagoon is healed.

"We're going to be able to interact with the state of California and give our perspective and our plant knowledge," he said.

Read more about the protest and the project: .

Andy Lyon June 03, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Yeah Keith , it's me Andy....the one who calls BULL#@$T on a paid blessing ! I'm the one who surfs there...I'm the one trying to keep this sacred area from being torn up again...I'm the one that grew up right there and played there as a kid when it was an open field along with all the other amazing spots in Malibu that are about to be raped....I'm the one that is bummed out to see what is happening to the town I grew up in like the crummer lot and the hotel lot and all the other open spaces that are left in civic center....i'm the guy that spent my childhood riding my bike all over these open fields.. Yep...that's me. my dad and my grandfather were here and now my kids... Who are you KEITH ??? Mati didn't want anything to do with this a month ago. Said it was a disturbed site....finished. But now he's cool with ripping it up ?? Why?
Keith June 03, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Andy , I am sure you had a nice childhood riding bikes , playing baseball and loosing bongs on the trash that was dumped on the wetlands since the 30's . You were an innocent child then and did not know that Caltrans had degraded and defiled the delicate living organism that the wetlands once were but now you are an adult that should have educated yourself why a functioning wetlands are important to healthy habitat . Also in the 30's real estate developers bought up cheap "Swamp land" in there quest to make a fast buck and proceeded to fill in the swampy lowlands behind the Colony berm to build summer vacation homes . I can understand the Chumash elders being upset that after 80 years , human waste continues to saturate the sub-terrain hydrology from septic systems that percolate onto the beaches throughout your Malibu .
David Paul Dominguez June 03, 2012 at 06:36 PM
The tactics of, " Divide and Conquer " are outdated and we are not falling for that old trick anymore. Apparently you are not privy to our circle and I understand why. Let it rest for once... Please!!!!!!
Involved June 03, 2012 at 08:40 PM
My informing you about Matiwaya and David Dominguez may inflame you if you believe it's an assault on our Native Americans and want to defend them. Ask any of our local Native Americans and see what they think. You won't get any defending them. Matiwaya prides himself on NAME DROPPING. He prides himself on suing anyone ad anything at anytime. YOUR PROPERTY IS AT STAKE DO THE RESEARCH
Trout Rules June 03, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Seems that David P Dominguez doesn't practice his own advice based on this article in which he acted very inappropriately towards others and created scenes due to his refusal to abide by the commission standards set forth by the City of Malibu. He certainly wasn't working with other members and this article suggests that he was not only wrong, he violated the commission ethical standards. Another egotistical voice pretending to have weight while he feeds at the taxpayer trough with expectations of grandeur and self promotion - http://malibusurfsidenews-blog.blogspot.com/2011/09/native-american-activist-files-lost.html
Trout Rule June 04, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Keith June 04, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Wow , this fraud attempt of false character impersonation looks typical of the poor ethics that has been represented by the Opposition as a last pathetic futile attempt before their ship sinks in the lifeless mudflats . So Sad . Is this the last we will see of the Wetlands Defense Fraud ?
Jessica E. Davis June 04, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Maybe if you used your real name, you wouldn't be ridiculed in the comment section, "Trout Rule." And that's something for all Patch users to think about, not just "Trout Rule." Also, all of you need to take a step back and stop attacking each other. If you have something critical to say to your neighbor, stand up and use your real name. Calling someone a loser or another bad name does not make your point stronger. It shows you are a bully. Don't hide behind anonymity. Let's rise above and act like responsible adults here.
Marshall Thompson June 04, 2012 at 03:42 AM
If it were up to me all you ^&*%$s would have to use a real name and verifiable email address or lose your privilege of posting here.
J. Flo June 04, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Perfectly said, Jessica! This is all unreadable.
samantha June 04, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Sure and have them show up at your door. I don't think so. All credible newspapers allow anonimity when necessary.
hellwood June 04, 2012 at 04:56 AM
...or at least get your profile together with a picture, and some sort of contact info, so the locals who don't already know your nickname can research you to see who you really are, and verify that you don't have multiple accounts, etc. keith, trout dudes...
hellwood June 04, 2012 at 05:00 AM
the Trout Rules dude does seem cooler though...haha!
hellwood June 04, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Don't put your neck on the chopping block unless you are willing to back it up. As long as you treat strangers with respect, they probably wont come to your door...unless you have a really sexy profile pic and they become obsessed with you, which would be kinda creepy i guess... : )
Jessica E. Davis June 04, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Samantha, all credible news agencies have different policies on anonymity. Also, anonymous sources are used in actual stories, not the comment section. In fact, most responsible journalists avoid using anonymous sources as much as possible.
Alessandra DeClario June 04, 2012 at 11:54 AM
A rose by any other name is still a rose. Who ever Involved is... I like what you say.... but I agree with Jessica and think there is nothing wrong with using your own name. By the way, trout rule with all that is going on I am sure that Marcia Hanscom and Roy Van de hoek are jamming and they are certainly not people who would use another name! Maybe you should use "TIDEWATER GOBY RULE" for your name!!! BTW - why don't YOU call the State Heritage Commission and realize that what I wrote is true... research is talking, reading, etc. To really write what was researched would take a lot of time and energy - I honestly don't think that I have to do that for a Patch comment. I give what I read and hear in any form possible to get the info out. The main thing is the truth! And Involved had the guts to say the truth about Mati Waya . "Ask any of our local Native Americans and see what they think." (there are you happy now - I used quote marks when repeating what Involved said!)
John June 04, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Are you more concerned about preserving your childhood or the natural habitat. Who cares what you did as a child or if you surf this beach? It doesn't make it yours. You must be more Malibu than me? Great point Andy. I swear if you trust fund babies had actual jobs you wouldn't have time to bicker back and forth and act like children. THEY ARE RESTORING THIS PLACE TO WHAT IT WAS BEFORE YOU WERE BORN!!! Get over it and get a job.
Rabbi Levi Cunin June 04, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Thank you Jessica for your words of reason and stepping up to keep the peace! Some of the heat in this discussion brings to mind that which was stated by Mark Twain: "Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured" -- Keep up the great work!
J. Flo June 04, 2012 at 08:27 PM
A brilliant quote, Rabbi!
mary mendoza June 07, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I have known Alan Salazar for many year's have known him to be a respectful,friendly,and fair to all so why are you putting him in the middle of this mess and conflict,and for myself and my family our veins run with red blood as red as you can get just because we don't have a Federal card as many many of us don't have,does not make us non Indian,I am as much Indian as the next person,I will pray for you that you will someday respect all of us we came from the same creator and he does not like all this fighting among us.I will still care about you
Alessandra DeClario June 08, 2012 at 05:57 AM
What I was told was taken back.... and, I was told to stay out of tribal affairs - I will and am. We are all human - all life is worthy of respect.
Janet Garcia June 08, 2012 at 04:36 PM
You all are missing the point. Your Chumash ancestors were the ones put here by the creator to live on this land and were to take care of it and receive it, to take only what was needed it live. There for us who are of decents of the Chumash are required to continue to do so and we do. We are not the ones who have destroy and contamated these scared lands it is the invades that have, and so we are left to clean up after you. So what you surf there, you rode your bike ect. But you didn't clean up after yourselves. As for you non Chumash trying to decided who we are it is not your RIGHT we will be the ones who determine who we are and need not prove to anyone. We are tryng to do the best job to preserve our heritage with what little you give and the pride we have, if your not willing to help step back, quit thinking of yourself and start thinking of our future generations and what we will leave to them. Eneq Tasin
Lightnapper June 08, 2012 at 05:53 PM
A brillant quote from someone using a "Fake Name." Lol.
hellwood June 08, 2012 at 05:59 PM
hey! these two posts are really similar. is Keith a fake name or is this a coincidence? "Steve Woods 9:01 pm on Sunday, November 27, 2011 And 9/11 was our government setting remote controlled explosives to bring down Twin Towers ! and Building #7" and this one?… "Keith 8:35 pm on Thursday, June 7, 2012 ,,, and the Twin Towers were brought down by a secret orchestrated clandestine Government plot of synchronized nuclear blast on September 11 2011 ."
Connie June 09, 2012 at 05:31 AM
One needs to understand the history of the lagoon, the history of pollution and what the plans are to correct past actions that have caused harm, long term, to the lagoon. Animals and plant life exist and appear to thrive, however, soil toxins can create harm in both animal and plant life in the long term. This is similar to a problem off Palos Verdes where the eagles ate fish that ate toxins that caused the egg shells not to harden, thus, collapsing...perhaps this restoration project is addressed the deep seeded problems for a long term win win for everyone involved. Unless there is a development project in the works, why would a restoration project that costs taxpayers a great deal of money in this economy ever become a reality? Why did surfrider begin? One reason was to address the pollution. Years of pollution flowed down the lagoon into the ocean. Surfers were warned and asked to get hepatitis shots back then. Plants can filter some toxins, but, beware, the soil beneath could be causing systemic damage not easily seen. I am for restoration of wetlands, marshlands, and preservation of sacred sites for the long term. Sometime we have to clean up our mess and stand to loose a few months of space to save it for the long term.
sean June 09, 2012 at 09:07 AM
You are on Indian Land !!!!
sean June 09, 2012 at 09:13 AM
You are soooooo right ................ I honor you for bringing forth undeniable truth
Sara Gepp June 09, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Native people say the Earth is sacred. Some places on Earth will feel more sacred than others. You can often feel the sacredness of these places because of what has happened on them. If you do a ceremony on a certain place and return later, whatever happened before will still be there to help you. Even if someone you didn't know did something on the Earth and you come along later, the powers will be there to help you. This is why the Earth is sacred and these special places are sacred spots. -Chief Seattle, SUQUAMISH Regardless of where one stands on the lagoon issue. We first nations people honor our ancestors wherever they are. Malibu Lagoon is a final resting place for many. I am shocked by the racist comments on this post. And just want to make the plea for unity and sensitivity. Sara Gepp- Mapuche
Sara Gepp June 09, 2012 at 02:37 PM
I am a local Native American and I think about unity. Kindness. And not trying to tear people down and discredit them without cause. You are in my prayers, it must be painful to be walking around with so much hate for others.
Sara Gepp June 09, 2012 at 02:40 PM
This is a racist comment


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