In May and June, ACT hosted two leaders of the Kogi tribe—José de los Santos Sauna and Shibulata Zarabata. During their visit, Santos and Zarabata were the guests of honor at several events in both Washington, DC and California, including a reception at the Colombian Ambassador’s residence and a presentation at Google. Just after their departure, however, we received alarming news that a corporate group had preliminary plans to build a large resort and marina next to Jaba Taniwashkaka—the first Kogi coastal sacred site we acquired and protected in 2013. Over the next two weeks, ACT raised enough funds to purchase the 70-acre property, preventing its purchase by developers.
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