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April 17, 2012 > Letter to the Editor: Are there Native American burial sites in Hayward?

Letter to the Editor: Are there Native American burial sites in Hayward?

This is a communication from myself as a private citizen and should not be construed as representing the views of the Prospect Hill Neighborhood Association.

Remains of what were said to be a Native American teenage girl and an adult male were retrieved from Maple Court on March 22, 1959 by City of Hayward Street Department staff. University of California archaeologist, James Davis, apparently opined that the bones of the Costonoan tribal group, could date anywhere from 1500 BC to 1000 AD.

Where exactly on Maple Court were these remains found? In front of the proposed 44-unit condominium project on the west side of Maple Court (between McKeever Avenue and A Street) that was approved by the Hayward Planning Commission on March 8, 2012? Perhaps Public Works has records? Perhaps the Water Department has records? Please consider this a request for information on this issue.

I would submit the strong possibility of Native American burial sites in the vicinity requires further conditions be considered to ensure proper respect be given.

I am also asking City Council members to call up this matter so that we, the Prospect Hill Neighborhood Association, or any of our members, do not have to pay the fee to appeal the item. I request any Council member so inclined to communicate with Greg Jones who is the current President of the Prospect Hill Neighborhood Association.

Should this matter come before a public body with appropriate notice to the adjacent neighborhood, I would expect this article would be considered a reason NOT to allow a mitigated negative declaration on this project. I would certainly encourage Council to press for a full environmental review on all the issues.

Those interested in my theory that we built Hayward on an ancient Native American Cemetery are invited to my history walk (sponsored by the Hayward Area Historical Society) designed to explore the hypothesis at 10 a.m. on August 25, 2012.

Frank Goulart

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