City of Berkeley and Lisjan Tribe Appeal Shellmound Case to CA Supreme Court

In response to the April 20 appeals court ruling in favor of Shellmound developers Ruegg & Ellsworth, the Confederated Villages of Lisjan and City of Berkeley have filed an appeal with the California Supreme Court. The court is expected to announce a decision in August on whether or not it will hear the case. Only 3 to 5 percent of cases submitted to the California Supreme Court are accepted.

In support of the appeal filed by the Confederated Villages of Lisjan and City of Berkeley, sixteen strong amicus letters were submitted by organizations and individuals, asking the Supreme Court to accept the case. These informative and well-argued letters are accessible below in PDF format.

If the Supreme Court declines to take the case, the appeals court ruling in favor of developers Ruegg & Ellsworth will stand and the City of Berkeley will be compelled to grant a permit for fast-tracked development of the Shellmound site. This is a critical moment in the struggle to preserve the West Berkeley Shellmound. Please show your support whether that takes the form of prayers at the Shellmound, organizing friends and family for future action, or recruiting donations for the Shellmound Defense Fund—which are needed now more than ever.

Amicus letters filed in support

Legal petitions submitted

Press coverage