WHO WE ARE

The Esselen Tribe of Monterey County is first and foremost a Tribal Group working toward continuing cultural traditions and preserving the cultural heritage of the historic tribes that are located within Monterey County. The Esselen Tribe of Monterey County is also registered as a Non-Profit Organization and was founded with the goal of continuing cultural traditions and preserving the cultural heritage of the historic tribes that are located within Monterey County, along with protecting and preserving the recognized and unrecognized sacred lands and archeological sites. 

It needs to be noted that though the name of the organization/group is Esselen Tribe of Monterey County, the efforts of the organization are not solely dedicated to the Esselen Tribe, but encompass protection and preservation of the Esselen, Rumsen, Chalone, Sureño, Chunchunes and Guatcharrone people, which includes but is not limited to the villages of Achasta, Chalon, Echilat, Ensen, Excelen, Esslenajan, Ixchenta, Jojopan, Kuchun, Pachepas, Sargenta-Ruc, Soccoronda, & Tucutnut, all which are located within sacred pre-historic and historic tribal lands of Monterey County, California.

 

Tribal Council and Non-Profit Board

Tom Little Bear Nason

Tribal Chairman, President

David MacDonald

Tribal Council Member

Cari Herthel
Tribal Vice Chair

Hilary Shannon

Tribal Council Member

Jana Nason
Tribal Administrator & Secretary,

Publications Chair

Andrew MacDonald

Youth Tribal Chairman

Community Partners

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Healing & Reconciliation Institute
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The Law Office
of Maija West
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Tassajara Zen Mountain Center