The United Auburn Indian Community has restarted negotiations to buy and conserve at least part of the rural Rocklin property planned for home development.
It is strewn with Native American artifacts up to seven thousand years old. The tribe owns the popular Thunder Valley Casino and is talking of preserving areas of the land most sacred to its people.
The tribe has talked about buying the property before. But discussions were combative over pricing. Now the talks are more serious.
If they succeed, some of the land would be bought for preservation and for Indian ceremonial, cultural and housing uses.