Yosemite Reviews Tribal History

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Southern Sierra Miwok tribe is highlighted in many of the visitor information displays. But the Mono Lake Paiutes say they were the park’s first stewards.   

Park spokesman Scott Gediman says the flap has prompted Yosemite officials to review the exhibits and historical records.  

“We look at the best information that we have to tell the public about it and certain tribal members feel differently. So this is simply us looking at everything and seeing what if anything needs to be told differently.” 

The review of the park’s books, brochures and a replica village will be carried out by park managers, ethno-historians and National Park Service experts who do not work at Yosemite.