Itsu Circle is an Indigenous women-led collective working to uphold a sacred responsibility to Indigenous lands. Itsu Circle supports Indigenous women from non-federally recognized Tribes to access ancestral lands for cultural activities, co-stewardship, easements, land returns, and other forms of rematriation. A bridge builder, Itsu Circle weaves together opportunities for everyone to participate in land stewardship and rematriation efforts, ultimately to decolonize conservation through regional relational models, and reset capitalist mindsets of relating to land as a resource.
The American Religious Freedom Act as applied to Native Americans and the Role of the Protection of Sacred Sites
Over the course of history, by far the least amount of success for Native Americans has been in the protection of sacred sites for the preservation of culture and religion.
Charlene Eigen-Vasquez, co-founder of Itsu Circle, is a member of the Ohlone nation, whose traditional homeland is along the coast of California, and extends from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Carmel Valley.
Charlene Eigen-Vasquez: Descendant of the People of Chitactac
An in-depth profile of Ohlone activist and Itsu Circle co-founder Charlene Eigen Vasquez.
Esselen Tribe of Monterey County in Dialogue with Esalen Institute
A conversation that took place in October, 2022, between members of the Esselen Tribe of Monterey County and the Esalen Institute. Representing the Esselen Tribe are Itsu Circle co-founder Jana Nason and Stephen Vicente Arevalo.