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Kumeyaay Struggle To Preserve History As San Diego Marks 250 Years

The Kumeyaay-Diegueno Nation flag is shown flying in a camp of Dakota Access ...

Credit: Robert Wallace, member, Barona Band of Mission Indians

Above: The Kumeyaay-Diegueno Nation flag is shown flying in a camp of Dakota Access Pipeline protesters near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, North Dakota, Dec. 5, 2016.

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Ethan Banegas of the Barona Band of Mission Indians shares the history of the Kumeyaay.

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Aired: April 25, 2019 | Transcript

This year San Diego civic leaders are commemorating 250 years since the Mission San Diego de Alcalá was established in 1769 by Father Junipero Serra. It marks the beginning of San Diego's non-indigenous history while archaeological evidence shows that the Kumeyaay Indian people have lived in the region for 12,000 years.

Ethan Banegas is a member of the Barona Band of Mission Indians who teaches Kumeyaay history at Kumeyaay Community College.

"As our land got taken away, slowly but surely, we would lose these vibrant food sources that were only available in specific areas," Banegas said. "It basically took away who were as a people as you take away our pieces of land. Because the land made us."

Banegas joins Midday Edition Thursday to talk about preserving Kumeyaay history.

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