The push for a tribal park in San Juan Capistrano

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Part of the South Wing of the Mission San Juan Capistrano. Photo credit: Bernard Gagnon

When the Spanish built Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1776, they booted the local native tribe from its village on a piece of land that is now called the Northwest Open Space. Now descendants of the tribe want the city of San Juan Capistrano to turn part of that land into a tribal park, focused around a simulated native American village. The city council has agreed, but keeps putting it off.