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Big Sur land returns to Esselen Tribe after 250 years.

Monterey County Now, July 27, 2020



By: Asaf Shalev

The Esselen tribe is getting nearly two square miles of its ancestral lands in the heart of Big Sur back with the closing of a complicated real estate deal that has been in the works for more than a year.

Ownership of a 1,199-acre undeveloped private property long known as the Adler Ranch is being transferred to the Esselen Tribe of Monterey County, a newly founded nonprofit dedicated to preserving tribal heritage.

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