After more than 160 years, Tuluwut Island has been returned to the Wiyot Tribe. In 1860 in what is now known as California, settlers attacked and massacred most members of the tribe as they were holding their annual World Renewal Ceremony. Starting in the 1970s, survivors began lobbying to return to the island. This started with a purchase of 1.5 acres of land, which expanded to 45 acres returned by the town of Eureka in 2004. The ecosystem of the reacquired land was unfortunately contaminated from industrial use over the years, so a cleanup process had to be undertaken, but in 2014, the Wiyot Tribe was finally able to restart and complete the World Renewal Ceremony that was interrupted so violently in 1860.

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