California tribe regains island it calls center of universe

A California tribe is regaining much of the land it lost after a massacre more than 150 years ago.

The Wiyot Tribe has been making small strides to regain land on Indian Island, which it considers the center of the universe.

The city of Eureka will deed more than 200 acres to the tribe Monday.

Tribes nationwide have lost millions of acres of land through treaties broken by the U.S. government, by force and in exchange for federal services such as health care and education. Rarely has it been restored.

The Wiyot Tribe was decimated in 1860 when scores of tribal elders, women and children were killed in a raid by settlers.

Tribal administrator Michelle Vassel says the return of the land reflects healing and a community coming together.

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