In a deal its members secured by giving up some of their income, the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians has purchased 510 acres of forested land adjacent to the tribe’s remote rancheria about 30 miles north of Bodega Bay.

The sale closed Friday and was a signal event for the 860-member tribe, whose ancestral lands encompass the northwest Sonoma County region.

“We’ve got our food trees there, we’ve got our villages back where our people used to be. It’s really important,” said Violet Parrish Chappell, a tribal elder.

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