It took several years, but Miwok and Maidu Indian descendants and those from the Wilton Rancheria now have more space at Hicksville Cemetery in which they can be buried.
The Galt-Arno Cemetery District, which owns Hicksville Cemetery on Arno Road, when dedicated part of the graveyard to the late Aleck Blue, who was known as a healer and medicine man who spoke many Indian languages and served as an interpreter for various Native American tribes, according to Lisa Jimenez, an Elk Grove resident who is chairwoman of the Blue, Brown and Taylor families.
During a Sunday morning dedication at the cemetery, manager Tim Mrozinski announced that five rows of graves would be dedicated to Native American. Mrozinski, assistant manager Tracy Ricci and board members studied who was buried at Hicksville Cemetery. Some graves are unmarked, and other remains turned out not being Native American, Mrozinski said.
Family friend John James, from the Yosemite area, said during the dedication, “Death is what we call a new beginning. By making this possible to the Indian people, it brings us closer to our Creator.”
In addition to several members of Native American families, cemetery board members Guy Rutter and Frederick Goethel participated in the dedication along with Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli.
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