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By Jim Shilander
Cory Drouillard, a descendant of George Drouillard, who provided guidance and food for the Lewis and Clark Expedition that opened up the western lands of the United States for the pioneers, is now making his own expedition to try and return land to a California coastal tribe.
Cory, 23, is walking through 86 coastal cities in California to raise awareness of a fundraising effort on behalf of the Ohlone tribe, a group whose land was taken over by the Spanish in 1769.
“If George Drouillard could do such an amazing thing, I thought I could go from Imperial Beach to Smith River to bring awareness,” Cory said.
Cory said his 875-mile journey began Monday in Imperial Beach. He is being assisted along the way by a team and by members of the tribe who will help feed him and provide places to stay. The tribe is using the fundraising site Indiegogo.