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Cory Drouillard is making his way through California’s beach cities to raise awareness of the Ohlone tribe’s effort to purchase land near Monterey that belonged to the tribe before the arrival of the Spanish in 1769. Drouillard made his way through San Clemente Tuesday. Photo by Jim Shilander
Cory Drouillard is making his way through California’s beach cities to raise awareness of the Ohlone tribe’s effort to purchase land near Monterey that belonged to the tribe before the arrival of the Spanish in 1769. Drouillard made his way through San Clemente Tuesday. Photo by Jim Shilander

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.


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  • Cory Skyler Drouillard still walking to bring an awareness to the Indiegogo Ohlone Village on behalf of all Indigenous people. Everyone should support this. OMG so good looking!

    • The Lewis and Clark Expedition was the greatest adventure in American History. But it has yet to be written and told the way in which it unfolded according to the Journals of Lewis and Clark. Cory Skyler Drouillard a Former National Champion Speed Skater is on a campaign through SKATE FOR GEORGE GOFUNDME allowing for the first time in over 200 years you the American people and people around the world to play a vital role in demanding that history be corrected to include the single most important member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition that being George Drouillard the highest paid member and Official Guide and Interpreter. For more information follow:

      The Lewis and Clark Expedition 2019 SKATE FOR GEORGE GOFUNDME

      Skate For George Drouillard Website:

  • My mom saw Cory on the KUSI Morning Show recently talking about how the Spaniards came ashore and took over the Indigenous peoples land. I cant believe hes walking 86 cities. This is a incredible story.

  • If you want to support Corys cause go to google and search for Indiegogo Ohlone Village. The Lewis and Clark Expedition has always been interesting to me because historians say that it is equivalent to a trip to the moon!!!!!! A lot of People don’t know about George Drouillard and his contribution to the opening of the West. He was Meriwether Lewis’s right hand man. George Drouillard was also paid 5 times more than any other person on the expedition.

  • The Lewis and Clark Expedition was one that changed history forever after Thomas Jefferson took up the emperors (Napoleon) offer to buy some land from him which was called the Louisiana Purchase. George Drouillard has statues all over the United States.

  • Cory Skyler is an AMAZING young man who is stepping out to support something he truly believes in. If more of us would do what he is doing, then this world would be a better place to live.

    I believe in this cause and I believe in this young man. Let’s all come together and not let his efforts go unnoticed.

  • I love the video on Indiegogo Ohlone Village it made me cry when I watched it just now!

  • I agree an amazingly emotional video. I would like to add that Cory was The National Champion Speed Skater for those of you who don’t know. If you get sore on your walk don’t forget to take a hot bath followed by ice packs. Eat lots of Protein, and Glutamine for recovery.

  • Didn’t President Obama sign a document stating Native Americans are supposed to be given land for being screwed over all of these hundreds of years? I’m pretty sure the answer is yes!

  • Thanks to Cory for taking action and bringing attention to the true native people of this land! It’s a crime that they even have to BUY their land back, or a very small portion of it! This land should be given– but the least we can do is pitch Ina few dollars and help with the cause!
    Lots of luck on your journey!

  • Shururu (Thank You & Blessings in Rumsen) to a Great person Our Prayers are with you CORY!!!! May our Creator keep you safe and in good Health Shururu tony

  • Holy Astroturf comments Batman

  • Wow! It is so refreshing to see our younger generation taking great care, concern and pride to the true foundations of this country. Cory, your great ancestor George Drouillard would be so very proud that you are walking in his footsteps of being a Pioneer in continuing to make history happen here! Walk on with confidence, pride and the certainty that you will make a difference in this world with anything you put your heart and mind to, one day, one thought and one step at a time.

  • Hey Cory, Keep up the good work! Its nice to see your progress and know that your doing something to help in a tangible way!

  • I saw Cory on KSBY television in San Luis Obispo. Its a shame that they interviewed him and didn’t even mention INDIEGOGO OHLONE VILLAGE? That’s what this whole walk is about.

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