As the Architect of Mendocino County’s Native American Genocide, Hastings’ Legacy Proves Difficult to Erase from University’s Name

The historical Hastings purchased what is known called Eden Valley in northeast Mendocino County during the Gold Rush. Hastings and a group of other men begin killing “all the Indians they could find in the mountains.” While hunting natives, the group allegedly poisoned a rancheria’s food stock with strychnine.