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Thu Sep 9 2004 Indian War Dance
9/09/04: The Winnemen Wintu Tribe of Northern California called a “War Dance” because their sacred sites and traditional ways of life are being threatened by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s proposal to raise the dam in order to create more water storage and more power generation for California’s growing population. This traditional band of Wintu had been living along the McCloud River for at least a thousand years. Then in the 1930’s, when Shasta Dam was first constructed, they were removed from their homelands, their burial grounds and villages were inundated and they lost their salmon. Now they are again under assault.

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