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Winnemem Wintu Tribe Calls For Support to Block McCloud River
by via Winnemem Wintu
Friday Jun 29th, 2012 12:47 AM
On the evening of June 28, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe posted a notice on their Facebook page urgently calling for support in closing the McCloud River in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest during the BaLas Chonas, a coming of age ceremony in which the future chief is to participate. The ceremony is scheduled to occur from June 30 to July 3. Members of the tribe had been communicating with the National Forest Service, and the closure has been permitted, but so far the agency has not committed the resources necessary to physically block boaters from disrupting the ceremony.
From the Winnemem Wintu's Facebook page:

URGENT NOTICE!!

Chief Caleen asks any supporters who are still able to come with boats to come after all, since there is no indication from the Forest Service that they will have boats enforcing the closure.

"I just heard that USFS is not planning to have boats on the closure. They also don't have a plan for how they will close the river or where. Sounds to me like I have been tricked! I am calling on all the river closure supporters to gear up again at this short notice and come. This day 11 of our FAST and we have not heard word from BIA. We will FAST until we get meeting. Looks like Amy Dutschke is not going to put this on any priority track so it looks like we will be FASTING through the ceremony and probably then some. We are on day 11 and I am already getting CRANKY! I know once I go into ceremony we will be ok for the BaLas Chonas. I am looking forward to seeing all your smiling faces here."


The Coming of Age ceremonies for the tribe’s young women are held at a traditional village site in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, where previous ceremonies have been marred by harassment from boaters, fisherman and other members of the recreating public who have yelled racial slurs at the tribe and even flashed them with naked breasts.


Learn more about the Winnemem Wintu at:
http://www.winnememwintu.us/
http://www.facebook.com/winnememwintu

Learn more about the ceremony at:
http://www.saveourceremony.com
§Letter to BIA
by via Winnemem Wintu Friday Jun 29th, 2012 9:53 AM
Chief Sisk's letter to the BIA has been delivered: "It's time," she wrote, "the BIA stop the human rights abuses.”

Please supporters, let's flood the phones and email of Amy Dutschke, Regional BIA director in Sacramento, urging her to meet with Chief Sisk - (916) 978-6000; (916) 978-6099; amy.dutschke [at] bia.gov.

Tell the BIA to close the land for our ceremony tomorrow and restore the Winnemem's recognition! Chief Sisk has fasted for 12 days! And won't stop until she gets a meeting!

Read the letter here - http://www.winnememwintu.us/2012/06/29/1201/
Dear Supporters,

Yes, it's true we have finally won a river closure for our Coming of Age ceremony this Saturday through Tuesday. But the Forest Service says they still can't close the ceremonial land to outsiders because we are not federally recognized!

We have a long history of government-to-government relations with the U.S., and it is a miscarriage of justice that we are not recognized.

Chief Sisk sent a letter to the BIA Saturday, which stated that "It's time the BIA stop authorizing human rights abuses against us by proxy by declaring us unrecognized."

She has fasted for 11 days and will continue to do so until she gets a meeting with the BIA to discuss the issue.

Please supporters, let's flood the phones and email of Amy Dutschke, Regional BIA director in Sacramento, urging her to meet with Chief Sisk - (916) 978-6000; (916) 978-6099; amy.dutschke [at] bia.gov.

Tell the BIA to close the land for our ceremony tomorrow and restore the Winnemem's recognition! Chief Sisk has fasted for 12 days! And won't stop until she gets a meeting!

Read the letter here - http://www.winnememwintu.us/2012/06/29/1201/

Watch a video about how recognition "erases" tribes - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRmklJfvq74

Beedi Yalumina! never give up!

Sincerely,
Winnemem Wintu Tribe

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Winnemem Wintu Tribe
14840 Bear Mountain Road
Redding, CA 96003
Office: (530) 275-2737
Fax: (530) 275-2737
http://www.winnememwintu.us