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April 16 2012 Winnemem Tribe Demands Forest Service Respect for Native Women's Rights
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Vallejo, CA – Today members of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe will challenge U.S.F.S. Regional Forester Randy Moore at his Vallejo office on the issue of protecting Indigenous Women from racial slurs and physical harm during their coming of age ceremonies. The Tribe is demanding that the Shasta-Trinity National Forest provide a four-day mandatory closure of a quarter mile stretch of the McCloud River during a coming of age ceremony for a teenage girl, which is planned for late June. The Tribe's past two Coming of Age Ceremonies have been disrupted by racial slurs, alcohol use, and indecent exposure from passersby in motorboats who refused to honor a voluntary closure. These boaters also endanger the physical safety of young tribal members who swim across the river as part of the ceremony.

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