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Protect the Winnemem Wintu Tribe's Cultural Survival
John E. Colby
The survival of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe is at stake. Read my Freedom of Information Act request below to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) for all treaties the U.S. government has entered into with the Winnemem Wintu, also attached as a PDF to this post. All they ask from the U.S. Forestry Service is to close off the McCloud River four days a year to hostile boaters who harass and expose themselves to young tribal women during their coming of age ceremonies on the riverbank. After all the treaties the U.S. government has broken with the Winnemem Wintu Tribe this is a small accommodation to make to them. Why is the U.S. government refusing to protect their tribal culture and religious rights? Become involved to support the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, to protect their traditional culture and their sacred sites. Donate money to their struggle on their website. Write letters to legislators and government officials supporting their cultural traditions and religious rights. Write to the media asking them to cover the Winnemem Wintu's ongoing struggle for survival. Follow the Winnemem Wintu Tribe on Facebook. Subscribe to their email list.

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