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News Advisory: Winnemem Wintu War Dance and Lawsuit
by Dan Bacher
Friday Apr 10th, 2009 4:37 PM
The Winnemem Wintu (McCloud River) Tribe will hold a war dance, march and press conference from the Sacramento River to the State Capitol on April 19-20.

Photo from Winnemem Wintu Tribe.
*** Media Advisory ***
Tribal War Dance and March Next Steps in
Winnemem Wintu Tribe’s Journey to Justice
Ceremonies Initiate Federal Lawsuit on behalf of Tribe

Who: The Winnemem Wintu Tribe, a traditional California Tribe.

The Winnemem have been fighting for years to sustain their culture and address generations of broken promises by the federal government.

What: War Dance, March and press conference from Sacramento River to the State Capitol.

Winnemem war dancers and tribal leaders will perform a traditional ceremonial War Dance next to the Sacramento River and will then march to the State Capitol building. The March and War Dance initiate the federal lawsuit the Tribe is filing, asking for compensation for damages done by federal land management policies, including the construction of the Shasta Dam.

Schedule of events:

Sunday, April 19th: War Dance begins in the evening on the Sacramento River

Location: West Sacramento TBA.

Monday, April 20th: Ceremony and address by Tribal leaders

West Sacramento. Exact location and time TBA

March from Sacramento River to State Capitol


Press Conference with Tribal leaders and community members

12:00 Noon to 1 PM State Capitol Location 27 West side of capitol building

More Information

The Winnemem Wintu Tribe is filing a lawsuit against Department of The Interior; Department of Agriculture; United States Forest Service; Bureau of Reclamation; Bureau of Indian Affairs; Bureau of Land Management; Ken Salazar, Secretary of The Interior; Assistant Secretary for Water and Science; Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks in The Department of Agriculture; and Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture asking for redress for decades of injustices and harm related to federal land management policies which have destroyed Winnemem cultural practices and sacred places.

The Winnemem began a journey to justice in 2004 with a War Dance at Shasta Dam. Today we continue that journey with another War Dance and this lawsuit. Our people are a traditional people, steeped in our culture and traditional lifeways, who have continued our cultural practices throughout the written history of the state of California. With this lawsuit and War Dance, we continue our journey to ensure our basic quality of life and freedom to maintain our traditions and culture.

Winnemem Wintu Tribe
14840 bear mountain road • Redding, CA • 96003
Phone: 530-275-2737 • Fax: 530-275-4193
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