Marc T Dadigan
Marc Dadigan reports on Indigenous Affairs and the Environment and is Shasta Scout's Associate Editor.
Documentary About Local Waterways Shares Indigenous Perspectives with Viewers Around the World
Winnemem Wintu Tribal Member Michael “Pom” Preston is the co-director of a recent short documentary that has screened in more than 15 countries. One Word Sawalmem offers powerful Indigenous lessons about our relationship to water during a time of extreme drought. It’s currently available to stream online for free.
Hey National Media, Shasta County Hasn’t Been Taken Over by the “Militia” Quite Yet.
Simplistic and inaccurate media portrayals of Shasta County’s political process risk contributing to deepening polarization and extremism. In this Building Democracy editorial column, we’re sharing what the regional and national media are getting wrong about Shasta County’s contentious recall. And why it matters.
“Our Greatest Weapon Is Our Relationships”: How the Coalition to Stop Fountain Wind Overcame Partisan Divides
From Indigenous sacred site protectors and former hippies to Trump supporters and conservative Christians, an eclectic Intermountain community collaborated last year to resist the proposed $300 million Fountain Wind energy project. Several key organizers talked to Shasta Scout about what the coalition’s story means for the future of the region and alternate energy.
New State Regulations Loom Large Over City’s Vote to Declare Riverfront Land Surplus
What you need to know about how California’s Surplus Land Act might impact a potential sale of city riverfront property, what options the city is exploring, and why a vote on riverfront land has been delayed.
City, McConnell and Turtle Bay Will Discuss Recent Burial Site Disruption With Native Community
A grave robbing attempt that occurred several weeks ago has angered the local Native community. RPD says an investigation is ongoing. Local non-profits and city representatives have agreed to meet to discuss the incident.
Local Native Educator Interrupts Grave Robbing of Wintu Burials at Turtle Bay
The incident occurred a little over a week ago, just a few days before Wintu people and leaders expressed opposition to a riverfront development proposal, in part due to fears it would disturb the graves of their ancestors. Turtle Bay Exploration Park staff say they already have measures in place to protect Native burial sites but they’re discussing how to improve their processes.