Some Wintu People Call For “Land Back” During Riverfront Meetings. Here’s Why.
Local Tribe Uses Legal Brief To Argue For More Just and Equitable Water Stewardship
The brief has been submitted as part of an appeal in a case that addresses California’s entrenched water rights system, which prioritizes those who claimed water first, sometimes at the expense of those who need it most. The Winnemem Wintu Tribe argue the current system harms not only California waterways but also tribes, who’ve been historically excluded from claiming water rights.
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.
Turtle Bay and Other Stakeholders Make Plan to Deter Further Looting of Wintu Graves
After a local Native educator interrupted two men allegedly looting Wintu burial sites near the Turtle Bay area of Redding last month, key stakeholders met with Wintu representatives and say they’ve developed a plan to deter future grave robbing. The Redding Police department first received a report about the incident on November 20 and are still investigating.
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.
“You Cannot Sell What Is Not Yours”: Indigenous Peoples Say Their Voices Should Be Central in Riverfront Discussions
Native people presented a united front against selling riverfront land to private developers at Thursday’s Redding City Council riverfront development workshop. They invoked their responsibility to protect their homelands and the remains of their ancestors and pledged to prevent further erasure.
American Indian Advisory in Shasta County Leads the Way in Statewide Education Reform for Native Students
Shasta County Office of Education’s American Indian Advisory played a pivotal role in new legislation that provides excused absences for California students attending Native cultural ceremonies and events. The bill, sponsored by Assembly member Megan Dahle, addresses one of the primary causes of Native student’s chronically high rates of absenteeism.
Local Native People Say Adverse Effects of Indian Boarding Schools Continue
With the news of mass graves at Canadian Indian residential schools garnering headlines, Native peoples living in what is now Shasta County continue to recover from the generational effects of the schools, which were designed to eradicate Native ways of life.