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.
News: Indigenous Affairs
The area now known as Shasta County consists of the ancestral lands and waterways of a dense population of Indigenous communities including the Nor-El-Muk Wintu Nation, the Redding Rancheria, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, the Wintu Tribe of Northern California and the Pit River Tribe. Understanding local Native peoples’ histories, traditional ecological knowledges, and world views are essential to forging our community’s future. We are committed to comprehensive and thoughtful coverage of Indigenous communities and perspectives.
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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.
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.
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.
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.