Salmon and Sovereignty: Indigenous perspectives on water and cultural survival in California this Saturday 4/19/14 Ukiah…



“We were born from water, we are of the water, and we fight to protect it.”
—Chief Caleen Sisk

Retaining a concept of sovereignty based on deep ancestral ties with place, indigenous people are on the front lines of critical environmental battles everywhere. Their voices and actions are leading the way forward.

Saturday, April 19th
Start: 4:30pm
Saturday Afternoon Clubhouse
107 S. Oak St., Ukiah
$5-20 donation; no one turned away
Proceeds will benefit the Winnemem Wintu tribe
*Dinner will be provided*


* Chief Caleen Sisk, Winnemem Wintu Tribe

Strongly rooted in their traditional practices, the Winnemem Wintu of Northern California are engaged in ecological, cultural, and spiritual restoration, including bringing salmon back to their home river, the McCloud. Chief Sisk will speak about the tribe’s struggle for survival and their current work of restoring natural water systems and stopping disastrous proposed megaprojects such as the Delta Twin Tunnels and the Shasta Dam raise that would flood large portions of sacred Winnemem land—for the second time.  Sisk is also an outspoken opponent of fracking.

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* Regional First Nations speakers

A panel of three First Nations people will speak about their efforts to protect the Eel, Russian, and Clearlake basin watersheds, as part of their work to preserve, extend, and protect their traditional cultures.


* The Round Valley Feather Dancers:
The Round Valley Feather Dancers travel throughout California performing at ceremonial gatherings. In 2010, the Feather Dancers helped lead a prayer ceremony at the Eel River to bring back the salmon, and for a return of water natural to this river system. It was the first time dances and ceremonies had  happened on the edge of the Eel in more than 100 years.The Round Valley Reservation is located between two tributaries of the Eel, the Middle Fork and the North Fork. The US federal government recognized the Round Valley Tribes’ water and fishing rights under treaty in 1873. The Round Valley Tribes have experienced devastating economic and health-related hardships from the loss of salmon fisheries.  []

“Dancing Salmon Home”
An award-winning documentary chronicling the Winnemem Wintu tribe’s remarkable journey to Maori territory in New Zealand to reunite with their salmon relatives after 70 years of separation.
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Event hosted by Mendo Indigenous Solidarity