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 Post subject: Re: Sacred Ceremonies
PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:50 pm 

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Thank you any and all that signed petitions!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Sacred Ceremonies
PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:50 pm 
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Like I posted before, Lostspirit, a waste of taxpayer's money; and to think these idiots who arrested the chief were paid "holiday" pay since it occurred on that particular day. Independence day--what a crock of sh..


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 Post subject: Re: Sacred Ceremonies
PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:08 pm 

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“The Winnemem Wintu object to GE production, as it would certainly impact our obligation to salmon and would change the traditional responsibility to salmon and our relationship that exists for thousands of years. It is also the right of the tribes to expect the same engagement of the omega 3's to maintain a quality of health to traditionally exchange with the Winnemem Wintu, the trees, birds, animals, plants and soils as they purify the waters on each of their once in their life journey,” she concluded.


AquAdvantage salmon is the trade name for a genetically modified Atlantic salmon developed by AquaBounty Technologies. This “Frankensalmon” has been modified by the addition of a growth hormone regulating gene from a Pacific Chinook salmon and a promoter gene from an ocean eel pout to the Atlantic's 40,000 genes. These genes enable the “Frankensalmon” to grow year-round instead of only during spring and summer, thus increasing the speed at which the fish grows.

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/02/w ... nfish.html


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 Post subject: Re: Sacred Ceremonies
PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:30 pm 

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We are a traditional tribe who inhabits our ancestral territory from Mt. Shasta down the McCloud River watershed. When the Shasta Dam was constructed during World War II, it flooded our home and blocked the salmon runs.

The salmon are an integral part of our lifeway and of a healthy McCloud River watershed. We believe that when the last salmon is gone, humans will be gone too. Our fight to return the salmon to the McCloud River is no less than a fight to save the Winnemem Wintu Tribe.

As salmon people and middle water people we advocate for all aspects of clean water and the restoration of salmon to their natural spawning grounds.

Sawal Mem, Sawal Suhana (Sacred Water, Sacred Life)


Dancing Salmon Home, winner of the American Indian Film Festival best documentary award, will have it’s premiere screening in Redding on Friday, April 12 at Shasta College!

http://www.winnememwintu.us/

On this link there's a six minute and a 14 minute trailer for the movie. If you have time I would highly recommend the 14 minute trailer so you can see what once was, what is and what will be. From Mount Shasta to New Zealand Sacred Ceremonies of the Winnemem Wintu and the Ngai Tahu Maori will return the salmon home.


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 Post subject: Re: Sacred Ceremonies
PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:34 pm 

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Press Release: Winnemem Wintu Seek Volunteers, Donations to Hold Coming of Age Ceremony in Peace and Dignity

June 10, 2013 / by admin / Make A Comment / Filed under Uncategorized

For Immediate Release:


Winnemem Wintu Seek Volunteers, Donations to Hold Coming of Age Ceremony in Peace and Dignity


After harassment from boaters and law enforcement in previous years, U.S. Forest Service still not committed to river and land closure for ceremony

June 10, 2013 – Tuiimyali, California



Press Contact: David Martinez – (530) 472-1050, Michael Preston – 530-410-9768



The Winnemem Wintu tribe is seeking volunteers and donations to help enforce a half-mile closure of the McCloud River to maintain the peace and dignity of their upcoming Coming of Age ceremony for 16-year-old Alicia Scholfield July 20-23.

Previous ceremonies have faced documented harassment, but the U.S. Forest Service, which now manages the former Winnemem village site where the ceremony takes place, has yet to respond to the tribe’s list of needs and requirements to hold a ceremony.

The tribe initially contacted the U.S. Forest Service’s Regional Forester Randy Moore in November of 2012 to consult about the upcoming ceremony, and received no response till March. Now two months away from the ceremony, the Forest Service has yet to respond to the tribe’s list of needs, which include a mandatory river closure of the half-mile stretch of waterway, the right to gather culturally required forest resources and the right to use a motorboat to transport elders across the river for ceremonial activities.

With or without the official closure, the tribe plans to use volunteers in kayaks and other boats to ask people in recreational boats to turn around. Donations are also needed to help support the volunteers on the water, fund security and for ceremonial meals.

Supporters can donate by pressing the donate button at www.winnememwintu.us. They can volunteer to help on the water by emailing us at winnememwintutribe@gmail.com.

We are also asking supporters to e-mail U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell at ttidwell@fs.fed.us urging him to uphold his legal responsibility to respect indigenous ceremonies and meet our needs for a peaceful ceremony.

Since 2006, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe have struggled to hold Coming of Age ceremonies (BaŁas Chonas) free of harassment and abuse. In 2006 and 2010, recreational boaters ignored “voluntary” closures on the McCloud River and drunkenly harassed and flashed the tribe. In 2012, Forest Service law enforcement officers constantly interrupted the ceremony and threatened tribal members with arrest. Our Traditional Chief Sisk Caleen Sisk received two citations that could have resulted in a year in prison.

Eventually, the meritless citations were dropped by federal attorneys.

(Watch the 20-minute documentary “Ceremony Is Not A Crime” to learn more about last year’s ceremony and the citations. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oZhIZZB ... r_embedded)

U.S. Forest Service officials have said they could easily provide a river closure and protect the ceremony appropriately if we were not labeled as a federally unrecognized tribe. The Winnemem Wintu believe the label of “unrecognized tribe” violates our right to self-determination as provided by the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and we believe it is also a form of cultural genocide as it restricts our rights to maintain our culture and lives as indigenous people.

The ceremony site is located on a portion of the McCloud River that would be permanently submerged by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s proposal to raise Shasta Dam by 18.5 feet to provide more water for agri-industry and wealthy water contractors in Southern California. Overall, more than 40 sacred sites important to the Winnemem’s way of life would be submerged or impacted by the dam raise.

For more information about the ceremony, visit www.saveourceremony.com.


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 Post subject: Re: Sacred Ceremonies
PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 8:49 pm 

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Save salmon and sacred sites: Speak out against the Shasta Dam raise by Sept. 30!

September 27, 2013

shastadamprotestTime is running out to submit a public comment to the Bureau of Reclamation telling them. The dam raise would destroy several miles of potential salmon spawning grounds on the McCloud and would submerge or damage nearly 40 sacred sites, including our Coming of Age ceremony site.

The dam is being raised to the cost of $1 billion to increase statewide water storage by less than one percent, and to send water to Southern California real estate developments in the desert and to Big Ag, which sell the water at a profit.

But you can make a difference! But you must act, the deadline is Sept. 30!

Sign this petition created by the Sacred Land Film Project. All the signatures will be sent to the Bureau on Sept. 30.
E-mail or contact the bureau directly.By mail: Send comments to Katrina Chow, Project Manager, US Bureau of Reclamation, Planning Division, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825-1893By e-mail: BOR-MPR-SLWRI@usbr.gov

By phone: (916) 978-5067

http://www.winnememwintu.us/2013/09/27/ ... y-sept-30/


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