Friday, March 30, 2012

It's a Matter of Human Rights

I'm putting this up for you to see -- a new improved youtube video by Will -- to ask you to please help us with my next post. This summer the next chief of the Winnemem must go through her Coming of Age Ceremony, but once again, the Supervisor of Shasta Trinity, Sharon Heywood, is convinced that a "voluntary closure" has proven successful by turning away 90 percent of the recreational boaters during our ceremony. The ten percent who come through to harass and interfere doesn't bother her. The fact that the Sheriff or a Ranger must eventually use their own authority to close it down on the fourth day when people swim across doesn't faze her either. Sharon Heywood looks at the tribe as real second class citizens and looks at our religious freedom as a non-existent right rather than an inalienable human right.

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I am a citizen of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. I am a Nikkei descendant sansei (third generation);retired teacher, involved in the Winnemem tribal responsibility to Water, Salmon, and our belief that the Sacred is our Teacher. Working locally for human rights and supporting youth leadership.