This is a video shot by one of the River Keepers, defenders of Marisa Sisk's Coming of Age Ceremony on the McCloud River. This year the USFS promised a mandatory closure, which turned out only to be motored boats. The Forest Service Law Enforcement are present during this film. They are the motor boat that the drunken angry recreationists who threatened to bring more people and guns is talking to respectfully. The drunk is swearing and yelling at the River Keepers, who seem to be doing the job of the FS Law Enforcement who sit passively by and allow him to leave without issuing a citation. The Law Enforcement, however, do come in on July 4, the morning after to issue two citations to the Chief, however, because the elderly women were ferried across to witness Marissa make her first medicines and her first acorn soup the day before. The two citations amounted to 10,000 dollars worth of fines or up to a year in jail. She was given the second citation for having signed the agreement which did not include a boat, and then "breaking the agreement." However, our Chief is familiar with paper treachery and signed each page, as well as her signature at the end of the document which does include the tribal boat for ferrying people and emergencies as well as the signature by the concessionaire's signature. The signed permit which arrived with tribal motor boat missing was not the same draft that she signed, but her signature had been cut and paste onto it.
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.