Saturday, June 15, 2013

Celilo Falls

 The childhood memory of seeing The Falls lies in my heart as I stand with the Winnemem Wintu on our river, the Winnemem River, pristine and beautiful above Shasta Lake Dam, flowing from streams from Mt. Shasta.  Westlands Water District which is like a global corporation mining and buying up portions of river, also stole from under us and Nature Conservatory a part of our river.  Now our ceremonies along the river at these sites, necessary to continue to keep the sites and are way of life intact,  are attacked by US Forest Service Law Enforcement and our sacred healing sites which help the people and the habitat for our Chinook Salmon are threatened by the same destruction suffered by the Wasco People of Celilo Falls.

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Eugene, Oregon
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.