Saturday, June 22, 2013

Ceremony is not a Crime

This is a video produced and filmed by Will Doolittle, my husband.  It tells what happened to our 2012 Balas Chonos, Coming of Age Ceremony, which was attacked by the US Forest Service Law Enforcement when they were sent to protect our ceremony.  That was their job. But it became a military exercise against Indian People.  We hear they spent $20,000 overtime to these LEO's.  And we hear that the leader of the LEO's, Chad, has hung our River is Closed Banner on the wall behind his desk in his office -- right there in front of his boss -- and is allowed to, treating it as a trophy.  It shows the true heart of the USFS that they can boast about interfering and intimidating the tribe, their supporters to disrespect and attack our young women as they enter into womanhood.  If you want to help us supporting our 2013 Coming of Age for Alicia Schofield, let me know.

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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.