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Tribal-Specific Conservation Practices Get USDA Funding in California

Tribal-Specific Conservation Practices Get USDA Funding in California

For the first time in California the United States Department of Agriculture will provide funds to meet the differing conservation needs of American Indian tribes. The department’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NCRS) is making $1 million available to tribal farmers and ranchers for tradition-based tribal conservation practices. “NCRS has regular...
Will the One True Indigenous Tribe of Nevada County Please Stand Up?

Will the One True Indigenous Tribe of Nevada County Please Stand Up?

Was it history or just a savvy public relations campaign that made the Tsi-Akim Maidu the commonly acknowledged indigenous Natives in northern California’s Nevada County? For years the Tsi-Akim have been aggressively public about their place in that community. One of their most successful efforts has been to host Peoples...
Tribe Stripped of Historical Recognition in Unusual Move

Tribe Stripped of Historical Recognition in Unusual Move

The Nisenan Tribe of the Nevada City Rancheria currently has 80 certified members and one of them, Richard Johnson, knows about the tribe’s history. “I’m probably the last Indian that was born on our reservation,” said Johnson, chairman of the Nisenan Tribe. “My grandparents were the last two Indians lived...
Major Wastewater Project Started on Tule River Reservation

Major Wastewater Project Started on Tule River Reservation

The largest funded stimulus wastewater infrastructure project involving an American Indian tribe has begun as a joint undertaking of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Indian Health Service (IHS). The major project on the Tule River Indian Reservation at the southern end of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains being...
Films at Agua Caliente Festival Wrestle with Indigenous Identity

Films at Agua Caliente Festival Wrestle with Indigenous Identity

Many of the films showing at the tenth annual Festival of Native Film and Culture, which gets underway Wednesday at the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum in Palm Springs, California, show the striking similarities in the experiences of indigenous people around the world. In Rabbit-Proof Fence, a young black girl two...
Protecting Native Land and Waters

Protecting Native Land and Waters

Two films that showed at the recent Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, California (January 14-16), document the struggles of Native American tribes to preserve their history and way of life. “This Place Has a Name” (produced by Greenfire Productions) documents the Umatilla, Oregon, tribal elders’ to...
Yurok Tribe challenges California Marine Act

Yurok Tribe challenges California Marine Act

FORT BRAGG, Calif. – The Yurok Tribe’s message to the state Marine Life Protection Act’s Blue Ribbon Task Force may have done some good. “For the first time, I got a sense that the task force group was paying attention to the tribe’s concerns,” Thomas O’Rourke Sr., Yurok Tribe said...
Tribe, conservation groups sue Six Rivers National Forest

Tribe, conservation groups sue Six Rivers National Forest

ORLEANS, Calif. – The Karuk Tribe of northern California has filed suit against Six Rivers National Forest Supervisor Tyrone Kelley, charging in Northern California District Court that the U.S. Forest Service has violated the National Historic Preservation Act by doing heavy equipment logging in areas sacred to the participated...