“Calif. Sacred Sites Bill Would Boost Protections but Exclude Some 50 Tribes” – March 6, 2014, Indian Country Today.
“About an hour north of San Diego near the Pacific Coast, Panhe is an ancient village site where the Acjachemen Nation still gather to hold ceremonies, share stories and walk among trees brimming with the voices and histories of their ancestors.
The creation area of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians is where, according to tribal oral tradition, “Earth and Sky came together to form the world”, and tribal officials have said it’s the spiritual equivalent of the Luiseño Wailing Wall or Dome of the Rock.
Both tribes have recently staved off development projects that threatened to desecrate these places, but only one of them would benefit from a bill circulating in the California state legislature that would boost protections of sacred sites and amplify the voices of tribes in the state’s environmental regulatory process. But because the Acjachemen are, like nearly 50 California tribes, federally unrecognized, the bill would not apply to them.”
Read more athttp://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/03/06/calif-sacred-sites-bill-would-boost-protections-exclude-some-50-tribes-153850
‘Watch Your Red-skinned Back’: Racist Notes Surface in California Schools
Notes reading “Watch Your Redskinned Back” and “White Pride Bitch” were left March 4 in the lockers of two Pit River Tribe students at a Northern California high school where parents have alleged for months there is systemic, racially charged abuse of their children.
The notes were reported by parents to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, and deputies are investigating whether it constitutes a hate crime. Believing that the atmosphere at Burney Junior-Senior High School has become too toxic and dangerous, two Pit River parents have already transferred their children to the neighboring schools 16 miles away in Fall River Mills.
“I have to protect my daughter. (The administration) should have done something at the beginning, but they sat on their hands,” said Matilda Wilson, whose daughter Sarah, 12, received one of the notes and has been the subject of regular racial taunting. “They have been calling the Native kids names like ‘dirty rotten Indians’ and ‘wagon burners’, but the staff just passes it off as if ‘it’s just kids being kids.’ But then it escalates.”
Read more athttp://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/03/18/watch-your-red-skinned-back-racist-notes-surface-california-schools-154036
California’s $25 Billion Delta Tunnels Plan Leaves Tribes Behind – December 17, 2013, Indian Country Today.
“By taking away our water, the tunnels are taking away from our salmon that we feed on and give us life,” said Jessica Lopez, vice chairwoman of the Konkow Valley Band of Maidu, to the crowd.
“It’s taking away from our future generations,” she said, noting that her tribe has never been consulted about the tunnels, even though planning began in 2006. “I’m going to do what I can with my tribe to make sure we stop the tunnels.”
About $10 billion of the project would be allocated to 100,00 acres of habitat restoration to benefit 57 species, including salmon, and state and federal water officials say the plan will achieve “co-equal” goals of conservation and stabilizing California’s water supply, as climate change is expected to cause water shortages in the coming decades.
Read more athttp://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/12/17/californias-25-billion-delta-tunnels-plan-leaves-tribes-behind-152757