Caleen Sisk, the spiritual leader and Tribal Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe of northern California, is the fifth Winnemem leader since the signing of the Cottonwood Treaty of 1851. She received her training and position in the traditional way from Winnemem Wintu Leader/healer Florence Jones (1907-2003). Caleen now leads the tribe’s struggles for sustainability and justice, including efforts to: restore salmon in the tribe’s traditional homeland waters in the McCloud River south of Mt. Shasta; gain federal recognition of the indigenous sovereign rights of the Winnemem Wintu to protect their sacred places and religious/cultural tribal practices; and stop the U.S. government’s plans to raise the height of Shasta Dam, which would drown a number of sacred sites.
Return of the Salmon - Santa Rosa Room | 4:30pm-6pm, Fri