Come Rally for Justice for Chief Sisk – 8 a.m. Oct. 16

Winnemem Wintu Chief and Spiritual Leader Caleen Sisk faces up to a year in prison or a $10,000 fine for the ceremony citations.

The Winnemem Wintu are calling for supporters, allies and friends to come rally in support of Chief Caleen Sisk as she has her court date for two unjust citations she received July 4 from the U.S. Forest Service for holding ceremony.

The rally will be held at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, outside the East California Federal Courthouse at 2689 Bechelli Lane, Redding, CA.

After public pressure helped secure a river closure so the Winnemem Wintu could hold our Coming of Age ceremony in peace and dignity free of public harassment this July, the Forest Service displayed their true colors.

Chief Sisk and supporters try to stop the Forest Service from towing the boat required for ceremony on July 2.

While we were threatened by the public on land and water, U.S.F.S. law enforcement harassed us constantly, and used our own closure against us. They tried to stop us from using our own motor boat to ferry elders, including disabled women, across the river for ceremonial purposes.

They ended up writing our Chief two citations, each punishable by $5,000 or 6 months, for using a boat to ferry elders across the river in the closure area.

On Oct. 16, the Chief will have her first court hearing. Come help show that this kind of harassment will not be tolerated, and the US Forest Service needs to stop interfering and punishing tribal leaders for holding ceremony!

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