Join the Social Media Storm to #StopTheDamRaise
This week, call, Tweet and/or Facebook message California Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer (their information is below) and tell them you support Winnemem Wintu indigenous rights, healthy rivers and strong salmon runs. Tell them NO to the Shasta Dam raise and YES to justice for the Winnemem, which must include at the very least – like lands on the McCloud River, implementation of our plan to return salmon to the McCloud and restoration of federal recognition.
Twitter: Tweet @SenFeinstein
Example Tweet: “I support Winnemem indigenous rights, healthy rivers + strong salmon runs. I say NO to the Shasta Dam raise.#StoptheDamRaise”
Background: Since time immemorial, the Winnemem Wintu lived on the McCloud River (Winnemem Waywacket) until the Shasta Dam was constructed and flooded our homes and many of our sacred sites. Our land was taken without compensation such as “like lands to live on” promised by the 1941 Central Valley Project Indian Lands Acquisition Act, which was never carried out.
The current proposal to raise the height of Shasta Dam by 18.5 feet is a destructive and wasteful plan. It would:
• Drown most of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe’s last remaining sacred sites and ancestral homelands.
• Decimate critically endanger salmon.
• Violate the California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by flooding the McCloud River.
Join our fight to preserve Winnemem Wintu culture and religion for future generations as well as to protect our water from the power brokers that would sell it South to Big Ag. The time to stop this waste of taxpayer money is NOW as GOP lawmakers are trying to sneak through Congress a bill that likely including funds for the dam raise.
(Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/
Critical to the identity of Winnemem is the care of many sacred places on what has always been tribal land. As people deeply connected to nature, the land is the foundation of our religion, providing powerful places of worship and directions for living a good life. Without our sacred places, Winnemem can no longer be Winnemem. We have no other place to go. Please stand with us and for the sacred by contacting Senators Feinstein and Boxer today!
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/