How You Can Help

Puberty Ceremony Interference


The Forest Service’s unwillingness to provide the necessary privacy and peace for the Winnemem Wintu’s Bałas Chonas is nothing less than an affront to religious freedom and basic human rights.

This July, the 16-year-old Alicia Scholfield will celebrate her Bałas Chonas. Unfortunately, the prospects for securing a closure of the river without police harassment are not promising.

Join in supporting the Tribe:

  • Print, send and distribute these postcards (Side A and Side B) urging Forest Manager Sharon Heywood to close the river.
  • Print and distribute this factsheet.
  • Sign a tribal resolution, like this sample.
  • Email Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and urge him to enforce a full closure of the river without any law enforcement interference. He is at ttidwell@fs.fed.us.
  • Make a donation to our non-profit, Indian Cultural Organization, to support the ceremony.

McCloud Salmon Return

In the early 1900s, the McCloud River salmon eggs were transported to New Zealand where they established a stable fishery in the Rakaia River. The Maori people are ready to return these disease-free, genetically pristine salmon back to us, but we need the support of several federal and state agencies to complete this project. Based on our cultural knowledge and sound science, we have a plan to return the salmon and reconnect the McCloud to the Sacramento River to bypass the Shasta Dam.

Click to download our Salmon Return brochure

The Winnemem Wintu’s efforts to return their salmon home to the McCloud is a paramount matter of cultural survival. It’s also a cost-efficient project that will return the salmon, restore the River’s ecology and habitat and also provide jobs and an economic boost from fishing.

To support the McCloud Salmon Return:

  • Read and distribute this factsheet.
  • Sign a tribal resolution, like this sample.
  • Send a letter of support to the relevant government agencies. See this template.
  • Make a donation via PayPal to our non-profit, Indian Cultural Organization, to support the salmon.