The ECOreport reposts news of a protest in California, Sacramento residents in solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux
Originally Published on Indybay.org
by Dan Bacher
Over 500 Sacramento area residents, including Native Americans, social justice advocates and environmentalists, joined tens of thousands of others throughout the world on November 15 to demand that the Obama administration and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers halt the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
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The ECOreport reposts a press release from the Winnemem Wintu & allies, Winnemem Wintu demand changes to California’s water policy
Press release from the Winnemem Wintu
Sacramento, CA September 20, 2016 – In the midst of a 300-mile trek and prayer journey to bring salmon back to the McCloud River, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe and their allies converge on the State Capitol to demand a change in California’s water policy.
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A coalition of Native American and environmental leaders sent a letter to Senator Barbara Boxer : Shasta Dam Raise Will Destroy Native American Culture
Originally Published by Daily KOS
by Dan Bacher
On November 5, a coalition of Native American and environmental leaders sent a letter to Senator Barbara Boxer urging her to exclude a provision to enlarge Shasta Dam from the California Emergency Drought Relief Act she has cosponsored with Senator Dianne Feinstein.
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On July 29, California and Federal agencies held an open house, with exhibits where people could view aspects of the Revised Delta tunnels EIR. Protestors came to sing, wave signs and were blasting the Tunnels at Open House
Originally Published on Indybay.org & the Daily KOS
By Dan Bacher
As consultants and state and federal officials promoting the Delta tunnels plan used poster displays to tout the alleged benefits of Jerry Brown’s project, Stockton activist and performer Jonathan Michelsen stood up on a chair with his guitar in the dark ballroom of the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento and began belting out his song, “Sanctuary.”
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Sacred places are the oldest form of protected areas on the planet. In my interview with filmmaker, Christopher McLeod we talked about the importance of sacred places to indigenous cultures and the message his documentary series Standing on Sacred Ground has for EuroAmerican culture, the California drought and the Alberta oilsands.
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Connections And Climate Change
By Roy L Hales
Christopher McLeod was disturbed by the environmental injustice. He saw Native Americans subjected to airborne coal pollution, and their water being taken for slurry lines. The Hopi elders told him there was a spiritual side to the injustice. These violations were taking place within a network of sacred places that their people had preserved for countless generations. These consisted of a sacred mountain, sacred springs that gave the Hopi life, and their ancestral burial grounds. The elders told him the cause of the West’s environmental crises is the disconnect from their spiritual link to the earth. This has become the message behind Standing on Sacred Ground, a four part documentary which can be seen on the WORLD Channel, Sundays at 9:00 PM (ET) until June 14, 2015.
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The ECOreport reposts a Call on the California Water Commission to Heed Federal Findings, Raising Shasta Dam is “Massive Waste of Taxpayer Money”
Originally Published on Restore the Delta
Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s plan to build Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today called upon the California Water Commission to reject funding the raising of Shasta Dam. A recent US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) report was highly critical of a proposal to raise the height of Shasta Dam, the US Bureau of Reclamation’s main reservoir in the Central Valley Project northwest of Redding. The USFWS found that the project would harm fish habitat in the Delta and Yolo Bypass, as well as around Shasta Lake, and along the length of the Sacramento River.
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Originally Published on the Fishsniffer, Indybay.com & Daily KOS
by Dan Bacher
The Winnemem Wintu Tribe, fishing groups and environmentalists have been fighting a federal plan to raise Shasta Dam for many years, since the 18-1/2 foot proposed dam raise would flood many of the Tribe’s remaining sacred sites and further imperil salmon and steelhead populations on the Sacramento River.
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Originally published on Indybay.com and the Daily KOS
by Dan Bacher
For the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and National Park Service, the 602 foot-high Shasta Dam on the Sacramento River north of Redding is a keystone of the Central Valley Project and a monument to engineering skill.
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The ECOreport reposts the Winnemem Wintu’s response to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s proposal to Dam the Indians – War Dance at Shasta Dam
Press Release from the Winnemem Wintu Tribe
Redding, CA September 11, 2014 –The Winnemem (McCloud River) Wintu Tribe will hold a “War Dance” at Shasta Dam, north of Redding, Calif., beginning September 11th through September 15th. The War Dance is in response to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s proposal to raise the dam, which threatens to submerge many Winnemem sacred sites and village areas. The Winnemem lost much of their homelands and their salmon when the dam was first constructed.
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