Winnemem Wintu Tribe Wrestles With Bureaucracy to Perform Sacred Ritual

Posted: August 10, 2012 in Human Rights, Life, News
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By Marc Dadigan August 9, 2012

Wintu coming of age ceremony
Marc Dadigan
Sisk (right) was ticketed for having a motorboat on the river during the ceremony.

Read more:http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/08/09/winnemem-wintu-tribe-wrestles-with-bureaucracy-to-perform-sacred-ritual-128159 http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/08/09/winnemem-wintu-tribe-wrestles-with-bureaucracy-to-perform-sacred-ritual-128159#ixzz234aq2txC

Following many protests and support from grassroots activists to protect the privacy of their Coming of Age ceremony, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe was allowed to hold its ceremony along the McCloud River in northern California with minimal interference from outsiders.

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) owns the ceremony site and runs it as a campground. In the months leading up to this year’s ceremony (June 30 to July 3), the tribe lobbied the USFS to enforce a mandatory river closure so that they could conduct their ceremony with dignity and some privacy. (Previous Coming of Age ceremonies were marred by heckling from recreational boaters and other park visitors.) Following a protest by the tribe at the regional USFS office in Vallejo, California, the USFS…

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