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Honoring native peoples

Honoring native peoples

Several historic events took place last weekend honoring our region’s native people and the lands that sustained them.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day weekend began Oct. 5 with the dedication of land near Calanan Park to the Tsi-Akim Maidu tribe for a memorial statue. The dedication ceremony – attended by members of the tribal community, local citizens and elected officials – was an historic opportunity to acknowledge, atone for, and help heal the harm done to native peoples during the Gold Rush era.

On Saturday at Bridgeport State Park, hundreds of people celebrated the ancient Calling Back the Salmon Ceremony, a sacred Maidu practice honoring the Yuba River’s wild salmon. Other events were held throughout the weekend, and SYRCL is honored to partner with the Tsi-Akim Maidu, local nonprofits, businesses and residents who made them a huge success.

The Maidu once lived on the Yuba’s abundant wild salmon, but now these magnificent fish are in danger of extinction. Through our Save Yuba Salmon campaign, SYRCL seeks to recover the wild salmon and return them to their ancestral waters. Learn more at SYRCL’s Yuba salmon town hall meeting Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Miner’s Foundry.

Kimberley Milligan

SYRCL Board President

Nevada City

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