Thursday, February 3, 2011

How are native people fighting to protect their land and way of life?

On the next Your Call, we'll speak with members of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe from Northern California about their efforts to restore salmon to their spawning grounds on the McCloud River. "Our fight to return the salmon," they say, "is no less than a fight to save our Tribe." How does the health of an ecosystem affect the health of a people? Join us live at 10 or send us an email at How are other indigenous people fighting back against the destruction of their home and culture? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.

Caleen Sisk-Franco, chief and spiritual leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe

Toby McLeod, director of In the Light of Reverence for the Sacred Land Film Project

Click to Listen: How are native people fighting to protect their land and way of life?


Jon Libby, Santa Cruz said...

Several years ago I took the official tour of Shasta Dam. During the tour I asked the tour guide how the dam had affected salmon and I was told by him that there were never any salmon where the dam was built. I knew this was incorrect and was Bureau of Reclamation propaganda.

Billy Lovci said...

Thanks for this show. I was very moved while listening to the podcast at work. I think it was the underdog status of these ancient people (not being recognized by the government, the almost hopeless uphill battle against mainstream society) coupled with their steady determination to fight for justice, teach the younger generations about the salmon, and the incredible story of the frozen waterfall and the New Zealand connection. I myself feel very deeply for nature and the innocent beings, plantlife, etc. that suffer because of modern man's interference. I'll be sure and donate to KALW to support you guys.