Reclaiming the Sierra

Workshop: California Tribal Peoples Leading Cultural and Environmental Healing

This workshop was held at The Sierra Fund’s annual conference “Reclaiming the Sierra: A Community Summit on Mining Impacts” held November 8-9, 2010 in Nevada City, California.

Workshop Notes

Synopsis: The horrifying effects of the 19th century Gold Rush on California’s native population have been well documented, but it is less well know that many of these impacts continue to affect the cultural practices of today’s native people and the natural environment.  Tribal leaders are in a unique position to address these ongoing impacts, and have been an important voice in bringing the problems with abandoned mines to light.  Facilitator Steve Rothert, American Rivers.

Click on the speaker below to see their presentation (if available)

Don Ryberg, Tsi-Akim Maidu Tribe: His involvement in raising awareness among indigenous people about the impacts of mercury on fish through a series of Tribal and Community Convergences

Mark Franco, Winnemum Wintun: His tribe’s work with the conservation community for environmental justice

Steven Haberfeld, Ph.D., Indian Dispute Resolution Service, Inc.: The unique leverage tribes have by virtue of their separate nation status and the federal government’s trust responsibility to protect and enhance resources on federal lands on behalf of Indian tribes