I am humbled and glad this month to be able to $upport and honor the original people of these lands on the Bear and Yuba River watersheds, The Nisenan, in their quest to raise funds and awareness for Nisenan Heritage Month.
I am deeply moved and heart stirred to see the community these past few years REALLY start sinking its teeth into raising the visibility and support of the local indigenous people to this area. I've dreamed of seeing these days my entire life of growing up here. I feel it is our spiritual and moral obligation, at this current state of our world, to step into the collectively nourishing role of reciprocity with The Nisenan as we live and prosper on their ancestral homelands. Homelands which witnessed their near annihilation after the onslaught of the all too glorified Goldrush. Homelands that have seen BILLIONS of $ roll through during GOLD and GREEN trades that have BOOMED throughout these foothills, making milionaires, while most of the tribe lives in poverty. Homelands with the sacred Uba river that once ran wild with the backs of salmon returning home. Homelands in which they have described feeling like ghosts in. Homelands in which they were illegally revoked their federal tribal status in 1964. Homelands in which they deserve to be RECOGNIZED as the original people in.
Please join me this month in striving to reach the 30K goal with our local indigenous people, as their yearly in person fundraisers had to be cancelled due to Covid-19. It's a miracle and a blessing to be living amongst the surviving original stewards of these lands, so many tribes were relocated. The Nisenan have a connection and love for this area that has been passed down since time immemorial and they are also working HARD to preserve and perpetuate their culture that at times seems to be hanging on by a thread. Luckilly many things are changing and the support is being felt and it's a great honor to be able to witness this shift take place.
Thank you so much!