ON THE COVER: Lena Thomas-Benner (Maidu), born in Humbug Valley, Plumas County in 1875. Photo by Nata Piaskowski, circa 1955.
In the early spring, when walking in the verdant green hills of Karuk territory, one can find these really pretty plants with roundish leaves and in the middle, a slender stalk sprouting tiny white blossoms…
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Exciting news this week for a band of the Maidu Nation: the Mountain Maidu are again to be the rightful owners of Tasman Koyom, Humbug Valley. A 2,325-acre parcel of land in a picturesque valley in Plumas County, the land is one of their traditional meeting and ceremonial sites.
In my childhood, clover (ʔohso) was one of the most sought-after springtime foods.
Can you imagine staying in the same place for over six thousand years? And if you did, can you imagine how completely you would know every pine grove, every spring, every pool and rock? Can you imagine how your very identity—your songs, your clothing, your language and medicinal practice—would be shaped and defined by this homeland?
Since 1978, the Department of Interior (DOI) has used a process that is commonly referred to as “Federal Acknowledgement” or “Recognition” to restore tribal status. It has been highly criticized from the start. In 2013, DOI proposed revisions to the process. It began by seeking comments from the public, especially Native American communities. This is the response of one elders’ council here in California, the Salinan T’rowt’raahl.
The newly created Big Brothers Big Sisters Tribal Youth Mentor Program of Sonoma County is unique in that it is the only off-reservation Big Brothers Big Sisters Tribal Program in California.
Poems by Stephen Meadows
Acorns and Abalone, reviewed by Anna Krupp
Chumash Renaissance, reviewed by Sam White Swan Perkins
Murder State, reviewed by Crystal Blue
Picking Willows, reviewed by Vivian Snyder
Pablo Tac, Indigenous Scholar, reviewed by Raja Storr
The War is for a Whole Life, reviewed by Kouslaa Kessler-Mata