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September 13, 2013 - The California Indian Conference and Gathering is an annual event for the exchange of views and information among academics, educators, California Indians, students, tribal nations, native organizations and community members focusing on California Indians.
A wide variety of topic are presented including: sovereignty, leadership, dance, storytelling, native languages, histories, law, political and social issues, federal recognition, families and children, education, economic development, arts, traditions and numerous others.
We live in the homelands of California Indigenous peoples and their nations. It is of vital importance for Indians and non-Indians to be aware of current issues, as well as the histories and cultures of our first peoples of this state.
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December 1, 2012 - Clearcut threatens Maidu Sacred Site
CHESTER - Logging in Humbug Valley has sparked a dispute over American Indian archaeological sites and whether damage from the Chips fire justified a virtual clearcut of the hillside above the valley.
Members of the Maidu Summit, a consortium of Maidu Indian tribal, nonprofit and grass-roots organizations, said Pacific Gas and Electric Co. launched the logging on 368 acres it owns in the Plumas County valley before members of the American Indian group received the notification required by state law.
The timber harvest, conducted under an emergency permit issued by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, has compromised an ancient trail and a village site more than 4,000 years old, said Beverly Benner Ogle, vice chairwoman of the Maidu Summit.
"It broke my heart. It's so sad and disrespectful," said Ogle. She said her grandmother and ancestors lived in the valley 10 miles southwest of Lake Almanor.
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October 20, 2012 - Indian Country Today Media Network.com
Maidu Indians in Northern California's Humbug Valley are protesting a massive logging enterprise (By Pacific Gas and Electric Company in Humbug Valley) on land the tribe lost generations ago.
The land is part of a 2,000-acre swath of wilderness owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and dotted with sacred and historic American Indian sites.
There are burials, village sites, house pits, bedrock mortars, said Lorena Gorbet, secretary for the Maidu Summit, a nonprofit site-protection organization comprising representatives from nine Mountain Maidu groups.
The whole valley should be considered a sacred site, she said.
The valley is especially significant to the Maidu because it's the only one of seven Great Maidu Valleys left untouched, Gorbet said. It is filled with significant cultural sites, and the valley itself is considered valuable in its entirety, she said.
September 13, 2012 - United Indian Development Association
United Indian Development Association (UIDA) was developed in 1969 and incorporated in 1970. UIDA is one of the foremost Indian Economic Development Specialists in the country and has worked with over 300 tribes since its inception in 1969.
Training courses have strengthened the managerial skills of over 2,700 tribal members, and permitted UIDA some unique insights into the depths and nature of tribal procurement needs. UIDA's expertise in government procurement is unparalleled having been responsible for $92 million in procurement programs since 1969.
In 2002, the PTAC operated by UCG was transferred to UIDA Business Services (UBS), a supporting non-profit to the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. There were no changes in the program staff or goals or objectives. However, in order to maintain the high level of support from corporate America, a not-for-profit vehicle was needed.
Under the DoD/DLA agreement, UBS provides American Indian owned businesses and tribal enterprises with prime contract or subcontract opportunities with DoD, other federal, state and local government agencies, and prime contractors. UBS seeks to extend its accomplishments to help more reservation Indians secure jobs in the defense and related industries, thereby decreasing unemployment and increasing the economies of the reservations serviced.
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August 4, 2012 - Napa Valley Register
YOUNTVILLE — While members of the Mishewal Wappo Tribe of Alexander Valley continue their fight in federal court to regain federal recognition, Native Americans and others gathering for this weekend’s annual pow-wow voiced varying opinions on tribal casinos.
Napa and Sonoma officials have opposed the Mishewal Wappo Tribe’s efforts out of fear that federal recognition for the tribe would lead one day to a Native American–run casino opening in the North Bay.
“It’s a legitimate business. It’s very lucrative. Why wouldn’t you do it?” said Charlie Toledo, director of the Suscol Intertribal Council, who organized this year’s pow-wow at the Veterans Home of California at Yountville.
She said she is appalled at local politicians’ stance against the Mishewal Wappo Tribe’s efforts to gain recognition.
“It’s a human rights issue,” she said Saturday.