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Chief Caleen Sisk

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Caleen Sisk is the Spiritual Leader and Tribal Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, who practice their traditional culture and ceremonies in their territory along the McCloud River watershed in Northern California.

Since assuming leadership responsibilities in 2000, Caleen has focused on maintaining the cultural and religious traditions of the Tribe as well as advocating for California salmon restoration, the Human Right to Water and the protection of indigenous sacred sites. She is also currently leading her Tribe’s efforts to work with Maori and federal fish biologists to return Chinook salmon to the McCloud River.

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Tending the Wild

When Salmon Speak: The Winnemem Wintu and Winter-Run Chinook

When the Winnemem Wintu people first came to the McCloud River, the salmon took care of them. In return, the people promised to return the favor.
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