Forest Service

Here are documents from the Winnemem’s correspondence with the Forest Service from the past five years, as we’ve tried to secure a mandatory river closure for our Coming of Age Ceremony. Despite the fact the agency has the authority and ability to close this small stretch of water, it will commit only to a voluntary closure, which many people have ignored in previous years.

2011 Bałas Chonas

The 2010 Bałas Chonas

The 2006 Bałas Chonas

Read a letter of support from 12 organizations , including the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council, urging the Forest Service to honor the Winnemem’s right to practice their religion in peace and privacy.


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