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State Assembly candidate and tribal chief charged with fraud, grand theft

A Democratic candidate for state Assembly has been charged with grand theft and making fraudulent claims in connection to allegations she improperly entered thousands of hours on her time sheet as an employee of California In-Home Support Services.

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11/6/2018

article Assembly results show Dahle with big lead over Democratic challenger
(California) -- With 25 percent of precincts reporting throughout the 1st Assembly District, Republican incumbent Brian Dahle still holds a strong lead over challenger...

10/2/2018

article California’s Winnemem Wintu tribe fights for restoration of winter Chinook salmon
(California) -- Anglers are seeing greatly improved fishing in the stretch of the Sacramento River from Pittsburg to the Sacramento metropolitan area this year as the...

9/22/2018

article These Assembly candidates are already looking past election day
(California) -- Voters in the November election for Assembly will get the chance to choose between a candidate facing felony criminal charges or an incumbent who has...

8/7/2018

article Northern California Assembly candidate frustrated with slow pace of fraud case
(California) -- Charged with grand theft and fraud, a North State tribal chief running for the North State's California Assembly seat on the Democratic ticket will...

7/24/2018

article NZ link to salmon wiped out in California 70 years ago
(New Zealand) -- Members of a Native American tribe have returned to Canterbury and should know "very soon" whether an extinct species of California salmon is...

7/15/2018

article Assembly candidate and tribal chief responds to fraud, grand theft charges
(California) -- A tribal chief, who is running for the North State's Assembly seat on the Democratic ticket, is speaking out against the grand theft and fraud...

7/11/2018

article State Assembly candidate and tribal chief charged with fraud, grand theft
(California) -- A Democratic candidate for state Assembly has been charged with grand theft and making fraudulent claims in connection to allegations she improperly...

10/4/2017

article Winnemem Wintu Run/Ride/Boat/Peddle/Pray for Salmon on the McCloud River
(California) -- The Winnemem Wintu on the McCloud river in Northern California have lost most of their territory when the Shasta Damn was constructed, because of the...

2/24/2016

article Support the Winnemum Wintu Tribe’s McCloud River Salmon Restoration Plan!
(California) -- The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Fish Passage Pilot Implementation Plan is fatally flawed for two critical reasons. First, the BOR is only considering a...

11/29/2015

article OP/ED: If Shasta Dam is raised, tribe would lose sacred places and culture
(California) -- The growing demand for water in Southern California is putting my Winnemem Wintu culture and spirituality at risk for a second time.

10/4/2015

article Winnemem Wintu Chief Leads Sacred Water Rally
(California) -- Small cascades of cold, pristine water rush out of the hillside at Big Springs, the headwaters of the Sacramento River, as they converge in a clear and...

9/26/2015

article Drowning a Culture Twice? Winnemem Wintu Fight for Cultural Survival in Northern California
(California) -- At a sacred fire in the ancient village site in Coonrod, Chief Caleen Sisk raised a glass of ceremonial water towards a soaring Mount Shasta. The...

7/5/2015

article Winnemem Wintu, Northern California Tribes, and Allies Protest Gov. Brown’s Second Water Summit
(California) -- Governor Jerry Brown held a second California Water Summit at the Westin Hotel on July 29 and 30 in Sacramento. The Winnemem Wintu Tribe, members of the...

7/4/2015

article Winnemem Wintu Tribe Gives Cease & Desist Order to Rainbow Family
(California) -- On Saturday, July 4, 2015, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe ordered the Rainbow Family and the Antique Rainbow Roadshow to evacuate the Mt. Shasta region in...

9/10/2014

article Winnemem Wintu Tribe to Hold War Dance at Shasta Dam Beginning 9/11
(California) -- The Winnemem (McCloud River) Wintu Tribe will hold a “War Dance” at Shasta Dam, north of Redding, Calif., beginning September 11through...

9/9/2014

press release Winnemem Wintu Tribe to hold war dance at Shasta Dam
(California) -- Press release from the Karuk Tribe: The Winnemem (McCloud River) Wintu Tribe will hold a "War Dance" at Shasta Dam, north of Redding, Calif.,...

12/11/2013

article Winnemem Wintu Tribe, Fishermen Blast Bay Delta Conservation Plan
(California) -- Rather than being a “rational, balanced plan” as Secretary John Laird claimed, Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of Winnemem Wintu Tribe, denounced...

7/10/2013

article Winnemem Fear Forest Service Harrassment During Sacred Ceremony
(California) -- Less than two weeks away from the Coming of Age Ceremony (Bałas Chonas) for a 16-year-old Winnemem Wintu teenager, U.S. Forest Service officials and the...

11/2/2012

article Winnemem Wintu Tribe: Speak out against the raising of Shasta Dam
(California) -- Corporate agribusiness interests are backing the raising of the Dam, in tandem with Governor Jerry Brown's Bay-Delta Conservation Plan to build the...

10/17/2012

article Winnemem Wintu Chief Sisk's Federal Charges to be Dismissed
(California) -- A remarkable video entitled "Ceremony is Not a Crime," was shown Monday night at the Redding Library. This for a small gathering on the eve of...

10/16/2012

article Citations Against Winnemem Wintu Chief Dismissed
(California) -- Federal court officials decided Monday, October 15 to dismiss the citations issued to Caleen Sisk, Winnemem Wintu Tribe chief and spiritual leader, for...
article Winnemem chief's citations dismissed / Sisk had been given citations at tribal event
(California) -- The U.S. attorney's office decided Monday not to pursue misdemeanor charges against the chief of the Winnemem Wintu tribe after she received two...

10/15/2012

article Winnemem chief plans presentation and rally prior to court hearing
(California) -- Members of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe of Shasta County plan to hold a presentation and video at 5 p.m. today of what the tribe says is the U.S. Forest...

8/9/2012

article Winnemem Wintu Tribe In Need of Defense Funds
(California) -- The Tribe has released a short video called "Ceremony is Not a Crime", seeking assistance to bring in cash for a legal defense of Chief Caleen...
article Winnemem Wintu Tribe Wrestles With Bureaucracy to Perform Sacred Ritual
(California) -- Following many protests and support from grassroots activists to protect the privacy of their Coming of Age ceremony, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe was...

7/17/2012

article Without federal recognition, tribe struggles to protect sacred sites
(California) -- Caleen Sisk, the chief and spiritual leader of the Winnemem Wintu tribe, wore a traditional basket hat – representing clear thinking – to her...

7/16/2012

article React & Act: Understanding ‘ghost tribes’
(California) -- In “Without federal recognition, tribe struggles to protect sacred sites,” reporter Marc Dadigan introduces readers to the Winnemem Wintu, a...
article Video: Ghost tribe
(California) -- At least half of California’s 150,000 Native Americans lack official recognition by the federal government. The Winnemem Wintu tribe of Shasta...
article Without federal recognition, tribe struggles to protect sacred sites
(California) -- Caleen Sisk, the chief and spiritual leader of the Winnemem Wintu tribe, wore a traditional basket hat – representing clear thinking – to her...

7/12/2012

article Winnemem Wintu band meets with BIA; not all Winnemem invited
(California) -- Members of the Winnemem Wintu met Wednesday with U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs officials in a renewed effort to gain federal recognition.
article Wintu chief fined, faces jail time
(California) -- Winnemem Wintu Chief Caleen Sisk (pictured) is facing up to a $5,000 fine and six months in jail following the tribe’s four-day Coming of Age...

7/9/2012

article Chief Sisk Citations May Cost Her $5,000 in Fines and 6 Months in Jail
(California) -- The Winnemem Wintu Tribe women's "Balas Chonas Ceremony" or "Coming of Age" Ceremony is a transition for girls to become young...
article Meeting with BIA will end Chief Sisk's twenty-four day fast Wednesday, July 11
(California) -- On Friday, July 6th, Dr. Virgil Akins, Superintendent, BIA of Northern California agreed to meet with Winnemem Wintu Tribal Chief and Spiritual Leader,...

7/8/2012

article Federal government officials to meet with Winnemem tribe
(California) -- The leader of the Winnemem Wintu tribe has been granted a meeting with Bureau of Indian Affairs officials this week to discuss the tribe's...

7/5/2012

article Forest Service cites Winnemem chief Sisk; violations surrounding ceremony alleged
(California) -- On Tuesday, the spiritual leader and chief of the Winnemem Wintu tribe greeted her niece, and successor, on her successful passage into womanhood with a...

7/4/2012

article Winnemem Wintu tribe holds coming-of-age ceremony at Lake Shasta
(California) -- A little before 8 p.m. Tuesday, Marisa Sisk swam the McCloud River arm of Lake Shasta and entered the embrace of her aunt, who welcomed her into...

7/3/2012

article Motorized boat dispute threatens to disrupt tribal ceremony
(California) -- With a sacred coming-of-age ceremony set to conclude today, Winnemem Wintu tribal members and U.S. Forest Service officials spent much of Monday trying...

7/2/2012

article Winnemem Wintu says sacred ceremony marred by disruptions, threats
(California) -- Despite getting the full closure of a portion of Lake Shasta they've long requested to hold a sacred ceremony in peace, members of the Winnemem Wintu...

7/1/2012

article Winnemem begin coming-of-age ceremony at Lake Shasta
(California) -- Members of the Winnemem Wintu tribe spent Saturday preparing for their future leader's coming-of-age ceremony at Lake Shasta.

6/29/2012

article Call on BIA to end the Chief's fast, close ceremony to outsiders
(California) -- The Winnemem Wintu Tribe has finally won a closure of a section of the McCloud River for their Coming of Age ceremony this Saturday through Tuesday....

6/28/2012

article BLOG: Winnemem Wintu Tribe Calls For Support to Block McCloud River
(California) -- On the evening of June 28, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe posted a notice on their Facebook page urgently calling for support in closing the McCloud River in...

6/27/2012

article Protecting a sacred rite
(California) -- The Coming of Age ceremony is the biggest step a young woman in the Winnemem Wintu tribe can take. After four days of prayer in a traditional birch hut...

6/26/2012

article Forest Service hands tied by BIA - Winnemem Tribal Chief continues fast
(California) -- Winnemem Wintu Chief Caleen Sisk and her nephew Arron Sisk have been fasting for eight days and plan to continue until the Bureau of Indian Affairs...
article Tribe leader urges federal status; recognition cited as route to closing area for Lake Shasta ceremony
(California) -- A Winnemem Wintu tribal leader said Tuesday the only way to ensure the safety and privacy of an upcoming ceremony on Lake Shasta is to give the tribe...

6/24/2012

article Sacred Sites Along the McCloud River Endangered, Winnemem Wintu Fight For Coming of Age Ceremony Privacy
(California) -- At the old Winnemem Wintu village of Kaibai, which lines the emerald waters of the McCloud River Arm of Shasta Lake in Northern California, a trio of...

6/21/2012

article Winnemem chief blasts Forest Service decision to close only part of Lake Shasta area for ceremony
(California) -- A Winnemem Wintu tribal leader blasted the U.S. Forest Service's decision Thursday to close only a portion of Lake Shasta so the tribe can hold a...

6/17/2012

article Emily Young: Tribal deadlock shows failure of respect
(California) -- It's an unfortunate situation that contains a civics lesson for all of us. I am referring to the Winnemem Wintu Tribe's request to the U.S....

6/3/2012

article Cathy Joplin: We close for eagles — why not the tribe?
(California) -- I am writing this letter out of concern for the Winnemem Indians, who are requesting a designated area to be blocked off on the McCloud Arm of Lake...
article Charles J. Lees: Winnemem don't deserve special rights
(California) -- I don't think it's right that your newspaper is printing stories defending the Winnemem Tribe's right to use public Land for their own...
article Protect the Winnemem Wintu Tribe's Cultural Survival
(California) -- The survival of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe is at stake. Read my Freedom of Information Act request below to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) for all...

5/31/2012

article Grassroots River Closure, Coordinated Boater Harassment Highlight Winnemem Wintu’s War Dance
(California) -- Spangled with duct-tape lettering and weighed down by milk jugs filled with water, the banner reading “River Closed” was strung across the...

5/30/2012

article Tribe Fights for Private Rite
(California) -- The Winnemem Wintu Indians want to mark their girls' coming of age as their ancestors did, with a private ceremony in which the girls swim across the...

5/28/2012

article Winnemem Wintu Tribe closes McCloud River during war dance
(California) -- Winnemem Wintu Tribe members joined with members of Indian Tribes throughout California and environmental activists in kayaks and rafts to place a banner...

5/27/2012

article Timeline of tribe: Short history of the Winnemem Wintu
(California) -- May 24-27: Winnemem Wintu hold war dance on McCloud River arm of Lake Shasta, where they want to close lake for coming-of-age ceremony.
article Winnemem Wintu Tribe gasps for air; members confront feds on ceremony, recognition
(California) -- David Martinez sits next to his trailer, looking through the evergreen pines at the placid emerald waters of the ­McCloud River Arm of Lake Shasta.

5/26/2012

article Editorial: How'd you like to need a permit just to worship?
(California) -- How would you like to ask the government's permission to go to church? How would you like hearing from the federal government that, because yours is...
article Permit would allow ceremony, but wouldn't close arm of lake, Winnemem learn
(California) -- Winnemem Wintu officials found out Friday from the U.S. Forest Service that a permit they sought to hold a tribal ceremony would still not let them close...
article Winnemem Wintu tribe stages war dance as protest
(California) -- The shadows of the Winnemem Wintu warriors darted and danced through the trees amid the glow of a ceremonial fire as rhythmic chants echoed across the...

5/25/2012

article NORRELL: Protectors ready to defend Winnemem Wintu ceremony May 25, 2012
(California) -- The Winnemem Wintu H'up Chonas (War Dance) is underway and the protectors are present, ready to defend the right of the Winnemem Wintu to hold their...
article Northern California tribe challenges Forest Service on access to sacred site
(California) -- A small tribe in Northern California is holding a war dance against the federal government for the next three days near the Shasta Dam. On FSRN, we...
article Tribe plans blockade at lake to perform war dance
(California) -- With one of the busiest tourism weekends of the year ahead, a showdown is looming between the U.S. Forest Service and an Indian tribe over plans to hold...
article Winnemem Wintu Tribe begins protest at McCloud River arm of Lake Shasta
(California) -- About 75 people came to Lake Shasta on Thursday to participate in the Winnemem Wintu’s war dance being held to protest the U.S. Forest Service...
article Winnemem Wintu Tribe Fights For Use Of McCloud Arm
(California) -- The Winnemem Wintu Tribe has been dealing with the U.S. Forest Service for weeks, trying to secure a permit to hold a special coming of age ceremony for...

5/23/2012

article Winnemem Wintu Tribe Plan Civil Disobedience
(California) -- Starting this Thursday, and running through the weekend, the Winnemem Wintu tribe in Northern California are holding a War Dance of civil disobedience,...

5/21/2012

article Winnemem Wintu Tribe to Hold War Dance on McCloud River
(California) -- The Winnemem Wintu Tribe will hold a four-day War Dance (H’up Chonas in Winnemem) May 24-27 at the McCloud River site where they hold their Coming...

4/17/2012

article Winnemem tribe members take their complaints a step higher
(California) -- About 50 members of the Winnemem Wintu tribe traveled to Vallejo on Monday to ask U.S. Forest Service officials to let them to use a portion of Lake...
article Winnemem Wintu Tribe Protests, Demands Forest Service Office Stop Harassment at Coming of Age Ceremonies
(California) -- Outside the towering, gray walls of the U.S. Forest Service’s office in Vallejo, California, April 16, the Winnemem Wintu’s War Dance song...

4/16/2012

article BLOG: Shasta-Trinity's Winnemem Wintu Tribe Pickets Forest Service Over Closure Request
(California) -- The Winnemem Wintu Tribe, a band of indigenous people located in Northern California, have appealed to the United States Forest Service’s Regional...

3/25/2012

article Winnemem Wintu map sacred sites around Shasta Lake
(California) -- Anthropologist Lyla Johnston takes a reading on the shores of Shasta Lake, near the Rocky Ridge village site. Winnemem Wintu families lived in the area...

2/8/2012

article Winnemem Wintu Tribe Speaks Out Against Raising Of Dam
(California) -- The Winnemem Wintu Tribe is raising objections to a new plan to raise Shasta Dam. The proposal was outlined in a federal report released Monday and...

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