Three hundred sixty-eight acres of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. land show evidence of last year’s emergency logging operations in the Humbug Valley. Allegations that the logging destroyed protected Mountain Maidu archeological sites have since put a rift between PG&E and tribal representatives. Photo courtesy Ken Holbrook
Allegations of Native American archeological sites being destroyed by logging operations have caused a rift between members of the Maidu Summit and Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
In mid-April, tribe member Farrell Cunningham took a trip to Humbug Valley only to discover a nearly destroyed Maidu village site, a broken grinding rock, and devastated house pits — all of which he believed to be caused by last year’s logging operations.
In addition to the apparent damage, new archeological materials were discovered adjacent to an existing archeological site. Cunningham said, “Evidence of habitation is all around in the form of obsidian and basalt debitage (chips from production of stone tools) but no action has been taken by PG&E.”