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Maidu Summit Consortium transaction approved

Local sites to be under Maidu control within six months

Well folks, it is difficult to relay how impatient we are all growing with the transactions for the Tásmam Kojóm, also known as Humbug Valley and other sites we’ll soon own at Lake Almanor.

However, there is enthusiasm growing as we see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.

It is now projected that the Maidu Summit Consortium (MSC) will assume title of these lands sometime in the early to mid part of 2019. Humbug Valley and the site near Prattville will likely be the first to be conveyed.

“Our hope is to be celebrating these landmark occasions with all our Friends of Humbug by July 27, the day of our next Gathering,” remarked MSC Executive Director Kenneth Holbrook.

We do hope that all our members are marking their calendars so that nobody misses the coming celebration of so many years worth of hard work by the Consortium, and so many generations worth of great suffering and loss by the Maidu People finally being addressed.

If all goes as we expected it to, we look forward to welcoming all of you, the very important and necessary allies we call Friends of Humbug. It truly will be an occasion we will remember and hopefully you’ll be there with us!

We have indentified ways that the Friends and members of the public can help us in our endeavors.

First, contact the MSC about planting a tree in the valley, pitching in during our next workday. Secondly, if you have outdoor or staffing skills and knowledge to share, it is always welcome. And finally, support our operations and goals with your annual donations. It is vital in our ongoing commitment to creating a number of environmental protections and other projects, and realizing the goals of the Consortium.

In other news, a new forest report promotes TEK ideals.

Just last year around this time, the State of California took a big turn and a very important step forward when it came to improved forest health practices.

In an unprecedented show of policy support for the use of fire in healthy forest management, the Little Hoover Commission offers big recognition for the tribally derived knowledge that can help our burning state.

As Maidu People who grew up in this area, we realize the need to first begin with the long task of readying the forest. It will take years to clean up the fuels that have accumulated.

What is the MSC?

The Maidu Summit Consortium is a nonprofit organization comprised of nine Mountain Maidu groups, tribes, nonprofit and grass-roots organizations located in Plumas and Lassen counties.

The Maidu Summit was formed to present a unified voice for the Maidu where resources and culture are concerned.

The members and community supporters of the Consortium share a vision of site protection and stewardship throughout the Maidu homeland.

The Maidu Summit is seeking funds for strategic development, including cultural knowledge and land stewardship to ensure the preparation of the Maidu way of life.

We serve the community with land conservation, restoration services and corporate paradigm.

Other projects include partnering with like-minded groups such as the Native Land Trust Council, Feather River Land Trust, and the Feather River Stewardship Coalition, among others.

The Consortium continues to build the Maidu Summit capacity to successfully reclaim and then steward long-term alienated lands made available through the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council process.

We hope community members throughout the region will consider joining us in protecting these sacred lands by donating today.

Check out the MSC’s website at www.maidusummit.org for information on upcoming projects and community events, and to donate:

Maidu Summit Consortium, 289 Main St., Chester, 258-2299, info@maidusummit.org.

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