After a 16-year long process, the transfer of Humbug Valley (Tásmam Kojóm in the Maidu language), consisting of 2,325 pristine acres of meadows, year-round streams and natural springs in the Sierra Nevada wilderness, has finally been finalized and returned back to the Maidu Summit Consortium and the Mountain Maidu people.
The Maidu Summit Consortium celebration honors the historic land transfer, with ceremonies taking place this Friday, Sept. 20, at the Yellow Creek Campground.
Although the event is no longer open to the public, this singular event recognizes the many years of dedicated work required to convey Humbug Valley to the descendants of its original inhabitants.
The Maidu Summit Consortium is a nonprofit organization representing nine member organizations of the Maidu Indians of Lassen and Plumas counties, in their united quest to protect and steward their traditional homelands, according to Maidu Summit Consortium Executive Director Ken Holbrook.
The Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council, a group of donors comprising public interest stakeholders, has played a crucial role since its inception in 2004 in facilitating the reacquisition of Humbug Valley, along with 641 additional acres of ancestral lands consisting of five parcels located around Lake Almanor.
Working in collaboration with local and state agencies, the MSC sought to ensure a brighter future for the next generation of Maidu people, which also involved many local volunteers supporting the work to acquire, protect, and enhance important ancestral sites.
The Feather River Land Trust has been a partner with the Maidu Summit Consortium in this effort as well.
For more information on the Maidu Summit Consortium, and to learn more about its goals, as well as to join the Maidu Summit Community, call 258-2299 or drop by the main office at 289 Main St. in Chester (Stover Creek Center next to the Holiday Market).
To donate go to: www.maidusummit.org. Information on the Stewardship Council can be found at www.stewardshipcouncil.org.