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Tribal Chief Honored By Rose Foundation

Winnemem Wintu Tribal Chief and Spiritual Leader Caleen Sisk is the winner of an Earth Day Award. The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment honored Sisk with a $1,000 Grassroots Award. According to the organization, she advocates tirelessly for Salmon restoration, the un-damming of watersheds, and the basic human right to clean water. Sisk is currently leading the tribe’s resistance against the proposal to raise Shasta Dam, and is an integral voice in the efforts to bring Salmon home to the tribe’s sacred watersheds above the dam. Providing a voice for the nearly extinct Chinook Salmon, she leads the annual Run4Salmon, a statewide prayer run that raises awareness of the importance of protecting our waterways, restoring California’s Salmon runs, and revitalizing indigenous ways of life. Sisk has been the tribal leader since 2000. Last year, she was the Democratic candidate for the First District Assembly Seat.