Published September 12, 2017
SOGOREA TE – The Run4Salmon kicked off at the Sogorea Te sacred site on Sunday. The run will last for the rest of the month. The purpose is to bring attention to twindling supply of salmon in California rivers.
“Salmon are the magical fish. We are aching for the salmon. We have salmon in New Zealand that belong in the rivers here in California. They were moved almost a centuary ago. We are putting down our best prayers to bring them home, and this is our first day of our walk. We are going to go 300 miles along the journey that the salmon are on, for them (to help them) find their way back here” declared Winnemem Wintu Tribe Chief Callen Sisk.
Dozens of walkers and runners are participating in the Run4Salmon.
“We were prayed into existence by our ancestors 7 generations ago, and we are here to set down our prayers for the next seven. In the past 200 years, things have changed really fast for us as indigenous people, we need to have a sense of urgency when it comes to the protection of our sacred sites,” said Corina Gould of Ohlone Tribe.
Praising the leadership exemplified by the Native women, Wounded Knee DeOcampo said: “Woman are very strong and very powerful.”