Fundraiser: Wopumnes historic sacred sites

We the people of El Dorado County Request the Placerville City Council and the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to protect our history which includes recognizing the "Wopumnes Nisenan-MeWuk Tribe of El Dorado County" as our aboriginal Tribe integral to our lands and Gold Rush history.

Resolution to be presented to the City Council of Placerville and the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors:

Whereas: The Wopumnes Tribe was described by John Sutter in his diaries as helping build the Mill at Coloma prior to the Gold Rush.

Whereas: The Wopumnes Tribe signed the “Treaty of Consumnes River” for peace and friendship, with the United States Government, September 18, 1851, being promised 500 cows and 25 square miles of their own territory.

Whereas: The Wopumnes Nisenan-Mewuk Tribe of El Dorado County is the historic “Digger Indians of Shingle Springs”, lead by "Chief Charlie", written about in the Sacramento Daily Union article “Pow-Wow in Shingle Springs” April 16, 1870 and can found in history books and on the walls of museums throughout El Dorado County.

Whereas: Individual members of the Wopumnes Tribe were identified as living in El Dorado County by a Special Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs Census [1905-06] conducted by BIA Agent C.E. Kelsey, verified again in 1915 by BIA Agent John Terrell which gave authority for the purchase of 240 acres of their Wopumnes village home land in El Dorado County, was purchased for them, and placed into trust for the “MeWuk Tribe” of “Shingle Springs” in 1920.

Whereas: As published in the October 8, 1928, the Placerville Republican-Democrat Newspaper, Charles R. Padilla, Captain of the Wopumnes, lead the Indians of California in a statewide lawsuit against the Federal Government which caused the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934. The Wopumnes individually participated in the IRA in 1935 by exercising their rights to vote. “Miwok” identification papers were issued by the BIA for the El Dorado County “Miwok” Indians.

Whereas: Today the living descendants of those Consumnes River Treaty signers have 23 decades of Federal and Local records in El Dorado County, too many to enumerate here,

Whereas: The Wopumnes have traceable sacred sites within the boundaries of El Dorado County which locations include Coloma, Placerville, Diamond Springs, Pleasant Valley, Shingle Springs, Garden Valley, Georgetown, Camino, Pollock Pines and El Dorado Hills,

Therefore: The citizens of El Dorado County see the peoples of the "Wopumnes Tribe" as an important part of El Dorado County History and requests the Placerville City Council and El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to protect our history by including the "Wopumnes Nisenan-MeWuk Tribe" as integral to our Gold Rush history and as the primary Tribal authority on El Dorado County Sacred Sites.

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The Wopumnes Nisenan-Mewuk Tribe have momentarily stopped the destruction of one of their oldest sacred village sites in Placerville on Upper Broadway.   The mortars are over 12" deep.  The Tribe has been protecting this site for over 100 years. They need your help to continue the cause at this site.  Federal and California Law provides for the right of aboriginal Native American groups to have access to and protection of religious and ceremonial sites. The City of Placerville is blocking this in favor of the Casino Indians. The Wopumnes needs to hire an attorney to sue the City and County BOS of El Dorado for protections. The Wopumnes has other sacred sites around El Dorado County.  Please donate so they can continue to put on educational presentations for the community, survey, document and preserve their sacred sites from destruction by improperly applied CEQA studies.  Your help is much appreciated.  Ho!

Contact: [email redacted] for a survey of your property in El Dorado County.

Donations

  • Suzanne Bickel  
    • $30 
    • 4 mos
  • Erin Dixon 
    • $50 
    • 4 mos
  • Wes Yielding 
    • $50 
    • 4 mos
  • Larry Johnson 
    • $125 
    • 4 mos

Organizer

Erin Young 
Organizer
Shingle Springs, CA
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