Winnemem Wintu Salmon Restoration

$86,230 of $85,000 goal

Raised by 1,447 people in 11 months


My name is Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, I’m the fifth leader in an unbroken traditional leadership since settler contact . Our ancestral territory expands all along the McCloud River watershed below Bulyum Puyuk (Mt. Shasta). In the 1940s, with the installation of the Shasta Dam, my people were flooded out of our homelands and our Salmon relatives were blocked from returning to their spawning grounds.
SALMON ARE SACRED.
We believe that when Creator put us on this Earth we had no voice. Our Salmon relatives saw we needed help and gave us their voice.  In return, we promised to always speak for them. Today, climate change, GMO farming, habitat destruction and  water diversions for Big Ag are pushing our salmon relatives towards extinction . Our tribe has an ancient prophecy, “When there are no more salmon, there will be no more Winnemem Wintu people."  For this reason, we believe that we must do everything we can to bring back our salmon. There is still hope. Our tribe is taking action to save our endangered salmon relatives and restore this keystone species to its rightful place in the natural world.

OUR STORY

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, salmon eggs were taken from the McCloud River to populate the rivers in other parts of the world. After the Shasta Dam was installed, we thought we had lost our fish forever but in 2004, when news about our War Dance went around the world, a New Zealand professor contacted us saying, “We have your fish, do you want them back?”We learned that the eggs that had been taken to Aotearoa (New Zealand) survived in the glacier-fed rivers and existed in healthy numbers. Now we are on a mission to bring home the genetic descendants of our wild chinook salmon. This June we need to raise $85,000 to begin the process of restoring our wild, genetically pure winter-run, chinook salmon in our California waters. This has never been done before, but it is the only chance we have to save our endangered Salmon relatives.


THE TIME IS NOW

We are working to bring our salmon home.  The descendants of our McCloud River salmon are thriving in Aotearoa (New Zealand), and they’re beginning their spawning journey upstream this month. This July we hope to travel to New Zealand with our tribal youth to collect samples for DNA testing to prove to the U.S. government that the New Zealand salmon are indeed our McCloud river fish. If we can’t complete phase 1, we may not have another chance. It's now or never.  We know that with your help we will make this project a reality.

The money we raise will go towards

+$60K Will go towards hiring the staff and biologists to collect samples of the salmon and New Zealand’s administrative costs. This will also cover campaign fees and administrative costs.

HELP GET US THERE!
Our stretch goal will be to help fund our youth to travel to New Zealand in July to be a part of this historic restoration effort.

+$25k Will help get us to take our tribal youth to New Zealand to be a part of the restoration effort.

This has never been done before, but it’s our only chance of saving our Salmon relatives. We are ready to bring our salmon home to our waters. Restoring our salmon runs to the high mountain streams is the only hope we have in helping the salmon survive climate change and revitalizing our culture. Join us in this movement, follow our tribe and join us on this journey as we continue to carry out our #Run4Salmon prayer (see more: Run4Salmon.org ) to protect our waters, restore our salmon and revive our culture.

#SalmonWillRun


We believe in the good things coming,

Chief Caleen Sisk

P.S. To learn more about the Dancing Salmon Home documentary, visit

www.dancingsalmonhome.com

 

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We made it to New Zealand!

Thanks to your support, yesterday we released our young salmon, it felt so wonderful and we can hardly wait to do this in the Winnemem Waywakit, in our McCloud river waters. We are meeting as many people as we can to come back in June-July to help find the winter run salmon to collect samples. We are so happy to be moving forward with phase one of our historical restoration project and we are preparing for the phase two which will be testing the samples. We are taking the prayers seriously and listening to the prayers of fire and water and the Big Head Dances to dance our salmon home. Stay tuned for more updates of our trip on my facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/caleen.sisk

Thank you again for being with us on this journey to bring our salmon home. Now more than ever, we believe in the good things coming!

#Run4Salmon #SalmonWillRun
Reunited with our salmon in Aotearoa
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Our salmon runs are approaching extinction and we plan on keeping our promise of speaking up for them. Thanks to you, we have reached over 97% of our goal for phase 1 and today we are $2,225 dollars away from 85k! We are not defeated and we will not give up on our salmon. We hope you will continue to stand with us until we can “Bring Our Salmon Home”.

Our work continues every day and we will keep moving forward in every way we can. The salmon have now completed their journey upstream in the waters of New Zealand and we wanted to keep you updated on the changes that have happened. The plan for collecting samples still continues and we are now looking into initiating this project in April and May of 2018. Thanks to your support, we now have the funds to initiate this phase!

This restoration project will be a long journey. This is only phase 1 of a multi-year multi-phase project that we hope will result in the construction of a swimway around the Shasta Dam and the reintroduction of a species that has been away from its home waters for more than 70 years. Join us in speaking up for the sacred caretakers of our waters and let us work together for the healing and restoration of our rivers. Our dream if for our children to one day fish healthy salmon and drink clean water from our rivers like our ancestors did for thousands of years. With you, we will make this dream come true.

We believe in the good things coming!

PS- Help us reach our goal! Donate and share our story with your loved ones today!


#SalmonWillRun #NoDamCanHold #WaterIsLife #NoDamRaise
Our children are the future
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WE ARE SO CLOSE!
Because of your support, we are now just $5,600 dollars away from reaching our goal. In honor of indigenous peoples day, will you help us reach the finish line by donating today to our project and sharing our GoFundMe on social media?

If 45 people donated $25 dollars today and reached out to 5 friends to donate as well we will reach our goal today!

Join us in our efforts to bring our salmon home,
DONATE $25 or more today ---> bit.ly/salmonwillrun
SHARE on social media now ---> bit.ly/salmonwillrun

The time is now to come together in defense of the sacred, for our sake and the survival of future generations. Lets bring our salmon home, together.

Good things coming!

#run4salmon #salmonwillrun #nodamcanhold #waterislife
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GOOD NEWS!
We just received a 5,000 dollar grant from the Swift Foundation and we are now less than 8k away from reaching our goal! Will you help us cross the finish line and make this dream a reality? Donate today, share our prayer and make your "Bring Our Salmon Home" sign to let the people know that we are still here and that like the salmon, we will swim upstream and jump through all the hoops and obstacles to reach our destination.

We've been on our #run4salmon prayerful journey for the past two weeks and the prayers are becoming more powerful. More people have joined us this year, our prayer has multiplied, more people know now, more people care now and we are coming together in a good way for the restoration of our waterways and our salmon.

The time is now to come together in defense of the sacred, for our sake and the survival of future generations. We will not give up. We are not defeated. We will keep praying and do whatever it takes to bring our salmon home!

We believe in the good things coming!

#waterislife #salmonwillrun #nodamcanhold
Nahko Bear and Chief Caleen hugging
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Tawkit Sisk
11 months ago

You might be a water protector if you love your grandchildren. Restore the salmon, Save the salmon to help heal our Ecosystem.

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Janice Gloe
11 months ago

Than k you also to the Maori People!

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Janice Gloe
11 months ago

I truly believe in my heart that the beautiful and precious salmon will return to their home. Thank you Chief Sisk and to the Winnemem Wintu people and to all who are helping and who care.

+ Read More
Tawkit Sisk
11 months ago
8
8

Caleen, I request that you extend the gofundme page deadline in order to get closer to the goal. Saving the Salmon will help save the waterways. It's much to an important of an issue to fail. It's important to the health of every human being on earth!

+ Read More
John Kevin Rothwell
11 months ago
7
7

Because it's the right thing to do in a thousand different ways! Restore the chinook salmon, help save California's precious water resources, and defend our mother earth by contributing to this campaign.

+ Read More
Tawkit Sisk
11 months ago
5
5

If we don't save earth where will our children and our relatives live in the future? Saving the Salmon is a key player in healing the earth and saving humanity. Let's not wait until it's too late.

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Amy Hallowes
11 months ago
3
3

Where can I watch or get a full version of this film?

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Runforsalmon Winnemem
10 months ago
2
2

For those who are asking to extend the GoFundMe deadline - let me explain; The winter run salmon are running right now in New Zealand - they are not waiting for us to raise money. This deadline was based on the money we needed to raise in order to get the sampling program started in NZ. We are almost halfway there but running out of time to get the program up and running for this year. We will continue to fund raise even after June 30th, as the total budget for this project is around $300,000 dollars. So, as you can see we have a long way to go. Than you ALL so very much for your love, help and support in this effort. Chala

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Pinay Mujer
10 months ago
1
1

Kia ora, Aroha & Mahalo! Hurray! This is exciting news & I await the return of our Salmon family!

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Hubert Guillois
11 months ago
1
1

I agree " extend the gofundme page deadline". Your action embracing the whole Pacific ocean is an inspiration which reaches far beyond salmon. It is moving. It should move crowds.

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David Michael Karabelnikoff
11 months ago
1
1

Here is a video from 2016 #Run4Salmon https://vimeo.com/212846130

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Hélio de Almeida
7 months ago

Gosto puro da natureza...!!!

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Mereana Aotearoa
8 months ago

https://web.facebook.com/mereana.ahipara/videos/vb.100002051863832/1406874452724270/?type=2&theater

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Debbie Rains
8 months ago

My dad a Miwok Man fished for Salmon in the Sacramento River In Sacramento for many years. It was a very exciting and spiritual time for him. I donate in the name of my dad Louie Putt thank you for this opportunity to help.

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Debbie Rains
8 months ago

My dad a Miwok Man fished for Salmon in the Sacramento River In Sacramento for many years. It was a very exciting and spiritual time for him. I donate in the name of my dad Louie Putt thank you for this opportunity to help.

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Colleen Williams
8 months ago

With love & blessings, and prayers for the safety of everyone affected by fires all around us.

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Nancy Macy
26 days ago

It is an honor to help the Wintu to bring home the Salmon. We share their love for the fish here in the San Lorenzo River Watershed.

JS
$50
Jenna Scheidegger
1 month ago

Thank you for the forward movement! Blessings be unto all families!!

KK
$20
Kathleen King
1 month ago

Love and prayers to all of you!

Tawkit Sisk
11 months ago

You might be a water protector if you love your grandchildren. Restore the salmon, Save the salmon to help heal our Ecosystem.

+ Read More
Janice Gloe
11 months ago

Than k you also to the Maori People!

+ Read More
Janice Gloe
11 months ago

I truly believe in my heart that the beautiful and precious salmon will return to their home. Thank you Chief Sisk and to the Winnemem Wintu people and to all who are helping and who care.

+ Read More
Tawkit Sisk
11 months ago
8
8

Caleen, I request that you extend the gofundme page deadline in order to get closer to the goal. Saving the Salmon will help save the waterways. It's much to an important of an issue to fail. It's important to the health of every human being on earth!

+ Read More
John Kevin Rothwell
11 months ago
7
7

Because it's the right thing to do in a thousand different ways! Restore the chinook salmon, help save California's precious water resources, and defend our mother earth by contributing to this campaign.

+ Read More
Tawkit Sisk
11 months ago
5
5

If we don't save earth where will our children and our relatives live in the future? Saving the Salmon is a key player in healing the earth and saving humanity. Let's not wait until it's too late.

+ Read More
Amy Hallowes
11 months ago
3
3

Where can I watch or get a full version of this film?

+ Read More
Runforsalmon Winnemem
10 months ago
2
2

For those who are asking to extend the GoFundMe deadline - let me explain; The winter run salmon are running right now in New Zealand - they are not waiting for us to raise money. This deadline was based on the money we needed to raise in order to get the sampling program started in NZ. We are almost halfway there but running out of time to get the program up and running for this year. We will continue to fund raise even after June 30th, as the total budget for this project is around $300,000 dollars. So, as you can see we have a long way to go. Than you ALL so very much for your love, help and support in this effort. Chala

+ Read More
Pinay Mujer
10 months ago
1
1

Kia ora, Aroha & Mahalo! Hurray! This is exciting news & I await the return of our Salmon family!

+ Read More
Hubert Guillois
11 months ago
1
1

I agree " extend the gofundme page deadline". Your action embracing the whole Pacific ocean is an inspiration which reaches far beyond salmon. It is moving. It should move crowds.

+ Read More
David Michael Karabelnikoff
11 months ago
1
1

Here is a video from 2016 #Run4Salmon https://vimeo.com/212846130

+ Read More
Hélio de Almeida
7 months ago

Gosto puro da natureza...!!!

+ Read More
Mereana Aotearoa
8 months ago

https://web.facebook.com/mereana.ahipara/videos/vb.100002051863832/1406874452724270/?type=2&theater

+ Read More
Debbie Rains
8 months ago

My dad a Miwok Man fished for Salmon in the Sacramento River In Sacramento for many years. It was a very exciting and spiritual time for him. I donate in the name of my dad Louie Putt thank you for this opportunity to help.

+ Read More
Debbie Rains
8 months ago

My dad a Miwok Man fished for Salmon in the Sacramento River In Sacramento for many years. It was a very exciting and spiritual time for him. I donate in the name of my dad Louie Putt thank you for this opportunity to help.

+ Read More
Colleen Williams
8 months ago

With love & blessings, and prayers for the safety of everyone affected by fires all around us.

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