Winnemem Wintu Salmon Restoration

$96,886 of $170,000 goal

Raised by 1,549 people in 17 months


UPDATE: August 8th, 2018

Thanks to you, we've completed phase 1 of our historical Winnemem Wintu Salmon Restoration Project!

Since launching our gofundme campaign on June 1, 2017, with your help and support we've raised more than $85,000 dollars for phase 1 of our our historical Winnemem Wintu Salmon Restoration Project! This funding allowed our people to travel to Aotearoa (New Zealand) to be reunited with our salmon and work with biologists in Aotearoa (New Zealand) to carefully collect DNA samples of our ancestral salmon. We caught them with nets, took samples and released them again so they could complete their journey upstream to spawn in the rivers that they now call home. As we released them and saw them continue their journey our hope was restored that one day soon, they will also make that journey again on our river, where Creator put them.

Whats next?

WE ARE READY FOR PHASE 2!

The wildfires in California are a painful reminder that the effects of climate change are already here and now more than ever we must continue to fight to bring our salmon home to restore balance to our rivers, lands and people.

What is the new fundraising goal?
We need to raise another $85,000 dollars to move forward with phase 2 of testing the DNA samples to prove to the government agencies that these are our wild salmon that have the pristine genetics to survive climate change.

What will the costs cover?
The $85,000 dollars will go towards covering the costs that we will acquire from; hiring our fish biologists, funding our scientists, consulting with our tribal experts and compensating research assistants, lab equipment, travel costs, lab testing fees, and small administrative costs.

We are making history! 
This has never been done before, but it’s our only chance of saving our Salmon relatives.
 We predict that some new costs may emerge as the process unfolds and will keep you all updated should anything change but we feel confident in our undertaking. Thank you for your continued support, the time is now to stand together to protect Mother Earth and work to bring balance to our waters, our land and our people.  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.

 

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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June 1st, 2017

BRING OUR SALMON HOME

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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SACRED REUNION•
You make our work possible and we wanted to share a picture of the sacred reunion our tribal members had with our salmon in Aotearoa (New Zealand) this summer, thanks to you! These sacred re-encounters help nourish our spirits as we continue to face the wild fires and climate change with faith an assurance that it is time now for our salmon to come home.
We are grateful for the people who continue to stand with us to make this work possible. It's thanks to everyday people that our project has continued to move forward and that our dreams continue to become a reality.
Last night 30 #Run4Salmon supporters gathered in Oakland California for dinner to talk about salmon and watch 'The Salmon Will Run' documentary and helped us raise another $500 dollars for our restoration project! We still have a long way to go but we are happy that this Run4Salmon prayer continues to grow and reach the hearts of many. That’s how we are going to make this a reality, its going to take everyday like us coming together to create the changes we need for our times!
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Here are 4 ways we can help our prayer grow!
+ Invite your friends to follow Run4Salmon on facebook, instagram and twitter
+ Share our GoFundMe with 10 of your friends, [bit.ly/salmonwillrun]
+ Join us on the third @Run4Salmon journey happening September 15th - 30th
+ Know the names of your waters!

Visit our website today to learn more
www.run4salmon.org
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#SalmonWillRun #NoDamCanHold #NoDamRaise
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GOOD NEWS!• Thanks to you we now have 45 DNA samples of our salmon prepared and ready for testing! These samples of our salmon were hand collected by scientists from in Aotearoa New Zealand and the salmon were returned safely to complete their run upstream! We have more samples to collect but wanted to thank all of you for supporting us with this very important work. After years of tireless advocacy our prayer is steadily moving forward and we are able to do this because of all 1,453 of you who have donated to our @gofundme and who have shared our story! We continue to make progress with phase 1 of our historical restoration project and will soon be preparing for phase 2.
This weekend we are back at World Fest in Grass Valley California for the 3rd year to share our #Run4Salmon prayer and it’s incredible to see how our prayer has grown and how many more people are choosing to stand with us for water and for Salmon!
LETS KEEP THIS PRAYER GOING! We are moving along in a good way and there’s more work ahead of us! It’s going to take all of us to BRING OUR SALMON HOME!
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#SalmonWillRun #NoDamCanHold #waterislife #salmon #water #california
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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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Tawkit Sisk
17 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
17 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
Janice Gloe
17 months ago

Than k you also to the Maori People!

+ Read More
Tawkit Sisk
17 months ago
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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
17 months ago
8
8

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
17 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
17 months ago
3
3

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

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Runforsalmon Winnemem
16 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
16 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
16 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
17 months ago
1
1

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

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Debbie Rains
14 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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Joseph Blaine
3 months ago

this budget hog should be In Malibu, the feds, state city, and other regional govt agencies has just spent a BILLION on their pork-barrel scheme for ' the Malibu Steelhead habitat restoration project! Even though malibu's streams are warm & heavily polluted, and dry, all summer, the grant writers, here, are so close to the govt grantors, If it were not so stupid, that Billion could have gone a long way toward, real, ecology concerns & projects, such as yours. If I could find a partner, I would like to expose this, the largest, most anti-environmental waste in our land. Joseph blaine (410) 871-3220, or on facebook messenger.

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Ninakaye Taanetinorau
4 months ago

That is so wonderful to hear Whaea!! Arohanui!! xxx

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Tawkit Sisk
4 months ago

https://youtu.be/ja0STPHm3-g Chief Caleen Sisk talks about the salmon and water health.

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Hélio de Almeida
12 months ago

Gosto puro da natureza...!!!

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Mereana Aotearoa
13 months ago

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

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Debbie Rains
14 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
14 months ago

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

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Thank you from Gather Restaurant in Berkeley, CA. We're so happy to support such an awesome cause. Keep up the good work!

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Marie Morohoshi
21 days ago

starnation reiki is happy to donate more funds from our reiki training retreat in Shasta and sound healing event in Oakland! we are committed to clearing the waterways and bringing the salmon home!

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Tiffany Chen
1 month ago

My heart and my prayers are with the Winnemem. Thank you Cheif for all that you do. May you reach your goals and bring the salmon back home where they belong

Tawkit Sisk
17 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
17 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
Janice Gloe
17 months ago

Than k you also to the Maori People!

+ Read More
Tawkit Sisk
17 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
17 months ago
8
8

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
17 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
17 months ago
3
3

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

+ Read More
Runforsalmon Winnemem
16 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
16 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
16 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
17 months ago
1
1

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

+ Read More
Debbie Rains
14 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
Joseph Blaine
3 months ago

this budget hog should be In Malibu, the feds, state city, and other regional govt agencies has just spent a BILLION on their pork-barrel scheme for ' the Malibu Steelhead habitat restoration project! Even though malibu's streams are warm & heavily polluted, and dry, all summer, the grant writers, here, are so close to the govt grantors, If it were not so stupid, that Billion could have gone a long way toward, real, ecology concerns & projects, such as yours. If I could find a partner, I would like to expose this, the largest, most anti-environmental waste in our land. Joseph blaine (410) 871-3220, or on facebook messenger.

+ Read More
Ninakaye Taanetinorau
4 months ago

That is so wonderful to hear Whaea!! Arohanui!! xxx

+ Read More
Tawkit Sisk
4 months ago

https://youtu.be/ja0STPHm3-g Chief Caleen Sisk talks about the salmon and water health.

+ Read More
Hélio de Almeida
12 months ago

Gosto puro da natureza...!!!

+ Read More
Mereana Aotearoa
13 months ago

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

+ Read More
Debbie Rains
14 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
14 months ago

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

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