Winnemem Wintu tribal members spent their Foruth of July attempting to evict Rainbow Family from Mt. Shasta encampment
Rainbow Family ordered to not to return
REDDING, CALIFORNIA — On Saturday, July 4, 2015, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe ordered the Rainbow Family and the Antique Rainbow Roadshow to evacuate the Mt. Shasta region in northern California.
Acting on its own behalf, as well as the Pit River and Modoc Tribes, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe ordered the Rainbow Family to “cease and desist” trespassing on Mt. Shasta, which the tribes consider a sacred site.
The Rainbow Family and Antique Rainbow Roadshow are using a portion of Mt. Shasta that is operated by the U.S. Forest Service to have a camp to gather. Another segment of the Rainbow Family are camping out in the Black Hills to the displeasure of the majority of Lakota people in South Dakota.
The Rainbow Family is a group of New Agers who function with no leadership. They use federal property to camp where they reportedly gather to pray. The group has been around since the anti-war days of the early 1970s.
The Cease & Desist Order was written by Chief Caleen Sisk, chief and spiritual leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe.
“There is no place in our indigenous territories for Rainbow Family activities, and you are ordered to not to return to Mt. Shasta for future Rainbow Family gatherings,” writes Chief Sisk. “By holding such large group encampments and gatherings in ecologically and culturally sensitive areas, you are causing harmful impacts that cannot be undone by even the most fastidious clean up,” Chief Sisk continues.
After the Cease & Desist Order was released, members of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe went to Panther Meadows in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest to post a “CLOSED” sign. Members of the Forest Service law enforcement were confused and asked the tribal members to use different word.
National Forest law enforcement at Panther Meadows
“We will take it under advisement,” stated Chief Sisk. The “CLOSED” sign remains up.