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GVS Alum Michael Preston speaks about challenges facing the Winnemem Wintu Tribe

Protecting salmon, ceremonies and culture

By Michael Preston

Story Published: Jul 9, 2010

As a member of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe of Northern California, I want to shed some light on what we are doing to protect our culture, land, and way of life.

Winnemem Wintu translates to English as the “middle water people,” referring to the Winnemem Waywaket (McCloud River) that flows between the Sacramento River and the Pit River from the sacred waters of Mount Shasta – our genesis place.


Global Village Graduate Produces Radio Show on Tribal Issues

Michael Preston was Global Village School’s first graduate. He is an activist, writer, traditional dancer, college student, and son of the spiritual leader of the Winnemem Wintu tribe. Mike co-produced and narrated this radio show (http://www.radioproject.org/archive/2009/1909.html) that details the recent history of the Winnemem Wintu, their relationship to the federal government, their struggles to protect their sacred sites, and their quest for justice.