Friday, July 29, 2011

The Future of Small Town California part VI: Mt. Maidu Country

Aired on The California Report Magazine on July 29, 2011 (with a photo slideshow).

For this story in the series I headed up the Feather River to the mountains of Plumas and Lassen Counties. This story starts before towns we see on a map today even existed; before Greenville or Taylorsville, this land was filled with the villages of native Mt. Maidu people. But Gold Rush prospectors, developers and government agencies honed in on their land. Their population declined, and so did their access to the land for traditional practices. Now Mt. Maidu are now working to regain formal stewardship of their homeland.

With a reporter's notebook: