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Chief Caleen Sisk

A Process of Survival

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In the last century, the federal government has tried to build its way out of California’s water crisis. The parallel story of the Winnemem Wintu’s displacement is a reminder that we can’t conjure water out of thin air.

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Sea Otters in San Francisco?

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Ever since the 1930s, when an improbable remnant colony of sea otters was discovered off the rugged Big Sur coast after more than a century of intensive fur hunting, Californians have worked to bring the animals back from the edge … Read more