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Native American environmental group works to steward forest lands

A woman dancing in traditional Pomo regalia.
Buffie Schmidt, Sinkyone Council Treasurer, dances in traditional Pomo regalia.

The Intertribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council is an association of ten Native American Tribes from Northern California that aims to reclaim, steward, and restore ancestral lands and waters in northern California. Founded by Mendocino and Lake County tribes in 1986, the Council is the first-ever intertribal land protection organization.

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Stacey Sheldon has lived in Mendocino County for over 25 years. She teaches in public school, plays in community theater, hikes with Earth Firsters, and married a local hill hippie. She appreciates Mendocino's creative community and the opportunity to tell their stories.