Franco, Marc

An Inconvenient Tribe - The Winnemem Wintu and the Proposal to Raise Shasta Dam

By Mark Franco

It appears that the Winnemem Wintu Tribe has once again become inconvenient.  This has happened to us before and, generally speaking, it is not a good thing.

Let me explain.

We are the former proprietors of a good stretch of riverfront property along the lower McCloud River. This section of the McCloud, a tributary of the Sacramento River, was once renowned for its beauty and its winter salmon runs.  Since 1945, however, it is best known by its new nameā€”the McCloud River Arm of Shasta Lake.