California Valley Miwok Tribal Chairperson Silvia Burley received a shipment of shirts protesting the demeaning term (r*dsk*ns) from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation during this holiday season.
In a letter addressed to Chairperson Burley (click here for pdf), the intent was for her to distribute the shirts amongst the tribal membership. Most tribal members have received their shirts as tribal elder Mildred Burley, during her attendance to the recent food distribution event, distributed the shirts along with food allotments to tribal members throughout the motherlode.
Chairperson Silvia Burley, very active in this issue, worked with officials within the state of California to successfully remove the term (r*dsk*ns) from public institutions. The Tribe’s involvement even compelled ABC Action News Reporter Nathalie Granda to reach out to the Tribe for comment when earlier this year, the Chowchilla City Council approved a plan to place the derogatory term in signage on their streets, calling it “honorary”(?). (Referenced story posted on Oct. 11th, 2016).
Chairperson Silvia Burley and members of the California Valley Miwok Tribe wish to thank the members of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation for continuing this fight and for the shirts received.
There are still a few shirts left in limited sizes, so if any members have yet to receive a shirt, please call the Tribal Office and reserve yours today.