The Washoe Tribe has signed a historic agreement to co-manage lands with California State Parks. The Sierra State Parks Foundation recently announced an agreement between the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California and the Sierra District of California State Parks. Chairman of the Washoe Tribe Serrell Smokey and California State Parks Director Armando Quintero signed a new Memorandum of Understanding between the Sierra District and the Tribe on a brisk, sunny morning at Donner Memorial State Park on Saturday, Jan. 28. This five-year agreement formalizes the government-to-government relationship between the two entities, establishes a protocol for open discussions, and outlines the responsibilities of State Parks and the Tribe to promote successful cooperation, co-management, and collaboration for the mutual benefit of the Washoe Tribe and State Parks.
Cornell University has returned ancestral remains to the Oneida Indian Nation that were inadvertently dug up in 1964 and stored for decades at the school. The remains were unearthed by people digging a ditch for a water line on an upstate New York farm in August 1964. Police called a Cornell anthropology professor to identify them. Repatriation records recently filed with the federal government indicate the remains represent “at minimum” three people. The dig site in Windsor, New York. was once a large settlement on the banks of the Susquehanna River in the traditional territory of the Oneidas.
Those are your headlines at this hour, I’m Colette Keith in the KIPI News Center.