How a California tribe won their ancestral land back and saved endangered salmon
By Izzie Ramirez
October 9, 2023
The Winnemem Wintu hopes to solidify the connection between Indigenous rights and biodiversity.
Globally, Indigenous peoples protect 80% of the earth’s biodiversity on the lands they’ve maintained for centuries, despite being only 5% of the world’s population. And when Indigenous peoples have sovereignty over their lands — that is, the ability to own and care for land in accordance with their traditions and desires — everyone benefits.
No one understands that dynamic more than the Winnemem Wintu tribe.