Traditional Indigenous Land

Stagg Tree downslope with a person at the base for scale
Photographer Max Forster stands in awe of the Stagg Tree in Alder Creek. Photo by Max Forster (@maxforsterphotography) for Save the Redwoods League.

Alder Creek is within the traditional lands of the Yokuts peoples.

Yokuts people have long lived along the waterways flowing from the Sierra Nevada and around Tulare Lake. The Yokuts language has dozens of dialects, most of which are endangered or extinct. Today, Yokuts peoples are enrolled citizens of the Tule River Tribe, Tachi-Yokut Tribe, Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, Tejon Indian Tribe, Table Mountain Rancheria Tribe, and more.

Save the Redwoods League acknowledges that Yokuts and other Indigenous peoples of California lived on and cared for lands in this region for millennia before being forcibly removed by European American settlers. Despite this, they have retained cultural connections with these lands. The League has, and will continue to, engage in discussions with the Tule River Tribe around restoration and stewardship of the Alder Creek property and looks forward to engaging with other Indigenous peoples of this region of California.

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