Run4Salmon 2019

September 14th – September 29th
We will walk, run, bike, boat, sing, dance and pray to Restore the Salmon – And bring them home. Join us!

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The Winter-Run Chinook Salmon are on the verge of extinction.  Years of drought and water mismanagement have devastated their once thriving populations.  But, there is hope.  We have a chance this year to do something that has never been done. We can bring our Sacred Salmon (Nur) home.

The Winnemem Wintu Salmon Restoration Plan is in motion and with your help we can make that a reality. We successfully raised $85,000 for phase 1 of the project: collecting tissue samples for DNA testing. Now help us complete phase 2 by donating today



Our Prayerful Journey


The Run4Salmon 2019 will take place September 14th through September 29th
If you would like to participate on this year’s prayerful journey – you can see them on our map below. (events on the map are subject to change)
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About Run4Salmon

Run4Salmon 2019 

Sep. 14th – Sep. 29th

What is the Run4Salmon?

Winnemem Wintu Chief Caleen Sisk and a collective of Indigenous women, activists, and allies are organizing the Run 4 Salmon, a 300-mile trek that follows the historical journey of the salmon from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the Winnemem (McCloud River) to raise awareness about the policies threatening our waters, our fish, and indigenous lifeways. It’s a dire time in California for wild chinook salmon (Nur) – climate change, giant dam projects and draining rivers for Big Ag irrigation threaten the survival of the keystone keepers of our waters. Salmon bring essential nutrients to the waterways, forests, and lands. However, since the Shasta Dam was built 73 years ago, the salmon have been unable to return to their home waters in the Winnemem’s ancestral watershed. Now, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe is working on a plan to bring the genetic descendants of their salmon from New Zealand back to their home waters.

This prayerful journey raises awareness about the importance of protecting our waters, restoring our salmon runs and revitalizing our indigenous lifeways.


What’s the problem?

Our waters, our fish, and indigenous ways of life are all under attack. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation , Westlands Water District, and Senator Dianne Feinstein plan to raise the height of Shasta Dam by 18.5 feet. Gov. Jerry Brown of California wants to build two giant tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that will divert our fresh water from the Sacramento River for the GMO Agricultural industry and have the potential of diverting every drop of fresh water from the Sacramento River. If they build these tunnels and raise the dam they will kill the largest estuary on the Pacific coast, inundate future spawning grounds on the McCloud River, and flood Winnemem Wintu sacred sites. These projects will destroy sacred ceremonial places, poison the soil, and destroy unique habitat that is essential for salmon as well as other plants, birds, and marine life.

What are we doing?

The journey begins at Segorea Te (Glen Cove, Vallejo, Ca) along the Bay-Delta Estuary and up the Sacramento River and ends at a Winnemem Wintu Village and Ceremonial site on the McCloud River (McCloud River Bridge Campground), where the Salmon once spawned in their ancestral spawning grounds before Shasta Dam was built.

Our salmon play a vital role in keeping our waters and forests healthy. We will be laying down blessings along the route they will take once we bring them back from Aotearoa, New Zealand. This is a ceremonial way of bringing Salmon home, who have historically been the keepers of the water, and whose jobs are essential to keeping our waterways healthy for human life and for all other life that depends on these rivers.

As we run, we will be praying to bring balance to the rivers of California and to all of the waters of the world, which are connected.

How can you help?

  • Joining us on the Run4Salmon journey walk, the bicycle segment, and/or the run.
  • Follow us on social media on our Run4Salmon facebook, instagram and twitter.
  • Donate to our GoFundMe page to help us BRING OUR SALMON HOME!
  • Call your senators and ask what they are doing to ensure the Winnemem Wintu Tribe’s way of life is preserved and their voice is heard in California’s water planning. Tell them to build a volitional swim way around Shasta Dam for the Chinook Salmon, and to bring the McCloud River Salmon home from New Zealand.
  • Sign our petitions
  • Use our hashtags to help spread the word #Run4Salmon #NoDamRaise #NoDamCanHold.
  • If you are a teacher, please visit our Run4Salmon Curriculum pages, and invite your class to follow Run4Salmon on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Pray for your waters, know where your water comes from, know the names of your rivers, and standing up for your waterways.

Thank You

You can make a difference

Does the light of life burn in your heart? Does the spirit fire fill your soul?
The smallest actions can have a big impact!


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