Press Release From Priscilla Hunter, Tribal Elder of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians


CONTACT: Priscilla Hunter 707-391-6410

Human remains found by Sonoma State in the recent inventorying of cultural objects unearthed in two archaeological digs undertaken by members of Mendocino County’s  Greenfield Ranch in the late 1980”s

It is with the gravest of alarm that as a Tribal elder of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians I share the following information regarding human remains found in artifacts unearthed from the Greenfield Ranch Association’s land during the course of  self-initiated archaeological digs conducted by members of this land collective back in the late 1980’s. [See attached letter from the Greenfield Ranch to local Tribal Historic Preservation Offices notifying them of the discovery of human remains contained among the artifacts from the digs]. See below to access original documents.

Two digs were initiated in 1987 by Mark Gary a resident of Greenfield Ranch while he was in a Master’s Degree Program at Sonoma State.  One dig occurred at a state registered archaeological site, sites on the state registry are supposed to be avoided and protected by land developers and builders.  These digs it would appear were conducted without a permit from the County Archaeological Commission.

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Request for Support Letters in Litigation of Indian Tribes v. Caltrans, State, & Federal Authorities


Fred Short, Spiritual Leader with the American Indian Movement, takes part in a ceremony held on a former village site located on Willits Bypass Project Mitigation Lands, July 2015.  Photo by Steve Eberhard – The Willits News. 

From: Save Our Little Lake Valley (SOLLV)
In solidarity with the United Pomo Nations Council

September 29th, 2016

We are writing to share an opportunity to build alliances with Native communities.  We are asking you to write in support of our efforts to protect the numerous ancestral village and cultural sites that both Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) failed to adequately, survey, identify and protect. 

Click on this link to access a form letter that you can modify and send through email or postal service to state and federal agencies. 

As you may be aware, the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians and the Round Valley Indian Tribes are suing Caltrans and FHWA for their failure to engage in good faith, open and transparent consultations with the Tribes and due to both agencies’ failure to ensure that adequate surveys were conducted for the over 32 sites discovered, largely by bulldozer, in the project area and mitigation lands of the  Caltrans Willits Bypass project. Caltrans recklessly destroyed an ancient village site and continued to fail to adequately protect discovered sites throughout the construction of the Willits Bypass.

Just recently, the Justice Department, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Interior responded to the efforts of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Water Protectors at Standing Rock, North Dakota, and have called for nationwide government-to-government consultation with Indian Tribes regarding how current policies and regulations fail to afford adequate protection for Native American cultural resources negatively impacted by infrastructure development projects. The desecration caused during the construction of the Willits Bypass Project is an example of how state and federal agencies failed to properly consult with local tribes regarding their ancestral lands. 

Formal letter request from Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians: request-for-support-letters

Letter to FHWA from Coyote Valley: fhwa-letter-final-signed

Sample letter than can be downloaded and filled in with your organizations information: sample-support-letter

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March to Let Our Forest Heal

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A four day, 54 mile walk to honor and protect the land

October 1st – October 4th, 2016

We will be walking from 8 am to 6 pm each day, and camping en route
Call 707-357-5365 to join us along the way
Email to support the Forest Protectors


Day after day, Mendocino Redwood Company (MRC) continues to poison our watersheds, injecting the chemical Imazapyr into Tan Oak and Madrone trees to intentionally kill them. MRC’s use of “hack and squirt” on over 90,000 acres has killed over 14 million trees in almost 20 years. MRC also sprays hundreds of gallons of glyphosate herbicides on underbrush each year that end up in our water and food. Under the guise of “sustainability” they are destroying the land for profit without regard for living beings and ecosystems. We walk to honor the forest and water that supports us all. We call for an end to the destruction of the Earth.

JOIN us at 8 am on Saturday, October 1st at Mile Marker 21 on Comptche-Ukiah Road to begin our journey to stand up for the land and water. MARCH with us on Tuesday, October 4th as we walk through Ukiah to deliver our message to Mendocino Redwood Company: STOP THE DESECRATION!

Mendocino Redwood Company’s Bad Logging Practices

Here are some recent local actions against MRC’s dead-end logging practices that have been challenged by Mendocino County residents who voted Yes on Measure V, which declares the intentional leaving of dead standing trees a public nuisance because of fire danger. Despite the 62 percent vote in favor of Measure V, MRC has continued to leave dead standing trees through intentionally poisoning unwanted tan oaks and leaving them to die slowly, standing up. MRC has not committed to phasing out the poisonous hack-and-squirt practice. The company owns timberland in the Little Lake Valley watershed and sold roughly 900,000 cubic yards of toxic fill dirt from an old mill site north of Willits to Caltrans who used it to bury wetlands in creating the highway bypass project.

For up-to-date info on current herbicide use on timberland click here.

Protesters Block Mendocino Redwood Company Logging Trucks at Mill Site



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500-Mile Spirit Run to Arrive in Willits Friday, June 24th


500-Mile Spirit Run to Arrive in Willits Friday, June 24th

Willits, CA. Save Our Little Lake Valley (SOLLV) is honored to host the American Indian Movement (AIM) 2016 California Spirit Run for the third year in a row as they complete the final leg of this inspirational annual event. The 500-mile Marathon Running Team is a multi-cultural group dedicated to following and preserving the spiritual tradition of running practiced by early Native American messengers.

The Spirit Run comes to Willits to honor the ancestral Pomo villages in Little Lake Valley bulldozed by Caltrans during freeway construction, destroying thirty two village sites. Some 5,000 Pomo people once populated Little Lake Valley, sustaining themselves for thousands of years. Caltrans refuses to return the artifacts it has found to the Tribes and has so far offered no protection for village sites during the ongoing wetlands “creation” and planting. An historic Tribal lawsuit is now underway to ensure greater state-wide protections for wetlands and ancestral cultural sites in the future.

Each year, a special focus for the songs and prayers offered during the Spirit Run is chosen. For the past two years, the focus has been on the sacredness of water and importance of wetlands, a theme that resonated with efforts by local Tribes and SOLLV to protect the environmental and cultural heritage of Little Lake Valley during construction of the Willits bypass.

The special focus for 2016 is Freedom for Leonard Peltier. Towards this goal, Pit River Tribal Council Chair Mickey Gimmel Jr. has organized an public outreach campaign. Opportunities will be provide to express local support. Peltier, an AIM activist and defender of indigenous people and Mother Earth, is in failing health and likely to die in prison if not granted clemency. Support has come from many prestigious individuals and groups around the world, including Nelson MandelaRigoberta Menchú, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the U.N.

In past years, participants have gathered in one place before starting the Run. This year, to accommodate everyone’s needs and abilities, the format will be as follows: The Spirit Runner team and those joining them will meet at the Evergreen Shopping Center (south end of Willits)) at Bountiful Gardens at 2pm. and run north nonstop through town to the Willits City Park, aka Bud Snyder Park. Participants who prefer walking or need assistance, (strollers, walkers, wheelchairs, etc…) will meet at 2pm at the northwest corner of the Safeway parking lot near the 101 and Highway 20 intersection. Both groups will converge at the Willits City Park on East Commercial St. at approximately 2:30 pm.

The shared values of respecting and protecting Mother Earth have formed the basis for a growing friendship and deepening alliance between indigenous people and environmentalists. Everyone is invited to join the Run and gather under the trees for sharing, speaking, prayers and refreshments.

More information can be found at  and

Save Our Little Lake Valley

 Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians

Earth First!

Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters



New Video: Ceremony For Pomo Ancestor Sites Destroyed by CalTrans

Following is a terrific video by Maria Gilardin, summarizing much of what has led up to the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians and Round Valley Indian Tribes lawsuit against CalTrans.

Save Our Little Lake Valley is assisting the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians with fundraiser for their lawsuit.  Although they have an excellent pro-bono legal team, the cost of taking on an institution like CalTrans in federal court is nevertheless quite high.  After watching the video, please consider donating.

“An unnecessary freeway bypass cut through ancestral sites of Pomo Indians near Willits, CA. This is a summary of their resistance, ceremonies and appeals for help. All leading up to the filing of a lawsuit in Federal Court in October 2015.”