Caleen Sisk and Florence Jones

Caleen is a major player in the increasing public awareness of Native Californians and their role in our future development.


The attached 11 minute video featuring Florence Jones was prepared several years ago by Toby McLeod of the Sacred Lands Project, now based in Berkeley.


Caleen is the Spiritual Leader and Tribal Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, who practice their traditional culture and ceremonies in their territory along the McCloud River watershed in Northern California. For more than 30 years, Caleen was mentored and taught in traditional healing and Winnemem culture by her late great aunt, Florence Jones, who was the tribe’s spiritual leader for 68 years. Caleen’s traditional teachings and training comes from an unbroken line of leadership of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. Since assuming leadership responsibilities in 2000, she has focused on maintaining the cultural and religious traditions of her Tribe as well as advocating for California salmon restoration.


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