Site Protection

As Patwin people, we honor traditions that teach respect for the environment, the earth and the protection of cultural sites. Knowledge and management of cultural sites has been handed down to Patwin people for thousands of years. Today, that wisdom continues and is the guiding principle for the Yocha Dehe Cultural Resources Department.

In 2014, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, Kletsel Dehe Band of Wintun Indians and the Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians signed a historic document, adopting many of the principles important to cultural resources protections found in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Cachil Dehe, Kletsel Dehe and Yocha Dehe exercised our rights as sovereign nations to collectively preserve and protect our common culture.

Through deliberate advancements in our skills and capacities, including staffing and inter-tribal alliances, we have become a leader in model negotiations and partnerships. In this way, we can be proactively involved in projects proposing early and efficient solutions. Yocha Dehe has been increasingly involved in government consultations, sharing our expertise and authority in situations involving tribal rights, properties and territory issues.