Calendar of Events

NOVEMBER 1
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month! This month we are excited to share our Native American story though our language, artifacts, weekly Native recipe cooking demonstrations and other videos, Native American book recommendations and more. Stay tuned all month to celebrate!
 
NOVEMBER 2
Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation is an independent, self-governed nation, one of the 567 sovereign tribal governments officially recognized by the United States today. Governed by an elected, five-member Tribal Council, Yocha Dehe is empowered to regulate its own affairs, identify its own citizenry, govern its own sovereign lands and control its own destiny in innumerable ways. 
 
NOVEMBER 3
Every Wednesday this month, we will feature Recipes from a Patwin Kitchen at Séka Hills.Today, Executive Chef Casey Willard will be demonstrating how to prepare a Pan-Fried Brook Trout with Potato and Spinach Salad. Be sure to tag us on Facebook and Instagram in a picture of your own masterpiece!
 
NOVEMBER 4
Enjoy the great outdoors and learn some Patwin words while playing Yocha Dehe Trail Bingo. This week, we feature Jan T. Lowrey Cache Creek Nature Preserve. The preserve is a 130-acre complex of wetlands, oak woodlands, grasslands, and creekside lands. The site is also home to two unique features: the Tending and Gathering Garden (TGG) and the Jan T. Lowrey Memorial Grove.
 
NOVEMBER 5
The Redbud Resource Group helps organizations, institutions, and employers become valued partners with Native peoples and their communities. Their programs utilize public health and education research to empower change by filling knowledge gaps and improve outcomes for communities experiencing chronic disparities. This week, we will be featuring a video on Treaties and Federal Recognition. 
 
NOVEMBER 6
The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation is committed to preserving and protecting its history and culture. The Tribe’s Cultural Resources Department works to protect historic and sacred burial sites within Yocha Dehe’s ancestral territory, creates cultural media, plans community events and supports Native language revitalization. For more information, please visit our website.
 
NOVEMBER 7 
In partnership with Yolo County libraries, every Sunday we will showcase a different book to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. “Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir” by Deborah A. Miranda is a reading for anyone seeking to learn about California Indian history, past and present through stories of her Ohlone Costanoan Esselen family. For a variety of Native American book choices, please visit here.
 
NOVEMBER 8
Game playing is a pastime enjoyed by most people. Native Americans are no exception. This year, we are excited to share one of our games with you. Tag us @yochadehewn with your finished game pieces.  
 
NOVEMBER 9
Welcome to teach it Tuesday! We are so excited to showcase a ‘How to play Game Staves’ video with Yocha Dehe Tribal Treasurer, Mia Durham and our Cultural Resources Department staff.  
 
NOVEMBER 10
Today in Recipes from a Patwin Kitchen at Séka Hills, Executive Chef Casey Willard will be demonstrating how to prepare the Capay Valley Three Sisters Salad. Be sure to tag us on Facebook and Instagram in a picture of your own masterpiece!
 
NOVEMBER 11
Happy Veteran’s Day! Today we honor all those who serve in the Armed Forces. 
 
We would like to recognize the Veterans of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation
Alfred Lorenzo: US Army, 105th Artillery, WWII (1942-1947)
Arthur D. Lowell: US Army, WWII (Germany)
Burnam Lowell: US Army, 43rd Ord Sup Depot Company, Korea; Korean Service Medal (1952-1954)
Randall Knight: US Army (Specialist), Vietnam (1969-1972)
 
The National Museum of the American Indian honors the generations of Native Americans who have served in the armed forces of the United States called Why We Serve. To learn more, check out their website
 
 
Enjoy the great outdoors and learn some Patwin words while playing Yocha Dehe Trail Bingo. This week, we feature Glen Cove Waterfront Park. Yocha Dehe works closely with local governments and agencies throughout Solano County to protect sacred sites from disturbance and desecration threatened by development. Yocha Dehe and its sister Patwin tribes – Kletsel Dehe and Cachil Dehe (located in Colusa County) participated in the historic effort to protect burial sites at the City of Vallejo’s waterfront park known as Glen Cove. The Patwin tribes hold a landmark cultural easement at Glen Cove, entitling them to legally protect the sacred sites from disturbance, and at the same time, to use the site for ceremony and traditions.
 
NOVEMBER 12
The Redbud Resource Group helps organizations, institutions, and employers become valued partners with Native peoples and their communities. Their programs utilize public health and education research to empower change by filling knowledge gaps and improve outcomes for communities experiencing chronic disparities. This week, we feature a video on Cultural Diversity, Cultural Loss and Pan Indianism.
 
NOVEMBER 13
Get creative while coloring a Patwin pattern brought to you by Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. 
 
NOVEMBER 14
In partnership with Yolo County libraries, every Sunday we will showcase a different book to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. “Waa’aka: The Bird Who Fell in Love with the Sun” follows a beautiful bird who falls in love with Tamat, the sun, and tries to follow him up to the sky. For a variety of Native American book choices, please visit here
 
NOVEMBER 15
The Yocha Dehe Health & Wellness Department is dedicated to providing tribal citizens with the tools and resources they need to improve the health and well-being of each individual, family and the community. The Department provides support, direct services and educational workshops for our citizens. During the pandemic, the Department created several ‘Do It Yourself’ activities for Yocha Dehe families. Today, we showcase how to create your own chalk paint. 
 
NOVEMBER 16
As Patwin people, we honor traditions that teach respect for the environment, the earth and the protection of cultural sites. 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 resource protection 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.
Teach it Tuesday: Site Protection Video (COMING SOON!)
 
NOVEMBER 17
Today, Chef Casey Willard will prepare Smokey Venison Sliders with Elderberry Jalapeño Jam in this week’s episode of Recipes from a Patwin Kitchen at Séka Hills. Please be sure to tag us on Facebook or Instagram with a picture of your masterpiece!
Video | Recipe (COMING SOON!)
 
NOVEMBER 18
Enjoy the great outdoors and learn some Patwin words while playing Yocha Dehe Trail Bingo. This week, we feature Rush Ranch in Suisun City, California. Rush Ranch stretches across 2,070 acres of marsh and rolling grassland. Purchased in 1988 by Solano Land Trust, Rush Ranch provides recreational and educational opportunities to thousands of visitors each year. 
 
NOVEMBER 19
The Redbud Resource Group helps organizations, institutions, and employers become valued partners with Native peoples and their communities. Their programs utilize public health and education research to empower change by filling knowledge gaps and improve outcomes for communities experiencing chronic disparities. This week, we feature a video on Assimilation, Tribal Membership and Sovereignty. 
 
NOVEMBER 20
Yocha Dehe Fire Department is the only Native American fire department to achieve international accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International in 2010, 2015 and recently received reaccreditation for a third time in 2021. Yocha Dehe Fire Department provides fire and emergency services for the Tribe, our neighbors in and around Yolo County and, when needed, distant California communities. 
 
NOVEMBER 21
In partnership with Yolo County libraries, every Sunday we will showcase a different book to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. “A is for Acorn: A California Indian ABC” is an alphabet board book welcoming youngsters of all cultures into the abundant world of Native California illustrating animals, plants and cultural objects. For a variety of Native American book choices, please visit here.
 
NOVEMBER 22
The Yocha Dehe Health & Wellness Department continues to support our citizens in their efforts and requests for specialized health programs by providing the tools and resources necessary to assist them in making life-changing decisions to improve their physical, emotional and spiritual health. During the pandemic, the Department created several ‘Do It Yourself’ activities for Yocha Dehe families. Today, we showcase how to create your own String Art. 
 
NOVEMBER 23
Tending Nature is an original series produced in partnership with the Autry Museum of the American West. In this season, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, Wiyot, and collaboratives of tribes in the Mojave Desert and the San Francisco region give their time to share their engagement in contemporary projects that revive their culture and inform western science. California is home to more Native communities than any other state in the country and these communities have continued to maintain traditional knowledge against all odds.
 
NOVEMBER 24
Today, Chef Casey Willard will prepare an Olive Oil and Honey Panna Cotta in this week’s episode of Recipes from a Patwin Kitchen. Please be sure to tag us with a picture of your masterpiece!
Video | Recipe (COMING SOON!)
 
NOVEMBER 25
Happy Thanksgiving! 
 
NOVEMBER 26
Increasing awareness about racism implicit in Native American names and mascots has been a focus of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation for years. The NFL's Washington, D.C. team retired its previous name, and the movement to retire other Native American nicknames and mascots has intensified. Check out this great interview featuring Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation’s Tribal Secretary James Kinter.  
 
NOVEMBER 27
Guided by traditional values of giving and sharing, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation is dedicated to building healthy communities through engaged philanthropy and strategic alliances. To learn more about our Giving programs, please visit here
 
NOVEMBER 28
In partnership with Yolo County libraries, every Sunday we will showcase a different book to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. “There There” by Tommy Orange is a bestselling novel that follows twelve characters from Native communities, all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, and each connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. For a variety of Native American book choices, please visit here
 
NOVEMBER 29
Our final DIY Activity for the month of November features creating your own Sugar Scrub. A special thank you to our Health & Wellness Department for providing these fun activities to share for Native American Heritage Month. 
 
NOVEMBER 30
Yocha Dehe has one of the most diverse farming operations in Yolo County. Our Land Management Department cultivates more than a dozen different crops and prioritizes best practices for sustainable farming.