WHAT WE DO
Save California Salmon is dedicated to restoring rivers through restoring flows and salmon habitat, removing dams, and improving water quality throughout Northern California. We are also dedicated to fighting new threats to our rivers such as new dams, diversions and pipelines and empowering people to fight for rivers and salmon. We are dedicated to protecting and restoring the salmon Klamath, Trinity, Sacramento, Eel, and Smith Rivers.
WHO WE ARE
SCS ADVISORY BOARD IS MADE UP OF TRIBAL LEADERS, FISHERMEN AND SCIENTIST FROM THE WATERSHEDS WE WORK IN.
SAVE CALIFORNIA SALMON BOARD
CHIEF CALEEN SISK
Caleen Sisk is the Spiritual Leader and Tribal Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. Since assuming leadership responsibilities in 2000, Caleen has focused on maintaining the cultural and religious traditions of the tribe, and has led the revitalization of the Winnemem’s H’up Chonas (or War Dance) and BaLas Chonas (Puberty Ceremony). She advocates for California salmon restoration; healthy, undammed watersheds, and the human right to water. She has received international honors as a tireless sacred site protector, and leads the tribe’s resistance against the proposal to raise Shasta Dam.
MORNING STAR GALI
Morning Star Gali is a member of the Ajumawi band of the Pit River Tribe in Northeastern California and a Leading Edge Fellow. Gali formerly worked as the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Pit River Tribe. She served as a volunteer and advocate on behalf of indigenous incarcerated tribal members in California and worked with a number of indigenous-led grassroots organizations in the Bay Area for over a decade. Hailed as a leader in the Native American community, Gali leads large-scale actions and assists with organizing Native cultural, spiritual, academic, and political gatherings throughout the state. She has been the lead organizer since 2006 for the now prominent “Thanks-taking” sunrise ceremony at Alcatraz.
DR. CUTCHA RISLING BALDY
Dr. Cutcha Risling-Baldy is currently an Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at Humboldt State University. Her research is focused on indigenous feminisms, California Indians and decolonization. She received her Ph.D. in Native American Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research from the University of California, Davis and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Literary Research from San Diego State University. She also has her B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University. She is a 2011 Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow and an American Indian Graduate Center Fellow.
Sammy Gensaw is a Yurok fisherman and youth activist who has gone around the world fighting dams and displacement of natives. He is the director of Ancestral Guard and is on the board Nature Rights Council.
Regina Chichizola is the Policy Director of Save California’s Salmon, the Salmon and Water Policy Analyst for the Pacific Coast Federation of Fisheries Associations and the 2017 winner of the Anthony Grassroots Prize. Regina has lived on the Klamath River for twenty years, and is a long-term advocate for tribal water rights, clean water, wild salmon, prescribed fire, and environmental justice.
Tom Stokely retired in 2008 after serving 23 years as a Principal Planner with the Natural Resources Division of Trinity County, where he focused on Trinity River and Central Valley Project salmon and steelhead restoration. He was appointed by the Interior Secretary to represent PCFFA on a federal advisory committee for the Trinity River Restoration Program and served as vice-chairman and chairman until the Trump Administration dismantled the committee.
Brittani Orona is an enrolled member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at UC Davis in Native American Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Human Rights. Brittani is interested in repatriation, federal Indian law, cultural resources management, indigenous environmental justice, and environmental history as they relate to California Indian tribes. Her dissertation research focuses on Hupa, Yurok, and Karuk perspectives of visual sovereignty, memory, human and water rights on the Klamath River Basin. She was a 2019 Switzer Environmental Fellow.
Javier Silva is a tribal member with the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo. He resides in Fort Bragg and has worked for tribes for more than 20 years in environmental planning and management. Javier promotes utilizing traditional ecological knowledge and is an advocate for sustainable management of the environment.
Allie Hostler is a Hoopa Valley Tribal member. She is the editor of the Two Rivers Tribune and the former Communications Coordinator for the Hoopa Valley Tribe’s Fisheries Department. She received a journalism degree from Humboldt State University in 2009 and graduated from the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute in 2005.
Marva Jones is an enrolled Dee-ni' (Tolowa) citizen, Yurok, Karuk and Wintu of Northern California and fortunately comes from the villages of Nii~-lii~-chvn-dvn and Mvn'-sray-me' along the Smith River and the villages of Wausek and Weitspus along the Klamath River. Sii~xuutesna comes with a myriad of professional practices, experience and tribal community-building expertise. Sii~xuutesna attended Humboldt State University with an emphasis in Political Science and Native American Studies. Marva continues active participation and strategizing in ensuring language survival and maintenance, and strong traditional/cultural values.
Danielle Vigil-Masten is the former chairwoman of the Hoopa Valley Tribe. Ms. Vigil-Masten worked for the Hoopa Valley Tribe in various Departments throughout the years, such as the Hoopa Education Department/JOM Cultural Department, Recreation, Hoopa Development Fund, Hoopa Planning Department, and was the Tribal Administrative Assistant to the Chairman Clifford Lyle Marshall. She served on various committees such as the Hoopa Election Board, Hoopa Enrollment Committee, Tribal Employment Rights Office Board of Commissioners, and Stop the Violence Board of Directors. Ms. Vigil-Masten’s professional work experience in Washington D.C. as the Administrative Legislative Aid to the President of National Congress of American Indians Susan Masten, and was later employed with the California Indian Gaming Association and the California Montessori Project, K-12 Educational Institution. Ms. Vigil-Masten works with the Ninisaan (Nonprofit) 501 (c) (3) program, and established the "Momma Bear Project" for healing from Generational Trauma's. Ms. Vigil-Masten assists families with legal services in the Hoopa and Yurok Tribal Courts.