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 BLM recognizes Pit River Tribe's preservation work

Members of the Pit River Tribe in Modoc County have been tremendously helpful to the Bureau of Land Management Alturas Field Office in work to survey and record cultural resource and historical sites, including a ranch site that will be nominated for placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

In a recent ceremony held at a BLM all employees meeting in Sacramento, BLM State Director Mike Pool joined Alturas Field Manager Tim Burke, BLM State Office Archaeologist Ken Wilson and Alturas Field Office Archaeologist Cheryl Foster-Curley to recognize the tribe members for their work.

At the presentation are, from left: Mike Pool, BLM state director; Irvin Brown, Pit River Tribe; Cheryl Foster Curley, Alturas FO archaeologist; Sonja Axelrod, Pit River Tribe; Tim Burke, Alturas Field Office manager; Luis Alvarez, Pit River Tribe; and Ken Wilson, BLM state archaeologist and tribal liaison.

Above, from left are Mike Pool, BLM state director; Irvin Brown, Pit River Tribe; Cheryl Foster Curley, Alturas FO archaeologist; Sonja Axelrod, Pit River Tribe; Tim Burke, Alturas Field Office manager; Luis Alvarez, Pit River Tribe; and Ken Wilson, BLM state archaeologist and tribal liaison.

Over the summer, members of the tribe worked with Foster-Curley to complete an archaeological survey of the Yankee Jim Ranch, a historic public land site that has cultural significance for the tribe.  After completing work at Yankee Jim, the tribal members assisted the field office in cultural resources surveys on more than 2,000 acres of public land grazing allotments.

To prepare for the survey work, the tribal members completed training to earn archaeological surveyor certification from the California Indian Forestry and Fire Management Council. 

The completion of the survey and information recording will enable the Alturas Field Office to nominate the Yankee Jim Ranch  as a National Historic Site.

 A view across grazing fields with cows, to the Yankee Jim ranch house
Above, the historic Yankee Jim ranch house.

J. Fontana, 11/07


BLM California News.bytes, issue 308


 
Last updated: 11-27-2007