Maidu Summit Consortium & Conservancy is a non-profit group representing nine member organizations of Maidu Indians of Lassen and Plumas Counties, in their united quest to protect and steward our traditional homelands.
Our lands conservation projects focus on sacred sites and critical habitats that are integral to our goal of enhancing the resources that allow for the lifeways of the Maidu People.
We are forming partnerships with local groups that are also focused on protecting land. There is a mutual benefit among our partners, as we each work together to improve the wilderness management models used historically by various agencies and conservation groups. This change reflects a growing awareness that these models critically lack the traditional understanding of local resources and particular stewardship practices that will enhance the environment for all who share it.
Our nine original member organizations include: Greenville Rancheria, Maidu Cultural Development Group, Maiduk Weye, Mountain Maidu Historical Preservation Association, Roundhouse Council, Susanville Indian Rancheria, Tasmam Koyom Foundation, Tsi-Akim Maidu, and the United Maidu Nation.
The Maidu Summit Consortium & Conservancy envisions re-acquired ancestral lands as a vast and unique park system dedicated to the purposes of education, healing, protection, and ecosystem management based upon the Maidu cultural and philosophic perspectives, as expressed through traditional ecology. These goals are achieved through the use of ancestral lands as places for the demonstration of Maidu traditional ecology and for the perpetuation of the unique culture from which that traditional ecology was derived. We also envision reacquisition of ancestral lands as an opportunity for education about social justice through their use to demonstrate a process toward building greater social harmony and the on-the-ground application of the idea of ‘celebrating cultural diversity’ through real empowerment of a minority cultural population. Healing can begin through the process of righting past wrongs. The healing will be on the part of the Maidu who can begin to rebuild their cultural lives, and on the part of society in general through restoration of faith in national ideals and the basic enactment of justice.