To preserve, protect, and promote the Mountain Maidu Homeland with a united voice.
Our nine original member organizations once included: 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.
The Maidu Summit Consortium & Conservancy is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization originating from nine Mountain Maidu groups, tribes, non-profit and grass-roots organizations located in Plumas and Lassen Counties. The Maidu Summit was formed to present a unified voice for the Maidu where resources and culture are concerned. We share a vision of site protection and stewardship throughout our Maidu homeland. The Maidu Summit is seeking funds for strategic development, including cultural knowledge and land stewardship to ensure the perpetuation of Maidu life ways. We serve the community with public information sharing from outside the corporate paradigm. Other projects include finalizing MOUs with partners such as Native American Lands Conservancy, Feather River Land Trust and Feather River College, among others. We continue to build the Summit’s infrastructure to successfully reclaim alienated lands through the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council process.
The Maidu Summit Consortium & Conservancy, now in its 12th year of existence has become the chartered singular voice for the Mountain Maidu tribe for the purpose of conservation and land management. We have represented the entire tribe by way of the alternative non-profit model, granting us new channels of support and development otherwise not available to non-federally recognized native people. Many relationships have been forged with the native and non-native communities that allow us new strength in attaining our goals of acquiring and protecting ancestral lands.
We are currently supported by annual fund raising events and generous contributions from:
• Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council
• Lannan Foundation
• 7th Generation Fund for Indian Development
... along with the good will from our many Individual Donors.
We have worked with the United States Forest Service of the USDA, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Natural Resouces Conservation Service, Plumas Audubon Society, the Together Green Project, California Department of Corrections, the Native American Land Trusts & Conservancy, the Land Trust Alliance, and the local Feather River Land Trust. The Summit has been directly involved with the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council since our formation in 2003.