McKinleyville Land Trust dinner includes talk about Wiyots

The McKinleyville Land Trust announced that it will hold its 10th Annual Dinner at Azalea Hall on Saturday, April 9, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This fundraiser features an Italian dinner, silent auction and guest speaker.
The MLT announced that this year’s dinner speaker will be Briannon Fraley, the Cultural Director and Tribal Heritage Preservation Officer for the Wiyot Tribe.
Ms. Fraley has a post Bachelor’s Degree in Native American Studies with an emphasis in Law and Government with a certificate in Museum and Gallery Practices from Humboldt State University. In 2009 she completed a competitive internship at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian where she conducted a comparative study on Northwestern California Regalia.
This year’s talk is titled, “Douwa Kil- Where Are You?” will explore Wiyot name places, percentages of Wiyot land now owned by federal, state and other landowners, as well as include discussion of the Native American perspective on the relationship to the land.
The McKinleyville Land Trust dinner is a major fundraiser for this local nonprofit. Volunteers will cook and serve your choice of chicken cacciatore made from Tomaso’s sauce, or vegetarian pasta with baked eggplant, mixed green salad, bread from the North Coast Co-op Bakery, coffee or tea, and locally made dessert.
Dinner tickets are available at the door: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $10 for kids under 12. Everyone is seated and served by 6:15 p.m. The program begins at 7 p.m.. The event ends at 8 p.m. For more information, call 839-LAND.
The McKinleyville Land Trust is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, public benefit corporation. The MLT promotes voluntary conservation for nature, timber, agriculture, recreation and open space. In addition to conservation easements that are on private lands, the MLT owns Mad River Bluffs, 74 acres of trails and bluffs at the western end of Hiller Road, Cha-Gah-Cho, a 12-acre parcel behind the Mill Creek Shopping Center, and the Dow’s Prairie Educational Wetland on Grange Road.

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