Tribal Heritage and Preservation
Hillary serves as the the Tribal Heritage and Preservation Officer for the Sherwood Valley Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians. The article, Tribes Say CalTrans Illegally Destroying Historical Sites for Bypass, written by Marc Dadagan, reveals a "documented violation of the National Historic Preservation Act regulations meant to protect tribal heritage and resources." At issue is the construction of a 5.9 mile bypass around the Northern California town of Willits, with constructed undertaken by the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans). The route goes through the ancestral home of many Pomo tribal members in the area. At issue is not only the destruction of the area, but the tragic loss of artifacts. The tribe is not attempting to stop the construction, but to assure that the tribe's history is protected. As Hillary noted, "We’re only a couple generations from removal, and they’re destroying our time capsules that could give us snapshots of what happened and what wasn’t preserved through oral history.” For more information, go to the full article at Indian Country Today.