Medicine Lake Traditional Spiritual Gathering
Hosted by the Ajumawi, Atwamsini and Itsatewi
Bands of the PIT RIVER TRIBE
AT MEDICINE CAMPGROUND
Thursday July 16TH Through Monday July 20
Every year, the Ahjumawi, Atwamsini and Itsatawi Bands of
the Pit River Tribe hold a Spiritual and Cultural Gathering at
Medicine Lake in the Modoc National Forest. This Gathering is
important in maintaining and restoring the traditional ways of
the Pit River people.
The Tribe requested the use of Medicine Campground through
a permit and the use is authorized under the American Indian
Religious Freedom Act and the Presidental Executive Order on
Sacred Sites 13007. Federal Indian Policy and Trust
Responsibility “provide for the protection and enhancement of
Tribal resources and traditional freedoms.”
Under this guidance, the Forest Service is
cooperating with the Tribe by closing Medicine Lake Campground
for this event to respect the Tribe’s need for an undisturbed
Gathering from Thursday July 19th through Sunday July
22th. Hogue, Hemlock and Headquarters Campgrounds will remain
open to the public.
The Medicine Lake Caldera is a designated Traditional
Cultural District recognized by the National Register of
Historic Places for its spiritual and cultural significance to
the Pit River and Modoc Tribes. The National Register
determination acknowledges that the Medicine Lake area is of
ongoing importance to the living culture of the Tribes.
For thousands of years, the Lake Highlands have been
respected as a sanctuary where Tribes put differences aside
and share in the calming cleansing sanctity of the land.
We appreciate your cooperation and support to assure that
this Gathering will be peaceful and healing for all.
Under Special Use Permit DOU0073