With help from Pinoleville Pomo Nation staff, families and youth, our department celebrated Arbor Day recently with a special tree planting. The event took place at one of our Prototype Homes where we wanted to comemorate the new beginning by planting some willow.
The planting began with some quick words from our director before the Pinoleville youth said a traditional prayer in Northern Pomo. Once the prayer was completed the youth, PPN staff and others all helped to plant the willow trees. The trees were sourced from cuttings out of Ackerman Creek. That helps to ensure the plants are native to the area and will continue to inhabit the area for years to come. Once the trees have grown we hope to use them as a source for traditional basket-making materials.
The ceremony and planting marked an important time for the Pinoleville Pomo Nation as the Prototype Home finally has a family to call it home. The housing project involved a lengthy co-design process with the UCB CARES program. The completed construction stands as a major step forward in achieving the Tribe’s goals. Namely, to provide housing to its Citizens while also building a “greener” future.
Enjoy the Arbor Day photos below. And look for more outreach events from us in the future. You can see our past outreach events here.