Tribal members gain right to harvest willows for basket weaving

Paloma, California (AP) 11-07

After a decades-long ban, California tribes have gained the right to harvest endangered willow trees growing along the Mokelumne (MUCK’-ulm-nee) River.

American Indian basket weavers prize the gray willows and willow shoots for their strength and versatility. But since 1929, the East Bay Municipal Utility District had banned anyone from harvesting trees growing on its land to protect the purity of the drinking water it pumps to cities in the East Bay.

This year, the district started issuing permits for craftspeople to harvest willows growing a few miles from Paloma, a small town about 40 miles northeast of Stockton.
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