National Geographic : 2012 Jul
LAST SPEAKERS WINTU LANGUAGE California Caleen Sisk is the spiritual leader and tribal chief of the Winnemem Wintu tribe---and a last speaker of the language that sustains her people's identity. For more than a hundred years tribal members have been ghting with the U.S. government over their territory along the McCloud River, abutting Mount Shasta, which they consider their birthplace. Loss of land and loss of language are connected, says Sisk. " is land is our church."