Please read beyond the CFI letter of support to where Sal Martinez and Isaac Rios, Tribal Historians and Cultural Advocates for the Manchester Band of Pomo Indians posit their case for the renaming the Garcia River to the Ancestral name of P'da Hau.
Congressman Jarod Huffman
Inland Mendocino and Northern Sonoma Counties
559 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, CA 95482
Dear Congressman Huffman,
The Board of Directors of Cloud Forest Institute encourage you to join us in wholeheartedly supporting the proposal by the Manchester Band of Pomo Indians of the Manchester/Point Arena Rancheria to change the name of the Garcia River back to it's ancestral, precolonial name of P'da Hau.
Attached you will read noteworthy research supporting the valid premise that the name change will not only bring positive awareness to surrounding non-Indian communities but will especially empower Native youth with a sense of cultural identity on and off the reservation.
We commend Sal Martinez and his committee for the diligence of their research and ask you to do everything in your power to support their proposal to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (USBGN).
Cloud Forest Institute Board of Directors
Dara Zimmerman, President
Lynda McClure, Secretary
Jenny Burnstad, Treasurer, Fiscal Director