July 11, 2019: Updates from regional Native American tribal members. Southern Sierra Miwuk tribal leaders will offer a Power Point presentation showing the progress on the restoration/recreation of historic Wahhoga Villiage in Yosemite Valley. Wahhoga Village Committee Executive Director Tony Brochini and Chairman Les James will chronicle the rebirth of that village in which they were raised with personal memories and photos past and present. The village, which was destroyed in 1969, has been under reconstruction in its original location just west of today’s Camp Four and not far from the site of the Gateway Partners meeting. The Yosemite Conservancy has assisted with funding to rebuild the village roundhouse and other projects.
Southern Sierra Miwuk Tribal Chair Bill Leonard will report on the lengthy, and as of yet unsuccessful effort by that tribe to achieve Federal recognition. A representative from the Sierra Mono Museum will present news and current information on that facility, established in 1966 by the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians.
April 11, 2019: Yosemite Valley Railroad: Find out all about the legendary Yosemite Valley Railroad from the world’s leading YVRR authority Jack Burgess, author of the exhaustively-researched (and highly collectible) “Trains to Yosemite.”
January 10, 2019: cancelled due to government shutdown.
October 11, 2018: Post-Ferguson Fire tourism recovery strategies and collaborations between the Destination Marketing Organizations (DMO) of the four Yosemite Gateways.