by Sheila Gardner
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Fire takes toll on tribal lands

At age 80, Washoe elder Steven James doesn’t expect to live long enough to see the return of the pine nut crops destroyed in the wildland fires that scorch ancestral homelands. The recent Bison fire consumed 24,000 acres — more than 3,000 acres of Washoe allotment land — destroying historic pine nut areas, animal habitat and other plant life. “It’s a terrible, terrible loss,” James said in a recent interview. “A lot of the Washoe culture is about the land. All of our history lies in our land. The things that went with it (the fire) are all gone.” James …

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