Ingram thanks community for slowing Rainbow Family Gathering

Lassen County District 5 Supervisor Jason Ingram led the local charge of opposition against the Rainbow Family Gathering. Yesterday, he made this post on his Facebook page.

Lassen County District 5 Supervisor Jason Ingram makes good on his promise to cook smash burgers for the folks protesting the Rainbow Gathering at the Janesville Chevron station.

Together as a community, we successfully prevented what could have been a 15,000+ incursion into our forests by uniting as a community and loudly announcing our opposition to this event. This unique incident is the first I can recall in our county’s recent history to have united the community (including ranchers, local indigenous people, and elected officials) behind the common cause of protecting our pristine lands and keeping our communities fire safe. Ultimately, while the incident was not entirely shut down, we were successful in pressuring the forest service to increase their law enforcement presence, and we greatly reduced the turnout for the Rainbow Gathering. Therefore, I believe we achieved a measure of success to be proud of. Great job everyone.

Lassen County District 5 Supervisor Jason Ingram and Congressman Doug LaMalfa check out a waterline diverting water out of Indian Creek for the Rainbow Family Gathering.

In addition to the illegal nature of this gathering, the unique fire danger it created, and the issue of the potential desecration of ancestral native lands, there was also the concern of how this event would have added additional strain on our local law enforcement, which is already stretched thin, and our fire & emergency medical services. As a volunteer firefighter myself, all of these concerns, to me, made stopping this event a cause worth taking up, and I’m proud of all the community members who joined in this group effort.

This Rainbow Family Gatherer walked up to the vehicle’s window and said, “Hey, you look a lot like Jason Ingram,” not realizing he was talking to the man in person.

Finally, I would like to reiterate that I remain committed to standing alongside our local Maidu tribe and other local indigenous people in the ongoing fight to prevent any future unauthorized gatherings on their ancestral lands. Meanwhile, the U.S. Forest Service-Plumas National ForestMUST swiftly develop a rehabilitation plan for restoring sites 1 and 2. Numerous public records requests have also been filed with the USFS to uncover cost incurred by taxpayers as a result of this illegal incident.

A fire pit near the Indian Creek site.

Thank you to everyone who assisted in advocating against this event in a way that was organized, peaceful, persistent, and ultimately, successful. That’s what community is all about!

Trash left along the road near the headwaters of Indian Creek.