Rainbow Family leaving alternative site, more citations issued at Indian Creek, restoration plans will include tribal community

The vegetation pays a heavy price under the feet of hundreds or maybe thousands of people.

The 2024 Rainbow Family Gathering at an alternative site on the Plumas National Forest officially ended yesterday, Sunday, July 7, but Hilary Markin, a public information officer for the U.S. Forest Service, said an estimated 305 participants remained at the site as of Sunday evening.

Meanwhile, law enforcement officers returned to the original Indian Creek site and “issued another round of citations to anybody who was still in that area,” she said.

A Rainbow Family Gathering latrine. How do you rehab something like this in a sensitive area?

She said 13 individuals were cited yesterday at Indian Creek. As of July 6, she said law enforcement took 384 actions, including 110 incident reports, 103 written warnings, 115 violation notices, one state violation and five arrests.

A small group of Rainbow Family Gatherers allegedly returned to the Indian Creek site July 4 despite the area being closed.

Restoration plans
Markin said there are no restoration plans in place yet, but “we’re planning on working with the tribal community to go out there and help us look at what’s been impacted so far with those cultural resources. I don’t know the details on that yet. Usually what happens — typical Rainbow incidents — they meet on the 7th for their next Vision Council and then the rehab starts more of less on the 8th, but I know we’re doing things differently this year and wanting to work with the tribes and the community there on doing rehab ourselves and not allowing the Rainbows to do the rehab as has happened in the past.”

A fire pit near the Indian Creek site.