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Local Native American shares family history

Thursday, April 23, 2015 —Discover Lassen County’s Native American heritage by joining Lassen Land and Trails Trust on May 14, as Pat Owens, the great-great-grandson of Old Man Joaquin, shares the history of his family and the Paiute Tribe in the region. Owens will be speaking at the Trust’s historic Susanville railroad depot beginning at 7 p.m.

Sauweep Joaquin, Owen’s great-great-grandfather’s Paiute name, was born about 1830 and began life in the nomadic lifestyle of his tribe, roaming from Pyramid Lake to Eagle Lake. As a young man, he was a scout for Chief Winnemucca and later became a head man, or sub-chief for his tribe.

Perhaps he is best known as the only survivor of the June 1866 massacre at Papoose Meadows near Eagle Lake. With a gunshot wound in his back, he ran to the lake and escaped by breathing underwater using hollow reeds.

For the full story and other local stories, read the Tuesday, April 21, 2015 edition of the Lassen County Times.

 

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