Local historian to preside over monument dedication

By From page A7 | April 17, 2013

At the Nature Fest on April 27 in Georgetown, local historian Guy “Red Corn” Nixon will preside over the dedication of a monument to Huuk Coppa Hembo, who played a major leadership role at the Battle of Rock Creek where the Hill Nisenan defeated the Valley Maidu raiding party. Nixon shared how Coppa Hembo played a major role in seeing the tribal children were educated in Georgetown area schools side by side with non-native children. It was also pointed out how Coppa Hembo led a vaccination campaign against smallpox, which saved the Maidu from the devastating impact smallpox had on Irish, Spanish and Chinese miners.

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