For many, their religion is something they practice, but for Native Americans it is a way of life. Our spirituality is life itself. It is everything around us: the air we breathe, the colors we see, the animals and plants we are privileged enough to share our world. We need the government to afford us some respect for our cultural beliefs which date back far longer than the current organization. It is not much to ask for our people to be allowed the respect and privacy they need to hold their sacred ceremonies without worry of government interference. Let the Winnemem Wintu hold their sacred ceremonies and expunge any citations written in regards to this proud Native American tribe.