‎13th Annual Bloody Island Memorial

Saturday, May 19, 2012
5:00am until 12:00pm

Reclamation Road and Redbud Rd, Upper Lake, CA (Off Hwy. 20)

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Please join us for the 13th forgiveness ceremony in honor, remembrance and forgiveness, on behalf of the Pomo Indian People that perished and those that survived the Bloody Island Massacre of 1850 in Lake County, California, as well as their descendants.

“To Forgive the Oppressor is the Medicine that Heals”

Upper Lake, CA – The 13th annual sunrise ceremony to honor the victims of the Bloody Island Massacre will be held on Saturday, May 19th, 2012, at 5am. Ceremony begins at 5:30am.

The location is on Reclamation Road, at the Bloody Island Memorial marker.

Follow Hwy 20 North. After passing Robinson Rancheria on the right hand side, turn on the next left at Reclamation Rd. (Co. Rd 308); follow it until you see the intersection with Redbud Lane. You’ve arrived. Please park alongside Reclamation Road. Please do not block the road, and drive slowly, be mindful that a lot of people run or walk to this location, and at that time in the morning it is quite dark.

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~ What is the Bloody Island Massacre? ~

The April 14th, 1850 massacre, sometimes called the “Clear Lake Massacre”, was carried out by the US Army Captain Nathaniell Lyons, in retaliation for the murder of settlers Andrew Kelsey and Charles Stone, who were enslaving, brutalizing, raping, starving and killing Pomo Indians. Accounts vary as to the number of dead Pomo, ranging between 60 and up to 400. It included elders, women and babies. The army killed 75 more Indians along the Russian River.

One of the few Pomo survivors of the massacre was a 6-year-old girl named Ni’ka, or Lucy Moore. She hid underwater and breathed through a tule reed. Her descendants have formed the Lucy Moore Foundation to work for better relations between the Pomo and residents of California.

Clayton Duncan is Lucy’s great grandson, and the contact person for this yearly event. His email
Phone number: 707-274-6788

Donations of any size to cover expenses for this ceremony – which include a free dinner the night before, and a free breakfast after the ceremony – are much appreciated. Please send checks to Lucy Moore Foundation, at P O Box 1174, Upper Lake, CA 95485

Please read more here


And here

Video documentary

Video documentary

Video report

Bloody Island’s FB page

Petition to change the name of the town in Lake County that, to this day, is still named in honor of murderer Andrew Kelsey (Kelseyville)

Please mark your calendar and join us this year on May 19th!

13th Annual Bloody Island Memorial Saturday, May 19 at 5:00am