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Volume 1 February 2012 
200 years of history brings Russians, Indians to Fort Ross
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Violet Parrish-Chappell, 80, Kashia Band of Pomo Indians and Russian Consul General Vladimir Vinokurov.

California: Elders of the Kashia band of Pomo Indians and  a Russian consul general recently gathered in California to celebrated the bi-centennial of Fort Ross.

Two hundred years ago, the Russian American Company that came to area and erected the  historic Russian settlement. It was the California outpost of Russian Alaska.

"I hope this is the...renewal of a relationship that was established
200 years ago,"
said Vladamir Vinokurov, Russia's consul general in San Francisco.

Kashia tribal members say when Russians lived among them, their treatment of Indians was in sharp contrast to that by Spanish colonists elsewhere in California.  The Russian fort was often a safe haven for Indians abused by others colonizers.

This Russian/American Indian ceremony kicks off a year of events to commemorate the history of Fort Ross. Planned events include performances of  30-year-old Russian rock opera -- a story of love between a Russian nobleman and the daughter of the Spanish commandante in San Francisco in the early 1800s.


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