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Mechoopda Tribe-sponsored potluck today kicks off retracing of Nome Cult Trail

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Today a group of walkers will be honored with a potluck sendoff before beginning to retrace the path of the forced 1863 relocation of local Indians to Round Valley in the Coast Ranges. Following the killing of two white children that year, Butte County's Maidu were rounded up into a camp on John Bidwell's ranch. Disease broke out in the crowded camp, but despite that in September the Maidu were forced onto the 100-mile trail to the reservation then known at the Nome Cult Farm.