Hello all – Sally Sherlock wanted us to ensure that we remember Marshal McKay. Marshall McKay, a Northern California Indigenous leader of Pomo-Wintun heritage who helped secure economic independence for the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation near Sacramento, and whose deep support of cultural causes led to his becoming the first Indigenous chairman on the board of the Autry Museum of the American West, has died at 68 after contracting the coronavirus.
Marshall McKay was born June 5, 1952, in Colusa, Calif., to Mabel McKay, a renowned Pomo teacher and basket weaver, and Charlie McKay, who was of Wintun heritage. Sally said that Mabel McKay taught her everything she knows about basket weaving. Please take a moment to remember Marshall and this wonderful Northern California Native American Indian family.