This spring, California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) in collaboration with the Tolowa Dee- ni’ Nation and Humboldt State University plans to capture calves from May 15, 2019, through June 30, 2019. Exact dates and locations of calf captures will vary but capture efforts will be focused on herds occurring on Tolowa Dee-ni’ aboriginal lands, including: Tolowa Dunes State Park, Lake Earl Wildlife Area, Xaa-wan’-k’wvt Village and Resort, Camp Lincoln, Gilbert Creek, Dat-naa-svt and Rowdy Creek.
Calves will be captured using physical restraint in compliance with CDFW’s Non-Helicopter Capture Plan and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee for Humboldt State University (15\16.W.96-A). This year, each calf will be marked with an expandable GPS collar and monitored daily for the first six weeks, then weekly until one year of age. These collars are specifically designed to expand as the calf grows and drop off at approximately one year after deployment. Any mortality signals will be investigated within 24 hours of detection. Additionally, throughout June and July, we plan to conduct vegetation surveys of the calf capture sites to assess parturition site selection.
For more information contact Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation’s Natural Resources Habitat & Wildlife Program:
Habitat & Wildlife Manager
(707) 487-9255 x1701
Tribal Resource Specialist
(707) 487-9255 x 1155
The Spring Clean Up was carried out with the purpose of reducing
solid waste at outdoor areas on Tolowa Dee-ni’ aboriginal territory. The
Tribe’s Natural Resources, Public Works and Facilities, and Tribal
Employment Rights Office (TERO) staffed the Clean Up. The solid waste
management Company, Recology was contracted for their solid waste bins
and hauling. The Del Norte County Government Department, the Del Norte
Solid Waste Management Authority manages the Transfer Station that we
paid to dispose of the solid waste from the Clean Up.
The maximum capacity for solid waste at the Spring Clean Up
considering the space in the bins, hauling, and staffing was equal to 2 truck
loads of solid waste per each Tribal citizen’s residence that is within a
reasonable distance to haul solid waste to the Clean Up. The Clean Up focus
is on removing solid waste from outdoor yards. We want to discourage
Tribal citizens from storing every-day household garbage to dispose of at
the Clean Up.
This Spring Clean Up received a total of about 42 tons of solid waste
and recyclable material from Tribal citizens. A total of 137 vehicle and trailer
loads of solid waste were brought by Tribal citizens during this two-day
event with 22 loads on Thursday and 115 loads on Saturday. Some solid waste was also disposed of from the Tribe’s Administration Building and the
Public Works and Facilities shops.
About 5 tons of the disposed material is destined to be recycled and included about 50 yards of metal and electronics weighing 3.6 tons, 18
televisions and computer screens weighing 0.4 tons, 10 tires with rims weighing 0.4 tons, 24 tires without rims weighing 0.7 tons, 20 gallons of motor
oil weighing 148 pounds and 15 compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs.
About 37 tons of non-recyclable material is destined for the landfill and includes about 200 yards of solid waste weighing 35 tons, 40
mattresses and box-springs weighing 1 ton and 20 furniture pieces weighing 1.1 tons.
For solid waste and Clean Up related questions, contact the Natural Resources Department, Habitat and Wildlife Program at 707-
487-9255 extension 1155.
Occupancy for the first six homes is scheduled for
Progress as of February 22, 2019.
At the February 14,
Shu’ shaa nin-la Kyle for your dedication to learning, teaching and sharing the Dee-ni’ Wee-ya!
Seeking On-Site Manager(s) for Dat-naa-svt Village
Applications are due March 4, 2019.
The Onsite Manager is a person or couple, who live at Dat-naa-svt Village.
They have part-time duties in the evenings and weekends, keeping an eye on the community, and making any emergency repairs.
Maa-naa-xe or California Wild Rose, Wood Rose and Nootka Rose
Three native varieties of rose grow throughout Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation aboriginal territory. One of the three, California wild rose grows from the coast to the mountains up to 6000 feet elevation. Rose flowers attract pollinators such as butterflies. Songbirds nest among the rose stems. Wood rose re-sprouts after a low-intensity fire. Rose hips are the fruit of the rose plant that forms after pollination of the flowers. Rose hips occur from spring through fall, depending on forest conditions and weather. Rose hips are used for tea, syrup, jelly, beverages, pie, bread, wine and soup. To prepare rose hips; remove the blossom ends and strain out the inner seeds and hairs, although some hairs and seeds may end up in the finished product. Fresh rose hips contain calcium, phosphorous, iron and Vitamin C but the vitamin C content declines after drying, processing or storage of the hips. Rose hips are eaten for stomach disorders including stomach spasms, stomach acid deficiency, preventing stomach irritation and ulcers, and as a “stomach tonic” for intestinal diseases. Rose hips are also used for diarrhea, constipation, gallstones, gallbladder ailments, lower urinary tract and kidney disorders, fluid retention (dropsy or edema), gout, back and leg pain (sciatica), diabetes, high cholesterol, weight loss, high blood pressure, chest ailments, fever, increasing immune function during exhaustion, increasing blood flow in the limbs, increasing urine flow and quenching thirst. Rose hips applied to the skin are used to treat stretch marks. Always ensure the area your harvesting has not been sprayed with pesticides.
Removal Instructions for the Invasive Plants
Uruguayan Pampas Grass and Purple Pampas Grass
Pampas Grass in an invasive grass from South America. Pampas grass grows in dense clumps and out-competes native plants. Repeated mowing kills some small pampas grass plants. Large pampas grass plants should have the roots completely dug out. Return to the plant the next season to finish digging up any remaining roots that have re-sprouted. The best hand tools for digging out pampas grass includes a shovel with a spade head, a pulaski which is often used by wildland firefighters, pick mattock also referred to as a pickaxe, or a rakehoe also referred to as a McLeod. Pampas grassroots will dry out and die as long as they cannot access moist soil. To dry and kill roots, the pulled-up pampas grass plants can be placed on a tarp or hung in a tree so that the roots do not touch any soil.
For more information contact the Natural Resources Department, Cynthia Ford or Kagat McQuillen, 707-487-9255 ext. 1701, 1155
We are collecting entries from our TDN K-12 students for the Doodle for Google contest.
Blank entry forms can be picked up from Shelly or found here: https://doodles.google.com/d4g/how-it-works/
Entries are due to the TDN Front Office by 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 14, 2019.
Google has provided some prompts but TDN is interested in collecting entries from the perspective of Tolowa children and youth.
What is the “Doodle for Google” contest? Doodle for Google is an annual contest open to students in grades K-12. Students are invited to create their own Google doodle for the chance to have it featured on Google.com, as well as win some great scholarships and tech packages for their schools.
Why is Google doing this contest? Doodles are meant to surprise and delight people when they visit Google.com. Past Doodles have celebrated some of the most brilliant, talented, and passionate people throughout history. Doodle for Google offers students K-12 an opportunity to display their own artwork on Google.com.
Prizes: Win a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 tech package for your school/non-profit organization, and your artwork displayed for a day on Google.com!
Please share this information with your Tribal families!
The purpose of the Spring and Fall Clean-up events is to offer Tribal citizens the opportunity to clean-up their outdoor yards on Tolowa aboriginal territory. We want to discourage Tribal citizens from storing every-day household garbage just to dispose of at the clean-ups.
This Fall Clean-up received a total of about 56 tons of solid waste and recyclable material from Tribal citizens. A total of 163 vehicle and trailer loads of solid waste were brought during this two-day event with 50 loads on Thursday and 113 loads on Saturday. The Tribe’s Public Works and Facilities Department and Information Technology (IT) Department also disposed of some solid waste and recyclable electronics at the Clean-up.
About 9 tons of material is destined to be recycled and included about 40 yards of metal and electronics weighing 4.2 tons, 35 televisions and computer screens weighing 0.8 tons, 48 tires with rims weighing 1.9 tons, 61 tires without rims weighing 1.8 tons, 25 gallons of motor oil weighing 185 pounds and 42 compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs.
About 47 tons of non-recyclable material is destined for the landfill and includes about 258 yards of solid waste weighing 45 tons, 21 mattresses and box-springs weighing 0.5 tons and 30 furniture pieces weighing 1.6 tons.
If you are interested in working at the 2019 Spring Clean-up Event contact the Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO), Director, Zackary Chapman at 707-487-9255 extension 1165.
For a list of businesses that take solid waste and recyclables, contact the Natural Resources Department, Tribal Resource Specialist, Kagat McQuillen at 707-487-9255 extension 1155.
In October 2018, Tribal Citizen Devon O’Reilley was honored at the 49th
annual National Tribal Judicial and Court Personnel Conference for her dedication, and success in the growth of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Tribal Court. The Tribal Court has grown its capacity, both in funding and staffing since Devon took on the role of Tribal Court Administrator in 2016. The President of the National American Indian Court Judges Association, Judge Richard Blake nominated Devon and shares the following excerpt from his nomination letter:
I strongly believe that Devon does not expect to be honored for her job duties. However, I strongly believe that in addition to making her way up from Court Clerk to Court Administrator and hopefully in the future Is that Devon O’Reilly will be the 1st tribal member Chief Judge, as I have the strong opinion that she possesses the qualities of a fine Judge. It this type of upward mobility and hard work that needs to be acknowledged and supported and providing an opportunity for tribal members to assume critical positions and maintaining their custom and tradition.
As a strong Tolowa woman, Devon is not only a great tribal member, a dedicated court employee, a great advocate and very strong role model to not only her four daughters but all young women in her tribe. An advocate for tribal member children and elders, Devon clearly maintains that population as very important. Her desire to develop a youth wellness court resulted in the research for funding.
About the association: the National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) is comprised of tribal justice personnel & others devoted to supporting and strengthening tribal justice systems through education, information sharing, and advocacy. NAICJA is a non-profit corporation established in 1969 as a corporation in the state of Delaware following the enactment of the federal Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968. The Act required tribes to follow certain requirements similar to those in the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution. Tribal courts are the forums where those rights are enforced. NAICJA’s mission is to strengthen and enhance tribal justice systems.
On the evening of October 5th Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Staff, TDN citizens and Chairwoman, Denise Richards-Padgette welcomed the Pacific Northwest Spirit Runners as they arrived from their recent stretch from Cow Creek territory (Roseburg, Oregon area). The Spirit Runners began running on September 1st at the U.S. Canada border in Washington and concluded October 8 (Indigenous Peoples Day) on Alcatraz Island to coincide with the Annual Sunrise Ceremony. When they arrived they still had a few weeks left and about 330 miles left to run.
They arrived with the purpose to reunite Indigenous Nations of the Pacific North West, Restore collaborative working relationships of ALL indigenous Nations of the Pacific Northwest & resolve the issues and concerns that have long plagued Indigenous Nations of the Pacific North West.
On Saturday morning tribal citizens and staff greeted runners with a breakfast and began a walk around the reservation to the mouth of the Smith River. Blessings and prayers sent the runners off as they began their next stretch from Smith River to Klamath, California. A few runners joined in with the Spirit Runners to Klamath including Ridge McLennan who represented the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation.
Shu’ shaa nin-la to everyone who came out to welcome the runners and send their prayers. They all made it to Alcatraz for the sunrise ceremony.