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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 by

The New Year is rapidly approaching. Many people make resolutions at this time, stopping smoking being one of the most popular ones. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, and quitting now can cut your risk and leave you feeling stronger and health-ier. Some things to help on your efforts to kick the habit include:

 Picking a quit date. Starting the new year smokefree is a great idea.

 Letting loved ones know you’re quitting so they can support you.

 Listing your reasons to quit smoking.

 Figuring out what triggers make you want to smoke so you can avoid them, especially during the early days.

Having places you can turn to for help right away, including the free resources listed below.

Quitting smoking is not easy, but you can do it. For free telephone counseling, self-help materials, and online help to help you quit smoking call the California Quit Line at 1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-662-8887) or go to The American Cancer Society also has a number of resources to help support your decision to stop using commercial tobacco, just go to United Indian Health Services offers classes based on the Second Wind curriculum to help you quit your habit. For more information call in Humboldt County Stone Wallace or Elizabeth Jackson at (707) 825-5070 and in Del Norte County call Trudy Adams at (707) 464-5726.

People who stop smoking greatly reduce their risk for disease and early death. Although the health benefits are greater for people who stop at earlier ages, there are benefits at any age. You are never too old to quit.

*United Indian Health Services is funded by the California Tobacco Control Program for the NATIVE Tobacco Project.

Dv-laa-ha~ Tribal Members,

Tribal Employment Rights Office is seeking Tribal Members and Native Americans to start filling positions. Lucky 7 Casino and Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation have part-time positions to full-time career opportunities. Do you have any construction experience or want to take a training course in flagging? Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation is constantly adding new projects to their list that will be starting in spring. TERO is working with the Housing and Planning Departments, getting crews ready to help build tribal homes along with working on projects. You can call my extension, drive down to the administration building, email me your questions, any of these ways will get a hold of me. We will discuss what TERO is looking for in employees, and what you are capable of. Do you work seasons and don’t have money coming in during the off season? TERO is trying to get you employed.

Don’t be on the side lines watching other people making money, join the team. The tribe is looking to expand and TERO wants you to take advantage of this. Set up a meeting with TERO and we will look into what you are able to do. There are also Flagging positions that will be available for the Cal Trans projects coming up. Have you ever thought about joining a union? This is a conversation that has helped several Tolowa Members in getting jobs with the union.

Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation is growing and TERO is seeking individuals that are looking to help build our community together. TERO wants to know what skills you have, so you can be placed in the skills bank and use your skills when the right position comes up. Tolowa is excited for the growth of our tribe and encourages Tribal Members to join us in the next phase. If you have any questions, feel free to call or email.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Zack Chapman

707-487-9255 ext. 1165


Wednesday, 29 November 2017 by

My name is Ted Wright. I am Tlingit of the Eagle Tribe and Wolf Clan, born and raised in Sitka, Alaska and adopted by my grandparents when I was an infant. My Tlingit heritage comes from the maternal side through my Mother Julia Durkee and Grandmother, Jennie Wright. On my father and grandfather’s side I am English, German and Irish.

I worked my way through undergraduate school as a summer laborer for the Alaska Pulp Company, graduating from Southern Oregon State College with a degree in English: Secondary Education. Shortly thereafter I received a fellowship to attend Penn State University through the American Indian Leadership Program. Long story short, I earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and a Ph.D. in Education Theory and Policy between 1981 and 1989. My doctoral dissertation was titled: A Case Study and Theoretical Analysis of the Problem of Power for American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes.

For the past thirty years I’ve worked for tribes, tribal organizations and universities helping to advance the interests of American Indian and Alaska Native people. Over the course of the past 25 years I’ve served as the chief executive and administrator in charge for five tribes from Alaska to Washington and now California.

I love my work and am excited to be in Smith River to help build a brighter future for the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation.

Gunalchéesh (Thank-you)


Coats for Kids

Monday, 27 November 2017 by

We are proud to sponsor #CoatsforKids again this year! It’s your chance to help our local families stay safe and warm on the Wild Rivers Coast! Drop off a gently used coat or jacket at the Na’sr-dvtlh-nvsh-dvn (Tribal Office) November through December. Councilor Giovannetti has started the donations by donating three new coats.

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