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On Wednesday May 4, 2016, the Tribal Council hosted seven representatives from the State of California to share the vision and stewardship goals of the Tribe. In January of 2016, the Tribe applied for Proposition 1 funding through the Ocean Protection Council (OPC) seeking funds to improve storm water runoff in an effort to improve the quality of water entering into the Ocean. The Tribal Council has taken an approach of good governance, combining the efforts of ocean stewardship and responsible land management. The Tribe was selected as a final candidate and the site visit gave the Tribe the opportunity to present a case to the State on the Tribal need for storm water improvements on Tribal lands.

OPC was allocated $30 million total from the Prop 1 initiative, of which in Round 1 of funding, they are awarding $9.3 million this year alone.
The OPC grant review team included: Deborah Halberstadt, Executive Director, Ocean Protection Council/Deputy Secretary for Oceans and Coastal Policy, California Natural Resources Agency; Cyndi Dawson, Marine Protected Areas Policy Advisor, Ocean Protection Council; Jennifer Phillips, Program Manager, Ocean Protection Council; Holly Wyer, Project Manager, Ocean Protection Council; Daron Pedroja (State Waterboard); Tamara Doan (Coastal Commission) and Ted Fink (Dept. of Water Resources). The OPC grant review team visited four sites total on the north coast, leading to a competitive elimination process.

The Tribe’s hosts and presenters included: Loren Me’-lash-ne Bommelyn, Tribal Chair; Denise Richards-Padgette, Vice Chair; Scott Sullivan, Secretary; and Marvin Richards Sr., Tribal Council; Briannon Fraley, Interim Chief Executive Officer/Chief Governance Officer; Brad Cass, Natural Resources Director; Pyuwa Bommelyn, Culture Director; Tim Hoone, Grants & Contracts Manager; Nita Rolfe, Transportation Coordinator; Virginia Young, Operations Manager; Tribal Consultants Josh Wolf and Rebecca Crow of GHD Engineering and Randy Hooper of the Del Norte County Community Development Department. The Tribe sent messages of commitment to good stewardship while asserting that the goal of a healthy ocean is shared vision by both the State and the Tribe. The Tribe will be notified of the status of the award in the coming months.
Submitted by the Executive Office


Tuesday, 31 May 2016 by

Community & Family Services Department Awarded Cal OES Grant for Unserved/Underserved Victim Advocacy and Outreach

Smith River, CA. May 20, 2016 – Tolowa Dee-ni’ (day-nee) Nation’s Community and Family Services Department has been awarded a five-year grant from the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Underserved Victims Unit that will total $875,000.

The Cal OES Unserved/Underserved Victim Advocacy Outreach Program focuses on service delivery to victims of violent crime within unserved/underserved and socially isolated populations. In addition, it is designed to fund the awareness and to improve knowledge about accessing local services available to crime victims.
With this funding, the Community & Family Services’ Shu’-‘-aa-xuu-dvn (In A Good Way Place) Domestic Violence Program will be able to expand their domestic violence intervention and prevention services by adding needed domestic violence advocacy, domestic violence community education, and outreach to promote increased access to victim services for Tribal victims of crime and their families.

Community and Family Services mission: “We encourage a healthy community by providing services that address the unique cultural and economic needs of our Tribal Family with accountability, integrity, and respect.” For more information, contact the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Offices at (707) 487-9255.

Dat-naa-svt Housing Workshop

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 by

Dat-naa-svt Housing Workshop- Community Meeting, Wed., June 1, 5:00pm -8:00pm, Howonquet Hall Community Center.
All Tribal members and families are invited to come & share ideas about housing needs, including planning the 26 acre
Dat-naa-svt Housing Development.
Delicious BBQ Dinner, raffle prizes!

!!THIS SUNDAY!! Please join the Waa-tr’vslh-‘a~ Department staff for the annual cemetery clean-up and elders gathering. This is a wonderful opportunity to gather and socialize as a tribal family to care for the resting place of our loved ones and ancestors. Breakfast will be served at the Tolowa Event Center 8:30am-10am. The clean-up at Xaa-wan’-k’wvt Indian Cemetery will start 10am and will last until 2:00pm.We want to encourage you to bring personal cleaning supplies such as gloves, garden rake, garden shovel, etc. Cleaning supplies will be available but limited.

Dee-dvn-la: Sunday, May 22nd
Ghvt-ti~lh: 8:30am – 2:00 pm
Dvt-la: Tolowa Event Center & Xaa-wan’-k’wvt Indian Cemetery

For more information please contact Amber Gensaw at 707-487-3236

Ch-i~-s-lu Chay-yii-ne Lhetlh-xat
Breakfast begins at 8 am at the TOLOWA EVENT CENTER
Elders 55 and over will receive a gift.
T-Shirts will be given out to everyone that participates in this event. 
If you have any questions please call Amber at 707-487-3236

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