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Warm Greetings, we are pleased to share the below schedule of the 2016 local Native ceremonies and invite your attendance and participation. This year will be a very busy for Tribal ceremonies including several Brush Dances (Mey-ley) and our Earth Healing (Wo-neek we leg goo) and Earth Re- newal (Sr Atch’apeeya way) ceremonies. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Also, please note that we have organized special learning opportunities or cultural workshops that are designed to provide information and training on ceremonial events. These learning opportunities are open both Native and no-native people that may have some question about specific ceremonies or want to bring families and friends to learn more about the dances and how to fully participate in these cultural events. Look forward to seeing you soon. Chris Peters

Su-meg Brush Dance -June 23 and 25, 2016:
June 23rd (Thursday) 11:00 AM to -4:00 PM Brush Dance Protocol and Cultural Learning session –open to all age and to the public. Participants may be invited to help with tasks to get ready for the ceremony.

We Are Oohl Family Movie Night -June 24, 2016
June 24, 2016 Cultural Family Movie Night We Are Oohl At the Native Forum at Humboldt State University. 4:00 to 6:00 Instructional session on Tribal Ceremonies and the movie WE Are Oohl will start at 6:00 pm.

Spiritual Boot Camp 2016– No.1 – July 6-10, 2016
An Instructional trip into the Sacred Yurok High Country. This will be a hiking camping trip for Yurok Men and boys (boys must have a adult chaper- one). Discussions on the spiritual, social and political importance of the Sacred High County.

Cha pekw (Stone Lagoon)-Wo-neek we leg goo July 15–24, 2016

July 11 –14, 2016 – Preparation for the Wo-neek we leg goo or Earth Healing Ceremony (Jumpdance) some also refer to it as the Wela’ welagah: Cleaning trails, cutting grass, camp set-up and Ongoing cultural learning and instruction. Small group of responsible youth will be invited to participate in all aspects of the dance (camping and active participation.

July 18th (Monday) Learning Session: Wo-neek we leg goo (Jumpdance) protocols and Learning session. Session open to the public and participation is encouraged. Tribal Court will bring participants from Klamath.

July 19th Boat Dance at Cha Pekw (Stone Lagoon): Starting at (about) 9:00 AM and is generally well attended – open to the public. July 19th-24th The Jumpdance will move to other locations and finish up at Gans Prairie on Bold hill road
Sur-gone Mey-ley (Brush Dance) July 7–9, 2016 -located near Pecwan
Weitchpec Mey-ley (Brushdance) – July 14–16, 2016

July 14th Mey-ley Brush Dance Protocol instructional session —open to all ages and to the public (every one is welcome). Some may refer to Brush Dance as Ohmey–ley. Participants may be invited to help with tasks to get ready for the ceremony.

Ka’ti’miin Brush Dance (Somes Bar)– Karuk Dance – July 28-30, 2016

Spiritual Boot Camp 2016-No. 2 – August 8-11, 2016

An Instructional trip into the Sacred Yurok High Country. This will be a hiking camping trip for Yurok Men and boys (boys must have a adult chaper- one). Discussions on the spiritual, social and political importance of the Sacred High County.

Waukewl Mey-ley (Brushdance) Klamath – August 11–13, 2016
August 11th Mey-ley Brush Dance Protocol and learning opportunity—open to all ages and to the public (every one is welcome). Participants may be invited to help with tasks to get ready for the ceremony.

Sr Atch’apeeya way– Weitchpec (Deerskin Dance) August 19–28, 2016

August 15th–18th Preparation for the Sr Atch’apeeya way Earth Renewal Ceremony (White Deerskin Dance): Cleaning trails, cutting grass, camp set- up and related tasks. Ongoing cultural learning and instruction. Small group of responsible youth will be invited to participate in all aspects of the dance (camping and active participation).

August 19, 2016 Sr Atch’apeeya way begins with a day of education and dance protocols for all new comers (public is welcome). The ceremony will begin in the late afternoon

August 21st Sr Atch’apeeya way – Boat Dance at Weitchpec starting at (about) 5:00PM and is generally well attended – open to the public.

August 22 -28 The Sr Atch’apeeya way (Deerskin Dance) will move to other locations and finish up at Ka’ wet

Spiritual Boot Camp 2016-No. 3 September 1-4, 2016
An Instructional trip into the Sacred Yurok High Country. This will be a hiking camping trip for Yurok Men and boys (boys must have a adult chaper- one). Discussions on the spiritual, social and political importance of the Sacred High County.

Pecwan –Wo-neek we leg goo (Jump Dance) – September 7-16, 2016

August 29-September 6, 2016 – Preparation for the Pecwan Wo-neek we leg goo or Earth Healing Ceremony (Jumpdance) some also refer to it as the Wela’ welagah: Cleaning Dance House, cutting grass, camp set-up and related tasks. Ongoing cultural learning and instruction. Small group of re- sponsible youth will be invited to participate in all aspects of the ceremony (camping and active participation).

September 8th (Thursday): Wo-neek we leg goo (Jumpdance) protocols and Learning session. Session open to the public and participation is en- couraged. Tribal Court will bring participants from Klamath.

September 9th (subject to change) Wo-neek we leg goo Boat Dance at Pecwan. This event is well attended and open to the public.

Spiritual Boot Camp 2016-No.4 Women’s Group to Doctor Rock – September 26-30, 2016
A special adventure into the Sacred Yurok High Country to become acquainted with the significance of Doctor Rock. This will be a hiking camping trip for Native women and girls (Girls must have a adult chaperone). The trip may include instruction on Basket weaving and discussions on the spiritual, social and political importance of Doctor Rock.

For more information on the above listed ceremonies and learning opportunities please contact: Chris Peters, Red Deer Consulting –(707) 845-9944

Seamless Summer Food Program

Friday, 17 June 2016 by

FREE Nutritious MEALS kids & teens ages 0 -18

Seemless Summer Flier, 2016

Tolowa Dee-ni’ Indian Day Event will be September 9th & 10th, 2016.
Friday night September 9th will be the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Tribal Citizens Dinner.
Saturday September 10th will be the Indian Day Event for everyone. Vendors, Stick Games, Gambling, Walk/Run, Horse shoe tournament etc..

For upcoming details Visit http://www.tolowa-nsn.gov/event/11th-annual-dee-ni-srii-nis-dee-ni-day/

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

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