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Smith River, CA – Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation’s Tribal Family Resource Library has been selected in a competitive application process to host Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries.

Native Voices explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawai’ians. Stories drawn from both the past and present examine how health for Native People is tied to community, the land and spirit. Through interviews, Native People describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land, and the inhibition of culture on the health of Native individuals and communities today.

As one of 104 grant recipients selected from across the country, the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Library will host the traveling exhibition for a six-week loan during its tour of the United States from February 2016 to June 2020. The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Library will also receive a $250 programming grant, virtual training and publicity materials.

The exhibit will be on display from January 10, 2017 to February 15, 2017, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Xaa-wvn’k’wvt Hall Community Center in Smith River. A Community Wellness event is scheduled for Saturday, January 14th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in conjunction with the exhibit.

Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness was displayed at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, from 2011 to 2015. To learn more and view content from the exhibition, visit

A schedule of the exhibition and related events will be available in January 2017. Visit for more information.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 55,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, Community & Family Services 110 W First Street; Smith River, CA 95567
Tel: (707) 487-9255

About the National Library of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, has been a center of information innovation since its founding in 1836. The world’s largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology. In addition, the Library coordinates a 6,000-member National Network of Libraries of Medicine that promotes and provides access to health information in communities across the United States.


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.


A stalker can be someone you know well or not at all. In most cases the stalker has dated or been involved with the people they stalk. Stalking cases involve men stalking women, men stalking men, women stalking women, and women stalking men.
Some things stalkers may do:

  • ·  Repeatedly call you, including hang-ups.
  • ·  Follow you and show up wherever you are.
  • ·  Send unwanted gifts, letters, texts, or e-mails.
  • ·  Damage your home, car, or other property.
  • ·  Monitor your phone calls or computer use.
  • ·  Use technology, like hidden cameras or global positioning systems (GPS), to track where you go.
  • ·  Drive by or hang out at your home, school, or work.
  • ·  Threaten to hurt you, your family, friends, or pets.
  • ·  Find out about you by using public records or online search services, hiring investigators, going through your garbage, or contacting friends, family,

    neighbors, or co-workers.

  • ·  Posting information or spreading rumors about you on the Internet, in a public place, or by word of mouth.
  • ·  Other actions that control, track, or frighten you.


    Stalking is unpredictable and dangerous. No two stalking situations are alike. There are no guarantees that what works for one person will work for another, yet you can take steps to increase your safety.

  • ·  If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
  • ·  Trust your instincts. Don’t downplay the danger. If you feel you are unsafe, you probably are. Take threats seriously. Danger generally is higher when

    the stalker talks about suicide or murder, or when a victim tries to leave or end the relationship.

  • ·  Contact a crisis hotline, victim services agency, or a domestic violence or rape crisis program. They can help you devise a safety plan, give you

    information about local laws, weigh options such as seeking a protection order, and refer you to other services.

  • ·  Develop a safety plan, including things like changing your routine, arranging a place to stay, and having a friend or relative go places with you. Also,

    decide in advance what to do if the stalker shows up at your home, work, school, or somewhere else. Tell people how they can help you.

  • ·  Don’t communicate with the stalker or respond to attempts to contact you.
  • ·  Keep evidence of the stalking. When the stalker follows you or contacts you, write down the time, date, and place. Keep emails, text messages, phone

    messages, letters, or notes. Photograph anything of yours the stalker damages and any injuries the stalker causes. Ask witnesses to write down what

    they saw.
    Stalking is traumatic. You may experience nightmares, lose sleep, get depressed or feel like you’re no longer in control of your life. These reactions are normal. It can help to tell your friends and family about the stalking and develop a safety plan.

    For more information or assistance contact:

    Shu’-‘aa-xuu-dvn (In A Good Way Place) Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation
    Community & Family Services Department
    110 W. First Street
    Smith River, 95567
    Phone (707)487-9255
    24-hour Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Crisis Line (707)951-8276

    To learn more about stalking, visit the following web sites:

Ben Madley-An American Genocide

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 by

In January 1851 a culture of greed and power by Anglo-Americans created an environment that normalized the murder and other genocidal acts of California Indians through legal means. The state of California was founded on these beliefs as the first civilian governor of California, Peter Burnett, declared, “that a war of extermination continue to be waged…until the Indian race becomes extinct,” and his statement was supported by California legislatures when they appropriated $500,000 to pay for the past and future Indian-hunting campaigns by California State militia units.

With the promise of gold in May of 1851 Anglo-Americans with their culture and legal precedent of Indian killings entered into our lands. In the Smith River Valley Prospectors from the east met “Shasta Volunteers” heading north to kill Rogue River Indians and the encountered “about 50” of our people. After failed negotiations with our people “the whites commenced fire”, killing 4 and wounding others. Gold was found in our tributaries by prospectors and the Tolowa Holocaust from 1851- 1856 began.

In a recent talk on at Humboldt State on November 2nd, 2016, Ben Madley, associate professor at UCLA, discussed the Genocide of the Tolowa during this time. He has studied Genocide in the Americas for 13 years and his work on the Tolowa culminated in an article in 2012 entitled, When the World Was Turned Upside Down: California’ and Oregon’s Tolowa Indian Genocide, 1851-1856. His work continues and resulted in a book specific to genocide in California in 2016 entitled, An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873. This year during our annual Dee-ni’ Night in September Ben’s book was an option for the tribal gift. His presentation touched on information that is found both his article and book.

The population of our people is disputed and thus varies the severity of genocidal acts occurred upon us, Madley uses a base population of 5,000 Tolowa’s in 1851 that decreased by more than 80% of population to 900 in 1856. During this time Madley discussed multiple instances as examples of the mood, culture and general practice of killing Indians. This included multiple organized massacres at Taa-‘at-dvn, Yan’-daa-k’vt, ‘Ee- chuu-let, Duu-srxuu-shi’, Chit-xu and many others. This was accompanied with other smaller murders and other acts of the genocide such as rape, beatings, horrible living conditions, slavery, and stealing children. At this time no one in a Tolowa Family was safe as any member of the family, man, woman, child, infant, elder was subjugated to systematic acts of genocide. He shared a simple population graph that showed the impact of influx of Anglo-Americans into California. The decrease of California Indians was not by chance but the systematic and legal
practice backed by the State of California and United States Government.

Ben shared well rounded perspective as he includes historical accounts from multiple sources including accounts
through military personal, Anglo-travelers and from Tolowa Elders. It is refreshing to see a historian acknowledge our
accounts of historical events, as many scholars do not validate our oral teachings. Ben also had a presentation on
genocide in California and was asked why he only focused on genocide during this time, he stated that he had to focus his efforts. He will continue to work on genocide and encouraged others to take up this field of study. He implied that genocide has occurred up to this point in time and it will take the effort of others as well to sufficiently study and educate others on genocide in the Americas. To find out more information please find his presentation on the Humboldt State Library archive at this link, .

You will find a video and audio file of the presentation that can be watched on your web browser or that can be downloaded. I encourage you to read his book and to also read his article on Tolowa Genocide. The article can be found on a virtual tour developed by the Waa-tr’vslh-‘a~ Department. The Virtual Tour can be found on the TDN website after you sign in as a Member. Information for this article was pulled from his article on Tolowa Genocide and from his presentation on November 2nd, 2016.

  •   Madley, B. (2016). An American genocide : The United States and the California Indian catastrophe, 1846-1873 (Lamar series in western history). New Haven: Yale University Press.
  •   When ‘The World Was Turned Upside Down’: California and Oregon’s Tolowa Indian Genocide, 1851-1856″ in Adam Jones, ed., New Directions in Genocide Research (New York: Routledge, 2011), 170-196.

Yvlh-sri Lhetlh-xat-te (Making Circle)

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 by

Shu’-‘aa-xuu-dvn (In A Good Way Place) Domestic Violence /Sexual Assault Program invites you to weekly “Open Art” group circles for the month of December. During the sessions you will have a chance to create something new, work on your own projects from home (traditional or nontraditional), socialize and gather with your community. We will provide a limited supply of materials. Food and refreshments will also be provided. This is an open community event and you may attend one (1) or all four (4) sessions.

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