Strangulation Awareness & Response

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Strangulation Awareness & Response
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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

Doodle for Google contest

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:


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.

Learn more here: Download Prompts

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, 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 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

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!

Please share this information with your Tribal families!

From November 27th through the 29th I (Garrett Campbell) had the opportunity to attend the Fatherhood is Sacred™, Motherhood is Sacred™ training in Mesa, AZ. The training is facilitated by Albert Pooley, NAFFA’s founder, and president. The training was very uplifting, and it raised my spirits. As a son, father, and tribal citizen it is a great responsibility to be a leader and strong role model for our children. This training sparked a fire within me and showed me that I can work towards being a better husband and father by practicing gratitude, showing understanding and more respect, and by pitching in to do my part. I have a 3-year-old daughter. One day she will be a mother, and my hope is to instill all of my morals, values, and knowledge within her so she can be a strong mother for her children.

The Community & Family Services will begin a local Fatherhood is Sacred™, Motherhood is Sacred™ program in January 2019, in Smith River. We will be mailing information with details to TDN citizens in the weeks to come. The program is free of charge and we will provide meals as well as childcare. This program is open to TDN TANF participants first and then to TDN citizens residing in Del Norte and Curry counties as space allows.

Join our Facebook event here

NAFFA’s Mission is to strengthen families by responsibly involving fathers and mothers in the lives of their children, families, and communities to provide happy and safe families. The program has worked with some of the most challenging groups of Native American men. Soon after the program started, the fathers wanted the mothers to experience the program as well, so the curriculum expanded to include mothers. The intense 12-week program touches on various topics such as cultural values, historical trauma, leadership, self-identity, and numerous others.

Through their success, NAFFA had found that their purpose and methods extend to people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. The importance of responsible fatherhood and motherhood is universal, which is why they welcome and invite everyone to experience their programs.