The Spring Clean Up was carried out with the purpose of reducing solid waste at outdoor areas on Tolowa Dee-ni’ aboriginal territory. The Tribe’s Natural Resources, Public Works and Facilities, and Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) staffed the Clean Up. The solid waste management company Recology was contracted for their solid waste bins and hauling. The Del Norte County Government Department, the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority manages the Transfer Station that we paid to dispose of the solid waste from the Clean Up.
The maximum capacity for solid waste at the Spring Clean Up considering the space in the bins, hauling, and staffing was equal to 2 truckloads of solid waste per each Tribal citizen’s residence that is within a reasonable distance to haul solid waste to the Clean Up. The Clean Up focus is on removing solid waste from outdoor yards. We want to discourage Tribal citizens from storing every-day household garbage to dispose of at the Clean Up.
This Spring Clean Up received a total of about 42 tons of solid waste and recyclable material from Tribal citizens. A total of 137 vehicle and trailer
loads of solid waste were brought by Tribal citizens during this two-day
event with 22 loads on Thursday and 115 loads on Saturday. Some solid waste was also disposed of from the Tribe’s Administration Building and the
Public Works and Facilities shops.
About 5 tons of the disposed material is destined to be recycled and included about 50 yards of metal and electronics weighing 3.6 tons, 18
televisions and computer screens weighing 0.4 tons, 10 tires with rims weighing 0.4 tons, 24 tires without rims weighing 0.7 tons, 20 gallons of motor oil weighing 148 pounds and 15 compact fluorescents (CFL) bulbs.
About 37 tons of non-recyclable material is destined for the landfill and includes about 200 yards of solid waste weighing 35 tons, 40 mattresses and box-springs weighing 1 ton and 20 furniture pieces weighing 1.1 tons.
For solid waste and Clean Up related questions, contact the Natural Resources Department, Habitat and Wildlife Program at 707-487-9255 extension 1155.
To the Tribal Citizens of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation,
Please take notice that the Howonquet Indian Council of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation has approved the following amendment of the Tribal Code, to be considered for enactment by the Tribal Council at its regularly scheduled Tribal Council meeting on July 11, 2019.
The Tribal Council is soliciting comments from the Tribal Citizens on the proposed amendment to Title 7, Enrollment, and will consider all comments when it takes final action on the enactment of the amendment.
A red-lined version of Title 7 is available for review at the Tribal Office in Smith River and at www.tolowa-nsn.gov.
Tribal Citizens have thirty (30) days from the date of this publication to submit written comments. Comments must be in writing and be signed by the individual submitting the comments. Comments will be accepted until June 28, 2019.
A special presentation on the proposed amendments will be given at the June 28, 2019 Tribal Council meeting and comments may be
submitted in-person, at that time.
Shu’ shaa nin-la,
Denise Richards-Padgette, Tribal Chairperson
On behalf of the Tribal Council
For Immediate Release
October 26, 2018
Fresno, CA—On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, the California Fish and Game Commission adopted a long-negotiated vision statement on co-management. For almost a decade, the topic of co-management has been discussed and debated by California tribes and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department) as a result of the Marine Life Protection Act’s unintended impacts to California Tribes.
In 2016, co-management gained considerably more attention after Assemblymember Wood,
working with the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, introduced Assembly Bill 1792, an act to amend Section
332 of the Fish and Game Code, relating to hunting. Although the bill was not successful in the
Assembly, the attention the bill received prompted further action on co-management within the
Tribal Committee of the California Fish & Game Commission.
The long-standing goal of tribes has been to receive the assurance that tribal governments are
afforded parity and recognition as the original and inherent stewards in the management of natural
and cultural resources. With that goal in mind, the Tribal Committee of the Commission has worked
closely with Tribes the last couple of years on developing a vision statement that would encompass
that history and responsibility of California’s tribes. The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation has spearheaded and
advanced the co-management vision statement initiative throughout numerous versions of the
vision statement. After three years of negotiation, the following language was presented to the
The vision of Tribes, the California Fish and Game Commission, and the California Department of Fish
and Wildlife is to engage in a collaborative effort between sovereigns to jointly achieve and implement
mutually agreed upon and compatible governance and management objectives to ensure the health
and sustainable use of fish and wildlife.
Commissioner Hostler-Carmesin made the motion to adopt the vision statement, and in her motion
stated, “I make this motion with thankfulness and enthusiasm”. The co-management vision statement was adopted in full support of the Commission, Department and over 35 Tribes who submitted letters of support. This milestone for co-management is one to be celebrated and the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation is looking forward to continuing to work with the Tribal Committee and the Department to develop and frame co-management within the State of California.
Del Norte County’s Office of Emergency Services’ “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” program works with communities to tailor fit their own specific emergency plan in case of a large-scale disaster. The goal is to empower individuals and neighborhoods to help themselves and those around them without any assistance from the outside world for up to 72 hours. The program provides both relief and vital information to first responders. It also brings communities closer together.
Link to Video: https://youtu.be/oyb91zlA044