Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation
Contact: Briannon Fraley
Interim Executive Director
(707) 487-9255

Building a Strong Foundation through Organizational Change
For Immediate Release
September 27, 2018

Smith River, CA– The Tribal Administration has been updating tribal members and staff over the last year on the Yvtlh-‘ii~-chu mvlh-netlh-‘i~ k’wvt-sta~ na’lh-ni wvn tr’vlh-sri, or Building the Foundation for a Strategic Government, a $1.2 million dollar three-year project designed to improve the governmental structure. The project was developed in 2017 through the Tribal Council with the Office of Self-Governance in order to address the need to strengthen the Administration in program development, data collection, and communication.

In 2018, the Tribe entered into a contract with the BlueStone Strategy group to conduct an organizational and operational assessment. The primary objective of the assessment is to support the Tribe’s interest in advancing a strong organizational foundation for its continued growth in the 21st Century. Tribal Council will be reviewing three proposed options of structural change at the executive level in the month of October that will be used to refine the Executive Director role and function within the Administration.

In light of the 2019 budget development process, Tribal Council has directed executive staff to plan to move forward with a governmental re-structuring to meet the objectives of the Tribe’s strategic goals. The first tangible changes to take place are in the form of combining like services and functions, resulting in a framework to develop an Education Department, which will combine services from Community and Family Services, Culture, and Head Start. The Tribe has taken official action to fill the THPO position and align preservation and compliance programs under the Office of Self-Governance.

The re-structure provides the opportunity for professional growth and development to valued Tribal staff. It is important to highlight that the re-structure is not intended to eliminate positions, programs, or services. All programmatic activities will continue, and we are improving cross-departmental coordination of services, especially traditional activities, including the utilization of Tribal Members who have traditional knowledge to share within the community. We value the Tribal Members who dedicate their time and energy to serve on our appointed committees and all standing committees will remain in effect while the departments facilitating and coordinating may change.

It is Council’s belief that we all work to serve and represent the collective people’s needs and desires, and this governmental re-structure addresses broad audiences and those collective desires. Over 50% of our staff are Tolowa and we have the opportunity to empower and embrace our Tolowa culture throughout the Administration. Culture lives within each one of us as Tolowa Dee-ni’ and it is our collective responsibility to promote and endorse traditional values, as well as create space for the community to be Tolowa.

Annual 2018 Fall Clean-up

Annual 2018 Fall Clean-up

Clean-up your yard & bring your trash to the Public Works & Facilities Yard located at 16450 Ocean View Drive, Smith River, CA 95557.
Hours of operation: Thursday, October 25 and Saturday, October 27 from 8:30 A.M. – 6:00 P.M and closed for lunch from 12:00 P.M. – 12:30 P.M.


  • Must have 1 Fall Clean-up ticket per load. 2 tickets per residence were mailed out.
  • Must be Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation member & have Tribal I.D.
  • Unload your own vehicle.
  • No hazardous waste for example no paint, asbestos, dead animals, needles, etc.
  • Limit 2 vehicle loads per residence for example: 1 pickup truck = 1 load or 1 trailer = 1 load.
  • Limit of 4 tires per 1 load.
  • Limit of 2 furniture items per 1 load.
  • Must separate these 7 waste types from the general trash:
    1. Metal waste for example electronics without screens, appliances, etc.
    2. Electronics with screens for example televisions, computer monitors, tablets, etc.
    3. Furniture for example couches, tables, chairs, beds, etc.
    4. Tires
    5. Fluorescent light bulbs for example tube lamps and CFL’s (compact fluorescents)
    6. Motor oil, diesel, & gasoline
    7. Plant material for example brush, grass clippings, limbs, etc.

Questions: Kagat McQuillen, Tribal Resource Specialist, Natural Resource Department, (707) 487-9255 Ext. 1155 or email: 


Shu’-‘aa-xuu-dvn (In A Good Way Place)
So what’s on everyone’s mind at this time of year? Back-to-school of course!! New pencils, backpacks and a little bit of quite during the day… Going back-to-school can be and exciting time for children but it can also be a time filled with anxiety and stress. Our families can feel a strain at this time of year, whether a child is going to a new school with new teachers or the cost of new clothes and shoes for the kids. It can all build-up and impact our relationships.

To make this time a little easier, try to prioritize what needs to be tackled first. New school? Stop by the school to meet the staff, and take a tour, learn some of the routines, ask questions, and fill-out paperwork before the official first-day of school. Even if you haven’t changed schools, taking a few minutes to talk with school personnel about concerns that you have for your child, and to alert them of any changes in your family will benefit all involved in your child’s education.

All that shopping got you down? Try not to buy everything at once and not the day before school starts (remember Christmas Eve shopping, ugh!) Figure out a couple of days to go and buy a few things at a time; do they really need 10 packs of pencils on the first day? Better yet, if your child is old enough let them help with the planning.

Remember, everyone in the house needs to get back to the school-days routine. Start going to bed a little earlier each night, read or listen to music (no cellphones – that means parents too). Keep in mind that a child needs 10 – 12 hours of sleep each night to be alert for a whole-day of activity at school. With enough rest a child will be more attentive, less anxious, and a whole lot more pleasant in class.

Lastly, this is a good opportunity to speak with your child about safety. Safety on the bus, walking to school, and most importantly their personal safety. All children should be aware of:

  • Who are their safe adults and friends
  • That it is okay to say “No” to an adult that is making them uncomfortable
  • There are parts of their bodies that are private
  • The differences between safe and unsafe touches.

It is important for a child to know that they can talk with you and you will believe them. Keep the communication open for safety and protection of your child. Bad things can happen. If you need to report an occurrence call your child abuse reporting hotline, numbers below. If you are experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, teen dating violence or feel abused by someone in your circle please call our hotline, 707-487-3175.



Del Norte County 707-464-3191
Humboldt County 707-445-6180
Coos/Curry Counties 541-756-5500
Oregon 1-855-503-SAFE (7233)


September 7, 2018


CONTACT: Corey Egel | 916.440.7259 |


CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat

Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Del Norte County


The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Del Norte County.  Dangerous levels of domoic acid have been detected in mussels from this region. This naturally occurring toxin is also referred to as Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP) and can cause illness or death in humans.

The CDPH warning against eating sport-harvested razor clams from Del Norte and Humboldt counties due to dangerous levels of domoic acid remains in effect, as does the statewide annual quarantine on sport-harvested mussels due to the risk of PSP and domoic acid. The annual quarantine applies to all species of mussels harvested along the California coast, as well as all bays and estuaries, and will continue through at least October 31.

This warning does not apply to commercially sold clams, mussels, scallops or oysters from approved sources. State law permits only state-certified commercial shellfish harvesters or dealers to sell these products. Shellfish sold by certified harvesters and dealers are subject to frequent mandatory testing to monitor for toxins.

Symptoms of domoic acid poisoning can occur within 30 minutes to 24 hours after eating toxic seafood. In mild cases, symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache and dizziness. These symptoms disappear within several days. In severe cases, the victim may experience trouble breathing, confusion, disorientation, cardiovascular instability, seizures, excessive bronchial secretions, permanent loss of short term memory, coma or death. No cases of human poisoning from domoic acid are known to have occurred in California.

You can get the most current information on shellfish advisories and quarantines by calling CDPH’s toll-free Shellfish Information Line at (800) 553-4133. For additional information, please visit the CDPH Marine Biotoxin Monitoring Web page.

PH18-044 CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Del Norte County News Release