Occupancy for the first six homes is scheduled for
Progress as of February 22, 2019.
At the February 14,
Shu’ shaa nin-la Kyle for your dedication to learning, teaching and sharing the Dee-ni’ Wee-ya!
Seeking On-Site Manager(s) for Dat-naa-svt Village
Applications are due March 4, 2019.
The Onsite Manager is a person or couple, who live at Dat-naa-svt Village.
They have part-time duties in the evenings and weekends, keeping an eye on the community, and making any emergency repairs.
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
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: https://doodles.google.com/d4g/how-it-works/
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.
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 Google.com, 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 Google.com. 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 Google.com.
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 Google.com!
Please share this information with your Tribal families!
The purpose of the Spring and Fall Clean-up events is to offer Tribal citizens the opportunity to clean-up their outdoor yards on Tolowa aboriginal territory. We want to discourage Tribal citizens from storing every-day household garbage just to dispose of at the clean-ups.
This Fall Clean-up received a total of about 56 tons of solid waste and recyclable material from Tribal citizens. A total of 163 vehicle and trailer loads of solid waste were brought during this two-day event with 50 loads on Thursday and 113 loads on Saturday. The Tribe’s Public Works and Facilities Department and Information Technology (IT) Department also disposed of some solid waste and recyclable electronics at the Clean-up.
About 9 tons of material is destined to be recycled and included about 40 yards of metal and electronics weighing 4.2 tons, 35 televisions and computer screens weighing 0.8 tons, 48 tires with rims weighing 1.9 tons, 61 tires without rims weighing 1.8 tons, 25 gallons of motor oil weighing 185 pounds and 42 compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs.
About 47 tons of non-recyclable material is destined for the landfill and includes about 258 yards of solid waste weighing 45 tons, 21 mattresses and box-springs weighing 0.5 tons and 30 furniture pieces weighing 1.6 tons.
If you are interested in working at the 2019 Spring Clean-up Event contact the Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO), Director, Zackary Chapman at 707-487-9255 extension 1165.
For a list of businesses that take solid waste and recyclables, contact the Natural Resources Department, Tribal Resource Specialist, Kagat McQuillen at 707-487-9255 extension 1155.
In October 2018, Tribal Citizen Devon O’Reilley was honored at the 49th
annual National Tribal Judicial and Court Personnel Conference for her dedication, and success in the growth of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Tribal Court. The Tribal Court has grown its capacity, both in funding and staffing since Devon took on the role of Tribal Court Administrator in 2016. The President of the National American Indian Court Judges Association, Judge Richard Blake nominated Devon and shares the following excerpt from his nomination letter:
I strongly believe that Devon does not expect to be honored for her job duties. However, I strongly believe that in addition to making her way up from Court Clerk to Court Administrator and hopefully in the future Is that Devon O’Reilly will be the 1st tribal member Chief Judge, as I have the strong opinion that she possesses the qualities of a fine Judge. It this type of upward mobility and hard work that needs to be acknowledged and supported and providing an opportunity for tribal members to assume critical positions and maintaining their custom and tradition.
As a strong Tolowa woman, Devon is not only a great tribal member, a dedicated court employee, a great advocate and very strong role model to not only her four daughters but all young women in her tribe. An advocate for tribal member children and elders, Devon clearly maintains that population as very important. Her desire to develop a youth wellness court resulted in the research for funding.
About the association: the National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) is comprised of tribal justice personnel & others devoted to supporting and strengthening tribal justice systems through education, information sharing, and advocacy. NAICJA is a non-profit corporation established in 1969 as a corporation in the state of Delaware following the enactment of the federal Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968. The Act required tribes to follow certain requirements similar to those in the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution. Tribal courts are the forums where those rights are enforced. NAICJA’s mission is to strengthen and enhance tribal justice systems.
On the evening of October 5th Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Staff, TDN citizens and Chairwoman, Denise Richards-Padgette welcomed the Pacific Northwest Spirit Runners as they arrived from their recent stretch from Cow Creek territory (Roseburg, Oregon area). The Spirit Runners began running on September 1st at the U.S. Canada border in Washington and concluded October 8 (Indigenous Peoples Day) on Alcatraz Island to coincide with the Annual Sunrise Ceremony. When they arrived they still had a few weeks left and about 330 miles left to run.
They arrived with the purpose to reunite Indigenous Nations of the Pacific North West, Restore collaborative working relationships of ALL indigenous Nations of the Pacific Northwest & resolve the issues and concerns that have long plagued Indigenous Nations of the Pacific North West.
On Saturday morning tribal citizens and staff greeted runners with a breakfast and began a walk around the reservation to the mouth of the Smith River. Blessings and prayers sent the runners off as they began their next stretch from Smith River to Klamath, California. A few runners joined in with the Spirit Runners to Klamath including Ridge McLennan who represented the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation.
Shu’ shaa nin-la to everyone who came out to welcome the runners and send their prayers. They all made it to Alcatraz for the sunrise ceremony.
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