Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Tribal News
Community & Family Services is accepting public comments for Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation’s upcoming TANF Plan renewal for the fiscal year 2021-2024.
Due January 31, 2021 by 5:00 pm
To request a copy of the TANF Renewal Plan or to submit a comment, please contact us via:
Mail: Community & Family Services 16299 Hwy 101 N., Smith River, CA 95567
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 707-487-9255 Teela James ext. 1139 or Tiffany Shannon ext. 1128
Due to COVID-19, we are unable to have an in-person winter event (previously Christmas party); however, in honor of the winter season, CFS is providing families with the opportunity to pick up a kit with activities families can complete together to promote family engagement.
Families who have children in the household 0-13 years of age and reside in the 5 county service area (Coos, Curry, Del Norte, Humboldt, and Josephine) may apply. Families must fill out the application to be considered. If your family is approved to receive a kit, you will be notified by CFS staff of the pick-up date and location.
Platform: Survey Monkey (link below)(https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YKQNFB5)
(link will be posted on Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation website as well as on social media)
Link Active: November 14, 2020 at 8:30 am
Link Close: December 4, 2020 at 5:00 pm
If you have questions or need assistance with the application, contact Monica at 707-487-3183
This project is brought to you by a collaboration of: Child Care Development Fund (award number:21TJCACCDF), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Native American Child Advocacy Program.
Today (October 8, 2020) the Tribal Council of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation is pleased to announce an agreement in principle with the 1910 Indian Shaker Church of Washington (“Shaker Church”) regarding their joint desires to work together to secure the future of the Shaker Church on the Reservation and address the Tribal Council’s need to address beach access and environmental concerns.
Terry Charley, the Bishop of the Indian Shaker Church, along with seven other representatives including the 1st , 2nd and 3rd Elders as well as Rodney Vigil and Charlene Young, Ministers of the Smith River Shaker Church, all traveled to Smith River at the invitation of Tribal Council to
engage in a conversation regarding the Indian Shaker Church. Discussions centered on several topics, including environmental degradation and homeless encampments below the Shaker Church, illicit drug activity, beach access by non-members, and the Tribe’s desire to exert its sovereign jurisdiction over the lands of the Reservation.
Conversations were fruitful and all parties agreed to work together to address the problems identified.
Additionally, the Tribe and the Shaker Church agreed to begin the process of converting the parcels owned by the Shaker Church to Trust status. Ownership of the parcels will be transferred to the Tribe along with a stipulation that so long as the Indian Shaker Church of Washington exists the land will be available for Church use. Transferring the land to Trust status will help in alleviating the annual financial burden of the Shaker Church in Smith River, make the re-construction of the Church easier and less costly, and will simultaneously help by addressing the legal and jurisdictional concerns of the Tribe.
The Tribal Council is extraordinarily pleased that an agreement was able to be reached between the parties. Both sides agreed to have regular meetings so that open communication and friendship can continue to grow.
The Tribal Council looks forward to many years of continued partnerships.
October 14, 2020
INTENT TO APPLY FOR EPA-OLEM-OBLR-20-07 BROWNFIELD CLEANUP GRANT
Based on community input received during the Tribe’s extensive Land Use Planning process, including the redevelopment of Xaa-wan’-k’wvt Village and Resort, and the completion of a Phase II Targeted Brownfields Assessment for Xaa-wan’-k’wvt Village and Resort (2018), the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation is currently pursuing funding to address the legacy contaminant issues at Xaa-wan’-k’wvt Village and Resort.
The Tribe is seeking public comment on the Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) and FY-21 Brownfield Cleanup Grant draft application. These documents are available for public review and comment at the following locations:
- Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Natural Resources Office – 400 N Indian Rd, Smith River CA
- Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Tribal Administration Office- 140 Rowdy Creek Rd, Smith River CA
Public comments will be received and considered until October 28th. Comments may be provided through the following methods:
- Xaa-wan’-kwvt Village and Resort Public Meeting on Monday October 26th at 5:30 pm, the meeting will be held via zoom please use the following link to attend: Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82188702997 Meeting ID: 821 8870 2997 One tap mobile +16699009128,,82188702997# US (San Jose) 13462487799,,82188702997# US +(Houston)
- Comments may be provided at any regularly scheduled Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Tribal Council meeting before October 28th .
- Comments may be directly submitted to Erika Partee, Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Natural Resources Director at email@example.com.
This local plan will help to reduce the loss of life and property by reducing the impact of disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, and wildfires. Through a comprehensive six-month-long planning process, hazard risks will be explored and an action plan of improvement projects will be identified and prioritized.
Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation response to City of Crescent City Indigenous Peoples’ Day Proclamation, enacted on 10.5.2020.
We acknowledge this act of recognizing our existence here in our homelands of the Tolowa Deeni’; People with gratitude and truth in our hearts. This proclamation is a start.
To witness this act in my time is a great move towards healing. We reflect on this day as an effort to bring our communities together in understanding, respect and truth. This is the home of the Tolowa Deeni’ since time immemorial.
We have recent carbon data archaeology dating us here for over 12,000 years.
We survived the Spanish and Russian Clipper Ships of the 1700s.
We survived the invasion, exploration and diseases of Jedidiah Smith of 1828.
We survived the Oregon Territory of 1848-1859
We survived the California Gold Rush which began in 1849.
We survived the western expansion of settlers in the 1850s.
We survived the 18 unratified treaties of Nov 4, 1851, which would’ve left California Indians with 7.5M acres of land.
We survived and continue to navigate the exploitation and commercialization of our resources.
The campaign to exterminate every living California Indian, with the slogan “Kill the Indian, save the man”, was led by California’s first governor, Peter H. Burnett in an attempt to annihilate our existence, our homes, our children, our elders, our foods, our forests, our rivers, our ocean, our spirituality, our philosophy, our health, our lives and our will to live.
This Holocaust campaign which exterminated millions of California Indians and thousands of Tolowa Deeni’ resulted in much losses and damage in this very short history of Crescent City and Del Norte County of only 166 years.
After the 2nd largest documented massacre of the United States which occurred in the Center of our World at Yan’-daa-k’vt, in December 1853, where over 450 of my ancestors perished, the City of Crescent City, also known as Taa-‘at-dvn, was built and founded in Tolowa Blood on April 13, 1854.
We are often told to just “get over it, toughen up, that was a long time ago!” But, in actuality, it was a very short time ago comparatively to our existence of thousands of years. Our families’ stories still exist today stained with the
continued racism that plagues our communities. We have experienced gross negligence on every level of every American institution yet today.
This Indigenous Peoples Day is a start, a great start to an act that was introduced nationwide 43 years ago.
But, we yet hold gratefulness in our hearts today because we are still here. We are still eating our foods, still speaking our language, still hold ceremony in our lands and still alive healing our hearts for a better tomorrow. We, too, acknowledge this good faith effort to bring healing to all of our people.
We offer our truth, not to shame anyone, but to bring light to the truth and understanding of where we are coming from and where are we are going. We move together as one to embrace and enhance love and compassion for our fellow citizens of Crescent City and Del Norte County. Thriving and not just surviving.
Heeeee, Shu’ aashii ninla, Jaytuk D. Steinruck, on behalf of the Taa-laa-wa Dee-ni’ Nation Citizens
Below is the signed Indigenous Peoples’ Day Proclamation shared at the City of Crescent City Council Meeting held on 10-5-20.