Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Tribal News
The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation has been in a cooperative agreement with the Smith River Fire Protection District (District) for over ten (10) years. Every year the District and the Nation re-negotiate the payments based on the valuation of Trust properties located on or near the reservation.
Tribal Trust properties are held in Trust by the United States of American and are not subject to State and/or County property taxes as other fee-simple properties in Del Norte County are. As part of our agreement with the District, the Nation makes an annual payment to Smith River Fire Protection District which compensates for this lost tax revenue.
In May of this year, the Tribe received a request for a payment which was over 20 times the previous years’ payment. This triggered the necessity to discuss further the payment between the Smith River Fire Protection District and the Nation, to determine how this new dollar amount was arrived at.
All basic life support and fire services are still being provided to the residents on and off-reservation, as they were prior with SRFPD and Del Norte Ambulance.
The Tribe is currently in negotiations with the Smith River Fire Protection for rates which are in line with other commercial properties throughout Del Norte County so the District can continue to provide services to the Lucky 7 Enterprises as it has done for the last ten years.
September 9, 2020
LETTER TO THE TDN CITIZENS
To all Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation citizens,
As many of you know, we are currently experiencing two very challenging emergency situations with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the recent fires in our territory.
Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Tribal Council would like citizens to know we are in
consultation with our emergency management team. They will keep citizens updated on the current events on the Nation’s official webpage (Tolowa-nsn.gov.) and our Facebook page, along with the appropriate local county websites.
Please shelter in place, unless told to evacuate, with doors and windows closed to protect from the smoke. Our governmental offices are currently closed but if Tribal Citizens are in need of further assistance, please call 707-487-9255 to be routed to the appropriate department.
Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Tribal Council
Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation invites you to join Hazardous Mitigation Plan Public Workshops
August 21, 2020 – 5:30 PM — Public Workshop #1 (Hazard Identification)
September 25, 2020 – 5:30 PM — Public Workshop #2 (Mitigation Actions)
Watch a special presentation via Zoom, share your input and participate in a unique online story map.
August 19, 2020
XAA-WAN’-K’WVT (HOWONQUET) HEAD START
GOING VIRTUAL UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Download Public Notice # 2020-01-24
Following the recommendations of our local school district and in order to best prioritize student and staff safety, the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Xaa-wan’-k’wvt (Howonquet) Head Start will begin virtual learning services on September 8, 2020. The Xaa-wan’-k’wvt (Howonquet) Early Learning
Center will remain closed and no childcare will be offered until further notice.
Information will be sent to parents via email regarding a Mandatory Back-to-School zoom meeting scheduled for August 28, 2020. The meeting agenda will cover COVID-19 precautions, school opening guidelines, and how to stay in touch digitally.
We know this is a very difficult time for our XELP families and community and we will work together to get through this unprecedented time. XELP staff is committed to the student’s education and safety and are available to answer questions and concerns.
For more information, please contact the XELP staff at (707) 487-1113 Monday thru Thursday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
August 11, 2020
US CENSUS EVENT OFFERS TRIBAL CITIZENS ASSISTANCE COMPLETING THE US CENSUS
Download Public Notice 2020-01-23
The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation is hosting another census event. We teamed up with the US Census Bureau to bring an in-person opportunity to respond to the 2020 Census.
A Mobile Questionnaire Assistance (MQA) is a nationwide operation that is taking place across the country in low responding areas to promote and assist with responding to the 2020 Census.
At our MQA event, there will be official Census workers there to guide individuals through the Census questionnaire, question by question.
Call the Tribal Administration Office at (707) 487-9255 for more information.
August 6, 2020
TOLOWA DEE-NI’ NATION EDUCATIONAL – COVID-19 RELIEF FUNDS DISBURSEMENT
Download Public Notice # 2020-01-22
The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation is pleased to announce the COVID-19 relief
funds to assist the membership on their need to respond to the educational
needs of our youth. This pandemic has changed the delivery of education
services to all of our students and these funds will assist our minor
All Tribal minor citizens who have not turned 18 years old by June 30,
2020 will be receiving a COVID-19 relief disbursement for educational
purposes in August 2020.
We ask that you allow up to 3 weeks for delivery of the disbursement. If
you do not receive it within the 3 week time frame, please contact the
Tribal Administration Office at (707) 487-9255 Monday thru Thursday,
8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:||Contact: Governor’s Press Office|
|Tuesday, August 4, 2020||(916) 445-4571|
Governor Newsom Signs Tribal Compacts and Concurs with U.S. Department of the Interior Decision
SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that he has signed tribal-state gaming compacts between the State of California and the Ione Band of Miwok Indians, the Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians, the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation and the Tule River Indian Tribe of California. The Governor has also concurred with the Department of the Interior’s decision to allow 40 acres in Tulare County to be placed in trust for the Tule River Indian Tribe of California, for the purpose of relocating the Tribe’s casino.
Each of the individually-negotiated new compacts reflects the Governor’s and the Tribes’ mutual commitment to a strong and respectful government-to-government relationship, and to promoting tribal economic development and self-sufficiency and strong tribal government. The compacts’ terms respect the parties’ interest in improving the quality of life of tribal members though a framework that generates revenue for governmental programs, while also fairly regulating the gaming activities; affording meaningful patron and employee protections; and mitigating the off-reservation impacts of the gaming facility.
The compacts are intended to support tribal government investment in expanded tribal government services, local jurisdictions, and non-profit and civic organizations for improved fire and emergency medical services, law enforcement, low-income housing, public transit, education, environmental protection and other public service and infrastructure improvements. The compacts reflect a commitment by the Tribes to revenue sharing with non-gaming and limited gaming tribes through the Revenue Sharing Trust Fund and the Tribal Nation Grant Fund so that the economic benefits of gaming extend to all tribal governments in California.
Copies of the compacts can be found here: Ione Band of Miwok Indians compact. Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians compact. Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians compact. Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians compact. Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation compact. Tule River Indian Tribe of California compact.
The Governor’s letter to Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney concurring with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s decision can be found here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Date: August 4, 2020
Contact: Tribal Administration, (707) 487-9255
TOLOWA DEE-NI’ NATION’S NEXT STEP IN THE RESPONSE TO COVID-19
Smith River, CA – The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation unanimously approves an expenditure plan totaling $10,675,172 as part of the Nation’s share of an $8 billion dollar allocation set aside in the CARES Act funding from the US
Treasury in response to support Tribal governments recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Nation’s Respond, Recover and Rebuild expenditure plan will largely offset unbudgeted expenses due to the global coronavirus outbreak. Funds have been allocated to add important safety measures to infrastructure and
facilities for the protection of employees and citizens, increase service delivery for citizens and invest in the continued strengthening of our community recovery.
Faced with the worst crisis of our generation, we have reacted and adjusted to make the tough but necessary decisions, taking appropriate steps to protect our governmental functions and programs due to the more than $2.5 million in revenue shortfall sustained from the COVID-19 restrictions. “We the Tribal Council are striving to continue to build a stronger tribe and community even during this Tribal, State and National crisis,” said Tribal
Chairperson Leann McCallum. “We are looking at multiple ways to offer relief to citizens through our vital programs, as part of the continued goal of continue to provide for the general welfare of our membership”.
“Unfortunately, many employers across the country have had to make drastic program cuts along with mass layoffs or business shutdowns,” Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Jeri Lynn Thompson Vice Chairman stated, “We the council are very proud that the Nation did not have to completely take that route in our operations. We are able to make appropriate reductions to continue to pay our government employees so they did not financially suffer while keeping essential tribal services operational.”
The Attorney General’s office issued an opinion of federal CARES Act funding saying funds should be directed to necessary expenses and programs that support the recovery of the Tribe from disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A Tribal ‘per capita scheme’ is a prohibited use of the funds and the funds must be tied to costs incurred due to the public health emergency the Nation is facing. The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation’s plan is to help guide all facets of the Tribal Government and citizen concerns.
Our spending plan is allocated to multiple areas; personal protective equipment (PPE), adding facility space for employee’s social distancing, investment in information technology (IT) for preparations to continued operational restrictions, restoration of operations, payroll functions, continued investment to assist the Tribal citizens with economic recovery and for the on-going response to COVID-19.
The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Tribal Council has modified the Tribe’s FY2020 budget to accommodate our spending plan and will continue to monitor and provide input on the plan as it further develops. Plans will be subject to
change as the pandemic and needs change. Councilmember Dr. Joseph Giovannetti stated, “We will continue to work together to meet this un-seen predator head-on and ensure our continued survival of the Tolowa people and as an end result be a stronger united people”.
Waa-saa-ghitlh-‘a ~ Wee-ni Naa-ch’aa-ghitlh-ni (OUR HERITAGE IS WHY WE ARE STRONG)
August 3, 2020
ANNUAL DEE-NI’ NIGHT AND DAY CANCELLED
Download Public Notice # 2020-01- 21
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Tribal Council has made the difficult decision to cancel the 15th Annual Dee-ni’ Night and Day events in the efforts to maintain the health and safety of Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation’s citizens and employees.
If you have questions, please contact the Tribal Administration Office at (707) 487-9255 Monday thru Thursday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
July 28, 2020
NO SUMMER & HOLIDAY GIFT PAYMENTS
Download PN #2020-01-20
The current National COVID-19 pandemic event caused the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Tribal Council to authorize a temporary closure of the Lucky 7 Enterprise operations in March, April, and May 2020, as a precautionary effort to maintain the health and safety of Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation’s citizens, employees and patrons. This closure has negatively affected the revenues that are generated in order to provide the citizen gift payments.
In response to the revenue losses, the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Tribal Council has made the difficult decision to not disburse gift payments to the Tribal Citizens for August and November. As a response to the pandemic, the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation provided economic recovery funds in June 2020 to all adult citizens. We are diligently working on providing further economic recovery funds under the CARES Act funding for all citizens.
If you have questions, please contact the Tribal Administration Office at
(707) 487-9255 Monday thru Thursday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.