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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 by

My name is Ted Wright. I am Tlingit of the Eagle Tribe and Wolf Clan, born and raised in Sitka, Alaska and adopted by my grandparents when I was an infant. My Tlingit heritage comes from the maternal side through my Mother Julia Durkee and Grandmother, Jennie Wright. On my father and grandfather’s side I am English, German and Irish.

I worked my way through undergraduate school as a summer laborer for the Alaska Pulp Company, graduating from Southern Oregon State College with a degree in English: Secondary Education. Shortly thereafter I received a fellowship to attend Penn State University through the American Indian Leadership Program. Long story short, I earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and a Ph.D. in Education Theory and Policy between 1981 and 1989. My doctoral dissertation was titled: A Case Study and Theoretical Analysis of the Problem of Power for American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes.

For the past thirty years I’ve worked for tribes, tribal organizations and universities helping to advance the interests of American Indian and Alaska Native people. Over the course of the past 25 years I’ve served as the chief executive and administrator in charge for five tribes from Alaska to Washington and now California.

I love my work and am excited to be in Smith River to help build a brighter future for the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation.

Gunalchéesh (Thank-you)


Coats for Kids

Monday, 27 November 2017 by

We are proud to sponsor #CoatsforKids again this year! It’s your chance to help our local families stay safe and warm on the Wild Rivers Coast! Drop off a gently used coat or jacket at the Na’sr-dvtlh-nvsh-dvn (Tribal Office) November through December. Councilor Giovannetti has started the donations by donating three new coats.

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Monday, 27 November 2017 by

For Immediate Release: Contact: Denise Tugade 916.319.2037 Tuesday, October 10, 2017


SACRAMENTO—Governor Brown has signed Assembly Bill 738, authored by Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara). AB 738 provides for the development of a model curriculum in Native American studies for schools to integrate into lesson plans in grades 9 through 12.

“AB 738 is about communities telling their own stories that can be passed on to future generations,” said Limón. “A school curriculum that draws upon and reflects the history of all students, especially underrepresented students, is critical in providing a positive, engaging and meaningful experience in the classroom.”

The model curriculum will be designed with input from tribes to preserve Native American culture and history, and educate all students on its importance. Schools would be encouraged to offer a course in Native American studies based on the model curriculum. California has the largest Native American population in the United States and the third largest American Indian student population.

“This is a proud day for our tribe and Native Americans throughout the state of the California. The passage of this bill means that students will have an opportunity to learn about our history, our journey, our sovereignty and our culture through a curriculum that will be developed with vital input and oversight from Native American tribes. We would like to thank both state Assemblymember Monique Limon for her work on this bill and Governor Brown for making this dream a reality,” said Tribal Chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Kenneth Kahn.

AB 738 was signed on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 9, 2017, and will become law on January 1, 2018.


Assemblymember Monique Limón represents the 37th Assembly District which includes Santa Barbara, Ventura, Goleta, Carpinteria, Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Buellton, Solvang, Summerland, Isla Vista, Montecito and parts of Oxnard. She currently serves as an Assembly Assistant Majority Whip.

Denise Tugade

Communications Director Assemblymember Monique Limón, AD 37

Yvlh-sri Lhetlh-xat

Monday, 27 November 2017 by

Shu’-‘aa-xuu-dvn Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program invites you to join us for weekly A Window Between Worlds healing through art workshops for the month of December.
This is an open community event and you may attend one (1) or all three (3) sessions. Workshop materials, supplies, food and refreshments will be provided.

Learn about domestic violence/sexual assault services offered by the Shu’-‘aa-xuu-dvn DV/SA Program
• Help empower and transform those who are impacted by violence and trauma through art
• Socialize and gather with your community

For more information regarding this event please contact:
Andromeda Lopez
Shu’-‘aa-xuu-dvn DV/SA Program
Tribal Outreach Specialist
Office: (707) 487-9255 Ext.1133

For domestic violence/sexual assault services or information please contact:

Shu’-‘aa-xuu-dvn DV/SA Program 24-hour Crisis Line: (707) 487-3175

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