May 15, 2020

To help Tribal Members during this coronavirus pandemic, the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation is offering multiple emergency assistance opportunities. We are utilizing alternative methods of communication including mass mailings and the One Call Now system.

We ask that all Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Tribal Members have up to date contact information on file with the Enrollment Office. To verify and or update your enrollment contact information please contact the Enrollment Office at (707) 487-9255 Monday thru Thursday 8 AM-5 PM, or go to and click on the link forms. You can fill out the form online and submit.

Emergency Food Boxes:
Emergency food boxes will be delivered to Tribal member households in the 5-county service area. Deliveries have been made to Del Norte and Curry counties, if you reside in those counties and HAVE NOT received a box, please contact Amanda Duncan at (707) 487-9255, ext. 1223.

For Tribal Members in Humboldt, Josephine, & Coos counties, we hope to have a pick-up site identified in a central location. We will make every effort to notify members of delivery dates, times and locations. We are having supply issues, and we are working on alternative means of assistance into the future.

$100 Emergency Food Assistance Gift Cards:
Tribal members who are 18 years old by May 31, 2020 and who HAVE NOT completed a form to receive a gift card please visit
or to complete the form over the phone please contact, Zackary Chapman at (707) 487-9255, ext. 1165.

Emergency Housing Assistance:
If you are a Tribal member living in the 5-county service area, and have had a reduction in income you may be eligible to receive up to $750 to help pay your rent or mortgage. For more information and/or to apply for Emergency Housing Assistance please visit to fill out the application. If you have questions please contact, Jene’ Abad at (707) 487-9255, ext. 1601.



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May 1, 2020


The Emergency Assistance form is now available to fill out for all adult Tribal Members. To help Tribal Members during this coronavirus pandemic, the Tribe will send a gift card to Tribal Members, to use to purchase food, and any household supplies, medicine, and other essential items, once the form in the link is complete. There are a few options to access your emergency food card. You can fill out the form on the link below, or we will be calling all Tribal Members that meet the age requirements starting Monday, May 4, 2020 to assist in filling out the form. Here are the questions we will ask you:

  1. Name, mailing address, phone number, and last 4 digits of your enrollment number;
  2. Do you prefer a gift card from: Safeway, Grocery Outlet or Walmart;
  3. Confirmation that you agree to use the funds for food & household items only.

Please copy and paste the link below into your browser to access the COVID-19 Emergency Food assistance form:

Please note: Funding is regulated by procurement and audit requirements. Tribal members must be 18 years old by May 31, 2020. Tribal Members accepting this emergency food card agree that it is to be used for food & household supplies, medicine, and related needs.

For more information or questions please contact, Zackary Chapman at 707-487-9255, ext. 1165 or

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Are you a Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Family, living in the 5-County Service Area, and have you had a reduction in income?

Emergency Assistance is now available to assist Tribal Member families who have had a loss of income due to lay-off, reduced hours, or other reasons, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and are having trouble paying their rent or mortgage.

For eligible households, up to $750 is available to help pay your rent or mortgage for the month of May 2020.

Information on the COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance and Application can be found HERE:

Please note: Funding is available to assist 125 Families. We will continue to search for more emergency funding, as we know many are in need. Assistance is limited to households in the 5- County Service Area. (Del Norte, Curry, Coos, Humboldt, & Josephine counties). HUD funding is tied to the Tribal population in these counties, so we can only assist citizens in those same counties, with this funding.

For more information or questions please contact Interim Housing Director, Tim Hoone at (707) 487-9255 x 1230.

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Smith River, CA – Today the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation enacted an emergency response budget that focuses on responding to Tribal Member needs as a result of economic impacts from the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Activated by the Tribal Council’s emergency declaration, the Nation’s Incident Management Team developed a proposal based on the survey responses of over 100 Tribal Members. The highest need was related to economic aid in the form of financial assistance, followed by access to food, basic sanitary supplies, and Personal Protective Equipment. The Tribal Council has prioritized its allocation of COVID-19 resources in a way that attempts to assist in reducing stress to Tribal Member families due to the impacts of COVID-19. Over 70 Tribal Members have been recorded to have either been laid off or experienced reduced hours in employment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tribal representatives have begun performing delivery services and have made over 50 deliveries in the last week to the Smith River area.

In an effort to assist all Tribal Members, phase one of the Emergency Response Budget will provide some sort of assistance to all Tribal Members. The response consists of:

• A $100 food debit card to every enrolled Tribal Member 18 and older, tribal-wide.
• Emergency food boxes, household, sanitizing supplies, & masks, (based on supply availability) delivered at least bi-weekly to Tribal Member households in the 5-County Service Area.
• Emergency rent/mortgage assistance, up to $750 for 125 households based on need in the 5- County Service Area.
• Financial assistance to families in tribally-owned housing, by reducing all rent in May to $100/month.

Under the leadership of the Tribal Council, the Incident Management Team is working with available Tribal personnel to anticipate and address any issues that may arise as a consequence of this crisis.

The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation’s Incident Management team is providing regular updates to Tribal citizens and the general public via social media, the, and a phone service called One Call Now. If you have general questions, please call (707) 487-9255. For information about Tribal services, please call (707) 487-3183.