Across Indian Country, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) is an important opportunity to listen to and talk with youth and teens about healthy relationships and dating violence. As Native people, relationships represent our sacred connections with each other, grounded in the traditional understanding that ‘we are all related.’ However, we also know
relationships are challenging and especially so for Native youth and teens that are exploring romantic relationships for the first time.

Nationally, nearly 1 in 11 female and approximately 1 in 15 male high school students report having experienced physical dating violence in the last year, and about 1 in 9 female and 1 in 36 male high school students report having experienced sexual dating violence in the last year.  No one deserves to be abused in any way. Romantic relationships should be grounded in respect, not based on power and control masked as love.

Some signs of dating violence can include when a partner:

  • Acts extremely jealous or possessive of you
  • Follows you home or to school, or shows up wherever you are unannounced
  • Are annoyed or upset when you spend time on the phone with other people
  • Tells you who you can or cannot be friends with
  • Starts rumors or threatens to start rumors about you
  • Excessively texts you or sends non-stop DMs
  • Checks your phone for who texts or calls you
  • Tags you in hurtful social media memes, posts or pictures
  • Criticizes your dreams, goals, family or friends
  • Tells you what to wear or how to dress
  • Explodes in anger toward you or acts aggressively when they’re upset
  • Kisses, grabs or touches your body without your permission
  • Forces you to take sexually explicit selfies or videos
  • Threatens to hurt themselves or commit suicide if you don’t do what they want.

Dating violence is not our tradition. Our young relatives deserve healthy, respectful love.
Help honor youth and teens in your lives by raising awareness of dating violence and promoting healthy relationships. Let’s help to empower the next generation in reclaiming and defining what safe, healthy and strong relationships mean for them.

Shu’ Shaa nin-la

On December 30, 2020 a large k’vsh-chu fell across Howland Hill Rd. in Crescent City, CA. Our Tribal Council learned of the fallen k’vs-chu via a social media post by the Redwood National and State Parks. This area of our Tolowa ancestral land is now managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation as part of the Jedediah Smith State Park. By direction of Tribal Council, the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer sent a letter to the CA State Parks Superintendent requesting the k’vsh-chu for traditional cultural purposes. The Superintendent agreed to the request and was very supportive of the Nation’s efforts to obtain as much of the fallen k’vs-chu as feasible for the Nation to transport.

Howland Hill Rd. was closed until the tree could be cleared from the roadway. Due to the holiday season the Nation and CA State Park Staff had to wait until after the New Year to begin work cutting and removing the tree. The main tree was approximately 6ft in diameter with an additional offshoot tree approximately 4ft diameter. The large size and good condition of both will allow us to use a majority of the acquired k’vsh-chu to construct xee-nvs, traditional dugout canoes and possibly other cultural projects. After the logs have properly seasoned the plan is to host trainings for our young men to learn the art and skill of canoe carving. This is very exciting news as there has not been canoes constructed by Tolowa people in at least the last two generations, if not more.

In addition to men collecting the logs for xee-nvs, a small group of female basket weavers were able to salvage some k’vs-chu wee- ye’ (redwood roots) that were exposed before the stump was cut and tipped back into the root-ball hole. K’vsh-chu wee-ye’ are typically limited in use for ceremonial baskets that are used for prayer and rituals such as Nee-dash (Feather Dance), Lhuk Mii- naa~-li (Salmon Ceremony) and Ch’a~lh-day-wvn Srdee-yvn (Flower Dance).

Submitted by Amanda O’Connell & Cynthia Ford

Gathering Permits for traditional cultural resources (such as basketry materials, herbal medicines, etc.) in the CA State Parks are available to tribal members on the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation website at: https://www.tolowa-nsn.gov/tribal-forms/. You can also get a copy from the Tribal Historic Preservation Office or Natural Resources Department. The Tribal Historic Preservation Officer will work with tribal members to submit the permit applications to the proper staff at CA State Parks.


Emergency Rental Assistance Program- COVID-19

For persons and families renting a house, New Emergency Rental Assistance is available to income-qualified persons to help pay rent and utilities.

Eligible Households may receive up to 12 months of rental & utility assistance, as well as payment of any back rent you owe. There are no geographic restrictions, so Tolowa Households anywhere in the US can receive assistance if you meet the eligibility criteria.


Are you eligible? Apply & find out!

LINK TO APPLICATION  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/tolowa_emergency_rental_assistance

1)    Your household income is 80% or less than the Area Median Income, where you live.


2)    You have experienced a loss of income (or increased expenses), even temporary, since March 13, 2020.

This program is for rental assistance only, not mortgage assistance.

Fill out the APPLICATION and see if you qualify.

LINK TO APPLICATION  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/tolowa_emergency_rental_assistance

To be eligible, INCOME RANGE VARIES FROM $40,000 – $78,000 for a family of 4, depending on where you live.


Another Successful Tribal Clean-up!

The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation hosted a one-day Tribal Fall Clean-up event on Saturday, November 12, 2020. This year provided many challenges, including the cancellation of events due to Covid-19. In spite of many obstacles, the Tribe was able to carry out a successful, safe, and socially distanced event.

Each year the Tribe partners with a variety of agencies to ensure waste is disposed of are taken to the appropriate facility. This year Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation worked with 4 local agencies: The solid waste management company Recology was contracted for solid waste bins and hauling. The Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority was secured to dispose of a variety of solid waste and recyclable items. Humboldt Moving and Storage took the recyclable mattresses and box springs for free through the California Government mattress recycling program, Bye Bye Mattress which is managed by the Mattress Recycling Council. Cascade Metal, from Grants Pass, hauled away the recyclable metal for free. Tribal Citizens also participated in a short solid waste survey to gather current data for how the Tribe can facilitate solid waste management.

This year the Fall Cleanup was limited to 1 load per Tribal household within a reasonable distance to haul solid waste to the cleanup. The purpose of this event is to support pollution prevention, minimize environmental impacts, and to provide informational and educational materials, as well as educate and support tribal citizens on proper disposal of residential waste. In order to maintain environmental health conditions, citizens are discouraged from storing every-day household garbage to dispose of at cleanup events; this is why we did not take household garbage.