The Natural Resources Department is seeking public comment on the ‘E’sr-k’aa-ni Traditional Plant Management Project. Public comment may be submitted until Wednesday, March 31 st at 5 pm by:

email to cynthia.ford@tolowa.com or
mail to 140 Rowdy Creek Rd
Smith River, Ca. 95567
Attn: Natural Resources

The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation’s goal for this project is to establish protocols based on Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), living culture, and western science to inform active management of tribal resources and lands; maintain cultural and community vitality; restore traditional management practices; support resilient and biodiverse habitats, and traditional plant restoration. Traditional plant restoration will be for food, medicine, and basketry/dye materials, as well as to improve local access to cultural practices and re-establish wildlife habitat.


We are asking for input regarding the plant management and preferred level of trail maintenance. We have completed a bio- inventory and trail assessment on the existing conditions at ‘E’sr-k’aa-ni. We are recommending managing for desired native species and removal and maintenance of non-native species. 

To learn more download ‘E’sr-k’aa-ni Public Comment

North Coast Regional Water Board Program for Discharges of
Waste Associated with the Production of Lily Bulbs.


Public Review of the Draft Smith River Plain Water Quality
Management Plan (SRPWQMP)

Regional Water Board staff have developed a draft SRPWQMP to address water quality associated with the cultivation and production of lily bulbs in the Smith River Plain.  The SRPWQMP is an adaptive management pollutant control plan that will provide information for the development of a Waste Discharge Regulation (WDR) permit for lily bulb growing operations in the Smith River watershed.  The SRPWQMP was developed by Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Water Board) staff at the direction of the Regional Water Board to address water quality impacts associated with lily bulb cultivation in the Smith River Plain. 

The plan sets up a program of implementation, monitoring, and reporting to the Regional Water Board and the public.  It includes a surface water monitoring program and an adaptive management process to assess effectiveness of program implementation.  The plan was developed with input from the Smith River Watershed Stewardship Team composed of lily bulb growers, natural resources agencies, the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, and the Smith River Alliance, a local restoration group.

The SRPWQMP is not a regulatory order, nor is it part of a Basin Plan Amendment process, and therefore will not be considered a regulatory action by the Regional Water Board.  The Regional Water Board staff in consult with the Smith River Watershed Stewardship Team will evaluate public comments for possible refinements to the SRPWQMP.  After the revisions, if any, are complete, the draft SRPWQMP will be considered by Regional Water Board’s Executive Officer for approval of the final plan. 

Draft Smith River Plain Water Quality Program

  • Draft Smith River Plain Water Quality Management Plan Public Review Draft – February 11, 2021

Comments on the draft SRPWQMP are due March 12, 2021 to:

Ben.Zabinsky@waterboards.ca.gov
(707) 576-6750 or mail to:
Regional Water Quality Control Board
c/o Ben Zabinsky
5550 Skylane Blvd., Suite A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Please email Ben.Zabinsky@waterboards.ca.gov if you have questions or problems downloading the draft plan.  

A REMINDER FROM TDN FISCAL DEPARTMENT

Dear Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Citizens:

RE: No 1099’s issued for 2020 CERP/ COVID-19 Payments

Using funds received under the CARES Act, following the strict guidelines of the Act, the Council has enacted this COVID-19 Emergency Response Program (“CERP”), pursuant to Resolution No. 2020-25, an approved program under the Nation’s General Welfare Ordinance.


The CERP distribution is a General Welfare Benefit made in accordance with the General Welfare Doctrine and Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) Rev. Proc. 2014-35, 26 C.F.R. § 601.601. As General Welfare Benefits, the Tribal Council deems that these funds are not includable in tribal citizens’ gross income and do not need to be reported on your tax filings as revenues.

TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

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

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