December 5, 2020
Smith River, CA.
As a precautionary measure, the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Tribal Council agreed to close the physical offices of the Tribal Government operations until Monday, December 21, 2020. Recently we have had multiple governmental employees test positive for the COVID19 Virus.
Contact tracing has been performed, and those with second or third-party exposure to known positive cases have been identified. They are currently isolating and will be required to test negative before returning to work.
All staff will be continuing to work from home, and there will be no reduction in pay. Staff will be contacted by their supervisors to facilitate this new 100% remote-work status.
Critical services for Tribal Members will continue through electronic means, including email, telephone, and other telecommunication services. This closure is an effort to curb the possible spread of exposure throughout the organization.
We will also be taking the necessary steps to sanitize and clean our facilities and equipment. Staff will also be required to test negative for the COVID19 virus prior to returning to on-site operations.
Please stay safe during these trying times.

2020 Winter Family Activities

Due to COVID-19, we are unable to have an in-person winter event (previously Christmas party); however, in honor of the winter season, CFS is providing families with the opportunity to pick up a kit with activities families can complete together to promote family engagement.

Families who have children in the household 0-13 years of age and reside in the 5 county service area (Coos, Curry, Del Norte, Humboldt, and Josephine) may apply. Families must fill out the application to be considered. If your family is approved to receive a kit, you will be notified by CFS staff of the pick-up date and location.

Application Information:

Platform: Survey Monkey (link below)(
(link will be posted on Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation website as well as on social media)

  Link Active: November 14, 2020 at 8:30 am

  Link Close: December 4, 2020 at 5:00 pm

If you have questions or need assistance with the application, contact Monica at 707-487-3183

This project is brought to you by a collaboration of: Child Care Development Fund (award number:21TJCACCDF), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Native American Child Advocacy Program.


Press Release: Indian Shaker Church

Today (October 8, 2020) the Tribal Council of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation is pleased to announce an agreement in principle with the 1910 Indian Shaker Church of Washington (“Shaker Church”) regarding their joint desires to work together to secure the future of the Shaker Church on the Reservation and address the Tribal Council’s need to address beach access and environmental concerns.

Terry Charley, the Bishop of the Indian Shaker Church, along with seven other representatives including the 1st , 2nd and 3rd Elders as well as Rodney Vigil and Charlene Young, Ministers of the Smith River Shaker Church, all traveled to Smith River at the invitation of Tribal Council to
engage in a conversation regarding the Indian Shaker Church. Discussions centered on several topics, including environmental degradation and homeless encampments below the Shaker Church, illicit drug activity, beach access by non-members, and the Tribe’s desire to exert its sovereign jurisdiction over the lands of the Reservation.

Conversations were fruitful and all parties agreed to work together to address the problems identified.

Additionally, the Tribe and the Shaker Church agreed to begin the process of converting the parcels owned by the Shaker Church to Trust status. Ownership of the parcels will be transferred to the Tribe along with a stipulation that so long as the Indian Shaker Church of Washington exists the land will be available for Church use. Transferring the land to Trust status will help in alleviating the annual financial burden of the Shaker Church in Smith River, make the re-construction of the Church easier and less costly, and will simultaneously help by addressing the legal and jurisdictional concerns of the Tribe.

The Tribal Council is extraordinarily pleased that an agreement was able to be reached between the parties. Both sides agreed to have regular meetings so that open communication and friendship can continue to grow.

The Tribal Council looks forward to many years of continued partnerships.