Xii-chuu-dvn Sri’-lhxvn Xwii-ne (Happy Indian New Year to all of you)….

As we greet the Xii-chuu-dvn (New Year) we reflect back on closure and renewal. During this time of the year, we actively offer our deliberate focus and attention through nourishing our acknowledgments with time, prayer, song, dance, participation, intention, food, reflection, and love of this past year’s gifts and this new year’s welcoming … of love, hope and focus which sets our heart’s intentions of renewal. We give direct attention to Nvn-nvst-a’ (Earth) creations & blessings. We acknowledge waa-ghii~-li~ our (history), k’wii-daa-naa~ – ye’ our (lineage), ghvt-li’ our (ties), Tr’aa-xee-chuu-ne our (Matriarchs), mee-ne’-dvn our (homelands), sri’-lhxvn our (happiness), duu-lhvt-talh our (challenges), mee-xwvtlhya~ our (lessons), wa’sr-‘vsh-t’i our (gifts) and wvn-shaa~- dvtlh-‘i~ our (thankfulness) for xwii-day (everything) that strengthens, sustains & balances us on our journey, deed and care. Being heartful and aware of was-li~ our (energy), which is our ultimate truest form of self, through uplifted expression in its most raw form. Being actively conscious of how we create our was-li~; how we give it and what we are spending it on helps us guide our lives in a very authentic manner. It is a key practice during our season of reflection and renewal for living in a healthy and balanced way in this new season…the New Year. Giving was-li~ is how we share our power. We share our power through an exchange. The key is our awareness of how we represent this exchange of was-li~ and how our power sets our intentions. Great care is needed in how we cultivate and conserve our was-li~. We need was-li~ available to spend on creating and transforming our lives, rather than on defending our realities. We have to train our hearts & minds to elevate and vibrate in our own chosen forms & frequencies. We choose these frequencies through our intentions, actions, what we spend our time on, and how we relate to others. This is the basis of mastering our own was-li~ and learning to focus and direct it. Experiencing the fullness of our own essence is vital. Healthy was-li~ exchange and attuning ourselves in our frequency is alchemy. Everything we do involves an exchange of was-li~. It’s our practice of heartfulness, mindfulness, consistent communication, and healthy boundaries. So, as we reflect on our past year and New Year now, we release what doesn’t serve us while reconnecting to the expansiveness and authenticity of our true inner essence of self. A healthy balance and intentional practices uplift these things that keep us whole. So we challenge ourselves to be authentic, to be true, and to expand our essence to better this world. Heeeeeee…..

TANF Public Comment

Community & Family Services is accepting public comments for Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation’s upcoming TANF Plan renewal for the fiscal year 2021-2024.

Comment Submission
Due January 31, 2021  by 5:00 pm

To request a copy of the TANF Renewal Plan or  to submit a comment, please contact us via:

Mail: Community & Family Services 16299 Hwy 101 N., Smith River, CA 95567

Email: teela.james@tolowa.com or tiffany.shannon@tolowa.com

Telephone: 707-487-9255 Teela James ext. 1139 or Tiffany Shannon ext. 1128


2020 Winter Youth Activity

Due to COVID- 19, winter youth activities will not be in person. Kits will be provided to qualifying youth to complete at home.
An application will need to be completed for your child or children to be considered for participation. CFS staff will contact you if your child or children are approved to participate and will be given the date the kit can be picked up. There are limited kits available.
Who: Youth Ages 7 – 13 years
(residing in the 5 county service area: Coos,
Curry, Del Norte, Humboldt and Josephine)
Application Information:
Platform: Survey Monkey (link below)
Link Active: December 14, 2020 at 8:30 am
Link Close: December 31, 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: Child Care Development Fund (award number: 21TJCACCDF), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Native American Child Advocacy Program.
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.