FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Date: March 24, 2020
Contact: Briannon Fraley, (707) 487-9255 x 1125
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THE TOLOWA DEE-NI’ NATION IMPLEMENTS PLAN TO MAINTAIN HIGH LEVEL OF SERVICE DURING COVID-19 CRISIS
Smith River, CA – The Tolowa Dee-ni Nation is working creatively to ensure Tribal citizens continue to have access to government services during the global COVID-19 crisis.
“We are modifying our procedures to keep our community and staff safe, while ensuring the continuity of our operations.” Said Denise Richards-Padgette, the Chairperson of the Tolowa Dee- ni’ Nation Tribal Council.
For the next two weeks, temporary business hours have been established. All Tribal buildings will be closed to the public. Services will be accessible Monday through Thursday 8-5 by calling (707) 487- 9255. Crisis services for domestic violence through the Shu’-‘aa-xuu-dvn Program will remain a
24/7 service. Tribal service providers can also be reached by email. All contacts can be found at tolowa-nsn.gov. This time frame is based on California Governor Gavin Newsom’s stay-in-place order to prevent the spread of the virus. Service recipients are asked to follow the US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation to maintain a six-feet of personal space.
To mobilize Tribal staff and resources toward addressing the predicted near and far term impacts of the global pandemic, the Tribal Council issued a state of emergency declaration on Thursday, March 19. The following day all Tribal offices were closed to the public to protect the health of Tribal
citizens and staff. Tribal personnel are practicing social distancing and taking advantage of digital communication tools, such as teleconferencing, to maintain a healthy and productive work environment. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the Tribal Government is functioning
near its full capacity and is working under an Emergency Operations Plan. The plan serves as the foundation of the Nation’s multi-pronged effort to anticipate and overcome any adverse, local issues that may arise as a result of the worldwide crisis.
At present, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the local area. The Nation has postponed all large social events, including the Annual Tribal Membership Meeting. For the purpose of preventing a large number of people from gathering in close proximity, a scaled down version of
the yearly meeting is happening on Saturday, April 4. Additionally, the in-classroom component of the Howonquet Head Start is suspended until April 10. Head Start staff are still providing homework packets and meals to all students.
The Tribal Council and Tribal Government personnel are working day and night to make certain the Nation remains strong during and after this unparalleled pandemic.
The Incident Command team that will deploy regular notices to Tribal Citizens, and the general public during this time of crisis via social media, the website, and a phone service called One Call Now. For additional information about Tribal services, please call (707) 487-9255.