An Eye on the Future

laverne glaze1Laverne Glaze, the Karuk basket weaver and tribal activist, says that she gave her first basket away, to her mother. But she confessed that she has been too proud of her work to let go of most of the rest. She played a role in the federal recognition of the tribe years ago and of Forest Service fire polices in locations where prescribed burning promoted the healthy growth of basket materials./Photo by Malcolm Terence.

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Feds Give Tribes Green Light to Grow and Sell Marijuana on Tribal Lands

The U.S. Justice Department announced last week that they will not enforce federal marijuana laws on federally recognized tribes that choose to allow it as long as they meet eight federal guidelines, including that marijuana not be sold to minors and not be transported to areas that prohibit it. Local tribes, such as the Hoopa and Yurok Tribes, have strict laws preventing marijuana cultivation and the Justice Department’s recent announcement will not change individual tribal laws. Only the tribes themselves can do that. In Hoopa, a petition was filed on Monday morning to repeal the Tribe’s marijuana prohibition law. If the petition receives the requisite number of signatures it will be placed on a special election ballot to be voted on by Hoopa Valley Tribal Members./Photo courtesy of Arizona Medical Marijuana Community.A U.S. Department of Justice memorandum released last week opens the window for federally recognized tribes to grow and sell marijuana on tribal lands, raising a long debated issue among local tribes that work to suppress large-scale grows because of environmental damage and criminal activity. The memorandum prompted Hoopa Valley tribal member and former tribal chairman Clifford Lyle Marshall, Sr., to file a petition to repeal the Hoopa tribe’s law that prohibits marijuana cultivation on the reservation.

VOICES: It’s Time to Move

I write in response to the Times-Standard article, “DOJ says Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana” (Dec. 12, 2014), the North Coast Journal article, “The Revolution Starts Here” (12/11/14), and in anticipation of the TRT’s coverage of this issue. The Department of Justice decision that tribes can grow and sell cannabis as long as they follow the same federal conditions as laid out for states that have legalized cannabis is truly a game changer for Indian tribes and a tremendous economic opportunity for our tribal citizens. I was disappointed in the knee jerk responses from the Hoopa and Yurok leadership, without giving a second thought to the economic opportunity that the tribes have been presented with. Because of this response, I have submitted to the Election Board a petition that states:

Tribal Police Officers Collide While Responding to Shots Fired Call

20-50 Police CrashThe lead unit slowed in order to make a U-turn to travel southbound on SR-96. The trailing unit was unable to slow / stop in time. The front of the trailing vehicle struck the left side of the lead vehicle, causing minor injuries to both officers.

Shedding Light on Problems Along Highway 96

Rod Mendes, director of the Hoopa Valley Tribe’s Office of Emergency Services said that over the next few weeks 14 streetlights will be repaired to improve safety in and around Downtown Hoopa. A concurrent project will improve lighting near local business to deter crime./Photo by Allie Hostler, Two Rivers Tribune A grand total of 14 lights will be installed along the highway and scattered throughout downtown business areas, lighting up parking lots and buildings. Hoopa residents will soon see more lighting in front of Ray’s Food Place, Lucky Bear Casino (LBC), and the Hoopa Tribal Museum. There will also be 12 speed bumps placed strategically throughout this parking lot.

Hoopa Resident Laura Jordan Graduates UC Davis Medical School

Laura Jordan graduated on May 29, 2014, from U.C.-Medical School. Dr. Laura Jordan has shown through perserverence that childhood dreams can come true./Photo courtesy of Laura JordanIt all started when Laura’s parents, Larry and Angela Jordan, bought their young daughter a toy medical kit. She loved it and always said she wanted to be a doctor. As her dreams began to take shape, Laura was awed when she heard there was a female Native American doctor working at K’ima:w Medical Center (KMC) in Hoopa.

Health Front: Four New Ebola Treatment Facilities in Bay Area

There are now 35 hospitals in the United States that are designated as Ebola treatment centers, states the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. An increasing number of hospitals are now equipped and ready to treat Ebola patients. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state health officials have updated, trained and prepared 35 hospitals for Ebola, with more expected in the next month.

An Eye on the Future

Laverne Glaze, the elder basket weaver and Karuk activist, shows off a regalia skirt still a work in progress. She reflected, “My life is getting pretty damn short I still need to teach some of these young girls how to sew dresses.”/Photo by Malcolm TerenceGlaze, who spent decades as a promoter and organizer of basketweaving, is now 82 years old and hobbled by arthritis and even occasional difficulty breathing, but she is still working hard with an eye on the future.

Local Fighter Undefeated

Orion Cosce at recent fight at Blue Lake Casino. Cosce said he stays true to himself and hasn’t changed. Coach for the Lost Boys,  Uriah Naimone instructs his fighters that “People don’t plan the fail-They fail to plan.”/Photo Courtesy of Ernesto Balderramos“I will be on TV someday, without a doubt, whether it be on USF or Global Fighting,” said Cosce. “I enjoy MMA fighting because it is a one-on-one sport. You cannot blame others’ mistakes for you losing.”