Hoopa Valley Tribal Court and K’ima:w Medical Center Receive $1.3 Million
By RHONDA BIGOVICH, Two Rivers Tribune
The Hoopa Valley Tribe will receive a huge budget boost that will arrive in the shape of $1.3 million dollar grant; just in time to help the struggling tribal budget.
Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) awarded grants to two separate tribal: The Hoopa Tribal Court and K’ima:w Medical Center’s domestic violence program.
The Hoopa Tribal Court will be able to assist the public with a community service program. This is a three year grant, and the Court plans to add cultural aspects to the community service program.
Chief Judge Richard Blake said, “This is necessary, especially when people cannot pay their fines.”
Blake said. “They can work for $10 dollars an hour for their wrong doing and their work will be visible in the community.”
Judge Blake heard the concerns of the people coming in through the courts system. The program is available but the strict rules still apply.
“We are going to adhere to the same standards they do at other local community service programs,” Blake said. This program is to work off restitution for tribal citations only.
“Another part time position is to update tribal ordinances, so the tribal membership, attorneys and the Council will be updated on all revises on the tribal ordinances,’ Blake said.
Judith Surber, project coordinator of K’ima:w’s domestic violence program, said, “We plan to expand our services, hire new staff, and provide educational cultural healing programs.”
“One of our goals is we see a high need for a safe place for victims and their children to go,” Surber said. “We are also getting a much needed means of transportation.”
Pam Risling, domestic violence advocate, said, “We are sending our tribal members who are victims and their children off the reservation.”
The domestic violence program is looking for a location to expand to provide office space and a housing unit to care for victims of domestic violence.
“Our children are our most valuable resource,” Risling said. “We want to expand and help a woman every day.”
Risling said, “Our grant proposal was written for specific reasons. This should help the council with direction on the money should be spent.”
Both Surber and Risling look online daily to seek out grants that may fit what their programs need.
Tribal Chairperson Danielle Vigil-Masten said, “This is one of the bigger grants the tribe gets. I’m proud of you ladies, and I’m excited for the new community wellness program.”
“We know the need here, we live it everyday,” Surber said. “I feel we in Domestic Violence are in touch with the needs of their surrounding areas.’
The meeting members agree that when its time to write grants, the departments need to concentrate on them, and help their departments get monies needed in grants if it is available.
“The Hoopa Valley Tribe competes with some of the biggest tribes; great job to both departments,” Vigil-Masten said.