Hoopa Tribal Council Votes to Add 28 Members to Roll

Tribal Councilmember Wendy “Poppy” George, left, and Vice Chairman Ryan Jackson, right, looked over the list of applicants for enrollment before the start of the Tribal Council meeting on Thursday, December, 5. / Photo by Kristan Korns, Two Rivers Tribune

By KRISTAN KORNS, Two Rivers Tribune

The Hoopa Valley Tribal Council voted on Thursday, December 5, to add 28 people to the tribe’s membership roll and to allow two tribal members to relinquish their membership.

The complete list of 30 names was approved by the Enrollment Committee at their November 21 and December 5 meetings, and sent on to the Council for a final vote.

Half of the new members added to the tribal roll, 14 out of 28, were born in 2013. Five of the remaining 14 were born between 2009 and 2012, while one was born in 2004, and eight are adults.

The requests of Jesse Sherman and Laura Brundin to each relinquish their enrolled status in the Hoopa Valley Tribe were approved.

All seven Council members were present at Thursday’s meeting, while Tribal Chairperson Danielle Vigil-Masten was meeting with California state representatives in Sacramento.

The Council also voted to assign a one-acre lot on Pine Creek Road in Chenone Field to Ellrod L. Moon, and approved David Hostler’s request for a little less than a half-acre of newly-surveyed land.

Ken Norton, director of Land Management, said the land was near Hostler Ridge at the very end of the Hostler Field housing project.

“It is .47 of an acre. David put in an application for the land as we were surveying it,” Norton said.

Hostler said that he could move a trailer onto the land almost immediately. “Even if it’s just a half-acre, I’m okay with that as long as we don’t have to stay where we’re staying.”

Council members approved just over a half-dozen other items on the agenda, including authorizing slightly over $74,000 carryover funds for the Hoopa Tribal Police in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, authorizing the Fisheries Department to provide $80 dinner cards instead of holding a Christmas dinner, and approving a modified FY 2014 budget for the Office of Emergency Services (OES).

Rod Mendes, OES director, said, “The new budget includes all of the modifications added by the Council.”

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