Arts & Culture

54th Annual All-Indian Basketball Tournament

54th Annual All-Indian Basketball Tournament Royalty.The 54th Annual All Indian Basketball Tournament brought teams from around Indian Country together for a weekend of friendly competition and fun. As is traditional, local young women compete for tournament royalty positions by fundraising in the community. The proceeds help pay tournament expenses. From left to right: 2015 Little Princess Tylie McKinnon, 2015 Queen […] Read More →

Book-of-the-Year Author Brings Comedy to Serious Issues

Neila Kuska couldn’t keep a straight face. She said Alexie was hilarious. She quoted Alexie in a Facebook post, “All you native kids running around with the latest iPhones aren’t deprived you little #$@%.”/Photo courtesy of Neila Kuska.Not a soul was left sitting as applause roared through Van Duzer Theatre on March 5 following Sherman Alexie’s two-hour laugh-a-palooza before a sold-out crowd at Humboldt State University. Read More →

Inter-Tribal Warriors Gather For Rafting Trip On Smith River

The Warrior Institute sponsored a rafting trip for local tribal youth on the Smith River./Photo by Thomas Dunklin.The water was so clear it was hard to tell where the sky ended and the river began. Every rock and pebble was visible beneath the surface and sunlit mountains shrouded in darks forests towered above the river. The roar of rapids echoed off the canyon walls, as did the sound of laughter and the call of paddling commands. A line of seven colorful rafts came into view, filled with paddlers wearing broad smiles as they navigated the enchanting waters of the Smith River. Read More →

Stories, Legends and Other Things: Sheet Iron Jack

Traveling east on Highway 299, we pass through a small semi-ghost town six miles west of Redding. At one time, this little community was one of the most important sites in northern California. For more than three decades, from 1850 and into the 1880’s, it was the county seat for Shasta. Old Shasta, as it is known today, was first called Reading Springs. It soon changed its name to Shasta and was considered the “Queen City” of the gold country. From there the pack mules, or pack trains, ferried prospectors and supplies into the riches of the Trinity and Siskiyou mountains. It was safer to travel into those regions from the east rather than risking dangerous encounters with the Redwood and Hupa Indians from the west. Read More →

Lucky Day

21-11 Joe OHaraVolunteers of the Willow Creek Fire Safe Council held their annual corned beef and cabbage feed fundraiser on Friday, March 13. The Fire Safe Council is currently promoting the Fire Adapted Landscapes and Safe Homes (FLASH)  program. FLASH is a cost share program designed to assist property owners with the job of reducing their risk […] Read More →

Senior Prank Gone Wrong

A dead deer was found on the Hoopa Valley High School Gymnasium floor on Tuesday, March 10.Shock and great sadness overcame students, staff, and the community last Tuesday morning, March 10, when an unused deer carcass was found lying in the center of Hoopa Valley High School’s gymnasium floor. Read More →

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. Read More →

First Baptist Church of Hoopa Ordains New Pastor at Well-Attended Ceremony

Newly-ordained Pastor Ethan “Red Eagle” Lawton, center left, talked with Hoopa Elder Maggie Dickson, center right, after the ceremony on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Hoopa. / Photo by Kristan Korns Lawton said his good friend Caprice Agglof, who helps organize the yearly Vacation Bible School (VBS) in Hoopa, first drew him to Hoopa. “I hadn’t heard of Hoopa until about two years ago,” Lawton said. “I’ll be here for as long as God leads; two years, 10 years…” Read More →