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: Read More →

VOICES: How Well Am I Driving? Opinion by Joseph Orozco

How well am I driving? Have you ever seen that bumper sticker on big rigs? Have you ever called the number? Would you join a group of local community people to give feedback to KIDE? Then join the CAB? What is a Community Advisory Board? Read More →

VOICES: Recreation Activities Update

Some of our short-term plans include a free football clinic featuring USC fullback Soma Vainuku which is tentatively set for May 30 and 31 as well as a basketball referee clinic which we are hoping to have sometime this month. We will also soon be holding movie nights on the big screen at the NF and there will be story telling nights featuring local elders as soon as the Youth Center opens. Read More →

VOICES: Sonny Hescock on Open Tribal Forum

I would like to see our Tribe get away from “Facebook” and get into a discussion forum where things are neutral. Not sharing our posts with everyone from the “outside world.” I believe that Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, or whatever other social network out there where our people can vent their frustrations in a nonproductive manner should be banned from computers on our Tribe’s network. The words “social network” to me means that it is personal, and therefore has no place in our Tribe’s work environment. Read More →

VOICES: Joseph Orozco on the Asphalt Plant

Is there a signed contract between the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council and the Tide Water Asphalt Company and its owners that holds the tribe liable for financial, personal, medical, mechanical, environmental damages due to the operation of or the prevention of the operation of the Tide Water asphalt project? If so, ask to read it. Read More →

Stories, Legends and Other Things

As descendants of the people who lived in this valley not too long ago, we sometimes wonder how we as people in this modern age can readapt some of those ancient ways to help make our lives better. Of course there are certain ways that could never be brought back. We have too many outside influences which we could never change. Modern technology has made us too dependent on certain things and it would be impossible for us to function without them. But perhaps the real concern for us today is the things that we may be losing. Read More →

VOICES: Teaching Hate

Duane CarpenterOne group of discriminatory words is especially troublesome. Most of us have used these words to put someone down, joke or degrade someone. Did you know that 7,000 youth in the past two years have committed suicide because of someone teasing them by calling them “queer”? Read More →

VOICES: Thank You From Juanita McKinnon

I would like to, with my deepest appreciation, thank any and all who helped my family and myself to raise funds to help us make it to my appointments at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. Whether it was through donating a prize for our bingo, playing bingo, buying tickets for raffles, or just buying dinner or prayer; you helped to make our first trips successful and less stressful. Read More →