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Mount Mazama./Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.During ancient times when numerous geological activities were common place in this part of the country, earthquakes and far off sounds of volcanic explosions were probably frequent occurrences. Read More →

VOICES: Letter to the Editor from Josh McKnight

Saturday February 20, 2016 saw the end of the regular season for the Hoopa High School wrestling team. Finishing strong, the team is sending four wrestlers to compete in the North Coast Sections championships in Union City this weekend. Wrestlers were led by Skylar McKnight, who placed first and won the county championship at the 145 pound weight class. Other places were Luther Scott-Harrison third place at 122 pounds, Robert Baldy at third place 154 pounds, and Jacob Hodge third place at 182 pounds. Read More →

VOICES: Tsewenaldin John, My Family’s Oral History

My Grandfather, Ernest Marshall, always began the story the same way. “It was either Christmas or New Year (1860) because the soldiers were drinkin’. My Grandmother, Nonesche’, was nine months pregnant and went into labor.” On this same night another woman, who was also pregnant, went down to the spring below the village (the spring the Medildin camp uses when they camp below the bridge for Jump Dance). Two drunk soldiers tried to rape her but she fought back. She had an awl made from the foreleg of a deer in her moccasin and she stabbed one of the soldiers with it. The woman escaped and went back to tell the people what had happened. The soldiers returned to Fort Gaston. My Grandfather said, “That night my father (James Marshall) was born. The men gathered to talk about what to do. They decided they needed to leave, but they waited for three days, until Nonesche’ could travel.” The soldier who was stabbed lived for three days, but then died from his wounds. Then they packed up as much as they could carry, headed out in the middle of the night, “they first went to Grouse Prairie.” Read More →

Stories, Legends and Other Things: The Real Story on the Indian Wars of Northwestern California

Over the past few years new history books have been written proclaiming victory over the local Indians by the U.S. Soldiers. In Colleges and Universities, some scholars are also teaching this assumption. In some cases, even Indian scholars are carrying this idea forth, and all are doing it without much explanation on how they arrived on that theory. It is astonishing for me to read most history books and articles on Humboldt County and see how the Hupa’s involvement in the war activity is either downplayed or ignored altogether, the fact remains; once the U.S. Government signed a Treaty with the Hupa, all war activity in Northwest California came to an end. Read More →

VOICES: Will Tribes Hinder the FERC Process For Klamath Dam Removal?

21-1klamathopedprotestphotoFor over a decade one of the main points of contention has been dam removal on the river. In the KBRA, signatory parties wanted California rate and taxpayers to cover the cost of dam removal for Pacificorp, the owner of JC Boyle, Copco 1, Copco 2, and Iron Gate dams. The KHSA was conditioned upon enactment of federal legislation, among other factors. That legislation clearly will not occur. Read More →

VOICES: Community Member Speaks Out on Dead Deer Senior Prank

A crime against our community has been committed and as heinous as it may seem, I know that was not the intent. The intentions, as wrong as it was, were not planned nor was there an evil motive behind it. Read More →

VOICES: Boy Scouts Cub Master Thanks the Community

My name is Frank E. Richards and I am the Cub Master of the local Scout Pack #97, here in Hoopa. We had our first fundraiser last Friday morning selling breakfast burritos at $5.00 each. We made about $630.00. We were able to buy all matching T-shirts, some arts and crafts supplies, and some prizes for our meetings. Read More →

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 →