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Obama Blocks Dakota Pipeline

Carley Whitecrane, flanked by her children, joined the march she helped organize in Orleans last week. Despite short notice, 75 people showed to show opposition to completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. In mid-November Carley and her family traveled to Salem, Oregon, to oppose permits that would allow another fossil fuel pipeline that would cross the Klamath River./Photo by Konrad Fisher, Klamath Riverkeeper. Federal officials from the Army Corps of Engineers announced Sunday that that they would not approve the permit to construct the last leg of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in its present route across the Missouri River. The decision was met by cheers across the camps at Standing Rock. A , few days before the Army Corps announcement an estimated 75 people joined for a march and rally in Orleans last week to support the water protectors, and they gathered with only one-day notice. To give perspective, the population of Orleans is 500-600. A proportionally large turnout in New York City would be around 1.2 million. Read More →

Humboldt Jiu Jitsu and Hoopa Project Connect Join Forces to Teach Women’s Self-Defense

According to the U.S. Department of Justice a woman or girl is sexually assaulted somewhere in America every 90 seconds. Add that one out of every five American women has been the victim of rape or attempted rape in their lifetime. The numbers worsen for teenaged girls. Girls aged 16-19 are four times more likely to be victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault./Photo by Teresa Mitchell, Two Rivers Tribune.As if the odds weren’t already stacked against them, American Indian teens are even three times more likely than non-American Indian girls to be sexually assaulted. Lisa Sanderson, an advocate and educator with Hoopa’s Project Connect, also recognized the need and coordinated a self-defense seminar at Hoopa Valley High School two weeks ago. Read More →

Hoopa Woman Swims From Alcatraz Island To San Francisco Crossing For Diabetes Awareness

American Indian and South End Rowing Club, San Francisco support swimmers, take time out for a “We can do it!” cheer during a training swim prior to the 1.5 mile Alcatraz Island to San Francisco  swim on October 10./Photo by PATHSTAR.The 14 Annual Alcatraz Swim Week began on October 2 and included an eight-day event, which is a component of PATHSTAR’s (www.pathstar.org) year-round program to educate and encourage wholesome nutrition and a stay-active lifestyle among American Indian and Alaska Natives. Among the participants is Hoopa Tribal member Shawna Jackson, along with other Native American health activists from all around Indian Country. Read More →

Hoopa Valley Tribal Police & Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department Locate Attempted Murder Suspect

22-48-hvtpd-badgeOn Monday, November 21, at about 11:30 a.m. the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department (HVTPD) received a report of shots fired at a vehicle on Bair Road in Hoopa. HVTPD Officers spoke with the male victim. The male victim stated he was sitting in his vehicle when suspect Daniel Pratt, Jr., 18 years old, drove up to his vehicle in a white SUV, exited his vehicle with a firearm and fired several shots into the air. Pratt brandished an additional handgun and demanded the victim hand over all of his stuff. The victim began to drive away and Pratt fired shots into the victim’s vehicle. No one was injured during this incident. Read More →

Federal Criminal Law To Become Applicable Again At Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation

The U.S. Department of Justice announced this week that the federal government will extend federal criminal jurisdiction to the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation in late 2017. The statement by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates approved a 2011 request of the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council that the United States apply federal authority over crimes to supplement existing laws. Federal criminal laws will add to tribal and state criminal laws now in force and will not replace any existing law enforcement authority. “This is a major advance for tribal self-governance and reverses a 63-year long conflicted law that has plagued our Reservation for too long,” said Ryan Jackson, Hoopa Valley Tribal Chairman. “While under the outdated and poorly thought out Pubic Law 280 policies, the Federal Government abandoned the Reservation decades ago and left our community and people powerless to fix the problems,” Jackson said. Read More →

Hoopa Valley Tribe Announces Strategic Partnership with PJ Woodlands LLC

November 1, 2016 – The Hoopa Valley Tribe (Tribe) announced today that it has agreed to enter into a strategic partnership with PJ Woodlands LLC, the owner of Altree™, a revolutionary wood-plastic composite (WPC), to build the first Altree™ production facility. Under a long-term lease of the 65,000 sq. ft. Hoopa Modular Facility (Facility), PJ Woodlands will repurpose the Facility to manufacture Altree™ WPC sheeting products. PJ Woodlands LLC will enter into an exclusive management agreement with the Tribe and will be solely responsible for all business management of a company to be created under Hoopa Tribal Law. The strategic partnership with the Hoopa Valley Tribe provides PJ Woodlands with the ideal manufacturing plant, access to the Hoopa Valley Tribal labor force, and woody biomass in sufficient quantity to scale the manufacturing operations over time. The strategic partnership includes a multi-million dollar investment by the Hoopa Valley Tribe which will receive a significant minority equity stake in PJ Woodlands LLC. The transaction is expected to close in December 2016. Read More →

Update on Hwy 96 Paving and Construction In Hoopa

Local residents have voiced concerns about the current road conditions on Highway 96 in Hoopa. Many sections of the highway currently have grooved pavement, and contain several drops (bumps)./Photo by Teresa Mitchell, Two Rivers Tribune.“We’ve listened to the concerns of local residents and have instructed the contractor to apply cold mix to some of the ramps in the project area in order to make transitions smoother for motorists. That was done Wednesday. The project at hand has included unanticipated challenges: The asphalt plant the contractor utilized for materials encountered delays in production which pushed the completion date beyond summer, and then inclement weather conditions have pushed the completion date back even further. We understand that conditions have not been ideal and as community members ourselves, we know how frustrating this can be. We will continue to fine-tune our collaborative efforts with our contractors. We look forward to continuing collaboration with the community and tribe to enhance safety and traveling comfort,” Myles Cochrane, Public Information Officer for Caltrans said. Read More →

Hoopa Man Inducted Into College of the Redwoods Hall of Fame

The 1976 College of the Redwoods football team won a Golden Valley Conference championship in undefeated style beating Butte College 17-10. Loren Norton was inducted into the CR Hall of Fame. Norton is #77 pictured at the very top right hand corner of the photo.On September 24, College of the Redwoods held a ceremony to induct their 1976 football team into the CR Hall of Fame. It just so happens that Hoopa tribal member Loren Norton was a freshman at CR in 1976 and was a starting offensive tackle strong side. The 1976 CR football team won a Golden Valley Conference (GVC) championship in undefeated style beating Butte College 17-10 in the final GVC game of the season to take the crown. Their regular season record was a flawless 10-0. This year’s CR Hall of Fame class is only the fourth football team ever inducted into the CR Athletics Hall of Fame. Read More →