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Hoopa Valley Tribe Applauds Appeals Court’s Decision To Uphold Life-Saving Water Releases For Hoopa Fish

20140711_Final_KBCV_map_2nd_edToday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld water releases to the Trinity River to prevent salmon die-off downstream. Since the horrific 2002 salmon kill on the Lower Klamath River, the Bureau of Reclamation has released supplemental water from the Trinity River Reservoir on numerous occasions to prevent similar fish kills. Read More →

Hundreds Attend Memorial for Basket Weaver and Organizer in Orleans

Nearly 50 marchers left Orleans School headed for the bridge across the Klamath River. By the time they got there, their numbers had nearly doubled. Add that to the definition of River Time./Photo by Konrad Fisher, Klamath Riverkeeper. People gathered in large numbers in Orleans over the last week at three events. Each of them—a story-telling dinner with Standing Rock veterans, the memorial for a well-known Karuk organizer and a local version of the women’s marches held around the world—signaled the community rallying in the face of an uncertain political future. The Standing Rock event drew 120 people, a third of them had traveled to encampments started by Sioux natives in North Dakota to resist the completion of an oil pipeline that threatens their water supply. Read More →

Hoopa Valley Tribe Testifies Against Westlands in Federal Court

From left to right: Hoopa Valley Tribal Fisheries Director Mike Orcutt, Self-Governance Director Daniel Jordan, Chairman Ryan Jackson and Attorney Tom Schlosser.On Monday, the Hoopa Valley Tribe, the Yurok Tribe and an attorney representing the United States testified in front of a panel of three federal judges asking them to overturn a previous ruling in favor of San Luis and Delta Mendota Water Authority and Westlands Water District. Westlands claimed that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation did not have the authority to release additional water from the Trinity River to prevent a fish kill on the Lower Klamath River. Reclamation, at the urging of tribal and fisheries scientists, has ordered extra releases of Trinity River water for three consecutive years when river conditions reach certain thresholds and fish disease is detected. Read More →

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 →