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Hometown Heroes Part Two

Hoopa Tribal Police Officer, Robert Buckman stands next to his patrol vehicle. Buckman graduated from College of the Redwoods Police Academy in 2015./Photo by Rhonda Bigovich, Two Rivers Tribune Contributor.In 2015, HVTP Officer, Robert Buckman graduated with the 116 Police Academy class at College of the Redwoods. Buckman said he had always aspired to become a police officer. Now at age 23, Buckman is in his second year of policing and the youngest fire captain at the Hoopa Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD). Read More →

Rebuilding the Force

Sergeant Darrell Mabry and Lieutenant Dana Norton of the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department. Lieutenant Norton, was recently appointed as the Officer-In-Charge. Norton has twelve years of law enforcement experience. Big changes are underway within the Hoopa Valley Tribe’s Police Department (HVTPD). The department has doubled in size now boasting the largest force it has seen in recent history. But, there’s one thing missing—a police chief. Currently, the HVTPD Law Enforcement staff includes; four dispatch technicians, eight HVTPD officers and six tribal security officers/cadets. The cadets are scheduled to attend training April 10 in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Indian Police Academy. The Federal Academy comes at no cost to the Hoopa Valley Tribe and the cadets are anticipated to complete their training in approximately three-months. Read More →

Hoopa Valley Tribe and Federal Emergency Management Agency Signing Ceremony

February 22, the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council, FEMA, Hoopa OES Incident Command Team and BIA representatives take a break for a photo opportunity after the signing ceremony./Photo by Teresa Mitchell, Two Rivers Tribune.On Wednesday February 22, The Hoopa Valley Tribe and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) held a signing ceremony for the major disaster declaration President Trump approved for the Hoopa Valley Tribe. Read More →

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 →