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Karuk Tribe Holds Its Own Climate Study Session

Acorn soup was a staple and still looms large in discussions of tribal cultural survival and of food security. When EcoAdapt, a consulting firm, convened a meeting of “stakeholders” in early spring to discuss climate change vulnerability, they dropped tanoak trees from a list of key species. The Karuk Tribe called its own climate assessment meeting this month to present its issues to agencies and to remind them that agencies had a special responsibility to consult with tribes./Photo courtesy of Malcolm Terence.  EcoAdapt, a non-profit outfit, was writing a risk assessment about climate change for the federal land management agencies that control much of Northern California. They invited stakeholders to workshops in the spring. Tribes were invited, but they have long said that they are legally entitled to government-to-government consultation, a level of process that should operate differently than the stakeholder interactions with other groups such as environmental groups, irrigators, and other interested locals. Read More →

Humboldt County Sheriff Swears In Hoopa Tribal Police Officers

From left to right: Humboldt County Sheriff, Mike Downey; Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Officers Angel Yanez, Blake Hostler and Karl Norton; and Hoopa Valley Tribal Chairman, Ryan Jackson./Photo by Keterah Lipscomb, Two Rivers TribuneOn July 7, Blake Hostler and Angel Yanez were sworn in as police officers by Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey. Chairman Ryan Jackson of the Hoopa Valley Tribe attended as well as Interim Chief of Police Karl Norton. Read More →

Fire Crews Make Progress On Wooley Creek Blaze

Firefighters are battling a wildfire in a tributary of Wooley Creek in the Marble Mountain Wilderness near Somes Bar. Early last week Forest Service officials said the blaze was caused by two lost hikers who lit a signal fire to guide rescuers to their location, according to a TV news report, but by the end of the week spokesmen from the Six Rivers National Forest said only that the fire “was likely human caused, and is under investigation at the moment.” Read More →

Hoopa Valley Tribe Acts To Protect Public Health and Safety

Last week, C&K Markets was informed by the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services of their concern about a rodent problem at the store and surrounding area. They have since accelerated pest control efforts already in place for a more aggressive solution with a professional pest control company. In addition to the rodent problem, a leaky roof was allowing water to drip down onto fresh produce. A drainage problem was found in the meat department. Polystyrene trays in the meat department were also found to be chewed by rodents./Photo by Keterah Lipscomb, Two Rivers TribuneThe Hoopa Valley Tribe was notified of an extensive rodent infestation in a building it leases to Ray’s Food Place grocery store, which is owned by C & K Market, Inc., on June 10, 2016. In response, Tribal Chairman Ryan Jackson issued a statement to the Hoopa Valley community on Facebook on June 11, 2016, calling the conditions identified in a report by the Indian Health Service, “wholly unacceptable.” Read More →

River Olympics Stir Competitive Juices And Memories

Students from three schools seem to barely touch the ground in one of the sprint events at last week’s River Olympics at Forks of Salmon Elementary./Photo by Jeff Buchin. Students from three small country schools gathered at Forks of Salmon Elementary School last week for the River Olympics. The annual event stirs many old memories in some and competitive juices in others in a day of grade-school sporting events. Read More →

More Than Five Hundred Residents Were Without Power

Power outage was due to a tree down on a power line near Fish Lake Road in Bluff Creek./Photo by Leslie Lollich, Two Rivers Tribune Contributing writer.More than 500 residents were without power for about 16 hours last week when trees hit power lines near Bluff Creek. Read More →

Hoopa High School and Hoopa Elementary No Longer On Lock Down

Authorities determined the firearm brought to school was a BB gun./Photo by Teresa Mitchell, Two Rivers Tribune.Hoopa High and Hoopa Elementary school were on lock down today May 26, following a report of a firearm on campus. Read More →

Tribe Starts Endowment As Alternative To Grant Funding

Restoration of the fire management regimes used by the tribes in the region is one of the goals of an endowment fund recently started by the Karuk Tribe’s Department of Natural Resources. The fund has already raised $11,425 from 86 contributors, mostly local. Details are available at https://www.gofundme.com/bdjn9ezq. Silk painting by Susan Terence.The Karuk Tribe may not have flocks of rich alumni, but this month its fundraising crossed the threshold to begin its own endowment. Bill Tripp announced that the Karuk Endowment for Eco-Cultural Revitalization had raised $11,555 in four months, not billions, but enough to invest in a portfolio managed by Humboldt Area Foundation (HAF). Read More →