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Acquiring Skills in a Good Way

NDN Center staff from left to right: Thomas Gordon, Erika Chase, Ginger Rogers and Lea Pratt./Photo courtesy of Ginger RogersEarlier that morning, Rogers had reeled through Hupa words for human anatomy in a class of seventh graders at Hoopa Elementary school. The students circled around her slapped their knees, pointed to their eyes, ears, mouth and heads over and over, never once wearying of the repetition. Some shouted, while others mouthed silently. Sometimes they had the right body part, and sometimes not. They all tried, and they got better even just in a few minutes time. Read More →

Vandalism, Theft and Compulsive Arrangement in Willow Creek

 Children’s clothing and numerous other objects were found on Wednesday, May 7 inside the shed at the VFW Cemetery after a mowing crew discovered the lock broken. RIGHT: A child’s backpack with a name stenciled on the back was also found in the cemetery shed along along with items apparently arranged into some sort of a pattern for unknown reasons. “We have a wheelbarrow in there, and it was full of young children’s clothing. There was a girl’s jacket, a little kid’s ball cap, some baby booties, a kid’s pullover, a couple pairs of socks and a backpack with a little girl’s name stenciled on the front of it,” she said. Read More →

History Deeper Than a Thousand Walnut Roots

Nicole Ammon tells the stories that make up her family history, mostly surrounding the ranch house she recently restored./Photo by Allie Hostler, Two Rivers TribuneHe also frequented the Indian School in Hupa and was well-liked according to historical accounts found in the Susie Baker Fountain Papers at Humboldt State University. Nicolé said it became too difficult for Fountain to transport goods and supplies over the old single-file mule bridge so he decided to build a bridge that could support motorized vehicles. Read More →

Nipped in the Bud

More than 600 marijuana plants were seized from Tishawnik Village in Orleans, a Karuk Ceremonial site, where a McKinleyville man was caught planting./Photo courtesy of Maymi Preston-Donahue.On Monday, April 28, Karuk Tribal members investigated suspicious behavior at a traditional ceremonial area while attempting to check their eel traps. River access roads were blocked with newly installed cables and they found a stranger to the area setting up camp; he was strongly advised to remove the cables immediately. The area, known as Tishawnik, is a sacred dance ground where the Karuk People have held the annual Pikyavish, or World Renewal Ceremonies, since the beginning of time. Read More →

Fired Up Over Fire Preparedness

Kevin McConnell, Alme Allen, Monte Leffers, Boyd Ferris, Deacon Ferris, Keoki Burbank, Paul Allen, Jude Marshal and Nancy Bailey. Not pictured: Chris Root, Eric Nelson, Breeze Shea, Jared Wilder, Joshua Saxon-Whitcrane, Kade Whitecrane, Ben Saxon, Roberta Coragliotti, Tom Bouse, Will Harling, Monte Leffers, Cynthia Gerard, Laura Fenton, Penny Eckert, David Eckert, Skip Lowry, Kate Lowry, Brock Luedthe, Sill Beckman, and Tommy Horn./Photo courtesy of Maymi Preston-DonahueA combination of volunteer efforts, quick thinking on the part of locals, the important efforts of wildland firefighters, and the safely cleared out yard of the first house on the row helped to save this first batch of houses from near destruction. Read More →

Stories Legends and Other Things: No Warrior Society

During World War II more than 44,000 Indians out of a total U.S Indian population of less than 350,000 served in the military between 1941 and 1945 in both the European and Pacific theaters of war. Of the approximately 300 Hupa males over 18 years of age at that time, sixty three of them also went off to fight in those distant wars. Read More →

Scientists, Tribes, Firefighters Trade Solutions

Carl Skinner was just one month from retirement last week, the final stretch in a long, productive career. It’s the month when many are tempted into short-timer minimalism, but instead he traveled to Orleans for three busy days of conferencing with fire managers, tribal practitioners, fire-aware locals and other scientist-researchers like himself. Read More →

Tribal 2014 Fall Salmon Quotas Set

The Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) released their official 2014 fall run Chinook harvest guidelines last week, with 27,300 adult fall Chinook slated for tribal harvest on the Klamath and Trinity Rivers. Read More →