Orleans

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 →

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 →

Orleans Wins Grand Prize in Firewise Challenge

Orleans, California has been awarded a grand prize in the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 1,000 Safer Places: The Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program Challenge. Read More →

Two Klamath-Trinity Students Win History Day Awards

Two students from Orleans Elementary School won awards for their projects at Humboldt County’s history-day competition. Fifth grader Scer-ere Cooper – whose name means “Bear” in Yurok – completed his project on the Red Cap War that lasted from 1850 to 1855 near the village of Panamnik (present-day Orleans). Read More →

Hoopa Talks Drugs and Tough Topics at Crowded Community Meeting

“We need to look at ways to get to the root of the problem. What’s putting our people in the system? The system is broken,” Hoopa Valley Tribal Chairwoman, Danielle Vigil-Masten said in her introductory remarks. “…It has become the norm to think it’s okay to break the law. But in our culture, there was no part for it. It never existed. There is no place in our basket for it. It all comes down to choices. For every choice there is a consequence.” Read More →

Karuk Winter Youth Camp: Artisans and Oral Tradition…Say What?

Despite the roads, Rosie, 8, and Susanna, 11, Quim came from Yreka because their Grandma Blanche Moore brought them. Asked what they’d like to learn about during the camp, they both started talking animatedly: “We wanna learn Karuk stories!” “Yep!” Read More →

A River Runs Through Us

The Karuk Tribe and two other Orleans-based groups invited their neighbors last week for an update on the condition of the Klamath River and also to share a supper of venison stew. It was preaching to the faithful and to newcomers alike. More than 100 people attended. Read More →