Somes Bar

Tony Hacking Memorial Bigfoot Birding

Birders gathered together for a group photo near the Camp Creek confluence with the Klamath River, Saturday, May 6, 2017./Photo courtesy Teresa Hacking. The Tony Hacking Memorial Bigfoot Birding Day accomplishes this in the Orleans community. Hacking led local birding events as the wildlife biologist on the Orleans Ranger District for the Six Rivers National Forest. Read More →

River Schools Jump Into the 40th Annual River Olympics

8 year old Mikaila Polmateer races for the 50 meter finish line. Mikaila was Junction’s winner of the “Best Girl Athlete” plaque with 6 blue ribbons./All Photos by Molli Myers, Two Rivers Tribune.Last Friday kids and families gathered to celebrate the annual River Olympics held in Forks of Salmon. This year was the 40th anniversary of the competition held for kids from local elementary schools, and was as hot and fun as it has been since the first River Olympics was held in 1977. Read More →

Everyone’s A Painter

Rick Tolley, a painter from the coast, helped organize a painters’ day Saturday with a team from the Karuk Tribe’s Pikyav Field Institute. The field had been mowed in advance but the mower had left big clusters of California poppies./Photo by Malcolm Terence, Two Rivers Tribune Contributor.  Forget the calendar. The first day of spring in Orleans was last Saturday, and dozens of locals of all ages showed up to observe it at a painter’s picnic. A handful of established painters from the coast also joined in. A crew of Karuk Tribe organizers set up the “Drawing Connections” event at the site that once held the Orleans Hotel. Read More →

Tribes Join Together to Lead Search for Missing Happy Camp Man

23-16 HC Homicide-Ben Camarena-WEB VERSIONThe Karuk Tribe assembled a search party in Happy Camp Wednesday to continue the search for 42-year-old Karuk Tribal member Benjamin Camarena. Read More →

Karuk Storytellers Bypass Bookshelf

Ben Saxon, back to camera, polls students for their reactions after a lesson in oral tradition and storytelling at Junction School in Orleans./Photo by Malcolm Terence, Two Rivers Tribune Contributor.For generations children were taken from Native families in the U.S. and sent to Indian boarding schools where they were instructed in the English language white culture at the expense of their own language and culture. The Karuk Tribe is using a handful of federal grants to move in the other direction with the present generation of young people. The new program was put into action when a group of story tellers came to river schools. Besides the stories, the group shared xuun sára, acorn bread or crackers, and champínishich, yerba buena tea. Jesse Goodwin, one of the students, nodded appreciatively at the snacks and said he’d never had either before. His classmates agreed. 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 →

Somes Bar 8th Grader Reports on Standing Rock

A crowd of water protectors form a prayer circle as part of an action at Standing Rock. Their campaign to stop the construction of a pipeline that could threaten Sioux tribal water supplies has drawn thousands of supporters to North Dakota and members from at least 300 tribes. Their tactics, all non-violent, have been met with increasing violence by heavily militarized police./Photo by Aja Conrad. Editor’s note: Emma Boykin is 13 years old, an eighth-grader at Junction School in Somes Bar and a member of the Karuk Tribe. I heard about the protests to stop pipeline construction at Standing Rock for a while, and I was very interested in the actions by Natives and other people from all over the country. My brother Brent Boykin and two cousins had been there and returned full of stories. We got to the Oceti Sakowin camp in the middle of the night. In the morning I went up to the main camp where we joined a water ceremony. We went to the Klamath Basin Camp because we brought a lot of food to donate. The cook told us we were welcome. We moved our tent over to the Klamath Basin camp and began helping in the kitchen. We knew a few people, but everyone was very welcoming so you got to know everyone quickly. We helped organize the food and helped prep food for upcoming meals. No one argued the whole time we were there. Read More →

Karuk Fishermen at Ishi Pishi Falls, Still Dipnet Salmon Traditional Style

Ron Reed, right, explains his views on the losses of Karuk ecological knowledge and the efforts to rebuild it, between passes of dipnet fishing at Ishi Pishi Falls. His companion Brian Tripp, adds his own perspective./Photo by Jayme Kalal. Brian Tripp is well known for his gifts—poet and painter, sculptor and ceremonial singer—but he has another gift besides. He seems able to talk me into things. Read More →