VOICES: Four Initiatives Slated For The Hoopa Valley Tribes June Election

Its springtime and the towns and neighboring communities are bustling with life as former outlaw guerilla growers transition to gentlemen ( and gentlewomen) farmers. Much has changed in one year. This past year, the California legislature adopted the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act. Humboldt County approved its own Commercial Medical Marijuana Land Use Ordinance, recognizing the economic value of the industry to local communities, and to regulate it to reduce environmental harms. Read More →

VOICES: Tsewenaldin John, My Family’s Oral History

My Grandfather, Ernest Marshall, always began the story the same way. “It was either Christmas or New Year (1860) because the soldiers were drinkin’. My Grandmother, Nonesche’, was nine months pregnant and went into labor.” On this same night another woman, who was also pregnant, went down to the spring below the village (the spring the Medildin camp uses when they camp below the bridge for Jump Dance). Two drunk soldiers tried to rape her but she fought back. She had an awl made from the foreleg of a deer in her moccasin and she stabbed one of the soldiers with it. The woman escaped and went back to tell the people what had happened. The soldiers returned to Fort Gaston. My Grandfather said, “That night my father (James Marshall) was born. The men gathered to talk about what to do. They decided they needed to leave, but they waited for three days, until Nonesche’ could travel.” The soldier who was stabbed lived for three days, but then died from his wounds. Then they packed up as much as they could carry, headed out in the middle of the night, “they first went to Grouse Prairie.” Read More →

VOICES: It’s Time to Move

I write in response to the Times-Standard article, “DOJ says Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana” (Dec. 12, 2014), the North Coast Journal article, “The Revolution Starts Here” (12/11/14), and in anticipation of the TRT’s coverage of this issue. The Department of Justice decision that tribes can grow and sell cannabis as long as they follow the same federal conditions as laid out for states that have legalized cannabis is truly a game changer for Indian tribes and a tremendous economic opportunity for our tribal citizens. I was disappointed in the knee jerk responses from the Hoopa and Yurok leadership, without giving a second thought to the economic opportunity that the tribes have been presented with. Because of this response, I have submitted to the Election Board a petition that states: Read More →

Former Chairman’s Request for Clarification in Severence Pay Case Denied

Former Chairman of the Hoopa Tribe, Clifford Lyle Marshall, filed a motion for clarification and reconsideration on Oct. 31 in Hoopa Tribal Court. The Court ruled against him in a dispute with the Hoopa Valley Tribe regarding $28,584.88 of severance pay Marshall collected after he was outvoted in the Tribe’s General Election.... Read More →