Hometown Heroes Part Two

Hoopa Tribal Police Officer, Robert Buckman stands next to his patrol vehicle. Buckman graduated from College of the Redwoods Police Academy in 2015./Photo by Rhonda Bigovich, Two Rivers Tribune Contributor.In 2015, HVTP Officer, Robert Buckman graduated with the 116 Police Academy class at College of the Redwoods. Buckman said he had always aspired to become a police officer. Now at age 23, Buckman is in his second year of policing and the youngest fire captain at the Hoopa Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD). Read More →

Hoopa Valley Tribal Police & Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department Locate Attempted Murder Suspect

22-48-hvtpd-badgeOn Monday, November 21, at about 11:30 a.m. the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department (HVTPD) received a report of shots fired at a vehicle on Bair Road in Hoopa. HVTPD Officers spoke with the male victim. The male victim stated he was sitting in his vehicle when suspect Daniel Pratt, Jr., 18 years old, drove up to his vehicle in a white SUV, exited his vehicle with a firearm and fired several shots into the air. Pratt brandished an additional handgun and demanded the victim hand over all of his stuff. The victim began to drive away and Pratt fired shots into the victim’s vehicle. No one was injured during this incident. Read More →

Federal Criminal Law To Become Applicable Again At Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation

The U.S. Department of Justice announced this week that the federal government will extend federal criminal jurisdiction to the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation in late 2017. The statement by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates approved a 2011 request of the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council that the United States apply federal authority over crimes to supplement existing laws. Federal criminal laws will add to tribal and state criminal laws now in force and will not replace any existing law enforcement authority. “This is a major advance for tribal self-governance and reverses a 63-year long conflicted law that has plagued our Reservation for too long,” said Ryan Jackson, Hoopa Valley Tribal Chairman. “While under the outdated and poorly thought out Pubic Law 280 policies, the Federal Government abandoned the Reservation decades ago and left our community and people powerless to fix the problems,” Jackson said. Read More →

Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Assist In Routine Probation Check

22-32-police-sealMother and Son Booked On Multiple Charges PRESS RELEASE, Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Published on August 9, 2016 in Volume 22, Issue 32 On Wednesday, August 3, at approximately 9 a.m. Hoopa Valley Tribal Police assisted Humboldt County Probation Department and the District Attorney’s Office in a routine probation check at a residence located at […] 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 →

Tribal Police Officers Collide While Responding to Shots Fired Call

20-50 Police CrashThe lead unit slowed in order to make a U-turn to travel southbound on SR-96. The trailing unit was unable to slow / stop in time. The front of the trailing vehicle struck the left side of the lead vehicle, causing minor injuries to both officers. Read More →

Heroin Discovered in Hoopa Bust

On Oct. 2, 2013 at about 8:54 pm officers from the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department were on patrol in the Rays Food Place Parking lot. Suspect Jason ‘Maui’ Smith, 31, of Hoopa pulled behind the officer and began yelling and cursing at the officer. The officer contacted Smith, who was banned from Ray’s Food Place due to a previous incident. Smith continued to curse at the officer. A Ray’s Food Place employee confirmed that Smith is not allowed on the property. The employee signed a private person’s arrest form for Smith trespassing. Read More →

Tribal Police Confiscate More Heroin in Hoopa

On January 28, 2013 the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department ,with the assistance of the U.S. Forest Service, and the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, executed a search warrant at a residence on Tish Tang Rd in Hoopa. Read More →