Grocery Store Plan In Action

Greenway team went on a walk-through of the previous grocery store site with tribal staff. The building was gutted down to the foundation and walls following a rat infestation that came to light in June of 2016 when the store was closed because of the health hazard it posed. /Photo by Allie Hostler, Two Riverts Tribune.Councilmember, Vivienna Orcutt said her dream store would sell locally grown and locally made products—products that aren’t the result of corporate agriculture’s assault on Trinity River water. And products that aren’t sprayed with poisons that make people sick or cause cancer. Read More →

Hoopa Valley Tribe Buys Solar Energy System

TRT file photoHoopa is incorporating a carport solar array combined with JLM Energy’s new MicroStorage product Phazr to virtually eliminate their annual electricity bill for the Tribe’s community center. The 26,000 square-foot facility includes indoor basketball courts and an outdoor swimming pool. Read More →

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 →

Rebuilding the Force

Sergeant Darrell Mabry and Lieutenant Dana Norton of the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department. Lieutenant Norton, was recently appointed as the Officer-In-Charge. Norton has twelve years of law enforcement experience. Big changes are underway within the Hoopa Valley Tribe’s Police Department (HVTPD). The department has doubled in size now boasting the largest force it has seen in recent history. But, there’s one thing missing—a police chief. Currently, the HVTPD Law Enforcement staff includes; four dispatch technicians, eight HVTPD officers and six tribal security officers/cadets. The cadets are scheduled to attend training April 10 in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Indian Police Academy. The Federal Academy comes at no cost to the Hoopa Valley Tribe and the cadets are anticipated to complete their training in approximately three-months. Read More →

Hoopa Valley Tribe and Federal Emergency Management Agency Signing Ceremony

February 22, the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council, FEMA, Hoopa OES Incident Command Team and BIA representatives take a break for a photo opportunity after the signing ceremony./Photo by Teresa Mitchell, Two Rivers Tribune.On Wednesday February 22, The Hoopa Valley Tribe and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) held a signing ceremony for the major disaster declaration President Trump approved for the Hoopa Valley Tribe. Read More →

Hoopa Valley Tribe Applauds Appeals Court’s Decision To Uphold Life-Saving Water Releases For Hoopa Fish

20140711_Final_KBCV_map_2nd_edToday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld water releases to the Trinity River to prevent salmon die-off downstream. Since the horrific 2002 salmon kill on the Lower Klamath River, the Bureau of Reclamation has released supplemental water from the Trinity River Reservoir on numerous occasions to prevent similar fish kills. Read More →

Hoopa Valley Tribe Wins Court Case to Protect Salmon

Hoopa Water Team-Mike Orcutt, Danny Jordan, Chairman Ryan Jackson, Tom Schlosser.On Wednesday, February 8, A United States District Court judge ruled that federal agencies must take preventative and emergency measures to reduce the incidence of disease among juvenile salmon, the major source of mortality limiting runs of returning adults to the Klamath River and its tributaries. This decision was welcomed by the Hoopa Valley Tribe, who initiated the lawsuit challenging the federal government’s inaction given two years of high disease rates and poor adult returns. Read More →

Hoopa Valley Tribe Testifies Against Westlands in Federal Court

From left to right: Hoopa Valley Tribal Fisheries Director Mike Orcutt, Self-Governance Director Daniel Jordan, Chairman Ryan Jackson and Attorney Tom Schlosser.On Monday, the Hoopa Valley Tribe, the Yurok Tribe and an attorney representing the United States testified in front of a panel of three federal judges asking them to overturn a previous ruling in favor of San Luis and Delta Mendota Water Authority and Westlands Water District. Westlands claimed that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation did not have the authority to release additional water from the Trinity River to prevent a fish kill on the Lower Klamath River. Reclamation, at the urging of tribal and fisheries scientists, has ordered extra releases of Trinity River water for three consecutive years when river conditions reach certain thresholds and fish disease is detected. Read More →