Week of June 1 on Native America Calling

Monday, June 1, 2015 – Amputations

Having a limb amputated, whether it’s from a sudden accident or the result of illness and disease, can be a life changer. Between physical therapy and getting fitted for prosthetic limbs, living without certain limbs and mobility can take a toll mentally, physically and financially. What happens before and after an amputation? Indian tribes are excluded from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). What should Native amputees know about their rights as a disabled person when the Americans with Disabilities Act does not apply in tribal communities?


Tuesday, June 2, 2015 – Solar Power

The sun is shining right now across Native America. Is your tribe taking advantage of this form of renewable energy? There are many ways that individuals and tribes can access solar power, but it costs money to establish a system to capture that energy and use it in homes and businesses. Would you like to see more solar systems in your community? Join our conversation about the solar industry in Native communities.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015 – The Price Of Gems and Stones

The price of turquoise has skyrocketed in recent years and that has some Native American jewelers raising prices and changing the way they do their craft in order to make a living. On today’s show, we discuss the ways artists are adapting to the shortage of turquoise and other rare materials. We also explore what can be done to make sure raw and precious materials are available to Native artists.


Thursday, June 4, 2015 – Sentencing Disparities in Native America

The rate of Native Americans in federal prison has increased by 27% in the last five years, according to reporting from the Wall Street Journal. Because of the special relationship tribes have with the federal government, many crimes committed on Indian Reservations are subject to federal sentencing guidelines. This creates a dramatic difference in the sentences for the same crimes that are handed down to Native Americans. The United States Sentencing Commission created a Tribal Issues Advisory Group to look at the issues around federal sentencing in Indian Country. In this first installment of our 4 part series on prison issues in Native America, we discuss the disparities Native Americans face in federal sentencing. How does this issue impact you or your community? What is needed to create a more equitable sentencing system for Native Americans?


Friday, June 5, 2015 – Super Heroes in Comics

We could all use some super heroes in our lives. Who are your favorite super heroes? What special powers do they have? Would you like to be able to fly? Or what about being able to reverse climate change?  The Heard Museum has a new exhibit that looks at Native American super heroes in comics. Join us as we discuss what’s new in Native American comics and the super heroes that fill their pages.

Behavioral Health & Recovery Services to Create New Supportive Housing in Mendocino County

Date: May 28, 2015


Behavioral Health & Recovery Services to Create New Supportive Housing in Mendocino County

Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is proud to announce the receipt of $1,332,379 under the California Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) to acquire and manage permanent, supportive housing for individuals with serious mental illness and their families.

MHSA requires that funding be used to serve target populations of adults with serious mental illness, chronic medical conditions, and addiction who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  Mendocino County HHSA Behavioral Health & Recovery Services (BHRS) will also include individuals returning to the community from higher levels of psychiatric care at facilities outside the County in the target population.

Rural Community Housing Development Corporation, a local non-profit developer of low income and supportive housing, has qualified to partner with BHRS to develop properties in Mendocino County.  The non-profit developer will be eligible to receive other federal and state funding to increase the size of the project beyond the initial $1,332,379 allocated to Mendocino County under the Mental Health Services Act.

“The inclusion of other housing development funding through the non-profit will maximize the number of units we can build,” said Tom Pinizzotto, Director of Mendocino County HHSA BHRS.

For more information, please contact Adam Brumm at Mendocino County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services.  brumma@co.mendocino.ca.us



Date: May 26, 2015
Contact: Dora Briley, HHSA Communications
Phone: (707) 463-7885
Email: brileyd@co.mendocino.ca.us

By Melissa Phillips, HHSA Social Worker Supervisor

We desperately need YOUR help! Right now, there are approximately 250 Mendocino County children in out-of-home placements.  When a child or children are removed from their parents or guardians because they cannot be safely maintained in their home, the Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) / Family and Children’s Services (FCS) makes every effort to locate relatives, friends or other people connected with the family. These are people who have a relationship with the family or children. HHSA/FCS determines whether they are able and willing to provide care for the children and meet federal and state regulations to provide the care. Currently, over 70 of the 250 children in out-of-home care are placed with relatives or family friends.

Sadly, there is not always family or friends available or able to care for the children. When that happens, Family and Children’s Services must find foster care placements for these children until they can hopefully be reunified with their parents. The Agency’s Placement Unit specializes in finding homes for these children. As required by law and monitored by the Juvenile Dependency Court, Family and Children’s Services makes every effort to locate a home that is able to keep the children in their same school and with their siblings and that is culturally matched to the children. The Placement Unit works with state licensed foster homes as well as foster homes licensed through Redwood Community Services, Tapestry Family Services, True to Life Children’s Services, Environmental Alternatives and Three Angels foster family agencies to locate placements for children within Mendocino County.

Foster parents are one of the most important members of the community team that helps keep children safe!
Unfortunately, there is currently a critical shortage of local foster homes within the county for the number of children requiring out of home placements. Because of this, some children have had to be placed out of county. This is extremely hard on children and their families. When children have to be placed out of the county, they lose their familiar surroundings and sense of belonging, their school, their teachers, friends and classmates and have to start over in unfamiliar surroundings. Out of county placements also make it difficult for children, their siblings, their parents and extended family members to have regular and frequent visitation with each other, which is a critical component to successful reunification of the family.

YOU can help by becoming a foster parent!
There are a number of myths about who can be a foster parent and what it takes to become a foster parent.  Single people can be foster parents. Same sex couples can be foster parents. People who rent their home or apartment can be foster parents. People who work outside the home can be foster parents. There are all kinds of foster children and there is a need for all kinds of foster parents, particularly Native American and Latino families, families who can accept sibling groups and families who can care for children with special needs. There are some requirements that must be met including completing a background check and having a suitable apartment or house. Foster parents must also complete certain training requirements. Foster parents can choose to be a home just for emergency stays, or be a potential permanent forever home for children unable to return to their birth families. They can request only children of one gender, or specific ages, or special needs, or can help out other foster parents by being certified as a respite provider.

The most important ingredient is to want to make a difference in the life of a child. Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”  Become a foster parent and make a difference in our world, one child at a time. If you are interested, or you know someone who might be, please contact Family and Children’s Services Placement Unit Supervisor Melissa Phillips at (707) 456-3731.   She can provide information on the requirements for becoming a foster parent and put you in touch with agencies who can provide various services and options to support you in becoming a foster parent.  She is also available to speak to groups and organizations interested in hearing more about becoming a foster parent.

Mendocino County Museum Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration

Mendocino County Museum

Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration


On Saturday, May 30th, 3:00pm, the Mendocino County Museum will host a FREE talk with Dr. William Bauer of Round Valley Tribe. He will discuss California Indian histories and memories of the Civil War. Guests will also be able to view the Museum’s two new exhibits on the Civil War.

For more information please visit www.MendocinoMuseum.org or call 459-2736.


New Civil War Exhibits! Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War AND Uncivil Homefront: Mendocino County during the Civil War. The Museum will be offering free admission from May 16-June 21.

Visitors reminded to be careful with fire this Memorial Day weekend

Visitors reminded to be careful with fire this Memorial Day weekend

WILLOWS, Calif. – Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer recreation season, enjoying your National Forest – whether it’s taking a hike, going fishing or enjoying a camping trip and sleeping under the stars.

This weekend, the employees of the Mendocino National Forest want to remind visitors to have a safe visit and be careful with fire or anything that can throw a spark in the forest.

“Even though we have had some storms and a little rain in the mountains over the past week, overall conditions continue to be dry and there hasn’t been measurable snowpack in months,” said Forest Fire Management Officer Curtis Coots.  “This means the forest is already seeing an increased risk of wildfires and this is happening earlier than usual.”

The Forest is not currently in fire restrictions, but fuel conditions are being monitored closely.  As the summer continues, visitors should check the status of fire conditions before starting a trip to the forest.

While campfires are still allowed, they should be started, managed and extinguished safely.

–  Flammable materials should be cleared from the ground for 5 feet in all directions from the edge of the fire and a shovel and water should be kept nearby.

– The fire should be small – roughly the size of a 2-foot cube.

–  Campfires should be supervised by a knowledgeable and responsible adult until it is completely extinguished.

ü  The fire should be dead out and completely cold before leaving.

“Unfortunately, abandoned campfires are our biggest challenge on Memorial Day, as people head home without successfully putting out their campfire,” said Forest Supervisor Ann Carlson.

“Each year our firefighters find dozens of campfires left burning on the forest.  All it takes is one to spread into a devastating wildfire, which impacts valuable natural resources and recreation opportunities for years afterwards,” Carlson said.

More information on campfire safety, as well as campfire permits, can be found at www.preventwildfireca.org.

“Remember, one less spark – one less wildfire.  Whether it’s a gas stove, campfire or ensuring that you aren’t creating a spark, paying attention can help dramatically reduce the risk of human-caused fires on the Forest,” Coots said.  “By doing this we can help preserve not only public and firefighter safety, but also the areas of the forest we all enjoy.”

While the weather is warming up at lower elevations, visitors should be prepared for changing conditions and cooler nighttime temperatures in the mountains.  Bring layered clothing and plenty of food and water on your outdoor adventure.  Tell someone where you are planning on going, which routes you plan on taking and when you plan on being back.

“We want everyone to have a safe and memorable Memorial Day weekend, especially those joining us on the Forest,” said Carlson.

For more information, please contact the Mendocino National Forest at 530-934-3316 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/mendocino.


Meet Mendocino Forest Supervisor at area open houses

Meet Mendocino Forest Supervisor at area open houses

WILLOWS, Calif. – The Mendocino National Forest will be hosting a series of open houses in coming weeks for community members and partners to meet new Forest Supervisor Ann Carlson.

The open houses will be:

–  Tuesday, May 26, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Round Valley Library Community Room, 23925 Howard St., Covelo.

–  Wednesday, June 3, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Forest Supervisor’s Office, 825 N. Humboldt Ave., Willows.

–  Thursday, June 4, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Upper Lake Ranger District Office, 10025 Elk Mountain Road, Upper Lake.

Carlson started on the Mendocino National Forest in April and has spent her first few months getting to know the employees and learning about the Forest.

“I’m looking forward to spending some time in our local communities, meeting new people and learning more about the area,” Carlson said.

For more information, please contact the Mendocino National Forest at 530-934-3316 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/mendocino.


Laytonville Ice Cream Social Celebrating Consumers of mental health services

Press Release

Date: May 19, 2015


Laytonville Ice Cream Social Celebrating Consumers of mental health services

 Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) is happy to announce our Spring Consumer Event.

 Come join us in celebrating the health and recovery of our Mendocino County consumers of mental health services, their family members and care givers with an afternoon of ice cream, information and fun.

This old fashioned ice cream social will take place on Thursday, May 28, at Harwood Hall in Laytonville, located at 44400 Willis Avenue from 4:30 p.m.to 6:30 p.m.

There will be lively discussion around the experiences of those who are working on their mental health recovery process, to learn about the resources and socialize with others.

This event is published at: http://www.co.mendocino.ca.us/hhsa/mhsa.htm

For R.S.V.P. and further information, please contact: Robin Meloche, Mental Health Services Act Coordinator at 707-472-2332 or email: melocher@co.mendocino.ca.us.


Mendocino County Museum’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration

Mendocino County Museum’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration

In commemoration of the Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary) of the end of the Civil War, the Mendocino County Museum will open two new exhibitions that chronicle the Civil War years from both a national and a local perspective on May 16, 2015.

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, a nationally-traveling exhibition on display
through June 21, examines how President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three
intertwined crises of the Civil War—the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States in 1860, at a time when the nation was on the brink of war. Lincoln struggled to resolve the basic questions that divided Americans at the most perilous moment in the nation’s history: Was the United States truly one nation, or was it a confederacy of sovereign and separate states? How could a country founded on the belief that “all men are created equal” tolerate slavery? In a national crisis, would civil liberties be secure? President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront these three crises of war, ultimately reinventing the Constitution and the promise of American life. This exhibition develops a more complete understanding of Abraham Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis.

The National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office organized the traveling exhibition, which was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): great ideas brought to life. The traveling exhibition is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.

Uncivil Homefront: Mendocino County during the Civil War, curated by Rebecca Montes,
Ph.D., Professor of History at Mendocino College, focuses on the local effects of the Civil War through politics, the military experience, and the indentured servitude of Native Americans.

The Civil War shaped Mendocino County in its second decade. Though Mendocino County
seemed isolated, all of its residents were caught up in the politics of the war in one way or
another. As settlers moved into the region, they did so in a context of national turmoil. Like their fellow Californians, residents of Mendocino County took sides. Local men served in the military in California as well as in the East – for both the Union and Confederacy. Neighbor was divided against neighbor as loyalties to political parties changed.

Native people also confronted unique challenges during the war. They faced not only the influx of White settlers, but reservation and military policies that shifted because of the war. Native people, both children and adults, were subject to a brutal legal indentured system that amounted to slavery in a free state. This exhibit also features Civil War era artifacts from the collections of the Mendocino County Museum, including weapons, photographs, quilts and more.
Special Events at the Museum

Saturday, May 23, 2015

10:00 am – 4:30 pm: Open House featuring Civil War re-enactors

2:00 pm: Reception with Guest Curator, Rebecca Montes, Ph.D., Professor of History,
Mendocino College (refreshments will be served)

Saturday, May 30, 2015

3:00 pm: Discovery Talk, California Indian Histories and Memories of the Civil War

William Bauer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, University of Nevada at Las Vegas and Round Valley Tribal Member

The Museum and its exhibits will be free to the public during the Lincoln and the Constitution exhibition, May 16-June 21, 2015

For more information contact the Mendocino County Museum at 707 459-2736 or visit www.mendocinomuseum.org.

Week of May 18 on Native America Calling

Monday, May 18, 2015 – Native Curriculum

In Washington state, a new law requires schools to teach students about tribal government, culture and history during social studies classes. It’s sometimes known as the sovereignty curriculum, and the Evergreen State is one of a handful of states that offer Native American curricula and the list includes Montana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and North Dakota. Proponents say learning about Native people at a young age encourages understanding and acceptance. Others say teaching historical complexities expose some of the worst chapters in American history. Where do you stand? Guests include: Michael Vendiola and Denny Hurtado of the Washington Office of Native Education, Mike Jetty and Mandy Smoker Broaddus of the Montana Office of Public Instruction.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015 – New Platforms for Native Media

The way we consume media is always changing. In the first three months of this year 31,000 Americans cancelled their cable subscription, according to a media research group. With the popularity of streaming platforms like Netflix and YouTube, an opportunity for new voices to reach the masses is greater than ever. Many Native Americans and Alaska Natives are taking advantage of all the opportunities to get their work to more Native audiences. On this show we’ll explore new ways to experience Native media. Would you like to see more Native media make it to your airwaves? Guests include:  Ian Skrodin (Choctaw) founder of Skins Plex and the LA Skins Fest.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – Chemicals in Food 

Earlier this month, Panera restaurant officials announced they would drop 150 artificial additives in their food by 2016. This announcement is one small piece in a growing movement to reduce the amount of chemicals in the food we consume. The national focus on artificial additives in food may be primarily on pre-packaged and restaurant food. In Native America, there’s also growing concern about the chemicals in our traditional food. Are you concerned about chemicals in your food? Have you cut back on consuming traditional foods because of the impact of toxins in our oceans and land? Are there long-term impacts these chemicals may have on our lives? Should tribes also get involved in banning chemicals that could find their way into our bodies through food? Guests include: Dianne C. Barton (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) water quality coordinator for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.

Thursday, May 21, 2015 – Graduation: At Odds With Eagle Feathers

It’s graduation season and there are plenty of Native students celebrating their accomplishments across Native America. With all the excitement, there is often controversy when it comes to Natives wearing items connected to their culture – including eagle feathers. A ban on eagle feathers can be very upsetting and disrespectful to Native students and families who have high hopes of seeing a part of their culture represented during this milestone. Have you or a loved one been told you could not wear an eagle feather at graduation? Guests include: Courtney Jordan (Cherokee), federal Indian law and gaming attorney with Crowe and Dunlevy, and RJ Morin (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa/Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara) University of North Dakota student


Friday, May 22, 2015 – Alaska Native in the Spotlight Mike Williams Sr.

Yup’ik Elder Mike Williams Sr. has dedicated his life to making Alaska Native communities stronger. He led his own Native nation and has participated in more than a dozen Iditarod races. Williams also leads by example when it comes to sobriety. Right now many people are cracking open his new book “Racing Toward Recovery” to learn more about the challenges he’s overcome and the lessons he’s learned over the years. Williams is a strong advocate of the health of tribal nations. We invite you to join us as we visit with Mike Williams Sr., our May Alaska Native in the spotlight.


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The program is hosted by Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo) and airs live each weekday from 1-2 pm Eastern.

Join the conversation by calling 1-800-996-2848.


Ukiah, California: May 15, 2015

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, the Mendocino County Water Agency and the University of California Cooperative Extension Service will hold an educational forum on groundwater. The presenter, Thomas Harter, is a Hydrologist with the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at the University of California, Davis. Mr. Harter will give an overview on the facts of groundwater, provide details on current legislation and deadlines in order to understand future implications.
“It is very important for everyone to stay engaged in this process within the Ukiah Valley, especially water managers, as it is the only groundwater basin presently in Mendocino County that falls under the mandate of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014” stated First District Supervisor Carre Brown, who also chairs the Mendocino County Water Agency Board of Directors. “However, others throughout the County may want to take advantage of Mr. Harter’s excellent presentation to understand their own groundwater basins.”
Members of the public are encouraged to attend this meeting. The discussion will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, Room 1070, 501 Low Gap Road, in Ukiah. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and receive up-to-date information.
There will also be further discussion on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014. At the last meeting, held on March 26, participants were asked to take information back to their constituency, or local governing bodies, for discussion and to develop a recommendation for the creation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA).
For more information, or to reserve a spot, please contact Jason Claunch at the Mendocino County Executive Office at (707) 463-4441 or claunchj@co.mendocino.ca.us.

Groundwater 101
Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 5:30 pm
Mendocino County Board of Supervisors’ Chambers
501 Low Gap Road, Room 1070, Ukiah, CA 95482
Sponsored by: Mendocino County Water Agency and the University of California
Cooperative Extension Service, Mendocino County
PRESENTER: Mr. Thomas Harter, Hydrologist, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California, Davis
Welcome & Opening Remarks – Ms. Carmel Angelo, General Manager, Mendocino County Water Agency & Mendocino County CEO
Introduction of Speakers – Mendocino County Supervisor Carre Brown, First District
Update on the Ukiah Valley Basin Reporting for the California Statewide Groundwater
Elevation Monitoring Program (CASGEM) – Ms. Deborah Stanger Edelman, Mendocino County
Resource Conservation District
Groundwater Overview – Mr. Thomas Harter, University of California, Davis
Groundwater Q & A
Next steps & the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) – Mendocino County
Supervisor Carre Brown, First District
Closing Remarks – UCCE County Director Greg Giusti