Week of June 29 on Native America Calling

Monday, June 29, 2015 – What Makes Us Native?
Earlier this month, a woman named Rachel Dolezal occupied the media spotlight over allegations that she was pretending to be black. She stepped down from her position as president of the Spokane NAACP, but in several interviews she said she identifies as black, although both of her parents are white. The controversy sparked many conversations about race and identity. What exactly makes us a specific race or ethnicity? Is it the biology passed down to us through our parents? Is it the color of our skin? Or is it the cultural practices and traditions we keep? Guests: Jonnie Tate Walker (Mniconjou Lakota), freelance journalist and social justice and human rights activist.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 – Aloha Movie Controversy
This summer, filmmaker Cameron Crowe was criticized for casting white actress Emma Stone in the role of a multiracial character in the film Aloha. Cameron apologized publicly but the issue was not an isolated one. How do you feel when you see white actors playing characters that are supposed to be Native American, Alaska Native or Indigenous? Is it any different if the character is fictional, like Tonto in the Lone Ranger, or a character based on the life of a real person? Join our conversation about the casting of Indigenous characters in film and television.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 – Sewing in Native America
Sewing machines filled with miles of thread can stamp out the simplest garment and the most lavish gowns. The art of sewing, whether by hand or on a machine, is what clothes each of us. In Native America, sewing is used for basic purposes and it’s used to make traditional and religious attire. How has fashion and color use changed over time? How has technology had an influence on the art of sewing? And what are some basic tips for starters?

Thursday, July 2, 2015 – Bringing Language Home
Many communities across our Native nations are working hard to revitalize and grow their languages. There are many efforts to help young people speak and understand their Native language. But what happens when students come home from their classes to a household where family members do not speak or have limited language proficiency? Are students in danger of losing what they learn in school if they don’t speak it at home? Or could a young person’s new found knowledge spark interest in the family to learn and speak their language? Guests: Chase Iron Eyes (Lakota) – father of a student at the Lakȟól’iyapi Hoȟpí (Lakota Language Nest).

Friday, July 3, 2015 – **Encore** Tribal Constitutions
Modern tribal nations pass laws, exercise criminal jurisdiction, and enjoy extensive powers when it comes to self-governance and matters of sovereignty. Yet out of 566 tribal nations, just under half have adopted written constitutions. In the American tradition, a constitution limits the power yielded by governments over citizens, which raises a question: how can the rights of tribal citizens be protected if tribal nations have yet to codify their own functions and operations? Join us as we discuss government power, sovereign status, and whether modern tribal nations are serving the needs of their citizens by adopting constitutions.

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July 4th Kitten Sale at Mendocino County HHSA Animal Care Services

Press Release

Date: June 22, 22015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 4th Kitten Sale at Mendocino County HHSA Animal Care Services

 Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), Animal Care Services hopes you will celebrate the spirit of Independence Day by helping a cat or kitten living at the Ukiah Shelter find independence and a life of love and freedom in a good forever home.

To allow this to happen easily, adoption fees for cats and kittens who are already spayed and neutered will be just $17.76.  If the feline you choose needs to stay at the shelter to be spayed or neutered then the adoption fee will be $50.00.

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The Independence Day Adoption special in is effect until August 1, 2015.

All felines who are placed for adoption are up to date on age appropriate vaccinations, tested for FELV/FIV, spayed or neutered and micro-chipped. This is a firecracker of a deal!

 

The Ukiah Shelter is located at 298 Plant Road, in Ukiah and adoption hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

For more information on this independence event, call the Adoption Desk at 707-467-6453.

 

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Native American Spirit Runners to Arrive in Willits, June 26 500 Mile Relay Run to Culminate in Celebration, Prayers for Mother Earth

Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians

Save Our Little Lake Valley

Earth First!

Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters

For immediate release

June 22, 2015

Native American Spirit Runners to Arrive in Willits, June 26

500 Mile Relay Run to Culminate in Celebration, Prayers for Mother Earth

Returning for the second year, Native American Spirit Runners will arrive in Willits on Friday, June 26th at 1 pm, culminating a week long 500-mile relay race marathon. The runners will assemble at the south end of town at the Evergreen Mall in Willits where community supporters will be welcome to join them. The runners will run relays down the length of Main St. to Bud Snyder Park, (Willits City Park), one block east of Main Street on Commercial Street, for a rally.

At the City Park, the Spirit Runners will be welcomed with refreshments and plenty of water, followed at 2 pm by speeches from members of the team and local supporters, including Priscilla Hunter, tribal representative of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians and Willits City Council member, Madge Strong. Songs and prayers will be part of the ceremony.

The Spirit Run organizers provide the following message about the nature and purpose of this marathon:

“The Spirit Run follows the leadership and tradition of early Native American runners who were messengers. It is a multicultural group of individuals dedicated to preserving the tradition of spiritual running.  Our principal message is “All Life is Sacred”.  We run and train together in different locations about once a month.  In June, we run across California in our annual 500 Mile Spiritual Marathon.  It’s a non-competitive relay where teams of runners participate in a running prayer by carrying a sacred staff.  Runners will often pray for those who are sick or in prison.  We also pray for the preservation of sacred Native American sites and Mother Earth.  At the end of each day, the teams gather in a circle to drum, sing songs, and participate in ceremony and share stories.

The emphasis in our events is spirit, not only running ability.  We have men and women runners from many cultures and of different ages.  There are also non-running team members who support the runners by driving vehicles, preparing meals, setting up camp etc.  During the year the team also participates in service projects for those in need… All of our events are alcohol and drug-free.”

“Last year’s event was attended by over one hundred people. We are very happy to have the Spirit Runners here again this year,” said organizer Kim Bancroft.

See Spirit Runner’s website California 500 Mile American Indian Spiritual Marathon

CAL FIRE Suspends Outdoor Residential Burning

CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE

DATE: June 23, 2015

CAL FIRE Suspends Outdoor Residential Burning

Willits – As drought conditions continue to increase fire danger in the region, CAL FIRE has suspended all burn permits for outdoor open residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Mendocino County. This suspension takes effect June 29, 2015 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris including branches and leaves.

CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit Chief Rowney explained, “Mendocino County fire history shows that suspending debris burning is an effective way of preventing wildfires that result from debris burn escapes. Although all fires cannot be prevented through a burning suspension, their numbers can be significantly reduced. This is particularly critical in our current situation.”

“With record-setting drought conditions we must take every step possible to prevent new wildfires from starting,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE Director. “One Less Spark, means One Less Wildfire.”

Similar to last year, CAL FIRE has already responded to significantly more wildfires than the average. CAL FIRE is asking residents to ensure that they are prepared for wildfires including maintaining a minimum of 100 feet of Defensible Space around every home.

Here are some tips to help prepare your home and property:

• Clear all dead or dying vegetation 100 feet around all structures.

• Landscape with fire resistant/drought tolerant plants

• Find alternative ways to dispose of landscape debris like chipping or hauling it to a biomass energy facility

The department may issue restricted temporary burning permits if there is an essential reason due to public health, safety. Agriculture, land management, fire training, and other industrial-type burning may proceed if a CAL FIRE official inspects the burn site and issues a special permit.

Campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property that are otherwise permitted will be allowed if the campfire is maintained in such a manner as to prevent its spread to the wildland.

For additional information on preparing for and preventing wildfires visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

Sanhedrin Fire Information

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2015

Sanhedrin Fire Information
UPPERLAKE, Calif. – This morning the Sanhedrin fire remains 80 percent contained and approximately 25 acres.

Firefighting resources started to be released today as the fire moves towards full containment and mop-up activity.

Smoke from the fire may still be visible for the next few days along Highway 101 and to communities on the west side of the forest.

The fire, reported Friday night around 7:30 p.m., is burning on private land within the Mendocino National Forest south of Little Signal Peak and east of the Sanhedrin Wilderness on the Upper Lake Ranger District.  The cause is under investigation.

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

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Coastal Valleys EMS Agency and Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency Provide Ukiah Unified School District Schools with Automated External Defibrillator’s

Press Release

Date: June 18, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Coastal Valleys EMS Agency and Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency
Provide Ukiah Unified School District Schools with Automated External Defibrillator’s

As the school year comes to an end Ukiah Unified School District is ramping up measures to be prepared in an emergency cardiac arrest situation.  Last month, Ukiah Unified School District received 16 Automated External Defibrillator’s (AED) for every school in the district.

Unexpected cardiac arrest is a major cause of premature death.  Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest and early defibrillation can help reduce mortality in appropriate settings.

In 1987, the Legislature enacted SB 12 allowing each county to establish, finance, and administer an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Fund, called the Maddy EMS Fund.

Maddy revenues are generated from court fines, penalties and forfeitures for various criminal offenses including alcohol and motor vehicle violations.  Fifteen percent (15%) of this fund must be used to improve access to, and coordination of pediatric trauma and emergency services in the county.  Funds spent for the purposes of this section are known as Richie’s Fund.  Coastal Valleys EMS Agency in partnership with Mendocino County Health & Human Services Agency, Public Health have allocated these funds to purchase Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to be distributed to Mendocino County schools.

To receive a free AED for a school in your area please contact Jen Banks, Mendocino County EMS Coordinator or Theresa Gowan, Operations Manager Medstar Ambulance.

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Sanhedrin Fire Information

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2015

Sanhedrin Fire Information
UPPERLAKE, Calif. – The Sanhedrin fire is holding at approximately 25 acres and is estimated to be 80 percent contained.

The fire, reported Friday night around 7:30 p.m., is burning on private land within the Mendocino National Forest south of Little Signal Peak and east of the Sanhedrin Wilderness on the Upper Lake Ranger District.  The cause is under investigation.

The fire is burning in heavy fuels, including dead and down trees, in an area burned in 2008.

Smoke from the fire is visible along Highway 101 and to communities on the west side of the forest.

Firefighters have made great progress towards containment and it is expected resources will start to be released from the incident tomorrow.

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

UC Davis planning to use two Mendocino Forest Campgrounds this month

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2015

UC Davis planning to use two Mendocino Forest Campgrounds this month
WILLOWS, Calif. – The West Crockett and Middle Creek Campgrounds on the Mendocino National Forest will be utilized by the University of California, Davis (UCD) archaeological field school for several weeks.

Starting Monday, approximately 25 field school participants will be at West Crockett Campground in the Snow Mountain Wilderness on the Grindstone Ranger District.  The campground will serve as a home base for students until Friday, July 10.

Beginning Monday, July 13, the participants will be based out of Middle Creek Campground on the Upper Lake Ranger District until Friday, July 21.

During this time, Forest visitors interested in utilizing these campgrounds should be prepared for increased use.  Depending on the experience they are looking for, some visitors may want to consider a different campground or recreation area at this time.

Field school participants will be performing archaeological surveys and possibly excavations in the general vicinity of these areas.

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

Mendocino County Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Innovation Planning Project Meeting in Covelo

Press Release

Date: June 18, 2015

Mendocino County Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Innovation Planning Project Meeting in Covelo

 The Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Innovation Planning Project Meeting will be held on June 25, 2015 at the Yuki Trails Conference Center, 23000 Henderson Rd. in Covelo and will begin at 10:30 a.m. ending at 12:30 p.m.

This meeting is similar to a town hall meeting to discuss needs and funding of the project with interested parties such as medical personnel, law enforcement, religious and spiritual leaders, the community and support providers who will all play an important role in the planning and execution of the plan funded by MHSA innovation dollars.

Meeting agendas are published at:

http://www.co.mendocino.ca.us/hhsa/mhsa.htm

For further information, contact: Robin Meloche, MHSA Coordinator at 707-472-

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Mendocino County Mental Health Advisory Board (MHAB) Special Meeting

Press Release

Date: June 18, 2015

 Mendocino County Mental Health Advisory Board (MHAB) Special Meeting

June 23, 2015

The MHAB Special meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 23 at 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Ukiah at Health and Human Services Agency Yokayo Campus, Social Services in the Big Sur Conference Room, located at 747 S. State Street in Ukiah.

This special meeting is for the purpose of the County MHAB to be able to advise the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors on their recommendations to the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Annual Plan for Fiscal Year 2015-2016.

The meeting is intended for members of the public interested in supporting their local mental health services system. Public members are encouraged to attend the meeting to ask questions and give testimony.

MHAB meeting agendas are published at: http://www.co.mendocino.ca.us/hhsa/mh_board.htm

For more information about the MHAB please contact Mental Health Advisory Board Chair, John Wetzler, by emailing johngwetzler@gmail.com or by calling 707-937-3116.