Coming up the week of November 30 on Native America Calling

Monday, November 30, 2015 – November in the News
Montana Democrat Denise Juneau (Mandan Hidatsa) sets her sights on Congress, tribes find the marijuana business is not so cut-and-dried, and students of color fight to improve their campuses. These are some of the big news items we’ll take a look at during the hour with our guests, Mark Trahant with Indian Country Today, Mary Hudetz with the Associated Press, and Rhonda Levaldo with Haskell Indian Nations University.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 – Trafficked: In And Out of Native America
The good news is states are making strides in the fight against sex traffickers, according to a new Shared Hope International study. But in Native America the picture for victims remains bleak. South Dakota is benefitting from a crackdown on the worst offenders, but former U.S. attorney Brendan Johnson notes “Native Americans are a disproportionate percentage of victims.” How do reservation jurisdictional issues complicate sex trafficking prosecutions? In this hour, we’ll focus on what tribes, states and advocates are doing to keep Natives safe from traffickers.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 – Basketball: The Heartbeat of Indian Country
A basketball bouncing on a gym’s hardwood floor fuels a sense of Native pride almost as much as the sound of a drum does. Basketball is a way of life in Native America. How did this sport make its way into the heart of Indian Country? What does it mean to the young and old players, the fans and the communities that support them? Do you have a basketball player in the family? Did you play? Join our conversation.

Thursday, December 3, 2015 – Learning Native Languages
The project “Rising Voices/Hótȟaŋiŋpi” examines the struggle to learn the Lakota language. It’s one of many programs all over the US focused on revitalizing individual Native languages. What does it take to really learn the tongue of your people? Are you worried the most basic tools of communication for your ancestors are disappearing? What challenges do communities and individuals face with acquiring and speaking Indigenous language?

Friday, December 4, 2015 – Dams
The construction of dams is a contentious issue for some Native communities. The Garrison Dam in North Dakota, constructed in 1947, flooded one fourth of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation’s land base. In 2011, the Lower Elwah Klallam Tribe celebrated the removal of the Elwah Dam. A recent dam break in Brazil caused 11 deaths and another 12 people are missing. It also released over 60 million cubic meters of toxic mining waste into the Rio Dolce. The disaster affected several Indigenous communities including the Krenak tribe whose only source of drinking water is now contaminated. Should we take a second look at the dams in Native America?

Native America Calling is a national call-in program that invites guests and listeners to join a dialogue about current events, music, arts, entertainment and culture.

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

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CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit Transitions to Winter Burning Season

RELEASE DATE: November 24, 2015

 CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit Transitions to Winter Burning Season

Willits – Recent rains and cooler temperatures across the region have lowered the threat of wildfires allowing CAL FIRE’s Mendocino Unit to transition to the winter burning season effective Monday, November 23, 2015 at 8:00 am in Mendocino County. CAL FIRE will not require burning permits until approximately May 1, 2016. Residents are reminded that BURNING MUST COMPLY WITH MENDOCINO COUNTY AIR QUALITY REGLUATIONS. For more information regarding winter burning regulations go to the MCQAMD web site at or call the District office at (707) 463-4354. Recorded Burn Day status is available 24/7 on the Burn Information Line at (707) 463-4391.

Cooler temperatures and rainfall alone does not prevent fires from escaping control. Landowners are responsible for safely burning outdoors and maintaining control at all times. For tips on safe burning visit the CAL FIRE website at or check with your local agency.

Unit Chief Christopher P. Rowney encourages all residents to take advantage of the cooler months ahead and prepare your home for the 2016 fire season by creating 100 feet of defensible space around your home. Detailed information on defensible space is available on our website at or contact CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit Headquarters at (707) 459-7414.

As drought conditions continue to have a hold on California, CAL FIRE is maintaining staffing that meets the current threat, as well as strategically moving resources to areas that remain at a higher threat level. CAL FIRE will also continue to monitor weather conditions closely and still has the ability to increase staffing should the weather conditions change or if there is a need to support wildfires and or any other emergencies in other areas of the State.

The 2015 fire season has been an extremely active year, even more so than in 2014. Statewide, CAL FIRE and firefighters from many local agencies battled over 5,900 wildfires within the State Responsibility Area that burned nearly 308,000 acres. This is over 1,700 more wildfires this year than normal. In the Mendocino Unit, CAL FIRE responded to 120 wildfires that charred 388 acres.

Residents are urged to still take precautions outdoors in order to prevent sparking a wildfire. A leading cause of wildfires this time of year is from escaped landscape debris burning. Before you burn, ensure it’s a permissive burn day by contacting the Mendocino County Air Management District, (707) 463-4391, and then make sure you have any and all required burn permits. During burning make sure that piles of landscape debris are no larger than four feet in diameter, provide a 10 ft. clearance down to bare mineral soil around the burn pile and that a responsible adult is in attendance at all times with a water source and a shovel.

For more ways to prevent sparking a wildfire visit


President Obama’s Every Kid in a Park initiative

Date: November 17, 2015

Secretary Jewell to Highlight Program Benefitting Native Youth in Arizona
New initiative connects students to the great outdoors 

WASHINGTON – Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 18, Jewell will join a class of 25 students attending a BIE-funded school at Saguaro National Park in Tucson to participate in fun and educational activities and distribute free passes to America’s federal lands and waters as part of President Obama’s Every Kid in a Park initiative.

The Every Kid in a Park initiative seeks to connect young people with the great outdoors. The program allows fourth graders nationwide to go to and obtain a pass for free entry for them and their families to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for an entire year, starting September 1, 2015. Every Kid in a Park is one of several initiatives spearheaded by the Obama Administration to encourage the next generation to play, learn, serve and work outdoors.

Native America Calling – Week of November 16

Monday, November 16, 2015 – Keystone XL pipeline rejection
From Canadian First Nations to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, pressure from Native sources was instrumental in helping torpedo the Keystone XL oil pipeline. President Barack Obama rejected the pipeline proposal that would have pumped crude oil from Canada to Illinois and eventually, the Gulf of Mexico. The rejection is victory for environmentalists and tribes who have been fighting the proposal since 2008. How does stopping the pipeline help Native America? Did the president take tribal concerns into account in his decision? The lack of an oil pipeline means more oil shipped by rail and highway. What does Indian Country say to that?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 – November Music Maker: Kimberley Dawn
Kimberley Dawn’s album “‘Til the Cowboys Come Home,” is packed with the driving rhythms and tough-love lyrics country music fans cherish like a pair of favorite blue jeans. Dawn (Métis Cree) will be with us for our next look at Native music. Join us for another hour of musical delight from First Nations singer Kimberley Dawn, our November Music Maker.

Follow this conversation with the hastag: #MusicMakerKimberleyDawn.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 – Postpartum Depression
The birth of a child is a sacred and cherished event. The weeks and months that follow are a whirlwind of joy and anxiety for new mothers. But there are times when dark thoughts persist. Some mothers suffer negative emotions, constant crying, and difficulty establishing attachment to the baby. Between 10 to 15 percent of women get postpartum depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Studies by the University of North Carolina suggest Native American women experience even more instances of postpartum depression than other populations. How does postpartum depression effect children, families and Native communities? Are Native American mothers getting the help they need when experiencing postpartum depression?

Thursday, November 19, 2015 – Help Me in The Kitchen!
It’s the time of year to take out all the stops and spend a little extra time in the kitchen. A special meal can bring families together and make cherished memories. But creating a celebratory feast is fraught with challenges. If you need some help and advice in the kitchen, we’re here for you. In this episode, we invite two expert Native chefs to answer your cooking questions. So if your last batch of wild rice risotto was a disaster, our guest chefs might have some advice for you.

Friday, November 20, 2015 – Protecting Sacred Places from Drilling
The Badger-Two Medicine traditional cultural district of Montana is considered sacred to the Blackfeet tribe. Earlier this month, Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewel urging her to cancel the energy leases for the area. The Blackfeet Tribe of Montana said the leases were granted illegally and the tribe has a “deep spiritual connection to this profoundly spiritual region.” Is your community working to protect a sacred place from energy development? What challenges do tribes face when fighting for their sacred places?


Native America Calling is a national call-in program that invites guests and listeners to join a dialogue about current events, music, arts, entertainment and culture.

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.

Mendocino County Burn Permit Suspension Lifted

Mendocino County Burn Permit Suspension Lifted

Willits – Effective Monday, November 9, 2015 at 8:00 AM the burn permit suspension in Mendocino County will be lifted. CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit Chief Christopher P. Rowney is formally cancelling the burn permit suspension and advises that those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days. Agriculture burns must be inspected by CAL FIRE prior to burning until the end of the peak fire season. Inspections may be required for burns other than agriculture burns as well. This can be verified by contacting your local Air Quality Management District.

Burn permits will be required until the end of peak fire season. While cooler temperatures have helped to diminish the threat of wildfire, we are still in our fourth year of drought. Property owners and residents are asked to use caution while conducting debris or agriculture burns. Always use caution when burning, follow all guidelines provided, and maintain control of the fire at all times. Individuals can be held civilly and/or criminally liable for allowing a fire to escape their control and/or burn onto neighboring property.

Residents wishing to burn MUST verify it is a permissive burn day prior to burning. Call Mendocino County Air Management District, (707) 463-4391 for verification.

Pile Burning Requirements

  • Only dry, natural vegetative material such as leaves, pine needles and tree trimmings may be burned.
  • The burning of trash, painted wood or other debris is not allowed.
  • Do NOT burn on windy days.
  • Piles should be no larger than four feet in diameter and in height. You can add to pile as it burns down.
  • Clear a 10 foot diameter down to bare soil around your piles.
  • Have a shovel and a water source nearby.
  • An adult is required to be in attendance of the fire at all times.

Safe residential pile burning of forest residue by landowners is a crucial tool in reducing fire hazards. State, Federal and Local land management and fire agencies will also be utilizing this same window of opportunity to conduct prescribed burns aimed at improving forest health on private and public lands.

For more information on burning, visit the CAL FIRE website at


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Jackson Demonstration State Forest Advisory Group

Jackson Demonstration State Forest Advisory Group

 Willits – The Jackson Demonstration State Forest (JDSF) Advisory Group will meet on Monday, November 16, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the Fort Bragg Library located at 499 East Laurel St. in Fort Bragg. This meeting is open to the public and public attendance is encouraged. The complete agenda is available at the JDSF website:


If anyone has any questions about Jackson Demonstration State Forest, please call (707) 964-5674.

Multiple uses of JDSF for a wide variety of activities that benefit the public, the economy and natural resources are what our demonstration forests are all about.



Superior Court of California
Mendocino County


November 9, 2015
Judge David Nelson has announced that he will not seek reelection to a fourth term as judge of the Mendocino County Superior Court and will retire at the end of his term in January, 2017. This will mean that there will be a primary election for the open seat in June, 2016 with a final election in November, 2016 if necessary.
Judge Nelson was appointed to the bench by Governor Gray Davis in 2003 and has been reelected without opposition to two six year terms since that time. He initially presided over adult criminal courts and then served as juvenile court judge for four years. For the last two years, he has returned to a criminal court assignment and has been the Presiding Judge for the Mendocino County Superior Court. He has been judge of the Adult Drug Court throughout his judicial career. Judge John Behnke will take over as the Presiding Judge in January, 2016. Judge Nelson will return to a felony criminal trial court for his last year as a judge.
Judge Nelson said, “It has been a privilege to serve the people of Mendocino County as a judge. I have been blessed to work with a wonderful group of judges and an excellent, hard-working staff. But it is time to pass the baton to a new judge and I look forward to retirement in this beautiful county.”

Behavioral Health & Recovery Services, Cultural Diversity Committee Meeting

Press Release

Date:  November 10, 2015

Behavioral Health & Recovery Services, Cultural Diversity Committee Meeting

The Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Cultural Diversity Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2015, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Round Valley Indian Health Center’s Yuki Trails Conference room, at 23000 Henderson Road in Covelo.

This is a public meeting to discuss behavioral health services in relation to cultural diversity. Since November is National American Indian Heritage month we will include a discussion of disparities in behavioral health services to Native Americans. Members of the public, consumers and family members of behavioral health services and community agencies are welcomed and encouraged to attend. During this meeting we will review the Cultural Competency Plan.

Meeting agendas are published at:

For further information, contact: Karen Lovato, Program Manager, Behavioral Health & Recovery Services, at 707-472-2342, or

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Seasonal Flu Vaccine Walk-In Clinic in Fort Bragg

Press Release

Not for op-ed

Date:  November 5, 2015


Seasonal Flu Vaccine Walk-In Clinic in Fort Bragg

The Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Public Health Services will hold a Seasonal Flu Vaccine Walk-In Clinic on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.  The clinic hours are from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Seasonal flu vaccine at this clinic will be available and recommended for people 19 years of age and older.  Anyone 19 and older without health insurance is especially encouraged to attend this clinic.

The location will be held at the HHSA Social Services building at 764 South Franklin Street in Fort Bragg.

There is a suggested donation of $15.00 per flu shot. No one will be turned away if they are unable to afford the donation.

Although we will not be vaccinating children at this clinic, it is encouraged for persons 6 months through 18 years to get vaccinated for the flu as soon as possible to help protect against the seasonal flu.  Please contact your pediatrician, physician or HHSA Public Health Services for more information on the children’s flu vaccine.

Seasonal flu vaccine is ESPECIALLY recommended for people with chronic health conditions such as:  Diabetes, HIV, lung disease, kidney disease, heart disease, chronic liver disease, long term steroid therapy, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders, persons who are immune compromised and with neuromuscular disorders.

You can visit the HHSA website  to find information on Public Health services or you may call the Fort Bragg office at 964-4713 or the Ukiah office at 472-2600/2700.