Week of December 28 on Native America Calling

Monday, December 28, 2015 – Star Stories in Native America
In Native America, the stars are more than sparkly lights in the night sky. They reveal our origin stories, hero stories or moral teachings. We’re telling star stories and discussing why the stars are important for those of us on Earth. Why are the stars important to you?

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 – December in the News
President Obama signed a $1.8 trillion spending bill, avoiding a shutdown. The Fairbanks Four convictions were thrown out. And a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act. These stories and more are up for discussion as well as a look back at the best and worst Native headlines in 2015.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 – Tribal Courts and the Dollar General Case
An alleged sexual assault of a Choctaw teenager in a Dollar General store on the reservation, turned into a high-profile Supreme Court case. In Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, the petitioners argue tribal courts can’t provide a fair and do not have jurisdiction. The tribe maintains it has jurisdiction to hear the civil case and has the power to impose penalties in tribal court. A decision by the Supreme Court could have a far-reaching effect on tribal sovereignty and the power of tribal courts.  Should tribal courts have the power to hear civil suits against non-Native owned businesses?

Thursday, December 31, 2015 – 2015 Walked On
On this last day of the year, we’ll take another look at the leaders, artists and other significant people who we lost. This is our day to reflect on the accomplishments and inspirations of those who will remain in our memories. It’s a powerful hour of reflection with expert advice for everyone about ways to handle grief. Who would you like to remember in 2015?

Friday, January 1, 2016 – The Year in Review
We’re looking ahead to the new year, but first we want to remember what came before. Here’s your opportunity to recall some of the most inspiring, aggravating and entertaining moments of 2015. Our staff hand picked some of the most memorable moments of the year and distilled them into an hour of reflection and reminiscence.


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

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Ukiah, California: December 18, 2015
On December 15, 2015, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors announced the appointment of Karen Horner as the Acting Library Director for the Mendocino County Library.
Supervisor Carre Brown, representing the 1st District and current Board Chair, commented on the Board’s action stating, “On behalf of the Board, I know we are all very excited to see Ms. Horner in her new role, understanding that she brings with her both experience and passion for the work she does.”
Ms. Horner previously served as Branch Librarian in the Tulare County library system before coming to Mendocino County. Most recently, Ms. Horner has served as the Branch Librarian for the Fort Bragg Branch of the Mendocino County Library.
Ms. Horner received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at Oregon State University in 2008 and furthered her education, receiving her Master of Library Science and Information Science at San Jose State University in 2014.
The Mendocino County Library District comprises five locations (Coast Community/Pt. Arena, Covelo, Fort Bragg, Ukiah, and Willits) in addition to the Bookmobile traveling library branch serving remote locations throughout the county.
For more information, please contact the Mendocino County Executive Office at (707) 463-4441.

Week of December 21 on Native America Calling

Monday, December 21, 2015 – Climate Change
Nearly 200 nations agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions at the COP 21 summit in Paris this month. They’re going to limit the global rise in temperatures. Nothing in the agreement is legally binding, but supporters applaud the step forward. The agreement also mentions contributions by Indigenous populations, although there are no specific protections. We will talk to members of the Indigenous delegation to the talks and hear their perspectives on how this agreement saves the world. Or at least tilts in the right direction.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 – Help Me in the Kitchen: Holiday Edition
The holiday dinner is right around the corner. Our plates will be filled with some sort of succulent meat, numerous sides and at least one dessert. The holiday dinner may look perfect in your head, but sometimes it doesn’t turn out that way. Some folks are not aces in the kitchen and probably never get invited to bring food to the holiday potluck. In this episode, we’re going to help you in the kitchen. Do you have questions about that raspberry torte recipe? Are you wondering what kind of sauce compliments roast lamb?

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 – String Games and Figures
For some tribes, winter means it’s time to take out the string. Choreographed finger movements weave strings into intricate figures and designs-stars, animals, heroes and tricksters. Depending on the pattern, a person playing string games can hold an entire story in their hands. String figures are made all over the world and many tribes in the U.S. have their own stories behind them. How does your tribe use string figures? What’s your favorite string game?

Thursday, December 24, 2015 – The Best (and Worst) Gifts
We take our annual look at people’s personal experiences with giving and receiving. We hear from our listeners and from many of the people we’ve crossed paths with recently about memorable gifts–from white elephants to cherished keepsakes, from Bed, Bath & Beyond gift cards to family togetherness.

Friday, December 25, 2015: Best of Music Makers
Today we take a look back at 2015 through the music. On this pre-recorded program you’ll hear the voices of some of the musicians that graced our airwaves this year. From the Native American flute to jazz and R&B to rock, the Native musicians that we caught up with this year brought a lot of great rhythms to our ears. Was there a particular music maker you that taught you a thing or two about their nation this year?

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.

HHSA Animal Care Services Care-a-Van in Laytonville

Press Release
Date:  December 17, 2015

HHSA Animal Care Services Care-a-Van in Laytonville

This coming Monday, December 21, the Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency Animal Care Services Care-a-Van will be at the Feed Store in Laytonville.

The program provides vaccines, microchipping, spay and neuter services for cats and dogs.

Vaccines and microchipping are on a drop-in basis from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

There are limited spay and neuter appointments, so make your reservation by calling 707-888-7698.

Look for the Care-a-Van at the Laytonville Feed Store on Monday and care for your pets!!

Mendocino Forest visitors urged to be aware of wet weather closures

News Release
December 11, 2015

Mendocino Forest visitors urged to be aware of wet weather closures
WILLOWS, Calif. – Due to historically strong El Niño patterns, recent storms and more wet weather in the forecast, the Mendocino National Forest is encouraging visitors to monitor the weather and check conditions before visiting Forest recreation sites.
The first wet weather closure of the season was implemented today for both the Grindstone and Upper Lake Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) trail systems after trails were saturated by more than 2 inches of rain in 24 hours.  The trails will reopen after at least 48 hours of no measurable precipitation.
The closure orders are formally referenced as Order Numbers 08-15-07 and 08-15-08.  They are available online at www.fs.usda.gov/mendocino.
Recent drenching storms may have impacted roads in the forest.  If you come across an area where the road is compromised or washed out, please report it to Forest Engineer Shannon Pozas at 530-934-3316.
As winter conditions return to the Mendocino National Forest, all visitors are asked to be cautious when recreating on the forest, whether they are driving, hiking, camping or enjoying other recreational pursuits – including selecting a Christmas tree.
“While this wet weather gives hope to the drought-stricken Mendocino and many other parts of California, it also presents some challenges for visitors enjoying our Forest during early winter through spring,” said Forest Supervisor Ann Carlson.  “Potential hazards to both visitors and forest resources arise when weather conditions are constantly changing throughout the season.  We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable trip to the forest, while preserving resources so they can be enjoyed for years to come.  To help with this, visitors are asked to be prepared for changing conditions, aware of their surroundings, and minimize impacts to saturated roads and trails.”
Many popular trails and some access points to recreation sites on the Mendocino involve crossing normally small creeks and streams.  Caution should be used at these stream crossings.  People and vehicles can be swept away by currents in even relatively shallow water.  Also, conditions can change rapidly and a stream that was easy to cross in the morning can become impassable by afternoon, trapping people on the wrong side.
Following are some additional safety suggestions for those recreating in the forest this winter:
·         Plan your trip – check the weather, bring plenty of warm clothes, water, emergency food, tire chains, shovel and any other supplies necessary for the activity.  Call to check if the area you are planning to visit is still open and accessible.
·         Make sure you have a full tank of gas when you leave and are prepared for changing conditions in the mountains!
·         Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back.  Cellphone service within the forest can be limited.
·         Keep vehicles on designated roads and trails and be aware of changing weather and road conditions.  Wet dirt roads can quickly turn to mud, making it possible to get stuck and causing damage to road, soil and water resources.  If there are puddles in the road, mud flipping off the tires or you can see your ruts in the rearview mirror, consider pulling over to hike or turning around and finding a different area.
For more information, please contact the Mendocino National Forest at 530-934-3316 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/mendocino.

Week of December 14 on Native America Calling

Monday, December 14, 2015 – Celebrating John Trudell
John Trudell was a complex and charismatic poet, musician, actor and activist. We take time to highlight the accomplishments of the man whose life touched so many others. His early years were devoted to activist causes, including a leadership post with AIM. He later released 14 albums of music starting with A.K.A. Grafitti Man. He also published a collection of his poetry and appeared in several films. His rich life inspired many others.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 – Boxing in Native America
Going toe-to-toe with another person trying to punch you in the face is not everyone’s idea of a good time. But the sport of boxing is a way of life for some athletes in Native America. Modern day warriors compete in the ring for local, national and even international titles. Sometimes they just duke it out to earn the respect of their gym.  How is boxing connected to your Native community?  How is it connected to your life?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 – Remembering the Wounded Knee Massacre
This month marks 125 years since the massacre at Wounded Knee Creek. Estimates put the number of men, women and children killed at nearly 300. The U.S. government awarded 20 Medals of Honor to soldiers who participated in the massacre. For 25 years, the Chief Bigfoot Band Memorial Ride retraces Chief Bigfoot’s steps, ending at the Wounded Knee massacre site. This year the ride will include a ceremony to end all massacres. How can communities heal such trauma from the past?

Thursday, December 17, 2015 – Recap: “The Ridiculous 6”
After a wave of controversy on the set, Adam Sandler’s film “The Ridiculous 6” debuted on Netflix. In April, Native American actors walked out of production because they believed certain parts of the script were offensive. At the time, the argument took to social media with the hashtag #NotYourHollywoodIndian. Did the final product end up as bad as the hype?

Friday, December 18, 2015 – December Book of the Month: Warrior Nation: A History of the Red Lake Ojibwe by Anton Treuer
The Red Lake Nation reservation is home to the largest number of Ojibwe language speakers in Minnesota. Professor and linguist Anton Treuer conducted oral histories with Red Lake elders. He was also given access to Red Lake Nation archival collections. He paints a compelling and vital account that includes formation of the first modern Indigenous democratic governance system in the U.S. “Warrior Nation: A History of the Red Lake Ojibwe” is the December Book of the Month.


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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.


Superior Court of California
County of Mendocino


December 4, 2015
Presiding Judge Elect John Behnke recently announced the judicial assignments for 2016. Judicial assignments are reviewed every two years and new assignments made as appropriate.
Effective January 1, 2016, in an attempt to increase efficiency and to limit unnecessary court appearances, the court will eliminate the use of a criminal master calendar department. Departments A and B will handle their own felony arraignments and operate insofar as possible, as vertical calendar departments. The revised calendar plan is now available on the court’s website: www.mendocino.courts.ca.gov
Assistant Presiding Judge Elect Ann Moorman will continue to preside over felony cases in Department A. Former Presiding Judge David Nelson will move to Department B to preside over felony matters. Judge Nelson will also serve as a member of the appellate panel. Judge Cindee Mayfield will return to Department C to handle family law matters. Judge Mayfield will also preside over the Appellate Division and Family Dependency Drug Court. Judge Jeanine Nadel will move to Department E to handle unlimited civil matters, probate, and conservatorships. Judge Nadel will also preside over the Adult Drug Court and serve on the courts appellate panel.
Judge David Riemenschneider will move to Department F to preside over juvenile delinquency and dependency matters. Judge Riemenschneider will also serve on the courts appellate panel. Judge Richard J. Henderson will move to Department G which will serve as a dedicated criminal trial department. Judge Henderson will also preside over small claims, unlawful detainer, and walk-in traffic matters. Judge John Behnke will move to Department H which will handle all misdemeanor pre-trial matters. Judge Clay Brennan will continue to preside over civil, criminal, and family law matters in our Ten Mile Court Branch in Fort Bragg.
Judge Behnke also announced that the Executive Committee, which manages the court, will be comprised of Judges Behnke, Moorman, and Nadel.


Week of December 7 on Native America Calling

Monday, December 7, 2015 – Interpreting Dreams
Have you ever woken from a dream and wondered what it all meant? Dreams about flying, falling or even being chased can mean different things to different people. Sometimes our dreams can provide insight into our daily lives, and sometimes they are just puzzling. Native Voice One’s show Seers from the First People explores what dreams mean. Join us for a conversation with the hosts, who will analyze your dreams from their perspective.

Tuesday December 8, 2015 – History from an Indigenous Perspective
The history of record is often told by those in dominate society, while other communities find their voices silenced. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States tells 400 years of history from an Indigenous perspective. Join us for a conversation with the author, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz about the U.S. policies, events and decisions that shaped the future of Native America.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 – Smoking in Native America
Why are Native Americans still smoking so much? American cigarette smoking on the whole is on the decline. But Native Americans and Alaska Natives are the heaviest smokers compared to all other ethnicities. Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death.

Thursday, December 10, 2015 – Reclaiming History
Language, culture and identity are helping educators and advocates tackle social issues like substance abuse and depression.  Organizations are turning to Native values like respect to address homelessness and caring elders.  Native movements are helping replace other figures that historically oppressed Native nations. Others are restoring traditional place names. What types of movements are reshaping your community? What are the secrets to inspiring Indigenous youth to better their surroundings?

Friday, December 11, 2015 – December Music Maker: Gyasi Ross
Over the years Native America has had the chance to experience what Blackfeet & Suquamish author, attorney, activist and poet Gyasi Ross has had to say through news outlets and his book. This month we bring you the opportunity to hear Gyasi through his new album “Isskootsik (Before Here Was Here)” off of Cabin Games label. It’s a blend of spoken word poetry that opens up stories about life and lessons learned all set to a rhythmic hip-hop sound. Names like Winona LaDuke and Marlon Brando are thrown into the mix of words on a couple of the tracks.


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.



Ukiah, California: December 4, 2015
On December 10, 2015, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors and Executive Office is commemorating the installation of the “Al Beltrami” bench at the newly redesigned drought tolerant traffic circle at the County Administration Building in Ukiah.
During the month of October and November, the Executive Office – Facilities and Fleet Division, in cooperation with the University of California Cooperative Extension and the Master Gardeners redesigned the traffic circle in front of the Administration Building with drought tolerant, native plants. A sitting area near the flagpole will be home to the Al Beltrami memorial bench. This bench was commissioned by the Park Endowment Fund to honor Al Beltrami’s contribution to Mendocino County and was designed in collaboration with his family.
The ribbon cutting will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at the County Administrative Building. The ribbon cutting is open to the public and interested parties are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact the Executive Office at ceo@co.mendocino.ca.us or (707) 463-4441.
When: December 10, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Traffic Circle in front of the County Administration Building
501 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, CA 95482

Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Forum in Covelo

Press Release
Date:  December 4, 2015

Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Forum in Covelo

The Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Forum will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Covelo. This meeting will take place at the Yuki Trails Conference Center at 23000 Henderson Rd. in Covelo.

This meeting is similar to a Town Hall meeting where anyone can attend. Members of the public, consumers, family members and community agencies are encouraged to attend to provide suggestions, ideas and feedback on the Mental Health Services Act programs, including Workforce Education and Training, and Suicide Prevention. The forum covers children and families, youth and transitional age youth, adults and older adults.

You are welcome to join us. Light refreshments are provided.

Meeting agendas are published at: http://www.co.mendocino.ca.us/hhsa/mhsa.htm

For further information, contact: Robin Meloche, MHSA Coordinator at 707-472-2332.