Week of February 1 on Native America Calling

Monday, February 1, 2016 – The school-to-prison pipeline for Native youth
More and more studies are exposing educational practices that work against minority students’ success. Civil rights advocates say disparities in school punishment contribute to higher incarceration rates later in life for Native Americans, Blacks and Latinos.  They call it the school-to-prison pipeline. The Congress of American Indians says Native youth are 1.5 times more likely than white youth to be sent to the adult criminal system. Can the right school policies help cut the high rate of Natives going to prison?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 – Art fraud
Fake Native American art is typically made with inferior materials and stolen designs. It can be hard for the untrained eye to detect, but it undercuts the livelihoods and legitimacy of true Native American artists. In October, the FBI charged three non-Natives with violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act. The sellers allegedly passed off jewelry manufactured in the Philippines as Native American made. What questions should consumer ask sellers when purchasing jewelry?

Wednesday, February 03, 2016 – February Music Maker: Digawolf
The First Nations band, Digawolf, embraces the diverse cultural landscape of Canada’s Northwest Territories. The band blends tradition with new world alternative rock. The songs on their latest 10-track album, “Great Northern Man,” switch between English and the Tlicho language. Vocalist and lead guitarist Dzǫetsè aka Jesse James Gon from the Tlicho First Nation is our guest for the February Music Maker edition.

Thursday, February 4, 2016 – Indigenous at the Sundance Film Festival
Six indigenous film makers debuted works at the Sundance Film Festival that just wrapped up. They include an animated short film, a light-hearted feature about a man and his nephew, and a drama about a rootless woman who makes a life-changing choice. The notable festival also featured 11 Native Fellows who are part of programs to offer support for film makers.

Friday, February 5, 2016 – Clemency for Leonard Peltier?
The International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee is mounting another campaign to convince President Barack Obama to grant Peltier clemency before he leaves office. Peltier was convicted of murdering two FBI agents in 1977. He was denied parole in 2009. Amnesty International calls for his release, citing serious concerns about the fairness of the legal case against him. But others, including the federal government, maintain that he is guilty and must continue to pay his debt to society. February 6th is the International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier. Should he be granted clemency?


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: January 25, 2016
The Board of Supervisors Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee will hold a town hall meeting on Saturday, February 6, 2016, to provide residents with an opportunity to hear a brief update and share their recommendations with the Ad Hoc Committee regarding potential revisions of the County’s Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance (Code Section 9.31).
In the final hours of the 2015 legislative session, the California Legislature passed a Medical Marijuana Regulatory Package that was signed by the Governor on October 9, 2015, which consisted of three bills: AB 266 (Bonta), SB 643 (McGuire) and AB 243 (Wood). In response to the new legislation the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors created a Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee, consisting of Supervisors John McCowen and Tom Woodhouse, to review the County’s 9.31 Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance and report back to the Board with recommended revisions to address local conditions and concerns in light of the new state legislation. In December 2015, the Ad Hoc Committee developed a process overview and timeline, with the goal of bringing back recommendations to the Board of Supervisors in March 2016. Additionally, the Ad Hoc Committee is considering a recommendation to launch a 9.31 pilot program in the spring of 2016.
Third District Supervisor Tom Woodhouse stated, “This town hall meeting will give residents a chance to hear directly from the Ad Hoc Committee on the 9.31 revision process and allow us to better understand the thoughts and concerns of residents, stakeholders and interested parties throughout the County on amendments in order to comply with the new legislation.”
The Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee will be hosting the public town hall meeting on Saturday, February 6, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Willits Senior Center.
What: Marijuana Ad Hoc Town Hall Meeting
When: Saturday, February 6, 2016
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Willits Senior Center
1501 Baechtel Road Willits, CA 95490
For more information, please contact Sarah Dukett at the Mendocino County Executive Office at (707) 463-4441 or duketts@co.mendocino.ca.us.

Cannabis Waste Discharge Regulatory Program Enrollment Clinic Announcement

Cannabis Waste Discharge Regulatory Program
Enrollment Clinic Announcement
Staff of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (Water Board) invite landowners, tenants and other interested persons to attend a clinic where staff will answer questions and assist cannabis growers with enrollment for coverage under Order No. R1-2015-0023, Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements and General Water Quality Certification for Discharges of Waste Resulting from Cannabis Cultivation and Associated Activities or Operations with Similar Environmental Effects in the North Coast Region. The clinic is designed to offer growers and other interested parties a chance to learn more about the water quality regulatory requirements for properties with cannabis cultivation and the upcoming enrollment deadline of February 15, 2016. Staff will provide Information and assistance at the clinic including general information about the order, assistance in determining applicability of the order to your property, information about how to enroll for coverage, information about the Order’s tier structure and third party programs, and assistance in preparing the enrollment package. Growers are encouraged to bring site maps, sketches, images, and other relevant information for discussion. Staff will hold several clinics throughout the north coast region.
The clinic(s) in your area are:
February 2, 2016, from 2:00 – 7:00 PM at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center 200 South School Street Ukiah, CA 95482
February 9, 2016, from 2:00 – 7:00 PM at the Fort Bragg Public Library 499 E Laurel St. Fort Bragg, CA 95437
February 11, 2016, from 2:00 – 7:00 PM at the Library Commons 23925 Howard St. Covelo, CA 95428
For more information about the clinics, please contact 707-576-2676, and for a full listing of locations please visit the North Coast Water Board website at:

Week of January 25 on Native America Calling

Monday, January 25, 2016 – Missing more than school
Missing school affects more than a student’s attendance record. It can hamper success in school and everything that comes after. The education advocacy group Attendance Works links chronic absenteeism to low graduation rates and reduced likelihood of entering college. The National Assessment of Education Progress finds Native American students have the highest rates of school absenteeism. Why are Native kids missing so many days of school? How can parents, teachers and schools get Native students back in classrooms?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 – Traumatic brain injuries
Violence, car crashes and other accidents are causing traumatic brain injuries in Native Americans at a higher rate than other groups. One National Institutes of Health study finds young Native American adults have much higher incidences of brain injury than their white counterparts. Why do Native Americans have such high rates of traumatic brain injury? What burden does it place on families and communities? Is there a way to turn around the trend?

Wednesday, December 27, 2016 – January in the news
A militia group in Oregon continues its stand-off near Burns Paiute tribal land. President Obama’s State of the Union Address skirts Native American issues, and the counterpart from the National Congress of American Indians praises progress since the Nixon administration. And the Supreme Court takes a look at Nebraska v. Parker, a case about tribal jurisdiction and liquor sales. These topics and sports are on our monthly news round up.

Thursday, January 28, 2016 – Where are all the Native television shows?
Canada is airing an enviable number of TV shows produced by and starring aboriginal talent. The shows include dramas, comedies, news, animation and documentaries. Many take place on First Nations reserves. The shows aren’t available on regular U.S. television. But the push is on to get U.S. distributors like Comcast to carry Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. The Canadian government launched APTN in 1999. Would you watch a show about 20-something Mohawk girls? How about a show built around Native cooking?

Friday, January 29, 2016 – January Book of the Month: “The Beginning and End of Rape” by Sarah Deer
Native scholar and author Sarah Deer’s new book opens up the dialogue on the effects of sexual violence in Native nations as well as how tribes can seek redress and make their communities safer. We invite you to join us as we open our electronic talking circle to Deer’s book “The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America.” It is our January Book of the Month spotlight.


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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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2016 Field of Interest Grant Program Guidelines and Application Now Available

2016 Field of Interest Grant Program
Guidelines and Application Now Available

The Community Foundation of Mendocino County is pleased to announce over $40,000.00 in available funding from its new Field of Interest grant program. More information and a link to an online grant application can be found by clicking on one of the individual funds below:

A.D. Abramson Endowment Fund for the Visual Arts
(Public art on the Coastal Trail)
Jane Anderson Developmental Disability Fund
Blood Bank of the Redwoods Legacy Fund
(High School Youth Grant Program)
Fraeda Dubin Endowment Fund & Pat Denny Endowment Fund
(Substance Prevention and Intervention)
Haigh-Scatena Youth Leadership, Empowerment & Media Advocacy Fund
John and Sandra Mayfield Family Economic Development Fund
(Small business, entrepreneurship and workforce development)
Judy Pruden Historical Preservation Fund
(Historical publications, marketing materieals for historical tours, etc)
Application deadline is: March 15, 2016

For more information, see www.communityfound.org,
or contact Megan Barber Allende at (707) 468-9882.

Mendocino National Forest to Waive Recreation Fees for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

News Release
January 14, 2016

Mendocino National Forest to Waive Recreation Fees for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
WILLOWS, Calif. – The Mendocino National Forest is bringing in the New Year by offering a fee-free day at all Forest Service run campgrounds and the Red Bluff Boat Launch in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18, 2016.
The fee waiver program is in cooperation with other federal land management agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.  “These fee-free days help encourage visitors to come out and see our Forest.  With the recent designation of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, this is a great chance to get out and see what exciting and unique opportunities await,” said Forest Supervisor Ann Carlson.  “These lands belong to all of us, and we want to thank visitors for their continued support and remind them that this is a place to have fun!”
As a reminder, the Upper Lake Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) trails remain closed due to high saturation levels.  Visitors are encouraged to check trail conditions by visiting our website or calling the Upper Lake OHV message line at 707-275-1430.  With recent wet weather, and more on the way, forest roads may have been impacted.  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.
For a list of campgrounds and other recreational opportunities, please contact the Mendocino National Forest at 530-934-3316 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/mendocino.  Get the latest updates and alerts easily by following us on Twitter, @MendocinoNF.


Animal Care Services Care-A-Van in Willits and Covelo

Press Release
Date:  January 13, 2016

Animal Care Services Care-A-Van in Willits and Covelo

On Wednesday, January 20, 2016 the Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Animal Care Services Care-A-Van will be at the JD Redhouse located at 212 S. Main St. in Willits. On Wednesday, January 27 the Care-A-Van will be at the Community Park Recreation Center at 22830 S. Airport Blvd. in Covelo.

The Care-A-Van program provides vaccines, micro-chipping and spay and neuter services for cats and dogs.

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

For spaying and neutering, you do need an appointment.  There are limited appointment slots.  Please call 707-888-7698 to make an appointment.

If you have questions you may call the above number to speak with the Care-A-Van Coordinator.




Ukiah, California: January 14, 2016
On January 19, 2016, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors will hold a joint meeting with the Mendocino County Retirement Board at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center, 200 South School Street, in Ukiah. The joint meeting is scheduled from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The Agenda will feature a presentation of the Actuarial Valuation Report by the Segal Company. Additionally, the Agenda will include discussion and possible revocation of Board of Supervisors resolutions related to excess earnings and potential action by the Board of Supervisors and the Board of Retirement to reduce long-term pension costs to the County’s retirement system.
Dan Gjerde, Board Chair, shared the following comments: “All of the supervisors are looking forward to meeting with the retirement board, and welcome members of the public to share their ideas. Our shared goal is to fund reasonable retirement payments into the future, in a way that is not cost-prohibitive for plan beneficiaries or taxpayers.”
The public is welcome and invited to attend every Board meeting. The agenda will be posted online 72 hours prior to the meeting at www.co.mendocino.ca.us/bos/meetings/PublishedMeetings.htm.

Severe weather could pose potential safety concerns – Mendocino National Forest

U.S. Forest Service
Mendocino National Forest
825 N. Humboldt Ave.
Willows, CA 95988

News Release
January 15, 2016

Severe weather could pose potential safety concerns
WILLOWS, Calif. – The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather statement for the northern California region.  Storms Friday through Monday could bring potential hazards to many parts of the Mendocino and in recently burned areas.
This system will bring rain and higher elevation snow on Friday night and Saturday possibly impacting mountain travel at elevations above 6,000 feet.  A stronger weather system will bring periods of heavy rain Sunday afternoon through Monday morning, several inches of rainfall possible over the foothills and mountains along with several inches of snow possible above 6,000 feet.
The potential for flash flooding along with heavy mud and debris flow can be significant in areas recently burned by fire.  Residents and visitors should be alert to environmental signs of dangerous weather conditions and be prepared to take action.
Be prepared:
§  Check local weather reports, road closures and emergency notifications before you leave home.

§  Monitor the NOAA-National Weather Service website or “app” paying close attention to hazardous alerts (http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/sto/).

§  Be prepared to evacuate if county or city emergency officials determine that flooding and debris flows are expected.

§  Creeks and drainages downstream from a burned area can still be impacted, even if it is not raining in that area.  Be alert and use caution.

§  Do not attempt water crossings, even if they look shallow.

§  If you find yourself in a flood, climb to safety (seek higher ground).

The forest issues several wet weather closures for Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) trails during rain storms. Keep a look out for new or changing closures by checking our website www.fs.usda.gov/mendocino.
Get the latest updates and alerts by following us on Twitter, @MendocinoNF.







Wednesday, January 19, 2016

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

11:00 – 11:45 am



Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT)/Farmer’s Market Match → Nutrition Labels → Fruit & Vegetable Tips

→ Cook Book Giveaway → Taste Test

Funded by: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)/Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOPB) Grant