Week of March 28 on Native America Calling

Monday, March 28, 2016 – Children and parents coping with hearing impairment
As many as 5 out of every 1,000 children have some type of hearing loss, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Causes range from genetics to infections, and the consequences can last a lifetime. Parents new to the issue face a daunting list of options and treatments. In Native America, do families have all they need to raise a child that is hearing impaired?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 – Why I don’t vote
Election season seems to be never-ending these days. And it’s hard to escape people telling you–on social media, TV and even in person–how important it is to cast your vote. If it’s so important, why does nearly half of the voting-age public in the U.S. stay home on some election days?  Do you make the decision to not vote? One of our guests says voting is a product of colonialism. How important is voting (or not voting) to you?

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 – Know Your Party: third parties
Two political parties dominate the U.S. electoral system. Ever since the party system emerged in the 1800s, presidential elections have gone to either Democrats or Republicans. In the final installment of our series on political parties, we take a look at the role third parties play. The main alternatives to the top two are the Green Party, the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party. Can Native voters find what they are looking for in a third party?

Thursday, March 31, 2016 – Songs for baby
Music is a major part of our Native communities and culture. Singing songs to our little ones provides a vital connection to language and culture. We take time to discuss the importance of singing to babies and children. What were you taught growing up about sharing songs with young ones? Do you have memories of your parents and loved ones sing to you?

Friday, April 1, 2016 – There is an app for that!
Smart phones have radically transformed our lives. Information is at our fingertips whenever we want, as long as we have a signal. Applications, or apps, give us convenient answers to questions like “where am I going” and even, “what should I do right now so I’m not bored.” We’ll take a look at a number of apps specifically designed to make Indigenous lives better. How about a dating app that matches you with your perfect blood quantum soul mate? Or what about an app that gives you the exact distance to the nearest Indian taco?


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.

Woodcutting permits available Friday

News Release
March 25, 2016

Woodcutting permits available Friday
WILLOWS, Calif. – Starting Friday, April 1, personal use firewood permits will be available for purchase from the Mendocino National Forest.
Permits are $5 per cord of wood, with a minimum purchase of four cords for $20.  The permits are good through December 31, 2016.  The wood does not have to be cut at the same time.  All firewood removed must be dead and down.  It is illegal to remove firewood from the National Forest without a valid permit.
Permits are available in person or by mail order from one of the Forest offices listed below.  Mail order forms are available online at www.fs.usda.gov/mendocino.  If a person is unable to cut the wood themselves, they can obtain a third party authorization when they purchase their permit that will allow someone else to cut or gather the wood.
All firewood permit sales are final, with no refunds.  Permittees will receive tags and a map of the Forest.
Permit holders should be aware that federal and state quarantines to prevent the spread of sudden oak death (SOD) are in effect for Lake and Mendocino Counties.  Any firewood cut in these counties can only be transported into other SOD quarantine counties, including Alameda, Contra Costa, Humboldt, Marin, San Francisco, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma.

Firewood permits can be purchased from the following offices:

Mendocino National Forest Supervisor’s Office/Grindstone Ranger District Office
825 N. Humboldt Ave., Willows, CA 95988
Hours:  Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Stonyford Work Center
5171 Stonyford-Elk Creek Road, Stonyford, CA, 95979
Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1- 4:30 p.m.
Covelo Ranger Station
78150 Covelo Road, Covelo, CA 95428
Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 1-4:30 p.m.

Upper Lake Ranger Station
10025 Elk Mountain Road, Upper Lake, CA 95485
Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-4:30 p.m.

Gathering firewood is important to many individuals and families surrounding the Mendocino National Forest.  Following are some tips for a safer experience.
·       Plan your trip – check the weather, bring plenty of warm clothes for spring and fall through winter cutting, water, emergency food, and the appropriate gear for the season when you are gathering firewood.  Make sure you have a full tank of gas when you leave and are prepared for changing conditions in the mountains!  Also, let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back.
·       Keep vehicles on designated roads 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 and taking a hike to look for wood, or turning around and finding a different area to cut your firewood.
·       As we enter fire season, be aware of fire restrictions or closure orders that may be in place restricting where you can go.  Make sure you have a spark arrester on chainsaws and any other mechanical equipment being used.
·       Make sure you are cutting firewood on the Mendocino National Forest and not from other federal, state or private lands.

For more information, please contact the Mendocino National Forest or visit www.fs.usda.gov/mendocino.

HHSA: “Recovery Model: from Vision to Practice, Building on Our Experiences”

Press Release
Date: March 18, 2016

No Cost Training
“Recovery Model: from Vision to Practice, Building on Our Experiences”

Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) is happy to announce a no cost training brought to you by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) in Fort Bragg on April 5 and 6.  The instructor is Mark Ragins, MD.  This is a two day training that will occur at the Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center located at 101 N. Franklin St. in Fort Bragg. This training is recommended for peer providers and advocates of any mental health service.

On April 5, Tuesday, the day begins at 9:00 a.m.  Dr. Ragins will discuss the top 10 clinical reasons to use the recovery model, with exploring your personal passions and practices and where you fit in with the recovery model.  Lunch will be provided. The schedule for the day is 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Registration is open until filled.

On April 6, 2016 Dr. Ragins will discuss coordinating teams and programs into a
system of care and where you fit in. The second half of the day will be for those
interested in how to be a change agent and a recovery leader and requires you to
attend the sessions both days to be in this leadership group. Lunch will be provided for
those who commit to attending this session. The schedule for this day is 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Registration is open until filled.

Registration opens on March 21, 2016 and closes when filled. Seating is limited. No
CEUs are available.

To register go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SHT6VCY or contact Robin
Meloche, MHSA Coordinator at 707-472-2332 if you do not have internet access or
need more information on this great opportunity.
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Week of March 21 on Native America Calling

Monday, March 21 2016 – Carbon Credits in Native America
Can you buy forgiveness for environmental damage? Carbon credits offer opportunities for companies and even individuals to balance out their greenhouse gas emissions by paying another entity that promises to lower emissions. Some tribes think selling carbon credits might be an economic opportunity as well as a way to protect resources.

Tuesday, March 22 2016 – Christianity and tradition
Christianity in Native America has a complicated history. Early Christian missionaries discouraged traditional religious and spiritual practices within the tribes. But today many Native Americans adhere to a variety of Christian denominations including Catholic, Mormon, and Southern Baptist. They sometimes merge traditional spiritual practices with longstanding Christian beliefs. Can you practice both?

Wednesday, March 23 2016 – Breaking a Leg: Native Theater
All the world’s a stage-and some stages are used to showcase Native American stories and talent. Whether it’s drama or comedy, classic or avant garde, Native-centered theater is reaching more and more audiences. What makes theater Native? What are the audiences saying? Is it difficult to find Native actors?

Thursday, March 24 2016 – The inevitability of menopause
It’s unavoidable. Women in their 40s and 50s face a whole slew of physical changes ranging from hot flashes to mood swings. What should Native American women know about menopause and how can they prepare for it? What potential health complications should they discuss with their doctors?

Friday, March 25 2016 – March in news
The presidential race keeps surprising us with each passing week as a flamboyant mogul with no political experience continues his march his way to the GOP nomination. Also, the outgoing president of the United States meets with the incoming prime minister of Canada and both have high regard in Indian Country. We catch up on all the top news stories from 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.

Water Quality Concerns for Boonville

Press Release

Date:  March 11, 2016

Water Quality Concerns for Boonville

The Anderson Valley Community Services District recently tested twenty-three private water wells around the Boonville area.  The results of their testing has shown twenty-one of the samples have some issues of contamination.  Coliform bacteria, E. coli and an indicator of fecal contamination were indicated.
Mendocino County Public Health Officer Dr. Connie Caldwell states that, “Coliform bacteria are found in soil, on plants, and in water. These bacteria typically do not make you sick but may indicate the presence of other more harmful germs. Fecal coliform bacteria, such as E. coli, are a specific kind of bacteria. These are also usually harmless, but may mean that feces and harmful germs have found their way into your water system and can cause diarrhea.”

Dr. Caldwell also explains that “The presence of nitrates in groundwater is generally associated with septic system and fertilizer use. Nitrates pose the greatest risk to infants. Although boiling water before consumption can mitigate the threat of bacteria, it often increases the concentration of nitrates. Families with young children should avoid making infant formula with water that contains high levels of nitrates or bacteria.”

Those concerned about the quality of their well water may wish to have their water tested independently.  This test can be done by Alpha Analytical Laboratories of Ukiah.  Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) have made available sampling kits and instructions from Alpha Labs at the Boonville Fire Department for residents to access.  The water samples must be taken to Alpha Laboratories in Ukiah at 208 Mason Street on the same day they are collected.  Alpha Lab’s cost to test for bacteria is $37.00 and for nitrates is $35.00 and is payable to them. If you are unable to transport your completed water sample to Ukiah, HHSA may be able to help you.  Please contact Dave Jensen at 707-234-6625.

Water quality at restaurants, hotels and other commercial venues that serve the public are routinely tested during the County’s regular inspection of those facilities.

Dan Hamburg, Supervisor of the 5th District, has actively been working with County staff upon hearing the results of the Boonville water tests.  The goal of Supervisor Hamburg and the County is to assist the residents of Boonville by providing information and education on safe water.

Information packets, including fact sheets, water system disinfection instructions and ways to protect your private water system are available at the Boonville Fire Department and can also be requested from HHSA Environmental Health by calling 707-234-6625 (Ukiah) or 707-961-2714 (Fort Bragg) or by visiting http://www.co.mendocino.ca.us/hhsa/chs/eh/. The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board in Santa Rosa is also a resource of information for local residents.  They can be reached at 707-576-2220.

Week of March 14 on Native America Calling

Monday, March 14 2016 – Glass Art in Native America
Forming glass from sand has ancient roots. But using glass in art is a relatively new medium for Native American artists. Those who work with glass turn traditional images, shapes, and ideas into sculpture that is as beautiful as it is fragile. The works take after traditional baskets, jars, totems and masks. A handful of Native American artists have mastered the process that involves forming molten glass into intricate patterns. We will talk to the artists about the joys and frustrations of working with glass to satisfy their inspiration.

Tuesday, March 15 2016 – It’s like muggles writing about wizards
Two non-Native authors are enjoying reasonable success with Native American-themed works. Jason Aaron’s comic series ‘Scalped’ is set on a fictional South Dakota reservation where tribal mobsters punish their enemies with violence the author depicts in graphic detail. His work is considered for a TV show. And renowned Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling is under fire for appropriating Native American culture in essays published for her “History of Magic in North America” series. Are you fans of any of these works? Are you disappointed when respected writers try to portray Native American culture?

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 – March Music Maker: Patrick Landeza
Hawaiian music has roots as deep as the Native Hawaiian musicians that gracefully move through the notes. This month we take the time to visit with slack key guitarist Patrick Landeza (Native Hawaiian), an award-winning artist who uses this style of music to share not only his but his family’s story. His newest album “Nahe’olu” is a melodic gift from his memories of growing up. We hope you can join us as we connect to these Native Hawaiian musical origins with our March Music Maker.

Thursday, March 17 2016 – Protecting Bears Ears
The nearly two million acres in southeastern Utah is so important that five tribes are proposing an unprecedented collaboration with the federal government. The coalition wants President Barack Obama to establish the Bears Ears National Monument. A proposal in the Utah legislature would pre-empt that effort. We will get an update on the effort to protect Bears Ears. We’ll also discuss the implications of national monument status.

Friday, March 18 2016 – Native HIV/AIDS Awareness
“Hear Indigenous Voices: Uniting the Bold Voices of American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians.” That’s this year’s theme for National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (which is on March 20). We’ll talk with advocates to hear how they are using their voices to prevent Native Americans from getting HIV. We’ll also hear about the latest ideas for supporting those who already have it. Is it difficult to discuss HIV and AIDS in your Native community?


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.

Open comment period for Mendocino National Forest’s OHV Grant Applications

News Release
March 2, 2016

Open comment period for Mendocino National Forest’s OHV Grant Applications
WILLOWS, Calif. – The State of California Department of Parks and Recreation and the Mendocino National Forest have maintained a successful partnership for over 30 years.  This partnership has provided funding assistance for the management of off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation on National Forest System lands through the California State OHV Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program.  Current regulations mandated by the State of California require annual public participation in this fund allocation process.
The purpose of this notice is to share information and to solicit public input specific to the Mendocino National Forest’s upcoming grant application for the State’s 2015-2016 grant cycle.  These grants will support ongoing OHV management activities, with categories including Ground Operations (trail maintenance and facility operation and maintenance) and Law Enforcement.
“The Mendocino National Forest offers over 200 miles of designated OHV trails, providing exciting riding opportunities for a wide range of ability levels and vehicle types. In addition, over 1,300 miles of roughly graded roads are available for use by off-highway vehicle enthusiasts,” said Forest Engineer Shannon Pozas.  “We appreciate your support and comments on our grant request.  Your comments will help the State determine the level of funding to provide the Mendocino National Forest for ongoing trail maintenance, facility maintenance and law enforcement.”
In order to view and comment on the Mendocino National Forest’s Preliminary grant application, please visit the State of California website at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov then click the grants tab.  Additionally, a link to the State’s website may be found on the Mendocino National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/mendocino.  Comments may be provided between March 8 and April 4, 2016.  Instructions for providing comments can be found on the State of California website.

Mendocino County Charter Qualifies for June Ballot


February 26, 2016

Mendocino County Charter Qualifies for June Ballot

3,285 Mendocino County registered voters provided valid signatures in favor of the county becoming a charter county, qualifying the charter initiative to be placed on the June Primary ballot as Measure W.

Mary Zellachild, member of the Charter Project of Mendocino County, which sponsored the initiative stated: “Democracy means ‘Rule by the People.’ Which also means that if people value their democracy, they need to be actively engaged in keeping it strong. Becoming a charter county will empower the citizens of Mendocino County to have a greater say in how our county is run.”

Measure W will appear on the ballot as a question: “Shall a Charter Commission be Elected to Propose a Mendocino County Charter?” On the same ballot, the voters will be asked to choose 15 commissioners. The 15 candidates who receive the most votes will then draft a charter, that, when completed, will be put to a vote of the people at a future election.

Explaining the enthusiasm of residents for this measure, Robin Sunbeam, another Charter Project member said: “The one thing we all have in common in Mendocino County is our love for clean air, clean water, clean soil, clean food and scenic beauty. A home rule charter can be written to protect Mendocino County from nationwide economic downturns as well as safeguarding its scenic beauty and natural resources from undue corporate exploitation. It can also include areas of interest not specifically covered by the California constitution. Once voted in, provisions of the charter will have the same force and effect as state law [CA Constitution Article XI, §3(a)].”

To help keep our democracy strong, Vote YES on Measure W on June 7th.

For more information: http://mendocinocountycharter.org

To contribute your opinion on what provisions should be included in our new county charter, go to http://join.windtunneling.com/ to create an account with a login and password and choose the Project Code: MendoCountyCharter.

Elementary School Stream and Ecology Training

ERRP is working with the Round Valley Elementary School to offer a three part stream ecology training and field study opportunity. We would greatly appreciate your participation in any phase of this.
Wednesday March 2, Principal Rick Kale and his staff have asked for our Aquatic Insect field training from 2:15-4:00. We will be traveling to stream side in private vehicles. Contact me for carpool.
–Aquatic insects are good indicators of stream health.  Students can identify the insects to Order and possibly to Family and, using a ranking system designed by scientists, they can see how many insects are present that indicate good quality habitat, and/or poor quality habitat.  Insects can be used to learn about adaptations to micro-habitats, life cycles, and food webs.
–The specific trees and plants in the riparian area can also be used to learn about adaptations, native vs. invasive species, and plant life cycles.
Saturday March 19, Diane Higgins will conduct a training for Project Wild Aquatic (Grades K-12) and for Growing Up Wild (Ages 3-7).  This is open to all interested people in the community, teachers included.  The training for each manual will take 4 hours.  People can attend only one, or both.  We will need a rough head count so I can order the manuals.
The School Field Trip day is not yet scheduled. We will be working with the Principal and District staff to arrange this. We will need community volunteers to make this as valuable an experience as possible. We will also integrate other learning groups.