Notes From The Chairman:
Ayukii koovura pa Karuk araaras (Hello all Karuk people and relatives). Yaxa, koovura pa araaras, takun itaptiheesh, takun chuupeesh pa Karuk ararahih, vuram yav. (Look, all the Indians, they learn, they talk the Karuk language, very good).
Chairman Arch Super speaking at the signing
The BIA Region IX selected me to represent the tribes of Northern California in consultation with the BIA Indian Health Services, (I H S). Dr. Yvette Roubideaux met with the regions of the United States in Washington DC to clarify and verify that the I H S consultation process was acceptable by Tribes throughout the US. We went over the existing Consultation Process and made necessary changes. The Self-Governance Director, Robert Goodwin and I attended the quarterly Tribal Budget Advisory Committee meeting (TBAC) in Washington DC. We have new leadership in TBAC, so the direction and strategy for the regional tribes throughout the US will take another approach at dealing and working for the federal office of Washington DC. We will strive to get more funding and more transparency with the federal offices. With the Obama Administration, we believe our Committee sessions will be more productive. The Tribal Council and the KTHA Housing Committee have been meeting to go over the KTHA Policies for review and approval. Most of the policies have been jointly processed, and the Tribal Council has determined that the KTHA Housing Committee would review and approve the KTHA policies. If any assistance and approval is required by the Tribal Council, it would be brought forth.
We had our second Indian Health Service (I H S) Tribal Consultation with Dr. Yvette Roubideaux in Washington DC. The selected tribal representative for the regions of the US made their final review and approval of the Consultation process and Dr. Roubideaux will be mailing the final product. Council members Ms. Florrine Super and Ms. Florence Conrad and I have been meeting with TANF staff. Florrine and Florence are the Tribal liaisons with the TANF program. It is very important for Tribal Council to understand the process and daily duties of the TANF program. The program seems to be running well and staying very busy. The TANF staff has been keeping up with the work and challenges. TANF will be collaborating with the rest of the services, programs and resources of the Tribe. Ms. Florrine, staff and I have been meeting with our IT Department to improve our Website. We have a lot of great ideas that will be implemented within the next couple of months. If any tribal members have any ideas, please get in touch with us. We are also open for input.
The Tribal Council has met with our Klamath Coordinator, Mr. Craig Tucker in the update and progress of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) and the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA). Mr. Tucker and staff have met with us throughout the process of the river and dam issues. We have been well informed and feel that our direction and stance makes a lot of sense. I do encourage tribal members to get in touch with Tribal Council and staff if you have any questions or concerns. There has been a lot of concerns throughout, tribal and non-tribal. The best way to understand is to ask and converse. Some of the Tribal Council sat in on the Audit Exit review. Our Audit was graded very well. The finances, program process and procedures were great. The Directors, Supervisors and Staff can mark up for another great Audit year.
Tribal Council appreciates the hard work that tribal administration, departments and programs do for our tribal members, yootva puxxich (thank you very much). The Tribal Council met with the USFS Region 5 Deputy Forester in Happy Camp. We are continuing to diligently work, communicate and collaborate with the USFS. We have many meetings with the USFS. There is a lot to put on the table for discussion and strategy planning. We hope that there comes a day when the Tribe and the USFS prosper in many facets. The Karuk Booster Club held a Booster Parent meeting in Yreka. We would like to get parents, volunteers and youth to be involved. We are always looking for help on projects and we are very open to ideas that can easily raise funds for all youth. Please join us in all activities of the Booster Club. We will keep you posted.
We were saddened to hear of the passing of one of our Karuk full bloods, Mr. Anthony Tony Jerry Sr. In the honor of our full blood, the Tribal offices were closed. Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family, relatives and friends. Our full blood number is down to five and we hope they all last for another ten, twenty or thirty years and even longer.
The Karuk Tribal Council met with the Yurok Tribal Council. The Yuroks are working on legislation. Tribes binding together can be strong in the presence of the federal government. We are hoping that we can help the Yuroks in some manner and they bind with the Karuk Tribe when it’s our turn to seek legislation or funding with the feds. I hope to report some good news back to the Tribe as we move forward.
The Karuk Booster Club held a Spaghetti Feed in Yreka at the beginning of February. We had a low turn out, but it was one of our first ventures to offer a fundraising dinner for the Booster Club. We hope to do a nice dinner every month. Every month, when you plan to take the family out to a fun meal, bring them our way and we will try to make you a very nice meal. This would contribute to the Booster Club to help our youth. If you have questions about the Booster Club, please feel free to get in touch with me, Ms. Florrine Super or Councilman, Sonny Davis. Yootva kuukkum (thanks again).
The Chairman and Tribal Council – we have been staying busy with the many programs and projects that the Tribe is involved with. There has been a lot of travel on our schedules for continued services and meetings with the Federal, State and local governments. The office of Vice Chairman (short term and full term) and the Orleans District are up for votes. It is very important to be registered to VOTE. Your vote for Tribal Leadership is very important as well as voting for Local, County, State and National Leadership. It would be great to get as many votes from the Karuk Tribe to show that we have a voice.
My office has an open door policy, please call, email, write or come and see me. We encourage and welcome Tribal Membership to be part of our monthly meetings and special events and services.