Notes from the Secretary:
Ayukii, Here is my report from Karuk Country.I am extremely busy with several different projects.First of all, I am a college student again so the responsibility of homework and reading assignments continues.My goal is to obtain my Bachelor of Science in Addiction Counseling so I can acquire my Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy.So being a mother, a newly wed, and student, I still continue to be actively involved with several different tribal programs.I hope the information I provide will help you become more aware of the activities going on for our youth and elders.
Sidenote: Ivan Emmett Super, my son, is getting so big and knows his animals now. He will turn 3 years old on May 9th.
TRIBAL COUNCIL SECRETARY QUARTERLY REPORT
Youth Leadership-- “A View of Life Through an Elder’s Eye”
The 2009 Karuk Youth Leadership Conference was held in Yreka. We had a great turn outwith lots of youthand volunteers. It is always nice to see our youth from out of town show up to our conferences. Some of the topicsthat were discussed were: Oral History Project, Website/Myspace Presentation, and Dam Removal – How to set up a campaign. Plus we had ice breakers so the youth can interact with each other. Almost everyone went home with a gift. We provided breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Therewas a session to make necklaces, earring, and hair sticks. Conference T-shirts were given out to all participants, presenters, and volunteers.
Our Karuk Youth Council did all the preparing, coordinating, and presenting at their conference. I was very proud of their presentation they did on Teen Pregnancy. They welcomed all participants and introduced all the presenters. They presented the prizes. Thanked their Elders who participated or attend the conference. We have great leaders coming up who will carry on the responsible to the Karuk Tribe and their communities.
“Volunteers don't get paid even though their time is some of the most important work around.” I would like to thank all the staff, parents, teachers, and friends who helped make this 5th Annual event a success! Yootva!
Elders- Honor our Elders, They show us the way in life.
I’m still making an effort to services our elders better. Since I work a lot with the youth, I have tried to combine projects and activities that involve both youth and elders. I think they both need each other because one has the knowledge and the others are always learning.
At the new Yreka Community building we will have one room dedicated to the elders again. We will have a sitting area, table for card games, and a friendly atmosphere to hang out and visit.
Our Language program has provided talking circle so those can speak and hear our Karuk Language. Those who participated seem to really enjoy this activity. We also have the Oral History Project were our youth interview elders so they can tell their stories. You’ll find a detailed report within the newsmagazine written by a youth who participates in the project.
We will continue to work on different programs that involve our elders. Please let me know your ideas of activities or gatherings in all areas.
Cultural Classes—NEW Date and Time!
Cultural classes will be available to all those who are interested in learning and/or teaching. Classes will provide tribal and cultural awareness by storytelling, history lectures, dances and arts and crafts (basket making, drum making, regalia, and jewelry). Contact me for further information!
Nick Alexanderis the planner. Please drop in and enjoy this opportunity to learn and teach.
Yreka Cultural Class
Every Tuesday from 6pm-8pm
Basket weaving will start soon. Please look for flyers.
Classes are tentatively scheduled for Friday at 6pm-8pm and occasionally Saturday or Sunday for Gathering material. Hope to see you there.
Karuk Tribe Foster Home:
Preserve Our Culture….Open your heart to an Indian child
We are looking for Karuk foster families or people who can: Ensure the child maintains their connection with the Karuk Community by using culturally appropriate services. Understand the importance of the child’s bond with their natural and extended family. Meet the needs of your own family while sharing your family with the child(ren) placed in your home.
If you would like to offer your home and family and become a foster family, Please contact our Karuk Social Services Department. To apply you need to complete and submit a foster family application and submit to a background check. A home evaluation will be completed by our social service department.
Karuk Booster Club: We need your support so we can support our kids in sports!
The Karuk Booster Club helps support Karuk enrolled members and enrolled descendents with sports and extra-curricular activities. We support children who are involved in school and community programs!
We are here to help all the Extra-curricular activities our Karuk children are involved in. Please contact Chairman Arch Super for more information. If you need assistance, submit a written request to Arch Super. Provide what activity, cost of activity, and contact information for you and the organization your child is joining, and who will participate. Please note that we can assist when funding is available. So please volunteer with upcoming fundraisers or have your own fundraiser to help support your Karuk Booster Club.
Basketball Tournaments – Yreka and Happy Camp
Spaghetti or Indian Taco Feeds --Yreka
Yard Sale and Indian Taco Feed held in Happy Camp.
Our Head Start Program is going strong. We have great staff and great children in our Karuk Head Start. I’ve been busy working with staff getting ready for program review. I sit on the California Rural Indian Health Board and our Karuk Head Start as a liaison. I consider myself an advocate for the policy council. The policy council is a place where parents learn how to conduct a meeting and help make decisions for their child’s school. Over the last several years, I have notice some parents are not quite sure what their responsibilities are as a policy council member. I’m going to give a brief describe of the duties. I hope this will help current and future policy council members understand why it is important for them to be apart of their child’s education.
A) To develop review, approve or disapprove
1.All funding applications and amendments
2.Procedures describing process for shared decision making
3.Procedures for program planning, proactive management, identify Needs
4.Philosophy, long range and short range goals and objectives
5.Composition and procedures for policy council membership and selection
6.Criteria for defining recruitment, selection and enrollment priorities
7.The annual self-assessment
8.Program personnel policies
9.Decisions to hire and terminate the Head Start Director (make sure hiring policies were followed)
10.Decision to hire or terminate Head Start Staff (make sure hiring policies were followed)
All duties will be reviewed with the Director and there will be time for questions. Once you attend the first meeting you will get a better understanding. You do not have to be on policy council to attend meetings. I would suggest you attend just to see the process. It is important to the Karuk Head Start to have your input on your child’s education.
B) The Policy Council functions
1.To serve as a link to the parents and community
2.To assist with communication and encourage participation
3.To assist in planning, coordinating and organizing activities for parents
4.To assist in recruiting volunteers.
If you want to research more information go to: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/. You’ll find questions like: If a parent is a Policy Council alternate, but does not actually vote for anything during an entire program year, must the grantee still count that as one of the three terms that the parent is allowed to serve on a Policy Council? No. If a parent alternate does not actually cast a vote during a program year, that individual did not actually serve as a Policy Council member. He/she would be allowed to serve up to three terms as a Policy Council member if elected or re-elected. Or can a parent member of the Policy Council be hired as a temporary or regular part-time employee of the Head Start agency? In accordance with 45 CFR 1350(b)(6), an individual may not serve on the Policy Council and also be hired as a temporary or regular employee of the Head Start agency. However, there is one exception permitted. A parent member of the Policy Council may "occasionally substitute for regular Early Head Start or Head Start staff."
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
The Mission of the Karuk Tribal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF Program) is to preserve and strengthen the children and families of the Karuk Tribe and All Native American children and families through an efficient and effective Welfare Service Delivery System that empowers individuals and families who are in need of work to work toward and achieve self sufficiency in a culturally appropriate way. Program Goal: The primary goals of the Karuk Tribal TANF Program are: 1. Increase the employability of TANF clients, 2. Increase employment opportunities, 3. To prevent and reduce the unwanted and unplanned pregnancies, and 4. Encourage healthy stable families.
I am now involved in the TANF program along with Florence Conrad. We have a great staff that is very knowledge with the TANF guidelines. We have been up and running for about a year now. Now that we have cases, it is TANF’s goal to provided supportive services. Please look for upcoming training in Fatherhood, Cultural Classes and Camps, Youth Camps, and Substance abuse workshops. I hope those who qualify take advantage of the great opportunities the Karuk TANF can provide.
CaliforniaRural Indian Health Board (CRIHB)—Advocating for a Positive Change…for 40 years!
“California Indians are worth fighting for…” is what was said by a lady who works closely with CRIHB helping California Indians get better health care. I am part of the CRIHB board; I have been for about 4 years. I haven’t reported on this activity because if I did I would have a whole newsletter to myself. So I’m going to refer you to their website so you can see what CRIHB is all about and if you have questions please ask. Roy Arwood and Florence Conrad also sit on the CRIHB Board. Website: http://www.crihb.org/
Other committees I participate in or oversee: Tribal Court Domestic Violence Program, Low-Income Assistance Program (LIAP), Yav pa anav, Indian Child Welfare, Documenting our Language, and Community Service Council.
Contacting your Karuk Tribal Secretary: