Well, this is awkward... I'm a Wiyot tribal member, as well as an acquaintance of Ms. Mullen... Although I live out of the county, I am sorry to have missed this particular "kerfuffle" when it occurred more than a year ago.
I'm not acquainted with Mr. Torma, our Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, but I completely understand his point that the telling of history has been under the control of those who have not had other points of view in mind. Having raised two sons in the California educational system, and suffering a great deal of frustration at the use of history curriculum that was horrendously inaccurate... For instance, how would you like to read about history only from the point of view of the "forty-niners", the immigrants... when your own personal family history, passed on by your own elders, was a history of genocide and forced slavery. The history books used in schools do not validate "our" version. It is a continuation of policy that does not accord us dignity or recognize our humanity.
As a young child, listening to my mother recount the story of an ancestor who was a survivor of one of the many massacres that occurred in Humboldt County during that era, I can remember thinking, "Why do they hate us so much?" When she told me about that same ancestor being a servant to a family in Ferndale, who gave her an "English" name, I wanted to know what was wrong with her original name. It was later, on my own, that I learned about indentured servitude, which was a merely another name for slavery, just prettied up to make it sound better. My mother said she often heard relatives speaking their original language, but couldn't even tell me a single word. When I asked her why, she would say there her mother told her that "White man's ways are best." As a little girl, I didn't understand, but as an adult, I came to understand that my grandmother was merely trying to make her children's lives better than her own. But I also understood that we were not valued, not our language, nor our culture, nor our knowledge of medicines... So much has been lost... Did we not deserve our existence?
So, forgive us, because we are a bit touchy on the topic of history! We do wish to own it going forward. That being said...
I was "surfin' the 'net" one day, and I happened upon a TEDx video about indentured servitude. It was given by Lynette Mullens, and I thought she'd done an excellent job with it... Actually, since it isn't a topic that is commonly discussed, I was impressed that anyone even attempted to cover it. In it, she had actually mentioned the same ancestor that I've spoken of, here. I sent her a note complimenting her, and mentioning that one of those she'd spoken of was my gggrandmother. From that, she also sent me her article on Lucy Romero. Our discussions continued from there.
As Mr. Torma mentioned, since Lucy had been present at the Indian Island massacre, I made the assumption she was Wiyot. It did come up in discussions between Lynette and I, and she'd said the same thing, that she thought Lucy was not originally from the immediate area. I don't recall if our discussion went much further in that area, but I do remember thinking that she must have family ties, if she'd been at the World Renewal ceremonies. I don't suppose that particular riddle will ever be resolved. I do have a sense of Ms. Mullen's intent, however, as well as a sense of her nature to present information as accurately as possible. Her intent, obviously, was to tell the story of Lucy. It wasn't focused on the massacres, or indentured servitude, or specific tribes... It was merely to give a voice to a victim of an atrocity. Lucy Romero once lived, she suffered, she had children so she left a legacy... By conjecture, people can assume that her story was not unique... Being Indian was not a pleasant experience after the arrival of immigrants, and that continued well into the 20th century. In some ways, and in some areas, it continues to this day. Remember what I told you about those history books used in schools? The ones that do not tell the entire story about what happened? Our history, our stories, are still not validated, still not respected... At least, not by many, partially because of ignorance, or being uncomfortable to view the uglier side of our national history, and some, because they still have no tolerance for those who are different from themselves.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
If the whole truth is not taught, not a sanitized version, but one that looks at all perspectives, then how do we ever begin to heal all the wounds?
This article is so off base it is not funny. Plain and simple trucks are not the main vehicle to cause an accident. Most accidents are caused by cars, I ask before you wrote this article did you think to take a ride in a truck and see for yourself how we are treated by cars? Constantly getting cut off, changing lanes in front of use without using a blinker. You probably don't realize as I didn't see it in the article, but semi truck drivers have to go through a several week training process just to get the a class A license. Then after the license is obtained, you have to maintain a medical card that is renewed every two years, and lastly we are constantly monitored by the Dot making sure things are up and up. I ask you to contact OOIDA they can give you a lot of insight.
Lastly don't forget these big bad scarey trucks haul most of the crap we buy. Plain and simple you don't like trucks stop buying crap. These men and women spend countless hours on the road so you can have that crap. Maybe next time wave at them and thank a trucker, they are not as scarey as they seem.
And if this doesn't solve the problem, driverless trucks will, soon... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oqfodY2Lz…
Excellent letter, Richard. Thank you.
As a woman I find the whole concept offensive and irritating. Using that word is such a cheap shot. Yes, we all have some idea what people mean when they use it but it varies from person to person. It is also a BUZZ word which lowers its value considerably among those who read for content and not titillation and for those who aren't sure about this word (to tickle; excite a tingling or itching sensation in, as by touching or stroking lightly) it's not based on the slang word for a part of the body).
But if the list were to be taken seriously, then the actual selected items could be subject to more scrutiny that just another 'd---' list.
There are topics out there more than worthy of an actual rant with facts and proof (and NO stupid moving pictures---what are we, three year olds?) but that would take work and not just quickly assembled personal opinions.
If the writer is looking to creating a following with her personal rhetoric, well good luck. There are more independent thinkers and writers in the area and what may not make it into
print is certainly expressed elsewhere.
And since I do read other publications and newspapers and hope for higher standards from all, I've been known to write a critical appraisal of the research and work that went into an article in the Guardian (UK) (the most recent call-out) as I feel and believe that those who write for publication (for the public) have a greater responsibility than many of them show.
i understand it is popular with progressive women to use male genetalia as a slur, as it is popular with rednecky guys to use female genitalia as a slur.. but cmon. if a college town rag like the journal doesn't want a sexist and pejorative culture, then riegn in your trendy sexist writers who are writing for guffaws and perpetuating double standards. surely the hip, progressive journal wouldn't print a page entitled " top ten cunt moves".
All of these things were terrible, but Kyle, wow, that was a dick move.
Thank you Mr.Kausen for this great read. Thank you for your years of teaching! Thank you for being my teacher and my friend! You have blessed many lives including mine and my daughters! Enjoy your retirement with Mrs.K!
How rare it is to read anything by a local educator, a strange reality considering there are two local college campuses.
How do you expect to "understand " anything if there's no effort whatsoever to report where we've been and what we've lost in how we treat youths?
Back when a part time job could pay for college, the California Employment and Training Administration was cut by Ronald Reagan and Humboldt County lost about $13 million each year in assistance emancipating youths unsuited to foster care but who are willing to work and attend college.
Today, local leaders have ensured that Humboldt County is fully funded with its $15 million expansion of the county jail, a new $20 million juvenile hall, and the recently completed $15 million federal courthouse in McKinleyville where the first civil trial found Eureka police at fault for killing a 22 year old in his front yard. No EPD policy changes are forthcoming.
If you're serious about understanding local youths you must do your own research.
Not one local media source has logged-on to the county's website and searched for the county's "Trends Report", a quarterly analysis meriting routine reporting. It details shocking statistics in every category of human health 2 and 3 times worse than state averages...youth unemployment, drug fatalities, suicide, infant mortality, child abuse, major illnesses, and on and on...
This county, its media, its educators, elected and appointed representatives, and professionals have circled their wagons in silence.
Local residents, including Mr. Kausen and Mr. Millet should be outraged.
Nailed it. Thank you.
Thanks for your leadership, Chief Mills.
Let's get accurate, Chief: Americans did not elect Donald Trump as president; the electoral college did. That's a grand total of 55 people in the entire State of California who had a voice in this election.
Very comical. Humboldt County is still the best part of Northern CA.
"We should recognize the importance of sitting down across political, ethnic, gender, educational and other perspectives and simply talking to each other to explain what our priorities are, and how we justify them. We simply need to understand each other, and to see if we have any common concerns that we can work together to address." (Rollin Richmond).
Please name one historic, successful social justice struggle where that worked.
Richmond illustrates the same old claptrap that inspired HSU visiting lecturer Ralph Nader to congratulate all HSU graduates in their achievement of a degree in "harmony ideology".
When a terrified EPD officer fires 4 shots into a home occupied by 3 toddlers, and 3 more killing a 22 year old in his front yard, should we tolerate deadly, costly incompetence?
Should all residents start being mindful following Humboldt County's first civil trial in its new federal courthouse being another EPD fatal shooting?
To that end, we reached out to a variety of community stakeholders, people who we felt could help starts this community dialogue
These people really do not come across as a variety. They all seem pretty Liberal. This means all the opinions will pretty much state the same thing over and over.
Mr. Trachtenberg took over management of a hugely popular blog forum called "Humboldt Herald" turning it into his personal playground of satire and insult. After he began censoring submissions he didn't like, participation vanished.
Not exactly "dialogue" material.
> Pfizer already attempted to buy a large parcel of rich bottom land in Ferndale with the intention of cornering the medicinal market.
Do you have any evidence of this at all?
> Personally, my concern is that Humboldt County will go the way of Sonoma
Where the average household income is $87,277, well over two times that of Humboldt? Oh no, what would we do if that happened!??!
Plans, plans, oh there are going to be so many plans. And they will be plans like you never saw before.
How are we going to fight crime and rampant drug use? Oh we're going to fight it, but I don't want to say how. The element of surprise on how we're going to fight it. That's how. None of this discussing it and letting the bad guys know when and know how we're coming in. It's gonna be hyuge.
Fred, for once you actually have a point.
That's a typo that the worthies at the NCJ saw fit to introduce into my piece. What I actually wrote: "The steady progress of medical and recreational legalization would continue. A Clinton administration, and some Republican outliers, would keep pushing the federal agencies built around the War on Drugs."
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