Hoh Tribe Receives Cedar Logs
June 26, 2009
The Hoh Tribe took delivery of two cedar logs on June 19 that will be used for carved totems and other carving projects.
Hoh Tribe Land Base Expands
May 20, 2009
The Hoh Tribe has acquired approximately 460 acres of new land over the past year, providing space for
safe development of new housing, administration and public safety buildings, economic development, and natural
resources. Three major parcels have been acquired through purchase and land transfer agreements and a fourth parcel
from the National Park Service is to be transfered to the tribe as result of the legislation that has been introduced.
Congressman Norm Dicks has introduced legislation (H.R. 1061) to transfer the new lands into trust for the Tribe, and a companion bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate (S. 443) by Washington Senator Patty Murray and cosponsored by Senator Maria Cantwell..
Community Garden Greenhouses Constructed
June 2, 2008
The new Hoh Tribe Community Garden project is moving forward with the construction of two new greenhouses and the garden plot taking shape. The project was funded by a USDA community development grant.
Hoh Tribe Health Clinic Progresses
May 30, 2008
The new Hoh Tribe Health Clinic building is nearing completion. The building has been completed, and the
utilities have all been installed. A few jobs remain as of May 30, including construction of the
porches and completion of of the parking and other landscaping.
The interior furnishing work will be completed over the next several weeks in anticipation of opening the building in Summer 2008.
Hoh Tribe Financial Office Installs New Computer System
January 23, 2008
The Hoh Tribe has completed the installation of a new computer system for the financial offices, including a new server and workstations for the financial staff, Executive Director, Contracts Manager, and Natural Resources Directors. The installation allows the centralization of financial records with added security and backup safety. The project was funded by a Tribal Management Grant from the Indian Health Service.
In addition to the new server and network, the system includes a complete financial management software system. The fiscal staff is receiving training on the system and data migration from the old system to the new will be occuring over the next few weeks.
Hoh Tribe Development Continues To Progress
January 23, 2008
The new Hoh Tribe Fisheries and Natural Resources office building has been delivered to the community development site and placed on it's foundation. The modular building was delivered
January 17, 2008 and assembly was completed over following two days. Utilities, roads and parking work remain to be completed.
The Community Development Project includes the new Fisheries Building, a new Tribal Health Care Clinic, a Foodbank/Nutrition Center, and a Community Garden and Greenhouse project. All of the buildings are being deliverd in January, with construction continuing in anticipation of a spring completion.
Hoh Tribe Purchases Firetrucks
January 23, 2008
The Hoh Tribe was awarded a community facilities grant from the USDA for fire protection, including the purchase of a
fire truck, equipment, and recruitment and training of firefighters. The first action in the implementation of the $100,000 grant was the purchase of two firetrucks for the Hoh Tribe. The trucks are both equipped with water tanks and pumps, and can support structural fires and wildland fires as well.
The Hoh Tribe will begin active recruitment and training of volunteer fire fighters and emergency medical personnel to ensure the safety of the village as well as the west end of Jefferson County.
Peninsula College Opens Longhouse
Grand opening ceremonies for the Peninsula College Longhouse were held on October 15. Several Hoh Tribe members were in attendance, including Vivian Lee, Mary Kay Leitka, Viola Reibe, and David Hudson. The Longhouse is the result of many months of planning by the college and all of the tribes on the Olympic Peninsula.
The grand opening featured a display of artword reflecting the cultures of the tribes on the peninsula. Viola Reibe loaned two display pieces from here collection, a woven burden basket and a carved wolf mask.
Three Hoh Tribe Business Committee Positions Elected
Saturday, October 6 was the Annual general Council meeting and elections to the Hoh Tribe Business Committee. Two new HTBC members were elected; Marie Riebe was elected to
replace Mary Williams as council Secretary, and Richard Sherriff was elected as a Committee member to replace Dawn Gomez. Vivian Lee was re-elected as HTBC Chairwoman.
In addition, Lisa Garcia was re-affirmed in the Committee member position to which she was appointed last January to replace Herb Fisher. The position Lisa holds will be open next year in the staggered election system.
New Facilities Construction Moves Forward
The Hoh Tribe has begun the construction of several new facilities on the reservation. The development near the Municipal building on the south side of Lower Hoh Road includes the Hoh Tribal Health Clinic, a Food Bank building, and a new Fisheries Office. In addition, the development area includes a Community Garden and greenhouse project and a central community park area.
The project started in August with the clearing of approximately 3 acres of land. The consctruction of a road and the foundations for the three buildings are expected to be completed by the end of October.
Modular buildings have been purchased for the developments, and will be delivered shortly after the foundation work is completed. With the cooperation of the weather, the buildings should be in place by the end of November.
BIA and IHS Contracts Returned to Hoh Tribe
The Hoh Tribal Council has been successful in negotiating with both the IHS and BIA to return contracts to the Hoh Tribe after several years. Programs for Natural Resources and other BIA related programs will be assumed by the Tribe, as well as Health Services programs.
USDA Grants Awarded to Hoh Tribe
The Hoh Tribe has been named as recipient of a Rural Economic Development Grant from the USDA in the amount of $90,400. The grant will fund the development of a feasibility studies and business plans for for economic activities for the tribe. Negotiations are underway for the acquisition of property on Highway 101 near the reservation, on which the tribe will develop an enterprise center for several planned businesses.
In addition, the tribe has received two community development grants from the USDA. The first of the two grants provides funds for the refurbishing and equipping of the daycare building. This $46,000 grant will allow the tribe to open a daycare and early learning center to meet the needs of families on the reservation.
The second community development grant award is for the construction of a community garden and greenhouse project. is $39,000 grant award will provide for construction of a greenhouse and garden area develolpment to be used by residents of the village.
IHS Tribal Management Grant Awarded to Hoh Tribe
The Indian Health Service has awarded a 2 year Tribal Management Grant to the Hoh Tribe. The grant will provide for the installation of computer systems and fuscal management software for tribal administration. The two year project will install computers, and fiscal management software, train fiscal staff in the operations of the new computers and software, and migrate data from old systems to the new. The grant award totals $165,000 over two years to implement the new systems.