Two Rivers Tribune: Unknown

Posted 07.28.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Hoopa, Calif.
Owner: Hoopa Valley Tribal Council
Effective: July 1, 2011

The Hoopa Valley Tribal Council sent a memo to the weekly paper, ordering it to close immediately. In the memo, Tribal Chairman Leonard Masten said the tribe was losing money by subsidizing the paper, and noted recent controversial stories about marijuana and an interview with a man wanted in a local homicide. “For the past three years, this department has cost the tribe over $189,000 from (Bureau of Indian Affairs) compact funds,” the memo states. “This is not acceptable. In addition to the financial troubles, the council and the chairman’s office was very disappointed in the recent articles that were published in the paper. We have received numerous calls on insensitivity and lack of compassion for those families that have gone through such a tragedy. The chairman’s office has taken a strong stance against drugs, and the paper has articles promoting drugs. This is not in the best interest of the tribe. I have discussed this issue (with) the Tribal Council and it has been decided that you will shut your department down until you developed a plan to correct your deficiencies.” The paper’s website has not been updated since then.

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Source: The Times-Standard