Hoopa Tribe Chairman Kills Only Area Paper Because of Marijuana Stories, Alleged Money Problems, and Interview with A Fugitive
The only newspaper based in Eastern Humboldt, The Two Rivers Tribune, which recently published a widely read interview with Humboldt’s most well known fugitive , Jason Hunsuker, has been ordered shut down immediately. The Hoopa Valley Tribe subsidizes the paper and Tribal Chairman, Leonard Masten Jr., citing the Hunsucker article as well as money issues and “articles promoting drugs” ordered the doors closed immediately. According to the Tribune,
“It’s hard to watch our Newspaper doors being shut on us after we’ve worked tirelessly over the past two decades to make it what it is today,” Managing Editor Lorencita Lavine said after learning the news….
Both Lavine and [Interim Managing Editor, Allie] Hostler cannot recall a time when the Newspaper has ever promoted drugs. In fact, the Newspaper has always been an active supporter of healthy communities and anti-drug campaigns.
“I believe the Chairman is referring to our marijuana themed issue of the Paper published on June 28,” Hostler said. “If you read the stories, nothing in them promotes the use of marijuana, in fact, they promote the opposite. [See an excellent article on the growing marijuana on the Hoopa Reservation debate here.]
“We stand firm that we are doing our jobs in a manner that the Tribe and its membership can be proud of. Who else is going to serve as a watchdog to the powers that be if we don’t?,” Hostler said. “It’s a struggle to squeeze relevant and important information from government officials as it is. Without a Newspaper you can expect what’s left of democracy in our river communities to die. We are being threatened with our jobs for doing our jobs.”