True North Hosts Yurok Tribal Council Candidate Forums in Weitchpec and Klamath

SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 (WEITCHPEC, CA and KLAMATH, CA) - True North Organizing Network will host two public, nonpartisan forums with candidates for Chair, Vice-Chair and Orick Representative to the Yurok Tribal Council. On Wednesday, October 3rd at 5:30 pm. The candidates will convene at Weitchpec Elementary School (444 Upper Weitchpec School Road, Weitchpec, CA). On Friday, October 5th at 5:30 pm, another forum will be held in Klamath at the Yurok Tribal Council Chambers (190 Klamath Blvd, Klamath, CA).

Both events will include light refreshments and childcare.

True North invites the community to participate in these public forums. We believe that civic engagement empowers both tribal and non-tribal individuals. Our strong commitment to our families and the land that we live on demands that we act as a community. Candidates will be asked questions relevant to True North’s values of community, opportunity and development, education, water and the environment, and more. Through their answers to these questions, candidates will have the opportunity to share with their constituents how they plan to help the tribe leave a legacy of opportunity and healing for generations to come.

True North’s Weitchpec to Wotec Local Organizing Committee (WWLOC) will debut their River People’s Platform at the Weitchpec Forum on October 3rd and state their group’s commitment to improving life along the river, led by a set of guiding values.

On the topic of civic engagement, True North Leader Josh Norris from the Klamath Local Organizing Committee (KLOC) says: “The Yurok Tribe’s influence in our region is growing. It is important that our council members represent a diversity of backgrounds and experiences.” Another KLOC Leader, Chrystal Helton, invites the community to the forums: “I want Yurok voters to have the opportunity to hear from candidates for Tribal Council so they become more informed and better able to align their votes with their values. As a Leader, I want to invite folks to our 2018 Tribal Council Candidate Forums.”

True North Organizing Network is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is not aligned explicitly or implicitly with any candidate or political party. While True North is working to promote civic participation including voter registration and education, our organization, including staff and volunteers, does not endorse, support, or oppose candidates for office. For more information, visit our website at