Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

In Humboldt County, a tribe seeks to take law enforcement into its own hands


HOOPA, Calif. - In calls to tribal police and Humboldt County sheriff’s dispatch last March, Judy Surber cried, begged and threatened.

Her 29-year-old son had been shot in the chest and head in a small trailer on the remote Hoopa Valley reservation where he, his girlfriend and their 7-month-old son had stopped to give a friend a ride.

Roger Surber lay bleeding next to a 73-year-old man with an even graver head wound. Surber’s girlfriend ran, clutching the baby, to find a phone.


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