Friday, December 1, 2023

Round Valley Tribal Council Acknowledges Community Grief in the Wake of the Recent Homicide and COVID-19 Deaths


The following is a press release issued by the Round Valley Indian Tribes Tribal Council:

A Round Valley Sunset [Picture provided by Carmel Zadik]

The Round Valley Indian Tribes Tribal Council wishes to extend Sincere Condolences to all the families affected by the loss of Loved Ones in our Tribal Community.

This is a very difficult time for our community, and we want to take time to acknowledge families that have lost loved ones to the COVID-19 virus. The Tribal Council members are acutely aware that the community is struggling during this COVID-19 Pandemic. We wish to promote mental health and wellness during this extremely stressful time and encourage anyone in need of mental health support to contact the Round Valley Care Line to receive information on how to access Mental Health Services

Round Valley Care Line (707) 680-0191

In response to the tragic death of our young tribal member William Bettega, the victim of a violent crime, the Tribal Council wishes to make the following statement:

First and foremost – our deepest condolences to William’s family for their tragic loss. Further, this is an on-going investigation and please allow Law Enforcement to investigate and follow their protocols. This investigation is under the authority of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department – Detectives Unit. While the RVIT Tribal Police is in full support of the investigation the Tribal Police are in no way involved in decision making or direct activities related to the investigation of this violent crime. Any information regarding the death of William Bettega may be reported
anonymously to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department.

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Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line (707) 234-2100

Again, the past month has been filled with sadness, sorrow, grief, and tragedy. It is in times like these that our community must come together and pray for the wellbeing of our people; children, elders, moms, and dads and each other. Our Prayers are with the families that have experienced loss, we pray for a brighter future. We ask Creator to cover our community, keep us safe, and help us all begin to heal.

James Russ – Tribal President
Round Valley Tribal Council

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  1. Why then are you continuing with California Indian Days celebrating fully knowing that the Covid -19 and Delta is getting more aggressive in the Tribal community ? How many people need to die before this Event Happens or is this so more people will be infected so you can receive more Federal Welfare money to mismanage? I forgot we must have are Mudd Bogg,Soft Ball and Rodeo with drinks,laughs .I was told by a full blooded elder Indian that he could not understand why there was this such a big fuzz to parade around with chest stuck out with pride when “Indian is Everyday” meaning we must appreciate an celebrate life . I understand that that everyone wants to celebrate an their tired of this Pandemic however we need all communities through out United States to not be egocentric and work together to get through this so we can have upcoming Events to celebrate. Your right Tribal Leaders needs act responsibly for the Indian community by canceling theses events. Families are hurting from the lost of losing loved ones by Covid-19 and homicides. Prayers for common scene for Tribal Leaders .

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