Yurok Tribe speaks about Feather Alert program at assembly meeting

CALIFORNIA – California lawmakers held an assembly to discuss the implementation of the Feather Alert program Wednesday morning.

The statewide Feather Alert program was first put in place in 2022. It allows CHP  to send out information immediately after a Tribal Member is reported missing under certain circumstances, similar to the nationwide Amber Alert system.

Officials with the Yurok Tribe spoke at the assembly about how they have already seen change through this system.

“Yurok Tribe did issue out a Feather Alert that was successful,” said Greg O’Rourke, police chief for the Yurok Tribe. “Some of the observations that I’ve seen from that Feather Alert were between my department’s social media page, the Yurok Tribe’s social media page we had nearly a thousand shares for this feather alert. CHP were able to get over two thousand shares.”

At the meeting, tribal leaders discussed proposed changes to how the Feather Alerts are run.

They spoke about wanting to allow local law enforcement and tribal police agencies to be able to issue the alerts instead of it being done solely through CHP.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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