Jeanne Marie Riecke

Administrative Support Coordinator

Biography: 

Jeanne Marie Riecke, grew up in Humboldt County, is a member of the Yurok Tribe and attended College of the Redwoods, graduating from San Francisco State.  Most of her working career has been spent in the court system, managing courts as a Supervising Court Clerk in Milwaukie, Oregon, Clerk/Administrator of a court in the central valley and as a Tribal Court Administrator for the Yurok Tribal Court.   

Jeanne enjoys historical, legal, cultural and genealogical research, along with collecting local vintage photographs.  She researched an 8 volume set on the Legal History of the Yurok Tribe from pre-European contact to the present.  She also compiled a volume on Yurok Land Research, detailing the concerted effort to transfer land out of Reservation status to private non-Yurok ownership through federal legislation and policy.

Jeanne also enjoys researching Yurok Basketweave design and has digitized over 1100 basketweave designs.  It is her belief that through the intention of their existence (prayer of Yurok women when making baskets) that these designs can help heal the world.  This collection of designs is in use all over the Northern California area and beyond.  She lives in Requa on the Yurok Indian Reservation.  She likes to design Yurok jewelry, enjoys boating and salmon fishing on the Klamath River.  She likes smoking/canning fish and created a new recipe, Jalapeno Smoked Salmon, which has enjoyed recent popularity.

 

Weitspus Boat Dance Basketweave Design below

                                                                                                            

 

                                



Jeanne Marie Riecke
(707) 826-4503
Siemen's Hall Rm. 215