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Suquamish News Inside... dxseEeb syeceb A monthly publication of the Suquamish Tribe Volume 13 October 2013 Suquamish Celebrates Salmon Homecoming Tribal leaders join together in annual Seattle festival This September, Suquamish joined the Muckleshoot Tribe and the Salmon Homecoming Alliance in celebrating the twenty-first year of Salmon Homecoming. “Salmon Homecoming is about all the people of the Northwest – it is about our health, our economy, our environment, our culture – our past and our future. It is about how all of us can make a difference in the protection and survival of our natural resources, from our school children, families, community leaders, and elected officials,” said Madrienne Salgado, Muckleshoot Tribal Public Affairs Specialist during the opening ceremonies on Thursday, September, 19. No. 10 Important Information About the Affordable Care Act Suquamish Health Benefits To Host Workshop at Annual Health Fair Oct 17 Health care reform usually referred to as the ACA and sometimes called Obamacare, is closer to becoming a reality. In general, the ACA is good news for tribal health care dollars. The ACA will affect almost everyone up to age 64 who doesn’t currently have insurance through an employer. This includes Suquamish Tribal Members, even thoses who are currently on Medicaid. Suquamish pullers lead a group of traditional dugout canoes to the Welcoming Ceremony at Waterfront Park in The annual three-day Seattle during Salmon Homecoming. event, held at the Waterfront Park in Downtown Seattle, in- cultural celebrations. School children, cludes two days of educational programs both tribal and non-tribal, travel from for youth at the Seattle Aquarium and throughout the Northwest to attend the educational programs, learning about the vital role salmon play in the overall health of the Puget Sound, and the importance of resort and protecting salmon habitat. Royalty and others opted to make the entire journey to Saturday’s Welcoming Ceremony in a traditional dugout canoe, leaving the shores of Suquamish early on Saturday September, 21 in order to participate. The Sacred Water Canoe Family from Suquamish also made the overwater trip for the event. Salmon Homecoming is coordinated by the Salmon Homecoming Alliance, a non-profit coalition of local tribes, City of Seattle, state and county agencies and nonprofits who have joined together to celebrate the importance of salmon to the people of our region. Suquamish Tribal Council Member Bardow Lewis is the Suquamish representative on the Salmon Homecoming Alliance Board. Other Board Members include Muckleshoot’s Walter Pacheco, Lummi’s Gerald James, Stillaguamish Tribal Environmental Manager Pat Stevenson, Pow Wow Coordinator Sadie Whitener, NWIFC’s Justin Parker, Seattle’s Robert Stowers, NWIFC Commissioner Terry Williams and Muckleshoot’s Louie Ungaro. Friday evening, the waterfront park is transformed into a celebration ground where a Coastal Jam kicks off the festivities. Saturday includes a salmon bake, powwow and traditional canoe welcoming along the Seattle shoreline. This year, Suquamish assisted in coordinating the return of opening ceremonies to the eventcomplete with a keynote address by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee. Miss Chief Seattle Days Shaylene Jefferson spoke with Governor Inslee after his speech at Salmon Homecoming. Suquamish pullers including Skipper Nigel Lawrence, Ian Lawrence, Chief Seattle Days Partnerships Luncheon Highlights Government Collaboration New event focuses on government-to-government relationships with local municipalities The Suquamish Tribe held its first Suquamish Partnerships Luncheon in September, celebrating the Suquamish Tribe’s commitment to collaboration with Kitsap area municipalities. City, county and state representatives serving the people of Kitsap attended the event on Friday, September 6, 2013 at White Horse Golf Club, as well as individual fire districts and police departments. The Health Benefits staff have been trained to use the new statewide Exchange system and will begin contacting tribal members this week to set up times to start the enrollment process. Health Benefits staff will also be at the Suquamish Health Fair on Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. to assist Tribal Members and families in navigating the new system. The Health Fair will be the first gathering where Health Benefits staff will be set up to help enroll Tribal Members in the Exchange. Meanwhile, staff are also in the process of finalizing additional dates for more events to help explain the ACA. Health Benefits staff are also creating both day and night events so that all Tribal Members have the ability to attend at least one of the training sessions. “Keep your eyes on the bulletin boards around the neighborhoods, here in the newsletter and look for mailers to your home address with more information. If you have any more questions, you can always call us anytime,” said Suquamish Tribe Health Benefits Coordinator Hazle Pacquette. Addtional events and one-on-on meetings are planned through the end of the year. In This Issue Representative Sherry Appleton, Senator Christine Rolfes, Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido, Poulsbo From left, Port Orchard Mayor Tim Matthes, Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer, Kitsap County ComSee “Partnerships” page 6... Beginning October 1, Suquamish Health Benefits staff will be contacting Tribal Members to make sure everyone gets the information they need. Tribal Members can expect to hear from Angel Hill, Hazle Pacquette, Katie (Bruce) Gutierrez or Tleena Ives. There is also a table on page 6 of this newsletter that can be used for quick reference to give Tribal Members an idea of how the Affordable Care Act will affect them. “Our goal is to make certain our members have the best information about their health care coverage now that Health Care Reform is a reality,” said Health and Policy Administrator Leslie Wosnig. “I know it makes our ancestors proud that we are working so well with our neighbors,” said Chairman Leonard Forsman during the event. Suquamish News Tall ship visits Suqumaish, page 8. missioner Charlotte Garrido, Suquamish Tribal Chairman Leonard Forsman, Suquamish Tribal Council Member Jay Mills and Suquamish Deputy Chief of Police, Marine Division Domingo Almirol. 1 News ................... 1 Community Calendar ................... 2 Education .................. 4 Government ................... 6 Sports & Rec ................... 8 Elders ................. 10 Health & Wellness ................. 11 Business ................. 12 Community & Notices ................. 14 Birthdays ..................15 Vol. 13, No. 10

Suquamish News, October 2013

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