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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.

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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

Community Calendar Zumba Classes Oct 1-30 5:30pm Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each week in the Gym at the Suquamish Tribe Education Department, located at 15838 Sandy Hook Road, Poulsbo WA, 98370. Classes are free for Suquamish tribal members, their families and Suquamish government employees. For more information contact Priscilla Preuit (360) 271-8708 Suquamish Warriors Meeting Oct 1 5:30pm The regular meeting for Suquamish Veterans usually occurs the first Tuesday of every month. All veterans and their guests are welcome at the Suquamish Warrior Veterans Center, 6353 Middle Street, Suquamish WA, 98392. For more information contact Chuck Wagner (360) 633-6236 or the Veterans Center Office at (360) 626-1080. The Veterans Center is also open every Monday 9am-3pm for Veteran visiting and Thursdays for service officer work 9am-3pm. PME Board of Directors Meeting Oct 2 & 16 8am Port Madison Enterprises (PME) Board of Directors meetings usually occur every other week throughout the year. Meetings are in the PME Boardroom at Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort, 15347 Suquamish Way NE, Suquamish, WA 98392. The meetings are open to Suquamish tribal members and invited guests. For more information on PME Board of Directors meetings, please contact Brenda Stice at Suquamish Tribal Gaming Commission Meetings Oct 3, 17 & 31 9am The Suquamish Tribal Gaming Commission hold regular meetings every other Thursday throughout the year. Meetings generally begin at 9am, at the Suquamish Tribal Gaming Offices on Augusta Avenue in Suquamish, WA. For more information contact Samantha Johnson at (360) 394-8652. Family Day at the Museum Oct 5 11am Join Joey Holmes and the Suquamish Museum as we harvest the Cattails from our Ponds on the Museum grounds. Learn about traditional gathering, drying and storing information for an important resource. Followed in the Spring by making Cattail Mats! Be in on the project from beginning to end. For more information, contact the Suquamish Museum at (360) 394-8499. Tribal Council Meetings Oct 7 & 21 8:30am

Sandy Hook Road, Poulsbo, WA 98370. New students are asked to call Nancy Silverman at (360) 373-1539 to register.

Suquamish Tribal Council meetings generally occur every other Monday throughout the year. Meetings are in the Suquamish Tribal Council Chambers at 18490 Suquamish Way NE, Suquamish WA, 98392 and are open to Suquamish tribal members and employees of the Suquamish Tribe. Special reports and guest speaker presentations are open to tribal members only. For more information about meetings, including agendas and specific presentation times, please contact Windy Anderson wanderson@

Archaeology at the Museum Oct 26 3:30pm Suquamish Tribal Archaeologist Dennis Lewarch will present the story behind the West Point Excavation. A significant Salish Sea archaeology site, West Point is located in Discovery Park in the Magnolia District of Seattle. Discovered in 1992 the site documents group that lived there for a 4,000 year period. All Ages welcome. For more information, contact the Suquamish Museum at (360) 3948499.

Kitsap Regional Library Suquamish Book Mobile Visit Oct 7 & 21 3pm Kitsap Regional Library’s Bookmobile serves the Suquamish community every other Monday, 3-4:30pm. in the parking lot at Suquamish Village. Browse the shelves of the Bookmobile or go online before the Bookmobile’s visit to search the KRL catalog for a book, place it on hold and have it brought to the Suquamish Bookmobile stop. You can also return anything you’ve borrowed from any KRL branch library. Other Bookmobile offerings include: books for readers of all ages, audio books and DVDs and current magazines. If you have a question about your library account or wish to obtain a library card, you can talk to KRL staff when the Bookmobile is present.

Community Halloween Party Oct 26 5pm Celebrate with a ghoulish party hosted by the Human Services Department at Chief Kitsap Academy, on Sandy Hook Road. Jack-o-lantern and costume contests plus carnival games, fun prizes, a cake walk and a house of horrors created by the students at the Chief Kitsap Academy. Spaghetti dinner will be served. Traditional Foods Celebration at Community House Oct 29 6pm Join us as we welcome a visiting group from the Philippines working with the

Suquamish community in conjunction with a grant from IMLS sponsored by the Burke Museum. Featured that evening will be the return of the Old Man House Archaeological Artifact Collection that has been stored at the Burke Museum. For more information, contact the Suquamish Museum at (360) 394-8499. Suquamish Tribe Budget Hearing Nov 4 5pm The Suquamish Tribal Council will hold a hearing to discuss the 2014 Budget for the Suquamish Tribe in Council Chambers. All Suquamish Tribal Members interested in the 2014 Budget are invited to appear and express their views at the hearing. Written Statements may also be submitted to the Suquamish Tribe Administration Offices prior to the hearing date. For more information, contact the Suquamish Tribe Administrative Office at (360) 598-3311. Holiday Baskets Nov 26 11am The Suquamish Tribe Human Services Department will be distributing holiday baskets to Tribal Member Households from 11am-3pm at the House of Awakened Culture. For more information contact the Human Services Department at (360) 394-8413.

Maori Culture at Community House Oct 14 5:30pm Join us as we welcome Maori Maxine Jones and those traveling with her to Seattle in October. Maxine is returning to Suquamish, having first visited in 2010, to share Maori healing and culture. For more information, contact the Suquamish Museum at (360) 394-8499. Storytelling at the Suquamish Museum Oct 16 3:30pm Join Elder Barbara Lawrence-Piecuch to hear the Story of Creation in the Suquamish Museum main gallery (or if it is still nice – outside in the Story Circle). All Ages welcome. For more information, contact the Suquamish Museum at (360) 394-8499. Community Health Fair Oct 17 9am Members of the Suquamish Tribe and Community are invited to attend at the House of Awakened Culture in Downtown Suquamish. The fair features free health screening, raffles, gifts and free flu shots for Tribal Members and Suquamish Government employees. For more information contact Kathy Kinsey at (360) 394-8535. GED Orientation Oct 18 2pm Tribal members seeking to obtain their GED are encouraged to attend. GED Orientation is held the third Wednesday of every month from 2-5pm. in the Suquamish Tribe Education Department, 15838

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Vol. 13, No. 10

News News From NK Fire & Rescue

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Levy – North Kitsap Fire & Rescue (NKF&R) is asking voters this fall to renew our Emergency Medical Services (EMS) property tax levy at the current rate of $0.50/$1,000 of assessed property valuation. This is not a new tax, but a simple continuation of an existing tax that voters have reauthorized on a regular basis for nearly thirty years. Medical responses are the majority of calls at NKF&R.  Last year, our crews responded to 1,768 EMS calls.  That’s 67% of the 2,628 total responses for 2012.  Fire districts receive no on-going county, state or federal funding.  Nearly 90% of NKF&R’s budget comes from local property taxes.  The EMS levy provides about one-quarter of NKF&R’s operating budget, so renewal of the levy is vital to continued high-quality emergency medical services.  Ballots will be mailed out to voters in mid-October, and must be postmarked or deposited into a ballot drop-box no later than November 5.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  Fire Prevention Week  - October 6-12, we are joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.’ During this year’s fire safety campaign, fire departments will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires--most of which result from unattended cooking—and teaching local residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.   According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen—more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries. Often when we’re called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes. Sadly, that’s all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. We hope that Fire Prevention Week will help us reach folks in the community before they’ve suffered a damaging lesson.  To avoid cooking fires, we offer the following tips: 1. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food;  2. If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove; 3. When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you;  4. If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three away from the stove; 5. When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves; 5. Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop, and; 6. Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops. More information about preventing kitchen fires can be found at Escape Planning Contest -  As we do every year, we are partnering with local schools to help make families as safe as possible by encouraging students to create or renew their home fire escape plans.  At each school, the classroom(s) with the highest return rates of accurate escape plans will be treated to an ice cream sundae party by firefighters.  A good escape plan includes two ways out of every room, one meeting place outside and practice.  Check our website at www. for downloadable escape planning contest forms and additional information about creating a life-saving plan.

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Education How To Start A Language Nest

Simple tips for learning Lushootseed and the history of the language nest style by Christy Roberts

First, start thinking about a spot in your house or your vehicle that you would like to speak Lushootseed in. Most people start with the kitchen and start slow, don’t try to do too much or get too overwhelmed. If you don’t cook then try your bedroom or your car. If you are learning as a family, try to find a place where you spend the most time together in. Supplies you will need: Note cards, tape or magnets, pens, pencils, glue, scissors and magazines for pictures. Write down the words in your language nest, both Lushootseed and English to start of with. If you want to replace the English word, try to find a picture of the word and glue it to the note card as well. This will assist you in the beginning to say and learn simple words. Try to enforce that no English be spoken in this area. I know that sounds hard for beginners. It is simple to start off with slow simple phrases and as you speak more Lushootseed it gets easier. If it is not possible to speak only Lushootseed in this area at the beginning, designate certain hours of Lushootseed only, but enforce

the hours. It will help you and your families learn and have fun while doing it. It may be tough for a while, but it is worth it when you speak more and more Lushootseed.

Reclaim Your Lushootseed Greetings Hello wi?aac How are you? ?esXid Vex

If you would like more assistance in building a language nest contact us at the language department and we can help. I have phrases for the car, bathroom, bedroom and I am willing to help. Randi and Lena are experts in the kitchen language nest. Cassy George has several language nests and is always willing to help. You will soon notice family or friends who do not attend classes or people who are not actively learning pick up Lushootseed if they hear it. Remember keep it fun and involve family and friends during the planning and setting up of full immersion style areas.

?esOubil Ved. ?esXid Vex deGi?

I am fine. And how are you?

?esOubil Ved

I am fine.

Inspirational Phrases ?esAaAaAlil VeA ?e tiiA ?aciAtalbix

A little bit of History about lushootseed and language nests. Originally the Maorie tribe communities in New Zealand used this method to revitalize their native languages. Around Washington State, many known linguists say if you speak Lushootseed you most likely learned it from Vi Hilbert or someone that learned it from Vi Hilbert. The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde have had huge success with their K-8 full immersion nest style of teaching bringing back their native language- Chinook known as chinnook-wawa. They have used several method to accomplish this such as “Master and Apprentice” programs. While doing everyday life things they are both paid by their tribe to do this in further efforts to preserve their language. I had the opportunity to meet Tony at NILI in 2009 and 2010. He was one of the founding members of the masters program and

-We are living our culture-

AaAlil Ai ?e tiiA ?aciAtalbix -You folks live your culture-

full immersion school. Tony worked for years to start up that program. By starting a language you’re making a commitment to your language and taking a huge step for txelSucid. Language classes have started again at the KCA, education building. Classes are every Tuesday from 5:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We look forward to starting up again and hope to have new students. It is fun and you will have fun while learning. The tribal council appointed an elder

board to assist with the Lushootseed program. August 20, the elder board gathered and reviewed our teaching status. We were interviewed by all three members. Shortly after we were certified by the elder board and will continue our education for many years to come. We do have a few state requirements to fulfill. There will be an overview of the certification process in next month’s newsletter along with more language nest tips and words.

Fall Community Lushootseed

Elementary News by Cindy Webster-Martinson

Tuesday Evenings 5:15-8 p.m. Open to ALL Community Members

(Potty trained & older)

Contact: Randi Purser 360-551-6107

Suquamish Fall Education Programs Elementary After School Program: Erin Pigott

Middle School Program: Chris Miller

High School Program: Charles Deam

Middle School Homework Club

Middle school homework club will continue for the 2013/2014 school year. More information will be coming to you and your student so keep your eyes peeled! Families with middle school students will receive a phone call, email or mailing as soon as times and locations are set. Be sure to check back here also. The information will be posted in the next newsletter. Contact Chris Miller (360-633-6285) or Megan Feeney (360-394-8617) if you have questions or concerns. Suquamish News


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The Sound of Music

Children with ties to the ELC learn to play the violin thanks to Kids in Concert


by Roy Naden

A great dream is evolving, the development of a Suquamish orchestra, with strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion. On October 7, the first group of young children with ties to the ELC will begin the process of learning to play a violin. Fourteen children have signed up for this after-school program, and before the first quarter is completed, each will receive a valuable violin and bow and begin to play it. These children will take a van ride for the short distance from their school to the Island Music Guild on Bainbridge Island, three afternoons a week. They’ll have an after-school snack then get into an engaging music curriculum. For the past two years, Kids in Concert (KIC), a not-for-profit on Bainbridge Island, has been working with children at ELC sharing music appreciation, in preparation for this after-school program. KIC is a part of a global network of El Sistema inspired programs that started in Venezuela more than 30 years ago. Hundreds of thousands of children from some of the poorest neighborhoods world- ELC children at the concert that other students put on earlier this year as part of the Kids In Concert program. is to expand musical opportunities for wide spend upwards of 20 hours a week now to care for something so valuable. protective violin case. in preparation for playing in orchestras. During the fall quarter, these students Suquamish tribal members have a rich these talented children. For more inforwill make and “play” their cardboard vi- musical and community heritage. The mation please contact Roy Naden at Kids Their success has been outstanding. olins, moving a bow up and down over dream of developing a musical ensemble in Concert: (206) 250-3976. One of the first projects in October will the silent strings, and at the same time be for each participant in the KIC prosinging the notes of the first tune they gram will be to make a cardboard violin. will later play. This project teaches the children all the parts of a violin, how they work, and the In December at the end of the fall quarter, incredible amount of work that goes into there will be a concert for parents, and making a violin. It also teaches them each child will receive a real violin in a

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Government “Partnerships“ continued...

Mayor Becky Erickson, KRCC Board Members, representatives from North Kitsap area first responders and additional elected officials from the cities of Bainbridge Island and Poulsbo attended the luncheon. During the event, Suquamish recognized the work performed by emergency responders and how partnership funding through impact mitigation grants provid-

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ed by the tribe are making a difference in Kitsap communities. Announcements of grant recipients included North Kitsap Fire and Rescue, Poulsbo Police Department, Poulsbo Fire Department, Bainbridge Police Department, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and the Suquamish Police Department. In total, the Suquamish Tribe provided $260,000 in grants. The funds are distributed every other year as part of the Gaming Compact Suquamish has with Washington State to supplement area municipalities that could be impacted by gaming operations on the Port Madison Indian Reservation.


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Tribal Chairman’s Report


by Leonard Forsman

The Suquamish Tribe held an awards event to award casino mitigation grants to local police and fire departments. We held the event at White Horse Golf Course. Several elected officials attended the program, including Sheriff Steve Boyer, Poulsbo City Council member Ed Stern and County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido. Awards will help police and fire department in providing better emergency services and community protection. Northwest Indian Housing Association Welcome The NWIHA held their annual conference at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort. Peg Deam and I provided a traditional and formal welcome to our visitors that traveled from Eastern Washington, Oregon and Idaho to attend the conSuquamish Tribal Chairman Leonard Forsman presenting a gift to Washington State Governor Jay Inslee ference. Most of our housing during the opening ceremonies at Salmon Homecoming in Seattle. Photo by Weldon Wilson. staff attended the training and informational sessions providSenator Patty Murray Staff Tour LGBT Meeting ed during the conference. Staff from Senator Murray’s D.C. and Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to PresOlympic/Kitsap Peninsula offices visited ident Obama, chaired a meeting with West Central Local Suquamish to learn more about Suqua- members of the Native LGBT communi- Intergrating Organization Meeting mish Tribal Government programs and ty and advocates of equal rights at Day- The West Central LIO provides guidance facilities. I was able to give staff a tour break Star in Seattle. Tribal representa- to the Puget Sound Partnership and other of the reservation, including the House of tives from reservations in the Northwest state agencies on what the priority actions Awakened Culture, Chief Seattle’s Grave and Urban Indian leaders talked about are for cleaning up Puget Sound in our and government operations at Suquamish their concerns and issues in their respec- region. At the WCLIO meeting held in Village, the Early Learning Center and tive communities. Some of the issues Gig Harbor, the LIO board (that I chair) Chief Kitsap Academy. Staff represen- discussed included the need for more approved near-term actions that will be tatives relayed the Senator’s frustration funding for education and outreach re- prioritized for future funding. Many of with the political logjam in Congress that garding two-spirit (lesbian/gay) issues in these projects are in Dyes Inlet, including has resulted in sequestration cuts to tribal tribal communities. Oyster Bay, that are need of improved budgets. water quality to allow for future shellfish Travois Housing Presentation WIGA Skokomish Travois is a company that facilitates harvest in these closed areas. The Washington Indian Gaming Associ- tax-credit financing for low-income ATNI-Coeur D’Alene ation held their monthly meeting at the housing on Indian reservations. The The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest IndiLucky Dog Casino in Skokomish. Tribal Housing Department in DCD arranged ans held their 60th annual conference on representatives discussed a number of is- for a presentation on how this could help the Coeur D’Alene reservation in Idaho. sues, including the 26th District Senate the Suquamish Tribe provide more hous- Updates on issues such as the Carcieri race between Rep. Jan Angel and Sen. ing for its members. Several other tribes Fix efforts (Land into Trust), the GenerNathan Schlicher. A review of federal in the region have successfully used this al Welfare Exclusion actions (Taxation), legislation was also provided. There is method to build housing for their low-in- the Bay Mills Casino decision (Off-reserno pending legislation on internet gam- come families. vation gaming), and the Nez Perce Meging. aload Demonstration (tribal sovereignTwo Percent Awards Meeting

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ty over transportation over reservation highways) were some of the highlights of the conference. Robin Sigo and Nigel Lawrence presented an overview of the Healing of the Canoe project for the ATNI Executive Committee. I chaired a meeting on tribal leaders to discuss education issues in Washington State, including an update on the HB 1134, which will allow Tribes to go directly to State to receive funding for tribal schools. Salmon Homecoming The Suquamish Tribe joined the Muckleshoot Tribe in organizing and sponsoring the Salmon Homecoming in downtown Seattle. Thursday’s opening ceremony was highlighted by an appearance by Governor Jay Inslee, who I had the honor of introducing. Bardow Lewis was the emcee of the opening ceremony along Madrienne Salgado of the Muckleshoot Tribe. Thanks to the CKA students, including CSD princess Shaylene Jefferson and CSD warrior Ryan Sigo, for attending the event. The Suquamish Canoe, Se ah ma oaks, and the Sacred Water Canoe pulled over to Salmon Homecoming from Suquamish to participate in the canoe protocol on Elliott Bay. We had eleven tribal canoes participate. On the way back to Suquamish the pullers and support crews were treated to a large pod of killer whales off Bainbridge Island, what a blessing! Bella Bella Canoe Journey Planning Meeting Representatives from the Muckleshoot and Suquamish Tribes met with organizers of the Bella Bella 2014 canoe journey to discuss fundraising. Puget Sound Tribes are working on support of the journey next year to help defray costs to the Heiltsuk community of Bella Bella, B.C. Gorst Landfill Meeting Suquamish fisheries staff met with EPA representatives to discuss the Gorst Landfill, which is adversely affecting Gorst Creek. The Tribe and EPA are seeking funding to find ways to protect this important salmon habitat.

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Sports & Rec

Suquamish Youth Take A Trip On A Tall Ship

Cultural exchange with Sound Experience helps teach traditional ways to others

Keeping Athletes Safe on and off the Field NewsUSA- Basketball and bicycling rank highest for injuries among recreational sports, causing 1.5 million accidents per year. Baseball, soccer and softball follow, each with almost half a million injuries yearly, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Whether you’re upping your own practice schedule or you’re a parent of a student athlete headed back to school, heeding a few precautions goes a long way. Here are some tips from osteopathic physician Marcel Fraix, member of the Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (FAAPMR) and assistant professor at Western University of Health Sciences. Fraix is also a staff physician at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation in California, where he specializes in sports-related disorders. Start with a check-up when possible. Physical stress on a young body can be harmful when coupled with an underlying medical condition or heart problem. Likewise, get an exam before stressing the heart if you’re middle-aged and mostly sedentary.

Suquamish youth pulled from the ship to the shores of Suquamish to share a traditional meal with youth from Bainbridge Island.

The Tall Ship, the Adventuress, visited Suquamish in September for a cultural exchange with youth titled “Adventuress and Suquamish: Overnight Cultural Exchange in Port Madison Bay”. The exchange included 12 youth from Suquamish and 12 youth from Bainbridge Island.

Adventuress. The exchange included a traditional salmon meal at the House of Awakened Culture, curriculum with an emphasis on Suquamish teachings and activities including a canoe pull. The 3-day, two-night adventure concluded with a sailing to Seattle in celebration of the Adventuresses’ centennial.

All 24 children spent three days on the Adventuress Sept 18-20, learning the nautical lifestyle of western sailing. With the help of the Suquamish Museum and the Suquamish Tribe Sports and Recreation Department, Suquamish culture was taught in tandem with the culture of the

The Adventuress is owned and operated by Sound Experience. Since its inception, the non-profit Sound Experience has been educating youth and adults throughout Puget Sound with environmental education and leadership programs aboard the historic schooner

Adventuress. In over 20 years, more than 50,000 (mostly youth) have sailed aboard, exploring the ecology and history of Puget Sound. In 1989, Adventuress was named a National Historic Landmark. Today, more than 3,000 people a year sail aboard, experiencing first-hand Puget Sound’s majesty and vulnerability, and how their daily actions will make a difference in the health of the region’s waterways for generations to come. For more information on Sound Experience educational program and the Adventuress, visit them online at www.soundexp. org.

Pre-conditioning programs for specific sports help. Injuries usually occur at the beginning of the season, when you are most likely to be out of shape. Building hamstrings and inner quadriceps muscles helps prevent knee injuries. Diligently use the proper safety equipment, e.g., mouth guards, safety goggles, helmets and elbow and knee pads. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen SPF 15 or higher. Stay adequately hydrated with water or a water-electrolyte drink. Replacing fluid lost from sweating is essential to maximize athletic performance and prevent heat exhaustion, especially during warm weather. Treat injuries on the spot. Keep a first aid kit ready for cuts and scrapes, allergic reactions, insect bites and eye irritations. Most importantly, be prepared to treat muscle pain at the first sign before it sidelines you. There are safe, natural and unscented pain relievers available. Look for a homeopathic medicine like Arnicare Gel, which works with the body instead of just masking pain. Try it on legs stiff from running or cycling, or on shoulders aching from too many tennis racket swings. It also helps with pain from strained ligaments or bumps and bruises from hard-fought basketball games. Limit practice and playing time. Nearly half of all injuries suffered by children are results of overdoing it. Consider allowing a child to take three months off per year and limiting practice to 12 hours per week for one sport, and 20 hours for multiple sports.

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Suquamish Makes a Winning Impression

Champions at Nisqually’s 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament and at Skokomish Northwest Native Pride Co-Ed Softball Tournament

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From left, top Beaner Jones, Magdalena Turrieta, JD, Andrew Joe, Kanika RapadaPeleti, Christopher Sullivan, Savannah Turrieta, Jimmy Boure, Bottom Chank Ajonae, Uncle Daniel Rapada, Angie Rapada, Rayna Espinosa Ives. Representing Suquamish at the Skokomish Co-Ed NW Native Pride Softball Tournament and walking away with a win, not in picture Brian and Jen Yeaman and John Jones.

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Barb Santos, Director 360-394-7107 Craig Miller, Athletic Manager 360-394-8574 Kate Ahvakana, Program Manager 360-394-8573 Aaron Lawrence, Youth Worker 360-394-8618 Magdalena Turrieta, Youth Worker 360-394-8634 Karren Bagley, Youth Worker/Cook 360-394-7118 Terry Johnson, Youth Worker 360-394-8575

From left, Marcus Mclean, Ohitika Takenalive, Shawn Jones, Antonio Boure, Sequoia Chargualafe. Participated in the Nisqually 3 on 3 Basketball Tourney September 13-15, 2013 and walked away as the champions- way to go boys!

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Youth Open Gym 4pm Intertribal Bball League Zumba 5:30pm Adult Open Gym 7pm @ Suquamish 6pm Insanity 7pm




Youth Open Gym 4pm Insanity 12pm Zumba 5:30pm Lil Kids Group Craft Adult Open Gym 7pm Insanity 7pm

Basket ball Bowling ALL STAR 9am





Youth Open Gym 4pm Lil Kids Group Craft

Zumba 5:30pm Song and Dance 6pm

Youth Open Gym 4pm Adult Open Gym 7pm Intertribal Zumba 5:30pm Bball League Adult Open Gym 7pm @ Puyallup 6pm Insanity 7pm

Zumba 5:30pm Adult Open Gym 7pm Insanity 7pm

Basket ball Bowling ALL STAR 9am


14 Insanity 12pm




Ramp it up 10am

Zumba 5:30pm Song and Dance 6pm

Zumba 5:30pm Zumba 5:30pm Intertribal Adult Open Gym 7pm Bball League Adult Open Gym 7pm @ Suquamish 6pm Insanity 7pm Insanity 7pm

Teen Scrap Yard Massacre 7:30pm

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Zumba 5:30pm Pickleball 7pm Jr High Boys BBall

Zumba 5:30pm Intertribal Adult Open Gym 7pm Bball League Insanity 7pm @ Squaxin 6pm

Zumba 5:30pm Adult Open Gym 7pm

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Swimming @ BI Adult Basketball 5:30pm

Swimming @ BI

Adult Basketball 5:30pm


Swimming @ BI Adult Basketball 5:30pm

Insanity 12pm


Youth Open Gym 4pm

Youth Open Gym 4pm Jr High Boys BBall @ Ridgetop 6pm

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Youth Open Gym 4pm Adult Open Gym 7pm Youth Open Gym 4pm Insanity 12pm

@ Ridgetop 7pm Washington State Prevention Summit


Swimming @ BI Adult Basketball 5:30pm

Youth Open Gym 4pm

Zumba 5:30pm Song and Dance 6pm Pickleball 7pm Jr High Boys BBall


Youth Open Gym 4pm Adult Open Gym 7pm Youth Open Gym 4pm Insanity 12pm


Youth Open Gym 4pm Adult Open Gym 7pm Zumba 5:30pm Adult Open Gym 7pm Insanity 7pm

Teen Haunted Ship 5pm

Basket ball Bowling ALL STAR 9am


Basket ball Bowling ALL STAR 9am

Halloween Trick or Treat with Maggie

@ Ridgetop TBD

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Vol. 13, No. 10

Elders Elders Honoring at Kiana Lodge

Annual event brings together friends from neighboring tribes throughout the region Each year, on the third Thursday in September, the Suquamish Tribe invites Elders from neighboring tribes and beyond to a day of celebrations and recognition for the vital contributions elders make to their communities.

A Tribal Elder points to the winning table during the raffle at the Elders Luncheon, held at Kiana Lodge last month.

Tribal Elder Ed Carriere, and other veterans at the event, received a commemorative visor, markign the festivities.

Suquamish Elders Dee Stroud and Marilyn Jones smile for the camera.

One lucky raffle winner at the luncheon choosing her basket.

The honoring, now in its’ sixteenth year, is coordinated by the Suquamish Tribe Human Services Department. During the event attendees are welcomed with gifts, treated to a luncheon and a raffle that organizers say has grown considerably over the years. Themed baskets for the raffle are a mainstay at the honoring and include everything from baked goods to movie nights. Many of the baskets are put together by Suquamish Tribe employees, who have a friendly department-todepartment rivalry for the best basket.

Kinsey for the great door prizes. And, not to forget Julia for the lip balm, Indian ice cream and marsh tea. Thank you to Wayne George for being MC at the event.

“I would like to thank the departments for the baskets that were put together, they were all awesome. And, a huge thank you to Barb Santos, Fran Miller and Kathy

Steve Weaver, Shawna George, another great success. And huge thank you to all the Human Services Department staff,” said Elder Liaison Sue Henry.

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Chicken Vegetable Soup Egg Salad Sandwich Cucumber Tomato Salad Cottage Cheese & Fruit Cocktail

Chicken Fajita (Chicken, peppers & onions, whole wheat tortilla) Refried Beans Tossed Salad Birthday Cake & Ice Cream

Macaroni-Beef Casserole Steamed Baby Carrots w/ Cranberries Tossed Salad Angel Food Cake w/ Berries

Goulash (ground beef, green beans, tomato) Brown Rice Tossed Salad Wheat Roll Fresh Fruit French Dip Sandwich Tossed Salad Waldorf Salad Italian Ice

Sweet & Sour Pork Brown Rice Asian Veggies Tossed Salad Applesauce Muffin Fresh Fruit Macaroni & Cheese Stewed Tomatoes Tossed Salad Corn Bread Fresh Fruit

Sliced Turkey w/ Gravy Mashed Potatoes Winter Squash Cucumber-Tomato Salad Wheat Roll Fresh Fruit

Meatloaf Mashed Potatoes w/ Gravy California Vegetables Tossed Salad Wheat Roll Fresh Fruit Turkey Sloppy Joes over a Whole Wheat Bun Brussels Sprouts Cranberry Cole Slaw Spiced Fruit Cup

Shepherd’s Pie Tossed Salad Oat Bran Raisin Muffin Fresh Fruit




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Baked Chicken Quinoa Salad Veggies Tossed Salad Chocolate Cookie

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Bean & Spinach Soup Turkey Sandwich Apple, & Pineapple Salad Yogurt Parfait w/ Fruit & Granola

Hamburger Soup Tuna Sandwich Cole Slaw Fresh Fruit

Chicken Adobo Brown Rice Broccoli Tossed Salad Corn Bread Fresh Fruit

Baked Potato w/cheese sauce Tossed Salad Blueberry Bran Muffin Fresh Fruit 10

Geoduck Chowder w/ crackers Chef Salad (ham, hard boiled egg, sunflower seeds) Blueberry Bran Muffin Yogurt Parfait w/ Fruit & Granola Elk Stew Tossed Salad w/ sunflower seeds & dried cranberries Irish Soda Bread Cottage Cheese & Peaches

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Baked Fish Sweet Potatoes Brussels Sprouts Tossed Salad Wheat Roll SF Jell-O w/ Fruit

Salmon Boiled Potatoes Mixed Vegetables Light Pineapple Cole Slaw Pachado Bread Fudgsicle

Egg, Vegetable, & Cheese Frittata Oven Roasted Potato Medley Applesauce Muffin Fresh Fruit

Sweet & Sour Chicken Brown Rice Capri Blend veggies Tossed Salad Fresh Fruit Wheat Roll

Indian Tacos (w/ ground beef, beans, lettuce, tomato, salsa, cheese, sour cream) Broccoli Slaw Fresh Fruit

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Being Frank: Fix The White River Dam

by Billy Frank Jr.

OLYMPIA – A crumbling 103-year-old fish-blocking diversion dam and inadequate fish passage system on the White River near Buckley need to be replaced because they are leading to injury and death for hundreds of threatened salmon, steelhead and bull trout, slowing salmon recovery efforts in the river system. It’s common for some adult salmon to display a few cuts, scrapes and scars by the time they complete their ocean migration and return to spawn. That can take two to six years depending on the species. But more and more fish are now being found at the foot of the diversion dam with gaping wounds and other injuries

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caused by exposed wooden boards, steel reinforcement bars and other parts of the deteriorating structure. Many of those fish later die from their injuries.

to salmon. Instead, fish are collected in a 73-year-old trap just below the diversion dam, then trucked upriver and released above Mud Mountain Dam.

At the same time, an explosive revival of pink salmon has overwhelmed the inadequate trap-and-haul fish passage system operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. At two years, pink salmon have the shortest life cycle of all salmon and are abundant in the Puget Sound region. Pink salmon returns to the White River have shot up in the past decade from tens of thousands to close to a million.

There’s been a lot of talk but no action to fix the fish passage problem in the river. Back in 2007, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a biological opinion under the Endangered Species Act requiring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to upgrade the fish trap. So far, the Corps has ignored the order, claiming that it doesn’t have the money. NMFS, meanwhile, has turned a blind eye to the Corps’ documented illegal killing of ESA-listed salmon.

That’s led to massive crowding of returning adult spring chinook, steelhead and migrating bull trout at the foot of the diversion dam where salmon continually try to leap over the structure – injuring themselves in the process – in their effort to move upstream and spawn. All three species are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

In 1986, only a handful of spring chinook returned to the White River, but today those returns number in the thousands because of the cooperative efforts of the Muckleshoot and Puyallup tribes, state government and others. The Corps and NMFS need to step up to the plate and do their jobs. When they don’t, what they are really saying is that salmon, treaty rights, and years of effort and investment by so many of us here in Puget Sound don’t really matter.

The diversion dam, constructed in 1910, sends water from the river to Lake Tapps. The dam prevents adult salmon from reaching the Mud Mountain Dam farther upstream, which is also impassable


Health & Wellness Wellness To Offer Grief & Loss Support Group

New class scheduled to begin this month

Grief and Loss is a normal universal human experience and often the most difficult and challenging pain we experience. Suquamish Tribe Wellness Center will be offering a Grief and Loss support group starting Monday October 14 from 5-7 p.m. The class will meet every Monday for eight weeks. The Grief and Loss support group is available to both Suquamish Tribal and non-tribal members. If you have experienced a loss of a loved one and would like to increase your understanding about grief and loss, please contact Sarah Sense-Wilson at (360) 3948642 for registration information.

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Business PME Executive Spotlight On Future Leaders

For Tribal Member Wil Werbelo, PMECC’s management program means returning to his roots and raising a family in Suquamish by Lisa Rodriguez

Tribal Member Wil Werbelo has experienced a great deal of opportunities off the Suquamish Reservation, but he is thankful to have the opportunity to raise his family around the culture and people of the Suquamish Tribe. Wil began his adventure driving trucks in 1991, which brought him to Ellensburg for 13 years where he drove trucks and dabbled in farming. As Port Madison Enterprises Construction Company (PMECC) began to grow, it caught Wil’s eye in 2009. He began work as a truck driver and did that until he applied for the Manger in Training position in December of 2012. After recovering from surgery Wil returned to work in February of 2013 to find he was the new Manger in Training.

Since February, Wil has taken classes to build his expertise. He participated in the Emerging Leaders Program and took a Human Relations in the Work Place course. Soon he will begin taking math and construction management courses to increase his knowledge of the business. Currently Wil oversees the changeover in the yard, is learning how to do bids and was there to see the business grow when they went from selling rock to bigger and better items. “Having the chance to come back to the Reservation with such a wonderful opportunity was something I had been waiting for,” said Manger in Training Wil Werbelo. “I had always wanted to take care of my family and give them a safe place to live. Without PMECC and the PMECC board that approved me for this position, my family would not have been able to experience their culture on a daily basis. I am extremely thankful the board gave me this wonderful opportunity.”

PMECC Manager In Training Wil Werbelo.

Port Madison Enterprises

For the future, Wil has expressed the importance of the Clearwater Casino’s Five Year Expansion. This expansion has given PMECC the opportunity to do all the ground work and build their name. As the company grows, Wil would like to have more tribal members in positions at PMECC and give them the same training opportunities he was given. He would also like to team up with bigger companies and do more construction work on Bangor Base and in Keyport to build a great reputation for the company.

As of June 19, 2013 the following employment opportunities exist with Port Madison Enterprises. # Of Openings 1 2 1

Lisa Rodriguez is the PR & Media Coordinator at Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort. She can be reached at (360) 598-8731.

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Salary Range

Opening Date

Accounting*** Controller (FT) DOE 07/26/13 Cage*** Soft Count Team Member (FT/PT) $10.00 08/29/13 Main Bank/Cashier (PT) $16.50 09/04/13 IT*** Manager (FT) DOE 09/06/13 Engineering*** Jr. Engineer (FT) $14.00 08/05/13 Environmental Services Worker (FT) $10.35 08/07/13 Food & Beverage Prep Cook (FT) $10.00 07/16/13 $8.65 07/31/13 Busser (PT) $ DMO (PT) $9.75 08/21/13 08/16/13 Kitchen Steward (FT) $12.50 $11.50 08/21/13 Short Order Cook (FT) Kiana Lodge Server (PT) $ $8.55 06/25/13 Prep Cook (PT) $9.50 07/10/13 Chef (FT) DOE 07/25/13 Marketing*** Player Development Coord. (FT) DOE 09/04/13 Promotions Specialist (FT) DOE 09/04/13 Poker Dealer (PT) $ $8.55 09/06/13 Dealer/ Lead (FT) $8.55/17.75 09/09/13 Resort Room Attendant (PT) $10.00 09/06/13 Retail Barista (PT) $ $8.55 09/06/13 Slot*** Cashier (PT/FT) $ $10.00 08/05/13 Supervisor/Cashier (FT) DOE 06/05/13 Relief Shift Manager (FT) DOE 09/11/13 Sr. Technician (FT) DOE 06/17/13 Table Games*** Dual Rate (FT) DOE 08/30/13 Floor Supervisor DOE 04/29/13 Dealer (PT/FT) DOE 08/29/13 Total ***Requires Class IIIA (Tribal AND State) $-Tipped Position


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Port Madison Enterprises applications and Letters of intent must be completed and on file with Human Resource Dept. All Casino positions require a State and/ or Tribal Gaming license; PME pays initial licensing fees for Class II positions. We accept online applications at If you have questions please contact our Recruiter/Tribal Liaison at (360) 598-8717 or the Job line (360) 598-1360. Vol. 13, No. 10

Clearwater’s Fat Tuesday Parade Entries Due Oct 31 Annual event gives non-profit participants cash prizes for Mardi Gras floats


by Lisa Rodriguez

Non-profits of Kitsap County have a chance to use their creativity to raise money for their 501 (c) 3 organization. The Fat Tuesday Parade of Service, sponsored by the Clearwater Casino, occurs every year with more than 20 organizations competing for their share of $15,000. The event isn’t until March 4, 2014, but non-profits will have from Oct. 1 – 31, 2013 to register for a chance to partake in this float building competition. Entry forms will be available on Clearwater’s website beginning Oct. 1.

a chance to show their dedication to this wonderful cause. “Our puppy raising club was excited to be chosen to participate in the parade,” Said Puppy Raiser Linda Prosser. “Once we received the little red wagon, we began assembling the float with small stuffed puppies, glitzy beads, streamers and masks. After hard work and lots of imagination, it was a wonderful surprise to be announced the first place winner.” The Kitsap Navigators used their winnings to continue obtaining supplies needed to raise the puppies, to travel to different schools and meetings giving presentations about their importance in the community and to create business cards to spread the word of their wonderful puppies.

Entrants must be headquartered in or have a participating chapter in Kitsap County and have 501 (c) 3 des- The Kitsap Navagators float for the 2013 Fat Tuesday Parade of Service at Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort. ignation. A limited number of par- es comprised of Clearwater employees. come from California when they are 8-12 ticipants will then be randomly selected Cash prizes will be awarded to the weeks old; this group socializes the pupby an automated number generator. They top three floats based on: Mardi Gras pies by having them in their homes for a will receive a red wagon from Clearwater Theme, Originality and Execution. First year, bringing them through traffic, cities, Casino on which to build their float. place is $3,000, second place is $2,000, offices and stores to get them used to the On Feb. 4 the charities will put their third place is $1,000 and the remaining noises. After a year with a puppy raiser, floats on display inside the casino to non-profits each receive $500 for partic- the puppy goes to the Guide Dogs for the Blind for professional training and then give the community and club members ipating. a month to vote for their favorite float. In February of 2013 the Kitsap Naviga- matched to a blind partner. As a group The float with the most votes gets five tors (Guide Dog Puppy Raising Club) of volunteers who spend their free time extra points added to the overall score received first place, winning $3,000 to raising puppies, being part of the Clearthat they receive from a panel of judg- benefit their non-profit. Their puppies water Fat Tuesday Parade of Service was

“Each year we look for different ways to give back to the community,” said General Manager Rich Purser. “The Fat Tuesday Parade of Service has become an annual tradition of fun and giving. As we like to help as many local non-profits as possible, we strive to have as many organizations participate as possible.” Non-profits interested in entering, please visit by Oct. 31, 2013. For more information about Clearwater Casino Resort’s 2014 Fat Tuesday Parade of Service, please contact Lisa Rodriguez, Public Relations & Media Coordinator at 360.598.8731 or

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Community Emergency Preparedness

least 15 minutes after power is restored before turning on other appliances.Conserve water, especially if you use well water.

News From The Traditional Heritage Specialist

Never use gas ovens, gas ranges, barbecues or portable or propane heaters for indoor heating- they use oxygen and create carbon monoxide that can cause suffocation.

by Marilyn Jones

What steps can you take to prepare for a winter power outage?

Candles can cause a fire. It’s far better to use battery-operated flashlights or glow sticks for lighting. Using a kerosene heater, gas lantern or stove inside the house can be dangerous. Maintain by Cherrie May proper ventilation at all times to avoid a Winter is fast approaching and as we all buildup of toxic fumes. And finally, stay know we will most likely have several away from downed power lines and sagpower outages in our area. Power out- ging trees with broken limbs. ages can cause a number of safety concerns. However, knowing the following Keep Food Safe Use and store food carefully to prevent information can help. food-borne illness when power outagBefore a Power Outage es make refrigeration unavailable. Use Consider buying a generator. When in- foods first that can spoil most rapidly. stalling a generator, follow the instruc- Keep doors to refrigerators and freezers tions carefully. Keep your generator out- closed. Your refrigerator’s freezer will side and run a cord inside. Don’t connect keep food frozen for up to a day. A sepyour generator to main service panels- arate fully-loaded freezer will keep food it’s dangerous! frozen for two days. Make sure your disaster preparedness kit contains light sticks, flashlights, a battery powered radio with extra batteries and a wind-up clock. Have a corded telephone available. Cordless phones will not work when the power is out. Have an alternative heat source and supply of fuel and, if you own an electric garage door opener, know how to open the door without power. During a Power Outage Turn off lights and electrical appliances except for the refrigerator and freezer. Even if it is dark, turn light switches and buttons on lamps or appliances to the off position. Unplug computers and other sensitive equipment to protect them from possible surges when the power is restored.Leave one lamp on so you will know when power is restored. Wait at

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Use an ice chest packed with ice or snow to keep food cold and use caution if storing food outside during winter to keep it cold. The outside temperature varies, especially in the sun. Frozen food may thaw and refrigerator food may become warm enough to grow bacteria. Food stored outside must be secured from contamination by animals.

September has come and gone we are now into fall and the winds are colder, days are shorter, nights are darker. We are working on hunting again and setting up for winter. I am asking once more for Tribal Members who have experience hunting and gathering to be interviewed for our preservation mapping project. The deadline for interviews is nearly upon us. I would like to meet with as many of you as possible to full the requirements of the program. Feel free to contact to setup an interview on Mondays and Wednesday 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursdays 8:30-10:00 a.m. and Fridays 8:309:30 a.m. or from 2-4 p.m.

Duane Napoleon Sr., Duane Napoleon Jr. and Jason Napoleon.

The hunting and gathering information is to protect and preserve our sites from progress in building of roads, shopping malls, housing and other things that will drive out the animals and kill off the plant life. By your interviews we can clearly help to document these sites and preserve them for the future. Please help me and the Tribe to protect our Native animals and plants! You can contact me at or by phone at 360-394-8526.

On a personal note, I am well on my way to completing my first college goal. I have to complete 31 credits to have my AA in Native American Studies and then I will be going on to my BA in Museumology. I have some of these credits already and so I will be adding to them and completing this in a fast pace.

I have planned to reschedule interviews with the following Tribal Members; Richard Belmont, Ed Carriere, Vickie Doyle, Peg Deam, Chuck Deam Sr., Bruce Belmont, M. Kevin George, Joe George, Kyle George, Bennie Armstrong, Vince Adams, David and Victoria Smith, David Sigo, Bill Stroud, Marilyn Wandrey, Dave Sigo Sr., John Mabe, Ted Jackson, Nic’cola Armstrong, Carmella Pratt, Liz Puckett, Manuel Purcell, Maurine Sathers, George Hill, Phil Holt Jr., David and Darrel Hoffman, BJ Armstrong, Steve Lawrence, Jerry Lawrence, Dickie Johnson, Geri Joe, Linda Holt, Jim Henry, Betty Hamlin, Bob George Sr., Lyle George, Betty Bagley, Joan Bagley, John Bagley, Mary and Bob Alexander, Jeff Carriere, Randy George, Joshua George, James Anderson, Rob Purser, Bill Sigo III, Charlene and George Renquist,

A good rule to follow is- If in doubt, throw it out. Throw out meat, seafood, dairy products and cooked food that does not feel cold. Never taste suspect food. Even if food looks and smells fine, illness-causing bacteria may be present. Cherrie May is the Emergency Management Cooridnator for the Suquamish Tribe. She can be reached at (360) 394-8507 or


Throughout the summer months, I have been transcribing the few interviews I have for this project. It is a long process to make sure that the words are right, places and names are right and making sure that everything is correctly spelled in the transcription. However, it is rewarding to know that the work will be used to preserve our traditional ways for future generations. I thank those of you that have allowed me to do these interviews with you and would like it if you tell others that it is painless and a good thing to do


Illyauna Faye Purser September 8, 2013

Ben and Rebecca Purser are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Illyauna Faye Purser, born on September 8, 2013 in Silverdale, WA. Illyauna was born weighing 8 lbs. 12oz. and measuring 19 ½ inches.

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Alicia Eaton Damian Lawrence Alice Pondelick

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Ah-nika-leesh Chiquiti

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Jefferey Elevado Chelsea Forsman Kenneth Hagen William Stroud

Oct 5

Margaret Duggan Cheryl Mabe Clarence Ross Jr Jeffrey Vandenberg

Oct 6 Molly Middleton

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Harvey Adams Jr Ashton Purser Denita Santos Tracy Tabafunda

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Gordon Hawk III Kassia Smith

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Nadia Armstrong Charles Deam Jr John Jones

Ronald Purser Jr Ibrahim Trawally Patrice Wilcox Aaron Lawrence Robin Sigo

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Douglas George Joely Purser Blain Wolten

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Frank Cordero Nigel Lawrence

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Lawrence Elevado Robert Forsman

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Dolores Bakken Bryce Bradwell Kirt Napoleon

Emily Castaneda-Sigo Robert George Sr Karen Villanueva

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Thomas Adams Danielle Palomino

Gloria Viray Aiden Willis

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Cheyenne Castaneda-Sigo Jean Loughrey Daniel Pratt Heather Purser

Dale Ahvakana Gaylon Vaught

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Sherry Calo A-lish-tassen Chiquiti Shawn Gainer Shelly Immken Darlene Melrose Jana Mills Lillian Pondelick Rose Sigo Charles Vollenweider Melita Ziass

Pierce Peterson

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Shanel Greer Lawrence Hawk Destiny Mabe Martha Mabe Aaron Napoleon Shelley Wood


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Jordan Joe Regina Rambo Janet Surratt Shery Werbelo

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James Clark Ian Lawrence Nancy McPherson

Irene Carper

Oct 30

Robert Alexander Jr Brittany Bakken Aubrey Collier Erika Cordero Raymond Pondelick Destiny Pool Celia Williams

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William Forsman Timothy Midkiff Rebekah Stewart Cindy Webster

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