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Suquamish News Volume 16

November 2016

Harvest Festival In this issue...

Students Take National Stage pg. 4

Traditional Plants Program’s Annual Event Draws Crowd

Salmon Return to Cowling pg. 6

Watts Clinic Draws Youth pg. 9

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Community Calendar


Suquamish Museum Northwest Trade Exhibit Oct 1- June 2017 Experience a unique exhibit designed in partnership with Betty and Duane Pasco and the JayHawk Institute exploring Trade over thousands of years by Native American Tribes along the Northwest Coast. Open during regluar museum hours. For more information, including museum ticket prices, visit them online at Suquamish Food Bank Hours Tuesday & Thursdays Noon-3pm The Suquamish Food Bank, located on Augusta Ave., next to the Post Office in Downtown Suquamish, is open to community members in need of assistance with groceries. Donations will also be accepted during operating hours. For more information on Food Bank donations and hours, contact the Suquamish Warrior Jean Belmont at (360) 626-1080. Lushootseed Family Classes Tuesdays 5-7pm Share a meal with community members while learning words and phrases in Lushootseed. Contact Lushootseed Language Coordinator Lena Maloney with questions or comments at (360) 394-8644 or email Veterans Day PowWow Nov 11 The public is invited to attend the Veterans Day PowWow, at the House of Awakened Culture with Host Drum Black Lodge,

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MC Ray Fryberg and Arena Director Antone George. Veterans Breakfast at 10am, Grand Entry at 1pm and again at 7pm. For Suquamish Warriors more information contact Chuck Wagner Nov 1 5:30pm The regular meeting for Suquamish Warat riors usually occurs the first Tuesday of Holiday Closures every month. All veterans and their guests Nov 11, 24 & 25 Friday, November 11, 2016 is the Feder- are welcome at the Suquamish Warrior Vetal Veterans Day Holiday. Thursday and erans Center, 6353 Middle Street, SuquaFriday, November 24-25, 2016 is the mish WA, 98392. For more information Thanksgiving Holiday. All Tribal Gov- contact the Veterans Center Office at (360) ernment offices will be closed. In addi- 626-1080. The Veterans Center is also open tion, there is no school at Chief Kitsap every Monday 9am-3pm for Veteran visitAcademy or the Marion Forsman-Boush- ing and Thursdays for service officer work 9am-3pm. ie Early Learning Center. Suquamish Seafood Board Meeting Suquamish Holiday Bazaars Nov 2 10am Nov 12-13 9am-5pm The Suquamish Seafood Board of Directors Dec 10 10am-4pm meet every other Wednesday of the month, Suquamish Community members are en- at the Suquamish Seafoods Building on couraged to attend the Suquamish Hol- Sandy Hook Road. Meetings are open to iday Bazaars with unique gifts by local Suquamish tribal members. For information artists. Free and open to the public at the contact Jessica Ledesma (360) 394-8512 or House of Awakened Culture, 7235 NE Parkway, Suquamish, WA 98392. For November’s Bazaar, contact Joann Joe PME Board of Directors Meeting at or (360) 394- Nov 3 in Chico Room (PMECC/SEC) 8454. For December’s Bazaar, contact The Port Madison Enterprises Board of Kate Ahvakana at kahvakana@suqua- Directors usually meet every other week. Meetings are open to Suquamish tribal or (360) 394-8573. members and invited guests. For more inSuquamish Museum formation, contact Richard Williams at richHoliday Lights Festival or Dec 3 (360) 598-8703. Join Museum staff in celebrating the Suquamish Tribal holiday season with kids holiday crafts Gaming Commission Meetings and refreshments at 6pm. Stay for a spe- Nov 3 & 17 9am cial performance by Kids in Concert at The Suquamish Tribal Gaming Commis6:30pm. Visit for sion holds regular meetings every other details. Thursday. Meetings generally begin at 9am,

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at the Suquamish Tribal Gaming Offices on Augusta Avenue in Suquamish, WA. Meetings are open to Suquamish tribal members. For more information, contact Samantha Johnson at (360) 394-8652. Museum Board Meeting Nov 10 10:30am Suquamish Museum Board will meet at the Burke Museum in Seattle. For more information about meeting including agendas and upcoming meetings, contact the Suquamish Museum at (360) 394-8499. Higher Education Application Deadline Nov 9 Deadline for Tribal Members to submit higher applications for Winter Quarter and Spring Semester. For more information contact Brenda Guerrero or (360) 394-8460. Tribal Council Meeting Nov 14 8:30am Suquamish Tribal Council meetings generally occur every other Monday. 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 and key staff. For more information, contact Windy Anderson at Suquamish Elders Council Meeting Nov 17 4pm in New Elders Lodge The Suquamish Elders Council meetings have moved! They will now occur the third Tuesday of every month at 4pm. For more information contact Barbara Lawrence-Piecuch at

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News & Events

Repatriation of Our Ancestor

Suquamish works with Smithsonian to return remains after 175 years by April Leigh

This October, Suquamish celebrated the return of a items knew the people there didn’t want them to. They long-lost relative whose travels took him to the other did it anyway,” said NMNH Repatriation Office Program Manager William Billeck. side of the continent more than 175 years ago. “He was likely a leader, a warrior, a person of high birth,” With the help of researchers at the NMNH Repatriation Office, Forsman, Suquamish Tribe Traditional Heritage said Suquamish Tribal Chairman Leonard Forsman. Of middle-age at the time of his passing in the first part Specialist Marilyn Jones and Elder Marilyn Wandrey of the 19th Century, this Suquamish ancestor began his traveled to Washington D.C, where the ancestor was repost-life travels in May, 1841 when the Porpoise, one turned to Suquamish hands on August 24, 2017. of six vessels in the United States (Wilkes) Exploring Expedition, weighed anchor off the coast of the Kitsap Peninsula. Logs kept by the crew indicated that one of the medical officers on the ship, Assistant Surgeon Silas Homes, removed the ancestor’s remains for their place of rest near Point White on Bainbridge Island. He was sent along with blankets, tools, plants and other items from the Central Puget Sound Region to Washington D.C., where he was placed in some of the first United States historical archives. Archives that would later form the basis for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH).

“It is a joyous day, the return of our ancestor to our homelands,” said Wandrey.

Upon return, the Suquamish Tribe held a ceremony and burning for the ancestor, who was laid to rest in the Suquamish Cemetery on October 7, 2017. The return of remains, funerary and sacred objects from museums to Native American Tribes is a relatively new process guided by the passage of laws in the 1990’s including the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and various state statutes.

“The legalities of it can get quite murky, and depend upon the location of the museum where the remains and “For the ethics of the time, they thought it was appro- objects are housed or rediscovered,” said Jones. priate to take remains. Many times, those taking the see “Ancestor” page 5...

Bainbridge Recognizes Indigenous Peoples Day

Bainbridge Island City Council unanimously passes vote declaring holiday

The Bainbridge Island City Council, in a unanimous vote, declared the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day. The vote occurred during their regularly scheduled meeting on September 27, 2016.

Spearheaded by long-time Suquamish Tribal Journeys participant and current Bainbridge Island City Council Member Ron Peltier, the declaration recognizes the contributions made to the community of Bainbridge Island by Indigenous Peoples, including the Suquamish Tribe. The resolution also acknowledges the city’s “opposition to the long legacy of racism towards Indigenous Peoples.” In addition to the recognition, the City of Bainbridge Island hosted a celebration at City Hall on Monday, Oct. 10, organized by From left, Bainbridge Island City Council Member Ron Peltier and the island’s Indipino Community. Suquamish Suquamish Tribe Cultural Coordinator Tina Jackson address the crowd Tribal Council Member Nigel Lawrence and at Bainbridge Island City Hall during the city’s first Indigenous Peoples Day celebration. Cultural Coordinator Tina Jackson attended the celebration, along with Tribal Member Amie Adams, and community members Dennis Sutter and Alice Saliba.

Tribal Council Seeks Executive Board Applicants Tribal Council is seeking applications from Suquamish Tribal Members to serve on Executive Boards, with terms beginning in 2017. Council will be appointing members to the following boards: Port Madison Enterprises (stipend provided) • Position 5 - presently held by Cheryl Lawrence • Position 6 - presently held by Chuck Deam Sr. Tribal Gaming Commission (stipend provided) • Position 3 - presently held by Roger Contraro • Position 4 - presently held by Cherrie May Seafood Enterprise (stipend provided) • Position 3 - presently held by Barb Santos Housing Board (stipend provided) • Position 3 - presently held by Jim Henry • Position 4 - presently held by Trish Chargualaf Higher Education (stipend provided) • Position 4 - presently held by Brittany Bakken Museum Board • Position 1 - presently held by Peg Deam • Position 2 - presently held by Rebecca Purser Enrollment Committee • Position 3 - presently held by Tina Zaiss • Position 4 - presently held by Mable Anderson • Position 5 - presently held by Sarah George • Position 6 - presently held by Brenda Guerrero Terms are three years. Board members are paid stipends as allowed by charter/ordinance. Submit letters of interest to Windy Anderson by mail at PO Box 498, Suquamish WA 98392, fax at 360-3943686 or hand delivery to the Administration Front Desk at Suquamish Village. Letters of interest must be received by December 9, 2016. If you signed up at the 2016 General Council meeting for these boards, your name will automatically be submitted to Tribal Council for consideration.

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Community youth and scarecrow contest entrants pose for a photo during the annual Harvest Festival. In addition to fall favorites like scarecrow contests and crafts for kids, festivities include demonstrations of traditional foods and activities including cedar carving, wool weavWith the declaration, Bainbridge Island joins a growing list of cities around the United States that have reframed the ing, bow-making and a smoked salmon and berry contest. holiday previously recognized as Columbus Day including Seattle, Olympia, Yakima, Portland and others. Photo by Azure Boure’.

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Chief Kitsap Academy Students Represent at National Judges Convention by Randi Purser

On October 6, 2016, students form Chief Kitsap Academy (CKA) under the guidance of Serene Williams represented themselves and the Suquamish Tribe on a national stage. Dressed in new school regalia and under an invitation from the Washington State Supreme Court, the students were part of the opening ceremony of the National Convention of Women Judges. The audience was made up of judges from the United States, and others from countries throughout the world. Before presenting, each student in the CKA group introduced themselves in the Lushootseed Language, including principal, Lucy Dafoe and teacher, Randi Purser. The group then sang the paddle song and danced, and wrapped up with a welcoming/blessing song all led by a young man who really stepped up for a big job, Wa-ah Williams. The group then exited to a standing ovation. We could not be prouder of this group of From left, Lucy Dafoe, Wa-ah Williams, Randi Purser, Kaylala Ives, Melvin Columb, Shilene George, Cassidy Holt, Cody McKelvy, Serene Williams, young people! Talon Capoeman-Williams and Michael Puckett.

Lushootseed Language Program Update by Lena Maloney

Tuesday from 5:00-7:30p.m. for all age groups and language experience. Classes are at Chief Kitsap Academy (CKA) and we provide dinner for all attendees. Family Classes are centered around the Kitchen. Everyone goes in to the kitchen daily to either cook, clean, put food away or get something to eat. The key to retention is to be able to use it outside the classes, which is why we are focusing on the kitchen area and learning to introduce ourselves. Come join the weekly fun and help revive our language I hope everyone received a copy of our in the process. language book in the mail, if not then please On December 5, we will have a Family contact me and I can send you one. We are Class Jeopardy game during our family also working to create a CD with the book class time with dinner for all, including and a recording of it being read both in those that come to cheer on the teams. There Lushootseed and in English. These CD’s will be prizes and other language games will be available within the next month, we going on at the same time, so please come would like to add other recordings of songs join us! Questions? Please call Lena Maloney, Lushootseed Language Coordinator at (360) and the alphabet with the book. It is important to learn the language of our ancestors so that we can speak to them at ceremonies, even if it is just a few words of thanks and how to introduce yourself. If you are not able to attend but have internet access I encourage you to do a “Lushootseed” search on YouTube. Zeke Zahir, Cassy George and the Puyallup language program all have made public many useful videos. We are going to create our own Lushootseed YouTube video and will post the link in a newsletter in the coming New Year.

394-8644, Cell phone (360) 689-7200 or email

The Language Program offers classes every

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Health & Wellness

Tribal Member Health Plan: Dental Services

Has all of that leftover Halloween candy been calling to you? What a great time to remind you of the best way to utilize your Indian Health Dental benefits. Step One: Is your Dentist or Orthodontist part of the Connections Network? If you are unsure: contact or call our Health Benefits Team at (360) 394-8424 to assist you. Remember; if your dental provider is not part of the Connections Network---the bills won’t be covered at all by the Indian Health Plan or the Suquamish Tribe. Please contact your Health Benefits Coordinator if you need assistance finding a new Connections Network dental provider. Step Two: Do you have a Pre-Determination Letter? To avoid any surprise out of pocket Indian Health Plan costs; before you have any services performed, don’t forget to have your dentist submit a pre-determination notice to all dental plans (even if your Shasta Indian Health plan is a secondary plan). This letter will help you know if your dental services will be paid. Step Three: Do you still have questions? Your Health Benefits Team is here to help! Please contact the Health Benefits Team with your questions, or if your dentist or orthodontist is hesitant to assist with the required pre-determination paperwork. Health Benefits - We are here to help. (360) 394-8424 “Ancestor” cont.

Transfers like those from the Old Man House Site Excavation in the 1950’s from the Burke Museum, in which 11 ancestors were returned to Suquamish in 2005, are governed by Washington State laws on historic preservation. The return of remains and objects from the Smithsonian Institution, including those of the Suquamish ancestor from the Wilkes Expedition, are governed by a very specific law- the National Museum of the American Indian Act (NMAIA). The requirements of the law for repatriation prompted the Smithsonian to create the NMNH Repatriation Office 1991. Staffed by a several archaeologists, the main purpose of the office is to transfer longheld remains and funerary objects back to the hands of their respective tribes.

and physically (for tribes),” said Powell. “How do you do a repatriation? What’s appropriate? Whats not? These are questions we ask ourselves all the time,” added Billeck. Powell also explained that with collections as massive as those at NMNH, specific details about many individual artifacts have yet to be researched. The rediscovery of the Suquamish ancestor from the Wilkes Expedition resulted from a request by the Tulalip Tribes for identification of Northwest remains held at the Smithsonian. In addition to cultural differences and the availability of research, another challenge faced by Indigenous People and staff at the NMNH Repatriation Office are restrictions of existing laws. For example. Tulalip’s request prompted the identification of additional ancestors from Canadian First Nations. However, there is no mechanism currently in place to repatriate internationally, or to Tribes in the United States that are not federally recognized.

NMNH Repatriation Case Officer Melissa Powell, who spearheaded repatriation efforts for the Suquamish ancestor from the Wilkes Expedition, coordinated the research to identify him and explained some of the challenges associated with repatriation, from both a research and cultural perspective. “It’s complicated (repatriation internationally), but it’s “I recognize (repatriation) is a journey, both emotionally possible,” said Billeck.

Free Medical Transports

Did you know? If you have a doctor’s appointment, we can drive you! The Human Service Department has trained drivers that can Tribal Members to medical appointments. Simply call our main office line at 360-394-8465 and request your pick up 24-hours before your medical appointment. Your health and well-being are important to us!

Holiday Vouchers

The Suquamish Tribe Department of Human Services will be distributing holiday vouchers again this year. The face value of the Voucher will be $40. Suquamish Elders distribution for holiday vouchers will be Monday November 21. Non-elder Suquamish Household voucher distribution is Tuesday, November 22. Guardians of Suquamish children may also sign for a voucher. Strictly one voucher per household. Distribution will be at Human Services from 8a.m.-4p.m. There will not be a Turkey Basket distribution this year.

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Cowling Creek Center Welcomes Home Salmon

by Paul Dorn

This month, 500 to 1,000 adult chum salmon will return to spawn in Cowling Creek. The more rain we receive, the more salmon you can expect to see. Come on by! This small creek has become a favorite stop on Kitsap Salmon Tours because of its’ amazing story. The native Cowling Creek steelhead, searun cutthroat, coho, and chum salmon runs were extinguished with installation of two 36” intertidal culverts placed under Miller Bay Road in 1935. Lawrence Webster recalled seeing and catching these fish as a youngster in stories he told Fisheries Department staff in the 1970’s before the fish barrier culverts were installed. With native salmon gone, the Tribe selected Cowling Creek for its chum enhancement program. Using Chico Creek as the founding stock, 35,000,000 chum eggs were

transferred from Cowling Creek Hatchery to Liberty Bay, Dyes Inlet, Bainbridge Island, and Port Orchard streamside incubators from 1977 through 2004. The annual 500,000 Cowling chum release returned 195,000 adult salmon to the Cowling Creek saltwater recapture facility during these decades. After 2004 Cowling hatchery chum production shifted to Grovers Creek Hatchery and the enhancement program there ended. Beginning in 2007, the salmon recovery program enlisted the help of the Friends of Miller Bay, college interns, Trout Unlimited, and Suquamish Elementary students to restore natural salmon runs to Cowling Creek by incubating and rearing Grovers Creek Hatchery chum salmon eggs. This year is the tenth anniversary of the Tribe’s Honoring Virginia Cowling for

her gift of her property to the Suquamish People. As promised by Tribal Council to Virginia, the Cowling Creek Center has returned salmon to “her” stream, the largest Reservation watershed. Many other accomplishments have occurred: stream barriers have been removed; the remaining barriers are in planning stages to be removed; dozens of restoration projects have been accomplished; educational trails have been constructed throughout the Cowling Creek Forest Preserve; students of all ages study the salmon; and the Center is the focal point for the Tribe’s numerous partnerships in this salmon recovery effort. Enjoy viewing the salmon this year from Trout Unlimited’s viewing platform that overlooks one of their fish ladders constructed in past years, so the salmon can safely negotiate the remaining barriers. The

Congratulations Carrier & Croes Hazard Mitigation Plan Open for Review Tribal elder and local anthropologist honored The purpose of hazard mitigation is to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from hazards. The Suquamish Tribe developed this Hazard Mitigation Plan to make the Port Madison Indian Reservation and its residents less vulnerable to future hazard events. This plan was prepared pursuant to the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 so that the Tribe would be eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Pre- Disaster Mitigation and Hazard Mitigation Grant programs.

Traditional Heritage Specialist News by Marilyn Jones

Happy Birthday – I am now another year old and feeling like an Elder in so many ways. I have become aware of the joints in my body and each one that has been broken or sprained. I am learning that my memory is having to work harder on somethings than others. And so, when I ask for your memories of hunting, gathering, clamming, fishing and harvesting, please understand that it is because you are all the keepers of knowledge that is far more important to our tribe than anything ever written in a book. We really do need to have this information recorded to protect and preserve our rights for the generations to come. Much is as stake, including our rights to fish and hunt in areas. By stating that we are not in certain areas and have not been there, we will lose our right to those places forever. It is upon us to prove where we did hunt, gather, clam, fish and harvest. If we don’t, our children and grandchildren may only be able to read about hunting, gathering, clamming, fishing, and harvesting.

This plan is open for public review and comment from November 1, 2016 to November 15, 2016. You may review a copy of this plan at the front desk of the Suquamish Tribal Center at: 18490 Suquamish Way, Suquamish WA 98392 and online at If you have questions or comments about this plan please contact: Cherrie May, Emergency Management Coordinator, PO Box 498, Suquamish WA, 98392 or and (360) 394-8507.

Poulsbo Rotary Club provided the funding for the viewing platform. Please contact Paul Dorn, 360 981-7658 or to arrange a tour, or just drop by at your convenience during daylight hours.

We must map, talk and place on databases all the information we can to protect our rights. Please help save our rights and give your next generations the chance to learn and experience what you have in your lifetime. Tribal elder Ed Carrier and Dale Croes travelled to Olympia September 24, 2016 to receive the Washington State Historical Society’s Peace & Friendship Award, recognizing their work to preserve traditional Salish basket weaving techniques and sharing them with other cultures. From left, Chairman Leonard Forsman, Ed Carrier, Dale Croes and Barbara Lawrence-Piecuch. Lawrence-Piecuch nominated Carrier and Croes for the award.

Record your life experiences and map them as soon as possible. Simply contact me to start the process, 360-3948526 or for an appointment.

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Chairman’s Report by Leonard Forsman

Cultural heritage preservation, government-to-government activities, natural resource protection, health policy, and education were the primary activities over the past month. The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is busily engaged in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, signed on October 15, 1966. We held our ACHP Native American Committee teleconference and held a robust discussion on the P-50 report that will outline improvements needed to strengthen historic preservation in Indian Country and beyond. This report will be provided to the incoming presidential administration. The Washington State Historical Society (WSHS) held its annual meeting in Tacoma. The Board of Trustees held a business meeting where we worked on creating a vision and mission statement. This was followed by a luncheon and award ceremony for those working on preserving the state’s heritage. WSHS honored Suquamish Tribal Elder Ed Carriere and archaeologist Dale Croes with the Friendship Award for their work in preserving ancient basket weaving techniques.

shown their respect of the Tribes, and are proud of the work they have done during this historic administration, which has been the best for Indian policy in our nation’s history. The President and Secretary Jewell assured the Tribal leaders that they would be working up to the very end of his presidency to advance tribal priorities. President Obama reflected in a humble way on the work he has done for the Tribes in his address: “I want everybody in this auditorium and all the folks back home in your respective communities to know that this whole time, I’ve heard you. I have seen you. And I hope I’ve done right by you. And I hope I’ve set a direction that others will follow.” I can say that I have seen President Obama in action and assure all that he has “done right” for the From left, PMECC CEO Scott George, Washington State Transportation Secretary Roger Millar, Suquamish Tribe. The Suquamish Tribe hosted the Washington State Tribal Transportation Conference at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort. The opening session included a welcome from me, a prayer by Ed Midkiff, remarks by Transportation Secretary Roger Millar, Washington State Ferry Chief Lynne Griffith, and a presentation on SR-305 and other tribal transportation planning projects by Tribal Engineer Bob Gatz. We also hosted a reservation tour, a museum tour and cultural presentation and meal. Tribal, City, County and State officials met to discuss SR-305 transportation planning. We have scheduled public outreach with open houses on Bainbridge Island, Suquamish (at the casino on November 1st), and in Poulsbo.

The 2017 Tribal Canoe Journey landing will be on August 5 and 7, 2017 at Cape Mudge/Campbell River, British Columbia. Representatives of the Suquamish Tribe held a conference call with next year’s canoe journey organizers to discuss fundraising and other ways we could supThe Kitsap Regional Coordinating Counport the journey. cil held its monthly meeting in BremerThe Suquamish Museum Board held its ton. The primary discussion concerned monthly meeting. One exciting agenda the annual work plan, dues structure and item was information regarding an offer the upcoming legislative session. The 73rd from a tribal family to donate some very Annual National Congress of American impressive baskets to our collection. We Indians Annual Meeting was held in hope to formalize this donation soon. Phoenix, Arizona hosted by the Salt River Government-to-Government meetings Pima Maricopa and the Gila River Tribes. and consultations continue to require our The conference featured a welcoming cerattention as we protect and restore our emony at Talking Stick Ball Fields, a beaurights guaranteed under the 1855 Treaty tiful baseball stadium used for the Arizona of Point Elliott. The 8th and last White Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies, House Tribal Nations Conference un- owned by the Salt River Pima Maricopa der the Obama Administration was held Tribe and a culture night hosted by Gila at the Mellon Auditorium in Washing- River at their Rawhide Western Town faton D.C. President Barack Obama and cility. Much of the conference agenda was his Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell have dedicated to the Dakota Access Pipeline

Suquamish Tribe Engineer Bob Gatz, Washington State Ferry Chief Lynne Griffith, Suquamish Tribal Chairman Leonard Forsman, PME CEO Russell Steele and WSDOT Tribal Liaison Megan Cotton at the Washington State Tribal Transportation Conference held as Clearwater in Sept.

Educating students about Tribal history and culture is important for tribal student success and also teaching non-native students about this important part of regional heritage. The Suquamish Museum, with the help of a grant from the Peach Foundation, is leading an effort to develop curriculum for 3rd and 4th grades that teaches students about the Suquamish Tribe and its cultural heritage. The Suquamish Museum Board is helping our consultant Natural resource protection continues to in developing the Tribal Curriculum. be a great challenge as the Puget Sound region continues to grow in population. The Suquamish Tribe co-sponsored a Reclaimed Water Summit held at Whitehorse Golf Course. The summit featured presentations on the feasibility of using treated wastewater for irrigation and aquifer recharge in Kitsap County, and potentially at Whitehorse Golf Course. The Port Gamble Forest and Bay fundraising effort continues to make progress, raising more money to help preserve forest lands surrounding Port Gamble bay as open space for future generations. permitting issues elevated by the actions of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. I wrote a resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act and worked to get it passed at NCAI. I also testified during a federal agency infrastructure hearing that is a first of several meetings set up in response to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. I also made a presentation to the NCAI General Session on the National Historic Preservation Act.

Our internal group continues to work to determine the feasibility of a Medical Facility on the reservation. We have met with Medicaid providers and began analysis of the financial feasibility of operating a clinic. We have made good progress and expect to finish our analysis be year-end.

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Sports & Recreation

Suquamish Youth Join Song & Dance, Represent at Washington State Fair by Kate Ahvakana

Tribal youth took time off school to accompany the Suquamish Tribes’ Song and Dance Group to Native American Week at the Washington State Fair on September 22, 2016. The Washington State Fair is the largest single attraction held annually in the state of Washington. The Fair continually ranks as one of the largest fairs in the world. The fair hosts two annual events, the 21-day Washington State Fair every September, and the fourday Spring Fair in Puyallup every April. This year, youth sang for an hour at the Pavilion and shared their teachings and culture. Members of both the Suquamish Tribal Youth Council and Tribal Royalty presented. They represented their culture, ancestors, and respective schools well. After the event, they took to the rides at the fair. Photo right; back row from left, Jayden Sigo, Hailey Crow, Katelynn Pratt, Kaynoni George, Jenavieve Old-Coyote Bagley and Joey Holmes. Center row, from left, Cassady Hill-Jackosn, Makenzie Crow, Simmone Sarver, Tionna Hawk and Joseph Holmes. Front row, from left, Tyleeander Purser and Marc Kelly.

October Crafts: Sewing Workshop 101 Learning basic sewing techniques

Bike Repair Clinic A Success

Suquamish youth bikes get a tune up and repaired

From left, Aaron Newman showing Shyan Zaiss how to fix her bike tire.

On Saturday September 24, 2016 the Sports & Recreation Dept. hosted a bike repair clinic at the Suquamish Youth Center with Aaron Newman, staff member at the MarThe Sports & Recreation Dept. held a Basic Sewing 101 class with Anita Maling Sat- ion Forsman-Boushie Early Learning Center. Newman came to Sports & Recreation urday October 1, 2016. Students learned how to operate a sewing machine and create with the amazing idea for this clinic. Our hands are up to him. Thank you for looking out for youth safety. A total of 7 bikes got tuned up and repaired. simple items, including pillowcases. Thank you to all who attended! From left, Justice and Shyan Zais with newly made pillow cases.

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Popular Watts Clinic Teaches Top Notch Basketball Techniques To Youth by Joey Holmes

Suquamish welcomed former University of Washington basketball player Don Watts, son of famed Seattle Sonics Donald “Slick “Watts, for a youth and community basketball clinic in September. Don has a basketball training program that works with youth to improve skills and develop shooting technique. Several youth from the community participated in the 2-day clinic including Brandy Boure, Likoodzi Ross, Austin Wion, Chris Wion, Tatiana Lawrence, Mateo Sipai, Koebyn Purser, Kiaya Natrall, Antonia Ewing, Nika Chiquiti, Cassidy Hill and Sierra Denning. It was a popular event! Attendence was so high at the clinic, that the Sports & Recreation Dept. will be hosting additional clinics. We look forward to announcing the return of the Watts Program in the future. Clinics will be scheduled as time allows. Thank you to all the staff and youth who attended the event.

Health Watch: Eight Habits That Are Bad For Your Heart

1. You Bank on Your Workout Do you exercise? That’s great. But if you sit down for most of the rest of your day, that’s a problem. You need to be active all day long. Little bursts count. If you have a desk job, take a short walk every hour to boost your circulation, even if it’s just to your break room and back. Binge-watching your favorite show? Get up and dance, or do push-ups during the commercials. 2. You Say “I’m Too Young” Don’t wait to work on keeping your heart healthy. Exercise, eat a healthy diet, and know your numbers – blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. The ideal time to do your heart a favor is now. 3. One Drink Too Many For most people, moderate drinking (one a day for women, up to two daily for men) is OK. A daily drink may even have some benefits for the heart. But more than that can raise levels of certain fats in the blood and blood pressure, too. That’s especially true if you have several drinks at a time. So stick to your daily limit. 4. You Diss a Good-for-You Diet You may think it’s going to be all oat bran, all the time. Surprise! There’s no reason for your food to be bland and boring. A Mediterranean-style diet has delicious foods like olive oil, nuts, fruit, whole grains, fish, lean protein, and red wine. It helps keep your heart healthy, thanks to the “good” fats, fiber, and nutrients. Plus, you’ll actually want to stick to this diet because it tastes so good! 5. You Don’t Know Your Numbers Pop quiz: What’s your cholesterol level? How about your blood pressure? No clue? That’s risky. They could be too high without you knowing. (You could feel just fine and have high cholesterol or high blood pressure.) So protect yourself. Starting at age 20, get your cholesterol checked every 4 to 6 years. 6. Waist Not Belly fat is particularly bad for your heart. So get your tape measure and size up the inches around your waist. It’s a red flag if it’s more than 35 inches around for women or 40 inches for men. Need to slim down? Take it step by step. Even losing a small amount of weight is good for your heart. 7. You Ignore Your Blues When you feel low, it’s hard to do things that are good for you, like exercise. If you have felt down for more than a few weeks, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional. Talk therapy, exercise, and medication (if needed) can improve your mood so you have more energy to take care of yourself. 8. You Blow Off Secondhand Smoke Someone else’s smoke could hurt your heart and blood vessels. You need to avoid it. If you spend a lot of time with someone who isn’t ready to quit smoking, insist that they at least not smoke around you, whether it’s at home, work, or in your car. Your tough love may be the nudge they need to kick the habit, which will be good for both of you.

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Activities Calendar SUN


Adult Basketball League Every Sunday 10am Fitness Center Gym 6








Open Gym 6pm @ Fitness Gym

Volleyball Open Gym 6-8pm @ CKA Gym 6pm @ Fitness Gym



Youth B-ball Practice Youth B-ball Practice Youth B-ball Practice Youth B-ball Practice 4-6pm @ Fitness Gym 4-6pm @ Fitness Gym 4-6pm @ Fitness Gym 4-6pm @ Fitness Gym



Girls Group After School @ YC

Girls B-ball Game BoysB-ball Game 7pm @ Poulsbo 8pm @ Poulsbo Middle School Middle School




Adult Basketball Youth B-ball Practice Youth B-ball Practice Youth B-ball Practice Youth B-ball Practice League 4-6pm @ Fitness Gym 4-6pm @ Fitness Gym 4-6pm @ Fitness Gym 4-6pm @ Fitness Gym 10am @ Fitness Gym Pickleball Open Gym Volleyball Open Gym 6-9pm @ CKA Gym 6pm @ Fitness Gym 6-8pm @ CKA Gym 6pm @ Fitness Gym

11 Veterans Day Fitness & Youth Centers Closed


Thanksgiving Dinner 6pm @ YC

Washington State Prevention Summit @ Yakima






Open Gym 6pm @ Fitness Gym

Volleyball Open Gym 6-8pm @ CKA Gym 6pm @ Fitness Gym







Adult Basketball Youth B-ball Practice Boys Group Birthday Celebration Thanksgiving Crafts Youth B-ball Practice League 4-6pm @ Fitness Gym After School @ YC After School @ YC After School @ YC 4-6pm @ Fitness Gym 10am @ Fitness Gym Pickleball Youth B-ball Practice Youth B-ball Practice Youth B-ball Practice 6-9pm @ CKA Gym 4-6pm @ Fitness Gym 4-6pm @ Fitness Gym 4-6pm @ Fitness Gym



Adult Basketball Youth B-ball Practice Youth B-ball Practice League 4-6pm @ Fitness Gym 4-6pm @ Fitness Gym 10am @ Fitness Gym Pickleball Open Gym 6-9pm @ CKA Gym 6pm @ Fitness Gym




Youth Center Closed Fitness Center Closes at 5pm


Adult Basketball Pickleball Youth B-ball Practice Youth B-ball Practice League 6-9pm @ CKA Gym 4-6pm @ Fitness Gym 4-6pm @ Fitness Gym 10am @ Fitness Gym Open Gym Volleyball 6pm @ Fitness Gym 6-8pm @ CKA Gym

24 Thanksgiving Holiday Fitness & Youth Centers Closed

Thanksgiving Holiday Fitness & Youth Centers Closed

Youth Basketball Practices Every Weekday This Month 4-6pm (excluding holidays) Call for more information Youth Center: 360-394-8576

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Elders Lunchroom MON









7 Birthday Celebration 8




Beverages Served Daily 1% Milk, Lactose Free Milk, Coffee and Tea. Occassional substitutions may be necessary.

Pork Stir Fry w/ Asian Blend Veggies Brown Rice Tossed Salad Birthday Cake & Ice Cream


Tuna-Noodle Casserole Fresh Steamed Spinach Tossed Salad Oat Bran Raisin Muffin Fresh Fruit

Geoduck Chowder w/ crackers Tossed Salad w/ HB eggs & sunflower seeds Applesauce Muffin Yogurt, Fruit & Granola Parfait

Meatloaf Mashed Potatoes w/ Gravy Capri Veggie Blend Tossed Salad Wheat Roll Fresh Fruit

Chicken Apple Crunch Salad on a bed of Lettuce Pasta Salad Wheat Roll SF Jell-O w/ Fruit

BBQ Chicken California Blend Veggies Potato Salad Carrot-Raisin Salad Pumpkin Cookie

Shepherd’s Pie (ground turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes) Tossed Salad Wheat Roll Fresh Fruit

Ham Hocks w/ Beans Brown or White Rice Mixed Veggies Tossed Salad w/ cranberries Pachado Bread Fudgsicle

Closed Veterans Day Holiday




Baked Ham Sweet Potatoes Broccoli Tossed Salad Blueberry Bran Muffin Applesauce Cup

Indian Tacos (w/ meat, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, salsa, sour cream) Fresh Baby Carrots Fresh Fruit

21 Thanksgiving Dinner 22




Macaroni Beef Casserole Capri Veggie Blend Tossed Salad Pachado Bread Fresh Fruit

Minestrone Soup Turkey & Cheese Sandwich Broccoli Salad Fresh Fruit

Turkey with Cranberry Sauce Mashed Potatoes, Gravy Brussels Sprouts Tossed Salad Wheat Roll Pumpkin Pie

Corn Soup w/ Ground Beef Chef Salad w/ cheese, sunflower seeds, & dried cranberries Cottage Cheese with Fruit



Chicken Fajita (chicken, peppers & onions, salsa, sour cream, tortilla) Refried Beans Cucumber-Tomato Salad Fresh Fruit

Beef Stew Egg Salad Sandwich Broccoli Slaw Yogurt, Fruit & Granola Parfait

Chicken Adobo Brown Rice Germany Blend Vegetables Waldorf Salad Angel Food Cake w/ Strawberries

Tuna Sandwich on 9 Grain Bread Baby Carrots Light Pineapple Coleslaw Fresh Fruit


Sweet & Sour Pork Brown Rice Brussels Sprouts Tossed Salad Applesauce Muffin Fresh Fruit

Closed Thanksgiving Holiday


Closed Thanksgiving Holiday

Elders Kitchen: 360-394-8407

Please call to inform the kitchen if you would like to cancel home delivery for the day.

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Spotlight on PME: Michelle Esguerra

Renovated space, beer and wine sales are just the beginning for Clearwater Gift Shop Manager

by Lisa Rodriguez

After moving to Washington from Long Beach CA, Michelle Esguerra went from working at Applebee’s to recently opening and managing a brand new gift shop. Continuing her education and spending time with her family have been top priority the last few years. From 1994 – 2005, Esguerra obtained serving and bartending experience at several local restaurants. In 2005 Esguerra and her husband worked together to open Cesar’s restaurant in Bremerton, WA where hard work, dedication running a restaurant, and a lot of skill broadened her knowledge. After three years of running a business, they sold the restaurant and began new careers. In 2008 Esguerra was hired as the Bar Supervisor at Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort. She was promoted to Bar Manager and within few months Esguerra applied for and received her current position as Gift Shop Manager. In the last seven years, she drove the

business to be better. When she began managing the gift shop it had a limited amount of items and not a lot of traffic. She began seeking more vendors, filling the shop with desired goods and doing her best to make local Native American items available. The gift shop was in the same location for six and a half years, but with Clearwater Casino Resort’s expansion, was remodeled and relocated. Esguerra worked diligently with the construction and architecture team to ensure the gift shop was everything the space could be. From window placement to new shelving, Esguerra spent many hours making it perfect. In August she achieved the goal of supplying beer and wine for guests to purchase. This was one of many goals Esguerra strived for. “The Clearwater Casino Resort has been a great place for opportunity. I couldn’t be where I am without COO, Irene Carper, who believed in me and encouraged me

to take the opportunities I did,” said Esguerra. “The entire business has been supportive and open to ideas. Because of the caring staff, I’ve been able to make the gift shop department better than ever.” Throughout her career, Esguerra has achieved certifications in ServSafe, Class 12 Mixologist, TIPS and OSHA. To keep her skills and knowledge current, she completed the Executive Leadership course at the University of Washington, the Fred Pryor Project Management seminar and the Fundamentals of Supervision course. The Clearwater Casino Resort Gift Shop has come a long way, but Esguerra still desires to make the gift shop better. Even though beer and wine have recently become available for purchase, she hopes to expand it to include liquor as an amenity that was not previously available. The goal she strives for the most, is to one day be able to sell merchandise online to gain more revenue. With so much shopping be-

Clearwater Gift Shop Manager Michelle Esguerra

ing done online, Esguerra thinks the Gift Shop can gain revenue by providing this outlet for guests. The future looks bright for Clearwater Casino Resort’s Gift Shop.

PME & Government Employees Square Off In Softball Tournament Suquamish employees take the field at Cheney Stadium, home of the Tacoma Rainiers

Recently, employees from Port Madison Enterprises (PME) challenged Suquamish Tribal Government staff to a softball tournament at Cheney Stadium. Two teams from PME and one from the Tribal government took the field on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 for an evening of family fun and competition. After narrowing the field to one PME team, players squared off against Tribal government staff. In the final game, Tribal government employees trounced players from PME a 30-2 win, taking home the trophy and the game ball to showcase at the Suquamish Tribal Government Center. The Suquamish Tribe would like to thank PME’s Irene Carper, Rich Purser, Curtis Patnode and Russell Steele for providing the opportunity for the teams to play in Cheney Stadium. Additional thanks is given to PME Board Member Chuck Deam and Tribal Government Administrative Tribal Government Staff championship team. Back row, from left; Alan Roberts, Craig Miller, Magdalena Turrieta, Chris Sullivan, Andrew Joe, Tyler George, Assistant Joann Joe for assistance coordi- Jean Jones Jr., Raul Turrieta, Jim Boure’ and Chris Miller. Front row, from left; Ipo Fontes, Staci Jocson, Duran George, Kaui Lawrence, Junior Santos, Aaron nating the event. Lawrence and Luis Serrato.

Clearwater Casino

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Community Notices


Weaving Conference Appreciation I would like to give a great big thank you to everyone that made it possible for me to take part in the Weaving Conference, September 29-30, 2016 at Great Wolf Lodge. It was one of the most wonderful and informative learning experience I have had in a long time. The instructors, and all the other weavers were so great at sharing their expertise and time- helping each other with conference projects. I loved hearing stories, and sharing a few of mine as well. I was able to make a weaving around a small paddle, two different style hair barrettes, a weaving around a candle, and bear grass earrings & necklace set. I purchased a few kits to make things at home and got contact information from the instructors I was unable to work with, so when we host I can ask to have them invited here. At the banquet and fashion show Suquamish Tribe was represented by Ed Carrier, Dickie Johnson, and Geri Joe. All wore their own beautiful clothing and hats. Words can’t describe how glorious they looked! My hands are up to the Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association and the Chehalis Tribe for a beautiful hosting and great evet!

Thank You, Marilyn G. Jones

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Veterans Powwow Friday November 11 House of Awakened Culture Suquamish, WA Veterans Breakfast 10am 1st Grand Entry 1pm 2nd Grand Entry 7pm Host Drum Black Lodge MC Ray Fryberg Arena Director AntoneGeorge

~ First Five Drums Payout ~ Vendor Contact Azure Boure’ Info Contact Chuck Wagner


Suquamish News, November 2016  

Suquamish News is a monthly publication of the Suquamish Tribal Government.

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