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January 2013 Volume 47 Issue 1

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To new beginnings

sexSiCelwa?s (suhw-SHEETS-ehl-wah-s) Moon of the Windy Time

“The Moon around late January/February is “moon of the windy time.” In the bays, Chinook salmon, also called black mouth or kings, are fished year round. Sea-run cutthroat trout and steelhead are fished during the winter moons; ducks, geese, elk and deer are hunted; and tools and baskets are constructed. Ironwood, as strong as its name, is usually harvested from the shrub oceanspray and used for making many of these tools:fish spears, fish sticks for cooking, and long kitting needles for sewing cattail sleeping mats. Ironwood is harvested before and after the height of the fishing season.”—13 Moons: The 13 Lunar Phases, And How They Guide the Swinomish People

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Cover photo by: Michael M. Vendiola


An official publication

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Officers: Chairman: spee pots (Brian Cladoosby) Vice Chair: Tale tale II (Barbara James) Secretary: sapelia (Sophie Bailey) Treasurer: yal la ka but Steve Edwards General Manager: Tuk Tuk Luus (Allan Olson) Senators: sapelia (Sophie Bailey) pay a huxton (Chester Cayou, Jr.) spee pots (Brian Cladoosby) cha das cud II (Glen Edwards) yal le ka but Steve Edwards

Tale tale II (Barbara James) SM OK O LO (Leon John) wa lee hub (Kevin Paul)

qyuuqs (Kee Yoks) The deadline to submit to the qyuuqs (Kee Yoks) is the 15th of every month or nearest business day. qyuuqs (Kee Yoks) 17337 Reservation Road La Conner, WA 98257 360-466-7258 Fax 466-1632

Advisory Committee Allan Olson John Stephens Tracy James Kevin Paul Michael M. Vendiola Editor Caroline Edwards Assistant Editor Photos: qyuuqs and submitted

This issue of the qyuuqs is available on the Swinomish website: The qyuuqs can viewed on the internet. When submitting information or photos, please be aware that everything published in qyuuqs will also be on the internet and available to the world. Please consider carefully whether anything you are submitting might have information or images that may not be appropriate for the internet. By submitting information or photographs to qyuuqs for publication, we consider that you are agreeing to publishing your submission in both the paper and digital versions of the qyuuqs.

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sOladated (Brian Wilbur) kani?ted (Tandy Wilbur)

“Swinomish qyuuqs (Kee Yoks) News”





Being Frank


Birthdays— January


Chairman’s Message


Community Arts


Community Calendar




Christmas Program


Feature: Community Dinner


Feature: Health Indicators—Part 4 15 Feature: Fall Quarter Leads to Success 19

From The Editor


General Council Announcements




Mrs. V’s 2 Cents


Native Business-Jim Stanley






Office of Tribal Attorney


Police Department


Senior Lunch Menu






Youth Center News


qyuuqs Mission The mission of the qyuuqs newspaper is to provide monthly communication to swədəbš, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, near and far. We are committed to serving as an apolitical forum for SITC governing officials and all community members. The newspaper is not intended to reflect the official position of the governing body of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, but rather reflects the ideas, events, and thoughts of individual community members and tribal staff. As such, the Swinomish Tribe makes no claim as to the accuracy or content of any of the articles contained therein.

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Chairman’s Message: —Submitted by Spee pots (Brian Cladoosby) May each of you be blessed in the New Year! Let us continue to work together on enhancing the prosperity, health and safety of our community. Your Swinomish Senators are committed to providing the very best for all tribal citizens and to ensuring that our way of life and treaty rights are protected for generations to come. Let me start out our first qyuuqs message by sharing a bit of the success in 2012. We have worked very hard as a team to provide sound economic investments with our enhancement of the Swinomish Casino and addition of the new Lodge. Our Swinomish Casino and Lodge has continued to have loyalty from local patronage and at the same time we have increased patrons to the Casino and Lodge through enhanced events at the Lodge Events Center

built in the 1970’s, and is one of the last two seafood processing plants, the second being Trident, in western Washington. Our goal is to be an economic force in the seafood industry and sustain our tribal ancestral industry and treaty right to harvest for generations to come. In the past two years, the Senate has invested in the growth of Swinomish Seafoods and in return, we have watched it grow from 2 million to 14.5 million. Swinomish Seafoods has become an 8(a) enterprise and we purchase seafood from over 25 Tribes and First Nations. We are now an international purchaser and seller and have expanded our products and venders, as well as providing over 60 to 80 jobs in the Skagit area. We are committed to the success of the Swinomish Seafoods and we are building and implementing a marketing plan to ensure that our Native Catch brand is

“Overall the Swinomish Indian Senate will continue working together and remain unified to provide a prosperous economic future for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.” and entertainment in the Casino. As mentioned in my qyuuqs message last month, our Lodge staff has managed to fill the rooms at a rate of 88% to 95% since we opened up in April of 2012. The Wa-Walton Events Center has been very successful and our staff has filled the Events Center with events that range from conferences and meetings to balls. We have experienced how well the two facilities work together as one and we believe that when there is an event in the Center or entertainment from Casino, the patrons flow between the casino gaming, restaurants and bars. This flow has enhanced the revenue throughout the Lodge and Casino. Our customers for the Events Center come from as far away as Seattle to as nearby as Whidbey Island and our local Skagit and Island Counties. We are excited to continue to grow our business in the Skagit and look forward to continuing to provide sound economic prosperity for our tribal enterprises in 2013. Many of you may have seen the work that has been going on to expand Swinomish Seafoods during the past year. Swinomish Seafoods is expanding its facilities to process and sell finfish and shellfish on a national and international basis. The facility was first

known throughout the nation and the World. Our marketing message is, “Native Catch is based on our way of life values and traditions." We focus on locally caught wild finfish and shellfish and sustainable fisheries. Native Catch is the ancestral industry of the Swinomish People, and let us together ensure it is here for generations to come. Overall the Swinomish Indian Senate will continue working together and remain unified to provide a prosperous economic future for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. We are looking forward to a great year in 2013 and may the Creator bless you all.

Chairman Cladoosby receives a plaque from the Washington State Patrol at a recent Senate meeting while John Stephens observes.—qyuuqs photo

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Social Services Building Election Date and Time: Sunday, February 10, 2013 8:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. Candidates: Senate Seat 8: Barbara James, Incumbent

General Council Meeting Will begin at 1:00pm

Senate Seat 9: Glen Edwards, Incumbent CANDIDATES CERTIFIED ON 12/20/2012 PURSUANT TO STC 2-01.120(E)

Swinomish Hires New Tribal Prosecutor

New Tribal Prosecutor, Jordan Stephens, has over four years of criminal justice experience. Please welcome her to the community!—qyuuqs photo

I am the new Tribal Prosecutor and wanted to take a moment to briefly introduce myself. I have been a part of the criminal justice system for over four years. I was inspired to be a prosecutor while working at the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in the homicide division. That experience of providing justice to victims and the community motivated me to become a prosecutor. As prosecutor for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, my primary responsibility is to maintain a safe community by holding individuals accountable for actions that violate tribal law, including the tribe’s criminal code and natural resources code. My personal goal as the Tribal Prosecutor is to achieve justice in a way that both safeguards the community and restores defendants. I look forward to serving the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community!

Knitting Class Every Mon. at 7 o clock Shaker Church $5 a class Money will go towards the church See Barbara Marks

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Senate Seat 8: Barb James, Incumbent

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Senate Seat 9: Glen Edwards, Incumbent

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Northwest Indian College Winter 2013 Calendar General Registration Nov. 13-Jan. 5 Winter Qtr Classes Begin January 7 Late Registration Jan. 7-11

From the qyuuqs Editor: Michael M. Vendiola Welcome to 2013! I hope that the coming year will be exciting and prosperous. In the qyuuqs office we are looking forward to the new changes that will be implemented this year. First off, we are very pleased to announce that our webmaster, Heather Mills, has agreed to join our staff in on a fulltime basis! Her role will continue with the Swinomish website. Further, she will take on additional roles in the development of communication tools to help support the vision of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.

In addition, we welcome Corey Contreras, Swinomish videographer, to our staff. He is making the transition from the Planning Department. Currently his main role is to develop video media for matters related to the tribe. Myself and Caroline will continue to edit the qyuuqs and we are very excited about the possibilities for reinventing the qyuuqs to become a higher quality news publication. Of course, this can only be accomplished through the support and input from our readership. We are asking for your help and input

on ideas to improve the qyuuqs publication. Please feel free to contact us with your ideas! In this issue we are very excited to present some of the great community events that have occurred in the last month. We also enter to some topics that are of great community concern. I hope you enjoy this issue. Thanks for picking up the qyuuqs! Please offer your advice on how to improve the qyuuqs:

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Cultural Department: December Community Dinner Brings Holiday Spirit

—Submitted by qyuuqs staff. On Wednesday, December 19 the Swinomish Community gathered together for the monthly Community Dinner organized by the Swinomish Cultural Department. The theme of the event focused on the Holiday Season as the Swinomish Youth Center was adorned with Christmas decorations, festive plants, and even a surprise visit from Santa Claus! In continuing with the honoring of elders, this month Swinomish elders Neah Martin, Marie Charles, Kenneth Martin, Marie Franklin, and Honey Clark were individually honored. Those elders who were able to attend were accompanied by family and friends. Each elder was introduced and given a plaque by Chairman Brian Cladoosby. Every elder was also given the opportunity to speak to the community, leaving everyone from young to old with wonderful words of wisdom.

Invitation:Treaty Day Celebration & Community Dinner Swinomish Treaty Day Celebration Friday January 18, 2013, 6pm table

Swinomish Smokehouse Swinomish Community Dinner Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 6pm

Swinomish Youth Center

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It was a night full of good company, followed by good food and good intentions. The Potlatch Fund Gala hosted a Silent Auction with many wonderful art pieces. All of the proceeds will help support their 2013 Native Arts Grant Cycle. Their mission is “To inspire and build upon the Native tradition of giving and to expand philanthropy within Tribal Nations and Native Communities in the Northwest.” (

The 2012 Potlatch Fund Gala was held on November 3, 2012 at the Tulalip Resort & Casino– Tulalip, WA.

*The 2012 Leadership 

Brian Cladoosby (Swinomish)

Johnpaul Jones


Brian Cladoosby (Swinomish)- Billy Frank Jr. Natural Resources Protection Award.


Martina Whelshula, PhD (Colville)-Patricia Whitefoot Education Award.


Chief Delvis Heath, Sr. (Warm Springs)- Fran James Cultural Preservation Award.


Julie Johnson (Lummi)

Martina Whelshula, PhD (Colville)

Images and *Text Cited from

Chief Delvis Heath, Sr. (Warm Springs)

Honoring Awards go to: Johnpaul Jones (Choctaw/ Cherokee)-Antone Minthorn Economic and Community Development Award.

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Swinomish Senior Center: Requesting Donations Hello Swinomish Tribal Community and Workers, This year, our Elders are putting together themed gift baskets for the raffle for our annual Intertribal Elders’ Luncheon at the WaWalton Room. Our past requests for donations from employees and community members has not been successful, and we really need the help. We are hoping people will find it easier to donate certain items needed for the baskets. Here are some of our basket ideas and the items we need to fill them:  TOOL BOXES: measuring tapes; small hand shovels; working gloves-all sizes; screwdrivers; pliers; hammers; duct tape; WD-40; multi-hand tools; brushes; nails – all sizes; tacks; rulers; magnets; wood glue; steel brushes; wood camps; heavy duty scissors; pencils; or anything you might see on sale  OFFICE BASKETS: organizers – men & women; tape; post-its; scissors; paper; sheet protector; thumb-tacks; glue; markers, pens; pencils; note pads – all sizes; Post-it with ar-

rows on them or similar, paper clips; desk assessors; or anything you also might see on sale.  OTHER: We will make up baskets with anything else you would like to donate, along with your gift basket theme ideas! We will also need different sizes of baskets, buckets; containers with lids to hold enough for one basket; or anything that an elder would like. Remember, the gift baskets will be for both men and women. We intend to have something different every month until May, so items will be accepted throughout the winter and spring. We really appreciate any donations for this event and for the raffle. Please drop off at the Senior Center, or call we can come and pick it up. Ivan Willup, Sr: 466-1820 Lori Ann Cayou 466-7374 Kitchen 466-3980 Thank you!

Thank you to all who came out to support the Swinomish Senior Center Holiday Lunch!

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Northwest Indian College:

Dec. 11, 2012

Lummi Indian Business Council

NWIC receives $1.5 million from LIBC for campus expansion Contribution will allow NWIC to complete two more buildings Northwest Indian College (NWIC) has undergone some major growth over the past eight years – on its main campus at Lummi alone, six new buildings have been built and another is nearly complete. Until recently, though, construction on two buildings was stalled. NWIC still needed to secure more than $1 million before building could proceed. This fall, NWIC got the funds it needed when the Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC) voted to approve a $1.5 million contribution for construction of a new Library/Technology building and for a Coast Salish Institute building. “These two buildings are first-class facilities and I believe our students deserve the best, including the best facilities and resources,” NWIC President Justin Guillory said. “I want our students to feel proud about being here, to feel good about being on campus, and I believe these buildings will help us provide that.” The Coast Salish Institute is more than just a building, Guillory said. It is a place that will help to preserve and revitalize Coast Salish culture by serving as a dedicated space where tribal language, history and culture will be taught. “It represents who we are as a tribal college,” he said. The Library/Technology Building will include: shelving to hold more than 30,000 books; research materials; student study areas; computer rooms; education areas for families and children; a dedicated space for NWIC’s information technology department; and advanced technology and equipment. It will also house a dedicated room for Vine Deloria, Jr.’s, personal library, which was recently donated to the college. “The Library/Technology Building will serve as a wonderful resource for the college and the Lummi community,” Guillory said, “and the Vine Deloria, Jr. Collection will be an invaluable resource for students, faculty, staff as well as community members and visitors.” The Coast Salish Institute, which will be a one of a kind cultural center, will cost $3.6 million and be 12,710 square feet. The Library/Technology Building is slated to cost $3.6 million and will be 13,000 square feet.

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Northwest Indian College:

Cont’d.— NWIC receives funding for campus expansion

Dave Oreiro, vice president for campus development at NWIC, said construction of the two new buildings wouldn’t have proceeded without LIBC’s contribution.

“I want to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to LIBC for their generous contribution and their willingness to make such a substantial investment in the community,” Guillory said.

“We weren’t going to build anything until we received the sufficient funding for each of the projects,” Oreiro said. “Thanks to the council’s contribution, we can get the ball rolling again.”

He also thanked members of NWIC’s Board of Trustees and Foundation Board – particularly, Bernie Thomas, Kristin Kinley, Sandy Finkbonner and Levi Jefferson – and NWIC staff – particularly Greg Masten – for unwavering support throughout this process.

The Library/Technology Building is currently in the first stage of the bidding process. The goal is to finish construction 12 months from the time the bidding process is complete, Oreiro said.

Greg Masten, director of NWIC’s development office, called LIBC’s decision to further support post-secondary education in the community “forward thinking.” “The Lummi Nation is a shining example of visionary leadership investing in education for a brighter future,” Masten said. “Tribes face many obstacles present and future, and tribal leaders have to make decisions that will benefit the tribe for the next generations. The level to which a tribe will train and educate their members will be directly proportional to their success in the future.” Many tribes across the nation are growing in governance, infrastructure, programs and economic development, Masten said, and they want to realize their sovereign rights and become self sufficient. “Investing in education helps them to exercise their sovereignty because their own people will be able to protect their sovereignty, should policy issues arise, as well as implement programs and services,” he said.

The bidding process for the Coast Salish Institute will begin approximately 90 days after bidding on the Library/ Technology Building wraps up. LIBC’s $1.5 million contribution will be distributed over the next three years. In addition to its most recent support, LIBC also donated a generous sum to the college in 2011 when it contributed $1 million to NWIC’s $44 million capital campaign, which is the driving force behind NWIC’s current expansion. Including LIBC’s support, NWIC has raised $38.3 million of its $44 million goal. The capital campaign supports the college’s effort to become an institution that has the capacity to offer more four-year degrees – NWIC now offers two bachelor’s degrees and has more in the works. Two buildings remain in the college’s current expansion plan. Fundraising for a new Workforce Training Center building is underway.

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Submitted by Diane I. Vendiola


Once again, I became charmed with all the stuff in my “Can’t Decide Whether to Keep or Not Keep” Pile. There were my black, shiny, high heel dress shoes that I had worn to my niece’s wedding, and not worn since. There was the beautiful figurine given by my good friend, when was it? OMG! Was it more than ten Christmas’ ago? There were all that beautiful jewelry and scarves and candles and etc. etc. All too pretty and too new, and yes sentimental to let go of. Also a stack of unread books and literature from conferences and workshops. Yikes.

I was, of course kidding myself once again. Not great, not

Then there was the keep pile… many pairs of socks

It all started out with what I thought was an inspiring idea: an article about clearing out summer stuff in preparation for the approaching new season. Me and my bright ideas. I thought it would be great (and easy) for me to write about how I cleared out the clutter of summer in order to make room for the new projects and items of the coming season.

“It all started out with what I thought was an inspiring idea: an article about clearing out summer stuff in preparation for the approaching new season.” easy. Every spring and New Year, we perennially resolve to clear out our accumulation of stuff so that: 1) we can find the stuff we need at that particular moment. 2) Have space to put the new stuff that comes into our lives. Anyway, I got bit by a Rez dog and followed doctor’s orders about resting my leg and keeping it elevated so I could not get to my DE cluttering project (Whew! Saved by the Rez dog.) But time passes and now I must finish what I started. I ended my November 2 Cents by covering my two tall piles of stuff with a yellow blanket. The two tall piles consisted of; the “Keep Pile” and the “Can’t Decide Whether to Keep or Not Keep Pile”. Actually I had that yellow blanket covering the two piles (which had merged into one pile) at the foot of my bed for so long; it became a part of my bedroom décor and I forgot all about the items underneath it. I even started putting stuff on top of it, like it was an additional end table! Now the time had come for me to continue my clearing out project. (So I could write about it.) Therefore, I had to look under the yellow blanket.

does a person really need? Gloves? Hats? Shoes? Scarves? Double yikes. This is what I did: I thought if I can do without all those “Can’t Decide to Keep or Not Keep” items, even having forgotten them….. Then I could for sure give them away to new homes. And that’s what I did. I had a giveaway as part of my birthday party; I said goodbye to my high heel shoes (worn only 1X), my vases, my prints, necklaces, bracelets, scarves, candles. Everybody at my party received a gift of their own choosing and I felt like Oprah at the part of her show when she gives gifts to her audience. And my bedroom has all this lovely space. It is so peaceful. So serene. So restful. Tip: When you drop off your donations at Goodwill….Do not, I repeat do not go inside; just to look around (especially if you are with your daughter).

Diane I. Vendiola, Swinomish tribal elder, is a regular contributor to the qyuuqs (Kee Yoks), continues to serve the tribe in her retirement, and is a loving grandmother.

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Planning: Developing Health Indicators, Part 4 CEREMONIAL USE is the third health indicator we discussed with Swinomish participants at the July Focus Group meeting. Ceremonial Use shows how closely connected food and other local natural resources are to the cultural and spiritual health of the community. In other words, is the community able to enact cultural traditions in a respectful and meaningful way? The comments and thoughts listed below are from tribal participants. Gatherings & Ceremonies “At community dinners there is never enough salmon—younger ones don’t get any. “ “The next famous Indian food will be spaghetti!” (Lots of nodding heads in agreement.)

Give Thanks “Individuals used to pray for the person who brought you fish, now we only have the Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony, we don’t give thanks to individual fishers anymore (this has negative repercussions).” Feeding the Spirit “The only time many get fish now is at funerals and often only for the elders.” Also part of feeding the spirit is passing on knowledge/wisdom (connected to education). The current health of Ceremonial Use Participants used small hand held polling devices to rank their responses on a scale of 1-5. The charts below show how responses were tabulated. Gatherings & Ceremonies: On a scale of 1-5, are gatherings able to get as much local traditional-natural resources as needed?

Give Thanks: On a scale of 1-5, are local natural resources collected in the proper way, according to the Teachings?

Feeding the Spirit: On a scale of 1-5, is everyone in the community able to “feed the spirit” – satisfy their spiritual cravings – with the resources currently available?

If you have questions or comments about the Health Indicator Series of articles, please email Jamie Donatuto: jdonatuto@swinomish.nsn or Myk or call 466-1532.

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Being Frank Tribes Call for Fish Consumption Rate Action By Billy Frank, Jr., Chairman NWIFC

OLYMPIA – Treaty Indian tribes in western Washington are calling on governor-elect Jay Inslee to reset the process of updating the state’s unrealistic fish consumption rate that is supposed to protect us from long-term exposure to poisons in our waters. The fish consumption rate is important because it is one of the factors that the state uses to determine how much toxic pollution that industry is allowed to discharge in our waters. Updating the current rate will help reduce levels of more than 100 pollutants that can make us sick and even kill us over time. For us tribes, pollution denies our treaty rights because those rights depend on fish and

most of us eat more than one seafood meal a month. This is especially true for Indian people and members of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities here in Washington. In fact, Washington uses one of the lowest fish consumption rates to set pollution standards, but has one of the highest fish-consuming populations in the nation. Instead of fighting development of a more accurate fish consumption rate, business and industry could be leading the effort to protect human health in this state. Weyerhaeuser, for example, stepped forward in the mid1980s to help lead the process that reformed forest prac-

“Instead of fighting development of a more accurate fish consumption rate, business and industry could be leading the effort to protect human health in this state.” shellfish being safe to eat. The state Department of Ecology promised more than a year ago to develop a more accurate rate, but halfway through the process did an about-face. All it took was for business and industry lobbyists to voice some concerns to stop development of the new rate dead in its tracks. Tribes across the state have rejected Ecology’s proposed new roundtable approach to revise the rate because it does not offer a clear, decisive path forward in a government-to-government framework. In the meantime, tribes have begun talks with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help address the problem. The state says that 6.5 grams daily — roughly a single 8-ounce serving per month — is how much fish and shellfish that we all eat. That standard has been in place for more than 20 years. Oregon’s rate, by comparison, was recently increased to 175 grams a day. We think the people of Washington deserve at least that much protection from pollution. The state acknowledges that the current rate does not protect the majority of Washington residents because

tices in Washington. The resulting agreement — the work of tribes, environmental groups, the timber industry and state government — brought protection to fish and wildlife habitat on private timberlands while also ensuring a healthy future for the timber industry. We stand ready to work with state government, business, environmental groups and others to find a way forward in developing and implementing a more truthful fish consumption rate. We all want a strong economy, but not at the expense of human health or the environment on which we all depend. I urge our new governor and other elected officials to provide the leadership needed to do what’s right and require Ecology to establish a more accurate fish consumption rate in Washington. The health of every one of us who lives here hangs in the balance. Contact: Tony Meyer or Emmett O’Connell (360) 438-1180,

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Archives: A History of Education in the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

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Swinomish Youth Center Special points of interest: 

Jan. 1,13 Youth Ctr Closed Observe New Years Day


Jan. 21, 13 Youth Ctr Closed Observe Martin Luther King Day

High School Youth Group High School Youth Group will meet every Wednesday from 5:30 - 7 PM for the month of January. Their planned meetings will involve guest speakers such as Aunt Neah & Merla Martin who will conduct family tree sessions, along with ice breakers and prevention topics that will consist of drug awareness and healthy relationships.

The coordinated High Risk Friday night outings will be the following: Jan. 4, Cosmic Bowling Jan. 10, Indian Taco Fundraiser

Jan. 10 look for more info Indian Taco Fundraiser High School group are excited about service learning projects

H/S & M/S

Jan. 11, Chief Seattle Club to volunteer and participate in a talking circle, facilitated by Ray A. Williams Jan. 18 TBA Jan. 25, Night out at the movies

Youth group

H/S Cosmic Bowling


H/S Ind Taco Fundraiser


H/S Chief Seattle Club




H/S Movies


M/S Pacific Science Ctr


M/S Silvertips 11 Game

M/S Movies


M/S UW 25 Women’s B’Ball Game

Middle School Youth Group Middle School Youth Group will meet every Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 PM for the month of January. Youth group will be moving to more healthy communication topics and ways to establish common ground. The Middle School outings are as follows:

Jan. 5, Tutankhamun: The Golden King & The Great Pharaohs @ Pacific Science Center Jan. 11, Western Hockey League (WHL) Everett Silvertips vs Victoria Jan. 18 Night out at the movies Jan. 25, UW Women’s Basketball Game, UW vs Oregon State

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Education: Fall Quarter Leads to Success in Education By Art Billy Jr. Edited by qyuuqs staff Well, the fall quarter has come to a close. I am very proud to say that I will finish my algebra class with an 'A' and my English class with no less than a 'C'. I was scared about going to back to school since it has been so long since my premature departure from high school, but I am glad and grateful for the opportunity that has been given to me. I hope that my hard work in education can help anyone else who is hesitant about going back to school. I used to tell myself that I would never go back because there was no need to. But I realized that I cannot expect my children to go of I never even tried to myself. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment every time I see good grades on my tests. I definitely did not make the decision to go back to school alone. Nor am I doing it on my own. There are a lot of people in my corner who believe in me and I greatly appreciate it. I hope one day that many more tribal members, if not all, will choose for themselves to go back to school because they can not only improve themselves, but also be apart of improving our tribe and help pave the way for generations to come. I will continue to do the best I can. If I slip, I plan to get right back up and keep putting one foot in front of the other until there is nowhere left to go. I would like to thank Tracy James and Ann Smock for recommending me to the scholarship committee. I also want to thank my loving fiancé Racheal Maurer for all of her encouragement and support. Thank you to my children, Caitlynn and Evan Billy for teaching me to try something that I have never done before. I also thank my mother and father, Karen and Leon John, for their love and support. As well, thank you to my sisters Alyse Sehlin and Erica John for setting such a good example. Though they are younger than I am, they attended college long before I ever dreamed of going myself. Further, I would like to thank the scholarship committee and the Swinomish tribe for your continued support of my educational goals. I promise that I will continue to work hard day in and day out to get the best grades possible. I am also thankful for the large amount of help that Mary Ellen Cayou provides me to make sure that all my paperwork gets filled out correctly and taken care of in a timely manner. Lastly, I would like to thank Dr. Kathy Shoop, my high school English teacher, who has been a great help to me. Also, congratulations to Tracy James for getting her Master’s degree. This was a big inspiration to me. Thank you again everyone. I am thankful to all of those who stand behind me spokenly or unspokenly. ~Skalikem~ (Arthur R. BillyJr.)

Art Billy with daughter, Caitlyn Irene Billy, age 10 and in the 4th grade.—Photo courtesy of Art Billy

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Baby’s First Christmas!

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Baby’s First Christmas!

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swedebs ~ Community Arts

Shape By Jean Clark 11-1-12

Shape By Jean Clark 11-14-12

“Made up in art class. I was inspired by my art teacher. Art is my favorite class. Art is my passion. I love art. Art inspires me.” Jean Clark

From the SWEEC Preschool! Submitted by Jenny Mortenson Photo of Senator wa lee hub (Kevin Paul)

Wow! December was a busy month at the at the 2012 Clam Bake.—Photo courtesy of Karen Wolf preschool. The 4/5 year olds worked hard on both their David Mattison Yellow Books, (a writing program for young children that is also used in La Conner Elemenetary) and with writing letters of the alphabet and their nameswith the Handwriting Without Tears program. The 3/4 year olds have been learning all about shapes and how they can be put together to make pictures, and how they can be used in art projects. The 3/4's are also in the middle of a nursery rhyme unit that will be carried out through the school year.

Photos courtesy Jenny Mortenson

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To all Swinomish Tribal Elders who are 55 and older: *On Mondays: Leave at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm, To transport Elders up to Walmart for shopping.

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Lori Ann Cayou Swinomish Elder’s Case Worker My Office is at the Senior Center Office phone: 360-4667374 or cell 360-391-5737

*Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday’s: From 11:00 am to 1:00 pm - transport any Elders to & from Senior Center for lunch. *Wednesday: In the am - visit the Elders in Nursing homes. **For any other Transporting: Visit or call my office 466-7374 to schedule appointment:  Then I need at least 24 hrs notice prior appointment.  Need information of: who, where, when, and time (of how long I will be).  No appointment to be schedule between 11:00 am - 1:00 pm everyday.  First come, first serve basis depending on schedule.

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Lushootseed Lanuage:


Look Around.







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Swinomish Behavioral Health: ENERGY DRINKS & TEEN DEATHS  Melts enamel of teeth (High acid content)





 Energy drinks have caffeine and other ingredients and are


said to increase stamina, boost performance and give extra energy

 5 Hour Energy Drinks – linked to 13 deaths (not necessarily

Sports drinks are designed to replenish fluids lost during activity, contain water, electrolytes and sugar.

the cause of death) from KIRO 7 TV news broadcast on 11/15/12 5 people have died from Monster Energy drinks over past 3 years (from FDA report) and there have been 37 adverse reactions since 2004 (now FDA considering putting caffeine limits on makers of energy drinks-from New Jersey Oct. 25, 2012) WHY? (CONTENTS of ENERGY DRINKS)

 Caffeine (no amount listed on label)  Amino Acids (ie., taurine which has caffeine potentiating





AUSTRALIA Banned 5 energy drinks on basis of caffeine content>320 mg/L CANADA Restricts/ requires warning labels, recommends a maximum daily consumption amount, advises against mixing alcohol, ha s been doing research

effect & also affects calcium in smooth muscle that may cause coronary vasospasm)


 Vitamins

GERMANY 11-16 German states banned Red Bull because of trace amount of cocaine

 Herbal supplements (ie., guarana, a plant that contains caf-

NORWAY macies

feine, theobromine, theophylline) Sugars & Sweeteners ***Additional amounts of caffeine through additives including guarana, kola nut, yerba mate and cocoa. HOW DO ENERGY (STIMULANTS)



 Increased Heart Rate, causes palpitations (ER visits)  Cardiac Arrest  Masks alcohol, increase in alcohol poisoning


Prohibits energy drinks entirely

Energy drinks can be sold only in phar-

SWEDEN Sales to children <15 are banned; warning labels about consuming high caffeine after exercise and mixing energy drinks with alcohol are also present TURKEY

Ban on all high caffeine energy drinks


Prohibits energy drinks entirely

(From Pediatrics Volume 127, Number 3, March 2011 pg 521 Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics)

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Office of Tribal Attorney: Marijuana Still Illegal on Reservation Submitted by the Swinomish Office of Tribal Attorney Recent changes to Washington State law have resulted in the legalization of limited amounts of marijuana by a person age 21 or over. However, Tribal law regarding marijuana has not changed: marijuana remains illegal under both Tribal and Federal law. Possession of any amount of marijuana, marijuana-infused products, or marijuana paraphernalia is a crime punishable by jail time and a fine. While under State law, the amount of marijuana possessed may determine whether possession is legal or illegal, marijuana in any amount is illegal at SITC. “Medical marijuana authorizations” remain un-recognized under Tribal or Federal law. Possession of marijuana, even with a medical marijuana authorization, is illegal on the reservation. Tribal employees may be tested for marijuana (or any other illegal drug) use. If marijuana or any other illegal drug is detected, the Tribe’s drug policy will apply and disciplinary action may be taken. A vehicle that is transporting marijuana (or any other illegal drug), or is transporting a person who is carrying marijuana (or any other illegal drug), may be seized and forfeited. The interest of any legal owner(s) of that vehicle will be forfeited to SITC. In sum – possession of any amount of marijuana or its paraphernalia is still a crime on the SITC Reservation and is punishable by jail time and a fine.

Kay recently in Rome at the Holy Door.I— Photo courtesy Darlene Peters

Congratulations to Kay Knott! She has reached and surpassed her weight loss goal.102 pounds in 8 months!

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Swinomish Employees Celebrate the Completion of Another Year

—Submitted by qyuuqs Staff. Holiday Cheer was present at the annual SITC Employee Christmas Party held on December 14, 2012 at the Wa Walton Event Center in the Swinomish Lodge. Approximately 200 SITC employees and guests gathered to celebrate the closing of 2012. Participants in the event enjoyed a live band, a generous dinner and tried their luck in winning one of the many raffle prizes offered. One of the highlights of the evening was the awarding of Mary Ellen Cayou the title of Employee of the Year. The award was presented by Marlo Quintasket who read a statement by John Stephens who was not able to attend. Mary Ellen was first represented by her son, Fred Cayou, and then spoke for herself in a very heartfelt manner on her love of working for the Swinomish Community. Congratulations to Mary Ellen for all your hard work!

—Unless otherwise noted, all photos by qyuuqs

—Photo courtesy Stephanie Bailey

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Native Business:

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Focus on Working Capital, a Rite of Passage

Working capital equals current assets minus current liabilities and is important because positive working capital is necessary to run a business successfully. Without positive working capital, where more cash enters the business than leaves, a business will die. Current assets are things a business possesses that are or can be turned into cash within a year or less. Examples are cash, marketable securities, bonds, accounts receivable, inventories, and equipment. Accounts receivable are a result of sales and a list of clients that have received a business’s product or service and promised to pay for it at a later time; usually within 30 to 60 days from receipt of the product or service. Current liabilities are things a business must pay in one year or less. Examples are accounts payable to vendors, labor, rent, utilities, lines of credit, and other debt payments due within a year. Accounts payable is a list of vendors the business owes for raw goods, materials, and other items necessary to deliver their products and services for sale. Often, an entrepreneur will plunge into business because they are passionate and or good at something. This is a strong start but sometimes the management skill necessary to facilitate healthy fiscal outcomes is secondary to follow. A business owner’s job is to manage the cash of their business first, then, if there is a business reason, pay vendors early; an important balance. It is common for strains on cash to occur as a company tries to grow because dollars are needed for a lot of things like payroll, owner salary to keep his/her personal bills current, rent, taxes, utilities, marketing, funding new sales opportunities, acquiring machinery, and inventory. All of these items require cash. A less

experienced business person might put the majority of their focus upon paying people. This is a mistake. A business owner must concentrate on making sales and collecting those sales. One of my favorite Jim Stanley things to hear from a client is when talking about accounts receivable on sales made to customers is, “That is my money. If I do not collect it, I have nothing. Nobody pays me a salary.” Again, I love to hear those words because cash from collections can be used to stay in business by satisfying ongoing obligations to third parties and compensating the business owner for their time and effort. It is remarkable that a large percentage of businesses fail before having the chance to begin. The main culprit is understanding a business’s working capital need. In a perfect world, everyone wanting to start a business should figure out their cash needs for the first year or two and one of two things would happen. One, they would be successful faster knowing when and where to begin as critical factors lined up. And two, many business failures would be prevented as an entrepreneur decides to not jump into a particular business. -Sometimes a person is better off as an employee. I can say this because, many times over, I have seen the ups and downs of owning a business.

Jim Stanley is a Quinault Tribal member and contributes his experience through writing for the betterment of Native People. To reach Jim for comment or free access to more business knowledge, go to

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Sports: Swinomish Fitness Center Sponsors Fitness Challenge 2013 SWINOMISH BIGGEST LOSER RULES DURATION The 2013 Biggest Loser Challenge will officially start on Tuesday January 15th, 2013 and Run for 8 weeks ending on Tuesday March 12, 2013.

TEAMS Contestants will form teams of 3 people, We encourage teams, but if you can not find a team then you may enter as a INDIVIDUAL. There will be 2 separate buy in pots. WEIGH IN Each contestant must do an initial weigh in on or after Tuesday January 15, 2013 and each contestant must do a final weigh in by 3 PM Thursday March 12, 2013. Contestants are highly encouraged to weigh in each TUESDAY during the 8 week challenge. SCORING Percent of weight lost rather than pounds lost will be used to determine the Biggest Loser. Percent of weight lost gives smaller contestants an equal chance of winning as bigger contestants. Percent of weight

lost will be calculated by subtracting the final weight from the initial weight and dividing that difference by the initial weight for each team member. The team’s percent of weight lost will be the sum of all the team member’s percent of weight lost. This sum of the teams member’s percent of weight lost will the number that determines the winning team. ENTRY FEE Each Biggest Loser contestant will pay a $20.00 entry fee at the time of their initial weigh in. If one member of a team fails to pay the entry fee, that individuals percent of weight lost will not be counted toward the team total thus diminishing that teams chance of winning. PRIZES The team with the highest combined total of percent of weight lost will b e awarded all of the entry fee money. In addition, any contestant who weighs in weekly for the entire ten weeks of the challenge and has a weight lose of 4% or more as of the final weigh in will receive a $30.00 gift certificate.

SIGN UP BEGINS MONDAY JANUARY 7th, In the FITNESS CENTER If you have any questions Call 466-3151 or email

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Co2 Co2

Sea Level Rise

Co2 Coal

Oil Co2






Co2 Temperature Increase

Natural Gas Burning Fossil Fuels Creates Green House Gases

Temperature Increase Causes the Earth’s Sea Level to Rise.

Salmon, a Keystone Species is at great risk because of increased oceanic temperatures.

Lone Tree Point , and Kiket Island are at risk of inundation and storm surge resulting from Sea Level

As the growing change in climate is underway, greenhouse gases are trapping heat in the Earth’s atmosphere causing temperature increase. Many scientists agree that human’s have been responsible for the recent rise in greenhouse gases for the past century. Because of temperature increase the Earth’s sea level is rising causing more stress on coastal areas. Saltwater encroachment into rivers and aquifers is threatening the coastal estuarine ecosystems. How will sea level rise effect the coastal waters around Swinomish? The Swinomish Tribe, along with most Coast Salish tribes depend on the natural resources in areas of traditional tribal harvest. “Beach seining sites and shellfish beds along the west shore of the Reservation, areas of traditional tribal harvest, are at significant risk of permanent inundation and potential loss. Important “keystone” species such as shellfish and salmon are at risk of high levels of contamination from algal blooms and other diseases that may be exacerbated by increased temperature and other changes.” (SITC Climate Change Initiative Impact Assessment Technical Report). “Inundation from sea level rise and storm surges poses potentially major impacts on coastal resources for both natural resources/habitat and shoreline development.

Assessing and adapting to Climate Change is key to knowing the potential risks and vulnerabilities related to the climate change effects.

Natural resources and habitat at risk include existing shorelines and beaches along steeper bluffs; a number of estuarine wetlands and pocket estuaries such as Lone Tree Point and along the Swinomish Channel, including eel grass habitat used by forage fish; and tribal shellfish beds along the western shore of the Reservation, such as near Lone Tree Point and Kiket Island.” (SITC Climate Change Adaption Action Plan). The shoreline impacts associated with sea level

Learn- rise are: ing how and  Increasing soil inundation. starting to  Storm-tidal surge flooding. adapt with this  Increase saltwater encroachment into plan to temcoastal rivers and aquifers. perature in Water quality problems. crease and its  Shoreline protection such as bulkheads aftermath is prevent tidal wetlands from migrating what Swi landward with rising sea level. nomish is preparing for. These significant changes along the coasts effect the natural resources and with the SITC Climate Change Initiative Technical Reports they can help to minimize the impacts associated with sea level rise and increased temperatures.

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Happy 14th Birthday Liz!!! I Miss You So Much! Love Auntie Caroline

Happy 19th Birthday Madeline Cayou February 1st

Congratulations to

Love Mom & Family!

Happy New Year’s & Happy Birthday!!

Swinomish Women Infant & Children Nutrition Program Health education and monthly food services for:  Pregnant, Breastfeeding & Postpartum Women  Infants  Children under 5 years Family placement & foster caregivers can apply Call 466-3167

Michelle J. Vendiola On completing her Master’s In Education, Student Affairs Administration With Love, Michael, Michaela, Melchor, & the rest of the family!

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, mix oats, cereal, nuts, sugar, salt and cinnamon. In a saucepan, warm oil and honey. Stir in vanilla. Carefully pour warm liquid over oat mixture. Stir gently with spoon until mixture is evenly coated.


Spread granola onto a large cookie sheet. Bake 40 minutes, stirring carefully every 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely. Stir in dried fruit. Store in airtight container

1/2 tsp cinnamon

4 cups old fashion oatmeal 1 cup Cheerios 1/2 cup chopped nuts 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup honey 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup dried fruit

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 10—SITC General Election and


General Council Mtg.


 14—Valentine’s Day

 01—New Year’s Day

 18—Presidents Day, SITC Offices

 02—SITC reopens from Holiday break.

 14—Martin Luther King Jr. Day, SITC Office Closed

 18—Treaty Day Celebration  23—Community Dinner, 6pm, Swinomish Youth Ctr.


MARCH  17—St. Patrick’s Day  31—Easter

APRIL  01-April Fool’s Day


 27—Memorial Day, SITC Offices Closed

JUNE JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER *Please submit important dates to the qyuuqs! *Bolded text denotes Swinomish Community event.

 15—Tax Day

 02—Groundhog Day


 22—Earth Day

Swinomish Casino & Lodge: JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS Excellent benefit package* includes quarterly cash incentive, EAP and 401(k) w/ match for all staff; medical, dental, vision and term life insurance as well as paid holidays and paid time off for full time staff (*must meet required time in service before eligible). All positions require a criminal background check and approval of a gaming license from Swinomish Gaming Commission. In addition, a high school diploma or equivalent is required to be considered for employment. Pre-employment drug testing will be conducted upon acceptance of a position. Applications for positions not currently being recruited are gladly accepted and will be kept on active file for 90 days. Email Applications to Mail or bring to: 12885 Casino Dr. Anacortes, WA 98221 Fax 360-299-1677

RESTAURANT MANAGER*- 1 FT 13 Moons Open until filled HOST/CASHIER*- 1 PT Open until filled

Two Salmon Café

COCKTAIL SERVER* – 1FT 3 PT 1 on-call Varied $8.00/hr Open until filled DELI COOK/CLERK- 2 PT ROOM ATTENDANT – 2 FT, 3 PT Open until filled

CUSTODIAN – 1 OC Open until filled. HEAVY DUTY 1 – 3 OC Open until filled. CAGE CASHIER – 1 FT

Open Until Filled

GRAPHIC ARTIST – 1 PT Closing Date: Open Until Filled

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To place a free ad please contact the qyuuqs at

Carvings and Prints for sale by Frank Campbell 360-333-2796 or 360-399-1043

NAMAPAHH First People's Radio is hosted and produced by Robin Carneen, an enrolled member of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, in La Conner, WA. Topics include-Native American news, views & music & you can listen online at (archives too!): namapahh_radio

NORTH INTERTRIBAL VOCATIONAL REH BILITATION PROGRAM (NIVRP) Helps people with Disabilities get or keep a job Mondays and Tuesdays 10-3:00 Swinomish: 360-466-1343 Bellingham NIVRP: 360-671-7626

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qyuuqs - January 2013 Volume 47, Issue 1