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March 2014

Volume 48 Issue 03

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“Knitting Dollars and Cents”: The Everyday Handwork of Swinomish Women By Theresa L. Trebon

waQwaQus (WAK-WAKoos) Moon When Frog Talks

“Late February/March is when the “moon when frog talks,” signaling the coming of spring. This is the time for harvesting herring and smelt. Herring are prepared in many ways— whole herring are threaded onto green twigs and dried, herring oil is collected and used to season food, and the roe is also eaten. Herring roe in the tidelands attracts flocks of ducks and snow geese. Ducks are valued as a source of grease, which is collected when the duck is cooked over an open-spit fire, the duck oil dripping into an open clamshell. During this moon and through the next two moons halibut fishing starts, but the seas are still rough so activities are more focused on hunting elk and deer. The roots of Sitka spruce, red cedar, and Oregon grape are collected for the inner bark, which is split and bundled for later use in making and dyeing baskets. Edible plants are also collected—the bark of serviceberry, giant horsetail shoots, and tiger lily bulbs are dug up to eat raw or boiled. In freshwater marshlands, the cattail roots are dug and boiled or dried., then pulverized into flour. Sting nettles are also collected, and the leaves cooked for tea. 13 Moons: The 13 Lunar Phases, And How They Guide the Swinomish People. By swelitub (Todd A. Mitchell) & Jamie L. Donatuto

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qyuuqs News An official publication

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The deadline to submit to the qyuuqs is the 15th of every month or nearest business day.



22 | Feature: American Indian Lobby Day

04 | Bulletin Board

23 | Senior Lunch Menu

05 | From the qyuuqs Editor

24 | Wellness


06-07 | General Council

27 | Dental and Medical Clinic Articles

spee pots (Brian Cladoosby) Vice Chair: ya-qua-leouse (Brian Porter) Secretary: Sapelia (Sophie Bailey) Treasurer: Taleq tale II (Barbara James) General Manager: tuk tuk luus (Allan Olson)

08 | Obituaries

28 | Native Business: Business Lifecycle

09 | SITC to Host Canoe Journey Mtg.

29 | Police Department

10-11 | Upcoming Events

30 | NWIC

12-13 | Records and Archive

31 | Dept. of Environ. Protection Article

14 | Mrs. V’s 2 Cents

32-33 | Learn about the newly formed De-

15 | General Council

partment of Environmental Protection

16 | Being Frank: Bill Cloud Lead to Justice...

34 | Free 13 Moons Calendar

17 | Community Dinner: Jan. & Feb.

35 | Tide Table

18 | Youth Center Calendar

36 | Birthdays—March

19 | Upcoming Education Dinner

38 | Community Calendar

20 | SHA & SUA

39 | Free Ads


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 Taleq tale II (Barbara James) SM OK O LO (Leon John) wa lee hub (Kevin Paul) ya-qua-leouse (Brian Porter) sOladated (Brian Wilbur) kani?ted (Tandy Wilbur)

qyuuqs News Advisory Committee Allan Olson John Stephens Tracy James Kevin Paul

qyuuqs News Mission The mission of the qyuuqs newspaper is to provide monthly communication to sw əd ə b š, 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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qyuuqs News 17337 Reservation Road La Conner, WA 98257 360-466-7258 Fax 466-1632 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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Chairman’s Message:

Chairman spee pots

It is a wonderful honor to celebrate another year of Tribal prosperity with you, and it is yet another to be your Chairman.

There is no greater feeling than to be here with you all, standing side-by-side, arm-inarm. Most of you know me as “Brian”— net in hand and salmon on board, with Dad and Uncle drifting just down river from me. This is where I am most content and where my strength comes from, a constant reminder of who I am and where I come from—the great Swinomish Tribe.

recognize the Tribe’s recent property purchases totaling 255 acres of original reserve as declared in the Treaty of Point Elliott. We sealed the deal on the same calendar day the land was taken from us in 1873. We have purchased back approximately 1000 acres in the past decade! Our success stories reach from the earliest of education to the highest as we continue to advocate education for all Tribal Members. We have one of the best early education programs in Skagit County, and perhaps the state, thanks to the hard work and dedication of many. It is assuring to know we wholeheartedly prepare our youth for further development and success as they advance into our public and private school systems.

treatment; health services for Members who suffer from the impacts of abuse; the Swinomish Police Department; and Community rehabilitation facilities and job training. We are proud of our Tribal Members who choose to take the road to recovery. It is important for us to stand by our loved ones who have become humbled and are ready to face their demons. We can win this battle! We built over 35 homes throughout the past five years so Tribal Members have the opportunity to return home and have a place they call their own. Financial programs are now available to assist those looking to own a home and want safe, drug-free living for their families. We continue to work with the

“Visiting with tribal nations across the country and learning about their admiration for us throughout the years has been nothing short of incredible. They compliment our Senators and governmental stability, the strength and commitment we pass from generation to generation, and our attention to treaty protection.” Visiting with tribal nations across the country and learning about their admiration for us throughout the years has been nothing short of incredible. They compliment our Senators and governmental stability, the strength and commitment we pass from generation to generation, and our attention to treaty protection. With this said I will share some important notes from General Council as they continue into 2014 working towards making your ideas of a better Community come to fruition and ensuring that our health, safety, economic, cultural, and treaty rights are sustained and protected. Our long-term ambition is to have the land and shorelines that were once part of our original reservation in our control once again. This is why it is important to

We started para-pro programs in La Connor schools and our Tribal after-school program two years ago. Hiring staff with top-notch skills and ensuring these educators receive cultural sensitivity guidance from the Swinomish Educational Department makes this program shine with positive outcomes. For our higher education and vocational students we offer full scholarships that include tuition, books, and fees. We have 64 Tribal Members currently pursuing their educational goals because this important program exists. The impact of drugs and alcohol is a serious and ongoing concern. Our Senators and Tribal government stand behind continued investment into programs and services. Our current reach extends to support drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs; Suboxone

Swinomish Housing Authority to identify needs that range from home repair to new home building. On a final and exciting note, President Obama and First Lady Michelle invited my wife Nina and me to the White House for a special dinner event honoring the President of France. As President of the National Congress of American Indians it was quite an honor for us to not only represent the Swinomish Tribe but all of Indian Country as well. I was able to present the President of France with a beaded pendant of his country's flag. He was very appreciative of the gesture and personally thanked us at the end of the evening. Thank you for believing in me and the leadership of our Senators as we strive to serve you. May the Creator bless you all.

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Senate Phone Numbers: Listed below are the Senate phone numbers to use when you need to contact them. NAME


spee pots, Brian Cladoosby



ya-qua-leouse, Brian Porter

Vice Chairman


sapelia, Sophie Bailey



Taleq tale II, Barb James



pay a huxton, Chester Cayou Jr.


cha das cud II, Glen Edwards


yal le ka but, Steve Edwards


SM OK O LO, Leon John


wa lee hub, Kevin Paul


sOladated, Brian Wilbur


kani?ted, Tandy Wilbur


Social Services: Relocation Guide Update February 20, 2014 - Due to complications with roof construction, the Social Services building will be closed until further notice. Please find details about staff and services relocations below (location and contact details will be updated as necessary). In general, all staff email contacts are functional. Social Services Administration Reception: Candace Casey | Youth Center Computer Lab Contact:: (306) 982-8584 Social Services Administration - Director: John Stephens | Youth Center - Computer Lab Contact: Ask for John at the front desk or coordinate with Mary Ellen (see listing below) Social Services Administration - Administrative Assistant: Mary Ellen Cayou | Youth Center Computer Lab Contact: Ask for Mary at the front desk or call (360) 982-8637 Childcare and Infants/Waddlers staff | Lop-Che-Ahl Susan E. Wilbur Early Education Center Compliance and Elder Caregiver Support: Beverly Peters | Spiritual Center (Upstairs offices) Contact: (360) 982-8793 Counseling Services: Diana Lowry & Shirley Swanson | Drop by trailer on Avenue A, 2nd house on left or contact Medical Clinic to leave a message Lorinda Connelly | House of Healing facility Russ Hardison (Thurs - Spiritual Center, Upstairs

offices) Cultural Department: Aurelia Washington Contact: (360)853-6376

Tribal Court: Court staff will be working remotely from home much of the time and will be having court in the Senate Room one day per week (Wednesdays)

Family Services: Tracey Parker and Sophie Bailey Youth Center | Recreation Office Contact: Ask for Tracey and Sophie at the Youth Center front desk or call Tracey (360) 466-7222 | Sophie (360) 466-7214

Tribal Court - Court Clerks: Kathy Whitney & Blaire Page | Spiritual Center (Downstairs offices) Contact: Kathy (360) 982.1510 | Blair (360) 982-1510

Grants Manager: Marlo Quintasket | Youth Center Computer Lab Contact: Ask for Marlo at the front desk Life Skills: Janet Wilbur | Youth Center - Computer Lab Contact: (360) 391-3431 or Patient Registration Billing Office (PRBO): Jessica Grossglass, Kathy Boomer, Jessica Ortiz, Jennifer Martin Youth Center - Sewing Room Contact: Ask for PRBO at the front desk or call (360) 982-8542 | (360) 9828548 Prosecuting Attorney's Office: Jordan Wallace and Jolyn Deans | Administration Building at the Office of Tribal Attorney Contact: Jordan - | Jolyn

Tribal Court - Probation Officer: Pat Lujan | Spiritual Center (Upstairs offices) Contact: (360) 982-8818 Tribal Court - Tribal Advocate: Dennis Scott | Spiritual Center (Clients as scheduled - Upstairs offices) Life Skills Counselor: Robin Carneen | Housing Authority Swinomish Communications & qyuuqs | Office of Planning and Community Development Contact: Wellness | 11179 Swinomish Ave. La Conner, WA 98257 Contact: (360)466-1024 or (360)770-0161 Intertribal Vocational Rehabilitation (IVR): Gretchen Gahan (Tues/Wed - Spiritual Center, Upstairs offices)

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Office of Prosecuting Attorney: Inmate Funeral Furlough Policy SENATE ADOPTS INMATE FUNERAL FURLOUGH POLICY On 2/4/2014, the Senate unanimously adopted a bright-line rule for defendants who are in custody and request release to attend a funeral. In general, an individual held in custody by the Swinomish Tribal Court may not be released from custody to attend a funeral or related services. However, an individual may be released to attend a funeral service and burial only (approximately 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) if the inmate is a spouse, parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, or sibling of the decedent. To ascertain the relationship between the inmate and the decedent, the Prosecutor may consult with the Cultural Events Department Head, who will consult with the Senate Executive Committee. Additionally, the inmate shall only be released to Swinomish Police Department custody and must pay $500 to the Swinomish Tribe prior to release. An inmate may not be released to attend a memorial service.

The amended code is available for review on our website at Paper copies are available for review at the Tribal Clerk's office and from the Office of the Tribal Attorney, the Social Services and Planning Departments, and the Senate’s Executive Assistant.

From the qyuuqs Editor: Michael M. Vendiola Welcome to the March issue of qyuuqs News! We are delighted to bring you another issue! Also, we are very excited to announce a new design for the qyuuqs News is coming forward soon!

Northwest tribes entitlement to 50% of harvestable fish. We are very fortunate to have Native leaders like Billy Frank Jr. who have invested their lives to the preservation of tribal cultures.

In these pages we have elder Billy Frank Jr. writing on the very important topic of House Bill 2080, a symbolic and important bill that will exonerate the records of tribal fishermen who were seeking to do what they have traditionally done in waters they were accustomed to fishing.

We are also very proud to recognize the accomplishment of Swinomish tribal member, Val Lockrem, who successfully completed the Washington State Police Academy, the first tribal member to do so. Her leadership will serve as a tremendous model for future tribal members who may want to enter the law enforcement field.

At the time of this writing Billy is hosting a gathering at Suquamish to recognize the importance of a court case nicknamed the ‘Judge Boldt Decision’ in which Boldt recognized

Also in this issue, we feature photos from a recent collaboration between the Tribe, Department of Natural Resources, and the Washington

Conservation Corp who worked over a few days to clean up areas adjacent to McGlinn Island. Our regular contributors continue with generous contributions in this issue and new contributors are in the works. We hope you enjoy this issue of the qyuuqs News and we welcome feedback. In the future we will embark in a new community survey to seek your feedback on the publication. Thank you for your continued readership! dahadubs

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Obituaries: Debra Marie (Debbie) Fernando (1961-2014) My mother was a kind, loving, sassy individual who showed the utmost character, spent her days devoted to her family, and treated everyone with respect, honesty and compassion. Her community was strong, having called Anacortes and La Conner home, the network and connections she built will last an eternity throughout the Skagit County and beyond. Debbie was born in Anacortes, WA on February 25th, 1961 to Bert Baird and Shirley Wilbur and departed us, surrounded by family and friends, on January 13th, 2014 at the youthful age of 52 in Seattle, WA. She had a plethora of interests ranging from horseback riding, gardening, commercial fishing, volunteering, Tribal cultural events, clam digging, thrift store rummaging, loving nature and all of it's offerings and beach combing. Many are familiar with Debbie from her time at Safeway in Anacortes. She established lifelong relationships with her fellow employees, customers and many from the community. She took pride in taking an interest in others and trying to do whatever she could to brighten their day. Debbie also worked early on for Visiting Angels, the Swinomish Tribal Police, Owner of Salish Fish Co. and most recently for the Swinomish Tribal Gaming Commission. She is survived by her loving husband of 33 years, David Fernando of La Conner, WA; her son Lane Fernando and his wife Marcelle of La Conner, WA; her parents Bert Baird and Shirley Wilbur of La Conner, WA; her sister Nancy Wilbur of La Conner, WA; grandson James Fernando of Seattle, WA and many more family throughout Washington and the United States. Debbie was an exceptional daughter, best friend, loving mother, devoted and caring wife and life companion. There's not enough words to express the brightness which was her, always think fondly in remembrance, smile at the adventures and generosity that encompassed her life, and live up to the mark of human nature that she so well displayed and represented. I love you Mom, thank you for making me the man I am. Arrangements are under the care of Kern Funeral Home of Mount Vernon. Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Jan. 16, 2014

Amelia Rae John (1993-2013) sha-sha-bu-tu-keb Amelia Rae John was born on August 3, 1993 to Rodney “Jay” John Jr. and Jeanie (Topaum) John. Amelia went to be with our creator November 20, 2013. Amelia loved her family and friends dearly. Her time was always devoted to her family, especially her nieces and nephews. Amelia was raised in a very traditional way; she was always instrumental in her cultural activities. She loved the Big Drum, she danced traditional and Jingle Dress style. She also loved to play sports especially softball and volleyball. But more than that she loved to watch football; she was always a big Seahawks fan and you could guarantee that she would post something on Facebook after every play. She always took care of her brothers, she made sure that they had what they needed and that they always had something to eat. Amelia was very proud of her brother Allen for his football skills and would find a way to get to his LCHS games to support him. Amelia joined her family smokehouse in 2009 and was also baptized in the 1910 Shaker Church religion. Amelia had set goals to attend the Job Corp and join the United States Navy in the near future. Amelia will be greatly missed, for such a young person she touched many hearts from near and far. Amelia is preceded in death by her great grandparents Raymond and Emma Merian, Irene and David John, Lawrence and Agatha Edwards, Allie and Blossom Topaum. Grandfather Rodney John Sr. and Brother Jason Topaum. She is survived by her parents, sisters, and brothers Monica, Rodney III, Allen, River, and Winter Jay John. Anna, Mario and Aurelio Cruz, Daniel and Ayla Cayou. Grandparents Joe and Phyllis McCoy, Grover Sr. and Alice Topaum. God Parents Charles McCoy and Rebecca Villaluz. God Children Alicia, Kelly and Amy Topaum, Tyler Eagle Heart Charlie and Maylena Cayou. She is also survived by many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to everyone for the support and prayers they have received. “Thank you, Thank you”.

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Will Drafting and Estate Planning Services Available: Once again, the Center for Indian Law and Policy sponsored by the Seattle University School of Law will be available to Swinomish tribal members to handle their estate planning needs. This is a great opportunity for tribal members to protect their assets, to ensure that those assets will be passed down according to their wishes, to ensure that their wishes concerning end-of-life issues are respected. Best of all – IT’S FREE!! Who is eligible? All currently enrolled Swinomish tribal members living either on the Swinomish Reservation or in the Puget Sound area. This program will be administered on a first come, first serve basis; however preference will be given to Elders (age 55 or over), the infirm and those suffering from a life threatening condition. The Tribe has allocated $15,000 in 2014 to pay for the services provided tribal members under this program. Once the allocated amount has been reached, tribal members will be placed on a waiting list for the following year. Services include the drafting and execution of the following estate planning documents: Last Will and Testament Durable Power of Attorney for Finances Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare Health Care Directive (living will) The program will be offered throughout the year, not just during ten weeks in the summer as in past years. This will provide a greater opportunity for tribal members to take advantage of these services. Interested individuals should call Erica Wolf at the Center for Indian Law and Policy to schedule an appointment and assess your individual needs. Ms. Wolf can be reached at 206-398-4277 or by email at Depending upon circumstances, arrangements can be made for appointments to take place on the Reservation. DON’T LET THIS OPPORTUNITY PASS YOU BY. YOU OWE IT TO YOUR YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 Noon Lunch Followed by Meeting at the Community Youth Center 4:30pm Dinner Followed by Jam Session

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Wednesday, April 9th 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm The Community Youth Center

Workshops         For additional Information please call the Medical clinic (360)466-3167


Smoking Cessation/Tobacco Education Birth Control Suicide Prevention Bullying Skin Care Energy Drinks and effects on body Nutrition Fitness Dental

Mammograms, Physical Exams and Information for women of all ages!  Blood Pressure Check  Diabetes & Cholesterol Screenings  Height, Weight & Body Mass Index

Tuesday, May 6th 9:00 am-4:00 pm

 Mobile Mammogram Unit  Massage Therapy

Gift bags, Food, and Raffle items.

The Medical Clinic For more information please call the Medical Clinic (360)466-3167

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Wednesday April 9th 6:00 pm at the Community Youth Center All are welcome! Please come to enjoy dinner and pick up some info. There will be door prizes! For questions please call April James 360-399-1018 or Yoli Quevedo 360-466-3167

There will booths with information on:  Health  Domestic Violence  Sexual Assault  Chemical Dependency  Youth Prevention

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Records and Archive: “Knitting Dollars and Cents”: The Everyday Handwork of Swinomish Women By Theresa L. Trebon

Another March rolls around and with it comes Women’s History Month. This year, a two-part series pays tribute to the women of the Swinomish community who supported their families by spinning and knitting. These ladies did more than make sweaters and sox for their families: they operated their own knitting businesses to support their families as well. Native women always spun yarn to weave blankets, utilizing the hair of specially bred dogs as well as mountain goats. After entering the Salish Sea in 1792 the Vancouver Expedition noted that “ we saw (the Natives) at work on a kind of

coarse Blanket made of double twisted woolen Yarn & curiously wove by their fingers with great patience & ingenuity into various figures.” Several years John Scouler, an explorer with the Hudson’s Bay Company, wrote “The natives . . . show much ingenuity in manufacturing blankets from the hair of their dogs. On a little island a few miles from the coast they have a great number of white dogs which they feed regularly every day. From the wool of these dogs & the fibers of the Cypress they make a very strong blanket.” In 1847, Canadian artist Paul Kane recorded the image of one of these “wool dogs” in his painting of Clallam women weaving a blanket on upright loom; a woman spinning on a drop spindle may be seen behind the loom. Native women learned knitting, (a much different skill than handweaving), when non-Native settlement began at the Hudson’s Bay forts at Nisqually and the Fraser River. From the 1820s through the 1850s Native inhabitants from the Skagit country visited these forts to trade and saw herds of sheep being Clallam women weaving a blanket cultivated for wool and meat. It is Paul Kane - 1847 probable that Native women learned Courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum how to knit there, or from the Catholic missionaries who soon followed the fur traders, and they soon modified their traditional spinning skills to produce a firmer yarn spun just for knitting. When pioneer settlement commenced in the 1840s, Indian women found a ready market for their knitted goods. Although pioneer women knew how to spin and knit, they were too busy caring for their families, and helping to establish homes and farms, to tackle the laborious process of making handspun yarn into goods.

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Records and Archive: This is born out in an 1853 letter from Isaac Ebey on Whidbey Island to his brother, Winfield, in Missouri. In that letter Isaac advised Winfield on what goods to bring across the Oregon Trail: “There is one item you will have to bring across the plains and

that is good homemade woolen stockings and socks. No person thinks of spinning wool although it [is] cheap, not more than 25 cents per pound. Good homemade woolen socks are worth one dollar a pair.” By the early 1860s, Indian women were selling their wool sox in pioneer stores. As one early Coupeville settler recalled: “The Katie Barlow spinning yarn with drop spindle Penn Cove – c. 1910 Swinomish Tribal Archive

trade at the Coupeville store was largely with Indians, they bringing skins of various animals, the greater part being deer skins, also dog-fish oil, feathers and buckskin gloves, also wool socks, the knitting of which some of the women were very

expert.” As more settlers arrived, and logging and fishing industries began, Indian women’s production of handknit items accelerated as it offered a way to earn essential income for their families. A portable craft that did not take up the room of a full size loom, or the space needed to weave baskets, knitting fit the lifestyle of Indian women. It was easily picked up, set down, and resumed again, work that fit perfectly with caring for children, preparing food—or riding in a canoe long distances to go to food gathering places or visit family. The founding of Anacortes in 1890, with its countless lumber mills and fish canneries, created a ready market for the thick sturdy “fishermen sox” knit by nearby Swinomish women. Many of their men worked in the Anacortes canneries and women and children often accompanied them there and set up temporary living quarters. Fishermen, loggers, and cannery workers alike depended on these sox for warmth and comfort during long, cold, and often wet working hours. In 1902, the Tulalip Indian agent noted that “The making of woolen socks of coarse

hand-spun yarn has been for years one of the main industries of our Indian women.” But as we shall see in the next issue, the compensation for their work was not nearly enough.

For more on National Women’s History Month go to:

Mary Jim knitting sox on beach Coupeville - c. 1920 Swinomish Tribal Archive

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Mrs. V’s 2 cents!

Submitted by Diane I. Vendiola

At this moment in time we have the opportunity to work together to make a future Forty-two days into the New Year already! Jay Leno left the Tonight Show this last week. I was touched by his departure. It’s like a familiar face no longer in its familiar place and time. He brought laughter every weekday night for 22 years. I guess the time had come for him to go, time marches on. Jay Leno was born on April 28, 1950. He retired from his job as host of the Tonight Show at age 63. 63 years is a drop in the proverbial bucket. A drop in the bucket is a very small or unimportant amount comparable to a century (a hundred years). One hundred years ago, the first commercial airline flight took place, World War I started, wages jumped from $2.50 for a nine-hour working day to $5 for an eight-hour day. Back then, the Commissioner of Indian Affairs was the head of the Indian Office which was a part of the Department of the Interior. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) was created in 1824 to regulate contacts between Native Americans and settlers. Territorial governors often served as ex officio superintendents of Indian affairs, (Indian superintendents) and had a general responsibility for Indian affairs in a territory or other political region. In this capacity, they would help negotiate treaties and clear titles to land. A system of agencies was established under each superintendent where each agency was responsible for one or more tribes. In 1914, Cato Sells was appointed as Commissioner of Indian

non-Indian to own land on Affairs. Cato Sells, like most of the reservations, a fact which limited the people who had been appointed to value of the land to Indians (It this post had no prior experience reduced the market for it). with Indians, nor did he have any The process of allotment started particular interest in Indians. with the General Allotment Act of He tells the superintendents, “I 1887, and by 1934, two thirds of hold it to be an economic and social Indian land had converted to crime … to permit thousands of traditional private ownership (i.e. it acres of fertile land belonging to the was owned in fee simple) and most Indians and capable of great of that had been sold by its Indian industrial development to lie in allot tee. unproductive idleness.” The Indians who sold their land In 1914, a Filipino Unemployed (most received 80 acres) often did Association was founded by Filipinos for Filipinos in Hawaii, and not get much value for it, either getting a poor price or spending all Seattle's International District had been created. It was the only place in the cash they received. This left Indians as a class poor. the mainland U.S. where Chinese, In 1932, under FDR’s Japanese, Filipinos, African administration wages for Filipino Americans and Vietnamese settled farm laborers working in the grape together and built a neighborhood. harvest were raised from 5 or 10 Eighty-one years ago, Franklin cents an hour to 20 cents an hour. Delano Roosevelt was elected We have come a long way in a President of the United States. He signed the Indian Reorganization Act century. We hope that we can still go making it a law in 1934. His image is further in the future hundred years. Our ancestors contributed to the now at the top of our Swinomish totem pole. that we have. What we choose to do in the present will help to make or When the act passed, it was in unmake the future. the U.S. policy to eliminate Indian We still have water, air and reservations, dividing their territory and distributing it to individual fertile land left. At this moment in time we have the opportunity to Indians to own like every other work together to make a future person, in a process called similar to the present we have been "allotment." Before allotment, reservation fortunate enough to experience. It is what we want to leave behind for territory was not owned in the usual those who follow behind us. Our western sense. It was reserved for children, our children’s children; and the benefit of entire Indian tribes, those who will one day remember us with its benefits apportioned to tribe members according to tribal law and as their ancestors. custom. Generally, Indians held the land in Diane I. Vendiola, Swinomish tribal elder, is a regular a communal fashion. It contributor to the qyuuqs, continues to serve the tribe in was not possible for any her retirement, and is a loving grandmother.

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Bill Could Lead to Justice, Healing By Billy Frank, Jr., Chairman NWIFC OLYMPIA – As we mark the 40th anniversary of the Boldt decision in U.S. v. Washington, a bill in the state legislature is trying to atone for some of the harm caused to Indian people during the Fish Wars of the 60s and 70s. House Bill 2080 would clear misdemeanor and certain felony convictions from the records of

their record. Very few things are dearer to the culture of a tribe than fishing. It is a huge part of their culture, and something we stole from them.” Sawyer is right, but most of us who were arrested and jailed were charged with civil contempt and never tried for our actions in the Fish

see it broadened to include others who were arrested and charged for exercising their treaty rights, including those who have passed away. One of those people is David Sohappy, who along with his son, David Jr., was entrapped by state and federal law enforcement in the “Salmonscam” case of the early 1980s.

“I believe we can work together to make House Bill 2080 better. We’d like to see it broadened to include others who were arrested and charged for exercising their treaty rights, including those who have passed away.” about 80 Indians arrested for protesting the denial of their treaty rights. The black mark of a conviction can prevent tribal members from obtaining loans, traveling internationally and adopting children. “We as a state have a very dark past, and we need to own up to our mistakes,” says Rep. David Sawyer, D-Tacoma, one of the bill sponsors. “We made a mistake, and we should allow people to live their lives without these criminal charges on

Wars. We would fish, get arrested and often beaten, go to jail, get out, and do it again. I was 14 the first time I was arrested for trying to exercise my treaty rights outside of the Nisqually Reservation. I lost count over the years exactly how many times I was arrested, but the longest time I spent in jail was 30 days. When you add it all up, it’s a long time to go to jail for something you believe in. I believe we can work together to make HB 2080 better. We’d like to

Although cleared by a tribal court, the two Yakama men were sentenced to five years in a Minnesota federal prison far from their home and family on the Columbia River. Prison broke the health of David Sohappy Sr. He suffered several strokes while serving his sentence. He was released early, but died a short time later. He was 65 years old. HB 2080 is largely symbolic, but I think it’s a start. I hope it’s a path that can lead to justice for David Sohappy and healing for all of us.

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Community Dinner: January and February Honored Elders January: Joan Wilbur Marvin Wilbur Mike Porter Glen Edwards Paul Villaluz

The January and February Community Dinners were both filled with family and friends. Each elder that was honored was gifted with a blanket, a night stay at the Swinomish Casino and Lodge and were given a gift certificate for dinner for two at the 13 Moons restaurant. Honored Elders February: Genevieve Miller Jean Jimmy Lydia Charles Gertrude Davidson Kevin Day Sr.

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Sat 1

Youth Center Hours during mid-winter break will be 10:00am-6:00 pm Outings will be planned for each day during the week











HS Youth Group 5:30-6:30





Absolute Air Park

Elem Youth Group 4:30-5:30

UW Softball vs Utah


MS Youth Group 5:30-6:30

15 Elem outing:

MS outing:



HS outing:

MS Youth Group 5:30-6:30

HS Youth Group 5:30-6:30

St. Patrick's Day




HS outing:

Elem outing:


Dinner & Movie


Elem Youth Group 4:30-5:30

MS outing: Bowling




26 HS Youth Group 5:30-6:30 MS Youth Group 5:30-6:30 Elem Youth Group 4:30-5:30






HS outing:

Elem outing:

Traxx Racing

Space Needle

MS outing: Gameworks

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When: April 16, 2013 at 5:30pm Where: Community Youth Center What: Salmon dinner to honor all of the graduates, retiring teachers, awards for high academic GPA and attendance. If you are a Swinomish college student or high school student from another school outside of La Conner and graduating this year can you email Tracy James your name so she can add you to the list of honorees. Tracy James Email: Cell phone number: (360)540-2702

EF Tours: Swinomish Youth to Travel to France, Italy, Spain and Morocco Scottie Miller, Joreen McDonald, Kahneesha Casey, Kaleb Parker, Raven Edwards, Asiah Gonzalez, and Aubrey Stewart, & Mary Lou Cladoosby-Page (not pictured) will travel with EF Tours to France, Italy, Spain and Morocco this summer.

“When you travel with your students, you give them a new perspective on the world, opening their eyes to unimagined possibilities.”Educational Tours (

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To reach Swinomish Housing Authority/ Swinomish Utility Authority Main #: (360) 466-4081 FOR AFTER HOUR EMERGENCIES : Call: 466-4081 or 466-7223 PLEASE STAY ON THE LINE AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS

The Swinomish Housing & Utility Authority now accepts EBT/ SSI/Credit & Debit cards! We are located at: 17547 First Street La Conner, WA Call for more information: (360) 466-4081

NWIHA Youth Scholarship Deadline Approaching: 3/31/2014

Life Skills/Financial Literacy One on One Available with Robin Carneen Edwards Trying to stretch your income every month?  Come pick up a new Skagit County 2014 Resource Guide at the SHA Office  Make an appointment with Robin by calling 466-7354 (message) or come see her at the SHA Office

Please Call SHA for details and to pick up an application. 

Applicant must either have an application pending or a letter of acceptance from a higher education institution such as a four (4) year college or a two (2) year community college prior to the funds being sent to the higher educational institution.


Applicant must be twenty-three (23) years old or less on the deadline submission date (March 31st).


Applicant must be an enrolled member from one of the NWIHA member Tribes.

Do You Qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit? To qualify for EITC you must have earned income from employment, self-employment or another source and meet certain rules. Also, you must either meet the additional rules for workers without a qualifying child or have a child that meets all the qualifying child rules for you. Handouts available at SHA office or go online to: Individuals/EITC-Home-Page--It’s-easier-than-ever-to-find-out-if-youqualify-for-EITC

Sports camps, science camps, music camps or the like are not eligible for scholarships.

Special message from the Board: “ The Board of Commissioners for the Housing Authority encourages safe and sober homes. They want to remind its residents that illegal drug and other criminal activities in the home is a serious violation of housing contracts and if residents are convicted or plead guilty to illegal drug activities that this may lead to a cancellation of their housing contracts.”

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swedebS ~ Community Art

Paddle Boarder at Snee-oosh Beach– Robin Carneen-Edwards

Sharp Shinned Hawk on Indian Rd.– Jeff Edwards

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Fourth Annual American Indian Lobby Day:

Photos Submitted by Eric Day

The Fourth Annual American Indian Lobby Day occurred on January 24. Olympia, WA. Native Americans from WA had the opportunity to meet with legislators at the Capitol building. There were special guests who gave presentations, and there was singing and drumming in the lobby afterward. Attendees were provided with a buffet. This day occurs to show each legislator that Native Americans do care about the important issues in WA and the decisions made in the WA Capitol Building.

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Swinomish Elders Lunch

MARCH 2014

Call 466-3980 to cancel home delivery Mon










Tuna Sandwich

Baked Chicken & Gravy

Meat Lasagna

Eggs and Ham

Potato Chip


Garlic Bread

Banana Bread

Carrots & Dip

Broccoli & Cauliflower

Mixed Green Salad




Fruit Cocktail

Vegetable Juice





Cheese Sandwich

Pork Roast

Beef Chili

Eggs and Bacon

Chicken Noodle Soup

Parsley Red Potatoes/ Roll

Corn Bread


Cucumber Slices



Vegetable Juice

Vegetable Tray Apple

Steamed Carrots


Applesauce 17




Soppy Joe Sandwich

Teriyaki Chicken

Split Pea & Ham Soup

Eggs & Potatoes

Tatar Tots



English Muffin

Vegetable Tray


Steamed Carrots

Sliced Tomatoes




Cut Melon





Submarine Sandwich

Spaghetti & Meat Sauce

Beef & Vegetable Stew

Peach Cobbler

Potato Chip

Garlic Bread

Fry Bread

Boiled Eggs


Mixed Green Salad


Spinach Salad


Fruit Cocktail

31 Clam Chowder BLT Sandwich Carrots & Dip Banana



Milk served with all meals

No take out meals until 11:00

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Wellness: Methamphetamine and how it Interacts with Heroin/Opiates Methamphetamine is a stimulant and can be lethal when mixed with Heroin or any other opiate (morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, Codeine, Percocet, Vicodin, Methadone or Suboxone). Opiates are considered depressants or downers and Methamphetamine is considered a stimulant or upper. Using meth with heroin or other opiates is lethal and overdose can happen very easily. The individual can not recognize the drugs are working because each drug dilutes the effects of the other. The high from heroin does not allow the user to know how much meth is too much and vice versa. Heart attacks are very common from this lethal mix of meth and heroin. Mixing an upper and downer is very hard on the heart and puts the individual at risk of heart attack as each drug is fighting for control over the heart. Mixing Suboxone and Meth is very dangerous as Suboxone can increase the effects of the Meth. Meth used with any other CNS stimulant even caffeine can be lethal because it not only increases the effects of both drugs but continues to “synergistically” build on one another and can be 3 to 4 times more lethal than either drug alone. If you have any questions please contact the Wellness Department at 360-466-1024. Source:,

Wellness: March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month March is National Problem Gambling awareness month. The Wellness Program offers education and counseling for responsible gaming and gambling addiction. If you would like some information or just have a few questions please call: Dawn Lee at 360-466-7273.

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Dental: An Abscess and Your Health From the Swinomish Dental Clinic Staff providers. The signs and symptoms of an abscess:

 Inflammation of the gums or surrounding tissue  Tooth ache  Bad taste in your mount (can be metallic like tasting pennies)

 Sensitivity to hot or cold Pain in a specific area in your mouth If you are in pain and do not go to the dentist, and then all of a sudden the pain is gone, you still need to go into the dental office to be seen. Tooth abscesses cause pain and sometimes can erupt or burst on their own. The pain will go away for a period of time and then return. Listed above are a few of the symptoms of an abscess so if you are having mouth pain you need to make an appointment with the Dental Clinic. The sooner you are able to get care for your oral (mouth) condition the sooner you will be able to be relieved of the pain and discomfort you may be feeling. Putting off or ignoring the pain or other symptoms of an abscess can lead to further health conditions and infections in other areas of your health and can affect other organs in your body. Our Clinic has Emergency hours Monday – Thursday at 8am – 9am You can schedule visits by calling the Clinic at 360-466-3900

What’s Up Doc? From the Swinomish Indian Health Clinic provider Dr. Monica Carrillo Stroke? Act Fast!

Why the Rush?

If you notice yourself or someone else with:

A stroke happens when blood cannot get to the brain. A stroke can be caused by a clot in a blood vessel in the brain or a blood vessel in the brain can break and bleed out. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients that the brain needs to survive. If the brain does not receive the oxygen or nutrients, brain cells begin to die. Most strokes are caused by clots in a blood vessel of the brain. These clots can be dissolved by medication that is injected into the blood vessels in patients who will not be harmed by the medication.

     

Difficulty talking or understanding speech Weakness on one side of the body, arm or leg Drooping of one side of face Difficulty walking, sudden dizziness or loss of coordination A sudden, severe headache Confusion, acting oddly

You may be witnessing a stroke. This is a medical emergency. Once a stroke starts, the person experiencing the stroke has less than 3 hours to get treatment that may stop the stroke. Take action immediately to get the stroke victim to the Emergency Department. Call 911. If you are not sure, call 911 anyway. It is always better for the paramedics or doctor to tell you it is not a stroke, than to miss the window of treatment.

The best thing to do is prevent a stroke by: Controlling blood pressure Controlling cholesterol Avoid smoking Exercising regularly Your best chance of surviving a stroke is if those around you can recognize a stroke! Act Fast, make sure your loved ones know what to look for. Act Fast, call 911 if you believe someone might be having a stroke.

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Native Business: Business Lifecycle Understanding business lifecycles is critical to assessing a business’s ability to succeed and tactics necessary to compete. Industries, products, and businesses evolve through four stages: introduction, growth, mature, and decline. Characteristics of the introductory stage are few competitors, companies market product features, the market is limited and sales are modest, and companies struggle to make a profit as a market materializes. Jim Stanley

During the growth stage a product gains market acceptance causing sales to increase rapidly, competitors enter the market, and companies begin to create economies of scale. Within the mature stage industry sales continue to grow but at a slower pace, new entrants are still attracted to the industry, competitors focus on gaining market share but usually through consolidation, a few dominant players emerge, and consumers become price sensitive. Characteristics of the declining stage are demand for the product wanes, industry sales decline, companies focus on expense reduction to increase profit, and some companies fail when sales can no longer cover fixed costs or when the company lowers prices. Innovation plays an important role in how well a company adapts to changing lifecycle stages. Competitive forces from entrance of new competitors, bargaining power of customers and suppliers, threat of substitute products, and competitive rivalries challenge an organization’s survival. Tribes and Tribal members are usually in businesses that are in the mature stage. There is room to make profit as management and leadership work together to attract customers and deliver products or services in a more efficient manner. Sometimes resources are available to help a tribe compete in the marketplace –like the Tribal C-Store Summit Group (TCSSG). TCSSG is a tribally sponsored non-profit organization created to share best practices, educate workforce, and leverage collective bargaining power in the convenience store industry. The group began in 2009 as a small organization supported by Squaxin Island and Puyallup Tribes and has transitioned into a 30+ member group with aspirations of a national footprint. Working together is important because Tribes as a proportion of the overall fuel and convenience store industry are small and do not have the same buying power as brands like Chevron, Shell, Costco, Safeway, or Fred Meyer but by working together we can provide career opportunities for our people and attract promotions that excite and provide value to our customers. Jim Stanley freely shares his knowledge in an effort to foster economic success in Indian Country. He is a tribal member of the Quinault Nation, Treasurer of the Tribal C-Store Summit Group, and Chairman of the Quinault Nation Enterprise Board. To contact Jim for comments, go to

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MARCH 2014 TEMPORARY RELOCATION TO LA CONNER We have moved our department while our offices at 17353 Reservation Road are being renovated. We are now set up at 503 Morris Street in La Conner. Our main phone line remains (360) 466-7237. We will continue to receive mail at 17353 Reservation Road, La Conner, WA 98257. As always, CALL 911, or their non-emergency number 428-3211, to report a crime (in the past or happening now) or to request Swinomish Police assistance or a phone call from an officer. PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISPOSAL We can still safely and confidentially dispose of any prescriptions drugs. Please bring them to our new location. No needles. KEEP UP WITH SWINOMISH POLICE NEWS Go to Swinomish Police Department on Facebook for up-to-date news. For information about our Police Explorer Program, visit Swinomish Police Explorers on Facebook.

December of 2013, Velma Lockrem became the first Swinomish tribal member to graduate from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center in Burien, WA. She is now a full-time police officer for the Swinomish Police Department.

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NWIC: Upcoming opportunities for the community

Spring Quarter 2014 April 7-June 19 Registering now for Spring Quarter Registration: February 24– April 4 Gaylene Gobert-Swinomish Site Manager, (360-4664380 Ext. 1

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The Swinomish Department of Environmental Protection collaborated with the Department of Natural Resources, Washington Conservation Corps and AmeriCorps to remove several tons of waste manually from the wetlands at McGlinn Island and Dunlap Bay Tidelands. There were between 12-15 AmeriCorps interns who helped collect waste that has accumulated in the wetlands. Some had traveled from Tacoma while others were locally based. The debris that was collected and hauled away was mainly floating tires, trash, and blocks of Styrofoam. This is an ongoing project. The Swinomish Department of Environmental Protection will continue to collect waste in the wetlands at McGlinn Island and Dunlap Bay Tidelands.

AmeriCorps Intern

Dept. of Environ. Protection Employee– Joe Quintasket

AmeriCorps Intern

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MARCH 2014 Greetings to the Community! I would like to introduce myself as the Director of the new Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). My name is Todd Mitchell swelítub, a Swinomish Tribal Member, son of Raymond & Jennifer Mitchell, and grandson of Dewey & Winifred Mitchell. I have worked for the Tribe as an environmental scientist for 13 years after graduating college with a geology degree from Dartmouth College and masters in geology from WSU. I appreciate our Senate and Committees’ decision to reorganize the former Planning office and establish the DEP at end of 2013, and the opportunity to become the DEP Director. The DEP comprises all the environmental functions from the Planning Department including the Water Resources Program and the Environmental Compliance & Management Team that developed and matured within Planning. The new DEP will continue our close collaboration with the Planning Department and new Lands Management Department in the same location. Mission Statement: The Swinomish Department of Environmental Protection protects the health and welfare of the Tribe, the Community, and the natural environment by managing, preserving, conserving, restoring, and enhancing the Reservation environment and Tribal resources through scientific research, analysis, policy development, regulation, and community outreach to support and protect Swinomish cultural values and practices. Our functions fall into three major categories with associated projects:

 Environmental research and monitoring: monitoring water levels and quality in freshwater streams, marine waters, wetlands and groundwater; beaches; habitat restoration; environmental human health; and environmental education;

 Environmental policy and ordinance development: Updates of ordinances to address climate change; and, drafts of Water quality standards and Aquifer protection ordinance;

 Environmental management: environmental permitting and compliance; environmental clean-up and spill response planning; air quality and indoor air assessments; and, noxious weed control.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about our Reservation environment.

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MAR 2014

Staff & Titles:

Mitchell, Todd: Environmental Director Adams-Lett, Lexie: Research Technician Andrews, Scott: Environmental Compliance Manager Basabe, Tony: Air Quality Analyst Boe, Jon: Environmental Specialist Donatuto, Jamie: Environmental Health Analyst Gobert, Tanisha: Kukutali Preserve Caretaker Grossman, Sarah: Environmental Specialist Heidt, Michal: Environmental Health Technician Hoyopatubbi, Tiffany: Water Resources Specialist Ikebe, Lynette: Air Quality Technician Quintasket, Joe: Noxious Weeds/Water Resources Technician Thompson, Jason: Water Resources Technician I

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Come get your free 13 Moons 2014 calendar in the Planning Office!

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TIDE TABLE: MAR 2014 - Lone Tree, Snee-Oosh, N.Skagit Bay (ft MLLW) Day





Sat 01 Sun 02 Mon 03 Tue 04 Wed 05 Thu 06 Fri 07 Sat 08 Sun 09 Mon 10 Tue 11 Wed 12 Thu 13 Fri 14 Sat 15 Sun 16 Mon 17 Tue 18 Wed 19 Thu 20 Fri 21 Sat 22 Sun 23 Mon 24 Tue 25 Wed 26 Thu 27 Fri 28 Sat 29 Sun 30 Mon 31

05:26 12.02 ft 06:00 12.19 ft

11:32 2.87 ft 12:16 2.00 ft 00:22 0.78 ft 01:07 1.85 ft 01:54 3.01 ft 02:43 4.16 ft 03:40 5.20 ft 04:52 5.99 ft 07:31 6.31 ft 09:03 6.08 ft 10:03 5.60 ft 10:45 5.07 ft 11:16 4.52 ft 11:42 3.94 ft 12:07 3.30 ft 12:34 2.61 ft 00:33 2.06 ft 01:08 2.55 ft 01:45 3.17 ft 02:25 3.87 ft 03:08 4.61 ft 03:57 5.34 ft 04:58 5.95 ft 06:18 6.24 ft 07:47 5.99 ft 09:03 5.21 ft 10:00 4.15 ft 10:46 3.00 ft 11:29 1.88 ft 12:10 0.91 ft 00:20 1.91 ft

17:09 11.10 ft 18:04 11.00 ft 06:35 12.18 ft 07:12 11.99 ft 07:50 11.59 ft 08:31 11.03 ft 09:17 10.34 ft 10:09 9.64 ft 12:12 9.05 ft 13:23 8.73 ft 14:32 8.71 ft 15:31 8.91 ft 16:20 9.19 ft 17:03 9.49 ft 17:43 9.76 ft 18:23 9.99 ft 06:41 10.92 ft 07:08 10.99 ft 07:38 10.98 ft 08:10 10.87 ft 08:46 10.64 ft 09:27 10.29 ft 10:19 9.86 ft 11:26 9.42 ft 12:45 9.19 ft 14:06 9.28 ft 15:19 9.64 ft 16:24 10.10 ft 17:22 10.52 ft 18:16 10.81 ft 06:16 11.62 ft

23:37 −0.09 ft

00:58 9.30 ft 03:17 9.60 ft 04:10 9.92 ft 04:48 10.17 ft 05:15 10.34 ft 05:36 10.48 ft 05:55 10.63 ft 06:17 10.79 ft

00:39 9.75 ft 01:57 9.94 ft 03:02 10.34 ft 03:51 10.77 ft 04:31 11.16 ft 05:07 11.45 ft 05:41 11.61 ft


13:00 1.33 ft 13:45 0.90 ft 14:31 0.73 ft 15:20 0.81 ft 16:14 1.05 ft 17:12 1.33 ft 19:17 1.53 ft 20:22 1.56 ft 21:19 1.48 ft 22:07 1.39 ft 22:47 1.37 ft 23:24 1.46 ft 23:58 1.69 ft

18:59 10.75 ft 19:55 10.38 ft 20:55 9.95 ft 22:02 9.54 ft 23:23 9.27 ft

13:04 1.89 ft 13:38 1.22 ft 14:15 0.64 ft 14:56 0.22 ft 15:42 −0.00 ft 16:34 −0.03 ft 17:33 0.08 ft 18:38 0.22 ft 19:47 0.30 ft 20:52 0.34 ft 21:51 0.46 ft 22:44 0.75 ft 23:33 1.24 ft

19:03 10.18 ft 19:46 10.29 ft 20:31 10.30 ft 21:21 10.20 ft 22:18 10.01 ft 23:24 9.80 ft

12:50 0.17 ft

19:08 10.95 ft





New Moon

6:51 6:49 6:47 6:45 6:43 6:41 6:39 6:37 7:35 7:33 7:31 7:29 7:27 7:25 7:23 7:21 7:19 7:17 7:15 7:12 7:10 7:08 7:06 7:04 7:02 7:00 6:58 6:56 6:54 6:52 6:50

17:54 17:55 17:57 17:58 18:00 18:02 18:03 18:05 19:06 19:08 19:09 19:11 19:12 19:14 19:15 19:17 19:18 19:20 19:21 19:23 19:24 19:26 19:27 19:29 19:30 19:32 19:33 19:35 19:36 19:38 19:39

6:44 7:15 7:44 8:16 8:50 9:27 10:08 10:54 12:44 13:37 14:34 15:33 16:34 17:36 18:39 19:44 20:49 21:56 23:03

First Quarter

Full Moon

Last Quarter

New Moon

0:09 1:13 2:12 3:05 3:52 4:33 5:08 5:41 6:11 6:41 7:12

CLAM PSP UPDATE Butter Clams sampled by Swinomish Water Resources and analyzed By WA Dept. of Health for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) on 2/24/14 had No Toxin Detected . Swinomish Tribal Members may conduct Subsistence Harvesting on the Reservation when the Swinomish Fisheries Dept indicates beaches are OPEN and the Dept has issued the digger a valid Ceremonial and Subsistence Shellfish Harvesting Permit.

Do you have indoor air quality problems? Do you have mold problems? Do you have wood stove problems? Do you have increased asthma problems in winter? The Air Quality Program in the Swinomish Department of Environmental Protection offers free indoor air quality assessments to Tribal member households. Contact Tony Basabe 466-2512 or Lynette Ikebe 466-1293

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3/1 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/3 3/4 3/4 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/6 3/6 3/6 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/8 3/8 3/9 3/9 3/10 3/10 3/10 3/11 3/11 3/12 3/12 3/12 3/13 3/13 3/13 3/13 3/14 3/14 3/15 3/16 3/17 3/17 3/17 3/17 3/17 3/17 3/18 3/18

Edith Palmer Jillian Wolf-John Rachel Morris Alice Charles Jason Paul Tori Wilbur Masen Williams Sheri Chagnon Alice Topaum Derek Damien William Washington Marvin Archuleta Keith Perry Andrea Wilbur Mailee Nguyen Donna Charles Joshua Johnston Marco Damien Gertrude Damien Herbert Murchison Sarah Cook Jeffrey Moore Velma Lockrem Alexia Edwards-Loucks Ace Baker Jr. Robert Johnny Claude Wilbur Jr. Jamie Damien-Sams Alta Cassimere Levi Paul Javaughn Bill Ishmael Villaluz Bettina Joe Jennifer McAbee Carol John Jenieva Tom Phillip Morris Dashawn Siddle Clara Seward Dianna Paul Alfonso Sampson Jeff Shongutsie Elijah Adams Dave Johnston Eva Porter John Cayou Jr. Warren Fornsby Adam Day

3/19 3/19 3/19 3/19 3/19 3/20 3/20 3/21 3/21 3/21 3/21 3/22 3/22 3/22 3/22 3/22 3/22 3/23 3/23 3/23 3/24 3/25 3/27 3/27 3/28 3/29 3/29 3/30 3/30 3/31 3/31

Jaydin Eagleheart-Clark Kailee Merian Perry Douglas Bill Raymond Williams Jr. Nellie Edge Danielle James Rudy Vendiola Kaleb Parker Isaias Guzman Larry Campbell Jr. Cheyenne Weatherby Taylor Edwards Elijah Nguyen Sabrina Joe Devin Wilbur-Blankenship Ariel Lapointe Tandy Wilbur III Emily Jimmy Richard Cayou Jr. John Grossglass III Phyllis MCoy Donald Damien III Siomi Bobb Bruce James Sr. Clayton Day Brent Bobb Jr. Arthur Billy Sr. Brenda Williams Alex Stewart Raymond Mitchell Roberta Cladoosby

Submitted by Enrollment Officer Leon John

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Happy 28th Birthday

Happy 14th Birthday

Happy Birthday

To my Cousin, Sister, Twin and

Kaleb Parker

March 6

Life Long Friend Alawishus

Love Mom, Dad, and

Grandma Donna

Love you, Caroline


March 7 Auntie Lynette Ikebe

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

March 3

To my

Clayton Day a.k.a Boytz

Auntsie Alice

Goddaughter Tori Wilbur Lots of Love Auntie Caroline

Love Ryan, Gavin and Summer CJ

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2014 MARCH


09—Daylight Savings Ends

06—Women’s Health Day 9am-4pm 11—Mother’s Day

17—St. Patrick’s Day

APRIL 01—April Fool’s Day 09—Teen Health Fair 36pm 09—Health Fair Dinner 6pm 16—Education Dinner 5:30pm

26—Memorial Day


Lushootseed: Age and Date Uideladx(ex) Vex, (tsi si?ab). ?ulub Ved ?i ti Hel.

Uideladx(ex) Vex, (tsi si?ab). AixaVi? Ved ?i teqaVi?.

UideAdat ti?e? sleXil. Zitabac.

How old are you (now)? I am nineteen. How old are you (now)? I am thirty-eight.

What day is this day? Saturday.

OCTOBER NOVEMBER December *Please submit important dates to the qyuuqs News! *’CR’ denotes ‘canoe race’. *Bolded text denotes Swinomish Community event.

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To place a free ad please contact the qyuuqs at

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Raven Group. Tuesdays, 7:30pm, Social Services Bldg. (360) 770-6169

NORTH INTERTRIBAL VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION 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

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

PRSRT STD US Postage Paid Permit #35 ANACORTES, WA

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

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See page.19 for the article on these Swinomish Youth.

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