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August 2013 Volume 47 Issue 8

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pedTaqa? (pud-TA-kah) Moon of the Salal berry

“Much of August is ‘the moon of salal berry.’ During this moon, many plants are ready to harvest. Salal berries are picked, mashed, dried, and made into cakes. Currants and trailing blackberry are also ripe at this time. Meanwhile camas leaves shrivel, making it a particularly good time to harvest the bulbs. Chinook runs are reaching their peak with the summer run continuing and the fall run starting up the river. Fall Chinook run through the next two moons. Salmon in rivers are caught using weirs, dip nets and spears. Seals, which are also fishing for salmon, are hunted near the fishing sites. Salmon are eaten fresh and a large amount is dried for winter use. This moon signals a good time to wind dry the fish, before the insects increase.”—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 (Kee Yoks) An official publication

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



22 | Swinomish Totem Anniv. Invite

04 | Bulletin Board

23 | Senior Lunch Menu

05 | From the qyuuqs Editor

24 | Lushootseed:


07 | Feature: This Has To Stop March

26 | New Swinomish Clinic Hours

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 | Tribal Archives & Records Invite

27 | Swinomish Police Department

09 | Swinomish Days Invite

28 | Native Business

10 | Feature: Planning & Fire Dept. Open House

29 | Public Notice

11 | Around the Rez

30 | Swinomish New Employee

12 | Feature: Climate Impacts and...Change

31 | Swinomish Days: Pow Wow Return

14 | Mrs. V’s 2 Cents: Masters of Observation

32 | Swinomish Clam Bake Invite

15 | Community Arts

33 | Swinomish Water Resource Prog.

16 | Being Frank: Time to Move...

36 | Birthdays—August

17 | Tribal Archive: Totem Pole, ‘75’

37 | Announcements

18 | Youth Center News

38 | Community Calendar

20 | Paddle to Quinault—Swin Host

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 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 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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qyuuqs 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: ‘Take the time to understand the signs of abuse’ Our tribes have faced detrimental losses to families and communities due to the impacts of drug and alcohol abuse. In the past Chairman spee pots year we have shed many tears for the loss of our mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and grandparents who have walked on to the other side. We facing a growing epidemic—we see that prescription drug abuse is rampant in our community. This abuse is not only impacting our small community but all of Washington State. Did you know

more of its natural or synthetic derivatives.” In a way, these drugs are the cousins of a better known, and more feared, drug: heroin. How many of us have seen these drugs in our community? Unlike heroin though, most people do not know how potentially addicting and dangerous prescription opiates can be. With this knowledge in mind, we can say that we have an enormous amount of danger within our community. Swinomish is taking every precautionary step and aggressive action to ensure the health and safety of our members. It will take all of us to heal, save, and protect what is so important to us—our lives and those around us. My message to all is always simple. We need to take the time to understand the signs of abuse. Many of us know friends and family who battle this war every day. Please take

These next few weeks I am traveling with our Swinomish Canoe family, celebrating being Coast Salish! It is with a great happiness in my heart and spirit that I am able to witness our communities sharing our culture, our love for the Salish Sea, and honoring the way of life our ancestors preserved for us many generations ago. Many of you know that the Tribal Journeys brings thousands of Coast Salish and relatives from other nations together for a drug and alcohol free celebration. We have four Swinomish canoes paddling together, including our new youth canoe, mima?ad s?uladx! We look forward to representing our 1000 Swinomish members with honor as we travel to the Quinault Nation. In closing, our community is so important to my family and me. I am often asked by others, “Where do you get the strength?” I tell them it

“Many of us know friends and family who battle this war every day. Please take the time to educate yourselves and others on the drugs traveling within the community! Please do not be afraid to say, ‘Not in this community, go away!’” that there are more deaths annually from prescription drug abuse than from meth, cocaine and heroin combined? What is causing this epidemic? I recently reviewed the Washington State Attorney General's report in which they state that drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin and Methadone are now commonly prescribed for pain. Painkillers offer relief to millions of Americans but present a hidden danger. These kinds of prescription drugs are called “opiates.” The American Heritage Dictionary defines “opiate” as a sedative narcotic, “[c]ontaining opium or one or

the time to educate yourselves and others on the drugs traveling within the community! Please do not be afraid to say, “Not in this community, go away!” Let us all watch over one another. Sometimes those closest to us may be in a difficult situation that can harm not only themselves but those around them. Please remember that our today’s and our tomorrows are our responsibility. As a community we need to continue to share this message to all and say this message together: “No more drugs in our homes, in our community and in our State.”

is from my Creator who blesses me everyday, my wife Nina who is the love of my life, my children and grandchildren who are my most precious pieces within my heart, and all of you in my community who are part of who I am today and who I will be until the day I walk on. Swinomish is in my blood and it sustains who I am and my responsibility to protect all that is important to us for today and generations to come. I pray that the Creator may watch over each and every one of you.

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What: Back to School Fair and gift card distribution Where: Social Services Building Date: August 14th Time: 10:00am-6:00 pm Enrolled Swinomish Tribal Members Birth-12th grade: Everyone living in Skagit, Whatcom, and Snohomish county will need to come pick up their cards and all other cards will be mailed the week of Aug 7th unless we hear from you to hold them for pick up on Aug. 14th. Students 6th-12th grade can pick up their own cards or have us hold them until they can pick them up personally. Questions: Tracy James (360) 540-2702

Reminder: If your child is Preschool age (4-5 years old and/or eligible for preschool enrollment) then you will need to have his/her well child checkup, preschool application, dental, and immunizations complete before you are able to pick up their gift card on August 14th. This has always been a policy and if you can’t do it before August 14th then the gift cards can be picked up, from Candace Casey, anytime after the well checkup is complete. Questions: Tracy James (360)540-2702

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Are you a person who has been struggling to keep your job? Stay in school? Get a job? Is it hard for you to fill out applications? Do you have trouble following verbal instructions at work? You just might have a disability that you don’t even know about. There are many types of disabilities that can keep you from being successful at work, including Depression, Learning disabilities, Drugs/Alcohol addiction, and so many more. Gretchen Gahan is the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at Swinomish, and she is waiting to assist you to do better in your job, get a job, and figure out what services might assist you to successful employment. Give her a call at 360-466-1343 or on her cell 360319-1934 There are many services open to those who qualify. Gretchen is in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesday. You can call her on the cell phone any day of the week. Come in for an assessment in a nonjudgmental and confidential environment.

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From the qyuuqs Editor: Michael M. Vendiola dahadubs for picking up and reading this issue of the qyuuqs News! We are very fortunate to have so many exciting events happening in the Swinomish Community. You will see past ones highlighted in pages ahead, as well as, ads for upcoming events as invitation to participate! Please come out and enjoy these events! By doing so you are making a stronger and healthier community! In this issue our Chairman speaks to some very serious issues in the community. I hope that you take the time to read over the important information offered by spee pots. Being aware of these issues and the resources available in the community also lead to a healthier

community. We hope that by keeping you informed about these serious issues a change can come for the better. Also, we are very please to invite you all to some spectacular events happening in the community. We are seeing the return of Swinomish Days which have not formally occurred in a while. Swinomish Days will encompass canoe races, bone games, and a pow wow. Their will be other activities such as a basketball tournament and a recognition of the 75th Anniversary of the Swinomish Totem Pole. Please be sure to come out and support this event! Other events coming up include our annual community Clam Bake! We are very fortunate to be close to the Salish Sea and have the

resources to harvest shellfish to feed our families and develop an economy. Please come on out! Summer is moving fast! Make sure to keep yourself hydrated and, if you can, support our canoe families how are making the Tribal Journeys Paddle to Quinault. We raise our hands to the community! \o/

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BURN BAN IN EFFECT Northwest Indian College/Swinomish Site: Registering now for FALL QUARTER May 20th-September 13th(avoid a late registration fee)

Summer hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00 - 5:00 (closed Fridays) Make sure you completed your FAFSA for the 2013-2014 school year. If you need help, come and see me with the required documentation. Gaylene Gobert, Swinomish Site Manager, (360) 466-4380 Ext. 1

SWINOMISH RESERVATION Tribal Code 19.02.160 As of July 16, 2013 Submitted by Enedina Silva: LA CONNER FRIENDS...PLEASE READ AND SHARE Parvo is a highly contagious virus that mainly affects dogs. I strongly recommend that you click on the following link if you do not know what parvovirus is. Two puppies on Solahdwh Ln. are sick. It has been confirmed that one of them has Parvo. The other puppy is missing (her name is Missy) and could also have Parvo. Please call 911 if you see a puppy that looks like this and appears to be ill. PLEASE get your animals vaccinated and watch out for your kids. They could be outside playing where an infected dog has laid it's feces and bring the virus home with them. LA CONNER FRIENDS PLEASE HELP ME SPREAD THE WORD AND SHARE THIS WITH ALL OF YOUR LA CONNER FRIENDS!! More info about the virus:

NOTE/REMINDER from Swinomish Housing Authority: The SHA Spay & Neuter Program ONLY covers shots (one time) when you have your pet spayed or neutered at NOAH. NOAH cannot give ONLY shots, because they are not a clinic. You can contact Cedardale Neuter and Vaccination Clinic SHA doesn't pay for these services. There hours are Tues-Thurs 9-12. Fri. 9-12 Dog shots are: $21.75 for Distemper and Parvo and $15.75 for Rabies. Cats are: $29.50 for Distemper and Parvo and $15.75 for Rabies. There location is: 1105 Dale Ln. Mt.Vernon, WA 98274 There at: Phone: (360) 4245676

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Feature: “This Has To Stop”~ A Community March Against Drugs By Caroline Edwards

Many Swinomish community members gathered on July 10, 2013 for a positive march against drugs, the theme was, This Has To Stop. This day marked the beginning of Swinomish taking back its community from the terrible things caused from drugs. This gathering started outside of the Swinomish Community Youth Center where community members joined first for pizza and water. After eating, youth were handed banners that read “This Has To Stop”, “Swinomish Pride Taking Back Our Community. Standing Together For

Our Kids.”, and “Hand In Hand Lets Take A Stand”. Other community members were handed signs that read, “Swinomish Pride-This House Is Drug-Free-Protecting Our Future”. They then marched together singing the Swinomish Family songs throughout the whole Swinomish Reservation. People who were in their homes would come outside, watching everyone march, while others would come and join. Guests from the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe, Tulalip Tribe, and Anacortes joined the Swinomish community for

the March Against Drugs. Drugs are straying away people from who they are and most importantly their family. “This Has To Stop”, is a saying that has gotten a lot of attention in other tribal communities around Swinomish. The fight against drugs isn’t easy, but the Swinomish community like many surrounding communities are fighting back hand in hand, one step at a time together.

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Feature: Swinomish Planning, Fire District #13 Host Open House On Wednesday, July 17 the Swinomish Planning Department collaborated with Fire District #13 to host a community open house at the Fire District #13 Fire Station. The Swinomish Police Department also set up an information table. The purpose of the open house was to educate the community about wildfire safety for residential properties on the Swinomish Reservation according to the event advertisement. Youth and adults visited information booths, received resources and participated in active demonstrations of fire hoses and fire gear. Refreshments were served to the approximately 100 visitors to the event.

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Around the Rez *Coming soon: More photos of events online

Infant/Waddler Room! The Infant/Waddler Room has been in the Social Services building for approximately 2 months! They’ve brought many smiles to all the employees!

Charitable Giving: Swinomish contributes to local organizations

Canoe Practice: Mi?mad s?uladx prepares for Tribal Journeys

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Feature: Climate Impacts and Seas of Change Climate Change has impacted many coastal areas. With reports of increased flooding and projected sea level rise threatening shoreline communities and properties, the Swinomish Planning Department is working on ways to protect Swinomish Reservation shorelines values and functions in conjunction with the Swinomish Climate Adaptation Action Plan (2010). This past winter many of us saw the results of king tidal surges with inundation of both off Reservation and on Reservation areas. Homes along the shoreline at Snee-Oosh beach are an example of low areas at risk in extreme tides as sea levels rise. McGlinn Causeway is pictured flooded on a king tide with Shelter Bay in the background. Lone Tree Point also experienced extreme high tides that made the area temporarily inaccessible this past winter (pictured at right). Shorelines, where land, water and air meet, are a dynamic and interdependent ribbon of life. This is where seaweeds, eelgrass, birds, fish and many other species find nourishment for survival. Tribal members too rely on healthy shorelines for sustenance. While Sea Level Rise will increase impacts on shoreline resources, many of those impacts are already affecting Reservation shorelines.

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The Planning Department is developing rules as well as voluntary programs to address sea level rise and improved resource protection along Reservation shorelines. They are encouraging shoreline property owners to become involved in shoreline stewardship as a positive way to deal with impacts of sea level rise and to use beneficial methods to preserve shoreline values and functions for today and the future. Here are a few actions that can help protect shoreline resources:

 Retain vegetation on shoreline banks and bluffs. Native trees and plants hold soil in place on slopes, filter pollutants and provide wildlife habitat.

 Locate structures the maximum distance possible from the high water mark.  Accept that some erosion is natural along bluffs to nourish beaches, and plan accordingly with adequate setbacks.  Consult an expert for ways to “soften” shorelines. Hard shore protection structures are expensive, have a finite lifespan, disrupt natural processes and cause erosion elsewhere. They also destroy important fish and wildlife habitat.

 Minimize erosion by managing upland runoff; use natural ground covers and porous materials that allow runoff to be absorbed and filtered naturally.

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Feature: Climate Impacts and Seas of Change (Continued)

 Shoreline Owners should control non-native invasive plants. Contact the Planning Department for information on invasive species and control.

 Pump out septic tanks regularly-every two years for a field system. Place drain fields as far as possible from the shoreline.  Use environmentally friendly alternatives to toxic chemicals and pesticides; maintain equipment to prevent spills and leaks.  Give clear instructions to contractors and monitor their work.  Share beach access with neighbors where possible to limit structures and walkways in shoreline areas. *NOTE: Always check with the Swinomish Planning Department before starting projects within the shoreline zone. Permits are required to construct shoreline structures or operate machinery. Shellfish harvesting and Swinomish Marine Interpretive Center at Lone Tree Point winter of 2012, inaccessible by road due to King Tidal surge flooding area. Photo courtesy: Jason Thompson. Please contact the SITC Planning Department at 11430 Moorage Way, La Conner, or by calling 360-466-7280, for more information on protecting your shoreline property or to see if your property is at risk of inundation from sea level rise. Article submitted by Myk Heidt SITC Planning Department. This project funded by Administration for Native Americans (ANA) Grant.

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Film Screening-March Point Was screened Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays through July 31, 2013 at the NMAI Rasmuson Theater Director: Annie Silverstein, Tracy Rector (Seminole), Cody Cayou (Swinomish), Nick Clark (Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde), and Travis Tom (Swinomish/Lummi), a Native Lens film by Longhouse Media

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Submitted by Diane I. Vendiola

Our Coast Salish Ancestors were Masters of Observation My daughter sometimes walks with me by the water.

jeep driver to back up some more, then quickly hopped back up on to the dock.

On this day as her and I finished our walk, I saw two twenty-something men, and a twenty-something woman standing next to a boat which was hitched to a jeep. The young people were talking and laughing. They were in the boat launch line next to the dock and boat launching ramp. There were no other people in the boat launch line, just them.

I looked at my daughter, she looked at me. We both looked at the jeep’s back tires which were half covered with water.

I looked at my daughter, she looked at me. I sat down on the bench overlooking the dock and boat launch ramp. My daughter sat down next to me. We could not hear what the young men and woman were talking and laughing about because they were about 6o yards away from us. I looked at my daughter, she looked at me. Together we looked at the tide going out. Then, a twenty- something woman walked in front of us. She wore a pretty white blouse and bright orange short shorts. She had a fashionable hair-do and flip flops with rhinestones on them on her feet. She casually walked toward the group standing next to the boat and jeep. One of the young men jumped into the jeep and maneuvered it so the boat was facing backward down the boat launch ramp toward the water. He backed the jeep so that it was moving toward the water and pushing the boat into what was left of the ever lowering tide. The young man’s friends strolled onto the dock. When they reached the end of the dock, the jeep driver’s friends started motioning with their hands for the jeep driver to keep on backing his boat and jeep down the launch ramp. The driver stopped the jeep, his male friend climbed down off the dock to survey the boat which was not in the water enough to float. He motioned the

The jeep inched backward; the boat was still not buoyant enough in water to launch it free of the boat trailer. Just then the young woman with the shiny flip flops jumped off the dock into the water and stomped and splashed over to the trailer hitch. I looked at my daughter, she looked at me. We looked at what the young lady was going to do about the boat unlaunched and the jeep’s back tires half submerged in water. The young woman strode and splashed to the trailer hitch. She stared at it. She put her hands on her hips and she stood there and glared at the receding water. Then she marched and splashed back on to the dock with her rhinestone flip flops, now water-logged. The jeep driver inched back a little more and his jeep went off the edge of the launch ramp. He quickly shifted his jeep into forward and gunned the gas and his back tires kicked up sand and gravel. I looked at my daughter…she looked at me. The jeep driver’s jeep slid backward a little and the driver eased his rear tires slowly up the bank onto the ramp and he, his jeep and his boat zoomed past my daughter and me. His face was very red. I looked at my daughter, she looked at me. We got up from the bench and started walking toward my car. My mother used to tell me, “You have two ears and two eyes and only one mouth for a reason.”

observation. They noticed and learned by watching things that regularly occurred in the world that we are all a part of. Of all the natural occurring phenomena, the tide is of primary importance. (Especially when launching a boat in salt water.) The tide was and is important because we can see it no matter how cloudy or foggy the climate happens to be and we can gauge our subsistence livelihood on it. The tides were of greatest importance in the days of our ancestors because our ancestors traveled by canoe. The tides impacted river travel as well. It was important to know when the up bound tide would happen because then it was less difficult to travel upriver to trade and visit with our relatives. The Swinomish 13 Moons “calendar” outlines how our long ago ancestors kept track of seasonal cycles. I am grateful to those who continue to carry and pass on indigenous knowledge of the tides. I am grateful also for the twenty Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Camp high school students who presented on Indigenous Knowledge at the 2013 Vine Deloria Symposium last Saturday. The Summer STEM Camp provides opportunities for interested Native American High School students to experience Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs and studies. Donna Dan’s niece from Newport was one of the participating STEM Summer Camp students. Nuff said.

Diane I. Vendiola, Swinomish tribal elder, is a regular

Our Coast Salish Ancontributor to the qyuuqs, continues to serve the tribe in cestors were masters of

her retirement, and is a loving grandmother.

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swedebs ~ Community Arts

Mark Pouley~ Twin Lakes Images Quileute Sundown Photo Courtesy of Michael M. Vendiola

Photo Courtesy of Robin Carneen Edwards

Photo Courtesy of Eric Day

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Being Frank Time to Move Forward on Fish Consumption Rate By Billy Frank, Jr., Chairman NWIFC

OLYMPIA – The Washington state legislature deserves thanks for not caving in to demands from Boeing and others to require yet another study of fish consumption rates in Washington to tell us what we already know: Our rate is too low and does not protect most of us who live here. It wasn’t easy. A Senate measure requiring another study before beginning rulemaking on a new rate was tied to passage of the state budget, and nearly led to a government shutdown. Boeing and others have been trying to stop or delay development of a new rate because they say it would increase their cost of doing business. The fish consumption rate is part

velopment of a new rate for three years or more.

this time,” McLerran wrote.

Tribes have been reaching out to business and industry to discuss implementation of a new fish consumption rate. We are sensitive to possible economic impacts of a higher rate, and we want to continue working together to create a meaningful path forward. But those efforts have largely been ignored, and that’s too bad, because we have solved bigger issues than this by working together.

Ecology director Bellon has said that we could have a more accurate fish consumption rate adopted by late 2014, and we intend to hold her to that. Oregon has increased its fish consumption rate to a more realistic 175 grams per day; we think Washington residents deserve at least that much protection.

We are encouraged, however, by the actions of Dennis McLerran, regional Environmental Protection Agency administrator. He has stepped forward to express his agency’s commitment to protecting

We’re spending too much money, time and effort to clean up and protect Puget Sound and other waters to let business and industry continue to pollute those same waters. Right now we are paying for our state’s low fish consumption rate with the cost of our health, and that’s not right.

“Right now we are paying for our state’s low fish consumption rate with the cost of our health, and that’s not right.” of the human health standards used by state government to determine how much pollution is allowed to be put in our waters. The 20-year-old rate of 6.5 grams per day – about one eight-ounce seafood meal per month – is supposed to protect us from more than 100 toxins that can cause illness or death. It’s a sad fact that Washington has one of the highest seafoodeating populations, but uses one of the lowest fish consumption rates in the country to regulate water pollution and protect human health. Another study could have delayed de-

water quality and human health in Washington. In a recent letter to Maia Bellon, director of the state Department of Ecology, McLerran pledged to support the state in developing a more accurate fish consumption rate. He made it clear, however, that if the state can’t or won’t get the job done, he will use his authority to establish a new rate. “The EPA believes there are scientifically sound regional and local data in Washington that are sufficient for Ecology to move forward in choosing a protective and accurate fish consumption rate at

Developing a more accurate fish consumption rate isn’t about jobs versus the environment. It isn’t just an Indian issue. It’s a public health issue and needs to be treated that way. We can’t allow politics to trump common sense when it comes to protecting our own health and that of future generations. If you want to learn more, visit the Keep Our Seafood Clean Coalition website at

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Tribal Archive: The Swinomish Totem Pole Reaches ‘75’ and beyond, to mark an unusual celebration: the dedication of the newly created Athletic Field, and the newly carved Swinomish Totem Pole.

Swinomish Totem Pole Life Magazine September 5, 1938

Submitted by Tribal ArchiveTheresa L. Trebon Seventy-five years ago a significant event took place in the Skagit Valley, one that few today recall. On August 20, 1938, the Swinomish Tribal Community welcomed visitors from throughout the county, as well as many from Indian Country

The 1930s were a time of great change on many reservations in the Puget Sound region as Indian communities struggled to direct their own affairs after decades of Office of Indian Affairs oversight. The passage of the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 enacted new federal policies that recognized the right of self-determination for Native Americans, permitted tribes to establish formal governments, and form corporations to manage tribal resources. Soon after the IRA’s passage, Swinomish moved to take advantage of the opportunities it afforded. As tribal leaders worked to create their own government, they also embarked on improving basic living conditions on the reservation, such as adequate housing and clean water. Tribal members, working with Alfred Nelson of La Conner, built eighteen new homes in the summer of 1936 and the following year, the Tribe petitioned for Works Progress Administration (WPA) funding. The result? The construction of Sneeoosh Road, a new baseball field, a remodeled American Hall, and funding for a cultural project: the carving of a totem pole for the village. Although towering totem poles were not a part of Swinomish’s cul-

tural heritage, its people had long been master builders and carvers of many things, from immense longhouses to massive ocean-going canoes. Tribal elder Charlie Edwards, well-known carver of the Telegraph canoe, took charge of a crew that began transforming a sixty-one foot log into a visual representation of the traditional teachings and guiding spirits that led the families on the reservation. Atop the pole, Edwards notably carved the likeness of Franklin Roosevelt, “In thanks for improving the reservation.” Continued

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Charlie Edwards Carving Totem Puget Sound Mail July 7, 1938

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Prevention and Recreation Dept./Fitness Center: 4th Annual Kids Fun Run

Melvin Bailey

Corey Baker

Missy Cayou

Brandon Damien

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swedebs ~ Hosts Visiting Padd

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Red Cross Encourages Proper Hydration During Intense Heat —Source: American Red Cross Excessive heat is expected to bake central Illinois this week with the heat index rising well over 100 degrees. Excessive heat can be deadly and has caused more deaths in recent years than any other weather event. Weather experts say it will be so hot heat illnesses are possible, especially for people who work or spend extended periods outside. This intense heat can cause discomforting symptoms if regular and adequate fluids are not consumed. Water is one of the most important components of our daily diets. Water helps lubricate internal surfaces, flushes toxins through the kidneys, transports nutrients throughout the body, maintains healthy blood pressure, regulates body temperature and sustains healthy vital organs. Symptoms of Dehydration Summer heat seems to bring on more instances of dehydration due to larger losses

of body fluid through sweating. Be conscious of the following symptoms to help prevent or treat dehydration: · Dry mouth · Headache · Nausea · Vomiting · Irritability · Tiredness · Decreased urination · Constipation · Dizziness · Fever · Delirium Water Consumption Recommendations The National Institute of Medicine recommends about 3 liters of fluid for males and 2 liters for women. The general recommendation for eight 8 oz glasses of water per day converts to about 1.9 liters. This amount

would be sufficient for most women, males need slightly more. Those who exercise, work outside or sweat excessively experience extra water loss and create higher fluid needs. · When hydrating in the summer heat, water is your best option. · Sports beverages may be needed through strenuous exercise and excessive fluid and electrolyte losses through sweat. · Choose beverages with lower calorie content and lower added sugar. Juices, sodas and sweetened coffee beverages can add unnecessary simple carbohydrates to your diet. · Alcohol should be avoided as it causes dehydration. For more Red Cross heat safety tips, please visit

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Lushootseed: Canoes

Ocean going Canoe ʔəʔutx̌s Generic Canoe q̓il̕bid Hunting Canoe sdəxʷiɬ Paddle x̌ʷubt Canoe Bailer kʷadgʷiɬ

Youth from mima?ad suladx asking permission to come ashore at Neah Bay, WA—qyuuqs News photo

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Tribal Archive: The Swinomish Totem Pole Reaches 75—Continued from page 17 On August 20, 1938, the public along with dignitaries from countless tribes, Indian Bureau officials, Washington’s governor, senators and congressmen poured onto the reservation for the dedication ceremonies and festival: President Roosevelt was represented by his daughter, Anna Roosevelt Boettiger. After lunch and several hours of speeches, a baseball game commenced on the new field, followed by canoe racing in the channel, and finally a dance in American Hall. In the years following the 1938 dedication, both the athletic field and totem pole became important parts of the community. On Memorial Day 1946, the ballpark took on new meaning when Swinomish rededicated it in memory of Sergeant John K. Bob, son of Tommy and Angeline Bob, who died on the battlefields of Germany during WWII while serving as a medic. The totem pole has also come to symbolize much about the Swinomish community. Just as the Tribe has worked hard to protect its way of life, so, too, has the Tribe endeavored to preserve the original 1938 totem pole. When the carving became unstable in 1962, the Senate ordered it taken down and refurbished. It was raised again and stood for twenty more years until the elements again took their toll. In 1981, it was lowered again, this time for good; its symbols and figures were carefully cut off, repainted, and respectfully preserved. The Tribe immediately turned to replicating the pole as the Senate felt it was emblematic of the community. Hard-raised funds, together with a Washington State Centennial grant, enabled the Tribe to raise a new pole on May 19, 1989, carved by the Paul family woodworkers. That day Tribal Chairman Robert Joe, dedicated it with these words, “This pole is sacred and will serve to protect Swinomish youth.” Seventy-five years after the Swinomish Totem Pole was erected, its carvings rest on the walls of the Social Service Building, where they have overseen many community gatherings in the past thirty decades. The pole that replaced it almost a quarter century ago still stands, across the street from the athletic field where the Swinomish people and their neighbors gathered in 1938 to celebrate new directions for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. Submitted by Tribal Archive-Theresa L. Trebon

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Swinomish Health Clinic: Clinic Begins New Hours, Service for Friday As of July 15, 2013 we will be offering medical appointments Monday through Friday, with same day scheduling:  Dr. Gil Traylor has joined the Swinomish Health Care Team and will be available Mondays.  Sarah Wilborn, PA-C and her team will be available Monday through Thursday  Dr. Monica Carrillo and her team will be available Tuesday through Friday  Dr. Mark Backman and his team will be available Thursday mornings 10:00 am ~ noon For appointments please call 466-3167 and vist with Michele Perry and/or Jessica Grossglass.

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Swinomish Police: First Annual Summer Youth Police Camp

The First Annual Summer Youth Police Camp was a huge success. The kids were unanimous in letting us know that they had a great week. Their days were filled with hands-on learning activities, special guests, demonstrations, and a lot of fun.

Assistant Chief Hutchings cheers on Lexi Bill as she leaps over a wall in record time.

Campers receive instruction on marching in formation and how to salute from Police Explorer Wayne Fornsby and Officer Lockrem. Selena Bailey practices selfdefense from Lummi Officer and Marshall Arts trainer Aaron Hillaire

Campers practice crime scene investigation

A big thank you to our Police Explorers for their help and hard work, and to Officer Lockrem, Officer Rogers, Officer Staat and Mrs. Staat for their leadership and patience. We are very grateful for assistance from the Youth Center and Fitness Center staff for their daily contribution. We also thank our partner agencies for their participation—the Skagit 911 Center, Fire Department 13, Washington State Patrol, Everett Police Department Bomb Squad and Officer Aaron Hillaire of the Lummi Nation Police.

Alison and Troy attempt to run while handcuffed. Nathan Welch of Fire Dept. 13 gives Tredamas Casey and Hunter Williams a lesson in fire fighting. Swinomish K-9 Officer Stucker works with Whatcom K9 Officer Hanon’s attack dog.

Trooper Irwin of the WSP loaded up Brendan Kasayuli with several pounds of riot gear.

Officer Rogers demonstrates to campers what happens when someone is arrested for drinking and driving.

Police Explorer Kenneth Revey demonstrates firing a Taser.

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Native Business: Balance and Move Forward Within an organization the desire to get things “perfect” and not make a mistake must be balanced with the need to Jim Stanley move forward. Sometimes making a bad decision that is well executed is less harmful than indecision because putting business assets to work is the only way to grow. Mistakes can often be corrected and provide learned lessons on how better to do things. Growth is good because it means more income, the ability to create jobs, and if done correctly more cash to reinvest or divert from business for other good things. A company can defend against paralysis by utilizing a few things in their operations like making certain

Seeking work?

tactics fit within an overall strategy and setting clear decision making parameters. Projects are best started by setting a goal and having the group of decision makers and employees agree to the goal. Everything becomes simple from there because then the reason for action is clear, to achieve the goal. New ideas are good but allowed to be proposed at the wrong time may restart momentum – not good when a feasible option is proposed and the objective fits within a plan that has already been well thought out. Additionally, forward progress is important because it motivates people whom are the company’s greatest resource. A good organization will carry out the plans of a greater strategy utilizing the feedback and execution of its people. A less-than-good organization continually rewrites its

plans, skipping the step of implementation and in effect burns out employees because they are prevented from contributing their energy and passion from starting new work; nobody likes being caught up in stale work. 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 CStore Summit Group, and Chairman of the Quinault Nation Enterprise Board. To contact Jim for comments, go to

Both the North end & Village Chevron gas stations will be gearing up for the busy months by adding additional staff soon.

All tribal members 21 and older Chevron wants you! are encouraged to go to HR Department and put in an application!

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Swinomish Realty: Upcoming Land Owner Info. Meeting The Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST); Seattle University Law, Center for Law and Policy; and the Bureau of Indian Affairs will present a Landowner Information Meeting on August 21, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Youth Center Classroom. Location address is 17275 Reservation Road.

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New employee: Mary Mabbott I have lived in Skagit County for the better part of my last 27 years. After a 19 year career in the legal field, in 2008, I made a decision that I wanted to work with people struggling with addiction. I graduated from Skagit Valley College in 2010 and moved for a little under a year to Taos, New Mexico where I worked with the Taos Pueblo Native Americans. In October of that year I was blessed with my second grandson and decided to come home to the valley. Mary Mabbott

I have worked in Mount Vernon as a chemical dependency for the last two years prior to

starting work in May here with the Swinomish Wellness Program. I have four children and two grandsons. I am a Zumba instructor and I enjoy singing and kayaking.

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Swinomish Days: Community prepares for return of Pow Wow Aurelia Washington, Director of the Swinomish Cultural Events department, estimates that 10-12 youth attend the dance practices held in the Youth Center. The practices are led by Swinomish Tribal member Kateri Joe and Al Retasket Jr. with purpose of teaching Swinomish youth how to dance at the upcoming plains style pow wow. The youth have been dedicated in not only learning the dance steps but also with making their own regalia for the event.

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TIDE TABLE: Aug 2013 - Lone Tree, Snee-Oosh, N.Skagit Bay (ft MLLW)





Low 21:36 6.34 ft 22:36 6.17 ft 23:19 5.91 ft 23:53 5.61 ft

Thu 01 Fri 02 Sat 03 Sun 04 Mon 05 Tue 06 Wed 07

01:11 9.73 ft 08:36 0.57 ft 02:07 9.46 ft 09:26 0.25 ft 03:00 9.36 ft 10:09 −0.04 ft 03:48 9.37 ft 10:48 −0.27 ft 04:32 9.43 ft 11:24 −0.40 ft 00:22 5.26 ft 00:50 4.81 ft

16:30 9.42 ft 17:17 9.92 ft 17:53 10.24 ft 18:21 10.42 ft 18:43 10.54 ft 05:12 9.49 ft 05:52 9.51 ft

Thu 08 Fri 09 Sat 10 Sun 11 Mon 12 Tue 13 Wed 14 Thu 15 Fri 16 Sat 17 Sun 18 Mon 19 Tue 20 Wed 21 Thu 22 Fri 23 Sat 24 Sun 25 Mon 26 Tue 27 Wed 28 Thu 29

01:20 4.27 ft 01:53 3.65 ft 02:30 2.98 ft 03:10 2.30 ft 03:55 1.67 ft 04:45 1.10 ft 05:41 0.60 ft 06:42 0.10 ft 07:46 −0.42 ft 08:48 −0.94 ft 09:45 −1.37 ft 10:38 −1.57 ft 11:27 −1.46 ft 00:10 3.62 ft 00:55 2.78 ft 01:39 2.04 ft 02:23 1.47 ft 03:08 1.11 ft 03:55 0.95 ft 04:45 0.97 ft 05:40 1.09 ft 06:41 1.20 ft

06:33 9.48 ft 07:16 9.40 ft 08:03 9.25 ft 08:54 9.04 ft 09:51 8.79 ft 10:58 8.56 ft 12:17 8.49 ft 13:50 8.75 ft 15:17 9.34 ft 16:18 10.01 ft 17:03 10.59 ft 17:41 11.04 ft 18:16 11.37 ft 05:34 10.69 ft 06:29 10.57 ft 07:24 10.31 ft 08:20 9.95 ft 09:18 9.53 ft 10:21 9.13 ft 11:34 8.82 ft 13:05 8.74 ft 14:37 8.98 ft

00:22 10.28 ft 01:28 10.21 ft 02:35 10.31 ft 03:39 10.50 ft 04:38 10.66 ft


11:58 −0.42 ft 19:02 10.68 ft 12:32 −0.27 ft 19:23 10.84 ft 13:07 0.06 ft 13:42 0.60 ft 14:19 1.36 ft 14:58 2.31 ft 15:40 3.40 ft 16:29 4.53 ft 17:30 5.55 ft 18:50 6.25 ft 20:19 6.40 ft 21:35 6.03 ft 22:34 5.34 ft 23:24 4.51 ft

19:47 11.01 ft 20:15 11.14 ft 20:44 11.18 ft 21:16 11.13 ft 21:52 10.98 ft 22:33 10.75 ft 23:22 10.49 ft

12:13 −1.01 ft 12:58 −0.24 ft 13:42 0.76 ft 14:27 1.92 ft 15:13 3.13 ft 16:03 4.30 ft 17:03 5.31 ft 18:23 6.00 ft 20:05 6.19 ft

18:49 11.57 ft 19:23 11.64 ft 19:58 11.55 ft 20:33 11.31 ft 21:12 10.90 ft 21:52 10.36 ft 22:39 9.75 ft 23:33 9.18 ft

Sunrise Sunset Moonrise Moonset 5:45 5:46 5:48 5:49 5:50 5:52 5:53

20:46 20:45 20:43 20:42 20:40 20:38 20:37

1:23 2:08 2:59 3:54 4:53 5:54 6:57

17:03 17:50 18:32 19:08 19:40 20:09 20:35

5:54 5:56 5:57 5:59 6:00 6:01 6:03 6:04 6:05 6:07 6:08 6:10 6:11 6:12 6:14 6:15 6:16 6:18 6:19 6:21 6:22 6:23

20:35 20:34 20:32 20:30 20:28 20:27 20:25 20:23 20:21 20:19 20:18 20:16 20:14 20:12 20:10 20:08 20:07 20:05 20:03 20:01 19:59 19:57

8:01 9:07 10:13 11:21 12:30 13:40 14:49 15:55 16:55 17:47 18:32 19:10 19:43 20:13 20:41 21:09 21:37 22:08 22:43 23:21

21:00 21:24 21:50 22:17 22:49 23:25


0:10 1:03 2:06 3:17 4:33 5:51 7:08 8:24 9:37 10:48 11:55 13:00 14:00 14:55 15:45

CLAM PSP UPDATE Butter Clams sampled by Swinomish Water Resources Program and analyzed By WA Dept. of Health for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) on 6/17/2013 were found to be

SAFE TO EAT! 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.

Todd and Karen Mitchell conduct a sediment survey on Kukutali Preserve.

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2013 AUGUST  01-07—Tribal Journeys 2013: Paddle

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 09—Swinomish Tribal Archive & Records Building Dedication & Blessing, 10:30am

 11-13—Our Food is Our Medicine Conference, Bastyr University, Seattle

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 09-11—Swinomish Days  10—75th Anniversary Swinomish Totem Pole, at the pole, 10am

 14—Back to School Fair, Social Services, 10-6pm

 15—Swinomish Clambake, Lone Tree, 12 noon

 23—Swinomish Community Dinner, Youth Center, 6pm



APRIL MAY JUNE JULY *Please submit important dates to the qyuuqs (Kee Yoks)! *’CR’ denotes ‘canoe race’. *Bolded text denotes Swinomish Community event.

Swinomish Casino & Lodge: Inquire within 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

BARTENDER – 1 OC Bar Open Until Filled HOST – 1 FT Two Salmon Café Closing Date: Open Until Filled BUSSER – 1 PT Two Salmon Café 1 PT 13 Moons Closing Date: Open Until Filled SECURITY OFFICER – 1 PT Open Until Filled BINGO CLERK – 1 PT 1 OC Open Until Filled KENO RUNNER/WRITER - 1 FT 2 OC Open Until Filled ROOM ATTENDANT – 1 FT Closing Date: Open Until Filled SOUS CHEF- 1 FT Banquets Closing Date: Open until Filled

2013 War Canoe Schedule August 3-4: Tsowout 9, 10 & 11: Swinomish Days 17-18: Chief Seattle Days 23, 24, & 25: Makah Days August 31 - September 1: J & J at Black Lake, Washington

CUSTODIAN – 1 OC Closing Date: June 20, 2013

List courtesy of Autumn Rose Washington, Lummi

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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

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

Lawn Care Services Jeff Edwards Swinomish Village & Beyond Call to make an appointment Cell Ph: 360-420-6842

Lawn Mower Weed Eating Gardening Yard Clean Up

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Paddle to Quinault XeskoX ViA gwaXlolmex “Honoring Our Warriors”

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