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July 2017 Vol. 51 No. 5

Nature is Art

Colors Influence Each Other + Feeling Life in Color | PG 20 & 21



Claude Wilbur Sr. turned 90 years old last month. He is the Swinomish Tribe's eldest male from our community.



Colors Influence Each Other + How Colors Make You Feel

Art is Nature The Swadabs Park

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Editor’s Note The Chairman’s Message Obituary + Notice of Back-to-School Gift Card Day Community Happenings Fish Stick and Wild Plants Workshop Tribal Journeys 2017 Map: Paddle to Campbell River Swinomish Elders Intertribal Luncheon Congratulations Graduates! Swinomish Food Sovereignty Assessment: Phase 1 Swinomish Enhanced Tribal Identification Cards Native Roots: Indian Paintbrush Being Frank Summer Fire Safety Awareness Colors Influence Each Other Feeling Life in Color Science Corner: Discovering Local Beach Critters... Science Corner: Black-tailed Deer Study Preschool and Toddler Moving Up Ceremonies The Basics of Northwest Coast Native Design Mindful Money Matters Junior Police Explorer Camp Prevention Awareness Day + Waddler Moving Up... Mrs. V's 2 Cents + Should I Call 911 Elders Menu July Birthdays

My mother has always told me that I get my creative side from my father. My father is a commercial fisherman. When I was young, what I remember most was how much I missed my dad when he was gone fishing. Once he returned I would have a drawing ready of him on his boat in the water with many fish, the surrounding mountains, and a beautiful sky.

editor’s NOTE When I was very young my parents entertained me by giving me paper with crayons, colored pencils, and markers. When I drew something for them they would let me display it on their bedroom door. I can remember feeling so special seeing my artwork displayed on there. I took all of my artwork down when I turned a certain age, as I wanted to start a new collage. I never told my mother my plan to start over, and as soon as she got home from work she was so concerned. She asked, "What did you do?" I kept everything, of course, and gave it to her for keepsake. At that very moment I must have outgrown what was on their door and evolved or transformed into someone different.


It took me years to figure out exactly what I wanted to do with my life. Art was a natural path for me, but I felt it in my heart a need to pursue to something more fulfilling. I realized after some deep thinking that it was right in front of me. All of those times I would draw art for my dad I was drawing scenes of the Pacific Northwest and the Salish Sea. To this day, my artwork can still be seen throughout the walls of my parent’s house. If my parents had not introduced me to the expression of art, I’m not sure where I would be. If it wasn’t for those early drawings that made it obvious what my career path should be, I might have become something completely different. Art has inspired me in many ways. I use the fundamentals of art every day in my position as your Editor/ Environmental Communications Specialist. goliahlitza Caroline Edwards


Moon of the Blackberry Much of July is "the moon of the blackberry." Many berries are now ripe, including blackberries. Berries are picked and eaten fresh or dried for winter use. Around this time and sometimes earlier, the sap in cedar trees stops running, signaling the time to harvest cedar bark. Cedar bark has many uses, providing materials for shelter, clothing, tools and transportation. Some examples of cedar items are bent-wood boxes, ropes, and hats. Sockeye salmon fishing is reaching its peak. Every second year during this moon, humpback salmon, also called humpies or pink salmon, start running at the end of this moon and into the next two moons. Humpies are captured in pounds, weirds, and with scoop nets. Humpies are then smoked hard. Shellfish harvest and curing continues. Excerpt from ‘13 Moons: The 13 Lunar Phases, and How They Guide the Swinomish People’ By swelitub (Todd A. Mitchell) and Jamie L. Donatuto sw d bš qyuuqs News


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Our membership voted overwhelmingly in favor of the amendments on May 23rd, and on July 7th, the Department of the Interior (DOI) approved the amendments and certified the election results.

the chairman’s MESSAGE Summer is here and our crabbers, fishers, and divers are busy. Our community is hopping with salmon and crab, which makes for many happy faces! The smiles that pass between my Dad and I as we fish the river are truly priceless. And you know life is good when you can hear the laughter from our tribal member crabbers travelling all the way down the docks.

Despite the noise created by people outside our community, I am thankful that the DOI's approval reinforced our tribe's sentiment throughout the process and recognized that our amendments are consistent with federal law. With this official approval, we will no longer have to obtain BIA approval to carry out our basic governing processes. As our elders before us, we can continue to protect and enhance the quality of our lives as well as provide a safe and healthy environment for everyone on the Swinomish Reservation. This is a huge milestone. I am so grateful to everyone who had a hand in getting us to this point in our history!

We are grateful for the Baker River Sockeye harvest this year. We are truly blessed at Swinomish to be on the ancestral waters and lands that our elders protected for us. I am honored to stand by our Senators as we strive to continue to protect and restore our treaty resources.

After years of hard work and dedication from Senators, staff, and community members, we finally achieved our longstanding goal to amend the Swinomish Constitution, removing Secretarial approval and bringing this essential governing document up to date with the 21st century.

It is a true blessing that I am able to be here right now and for the past weeks, spending time with Nina, our family, and the Swinomish community. Nina and I celebrated our anniversary! I can’t say enough about how much this woman means to me. I would not be the man I am today with out the love of my best friend, mother of my children, and my favorite fishing partner (don’t tell Marty that part). Good times at Swinomish! May the Creator bless you all. Be strong and dig deep in all that you do! spee pots, Brian Cladoosby sw d bš qyuuqs News e e

Paddle 2017 to Campbell River! Our paddlers will be on the water and heading north to Campbell River, BC soon. Marty and I are excited to be on the water with our Canoe Family, with the saltwater spray on our faces, white caps coming over the bow, and sore muscles from pulling. We are ready! Canoes will land at Swinomish on the July 21. I look forward to the pounding sound of drums, the excitement and stories that come with this journey, and seeing all your smiles.


Philip Morris Dan April 26, 1937-May 27, 2017 Phil Dan, 80, resident of Skagit Valley, passed away at Virginia Mason in Seattle on Saturday, May 27, 2017. He was born in La Conner on April 26, 1937 to Morris and Bertha (George) Dan. He joined the Air Force in 1954 and served until 1958. In 1959 he relocated to Denver, Colorado and began his career as a computer operator. He married his childhood sweetheart, Sharon Dutton, and they began their life together raising a family. Their two oldest sons, Dennis and Darryl, were born in Denver, Colorado. They soon relocated to Oakland, California where he worked for the University of California and where his daughter, Donna, was born. He then took a position at Union Bank in Los Angeles, and this is where his youngest son, Douglas, was born. The family eventually settled in Oxnard, California where he worked for the United States Navy at Point Mugu for many years. Their precious daughter, Diane, was born on Philip's birthday. She was a bright light that was in this world for too short a time. Phil is survived by his wife Sharon; daughter Donna; sons, Dennis (Noreen) Dan of La Conner, Darryl (Elizabeth) Dan of Hillsboro, Oregon, and Douglas (Lisa) Dan of Vancouver, WA. He was blessed with 10 grandchildren: Philip (Maria) Burke, Lindsay (Steve) Minks-Hockenberry, Diana and Dennis Minks, Erika, Eiden, Eilee, Eleanna, Courtney and Cameron Dan; and 10 1/2 great-grandchildren: Sarah, Anna, Faith, Falyn, and Paige Burke, Bently and Brennan with a newbie on the way Hockenberry, Harlem Dan, Henry and Daisy Minks. He was proceeded in death by his parents, his inlaws, many uncles and aunties, a brother Alvin and his daughter Diane. He worked as a Veterans coordinator and traveled all over Washington, ministering to all veterans he met. His wish would be that an memorial would be given to veterans causes. A memorial service was held on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Calvary Baptist Church in Burlington, WA. sw d bĹĄ qyuuqs News e e


NOTICE OF BACK-TO-SCHOOL GIFT CARD DAY August 9 | 10AM-6PM Swinomish Youth Center All Swinomish enrolled members in grades 6-12 who are not attending La Conner Schools are eligible to receive a Back-To-School Gift Card, so long as they have their final 2016 report card/ grades or other proof of academic enrollment. All Swinomish students in grades 6-12 who have earned less than a 1.00 GPA during the last semester will need to contact Tracy James to find out their options for receiving their gift card on time in August. Evidence of enrollment can be submitted via fax, mail, or in-person. Fax: (360) 466.1632 Mail: 17337 Reservation Road, La Conner, WA 98257 | ATTN: Tracy James/Candace Casey In-person: Tracy James at the Youth Center or Candace Casey at the Social Service Building *Age-eligible preschool students (3 years old before August 31st through 5 years old) will need to be enrolled in school with paperwork completed for preschool before their gift cards can be picked up. The preschool packets for enrollment can be picked up on top of Monica Chamness' desk at Childcare at any time. Preschool does not start until late September and if this process is not completed before August 9th then the family can complete the enrollment process and pick up the card at a later date with Candace or Tracy. Questions? Call or text Tracy James (360) 540.2702 or Candace Casey (360) 982.8584

Swinomish Community Health Assessment

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS JULY 19 *Community Dinner JULY 21 Tribal Journeys Swinomish Landing *Time TBD

The Swinomish Community Environmental Health Program will soon be conducting the first Swinomish Community Health Assessment of 2017. The purpose of this assessment is to learn from community members how healthy they think their community is, and what steps they would prefer to take to improve health on both individual and community levels. We are currently assembling questions for the survey, which is short and will only take 10-15 minutes to complete. There will be an honorarium gift card provided for individuals who complete the survey. If you have ideas about questions you would like to see included, please contact us! Thank you!

AUGUST 5 Tribal Journeys Paddle to Campbell River, BC AUGUST 11-13 Swinomish Days Powwow, Stick Games, Canoe Races *Community Dinners are subject to change Swinomish events are listed in bold



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Fish Sticks and Wild Plants Workshop Led by Francis Peters with Community Health Staff Myk Heidt, Sonni Tadlock, and Joyce LeCompte

Bark being peeled from the ironwood.

MAY 24 — Francis Peters welcomed community members for an afternoon of fun and learning as he taught the art of creating fish sticks from ironwood, also known as ocean spray. Our small group gathered on Kukutali Preserve (Kiket Island) where Francis instructed Ron Day and Jordan Wilbur on the appropriate parts of the shrub to harvest. Using his hands, he showed us how he measures 12-inch increments. For king salmon you want 36-inch long sticks, for smaller fish, 32-inch sticks suffice. Sticks should be 3-4 inches in diameter. The next step is to split the length of ironwood right down the middle with a large, very sharp knife. Ron said, “I have tried this on my own and it never works.” Francis showed him the trick to splitting it is to move carefully down the middle with small, quick movements, just a little at a time. Following this process (and a lot of sweat) the result is an evenly split piece of wood from top to bottom. The real work began when Ron and Jordan started peeling the bark from the lengths of ironwood. They worked and worked to remove the “heartwood” from the sticks. The “heartwood” is the center growth of the wood, which will crack and split over time if not removed. The ocean spray heartwood has a dark pink color. sw d bš qyuuqs News e e


Jordan Wilbur and Francis Peters

Ronald Day

Next, Francis instructed participants on how to shape their sticks into fish sticks. They created quite a pile of shavings by the time they were done. Ron was delighted to learn how to make his own fish sticks, and he harvested multiple stocks to take home in an effort to hone his newly acquired skills. Francis recommends oiling freshly carved sticks with a preferred cooking oil. He sometimes puts new fish stick points in fire and then into water a few times. His fish sticks have lasted more than 20 years! Ocean spray has many other uses in addition to making superb fish sticks. You can collect the ocean spray blossoms (they resemble off-white lilac blossoms) to dry, or use them fresh to make tea or infused drinking water. During autumn you can collect the seed pods and make a tea infusion as a remedy for diarrhea. While the men busily prepared fish sticks, the women explored Kukutali Preserve and discovered many edible plants. They found camas bulbs-big ones too! Other discoveries included yarrow, plantain, Nootka rose (a favorite for tea and jelly making), hooker’s onion, pickleweed, and wild strawberry plants. In a short amount of time we were able to identify these and many more edible wild plants full of energy and good health. We encourage community members of all ages to join us on a future workshop featuring first foods and their traditional uses.


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Swinomish Elders Intertribal Luncheon Diane Vendiola and Ivan Willup

This year, 500 Elders attended the Annual Swinomish Elders Intertribal Luncheon held at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge.

The council was previously held in the Senior Center, located in Lucinda Joe’s house, which no longer stands. At that time the Senior Citizen Council, including the late Ida Williams, Startup Williams, and Elmer Cline, thought it would be good to invite local elders from nearby tribes to come visit and eat together. That is when the tradition of our annual Elders Intertribal Luncheon started. The leaders of Swinomish continue to support and participate in this gathering each year.

Michael Vendiola and Marcus Joe

On June 5, emcee Michael Vendiola, son of Diane Vendiola and Marcus Joe (son of Vernon Joe) offered opening remarks, followed by

another welcome from Senator Kevin Paul. Sixty veterans from 35 tribes were honored and gifted that day. The eldest woman and man in attendance were also gifted. Prayers were offered and the meal commenced.

protect its elders as such valued resources and family members.”

Ivan Willup and Jennie Nguyen

Ben James cooks fish for the luncheon.

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community’s Annual Intertribal Elders Luncheon exemplifies one of the most important values of our Swinomish culture and tradition. According to our Swinomish Tribal Code, Title 7-Domestic RelationsElder Protection: “Elders of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community are valuable custodians of the Tribe’s history, traditions, and culture. It is the Tribe’s policy to respect and

As the elders of the community we celebrate, maintain, and strengthen our kinship and connection with one another, just as our ancestors did. Swinomish senators strive to follow our ancestor’s teachings by wisely prioritizing resources to ensure our community continues to hold Swinomish elders in the highest regard. The Swinomish senior citizens give thanks to all who contributed so generously with their time, energy, and raffle items, and in doing so helped to ensure another successful Swinomish Elders Intertribal Luncheon. sw d bš qyuuqs News e e

Our tradition of breaking bread together with fellow elders from near and far began as an idea of the former Senior Citizen’s Council, from the late 1960’s.



Top row from left: Ryan Charles-Day, Briana Porter, Elijah Adams Middle row from left: Nakiya Edwards, Nakesha Edwards, Jeremiah Williams, Alex Stewart, Zanetta Cayou Bottom row from left: Mia Villaluz, Janel Jack, T'Kayah Edwards, Michael Page Not pictured Ben Cayou, Jordan Johnston

Photo Courtesy of Kastle H Photography

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SEATTLE UNIVERSITY GRADUATE: HILARY EDWARDS "(I am) Incredibly blessed to have such an amazing support system made up of family and friends. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but it takes a tribe to raise a college graduate. My hands go up to each and every one of you who have mentored, loved, supported, and cared for me throughout the last four years of my undergraduate career at Seattle University. I couldn't have made it without my tribe. I want to especially thank my parents, sisters and grandparents for always supporting me, loving me, and encouraging me to keep going." Hilary Edwards



Lena Joe and Marcus Joe at the Education Dinner.

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Lena Joe Marcus Joe Beth Willup Leah Gobert Donna Dan Tamara Brooks


Community Environmental Health

Swinomish Food Sovereignty Assessment: Phase 1 A “food sovereignty assessment” is when a community looks at where its food comes from and what kinds of foods are available. “Food sovereignty” means the right to safe, nutritious foods, the right to grow and produce healthy foods, and the right to food-producing resources. “Native food sovereignty” gives us the right to our traditional culturally appropriate foods and natural resources like fish, native plants, and animals. Northwest Indian College student Beth Willup completed her capstone project by completing the first phase of a food sovereignty assessment. Beth worked with the Senior Center and the Early Education Center to figure out what kinds of foods are served and where those foods come from. Beth found that both programs follow the “Native Food Wheel” (Figure 1) for food types and serving sizes, except for vegetables. Both centers served less than half of the recommended servings of vegetables. Beth also found that both centers work very

Figure 1: Native food wheel Created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggesting proportions that makeup a healthy nutritious diet for Native peoples

hard with few staff and limited resources, so taking these factors into account is important when realizing how well they do in following the Native Food Wheel’s suggestions. The assessment suggested that including more types of traditional foods would increase the Tribe’s food sovereignty. The First Nations Development Institute's Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative provided a grant that helped fund the assessment.

CLASS OF 2021!

La Conner 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony

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FN: Amy Sommer Applewhite 2576 Hartnell Ave Redding, CA 96002 ISS: 3/8/2016 DOB: 11/26/1999 SEX:


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ENR: MS5455 EXP: 03/08/2020


An ETC serves as an official identification document, facilitating entry into the United States at land or sea borders from within the western hemishpere, while protecting the tribe’s sovereign rights. Contact the Swinomish Enrollment Office at (360) 466-7211 or (360) 588-3449 for more information.

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TIDE TABLE: July 2017 Lone Tree, Snee-Oosh, North Skagit Bay

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• The subject of the Mona Lisa has no eyebrows; it was the fashion in Renaissance Florence to shave them off. X-rays of the painting show that there are three completely different versions of the same subject, all painted by Leonardo Da Vinci, under the final portrait. • Vincent van Gogh sold only one painting in his entire life, to Anna Boch, a Belgian artist and art collector, for 400 Belgian francs. The painting is titled Red Vineyard at Arles. • In 1961, Matisse’s Le Bateau (The Boat) hung upside-down for 2 months in the Museum of Modern Art, New York — none of the museum's 116,000 visitors during this time period noticed.


Indian Paintbrush Castilleja


The Indian Paintbrush has species that are both perennial and annual herbaceous plants. The crimson color of the Indian Paintbrush is often mistaken as being part of the flower, but the scarlet bushy looking tips are really leaf bracts. The flower is inconspicuously mingled with the leaves in the spring. The leaves are a lanceolate shape and the flower like cluster is a series of leafs in shades of bright red to yellowish. It comes from the family of Orobanchacea, an entire family of plant-on-plant parasites. They are hemiparasitic which means that it derives some or all of its nutritional requirements from another living plant. You may or may not notice that the Indian Paintbrush is a plant that you never see alone. It is often scattered through an area with other plants such as mountain bluebells.


Indian Paintbrush grows on hills, mountains slopes, and sea bluff along the coast and inland in mostly dry places.

A close up of a common Indian Paintbrush.

Endemics Endemics are species found only in one particular area, and nowhere else in the world. Washington is home to more than two dozen endemic species. A number of these are wildflowers. There are a variety of reasons why endemic plants evolved in their localized settings. The type of rocks and soils present play a huge role in the evolution of unique plant species. Examples of endemic wildflowers include: • Castilleja elmeri (Showy Yellow Indian Paintbrush) • Douglasia nivalis var. denttat (Reddish Purple Primrose) Yellow Indian Paintbrush Photo by J Brew [CC BY-SA 2.0 ( licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Two common Indian Paintbrush plants on a rocky bluff on McGlinn Island, La Conner.



JULY 5 — The state of Washington has made remarkable progress in the past four years toward meeting a federal court mandate to repair hundreds of fish-blocking culverts under state roads. Failing culverts deny tribal treatyreserved fishing rights that include the right for salmon to be available for harvest. Our right to harvest salmon was one of the few things we kept when we gave up nearly all the land in Western Washington. Instead of continuing to appeal the culvert case, we think the state should use the momentum gained by those efforts to finish the job and focus together on our shared goal of salmon recovery. Opening up habitat is one of the most important and cost-effective actions we can take toward salmon recovery. When the culvert case was filed in 2001, nearly 1,500 state culverts blocked salmon access to more than 1,600 miles of good habitat, and harmed salmon at every stage of their life cycle. Before the ruling, the state was fixing failed culverts so slowly that it would have taken more than 100 years to finish the job. By then few salmon would be left. sw d bš qyuuqs News e e


In 2013 federal court Judge Ricardo Martinez ordered state natural resource agencies to fix their barrier culverts by 2016. The court gave the state Department of Transportation 17 years to reopen about 450 of its 800 most significant barrier culverts in western Washington. Since then state agencies such as fish and wildlife, parks and natural resources have stayed on schedule to fix nearly all of the culverts for which they are responsible. Meanwhile the Department of Transportation has committed additional resources to the effort and is steadily meeting its requirements. Additional funding may be needed, but if DOT maintains its current pace it will come close to meeting the court’s mandate. We are pleased with the cooperation that state agencies have shown in working with us to develop guidelines to fulfill the court’s order. It’s the kind of relationship we want to continue. Since 2013 the state has appealed the case and lost, then lost again when it asked the appeals court to reconsider. One of the best ways to cement the co-manager relationship would be for Attorney General Bob Ferguson to drop any

further appeal and fully join us in achieving salmon recovery. We are losing the fight for salmon recovery because we are losing salmon habitat faster than it can be restored. The culvert case offers a rare opportunity to achieve a net gain in habitat that salmon need so badly. Fully implemented, the culvert case is a win for the salmon and everyone who lives here because it will provide more fish, more fishing, more jobs, and healthier economies for all citizens of the state. Let’s put the culvert case behind us and build on its success by working harder together toward our common goal of salmon recovery.

Being Frank is a monthly column written by the chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. As a statement from the NWIFC chair, the column represents the interests and concerns of treaty Indian tribes throughout western Washington.

Swinomish Housing Authority

Summer Fire Safety Awareness Robin Carneen, Life Skill Counselor

If you are using fire on your property, or are setting off fireworks make sure you have the following: 1. A working water source nearby with a hose attached, ready to be used 2. A shovel to throw dirt on a fire 3. A bucket you can fill with water, to put out a fire 4. A fire extinguisher

Now that summer is upon us and the grass is drier, we have to always be aware of the kinds of fire that could occur in our area. On rare occasions, lightning strikes can be dangerous and are known to cause fires. Sometimes these storms include windy conditions that can quickly turn a small fire into a big one that can travel quickly. When this happens, the fire can spread across many acres and char and destroy trees, vegetation and property. It also could lead to loss of both human and animal life. An example of a fire that happened on a reservation occurred on February 12th, 2011 on the Yakama Nation, located in south central Washington. According to Indian Country Media Network, “It’s believed that embers from a chimney fire ignited surrounding sagebrush, quickly spread to a wood chip plant and then jumped to homes. The conflagration destroyed 20 homes. There were no fatalities.” Source link: news/yakama-nation-reeling-after-fires/ On our Reservation, we frequently have grass fires. Some of these fires have been started accidentally by fireworks, and by children. To avoid this, adults should be in control of punks, matches and lighters. Storing these along with fireworks out of reach of children is strongly recommended. It’s also very important to supervise all children using fireworks, which can help reduce the risk of accidental fires and any related injuries. Please keep pets away from fireworks, too. Other sources of fires are man-made like campfires or a burn pile that gets out of control. Please honor burn bans when they are issued.

Word of caution: do not attempt to put out an out of control fire on your own, call 911. Please be safe kids! Do not be afraid tell an adult and report a fire! In doing so, you can help alert others to the fire so they can deal with it. NEVER leave a fire unattended and make sure it is out, with the coals cooled off.

Fire Safety Coloring Books and Crayons

Thank you to Maggie and Roy Horn and the firefighters of Fire District #13 for giving us two coloring books that help us learn how to stay safe when it comes to fire safety. You can pick up these coloring books and crayons and the Swinomish Housing Authority office during our business hours. You can also drop by the Fire District #13 Fire Station and pick up these and other educational materials. They welcome visitors and if you are lucky and catch them on a day where they are testing their fire hoses, you may get to test one out!

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Grass Fires and Wildfires

If weather conditions change and it starts to get windy, be on the look out for hot embers flying into trees or landing onto shrubs, or embers falling onto other buildings or other flammable material.



A hue refers to the origin of a color that we see. If you look at the color wheel, the hues around the wheel are obvious (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple). Color is the general term that we use to describe every hue, tint, tone or shade.

Color Harmony

Have you ever looked a piece of art and thought "there's way too much going on" or "it's messy and is too intense?" Judging by your own opinion the art is most likely out of balance or is out of harmony according to your own taste.

Primary Colors

If you look in the middle of the color wheel, you'll see the triangle of red, yellow, and blue. These three colors are primary colors. When mixed together, they create all other colors in the wheel (orange, green and purple).

Yellow Red

Complimentary Colors


It is the visual experience that makes a piece of art worthy or not worthy to look at. Color harmony plays a huge role. Having harmony can lure us in for a closer look, or cause us to get distracted because it is bland. The human brain rejects what it cannot organize or what it cannot understand.

Once you understand the basics of In color theory, complimentary colors color theory, you will then understand are two colors located directly opposite which colors influence each other. Each of Color Wheel of each other on the color wheel. When you these relationships can produce pleasing color have two complimentary colors next to each other, combinations. something peculiar happens: they become brighter. Why does that happen? You may not realize it, but color harmony plays a role in your everyday life. Think about when you choose These opposing colors create maximum contrast and what to wear every day what colors you pair together. stability. Red and green, orange and blue, as well as Or perhaps the next time you cook, consider how you yellow and purple are all complimentary pairings. arrange your vegetables.

Visual Heaviness When working with colors, do you tend to arrange colors a certain way? Have you walked into a room and felt that the ceiling was closer to the ground due to its color? Red, blue, and green are considered to be "heavy" colors. Do you prefer the triangle on the right or left? The triangle on the left is more balanced and is more pleasing to look at, while the triangle on the right seems too top-heavy.

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How Many Colors Do You See In the Squares?

The small rectangles in the squares look like different colors, but they are actually the same. There is only three colors in the rectangle below. This demonstrates how three colors can be perceived as four.

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Whether it's the colors you're wearing, the ones you picked for that painting you're working on, or those used on the walls of your house, the colors we surround ourselves with each day influence the ways we think and feel. There are reasons why people prefer certain colors over others as each has an associative reaction on our minds and bodies as we internalize it, which speaks volumes about our personalities. We literally feel color. However, how or what we feel varies from person to person. What is your favorite color? Red is emotionally intense and stimulating. It is associated with energy, danger, strength, power, courage, determination, passion, desire, and love. Physical responses to red can include excitement, high energy, raised blood pressure, respiration, and metabolism. The bright, bold glow of orange provides the intense energy of red and the cheerfulness of yellow. Associations include joy, freshness, creativity, adventure, and youthfulness. Physical responses can include increased oxygenation of the brain, sociability, and mental and digestive stimulation. Yellow is the color of joy, clarity, wisdom, energy, and optimism. As it is associated with food, the color can stimulate the appetite. Physical responses can also include improved memory and awareness, positivity, and increased energy. Green is the color of nature, nurture, growth, healing, and harmony. Common associations include safety and money. It is the most restful color for the human eye and its healing power can include improved vision. The calming and cool color of the sea and sky, blue is associated with depth, stability, tranquility, and calmness. It symbolizes loyalty, confidence, intelligence, and trustworthiness. Its relaxing qualities are beneficial to the mind and body as it slows metabolism and produces a calming effect. Combining the stability of blue and the drama of red, purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, kindness, creativity, magic, and mystery. It symbolizes nobility, grandeur, power, and luxury. Responses can include tension relief, positivity, and mental clarity. *White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, safety, cleanliness, and perfection. As opposed to black, white usually has a positive connotation and can correlate with a successful beginning. *Black is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery. It is tied to feelings related to the unknown and fear. Black denotes strength and authority; it is considered formal, elegant, and prestigious but can also symbolize grief and be perceived as negative. *In physics, a color is visible light with a specific wavelength. Black and white are not colors because they do not have specific wavelengths. Instead, white light contains all wavelengths of visible light. In contrast, black is the absence of visible light.

Sources: Color Psychology, Color Wheel Pro, Noomii, The Color of Wellness,

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Science Corner

Discovering Local Beach Critters at Similk Bay Nicole Casper, Department of Environmental Protection

Over Memorial Day weekend, DEP staff hit the beaches of Similk Bay. Our objective was to answer questions about the Reservation’s shorelines. For example, how do beaches (sand, gravel, mud, and silt) change over time? Kneeling down, intently studying sand grains and gravel, we couldn’t help but notice some pretty cool critters among the rocks and eelgrass blades. The northern Reservation beaches (along Similk and Turners Bays) are relatively undisturbed by humans, and the size and type of some of the organisms we observed reflect that: from very large Pacific oysters (see below) to very tall barnacles. What are some things you notice when you are on the beach? Below are some cool beach dwellers you can look for on your next beach adventure.

up to 20 feet across at full size, but are still able to fit themselves into the small opening of a glass bottle, which they often use for habitat! They are considered some of the smartest invertebrates in the world, capable of learning complex tasks, and they can also change their color and texture within seconds. Be careful though, they can bite! As with all wildlife, handling them is not recommended.

Zebra Leaf Slug

Also known as a Taylor's Sea Hare, this beautiful creature, only a few centimeters long, is well camouflaged on a blade of eelgrass. It feeds on microscopic organisms on the eelgrass, and will lay ribbons of its eggs there.

Shaggy Mouse Sea Slug

Red Rock Crab with Eggs

Red rock crabs are smaller than Dungeness crabs, and tend to inhabit rocky areas (hence the name). Female crabs can be seen carrying their eggs on their abdomens where the eggs develop and darken in color over the course of several weeks to several months. This particular crab’s eggs are relatively early in development. Females, depending on their size, can carry several thousands to millions of eggs at a time!

Giant Pacific Octopus

Our best guess was that this octopus was a juvenile giant Pacific octopus. These amazing creatures grow

Another tiny dweller sheltering within the eelgrass, this shaggy mouse sea slug is covered in protrusions which function as gills. This guy or gal (it’s a hermaphrodite) eats sea anemones and uses the anemone’s stinging cells for protection, as well as for its coloration.

Pacific Oyster

Pacific oysters were introduced from Japan in the 1900’s and are now one of the most common oysters in the Pacific Northwest (and around the world). They grow larger than the native Olympia oyster. Slurping this large critter on the half shell would be a daunting prospect!

Zebra Leaf Slug

Red Rock Crab with Eggs

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Giant Pacific Octopus

Shaggy Mouse Sea Slug

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Swinomish Hunting and Gathering Program Begins Black-tailed Deer Study Brandon Nickerson, Department of Hunting and Gathering

Black-tailed deer are one of the most recognizable and frequently encountered wildlife species in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout the year we observe these deer near our homes and in our neighborhoods: a doe leading her unsteady fawn in the springtime; dark silhouettes diving off roadways and into the forest on warm summer nights; the reemergence of bucks in the fall, amorous and ready for the rut. Deer appear regularly in our daily lives in a way that few other species do, fostering a familiarity with individual animals and small herds that masks a truth which will surprise many people: from a scientific and management perspective, we know virtually nothing about the population size of black-tailed deer in the Skagit River Valley and its surrounding foothills. Simple questions remain unanswered for deer living off the Swinomish Reservation in areas used by tribal hunters. How many deer live in the area? Is the population increasing or decreasing? Are enough bucks surviving each hunting season to sire the next generation of fawns? How many of those fawns are reaching adulthood themselves? This lack of knowledge presents a problem for wildlife managers in the region, who are tasked with conserving deer for the future, and also providing subsistence and recreational hunting opportunities for hunters from the Swinomish Community, other tribes, and non-tribal hunters. Without good information about the current deer population, it is very difficult to formulate responsible hunting policies or conserve deer for the future. In an effort to address the lack of information for the deer population, this summer the Swinomish Hunting and Gathering Program will begin an ambitious, multiyear research project to estimate the size of the black-

Black-tailed Deer

tailed deer population in the Nooksack and Sauk Game Management Units (GMUs), which are both frequented by Swinomish hunters. The study, which is funded through an external research grant, will use a novel study methodology employing motion-activated cameras spread across the landscape. These cameras will help us estimate the size of the deer population in both GMUs based on the number of deer photographed in a certain amount of time over a specific geographic area. By using these so-called “camera traps,� hunting and gathering staff hope for success where traditional survey methods, such as counting deer from helicopters or with a nighttime spotlight, have failed. Such efforts are too often thwarted by the thick forests of western Washington, which make finding deer in a systematic and scientific way very difficult. If Swinomish scientists and wildlife managers are successful in these efforts, this study will provide a wealth of data that will facilitate the responsible management of local deer populations. By informing hunting policy and providing baseline data against which to measure environmental change, this study will help preserve the species for generations to come. Additionally, the project will increase Swinomish wildlife research capacity by providing training opportunities for tribal technicians and young professionals, as well as elevating our standing among wildlife co-managers in the region by contributing high quality science to a current wildlife management issue.

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PRESCHOOL MOVING UP CEREMONY JUNE 12 — A small event was held at the Swinomish Youth Center to commend the young boys and girls who completed preschool this year. These students will be moving up to the elementary school and attending kindergarten next year. A short movie full of memories was presented, and at the end the kids joyfully sang a cute song for everyone in attendance.

Toddler Moving Up Ceremony JUNE 5 — A sweet ceremony brought our toddlers together to celebrate the completion of another year of preschool. Everyone was honored with a certificate and a book to enjoy during their summer.

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LA CONNER SUNRISE FOOD BANK The food bank is now open an additional hour on Mondays for the convenience of working families. Hours: Mon. 2-3PM and 5-6PM Sunrise Food Bank Address 602 S. 3rd St., La Conner, WA 98257 sw d bš qyuuqs News 25 e e


The distinctive use of elements to create form and organize space in two-dimensional Northwest Coast Indian style art is referred to as formline design. While this stylistically unique system has been a coastal tradition for thousands of years, the term was coined by artist, author, and art historian Bill Holm in his 1965 book Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form. “Objects made in these traditions are so highly formalized and distinctive that once some of the basic principles have been grasped, they can be easily identified. The 'formline' is the primary design element on which Northwest Coast art depends, and by the turn of the 20th century, its use spread to the southern regions as well. It is the positive delineating force of the painting, relief, and engraving. Formlines are continuous, flowing, curvilinear lines that turn, swell, and diminish in a prescribed manner.â€? (Marjorie M. Halpin, "Northwest Coast Indigenous Art," Primary and secondary formlines are used in combination to build structure, symbolism, and detail. Primary formlines are organized and joined in ways that give the intended form representation, such as the outline of a human or salmon. A rule of thumb for this style of art is that primary formlines are continuous in that one could use their finger to follow the line from beginning to end without interruption. Secondary formlines add internal detail to the form, such as eyes or other features and characteristics. Common formline design building blocks include ovoids, u-shapes, trigons, crescents, and s-shapes. They are used to create structure, symbolism, abstraction, or simply to fill spaces. Formlines are the positive element, usually painted either black or red, while the whitespace or nonpainted background areas are referred to as negative spaces. The positive and negative spaces created by organizing elements in imaginative ways all work together to define a recognizable composition. 26 sw d bĹĄ qyuuqs News

Variations in formlines, ovoids, U-forms, S-forms, and the use of positive and negative spaces work together to express the artist's vision.


Formlines are the pattern of positive (painted) space that connect to create the design structure of which all other elements are placed. They tend to alter in structure, usually as they bend around corners.

Adding shapes, detail, and variation to open spaces relieves and highlights the positive formline areas to reveal the artist's intent.

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Inner ovoids and finelines

Trigon, crescent, and circle

The ovoid is the most significant shape used in Northwest Coast design. The rounded rectangular form resembles a slice of bread and is used to create primary shapes and visual centers. Some uses of ovoids include heads, eye sockets, major joints, wings, tails, and fins.

Smaller ovoids can float inside of larger ones to represent characteristics such as eyes, ears, noses, or entire faces. Unlike formlines, finelines are thin. They can be used to add depth and detail.

S-shape form are derived from two halves of a U form joined in opposite directions. These are commonly used to connect elements, fill space, and for parts of arms and legs. A series of S forms within a body cavity of a animal or creature can represent a rib cage.

The use of negative space and shapes relieve positive formline areas. The trigon, crescent, and circle can be used as detail or elements used to define positive spaces. A trigon is a triangle with concave sides. A crescent is a quarter moon shape.

LEARN MORE U-shapes come in many shapes and sizes and define secondary characteristics, add contour, or simply serve as decorative elements or filler. They are often used to depict feathers or fins.

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U-form and split U

MINDFUL MONEY MATTERS Dear Carl Calculator: I am a high school student struggling with math. We are creating personal budgets and I am having a really tough time working with decimals, percentages, and fractions. Math has never been my thing and I wonder why I should even bother to study. Help! ~Signed, I Hate Math of the solar year and lunar month at levels of accuracy within a snowflake of modern tools. Dear I Hate Math, Don’t hate on math. I realize math can be a challenge but let’s think for a minute about why that is. The study of math builds on itself in a way other subjects in school do not. You need to be able to add before you can multiply. You need to be able to multiply before you can do algebra. You need algebra before tackling calculus, and so on. With math there’s no taking a break. Once you get behind in a math class it becomes more difficult to catch up. That is one reason why math is so tough. Each concept must be mastered before you can advance on to the next. But don’t fear math, because ultimately it is not about learning numbers and equations, but that you are learning how to think logically. That is the most valuable part. Many jobs and challenges people face today are based on logic problems (think of building a mobile app, building a bridge, or locating the electrical short in a truck) that require logic-minded thinkers to solve them. As native people we also have a strong tradition of mathematical expertise. The ancient Mayans were brilliant mathematicians, able to measure the lengths

Math is cool! Moreover, heavy geometry and eagle-eyed precision went into the construction of buildings at Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon, which were built by ancestors of the modern day Pueblo peoples of the Southwest. My point is: math is cool. It plays a huge role in creating budgets, calculating loans, measuring investments, and a bushel load of other financial and practical know-how. You gain so much more knowledge when you understand how math can be applied to every day life skills!

This article was provided by First Nations Development Institute with assistance from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. For more information, visit

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Junior Police Explorer Camp JUNE 19-22 — Laughter and excitement filled the week as thirty junior police cadets participated in the annual Junior Police Explorer Camp hosted by the Swinomish Police Department. Coordinated by Officer Val Lockrem, this program is open to all local youth at no charge in an effort to educate them about police work. Working in small groups with Swinomish police officers, youth conducted mock investigations; ran timed obstacle courses; toured the Skagit 911 Center; went for a safety lesson and swim at the Fidalgo Pool; and enjoyed a ride on a Swinomish Police patrol boat. On the final day of camp, a notable graduation ceremony was held to honor their work, featuring the momentous arrival of a Black Hawk helicopter on the John K. Bob Ball Field.

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Prevention Awareness Day

JUNE 15 — Although good weather did not prevail as planned, the Prevention Awareness Day event still took place as planned, but only after being relocated inside the gym at the Youth Center. Fun activities included inflatable bouncy houses; face painting; fun music to dance to; Swinomish departments and programs featuring prevention-related activities and gifts (Dental, Police, Car Seat Program, Fitness); terrific food; and snow cones!

Waddler Moving Up Ceremony A group of waddlers could hardly remain still at their luau-style moving up ceremony, which took place inside the Social Services building. Each child received a gift bag full of goodies, and the ceremony ended with delicious food and refreshments.

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All July activities and outings will be determined daily by Youth Center staff. It is recommended that youth come prepared with swim gear every day! All activities and outings are subject to change due to weather.

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Mrs. V’s 2 Cents Diane Vendiola

All of us are interested in what pleases our eyes, ears, and imaginations: we seek meaning and understanding about what draws us to art. Recently, a significant piece of art came into my life. It all began when I was invited to tell an origin story to my daughter Shelly’s Cultural Sovereignty 101 class. I decided to tell them a sacred story of the first bone game ever played, to continue the tradition of teaching the next generation what I was taught. The competitors in the first bone game were the animal people versus the human people. A few months after I shared the story of coyote and the first bone game, Shelly and I attended a training hosted by the Suquamish. During the training I visited their museum and cultural center. In the museum, art installations tell the story of the Suquamish people within a space designed to be traditional to our people. Upon entering the museum, the first thing to catch my eye was a drawing of coyote about to play bone game! I was astonished to see artwork depicting the very same story and character I had shared with the cultural sovereignty students! This art, in this particular time and place felt significant to me. When I looked upon it, I was reminded of the story I told and the great deal of meaning that it carriers. The story is from our own people, and it explains how closely tied we are to our animal relatives. It tells of how to resolve conflict without bloodshed. As with art, everybody takes away their own impressions from by Emma Noyes, our Indian stories, and that is Artwork Confederated Tribes of the why I love hearing and telling Colville Reservation them. They are filled with teachings. We just have to be still and listen. This artwork of coyote playing bone game held so much meaning for me, I decided I just had to have the drawing! I bought a print of the original artwork by Emma Noyes. Here it is! When you look at it, what do you see/think/feel? 32 sw d bš qyuuqs News


Should I Call 911? Lou D’Amelio, Chief of Police Swinomish Police Department

When you dial 911 in Skagit County you are connected to the Skagit 911 Communications Center in Mount Vernon. This center is the clearinghouse for all communications in the county involving police, fire, and medical personnel. Every officer, firefighter, and paramedic in the county is dispatched through the helpful and dedicated employees at the center, who are there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

IN AN EMERGENCY, YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY DIAL 911. Calling from a cell phone? Consider that dialing 911 from a cell phone may result in you being connected to one of several 911 centers in the region. If you want to make sure to reach the 911 center in Mount Vernon that serves all of Skagit County, call their direct line at (360) 336.3131, which is the ten-digit phone number for the 911 center. Many people program this number in to the speed dial on their cell phones so that it is handy in case of an emergency. Not an emergency? No problem. The Center has a non-emergency number that handles everything that does not require an emergency response. Simply dial (360) 428.3211, and the helpful folks at the Communications Center will route your call appropriately.

SO, SHOULD I CALL 911? THE SHORT ANSWER IS YES! You should call the 911 centers whenever you require the services of fire, medical or police personnel. Whether you are experiencing a major emergency or minor issue – CALL! The professionals at your local 911 center are there to help you.

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Tomato Soup Tuna Sandwich Vegetable Tray Strawberries, Bananas


Fish Oven Rolls Corn, Green Salad Mixed Grapes

Baked Ham, Eggs Skillet Potatoes, Roll Tomatoes Fruit Cocktail

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Meat Lasagna French Bread Mixed Green Salad Strawberries


Fish Rice Mixed Vegetables Fruit Salad

Eggs, Sausage French Toast Frozen Berries Vegetable Juice

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Beef Chili Cornbread Cucumber Slices Mixed Grapes

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Macaroni and Cheese Little Smokies Mixed Vegetables Berries

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Baked Ham, Eggs Cheese Slices English Muffins Tomatoes, Fruit Salad *Lunch served Mon-Thurs. No take away meals until 11AM. Call (360) 466.3980 to cancel home delivery.

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CURRENT OPEN POSITIONS - As of June 21, 2017 As a full-time employee, you will be eligible for a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement planning, and more. Other perks include generous paid time off and discounted meals. To view details about open positions and download our General Employment Application, visit All positions are “Open until filled” unless specified. Email applications to:

HUMAN RESOURCES & TRIBAL EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS OFFICE (TERO) JOB OPENINGS • Staff Attorney • Police Officer - Entry Level or Lateral Full descriptions of the job announcements listed above are available on the Swinomish website:

Fax applications to: (360) 299.1677 Mail or hand deliver to: Swinomish Casino & Lodge 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes, WA 98221 Questions? Call Human Resources at (360) 299.1642 BANQUET BARTENDER (OC) SERVER (OC)






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