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'Standing Together' Canoe Journey SWINOMISH LANDING | PG 20



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Editor’s Note The Chairman’s Message Swinomish Constitutional Amendment Election... Community Happenings Swinomish Days Schedule The Beauty is Under the Husk Native Roots: Salal Berry Mosquitoes 'Standing Together' Canoe Journey: Swinomish... Science Corner: Lone Tree Beach Nourishment Science Corner: Reductions to Marine-related... Indian Country Police Officer Graduates Energy Saving Tips Science Corner: Clambake Honoring Marie Charles Meet Sonni Tadlock: Community Health Education... New Playground at Swadabs Park Swinomish Charitable Contribution Luncheon Brent Bobb Jr. Attends Seahawks Youth Football Mrs. V's 2 Cents Elders Menu August Birthdays

When I walked down the aisle at my graduation ceremony, I may not have been the same person I was when I set out to get a degree, but I was right where I needed to be.

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I share this story because perseverance comes in many shapes and sizes. The experience in my story was a huge undertaking for me, but I persevered. We can all persevere as long as we have our minds set and are willing to tackle the barriers that stand in our way, are willing to face the trials that arise along our paths, are willing to take the time to reflect and appreciate life’s glories no matter how big or small.

I never surrendered! But, I will never forget the year I almost did. The world that I was so caught up in crumbled right in front of me, taking me with it, and the friends that I thought I knew so well became complete strangers.

I’ll leave you with this quote from Billy Mills, Oglala Lakota (Sioux):

That year was my last year of study at Northwest Indian College. I almost left school because I felt like giving up. Yes, I almost quit. Almost. It took a lot of grit for me to get through that experience AND finish school at the same time. I never surrendered though. Looking back, I can honestly say that despite everything, the setback made me embrace who I am—Caroline Edwards.


“You have to look deeper, way below the anger, the hurt, the hate, the jealousy, the self-pity, way down deeper where the dreams lie, son. Find your dream. It's the pursuit of the dream that heals you.” I hope you enjoy this month’s editorial theme: Perseverance. goliahlitza Caroline Edwards


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. 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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sapelia Sophie Bailey, Secretary (360) 853.6458 | sbailey@

taleq tale II Barbara James, Treasurer (360) 391.3958 | bjames@

pay a huxton Chester Cayou, Jr. (360) 770.3378 | ccayou@

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the chairman’s MESSAGE

I am writing this note to you from the waters of the Salish Sea, our place of connection to this earth since time immemorial. Our canoe family is working its way towards Campbell River, B.C., the homeland of the We Wai Kai Nation and the Wi Wai Kum Nation, along with hundreds of other Coast Salish people. Canoes are coming from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska. It is a true honor to be part of this great journey with my wonderful wife Nina, dad, daughters, and grandchildren. Hearing the laughter of our canoe families fi lling the shoreline camps along with the sound of drums and songs coming from the big houses, I can really feel the love of our people. I am blessed to be Coast Salish. It’s been quite a summer for our youth, too. Our summer programs are keeping our kids busy with events, camps, activities, and sports. I recently heard we have our boys in football camp already, and that the camp is packed! We’re building our La Conner Braves football team! Between fishing, crabbing, clamming, prawning, and diving, it sure is a busy year for our harvesters. A tribal staff member recently told me the area

off Vendovi Island was so dotted with fishers and crab pot buoys when they visited the other day that it looked like someone threw handfuls of bright huckleberries all over the water. Unfortunately, these “huckleberries” were scattered among five anchored oil tankers. I’m happy to report that the much anticipated didg wálič Wellness Center is on schedule to open late this fall. The building remodel is well underway and staff is being hired. The center will provide a unique “whole person” treatment model that offers a range of outpatient services that recognize that people in recovery may struggle with other medical, mental health, and social issues, as well as logistics challenges like transportation and childcare. Services include counseling, case management, medication-assisted treatment, and some primary care, making it the only comprehensive center of its kind north of Snohomish County. didg wálič means “camas was dug there” in Lushootseed! My spirit is happy to be on the water these past few weeks. My tenure for the National Congress of American Indians ends this October, which means I am back on the road again in September to serve my last months in office. It has been an honor to serve over 571 tribes in the highest office of Indian Country. I could not have done it without my best friend and love Nina, our Senate, and the Great Swinomish Tribe. May the Creator bless you and keep you safe. spee pots Brian Cladoosby sw d bš qyuuqs News e e

Once again, I would like to extend my gratitude to our membership who voted overwhelmingly in favor of amending our constitution, and for the dedication of our Senate, staff, and community who worked so hard these past years to make it happen. I know I mentioned this in my July qyuuqs message, but I cannot express enough how thankful I am to all of you. Swinomish is blessed with members who believe in our past, present, and future. We are a community built on values passed from generation to generation. We are loving, caring, and sharing—we are Swinomish!


Swinomish Constitutional Amendment Election Certified JULY 7, Swinomish Indian Reservation — The U. S. Department of the Interior announced today its approval of Constitutional Amendments for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (Swinomish). Members of the Tribe voted to approve the Constitutional Approval letter from the U.S. Amendments in Department of the Interior the Tribe’s May 23, 2017 election. 60% of registered Swinomish voters participated in the election. Each of the 29 amendments was approved by at least 80% of the voters. In issuing the final approval for the Department of the Interior (DOI), Northwest Regional Director Stan Speaks, stated as follows: “As the approval requirements at 25 C.F.R. §81.45 are met, I have approved each proposed amendment as indicated in the enclosed Certificates of Approval. Proposed Amendments “A” through “AC” are now Amendments “16” through “44” respectively.” Swinomish Tribal Chairman Brian Cladoosby said, “I am pleased that the DOI reinforced what we have been saying throughout this process that nothing related to our constitutional amendment process could change our reservation boundaries in any way. With this official approval, we will no longer have to obtain the approval of the BIA to carry out our basic governing processes.” Chairman Cladoosby continued, “As our elders before us, our priorities will remain focused on the protection and enhancement of the quality of lives of all of our members and on providing a safe and healthy environment for all those living on and participating in the activities of the Swinomish Reservation.” With this official and final approval, the updated Swinomish Constitution and accompanying amendments are effective immediately. sw d bš qyuuqs News e e


Washington State's New Distracted Driving Law As of July 23, any person in the state of Washington who uses a personal electronic device while driving a motor vehicle is guilty of a traffic infraction. On May 17, Governor Jay Inslee signed the bill enacting the "Driving While Under the Influence Electronics Act" (E-DUI). The first violation of the infraction carries a base penalty of $48 and a total penalty of $136. Second and subsequent violations of this infraction double the base penalty to $96, resulting in a total penalty of approximately $235.

"Use" of an electronic device includes: • •

Holding a personal electronic device in either hand Using your hand or finger to compose, send, read, view, access, browse, transmit, save or retrieve email, text messages, instant messages, photographs, or other electronic data; and watching video on a personal electronic device The minimal use of a finger to activate, deactivate, or initiate a function of a device is not precluded.

A personal electronic device means any portable electronic device that is capable of wireless communication or electronic data retrieval, but does not include two-way radio, citizen band radio, or amateur radio equipment. Driving means operating a motor vehicle on a public roadway, and includes when the vehicle is temporarily stopped because of traffic or a stop light or stop sign. Driving does not include when the vehicle has pulled over and is stopped on the side of an active roadway and can remain stationary safely.

“We’re suffering a scourge of death of our loved ones on our roadways, due to two problems: distracted driving and impaired driving,” Inslee said. “Today I’m signing three bills to confront these scourges head-on.”- Gov. Jay Inslee

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.

COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS AUGUST 5-11 Tribal Journeys Paddle to Campbell River, BC AUGUST 10 Clambake 12PM at Lone Tree AUGUST 11-13 Swinomish Days Powwow, Stick Games, Canoe Races AUGUST 16 *Community Dinner SEPTEMBER 14 Clean Up Day *Community Dinners are subject to change Swinomish events are listed in bold


Questions? Call or text Tracy James (360) 540.2702 or Candace Casey (360) 982.8584

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SWINOMISH DAYS SCHEDULE Friday, August 11 thru Sunday, August 13 POWWOW


Friday, August 11 | Grand Entry, 7pm Saturday, August 12 | Grand Entry, 12pm and 7pm Sunday, August 13 | Grand Entry, 12pm and 7pm

Saturday, August 12 | Games start, 1pm True double elimination FREE if registered by 12pm 12 & under; 15 & under: 18 & under; 19 & up

CANOE RACES Friday, Saturday, Sunday | Races start at *12pm *Time may change due to tide

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Coming of Age in Akwesasne:

THE BEAUTY IS UNDER THE HUSK Article and Photos by Matika Wilbur, Project 562

A few weeks ago I witnessed a beautiful group of young Haudenosaunees complete their rites of passage through Ohero:kon (o-ho-lo-go), where they emerged from “under the husk” as fully selfactualized, honorable young adults—a truly rare experience for this day and age. It’s a wonderful thing to watch aunties, uncles, clan mothers, chiefs, mama bears, and younger siblings groom young people to become Onkehonwe: the real people—young indigenous thinkers who provide so much hope for our future generations. Ohero:kon is not an easy process. It’s a four-year commitment during which nieces and nephews will gather every Sunday in the longhouse for 20 weeks throughout the winter months preparing themselves for adulthood. They will learn to build a fire using traditional sparked fl int and dry grass; they will listen to advice from their elders on topics ranging from intergenerational trauma, to traditional health and wellness practices, to how to foster healthy, loving relationships.

Graduates of Ohero:kon.

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They will plant seeds and tend traditional threesister gardens of corn, beans, and squash. They will make regalia, learn their traditional songs, and practice their own indigenous languages. But maybe most important, they will learn their own strength and go on spiritual fasts in the woods until they are eventually ready, in their fourth year, to spend four days and four nights in the woods without food, drink, or contact. The aunties and uncles will prepare them with incredible care. Just as a farmer tends to his seeds— watering, singing, grooming, and ensuring light—so will the aunties and uncles tend to their precious seedling nieces and nephews. They will help them choose their places in the woods, help them build their lodges, protect them with sacred tobacco, and

"Ohero:kon is about planting seeds. Seeds of knowledge. Seeds of hope. Seeds that make leaders." -Louise Wakerakats:te Bear (Mama Bear)

from every wall, and several workstations for gourdpainting, stick-carving, moccasin-making, and corngrinding. I understand that it still serves as a community space for the growing and nourishment of all kinds of things, including children. It’s an indigenous woman’s dream, with a fireplace, a sweat lodge, and traditional arbor in the back yard.

while they fast, will tend the fire and look to the tree people to watch over their beloved children. Most of the preparations will commence at a place called Kaneni:io [gan-a-he-yo: good seed] or down the road at Tsionkwanatiio [joan-gwan-a-dee-yo], beautiful facilities nestled along the Saint Lawrence river. And the spaces feel epic.

Of course, Ohero:kon wasn’t realized overnight. It has been developing organically over the past 14 years. It was the vision brought to fruition by many— Louise Wakerakats:te Bear in particular, known to many by her moniker, Mama Bear. “The need for Ohero:kon came at a time when our community had a lot of social distress,” Bear said. “It was just through the prayers of mothers wanting to do something different that we formalized Ohero:kon.”

Think back to those beautiful scenes of the Shire, hobbit land, in the first Lord of the Rings movie and you will kind of get the mental picture: Rolling hills hug luscious bright green trees where massive fields of fresh grass and fertile gardens all seem to touch the sky.

(In an earlier version of this piece that was published in the Indian Country Today, for brevity’s sake, we neglected to recognize the contributions of Turtle Clanmother Delia Cook for this revival and carrying out rites of passage for previous generations. Those who benefited from her guidance and tutelage have asked us to include as a matter of honor and respect, of which she is certainly more than worthy. Respect and honor, too, for all of the other teachers who since time immemorial have carried out various coming-of-age ceremonies.) Bear explains that the rites of passage ceremony was given in the original Haudenosaunee creation story, a tradition that has been happening since the beginning of time: sw d bš qyuuqs News e e

At one point, Kaneni:io was going to be the new site for the Freedom School, until funding wasn’t achieved and development was halted, leaving it a mostly finished, barn-like space full of sprouting seeds under ultraviolet light, braided corn hanging


Coming of Age in Akwesasne: The Beauty is Under the Husk

“It happened in Skyworld,” she said. “An uncle takes his sister’s children when he realized that they were children of destiny…so he set them aside from the rest and put them under the husk,” covering them the way corn ears are swathed in their husks, because they were destined to fulfi ll a prophecy.

pregnancy, self-harm, all those things that are going on in our communities,” Fox said.

“In our language we call corn o’he: ra which means ‘it’s fully husked,’” said Bear. “It’s not until the corn is ripe that you begin to peel back the layers of husk to get to the regenerative seed. When our children hit puberty, we begin to pull back the layers and equip them with knowledge about who they are. A big part of Ohero:kon is to offer them knowledge about their creation story so they can understand the genesis of our selves…so they know who they are before they become influenced by other people.”

“The youth who fully commit to the Ohero:kon will learn their purpose in life at a younger age,” Fox said. It’s a tough program, she emphasized, with not all of them making it through.

Co-founder, educator, and fi lmmaker Katsitsionni Fox said that Ohero:kon was created as a change agent for Akwesasne. “It was something we could do for the youth to keep them away from drugs, teen

Ohero:kon Graduation Ceremony.

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Bear delved into Mohawk history to retrieve the ceremony, said Fox, gathering knowledge keepers together and plumbing dreams.

“Sometimes they will make it one year, then they won’t come back,” Fox said. “It’s the ones that are really invested that will stay for all four years.” For those who stick it out, “it really alters their path,” she said. “It makes them find their purpose sooner. They don’t waste a lot of time.” Being in ceremony together brings them closer, connecting them with each other and the community,

Coming of Age in Akwesasne: The Beauty is Under the Husk

Fox added. Fox has made a beautiful fi lm about the program, including a trailer. Once the fourth-years come out of their fast, they look shiny and new, glowing with accomplishment and a radiance that is hard to describe. At their graduation ceremony, the fourth-year nieces and nephews shared what they’ve learned with tribal leaders. Bear recalled one of her most memorable experiences, with a niece who had a dream about the Thunder Beings. “In this dream, or vision, she met the Thunder Beings, and they told her their names in the Mohawk language, and we were able to record that and revitalize those names,” said Bear. “And now, when we burn tobacco for the Thunder Beings in the spring and in the fall, we acknowledge those names.” Several of the nieces and nephews even brought back stories to encourage their people to return to traditional food systems, Bear said. One of the nephews this year dreamed that he came out of his fast and went to the sacred fire and nobody

was there, so he went to kaneni:io and found it also empty, and then he went to the longhouse and nobody was there either. He realized that all of the culture bearers were gone, that he would have to carry the culture forward, that he was the last one. Then he woke up, grateful to know there were still culture bearers to guide him, and grateful that he will be able to carry his culture forward. Ohero:kon has become a driving force mobilizing the community, Bear said, and has healed a lot of divisions as the community committed to working together “ for the love of our children,” she said. “Ohero:kon reduced the crime rate. It reduced teen pregnancy. It reduced juvenile delinquency. But most important, it also returned a lot of young people back to our longhouses.” Ohero:kon is about planting seeds. Seeds of knowledge. Seeds of hope. Seeds that make leaders. Or as my beautiful niece Quinna Hamby describes it, “It connected me to community. I know that my community will always forgive me. That I can go back to them. I know that I am a traditional person, and even though I might be going away to college, I can always come home.”

Project 562

Matika Wilbur is a member of the Swinomish and Tulalip tribes of the State of Washington where she was raised in a family of commercial fishermen. Before focusing on photography as a tool for social justice, Matika received her teaching certification and worked in primary education at the Tulalip Tribe tribal school for five years. There, she experienced firsthand the lack of educational resources to teach indigenous intelligence and became dismayed that the curriculum being taught did not provide Native youths with positive imagery and understanding—thus began the momentum behind Project 562. In 2012, Matika Wilbur sold everything in her Seattle apartment and created Project 562, which reflects her commitment to visit, engage, and photograph all 562 plus Native American sovereign territories in the United States. This project has driven her to travel hundreds of thousands of miles, many in her RV the “Big Girl”, but also by train, plane, boat, and on foot across all 50 states. The 'Kickstarter' helped fund Matika's project with a large community of online supporters. Everyone that supported her journey, welcomed her, helped host but were complete strangers who soon became friends and shared the aspirations of the artist and her project, she reflects a remarkable way of being an artist in the contemporary world.

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Mission Blue Released in 2014, Mission Blue looks into the legendary work of Dr. Sylvia Earle, one of the world’s foremost oceanographers. Her career of exploring and protecting the Earth’s oceans is dedication and perseverance defined. Her mission is simple: save the Earth’s oceans through the creation of “hope spots,” a global network of protected marine areas that aim to restore the health of the oceans, the “blue heart of the planet.” The film offers a rare glimpse underwater, providing a unique visual understanding of the diversity and complexity of underwater ecosystems. Discussing the effects of open water nuclear testing, run-off of commercial agriculture pollution, over-harvesting, and rising sea temperatures, Mission Blue takes a hard look at the many factors compromising oceanic health today.

Mission Blue Quotes to Think About "Think of a world without an ocean, you've got a planet a lot like Mars." “No ocean, no life. No ocean, no us." “There needs to be a real rethinking unless we decide that nature is going to exist in a museum in a few small places.” "The sad fact of it is that the ocean could be empty and still look the same. It's a very hard thing to convey what's happening, how it will affect you personally.” “I see a world that has changed enormously just in my lifetime. Sixty years ago people thought we could do no harm.”

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This film speaks to a wide range of audiences through its use of stunningly colorful and engaging videography; diagrams and graphs; and firsthand accounts of the earth’s rapidly changing oceans. It offers a shocking glimpse into abuses of oceanic resources, and leaves a viewer feeling motivated and inspired to do something. sw d bš qyuuqs News e e


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

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As a young boy, Thomas Edison's parents removed him from school after teachers told them he was 'unteachable.' Pursuing his passion of inventing, he obtained 1,093 patents during his career, including for the light bulb and the alkaline battery. Edison is famous for saying that genius is "one percent inspiration and ninety-nine perspiration."

J.K. Rowling, author of the infamous Harry Potter books, struggled to find a publisher for book one of the series. She was rejected by twelve different publishers, and the firm who finally purchased Rowling's manuscript told the author to "get a day job."

Source: www.growthink.


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The salal berry is the most common forest understory shrub in our region, it forms an almost continuous shrub layer in many drier coniferous forests and is also common in some wet or boggy coniferous forests. The salal berry is a shrub that spreads by layering, suckering and sprouting. The branched stems are hairy and the height varies. The leaves are alternate, evergreen, leathery, thick, shiny, egg-shaped. They are sharply and finely toothed. The flowers are white or pinkish, urn-shaped, with 5-15 flowers at the ends of the branch. Flower stalks bend so that flowers are all oriented in one direction. The fruits are reddish-blue to dark-purple 'berries', they are actually fleshy sepals. The fruits are edible. The dark juicy berries were in many places on the Northwest Coast the most plentiful and important fruit for aboriginal peoples. They were eaten both fresh and dried into cakes.


The salal berry grows in coniferous forests, rocky bluffs, to the seashore, in low to medium elevations.

Salal berries

Salal Berry Ice Cream Sandwich 1 pint (about 3 cups) salal berries 3/4 cup sugar Pinch salt 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 cup whole milk 1 cup heavy cream 16 to 20 graham crackers In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine berries, sugar, and salt; cook, stirring often, until sugar dissolves, 3 to 4 minutes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 2 to 3 minutes. Add lemon juice. Puree cooked berries in batches, filling blender no more than halfway each time. Strain into a bowl; refrigerate until chilled. Stir milk and cream into berry mixture. Pour into ice cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to freezer until firm enough to hold its shape, about 30 minutes. To assemble, spread about 3/4 cup ice cream on one graham cracker; top with another cracker. Press lightly, and freeze again until firm. Note: You will need an ice cream maker for this recipe. sw d bť qyuuqs News e e

Salal berry flowers


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left out of doors. Drainage holes that are located on the sides collect enough water for mosquitoes to develop in. Clean clogged roof gutters on an annual basis, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug up the drains. Roof gutters are easily overlooked but can produce many mosquitoes each season.

Mosquito activity around the home can be reduced significantly by decreasing the amount of standing water available for larval mosquito habitat.

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Empty anything that holds standing water - unused swimming pools, old tires, buckets, plastic covers, and toys. Change water in your birdbaths, fountains, wading pools and animal troughs at least twice week. Recycle unused containers that may collect water bottles, cans, and buckets. Make sure roof gutters drain properly and clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall. Fix leaky outdoor faucets and sprinklers.

Control Mosquitoes

Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers that have accumulated on your property. Pay special attention to discarded tires that may have accumulated on your property. The used tire has become the most important domestic mosquito producer. Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are

Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used. A swimming pool that is left untended by a family that goes on vacation for a month can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhood-wide complaints. Be aware that mosquitoes may develop in the water that collects on swimming pool covers. Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property. Mosquitoes will develop in any puddle that lasts more than 4 days. Often people use a tarp to cover items such as firewood or boats. Always keep the tarp tight and drain any water off the surface. Any depressions in the tarp can hold enough water to produce many mosquitoes each week. Boats can hold rainwater. Make sure the plug in the bottom of the boat is open so water can drain from it. Or better yet, put your boat in the garage or turn it over so it can't hold any water. Habitat management in your yard may be of benefit. While mosquitoes do not reproduce in tall grass or shrubs, any areas with shade may serve to harbor mosquitoes during the daytime. If you can keep grass cut short (4 inches or less), keep shrubs and trees trimmed, and keep low brush away from the areas you like to use in your yard, you may be able to minimize your exposure to mosquitoes. Sun and wind will help to keep large numbers of mosquitoes away from your area. Source: WA Department of Health- Zoonotic Disease Program & Centeral Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project

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"Not only are they a nuisance, mosquitoes pose a serious health threat to people. Disease can be spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Over 40 different mosquito species can be found in Washington, and many are vectors for diseases, such as West Nile virus, western equine encephalitis and St. Louis encephalitis." (WA Department of Health-Zoonotic Disease Program)

Turn over plastic kiddie pools when not in use. A kiddie pool becomes a significant mosquito producer if it is not emptied on a regular basis. Also turn over wheelbarrows and do not allow water to stagnate in bird baths. Both provide breeding habitat for domestic mosquitoes. Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens are fashionable but become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate.


'Standing Together' Canoe Journey

Swinomish Landing

JULY 22 — Swinomish hosted several canoes who made the journey up from Tulalip, a 10-hour paddle. The guests were fed and as the evening went on, songs were shared in the Swinomish Smokehouse throughout the night. Everyone who was traveling through the San Juan route moved on the next morning to Samish, then to Lopez and beyond. On August 5, all paddlers are due to arrive at Campbell River, British Colombia; the paddlers will have made the journey to the Standing Together Tribal Journeys 2017 where more songs, culture, and traditions will be shared.

Photo Courtesty of Robin Carneen

A huge shout out to Bridgette Solomon for taking the following photos for the qyuuqs News Staff!

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Lone Tree Beach Nourishment Lindsay T. Logan, Department of Environmental Protection

We often think of the landscape around us as a constant, something unalterable and unchangeable from one generation to the next. As climate change progresses, however, we find that this is not always the case. Lone Tree Point stands as a prime example. Erosion, while a natural process, appears to have accelerated along Reservation beaches in the past couple of decades. The Swinomish people depend on these beaches, now and throughout history, to provide physical and spiritual sustenance as well as provide places for community gatherings. Today Lone Tree Point remains a place to acknowledge and celebrate the heritage of Swinomish fishing. Traditions such as beach seining, shellfish harvesting, and clambakes still continue there. The need to preserve and protect the culturally significant ecology of the area drives habitat restoration efforts. In late summer 2015, Chairman Brian Cladoosby sent an email to the community that included a photo of the spit at Lone Tree (the area between the tree and the interpretive center) inundated with water. “Sophie and I have spent many years down here at Lone Tree beach seining,” he said in his email. “This is a first. We need a restoration project to reclaim our beach.” The Chairman convened a meeting at Lone Tree Point with representatives from Skagit River System Cooperative, Department of Environmental Protection, Environmental Policy, and Fisheries shortly thereafter. Taking into account the sediment drift; shellfish and forage fish habitat needs; maintenance requirements; and sea level rise projections, a draft restoration plan was created. The Tribe made plans to install fill that mimics the existing beach (beach nourishment) and add gravel composed of grain sizes similar to what currently exists at the site. It was agreed that this should be considered “emergency restoration” because, as the Chairman said, “We’re losing our land.” After many months of permitting with the Army Corps of Engineers, the plan to widen Lone Tree beach between 22 sw d bš qyuuqs News

the tree and the interpretive center to its historical width and height was put into action. The beach nourishment efforts will help provide habitat for fish and provide more fishing grounds for fishermen. Over the years tribal fishermen have seen a decline in fish stocks. It is likely there will be no pink salmon harvest this year due to low numbers. Benefits of the beach nourishment at Lone Tree will include increased complexity of benthic habitat and increased potential for water filtering organisms through replenishment of lost beach material. Greater habitat complexity means the area will be more attractive for fish in these waters. In an effort to avoid conflicts with forage fish spawning and out-migration of juvenile salmonids, project construction began in July during designated work windows. With the completion of this beach nourishment project, we hope to see essential Swinomish traditions preserved for many generations to come.

“When I was a young boy my grandparents had their plywood shack right off the corner of this building. It was one of many shacks that were here at Lone Tree every summer. The whole community spent the summer here together – fishing and clamming.” – Tribal Senator, Kevin Paul

Chairman Cladoosby's 2015 photograph

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Reductions to Marine-related Emissions Through Diesel Fishing Vessel Engine Repowers Jacinda Mainord, Air Quality Analyst Lynette Ikebe, Air Quality Technician

With summertime weather and fishing runs upon us, we often times find ourselves drawn to the water. After all, being on or near the water restores and replenishes us. As preserving and protecting this essential resource is vital, we are proud to announce we have reduced environmental exposure to air-related combustion products on 23 fishing vessels in our tribal fishing fleet through grant funds made available by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). Three USEPA grants provided support for upgrading older diesel marine engines to new, cleaner burning diesel engines.

sea trials following the installation of their new engines. Old engines were recycled and decommissioned to ensure they would not continue to emit on the waters surrounding the Swinomish Reservation. Thank you to all the tribal boat owners who participated in this program and helped make this project a true achievement! We would not have had such great success in reducing emissions from marine vessels without your participation. *This project was made possible with funding through the USEPA.

Through the use of emissions models provided by the USEPA, we predict up to 78% reductions in particulate matter emissions and up to 47% reductions in gasphase nitrogen oxides based on average usage of these 23 vessels. In addition to emissions reductions from the cleaner burning diesel engines, another strategy for reducing emissions includes proper engine maintenance. We distributed engine maintenance log books to each vessel owner participating in the program. These log books also guide operators through optimal maintenance of their new engines. Further, the installation of shore power pedestals on the fisherman’s and fish pier docks make it so operators do not need to use their boat generators for power while docked. The addition of these power pedestals reduces exposure to those on or near the fishing vessels as well as those who work in nearby tribal offices and live around or frequent the area.

Shore Power Pedestal

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Indian Country Police Officer Graduates:

Shaun Beasley & Tanner Wilbur

From Left: Joe Bailey, Shaun Beasley, Tanner Wilbur.

JULY 7 — After 13 weeks of disciplined instruction in the Indian Country Police Officer Training Program, Shaun Beasley and Tanner Wilbur graduated from the United States Indian Police Academy with the CLASS 163. The graduation ceremony was held at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico. Tanner Wilbur did the honor of presenting the class address at the ceremony, and both students were honored with awards for driving. Congratulations Shaun and Tanner, way to represent the Swinomish Tribe!



AUGUST 25, 10-2 PM Dental Clinic Parking Lot Does your child ride properly secured in


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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.

Energy Saving Tips • • • • • • • • •

When washing laundry, avoid overloading or under-loading your machines. Wash clothes in cold water. Avoid over-drying, and clean the lint filter every time you dry clothes to decrease drying time. Many electronics draw power even when they are turned off. Plug items such as TVs, DVD players, and game consuls into power strips that you can switch off when not in use. Set the thermostat to 68°F or lower when you're at home and awake, and lower by 7°F to 10°F when you're asleep or away. Install and properly set a programmable thermostat to make this happen automatically. If you have baseboard heaters, turn the thermostat down or off in unoccupied rooms and close the door. Do not do this if you have a furnace or heat pump. Keep dampers closed when a fireplace is not in use. During colder months, create a “warm room.” When possible, only heat the part of your house where you spend the most time. During heating season, replace your furnace filters every two months. When cooking, match your pots and pans to the proper-sized burner. If you have an older refrigerator or freezer, listen to see if the motor/compressor runs constantly. If so, you may need repair service to check for low refrigerant. Another cause may be a leaky door gasket. Think about whether you need that second fridge or freezer in the garage or basement. Older units can cost more than $100 a year to power.

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Clambake Honoring Marie Charles Phoebe Keryte, Community Health Program Intern

I am excited to intern for the Swinomish Tribe’s Community Environmental Health Program for the summer! I attended my first clambake during my first week. Participating in the event was a unique experience to bond with Swinomish Community members over traditional foods. Experiencing this type of bond is essential to native cultures throughout Indian country. The weather, food, and presence of community made me feel right at home. I learned about traditional foods and enjoyed sampling clams, strawberry-infused water, nettle tea, pickleweed, wood sorrel, kelp, and salmon. This experience with the Swinomish people was an amazing introduction to my internship. I know the rest of my time here will be equally amazing. The clambake celebrated Swinomish’s honored elder Marie Charles. She was quite pleased with the children’s presentation and was particularly touched by the mural they painted for her. Marie’s portrait included animals and a canoe, which the children read about in their Lushootseed language class. There were also jellyfish, hawks, sea stars, and many Marie Charles Lushootseed words. The children’s language teacher Alana Quintasket explained that a recent book they read told of a hawk who was eaten by an octopus.

Marie shared her memories of walking to Kiket beach with her mother as a young child. She lived at the top of the road above Kiket and showed photos of the house she lived in. Marie’s brother and children also shared stories of their early experiences on Kiket, including clam digging and beach seining.

Swinomish youth painting a mural of Marie Charles.

This memorable experience was rejuvenating for our spirits as we gathered to reconnect over traditional foods and storytelling. I learned how much perseverance and resilience the Swinomish Tribe has. My community back home has faced hardships with defining our people’s relationship with the land; for me to step foot on Kukutali Preserve was a moment of being thankful. The stories of the history of Kukutali Preserve and its return to the community represents the resilience and perseverance the ancestors of Swinomish have carried. I am thankful for spending my summer with the Swinomish Tribe and learning about your culture! Ahéhéé, thank you!

Meet Phoebe Keryte: New Community Health Program Intern Yá'át'ééh, hello! My name is Phoebe Keryte. I am from Navajo Nation as well as Pueblo (Santa Ana and Isleta). I graduated from Northwest Indian College this past June and, starting this fall, will attend Western Washington University to complete my bachelor’s degree in the Community Health Program.

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Meet Sonni Tadlock: Community Health Education Coordinator

As a Native Environmental Scientist I wanted to share with you a little about my educational journey, how I got here and where I am going next. By sharing my story I hope to inspire many native students to pursue a career in science. It is my goal to let you know that a science career can be incorporated into your culture. My undergraduate research was based in the southern gulf islands of British Columbia on the traditional clam garden rock walls in the territories of the Hul'q'umi'num and WSÁNEĆ First Nations. The low tides were utilized to construct and maintain the beaches, and the rocks from the higher intertidal were placed at the lowest intertidal line to increase the trapping of sediment behind the rock wall terraces (Groesbeck, 2014). My study quantified the traditional invertebrate food species (like crab and sea cucumber) available at the rock wall and compared it to a nonmodified beach. This project was part of a larger project in conjunction with Parks Canada that is restoring the clam garden beaches in the southern gulf islands. This project is one of the first collaborations between first nations and the federal government. These two governments are working together to restore the ancient technology of clam

Russell Island Clam Garden Restoration Day

gardens by working with a traditional working knowledge group to advise in the restoration and management of these ancient beaches. By conducting my own research project as an intern at NWIC I was able to determine the methods used and how that data was distributed. This was a very empowering experience as a young indigenous researcher. Swinomish Environmental Health Analyst, Jamie Donatuto, in conjunction with the Fisheries department has put in an application for a Washington SeaGrant to build the first documented clam garden in the US. This project, if funded, will start in 2018. Throughout this project, we will engage community members and regional scientists to sit together as an expert knowledge group and guide where the clam garden will be built. This work will complete the first of a four-phase clam garden plan to enhance native clam populations, support local food security, provide ecological and cultural benefits, and promote the integration of traditional ecological knowledge in contemporary resource management and climate change adaptation strategies. Starting in the fall of 2017, I will start working on my Masters of Public Health degree, concentrating on environmental health. If the clam garden project receives funding, I will be the graduate student on that project. My background has supported my academic goals of working with indigenous communities and conducting culturally relevant research. I am very honored to be able to work with Coast Salish communities around traditional foods, traditional ecological knowledge and science as my career. sw d bš qyuuqs News 27 e e

Hello, my name is Sonni Tadlock. I am a direct descendant of the Okanogan band of the Colville Tribe. I completed a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Native Environmental Science at Northwest Indian College, with a concentration on indigenous food systems of the Salish Sea, in the spring of 2016. The summer after graduation I was chosen for an internship with the Swinomish Community Environmental Health program where I developed a curriculum based on the traditional 13 lunar cycle calendar of Swinomish. I currently work as the Environmental Health Education Coordinator for the Tribe.

NEW PLAYGROUND AT SWADABS PARK Todd Mitchell, Director of Department of Environmental Protection

The new playground will be installed between the northern cedar hat pavilion and the existing daycare playground.

Exciting news! The new playground at Swadabs Park will be ready for play soon. This new attraction will be located between the northernmost cedar hat pavilion and the existing daycare playground, just down the stairs between the Social Services Building and Youth Center. This playground is designed to mimic a “natural” play area, with climbing and activity structures made from tree trunks, logs, and root wads for our slightly older children to climb on and, more importantly, play outside! We brought our initial design to the 2016 Education Dinner for youth input, which helped us to prioritize playground elements in the case funding ran short.

However, we are happy to say we anticipate building the following:

PLAYGROUND ELEMENTS • • • • • • • • • • • •

Rock stairway Climbing wall Foot bridge Slides Stepping rocks & posts Sand box & log discs Log step climber Log stepping swing Tree log tunnel Large logs for climbing Log step frame & scramble net Fenced native planting areas

This playground was envisioned during the original concept phase of Swadabs Park. However,

construction funding was not available during Phase 1 in 2011 (this included habitat restoration of the beaches and construction of the hats) and Phase 2 in 2015 (this included the path, landscape, and restroom improvements). The project has since been made possible by a grant we received from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office in 2016. The new Swadabs play area is separate from the daycare playground upgrades, but construction on the two projects will start at the same time. We plan to complete the natural play area this fall, and greatly look forward to seeing Swinomish youth at play!

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Swinomish Charitable Contribution Luncheon

Alger Food Bank American Red Cross Argus Fund Bethany Covenant Church Boys & Girls Clubs, Skagit County Brigid Collins House Center for Environmental Law & Policy Community Action of Skagit County Compass Health Diaper Bank of Skagit County Earthjustice First Tee – Anacortes Kiwanis Friendship House Helping Hands Food Bank Island County Historical Society Museum Island Hospital Foundation La Conner Library Foundation La Conner Parks Commission La Conner Sunrise Food Bank La Conner Community Scholarship Fund Leadership Skagit Love, Inc. Museum of Northwest Art North Cascades Institute Orcas Island Historical Museum Penn Cove Water Festival

Relay for Life Ronald McDonald House Salvation Army Seattle Children’s Hospital Senior Services of Island County Skagit County Historical Museum Skagit Council on Aging Skagit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services Skagit Preschool and Resource Center Skagit Valley College Foundation Skagit Valley Herald Christmas Fund Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation Skagit Valley Neighbors in Need Skagit/Island Head Start South Whidbey Historical Society The NOAH Center Tri-Parish Food Bank United General Hospital Western Environmental Law Center Whidbey General Hospital YMCA Young Life Youth Dynamics

“The gift that we receive from Swinomish is going to Camp Mariposa. It serves 6,000 plus kids ages 9-12 who face substance abuse issues in their home. We wouldn’t be able to do it without the help of [the] Swinomish Tribe.” - Jared Drozdowski, Compass Health

“I had a dream to start an orchard. I shared my dream with the Tribe, and a few days later they sent me a letter, and they’re going to give us enough tala, enough money, to build our orchard. We like to say we are more than a food bank; we are a resource center.” - Jose Ortiz, Tri-Parish Food Bank

“We have a children’s advocacy center, which in part is what these funds support. This is a one-stop shop to help children heal from abuse. For all the kids that we are helping, I am so grateful because in ten years they will be healthy adults. Thank you Swinomish, for investing in us, in them, in our future.” - Byron Manering, Brigid Collins Family Support Center

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JUNE 29 — The Swinomish Tribe’s annual Charitable Contribution Luncheon brought 49 local organizations together at the Wa Walton Event Center for an afternoon that several attendees referred to as “inspirational” and “uplifting.” Senator Kevin Paul, Senator Barb James, and Swinomish Environmental Policy Advisor Larry Wasserman hosted the event, expressing the Tribe’s tremendous gratitude for their ability to give back to organizations who work diligently in elevating their communities through supportive services. At this year’s luncheon the Swinomish Tribe donated a total of $228,500 to the following organizations:

Brent Bobb Jr. Attends SEAHAWKS YOUTH FOOTBALL A young boy's dream came true! Brent Bobb Jr. received the opportunity to attend the Seahawks Skills Camp (CenturyLink Field), Russell Wilson Passing Academy (Husky Stadium) and the Pro Camp with Earl Thomas (Eastside Catholic School-Lake Sammamish). Brent received one-on-one instruction at each camp from team players such as Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin, Deshawn Shead, Kasen Williams, C.J Prosise, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas.

Seahawks Skills Camp held at CentryLink Field. Camp participants with Camp Head Coach Jim Zorn.

Brent was one of 200 participants who attended the Pro Camp with Earl Thomas. The campers worked on offensive skills such as: wide receiver out-toes unbound, running back-stance with swing pass & hands off, and wide receiver-slant to slant go. Brent Jr. will never forget this experience of attending the Seahawks Youth Football this summer!

Russell Wilson Passing Academy

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Pro Camp with Earl Thomas

Russell Wilson Passing Academy

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All August 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 Keep on Keeping on: Being Family Diane Vendiola

We do not typically discuss the rights and responsibilities that bind us with our families; though it seems to me that what is important is that we persevere in doing the things we do to be a family. Babies come to learn about family after the shock and awe of being born; it is the first human experience of a relationship. We need relationships in order to survive, beginning with our birth into this world. My mother and father never spoke to me much about the rights and responsibilities of being a family member. However, the tones in their voices, their glares of displeasure and disappointment, and sometimes their despair, spoke volumes about what was appropriate for their oldest child of four—me. On the rare occasion that my father used words to express what I should

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learn about being a member of our family, he spoke the Filipino phrase “haysoosmariehosep!” He would utter this phrase when he was astounded, when asking for Godly intervention, or when he was thoroughly disappointed with the behavior of a family member. On one particular occasion when I was 7 years old and my brother Junior was 5, we snuck into my father’s ‘forbidden’ closet, opened his cigar box, and took out a cigar to smoke. When my father caught us lighting that cigar, “haysoosmariehosep!” was his phrase of choice. It is absolutely fantastic the things you come to learn when you get older. At the time, I did not fully understand why my father was so disappointed, disgusted, and despairing of the cigar incident. I did not understand his concern of whether or not my brother and I would grow up to be prosperous

members of any family, my father’s beloved family in particular. I did not understand because we were only going to smoke a cigar that my dad seemed to enjoy every day, and twice when we had a party! Now, almost 70 years later, I realize that as the eldest sibling, I was expected to help with my parents' responsibilities in the family, such as childrearing and modeling proper behavior for my younger siblings. In the absence of a parent, I was to carry on my mother’s responsibilities. Haysoosmariehosep! I recall that long ago memory and realize that we were not living up to Dad’s hopes and dreams of being harmonious, disciplined, responsible members of our family! It’s true we do not necessarily discuss what unites one individual to the others in a family unit. If we did, I imagine it might resemble the Pledge of Allegiance we used to recite every single school morning as we stood together facing the American flag in the corner of the room. We persevere to maintain family and, for the most part, these types of responsibilities to maintain family continue to remain the same.

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Milk served with all meals.

Pork Ribs, Biscuits Seasoned Green Beans Corn on the Cob Cantaloupe

Lasagna Mixed Green Salad French Bread Nectarines

Eggs, Bacon Pancake Mixed Berries Vegetable Juice





Tuna Salad Sandwich Chips Vegetable Tray, Dip Fresh Berries

Chicken Alfredo Egg Noddles Steamed Vegetables Grapes

Split Pea and Ham Soup Oven Rolls, Crackers Mixed Green Salad Fresh Peaches

Egg and Potato Casserole Toast Cucumber, Tomatoes Cantaloupe

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Chicken Patty Sandwich Chips Coleslaw Fresh Berries

Beef Tacos Beans, Rice Lettuce, Tomato, Onion Jell-O with Fruit

Pork Roast and Gravy Red Potatoes, Rolls Carrots Applesauce

Boiled Eggs Oatmeal Bar, Toast Mixed Berries Vegetable Juice

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Hamburgers, Cheese Lettuce, Tomato, Onion Chips Watermelon

Chicken Adobo Rice Steamed Vegetables Grapes

Ham Macaroni and Cheese Mixed Vegetables Cantaloupe

Eggs, Bacon Pancake Mixed Fruit Salad Vegetable Juice

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BLT Sandwich Clam Chowder Fresh Fruit Bowl

Spaghetti and Meat Sauce Garlic Bread Mixed Green Salad Mandarin Oranges

Meatloaf and Gravy Rice Spinach Fresh Peaches

Eggs, Sausage Potatoes, Bread Cut Tomatoes Mixed Fruit Salad

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Housing for Adults in Recovery

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(360) 466.3163


(360) 466.7345


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Counseling Services

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Senior Center

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Village Chevron

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Swinomish Casino & Lodge

(360) 293.2691

Healthy Community Tip Line (360) 588.2770

Swinomish Police

Dial 911 for emergencies

Housing & Utility Authority

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Tribal Archive

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Human Resources

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Tribal Court

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Family Services

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Wellness Program

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Medical Clinic

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NWIC-Swinomish Site

(360) 255.4435


(360) 466.7280

Recovery House Youth Center

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CURRENT OPEN POSITIONS - As of July 19, 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: Fax applications to: (360) 299.1677 Mail or hand deliver to: Swinomish Casino & Lodge 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes, WA 98221


Youth Spirit Project Manager Youth Spirit Assistant Project Manager Chemical Dependency Professional Environmental Policy Analyst Staff Attorney Police Officer - Entry Level or Lateral

Full descriptions of the job announcements listed above are available on the Swinomish website:



HOW TO APPLY: Return completed application, cover letter, and resume to: Personnel Office Swinomish Indian Tribal Community 11404 Moorage Way La Conner, WA 98257 Fax applications to: (360) 466.1348 Or email to: Applications must be received in the Personnel Office by 5PM on or before the job closing date. Questions? Call the Personnel Office at (360) 466.1216 or (360) 466.7353


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Youth Center kids getting ready to head out for a summer outing adventure.

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