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Editor's Note Chairman's Message Notice of General Election Community Happenings It's Gift Card Day! Swinomish Institution Youth Spirit Program Swinomish Switches from Everbridge to the CodeRED... January 2019 Tide Table Madrona: A Beautiful and Wild Foods Storehouse Being Frank: Tribes Release Habitat Recovery Strategy Swinomish Tribal Enhanced Identification Cards Am I a Hero? My Journey with the Tend Gather Grow Internship Community Acts of Kindness: Cassandra Swinomish Site News: As the Seasons Change Soroptomist November Volunteer of the Month Our Officers are Everyday Heroes! Wellness: Surviving the Holidays Seattle 3 Day Mrs. V's 2 Cents Community Corner: A Poem by Michael Smith Jr. Halloween Bash Elder's Lunch Menu December Birthdays and Announcements


Every time one of my nieces or nephews sees me, do you know what happens? They come over to me with that special "it's my auntie" sparkle in their eyes. I feel like a hero every time this happens! I'm sure most of you can relate.

I love ALL of my nieces and nephews as if they are my own children. I learned this family value from my own parents, aunties, and uncles. I may not be the perfect aunt but I'm there for them when my nieces and nephews need me.

My journey of being an aunt began when my first niece was born in 1992 — I was in kindergarten. Here I am 26 years later: I now have seven nieces and two nephews. Most of them are grown adults who have left the nest and are following their own path in life. As their aunt, nothing changes about my role. It's important for me to be that wing of comfort to let them know I am here for them, no matter what!

Aunts and uncles are heroes too, we're everyday heroes!

Once I became old enough for motherhood it was never my first priority because I already had a wealth of family to care for. My Godchildren and my firstcousin's kids view me as their aunt, so I get to feel like a hero all over again.


If you are an auntie or an uncle reading this — smile, and pat yourself on the back because I applaud you for being the best hero any niece and nephew could ask for! Caroline Edwards goliahlitza


Moon to Put Your Paddles Away Late November/Late December is the"moon to put your paddles away." This moon signals a time to move indoors for the coming winter season. During the winter moons, tools, baskets and other items are constructed. Sea-run cutthroat trout, blackmouth salmon, and steelhead are fished and hunting waterfowl and game continues. Shellfish are collected and during the nighttime low tides.

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

sOladated Brian Wilbur, Treasurer (360) 588.2812 | bwilbur@

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

The mission of qyuuqs News is to provide monthly communication to Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Members near and far. We are committed to serving as an apolitical forum for the Swinomish governing officials and all Community Members. qyuuqs News is not intended to reflect the official position of the governing body at Swinomish Indian Tribal Community but rather reflects the ideas, events, and thoughts of individual Community Members and Tribal staff. As such, the Swinomish Tribe makes no claim as to the accuracy or content of any of the articles contained therein. qyuuqs News 17337 Reservation Road, La Conner, WA 98257 Phone (360) 466.7258 Fax (360) 466.1632 *SUBMISSIONS Send your news tips, stories, and photos to Submission deadline: 10th day of the month EDITORIAL Caroline Edwards, Editor |

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Many of us race through the days of our lives and every now and again pause to look back upon the faces of those who have inspired us to be who we are. When I look back I see my mom and dad; her hand in his with smiles full of love being sent my way. They touch my spirit and inspire me to always give my best. I look to my parents as the people who truly understand me. My parents are my heroes. I see the pathway my parents cleared for me and my siblings, as well as all of the children around us, as I reflect back on life. I grew up on the same land, water, and shorelines as many of you; I ran the dirt roads with my friends wearing old hand-me-down shoes; I ate salmon and potatoes at every meal as we could not afford other foods; we lived in a small house, my siblings and I had to squeeze in with old blankets. Some might agree we were what society called us— poor Indians. I say we were rich Indians—rich with the love, commitment, and strength passed down from our parents. They wrapped their riches around us by ensuring we understood what it is like to work hard, to raise our heads high and never be ashamed of who we are and where we came from. They raised us to be strong, confident, and kind to one another. Many of you have heard me share how much my mom matters to me and how very special she is. She was my mentor, my rock, my support system. Even today I can feel her arms wrapped around me with so much love (sigh). Her love was so deep and powerful that nothing can fi ll the special place she holds in our hearts. As I look to Nina and my girls, I know she has surrounded me with them and that it is their love that keeps me strong. They too are the center of my universe. I have wonderful memories of dad. Many of them

My first memory of being with dad on the water is when he was fishing grandpa Henry Cladoosby’s boat in front of the old bridge. We were fishing spring kings. I must have been about 3 or 4 years old at the time. All of us boys were on the boat with mom and dad. I then had the opportunity to fish with Uncle Ron Day who was fishing the late Tedo Edge’s boat. This was the first time I remember fishing on the river at Bald Island. I must have been about 8 years old. My next fishing experience happened with the late Uncle Chet Cayou and his daughter Ina. We were fishing humpies at Similk Bay, which was the first time I fished in the bay. We made our way to the river and cut through Martha’s Bay after we were done at Similk. I started fishing on the river on dad’s boat with my late brother Dubber in 1975. I was only 16 at time and I have never missed a season fishing on the Skagit since. dad made such a big impact on us by allowing us to fish and exercise our treaty rights. There are many who come to mind when I think of the heroes who helped grow us. There are the teachers and employees at the La Conner schools. Many of which knew my mom and had the opportunity to witness her work at the school. She really loved working with the kids, and many of you knew she let you know when you needed correction. My mom believed in the richness that an education brought Continues on PAGE 8

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come from us gearing up together for the spring fishing season. Every day is a blessing when I hear him whistling as he walks towards my house and I see him walk in the front door with a smile. I think dad walks miles between his house and mine, talking to me about getting our nets ready, talking to Nina about how much fish to put away for everyone and their plans for canning and smoking salmon. My days with dad are precious and there are times when I simply sit with him on the water in silence knowing these are the memories that will be with me forever. The splash of the water on the boat, the cry of the eagle, the quiet sound of my dad’s breath, and rain on our faces—these are the memories that make me grateful for growing up rich with the water under my feet, a salmon in my hand, and my dad smiling with me.





COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS DECEMBER 12 Gift Card Day | 10AM-6PM @ Youth Center See details on PAGE 10 DECEMBER 19 *Community Dinner | 6PM @ Youth Center DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve Party | 11AM @ Youth Center *Community Dinners are subject to change

HOLIDAYS DECEMBER 24-25 Christmas Holiday JANUARY 1 New Years Day JANUARY 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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to all of us and she pushed me to be a good student. Mom understood the challenges life gave us, as she came from a poor background growing up. She valued the importance of education and made sure her kids graduated. My two older brothers got their GED’s and the rest of us were able to receive our diplomas from La Conner. Her commitment to education runs deep within me and my family to this day. La Conner School District teachers had a big impact in my life, from when I was a young man walking across the bridge with my friends. The school was a place of hope for the future, and our teachers gave us the foundation to be survivors. Often in my career today, there are teachers who come up to me with pride and love in their eyes, knowing that they helped make me stronger and to believe in myself. They gave us to tools to survive against a government that for years had planned to destroy our way of life. I was built to protect our people, and in order to do that, I needed the love and teachings of my parents, plus the tools from my teachers to survive in a world that did not want us. Don’t get me wrong, I am not bitter, I am a realist. I was so blessed to be surrounded by such great teachers and leaders as I moved into adulthood and started to serve on the Senate. Many of you remember the late Landy James and how fortunate it was to have him as a role model at La Conner. When I was a freshman he was our Biology teacher as well as our football and baseball coach. He was so positive. He built our self-esteem and always looked at the glass as half full. Many of the things he taught me through classes and sports still sticks with me today. 8 sw d bť qyuuqs News

Like many of you, I grew up attending many funerals. I was able to listen numerous times to the late Morris Dan, Dewey Mitchell, Dave Joe, Ray Charles, Richard Peters, Chet Cayou Sr., Pete Fornsby and so many others. They laid a foundation for me on how I would help my people during funerals. I did my first funeral in 1989, and have been doing that work for my people because of the opportunity to listen to these great leaders. If we all reflect we will look no further than our communities to see how certain individuals have played such an important role in our lives. I can go on and on to show you we have to look no further then within our own communities to find those role models. I have had the opportunity to travel around the country as your Chairman and as past President of NCAI and have been able to speak to many youth. I always remember that I only have one opportunity to make a first impression and when these kids leave I want them to feel that when they grow up they think to themselves, I want to be like him. I will continue to reach back and take the hands of those young ones and share with them my teachings. Thank you to our heroes, leaders, and those who have loved us. Nina and I are blessed to be here with all of you. We pass on our love and knowledge, as this is just who we are as Swinomish people. spee pots Brian Cladoosby

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Attention All Enrolled Swinomish Members IT’S GIFT CARD DAY! WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12 10AM-6PM IN THE YOUTH CENTER *If you reside in Skagit, Whatcom, or Snohomish counties, YOU MUST PICK UP YOUR GIFT CARD IN PERSON.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT? The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community will hand out the following items to individuals who collect their gift card in person: • GIFT CARDS for enrolled Swinomish members • SMOKED SALMON for those who come in person • CANDY BAGS for those who come in person


Members residing outside of Skagit, Whatcom, or Snohomish County will have their gift cards sent by certified mail, unless you notify us that you will pick up in person. If you have been receiving the qyuuqs News each month in the mail, you do not need to update your mailing address. It means we already have a valid address for you. Please provide us with any addresses or phone numbers you may have of your family members residing out of the area. Social Services staff will deliver to elders, those in foster care, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and others unable to physically come to the Youth Center. All other members must come in for their own gift cards. We will not accept verbal or written authorization for others to “pick up” your gift card.

11/20/2018 - Out of the Country 12/05/2018 - Outside of Washington State 12/10/2018 - Outside of Skagit, Whatcom, or Snohomish counties

Members who are incarcerated (in prison, jail, EHD or detention) on the day of distribution (December 12, 2018) will not be receiving a gift card.


In the split household, in compliance with ICW rules and common sense, we will again give the gift card to the parent or guardian that the child physically resides with, regardless of that parent’s enrollment status. This assures that the child receives the benefit.

CANDACE CASEY (360) 466.7307 Cell - (360) 982.8584

MARY ELLEN CAYOU (360) 466.7218 Cell - (360) 982.8637

Children in middle school and high school can request to pick up their own gift cards, but cannot pick it up until school ends.

The gift card may be used in any store where the VISA logo is displayed.

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Please plan on Christmas Distribution being held on the second Wednesday of every December in future years.


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SWINOMISH INSTITUTION Whitney Meissner, Superintendent of La Conner Schools

September 29 – Swinomish Education Director Michael Vendiola coordinated and hosted a day of shared learning for over 30 members of La Conner School District staff. The elders’ panel featured stories from four representatives of Swinomish. Diane Vendiola began the conversation as the eldest elder. She opened by sharing, “It’s important always to know your past to understand your future.” She told us that on a typical Saturday, she would enjoy her breakfast while leisurely reading the New York Times. As she shared her family history, where her names originated, and her childhood experiences growing up in Seattle’s International District (then called Chinatown), the silence and attention of the audience was as palpable as her words. Education has always been and continues to be an important part of her family experience, and curiosity is something innate to her persona. Next to speak was Ray Mitchell, a long-time educator who served as one of the principals of La Conner Elementary School. His family came back to Swinomish in 1926 as fishermen. He talked of the impact the Skagit River jetties have had on fishing. He shared about his education in La Conner, at Skagit College, and in the Army, which allowed him to complete his college education through the GI Bill. He emphasized the importance of learning and knowing the treaties – particularly the right to hunt and fish in usual places and the accustomed manner of the community. Bev Peters wore orange on this day to give memory to her ancestors and survivors of boarding schools. When she was in school in the early 1950s, many were not allowed to attend a non-native school. She attended a boarding school in North Vancouver, then Kamloops, BC. She met Mr. Peters and didn’t return to school, though she did complete a GED and a clerical certificate later.

parental figure for many in her family and throughout the community. She celebrated 34 years of sobriety on the day of our gathering. After these powerful words shared by elders, we were treated to a presentation by Shelly Vendiola, daughter of Diane, sister of Michael. Shelly is faculty at Northwest Indian College, Swinomish campus, and she talked to us about the importance of considering how we respect culture and cultural icons, rather than appropriating them for our use. She talked about culture from native and non-native perspectives. It was particularly touching to hear, see, and experience how elders are honored and consulted in Swinomish. It happened multiple times during our day together. We then had the great opportunity to hear Larry Campbell speak regarding Swinomish culture. He talked about how prior to the treaties of 1855, there weren’t such things as “tribes.” There were families and bands which moved about regionally to share resources and work together. He shared that the Swinomish are known as “the Silent People,” that they hold their culture, stories, and traditions very close. This made our experiences all the more poignant to be able to hear, share, and learn together. Our school staff were deeply touched and appreciative of the opportunities presented during this day. We were gifted with so much, it is difficult to know how to say thank you adequately. This is just one more example of the incredible gift we have in our partnership with Swinomish. Thank you to all who made the day spectacular!

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Youth Spirit Program Leah Gobert, YSP Assistant Manager

Youth Spirit Holiday Celebration

Thank you Laura!

There will be a small Secret Santa/White Elephant gift exchange ($10 minimum) consisting of a pair of socks or stockings and candy between youth. There will also be a lip-sync battle, snacks, and other activities. If you plan on coming, remember to wear your best ugly Christmas sweater!

We would also like to give a big thank you for Laura Lindberg for directing our program for the first year of our 5-year grant. Laura has humbly stepped down as our director, and will continue to work alongside us under the Swinomish Counseling Services department. Let’s let the good work continue! The Youth Spirit Program is dedicated to supporting the social, emotional, physical and cultural wellbeing of AI/AN through offering after-school enhancement activities with occasional guest speakers, to provide a trauma prevention & life-skills based curriculum, and to collaborate with other programs to encompass a healthy lifestyle for our youth. REGULAR HOURS

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Youth Spirit Program Partnered with Animals As Natural Therapy

Over the summer the Youth Spirit program partnered with the Animals as Natural Therapy organization, and our participants made quite the impression on the program’s director, Sonja Wingard. During the program youth participated in puppet-making where they decorated their creations and brought them to life through storytelling. One participant gifted a gorgeous sunflower puppet to Sonja as a heartfelt gesture of appreciation. Sonja is a lymphoma cancer survivor who is still fighting her battle. After hearing this, the youth that gifted her puppet told her that “we [all] have smooth days, and rougher days, and it’s all [a] part of life.” This resonated with Sonja, who finds strength in the work she does with at-risk youth and veterans. Sonja mentioned the Youth Spirit Program in her summer newsletter under the article called “Facing Our Fears,” which you can summer-2018-newsletter. sw d bš qyuuqs News e e


Wednesday – Friday, 2:35PM to 4:30PM* *Hours may sometimes vary based on community events. Holiday Hours: We will be closed after a Holiday Celebration with our youth on December 19th at our center during regular open hours. We will resume activities back in January, we look forward to seeing everyone again! LOCATION

Our center is a safe environment for youth to come to after-school. The YSP Center is located on the La Conner School campus in a portable next to the Little Braves Club. FOR ANY QUESTIONS OR INQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT:

Tanisha Gobert, YSP Manager Phone: (360) 499.9446 Email: Leah Gobert, YSP Assistant Manager Phone: (360) 399.5805 Email:

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Switches from Everbridge to the CodeRED Community Notification System New high-speed notification solution for time-sensitive messages and alerts November 2018 – The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is proud to announce the launch of the new CodeRED community notification system to send important alerts and time-sensitive messages to those residing on the Swinomish Reservation and staff members. Along with emergency and critical messages, the CodeRED notification system can also enhance community engagement via the release of important but non-emergency information ranging from road closures to weather incidents affecting SITC services. In addition to SITC, the CodeRED system is utilized by Skagit County for emergency notifications. Registration for this notification service is customized, allowing community residents to choose which alerts they’d like to sign up for and their preferred manner of receipt. Community members can select several different methods including land line, cell phone, email, text message, TTY, or even a combination. These alerts can be specific to streets, neighborhoods or regions, so individuals within affected areas are sure to receive this valuable information. Additionally, residents and visitors alike can keep track of alerts with the CodeRED Mobile Alert app, which notifies smart phone holders of real-time alerts in their geographic area. Similar to the online registration, users choose which notifications they’d like to receive via the app. You can download the CodeRED Mobile Alert app in the App Store or Google Play. Community members are encouraged to visit to sign up for CodeRED and immediately start receiving these informative, life-saving alerts. Swinomish staff members will receive general and emergency information through CodeRED. Employee contact information, such as work email and work cell phone information, is already integrated into the CodeRED system. In order to optimize emergency notifications, it is also suggested that employees sign up with their preferred personal contact methods (e.g., home phone, cell, email) to receive public notifications through the community sign up link. For more information on the CodeRED notification system or registration, please contact Jim Sande, Emergency Manager at


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In 1944 Swinomish tribal member John K. Bob sacrificed his life during his service as a WWII army medic, in an effort to save the life of a fellow wounded soldier, despite counsel from his commander that "it was too dangerous." • Omaha tribal member Susan La Flesche Picotte became the first Native American to receive a medical degree in 1889. She returned to the Omaha reservation to serve as the only doctor for over 1,300 square miles. • During WWII Navajo Indians developed code for the U.S. Marine Corps based on their own language, in an effort to facilitate radio communication too difficult for foreign intelligence experts to break. Often operating behind enemy lines, these "Navajo Codetalkers" displayed bravery and stoicism. Source: sw d bš qyuuqs News e e


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Madrona: A Beautiful and Wild Foods Storehouse Myk Heidt, Community Environmental Health

This time of year we use the art of noticing to see the beauty of fall: there is a bounty of fruits to harvest this time of year right outside your door. I especially am fond of arbutis, or madrona as we call it. These are the coastal trees that hug rocky beach edges and craggy islands. When the smooth green bark is exposed by the shedding of the cinnamon colored bark, this time of year the birds and deer are gourging themselves with the bright red berries. I would like to share with readers some interesting uses of madrona from north of the border: Traditional Use: Elsie Claxton’s mother used to prepare an infusion of the leaves and bark by pouring hot water over them. The infusion was drunk to treat colds. Elsie added, "for the stomach, too, if there's something wrong with your stomach — [drink it] any time." It was also be taken orally to treat tuberculosis. The leaves were sometimes chewed raw, and the juice swallowed, to ease symptoms of a bad cold.

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The bark was an ingredient in Elsie Claxton's special medicine for tuberculosis, venereal disease, or spitting up blood. There are at least 10 different ingredients to this medicine, and it is prepared by boiling the ingredients together until the liquid is black and strong. The concoction was then drunk by the ill person. The bark was commonly harvested in May or June when it is easiest to peel off. A strip of bark about two feet long and four to six inches wide was cut up into chunks and boiled with the other ingredients.

bulbs reddish. The wood is hard and brittle, which makes it of little use for carving. However, the young branches were used for making wooden spoons and gambling sticks. A dye from the bark was used for tanning paddles and fishhooks. According to Chris Paul and Phillip Paul, the WSANEĆ people have a special relationship with the arbutus tree because during the great flood, the people anchored their canoes to arbutus trees on the top of LAWELEW (lhewlngxw). The arbutus with its strong, penetrating roots gripped the rock on the mountaintop and kept the people from floating away until the floodwaters receded. Philip Paul said that, to this day, WSANEĆ people do not burn arbutus, out of respect for its having saved their lives. The Tsartlip people call the tea made from the bark of the madrona “laughing bark tea” because it is a very good relaxing “good mood” tea. I have been told that some people in Lummi boil the leaves and use the juice cooked out of the leaves as a good treatment for eczema. The berries can be infused in water for a healthful drink. They can be dried and stored to add to stews or soups in winter when we need bright berries to make us feel better. They can also be strung when they are fresh to make necklaces or bracelets.

Dave Elliott added that WSANEĆ people rubbed the leaves on areas affected by rheumatism, and that the Quw’utsun’ people rubbed them on burns.

Did you know that no two madrona trees grow the same way? Every tree develops its own unusual shape. It is also one of the trees that tribal elders call “Ironwood” and was used for tool making, but only the younger branches that have not yet become brittle.

Both Dave Elliott and Elsie Claxton noted that arbutus bark was also placed in steaming pits to color the camas

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“As the salmon disappear, so do our cultures and treaty rights. We are at a crossroads and we are running out of time.” -Billy Frank Jr. These words of the late tribal leader Billy Frank Jr. become more urgent every day. Despite massive harvest cuts, careful use of hatcheries, and a large investment in fi xing salmon habitat over the past 40 years, salmon populations continue to decline as their habitat disappears faster than it can be fi xed. That’s why the treaty tribes in western Washington have developed a strategy for identifying and protecting the lands, waters, and natural processes that are central to our rights, resources, and homelands. The effort is called GeDadad (pronounced gwa-zahdid) in the Lushootseed language. It translates to “teaching of our ancestors” and reflects the reality that our beliefs and teachings are learned from our homelands and can’t be separated from tribal cultures and heritage or any of our actions today. It is a unified tribal habitat strategy designed to organize and focus work around key habitats and shared goals necessary to protect tribal treaty rights and resources. It aims to preserve and restore the natural functions and connectivity of our river, marine and upland ecosystems, and to seek accountability for decisions on the use of our lands and waters.

possible to achieve given current habitat conditions. It is not a retreat to the past, but a long-term vision for a future with healthy resources for everyone. GeDadad calls for coordination and accountability across tribal, local, state and federal governments. It will require transparent accounting of habitat conditions, resource allocations and how we are managing habitat for salmon and other treatyprotected resources. A science-based accounting system will measure the difference between current conditions and what is needed to fi x the declining productivity of fish, shellfish, plants and wildlife. Climate change and population growth are already impacting our region and creating an urgency impossible to measure. We must work harder to address the habitat loss and damage these changes bring. We are not starting from scratch with GeDadad. It builds on two other important tribal initiatives from the past decade. The first is the Treaty Rights at Risk initiative begun in 2011. It calls for the federal government to meet its obligation to uphold treaty rights and achieve salmon recovery through better coordination of agencies and programs. The federal government has both the authority and responsibility to protect treaty tribal rights and resources. And as the tribal victory in the U.S. Supreme Court on the culvert case in June showed, the state of Washington shares the obligation to protect our treaty-reserved resources.

The second initiative is the State of Our Watersheds, a comprehensive report on the ongoing and increasing loss of habitat for salmon and other treaty-protected The effort is based on what we know is actually needed resources. The report, first issued in 2012 and to achieve ecosystem health, not what we think is updated regularly, proved the fact that we are losing sw d bš qyuuqs News e e


habitat faster than we are restoring it. The State of Our Watersheds Report is considered by many state agencies to be the most authoritative source on the status of our watersheds and key impediments to their health. If we are going to recover salmon, we have to do it together. That is why we are also building a coalition of sport and commercial fishermen, conservation groups and others to collaborate on solving our shared concerns about the future of salmon. The decline of salmon and their habitat and the damage to our ecosystems hasn’t happened overnight. It took more than a century of poor logging practices, development in river floodplains, polluted stormwater runoff, unregulated agriculture, and many other factors to get us where we are today.

It takes a long view to solve century-old problems, and that’s what GeDadad does. It offers a longterm, multi-generational approach that can help us achieve the future we want for ourselves and create accountability for the decisions we are making today for those who will come after us. You can download a copy of GeDadad at  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 Tribal Enhanced Identification Cards Normally the card is printed and the applicant walks The U.S. government authorized the Swinomish enrollment department to issue enhanced identification out with an ETC same day. The cards are Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative compliant, which is why cards, provided the Tribe follows their guidelines. we are required to have specific documents as proof of identification. When the enrollment department receives a request for an ETC, we explain the following process to the We requested permission to be able to copy documents applicant: from enrollment files and were approved, because some members leave these important documents with the Complete and application, and make sure you enrollment department for safe keeping. have the required documentation; if you need documentation from your enrollment file, we can provide it at your request. Schedule an interview Please be advised: The enhanced card is for returning to the U.S., not leaving. appointment, which will take between 30-60 minutes (per person). Due to work schedules it is Additionally, until we complete an audit and are rare that we prepare an ETC on the same day as published in the Federal Register, the Canadian Border you receive your application. Patrol may not accept the new card. It will likely take until 2019 for us to be published in the Federal Register. Bring your completed application to your appointment where we will conduct an interview, copy applicable documents, enter your It can be a hassle to get the card, but it’s well worth it when you travel back into the U.S. across the Canadian application digitally, take a photo, and collect border. Thank you from the enrollment committee and your signature. The card is encoded, printed, staff. and then locked. If the card is defective, we will reprint, encode, and lock a new card. On rare occasions we may require technical support and ask that the applicant return to pick up their card. sw d bš qyuuqs News 19 e e

Am I a hero?

Caroline Edwards, qyuuqs News Editor

Are you admired for your outstanding achievements and noble qualities? Most of you are probably shaking your head "no," though you may be a hero and simply not know it. The good thing about heroes is you don’t have to look very far to find an "everyday hero." Heroic stories are often about people saving the life of another, but what about the people who go unrecognized as heroes everyday? Do you teach kids about life? Are you the big brother whose role as a brother is more like a father-figure? 20 sw d bť qyuuqs News

Have you opened your home to foster children, or any person in need of a home? Are you a single-parent, making ends meet to support your family? Do you give food or money to a complete stranger? Are you a caregiver? Are you a student in college? Are you fighting your peers for a job, even though the job industry presents itself as being positive?

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Do you give selflessly, even when there is nothing left to give? If you answered yes, you’re a hero. As you can see I'm painting the picture of the every day hero for you. Our society is fi lled with everyday heroes. It takes a certain kind person to see them in action. For instance, a coach! Only a hero can continually lift the spirits of athletes after they survived a long day in school. Essentially they are teaching youth to work hard for themselves and their team. Those are necessary life skills. Heroes are college students staying afloat in life. A person who juggles their life and still pours what strength they have left into college. Heroes are the people who volunteer their time for others who are feeling forgotten or alone. Heroes are the doctors, nurses, and emergency responders who give with such devotion, it turns into their life's work. They are the artists and journalists seeking transparency to tell the story and encourage people in a world that is not so transparent. The every day heroes are not disguised in a cape and mask. They are your neighbors, the people that you walk by every day. Of course, we still view other iconic people as heroes too, but let's all look into our hearts and see the true heroes of our community. Society has yet again, created an artificial model of what qualifies a person a hero. Don’t let that fool you. You may not think of yourself as a hero, but the actions you take today and every day in what you do and how you live your life are what make you a hero, and let’s put it this way: how you present yourself to others never goes unrecognized. We find not much in ourselves to admire, we are always privately wanting to be like somebody else. If everybody was satisfied with himself there would be no heroes. Mark Twain sw d bš qyuuqs News


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Early of last spring, I received an opportunity to participate in the Tend Gather Grow internship with Myk Heidt through the Grub Farm in Olympia, Washington. I had no idea what I was about to get myself into, but I signed up anyway as I wanted to learn more about plants, plant technology, and most importantly, enhance my understanding of our cultural uses for the plants in our world. Usage of plants in our culture goes back to ancient times, when we once lived as the plants do, in harmony with the land. This series of workshops and trainings were intense – I became immersed in traditional uses such as net making and fiber processing. This allowed me to begin a new relationship with nature, and a deeper understanding of myself as a student. Learning to walk with the sounds and colors of nature is evident when we learned to use the “art of noticing.” This simple and fun exercise can be used with kids from elementary to middle school on through to high school. A fun exercise I like to do while I am alone in the woods, or just on a walk is “deer ears.” 22 sw d bš qyuuqs News

Deer ears is a way to hear everything in nature the way a deer does. Simply cup your hands into the shape of a deer’s ear and place it behind your lobe. Instantly things should seem more vivid and a little bit louder. We also learned how to make salves, healing rubs, tinctures, and teas; we even went on to win the Native Chopped Championship! Thank you Toby Joseph (Paiute/Navajo) and Sophia Hipp (Nisqually) for being the greatest teammates in the world. Extra special thanks to the people at the Grub Farm, and to Elise Krohn, Elizabeth Campbell, Bruce Miller and the many others that have helped pave the way for food sovereignty. Also a big thank you to the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board for helping with funding and creating avenues for through the WEAVE program, my hands go up to you for all the work that you do for us around Indian Country. GO Grub GROW!!!

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Community Acts of Kindness: Cassandra

During the November community dinner Ava Goodman wrapped Cassandra Gonzalez in a blanket in the traditional way, offering heartfelt thanks to Cassandra for "helping save my daughter Carrie's life." Ava was driving Carrie to the hospital when Carrie suddenly experienced a life-threatening medical emergency, forcing Ava to pull off the road. No one stopped to help Ava and Carrie — no one except Cassandra. Cassandra went into adrenaline mode immediately, assisting Ava by driving her to hospital behind the ambulance that transported Carrie, and waiting with her at the hospital until family arrived.



Wally Cayou was honored at the November Community Dinner.


COMMUNITY DINNER Young Swinomish Canoe Family members proudly wear their regalia.

The Jimi Sams family offer their thanks to Cassandra Gonzalez, and to Kathy Boomer for helping them at the Medical Clinic.

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Northwest Indian College

Swinomish Site News: As the Seasons Change Shelly Vendiola

Season’s greetings everyone! Fall has seen quite a flurry of activity here at Northwest Indian College’s Swinomish Campus with growth and change.

tends to the gardens. This work is vital to the landscape and beauty of the campus grounds as well as giving us the ability to teach and work with traditional plants and foods. Not to mention keeping our bodies healthy and strong with consuming the freshest and most local food from our own community gardens.

While we have witnessed the tremendous growth and change in the nation with more women taking leadership roles as senator, State House of Representative for their districts, many county seats (judge, auditor, etc.)—many democrats and women! We are now in the “legion of blue.” This proves that your vote does count and that your voice matters! Here on campus we see more students seeking higher education, particularly with the return of the Adult and Basic Education/General Degree Education (ABE/GED) Program. There are 6 males (with 3 pending enrollment) and 8 females in the program and a total of 26 students attending overall, with 5 males and 21 females currently attending college at the Swinomish Site.

Students Lexie and Carrie Bill gifting elder speaker Diane Vendiola to thank her for speaking in the Cultural Sovereignty class.

Speaking of interns, over the past year NWIC has received internship funding to hire students who are eligible to receive paid internships as follow: Internship Hours: An average of 35 hours per week for the 8-week period from June– August, Regular quarter hours, no more than 19 hours per week, depending on credit load. Internship Pay (if supported by NWIC Project Success funding): $12/hour

Dean Dan's presentation on traditional plants in Shelly's Cultural Sovereignty 101 class.

We have brought on a new intern, Dean Dan, whose job is mainly to tend to the 13 Moons Community Garden and prepare to put it to sleep for the winter. This can be quite a daunting task if left unattended, so we are thankful for the partnership and support we receive from the tribal Community Environmental Health Program, I often greet Myk Heidt in the morning hours as she checks in and 24 sw d bš qyuuqs News

Students Melinda Edwards and Delia Kaubin wrapping elder speaker Ray Mitchell to thank him for speaking in the Cultural Sovereignty class.

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Cultural Sovereignty 120 students on tour of Samish ancestral territory and old fish canneries located on Fidalgo island.

Yes, in case you were not aware, the college offers the following four-year degree programs: Native Studies Leadership, Native Environmental Science, Tribal Governance and Business Management, and the CARE in Human Services. We continue to offer the ongoing 2-year Associate and Certificate Programs of Study. Another change is the college is ramping up their visibility at the Swinomish Site and throughout the college by increasing their outreach (I like to think of it as “reaching in”) activity and communications within the community and beyond. This includes such activities as these monthly articles, attendance during community dinners, community elders and leaders speaking during classes and events at the college. And formalizing our partnership with the tribal Education Department given the new Memorandum of Agreement between the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and Northwest Indian College.

Our hands go up to our tribal leaders, the HESS Committee, the Education Subcommittee, Michael Vendiola, Education Director, NWIC Board of Trustees, Justin Guillory, NWIC President, Director, Bernice Portervint, Dean of Academics and Distance Learning, and our very own NSL Community Advisory Group. Onward ever onward! Finally, as we transition from Fall to Winter Quarter, our Winter Quarter begins on January 7, 2019! The quarter runs from January 7th to March 22nd. Then Spring Quarter begins on April 1st. If you, or anyone you know is interested in college life here in our community please come over to register.

For more information please contact: Gaylene Gobert, Site Manager ( Shelly Vendiola, NSL Faculty/Advisor ( Kathy Humphrey, ABE/GED ( Linda Willup, Running Start (

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This opportunity can offset expenses for students in need, and it will support the goal of completing internship hours required for our four-year degree programs.


November Volunteer of the Month HANNAH GROSSGLASS Congratulations to Hannah Grossglass, Soroptimist volunteer of the month for November! Hannah is a freshman this year, and through her varied interests she is learning how to manage her time balancing school, sports, family activities, and volunteering. When Hannah was in eighth grade she participated in leadership class. This class opened up many volunteering opportunities to Hannah including the La Conner School District open house and literacy night. During chamber music night Hannah helped keep time for the groups and duos, and made sure there were no distractions or interruptions. During the walk and wheel event Hannah safely led students from Pioneer Park to school. Hannah is very active in the Swinomish Community. She attended the National Congress of American Indians in Milwaukee this past year. She is a member of the Swinomish Youth Council which meets weekly to plan events and discuss issues in the youth community. During the upcoming year she hopes to participate in the Wellness Warrior. Hannah has two favorite subjects in school. She really enjoys her American Sign Language class because she can see how deaf people communicate and be part of the conversations and activities around them. Hannah also likes her math class and appreciates its significance to her future. In addition to her classes and schoolwork, Hannah serves as the ASB class secretary, a band member, and an active athlete. Her role as ASB secretary continues to build her leadership skills and show that Hannah is not afraid to take on responsibility. Hannah has been active in band since the 5th grade playing the clarinet. She plays volleyball and basketball for La Conner High School. She is definitely a well-rounded student with many interests and talents. Hannah enjoys volunteering because she sees a need and wants to help out. She enjoys working with different people on her various volunteer projects. 26 sw d bĹĄ qyuuqs News

Hannah’s future goals include going to college. She wants to major in business and minor in photography. She has a dream of owning her own photography business. She isn’t sure where she would like to attend college, but since she is a 9th grader she has several years to decide. Hannah and her parents, Tandy Grossglass and Diane Clark, can be proud of the hard work and preparation she is putting into her education. With her positive attitude and training she will be prepared for whatever path she chooses. Hannah has received a gift certificate to the Vintage La Conner Thrift and Consignment shop. The Soroptimist shop is run by volunteers for the benefit of women and students in the community, and made possible the generous donations from the community.

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OUR OFFICERS ARE EVERYDAY HEROES! The Swinomish Police Department wishes you and yours a safe holiday season full of warmth, joy, and family togetherness. Happy holidays!



SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS Rose Ness, CDP, LMHC, Wellness Program Director

Halloween is over and the race to Christmas begins. As the Fairy Godmother says to Cinderella in a meme, “And when the clock strikes midnight, Halloween will end. Then BAM, Christmas carols everywhere.” Add to that “race” the overeating, overdrinking, and family history that can accompany this time of year and it becomes clear why a survival plan can be useful. Here are some tips to help you navigate the holidays: LIMIT USE OF SUBSTANCES. While some people think of the holidays as a free-for-all, it is important to limit the use of alcohol and other moodaltering substances. A lot of people get depressed during the holidays. Add alcohol, which is a depressant, and you have a bad combination. Eating a lot of sugar also triggers mood swings, according to nutritionists. KEEP YOUR REGULAR ROUTINE. Although it can be difficult to make the time, exercising at the usual time, going to meetings, and sticking with your normal diet can help you stay grounded. BE REALISTIC. One source of stress for some people is their attempt to create the perfect holiday. There’s no such thing as a perfect holiday or family. In fact, the best stories are usually about the imperfect things that happen. Give yourself a break, ask for help, and remember you don’t have to do it all yourself. STAY CONNECTED. Spend time with family and friends who are like family who make you feel good about yourself, even if they don’t live close by. They can help you feel supported, or at least give you a reality check. HAVE A RELAPSE PREVENTION PLAN. A survival plan is important for everyone, especially people in recovery. To start each day, recommit to recovery and think about any obstacles you may have that day. What will you do if another family member is over-indulging or a friend is pressuring you? Identify high-risk situations such as these and either find a way to avoid them or plan for how you will handle them. Make sure you have non-alcoholic beverages, practice your stress-relief techniques, and use the tools you’ve learned in recovery. 28 sw d bš qyuuqs News

GRIEVING. The holidays can be especially challenging for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. A Huffington Post article suggests finding a way to include loved one’s memories in the festivities. One idea is visiting their favorite coffee stand and paying it forward. Allow yourself to feel the grief, and treat yourself with extra TLC. And above all, remember the real purpose of the season, to connect with and celebrate relationships with loved ones and also find peace within ourselves. For more information, check out the following online resources: Surviving the Holidays: 5 Life Coaching Tips 6 Essential Tips for Surviving the Holidays 9 Tips for Avoiding Emotional Eating Over the Holidays

The Swinomish Wellness Center is now offering Acupuncture treatments! Did you know? Acupuncture treatments ban be used to address addiction; cravings; stress and anxiety release; as well as pain management? Participants enrolled in the Wellness Program are eligible for credits towards acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture services are available every Thursday between 10am-12pm. Call today to schedule your appointment!

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The Swinomish Tribe provided tax revenue to the La Conner School District to help fund brand-new bleachers Annually, the Swinomish Tax Committee meets with local taxing districts, including the La Conner School District, the La Conner Library, and Fire District 13, who wish to request contributions from tribal tax revenue. Last year, the school district requested assistance from the Swinomish Tax Committee in funding the purchase of new bleachers and they suggested the idea of including words in Lushootseed on the bleachers as a meaningful way to include Swinomish in the project. The committee recommended making the bleacher contribution and the Senate agreed. The students, both Swinomish and non-Swinomish, worked together to come up with an excellent group of words that, in both Lushootseed and English, were meaningful and motivational.

Back row, from left: Jeremy Wilbur, Brian Wilbur, Kyle Jones, Jack Tronsdal, Addie Reinstra, Ashley Davis Front row, from left: Kevin Paul, Brian Porter, Brandy James, Gavin Brown, Trey Casey, Mary Cisneros Not pictured: Ketelina Obrien, Rylee O’Neill, Corey Baker, Aubrey Cunningham












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Seattle 3 Day SEPTEMBER 13-15 — Lauren Reynolds, Katie Bassford, and Brent Bobb Jr. participated in the Seattle 3 Day, a Susan G. Komen walk. This was Lauren and Brent's first Komen walk. Brent who is 10 year's old, made it through 75% of the walk! Way to go Brent! Lauren passed the finish line with Katie, way to go ladies! Katie has participated in past 3 Day Komen events. Her ability to keep participating and building a new team every time is so inspirational. All three of you are such an inspiration to our community!

The 3-Day transforms into a 60-mile moving monument dedicated to the power of ending breast cancer forever. With every step, we pay tribute. We wear the memories of our loved ones on our shirts, in our hands, in our hearts. Source:

Photo by Katie Bassford

CIVIL LEGAL FAIR & DINNER NOVEMBER 7 — Community members were invited to dinner at the very first Swinomish Civil Legal Fair. Attendees had the opportunity to gather civil legal resources such as: employment rights; victims of crime services; gun rights restoration; vacating criminal record and much more! Washington State legal practitioners, including two members of the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors, sworn-in to be members of the Swinomish Tribal Court Bar.

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LEGAL SERVICES Wills and Estate Planning for Swinomish Tribal members and spouses You SHOULD have a will and estate plan if: 1. You have or may inherit tribal trust property or any real property. 2. You have children or dependents. 3. You are over the age of 55. 4. You want to have control over the distribution of your property.

All Tribal members are encouraged to inquire about representation Contact attorney Kate Jones to schedule an appointment: (206) 370-1034 or

Learn how to use it. Call the Wellness Program at (360) 466-1024 to pick up a kit.

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Mrs. V’s 2 Cents Diane Vendiola

I felt thankful this morning when I woke up: thankful for the place I live, and thankful for the place I do my work. I grew up in another place, and another time. A time called the post-war era, in a place called Seattle named after indigenous leader Sealth of the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes who lived around Puget Sound. I remember that every morning in my grade school classroom, the first thing we did was what we called “the flag salute.” The whole class stood and faced the flag hanging at the front of the room. We put our hand over our heart and said, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands…..”

The Bridge River Power Project consisted of three dams and four generating stations. In 1960 Bridge River was dammed and its water was diverted to Seton Lake, causing incalculable environmental damage and hardship on the Xwisten who depended on the Bridge River salmon for sustenance. Much of Vancouver’s electricity comes from this BC Hydro site, yet the St’át’imc people did not have electricity until 1979 and have never been properly compensated for the loss of their land and fishing grounds or for the ecological degradation that continues to this day. This is a statement from the Xwisten Band Council: “We claim that we are the rightful owners of our tribal territory, and everything pertaining thereto. We have always lived in our country; at no time have we ever deserted it, or left it to others. We have retained it from the invasion of other tribes at the cost of our blood. Our ancestors were in possession of our country centuries before the whites came. It is the same as yesterday when the latter came, and like the day before when the first fur trader came.

The American flag represents the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights. The words on these documents symbolize who we are as people of this country. They speak to the values, rights, and relationship between a people and their government. They state words that help us to stay on the path of majority rule and the protection of individual and minority We are aware the BC government claims our country, like rights. all other Indian territories in BC; but we deny their right to it. We never gave it nor sold it to them. They certainly I am now of an age wherein I think about what pledging never got the title to the country from us, neither by allegiance truly means. And I think that when we pledge agreement nor conquest, and none other than us could allegiance to the flag we are pledging allegiance to have any right to give them title.” this place that we live in, called America. To pledge allegiance is to promise to defend and protect our land, our water, our biodiversity, and our air. To defend and protect the land calls for heroism. I recently saw a film about the St’át’imc people and their efforts to defend and protect the place where they live and work. Xwisten are the people who live at the junction of the Fraser and Bridge River in Canada. Their village is situated at what was once an important fishery called Sxetl (Bridge River Fishing Grounds). 32 sw d bš qyuuqs News

Sutikalh is located on Highway 99 between the towns of Mount Currie and Lillooet and is part of the St’át’imc people. Since 2000, Hubie Jim has watched over Sutikalh. He occupies a lone cabin that was erected during the St’át’imc blockade that took place there in opposition to the construction of a $500 million allseason ski and recreation resort which was to be located in the wilderness which is the historical gathering place of the St’át’imc.

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People passing through, commonly refer to Sutikalh as a “camp,” but Hubie explains “18 years is too long to call this place a camp, for me, its Sutikalh Home.” The Sutikalh resistance is a most important point at issue of what many aboriginal communities in British Columbia and all over Canada are facing. Land was never ceded; their sovereignty never given up, and yet development without consent continues. Hubie himself has been called a terrorist training camp – of which he jokes, “a training camp of one” – for defending St’át’imc land, the land of a community to which he belongs. Hubie is allegiant to his land. And he is a hero in my book.

Community Corner A poem by Michael Smith Jr. The time I’ve wasted is my biggest regret, Spent in these places I will never forget. Just sitting and thinking about the things that I’ve done The crying, the laughing, the hurt and the fun. Now it’s just me and my hard driven guilt, Behind a wall of emptiness I allowed to be built. I’m trapped in my body, just wanting to run, Back to my youth with its laughter and fun. But the chase is over and there’s no place to hide, Everything is gone... Including my pride. With reality suddenly right in my face, I’m scared, alone, and stuck in this place. Now memories of the past flash through my head, And the pain is obvious by the tears that I shed. I ask myself why and where I went wrong, I guess I was weak when I should have been strong. Living for the drugs and the wings I had grown, My feelings were lost and afraid to be shown. As I look at my past it’s so easy to see, The fear that I had, afraid to be me. I’d pretend to be rugged, so fast and so cool, When actually I was lost like a blinded old fool. I’m getting too old for this tiresome old game, Of acting real hard with no sense of shame. It’s time that I change and get on with my life, Fulfilling my dreams of a fulfilling life. What my future holds, I really don’t know But the years that I’ve wasted are starting to show. I just live for the day when I’ll get a new/fair start And pursue the dreams that I still hold deep in my heart I hope I make it; I at least have to try Because I’m heading towards death and I don’t want to die. Michael Smith Jr.

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For Hubie, a typical day involves collecting wood, food, and water, cooking, and keeping the cabin and grounds in a livable condition. He says that within walking distance he can find 24 types of berries. He often awakes to many wild birds, including grouse and ptarmigan, as well as other animals near his cabin. Occasionally, he’ll see a flying squirrel in the woods. The area is habitat for mountain goats, grizzly bears, wolverines, hawks, amongst many other animals and plants.

HALLOWEEN BASH October 31 - Following an evening of trick-or-treating in the community, Swinomish celebrated its annual Halloween Bash at the Youth Center during an evening filled with frights and fun! Laughter and DJ music filled the gym as youth and adults celebrated amidst bouncy houses, costume contests, and lots of treats.

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Tomato soup Tuna fish sandwich Vegetable tray and dip Oranges

Pork roast and gravy Mashed potatoes and roll Steamed cabbage Applesauce

Baked fish Rice Mixed vegetables Fruit salad

Eggs and ham Hashbrowns and toast Vegetable juice Pineapple

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Split Pea Soup Cheese Sandwich Vegetable tray and dip Apples

Fish Red potatoes and carrots Spinach salad Berries

Shake n' bake chicken Corn, green beans Roll Fruit salad

Eggs and bacon French toast Vegetable juice Berries

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Elder Christmas Party at the Swinomish Casino! Questions? Call Lori Ann at (360) 466.7374

Turkey rice soup Oven rolls Mixed green salad Fruit salad

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Join us at the Senior Center December 11, 2018 from 11:30-1:30 for a traditional first foods feast* in addition to our regular menu, hosted by Community Environmental Health.

*Lunch served Mon-Thurs. No take away meals until 11AM. Call (360) 466.3980 to cancel home delivery. Milk served with all meals.

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Housing for Adults in Recovery

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CURRENT OPEN POSITIONS - As of November 14 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:


Grant Writer (on-call) Tribal Mental Health Counselor 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



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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qyuuqs News December 2018  

qyuuqs News is a publication of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.