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Two bald eagles perch on top of a Douglas fir tree above the Youth Center.



This Has to Stop March Against Addiction

This Has to Stop March Against Addiction Photo: Emma Fox

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Editor's Note Chairman's Message Community Happenings STOWW's Food Distribution Program Obituaries Raising the Swinomish Totem Pole La Conner Sports Swinomish Polar Bear Trip Everyday Integrity May 2019 Tide Table Youth Participate in Educational Workshop: Mixing... Being Frank: Puget Sound is Not a Sewer Well Wishes on Your Retirement This Has to Stop March Against Addiction Community Voices: Being Clean and Sober The Meaning of Integrity Science Corner: Good Neighbors Help Skagit River... HAZWOPER Course at Swinomish Parents: Internet Prowling is Real! Youth Spirit Ventures to Martha's Beach Candace Wellman's Interwoven Lives The Power of Place Mrs. V's 2 Cents Elder's Lunch Menu Birthdays and Announcements

editor’s NOTE Living In Integrity Think about a person you know who always arrives on time. Do you wonder how he or she does it? How is it that they never slip up? Is it because they’re organized? Partly so, but it’s mostly because they live in integrity. This person would tell you openly if they had other obligations because they honor and value your time as well as their own. This person would not allow the unsettling feelings to take place in their heart, simply because it does not follow the ethics they believe in. To live in integrity is to say what you mean as well as do what you say you will do. Let’s put it this way: integrity means doing the right thing, even when no one is looking. It is a characteristic you may notice even more when someone doesn’t actually have it.


People who walk in integrity do not cut corners, or make bad choices. Integrity is something that is both taught and learned. You gain the trust of family, leaders, colleagues, and friends when you have integrity — you earn their respect for being dependable. When you hold yourself accountable for your own actions, people see you as a role model for others to follow. As a child, you learn what your family’s values and ethics are, which may be a huge undertaking for a young person to learn and live by. In the end, it will be what guides them in a life lived in integrity. Having integrity means you live in accordance to your deepest values, are honest with everyone, and always keep your word. How does integrity guide your life? goliahlitza Caroline Edwards

"Be good to your work, your word and your friend." -Ralph Waldo Emerson


Moon of the Whistling Robin Much of April is the "Moon of the Whistling Robins," signaling the actual music of springtime. Herring and smelt continue to be harvested. At beach sites, shellfish such as mussels, cockles, oysters, horse, butter, and littleneck steamer clams, are harvested. Some clams are eaten fresh, but most are cured for winter by first steaming on top of hot rocks in a sand pit, stringing the meat on cedar bark ropes, and smoking or drying hard. Canoes are built and baskets, both waterproof and open, are woven and dyed. Many types of plants are collected such as tender young shoots of salmonberry and trailing blackberry. The roots of bracken ferns are dug up, baked, dried, and then pounded into a flour to be stored in baskets. Flatfish, halibut, lingcod and rockfish are all fished during this moon. Two pronged spears are used to catch lingcod and rockfish. Halibut are caught using a line attached to a V-shaped hook made of bent hemlock, then cooked by placing hot stones in watertight baskets, or cut into strips to be dried. Spring Chinook begin to run during the moon. 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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spee pots Brian Cladoosby, Chairman (360) 708.7533 | bcladoosby@

ya qua leouse Brian Porter, Vice Chair (360) 840.4186 | bporter@

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

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

stooltsa Eric Day (360) 770.7024 | eday@

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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SM OK O LO Leon John (360) 421.0406 | ljohn@

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SWINOMISH COMMUNICATIONS Heather Mills, Communications Manager | Emma Fox, Communications Specialist | ADVISORY COMMITTEE Allan Olson, Tracy James, Kevin Paul This issue is available online at Photos credits: qyuuqs News Staff or as credited. All rights reserved.

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It is a true honor to serve our Swinomish people! We have the reputation of being one of the most progressive tribes in the nation. This status is the result of the strides we have taken alongside leadership in local, state, tribal, and federal governments and various organizations. The Dental Health Aid Therapist program, Wellness Center, lop che ahl Early Education Center, and Swinomish Climate Change Adaption Plan are honorable mentions where the Swinomish Tribe is the first of its kind to tackle such expansive efforts. We will have many firsts and many seconds, but most of all, we have many strong relationships that have helped us arrive where we are at today. Our tribal leaders and staff have stretched their arms wide and taken on relations that have helped our communities grow together. I have shaken hands with four presidents who served a combined 24 years in office during my tenure as Tribal Chairman. All of these relationships have helped us build our Swinomish programs to the point they are today. I had the opportunity to engage with Sally Jewell, past secretary of the Department of Interior who served under the Obama Administration, this week. We worked on concerns related to Swinomish and the National Congress of American Indians including national issues such as taking in over 500,000 acres of land into trust, protecting treaty rights, natural resources management, and diversifying economic development and investment. It is also exciting to work with her predecessors Ken Salazar and Larry Echohawk on social and health destruction in our communities. Our senators and staff have brought relationships to our community to help us. I want to make a special mention of our Senate Vice Chairman Brian Porter

who walks in balance with his culture and profession. As a cultural leader, Brian’s voice and spirit brings much respect and love from all over the United States and Canada. As a national tribal leader for TERO, he ensures our tribal members have fair treatment and pay as well as training and job opportunities. Brian brings balance to our Senate table. It is an honor to call him friend, fisherman, and Mr. Vice Chair. Another longtime employee and tribal member I would like to make mention of is Swinomish Fisheries Manager Lorraine Loomis. Lorraine has served in our Fisheries Department for over 40 years. Not only does she work for our tribal treaty interests, she serves all Washington Treaty Tribes and tribes across the nation. In the fight for clean water, habitat, salmon recovery, forest health, and hatcheries, her relationships with tribes and teams across the state help us preserve the mighty Skagit River and her biome. I do not believe there is another person today that has the experience and knowledge of our Auntie Lorraine. It is with this sentiment that I raise my hands to all her loved ones who have shared her with us. Lorraine, you are a treasure to Swinomish, to Washington Treaty Tribes, and to Indian County. Swinomish has reached far and wide at all levels to ensure our future is bright. I am optimistic about what is yet to come for Swinomish and know that the integrity of our Senators, community members, and staff are all part of our success story. I am so very thankful that I get to work with amazing people every day. Solid relationships are everything in my book— they can make or break success. We are blessed to be surrounded by such good people. Nina and I smile at our blessings and know we are right where we belong in life. Let us continue to work together as we prepare for a great spring and healthy harvesting season. spee pots Brian Cladoosby

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NOTICE TO ALL PERSONS CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY LISTED BELOW The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is initiating a Quiet Title action on the buildings located in Swinomish Village at 17534 Front Street, La Conner, WA 98257 Quiet Title actions are used to determine the ownership interests in homes and other buildings. The Quiet Title action will be filed in the Swinomish Tribal Court. Any person wishing to assert a right, title, or interest in any of the buildings at the address listed above should contact Liz Miller in the Office of Tribal Attorney to obtain the necessary paperwork to file a claim. Please do not hesitate to contact Liz Miller or Tribal Attorney Rebecca Hall with questions: Rebecca Hall, Tribal Attorney: 360.588.2817, Liz Miller, Paralegal: (360) 466.7369, Quiet Title Hearing location: Swinomish Tribal Court Social Services Building 17337 Reservation Road La Conner, WA 98257 For the Quiet Title Hearing schedule, contact Swinomish Tribal Court Clerk Blair Page at (360) 466.7217, or

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Wellness Center

Indian Health Service Director's Award Recipient Nominated by the Portland Area Indian Health Service, the Wellness Center recently accepted the Indian Health (IHS) Service Director’s Award. Criteria for this award includes: • Exceptional initiative and leadership in carrying out projects to improve the quality of care and the service delivery processes to improve patient experience • Innovative efforts to solve problems and address issues • Unusual acts of competence, compassion, or heroism • Outstanding contributions to a committee or task force addressing IHS-wide policies, procedures, or operations • Outstanding efforts in applying technical or clerical support skills to accomplish the IHS mission • Displays of management ability, proficiency, and customer service performed in such a manner that the employee and/or team performed significantly above those with similar duties, and that the results of these efforts were distinctly beneficial to the Agency • In all cases, performance should clearly exceed expectations

NEW Driver’s Relicensing Program at the Swinomish TERO Office! Is your driver’s license suspended or revoked? Do you have fines and fees holding up your license? We have great news for you — the Swinomish Tribe partnered with Northwest Justice Project to offer a driver relicensing program! The new program offers free legal help from an attorney who is familiar with the court system and can negotiate fines and fees, and hopefully get your license back. You do not even have to know where all of your tickets are because the program’s legal team can find out for you. All you need to do to jump on this great opportunity is to fill out an application at the Swinomish TERO office at 11373 Moorage Way. You may even qualify for additional financial assistance in paying off some of your fees.


APRIL 08 Dental Clinic Sealant Week | See details on PAGE 14 APRIL 11 Dental Clinic Blessing | See details BELOW APRIL 17 Community Dinner | 6PM @ Youth Center APRIL 20 Easter Brunch | See details on PAGE 25 APRIL 25 Swinomish Earth Day | See details on PAGE 11 *Community Dinners are subject to change


APRIL 21 Happy Easter! APRIL 22 Happy Earth Day!

Space is limited so sign up now! Call Rachel Phair at the TERO office at (360) 466.7232 with your questions.

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STOWW'S FOOD DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM What does “STOWW” stand for? Small Tribes Organization of Western Washington What is STOWW? STOWW administers the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Distribution Program, also known as “commodities.” The program provides participants with nutritionally balanced foods to supplement their diets. STOWW provides USDA commodity foods to low income families living within the service area of the following reservations: • Cowlitz • Jamestown S'klallam • Lower Elwha S'klallam • Muckleshoot • Puyallup • Samish • Nooksack • Sauk-Suiattle • Shoalwater Bay • Snoqualmie • Stillaguamish • Suquamish • Swinomish • Tulalip • Upper Skagit

Swinomish STOWW Distribution (1-3PM) APRIL 18 | MAY 16 | JUNE 20


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In order to participate in the STOWW program, participants must: • Live within the service area of one of the 15 tribal reservations listed • Not currently receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) • Meet net income standards for household size outlined by the USDA Providing the following is necessary to complete the STOWW application process: • A fully completed and signed application • Copy of photo identification (tribal, state, or federal) • Physical address verification, such as a utility bill or rental agreement • Income verification from the past 30 days for ALL adult household members • Completed household income form for households who are paid for casual labor or are currently unemployed • Copy of most recent Social Security/SSI/TANF/GA award letter • Copy of most recent per capita stub if received on a monthly basis Where do I get an application? Contact Mary Ellen Cayou or Candace Casey Mary Ellen Cayou:, (360) 466.7218 Candace Casey:, (360) 466.7307


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Annette Nadine Clark

Donald Damien Jr. passed away on February 20, 2019 at Skagit Valley Hospital. Donald was born to Donald Damien Sr. and Kathryn (James) Jack on August 5, 1939. Donald was a man of humbleness, kindness and love for all those that were a part of his life. He raised his 5 children; teaching them the meaning of hard work, taking care of one another and being together. He loved and cherished his grandchildren; he lived every day for them. In his younger years Donald completed hi GED and went on to become a logger. He traveled to Aberdeen, WA; Sitka, Alaska and California during his logging career. Donald was also a commercial fisherman, auto mechanic and he mainly worked as a prison guard for Monroe Correctional Institute for many years. He was a canoe puller when he resided in Malahat B.C, he enjoyed everything about cars, mechanics, all different models and especially purchasing them whenever he could. He also liked to watch WWF wrestling and his favorite baseball team was the Seattle Mariners, he rarely missed their games. He would have the whole house yelling for the Seattle Mariners. These are going to be the most cherished memories of Donald! He always made certain to share his stories with his children and grandchildren, he wanted them to know their family history and who their relatives are.

Annette Nadine Clark passed away peacefully at Mira Vista Care Center on March 18, 2019. Nadine was born on December 31, 1961 to Charles Clark Sr. and Edythe (Bailey) Clark in Tacoma, WA. Nadine attended school in Arlington, Oregon. She received her Associates of Arts Degree from Northwest Indian College. In the beginning of dealing with her health issues Nadine was 4 credits from receiving her Bachelors Degree. Being a single mother of 4 kids she wanted nothing more then to be that example for them. Nadine worked for the Swinomish Bingo, Swinomish Head Start, Swinomish Culture Department, Care giver for Franny Sylvester and she was a Commercial Fisherwoman on the Colombia River. She became a member of the Swinomish Smokehouse in 1982. Nadine love to play Stick Game, she traveled all over the Northwest, playing with her children and they won a few tournaments, which made Nadine so proud. Nadine loved her grandchildren, she lived every day of these past few years just for them.

Everyone who really knows Donald knows how much he loved pretty women. When he was able to, he would make the kids drive him to the "Foxy Lady" barista for "a cup of coffee" enjoyed what he enjoyed!! His favorite place to eat was the Net Drive-In on Memorial highway. He would eat there every day if he could. Donald enjoyed going to the annual Stommish Festival. He also loved spending time at Washington State Park, Sunset beach and one time he even escaped the hospital right after having surgery just so he could go sit at Snee-oosh beach. Sometimes he just wanted to go on long drives with his family to create good memories.

Nadine is proceeded in death by her paternal grandparents Elden and Alma Clark, maternal grandparents Henry and Myrtle Bailey. Her dad Charles Clark Sr. and brother Charles Clark Jr. Nadine is survived by her mom Edythe Clark, children Susan (Brent) Bobb, Nick (Ayla) Clark, Leila Clark (Gerald Heyes) and Mariah Clark (Domonique Myles). Siblings Yvette James, Charlene Clark, Kim Edwards, Walter Clark Sr., Monica Clark, Cedric Clark and Wynette Gouliver. Grandkids Jaydin, Brent Jr., Duron and Princess Ellen. Many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Thank you for all the prayers and love.

Donald Walter Damien Jr. is preceded in death by his parents Donald Damien Sr., Katie Jack, sister Delores Harry and twin brothers Fredrick and Joseph Jack. Donald is survived by his main Foxy Lady Mary Ann, children Donald Damien III (Heather), Gertrude Damien (Kendrick), William Damien (Monica), Roger Damien (Carol) and Ada Damien. Sister Darlene Sam and Marie Ballew, Numerous grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, cousins, and many friends. Donald will be missed dearly. sw d bĹĄ qyuuqs News


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A HISTORIC LANDMARK IS RESTORED February 27 – Frigid morning air did little to dampen the spirit of community members standing witness to the raising of Swinomish's treasured totem pole. Members of the Alaska Native-owned Industry Erectors Inc. team carefully lifted the totem from a flatbed trailer and expertly maneuvered it back into place on the corner of Reservation and Snee Oosh road facing north and south. Thanks to the dedicated work of Kevin Paul, Nakiya Edwards, Zanetta Cayou, and Jason Paul the Swinomish totem pole once again shines as a bright and vibrant landmark in the village. Their efforts to restore the totem's life and integrity aim to see it stand watch over the community for many years to come. This totem pole, originally carved by the Paul family, was first raised in 1989 as part of the Washington State Centennial festivities, though it was not the first to stand amongst the Swinomish community. In 1938 Swinomish master carver Charlie Edwards began carving a 61 foot log into the first representation of what we see today. Over the years weather and ants took a toll on Edwards' installation, and in 1981, after 43 years of standing, the original totem pole was taken down due to structural issues. Its figures were removed, restored, and now proudly hang in the Social Services Building, alongside excerpts from the Swinomish Totem Pole book that tell of the legends illustrated among these figures. 10 sw d bš qyuuqs News

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Industry Erectors Inc. carefully positions the Swinomish totem pole over its iconic footprint.

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La Conner High School wrestling team at the Concrete District Finals 2019 Wrestling Coach Lungred, Demetrius Scott, Isaiah Adams, Alden Schnible, Arjuna Adams holding up their first and second place ribbons at the Concrete District Finals. Photo: Christina Adams

LA CONNER 4TH AND 5TH GRADE BASKETBALL "This was an amazing group of boys to coach! They put their all into every practice and game to get better. This was my first year coaching and I absolutely loved every minute of it! I couldn’t be more proud of these boys. Hard work definitely paid off! We came up a little short in the end and placed second in our league tournament, but we will be back next year!" Second place finish for this 4th/5th grade team at the League SWISH Basketball Tournament. The team is coached by Budda Luna and Nakiya Edwards.

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Swinomish Polar Bear Trip Bill Schaarschmidt

FEBRUARY 25-MARCH 1 — Seven students braved sub-zero temperatures while cross-country skiing and camping in deep snow! Boyce Charles, Steven Hulbert, Arjuna Adams, Jahrel Cayou, Ace Baker, Cory Baker, and Garrett Brown, myself, and co-leader Matt Tiscornia engaged this chilly adventure. During the trip we discussed various topics including leadership, the value of encouragement, and goal setting. We would all like to thank the Swinomish Senate for making this trip possible!

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Everyday Integrity Caroline Edwards, qyuuqs News Editor

How to be in integrity: • Keep your word. Renegotiate but never go back on your word. • Be honest. Speak the truth in all honesty. • Be deliberate with the words you tell yourself and others. Your words have power and meaning to you as well as others. If you are unsure about what the right choice is, ask yourself: 1. If my choice was out there for the whole world to see, would I feel okay about it? 2. If I make this choice, will I feel okay with myself afterwards? Integrity is a highly valued trait, especially in leaders. Do you walk your talk? How good are you at your word? While no one is perfect, keeping your word is important.

How to have everyday integrity: • Keep your promises, even if it takes extra effort • Go back to a store to pay for something you forgot to pay for • Never betray a friend’s trust, even if you get in trouble • Do not gossip or talk badly about someone • Remain true to your spouse or partner • Do not keep secrets from your significant other • Do not let someone else take the blame for something you did It takes along time to learn what integrity is, but it also takes only one instance for it to be removed from your character. The answer comes from within. When you are honest, integrity and trust will follow. People will see that you are an honorable person as you discover how to live in integrity. Your character is on display every moment of every day. Make sure it reflects on you, point your arrow towards integrity. Source: How to preserve your integrity,; The importance of Integrity: Now More than Ever,

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Discovering integrity within yourself will help you see integrity in others. Many of us have to make decisions that define who we are and what we believe in. Living in integrity means that we never have to spend time or energy questioning ourselves.


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It's not uncommon for people to disregard recycling, waste reduction, or limiting plastic consumables with the sentiment that "not enough people do it to make a difference, so why should I bother?" Integrity tells us that limiting our footprint on this earth is the right thing to do. We would not accept someone throwing trash on the floor of our homes, so why do we permit such behavior to exist in our larger home: Mother Earth? When we compromise our integrity and allow waste to pollute our planet, there is a heavy price to pay. For example, on March 18 a beached Cuvier's beaked whale died in the Philippines. A necropsy revealed the whale's stomach contained 88 pounds of plastic trash, including identifiable bags from local grocery chains. Some of the plastic was already calcified in the whale's stomach becoming a solid mass. sw d bš qyuuqs News e e


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

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Youth Participate in Educational Workshop: Mixing Devils Club and Nettle Bliss Bites Myk Heidt, Community Environmental Health Program

Youth Center staff graciously allowed the Community Environmental Health program to host a Swinomish youth educational workshop about nettle and devil’s club. We used these traditional plants as ingredients in a healthy and delicious snack recipe. The youth participants did an amazing job of working together; they chopped and mixed dates, walnuts, nettle, devil’s club, toasted coconut, and cocoa powder, and took turns molding the ingredients into little balls, or “bliss bites.” Nearly everyone liked this healthy snack. When we mentioned we were also delivering this snack to tribal buildings for staff to enjoy they said, “Cool, we need to do a good job!” We also circled as a group to listen to Dean Dan share the story “How Nettle Saved the People,” which he learned from Coast Salish storyteller Roger Hernandez. From elementary age kids to the teens, everyone had the opportunity to examine the devil’s club sticks, smell the wonderful fragrance of their stripped bark, and learn how to make a powder out of the roots. We used the root powder and nettle leaf powder in the bliss bites snack we made. Youth also learned about the traditional uses for devil’s club, include burning it and using the ashes to make paint. sw d bš qyuuqs News


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governments as well as industry representatives, environmental Lorraine Loomis, NWIFC Chair groups and other stakeholders. The standards are based on science that accurately reflects what happens We must stop treating Puget Sound mobile sewage pump-out services to when we are exposed to pollution in our waters. They also include a wide like a sewer if we are going to provide for the region. Vessel owners range of implementation tools and restore the fish, shellfish, wildlife were given five years to comply with generous timelines for industry to the new no-discharge rules. and other natural resources it comply. supports. That’s why we are urging It takes only a small sewage leak to the U.S. Environmental Protection force closure of a shellfish bed or There is no new science or law that Agency (EPA) to stand strong in the make people sick. Before the zone justifies EPA’s reconsideration of face of challenges to water quality was established, boats could dump industry’s pleas that their short-term partially treated sewage anywhere profits outweigh the long-term health improvements. in the sound. Raw sewage could be of our communities and resources. We were disappointed to learn that flushed from vessels at least three Politics, not science, is the only factor that would lead to a different result. tugboat companies, cruise lines and miles from shore. It would simply be a rehashing of other marine industries recently filed suit against EPA claiming that Meanwhile, the EPA is considering an issues that were discussed, debated complying with a new no-discharge industry trade group petition claiming and resolved through a lengthy public zone for human waste is too that complying with the state’s new process that spanned decades. expensive. If this sounds familiar it’s water quality standards will increase because the move comes on the heels their cost of doing business. The idea We believe that human health and of another industry challenge that that the solution to pollution is dilution environmental quality are the keys to claims our state’s new water quality is outdated. Our waterways are not economic health and prosperity for standards – the most protective of an out-of-sight, out-of-mind solution our region. We don’t believe you can human health in the nation – are also for industrial waste. It’s time we stop put a price on clean water, our health too costly to implement. balancing the pollution ledger with or the health of our natural resources. A pollution-based economy is not our health and future. sustainable, but cooperation is. The state Department of Ecology worked to establish the no-discharge It’s been a couple of years since EPA We must work together if we want zone to protect an area of more stepped into the state’s rule-making healthy waters, healthy people and a than 2,300 square miles in Puget process to ensure that our water thriving economy. Sound and lakes Washington and quality standards are based on the Union. It was the first established in best available science. The federal Being Frank is a monthly Washington, although there are more Clean Water Act requires states to column written by the chair than 90 in 26 other states. There are develop rules that ensure our waters of the Northwest Indian more than 150,000 recreational boats are clean enough to provide healthy Fisheries Commission. As a and more than 3,500 commercial fish and shellfish that are safe to eat. statement from the NWIFC vessels in the Puget Sound region. The updated water quality standards chair, the column represents Most already have holding tanks for were the result of years of extensive the interests and concerns of sewage, and EPA has determined that public processes at the state and treaty Indian tribes throughout there are enough shore-based and federal levels, involving tribal western Washington. 18 sw d bš qyuuqs News e e

Well Wishes On Your Retirement FEBRUARY 22 –– A retirement celebration in honor of Jim Gibson, John Petrich, and Merril Burke was held at the Wa Walton Center at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge. Combined, these three individuals provided 96 years of service to the Swinomish Tribe. We wish you the best of health and happiness in your retirements!

Jim Gibson started working for Skagit River Systems Cooperative in 1979. He made a move to the Swinomish Fisheries Department in the late 1980s where he served for 40 years as a fisheries biologist. Photo by Brian Cladoosby

John Petrich started working for the Swinomish Housing Authority in 1980. He left his position to attend Harvard in 1987 where he earned a master’s degree. He returned to Swinomish in 1989 to serve for the next 36 years as the executive director of the Swinomish Housing Authority.

Merril Burke started working for the Swinomish Accounting Department in 1998 where he served as the Tribe’s chief financial officer for 20 years.

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March Against Addiction MARCH 20 — Over 400 people participated in the community event This Has to Stop: March Against Addiction. The march began six years ago when the Swinomish Community suffered four losses related to drug overdoses. This year the families of these four individuals, Tyler Edwards, Clayton Day, Nellie Edge, and Ida Joe, held posters with their family members' photo on them to honor them on the march, and send a message to the community—you're not alone, we're all in this together, and we're here to help. Closing remarks by Eugene Edwards (the father of Tyler Edwards): We help each other out, we show the loving, caring, and sharing. Show our people there is more to life, that we're all here to help each other, all here to help. You know we still have a lot of people struggling with addiction. We don't throw them away. We don't push them away. We try to help them out. I'm so grateful to see the turnout to see how many people we have here that feel it in their heart, that know what they want. To come together to make a difference, it feels good. 20 sw d bš qyuuqs News

The Swinomish Community is not going to let a drug epidemic add additional sorrow and trauma to their lives. As a community, they march for their culture and way of life — loving, caring, and sharing. The Opioid Epidemic and the Swinomish Tribe

As of November 2018, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that drug overdoses killed more than 70,000 Americans in 2017, a record. The opioid epidemic is spreading geographically across the nation. The trends in overdose deaths vary widely across the country. Several states and cities have embarked on ambitious public health programs to reduce the deadliness of drug use and connect more drug users with treatment. The Swinomish Tribe took initiative opening the Wellness Center in the winter of 2017. The center now serves the facility's maximum of 250 people for treatment six days a week and plan on expanding the facility. The Tribe also has the Swinomish Wellness Program to treat individuals living in the community who are battling with addiction.

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Aerial Photo: Earl Cowan

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Community Voices: Being Clean and Sober In recognition of those traveling the road of recovery, qyuuqs News invited the community to share what they enjoy most about being clean and sober at the This has to Stop March Against Addiction dinner. Here is what these inspiring folks had to say: “My family again!! My relationship with God and Creator!! Being FREE!” –Chareese E. “Getting to enjoy my family again.” –Lashara S.

“Dano, Sally, and Kaitlyn.” –MJ S.

“I’m most happy that I get to give my daughters a childhood I never had.” –Ariel L.

"We can go to the park ♥" –Tori W.

“Not doing drugs and my family.” –Tre B.

“I enjoy my precious time with my family and friends.” –Sally W.

“Not having to deal with the drama.” – Daniel R.

“Laugh and play.” –Heidi W.

“Thank you for being there [to] learn to live one day at a time! I will be 10 years of AA 3-22-09.” –Donna H.

“I have my son back thanks to God and [My] heart is free.” –Anonymous

“Unconditional love.” –Kyle A.

“Breaking the cycle of trauma in the community one generation at a time. I am third generation in recovery from addiction. My dream is that it stops here with me for my family.” –Tony C.

“My relationship with God.” –Robin P. “The pressures of using drugs is over now. I get to truly be happy, joyous, and free.” –Charlie B. “I enjoy having a new and improved life.” –Frankie S. “I will have one year on 3-26-19. My clean date is 3-26-18. I’m happy to have control of my life again, and a proud mother to my son, Dakota. He keeps me on my toes and [I am] happy to be in recovery today. Thanks to all my support, family and friends.” –Leanna J. “ is a life saver. I am so grateful it is available to the surrounding community as well as [the] reservation [community]. THANK YOU ALL.” –Anonymous “I’ve been sober since 9/4/15.” –Star J. “I enjoy healthy activities now with family and friends. I enjoy avoiding slippery places, and stick with the winners.” –Darlene E. 22 sw d bš qyuuqs News


“I am happy today, I choose to be happy today.” –Anonymous “I enjoy being clean and sober. I have one year clean, 27 years sober. I get to see my granddaughter every day and I am holding a job at our casino.” –Marlene S. “I love all my family time and would not change it for the world. Proud Grandma, Mom, Sister.” –Janet W. “Being aware of how wonderful life is, not missing a moment!” –Shelly J. “Being with my kids and grandkids.” – Julie S. “I have 11 months clean and sober. Very proud of myself for sticking to [it] this time. I also love that I get to be a mom again. I get to be there for my kids when they need me.” – Lana F. “Waking up to a ‘New Day’ and thankful.” – Barb J.

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Informational Community Workshop:

University of Washington Native Education Certificate Program MARCH 13 –– The Swinomish Education Department and the La Conner School District hosted an informational community workshop at the Swinomish Youth Center. The dialog was highly informative for those who were able to attend. The workshop focused on introducing the University of Washington’s Native Education Certificate Program that is currently underway at the university. The UW Native Education Certificate (NEC) Program started in the summer of 2018. A large component of the program is to build relationships between the Swinomish Community and the La Conner School District. Would you like to be involved in the next informational workshop? Do you have questions? Please contact: Michael Vendiola, Swinomish Education Director Phone: (360) 466.7317 Email:

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The Meaning of Integrity Lou D'Amelio, Swinomish Chief of Police

Integrity. When you hear the word you likely picture someone you know who has personal standards you admire. Perhaps they are honest and caring or are devoted to someone. If you really think about it, there is usually a second, deeper meaning to the word integrity — not only do you admire that person’s personal code, there is something else you admire before you willingly use the word to describe them. Integrity actually has its roots in the sciences. It evolved from the Latin word “integer,” which meant whole or complete (if you remember your math lessons, integers are whole numbers, not fractions). The same root gave us words like “integral,” meaning something that is a part of the whole (the handle is integral to the door), and “integrated,” meaning added to the larger whole (the color was integrated in to the paint).

In engineering, the term integrity refers to how well something can hold up to a test of its limits. A house that remains whole after a windstorm is said to have maintained its integrity. A space capsule maintains its integrity when it reenters the atmosphere in one piece. So, when you compliment someone’s integrity you are really saying two things; you admire their personal code and you believe they have been tested and have demonstrated they will follow their code under pressure. It is a high compliment indeed. Anyone can claim to have integrity, but we don’t truly believe in someone’s integrity until they have shown that they will make the right decisions and do the right things when it matters under pressure.

SAFELY STORE AND DISPOSE OF OPIOIDS Submitted by Swinomish Wellness

Opioid misuse is taking a particularly heavy toll on tribal communities. Ending opioid misuse in our community begins in our homes. By taking steps to safely store and dispose of opioid medications, you can help protect kids, families, and the environment. LOCK UP YOUR MEDS

Secure opioid pain medication in a safe, locked cabinet, medicine lockbox, or locking bag to prevent prescription opioids from ending up in the wrong hands. Don’t have a lockable container? You can pick up a free medicinelocking bag at the next Swinomish community dinner or by contacting the Swinomish Wellness Program. SAFELY DISPOSE OF LEFTOVER PILLS

Remove unused, unwanted, or expired opioid pills from your home and dispose of them at a permanent take back location. Proper disposal helps keep your loved ones safe and prevents the drugs from harming drinking water, wildlife, and the environment. You can dispose of pills at the Swinomish Police Department or search nearby take back locations at 24 sw d bš qyuuqs News


If you aren’t sure what to do with your leftover opioid medications, call or visit Swinomish Wellness (360) 466.1024) or ask a behavioral health provider, nurse, doctor, or pharmacist about safe opioid disposal.

MEDICATION TAKE-BACK DAY Hosted by the Swinomish Police April 27, 10AM-2PM 17557 Front Street, La Conner Safely dispose of your expired and unused medications. Everyone is welcome. We accept: prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, patches, creams, ointments, syringes, vials, pet medication. We cannot accept: illegal drugs, intravenous solutions, injectables, chemotherapy medications, inhalers, or medical waste. Questions? Bridgette Solomon (360) 399.8795

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Science Corner

Good Neighbors Help Skagit River Chinook Mike LeMoine, Eric Beamer, Casey Ruff Skagit River System Cooperative Research Program

When millions of Chinook salmon fry leave the Skagit River, they have several decisions in front them. They can decide to continue the risky migration to the Pacific Ocean or stay and rear in the nearby river delta, or move a little further and rear in the estuary before making the ocean journey. For those that rear in the estuary, their search for quality habitat and food is not limited to areas near their home river system. They can swim across Whidbey basin, which includes Skagit Bay and Possession Sound, before finding habitat that may improve their chances to return as adults.

complete, and the Smokehouse dike setback is still a couple years from starting. The Stillaguamish Indian Tribe, however, has recently completed the Zisaba restoration project and plans to complete the Leque restoration project in coming years. These projects include dike breaching to allow for natural tidal action and channel formation, which is important for juvenile Chinook salmon between Port Susan and Skagit Bay. Even though the project is intended to improve Stillaguamish Chinook stocks, Skagit River Chinook utilize these areas and are the most abundant Chinook stock in these areas.

Different populations of juvenile Chinook can mix in estuary systems. In the Whidbey basin is a representation of all Puget Sound Chinook stocks, and even Canadian stocks. Because juvenile Chinook salmon can disperse broadly across Whidbey basin and throughout Puget Sound, Skagit River Chinook recovery requires a broad perspective with attention to estuaries outside of the Skagit River.

Skagit River System Cooperative’s Research and Salmon Recovery program continues to support the Stillaguamish Indian Tribe in assessing the effectiveness of their restoration actions on juvenile Chinook salmon and are collecting genetic information to understand stock composition within these areas. By working together we will understand how neighboring restoration actions could influence Skagit Chinook recovery. This multi-year project will highlight the importance of cooperation in recovering Chinook salmon.

Currently, restoration monitoring at Fir Island Farms conducted to assess the project’s effectiveness is

SRSC staff and a Stillaguamish crewmember set a fyke net to catch juvenile Chinook salmon at Zisaba prior to restoration in 2016.

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Locations of Zisab, Leque, Fir Island Farms, and Smokehouse restoration projects within the Whidbey basin. The pie charts represent genetic stock composition from juvenile Chinook salmon collected in 2008 and represents that both sides of the Zisab and Leque restoration projects have Skagit Chinook. sw d bĹĄ qyuuqs News 27 e e

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HAZWOPER Course at Swinomish Andrea Pitz, Department of Environmental Protection

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you found a toxic cleanup site or if oil spilled out of a nearby tanker? What if a fishing vessel leaked fuel into the waters near the reservation? Who would respond? Who would be responsible for the cleanup? What about the costs? What kinds of chemicals are safe to touch or inhale? What sort of actions can you take to keep yourself and the environment safe? These are just some of the questions Swinomish Department of Environmental Protection staff learned about during a 24-hour HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) course provided by the Washington Department of Ecology last month. The intent of the training was to increase Swinomish staff preparedness in the event of an oil spill or other chemical containment disaster. People all across the country have response training pertaining to these sorts of disasters. In fact, a

person must have a HAZWOPER certification in order to aid in an emergency response effort at all. Once a problem is identified and the proper emergency response organizations are contacted, a coordinated response aims to deliver swift, aggressive, and organized efforts to protect public health and the environment. Being prepared with trained personnel who have an action plan and access to resources helps equip the Tribe in the event of an emergency. Have you ever noticed the yellow emergency oil spill response trailer parked outside the Fire District 13 station? It is stocked with boom to contain a spill, sorbents to soak up oil, and personal protective equipment. Our resources, as well as others in the area, are listed on the Worldwide Response Resource List. It’s a community effort to keep oil and other kinds of chemicals out of the environment, but the best preparedness is prevention!

Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) demonstrating how the Royal Tern can skim oil off the surface of the water during the HAZWOPER training.

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The internet is a global computer network providing information and communication facilities, consisting of interconnected networks using standardized communication protocols. For all the things the internet is and all the communication it allows us, it was never intended to be an outlet for predators and prowlers — but it is! Are you cautious about what your child witnesses on the internet? Internet security helps to steer people away from computer viruses, phishing scams, and other various cautions, but what does it do about the individuals who are on the internet to manipulate our children? You would not let your son or daughter talk to a complete stranger without supervision. However, do you know who your child is talking to on the internet? Many adults today grew up using computers, but they did not carry them around in their pockets. Today, kids carry the internet around with them all day long via their phones, tablets, and laptops — bringing the “stranger danger” right into your home. Prowling is real and should be taken seriously, especially if your child spends time on the internet, with or without parental supervision. 30 sw d bš qyuuqs News

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There are 4.1 billion internet users in the world as of December 2018 There will be an estimated 2.77 billion social media uses in 2019 Eighty percent of Instagram users live outside of the United States There are over 747,408 registered sex offenders in the United States and only 265,000 of them are under the supervision of a corrections agency One in seven kids receive online sexual solicitations In 82% of online sex crimes against minors, the offender used the victims social networking sites to gain information about the victim. Fourteen percent of students in the 10th-12th grade have accepted an invitation to meet an online stranger in-person and 14 percent of students have invited an online stranger to meet them in-person. One million children were harassed, threatened, or subjected to other forms of cyber-bullying on Facebook during the past year Only 18 percent of parents with children under age 10 on Facebook are actually “friends” with their child on the site 72 percent of teens today have social media networking profile and nearly half of them have a public profile viewable by anyone

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Youth Spirit Ventures to Martha’s Beach Leah Gobert, Youth Spirit Program Assistant Manger

Blends into society Is typically clean cut and outwardly law abiding Is usually white, middle-aged or younger, and male Uses a position in society to throw off suspicion Can rise to be a pillar of society while actively pursuing children Often engages in activities involving children Appears trusting to both parents and child

Your child may be in contact with an online predator if he or she: • • • • • • •

Becomes secretive about online activities Becomes obsessive about being online Gets angry when he or she can’t get online Receives phone calls from people you do not know or makes calls to numbers that you do not recognize Withdraws from family or friends Changes screens or turns off computer when an adult enters the room Begins downloading pornography online

There are many dangers that children face online every day. Recognize the signs. If your child does not want you know what they are doing on their device, look into why that is. Act in integrity. If it doesn’t feel right and the signals are clear–– something is likely not right.

February 20 — Getting involved with nature is a therapeutic and healing way to expel excess energy and improve physical health. School can be stressful sometimes and so when the weather warmed up enough Youth Spirit Program participants ventured out to Martha’s Beach to enjoy the sunshine!

The CHILDWISE “Digital Lives” Report 2010 discovered that most children believe that no harm will come to them as long as they do not actually meet the stranger (Raising Children in a Digital Age). Communicate with your child and tell them how dangerous it is to interact with complete strangers on the internet.

It was a new experience for some and a return visit for others, but everyone had fun exploring the beach and trails. Not only can a nature hike reduce stress, it encourages curiosity and enhances observation skills. Group hikes create bonding opportunities with friends and families as well. Try taking a hike the next time you feel a little down and out. Just make sure to listen to what your body is telling you so you do not overdo it.

Teach your child to surf the internet with integrity and about digital or social networking etiquette and standards of moral conduct. “While it is difficult for children to stand up to disrespectful behavior online, they should always know that they can seek support from an adult when they feel threatened, bullied, or fearful. This is one way they can act with integrity and safely stand for what they believe.” (Marilyn Price-Mitchell)

The Youth Spirit Center provides a safe after-school environment for youth. The center is located behind the La Conner School District office and in front of the Little Braves Club and is open Wednesday-Friday from 2:35 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 11:35 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on early school release days.

(Source: InternetSafety101)

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The internet can be a fun and interactive space for kids, but adults need to be prepared to protect them from the many pitfalls that exist there.

Contact the Youth Spirit Program Tanisha Gobert, Manager: (360) 499.9446, Leah Gobert, Assistant Manager: (360) 399.5805, sw d bš qyuuqs News



Interwoven Lives: Indigenous Mothers of Salish Coast Communities In the past, many historians chose to ignore the historical significance of indigenous wives during the birth of Bellingham Bay communities, typically mentioning only the first white women. Yet these mid1800s alliances played a crucial role, with the women serving as cultural interpreters and mediators, aiding settlement, and reducing regional conflict between native peoples and newcomers. The newest book from Washington State University Press, Candace Wellman’s Interwoven Lives: Indigenous Mothers of Salish Coast Communities, depicts the lives of four of these intermarried Native women. A companion work to Peace Weavers: Uniting the Salish Coast through Cross-Cultural Marriages, Wellman’s first book on Puget Sound’s cross-cultural marriages, Interwoven Lives describes each wife’s native culture, details ancestral history for both spouses, and traces descendants’ destinies, highlighting their contributions to new communities. Wellman’s research also reveals new details about the Northwest life of Captain George W. Pickett, who later became a Civil War brigadier general. Jenny Wynn, daughter of an elite Lummi and his Songhees wife, owned a farm with her husband Thomas and donated property for the region’s second rural school. Many descendants became teachers. Snoqualmie Elizabeth Patterson, daughter of Patkanim, western Washington’s most powerful native leader, married a cattleman. After tuberculosis took her life, foster parents raised her daughters, who enhanced Lynden’s literary and business growth as adults. Mary Allen was the daughter of a Nlaka’pamux leader on British Columbia’s Fraser River. The village of Marietta arose from her long marriage. Later, her sons played important roles in southeast Alaska’s early development. Mrs. Pickett, the Haida wife of Fort Bellingham’s commander, died young and left no name to history, but she gave birth to one of the West’s most important early artists, James Tilton Pickett. Wellman won the 2018 WILLA literary award for scholarly nonfiction from Women Writing the West for Peace Weavers. She attributes much of her success to the generous assistance of mentors and numerous contributors. An expert researcher, her methodology 32 sw d bš qyuuqs News

combined disparate primary and secondary sources in academic and local history as well as genealogy and family memory — and her discoveries help destroy common stereotypes about these cross-cultural marriages. Coll Thrush, University of British Columbia professor and author of Native Seattle: Histories from the CrossingOver Place, agrees. “Candace Wellman's years of painstaking research and work with local families have brought to the fore these crucially important histories of Indigenous-settler relations in the far Northwest, and challenge much of the received wisdom about the workings of colonialism in this place.”

Interwoven Lives lists for $27.95. It is available through bookstores nationwide and direct from WSU Press at (800) 354.7360 or online at


April 16, 2019, 4pm-5:30pm Heritage Resources Distinguished Speaker Western Washington University Libraries, Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor) Bellingham, WA April 27, 2019, 4pm-5pm Village Books in Lynden (Waples Room) 430 Front Street Lynden, WA 98264 May 16, 2019, 4:30pm-5:30pm Seaport Books 106 First Street La Conner, WA 98257 May 17, 2019, 7pm-8:00pm Village Books in Fairhaven 1200 11th Street Bellingham, WA 98225

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The Power of Place Larry Campbell

Coast Salish Tribes have teachings that echo the sentiment that the Creator put us here on Earth, on the land and water in the Northwest part of North American — parts of which are still our home today. Western archaeologists and anthropologists believe North America’s population came from China via a land bridge over the Bering Strait; yet it is a common teaching and understanding of Coast Salish tribal history that traditional, economic, spiritual, and family law comes from the environment and space we were created. As tribal people, we learn we are to leave our own place-based teachings at home when we travel to other communities for spiritual gatherings and are to conform to the place we are visiting. Since the environment is different from tribe to tribe, we listen to each other and the people who lived and survived over long periods in their particular village. The tribal people residing in a single place over a long period gives them the finer points of traditional law in order to survive and thrive in the area. “Home” has different meanings to tribal and the non-tribal cultures. Non-tribal people may describe their home as their house or place of residence, rather than a locality of a community. Tribal people may describe home as their whole community or tribe and/or a locality instead of a house with an address. Indigenous families understand the principles and teachings that provide long-term stability in their home territories due to the long periods they spent occupying the same landscape. They may also develop ceremony, customs, societal laws and processes on how to properly gather resources, protect sacred areas, and to sustain an area for many generations to come. Dedication and love of the homeland naturally takes place over the course of many generations occupying the same area and tribal culture is understood to flourish because of family strength. A relationship develops between young and old in order to pass down strategies to ensure long-term occupation of the lands. So, a natural bonding occurs over time that preserves the community even though community tensions will occur as a natural process of existence. sw d bš qyuuqs News 33 e e

Mrs. V’s 2 Cents Diane Vendiola

This is the story he would tell my brother Junior and me about doing work: The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 marked the beginning of World War II. Seattle’s airplane and ship builders became major employers as a result. It was then that my father began working at Todd Shipyards. I will always remember my father’s lunch box, which we referred to as his “lunch bucket.” His lunch bucket was made of metal, painted black, and had a few dents in it. There was a leather carry handle on the top. The lower end of the box had a holder for a name card, which carried my father’s Americanized name: George L. Villaluz. The box was set up in such a way that there were two compartments when it was open. The top part held a Thermos bottle and the lower part was where my mother and I would put homemade sandwiches or rice balls wrapped in wax paper along with a pack of Twinkies. Every morning, and sometimes even on Saturday and Sunday mornings, my father would wake up very early, get dressed, put on his work shoes and hard hat, grab his lunch bucket, kiss my mother, and pinch my cheek. He would then say, “I’ll be back bum-bye (soon)” as he walked out the front door. And every day, at the same time, my father kept his word and returned home. He would come in the door — big, strong, and smiling. He would take off his hard hat, set his lunch bucket down, and then lift me off the floor while hugging me. He smelled of salt air and machinery. My father worked hard every single day. I believe my dad thought working hard every day was the right thing to do. I believe he thought keeping your word and returning bum-bye when you said you would was the right thing to do to. 34 sw d bš qyuuqs News

In August when the guava was beginning to ripen and become juicy and fat on the tree, this kid named Juan Tamad noticed one particular guava hanging from a branch. The guava looked like it was just right: plump, juicy, and ready for him to sink his teeth into. The most important thing for Juan Tamad at that moment was to take a bite out of this ripe and juicy guava. Juan Tamad slowly moved closer to the tree. His faithful dog Ahso told him: “The guava is just right. You should reach up and pick the guava from the branch.” Juan Tamad said, “Oh, the branch is too high for me to reach.” Juan Tamad sat down under the guava tree and looked longingly at the ripe, plump, juicy guava. Juan’s champion rooster Sunoy said, “Reach up and pick the guava from the branch so you can taste the first guava of the season.” Juan Tamad said, “Oh, but my arm is tired. I will just lay down under the guava and open my mouth — the guava will fall.” So Juan Tamad lay under the guava tree with his mouth open all day and all night until the next morning. Finally, he was so hungry for the taste of that delicious, juicy, plump guava he stood up and reached up to pick it. And to his surprise, he saw that the guava was already full of holes! “Ay yah!” he said. “The birds beat me to it!” Integrity is the act of doing what is right at the right time!

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Hamburger Lettuce, tomato, onion Coleslaw, potato chips Fresh fruit bowl

Shake-n-Bake chicken Rice and gravy Mixed vegetables Peaches

Fish Pasta Alfredo Steamed squash Mandarin oranges

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Meatloaf Scalloped potatoes, roll Brussels sprouts Pears

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Teriyaki chicken Rice Mixed vegetables Pineapple

Fish and fry bread Baked beans Coleslaw Berries

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Chicken patty sandwich Lettuce, tomato, onion Vegetable tray and dip Potato chips, fresh fruit

Spaghetti and meat sauce Garlic bread Steamed squash Mandarin oranges

*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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Protect the health of our community by safely disposing of used syringes in designated syringe disposal boxes, now located on Solahdwh Lane and behind the Swinomish Medical Clinic. Knock on the back door of the Medical Clinic for a quick, confidential supply of clean needles.

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CURRENT OPEN POSITIONS - As of March 15 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:


Wellness Program Director IT Director Applications Developer Utility Authority Operator Trainees Forestry Tech Crew Supervisor Forestry Tech Tribal Mental Health Program Counselor/ Coordinator Certified Medical Assistant Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Grant Writer (on-call) Tribal Mental Health Counselor Staff Attorney Police Officer - Entry Level or Lateral

Questions? Call Human Resources at (360) 299.1642

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

Mail or hand deliver to: Swinomish Casino & Lodge 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes, WA 98221


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 sw d bš qyuuqs News 39 e e

Fax applications to: (360) 299.1677

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