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April 2013

Volume 47 Issue 4

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utixdx c d ti swatix t d “Let’s take care of Earth.”

pedHiWaac (pud-hway-WAHTS) Moon of the Whistling Robins

“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 cure 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 build and baskets, both waterproof and open, are woven and dyed. Many types of plants are collected such as the 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 this moon.”— 13 Moons: The 13 Lunar Phases, And How They Guide the Swinomish People. S.I.T.C

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Cover photo by:

CONTENTS: An official publication





Around the Rez


Being Frank


Birthdays— April


Bulletin Board


Chairman’s Message


Community Arts


Community Calendar


Earth Day Info




Feature: Community Dinner


Feature: Community Dinner


Feature: Making Jury Duty…


Feature: Indigenous Health…


Feature: Climate Change...


Free Ads


Michael M. Vendiola Editor

From The Editor




Medical: Abuse of Pain Med….


pay a huxton (Chester Cayou, Jr.)

Caroline Edwards Assistant Editor

Mrs. V’s 2 Cents


Native Business-Jim Stanley


spee pots (Brian Cladoosby)



Photos: qyuuqs and submitted

Police Department


Reality/ Fish and Game


This issue of the qyuuqs is available on the Swinomish website:

Senior Lunch Menu




Tribal Court/GED/Wellness SWRP

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Youth Center News


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Officers: Chairman: spee pots (Brian Cladoosby) Vice Chair: Tale tale II (Barbara James) Secretary: Sapelia (Sophie Bailey) Treasurer: yal la ka but Steve Edwards General Manager: Tuk Tuk Luus (Allan Olson) Senators: sapelia (Sophie Bailey)

cha das cud II (Glen Edwards) yal le ka but Steve Edwards

Tale tale II (Barbara James)

SM OK O LO (Leon John) wa lee hub (Kevin Paul)

qyuuqs (Kee Yoks) The deadline to submit to the qyuuqs (Kee Yoks) is the 15th of every month or nearest business day. qyuuqs (Kee Yoks) 17337 Reservation Road La Conner, WA 98257 360-466-7258 Fax 466-1632

Advisory Committee Allan Olson John Stephens Tracy James Kevin Paul

The qyuuqs can viewed on the internet. When submitting information or photos, please be aware that everything published in qyuuqs will also be on the internet and available to the world. Please consider carefully whether anything you are submitting might have information or images that may not be appropriate for the internet. By submitting information or photographs to qyuuqs for publication, we consider that you are agreeing to publishing your submission in both the paper and digital versions of the qyuuqs.

ya-qua-leouse (Brian Porter)

sOladated (Brian Wilbur)

kani?ted (Tandy Wilbur)

“Swinomish qyuuqs (Kee Yoks) News”

qyuuqs Mission The mission of the qyuuqs newspaper is to provide monthly communication to swedebS, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, near and far. We are committed to serving as an apolitical forum for SITC governing officials and all community members. The newspaper is not intended to reflect the official position of the governing body of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, but rather reflects the ideas, events, and thoughts of individual community members and tribal staff. As such, the Swinomish Tribe makes no claim as to the accuracy or content of any of the articles contained therein.

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Chairman’s Message: ‘Sunshine and Great Fishing Weather!’—Submitted by Brian Cladoosby just completed his 25th year on Senate, and Barb James who just completed her 20th year on Senate. They were unopposed in their positions and were sworn into their new 5-year terms this past month.

Chairman spee pots

Wow, March already flew by! We’ve witnessed our first week of sunshine and great fishing weather! These past few months for me have been full of blessings and gratitude for my wife and family, Swinomish Tribe and Senators. I am blessed to have a wonderful wife, Nina. We just celebrated our

Spring means our fishermen are out on the Salish Sea for a new halibut season. This year may bring a little surprise for our fisherman. As you may or may not know, the S’Klallam Tribes, consisting of Jamestown, Lower Elwha and Port Gamble, challenged Lummi's fishing rights in the San Juan Islands. Judge Martinez ruled that the Lummi Nation does not have fishing rights south of the San Juan Islands. Our Senate is tracking the situation and what it is going to mean for our fishermen. Swinomish has worked hard to protect our way of life for today and generations to come. Over the

Spring continues to be a busy time of the year, but I wanted to take a bit of time to reach our to our youth in the community. I would like to congratulate the LCHS Braves Basketball team and coaches for placing 3rd in State this year. It was a special year, as all seven seniors on the boys and girls teams, each had a relative who has played in La Conner basketball, with the oldest relation going back to the1920’s. Basketball has always been a great part of our communities, and together we have all won a few and lost a few; but for a majority of the years; we have all learned that if we work together and give it 100%, that we all come away with a winning season. Each of these young women and men worked hard to accomplish their goals and all of La Conner is proud of you. Keep up the great work. May the Creator bless each of

“May the Creator bless each of you, and may the coming of a new season give you the courage to make the changes you need in your life, support you in all your endeavors and provide you the prayers and support needed to accomplish your own goals in life.” 35th wedding anniversary on March 18th, and she continues to be my strength and support everyday. I am very blessed by God to be able to have the greatest job in the World. Once again our Senate has reelected me as Chairman for the 17th year, and I start my 29th year on the Senate. We currently have, after this year, 145 years of combined Council experience. The Creator has surrounded me by the greatest Council in the State, a wonderful wife and family, and a strong community. I am grateful. Swinomish Tribe has spoken and we continue to support the leadership of our Senate, I want to congratulate Glen Edwards who

years the Tribes have had to challenge the State when it comes to our Treaty Rights. We had to fight for our fishing rights and we won. We had to fight for our shellfish rights and we won. We had to fight the State over protecting our watersheds in the culverts case and we won. See a pattern here? Well we are once again going to have to go to court over our hunting and gathering rights, and guess what, we are going to win! In the past few months the Skokomish Tribe filed a hunting case in Federal Court. Swinomish is tracking the case and working out a strategy to protect our treaty rights.

you, and may the coming of a new season give you the courage to make the changes you need in your life, support you in all your endeavors and provide you the prayers and support needed to accomplish your own goals in life.

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Attention Swinomish Commercial Diesel Powered Boat Owners! The deadline is quickly approaching for Swinomish diesel boat owners to apply for a new diesel engine under EPAs “Diesel Emissions Reduction Act”. Swinomish diesel powered boat owners may qualify for newer less polluting diesel engines where EPA pays half of the engine and installation costs. Stop by the Swinomish Planning Department, and ask Lynette Ikebe for an application. For more information call Tony Basabe at (360) 466-2512. If Tony is not available, contact Lynette Ikebe at (360) 466 1293. Corrections from March issue: Barbara Marks and Joe McCoy were married on March 18 for 18 years instead of being married on March 16 for 16 years. Congratulations! Due to a formatting issue 3 names were inadvertently left off of the March birthday list—3/30: Brenda Williams and 3/31: Roberta Cladoosby and Raymond Mitchell. Our apologies and Happy belated Birthday!

Knitting Class Every Mon. at 7 o clock Shaker Church $5 a class Money will go towards the church See Barbara Marks

Seeking work?

Chevron wants YOU!

Both the North End & Village Chevron gas stations will be gearing up for the busy months by adding additional staff soon. All tribal members 21 and older are encouraged to go to HR Department and put in an application!

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From Minister Joe McCoy: 1910 SWINOMISH INDIAN SHAKER CHURCH UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS CHURCH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND (3 yrs.) May 17-19, 2013 Friday—Dinner, 6PM, Church service after Saturday—Breakfast, 8AM; Lunch, 12 noon; Dinner, 5PM, Church service after Sunday—Breakfast, 8AM; Mass, 10AM; Lunch after? 1910 WASHINGTON SHAKER CHURCH CONVENTION Swinomish Indian Shaker Church is hosting the Convention on October 11-13, 2013 Friday—10AM: Board meeting; 12-1PM, lunch Saturday—8AM, breakfast; 10AM Board meeting; 12-1, lunch; meeting continued; 5pm dinner; church service Sunday—8AM, breakfast; 10AM Mass; 12noon lunch? DONATIONS ACCEPTED (Monies, food, items, and seafood for each of these weekend events.) Also, if anyone can spare a bed or two for these church visitors, please call Joe McCoy at 360-466-8147 or Barbara Marks-McCoy at 360-202-8822 for church anniversary or the church convention weekends. THANK YOU!

From the qyuuqs (Kee Yoks) Editor: Michael M. Vendiola dahadubs for taking the time to read the latest issue of qyuuqs News! We have addressed many important issues in this edition. I hope that you read carefully and with enjoyment. In this issue we feature stories on the importance of participating in Jury Duty, how you can save a lot of money on purchasing a diesel motor for your fishing boat, new laws based on the abuse of pain medication, the latest surveillance methods from Fish & Wildlife Enforcement and other important topics. I hope you will be able to take this issue and stroll outside to enjoy a sunshine filled day! After all, we seem to have fast-forwarded to

SPRING! In recognition of renewal and the growth that spring brings, we are featuring some opportunities for community participation to make Swinomish and the world a better place. This year Swinomish will recognize the important and environmentally conscious Earth Day on April 17. As Native people we have always held in high regard our role in being caring stewards of the land we inhabit. April 17 will feature the annual Swinomish Clean-Up Day that was started many years ago by our thoughtful relatives. I hope you will be able to participate in some of the activities and then come together to share a meal. It is said that the best place to discuss an important topic is at a

table sharing a meal together. Lastly, in this issue is a special invitation to community members to begin one of our cultural practices on the water: War Canoe Racing! I spoke with Senator ya qua leouse about the upcoming season and he is looking forward to being back out on the water after his training during the winter. He has an open invitation to all of Swinomish, young and old, to come sit in a canoe and become healthy! Take him up on it! I will be!

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22nd Annual

Swinomish Earth Day/

Spring Cleanup Day Free Lunch

Service Projects

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swedebS Pavilion Beach Cleanup Street cleanup

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Clothing drive– bring your unwanted

E-cycle- bring your old TVs, computers, and monitors to recycle!

clothing to exchange or donate to the women’s shelter

Recycled jewelry Compost

Sign up for curb-


side recycling &

& workshop!

win a prize!

Contact Tiffany Hoyopatubbi for more information: 360-466-3374

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Earth Day/ Cleanup Day Schedule 9:00AM – 9:30AM Light breakfast, sign up for service projects and raffle ticket. (Swinomish Gymnasium)

9:45AM – 12:30PM Service projects. *swedebS Pavilion/Interpretive Garden* *Beach Cleanup* *Street Cleanup*

12:30 PM Lunch at Gym.

10:00AM-2:00PM Recycling & compost education booths (Housing).

1:30 P M - 5:00 PM Service projects.

All day activities

(swedebS Pavilion)

*E-cycle: Bring unwanted electronics for recycling. (swedebS *Goodwill Truck:

Pavilion Parking Lot)

Donate any items: clothing, furniture, toys…etc. (Swinomish Gymnasium)

*Clothing drive/exchange: Donate women’s and girl’s sweatshirts and jackets. (Swinomish Gymnasium)

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Cultural Department: Swinomish Honors Elders in February Dinner —Submitted by qyuuqs staff. All photos by Chairman spee pots. The Swinomish Senate, Cultural Events Department, Elder Protection Committee and Senior Center staff honored Swinomish elders Phil Dan, Edith Bobb, Diane Vendiola, Shirley Wilbur and Charlie Paul at the February Swinomish Community Dinner. Thank you to all of the community members who attended to have a good time and celebrate Swinomish’s beloved elders!

Phil Dan and family celebrate together at the Swinomish Community Dinner.

The family of Swinomish elder Diane Vendiola surrounds her following her recognition as a tribal elder.

Edith Bobb is joined by family members to celebrate her accomplishment as a Swinomish elder.

Shirley Wilbur sits as family members gather to recognize her status as a Swinomish elder.

Family members stand with Swinomish elder, Charlie Paul, as he is recognized during the Swinomish Community Dinner.

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Cultural Department: March Dinner Brings Together Large Gathering —Submitted by qyuuqs staff The thought of wonderful Spring weather brought out many community members for the March Swinomish Community Dinner. A large line up at the start of the event kept event planners and volunteers busy trying to get everyone into the gymnasium. For the most part every table that was set up was full with talkative community members. As the event began, Chairman spee pots requested that everyone, “Please quiet down.” Pastor Doug York offered a prayer and then community elders were given the chance to make their way to the dinner line, or were served by honorable youth volunteers. After dinner was completed some raffles were held to keep the mood festive with the possibility of winning a prize. Quickly after, the Swinomish Senate were requested to come forward by Chairman spee pots. In a very moving tribute, humorous at times and thoughtful, a variety of Senators took turns to introduce the March honored elders. Chairman spee pots states, “honor the elders while they are still here.” This month’s honored elders were: Francis Peters Mary Grant Faye Bates Vince Wilbur Donald Damien Each elder came forward to accept a gift from the Senate, Elder Protection Committee, and Cultural Events Department. They also took some time to share words of wisdom with the community as they were joined and surrounded by family members. A good time was shared by all at the Swinomish community dinner.

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Office of Tribal Attorney: Making Jury Duty a Priority Submitted by—Jordan E. Stephens, Prosecuting Attorney Rahm Emanuel, the current City of Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff, was recently called to jury duty in Chicago. While Mr. Emanuel was eventually dismissed from jury duty, the fact of the matter remained – the Mayor of the City of Chicago appeared for jury duty. Surely, Mr. Emanuel could have had one of his aides call the court and provide a good reason for Mr. Emanuel’s inability to appear for jury duty – an important meeting he must attend, city projects that are awaiting his approval, or a calendar that is simply too full to be away from. But the City of Chicago Mayor appeared for service. Appearing for jury duty is a way we serve others in our community. For those at Swinomish, serving as jurors is a way that we preserve our tribal sovereignty. Appearing for jury duty is also a meaningful participation in the loving, caring, and sharing way of life. Facts about jury duty: Jurors decide the facts of the case – what is true and what is false. In a criminal case, the jury determines whether a person is guilty or not guilty. Before the trial begins, the jurors take an oath to fairly consider both sides of the case. A sufficient number of prospective jurors are needed to establish a “jury pool.” From that “pool,” the attorneys and the judge will decide

who will be “empaneled” or seated on the jury. While a jury is typically composed of only six people, a much larger jury pool is needed due to potential conflicts that may arise during the jury selection process. Only a limited group of people are permitted to serve as jurors. Only members of the Swinomish Tribe who reside in Skagit County or non-member Indians residing on the Reservation may serve as a juror in Swinomish Tribal Court.

Instead, you want a jury of your peers to hear and decide the facts of the case. When you show up for your trial, no jurors are there to hear your side of the story. Wouldn’t you want them to hear you tell your side of the story?

While some jury trials can be quite lengthy, most jury trials last only a day or two and are rarely longer than one or two weeks. You get paid to be a juror. If you serve as a juror in Swinomish Tribal Court, you are entitled to $25 for each day your services are required. (You are entitled to a reduced fee if you are called but do not serve). You are also entitled to mileage fees. And sometimes there may be doughnuts!

The fact some of you show up for jury duty means that we can have jury trials at Swinomish. However, if not enough people show up to make a large enough “jury pool” (see above) we can’t have a jury trial.

Why is jury duty considered a “community service” and why is it important that we all respond when called to serve? Imagine that you are a defendant. You have been charged with a crime which could result in jail time and a fine. You believe you did not commit the crime and do not want to take a plea bargain.

Imagine you are a victim of a crime. You have been involved in the case and the prosecutor has told you the defendant does not want to plead guilty. In other words, the defendant wants to take the case to trial. You are nervous to testify in front of a jury, but you do so because you and the community have been wronged. When you show up to testify, no jurors are there to hear your testimony. Wouldn’t you want them to hear you tell your side of the story?

Jury trials are a lot of work not just for jurors, but for the attorneys, the witnesses, and the court staff involved. Some jury trials are very interesting to jurors, and others may not be as interesting. But if you are seated on a jury, you are being asked to participate in an important decision that may greatly impact the lives of those involved. If a case is going to trial, it is important to someone. If the Mayor of the City of Chicago shows up for jury duty, can you?

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Around the Rez Mase

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Kimmi, Brayden, Sophia, Joey!


Happy Spring From Swinomish Childcare!

Isaac and Anthony!



War Chief Canoe Club practice starts on April 8, 2013, 4pm Location: swedebS Pavilion Left: Spring is near when Swinomish elder, Charlie Paul, shows up at the Village Chevron on his lawn mower for a fill-up! —Photo courtesy Paula Oldham Right: Senator wa lee hub encourages Swinomish youth at a recent Calling All Colors club meeting at La Conner High School.— Photo courtesy qyuuqs staff

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FEATURE: Developing Indigenous Health Indicators, Part 4 Health Indicator : Self Determination This article summarizes the fourth indicator Swinomish volunteers examined last summer during a Focus Group meeting at the Spiritual Center with tribal volunteers. In this context Self Determi nation was discussed and how members feel about the Tribe’s ability to promote cultural healing and economic development and provide restoration projects. (Pictured: Installation of flume at Lone Tree) Following are comments from SITC volunteers:

1. Healing “Language program is completely down now.” “ Swinomish is far behind in native food gardens, language programs and arts programs. This is obvious at giveaways where most of the items come from Wal Mart instead of being handmade by tribal members.”

2. Economic Development No Comments

3. Restoration “Checkerboard ownership of reservation land (some privately non Indian owned), makes it difficult to control what happens on the reservation. Example given: clear cuts at north end by non Indians”. “Lone Tree restoration—no updates, what happened? Current status? Succeed or not? Nothing said since big celebration…also Fornsby?” “qyuuqs” is a good avenue to communicate updates and information.” “Recommend having clam bake to celebrate restoration projects.”

Ranking The health indicators were defined and participants were asked to rank where they think the community is today. Ranking was done on a scale of 1 5 with one meaning things are very bad and 5 means we’re doing great. 1.Things are very bad 2. Not very good 3.So So 4. Looking pretty good 5.We’re doing great The following graphs show how the Focus Group ranked their responses to the three parts of the Self Determination Health Indicator.

Healing: On a scale of 1 5, are there tribal programs available to reconnect with culture and natural resources?

Restoration: On a scale of 1 5, are there tribal projects that protect or restore habitat and resources that benefit the community?

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Economic Development: On a scale of 1 5, are there tribally owned development projects that benefit the community?

Self Determination: Rank the three parts of this health indicator (choose them in order from most to least important). The Focus Group rankings indicate these results: Healing: 34%

Economic Development: 33%

Restoration: 33%

Please send comments, questions or suggestions on this series of articles to Jamie Donatuto by email : or Myk Heidt by email: or ring 360.466.1532.

Northwest Indian College: Two Classes Visit Kukutali(Kiket) Island Students in the English class were learning to write essay techniques that involved research and observation. The joint venture with the Ecology-Ecology of the First Peoples class proved to be the perfect educational experience. Ecology of the First Peoples class observed the historical Kukutali Preserve, for it holds the historic information that is important for them to understand how it relates to the first peoples of the Swinomish Reservation. NWIC Students Pictured Here: Linda Willup, Nadine Clark, Kukutali Caregiver/Naturalist-Tanisha Gobert, Caroline Edwards, Science Faculty-Jessica Gigot, Beyunka Peacher, and Chris Perez.

Guided Tours for Tribal WEEKEND TOURS NOW BEING OFFERED– Come see the Camas blooming. Members on Kiket Island! Approximately 2 hours– Take a short walking tour and learn about the history of this special place to our Swinomish ancestors. Call Tanisha Gobert to schedule a tour @ 661-0682

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Mrs. V’s 2 cents!

Submitted by Diane I. Vendiola

“If I had known I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself.”—Eubie Blake Balancing both sides of my brain/ choosing to eat and move Tony Buzan the Inventor of Mind Maps, a powerful "thinking tool" of our time, says that balancing our left brain and rightbrain activities, along with choosing the foods we eat, exercising, plus managing our relationships, reducing stress and maintaining health habits have an affect on the quality of our life, as well as the duration of it. Quality of life and longevity (Longevity= Long life; great duration of life) Factors such as our grandparents’ and parents’ longevity, individual **IQ.’s, whether we smoke impact our lives too. Having an annual check-up, weighing more than we should, getting adequate sleep and whether we choose to use alcohol or not also impacts the quality of our lives and affects our longevity. And, of course, that which we know we should all be making ourselves do more of…..Exercise. How come we don’t move as much as we used to? And we all know that there's a worldwide trend of reduced physical activity driven by use of technology, including driving, television, computer and mobile use. In the early 1960's almost half of private industry occupations in the U.S. required moderate intensity physical activity and now less than 20% demand this level of activity. We estimate that daily occupation-

related energy expenditure has decreased by more than 100 calories in both women and men, and further, this reduction in occupational energy expenditure accounts for a large portion of the observed increase in mean U.S. weight over the last 5 decades.

Are you ready? OK! Get set…..Go! Swinomish Health Education and Social Services will be offering “Living a Healthy LifeSelf Management” workshops soon! These workshops will focus on action planning and support skill building to achieve your goals. Sign up at Social Service Office,or the Dental or Medical Clinic.

A Healthy Lifestyle can help you enjoy life more by lowering the risk of certain diseases and/ illness LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS uses logic detail oriented facts rule words and language present and past math and science can comprehend knowing acknowledges order/pattern knows object name reality based forms strategies practical Safe

Most individuals have a preference for one of these styles of thinking. Some, however, are more wholebrained and adept RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS at both modes. uses feeling "big picture" oriented imagination rules symbols and images present and future philosophy & religion can "get it" (i.e. meaning) believes appreciates perception spatial perception knows object function fantasy based presents possibilities impetuous risk taking

You can make healthier choices by being more physically active. Anything you do that gets you up from your chair and moving around counts. Drink less pop. Watch less TV. Reduce eating out. Eat more fruit and vegetables. Decrease sugar in your daily diet.

** Intelligence Quotient: IQ is a measure of relative intelligence determined by a standardized test. Who is Eubie Blake?

Eubie Blake was a ragtime musician who worked at his music until he died, five days th after his 100 birthday.

Diane I. Vendiola, Swinomish tribal elder, is a regular contributor to the qyuuqs (Kee Yoks), continues to serve the tribe in her retirement, and is a loving grandmother.

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By: Caroline Edwards

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2003 Flood Division St. Bridge, Mount Vernon, WA. (

A natural disaster is a force of nature that has catastrophic consequences. Such extreme events, whether droughts, hurricanes, forest fires or flooding are predicted to be amplified and to occur more often with a warming climate. With the climate warming, and wetter winters and warmer summers, wildfires have increased throughout the twentyfirst century. If a natural disaster such as a wildfire occurred in your community would you be prepared for the consequences?

In the Swinomish Climate Change Adaption Plan Report, increasing forest fire danger was identified in specific areas throughout the reservation. Preparation for the challenges that will arise from a wildfire in the upcoming years is important, so the Swinomish Planning Department is looking at ways to deter a wildfire from spreading by learning how to be fire wise, utilize forest management and forest response. Now that the areas of danger for wildfires have been identified within the reservation, the beginning steps of laying out a course for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community has begun.

When tree branches are this close to a home it could pose a risk to the home if a wild fire were to occur nearby. Image is sited from (

With the increase of global temperatures and drier conditions the potential risk of damaging wildfires is expected, especially if you live in a wooded rural neighborhood. Here is a list of ways that you can protect your home if a wildfire sparked. 1. Clear all flammable vegetation around your home.

2. Create a 30– 100 ft. safety zone, to leave enough defensible space around your home. 3. Remove dead branches that extend over your roof. Trimming tree branches close to your house is necessary when you are trying to protect your house from a wildfire. Image is sited from (

4. Prune tree branches and shrubs within 15 ft. of a stovepipe or chimney outlet.

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Being Frank Lincoln’s Birthday Special to Treaty Tribes By Billy Frank, Jr., Chairman, Northwest Indian Fish Commission

OLYMPIA – We’ve been hearing a lot about Abraham Lincoln in recent months after the release of the movie about how he abolished slavery by pushing the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution through Congress. Not many people know it, but Lincoln’s birthday on Feb. 12 also holds a special place in the hearts of the treaty Indian tribes in western Washington.

big impact on our natural resources. Herring populations in Puget Sound – an important food for salmon – have shrunk to a small fraction of former levels. Our floods and droughts have gotten worse because of climate change and changes we’ve made to our landscape.

The first is “As Long as the Rivers Run,” the fundamental documentary about the Fish Wars of the 1960s and 70s by Carol Burns and Hank Adams. They generously donated the film to Salmon Defense so that it can be preserved and shared. The second movie is “Back to the River,” which was produced by Salmon Defense to provide additional perspectives on treaty rights and the natural resources management challenges we face today.

“It’s been 39 years now since Boldt’s decision, and things have changed a lot since then” It was on that day in 1974 that federal Judge George Boldt handed down his landmark ruling in U.S. v. Washington that upheld our treatyreserved fishing rights and established us as co-managers of the salmon resource. Although he was ready to rule sooner, Judge Boldt purposely delayed the court proceedings so that he could deliver his decision on the birthday of one of the greatest presidents we’ve ever had, a president who upheld the basic human rights of all people. And that’s what Judge Boldt did. He upheld our rights, and for that we will always be grateful. It’s been 39 years now since Boldt’s decision, and things have changed a lot since then: More than one million people have moved into western Washington, making a

We’ve lost nearly all of our old-growth forests, native prairies and salt marshes. We’ve also lost most of our salmon harvest. Ongoing damage and destruction to salmon habitat have led to tribal harvest levels that are lower than they were in 1974, and this trend isn’t showing signs of improvement. Nonetheless, we are hopeful as we begin planning for the 40th anniversary of the Boldt decision next year. As part of the celebration, a pair of movies that focus on the treaty fishing rights struggle were recently released by our friends at Salmon Defense, a non-profit organization working to turn the tide for salmon.

Both of these movies are available for free by contacting Salmon Defense at or by calling (360) 528-4308. Contact: Tony Meyer or Emmett O’Connell (360) 438-1180,

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Tribal Archives: Batter Up! Submitted by Theresa Trebon, Archivist

Island counties.” But many in the 1926 team hadn’t even been born when baseball caught on at Swi- n o m i s h over 125 y e a r s ago. In the 1880s, t h e Swi-

With sure signs of spring approaching it must be time for baseball! As Sally Wilbur can attest, the sport is alive and well at Swinomish and has been for a long time. Many have seen t h e 1926 photo featured at right: the Swin o m i s h Baseball Team, then e, h Jo p e 6 s 2 Jo y. known as the - 19 ell, ub itch ladoosb id Joe l C M LaConner AthC ey ti c av Dew , Henry llup, D thle , A e ] o i letic Club [LAC] Dan x W wJ [sic ndre Morris rg, Ale ner A n : o t , had “quite a record, rybe LaC ards righ he t to ed Edw horty F T f e l playing against most ow, ht: S Alfr ck r ranks, t to rig a B teams of Skagit and F , lef n. len e

nomish team crossed bats with players in Skagit County and were a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, in keeping with the narrow-minded press coverage of the day, the local newspapers did not record the names or positions of the Swinomish players. But, thanks to his obituary, we do know who one of the players was: Swinomish’s “crack” pitcher, Sam Currier (c. 1858-1934). As the July 1888 article pictured at below left illustrates, Currier led Swinomish to many a victory as he went up against La Conner star pitcher, J. M. Shields in many a game. He and his teammates paved the way for a long line of Swinomish aces and players in the twentieth century and beyond.

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Left: Puget Sound Mail July 1888 Above: Sam Currier [One of the two individuals in image: label on back of tintype did not specify who the other man was.] Hattie Black Collection Swinomish Tribal Archive

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Honoring Preschool, 5th Grade, 8th Grade, 12th Grade, GED recipients and College Graduates. Preschool/Headstart

Haley James

12th Grade

Ronald Williams

Arianna Murchison

General Cayou

Phillip McCoy Jr.

Mary Lou Page

Jonah Cook

Jerome Toby

Troy Sampson

Irma Ceja

Katie Lockerem-Cayou

Krista Bailey

Hilary Edwards

Rachel Bill

Cora Clark

Aiyana Guzman

Chas James

George Clark

Jamall James

Jaselle Sylvester-Siddle

Roger Clark III

Taysha James

Shaniquah Casey

Cynthia George

Andrew John Jr. Christian Johnston

Katarina Edwards Delarosia Souryavong

8th Grade

Alyssa McCormick

Xavier Keo

Elijah Adams

Amanda Washington

Brent Bobb Jr.

Benjamin Cayou

Sheldon Williams

Kathryn Flores-Damien

Zanetta Cayou

Leila Clark

Jadee Dan

Ryan Charles

Lanessa Fryberg

Braxton Ruzicka

Nakiya Edwards

Levi Paul

Kaylee Bailey

Janel Jack

Anthony Williams

Lorena Edwards

Isiah James

Nathan Bailey

Jordan Johnston

Retiring Teacher to be honored

Armena Joe

Michael Page

Mrs. Mary Hendren-K-1st grade teacher

Briana Porter 5th Grade

Alex Stewart

Arjuna Adams

Jeremiah Williams

Tredamas Casey

Any Swinomish students who have complete their GED, College, or Preschool-12th grades who would like to attend and be honored please call Tracy James at (360)540-2702 so we can add you to the list.

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swedebS ~ Community Arts

Mother and Son

Caroline Edwards

Photo courtesy Michael M. Vendiola

Chandelier Light

Caroline Edwards

Photo courtesy Michael M. Vendiola

Traditional Dance Photo courtesy Michael M. Vendiola

Caroline Edwards

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swedebS ~ Community Arts Mark Pouley’s photography is on display and available for purchase April 5-28th at the Stanwood Camano Art Guild's annual "Art at the Schoolhouse" show and sale held in the historic 1888 circa schoolhouse at Christianson's Nursery near Mount Vernon. The show coincides with the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, offering Mark Pouley

fine art and crafts for your home and garden. Throughout the Tulip Festival, local artists will

make their creative bounty available to the public. Conveniently located on the scenic tour of the picturesque country roads through Skagit Valley, you can enjoy a respite from the traffic by stopping at Christianson’s Nursery. The little old Schoolhouse is of historic importance to the region, and is the perfect setting for a tranquil display of artistic endeavors. The show is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The schoolhouse is located on the grounds of Christianson's Nursery at 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon, WA.

Email your artwork to

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Swinomish Memorial Day Services

Monday, May 27, 2012 Swinomish Cemetery

sw d bš qyuuqs To all Swinomish Tribal Elders who are 55 and older: *On Mondays: Leave at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm, To transport Elders up to Walmart for shopping.

Page 23 Lori Ann Cayou Swinomish Elder’s Case Worker My Office is at the Senior Center Office phone: 360-4667374 or cell 360-391-5737

*Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday’s: From 11:00 am to 1:00 pm - transport any Elders to & from Senior Center for lunch. *Wednesday: In the am - visit the Elders in Nursing homes. **For any other Transporting: Visit or call my office 466-7374 to schedule appointment: Then I need at least 24 hrs notice prior appointment. Need information of: who, where, when, and time (of how long I will be). No appointment to be schedule between 11:00 am - 1:00 pm everyday. First come, first serve basis depending on schedule.

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Lushootseed Lanuage:

?eslaXdubS Vex (?)u.

Do you remember me?

Xi? GedseslaXdubicid.

I don’t remember you.

Gwat Vex.

Who are you?

?aciAtalbix Vud tuL?al swedebS

I’m Indian from Swinomish.

ledxVadex Velep.

Where are you folks going (now)?

ledxCa(?)I VeA.

We are going seaward.

AujiQalaDed VeA.

We (have to) set nets.

stab Ii suhuy ?e

What is that women way over there doing?

tsi?iA sAadey? ?al tudi(?) di?i.

?uZebeb ?e ti?iA DetGad.

She is picking salmonberries.

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APRIL 2013 THE COMMUNITY IS THE POLICE AND THE POLICE ARE THE COMMUNITY In pretty much every city and town around the country, police are looked at as a necessary evil. Most people figure we just write tickets and spend the better part of our time keeping folks from having fun. Not true! In the mid-1800’s, a set of principles for policing was laid out by Sir Robert Peel. He established the first modern police force in London, England. Peel recognized that the community and its police department were linked; neither able to function properly without the other. In Peel’s words, “The police are the people, and the people are the police.” It’s the partnership that makes the whole thing work. All modern Law Enforcement agencies go by this motto.


Your police department is no different. I was recently at a training seminar at Lummi called Tribal Oriented Policing Strategies (TOPS). The main points are precisely the same as those established by Peel 200 years ago. In our modern day, this set of ideals is known as Community Oriented Policing Strategies (COPS). The Swinomish Police Dept. has long embraced the COPS philosophy and now is evolving from COPS to TOPS. Tribal leaders have collectively realized there was something missing from the community/police relationship. The missing link was finding ways to work together. Here are some simple tips to prevent crime in our community: Start a block watch program. Create a telephone tree or create a Facebook page to get the word out about criminal or suspicious activity. Report ALL suspicious activity to the police. Please do not hesitate to call 911. You don’t need an active cell phone to call 911; as long as it was at one time activated and has a charged battery you can still call 911. Get everyone to leave the porch lights on at night. When you are away from home leave a television or radio playing and keep your curtains closed. Before you leave fill out a vacation check form at the Police Department.

WAYNE FORNSBY: EXPLORER OF THE YEAR The Swinomish Police Explorer Post #4911 has had a busy first year. The post has been put to service throughout the community assisting the Swinomish Police Department and helping with community service projects. While all the explorers have done an outstanding job, the Swinomish Police Department would like to recognize Explorer Sgt. Wayne Fornsby as Explorer of the Year. Wayne has helped guide the structure of the post by working with post advisors and other explorers in the formation of the post. Wayne has been enthusiastic Wayne Fornsby

DRUG TAKE BACK DAY IS APRIL 27, 2013 Bring drugs for disposal to the Swinomish Police Dept. Unused medications pose a risk to our families, communities and the environment. Don’t store them, flush them, or throw them in the trash. Safely dispose of unused medications for free in the lobby of the Swinomish Police Department during business hours.

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Medical Clinic: Abuse of Pain Medication Stimulates New Law —Submitted by Sarah Wilborn Opioid overdose is the number one cause of accidental death in Washington State. Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Idaho have the highest percentage of people addicted to opioid pain killers in the nation. Vicodin is the most commonly prescribed medication in the nation. These statistics are so alarming that federal and state law makers are searching for ways to make it harder to get these drugs, and in turn, have less abuse. New laws and guidelines were implemented in January 2013 for that reason and although it is meant to discourage drug abusers, it also impacts patients and the way providers must prescribe these medications. The new law is well intentioned as it is meant to reduce the amount of deaths from opiates. Providers now have very strict rules they must adhere to in prescribing these medications. For chronic pain patients this means more frequent visits, more tests and fewer options for pain management. At the Swinomish Health Clinic we are all adjusting to the new law and treatment guidelines. It is important the Swinomish community understands the changes in place are not driven by the Swinomish Healthcare Providers but they are mandated by law. We hope to make the transition as smooth as possible. Thank you for your support.

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Realty Office: Staff Member Ranks High Nationally Submitted by Merla Martin To my surprise I was awarded 60 place medal for the top 100 Realty people in the nation at the 15th Annual National Indian Realty Awards sponsored by ICC Indian Training Enterprises held in Las Vegas, March 4, 2013. th

I am available by telephone (360) 466-7302 or here at my office, 11430 Moorage Way. Just a quick reminder my hours of operation are Monday to Wednesday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Thursdays, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm and closed on Friday. Thank you, Swen Um Quin Nalx

Swinomish Realty professional, Merla Martin, and colleague holding the medal (right) Martin received due to her high ranking on the national level in Indian realty. —Photos Courtesy of Merla Martin

Fish & Game Enforcement: New Fisheries Blind Put to Use Soon —Submitted by Ray Erps Fisheries Officers spend a good deal of time on different forms of surveillance, either hidden or out in the open. The goal is to encourage fishermen not to violate fishing laws. Hidden surveillance is useful because perpetrators can never be sure when they are being watched or not. Fisheries Patrol just purchased a new tool for conducting hidden surveillances. The new surveillance Surprise! blind is small, portable and can be set up in seconds. It has mirrored surfaces that reflect back the ground to the person being watched. It’s a universal camouflage blind in Hidden! that it picks up the colors and texture of the immediate environment and reflects it back. These photos are an example of the blind set up on a patch of sand with absolutely no other cover. See how well it blends in? Imagine how effective it would be in a little bit of foliage. It becomes practically invisible. The officer has a view and can take pictures through the small carry holes that are built into the blind. The officer does not need to expose himself at all during the surveillance. Fisheries Patrol expects this blind to get a lot of use this summer!

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Native Business: Building a Private Sector Economy It is wonderful to hear leaders throughout Indian Country talk about economic development and their desire to improve conditions so that individual tribal members may start and sustain their own businesses on and around the reservation. There is much to be done at many levels in order to conjure up a healthy ecosystem. Political leaders have the tools to create systematic changes using policy, commercial codes, and zoning laws. Third parties such as foundations, banks, and community development financial institutions play a role by providing technical assistance or capital to individual members or Tribal government. The injection of capital into the hands of individuals or Sovereigns builds assets, ideally income producing assets, that over time have the effect of diversifying the local economic ecosystem where a dollar circulates multiple times between businesses, speeding up activity, creating jobs, and making communities more resistant to economic downturns. Individuals can do their part by getting an education, participating in technical assistance classes, and finding ways to gain experience in the industry sector they may want to run a business. It is commonly known one of the greatest barriers to growing a business is access to capital. Capital is other people’s money -and those people looking to lend their money want to know three things:

How much money does the borrower want? For what will the money be used? How will the borrower pay me back?

The best way for a borrower to respond is answer these three questions simply utilizing the support of financial information like an income statement and balance sheet. Lenders become very interested in lending when a borrower can concisely walk into a meeting requesting a specific dollar amount, explaining exactly what (s)he will spend the money upon, the change it will cause in their business, and how it increases the net income after operations to meet the lender’s payments -on time and as agreed.

Speaking generally in regards to small business owners, they are good at operations and sometimes get into business for themselves after being an excellent employee for a period of time. Having talent, experience, and passion are an excellent start but to truly build a sustainable enterprise the owner must have a strong understanding of their operating mechanisms. The income statement will show how dollars flow into a business, the dollars it takes to produce a product or cover the cost of ongoing operations and at the end of a period of time whether the business makes money or loses money. If a business makes money- good; then the question is, how much money in exchange for the owner’s time? If the business loses money then something needs to change or the business will die. The balance sheet describes the overall health of the business and is a tool to understand working capital needs, and leverage. Knowledge to learn this fiscal language takes time and practice. The good news is a business owner does not need to be an expert overnight. They can obtain the management advice immediately by surrounding themselves with professionals like an accountant or a local Native Community Development Financial Institution (or other technical service provider) and then build their skills over time as they work with the professional. Business is not easy but for those whom possess the will and stamina, it can be a very rewarding experience. Jim Stanley freely shares his knowledge in an effort to foster economic development success in Indian Country. He is a tribal member of the Quinault Nation, Treasurer of the Tribal C-Store Summit Group, and Chairman of the Quinault Nation Enterprise Board.

Jim Stanley contributes his experience through writing for the betterment of Native People. To reach Jim for comment or free access to more business knowledge, go to

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Nutrition Corner A carbohydrate or carb is a nutrient that gives our body energy. When we eat carbs our body changes them to blood glucose also called blood sugars. These sugars provide energy for brain activity, muscles movement, and organ functions. Breads



Fruits & Fruit Juices

Crackers & Chips


Cooked Dried Beans

Candy & Desserts

Cereals & Oatmeal


Milk & Yogurt

Drinks with Sugars

Eating the right amount of carbs for your body will keep you in better health. Extra carbs eaten are stored as body fat. Drinking fruit juices and drinks with sugar can cause weight gain for most people. Limit fruit and sweetened drinks to 12 ounces a day or less.

The size of your fist is the right amount of carbs to eat at a meal. People with diabetes who eat too many carbs at once will have high blood sugar after eating. High blood sugar is not healthy and will make you feel tired.

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Tribal Court: VAWA Expected to be Significant to Swinomish, all tribes —Submitted by Judge Mark Pouley "Tribal Governments have an inherent right to protect their people, and all women deserve the right to live free from fear. And that is what today is all about." With that statement and the stroke of his pen, President Obama turned aside decades of law and opened a new door of tribal sovereignty. On May 7, 2013 the President signed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The reauthorization extends a law first passed in 1994, and offers new protections to victims of violence. Most significantly to Swinomish and other tribes, the law includes provisions that allow tribal courts

to prosecute non-Indians that commit acts of domestic and sexual violence on Indian reservations; authority previously prohibited by rulings of the Supreme Court. These rules prevented tribes from exercising the right to protect their people and that prohibition put the lives of their mothers, daughters and sisters at risk. Because of the gap in tribes' ability to prosecute crimes committed on reservations, violence against tribal women and children has reached epidemic levels. Studies show that 46% of native women experience rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner; and one in three native women will experience sexual assault in their lifetime. The vast majority of vio-

ATTENTION: GED test changes are coming! Beginning in January 2014, the GED exams will be:

lence committed against native women is at the hands of nonnative partners. Because tribes are not allowed to prosecute the crimes, and the federal government fails to prosecute the vast majority of the crimes, the perpetrators are immune and the violence escalates. These shocking statistics finally drove the federal government to recognize tribes' inherent authority to protect their people. The legislation doesn't restore all tribal authority and won't completely rid reservations of violent crime. It is, however, a historic step forward. As Chairman Brian Cladoosby stated, it is a "Great water shed moment for all Natives."

Wellness: The Wellness Program continues to help others in

Delivered in a computer-based format only

their journey of recovery. But it’s

The current five tests will be condensed into four

the patients doing all the hard work! We have tripled the size of the pro-

New test, new delivery method: The paper –based tests will be gradually eliminated Tests are taken in person at a monitored test center

gram within the past year and are happy to report a combined total of 7,230 days of Sobriety!!! If you know someone in recovery, please give them a big hug and encourage them to keep doing what is working!!! As a

Advice for students and test-takers

reminder, if you are in recovery and

If a student has taken and passed only a portion of the current tests, they will need to complete and pass all tests prior to December 31, 2013. Otherwise, they will have to start over with the new tests in January 2014.

need a refresher or some support,

Questions: Virginia Bill is available Tues. Wed. and Thurs. at the GED office 446-4380

give us a call! The Wellness Program provides all alcohol/ drug, Suboxone and gambling outpatient educational and treatment services. 360466-1024 ~Wellness Staff~

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(swedebS Pavilion)

(swedebS Pavilion Parking Lot)

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






Fri 01

02:16 2.51 ft 08:40 11.99 ft 15:23 2.10 ft

21:15 8.95 ft 22:29 8.71 ft

Sunrise Sunset Moonrise Moonset 7:38




Sat 02

02:59 3.77 ft 09:17 11.80 ft 16:16 1.45 ft



Sun 03

03:51 5.06 ft 10:00 11.53 ft 17:15 0.84 ft






Mon 04 00:00 8.75 ft

04:58 6.20 ft 10:51 11.22 ft 18:18 0.24 ft





01:45 9.26 ft

06:27 6.92 ft 11:52 10.96 ft 19:22 0.38 ft





Wed 06 03:06 10.06 ft 07:59 7.00 ft 12:59 10.85 ft 20:22 0.95 ft





Thu 07 04:00 10.82 ft 09:12 6.57 ft 14:04 10.87 ft 21:16 1.36 ft





04:41 11.41 ft 10:08 5.88 ft 15:06 10.95 ft 22:06 1.50 ft





Tue 05

Fri 08

Sat 09 05:16 11.82 ft 10:57 5.10 ft 16:03 10.98 ft 22:52 1.32 ft





Sun 10 05:49 12.08 ft 11:42 4.29 ft 16:58 10.88 ft 23:37 0.81 ft





Mon 11 06:20 12.22 ft 12:25 3.53 ft 17:51 10.64 ft





Tue 12

00:19 0.00 ft 06:52 12.23 ft 13:08 2.86 ft 18:44 10.29 ft





Wed 13

01:01 1.03 ft 07:25 12.11 ft 13:51 2.33 ft

19:37 9.86 ft





Thu 14

01:43 2.22 ft 07:58 11.85 ft 14:34 1.96 ft

20:34 9.41 ft





Fri 15

02:26 3.47 ft 08:33 11.43 ft 15:20 1.75 ft

21:36 8.99 ft




Sat 16

03:12 4.69 ft 09:12 10.90 ft 16:09 1.68 ft

22:51 8.69 ft





Sun 17

04:07 5.78 ft 09:55 10.31 ft 17:03 1.66 ft





Mon 18 00:31 8.70 ft

05:25 6.60 ft

10:46 9.75 ft

18:03 1.61 ft





02:12 9.10 ft

07:13 6.91 ft

11:47 9.34 ft

19:05 1.44 ft





Wed 20 03:16 9.62 ft

08:39 6.72 ft

12:51 9.16 ft

20:01 1.15 ft





Thu 21 03:57 10.06 ft 09:30 6.33 ft

13:51 9.22 ft

20:50 0.83 ft





04:26 10.38 ft 10:06 5.88 ft

14:43 9.42 ft

21:32 0.55 ft





Sat 23 04:49 10.64 ft 10:34 5.35 ft

15:29 9.67 ft

22:10 0.40 ft





Sun 24 05:09 10.87 ft 11:01 4.72 ft

16:12 9.92 ft

22:47 0.42 ft





Tue 19

Fri 22

Mon 25 05:29 11.12 ft 11:30 3.98 ft 16:55 10.14 ft 23:23 0.65 ft





Tue 26 05:53 11.37 ft 12:02 3.16 ft 17:39 10.29 ft





Wed 27

00:00 1.11 ft 06:19 11.57 ft 12:38 2.30 ft 18:25 10.35 ft





Thu 28

00:38 1.80 ft 06:49 11.69 ft 13:17 1.51 ft 19:15 10.29 ft





CLAM PSP UPDATE Lone Tree Point: NTD Butter Clams sampled by Swinomish Water Resources Program and analyzed By WA Dept. of Health for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) on 3/4/2013 were found to be

SAFE TO EAT! Swinomish Tribal Members may conduct Subsistence Harvesting on the Reservation when the Swinomish Fisheries Dept indicates beaches are OPEN and the Dept has issued the digger a valid Ceremonial and Subsistence Shellfish Harvesting Permit.

A raccoon mother watches us from above as we conduct a stream survey at SNEE OOSH Creek.

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4/1 4/1 4/1 4/2 4/2 4/2 4/2 4/3 4/3 4/3 4/5 4/5 4/5 4/6 4/6 4/6 4/6 4/6 4/7 4/8 4/8 4/8 4/9 4/9 4/9 4/10 4/11 4/11 4/11 4/11 4/11 4/12 4/12 4/12 4/13 4/14 4/14 4/14 4/14

Karla Cassimere Ina Cayou Janice Bill Colin Mitchell Matthew Stone Gregory Topaum Phillip Deleon Amanda Washington Layla Wilbur-Westendorf Nathan Stone Mikailah Johnston April James Joleine Cladoosby Taysha James Jamall James Kalikiano Adams Troy Sampson Darryl Dan Gasper Sylvester Rosemary Cayou Ajay Damien Dyson Edwards Robert Kellerman Greg Edwards Jerry Cayou Robert Williams Ronald Day Sr. James Smith Leonard Bill Brenda Bob Breanna Bill Kathryn Damien-Flores Donna Dan Lornajo Dan Frank Cayou Quentin Edwards Ronald Williams III Earl James Jr. Jonathan Jack

4/15 4/15 4/15 4/15 4/16 4/16 4/16 4/16 4/18 4/19 4/19 4/19 4/19 4/19 4/19 4/20 4/20 4/21 4/21 4/21 4/22 4/23 4/24 4/24 4/25 4/25 4/25 4/25 4/25 4/26 4/26 4/27 4/27 4/28 4/28 4/29 4/29 4/30

Ethel Barber Richard Wilbur Darrell Sylvester Glen Edwards Sr. William Keo Johnalee Day Russell Edwards Richard Cayou Sr. Ryan Charles Joseph Sampson Bryan Day Grover Topaum Jr. Tyler Day Sophie Bailey Sally Wilbur Lori Quintasket Jesse Edwards Jeanette Quintasket Patricia John Andre Tom Matthew Johnston Josephina Adams Corey Damien Francis Peters Lori Dimond Arianna Murchison Regena Bob Jadee Dan Joanna Bobb Marie Franklin Phillip Dan Ada Damien Samantha Sams Wilfred Johnston Tracy James Helen Lewis Sonny James Craig Bill

Submitted by Enrollment Officer Leon John

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Happy Happy Happy Birthday

April 18th Happy 14th Birthday

Troy !!!

Ryan Jay!

From: Mom, Dad, Brother & Sisters!

Love: Mom, Dad & Gavin.

Happy 4th Birthday Boo! Love Mommy and Patrick! Happy 16th Birthday André Blackeagle

Happy Birthday to My Beautiful Daughter Arianna Raelene Murchison!!! Daddy Loves You Very Much. May Your Birthday Be a Good One!

Love you

Happy Birthday Boo Boo!!! Love Grandma and Papa.

Happy 6th Birthday

Mom, Sisters, Klray Klray, Isabelle! Uncle Joe H. Sampson

Happy 4th Birthday Dyson!

Happy Birthday!

Love Mama and Daddy!

We All Love and Miss You.

Happy Birthday Russ!

Ronald! Love Mom, Dad Sister and Masen.

From the Sampson and Finkbonner Family

April 29th Happy Birthday Sonny James! Love: Your Family

Happy 22nd Anniversary Mom & Dad Love Katie

Brian and Nina William Keo Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday Papa! Love Jerome

From the Sampson and Finkbonner Family

Cladoosby Celebrated their 35th Anniversary on March 18th. Congratulations!!!

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07—Senate Meeting 14&15—13th Annual Tribal Mental Health Conference, Skagit Resort

01-April Fool’s Day 02—Senate Meeting

15—Community Dinner, 6PM

10—Education Dinner, 5PM 13—Canoe Journey Planning meeting, noon until evening 15—Tax Day 17—Clean up Day/Earth Day (Swinomish recognized), 9-5PM 17—Community Dinner, 6PM 22—International Earth Day 24-25: Veterans Affairs Medical Mobile Unit at Swinomish Casino 27—NWIC Science Academy

16—First Salmon Ceremony & Blessing of the Fleet 22—Women’s Health Fair 22—Community Health Fair & Dinner 27—Memorial Day Recognition


SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2014 JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH *Please submit important dates to the qyuuqs (Kee Yoks)! *’CR’ denotes ‘canoe race’. *Bolded text denotes Swinomish Community event.

Swinomish Casino & Lodge: JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS Excellent benefit package* includes quarterly cash incentive, EAP and 401(k) w/ match for all staff; medical, dental, vision and term life insurance as well as paid holidays and paid time off for full time staff (*must meet required time in service before eligible). All positions require a criminal background check and approval of a gaming license from Swinomish Gaming Commission. In addition, a high school diploma or equivalent is required to be considered for employment. Pre-employment drug testing will be conducted upon acceptance of a position. Applications for positions not currently being recruited are gladly accepted and will be kept on active file for 90 days. Email Applications to Mail or bring to: 12885 Casino Dr. Anacortes, WA 98221 Fax 360-299-1677

COCKTAIL SERVER* – 3 PT Varied $8.00/hr Open until filled DELI COOK/CLERK- 1 PT Open Until Filled CUSTODIAN – 3 PT Open until filled. SECURITY OFFICER-

3 PT Open until Filled


ROOM ATTENDANT – 3 FT 2PT Open Until Filled BANQUET SERVER – OC Open Until Filled KENO RUNNER/WRITER - 1 FT Open Until Filled POKER DEALER – 1 FT 2 PT Open Until Filled

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To place a free ad please contact the qyuuqs at

Carvings and Prints for sale by Frank Campbell 360-333-2796 or 360-399-1043

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

NORTH INTERTRIBAL VOCATIONAL REH BILITATION PROGRAM (NIVRP) Helps people with Disabilities get or keep a job Mondays and Tuesdays 10-3:00 Swinomish: 360-466-1343 Bellingham NIVRP: 360-671-7626

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