Wildfire Information – thanks to our Natural Resources Department!
(Thanks Brian McTeague)
According the EPA scale, Kamilche has gone from “Unhealthy for sensitive groups” level of air quality yesterday to “Unhealthy” today,
Natural Resources is issuing an AIR QUALITY ADVISORY FOR SQUAXIN ISLAND TRIBE AND COMMUNITY due to smoke from surrounding wildfires creating hazardous air quality conditions.
The goal is to help people limit time outside and educate the public about safety concerns.
The information below is the official advisory and an additional sheet on how to protect your families and yourself.
Candace O Penn
Climate Change Ecologist
School Supply Lists on TeacherLists.com
Parents from local schools have a tool in their back-to-school bag of tricks this year as all of their school’s supply lists are now posted on TeacherLists.com.
With just one or two clicks, parents can find their child’s exact supply list and then click right over to pre-filled shopping carts on Target, Walmart, Office Depot, Amazon and more to purchase their list and have it shipped right to their home. Target, Walmart and Office Depot also offer in store pick-up. Super easy, super convenient.
More than 50,000 schools now have lists posted on TeacherLists. Lists for more than 1 million classrooms are live on the site and include required and requested items as well as specific notes and clarifications from teachers and school staff.
Some Shelton schools have not posted their lists yet.
Complete details and all the lists are available at www.teacherlists.com/parents
DCD has some more construction re-useables.
First come first serve.
If you are interested contact Monica Nerney at (360) 432-3966 to gain access to the construction area.
Lost and Found
Tan sweater found at First Salmon Ceremony
Contact Millie at the Tribal Center front desk
Green Diamond Resource Company has closed access to the company’s Washington timberlands. This includes the property that Squaxin Island Tribe has an access agreement for the Kennedy Creek/Maxwell Hill areas. Access to the Kennedy Creek/Maxwell Hill Green Diamond Property is prohibited until fire danger eases.
The Festival of the Steh-Chass, happening September 1, is part of the Harbor Days event.
Don’t miss out!
Youth interested in the youth camp should contact Candace Penn at 360-490-5680
Squaxin Island Salish Seaport at Harbor Days (at Port plaza). It starts at 5:00 pm on 8/31 to 9/2 10. Labor Day Weekend. https://www.harbordays.com
* Look under “Schedule” for the Squaxin Island Salish Seaport.
Vendors Contact Lisa Johns at 360-432-3843
Tourism is sponsoring all Squaxin Island Tribal Member booths
Fully beaded lighter case on side of road on Squaxin reservation.
Please call SPIPA with description to claim.
The Women Warrior Group is taking a break until Sept. Enjoy your summer!
Squaxin Island Child Development Center
We are establishing an Outdoor Nature Preschool Classroom/Program as part of a pilot program in cooperation with the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families. We would like to extend an invitation to you and your child to be a part of this new opportunity. This classroom and program will be developed and implemented in the wooded area down our nature trail. The program is set to start first week in September.
This is voluntary program and must have parent approval and an new enrollment application must be completed and submitted to enroll your child. The program is will initially be designed for a half-day four hour program. Children will be outside regardless of the weather for the entire day. The teacher to child ratio will be 1:6.
The program will be offered in the morning, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 P.M. Children will be required to be in attendance for the entire program to participate. If you child is enrolled in the center they return to their classrooms at 12:00 p.m., have lunch and be in the main building for the remainder of the day. There is no additional cost for your child to be in the program if they are already enrolled at the center and their tuition is paid for.
Some of the requirements for enrollment include:
1) Parent agreement that their child will be outside during the program time in all weather from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2) Children will be required to be dressed for the weather. Daily clothing checks will be conducted before going out. Any child not appropriately dressed for the day will not be allowed to participate.
3) All children in the program must be toilet trained.
4) Complete details and registration requirements will be included in the enrollment packet.
5) Child must be 3 years old on or before August 31, 2018
If you think you would like to have your child enrolled in this program, please stop by the office and let them know as enrollment is limited to 12 children at this time.
Calling all tribal artists
Seattle Children’s Museum, the region’s pioneer in coupling museum experiences with early childhood education, seeks several individual artists from Washington state tribes to provide artifacts and artwork for an upcoming permanent exhibit. Seeking graphic designers, woodcarvers, and potentially textile artists and weavers, all proficient in Coast Salish styles. Emerging and student artists are encouraged to apply.
Statement of interest
Artist portfolio, examples of work
Friday, August 31st, 2018
Online submissions only
Salish Seafoods is purchasing fish from tribal fishermen. Call 360-490-3886 to pre-arrange to have the buyer available to buy your fish. You can also call that number to request being added to Salish Seafoods’ contact list.
2018 Day of Caring will be held on Friday August 17th
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Oakland Bay Jr High
One this day we have about 300 volunteers working in our community in non-profts, cleaning parks, painting, picking up garbage and provide free trash disposal for all our community members.
Oakland Bay Jr. High, 3301 North Shelton Springs Road, enter from Shelton Springs Road, exit Wallace Kneeland
9:30 am – 2:30 pm
What can you bring?
Household garbage, furniture, electronics, metal, appliances and tires.
What are we not able to take?
Semi-truck or tractor tires – all others will be accepted.
Liquids – Latex paint cans must be completely dry. Fill cans with leftover paint with kitty litter, or dirt.
No fertilizers, oil, or “mystery fluids”.
Explosives, Flammables or Ammunition – this includes fireworks, blasting caps, flares or unstable materials that can ignite or explode.
Dirt or Rocks
Biohazard, radioactive or medical wastes
Biosolids or septage
For all items not covered, please call and inquire at 360-426-4999.
Do I need to bring anything?
We are doing “Fill the Bus” with back to school supplies. Donation from crayons to backpacks and markers to glue sticks are gladly accepted.
How is all this possible?
United Way of Mason County is able to provide this free dump day to Mason County Residents because of our partners.
Paddle to Puyallup 2018!
The Squaxin Island Healthy Families Program believes that children are our greatest gift, and that we, as parents, are their first and most influential teachers.
1. Who is Eligible?
Anyone who is pregnant and/or has children 3 & under.
2. What services does the Healthy Families Program provide?
- Home Visitation Services
What is a home visit?
A home visit is when a home visitor comes to the home (or place the family feels comfortable) and does an age-appropriate parent-child interaction (like an art project). We discuss child development and ways to increase the parent’s knowledge of upcoming developmental milestones. We also discuss the family’s over all well-being and any needs that the family may have.
- Child development screenings
- Referrals to support services
- Parenting Classes (dates to be determined)
- Support and encouragement
3. Why should I sign up?
- Improved child health and development
- Increased school readiness and success
- Connect with other parents
- Research-proven drop in child abuse/neglect
4. Does signing up mean I’m a bad parent?
Absolutely not! In fact, it means quite the opposite. It proves you will do everything it takes to be the best parent you can be!
5. How do I sign up?
Contact your local home visitor:
Phone: Office: (360)432-3971 OR Cell: (360)545-2370
Used Ink Cartridges Needed
I (Monica Nerney) would like to request all your used ink cartridges for recycling. I am donating them to the area schools that will be using them for much needed band equipment. I am available Monday through Friday from 8:00 – 4:00 to accept your donations or to assist you with delivery. Please call (360) 432-3966 if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for supporting our schools.
– Monica Nerney
Your Opportunity to Support the Legacy Television Series,
“THIS IS INDIAN COUNTRY With Billy Frank Jr.”
This Emmy Award-winning television series was created by the late, great Billy Frank, Jr. and Seattle-based ABC News producer and filmmaker Michael Harris. It was one of Billy’s last outreach/education projects before he passed away on May 5, 2014. Let’s pick up the project where Billy left off.
“THIS IS INDIAN COUNTRY meant a great deal to my father,” explains Willie Frank III, who will update the two specials Billy completed and host the remaining episodes of the series, presenting additional narratives that have emerged in Indian Country since his father’s passing. “He knew that what we were doing was preserving these stories forever – not like some boring museum, but in a very real, living way. We were inspiring future generations to stand up and fight for our people, like we did at Standing Rock, and like our Northwest tribes now are fighting things like fuel trains and fish farms in Indian Country. It’s not just about history; it’s about how our history informs us going forward.”
This extraordinary “Legacy Project” is being proposed by some of the region’s most accomplished tribal leaders, educators, media professionals, elected officials, legal advocates and historians. The result will be televised educational films of cultural and environmental advocacy, borne of the hopes and hardships of our First Nations, and of Billy Frank, Jr.
THIS IS INDIAN COUNTRY is a series of specials and short films, following Willie and the travels of his father to spectacular local and far‐flung locations, immersing in tribal cultures, witnessing stories and broadcasting a deeply honest and engaging experience with Indian Country. THIS IS INDIAN COUNTRY is more than a television series. It is direct action education – stories designed to be adaptable to all people young and old.
THIS IS INDIAN COUNTRY will also document an historic event – the reuniting of veterans of “The Fish Wars” and their family and friends in an extraordinary campfire gathering, sharing stories and critical oral histories of the great treaty fishing rights battles that led to the Boldt Decision of 1974.
THIS IS INDIAN COUNTRY is a project Billy truly loved. YOU can help support this legacy project by sharing this message via social media, telling your friends and colleagues about it, hanging up this poster and contributing whatever you can. Thanks for your support!
For more information please refer to the GoFundMe account at:
or visit www.ThisIsIndianCountry.org
or contact (206) 465-6692 /
or Steve Robinson (360) 951-2494/ today.
THIS IS INDIAN COUNTRY is a 501(c)(3) foundation. All contributions are tax deductible.
Highways, salmon habitat collide in tribal treaty case
Squaxin Island Tribal Elder/Council Member Encourages Kids at Olympic Middle School to Avoid Drugs
On March 7th, Squaxin Island Tribal Elder Vicki Kruger, visited 610 kids at Olympic Middle School to talk about the drug epidemic and the importance of avoiding drugs.
She conducted her presentation after an assembly honoring the late Billy Frank, Jr. (a Nisqually Tribal Member with family ties at Squaxin), who was a well-known and long-time advocate for tribal rights and the environment.
After the students did a presentation on Billy, Vicki spoke about him briefly, then spoke to the youth about the drug epidemic happening in our community and across the United States.
She shared that every 20 minutes a person dies from a drug overdose and stated that some states have experienced a 60% increase.
In an attempt to do some suicide prevention, Vicki shared that sometimes she feels sad. She told the kids that sometimes they, too, will be sad, but promised them that good things will come to them. She told them that being there with them was one of the good things happening to her.
Vicki shared a story about a song her and several youth in her community made encouraging kids to not do drugs. She asked them to call her “Granny” like many of the youth in her tribal community.
Vicki distributed $1 bills to all the classrooms prior to the assembly. After learning the song, all 610 kids sang with Vicki, held up their $1 bills, and promised not to do drugs.
In a conversation with one of the teachers afterwards, Vicki stated “We have a drug epidemic. Doing nothing is not working for me, and this is my small attempt to encourage children, our future, to not do drugs. If all of us do something to fight the problem, together we can make a difference.”
Vicki thanked the Squaxin Island Tribe, the teachers and all the 6th and 7th graders at OMS, and the drummers and singers who accompanied her from the Squaxin Island Tribe, Jill Kenyon and Michael S. Henderson.
Thanks Brian McTeaugue! : )
Earrings for Sale
$10 or 3 for $25
Call Sam at 525-5141
Thank you, David Lopeman
So many years of service as Squaxin Island Tribal Chairman!
Squaxin Island Tribe Job Opportunities
Current WA State DNR Job Opportunities
This listing includes links to job announcements which have more detail on the specifics of the job and application process. For more frequent notification, you can sign up to receive email job alerts at www.careers.wa.gov .
Please contact DNR recruitment, Melody Wolf or Marika Barto via e-mail at .
Native America Cowlitz County News
Other Useful Links
- Squaxin Island Tribe Facebook
- Squaxin Island Museum Library and Research Center
- Island Enterprises, Inc.
- Salish Seafoods
- Squaxin Island Tourism
- Little Creek Casino Resort
- Squaxin Island Youth Bullying Awareness video
- Natural Resources
- Orca Network Facebook
- Orca Network
- Section 184 HUD Loans Available
- Paddle to Squaxin protocol videos on Squaxin youtube Channel. You can also find this link on paddletosquaxin.org.
- Squaxin Island Photo
- Tulalip Tribes Lushootseed Phrase of the Week
- South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency
- SPIPA on Facebook
- Kamilche Adventures
- Four Seasons Painting Co.
- Skyline Drive-In
- Shelton Cinemas
- Lacey Cinemas
- Westfield Capital Theaters
- Shelton School District
- Hunting the Rez, website for hunters
- Indian Country Today
- The Olympian
- Orca Network Facebook
Suicide Prevention Help
Please be aware of the death by suicide of a prominent musician, Chester Bennington. Chester Bennington was the lead singer of the band Linkin Park. He died by hanging on July 20, 2017.With suicide, there is a social contagion factor. When Robin Williams died by suicide the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline received an uptick in the number of calls. Chester Bennington’s death follows on the heels of Chris Cornell, another musician who died by suicide.
Below is an info statement on available suicide prevention and crisis response resources.
For confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Chat or text the Crisis Text Line (text START to 741741 from anywhere in the U.S., and a trained Crisis Counselor will respond quickly).
The Trevor Project offers crisis services that create a safe, accepting, and inclusive environment for youth who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning (LGBTQ), by phone at 1-866-488-7386, and through text (text TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200, available on Thursdays and Fridays between 4 to 8 PM Eastern, and 1 to 5 PM Pacific).
The following resources are available on ihs.gov/suicideprevention:
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention v is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide
Crisis Text Line a free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.
Jason Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs.
JED Foundation aims to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for teens and young adults.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources.
Samaritans USA provides hotlines, public education programs, support groups and other crisis response, outreach and advocacy programs to communities throughout the U.S.
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education works to prevent suicide through public awareness, education, stigma reduction, and by serving as a resource to those touched by suicide.
The Trevor Project is a national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth.
Veterans Crisis Line is a free, 24/7 confidential support for Veterans in crisis and their families and friends.
Pamela End of Horn, MSW, LICSW (Oglala Lakota)
National Suicide Prevention Consultant
Indian Health Service Headquarters
OCPS/Division of Behavioral Health
Mail Stop: 08N34-A
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, Maryland 20857