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The Washington State Historical Society is seeking applicants for a position of Tribal Liaison. This is a half time position with benefits with the State of Washington. If you have any physical or digital locations where you post employment opportunities we would appreciate your assistance in getting the word out about this employment opportunity.

The posting can be found here:

There will be no bible study until fall

Have a great summer!

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday- Friday

90 S.E Klah-Che-Min Drive

While your children are out on summer break, have them come see us at the dental clinic. Let us help you smile.

Squaxin Island Elders Inc. meeting in July will be on the 10th

The Garden’s third annual Community Cooking Class “Learning to Cook With The Seasons” was a success!

June 26, the focus of food was Satisfying Summer Squash.

Participants made Elk Sausage Stuffed Ricotta Zucchini, Garden Fresh Salad with Mountain Huckleberry Vinaigrette dressing, Zucchini Noodle Salad, Decadent Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting and delicious Strawberry Basil Water, along with Lemon Balm infused water. This is part of our ongoing effort to build a network of support among tribal members surrounding healthy, organic foods, and as a way to take control of our diets to start seeing food as our first medicine to combat dietary related illnesses. The classes also provide an opportunity for cooks in the community to share their passion and use fresh ingredients straight from the garden.

Thank you to the SPIPA Cancer Program for supporting the classes, donating the super useful and reusable food storage containers and zucchini spiralizers. Also a Thank You to the Museum Library Research Center for reserving our waterfront cooking location. And to all of the participants who came out after work to bring this lovely meal together and for sharing your amazing photos.

Our next class will be held July 31st at the Community Kitchen from 4:30-6:30. We will focus our meals around the benefits of garlic.

Bible Study Update
Bible studies will not be held during the summer. Effective now. We look forward to seeing everyone again this fall!

– Aaron Lake

Burn Ban
The Squaxin Island Tribe adopts a Burn Ban, including discharge of fireworks, on all tribal lands (all housing, the property below, Kamilche area, the Reservation, casino, fee and trust lands), effective immediately, through July 5, 2019.

Recreational fires, in designated concrete, stone, or metal pits no larger than three feet in diameter, like those commonly found in campgrounds, are still allowed as well as the use of charcoal briquettes, gas and propane barbeques. However, no recreational fires are allowed when the wind exceeds 5 MPH. Fires are also allowed in the government fire pits (behind the Community Kitchen, Museum, the Collier clam and fish pits, and at the Events Center).

The Tribal Council will review the weather conditions daily to determine if the ban should be lifted.

The sale of fireworks is authorized and not affected.

Approved by Tribal Council June 21, 2019, by unanimous vote of the Council at is special session.

Please vote for Maylynn Foster and her piece, The power of the underwater people at Dabob Bay, in the juried art show In The Spirit at the Washington State Historical Museum in Tacoma

The News Tribune

South Sound Magazine

CERT Training Applications
Squaxin Island Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is looking for volunteers to sign up for 20 hours of training. We are currently establishing a waiting list to fill slots that become vacant for the training that will be held the week of July 8th or for future trainings.
We are taking applications from age 16 on up. Community residents will be on the priority list, but we are accepting all applications.

The training teaches you how to prepare to be a volunteer that promotes your safety and teach:
• How to respond to manmade and natural hazards specific to our community
• Fire suppression by hands on proper fire extinguisher techniques
• Light search and rescue operations
• Simple triage and rapid treatment techniques
• How to do a head to toe assessment in 30 seconds or less
• Signs and symptoms that might be experienced by the disaster victim and workers
• Addresses CERT organization and management
• Much more


July 11th and 12th 7:30 – 4:00

This is a great training that helps you feel empowered and confident to handle any emergency that comes your way. If you are interested and would like an application, contact Diane Deyette at 360-432-1771 Ext 0.

Lost Wallet at Health Fair
Maria Littlesun lost her wallet around the health fair on Friday. It has a picture of her husband, daughter, son and herself printed on the front of the leather. It’s the long kind of wallet that holds checks. If you find it, email her at
Thank you!

Q & A With Lois Boome by Puyallup Tribal News
* Lois is the daughter of Darlene Krise

Grays Harbor starting June 15th through September 15th.

Each tribal member who calls will receive a permit. They’ll be able to harvest at any time during those dates with their permit & tribal ID in hand.

Help Kimi Fight Childhood Cancer

Learn More and Donate Here

New Friends Helping Friends Facebook page for Squaxin Island and Skokomish Tribes

The communities of Squaxin and Skokomish have some of the most caring, generous people around.

The purpose of this page is for us to help each other with the little things in life.

If you have something you no longer need, see if someone needs it.

Need something? Ask.

Need to borrow something? Ask.

Need advice, directions, recipes? Ask.

Car in the shop, need a ride to work? Ask.

Need a last minute babysitter? Ask.

Decorations for a party? Ask.

Cup of sugar, lawn mowing, milk from the store, extra chairs for a party, ride to the doctor? Ask

Kid too old for toys and clothes? Don’t throw them out, someone can use them.

Maybe you just want someone to go to the movies with. Ask.

Please invite others to join.

Facebook page

It’s that time of year when college students begin focusing on their upcoming academic year. This scholarship is open to enrolled members of the Squaxin Island Tribe and descendants of enrolled members of the Squaxin Island Tribe who are enrolled full time in a 4-year college or university’s undergraduate degree program, or enrolled as a graduate student working towards an advanced degree (such as a master’s or PhD).

Interested students will need to fill out an application. Applications are available at Island Enterprises, Inc.

Deadline to submit the application for consideration is July 15, 2019.

IEI Scholarship Application 2019

IEI Scholarship Information

Summer Recreation Information


Ecology, Squaxin Island Tribe secure more than $1.5 million in conservation grants

A new video on Dale Croes and Ed Carriere’s work that features the Squaxin Island displays in the Suquamish Museum has just come out.

New (5-6-19) Woodlanders Video:

New laws move up Washington’s presidential primary and improve voting access for tribes

Corinna English, Quinault Tribal Member and daughter of Bonnie Sanchez

Facebook Island Tribes Child Care Development Center Takes Preschool Outside

Adam Beach Film Institute, Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development

Teachings of the Tree People: The Work of Bruce Miller

Legal community education survey

Feeling down and need someone to talk to?
Did you know that if you text HOME to 741741 when you are feeling depressed or suicidal, a crisis worker will text you back immediately and will continue to text with you? Many people, especially younger ones, don’t like talking over the phone and would feel more comfortable texting. This is a FREE service for anyone.

Information for 14 -17 year olds!
Page program is great for resumes and high school portfolios

Mason County Lip Sync Challenge – There is a glimpse of Alex Ehler : ).

Have you seen this?

Washington State Tribes

The Trust for Public Lands
In the Puget Sound, welcoming the return of the salmon

Kiana Henry on King 5 News speaking at Paddle to Puyallup

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.

Water Quality Report

Healthy Families

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:
Marjorie Hill
Phone: Office: (360)432-3971 OR Cell: (360)545-2370

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.

Watch the video here

Cool Story Map of Washington Lidar by WaDNR

Thanks Brian McTeaugue! : )

Kimberly James Finds her Roots in Raging Nature

Thank you, David Lopeman

So many years of service as Squaxin Island Tribal Chairman!

David Lopeman – Seattle Times


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 .

Please contact DNR recruitment, Melody Wolf or Marika Barto via e-mail at .

Current DNR Job Opportunities

WA State Department of Natural Resources Job Opportunities

Jobs at The Evergreen State College

Native America Cowlitz County News

Other Useful Links

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
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
301-443-8028 (Office)
240-406-6924 (Cell)
301-594-6213 (Fax)