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
$250 obo brand new still in box
It’s that time of year when college students begin focusing on their upcoming academic year.
This scholarship is open to enrolled tribal 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 June 29, 2018.
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.
Fireworks stand for sale
Electrical both inside and out
Lighting inside and out
Step up board
Shelving already installed.
Greetings from the Washington State History Museum and Tacoma Art Museum!
We are excited to announce we are hosting the 2018 In The Spirit Northwest Native Festival!
We are seeking vendors for the event place on Saturday, August 11 from 12 to 7pm. It’s sure to be an incredible festival and arts market with FREE admission at both museums, live performances, and an outstanding exhibition highlighting contemporary native art.
Attached you will find this year’s vendor application. The fee for participation as a vendor at the festival and arts market is $50 for an indoor booth and $100 for an outdoor space. We will provide two chairs and a 3’x6’ table with linen for all vendors as well as a pre-setup tent for outdoor vendors.
Please submit your vendor applications by Friday, June 1 at 5pm. Once vendors are accepted and notified on Friday, June 8, the signed contract must be submitted by Friday, July 6 at 5pm.
We are elated to be hosting this joint festival and market again this year! If you would like to learn more or see images from past festivals, visit www.InTheSpiritArts.org. Please let me know if you have any questions about the vendor application process, the arts market and festival, or the related exhibitions. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing your artwork!
Lead Program Manager
Washington State Historical Society
1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
T: 253-798-5926, F: 253-272-9518
Visit us at WashingtonHistory.org
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Blender, grinder, signs and flags
Text Rebeckah at 360-490-7635
Highways, salmon habitat collide in tribal treaty case
The Evergreen Longhouse is excited to offer the first academic class in the brand new fiber arts studio during the first summer session at Evergreen. The course, entitled Tears of Duk’wibahl: an Exploration of Customary and Contemporary Indigenous Arts, is open to both currently enrolled Evergreen Students and those who are not currently in a degree program at Evergreen who would enroll as special students. The course will earn all students 4, 8 or 12 college credit hours. The program is scheduled for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with 4 credit hour classes available in weaving, printmaking, and painting. Students may choose to enroll in one, two or all three classes.
Interested students should select three pictures/images of their own creative work reflecting the strand they want to take in weaving, printmaking or painting and e-mail them to faculty Yvonne Peterson prior to the registration period. The photos do not need to be professional photographs, but simply an example of your creative work.
Click here for more information on the program and the process for registration. Registration opens May 21, 2018 through May 29, 2018.
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