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The safety and well-being of our community members are of the utmost importance to Squaxin Island Tribe.  I would like to take this opportunity to inform and remind you of how to obtain information about Squaxin Transit Services during adverse weather conditions, along with what you can expect when we are impacted.

Transit:  During adverse weather conditions, Squaxin Island Transit will at a minimum following the lead from Mason Transit Authority regarding levels of service. Due to the rural area that we cover, we may run an alternate schedule or shut down service when Mason County Transportation is running minimum routes.

While every weather event is different, Squaxin Transit will follow these general guidelines:

• If Mason Transit shuts down Route 6 (Shelton/Olympia), Squaxin Transit will not operate.

• All shuts downs will be at the discretion of the driver.

• If Shelton School District is operating on a late start or is closed due to weather, Squaxin Transit will operate on a snow route (no service on Kamilche Pt. or Bloomfield Roads, no Elma/McCleary run). Buses will run between the Reservation and the Transit Hub only.

• If Griffin School is on regular schedule when Shelton Schools are late or closed, off-reservation parents can take their children to the Transit Hub for the morning Steamboat Island run.

• If Squaxin Transit has to close down service during the day, we will record a message on the Squaxin Transit phone number, 360-432-3970/360-280-7612, and notify MTA, Grays Harbor, Griffin School and Squaxin Island Child Development Center. Along with posting Facebook to the community on the Emergency Operations Center and Safe Streets.

• To confirm whether Squaxin Transit Services is running please call the Squaxin Transit phone number at 360-432-3970/360-280-7612. Squaxin Transit drivers will update the message as necessary if changes to the level of service are needed to ensure driver and rider safety.

• To find out information on Mason Transit you can listen to KMAS radio station or check the Mason Transit’s website at and click on “Rider Alert” for updates that may affect their service.

I hope this helps minimize the disruption and potential confusion that you may experience during adverse weather conditions.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give Tammy Ford, Transit Coordinator, a call at 360 789-5936.


Pamela Hillstrom
Program Services Manager

Squaxin Island Tribe’s Committee/Commission – Advisory Boards

The public’s trust in their government may be sustained only as long as the public remains involved in the deliberations essential to responsible decision-making by that government. The Tribal Council wishes to preserve this public trust by openly seeking advice, ideas and recommendations from the Squaxin Island Tribal Community. Accordingly, the Council wishes to provide equal opportunities for public service and encourages Tribal members to serve on commissions, committees, and special advisory boards to the Council.

The following committees and commissions have vacancies available. If you are interested in serving on one of these committees/commissions please contact Cassidy Gott at 360-426-9781, or by February 11, 2019. If you are interested in serving on a Committee, Commission or Board that does not currently have vacancies you may still submit a letter of interest.

One Percent Commission: Implements the one percent distribution provisions of Appendix X of the Tribal-State Compact for Class III Gaming. Distributes revenues derived from the TLS to nonprofit charitable organizations.

Aquatics Committee: The Aquatics Committee provides advice and recommendations concerning the management, harvest and perpetuation of sub-tidal shellfish resources.

Business Administration Board: To incorporate new businesses in Indian country, and to regulate commerce in Indian county.

Childcare Board: The Childcare Board provides advice and recommendations concerning the Child Development Center.

Education Commission: Provides representation for all eligible students participating in educational programs. Determines and grants monetary awards assisting tribal members to reach their educational goals.

Elections Committee: The Elections Committee helps the Executive Staff prepare for and conduct  the election portion of the General Body Meeting.

Gaming Commission: The Squaxin Island Gaming Commission, as established under the Tribal/State Compact between the Squaxin Island Tribe and the State of Washington, shall ensure on-site regulation, control and security of the gaming operation, and protect the health, welfare and safety of the Squaxin Island Tribe, its members, and guests.

Housing Commission: Provide recommendations and advice to the Tribal Council and to the Tribal Department of Community Development. The commission is authorized to define policies, identify rules and regulations to the Tribal Council for enactment.

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Shelton School District transitioning to a grade level 5-6 middle school and a grade level 7-8 junior high school in September 2019

Dear Parents,

As you are aware the Shelton School District is transitioning to a grade level 5-6 middle school in September 2019.  That means students who are currently in 4th & 5th grades will attend Olympic Middle School when school resumes in September.

In order to help this transition be as smooth as possible for both students and parents, we have scheduled a series of Information Nights to help with the changes.  During these information nights, building principals will outline school programs, and what students and parents can expect at Olympic Middle School as well as answer parent questions.

Opportunities will be ongoing, students and families are invited to attend one or more of these meetings as program details are finalized in the coming months.  Be sure to look for further information coming from your building principals.

February 13 – Olympic Middle School 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Dear Parents,

As you are aware the Shelton School District is transitioning to a grade level 7-8 junior high school in September 2019.  That means students who are currently in 6th & 7th grade will attend Oakland Bay Jr High (OBJH) when school resumes in September.  

In order to help this transition be as smooth as possible for both students and parents, we have scheduled a series of Information Nights to help with the transition.  During these information nights, we will outline the program at OBJH, and what students and parents can expect as well as answer parent questions.

Opportunities will be ongoing, students and families are invited to attend one or more of these meetings to help students with the transition to Oakland Bay Jr High.  Be sure to look for further information coming from your building principal.

March 5 & 6
7th & 8th Grade Registration Night

April 17 8:00 am
Parent/Family Information Event

May 23
Family Information Night

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Applications are OPEN!

Growing the Next Generation of Indian Health Advocates

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) Health Policy Fellowship is a year-long program for Native youth 18-24 years old who are interested in making a difference in the health of their communities.

NIHB Health Policy Fellows:

· Work with their Tribal leadership to identify one priority health issue
· Learn how to analyze policy in their issue area
· Create informed recommendations, and
· Advocate for change

Opportunities to Grow
Health Policy Fellows meet in-person 3 times and receive 5 virtual trainings to strengthen their leadership skills and ability to effectively advocate for their communities.

NIHB covers the cost of Fellows’ travel and accommodations to attend all in-person meetings.

NIHB also provides free opportunities for professional development and skills building to both current and past Fellows.

Click here.

To learn more
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Got Questions?
Contact NIHB’s Native Youth Engagement Manager, Dr. Wendee Gardner at or (202) 548-7297.

Stay Connected
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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 : ).

Halloween Photos

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Washington Sate Tribes

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

Housing Improvement Program for Low Income Members

This notice is to provide information that funding may be available in FY 2019 for extremely low income families through the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) – Housing Improvement Program (HIP). The Office of Housing will accept applications through December 7, 2018.


· You are a member of a federally recognized Tribe

· You live in an approved Tribal service area

· Your income does not exceed 150% of DHHS poverty income guideline

· Your present housing is substandard

· You must meet ownership requirements

· You have no other resources for housing assistance

· You did not acquire your present housing through a federally sponsored housing program that includes such housing assistance

The application process is often difficult, but staff is available to assist you in the process.

Applicants must have exhausted all other resources for housing assistance. The Office of Housing will accept the applications and forward them to the BIA, who will make the final determination.

If you have any questions about the HIP program, please contact Lisa Peters at (360) 432-3871.

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.

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.

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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

Your Opportunity to Support the Legacy Television Series,


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
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.


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!


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)