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Hirst decision protects salmon and water rights for farmers, tribes

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Attention interested Tribal Members
The following committees and commissions have vacancies available. If you are interested in serving on one of these committees/commissions, or if you would like to be re-appointed, please contact Cassidy Gott at 360-426-9781, or by February 7, 2018.

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

BUDGET COMMISSION: The Budget Commission provides oversight and guidance to Tribal Administration and Tribal Council for the budget.

CHILDCARE BOARD: The Childcare Board provides advice and recommendations concerning the Child Development Center (Position open is a “Community Member with age appropriate child”).

EDUCATION COMMISSION: The Education Commission provides recommendations and guidance to the Tribal Council and to the Tu Ha’ Buts Learning Center; participates fully in all aspects of planning, development, implementation and evaluation of all educational programs, including supplemental and operational support; is directly involved in all Tu Ha’ Buts Learning Center programs; recommends appropriate action to the Squaxin Island Tribal Council; evaluates performance and program results; exercises authority delegated by Tribal Council (e.g., monetary awards).

ELECTIONS COMMITTEE: The Elections Committee helps the Executive Staff prepare for and conduct General Body meetings, and, as requested by Tribal Council, also conducts the election portion of the General Body meeting.

FISH COMMITTEE: The Fish Committee provides advice and recommendations concerning the management, harvest and perpetuation of fish related resources.

HOUSING COMMISSION: The Housing Commission serves as the advisory, decision-making, and policy authority for the Squaxin Island Tribal Housing Program. The commission is authorized to 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 necessary to implement the policies, and recommend the identified rules and regulations to the Tribal Council for enactment.

HUNTING COMMITTEE: The Hunting Committee provides advice and recommendations concerning the management, harvest and perpetuation of hunting and wildlife related resources.

MUSEUM LIBRARY AND RESEARCH CENTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS: The MLRC Board of Directors manages all the affairs, property, and interests of the corporation.

SHELLFISH COMMITTEE: The Shellfish Committee provides advice and recommendations concerning the management, harvest and perpetuation of inter-tidal shellfish resources.

The following committees, commissions and boards do not have vacancies at this time. If you are interested in serving on one of these if a position becomes available, please let us know.

One Percent Committee, Enrollment Committee, Gathering Committee, Golf Advisory Committee, Personnel/Grievance Committee, Gaming Commission, Housing Commission, Utilities Commission, Business Administration Board,Tobacco Board of Directors, Tourism Board.

Cool Story Map of Washington Lidar by WaDNR

Thanks Brian McTeaugue! : ).

Salish Sea Plunge video here

Try something new for your kids this year
Baton twirling classes
Mondays 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the gym
Youth ages 6 and older

Udall Internship!
There’s still time to apply for the Udall Internship! a ten-week summer internship in Washington, D.C., for Native American and Alaska Native students who wish to learn more about the federal government and issues affecting Indian Country. Applications are due January 31. The Foundation provides round-trip airfare, housing, per diem for food and incidentals, and a stipend at the close of the program.

Visit our website to download the application and learn how to apply. Questions? You’ll probably find the answer in our FAQs. For advice on how to put together the best application, check out Advice and Guidance and follow us on Facebook. Be sure to ask for three letters of recommendation – you’ll find advice for references here.

Contact Jane Curlin at if you have questions about the application or the Internship Program.

Jane Curlin
Education Programs
Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation
130 South Scott Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85701
Tel.: 520.901.8565 ~ Fax: 520.670.5530 ~ Main: 520.901.8500



WA Student Achievement Council Scholarship Opportunity
scholarship information

American Indian College Fund Offering New “American Indian Law School Scholarship” to Attend Harvard Law School

The American Indian College Fund Native scholars at Harvard Law School have what it takes to succeed. A law degree is the foundation to creating strong future leaders. Thanks to a gift of $1 million from an anonymous donor, the American Indian College Fund will award the first American Indian Law School Scholarship in the fall of the 2018-19 academic year. The scholarship covers all costs of attendance, including tuition for the three-year course of study at Harvard Law School, for one Native student.

Eligible applicants must be American Indian or Alaska Native and an enrolled tribal member or lineal descendant of an enrolled parent or grandparent. Preference will be given to a tribal college and university graduate. One full scholarship will be awarded to an incoming first-year 2018 Harvard Law School student seeking a law degree. Two additional three-year scholarships will be awarded to one Native student entering Harvard Law School in 2021 and one Native student entering Harvard Law School in 2024.  Applicants for the 2018 American Indian Law School Scholarship must apply by January 31, 2018 at to be considered.

About American Indian College Fund
Founded in 1989, the American Indian College Fund has been the nation’s largest charity supporting Native higher education for more than 28 years. The College Fund believes “Education is the answer” and has provided $7.58 million dollars in scholarship support and 6,548 scholarships last year to American Indian students, with more than $100 million awarded since its inception. The College Fund also supports a variety of academic and support programs at the nation’s 35 accredited tribal colleges and universities, which are located on or near Indian reservations, ensuring students have the tools to graduate and succeed in their careers. The College Fund consistently receives top ratings from independent charity evaluators, and received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator and is one of the nation’s top 100 charities named to the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. For more information about the American Indian College Fund, please visit

Dina Horwedel
, 303-430-5350

Paddle to Puyallup 2018!

Earrings for Sale
$10 or 3 for $25
Call Sam at 525-5141

First Salmon Ceremony Photos

Squaxin Island Child development Center Mud Party Photos – too cute to miss!

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)