Greetings from the Washington State Historical Society!
In the Spirit, celebrating its 14th year, offers an opportunity for contemporary Native artists to display their work at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma from June 20 through August 11, 2019. Accepted artwork will also be eligible for awards and monetary prizes including Best of Show, Honoring the Northwest, Honoring Tradition, Honoring Innovation, and the People’s Choice awards.
To accompany the arts exhibition, the Museum will host a native arts market and festival on Saturday, August 10 with the Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass. The festival will include performances by Native artists and feature booth space for vendors.
Celebrate In the Spirit’s 14th year and submit your own artwork and pass the attached application along to someone else who might also be interested. Applications will be accepted online now through April 5, 2019. You can find the application guidelines attached to this email or by going online to InTheSpiritArts.org. Applications should be submitted online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ITS2019.
If you have any questions about the application process or In the Spirit exhibition or festival, please contact me at or 253-798-5926.
INCLEMENT WEATHER IMPACT TO TRANSIT
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 www.masontransit.org 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.
Program Services Manager
Shelton School District transitioning to a grade level 5-6 middle school and a grade level 7-8 junior high school in September 2019
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
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
Family Information Night
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?
The Trust for Public Lands
In the Puget Sound, welcoming the return of the salmon
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.
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
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! : )
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