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Sgwi Gwi 2017

Recycling items request

I would like to say “Thank You” to Rose Brownfield, Pam Hillstrom and Margaret Foley for bringing in recycling/craft donations. We have a great start, but are still looking for the following items:

Oatmeal containers
Toilet paper/Paper towel rolls
Plastic bottles
Cotton balls
Craft supplies for kids
Popsicle sticks
Pipe cleaners
Plastic Laundry detergent containers
Coffee containers
Plastic Milk jugs
Water based paints – kid friendly
Beads – kid friendly (please no seed beads)
Duct tape

Thank you for your help!

– Monica Nerney

Rare Woolly Dog Hair Found in Coast Salish Blanket

In the Spirit Native Art Festival 2017

ROLL CALL! Rep your tribe(s)

Show your #NativePride with a custom handmade wooden paddle necklace.

We Think Dreams has designed handmade & hand tattooed wooden paddle necklaces.
4 inch paddle with 26” leather cord chain.
Available in multiple wood species options.
Get yours today:

Community Garden – Donations Needed

The Garden Program is looking for anyone who would like to donate t-posts, a freezer, and a refrigerator. Please contact the Garden Program at or at 360-432-3984.

Also – Dont forget to get your free starts!

If anyone at Squaxin Island would like to donate to the fund for Jimmy Smith-Kramer and his twins Keoni and Lilo, you can contact Bonnie Sanchez at the Squaxin Island Health Clinic.  It will go directly to his FLY HIGH JIM account at Anchor Bank.  Thank you for your support and prayers.  💖

L. Bonnie Sanchez
Health Services Director

Free Starts at the Squaxin Tribal Garden!
Please come down and grab what you need for your home garden. We have staff on-site from 8:00-4:30 if you have any questions, or you can swing by anytime afterwards and we’ll be sure to have the starts available. There are tomatoes, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, potatoes, onions, chives, summer squash, and strawberries.
A huge “Thank You!” goes to Helsing Junction Organic Farm for another year of support! This is the second year they have shared starts with the Squaxin Garden and Squaxin Community.

A call to artists

The Shelton-Mason Chamber of Commerce has a member who is looking to commission metal art pieces (12 salmon to be wall mounted).

Interested artists may  contact Susanna Samuelson, Business Development Officer at Our Community Credit Union: or 432-5209.

Portfolios are appreciated but not required.

For Sale

Gold Star Air Conditioner for a wIndow
15″ x 14″
Call Debbie Obi at 462-0883

FEMA Flood Mapping Updates Are Underway:

Make Sure Your Family and Property Are Protected and Accurately Designated

The Tribe’s Natural Resources Department has been participating in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) current update and review process for Flood Hazard Mapping. This is the first update for Flood Mapping since the 1990’s.

Through FEMA’s flood hazard mapping program, Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (MAP), FEMA identifies flood hazards, assesses flood risks and partners with states and communities to provide accurate flood hazard and risk data to guide them to mitigation actions. Flood hazard mapping is an important part of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), as it is the basis of the NFIP regulations and flood insurance requirements. FEMA maintains and updates data through Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and risk assessments.

Now is the time to review your property, its location relative to FEMA’s Flood Hazard Mapping, and if appropriate engage with FEMA for review and revision of your property’s designation.

FEMA’s Flood Hazard Mapping website:

To search for information about your property go to:

It is advisable to act now to confirm that your property is accurately mapped/designated as either ‘in’ or ‘out’ of the flood plain, as once the updated preliminary Flood Maps become effective the process for correcting designation errors becomes much more time intensive and costs money. Errors in the preliminary Flood Maps can be corrected during the review period at NO CHARGE.

Brian McTeague at Squaxin Natural Resources will be available to discuss the FEMA Flood Program & Process, to review your property’s updated Flood Hazard Mapping designation, and to assist tribal members with using FEMA’s website.

For more information or to schedule a time to visit with Brian at the Natural Resources Department contact him at: (360)432-3800 or

Call for Native American Fashion Designers

Positive Indian Parenting Facilitator Training

Talking Circle working team: if you are interested in being part of a working team to discuss the current talking circle process and potentially improve it, please let me know. I am looking for tribal member participation. Please contact Kris Peters at , and include your name and contact information. A meeting time and place will be coordinated by Kris with the interested participants. Some potential topics of discussion include: location, frequency, seating arrangement, use of talking stick, who runs the meeting etc…

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
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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

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