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Squaxin Island Tribal Elder/Council Member Encourages Kids at Olympic Middle School to Avoid Drugs
On March 7th, Squaxin Island Tribal Elder and member of the Tribal Council, 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

9th Grade Registration Family Information Night

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Oakland Bay Jr High

This event is for all students and families entering 9th-grade from Shelton, Pioneer and Hood Canal.

Learn about:
Graduation requirements
Registration Process
9th grade coarse information
Meet the 9th Grade staff

Clinic Closure
We will be closed Friday, March 30th, in observance of Good Friday. Please make arrangements ahead of time for your medications and appointment needs.

Generator for Sale
6250 starting watt Briggs & Stratton motor
Used once, practically brand new

Bicycles for Sale
$30 each
Men and Womens

Text 360-490-7635

Congratulations HS21 Graduates!
Carmen Algea
Trisha Blueback
Guy Cain
Elena Capoeman
Ginni Carlson
Ryan Fox
Christina Henry
Clara Hernandez
Patrick LaClair
Ayshia Nelson

The ceremony was March 6th in the Little Creek Casino Resort Sa-Heh-Wa-Mish Room

Lets Pull Together and help Michael Araiza, grandson of Elizabeth Heredia . . .

Click here to help

Attention all Fiber Artists:
Might you have any use for these items (cords, rope, twine, etc. )?
You can take some of it or all
I even have a contact that can help you with a few techniques.
Please contact Monica Nerney at the Tribal Center for more information.

Christine Elkins is selling this dreamcatcher and some earrings. The dreamcatcher is make an offer. The large earrings are $20, and the smaller ones are $10.  Her number is 253-293-0674.

RARE (Rez Animal Resources & Education)
I am sorry to inform tribal members the RARE program is temporarily out of funds. When funds become available I will post in the Klah-Che-Min.
– Gus, the doggie guy

Na-ha-shnee Native American Health Science Applications are out!

This program is an incredible 12-day career exposure and college preparation experience for current 9th-11thgrade Native American / Alaska Native students that are interested in health careers. The program is free and includes food, lodging in nearby dorms, and many workshops, tours, and trainings. This program is free due to generous donations and support from the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Spokane Teachers Credit Union, the Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center, and the Trude E. Smith Endowment in the WSU College of Nursing

If you would like to schedule a time for me to talk with potential participants please contact me.

Applications are due April 16th, 2018.

Fact Sheet



Way’ limlimtx,

Emma Noyes (Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation)
Native American Outreach Coordinator
Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane
Room 247, WSU College of Nursing Building
Office: 509-324-7215

Our Community Credit Union scholarships

Tobacco Cessation News: Change in Program
Bobbie Bush – January 25, 2018 was my last day full time here at Squaxin Tobacco Cessation Program. I accepted a position at SPIPA again. The new job will be 28 hours per week. Because I have made a commitment to the Youth Council to help them with their Cultural Day for the Northwest Indian Youth Conference here in April 2018, my work here is not done.

One day a week, Thursdays, I will work for Squaxin Island in the Tobacco Cessation Position. That way we will still have our Tobacco Cessation Group meetings on Thursdays at Noon, and I will be able to fulfill my commitment to the Youth Council.

So, if you want to quit smoking, but are not sure of the process, please come and see me or call me and leave a Message. I will be here from 8:00 AM to 4:30 on Thursdays. My phone number is 360-432-3933, and email address is . Please call and leave me a message or send me an email. Hope to see you all commercial Tobacco Free!

Dear Squaxin Island Family,

Squaxin Island Elder’s Inter-Tribal Host Luncheon, is being held at Little Creek Casino Resort Events Center on April 27th, 2018. 

I am writing in request to ask ALL departments, individuals, or community members for donations to be gifted at the event.  The sky is open for ideas!  You name it.  Any gifts, gift baskets, professional services, hospitality services, any beautiful homemade gifts, or cultural craft items would be perfect as Give-Away items for this event.  This is an awesome and huge Event the Squaxin Island Elder’s Host every other year.

This year our theme is: NATIVE AMERICANS and we are very proud of it.  We expect to host around 600 people to come and enjoy our event.  Many Tribes come from all over the state along with our neighboring states as well. Our elders have been working diligently making giveaway items for many months now, and we are doing craft classes each Wednesday from 12:30-3:30 pm.  All are invited to attend these craft classes, as well. Please support our elders,

For more information, please contact Traci~360-432-3868, or Annie-Beth~360-432-3892,  Thank you so much in advance for all your support!

Traci & Elder’s

Traci Coffey
Squaxin Island Tribe
Elder’s Services & Activities Coordinator
10 SE Squaxin Lane
Shelton, WA.  98584
Main: 360-426-9781
Desk: 360-432-3868
Fax: 360-426-6577

Greetings from the Washington State Historical Society!

It’s that time of year again! We are now accepting applications of Native artwork to display in the juried exhibition In the Spirit: Contemporary Native Art for 2018.

In the Spirit, celebrating its 13th year, offers an opportunity for contemporary Native artists to display their work at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma from June 30 through August 12, 2018. 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 in mid-August with the Tacoma Art Museum. The festival will include performances by Native artists and feature booth space for vendors.

Celebrate In the Spirit’s 13th year and submit your own artwork and pass the attached application along to someone else who might also be interested. Applications will be accepted now through March 30, 2018. You can find the application attached to this email or by going online to

If you have any questions about the application process or In the Spirit exhibition or festival, please contact me at or 253-798-5926.

ITS Application 2018

Molly Wilmoth
Lead Program Manager
Washington State Historical Society
1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
T: 253-798-5926, F: 253-272-9518

Visit us at

WIGA Scholarships
The Washington Indian Gaming Association is pleased to announce our 2018-19 Scholarship Program. This year we will be awarding up to $100,000 to Native students pursuing degrees at community and technical colleges, four-year colleges, and post-graduate and professional schools. Please help us spread the word!

Attached is an application and information sheet. This information can also be downloaded from our website at

Applications are due by March 31, 2018. Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you!

Rebecca Kaldor
Executive Director
Washington Indian Gaming Association
1110 Capitol Way S., Suite 404 Olympia, WA 98501
Office – (360) 352-3248 Cell – (360) 620-1346


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


Paddle to Puyallup 2018!

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

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)