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Squaxin Island Tribe Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Project

A public meeting concerning the development of the Squaxin Island Tribal Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan needs your assistance.

This includes all hazards, both natural and manmade, which could impact the Tribe. This is also an effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. It is most effective when implemented under a comprehensive, long-term mitigation plan. … Identify implementation approaches that focus resources on the greatest risks and vulnerabilities.

July 27, 2017
5:00 PM to 7:00 p.m.

Tribal Emergency Operations Center

John Taylor
Squaxin Island Tribe
(360) 463-0903 or (360) 432-394


Sophi Beym (Contractor)
Kiksapa (LLC)
(505) 269-8562

Review document will be posted on the Squaxin EOC Facebook page

Kimberly James Finds her Roots in Raging Nature

Oyster Pick Announcement

Natural Resources has recently been working to organize individual oyster picks on private and leased tidelands. In the upcoming months the department anticipates having oyster picking opportunities for individual tribal harvesters. These oyster picks will be conducted on a lottery system since there are more harvesters than current picking opportunities. Payment will be by piece rate at the harvest site. Please contact Natural Resources if you would like to be put on the oyster picking list.

Mason County Burn Ban 2017

Draft elder and vulnerable adult code

The Squaxin Island Legal Department is seeking comment from our Tribal Elders and the Squaxin Island Tribal Community. The Squaxin Island tribe has always been committed to protecting its elder and adult members, descendants, spouses and community members from abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. The proposed code allows the Tribe and its courts to do two things:

First, its states a Squaxin Island tribal vulnerable adult specialist can investigate and respond to alleged situations of abuse, abandonment, neglect self-neglect, or financial exploitation that involves an alleged victim who meets the definition of ‘vulnerable adult’ in the law. The vulnerable adult specialist refers situations that involve alleged victims who do not fall within the definition of ‘vulnerable adult’ to appropriate resources.

Second, the draft vulnerable adult code gives Squaxin Courts the power to create guardianships for adults who no longer have the ability to care for themselves.

The draft code is intended to replace and improve on the current vulnerable adult code that has been in place since January, 2016.

This is a great opportunity to voice your opinions or concerns in regards to the language used in this draft code.

Please contact Santana Krise at the Squaxin Island Legal Department with comment before July 25, 2017 at 360-432-1771 ext. 6 or s.

DARFT Vulnerable Adult Code

See all the photos here –

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.

Scholarship Opportunities
The Scholarship Programs accepting applications from students between June 27th

Mending the Sacred Hoop’s 2nd Annual Tribal Governments Program Summit program booklet
The deadline is quickly approaching to submit photos for the cover of the Mending the Sacred Hoop’s 2nd Annual Tribal Governments Program Summit program booklet. We would like to feature images of women in our tribal communities on the cover (see attached, for example). These pictures can be of vigils, women’s gatherings, marches, tribal leadership, etc…Our focus is to celebrate the work that is being done within the tribal communities. Please help us in collecting as many photos as possible so all communities can be represented.Please send jpg files before June 30th!


– Miigwech, Rachel King

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

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
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)