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Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team

Saturday October 13th 6 pm-9 pm.
Tickets $20 at the Door
At the Woman’s Club of Olympia
1002 Washington Street SE

Join DERT for a fun night at the Woman’s Club with dinner, desert, drinks, live music, and a silent auction full of local goods, foods, art and more! Speakers: Willie Frank III (Son of Billy Frank Jr.) & 22nd Legislative Representative Beth Doglio.

Your support will help fund our community forums, the Steh-Chass Youth Camp and Festival, necessary upkeep, and all outreach efforts. We have seen our following grow and the increasing public awareness become influential thanks to your support!

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) SCOPING COMMENT PERIOD:
SEPT. 26th-NOV. 13th

The scoping process for the environmental impact statement continues….This is where public recommendation is given on the scope of the study.

What topics do you want to see included? Is there anything missing from this list? View preliminary scoping list . Share what you think should be studied. Comments can be made online using the online comment form. Comment period ends November 13th.

Monday, October 22, 2018, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Washington Center for the Performing Arts
512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501

From DES: Verbal Comments: Verbal comments will be facilitated from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and documented by a court reporter. We will use a lottery system to determine speakers.

DERT will be presenting our scoping recommendations at the October 10th meeting, after we will release them to the public.

Link to online comment form:

Link to Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team

Apples Needed
The Child Development Center needs apples for making cider and would greatly appreciated donations!

Attention Hunters!!!
2018 Tour De Forest Rally is this weekend (October 6-7). Please note that the Kennedy Creek area is part of the Rally and will impact your access this weekend. The Kennedy Creek stage of the the Rally is scheduled for Sunday October 7th.

The Tour De Forest Rally is scheduled for October 6-7, 2018. To ensure a safe event, the event organizers will close roads to all traffic that weekend (see attached map). Leading up to the event and on race weekend, you may see:

September 22- October 5
Stage setup with flagging across side roads and trails, stakes set out along route to mark the course

Thursday, October 4
Practice stage around Dayton Peak (4200 Road)

Friday, October 5
Recce”, where all competitors drive the route at legal speeds to make notes of corners, etc. All stages are driven all day, except Taylor Town is closed to recce until 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 6
Roads closed for stages- Wynoochee, Reed Hill, and Schafer Grade
Service (pit stop) at Brehmeyer Transfer

Spectator viewing near Brehemeyer Transfer

Sunday, October 7
Roads closed for stages – Taylor Town and Kennedy Creek “Parc Expose” (car show) and service in downtown Shelton spectator viewing on 2800 off Highway 8

Click on map to enlarge

Date Change for Squaxin

Housing Improvement Program for Low Income Members
This notice is to provide information that funding may be available in FY 2019 for extremely low income families through the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) – Housing Improvement Program (HIP). The Office of Housing will accept applications through December 7, 2018.


· You are a member of a federally recognized Tribe

· You live in an approved Tribal service area

· Your income does not exceed 150% of DHHS poverty income guideline

· Your present housing is substandard

· You must meet ownership requirements

· You have no other resources for housing assistance

· You did not acquire your present housing through a federally sponsored housing program that includes such housing assistance

The application process is often difficult, but staff is available to assist you in the process.

Applicants must have exhausted all other resources for housing assistance. The Office of Housing will accept the applications and forward them to the BIA, who will make the final determination.

If you have any questions about the HIP program, please contact Lisa Peters at (360) 432-3871.

Construction at Legal Services
There will be construction in the Legal Services parking lot next week, and so the wheelchair ramp may be difficult to access. If you need the wheelchair ramp to meet someone from Legal Services, please contact Diane Deyette at (360) 432-3500. She will arrange for your meeting to be up at the main offices instead.

Shelton Washington Residents

Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey and forward to friends, family, colleagues.

The survey has been valuable with collecting local data for planning. It helps confirm or refute Community and Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition assumptions.

This is the 6th year of the survey that is designed by the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery to take a look at community social norms.

What do Shelton adults believe about youth substance use?

What are Shelton adult perceptions of the community’s norms? Collect baseline data for environmental strategies that target adult attitudes.

Social marketing

Law enforcement – effectiveness, awareness, public support

If you have questions or would like information on past survey, please contact:
Ben Johnson
Mason County Public Health
360-427-9670 x 545

Kiana Henry on King 5 News speaking at Paddle to Puyallup

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.

Water Quality Report

Bayshore Preserve Restoration

Upcoming Events

Healthy Families

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:
Marjorie Hill
Phone: Office: (360)432-3971 OR Cell: (360)545-2370

Used Ink Cartridges Needed
I (Monica Nerney) would like to request all your used ink cartridges for recycling. I am donating them to the area schools that will be using them for much needed band equipment. I am available Monday through Friday from 8:00 – 4:00 to accept your donations or to assist you with delivery. Please call (360) 432-3966 if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for supporting our schools.

– Monica Nerney
Solid Waste/Recycling

Your Opportunity to Support the Legacy Television Series,


This Emmy Award-winning television series was created by the late, great Billy Frank, Jr. and Seattle-based ABC News producer and filmmaker Michael Harris. It was one of Billy’s last outreach/education projects before he passed away on May 5, 2014. Let’s pick up the project where Billy left off.

“THIS IS INDIAN COUNTRY meant a great deal to my father,” explains Willie Frank III, who will update the two specials Billy completed and host the remaining episodes of the series, presenting additional narratives that have emerged in Indian Country since his father’s passing. “He knew that what we were doing was preserving these stories forever – not like some boring museum, but in a very real, living way. We were inspiring future generations to stand up and fight for our people, like we did at Standing Rock, and like our Northwest tribes now are fighting things like fuel trains and fish farms in Indian Country. It’s not just about history; it’s about how our history informs us going forward.”

This extraordinary “Legacy Project” is being proposed by some of the region’s most accomplished tribal leaders, educators, media professionals, elected officials, legal advocates and historians. The result will be televised educational films of cultural and environmental advocacy, borne of the hopes and hardships of our First Nations, and of Billy Frank, Jr.

THIS IS INDIAN COUNTRY is a series of specials and short films, following Willie and the travels of his father to spectacular local and far‐flung locations, immersing in tribal cultures, witnessing stories and broadcasting a deeply honest and engaging experience with Indian Country. THIS IS INDIAN COUNTRY is more than a television series. It is direct action education – stories designed to be adaptable to all people young and old.

THIS IS INDIAN COUNTRY will also document an historic event – the reuniting of veterans of “The Fish Wars” and their family and friends in an extraordinary campfire gathering, sharing stories and critical oral histories of the great treaty fishing rights battles that led to the Boldt Decision of 1974.

THIS IS INDIAN COUNTRY is a project Billy truly loved. YOU can help support this legacy project by sharing this message via social media, telling your friends and colleagues about it, hanging up this poster and contributing whatever you can. Thanks for your support!

For more information please refer to the GoFundMe account at:
or visit
or contact (206) 465-6692 /
or Steve Robinson (360) 951-2494/ today.

THIS IS INDIAN COUNTRY is a 501(c)(3) foundation. All contributions are tax deductible.



Seattle Art Museum to open exhibit on Edward S. Curtis works

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.

Watch the video here

Cool Story Map of Washington Lidar by WaDNR

Thanks Brian McTeaugue! : )

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)