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Acceptance of Nominations are due June 26th by 4:00 p.m.

Elections Page

NR Auction of Surplus Equipment
Sealed bids must be received by 2:00 p.m. on July 31st, 2020.

The winning bidder will be notified by August 3rd and have until August 14th to pick up the item(s). If the item(s) are not picked up by August 14th, NR will move on to the next bidder.

Mail in or drop off sealed bids to:
Squaxin Island Natural Resources
200 SE Billy Frank Jr. Way
Shelton, WA 98584

Questions? Contact:
Daniel Kuntz


One EZ Loader Single Axle Boat Trailer, 19’-21’, 8-10 years old. Broken weld on the winch stand, seized rear tire and brake system needs complete overhaul to be road legal. As-is, no warranty, no refund. Minimum Bid: $100.00

One 2011 EZ Tandem Axle Loader Boat Trailer, 19’-23’ No brakes. Needs complete replacement for legal road use. As-is, no warranty, no refund. Minimum Bid: $300.00

One 2013 ETEC 200HP, 25” shaft with oil reservoir and control box. Just under 1,000 hours. As-is, no warranty, no refund. Minimum bid: $1,000.00

One 2013 ETEC 200HP, 25” shaft with oil reservoir and control box. Just under 1,000 hours. As-is, no warranty, no refund. Minimum bid: $1,000.00

One SMART SBX885 Interactive Whiteboard. As-is, no warranty, no refund. Minimum bid: $20

Summer Rec 2020

Parent Guardian Handbook

Letter to Parents for COVID

Summer Calendar

Registration Form

COVID 19 web page

Moving to Phase Three

Family, Mason County will be moving to Phase 3 on Monday, June 22nd.

The front entrance of the reservation is no longer guarded by our Law Enforcement/IEI Security staff. The reservation is now open to nonresidents.

Our Law Enforcement Officers will be patrolling and will intervene in any conditions around the community they feel pose a threat.

Please note that the other two entrances will remain gated. This virus is not going to just disappear.

The threat of this virus is real, so I ask that everyone continue to wear a mask when in public. I also ask that you keep the social distancing as a norm for you and your family. We cannot afford to let down our guard against an invisible enemy.

We have to be a family, and call each other out when we see a practice that is unsafe. I call it the “we” over “me” mentality, let’s take care of each other!

Stay safe!

– Marvin Campbell

Treaty Fisher Unemployment

RFP Cedar Weaving

Would you like to teach weaving at NWITC?
Please email proposals (click on link above) to June O’Brien: .

Sgwi’ Gwi 2020 – A Safer Approach in the Time of COVID-19
By Gordon James, Education Director

The annual Sgwi’ Gwi event usually includes about 400 people sharing dinner and cheering on students and graduates at all levels. For decades, the Squaxin Island Tribe has taken this opportunity to celebrate student achievement. In 2020, Sgwi’ Gwi is one more part of life that has been changed by the novel coronavirus.

While large group gatherings and community celebrations are cultural norms, current public health guidelines discourage large gatherings like Sgwi’ Gwi. This year, the Tribe has had to consider alternative ways to honor and celebrate student achievement, while continuing to protect the Squaxin community from COVID-19. For the safety of students, graduates, their families, and the community, the 2020 Sgwi’ Gwi celebration will not revolve around a large community gathering, but instead, goes virtual.

If you have graduated since last year’s Sgwi’ Gwi celebration – whether from high school, HS21+, GED, a trade program, or with a college degree – the Tribe would like to publicly honor and celebrate Squaxin graduates by displaying celebratory videos on the Tribe’s website and the Tribe’s Facebook page, and through a photo display on the giant reader-board in front of Little Creek Casino Resort.

For those who would like to participate, we are asking that graduates and/or their families record a short video to acknowledge the graduate’s achievement. Use a camera, cell phone, tablet, or computer to record your congratulations and comments, and email them to the Education Department at , or at . Mandy Valley and I are working with the Information Services Department to present your videos to the tribal community and beyond. Please keep in mind that we plan to upload these videos to media platforms that represent the Squaxin Island tribal government and community, so we ask that language and actions in your videos offer great reflections of Squaxin. If you need further assistance to create a video, please get in touch with us and we will see how we can assist you.

Squaxin Island Transit has Route Deviation available to our passengers throughout the day on our fixed routes. This allows the routes to deviate in order to accommodate the needs of more passengers and to ensure all individuals have access to public transportation service that best meet their needs. In order to take advantage of a route deviation, the passenger must arrange it in advance in order for us to fit it into the schedule.

Requesting a Route Deviation
Anyone can request a route deviation. You can schedule a pick up deviation request by calling dispatch at (360) 432-3970 or (360) 280-7612 in advance of your requested pickup. Riders who need a deviation when dropped off can request a deviation from the driver when boarding the bus. All attempts will be made to meet the needs of the passenger as long as it is within 2-3 miles off the route, does not jeopardize the needs of other passengers and we are able to make route connections.

Deviation requests will be denied if the driver determines it will compromise the safety of the driver, other passengers, or damage to equipment.

Kindergarten registration time is here!

To enroll, your child must be 5 on or before August 31st.

Enrollment packets will be available to pick up at Bordeaux Elementary, Evergreen Elementary, and Mt. View Elementary every Monday through June 15th from 9:00 AM-Noon & 5:00 – 7:00 PM (Except for Memorial Day, May 25th – Packets will be available on Tuesday, May 26th instead.)

Enrollment forms can also be found on our district website:

The following documents must be included with your completed enrollment packet:

  • Birth certificate
  • Medically verified immunization record
  • Proof of address

Please contact your neighborhood school secretaries to set up an appointment to drop off your completed packet. When calling please leave a message and know that you will hear back from someone within 48 hours.

Use the following link to find your neighborhood school:

Mt. View Elementary Secretaries: (360) 426-8564
Julie Politz-
Gwen Hansen-

Evergreen Elementary Secretaries: (360) 545-7338
Iremly Ibarra-
Veronica Lawrence-

Bordeaux Elementary Secretaries: (360) 426-3253
Renee Millar-
Travis Osier-

Welcome Kindergarten class of 2033!

Twin Rivers Ranch Preserve: The Next step
It has been 10 years since Capitol Land Trust purchased Twin Rivers Ranch Preserve.  During that time, Capitol Land Trust has been active in restoring the ecological health of the property. And that work continues!

We are excited to share the next step in Twin Rivers Ranch Preserve’s journey—the failing bridge crossing Cranberry Creek will be removed this year! If you’ve ever been to the Preserve, you may remember holding your breath as you drove across it.

In partnership with the Squaxin Island Tribe, Mason Conservation District, and support from the Department of Ecology’s Terry Husseman Account, the removal of the bridge and nearby streambank armoring will allow the salmon-bearing creek to flow naturally and make space for native re-vegetation.

Twin Rivers Ranch Preserve is just north of Shelton and spans the entire northern shoreline of Oakland Bay. Its 133 acres protects the lower reaches of two salmon-bearing creeks (Cranberry Creek and Deer Creek) and their estuaries; 3,200 feet of Puget Sound shoreline; plus, wetlands, forest, and grassland. And its adjacent mudflats support aquaculture for local shellfish companies and the Squaxin Island Tribe.

Click here for Drone Aerial Video

The Preserve lies within the traditional territory of the Sa-He-Wa-Mish, who were sustained by the rich natural resources in the area. Native ownership of the property and Oakland Bay was lost in 1854 when the Medicine Creek Treaty went into effect.

Shortly thereafter (possibly as early as 1856), the land was homesteaded by the Jacob Ooley Eckler family.  As logging operations expanded in the Shelton area in the late 1800s, a short railroad line was built diagonally across the property by the Shelton Logging Company for transporting logs.

Read more about Twin Rivers Ranch

Aerial overview of failing log bridge over Cranberry Creek.

Environmental restoration grants reach across state including Mason County

Allison Springs Transformed Truly Amazing!

Tribal Lifeline

Customers living on federally recognized tribal lands can receive up to $34.25 off phone or internet service

Tribal Lifeline

Native American Finance Officers Association

Apply for NAFOA’s Youth Outreach Coordinator Internship

NAFOA is seeking a youth outreach coordinator intern to assist in expanding outreach to Native American youth and young professionals. This will be a remote part-time position for 6-weeks. The intern will be expected to commit up to 20 hours per week. Additionally, the intern will receive a $1,000.00 stipend.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Must be at least a Junior in college.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, or a similar field preferred but not required.
  • At least one year prior experience working in marketing and/or performing outreach activities.
  • Excellent writing, phone, and communications skills.
  • Experience with email marketing tools such as Mailchimp.
  • Be currently involved in at least one or more national, regional, local, or tribal Native American youth programs or organizations.
  • Experience in a leadership position within a national, regional, local, or tribal Native American youth program or organization.
  • Ability to work remotely with minimal supervision.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States.

View the job description

Submit an application

Career Basics
Career Basics is a career prep and personal finance program designed for Native youth ages 18-26. The program is conducted online and the modules for the Leadership Summit track are free for eligible youth. The first few participants who complete the program during each session will receive a free gift from NAFOA.

Registration dates: May 31 – July 20

Program dates: June 15 – August 20
Participants proceed at their own pace during their registered program dates. The average curriculum completion time is 8-12 hours.

Eligibility and Cost:
The program is free and open to self-identifying Native youth and early professionals ages 18-26 years old.

The program is online.However, if you do not have a stable/consistent broadband internet connection, please email to make arrangements and still be able to participate remotely.

Reservation response rate rankings as of May 29, 2020:

Up from April . . .

According to Indian Country Today, Tribes lose at least $3,000 a year for every citizen not counted, adding up to $30,000 in lost funds until the next census in 2030.

Thanks to all who have responded. If you haven’t yet . . . please . . .

Respond to the Census


2020 CENSUS AND THE COVID-19 CRISIS: The 2020 Census remains committed to ensuring that we conduct the operation in the safest way possible while still meeting our Constitutional mission. The Census Bureau field operations remain suspended until 1 June 2020, and we are currently putting plans in place to resume them as soon as safely possible.

For those who have received their Census IDs, Self-Response remains the best way to complete the 2020 Census and to stay safe by avoiding the need for Census enumerators to visit homes later in the year. For those who have not, please be patient–we will be getting the Census IDs to you as soon as it is safe to do so. Thank you for working with us during this crisis. We remain committed to helping you get a complete and accurate count for your communities.

Your data is protected and it’s confidential. Federal law protects your responses, which cannot be shared with law enforcement, immigration agencies, or housing authorities.

The 2020 Census is underway and the most important and safe thing you can do is respond online, by phone, or by mail.

Responding now will minimize the need for the Census Bureau to send census takers out into communities to follow up with households.

The Census Bureau looks at household data by the race of the householder—the person who owns or rents the home. If you would like your household to be counted as AIAN, be sure to list an adult who identifies as AIAN and who owns or rents the home as the first person.

Recruiting Alert: We are expecting to re-start field operations on June 1st, but we want to make sure we have people familiar with their communities to help them get a complete count. Now more than ever, we are STRONGLY encouraging tribal members to apply for Census enumerator jobs to help their communities! If you know of anyone, please have them go to and apply today. They should list their tribal language. We will be looking for on-reservation zipcodes and tribal language to make selections.


Indian Country says ‘We’re here’ in 2020 Census

By Bridget Ray, Ojibwe/Michif

Native people of the Pacific Northwest are using the 2020 census to send a clear message: “We’re still here.”

Every 10 years, the United States government conducts the census to count each person living in the country. That count determines how federal resources are distributed for things like affordable housing, public transportation, schools and hospitals.

All told, more than $1 billion in resources will be allocated across Indian Country based on the census count.

“Despite the huge impact of the US Census, Native Americans have historically been under counted,” said Colleen Jollie (Turtle Mtn. Chippewa), senior advisor to the PNW Native Census 2020 Initiative. “Undercounts mean less federal funding for tribes, and lack of representation in congress. The Census is also a way for us to assert our sovereignty and citizenship as the first people.”

“It’s important that all our members are counted for our community to receive what is rightly and fairly ours,” Chairman Cooper said. “Our Elders and our young people are counting on us—let’s be counted for them.”

In 2020, the Census Bureau is asking people to complete the census online at Residents can also complete it over the phone, or request a paper copy. People who do no complete the census by summer will be visited by a census worker to help complete it.

With people staying home to stop the spread of novel coronavirus, it’s a good time to complete the census. Self-completing it, if possible, also means fewer census workers out and about when people are being asked to stay in.

The form asks questions about each household, including name and age of each resident. Replies cannot be shared with anyone, including landlords and law enforcement. A census worker who shares information can be punished by fines and jail time.

“Historic mistrust of the federal government might make some Native people hesitant to take part in the census—but undercounts hurt Indian Country,” said Samantha K’_alaag’aa Jaat Biasca (Kaigani Haida, Tlingit, Inupiat). Biasca is Community Engagement Coordinator at the Na’ah Illahee Fund, which develops leadership among Native women and girls.

“If we’re left out of the census data, we’re left out in the cold,” Biasca said. “An accurate count in Indian Country means our people get the funding we need and deserve.”

The census also asks about heritage and identity. There is no proof required by the form to identify as Native. All people have to do is choose the “American Indian or Alaska Native” race box on the census form and make sure “Person 1” is a Native person in order to count your household as a Native household.

Additionally, there is no question about United States citizenship on the census.

Two-spirit, gender queer, and non-binary relatives might find the form limiting. Activists recommend they choose one of the sex options listed, male or female, in order to be counted. That choice does not have to match with how people answer questions elsewhere.

Residents are asked to count all immediate family members, including those who might not be counted elsewhere.

In addition to funding, the census also determines how many representatives each state has in the United States Congress.

“We only get this chance to be counted once a decade,” Biasca said. “It’s critical that we stand up and say we’re still here. We matter. No one else can say it for us.”

Additional information can be found at


More Useful Information
COVID-19 and Census Social Graphics

How to Count as Native

Native Communities Know Your Rights Flyer

Natives Count Census Video

You still have time to respond. It only takes a few minutes to help our Tribal membership be counted!

Respond to the Census

Alaina Capoeman (Quinault)
2020 Census Tribal Partnership Specialist WA Lead Los Angeles Regional Office,
U.S. Census Bureau
Cell: 360.862.3108 Connect with us on Social Media

Here are some links you can go to for artist grant opportunities to aid with loss of work due to Covid-19

Salish Sea love letter (and a call to action)

A new book, “We Are Puget Sound | Discovering & Recovering the Salish Sea,” provides a roadmap to recovering the health of these waters off the coast of inland Washington state and British Columbia, with inspirational stories of what individuals are doing – and essays and photographs that remind the reader of what’s at stake. “Through exploitation and innocent neglect, we have made a mess, and together we have to clean it up,” Suquamish Tribe Chairman Leonard Forsman and People for Puget Sound director Mindy Roberts wrote in a chapter of the book.

“We Are Puget Sound | Discovering & Recovering the Salish Sea,” was published on Oct. 1, 2019 by Braided River, an imprint of Mountaineers Books, in partnership with the Washington Environmental Council. (The companion website is located at

Article in Indian Country Today

Have you seen this yet?

Washington Tribes

Statewide Community Resources Help Information

Squaxin Island Sea Level Rise

Come check out the sea level rise video on this site. You will be amazed to see Squaxin Island may become Squaxin Island(s) by 2200 if we don’t stop climate change now.  Look under the Squaxin SLR tab.  But there is also tons of other great information here!

Candace Penn presenting to the City of Olympia

Native American Heritage Month, Department of Corrections
Near the end tribal member Jay Powell shares some insight

Andrea-Wilbur Sigo, Celebrated Squaxin Carver, Tells Stories Through Wood, Stone and Shell

WA Assistance programs

How to get state assistance in WA

Shelton Assistance Programs

Visit for more information.

Please contact Lisa Peters at (360) 432-3871 for help with applications.

Squaxin Photos

Tulalip Tribes on Missing Indigenous Women
🎶 Every day and every night
I pray, pray for you
I love and miss you
Sister, come home 🎶

Our Outdoor Preschool in U.S. News and World Report

‘We Are Puget Sound’: Sally Brownfield / The People of the Water
Seattle Times, Pacific Northwest Magazine

Oregon State University Master in Natural Resources

Tribal Business Owners: Island Enterprises, Inc. is updating their list of businesses for potential future projects. If you own a business would you please send your Business Name, Type of Business, and Contact Information to Kristen Davis .

Squaxin Protocol at Lummi

First Peoples Fund One-Year Artist Fellowships

Q & A With Lois Boome by Puyallup Tribal News
* Lois is the daughter of Darlene Krise

New Friends Helping Friends Facebook page for Squaxin Island and Skokomish Tribes

The communities of Squaxin and Skokomish have some of the most caring, generous people around.

The purpose of this page is for us to help each other with the little things in life.

If you have something you no longer need, see if someone needs it.

Need something? Ask.

Need to borrow something? Ask.

Need advice, directions, recipes? Ask.

Car in the shop, need a ride to work? Ask.

Need a last minute babysitter? Ask.

Decorations for a party? Ask.

Cup of sugar, lawn mowing, milk from the store, extra chairs for a party, ride to the doctor? Ask

Kid too old for toys and clothes? Don’t throw them out, someone can use them.

Maybe you just want someone to go to the movies with. Ask.

Please invite others to join.

Facebook page

Ecology, Squaxin Island Tribe secure more than $1.5 million in conservation grants

A new video on Dale Croes and Ed Carriere’s work that features the Squaxin Island displays in the Suquamish Museum has just come out.

New (5-6-19) Woodlanders Video:

New laws move up Washington’s presidential primary and improve voting access for tribes

Corinna English, Quinault Tribal Member and daughter of Bonnie Sanchez

Facebook Island Tribes Child Care Development Center Takes Preschool Outside

Adam Beach Film Institute, Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development

Teachings of the Tree People: The Work of Bruce Miller

Legal community education survey

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.

Mason County Lip Sync Challenge – There is a glimpse of Alex Ehler : ).

Have you seen this?

Washington State Tribes

The Trust for Public Lands
In the Puget Sound, welcoming the return of the salmon

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.

Water Quality Report

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! : )

Kimberly James Finds her Roots in Raging Nature

Thank you, David Lopeman

So many years of service as Squaxin Island Tribal Chairman!

David Lopeman – Seattle Times


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)