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The Kamilche Pharmacy needs your support!

The Kamilche Pharmacy is converting to a new computer system

We are working hard to get this system in place and have the pharmacy staff learn the new procedures for the new system.

We are asking for your patience in this new conversion.

1. REFILLS – Please call/allow 24 to 48 hours before you come to pick up your refill.

2. Please provide the pharmacy staff a list of All medication you are requesting.

Thank you for your patience with our staff. It takes time to add all the information into the new system and also for the staff to learn a new way of doing business.

We appreciate your assistance in this matter.

Thank you!
Connie Whitener, Health Director

Your Voice Matters! Policy Council Opportunity

What is Policy Council?
Policy Council is an opportunity for parents and community members of Squaxin Island Child development Center to become part of the decision-making. Policy Council gives parents an opportunity to have a voice and learn about program leadership.

Policy Council votes on:
Program recruitment, selection and enrollment priorities
Bylaws for the operation of policy council
Program personnel policies
Much, much more!

Policy Council is responsible for the direction of the program including:
Program design and operation
Long- and short-term planning goal/objectives

We are currently seeking four more members to add to our Policy Council team! If you are interested please Contact Vicki Harding at and Sabrina Green at

YouTube link –

2020 Guiding Good Choices Information and Times

Lost Kitty

My kitten, Duma, is missing from my home. As of approximately 10/29/20.

Her brother, Puma, misses her terribly. As do I! The two have been together since birth.

Please help bring Duma home!

She is very much loved and terribly missed!
Please call Kimi James
(253) 318-6102

Now Accepting Housing Improvement Program (HIP) Applications

The Housing Improvement Program is a home repair, renovation, replacement, and housing grant program administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and federally-recognized Indian Tribes for American Indians and Alaska Native individuals and families who have no immediate resource for standard housing.


  • 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 have not previously received HIP assistance
  • You did not acquire your present housing through participation of a Federal Government sponsored housing program within the last 20 years

The application process is often difficult, but staff is available to assist. Applicants must have exhausted all other resources for housing assistance. The Squaxin Island Tribe – Office of Housing will accept the applications through December 15, 2020 and forward them to the BIA, who will make the final determination.

If you have any questions about the HIP program or would like assistance with completing an application, please contact Lisa Peters at (360) 432-3871.


Free Assistance: Two Rivers CDC provides technical assistance to Native owned businesses. This includes business plan development, marketing and sales, certification, and more. Contact: or 425-283-2512

Two Rivers Community Development Corporation is a non-profit organization. This program is partially funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Two Rivers Community Development Corporation is hosting a series of free webinars to provide information which may help you.

Nov 17 10:00 a.m.: What are the Competitive Advantages of Certifications?

Nov 18 10:00 a.m.: How to Adapt Marketing Techniques to the New Normal

Nov 19 10:00 a.m.: How to Improve Your Relationship With Your Financials

For more information or to register visit or contact us at:

Two Rivers Community Development Corporation is a non-profit organization. This program is partially funded through a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration.


Join Salish Sea MoBros! Grow a Mo, Move, and bring awareness to men’s health issues and/or donate to the cause.

It’s Moustache Growing Season Movember 1st- Movember 30th!

Hey Squaxin Family,

Globally, one man takes his own life every minute, of every day. One in nine U.S. men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed caner in young men in the U.S. This Movember, the Salish Sea Mobros team members are growing moustaches and/or doing a movement challenge to bring awareness to men’s health Issues. You to can join us to bring awareness or donate to the cause.

Making a commitment to growing a fresh moustache (sometimes awkward looking) and moving every day is going to be tough. But your participation as a team member or by offering a donation will help keep us going.

Not only that, but it will help fund ground-breaking projects in mental health, suicide prevention, cancer research and education outreach for early cancer detection. Like Making Connections – a Movember-funded initiative that puts mental health help into the hands of at-risk groups – such as men of color, military members, veterans, and their families. It’s projects like these that can help us reduce the 3 out of 4 suicides that are men.

Donating is easy. Just follow the link to our Salish Sea Mobros Team space below. Once you’re there, you’ll also be able to track our group and individual team members spaces.


Donations Link:

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Hello Everyone – Just to add to what Joe has already confirmed:
It is Movember time once again!
We welcome additional members of our fundraising team. Contact Joe.
You can contribute any amount directly through the web link connections.
Some of us are also adding a new challenge this year (besides the facial hair). We are participating in a movement challenge – in my case, I am committing to 60 miles over the month of November. My dog Archie will be joining me for most of it. So, you can urge us on by donating on a mileage basis and keep track of our progress. A dollar a mile, a quarter a mile, any amount will work. Let us know you are behind us!
Jeff Dickison

Cash Grants for Up to $1,000 for Current and Former Foster Youth

Current and Former Foster Youth are disproportionally being affected by COVID-19. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, is giving away $1 Billion in response to the pandemic. So far he has given away $236 million. Think of Us is a small nonprofit and does not typically provide this type of support.

What is this and what can a current or former foster youth possibly get?

  • This is an application for an opportunity to apply for a one-time micro cash grant of up to $1000 and an email with resources related to your needs.

What will happen when this fund runs out of money?

  • We Will Go Above and Beyond – We will share the needs of applicants with additional donors, advocates and other stakeholders who we think can take action to solve your needs. We won’t share any of the youth’s personal information. If there are resources that they can provide, we will circle right back to you.

How does this work?

  • Eligibility: Current and former foster youth 14 through 29 who have spent at least one day in foster care after their 14th birthday are eligible to apply for up to $1,000
  • Cash Use: This grant is super flexible. We believe that youth know best what they need.
  • Getting the Funds: The funds will be delivered via western union, venmo, cashapp, zelle or what what might work best for the youth.
  • Deadline and Award: November 18, 2020 is the deadline to apply. Cash Grant will be awarded by December 1st, 2020.

Apply Here

Do you know someone who has made a significant contribution to Shelton? Nominate them for the Hall of Fame!

Contact number corrected below

Calling all Youth
Your participation is needed to complete the public art mural Creative Talks “We Matter.” With fall among us, and as we spend more time inside practicing safe social distancing, use this as an opportunity to get creative in your space. Invite an elder, parent, or other sibling in your home or make it a family project. You don’t need to have artistic talent to be part of the mural project.

The art mural is a fun way to get creative, combat boredom, and be a part of a lasting piece of artwork.

The final display will be located at the Squaxin Island Community Kitchen. It will consist of 28 12”x12” canvases – painted with acrylic paints – 4’ feet by 7’ feet in size. All craft supplies will be provided. Call today to schedule a pickup or porch drop off.

Participants will receive a gift upon completion.

Stay home and stay safe.

Jennifer Johns, Suicide Awareness Coordinator
Squaxin Island Behavioral Health Outpatient
(360) 426-1582 ext. 3613

Just a Couple Opportunities to Share

RFQ_ Inspire WA Membership Consultant

Virtual Native American College Day 2020

It will soon be time for Energy Assistance Applications Through SPIPA

Anyone over 18 must present a Social Security card.

How to Replace a Missing Social Security Card Online

If you need to replace your lost or misplaced Social Security card, there is an online application that makes getting a replacement card easier than ever. Requesting a card replacement online is available if you live in the District of Columbia or one of the 45 states that can verify state ID information. If you’re only requesting a replacement card and you’re making no changes, you may be able to use the free online service.

All you need to do is create a personal my Social Security account at and meet certain requirements. Opening a personal my Social Security account is easy, convenient, and secure. Your information is protected by using strict identity verification and security features. Once you have a personal account, simply follow the instructions to request a replacement Social Security card.

You can apply for a replacement card online, if you meet all of the following requirements:

Are a U. S. citizen age 18 or older with a U.S. mailing address (this includes APO, FPO, and DPO addresses).

Are not requesting any changes to your card (including a name change).

Have a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification card.

But if you do need a replacement card, please visit the website at to find out if you can take advantage of this convenient online service.


Eld Inlet with Ralph Munro

Watch this great video by Ralph Munro

Don’t miss this Native Wellness Power Hour with our own Will Penn

Grants for Native Artists

Greetings; The Evergreen Longhouse is offering grants to individual Native artists for 2020 under the Native Creative Development Program.

The Native Creative Development Program awarded by the Evergreen Longhouse helps Native artists purchase the resources they need for individual artistic development.

As artists, YOU decide what you need.

Artists working in all forms of visual arts may apply. Literary, performance, and media arts will also be considered.

Native is defined as American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian. Documentation of ancestry is required.

Awards are offered up to $5,000 and typically are at least $2,500. The awards go to creative Natives who are just starting out, mid-career, and master level.

The applications can be found at

NCDP Grant Application 2020

COVID 19 web page

Treaty Fisher Unemployment

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

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)