Welcome Tribal Family!
The following is feedback solicited from the Squaxin Island tribal community with responses provided by tribal leadership. Some people have requested to remain anonymous, while others have provided their names. If you wish to make comments to any of these discussions or bring up something new, please fill out the form as well. Thank you for your participation!
I will leave a general concern.
I was told we offer programs now. Never communicate details of programs etc. But just statements made to others.
I check for clarification. Unsuccessful finding any information and the website is plain.
Also, I was given a business card. Listed a name and job title. Etc. That does not match website. So I’m unclear what position this person is in.
While reading emails. Could maybe benefit from some education on how to write emails. How to properly use sentences. Along with a format to emails along with writing.
And this is meionted, not be rude in any way. But I find it very odd. That a person in many social service position lack this knowledge.
I have read, that employees of the tribe. Are professional or hold a professional position.
In closing, I would not bring this up. But when communication involves another individual. Along with outside agency’s. And no way of a insult. As life is all about learning. To get & obtain new knowledge.
– Anonymous (2/9/21)
The well-being of one member of the community effects the community as a whole, a group, and the community is only as strong as its weakest link or links. Squaxin needs recovery housing with wrap-around services, housing, case management, treatment, mental health, voc rehab, medical, peer support, and employment assistance all wrapped around the individuals. Of course not all this is feasibly implemented at start, but we could start with clean and sober housing, case management, mental health, and SUD services and build from there.
– Anonymous (2/9/21)
Well for one….our beaches should be loaded and have leased beaches. Can’t get limit. Not counting extra bag for barge and price lowered on leased beach… I’m a pretty good digger. I shouldn’t have to struggle getting my limit with my health problems… anyway long over due FOR ONE BIG LUMP SUM N MONTHLY.. ……PEOPLE KNOW HOW OUR RESOURCES ARE DOING…LOL N THEY KNOW WE DON’T GET MUCH ………….IF I HAD IT MY WAY… I’D SEPARATE KAMILCHE FROM SQUAXIN.
– Stella Yocash (2/3/21)
Single occupancy restrooms at all tribal businesses and tribal government buildings being designated as gender neutral and provided with the amenities needed by anything would be a positive change.
– Anonymous (2/2/21)
I believe the Tribe should be more self-sufficient. We could have our own DMV, our own bank, and our own post office which would create more jobs.
How about a fast food franchise? We could create more jobs.
How about a bowling alley?
What about building homes on the golf course or the waterfront?
How about having a centralized purchasing office to use our buying power for all businesses of the Tribe?
How about a centralized HR office for all entities? Oftentimes people don’t know where to go for applications for certain tribal businesses. If it was all in one building, then HR would be able to help each other and members, applicants, and such to be more efficient.
– Katrina Parker (2/1/2021)
It would be really great for tribal members and their families to have easy access to the island, especially in the summer.
Could grant writers seek funding for a barge and a boat captain that could transport tribal members and their families to and from the island on a set schedule from April – October, perhaps, and running back and forth hourly from the Collier House at least on the weekends?
Maybe a hiking/biking path around the island and a few picnic tables? Maybe even a camping area.
There are many tribal members who do not own boats, and even for those who do, it can be a bit of a hassle to get the boat out in the water and then have to thoroughly rinse the salt water off after use.
If the island is being used by tribal members, these people might also serve inadvertently as security/protectors of the island.
There would probably also be a need for restrooms or porta potties, trash cans, and trash pickups on a regular basis.
But how nice would that be, especially for Elders, to be able to easily go out and spend a few hours on the island in the summer!
There may be some Squaxin Island Tribal members who have never been to Squaxin Island.
These enhancements might also serve well for future Canoe Journey hostings.
– Anonymous (2/1/21)
Hello my name is Nathaniel Bisson, I’m a twenty-six year-old Squaxin Tribal member, a single father, a seasonal commercial geoduck harvester, and for the past 6 months, I’ve been a full time employee at Little Creek Casino Resort.
After graduating college with a Bachelor’s Degree in Tribal Governance and Business Management in 2018, I felt compelled to come back to my reservation and begin my career with my Tribe.
Over the past couple months though, a few concerns have been raised.
First, Tribal Council has established a program at LCCR which provides a guided path that ensures Squaxin Tribal Members have an opportunity to grow and develop. This program is called the Squaxin Island Apprenticeship program.
In order to qualify for this program, a Squaxin Tribal member must be past the probationary period (90 days) and in good standing with their department. So, after my 90 day mark, I requested to be put into the apprenticeship program, but I was DENIED. The explanation I was given for the denial was because I “already graduated college.”
I attempted to point out that there are a few positions that should be filled at all times and that the SIT Apprenticeship Program should be ON-going, but again I was told I couldn’t participate.
1) Squaxin Island Apprenticeship Program:
Vision Statement – “To identify a positive, customized, and ON-GOING development plan for individual Squaxin Island Tribal Members interested in pursuing a successful leadership position in THEIR desired career path.”
2) HR Squaxin Island Tribal Member Recruiting Specialist:
Position to be staffed exclusively by a Squaxin Island Tribal member who has a perceptive and in-depth understanding of Tribal Community. Gathers knowledge of skill levels and experience of individuals to establish required guidelines for employment opportunities and / or promotion to management positions.
Of course this came as a huge surprise to me. The whole purpose of me spending five years and $40.000.00 dollars on my college education was so that I could come back to my Tribe and obtain a good career. Thus far, two and a half years later, I am being denied my right to move up to management experience, even with a management degree.
In my department, Human Resources, there is a SIT apprenticeship that has yet to be filled and they are not allowing me to fill it because I’ve graduated college. I’m being denied management level training and experience because I chose to invest in my education early. No one in my department went to college and no one is guiding me or ensuring that I have an opportunity to grow and develop.
At this point, there are no Squaxin Tribal members guiding me or helping me develop my professional career and it’s concerning to say the least. How is it that I am a Squaxin college graduate, at a Squaxin Island business, receiving less opportunities, less experience, and less pay than non-Squaxin employees. It doesn’t make sense.
We need more Squaxin Tribal members in executive and management positions, which is why the Tribal Council established the apprenticeship program. The problem is, there is no Squaxin Tribal member enforcing this program in the HR Department.
Could you please help explain why this is?
– Nathaniel Bisson (2/1/21)
I would really like the option of using the pool and workout facilities. We don’t live on the reservation, but we are Squaxin and feel very left out.
– Rickie Rammage (1/30/21)
My interest or concern is about blood quantum and when the decision to lower it will be.
– Anonymous (1/30/21)
Why can’t members receive help from the Tribe if they don’t live within the 50 mile mark? Also, what’s going on with housing for tribal members? My daughter has been trying to get a place to live for years. Children should be able to receive help no matter where they live. My son doesn’t get any benefits from Tribe.
– Angel Sen (1/29/21)
1. Why aren’t the Tribal Council meeting minutes posted in a timely manner on the tribe’s website (tribal member portal)? I think it’s great that we have the option to “zoom” in. However, for those of us who can’t, it would be nice to have the minutes updated regularly and promptly after each meeting has occurred.
2. It concerns me that we have Tribal Members who are announcing their candidacy for Tribal Council Treasurer, and yet they have no background in business or fiscal, etc. Will they even know what they are looking at if they are voted in? There should be requirements for some, if not all positions on Tribal Council. A degree would be a plus, but I think that even requirements/credentials earned through past or current employment experience, relevant to making business decisions. Making informed decisions on behalf of the Tribe is an important responsibility, and our council members should be educated whether through further education or work experience.
3. More frequent and detailed information regarding where we are at with vaccinations. The information on the Daily Scoop states that the clinic is reaching out to those 55+, and it has been that way for quite some time now. When is the next phase? It seems like we are moving very slowly. I could be wrong. I don’t know because there has been no communication to us to tell us otherwise. And why are we waiting to reach out to people? We should be putting out information more frequently (emails, home mailers, Facebook, etc.) so that those who want the vaccine know to call and get scheduled themselves (not wait for the clinic to call you), and if those age groups aren’t calling in to get scheduled, then open it up to more age groups, and let those who want vaccinated be vaccinated. People need to be proactive themselves, and not wait for a call.
– Anonymous (1/29/21)
I would like to place my bid for the IEI landscaping contract. My business is licensed, bonded, and insured. I am Squaxin and have lived here on the rez for 30 years. Please let me know if there is anyone available that can help me reach this goal of mine. I would also like to place my bid yearly on landscaping contracts through Housing and the Tribe. Please let me know if there is anyone available to assist me. The yearly contract through Housing was not opened up for me to place my bid this current season (2021).
– Kristin Penn (1/29/21)
Who would I talk to if I wanted to start a swim team or a chess club?
– Anonymous (1/29/21)