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December 2013

Port Gamble S'Klallam: County hearing on Port Gamble's proposed dock Jan. 9 - A public hearing on Port Gamble's proposed dock is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 9 at Kitsap County offices in Port Orchard. Environment-related documents which evaluate the project are available for review at the Department of Community Development. The county is accepting public comment on the project until the date of the hearing.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Residents to learn about Port Gamble dock - The Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe has asked that the project be delayed until cleanup of the bay is complete. Pope Resources has agreed to a $19 million cleanup plan. The work could take years.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: New ranking system planned for Hood Canal projects - Hood Canal Coordinating Council is taking a timeout from its habitat-restoration program. The goal is to develop a new method of determining which local restoration projects should receive state and federal dollars.

October 2013

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Tribe receives $1M in federal grant - The Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe received more than $1 million in federal money to help its public safety and justice systems programs, the Department of Justice announced.

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Peyton Watland wins 2013 SíKlallam Days Talent Show - Peyton Watland, 10, a Port Gamble SíKlallam tribal member, won the 2013 SíKlallam Days Talent Show, Sept. 14 in the longhouse in Little Boston. Peyton, a fourth-grader at Pearson Elementary School, more than impressed the judges with her performance of ďThe Great Escape,Ē by Pink.

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Rising sea level threatens tribe - Climate change is bringing unwelcome change to coastal communities around the globe. Locally, projections are that the Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe ó with about 1,250 enrolled members, a 1,300-acre reservation on the Kitsap Peninsula, and 2.5 miles of shoreline ó will lose Point Julia, an area of substantial cultural importance, to sea level rise.

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Funding still in flux for coalition's land conservation goals - To a lot of conservation-minded folks around North Kitsap, the DOE might be regarded as Disappointment of Everyone. The state Department of Ecology recently announced how it plans to allocate the remaining $5 million of a legislative appropriation that originally was intended to purchase a critical shoreline area of Port Gamble Bay.

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Tradition cannot and will not be silenced - The Return of the Salmon ceremony celebrates the seasonís first salmon catch. Every Tribe has its own take on the details, but the purpose is the same: to welcome the salmon back and thank them for all they provide for a Tribeís people. If salmon are treated as welcome and revered guests, it is said that the seasonís catch will be bountiful and the fish will return in abundance the following year.

August 2013

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Introducing 'the Class of 2026' - Each student received a gift bag, a reading book, a certificate suitable for framing, and clear direction for their future. They are only 5 years old, but the Head Start graduates were introduced by their teacher Kyle Carpenter as their future high schoolsí Class of 2026.

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Heronswood will hold season's second Garden Open & Plant Sale - Heronswood, the world-renowned botanical garden in Kingston, will host another opportunity for plant lovers to visit the gardens during the second Garden Open & Plant Sale of 2013 on July 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The first garden open tour and plant sale event in May drew over 2,000 people to Heronswood, which is owned by the Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe.

Port Gamble SíKlallam: PGST Foundation: Helping to foster understanding | Noo-Kayet, Our Village - Over the past decade, there have been a lot of milestones for the Port Gamble SíKlallam. We built the first Longhouse on our Tribeís land in more than a century. We began to take steps to resurrect our ancestral language. We published our Tribeís first history book.

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Kitsap Forest & Bay: Cause to celebrate | Noo-Kayet, Our Village - On July 20, canoes taking part in the annual Canoe Journey will land on the beach at Point Julia. A landing site since our Tribe began participating in 1989, Point Julia represents the point in the journey where the Olympic Peninsula, Alaskan and Canadian tribes meet up with tribes from the south side of the Puget Sound.

June 2013

Port Gamble S'Klallam-Suquamish: Forterra signs purchase agreement for Port Gamble shoreline block - Forterra and Pope Resources signed a purchase and sale agreement Wednesday for 535 acres of forestland and 1.5 miles of shoreline along Port Gamble Bay and State Route 104.

Port Gamble SíKlallam-Suquamish: Deal signed for first purchase of Pope Resources land near Port Gamble - Forterra and Pope Resources have signed a purchase and sale agreement to protect 535 acres of forestland and 1.5 miles of shoreline along Port Gamble Bay, south of the former Pope & Talbot sawmill site.

May 2013

Jamestown SíKlallam-Port Gamble SíKlallam: SíKlallam art in New Orleans spotlight - Local Native artists will tell their ancestral stories through words and artwork at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, beginning April 26. Jimmy Price, a Port Gamble SíKlallam artist, and Elaine Grinnell, an elder from Jamestown SíKlallam, are in the Big Easy for the two-week festival. The New Orleans Times-Picayune calls the festival the cityís ďpremier craft show.Ē

Port Gamble SíKlallam: SíKlallam history presented Saturday - The Poulsbo Historical Society hosts ďA Historical Overview of The Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe,Ē Saturday, May 4, in the Poulsbo City Hall Council Chambers. This overview will be presented by Ron Charles, former chairman of the Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Epic Superhero Art in a Traditional Native American Style - Jeffrey Veregge is a designer and artist who studied traditional coastal Salish art after growing up on a reservation in the American pacific northwest. Vergegge's main inspirations are geeky pop culture combined with the culture he grew up with.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Baseball: More than a pastime - Last month ďThe Strong People: A History of the Port Gamble SíKlallam TribeĒ was released. This book is a collection of historical accounts and personal stories written by elders and members of the Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe. One topic in particular surprises readers: the SíKlallam connection to baseball.

Port Gamble SíKlallam: New ed center for SíKlallamís Ďfuture leadersí - The newest building on the Port Gamble SíKlallam reservation is a window into the future. It houses the Tribeís early education program ó Head Start, Early Head Start and child care ó and highlights what and how children of the 21st century learn.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: ĎPort Gamble Predicamentí inches toward resolution - Last winter, I reported on the tangle of cultural and conservation challenges surrounding western Washingtonís Port Gamble Bay, documenting how the Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe is in the final stages of a 160-year-long faceoff with Pope Resources. Now, it appears the conservation effort is advancing.

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Pro Skater Ryan Sheckler's 'Skate for a Cause: Port Gamble S'Klallam' Is On - The event is happening May 4 at the Etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest in Lake Forest, California, and will benefit the Sheckler Foundation's "Be the Change" program that is building a skatepark on the Port Gamble S'klallam Reservation on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington state.

April 2013

Port Gamble SíKlallam: New preschool finishes complex project for S'Klallam Tribe - In mid-February, 3- to 4-year-old students and staff from the tribeís Early Childhood Education Head Start program moved from temporary classrooms to a new $1.3 million, 5,100-square-foot education building.

Port Gamble SíKlallam-Suquamish: North Kitsap Forest and Bay: Confidence high as option date nears - After a year and a half of earnest fundraising, and several years of plans and proposals, the paperwork phase of preserving thousands of acres in Port Gamble is coming to an end. The option agreement between Forterra, representing the Kitsap Forest and Bay Coalition, and Pope Resources officially ends March 28, but parties on both sides are confident a deal is near.

March 2013

Port Gamble SíKlallam: And the clock ticks: Carrot offered, but Rose still not optimistic about new dock at P.G. - The clock continued to tick Thursday toward a deadline for Pope Resources to agree to a final cleanup plan with the state Department of Ecology.

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Exciting times for Port Gamble SíKlallam -- Noo-Kayet, Our Village - Later this month, the option agreement on Pope Resourcesí land central to the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project expires. Good progress has been made toward conserving at least a portion of almost 7,000 acres in North Kitsap and two miles of Port Gamble Bay shoreline. The Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe has been a principal partner in this effort since it began in 2011.

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Tribe hosts financial fair - The financial fair will offer free tax preparation (for household incomes of less than $52,000) and basic financial and tax advice. In addition, experts will offer advice and services related to consumer rights, credit counseling, earned income credit, financial aid, HUD loans, starting your own business. and protecting yourself from identity theft.

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Sullivan defends SíKlallamís history at Port Gamble - Disagreement between Port Gamble SíKlallam and Suquamish over history of the region.

February 2013

Port Gamble S'Klallam-Suquamish: Kitsap's natural side a draw for couples planning to marry - Heronswood in Kingston, a world famous botanical garden now owned by the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, will begin booking weddings in March. White Horse Golf Course, operated as part of the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort, will host a wedding open house March 13.

January 2013

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Skate park part of S'Klallam teens' efforts to build more rec sites - A 5,000- to 7,000-square-foot skate park proposed on the Port Gamble S'Klallam Reservation is part of a larger vision established by tribal youth to build more recreation sites for the tribe's teen members.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: First Klallam language dictionary revives ancient Native American tongue - The next time someone tries to figure out the unfamiliar alphabet and language of a sign printed in Klallam, such as the arched entrance to the Peninsula College Longhouse in Port Angeles, they can look it up in a dictionary. A 1,008-page bound dictionary has put the language of the original North Olympic Peninsula people into print.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Federal funding cuts discussed at tribal conference - This yearís White House Tribal Nations Conference, Dec. 5, was a first for Joe Price, who represented the Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe. In fact, if not for Price, Port Gamble SíKlallam wouldnít have had a representative this year.

December 2012

Jamestown SíKlallam-Lower Elwha Klallam-Port Gamble SíKlallam: Klallam people celebrate new dictionary - The hefty, 983-page book is important for the current generation, Laura Price told the crowd gathered Wednesday in the Port Gamble SíKlallam longhouse. The new Klallam Dictionary ó celebrated at the gathering of Klallam people from Elwha, Jamestown and Port Gamble ó holds the future of the language. And it holds a lot of history.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Tribe explains weekend spill into Port Gamble Bay - A malfunctioning pump at the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe's sewage treatment plant that caused a roughly 30,000-gallon sewage spill went unnoticed over much of the weekend, Eugene Purser, the tribe's public works director said Tuesday.

Port Gamble SíKlallam-Suquamish: Marian Dean Sparks and Anthony Adams Sr. - A service was scheduled Dec. 1, noon, in the Port Gamble SíKlallam Gym for Marian Dean Sparks and Anthony Ambrose Adams Sr., who died in a two-car crash on Highway 104 near Balmoral Place NE.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Can two men save thousands of acres of Kitsap Peninsula forest? - Port Gamble and its surrounding forests have been logging territory for more than a century. Owner Pope Resources is willing to strike a deal with local tribes that would conserve thousands of acres of forestland. If the two sides can agree on terms.

Port Gamble SíKlallam-Suquamish: Forsman, Price will participate in White House Tribal Nations Conference - Joseph Price of the Port Gamble SíKlallam Youth Services Department and Suquamish Tribe Chairman Leonard Forsman will participate in the fourth annual White House Tribal Nations Conference. The conference is Dec. 5, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Interior Departmentís Sidney R. Yates Auditorium. A representative from each of the 566 federally recognized Tribes in the U.S. is expected to attend.

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Three killed in head-on crash - Three people ó including a couple known for fostering children and helping people overcome addictions ó died Nov. 14 in a two-car head-on collision on Highway 104 near Balmoral Place NE in Kingston. At Little Boston, the Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe was helping people grieve from the loss of two well-known community members. Sparks, Port Gamble SíKlallam, and Adams, Suquamish, were a huge support to friends and family, according to Kelly Sullivan, the Tribeís executive director of tribal services. ďThey took in foster kids and supported people who didnít have any place to go,Ē she said.

November 2012

Port Gamble: Tribe reviews alternatives, makes plans to apply for cleanup funds - The Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe held a project update and public information event Oct. 18 in the Reservation Longhouse on Little Boston Road. Tribal Chairman Jeromy Sullivan opened the event with a rich history of tribal activities in the region over the past thousands of years.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Federal Charges For Two Former Tribal Employees In Alleged Check-Writing Free-for-All - Federal prosecutors have charged two women formerly employed by the Port Gamble S'Klallam Indian Tribe's Health Services Department with embezzlement, alleging that between them they made off with thousands of dollars in forged and unauthorized checks.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Employees charged with embezzling money from tribe - Danette C. Ives and Christina L. Moff are both charged with embezzlement from an Indian tribal organization. They made their first appearance in U.S. District Court on Friday; neither are being held at the federal detention center in SeaTac, according to U.S. attorney's office spokeswoman Emily Langlie.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Tribe's shoreline plan upsets bay neighbors - Two parties are at odds over the future of the former Pope Resources mill site: owners of Olympic Property Group say their plan to redevelop the site will restore ecological function decimated in the 150-year history of the wood mill, and stimulate the tourism industry; the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe says the site is an ancestral village of important cultural significance, and development will undo the work of the Port Gamble Bay clean up, decreasing access to fishing and shellfish harvesting areas.

October 2012

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Tribe applying for cleanup grant, asking public comment - The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe is asking for public input and is providing information about the Brownsfields assessment and Point Julia cleanup plans Oct. 18, 6-8 p.m. at the Port Gamble Longhouse, 31912 Little Boston Road, Little Boston. "It is very important to have public involvement in these grants," said Destiny Wellman, data specialist with the Tribe, in a news release. "What we are working on will affect the entire community, so it is important to have your say in the matter." The Tribe is applying for cleanup grants through the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Indian tribe buys famed rare plant garden, ancestral land - Heronswood's new owners plan to preserve the Washington state property, which has been closed since 2006 when then-owner Burpee had financial problems.

September 2012

Port Gamble SíKlallam: SíKlallam pole honors education advocate - Geneva Ives was the first Port Gamble SíKlallam person to graduate from a public high school. But that was only the start of her journey as an advocate for education. Even as the mother of seven children, she worked to raise her family and assist any SíKlallam child who wanted to attend school. A 16-foot memorial pole, carved by her son Joe and three apprentices, will be raised today at noon to honor Ives. Geneva Vivian Ives passed away Feb. 3, 2009 at the age of 85. - See also: 'She was an inspiration to a lot of people'

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Heronswood is a Ďnatural fití for tribe - The Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe recently made a very exciting acquisition: Heronswood, the world-famous botanical garden and nursery in Kingston. Heronswood is actually a natural fit for the Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe. Our culture teaches a connection to the land and our families have worked with the soil and sea for generations. Opportunities abound: a wedding pavilion, an on-site nursery, incorporation of Tribal art throughout the gardens, a corporate retreat center, classes on plants traditionally used by Tribal ancestors ó all of these ideas and more are currently being discussed.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Port Gamble man seriously hurt in crash - A 22-year-old Port Gamble S'Klallam tribal member was seriously hurt in a crash early Sunday on NE Little Boston Road, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office. Deputies believe the truck was traveling too fast and the driver might have been intoxicated.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: An oyster and you: Partners for a healthier bay - The Olympia oyster, once abundant, has survived 150 years of overharvesting, pollution and introduction of invasive species. Itís emerged as a symbol of what the future could hold for Port Gamble Bay. The fund and the Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe are working together to boost the Olympia oyster population in the bay.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Construction begins on S'Klallam early childhood education center - A new 5,100-square-foot preschool will soon rise. Project architect Roy Hellwig of Sequim is enthusiastic. The design is modern with historic elements: Siding that recalls the plank siding of longhouses, a living roof with native plants. When it rains, water will flow from the roof to streamed in an open courtyard. The design reflects the SíKlallam peopleís connection with their environment, Hellwig said.

July 2012

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Jackie Ann Reynolds (Bohlman) | Passages - Jackie Ann Reynolds (Bohlman), born Nov. 5, 1969, passed July 16, 2012. She was a member of the Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe. She was one of two children born to Larry Bohlman and the late Carmelita Faye Ives. Family and friends are invited to attend a service July 23, 1 p.m. at the Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribal Center, 31912 Little Boston Road NE, Kingston. Viewing at noon.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Cultural celebration moves on to Suquamish | 2012 Canoe Journey day one - Twenty-seven canoes arrived at Point Julia, on the Port Gamble S'Klallam reservation, Friday during the 2012 Canoe Journey/Paddle to Squaxin. After a dinner of clams, crab and deer and elk stews, representatives of several indigenous nations shared songs, dances and honoring in the S'Klallam longhouse. The canoes continue on to Suquamish on Saturday, then head south for other stops en route to the territory of the Squaxin Island Tribe, July 29 to Aug. 5. Canoe Journey events are open to the public. Hereís the schedule. Times are approximate.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Sharing the 'legacies of our ancestors so we can stand proud' | 2012 Canoe Journey - The song arrived first, carried over the water, as Joe Waterhouse watched for the first canoes to come in against the tide and wind Friday at Point Julia on the Port Gamble S'Klallam reservation. The Canoe Journey has brought history around full circle for the 81-year-old military retiree and Klallam historian. He grew up in Port Hadlock Ė which he knew as Tsetsibus, which means ďWhere the sun risesĒ Ė and visited the village at Point Julia in the 1930s, traveling here by canoe with a relative, Lach-ka-nim, son of Klallam leader Chetzemoka.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Paddling on a journey of healing - When Erica Hankin picked up a paddle and climbed into a canoe last summer she wasn't sure if it would help. Hankin, a 28-year-old Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe member, had been through treatment programs four times trying to kick a methamphetamine addiction that had consumed her since her teen years. She'd been in and out of jail. Friends in the tribe told her Tribal Journeys could change her life. So last summer she climbed into a S'Klallam canoe, and joined the Paddle to Swinomish. A week later, she knew her friends were right.

Port Gamble SíKlallam-Skokomish: Mitigation money will fund acquisition, restoration - The Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe has been awarded approximately $6.8 million as compensation for the planned expansion at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. The Navy and Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe signed off on a mitigation agreement May 4. The Navy reached a $9 million agreement with Port Gamble SíKlallam and Skokomish tribes. The funding will cross over the two tribes as they share the benefits of the projects.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Trust status approved for land owned by Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe - The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe on Monday announced the approval of trust status for a 390-acre parcel it has owned for nearly 8 years. The status change for the land, located south of the reservation along Hansville Highway and east of Little Boston Road, increases the tribe's current 1,300-acre reservation in North Kitsap by 30 percent.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: 'Puget Sound champions' honored during meeting - Pat Pearson of the Washington State University Extension service in Jefferson County is one of four ďPuget Sound championsĒ named by the Puget Sound Partnership. The four were honored at a ceremony during a meeting of the Hood Canal Coordinating Council at the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribal Center in Kingston.

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Advice for graduates from Chairman Jeromy Sullivan | Noo-Kayet, Our Village - As I write this, young adults from across Kitsap County are celebrating their graduations. Whether from high school or college, graduation is a time to reflect on accomplishments and prepare for the road ahead. As someone who ascended to a leadership position, Iím still getting used to young people coming to me for advice. I find myself going back to the ideals that Iíve used to drive my career and achieve my goals: Donít underestimate yourself. Stand up for what you believe in. Stay informed. Itís true ó trying and failing is better than never having tried at all. Find the happiness around you. Treat others as you want to be treated.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: A new look at an old town - The dream of reviving a small town called Port Gamble is about to move away from the drawing board and closer to reality. Tribal Chairman Jeromy Sullivan said he is curious about the latest plans. The tribe has no objection to the proposed density, as long as it conforms to existing zoning, he said. A major concern of the tribe, however, is to see the cleanup of Port Gamble Bay through to completion.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Heronswood in good hands - Just weeks after opening its renovated The Point Casino, the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe made another splash on the north end of the county by announcing it will purchase Heronswood Gardens. We think it's a positive development for property that's been up for grabs for years, and hopefully the glory days of local ownership may return to the 15 acres near Kingston.

June 2012

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Heronswood Gardens sold to Tribe - The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe has bought back some of its ancestral lands. World-renowned Heronswood Gardens estate and Heronswood Nursery business were sold for an undisclosed amount to the Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe. Noel Higa, Port Gamble S'Klallam economic development director, said the Tribe has been looking at the property for three years, and the auction "sort of forced our hand."

Port Gamble SíKlallam: These are historic times for the North End - The Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe opened a new Point Casino ó and welcomes the Marshall Tucker Band June 28 ó and is the top bidder for the Heronswood estate in Kingston. The Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe would like to acquire the mill site and return it to a natural state, with beaches and clam beds. Port Gamble SíKlallam Chairman Jeromy Sullivan envisions a park-like cultural and educational place that would complement the historic mill town.

Port Gamble S'Klallam-Suquamish: Education high priority for tribal donations - As budget-strapped classrooms search far and wide for grants to fund new and old programs, many have found funding a lot closer to home. Summer schools, all-day kindergartens, books, technology and a variety of other programs have been, in recent years, funded by dollars from the Suquamish and Port Gamble S'Klallam tribes. Much has been through Appendix X grants, which refers to a portion of the tribal and state gaming compacts, in which tribes agree to donate a portion of gaming revenue.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Whole new game for reincarnated Point Casino - The new casino features a 9,400-square-foot events center that can fit about 760 seats, an organic and locally sourced restaurant, buffet, deli, cigar lounge and lounge area that will be home to weekly shows. The casino structure is made of a hard fabric material comprised of Kevlar and Teflon.

May 2012

Port Gamble S'Klallam: The Point reemerging as entertainment venue and a showcase of SíKlallam art - It says ďcasinoĒ on the outside, but thereís a lot more to the new Point Casino on the inside. The new Point is a showcase of S'Klallam art, has an upscale restaurant and two other casual dining choices, and an event center that can seat 760. And for the first time The Point is lining up national headliners.

Port Gamble SíKlallam: OPG Ďopení to SíKlallam acquisition of old mill site - When Port Gamble SíKlallam Chairman Jeromy Sullivan looks at the old Port Gamble mill site across from Point Julia, he envisions something beautiful there. A true beach. Eelgrass growing in the water. A sandy shore teeming with clams. A smokehouse Ė a cedar-planked building in which ceremonies and gatherings are held. A dozen or more canoes arriving during the annual Canoe Journey. A park-like place, where people can learn about indigenous history, native plants and their uses, how people lived here before contact.

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Bay project forages for funds - The Kitsap Forest & Bay Project is a community effort to conserve nearly 7,000 acres of forest and 1.8 miles of shoreline in North Kitsap. The landowner, Pope Resources, reached an agreement with environmental organizations and Kitsap County to find funding to buy the land, preserving as open space for generations to come. The money from the Legislature is tied up until a cleanup agreement is signed between Pope Resources, the state and the Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe.

April 2012

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Artists contribute to new Point Casino's beauty, and to cultural understanding - The Tribe put out a request to Port Gamble S'Klallam members to submit their artwork or designs for when the casino opens this spring. The tribe received a medley of original, cultural artwork ó drums, paddles, carvings, panels, woven baskets and murals.

March 2012

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Adoption, foster care agreement is a first in the U.S. - The Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe will operate its own program governing guardianship assistance, foster care, and adoption assistance, reportedly a first for a tribal nation in the U.S. The signing ceremony is March 29, 11 a.m. at the Port Gamble SíKlallam Longhouse.

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Tribe Gets Federal Approval for Foster Care - The Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe has about 1,226 enrolled members and is located in the northern portion of the Kitsap Peninsula surrounded by the Puget Sound. It applied for, and is the first tribe to receive, approval from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to get federal funding for its foster/guardianship/adoption program.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Tribe gets go-ahead to administer its own foster-care programs - Jolene George has worked for close to a decade to have the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe's foster care and adoptive services programs recognized and supported by the state and federal governments. That dedication paid off recently when the tribe was granted the right to run its own Title IV-E program, which provides federal money to educate and train people who work in child welfare. The tribe will use the money to run its own guardianship assistance, foster care and adoption assistance programs.

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Tribe achieves a first - The Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe (PGST) has just become the first tribe in the nation to receive approval to run its own Title IV-E program governing guardianship assistance, foster care, and adoption assistance. Title IV-E programs, whether under the control of states or tribes, are overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

February 2012

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Kitsap 99% Spring Gathering March 24 in Little Boston - While many of the nationís larger Occupy movements have gone underground, locally the calls for social justice have not. North Kitsap 99% and Occupy Bremerton have teamed up to sponsor their first major event, the Kitsap 99% Spring Gathering at the Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribal Center, March 24.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Tribe awarded close to $900,000 - The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe learned Tuesday that it will receive close to $900,000 from the federal government to help support affordable housing within the tribe. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the tribe $892,230 from its Indian Housing Block Grant program.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Future Port Gamble docks could be allowed - Docks for tour boats and sea planes will not be prohibited in Port Gamble Bay, the Kitsap County commissioners have decided. Officials with the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe had argued that commercial boats and docks could affect fish and shellfish resources, possibly leading to harvest restrictions costing millions of dollars.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Tribe adopts piping system to transfer coho; The system is less stressful to the fish than barging - Piping juvenile coho salmon from the shore to net pens in Port Gamble Bay has proved to be less stressful for the fish and easier on the crew making the transfer, said Paul McCollum, natural resources director for the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe.

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Salmon sprung in Port Gamble Bay - An important annual event with little fanfare, the Port Gamble SíKlallam tribe and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife released more than 200,000 juvenile coho salmon into Port Gamble Bay today and tomorrow.

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Casino project at half way mark - The new Point Casino in Kingston is at the midway point in construction and, thanks to some forward thinking, wonít stop with the winter weather. The new casino is built using an aluminum framework and a fabric roofing material, giving the building a domelike look.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Why gamble with Port Gamble Bay? - I want to take a moment to respond to The Sun's Feb. 2 Our View editorial, "Growing Pains for Port Gamble," which addressed efforts by Olympic Property Group to seek county approval for a dock large enough to support tour boats and seaplanes at Port Gamble. Many members of the community have serious concerns about this proposal, including the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, local environmental groups, and small businesses.

Port Gamble SíKlallam-Suquamish: Shooting of Thomas Black justified - The shooting of Thomas Anthony Black on Dec. 8 was found justified by the Kitsap County Prosecutorís review of the investigation. Prosecutor Russell Hague released his memorandum Feb. 3 after reviewing the Sheriff Departmentís investigative report for nearly one month.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Growing pains for Port Gamble - The Battle of Port Gamble has ended and a proposed tour boat dock is in land-use limbo. Last Monday, owners or managers of 10 Port Gamble businesses told Kitsap County commissioners that they're heavily dependent on tourism, and that a dock for tour boats could bring more visitors and an economic boost to the old mill town that's been reborn and rezoned as a Rural Historic Zone. But a new dock is opposed by the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe due to environmental concerns.

January 2012

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Free income tax preparation is available in N.K. - Free income tax preparation is available in North Kitsap thanks to the Internal Revenue Service, AARP, Martha & Mary Health and Rehabilitation, and the Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe. Trained and certified advisers will prepare and E-file your tax return for free.

Jamestown S'Klallam-Lower Elwha-Port Gamble: Smiles abound as Kennewick welcomed - It is not just another ferry, as evidenced by the political and personal messages delivered when the MV Kennewick was officially welcomed Jan. 6 in Port Townsend. Community and political leaders from the Kennewick area of Eastern Washington are ecstatic to have the name on the newest state ferry. The new ferry also has been welcomed by the Native Americans of Washington who historically have used the inland waterways. Eleven musicians representing the Jamestown SíKlallam, Lower Elwha and Port Gamble tribes offered a blessing in the form of two traditional songs.

Port Gamble SíKlallam-Suquamish: Suquamish shooting investigation complete, now in prosecuting attorney's hands - The nearly month-long investigation is over. And now Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Hauge is reviewing the investigation report and will decide whether charges are warranted in the police shooting death of a Suquamish man. Thomas Anthony Black, 44, was killed Dec. 8 when police attempted to serve an arrest warrant on Stacy Callihoo, 42, who was in the Black home. The warrant was issued by Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribal Court and was being served by Port Gamble SíKlallam, Suquamish and Kitsap County Sheriffís officers. Callihoo, who is Port Gamble SíKlallam, was booked into county jail for failure to appear in tribal court for a probation violation. He is now serving two years in Chehalis Tribal Jail.

Port Gamble SíKlallam-Skokomish: Eco-projects on Puget Sound get federal funding - Twenty-three projects to protect and restore Puget Sound have been awarded a total of $6.3 million in federal grants. Among the projects are two to be overseen by the Hood Canal Coordinating Council. The council, which includes the Port Gamble SíKlallam and Skokomish tribes, received $550,000 for the two projects. It received $300,000 to complete an integrated watershed management plan for mitigation program and $250,000 for a regional stormwater retrofit plan.

December 2011

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Some priorities for the new year (scroll way down) - Let 2012 be the year when there were no serious accidents on those roads. We can help by paying attention to appropriate warning signs.Slow down. Watch your speed limit. Curves ahead. Road dangerous when speeding. The county and Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribe should team on adding more signs as well.

Port Gamble SíKlallam-Suquamish: Callihoo gets 812 days for probation violation - Stacy Callihoo, the subject of a recent warrant service that ended with a fatal shooting in Suquamish, has been sentenced to 812 days in jail by Port Gamble SíKlallam Tribal Court for violating his probation. He will serve his sentence at the Chehalis Tribal Jail in Oakville.

Lower Elwha Klallam-Jamestown S'Klallam-Port Gamble S'Klallam: Ecology rejects Port Angeles' bid for seat on council assessing natural resource damages at former Rayonier site - The state Department of Ecology has rejected the city's request to be represented on a committee that is assessing natural resource damages inflicted on property occupied for seven decades by the Rayonier pulp mill before it closed.

Port Gamble S'Klallam-Suquamish: In police shootings, a needed impartial observer - Fortunately, if such a word can be used in this case, Suquamish police officers wear personal video cameras.

Lower Elwha Klallam-Port Gamble S'Klallam-Stů:lo-Yakama: Lower Elwha Gallery exhibit to showcase native art - The spirits of the native people of the Strait of Juan de Fuca will be unleashed in an art exhibit Saturday. Artists include Darrel Charles Jr., Roger Fernandes and Robert Francis III of the Elwha Klallam; Ivan Francis of the Stů:lo tribe of British Columbia; Darryl Barkley of the Yakima tribe; and Jimmy Price of Port Gamble.

Port Gamble SíKlallam-Suquamish: Police chief issues statement regarding shooting - The officers of the Suquamish Police Department have all been issued "Body Cameras." The entire incident was captured on video. The cameras were immediately provided to the investigators. The subject refused multiple commands to show his hands, then suddenly reached and swung up with what appeared to be a gun.

Port Gamble S'Klallam-Suquamish: No gun found in home where Suquamish man was killed by police - The man killed last week in an officer-involved shooting at a Suquamish home did not have a gun, according to new information released Wednesday by the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office.

Port Gamble S'Klallam-Suquamish: Coroner releases cause, manner of death - Black, 44, was shot and killed Dec. 8 when officers from Port Gamble SíKlallam police, Suquamish police and Kitsap County Sheriffís Department went to his house to serve an arrest warrant on another man, Stacy Callihoo, of Port Gamble SíKlallam.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: 7,000 Acres For Sale In Seattleís Backyard - The Olympic Property Group owns about 8,000 acres in North Kitsap County, including the town of Port Gamble. It's for sale. The tribe is concerned about what will happen if it gets sub-divided and sold off for real estate development.

Port Gamble S'Klallam-Suquamish: Forsman, Swift pleased with Obamaís commitment - President Obama provides unprecedented access to access to tribal leaders.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: More charges filed against arrest-warrant subject - Suquamish Police Department charge Stacy Stanley Callihoo, 42, with six offenses, including felony possession of a firearm, in relation to Thursdayís fatal shooting.

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Science lab expansion brings opportunity to S'Klallam students

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Point Casino raises $30,000 for American Diabetes Association

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Claude 'Skip' Merle George Jr., 81

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Swift will represent tribe at White House conference

November 2011

Port Gamble SíKlallam: Science lab brings four-year degree studies to Little Boston

Port Gamble SíKlallam-Suquamish: Land conservation effort is challenging, but exciting | Noo-Kayet, Our Village

Port Gamble SíKlallam-Jamestown SíKlallam-Suquamish: Residents support Point No Point boat launch

Port Gamble S'Klallam: Coast Salish music, storytelling

Port Gamble S'Klallam: NextGen Healthcare Names 2011 Best Practice Award Winners at Annual Users Group Meeting

Port Gamble SíKlallam and Suquamish: Option agreement could conserve 7,000 acres of forestland and shoreline


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