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January 2014

Tulalip: ‘Coast Salish Inheritance’ showcases Tulalip Tribal art - ‘Coast Salish Inheritance’ showcases Tulalip Tribal art

Tulalip: Tribes establish first Native American aquatic resource program of its kind in the nation - Representatives of the Tulalip Tribes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency sat down together on Tuesday, Nov. 26, to officially establish the first Native American In-Lieu Fee Program in the nation, for aquatic resource impacts and compensatory mitigation.

Tulalip: The debate: Indian names, mascots for sports teams - Team names like Indians, Chiefs and Braves, among others, are "a stereotype that's playing with someone's identity," Dr. Stephanie Fryberg said. Comment: When it comes to team names and mascots it's stereotyping, but when it comes to tribes taking sides in a mainstream political debate regarding the politically correct issue of same sex marriage, suddenly all tribes are descended from some kind of continental culture that issued same sex marriage licenses? Personally I reject the notion that the state should be involved in licensing marriages of any kind and that, like the bread and circuses of ancient Rome, professional sports are intended to distract the masses from the corrupt practices of the ruling elite, inconsequential issues like team names and mascots included. While the nation debates names and mascots our rulers are debasing our currency to enrich big banks impoverish the rest of us. Yes, that will read well in the history books.

Tulalip: New exhibit features work of local Tulalip artists - When Jesse Rude was a small child, he couldn't help but learn art. Bernie Gobin, a prominent figure on the Tulalip reservation for decades, was a master carver and Rude's granddad.

Tulalip: Tribes finalize historic conservation agreement - When property is developed, creating environmental impacts to wetlands and other aquatic resources, the developer pays mitigation fees, called In-Lieu Fees (ILF), to address those impacts. Tuesday morning the Tulalip Tribes and its partners finalized the first Native American program for aquatic resource impacts and compensatory mitigation.

Tulalip: Democratic state Rep. John McCoy to replace former state Sen. Nick Harper - The Snohomish County Council on Wednesday named state Rep. John McCoy, D-Tulalip, to replace former Democratic state Sen. Nick Harper.

December 2013

Tulalip: Hibulb Cultural Center highlights local tribal art in new exhibit - The Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve is proud to announce "Coast Salish Inheritance: Celebrating Artistic Innovation," a new temporary exhibit that features contemporary and traditional Coast Salish artwork from Tulalip tribal members. These works will include carving and weaving, as well as sculpture, painting, photography, drawing and other mixed media. This exhibit will open to the general public on Saturday, Nov. 16, starting at noon.

Tulalip: Ancient Art of Story Telling Comes to Skykomish - Story telling is an ancient human practice. It predates writing and is how our ancestors built and maintained culture and community and also made sense of the world around them.

Tulalip: Tribes donate $6.9 million to community - The Tulalip Tribes announced a record-setting $6.9 million in donations this year, to more than 280 Washington state nonprofits and community groups, during their 21st annual “Raising Hands” celebration, in the Orca Ballroom of the Tulalip Resort Hotel and Casino, on Saturday, Oct. 26. “We’re here to share stories of goodwill, and of how we came to journey together,” Tulalip Tribal Board Chair Mel Sheldon Jr. said.

Tulalip: Art exhibit at Hibulb - An exhibit of artwork by Tulalip tribal members is scheduled to open Saturday at the Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve, 6410 23rd Ave. NE, Tulalip."Coast Salish Inheritance: Celebrating Artistic Innovation" features traditional and contemporary Coast Salish art, including carved and woven items, sculptures, paintings, photographs, videos and beaded works.

October 2013

Tulalip: Rep. Larsen tours Tulalip fisheries - U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen toured through the Tulalip Tribes’ fisheries facilities on the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 4, to uphold the legacy of former U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, who retired this year.

Tulalip: 'Taste of Tulalip' A Must-See, Must-Eat Event for Foodies - Each year, Tulalip Resort Casino sells out the opening dinner to its award-winning food and wine aficionado event, Taste of Tulalip. The turnout for the fifth anniversary of the culinary celebration, this November 8 and 9, will be no different.

Tulalip: Health, Innovation and the Promise of VAWA 2013 in Indian Country - Because the half of domestic violence victims who are male don't count, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett speaks to Tulalip Court leaders about the implementation of VAWA 2013 in Indian country.

Tulalip: Fishing docks from a Tulalip perspective - Let's talk about Priest Point from a tribal perspective. My people (the ancestors of the Tulalip Tribes) signed a treaty with the federal government in 1855, before Washington was a state. We gave up a lot in return for several promises including education, health care, hunting and gathering rights and 22,000 acres.

Tulalip: Growing up on Tulalip Reservation - “Tulalip, From My Heart” by Harriette Shelton Dover (University of Washington Press, $50). In this hardcover book, Dover describes her life growing up on the Tulalip Reservation. She highlights the troubles the Tulalip Tribes encountered as they resettled, moving from their villages to the bayside reservation.

Tulalip: A Talking Chair: Outgoing NIGC Chair Tracie Stevens’s Advice to Her Successor - Tracie Stevens (Tulalip Tribes), who is leaving the chair of the National Indian Gaming Commission after completing a three-year term, talked to Indian Country Today Media Network about the commission’s work and what she anticipates doing after living and working in Washington, D.C.

Tulalip: Pride, unity reflected in mural - If you’ve driven west on 88th St. NE, past the Tulalip Bingo Hall, you’ve probably seen the inspirational art that now adorns a fence in front of the home of Richard Ross.

Puyallup-Tulalip: Marijuana divides a man and his tribe - While marijuana has been legalized both for medicinal users and others in Washington state, it's still illegal under federal law. That's the law to which most Indian tribes, including the Tulalips, subscribe. ... At least one tribe, the Puyallup Tribe in Pierce County, has chosen to follow state law regarding marijuana rather than the federal rules, according to a web page listing tribal laws. This includes recognition of medicinal pot. Comment: Tribes do not "subscribe" to federal law; under the Constitution of the United States, all tribes are "subject" to federal law. While the "war on drugs" is stupid and harmful, and hemp, especially, should be legal because it is a valuable, renewable and Earth-friendly resource, as when a few tribes defied the Defense of Marriage Act, to defy federal law on the matter of drug laws is to invite a federal lawsuit that could further erode the sovereignty of all tribes.

Tulalip: Tribal artists connect to youth culture through 'Ramp It Up' - Tribal artists were joined by an internationally renowned Native American artist in kicking off "Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America," a new temporary exhibit at the Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve, courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York.

August 2013

Tulalip: Trial postponed in Tulalip child’s death - The trial of a Tulalip woman whose young daughter died of neglect has been rescheduled for later this year in part to give the defense more time to explore whether Christina Carlson has mental health issues.

Tulalip: Foundation proposes Salish Sea trail on inland waters - A new nonprofit group is making strides to establish a coastal trail along the inland marine waters of Washington and British Columbia. The Bellingham-based Salish Sea Foundation also wants those waters designated as an international marine sanctuary.

Tulalip: Eat healthier with Tulalip Clinic’s new community garden - The Tulalip Health Clinic’s new garden program, developed to combat diabetes, opened June 11. The clinic hopes it can get patients to eat healthy. Veronica Leahy, diabetes program coordinator at the Tulalip Health Clinic, says that participants will learn about blood pressure, their weight, healthy foods and exercise, but they will also learn about canning, making vinegars, salad dressing and jams.

Tulalip: Cedar Grove odor issues persist, but no easy answers to control smell - The Cedar Grove composting facility on Smith Island has long prompted complaints from neighbors about its facility, which processes tons of rotting compost each year. In Marysville, the smell is prolific. Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring and leaders of the Tulalip Tribes delivered a letter to the city of Everett in 2011 asking for help.

June 2013

Swinomish/Tulalip: Indian Enough Photography Exhibit Opens in Ohio - Matika Wilbur: Indian Enough has opened at River House Arts in Perrysburg, Ohio. The exhibition, featuring Wilbur's photographic work, will run until June 10.

Tulalip: Woman indicted in daughter's death - A federal grand jury in Seattle on Tuesday indicted Christina D. Carlson with second-degree murder and criminal mistreatment charges. Her arraignment is scheduled May 23.

Tulalip: Not guilty plea in child neglect death at Tulalip - A woman accused of neglecting two young daughters in a car on the Tulalip Indian Reservation had a not guilty plea entered for her Thursday if federal court in Seattle.

Tulalip: Finishing touches go into bigger outlet mall - Several retailers located in the Settle Premium Outlets' new promenade expansion are scheduled to open for business on June 20, with additional retailers following in the coming months. "We are excited to welcome wonderful brands and stores that have proven to be so popular in other centers of ours," said Mark Johnson, general manager of Seattle Premium Outlets. "Being next to the Tulalip Resort and Casino is a great complement to our shopping options and a benefit to area visitors," Johnson said. Comment: Oh, no! More bad news for the moneyed elite in Clark County: tribal casinos are good for business! Gah!

Tulalip: Involve Tulalips from the start - I read with much interest the article "A player in tidal power." This type of business could be good for both PUD and the general public; however, I was very upset when the article stated PUD hosted the meeting and invited certain groups and did not invite The Tulalip Tribes! Note: Popularly called "cold fusion," a new way to generate energy is coming and it will put everything like this out of business. Something to think about.

Tulalip: I-5 bridge collapse could dampen tourism - The fallen Skagit River bridge on I-5 lies between Snohomish County and some of the area’s top tourism spenders, who drive south from Vancouver, B.C.

Tulalip: Simpson University biology graduate wants to serve rural community as doctor - When she graduated from college on April 27, 22-year-old Tempest Dawson had a lot of eyes on her. The oldest of 10 siblings, she’s got quite a standard to uphold. “A big motivation for me to finish school was my brothers and sisters,” Dawson said. “Anything I do, they want to do, so I try to be a good influence on them.” Dawson grew up in Chiloquin, Ore., on the Klamath Indian tribe’s reservation. A direct descendant of the Klamath tribe, she’s also enrolled in the Tulalip tribe.

Tulalip: Tulalip historian amasses treasure trove of photos - Diane Janes has been collecting and preserving tribal photos for years. Countless tribal members, their ancestors and many events on the reservation are chronicled in a dozen volumes, each an inch thick or more. About 10,000 photos are shown in 2,000 pages.

May 2013

Tulalip: The Future of Seattle Trash: Burn, Baby, Burn - In 2011, Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring and Tulalip Tribes Chair Mel Sheldon wrote a letter to Seattle’s mayor and city council members pleading with them to do something about the terrible smell local residents believed was emanating from Cedar Grove’s nearby composting plant—a facility that takes in a share of Seattle’s food and yard waste.

Tulalip: Photographers caught Tulalip culture of early-20th century - In 1905, Everett photographer Norman Edson, then 26, jumped into the middle of his shot, knelt on one knee and squeezed his shutter release. With his newsboy cap, dapper suit and bowtie, Edson's attire contrasts with the heavy shawls of the Tulalip women at his side. They are weavers, sitting cross-legged on mats on the ground. One smiles, the other concentrates on her work.

Tulalip: Sheldon presents ‘State of the Tribes’ - Tulalip Tribal Chair Mel Sheldon Jr. expressed optimism for the future, both in the short term and the long run, as he delivered this year’s State of the Tribes address to the Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce on April 26. “This was one of the strongest economic regions of the pre-Columbian era, and it can be so once again,” said Sheldon, citing the Native American tribes’ commerce in this area, even well before white settlers had ever arrived. “We offer gaming, retail and entertainment to visitors.”

Tulalip: Tribes' cultural director lived for preservation - Hank Gobin lived to see his dream come true: the creation of a museum to serve as the focal point of local tribal history and culture. Gobin, 71, cultural resources director for the Tulalip Tribes, passed away Thursday -- a little more than 1½ years after the Hibulb Cultural Center was dedicated in August 2011.

Tulalip: Help document Tulalip history - Lita Sheldon, a Tulalip tribal member, has devoted most of her adult life to the preservation of the history and culture of local Native Americans. Now, working with local historians David Dilgard and Margaret Riddle, Sheldon’s production company, Quil Ceda Media, is the driving force behind a vivid documentary showcasing the life and important contributions of William Shelton.

Tulalip: For students, Tribes' native language a connection to the past - In a classroom at the Hibulb Cultural Center at Tulalip, a group of mothers practice the pronunciation of a language that almost disappeared.

Tulalip: Hatch retires from Tulalip Tribal Board - Saturday, April 6, marked the end of an era as Don Hatch Jr. stepped down from the Tulalip Tribal Board of Directors. At the age of 73, Hatch was the Board’s oldest member when he left, but in the intervening decades his priorities have remained largely the same.

Tulalip: Could abuse death of toddler on Reservation have been prevented? - When police found 19-month-old Chantal Craig, she was unresponsive in her mother’s SUV covered in urine and feces. She was severely malnourished and dehydrated. And court documents show the girl had bedbugs, lice and maggots in her diaper. Now, months after her death, child abuse attorney Julie Kays is wondering what Washington state and the Tulalip Indian Reservation could have done to prevent Craig’s death. Especially since Craig’s mother, Cristina Carlson, had a history of child abuse and neglect.

April 2013

Tulalip: Tribal leader retires from lifetime of service - When Don Hatch Jr. steps down from the Board of Directors of the Tulalip Tribes in April, it will be his final goodbye from the leadership position he has held for nearly 30 years. As he serves out the last of his current board term, just a few months shy of his 74th birthday, he is now the eldest member of the board.

Tulalip: Tribal members to select leaders - Only one incumbent will be on the ballot as tribal members select two representatives to the 7-member board during elections and the annual General Council meeting on March 16. The two candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be elected to serve three-year terms on the Tribes’ governing body.

March 2013

S'Klallam-Suquamish-Tulalip: Tribes, cable groups protest plan for tidal-power project - While a federal study recently gave an environmental OK to the Snohomish County Public Utility District's plan to try out two tidal power turbines, some don't agree with the conclusion. Three Indian tribes, a cable company and a cable trade group all sent letters last week to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission opposing the Admiralty Inlet project as it's proposed.

Tulalip: Families lament loss of cabins on tribal land in Washington state - For 50 years, Jaime Erickson’s family has been spending summers and weekends at their cabin on scenic Mission Beach. Bruce Agnew’s family has had a cabin on the beach since 1925. Mike Carey’s in-laws have had a place there for 90 years. None of them own the beachfront property on which their cabins sit, however. They’ve been leasing the land from the Tulalip Tribes, and the tribes want it back.

Tulalip: Documentary crew to visit - A French film crew plans to visited the Tulalip Indian Reservation to work on a short documentary and conduct interviews regarding the reauthorization efforts there for the Violence Against Women Act.

February 2013

Tulalip: 7 Questions with John McCoy, Washington State Representative - John McCoy, a citizen of the Tulalip Tribes in Tulalip, Washington, was elected November 6 to a sixth term in the Washington state House of Representatives. A Democrat, he represents the 38th District, which includes the Tulalip Tribes reservation, 40 miles north of Seattle. McCoy, who along with Jeff Morris [D-Anacortes] are the only two self-identified American Indians in the state legislature, recently talked to Indian Country Today Media Network about his expectations for 2013.

Tulalip: Oceans at risk, a culture at stake - Ocean acidification is the most recently recognized of these changes, a serious and immediate threat to our marine resources, one that has developed at an alarming and unprecedented rate.

Tulalip: Tribal Member Charged in Death of Toddler - An enrolled member of the Tulalip Tribes was charged Friday with second-degree murder and two counts of criminal mistreatment related to the October 2012 death of her young daughter and the neglect of her second daughter, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.

Tulalip: Film about American Indian jazz great - Jim Pepper was known for pioneering the fusion jazz movement as well as being the kind of musical innovator who blended jazz with American Indian music.

Tulalip: VAWA Reauthorization: Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill That Corners House Republicans - Congress failed to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act last year, a first since the law's inception in 1994. But Senate Democrats reintroduced their bipartisan bill this week, with a twist that makes it harder for House Republican leaders not to give it a vote this time. Deborah Parker, vice chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington, said that she and other advocates met with McMorris Rodgers Wednesday morning to discuss VAWA -- and that the meeting went very well. Comment: If VAWA stood for "Violence Against Whites Act," who would not say it was racist? But change "whites" to "women," and somehow magically it is not sexist? The organization Women Against VAWA Excess provides an excellent resource.

January 2013

Tulalip: Woman charged in federal court with murder for death of daughter - A 36-year-old woman who is a member of the Tulalip Tribe was charged in federal court Friday with second-degree murder and two counts of criminal mistreatment in connection with last October’s death of her baby daughter and neglect of a her second daughter, U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan announced. The defendant, Christina Carlson, was transferred to to federal custody Friday and the criminal complaint was unsealed.

Tulalip: Tribes, Silicon Energy express qualms with coal trains - The possible coming of coal trains to Marysville invited the ire of Tulalip Tribal Chair Mel Sheldon Jr. and Silicon Energy President Gary Shaver during two separate and otherwise unrelated days of public statements. During the public hearing for the proposed Gateway Pacific coal terminal on Thursday, Dec. 13, in Seattle, Sheldon emphasized his support for job creation while explaining his reasons for opposing a coal terminal that would add up to 18 round-trip trains per day through Marysville.

Lummi-Swinomish-Tulalip: At Public Meeting Seattle Shows Strong Opposition To Gateway Pacific Terminal - “If this does go through you’ll witness firsthand what happened in the 1700s, 1800s…,” said Jay Julius, Chairman of the Lummi Tribe. “You will see rape in the first degree of our treaty and it’s not acceptable.” Leaders from the Swinomish and Tulalip tribes also spoke out against the terminal, alongside a local fisherman and several local politicians – including Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, King County Executive Dow Constantine and State Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle.

December 2012

Tulalip: Woman on journey to photograph nation's tribes - Photographer Matika Wilbur, 28, a member of the Tulalip and Swinomish tribes, plans this week to embark on an ambitious journey to photograph people from every American Indian tribe. Her photo project is named "562" -- more or less the number of federally recognized tribes in the country.

Tulalip: Child dies hours after social workers close case - Hours before a Tulalip child died from neglect, state social workers closed a months-old investigation into allegations that the girl's mother wasn't properly caring for her two young daughters.

Tulalip: Tribes donate to food bank - The Tulalip Tribes upped their regular annual donation of $15,000 to the Marysville Community Food Bank by another $5,000 this year, to bolster the fledging “Food for Thought” program that’s set to expand to three schools.

Tulalip : Salish Bounty: Tribes Host Traveling Food History Exhibit to Illustrate its Correlation to Indian Health - If the food history of Coast Salish people were arranged as a timeline, past to present, it might look like this: The distant past: traditional hunting and gathering; The last century: reservations, assimilation and commodity foods; Today: cheap, fast food.

Tulalip: Coast Salish art transforms Providence waiting room - A collaboration celebrated Thursday between the Tulalip Tribes and Everett's hospital has transformed a long-established Colby Campus waiting room into a more welcoming place. The Tulalip Community Room, filled with art donated by the Tulalip Tribes, is thought to be the first of its kind in the state, and perhaps in the Pacific Northwest.

November 2012

Tulalip: Thank you Tulalip Tribes - November is Native American Heritage month and a fitting time to say “Thank you” to the Tulalip Tribes for the many ways in which they partner with the Marysville Schools. The Tulalip Tribes has 4,100 members — about 2,500 live on the Tulalip reservation.

Tulalip: Mother of 18-month-old girl found dead in car with sister 'was accused of drinking while leaving her daughters in a playpen' - Christina Carlson, 36, was arrested last month after her daughter Chantel Craig, was found dead inside a car with her two-year-old sister on the Tulalip Indian Reservation in Washington state.

Swinomish and Tulalip: Meet Matika Wilbur: She’s Coming to Your Nation Soon, Smile! - Matika Wilbur is from the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes–and she’s an ambitious, highly talented photographer. She is embarking on an amazing adventure: to capture at least 562 Indian Nations on film.

Tulalip: Exhibit explores native food traditions - The trend of buying, cooking and eating locally grown food is going native with a new exhibit that explores the renewal of local native food traditions. The exhibit, "Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound," opens Nov. 3 and runs through January at the Hibulb Cultural Center, 6410 23rd Ave. NE, Tulalip.

October 2012

Tulalip: Art to grace county park - The Snohomish County Arts Commission plans to dedicate a new work of public art by James Madison at noon on Saturday at Kayak Point Regional Park, 15610 Marine Drive, south of Stanwood. Called "Tulalip People," the piece is Madison's contemporary representation of traditional Coast Salish design.

Tulalip: Toddler's death puts Tulalips' court in spotlight - Tulalip tribal investigators are waiting on results from an autopsy of a young girl to determine who ultimately should prosecute the toddler's mother in an apparent case of neglect. For now, the case is in Tulalip Tribal Court, a legal system that has been carefully nurtured over the past decade as part of the tribes' efforts to administer justice and strengthen their community.

Tulalip: Woman charged in toddler’s death - A Tulalip woman was ordered jailed on $75,000 cash-only bail Thursday for allegedly failing to care for her two young daughters, one of whom died earlier this week. Christina D. Carlson, 36, is charged with two counts each of criminal endangerment and failure to support or care for a dependent person. She appeared briefly in Tulalip Tribal Court, where she pleaded not guilty. A trial is set for early December.

Tulalip: Rose Marie Sheldon Sigo Lewis - Surrounded by her loving family, Rose Marie Sheldon Sigo Lewis, 87, passed away peacefully at her Silverdale home on Friday, Oct 12, 2012. She was born on Jan 7, 1925 to Robert Damien and Theresa Winona Sheldon in Marysville, WA. Rose was a member and elder of the Tulalip Tribes who loved her family and many friends.

Tulalip: Big addition to Seattle Premium Outlets to open next year - It's a Thursday afternoon at Seattle Premium Outlets and you'd hardly know the place was in the midst of a major construction project -- or an economic downturn. Even on a recent work day, plenty of shoppers strolled up and down the covered outdoor promenade between stores and munched in the food court. Construction work to add more than 100,000 square feet of retail space ground on nearby. The work is visible to drivers whooshing past on I-5. The outlet center in Quil Ceda Village has performed so well -- even in this sputtering economy -- that its owner, Simon Property Group, is adding around 14 stores' worth of retail space.

September 2012

Tulalip: Grant funds storyteller - The Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund has awarded the Renton History Museum a $6,000 grant to continue its free storytelling program for schools in the Renton School District. In 2010 and 2011 the Renton History Museum offered a Native American storyteller to any school that participated in its Coast Salish curriculum; the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund grant will extend that program.

Tulalip: New Tulalip police chief's goal: 'Develop trust' - Rance Sutten was in his teens when he took his first job as a police officer. More than 35 years later, he's still proud to wear a badge. Sutten is the new chief for the Tulalip Police Department where he recently replaced Jay Goss, who retired.

Tulalip: State, Tulalips join to save salmon - After several years of negotiations, the Tulalip Tribes and the state have reached an agreement for joint management of hatchery Chinook salmon aimed at rebuilding stocks of the threatened species. The agreement, the first of its kind in the Puget Sound region, sets joint goals for the number of juvenile fish to be released and for adults that return to rivers.

Tulalip: Tribes, state Department of Fish and Wildlife sign hatchery agreement - The Tulalip Tribes and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife took a significant step in the process of coordinating hatchery production and salmon recovery efforts in the Snohomish region by signing a memorandum of understanding that recognizes anew the ongoing cooperative hatchery program between the Tribes and the WDFW's Wallace River Hatchery. The agreement identifies joint goals for returning adults, eggs collected, fish released, and conditions for the marking and tagging of native Chinook and Coho salmon stocks. Additionally, numerous improvements to operating protocols, including organizational adjustments, were made to both programs.

Tulalip: Joint Salmon Hatchery Operations - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Tulalip Tribes have announced a new agreement that brings hatchery operations in the Snohomish River Basin into alignment with ongoing efforts to recover wild chinook salmon in Puget Sound.

August 2012

Tulalip: ‘Tulalip Days’ makes tribal culture personal - The fourth annual “Tulalip Days” on Saturday, Aug. 11, drew more than 30 entries for its parade, from members of the Tulalip Tribes to representatives of the surrounding communities, but the morning’s bustling procession was intended as the prelude to the cultural educational opportunities that followed. Tulalip Tribal Chair Mel Sheldon Jr. credited “Tulalip Days” organizer Frieda Williams and her crew of about 20 volunteers with drawing more parade entrants and more attendees to the reservation for each year’s event, in spite of obstacles such as the event’s scheduled date changing from year to year.

Tulalip: 'Night Out' connects cops with community - The return of the National Night Out Against Crime to the Tulalip Amphitheatre on Tuesday, Aug. 7, drew not only a host of civilian attendees, some from as far away as Lake Stevens and even Canada, but also a number of dignitaries in law enforcement. Marysville Police Chief Rick Smith was joined by Tulalip Tribal Police chiefs Jay Goss and Rance Sutten — Sutten is slated to replace Goss — as well as Snohomish County Sheriff John Lovick and Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe.

Tulalip: Hibulb center marks 1st year as home to Tulalip history - A three-day festival with artist demonstrations, storytelling and more at the Tulalip center celebrates its first anniversary. The 23,000-square foot museum was many years in the making, and features items that had been stored in people's basements, attics, closets and sheds for decades, including tools, clothing, canoes and totem poles.

Tulalip: Tulalip teens help in the woods - Performing hard labor in a forest isn't exactly what most high school students expect to do in the summer, but that is what seven Tulalip teens signed up for in early August. The Tulalip forestry crew took part in a two-day stewardship project to maintain the Big Four Ice Caves Trail to disability-access standards in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Tulalip: Youth Gain Job Experience - Tulalip Youth Work Hard, Gain Job Experience Performing hard labor in a forest isn’t exactly what most high school students expect to do for a summer job, but that is exactly what seven Tulalip teens signed up for in early August. The Tulalip forestry crew took part in a two-day stewardship project to maintain the Big Four Ice Caves Trail to ADA accessibility standards on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Tulalip: Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring speaks out about odor study - On July 24, officials from the city of Marysville and Tulalip Tribes joined about 100 residents in attending a community meeting hosted by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA). The purpose of the meeting, for which the community was given less than a week’s notice, was for agency officials to provide an overview of an odor monitoring study that would use odor-sensing devices to collect real-time data over the next two years. It would start at the end of 2012. The city of Marysville is open to an independent scientific study, if it can be shown that it will result in enforcement that leads to a solution to the terrible odor that thousands of citizens in Marysville, Tulalip and North Everett have dealt with over the past five years, and remain fully convinced that the Cedar Grove Composting facility on Smith Island is responsible.

Tulalip: More tribes, including Tulalip, now support legal online gambling - Fearing they might get left behind in the rush to expand legalized gambling to the Internet, more U.S. Indian tribes are lining up to back online poker and angling for new ways to cash in. Consider the Tulalip Tribes in Washington: Eight months ago, tribal secretary Glen Gobin told Congress that the tribe opposed any kind of Internet gambling, regarding it as a threat to its two casinos. But on July 26, he told a Senate panel that tribes now “must have equal footing to participate” and that Congress should consult with them before junking a 2006 ban against online gambling.

July 2012

Tulalip: Hatchery aids salmon recovery - In spite of ever-increasing releases of salmon from their hatchery, the Tulalip Tribes are facing the same unexplained diminishing returns as are occurring throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Tulalip: Larsen announces $850,000 grant for early childhood education for Tulalip Tribes - U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, announced on Friday, July 13, an $850,551 Early Head Start program grant for the Tulalip Tribes. The Department of Health and Human Services grant will provide comprehensive health, nutrition and education services for infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families with incomes below the federal poverty level.

Tulalip: A wise elder of the human tribe is mourned - The world is a poorer place with the July 1 passing of Donna Cooper. A beloved elder of the Tulalip Tribes, Donna quietly embodied wisdom, courage and love for community. She left her mark in ways that stretch beyond the Tulalip Indian Reservation, where she spent most of her 75 years.

Tulalip: Salmon survival plummets - The Tulalip Tribes released 12 million salmon from their hatchery this year -- including a record 1.3 million coho -- and are raising a bumper crop of fingerlings to be released in 2013. These salmon help preserve wild fish by providing other salmon for people to catch and eat. But when it comes to salmon survival, the tribes are swimming upstream, Tulalip officials say. The ocean survival rates for both hatchery and wild salmon in the Puget Sound region have taken a nosedive the past few years, according to the tribes.

Tulalip: Mother Earth now watching over Mukilteo - A Native American totem pole is installed at Mukilteo Lighthouse Park on Thursday morning. Master carver and Tulalip tribal member James Madison carved Mother Earth out of the large cedar driftwood log that now stands in the southern cul-de-sac of the park. The totem pole is 18 by 9 feet.

Tulalip: Hibulb Cultural Center hosts ‘The Rememberer’ - Visitors to the Hibulb Cultural Center on Friday, June 22, were transported back in time by more than a century through the storytelling skills of the Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre group. “The Rememberer” is a play based on the life of Joyce Simmons Cheeka, a young Squaxin Indian girl forcibly taken from her home in 1911 and placed in the government-run Tulalip Indian Training School. While a few of the close to two dozen cast members were in their 20s or 30s, most of the actors were in their teens, carrying on the legacy of a theater group that had started in Seattle before they were born.

Tulalip: Larsen, Parker meet to discuss Violence Against Women Act - When Tulalip Tribal Vice Chair Deborah Parker joined U.S. Senators Patty Murray, Barbara Boxer and Amy Klobuchar in Washington, D.C., to advocate the passage of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act on April 25, the Senate passed the VAWA reauthorization bill by a vote of 68-31 the very next day. Parker, a survivor of domestic violence who met with both Murray and U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell just days prior to the Senate vote on the Violence Against Women Act, received so many statistics and letters recounting the abuse suffered by many Native American women that she came to realize that the problem of domestic violence was even greater than she'd known. "Those numbers just blew me away," Parker said, noting that 88 percent of violence against Native American women is committed by non-Native men. Comment: There is a stereotype that the vast majority of family violence is committed by men. Within Indian Country that may be true, but in the mainstream that stereotype is false. In fact, when child and elder abuse are included, women actually perpetrate the majority of family violence. But it should not matter, because all people should be protected from family violence. Unfortunately, the false stereotype is used to justify sexist programs. And as I learned not two months ago, very simple proposals to correct that are met with retaliation that, were those who dished it out on the receiving end, they would describe it as violent.

June 2012

Tulalip: Northshore Wranglers receive grant from Tribes fund - The Northshore Wranglers-To-Camp Program received a $7,500 grant from the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund to support Wranglers attending Camp Killoqua in August.

Tulalip: Tribes prepare for canoe journey - The Tulalip Tribes’ regularly scheduled canoe practices are exercises in hands-on learning, by taking groups of as many as a dozen at a time out on the water to row as far as a few miles offshore in Tulalip Bay. The average tribal canoe journey can take between 17 to 20 days, with a week-long celebration at the end destination, which will be Squaxin Island this year.

May 2012

Tulalip: Tulalip leader speaks in D.C. for protection for women - Far from home and flanked by U.S. senators, Deborah Parker stood before a microphone. She hadn't planned to talk publicly about painful, personal memories. Parker, 41, is the new vice chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes Board of Directors. The Senate bill recognizes a tribe's authority to prosecute Indian and non-Indian perpetrators of domestic violence, in limited circumstances and with protection for defendants' rights. Comment: To pretend that women do not assault men just as often as men assault women is sexist and false. Men are usually stronger and do more damage which is why male violence gets reported more than female violence. The answer to family violence is to treat all perpetrators and protect all victims. The answer to the racist Oliphant v. Suquamish decision is to get a legislative fix that addresses it directly, not by trying to sneak in a partial fix through a sexist bill.

Tulalip: New Cabela's gives big boost to Tulalip Tribes - The new Cabela’s north of Everett includes a boat shop, gun shop, bargain cave and deli, as well as two 8,000-gallon aquariums and a stuffed bear, elk and about 200 other trophy animal mounts. But the 110,000-square-foot store that opened recently in Quil Ceda Village off Interstate 5 at Marysville also has a wall display of tribal paddles and “Salish Sun” artwork carved by Joe Gobin.

Tulalip: Rename Ebey Slough for local leader - My Tribal name is "Scho Hallem" which means number one warrior. I'm from the Tuk tuk wa los (owl clan) and a descendent of the Snohomish, Skykomish, Squaxin, Snoqualmie, Skallum and Sk-tah-le-jum Tribes. I'm a proud World War II veteran, Marine Corps Tank Division who served in the South Pacific. I just recently retired from being on our Tulalip Council for 44 years, 26 as Chairman. Ebey Slough (name) should be changed. Col. Issac Ebey was a tyrant who slaughtered Native men, women and children; fighting with guns against bow and arrows for the greed of land.

Tulalip: Young elephant seal hangs out on Tulalip beach - A juvenile northern elephant seal has been resting on a beach on the Tulalip Indian Reservation. It has been on the beach for several days, trying to stay warm in the sand while it molts. NOAA officials posted signs to warn people to keep themselves and their dogs away.

Tulalip: Preparing students for the future - On April 17, nearly 1,000 students from Marysville’s eight high schools participated in Opportunity Expo 2012. Renee Roman Nose, Northwest Indian Education Site Manager for Tulalip Tribes, addressed students in the morning sessions and shared “passing up college is like throwing away a lottery ticket worth $1 million in lifetime earnings.” Comment: Since I graudated from college, tuition has exploded by 324%, adjusted for inflation. This is because higher education has turned into a bubble, and it is about to pop. The bubble was caused by for-profit colleges that promoted the use of student loans for undergraduate degrees. This saddled millions of Americans with some $375 billion in debt that they cannot escape, not even through bankruptcy. Meanwhile, 50% of recent college graduates are unemployed while millions work in jobs that do not require any college. Like me! College is right for some people, but it's not for most people. Beware the education bubble!

Tulalip: Experience the magic at Relay for Life - As someone who has relatives, friends and co-workers who have fought courageous personal battles against cancer, I urge you to join me in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Marysville/Tulalip as we come together as a community on June 9 to celebrate survivors, remember those who are no longer with us and raise money to find a cure. I attended my first Relay For Life last year at the Marysville-Pilchuck High School track, where Tulalip Tribes Chairman Mel Sheldon Jr. and I helped kick off the opening ceremonies.

Tulalip: ‘Bubble' salmon fishing opening delayed - The start of the recreational salmon fishery at the Tulalip Bay has been delayed by two weeks to accommodate the Tulalip Tribes’ ceremonial and subsistence fisheries. The recreational salmon fishery in the Tulalip Bay Terminal Area – known as the “bubble” – is now scheduled to open May 18. The fishery was originally scheduled to open Friday.

Tulalip: Local officials show solidarity against odor - Officials for the city of Marysville and the Tulalip Tribes showed their solidarity with Citizens for a Smell Free Snohomish County by calling for a determination of significance and an environmental impact statement from the city of Everett and the Puget Sound Clear Air Agency on Cedar Grove’s Smith Island composting facility in Everett.

Tulalip: Tulalip Bay 'bubble' salmon fishery delayed until May 18 - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will delay the start of the salmon fishery at the Tulalip Bay Terminal Area by two weeks to accommodate the Tulalip Tribes’ ceremonial and subsistence fisheries.

Tulalip: Tulalip paddle carver shares his art - Jason Gobin has been carving canoe paddles since the age of 6, when he started learning from his grandfather, and on Saturday, April 21, the Tulalip Tribal member gave visitors to the Hibulb Cultural Center a few of the insights he’s gleaned from his nearly three decades of experience. As part of the Hibulb Cultural Center’s lecture and film series, Gobin treated spectators to a show, with the wood and carving tools that he’d brought along, and answered their questions about his practice as he worked.

Tulalip: Vice Chair Deborah Parker Stumps for Violence Against Women Act - As Republican US Senators proposed a watered-down version of the Violence Against Women Act, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) held a press conference in Washington, D.C. today featuring Tulalip Tribes vice-chairwoman Deborah Parker, a victim of sexual violence and an advocate for Native victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Comment: A "Family Violence Act" to protect all humans from family violence should replace the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA is sexist and ineffective. Women commit the majority of child abuse. VAWA does not protect children from them. The vast majority of studies on family violence find that women are just as violent as men in relationships, and that the majority of domestic violence injuries to women occur in relationships in which both partners are violent. Yet, VAWA ignores female perpetrators. You cannot create a whole solution by ignoring half the problem. VAWA is sexist and ineffective, and should be replaced by a Family Violence Act.

April 2012

Tulalip: Cabela's at Quil Ceda Village opens to high-fives - Cabela's, "world's foremost outfitters," opened the 110,000-square-foot Quil Ceda Village store on the Tulalip Reservation today to the cheers of more than 3,000 eager customers. They entered the store through a crowd of grinning employees, who exchanged high-fives with each one.

Tulalip: Bomb threat forces evacuation of Tulalip Walmart - A bomb threat last night forced the evacuation of the Walmart store on the Tulalip Tribes reservation. No explosive devices were found in the store.

Tulalip: Qwuloolt estuary restoration event near Seattle - On April 14th of 2012 the Allen/Quilceda Watershed Action Team held an Earth Day Celebration in beautiful spring weather at the Qwuloolt estuary restoration site near Seattle adjacent to Ebey Slough of the Snohomish River. According to a fact sheet put out by the Tulalip Tribes, today's work was in preparation for breaching the southern levee along Ebey Slough after work is completed on a new western levee in 2013.

Tulalip: Artwork for Cabela's means work for many - From the outside, the Cabela's that will open this week at Quil Ceda Village looks like any of the retailer's other stores. Inside, however, this Cabela's will reflect the art and culture of the Tulalip Tribes, on whose land the outdoor outfitter's store sits. That was something the Tulalips insisted on, said Tulalip artist James Madison.

Tulalip: Marysville schools, Rotary team up with Tribes for opportunity expo April 17 - The Marysville Rotary, the Tulalip Tribes and the Marysville School District are partnering to provide what they intend to be a dynamic college, career and work expo for all 11th grade students enrolled in the Marysville School District. Students will be bused from each of the eight high schools in the district to one of two morning sessions scheduled for April 17 at the Tulalip Resort Orca and Chinook rooms.

Tulalip: Tribes elect new tribal board member - The Tulalip Tribes have a new member of their board of directors in Deborah Parker, replacing Marie Zackuse, who spent more than 20 years on the board.

Tulalip: City of Marysville, Tribes co-host APWA conference April 4-6 - The city of Marysville and the Tulalip Tribes are partnering with Snohomish County to host the American Public Works Association Washington Chapter 2012 Spring Conference at the Tulalip Resort Hotel and Casino from April 4-6.

March 2012

Tulalip: Cabela’s store sets up camp for April opening - When Cabela's opens a store here next month, customers can expect one thing: a good time. he 110,000-square-foot store is situated along I-5 in Quil Ceda Village, which includes powerhouse retailers Walmart, Home Depot and Seattle Premium Outlets. The Tulalip tribe's resort and casino also are there.

Tulalip: Indian artifacts found at Mukilteo ferry dock site - The area proposed for a new ferry terminal in Mukilteo is laced with a shell midden containing Indian artifacts, but state and tribal officials say it won't necessarily pose an obstacle to the project. The midden contains items such as tools and spear points made from stone and animal teeth and bones, according to a draft environmental document for the ferry project.

Tulalip: Tribes plan more retail construction - Despite a sluggish economy, the Tulalip Tribes will continue to expand the retail mix at their Quil Ceda Village development, Tulalip Tribal Council President Mel Sheldon told the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce Feb. 24. “We now employ more than 3,500 people, both tribal members and others, making us the third-largest employer in Snohomish County,” he said. “Like other gaming sites across the state, we have become a major engine for strong economic development.”

Tulalip: Sheldon gives State of the Tribes address - In his State of the Tribes address for 2012, Tulalip Tribal Chair Mel Sheldon Jr. praised the Tribes’ partnerships, both within the Tribes themselves and with the surrounding community and outside agencies, as key to its sustained success in the face of ongoing economic challenges.

Puyallup and Tulalip: Shipyard offering new apprentice positions for tribal members, vets - Tacoma’s last remaining major shipyard, J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding Co., today announced a new apprenticeship program designed to create a new generation of skilled shipbuilders while providing jobs for Native Americans and military veterans. The jobs program, sponsored jointly by the Puyallup Tribe, the Tulalip Tribe, the Tribal Employment Rights Office of the Pacific Northwest Regional Tribes and the Helmets to Hardhats program, will train apprentices in skilled trades while the shipyard builds its first fishing boat in two decades.

February 2012

Tulalip: Manure-Fueled Electricity Generator Benefits Tribe and Local Farmers - A renewable energy venture in the Puget Sound area of Washington State virtually turns manure into money. In 2003, the Tulalip Tribes formed a partnership with local dairy farmers to pipe their cow's waste to an anaerobic digester that converts it to electricity. The digester is owned by Tulalip and managed by Qualco Energy, a nonprofit joint venture between the 4,100-member Tulalip Tribes, the Northwest Chinook Recovery and the Sno/Sky Agricultural Alliance.

Tulalip: Hear the State of the Tulalip Tribes - The Greater Marysville-Tulalip Chamber of Commerce's monthly Business Before Hours meeting this month features Tulalip Tribes Board Chairman Melvin Sheldon Jr. giving his annual State of the Tribes address.

Tulalip: Volunteers plant trees at Qwuloolt Estuary - Sound Salmon Solutions, formerly known as the Stilly-Snohomish Fisheries Enhancement Task Force, is working with the Tulalip Tribes to plant 10 acres within the next 15 months at the Qwuloolt Estuary Marsh.

Tulalip: High School principal honored by Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation - At their February 3 luncheon, the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation honored Shelly Lacy, principal of Tulalip Heritage High School, for her work in preserving and teaching Lushootseed, the native language of the Tulalip Tribes.

Tulalip: Rep. Larsen visits Qwuloolt Estuary - U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, took the time on Monday, Feb. 13, to visit the site of one of the Puget Sound and Adjacent Waters Restoration Projects that his support helped make possible, right in south Marysville. Larsen met with a number of representatives of the city of Marysville and the Tulalip Tribes to discuss the progress of the Qwuloolt Estuary Restoration Project, which Tulalip Tribal Board Vice Chair Glen Gobin recalled had started in 1996, the same year that he began his first term on the Tulalip Tribal Board of Directors.

Tulalip: Family, Tulalip tribe feuding over lucrative land - To the Campbell brothers, the 56 acres of prime land near the Tulalip Tribes' popular casino and outlet mall was a chance for the family to generate income for generations to come. But the Campbells are now in a dispute over the land with their own tribe and the federal government, saying the tribal council and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs purposefully devalued the land and then offered a quick, below market cash value to the 50-plus shareholders - and got enough sellers to gain a majority ownership.

Tulalip: Tribal members fight against drug-trafficking - Roy Pablo, 34, of Tulalip, now is helping organizing a grassroots campaign against drug-trafficking on the reservation, he said.

January 2012

Tulalip: Longtime Monroe dairy farm now turns manure into money - Like so many dairy farmers, the Werkhovens felt the pinch in 2008 when milk prices plunged, hay prices rose and there was the ever-present issue of finding appropriate ways to dispose of waste. When Daryl Williams of the Tulalip Tribes, strolled into their pasture one day with an idea on how to turn manure to money, Andy Werkhoven was ready to listen. The Tulalips were interested because the Werkhoven Dairy is at the confluence of the Skykomish and Snoqualmie rivers, the historic fishing area for the tribe. Williams got the tribe to invest $150,000, convincing members that where the site was concerned "cows were better than condos." The U.S. Department of Energy came up with a $250,000 grant and the Department of Agriculture gave $500,000.

Tulalip: Seattle Premium Outlets adding parking garage - Last summer, the the Simon Property Group announced their plans to expand the Seattle Premium Outlets’ retail space. "The Tribes are very excited about this," Tulalip Tribal Chair Mel Sheldon Jr. said. Sheldon credited his predecessors and peers on the Tribal Board with laying the groundwork for the Tribes’ ongoing economic expansion, which he hopes will benefit the Tribes’ neighbors and Snohomish County as a whole.

Quileute-Tulalip: School bus driver who died was ‘respected' Tulalip elder - A Tulalip tribal elder died at the wheel of the Quileute Tribal School bus he drove as he was on his way to pick up students early Monday morning. Lloyd Hatch of LaPush was 63. Trooper Russ Winger, spokesman for the State Patrol, said the investigating officers believe that Hatch experienced a "medical event" while driving the bus. There were no students in the bus at the time, he said. The cause of death was not immediately known, Winger said.

Tulalip: Monster Seattle Snowstorm: Perspectives From the Tulalip Nation - The snow has hit and stayed at the Tulalip Reservation, located in Tulalip, Washington, half an hour north of Seattle. Surrounded by towering cedar, pine, hemlock and fir trees and nestled on the beautiful waters of the Tulalip Bay, the Tulalip Reservation and surrounding areas haven’t seen this much snow in years. Tribal and community members have tucked in and rode out the weather for the most part, staying with friends and family to ride out the storms.

Tulalip: The value of intergovernmental relationships, by Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring - With the challenges of government more complex than ever before — from economic recovery, local jobs creation and transportation infrastructure — the need for more efficient and responsive government along with intergovernmental cooperation has never been more critical. For a recent example of this collaboration in action, the Marysville City Council and Tulalip Tribes Board of Directors held a rare joint meeting at City Hall in December. At the meeting, Tulalip Chairman Mel Sheldon and I, with pens in hand, signed a handful of agreements beneficial to both Marysville and Tulalip following approval by both the Tulalip Tribes Board of Directors and the Marysville City Council.

Tulalip: Tribes celebrate sixth annual 'Tulalip GIS Day' - The Tulalip Tribes celebrated "Tulalip GIS Day" on Dec. 7, and invited the public to learn more about how the Tribes use information to make sound decisions in the areas of resource management and community development. The Tulalip Data Services Department's Geographical Information Systems Team hosted the sixth annual event, which recognizes the information-rich software that has helped the Tribes change their planning processes for their future. "By providing us with complex data on the Tribes' major initiatives — such as salmon runs, tree stands in the forest, or community zoning — GIS has made our job of planning for the next seven generations a lot easier," said Michael Cardwell, an associate planner in the Tribes' Community Development Office.

Tulalip: Dairyman counts benefits of digester - Andy Werkhoven found a better way to deal with the manure his 1,000-cow dairy produces. Werkhoven, who owns the dairy with his brother Jim, is part of Qualco Energy, a nonprofit that owns an anaerobic digester. The environmental group Northwest Chinook Recovery and the Tulalip Tribes also are part of the nonprofit. Keeping wastes out of the river system benefits salmon, which are the centerpiece of Northwest Chinook Recovery and an integral part of the Tulalip Tribes' culture. The digester turns waste into 450 kilowatt-hours of electricity, which is sold to Puget Sound Energy, and fertilizer.

Tulalip: A bridge between white, Indian worlds, William Shelton preserved his culture - From the time of his birth in 1868, young Whah-kay-dub's parents groomed him to be tribal spiritual leader, an "Indian doctor." Whah-kay-dub -- later to be known as William Shelton -- became a much more important figure than either his parents or the white world would ever imagine. Early in the 20th century, Shelton was the reservation's greatest ambassador to the world outside the reservation.

Tulalip: NW Bridal Showcase moves to Tulalip - The ninth annual Northwest Bridal Showcase will move from the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at Comcast Arena to a new home at the Tulalip Resort Casino's Chinook and Orca ballrooms on Jan. 14 and 15. The Tulalip Resort Casino and nearby Seattle Premium Outlets offer dining and shopping opportunities within easy walking distance. These attractions may also serve as a draw for more Canadian visitors to come to the Bridal Showcase.

December 2011

Tulalip: Northwest Tribes Call for Navy Support of Green Tug Program - A Tacoma shipyard with a 30 percent Native workforce could build six fuel-efficient tugs for the United States Navy, if final contracts win approval. If the contract for additional tugs is approved, the next tug would be the Tulalip, the first battery-powered tug in the fleet. Tulalip Chairman Mel Sheldon said construction of more tugs will support critically needed jobs. "Further, J.M. Martinac’s operations serve as a springboard for Native American and veteran apprenticeship programs and perpetuates an 87-year tradition of providing a steady workforce in the community."

Makah-Tulalip: Tribes Receive Funding for Engine Upgrades - More than $1.3 million in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants are going to Indian country in Washington state to upgrade boats with low-emission engines. The Makah Nation received $750,000 to upgrade nine commercial fishing vessels. The Tulalip Tribes received $576,525 to upgrade 13 vessels used for dive fisheries, gillnet fisheries, and for enforcement and rescue patrol.

Tulalip: Tulalip Heritage football completes first football season in 100 years - Tulalip Heritage High School Hawks football is back after a century. Never mind that the team went 2-6 this year — it's about restarting a tradition. "This was their first year, but the kids tried really hard and persisted," Heritage principal and Tribal member Shelly Lacy said. "There were some big losses, but they kept positive." This season also served Heritage's rivalry with Lummi Nation School by expanding it to the gridiron.

Tulalip: Passenger dies in head-on collision of two pickups on reservation - A man died Friday afternoon after a head-on collision on the Tulalip Indian Reservation. The driver of the Ford truck, 57, and the driver of the Dodge truck, 16, were taken to a local hospital. Their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, Snohomish County Sheriff's Office bureau chief Kevin Prentiss said. But the youth's passenger, 50, died at the scene.

Tulalip: Tribes lobby Navy to give tug contract to state shipyard - The Tulalip Tribes are among several Indian tribes lobbying the Navy to build its next fleet of tugboats in the Northwest. The J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp. in Tacoma employs about 100 shipbuilders, has a journeyman program for American Indians and employs 30 percent of its workforce from various tribes, according to the Tulalips.

Tulalip: Tribes honor retiring Forest Service supervisor for his partnership in their stewardship - The Tulalip Tribes honored retiring regional Forest Service Supervisor Rob Iwamoto on Friday, Dec. 2, for his six years working with the Tribes to protect their treaty rights on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

November 2011

Tulalip: Healthy changes grew from Tulalip teen's work

Tulalip: Tribes program trains American Indians for construction trades

Tulalip: Indian Tribes Don’t Agree on Online Poker

Tulalip: Tribes member sentenced in embezzlement case

Tulalip: Ammonia tank washed up on Tulalip beach is removed

Tulalip: Large tank of poisonous gas washes up on Tulalip beach

Tulalip: Ecology, U.S. Coast Guard, EPA, Tulalip Tribe monitoring leaking ammonia tank on Tulalip Reservation

Tulalip: Hibulb Cultural Center tells a good story of its people

Tulalip/Upper Skagit: Native-American gallery does more than sell art

Tulalip and Makah: Clearing Washington’s air with diesel technology for school buses, maritime vessels and construction

Tulalip: State has first new hydro plant in two decades

October 2011

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