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Volume 23 Issue 10
Chief Taholah Days 2012
Tentative Schedule of Events
Wednesday, July 4 8 am. Perch fishing derby 9 am. Opening ceremonies Posting of colors Noon Parade Noon Fish bake 1 pm. Canoe races lap 2 pm. Field sports 3 pm. Royalty pageant 5 pm. Community dinner 7 pm. Boxing 9 pm. Dance and Kendama contest Dusk Firework display Thursday, July 5 8:30 Fun run/walk 11 am. Traditional field sports Noon Fish bake 1 pm. Watermelon/pie eating contest 1:30 pm. Canoe races lap 2 pm. Field sports 3:30 pm. Talent show 5 pm. 3 on 3 ages 10-adult 7 pm. Boxing 9 pm. Dance and Kendama contest Friday, July 6 Noon Intertribal softball player lunch 1 pm. Intertribal softball games 2 pm. Canoe races Chow Chow 4:30 pm. Bingo 5 pm. Kayak races
The Geologic Hazard Beneath Our Feet
By Dr. Paul Johnson, School of Oceanography, University of Washington Submitted by Joe Schumacker, Quinault Department of Fisheries With the Pacific Northwest located at the edge of the North American continent and bordering the ocean, those of us calling this region home have the junction of two large tectonic plates in our backyard the young, heavier oceanic Juan de Fuca plate and the older but lighter North American continental plate. It's the difference in the two plates' density that results in the scenic Olympic Mountains but also creates a potentially dangerous landscape for us. From northern California to Vancouver Island, a span of over 500 miles, the Juan de Fuca plate comes in contact with the continental plate. This area of contact is called the Cascadia Subduction Zone, as the heavier Juan de Fuca plate dives beneath and is overridden by the lighter North American plate. The relative motion of the two plates over the surface of the earth is slow and continuous. Yet when there isn't any movement or slippage in the zone where the two plates actually touch, this means the plates are locked - and that's troublesome for scientists. Why do scientists suspect the plates are locked? There are almost no small earthquakes occurring along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and this lack of small earthquakes means the fault is locked and stress from the colliding plates is building, What does it look like when the contact zone between these two plates is locked? Place your right hand over your left hand. Now move your left hand under the right hand. This is the Juan de Fuca plate subducting beneath the North American plate. Let's lock the plates. Now press both hands tightly against each other and try to move your left hand beneath the right hand. Can't do it? Now maintain this pressure until your muscles tire and one of your hands slips. When your hand slips, just as the plates will, this is the motion that creates earthquakes. The last time the locking between the Juan de Fuca and North American plates failed and the Cascadia Subduction Zone fault slipped, the result was a magnitude 9 earthquake in 1700 AD that created a tsunami which destroyed coastal villages in Japan. The TohokuOki earthquake in 2011 that devastated northern Japan was of similar magnitude. Yet before scientists can answer the question of "Why do the plates become locked," the question that must be answered is "What is happening along the Cascadia Subduction Zone?" While this region was considered an interesting geological feature and the subject of other research studies, it is only now receiving concentrated systematic study and funding because of what will happen when the "locked" region fails a possible tsunami and devastation of coastal areas. This summer, several cruises are occurring off the Washington coast to gather data to answer the question of what is occurring along the Cascadia Subduction Zone. This July, scientists aboard the R/V (Research Vessel) LANGSETH will survey the area between Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay, creating a 2dimensional acoustic image of the geological structures beneath the ocean floor. This will provide the first detailed picture of the contact zone where the Juan de Fuca and North American plates meet off the Grays Harbor coast. Creating this image is accomplished by first emitting low frequency pulses of sound from instruments towed behind the ship. The sound pulses penetrate the seawater, are reflected by the rock structures beneath the seafloor, and are recorded by the receiving array being towed behind the ship. While the technique is straightforward, there are many practical issues that can prevent the data from being collected. On board are observers whose specific job is to monitor for visual or acoustic signs of whales or other marine mammals. If whales are detected, the sound sources are immediately turned off to prevent any negative impact and follow federal laws protecting these animals. Because of the complicated acoustic gear being towed by the ship, it is essential that the measurements are taken in relatively calm seas, which means the surveys are a fair weather operation. If the waves become too rough, research is halted. And finally, because of the long hydrophone streamers towed by the ship, and the requirement for straight survey lines, communications with other users of the area and predictable tracklines are essential. Because of the potential seismic hazard and possible impact that subduction zone earthquakes will have on coastal communities, the Cascadia Subduction Zone has become a focus area for U.S. scientific research programs. The LANGSETH cruise off Grays Harbor this summer is just the first of several scientific cruises planned for this year and will provide the basic data needed for other cruises doing more detailed studies that are scheduled for next year and beyond. The focus of all these studies is to further understand the geological hazard that we live upon and prepare for the inevitable earthquake.
Queets Fish Processing Plant Project
The Queets Fish Processing Plant project is moving forward to start construction. Jim Sellers, Matt Sansom, Steve Sansom, and Norm Baker constructed and erected the EDA construction sign on the project site on June 11, 2012. Jim, Matt and Steve with Newton Valley Construction have cleared the building site under a force account effort approved by EDA in preparation for construction. Norm and Jim are in the final stages of reviewing the engineering specifications and drawings. We expect to go to competitive bid to select a construction contractor to build the project in the near future. We project that the fish processing building will be completed by this Fall. The Queets project includes a fish processing building, cranes to move fish from the boats and pickups to the plant, a modern boat ramp, trailer parking, and a short access road. The plant includes fish transfer from boat / pickup to plant, fresh fish processing line, pet treat and other value added products processing line, ice machine, cold storage, chiller, packaging and shipping, restrooms, office, lunchroom, and maintenance. All products will be processed to federal and state human consumption standards. The plant will process Queets River fish for the fresh market during the fishing seasons. The plant will also process chum and pink salmon block fish into specialty, value added, salmon products to human consumption standards including dog treats,
Left to right: Matt Sansom, Jim Sellers, and Steve Sansom. Photo by Norm Baker jerky, pepperoni, hot dogs, breakfast sausage, and other products. Later this summer, we will recruit the initial trainees for specialized hands -on and classroom training at Indian Valley Meats in Alaska to operate the Queets plant. Trainees successfully completing the training program will receive HACCP certificates (food safety management system) to process fish products for human consumption. In addition, the successful trainees as Queets plant employees will receive additional training at the Queets plant at the start of operations. The Queets plant will offer the opportunity for full time employment in food processing, handling, packaging, and distribution as well as needed support infrastructure for local fishermen. The drawing below presents the Queets Project site plan.
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The Quinault Reservation coastline displays many examples of what happens where two tectonic plates meet. In this photo we can see deep sea sediments (called Hoh Mélange) that have been "bulldozed" off the oceanic plate. These nearly black rocks are a chaotic mixture of completely broken siltstone and more resistant boulders. The deformity found in these outcrops displays the major forces generated by the movement of large segments of the earth's crust which continue to this day. A QIN Shoreline Management Plan is currently under development which will include geological factors to be considered in our management of the shoreline. LJW photo
The letters printed here are the opinions of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Nugguam staff, QIN, or the Tribal Council.
A great big thank you to Queets people and Skokomish and Squaxin as well for jumping in and helping with the Father's Day dinner at the Shaker Church. Thank you to everyone else in Taholah who helped so much with everything that had to be done. I can't thank everyone enough for the donations, including the T-shirts, and the birthday cakes and desserts which were awesome. Thanks also to the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino for the Father's Day cake. It was wonderful to see so many people from all over in the Shaker Church. Masi. I also want to thank those who donated for the silent auction and those who participated in the bidding. I appreciate so much those who worked on the church. It looks great. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your efforts. Welcome aboard, Jeannie. Sincerely, Rocky Buck
$5,000 payment to Seniors
The passage of this annual payment to the elders seems to have not been understood by our Business Committee (BC). They are unaware of the distrust that exists from members about how they operate and spend our funds. They brought no factual information about the financial status of the Senior Program and how seniors are served. They left the entire responsibility to our treasurer, which I believe is a huge failing of how the constitution allows nine councilmen to be left with no accountability. I have stated for years that our major programs should be assigned to only one BC member. We still have no idea how much funding our major enterprises make and how many operate at a loss. Assign the enterprises to one or no more than two BC members. I believe that Councilman DeLaCruz should have shouldered financial questions concerning seniors. He was allowed to say nothing. He got off free and that should not have occurred. How many senior meetings has Councilman DeLaCruz attended? Does Councilman DeLaCruz contact seniors who live off- reservation? Is Councilman DeLaCruz aware of their financial status? How much funds were allotted to seniors in the past few years? There are at least six other major programs that should be assigned to single BC members. That is now what I see can snowball on this BC. Will the Education Department ask for $2 million? Will the clinic ask for $2 million? Will the Police Department ask for $2 million? How about Health and Child Services? They could be provided $2 million. I can see all of these programs demanding funds of this amount and having them approved by a Special General Council if the BC acts in this manner that just occurred with the seniors. Evidently seniors are not entitled to know any real financial information. That is what I saw. No programs are entitled to hear the real status of the major programs. That is where we are. Compounding this is the release of $2 million for the Paddle, $800,000 for the store in Aberdeen, purchase of a liquor store in Aberdeen, buying a restaurant in Lake Quinault, $1.5 million for the BIA building in Aberdeen. All this, and they have no money for seniors. This BC can do better, or it will get what it doesn't want and they appear to be on that road. They need to assign BC members to all of our major programs and have these BC members aware of the finances of the major program they are assigned to. The biggest eyesore is what is occurring with the enterprises. At least one person but no more than two BC members should be assigned to it. They are wasting money, working with-
out any controls, and have no employment rules whatsoever. They are paying outrageous salaries and are making no efforts to use that money to help programs and services. The new store in Aberdeen will do nothing for members even though the Chairperson stated in the Daily World that it would support money for programs and services. If that is the case, there should be plenty of open meetings to tell us what percentage of profits will be automatically released to programs and services. We should have input on who is hired and their salaries. There is no job on this reservation where a salary about $60,000 is justified. If they are that good, let them start their own business. Lastly, they should have worked to approve the dispersal of funds that I brought to General Council at the annual meeting. They could have addressed this senior issue by passing it. They may be out of a lot more money if they believe they can turn a blind eye to members' need to know about our programs and services. Stephen R. Frank
Well, free enterprise is still alive and doing quite well under a few trying circumstances. I would like to comment back to the membership who we owe free enterprise to. Also, at the same time I would like to point out some very important things that were either overlooked or were just quiet for embarrassment sake. Just about all the comments made to the business committee at the last meeting held in Queets were anything but close to the actual reality of the problems the fish house has build up to through the past ten to fifteen years. First of all, it has been during the years pretty much a social program. I know for a fact that Mr. Ralston was about the last hard nose manager the fish house had and even his hands were tied at times by the council. People worked and there was substantial profit, meaning money in the bank. Now we have been through three or four since then and they all seem to need something; the last manager sounded pretty desperate to say the least and it was all the free enterprise's fault. Now we come to the good part. First of all, the fish house prior to the free enterprise was having problems to begin with. They knew what it was but continued to travel down the same path. The fish house has so many advantages over small business startups that it's not even funny. First of all, there is no property tax on trust land. What would it be? Well, how much do you think the fish house is valued at, times property tax percent if it were like say ocean gold or Washington crab. The manager doesn't have to pay for $4,000 instruments to check the coded wire tags. That's done for them by the fishery staff. By the way, two buyers are totally independent and do their own marketing; as a matter of fact one of them is a University of Washington graduate with a business degree and the other is a very well educated Native woman of one of the oldest families from the village of Taholah and she markets her own product. Also the other is as sharp as any fish manager I have seen in the past fifteen years. She'd love to lease out the fish house; she could handle everything we have and go after more. Smart and educated Indian women always seem to be a real threat to Indian and non-Indian men alike. The truth to the matter is that the whole community really is benefitting from free enterprise. The fishermen that sell to the fish house or buyers both get better prices because of the free enterprise competition. If there was no free enterprise there would be lower prices and the members know that. To say that the fish house serves all and is no need for buyers is quite comical, like saying we have the Shaker Church so why do we need the other two. Not really much thought put into the comment paper. Pretty much tear that one apart like the white discussion one. In regards to the $90,000 of sardines that was offered, at least that still beats the 16 totes of fish that were sent down two years back to South Bend from the town plant. How much was that worth that our guys in the fish house never got to process, or the truck loads of clams that also went there? And those fish were never wire coded tested; that was a big no-no according to our self-regulated status. All the advantages the fish house has over the small businesses is that it is one trust land and does not pay any federal tax because of trust resource. The clam buyers are anything but fly by
Reward for the Elders
Well, it looks like the elders will come in last again, which is no surprise to me anyway. Too many high strung tribal members against the per capita because it will affect the big bonuses some of them get from the tribe and enterprises. I guess we should have told the Business Council we needed $5,000 to go on the paddle journey. We might have gotten something then. I'm not against the paddle journey. In fact, I'm all for it 100 % because it's about the only traditional thing that this tribe has today of our forefathers. We have come a long way, baby, because everything is non-Native programmed and modeled after their government. Well, anyway we have something to look forward to as elders: a big meal on the last Thursday of each month at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino and a big $10 coupon to play slots or cash in if you want. Whoopee!! I believe the "Great Nation" image abroad is more important to our elected officials than us elders. I wonder what the members of ATNI and NCAI would think if they knew what we really have here for our elders, youth and tribal veterans. I guess one day to come something good will come about for our elders, youth and tribal vets, by ACTION and not all talk and promises. Thank you and God bless. Sincerely, Johnny Bastian Quinault Tribal Elder
Nugguam "To Talk"
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Deadline for August issue is July 20th.
Quinault Indian Nation Tribal Council: Fawn Sharp - Chairman Andrew Mail - Vice-Chairman Latosha Underwood - Secretary Larry Ralston - Treasurer Tyson Johnston - First Councilman Jim Sellers - Second Councilman Donald Waugh - Third Councilman Richie Underwood - Fourth Councilman James DeLaCruz - Fifth Councilman Gene James - Sixth Councilman Sandra Wells-Kalama - Seventh Councilman
night and if they do show up with a couple of non-Indians, that still beats the fishhouse managers status unless he's an American Indian enrolled somewhere like all our so-called fly by night buyers and the other Indian buyers have hired other enrolled members and put them to work. How many of those Hispanics are married to our women and live in the community? As for the cherry picking, the fish house not too long ago refused our fish on the Humptulips because they had small bumps on them so they refused to take them. We went to our biologists and they said they were definitely eatable. So who's cherry picking? Well, they got their 3% tax back from the council which in my opinion was very discriminating, to say the least, because they did not treat the other American Indians the same way. In the real world this would have never been allowed to take place and we all know it. But we have to save the relatives in the fish house at all costs. I would like to address the loan situation. The buyers are not allowed the private information on loans of any member in regards to the fish house; that was made clear by the fish house manager. That has to be worked out by the council through the QNEB. All in all, the resource is not being squandered by a few. The whole fishing community fleet, gill net and set net are all benefitting immensely, and I might add all the way to Queets. Since the free enterprise the Quinault fishing members have never seen it so good. The bold Native company had a tender out on the Chehalis and catered to the drifters just like in Alaska, which the managers for the past umpteen years had the same opportunity to do, but refused. The other buyers went to the landings and picked up the fish from the little guys and paid them a better price, which the manager had the same opportunity to do but again refused. Our members have never seen so much respect from their own buyers that it was often asked why the fish house would never do it. It was the same old answer: Title 51 stated you had to sell to the fish house and did not have to pick up your fish; that was your responsibility. We just took it to the next level where it should have been. Even the council could care less or the QNEB, which in my own opinion really has to be either done away with or get some people on there that know how to actually run a business and understand Title 51. A lot of reasons for better prices is the buyers are educating the fishermen on how to clean their skiffs and keep the fish bleed and iced; this makes for a very top notch product. One of the buyers has markets all over and buys all over and does all his own marketing. That's the college grad. I forgot to mention he also had a quarter of international marketing math at the Udub (that's what he calls it). He and my little sister, they hate my cougar coffee cup. The only way the level field can be helpful for the fish house is for the fish house to hire a manager who knows how to market his own product and cut back wages on the huge overhead. When you're on trust property and buying trust resource, those are huge advantages, not to mention the canning and processing you have built in your business to start with. No small business has that advantage. Plus the $178,000 that was just handed back to the manager. I still find that very discriminating against our own people. The council should really be ashamed of themselves; no shame no honor is the old saying. All in all, the lifestyle has improved for all the members who have fished for a living. Better prices provided better living because of the free enterprise competition. Good Fishing, Robin Mail
The Nugguam is a monthly publication of the Quinault Indian Nation (QIN) to inform, to educate, and to stimulate interest in QIN and community affairs. It is also aimed at raising the awareness and respect individuals have for the Reservation and its resources. Tribal members and staff are encouraged to submit letters, articles, poems, photographs, drawings or other art to be considered for publication. Written material received should be kept to a minimum of words, either typed, e-mailed, or neatly handwritten, and signed. We reserve the right to edit for clarity and length, and to reject any letter that we feel may be libelous, in poor taste, or is unsigned. Respect is a traditional value of the Native people, and will be maintained in these pages. The opinions expressed by individual authors do not necessarily reflect the view of the Nugguam staff, QIN, or Tribal Council. If you feel overlooked because you haven't been mentioned in the paper, please let us know or contact Larry Workman at ext. 287 (Communications Manager/Photographer).
Congrats to QNPD Employees
You deserve so much recognition. Be safe out in the field always. Officer Ricardo Gonzalez on your recent return from the Police Academy. You made it and we are so proud of you! Heidi Bennett-Muhlhauser: Promotion to Dispatch Supervisor. Thank you for keeping our officers safe out in the field. My husband Ron Quilt: Promotion from Officer to Lead Detective. So proud of all you do. Keep up the great work. Your kids and I are so thankful for you. Keep smiling and I'm here for you always. Sincerely, Mrs. Quilt
Clarinda Underwood "Pies" - Editor Elaine Silzer - Communications Tech
2,100 copies of the Nugguam are distributed monthly. Published by the Quinault Indian Nation. Printed by The Daily World in Aberdeen, WA USA.
activities, staff time to seek outside funds, contracts to gain right-of-way from property owners and promotional materials to name a few. If a budget exists for the use and expenditure of the Quinault Nation's $1.38 million, I've never seen it and I try to keep myself informed of such things. In fact, I posted several questions on the QIN's internal bulletin board (via email) and later submitted them to a meeting that was advertised for the community where we could ask questions and receive answers to be more informed. From various other internal QIN posting of questions including mine, I received one phone call from an elected official and then a response was posted as follows by President Sharp: "The Quinault Business Committee and canoe families will be hosting a community meeting in the near future to provide answers to many of the questions raised in these posts. We will publish our notice widely soon. Please stay tuned." (April 9, 2012) Since I depend on a van pool for transportation to and from work, I submitted my list of questions to the person who is designated as the coordinator; this was the response to my submittal: "I will make sure these questions are answered and make sure you get a response. Thank you." The next day I received the following email: "Jennifer, the meeting was very productive last night. I wanted you to know that I gave your questions to the tribal council." It further stated that there had been a councilmember "... delegated the point of contact on the government side for planning of this event. For further inquiry please contact him. I believe you will be getting a formal response from him regarding the questions you asked." (May 22, 2012) Other than the one phone call from the BC member, to date I have not received answers to the list of questions. Now here we are at the end of June and when you drive between Moclips and Taholah, you can't help but see dump trucks coming and going into the Point Grenville site. Many tribal members and employees have expressed their concern over these activities including permits, the degradation and ecological impact to this precious site, the destruction to our sacred coastline, the cost associated with doing this, etc., etc., etc. The most recent information that's been stated by many is that "a concerned tribal member called the Army Corp of Engineers" out of their concern about the impact on our land due to this project. It is my understanding that a review has now been provided to the BC from QIN staff post an enormous amount of site work there. But now we will have to wait to see what the Federal Government thinks about what's been allowed to be done to our own sacred homeland, not by outsiders, but by our very own leaders who took an oath to "...Solemnly Swear (or affirm) that I shall preserve, support, and protect, the Constitution, By-Laws, Tribal Code of Law and Quinault River Treaty of 1855, of the Quinault Indian Nation to the best of my ability, so help me God." (QBC ByLaws Approved July 14, 2008, p. 12 of 14). Like many Quinault members who raise concerns and ask questions, we are labeled as "trouble-makers" or worse, that we don't support our culture! My culture doesn't come with a price tag; my culture is how I live my life each and every day. If you read Facebook, you'll see a whole bunch of dialogue and name-calling of those who dare to post their concerns as well. A fellow employee asked me directly one morning if I was starting a petition to stop the 2013 Paddle? Of course I am not, but I at least appreciated being asked directly to my face. Do I have concerns? Absolutely! Will I get flack for writing this? Absolutely! But is this the right thing to do? I believe so. But so far not one of my questions has been answered as promised; and, like many others in our Quinault Nation who feel helpless to get control of this situation, what is the alternative? Do we really have $1.38 million (and growing) to throw at this project? Let's say we actually did and we actually had a plan, is this still how we should spend our scarce Quinault resources? One unnamed elected official shared that this initial amount (of $1.38 million) was just the beginning and then held up four fingers! I would rather have a plan for the 2013 Paddle to be hosted by Quinault people that we can actually afford and includes the Quinault people's vision for what that is or should include. Placing makeshift and pre-fabricated buildings at a location that is inaccessible and fragile instead of having a vision that is more long term and consistent with Quinault needs is more than just foolish; it is irresponsible! I recall several years back when our General Council voted to place funding for a Quinault Museum as our number one priority. What happened to that as well as other General Council mandates? When is our voice going to be respected? By the way, my list of questions was very basic: What's the budget? How was this site chosen? Are we following our laws and regulations? Are we following our procurement policies? Is there Quinault preference in hiring? Are these jobs advertised? Should we have alternative plans for hosting? Where is the documentation and minutes when these decisions are being made? And other related concerns. I'm not alone with these concerns; if anyone else shares these concerns, then we have a collective responsibility as Quinaults to do something before this completely spirals out of control and time runs out to come up with a secondary plan since the QIN has been committed to this event in 2013.
No one is above the law
The Wilderness Zone, the site of the new structures which are to be built at Pt. Grenville, is a ½ mile from the ocean, from Moclips north. Was there a variance approved by the QBC? Does it comply with the Sanitation and other codes? Do the roads and trails meet compliance? Do we have the proper right-of-ways? When challenged in court and it will be, the Nation is sure to lose. Grays Harbor County has already publicly stated their position on fee lands. As an attorney at law, Tribal Judge, National Leader and Chairwoman, I criticize Fawn Sharp for supporting this project openly. You can't overlook the QBC elected officials as they carry the vote of action as participants, right or wrong. What is the BIA's responsibility as Trustees of the affected allotments? I believe the BIA is open to a lawsuit by landowners. Under the Allotment Act of 1882 or there about each 80 acres or so have a deed of ownership individually signed by three different presidents of the USA. The Nation owns approximately between one third to one half of the Quinault Reservation and 2,500 allotments were granted individual ownership. That ownership by undivided interest has multiplied beyond recognition. I do support the Paddle but do it legally. Research your codes regarding the Wilderness Zone. Sincerely, Justine James Sr.
cle program. I have talked with the school principal and they are willing to work with me and the senior kids who have credits to earn. Also, I would like to get some more training. Right now, we have to start small, teach, teach, and teach! There is a lot of information on the internet that I have been looking up. I believe that having access to a computer at work is vital so I can send emails and make flyers and share what I am learning with our Tribe and others within our communities. I would appreciate your support in my learning endeavors and being able to supply this vast information so we can save the earth and save money at the same time. Sincerely, Grace Kelly Kalama
Canoe journeys then and now
I read with sadness many of the posts on the Quinault discussion page. When I moved here there were many church, birthday, memorials and naming events going on that included dinner and gift giving. A filling, nutritious, delicious meal was served consisting of food brought by those attending and gifts from the hunters and fishermen. No one left hungry or empty handed. The only huge feasts were tribally funded and catered. Now there are mostly family invited events as things have gotten so out of hand. No one dares to put on a feed of just chowder, chili and fry bread for all the village to come. Fundraising for events is constant and for everything. I was on the beach when the canoes came in for Paddle to Seattle. This event was viewed by a few press people, some people who just happened to be in the park that day and the support crews of the tribes involved. Canoe family members who could attend stood in awe or cried as the first canoes came into sight and their songs were heard across the water. The emotion of all there was so palatable, the air throbbed with the beat of the drums. People there were enthralled when the canoe reached shore. I will never forget this. It seems to me that this great moment in our time has now evolved into a financial fight and struggle with each hosting tribe impoverishing themselves to outdo the other. Last year a huge cedar hat, this coming Quinault hosted in 2013, three totem poles. There are many coastal Indian tribes that cannot afford to host a paddle. But canoe families can paddle to visit and potlatch with each other as before. My family just concluded a family paddle down the Columbia River. They were met by and fed and housed by family members on family land at stops along the way. A Snohomish tribal canoe joined them. This journey ended at Fort Columbia with a `first fish' dinner. Everyone had a great time. For any nation who wants to and can afford these huge gatherings, I wish them all well and look forward to attending. I hope we can accomplish the great occasion planned for here on the Quinault that will make everyone proud and happy. It will take everyone's help and support. Marianne Koontz
Suppose Native Americans boycotted the golden arches
Editor's note: At the request of Charisse Martin, we are reprinting this letter written by her father Randy Capoeman to The Daily World about 10 years ago. The Makahs have picked up where they were forced to leave off. The hunt is on. I don't expect non-Indian people to understand, nor do I force them to accept our traditional ways. I suppose if we were to oppose the American culture which I'll call the Industrial Revolution I'd be run over again. And if Native Americans were to rally our forces and boycott the golden arches and fiercely protest the slaughter of thousands of cattle each month or maybe stand together and protest the abortion clinics that dot this country hey that would certainly put a dent in the ol' bank book. But, hey, those are not front page or top-rated stories to boost ratings and sell papers. And of course I don't blame this generation of non-Indians one bit for being left out about the truth of our plight, long and bloody as it is. The history books simply do our plight no justice. But guess what? We are still here. We indigenous folks are here to stay and we will not be rubbed out or forgotten. Personally, I have managed to put aside the "Indian culture is evil" mentality and used my God-given talent to bring a small portion of understanding and beauty to the eyes of art lovers around the world. I was told by some misinformed Christians that I should stop my painting and drawing because the designs and culture are evil. This kinda set me back a few years, but finally with the help of God, I got a grip on what this is all about. I am who God made me to be. I'm a Native American. I sound different. I look different, and we are the first inhabitants of the North American soil. What a great feeling and confidence this brought to my spirit. My art took on a new energy and my understanding deepened. My roots were confirmed. I'm assuming here now, but let's suppose that non-Indian Americans really focused on reconciling our past and brought their attention to better understanding and accepting our ways. This would have to be a miraculous intervention by the supernatural God and this intervention would open the eyes of our non-Indian neighbors. Oh well, it was a nice thought. Instead of suppressing and controlling, maybe try allowing us to be us. What a great revelation. But manifest destiny is in a hurry to make a "buck" and so many of you are missing out on the beauty our people have to offer. I have no degrees to boast of and I lead a simple life. I am not proud of my past. I managed to drink my life away for 17 years and have no one to blame but myself. I had a personal experience with the Lord in 1983 and this encounter changed my life. I've been clean and sober for 17 years now and I'm currently attending the River of Life Ministry in Aberdeen. This has been great for me. I am the only Native attending so far, but there are no color barriers here. We sit as brothers in the Lord. My prayer is that there will be peace among our people and the people of America and that we will teach respect for one another and esteem the other higher than ourselves. Time is short. Randy Capoeman Quinault Indian Nation
My culture doesn't allow for the desecration of our Quinault homeland
Jennifer L. Scott By now many of us in the Quinault Tribe have been made aware of the preliminary "vision" for the 2013 Paddle that will be held on the Quinault Reservation next year. Unfortunately though, many of us Quinaults have not had a say in what that vision should be. For example, the primary site chosen is the old Coast Guard station at Point Grenville (by whom sadly neither is verifiable and/or unknown nor can anyone produce an official record of its selection). There are some posters in various locations in the villages with images depicting a variety of structures that are proposed (per this poster) to be built at Point Grenville. It's no secret that a primary player in this event and what's being proposed isn't even Quinault. A document that was located on the internet titled, "QUINAULT SPIRITUAL SITE RESTORATION" describes the building and erection of three poles. One of the three poles has a price tag of $2 million. You can read about it by following this link: http:// indianwarrior.org/documents/ Quinault%20Spiritual%20Site% 20Restoration.pdf How is it that outsiders can come to our Quinault Tribal homeland and advocate for "Quinault Spiritual Site Restoration" and then lead the charge to outright destroy this very site and, have permission by those doling out the money? It pains me to my core to see such destruction of our Quinault land and it should every Quinault member. Why is this happening? Who's benefitting? Whose legacy are we trying to fulfill? In this online document there is a request to "send checks to non-profit organization: Quinault Indian Nation Canoe Society P.O. Box 216 Pacific Beach WA 98571." A quick search for this non-profit organization with the Washington State Secretary of State's Office, Charities division states: "There are no Charitable Organizations that match your search." It's very possible that this does exist, but if it did, that charitable organization listed above should clearly include the 501c3 number to demonstrate its legitimacy and proper identification for any donors to verify as well, especially if it has "Quinault Indian Nation" in its name! Then there's the cost associated with carrying out the preliminary "vision" which, if you happened to attend the May 29th Business Committee meeting held in Queets, you would have witnessed BC action to approve a $1.38 million appropriation for the "vision." But even before this appropriation on May 29, there have been various activities associated with the "vision" for 2013 Paddle that have been funded, which include carving
Recycle is the Native Way
Well, first of all thank you for sending me to this training because I have learned so much. I didn't realize there was a different way to recycle. And we are in dire need of change, when it comes to recycling we have much to teach our people and we need to begin with education by starting with our schools. And to teach them at a young age, it's not going to be easy - it is going to take a lot and it's going to be a long process! We need to take one step at a time. Right now, Quinault Nation recycles cardboard and that is with the Quinault Tribe only. Currently our community does not recycle cardboard. But we have to begin somewhere. Some residents do recycle cardboard but not very many. There is so much that we can recycle. We would cut our waste bill significantly. We have to be aware there are a lot of people that would come here to pick up our product, such as brokers that we can work with. Some will also provide bins and storage containers. There are also a lot of grants out there to help us with setting up a recy-
around. I do and pray about it daily sometimes with tears because the one thing I want most is to be home with family, my wife Lago, my mom, the people that love me the most. The other day on the phone I asked my mom what is an area in my life which I need to be strong and courageous. She said, "in my family, being a father, and in my addiction to drugs." It hit me and gave me more strength in believing in changing for the good, which is what I want most in my life. I hate being separated from family. Reading the word of life and worshipping Jesus Christ is what helps me through my days. He has specifically let me know my wife Lago is the lady He wants me to spend my life with which I believed ever since I met her. My instruction is to be a true believer in Christ and have faith in Him. If I can learn something from what I believe in and bring it back to my people, I accomplished something He sent me to do. I still believe in the heritage of my Native people, like sweat lodge and singing. I never will give it up because I was taught since I was a little boy and I stand strong when it comes to Native heritage. I believe in taking everything and putting it on the table and working with what you have, like learning new things to guide you to change to find the best for life and what it is all about. But first come the steps you really need to put your heart/mind to work. (John 3:16) "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 1:510) "This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light as he is in the light we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus his son purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives." The Bible is the most powerful book this world has. Every word in it is true. There are more sinners sinning in this world than believers. We need more believers of the truth. I stay strong in my faith and don't care what people say about me because I believe in something that can and will change a person's life to become the best one can be. Long ago my mom told me some elders in our community have been asking about me. Send my love to Shirley and Earl. You both are in my prayers daily. (1 John 2:15-17) "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world the love of the father is not in him. For everything in the world, the craving of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does come not from the father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away but the man who does the will of God lives forever." So what I say to those out there that think they don't have anything better in life but to live a problem troubled life, take a look at prison. It isn't fun, never will be, but believe in God. He paid his life on the cross for our sins. What we can do is teach those about Him, lead them to Jesus Christ because he is the best, oh yes He is. Drop me a line. I would like to hear from you. I send my love to my mother, aunties, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, wife Lago. I miss you honey. Write me at: Charley Parker #38629-086 Federal Correctional Institution PO Box 1000 Butner, NC 27509 The Cultural Center received a Basic Library grant for After School Reading to hire a tutor part time and to purchase library books. We also had an opportunity to include some Quinault language with the kids and made visits to the Head Start, and couple times at the High School. Dora Bringsyellow has been very busy this year with the children. When the After School Reading first started there were around fifteen kids, and then it dropped down to eleven and now we have around three to five children that visit the center and read and do their home work. Once school is out the program will still be operating. We would like for your child to visit the center during the summer months. There will be many different projects planned along with the children keeping up with their reading.
Walk in the light
To all my Christian brothers and sisters, I pray for you and all our people in this time of change. May God be with you and your families. My name is Antone W. Luscier II. Some people know me as Big Dawg. I have given my life to God and asked Jesus to forgive me of all my sins and I know that he has. I would like all those who know God and believe in Jesus to know that they do not have to be afraid of the curse that has been left on me for too long (2 ½ to 3 years). I would like everyone to know all they need to do is hold on to their faith in God and believe in Jesus and don't allow all that is good to be taken from them. There are those who walk in darkness that are afraid to step into the light because if they step into the light their sinful wicked ways will be seen and people will know how it is they really are. Isaiah 9:2 "The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death. Upon hath the light shined." I tell you now all you have to do is turn to God and ask Jesus for forgiveness of all your sins and you will be forgiven. Walk with God, keep Jesus in your heart, read the Bible and always pray for others as I have prayed for you. Antone W. Luscier Quinault Enrollment #888
QIN Wellness Court
Something new is on the horizon. The Quinault Tribal Court will launch a new program called the Wellness Court. Instead of punishing drug and alcohol offenders, the Wellness Court will focus on healing substance abusers. The program is expected to be operational by July 2012. "The Tribal Council and the Court have been in discussions about the Wellness Court for at least the last year," said Leona Colegrove, Quinault Judge. "The Tribal Council, in its continued efforts to address the drug problem in our community encouraged the Court to explore starting a wellness/ drug court. The Court began discussions with service providers, Court staff and legal counsel on the topic, which led to the creation of a Wellness Court planning team." Teamwork is at the very heart of this new approach. The Wellness Court core team consists of the Drug Treatment Court (DTC) Judge, DTC Clerk of Court, Prosecutor, Defense Attorney, DTC Coordinator, DTC Case Manager, Probation Officer, DTC Law Enforcement Liaison Officer, and Treatment Provider. The primary goal of the program is to support the establishment of each individual participant's recovery. The target population is adult non-violent substance abuse offenders. All DTC team members work together to guide participants on a healing journey. Involvement in the program lasts from 12 24 months, depending on the participant's progress. "The emphasis of Wellness Courts is on addressing the underlying causative factors that led to the legal situation in the first place, rather than simply putting a tribal member in jail and hoping they find a way to heal on their own," said John Gibson, Quinault defender. "The Wellness Court initiative is a real opportunity to make some meaningful progress in addressing the drug and alcohol problems which continue to plague the community." The Wellness Court program has the potential to benefit all levels of the Quinault community: lower the financial and labor costs of managing repeat offenders, create an opportunity for Quinault members to avoid criminal convictions, increase community support for healthy lifestyles, and reduce crimes associated with or resulting from substance abuse.
In the Tribal Court of the Quinault Indian Nation In Re Estate of Henry James Jackson, Jr.,
John Gibson, Attorney for Mary J. Jackson, Jr., hereby gives NOTICE to all relatives and other interested parties that a hearing to consider a Petition For Probate and Request for Letters Testamentary, seeking the appointment of Mary J. Jackson Jr., as the Personal Representative for the estate of JAMES HENRY JACKSON JR., who was an enrolled tribal member of the Quinault Indian Nation, is set for a hearing on July 17, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the following location: Quinault Tribal Court 136 Cuitan Street Taholah, Washington Failure to appear may result in an Order affecting your rights to the estate of JAMES HENRY JACKSON, JR. For information, please call the Quinault Tribal Court Clerk at (360) 276-8215 (ext. 222) or John Gibson at (360) 276-8215 (Quinault Office) or (360) 532-9633 (Aberdeen Office).
This notice is intended for Lisa Nicole Sivonen, a member of the Quinault Nation, to inform her that there will be a custody hearing in regards to Anthony W. Dillon Jr.
The letter I wrote in the March Nugguam called "Devil's will vs God's comfort" came from my heart. I could not have written those powerful words without believing in the Lord Jesus Christ. I keep comfort in God and He keeps on loving me and guiding me daily. I have an open mind which is clear from all drugs. I keep on believing daily. As I saw my bro Roderick's letter, I can say this, "Bro, I love you man. Keep on believing in what you do to get through another day behind the walls. I send my prayers. Believing in something that will bring you far in life is the best." I believe I will be home soon with my wife Lago and my mom, the two ladies in my life that keep me on believing and strong daily. You can find the best things in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches nothing but the truth in life. Materialism is all around us. I know it isn't easy to give up things around you, but sometimes you have to. Like a drug life, it gets old and tiring. I saw the hurt in my loved ones' eyes. I tell myself every day I will not turn back to drugs again. Since age nine I have lived on drugs. I thought I had to so I could make it through the day. Now family and God are the things on my mind. They will bring fun and will push out the devil. First we turn to drugs and then they control us and we start causing problems. You can say you don't, but I have seen it. Drugs brought me nothing but trouble with people, the law and prison. Every day I miss my family. Prison ain't cool. You think I would want to be sitting in a cell? It takes you from the world, the people that love you they have a hard time sleeping knowing that their son/ husband/brother/cousin is in prison. You never know what can happen in these places. This isn't what I believe in, not one bit. I can say this. I wish I was the best person my parents look at me to be. The best thing I can say is to believe in changing your life
July 24, 2012 Puyallup Tribal Court 11:00 am. 1638 E. 29th St., Tacoma, WA
Boat for Sale
36 foot Ocean Trawler Crabber "Terri Ann" White with maroon trim 3208 Caterpillar main engine It's parked and has not moved in a couple of years $7,500 as is where it is Comes with trawl gear and hayrack Trawling poles are lying on the dock beside the boat It's on float 21 in Westport Please call owner: Lawrence Lorton Contact Number: (360) 593-5694
Quinault Cultural Center Tribal Library
Above: Kylie Dan, Dora Brings Yellow and Kayleah McCrory work at the table while two other kids are busy at the computer. Below: Brooklyn and Asia Hernandez
Photos courtesy of Leilani Chubby
Complete Application Packages due by Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 at 5:00 pm to be considered at August 2012 Planning Commission Meeting.
Thank you Leilani Chubby
Office of Emergency Management
The recurring question that I continue to hear from community members is, "What is the Office of Emergency Management?" My answer is simple. It is a discipline that involves preparing for disaster before it occurs, response plans for when a disaster does occur (e.g., emergency evacuation, quarantine, mass decontamination, etc.), and recovery plans to rebuild our community after a disaster. The Quinault Nation has taken steps to ensure the safety of the Reservation's people and workforce by being proactive and establishing my position, Emergency Management Coordinator. I am excited to begin working with everyone to get prepared, establish strategies for response, and setting up recovery plans. My success depends on your support! In general, successful emergency management is the continuous process by which all individuals, groups, and communities work together in an effort to avoid or lessen the impact resulting from potential disasters. Activities at each level of emergency response and intervention (individual, group, community) affect the other levels. Emergency management starts with individual participation, which ties together the larger emergency response structures. In other words, emergency management will save lives and property if the community comes together in a united effort to support one another. It's better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret. - Jackie Joyner Kersee festivities are almost upon us. There will be added danger of wind driven and falling firework debris that can set fire to wood roofs or the very dry, fine fuels that surround structures. Please take the proper precautions by keeping your yard trimmed and mowed. This will reduce the risk of a small fire turning into the loss of property, homes, or even lives. The firework stands will be up and running. Please take the time to watch your kids and take the proper precautions when lighting fireworks. We have already had occasion to experience accidental explosions, too close for comfort, some near the fully stocked firework stands, so please take a few moments to take precautions, and have a great and safe summer. CERT Training Opportunity: There is the potential for an up and coming Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training in Taholah. If you're interested, please contact my office at 276-8211 ext. 397. We are looking for at least 10 to 15 participants from the public and/or Quinault Nation workforce. Once we have enough participants, I will schedule the class in early September. The CERT Program educates people in disaster preparedness for hazards. CERT also trains individuals in basic disaster response skills such as: fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not readily available to help. CERT members are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness project in their community. John Preston Emergency Management Coordinator
Quinault Strategic Plan Community Meeting and Dinner
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 Taholah Community Center 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Dinner will be provided. Background
The 2012 Quinault Strategic Plan is nearly complete and ready for final community review. To accomplish this, a 30-day public comment period will begin July 1 along with a Community Meeting to be held on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. Input from people from across the Quinault community and tribal government informs the goals and priorities for our Nation for the coming years. It is a strategic plan in action that helps us work together across the Nation towards our shared dreams. Please save the date and plan on joining us to help with final review of the 2012 Strategic Plan. Copies of the Plan and a comment form can be picked up at the main reception desk of the Quinault Administrative Building or online at www.quinaultindiannation.com. If you have any questions about the Strategic Plan please call 360.297.8215 and speak with David Montgomery (x263) or Eugena Hobucket (x366) or email [email protected] or [email protected]
July 4th is almost here! June is past us, and as we move into July, please be especially aware of the added foot traffic and kids playing near and around sidewalks. July 4th
Taala Fund Receives CDFI Certification!
By Natalie Charley, Executive Director It has been a wonderful and busy journey so far, and Taala Fund has reached another milestone - Native CDFI Certification. "What is that," you ask? Native CDFI stands for Native Community Development Financial Institution. A certified Native CDFI means we are certified by the U.S. Treasury as having met all the requirements to become certified and eligible for a bigger pool of lending and technical assistance dollars. To become certified, Taala Fund had to meet the following requirements: Be a legal entity at the time of certification application; Have a primary mission of promoting community development; Be a financing entity; Primarily serve one or more target markets; Provide development services in conjunction with its financing activities; Maintain accountability to its defined target market; and Be a non-government entity and not be under control of any government entity (Tribal governments excluded).
Refinancing Your Car: "Why Should I Care?"
By Edcelena James What does the term refinance mean? And why should you care? When we purchase a new or used vehicle we normally finance through a banking institution. When you purchase your new or used vehicle, be sure to pay attention to your interest rate and the bluebook value. Try to get more value for your purchase. But what if your original car purchase is not as good a deal as you thought? You need to ask yourself, does refinancing make sense for you? All these questions can be answered through your local bank. Reasons why you should consider refinancing your vehicle: Lower interest rate. A majority of payment would go to the principal and less to interest. Lower monthly payments. Lower interest rate would reflect back to minimize your payment. Credit rating. You paid off some bad debt and your credit rating is at all time high. Upside down loan. You owe more than the vehicle is worth. (Check your bluebook value of your vehicle). Pay off. This simply means you want to pay off your car sooner.
Native Business: Honesty to Approval
By Jim Stanley Honesty is powerful and it is one of those things you either have or do not. In business, those conducting themselves honestly generally last longer and have more economic opportunity because business is about relationships. In lending, a loan request is best carried forward when a borrower is able to share freely the strengths and challenges facing their business. An experienced lender understands that threats and challenges are always looming and it is those owners able to clearly describe past mistakes and learned lessons that are more likely to be approved for financing. If a lender does not understand a borrower's request or gets the feeling (s)he is being misled and/or information is omitted, then it is unlikely a credit approval will be obtained. A lender walks the line between borrower and credit officer working to satisfy both parties and should be viewed as a borrower's advocate. In applying for credit or renewing an existing facility, the job of the borrower is to educate the lender on how the borrower's business functions and how they will be able to make payments on time and in full. The speed at which a lender can comprehend the mechanics of a borrower's business determines the speed of a decision. Said another way, if the lender does not understand a borrower's business they move more slowly, collecting information in batches until they are able to explain to their institution why a borrower is a good risk and would be a good rela-
We met all those requirements and submitted our certification application in mid-December, 2011. In mid-May, 2012 we received notification that we were certified! We look forward to improving our products and services to our customers, and certification means we can work harder to achieve that goal. A big thanks goes out to staff, board members, the QIN leadership, and our customers. Thank you!
Simply put, the reason for refinancing is to put you in a better financial standing. "Auto refinancing is one of the best kept secrets around for saving you money, but most people never thought of refinancing their car. Car refinance is the same as home refinance. When refinancing car loans, you pay off your current car loan with a refinancing car loan from a different lender that has a lower APR". (CarBuyingTips.com) The impact is not only paying off your car but also staying within your budget. In conclusion you should care about refinancing your car because you can save money, increase your cash flow, and possibly, pay the car off sooner. To see if refinancing is for you, seek a financial advisor from your local bank on any refinance questions.
The Offenders: The rapist isn't a masked stranger
Approximately 2/3 of rapes were committed by someone known to the victim.1 73% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger.1 38% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance.1 28% are an intimate.1 7% are a relative.1
tionship to keep. A lending institution needs enough loans to amass a portfolio large enough to generate income to pay for the overhead and salaries of the institution. If profitability is not achieved which can be hampered by making bad loans, over time a lending institution will cease to exist. A lender fulfills the role of production and is on the front lines of their institution, whereby it is their role to find lending opportunities and bring good borrowers forward to a credit officer and explain why the loan should be made. A business owner can help a lender be an effective advocate for their loan through proactive communication in sharing "the full story." In addition to sharing financials to determine debt service coverage ratio, liquidity, and collateral coverage, a borrower helps themselves by working to identify key risk points to their business such as customer concentration or controlling costs in a declining market or growth management. Furthermore, isolating sources of repayment is a powerful tool a business owner can utilize to help themselves gain an approval. Three standard sources of loan repayment are: Primary (Net income from business); Secondary (Borrower's personal liquidity); and Tertiary (Liquidation of collateral). Jim Stanley freely shares his knowledge and is a tribal member of the Quinault Nation and board member of the Northwest Native American Chamber. He is a senior lender with Craft3, a community development financial institution lending to Tribes and tribal member owned businesses. C o mme n t s ma y b e s e n t t o : [email protected]
AROUND THE CAMPFIRE Column for July 2012
teachers who come in with newfangled ideas are sometimes run off the campuses. At the four BIA boarding high schools where I did my dissertation, all had some idealistic Anglo teachers who showed up right out of teacher colleges, eager to teach Indians. A few of them never came back when they went home to Iowa or South Carolina for Christmas. Out of 168 teachers that I interviewed on the four campuses (Chemawa, Stewart, Sherman, and Phoenix), no more than 30 were career people with BIA schools. The same thing happened when I was at Bacone College. At least two of the new faculty went home from Oklahoma to New Jersey or Pennsylvania for Christmas, and we never heard from them again. We had to hire new people in the middle of the year. A handful of colleges report low dropout rates for Indians, ranging from 10% to 25%; they are mostly Ivy League colleges with high admissions criteria. Among them are Harvard, Stanford, and Yale. But most colleges have dropout rates of 60% to 90% for Indians. One of the best studies of the Indian dropout ever done was at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Ted Jojola and his wife Dr. Delia Alcantar found that the cumulative dropout rate after 20 semesters--ten years--was 83%. Dr. Ardy Bowker at Montana State University did perhaps the best piece of research on the Indian dropout 20 years ago. She found that the dropout rate for Indian females in high school was 51%. Northern Arizona University has a dropout rate that varies from 75% to 85%. My next book, "The American Indian Dropout," will document this with citations from some 350 related studies and reports. Since lots of people have covered up the statistics on the Indian dropout for decades, I suspect some of them will attack me on this report as well. I have been attacked by the best cover-uppers. Very few people want to face the truth; even fewer want to do anything about it. One of the biggest frustrations we face at Catching the Dream is people wanting to apply for Indian scholarships. Once we explain to them that there are only eight such Indian scholarships with any real money (we draw the line at giving away $20,000 or more a year), some of them get frustrated and give up. We tell them FastWeb, the most comprehensive scholarship site, now has 1.5 million entries in its database. Some of them act as if they don't want to hear that. It's like they feel they should get some of the mythical Indian money at the end of the rainbow, even if they are not enrolled in a tribe and can't prove they are Indian. Getting Indian money is part of their Indian heritage, or what they think is their heritage. A few of them give us the same kind of story that Elizabeth Warren gave a few weeks ago--that her grandmother had high cheekbones, proving she was Indian. That is so racist and stereotypical that her opponent is now throwing it in her face on a daily basis. It may cause her to lose her Senate race in Massachusetts against a Tea Party Republican. We almost never hear from high school counselors. Most of the time we hear from students, followed in frequency by mothers. We hear from fathers, but not that often. They often tell us their grandparents or greatgrandparents were Indians. Sometimes they don't know what tribe. When they allege to know the tribe, about 75% of the time it is Cherokee. That Cherokee great-grandmother of that blond blueeyed woman is so widespread as not to be believed. Some of them tell us they are descendants of two or even three tribes, and they want us to tell them which tribe they should enroll in. They get frustrated when we tell them we couldn't possibly know, from the scant information they have given us, what tribe to look for. If they tell us they are Cherokees from Illinois, we are really stumped, since the Cherokees are ei-
A Handful of Indian Scholarships
By Dr. Dean Chavers Indian students who want to go to college have an unlimited amount of possibility. If they study hard and get good grades, they can attend any college or university in the U. S., including the Ivy Leagues. Unfortunately, few high school counselors and teachers are telling them that. Fifty percent (50%) of Indian students drop out of high school. I often wonder if the racist attitudes of school people will ever change. It has not in my lifetime, which is almost three-quarters of a century now. It seems to me that counselors have three different functions-- counseling, discipline, and career preparation. The first two take so much time that they only once in a while get to the third one. Counselors who have to deal with absenteeism, students who have been suspended for bad behavior, and the like--all the negative things--are in the wrong position to help students prepare for college or vocational school, the positive outcomes. Only 17% of Indian students go on to college from high school. And since 50% of these high school students drop out before graduation, only 8.5% of Indian students enter college. This compares to 70% nationally. Thus Indian enrollment in college is only 12% of non-Indian enrollment. And 82% of these Indian college students drop out before they graduate from college; they never earn a degree. For every Indian college graduate per unit of population, there are 30 non-Indian graduates. And the gap has been getting larger over the past 40 years, not smaller. Indian schools are supposed to be producing blue-collar people, not white collar ones. Young idealistic
ther from North Carolina or Oklahoma. If they tell us the tribe, we are glad to tell them how to contact their tribal enrollment office. We love to hear of the success stories, though. Isaiah Rodriguez (Laguna) came to see me in January of 2008. He had been a high school dropout from the ages of 16 to 21. But one day he woke up and said, "Is that all there is?" He was working as a low -end cook in a restaurant in Albuquerque. I spent two hours with Isaiah, showing him how to find scholarships. When he came back with his application, he had found 102 scholarships, the highest number any student has found in our 26 years of existence. He applied to all of them, and won 70. He just got his college diploma from the University of Hawaii a few weeks ago. We do all we can to open the eyes of the Indian students to the real world of scholarships. But it is like an ant trying to push an elephant. We mail to the high school counselors every year, and have for over 20 years. But it does little good. At this point, out of 1,080 counselors at Indian high schools, we have gotten contact in the past two years with exactly 16 people. My theory is that there is a huge elephant out there started by Capt. Richard Henry Pratt at Carlisle in 1878. It's called assimilation, meaning Indians should learn English, how to make beds and plow fields, and not much else. Not much has changed. College is not for them. Dr. Dean Chavers is Director of Catching the Dream, a national scholarship organization in Albuquerque. His last book was "Racism in Indian Country," published by Peter Lang. His book before that was two volumes, 800 pages, called "Modern American Indian Leaders," published by Mellen Press. Peter Lang will publish his next book, "The American Indian Dropout," in 2013.
Spiritual Leaders of the Quinault Nation called on for Prayer at the 2013 Canoe Journey Site, Pt. Grenville
Children Allowed for the first time at Pow-wow held at Walla Walla
Tekie Rosander, Mitchell Powers, Pastor Jacob Meadows of the Bickleton, WA church, Susan Powers, Naomi Walther, Jerry Walther, Andrew Mail, Pastor Tandy Charley of the Lighthouse Fellowship Church, Nathan Powers, Morgan McBride, Katelynn Clinton, Julie McBride, Keith Underwood Jr., Fawn Sharp and Grace Kelly Kalama; dogs are Roo and Char Photo by Pies Underwood
Quinault Tribal Members around the Pow-wow drum: (2nd from left) Joe Hudson in yellow regalia, Dionicio Russell in brown and Roderick Reed in white t-shirt.
Native dancers for Pow-wow; Joe Hudson (standing far right).
Leading in prayer in the white dress is Minister of the Shaker Church, Rocky Buck, then (clockwise) Richie Underwood, Craig Purser, Tony Kramer, Lenny Rosander, Kelly Buck, Kamimi Estavillo, Lee Wilkerson, James DeLaCruz Jr., Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Wilkerson, Jonathan Boyer, Lisa Eastman, and Photo by LJW Pies Underwood.
Lil Johnstone with Joe Hudson
Native young ones dancing
Photos By Doris Knight
Guy Capoeman and Tony Kramer by cedar pole at the work site working. Photo by Pies Underwood
Ann Masten, Roderick Reed, Julie Reed-Frank, and Amelia Blodgett (behind).
Joe Hudson and Yvonne Hudson
The photos of the four graduates to the right did not arrive in time to be placed in the Special graduate section of the June Nugguam. We would like to extend our congratulations to them as well.
Stephen Valentine Centralia Community College
Nicolas Baller Clover Park Technical College
Angie Frank Puget Sound University
Kailyn Fitch Hoquiam High School
Taholah High School Graduation
Above: Charisse Jackson, Justin Law and Tori Shale Right: Allyssa Smith, Kacey Squiemphen and Tia Underwood Below: Tashina Bryson, Vincent Buckle, Cecil Moses Capoeman and Savannah Dan.
Graduation photos by Pies
Taholah High School Graduate Speakers
Taholah Kindergarten Grads
"Behind every success is endeavor...Behind endeavor, ability...Behind ability, knowledge...Behind knowledge, a seeker." ~ Carl Sandburg
Front row l-r: Nohea Robinson-Black, Kiera James, Jeremiah Obi Rivera, Morningstar Bryson and Naveah Jackson. Middle row: Albert Ortivez, Brendan Radonski, Carl Capoeman, Damien Bryan and Hayzin Underwood-Rodriquez. Back row: Walter Klatush, Davian McCrory, Deandre Underwood-Newton, and Eliza McCrory.
Taholah 8th Grade Promotion
L-r: Santino Bailey, George Buck, Dustin Capoeman, Ilia Capoeman, Jeff Capoeman, Leona Cole, Trish Dunn, Jade Jack-Bryan, Jonathan Law, Rheanna Logan, Cloe Martin, KeGat Nelson, Tatum Pulsifer, Paula Ramirez, Dustin Stewart, Karleena Walther, and Marquel Waugh.
around the route looking for riders in distress. "Caution Bike Riders" signs are put out the night before to tell cars driving the route to be on the look out for bikes. Several other people are driving the course to pick up people whose bike gives out and a few where the bike riders give out. Two great stories of riders this year were about Cindy Ralston and Zeke Serrano who currently work at the Clinic. Cindy showed up at 10:00 or so all by herself determined to enjoy a day riding the bike she borrowed. When riding it around the parking lot for a test run she noticed the tires were a little flat. The riders in the vehicle next to her were just getting back from their ride around the Lake already and were already soaked from the rain that had started and didn't mind standing out in the rain a little longer to help Cindy get air in her tires with their pump. Cindy also took one of the free poncho's the Quinault Lodge had donated last year and was ready to go. She made it to the North Shore Grocery where she stopped to get some cash at the ATM to fuel up with something to drink and a candy bar and also pay back the nice guy who paid her registration and TShirt because she was expecting to use her debit card. By this time she was soaked but determined to not let a little rain dampen her spirit, so off she went to catch up with Zeke who had helped adjust her bike seat in the parking lot before getting started and also Roberta Harrison from the clinic too and her husband Jim who used to be with the Fisheries Department. I got to the first stop on the North Shore Road and shortly afterward Zeke showed up and partook some of the t r e a ts , water and conversation. Then on to the next station thinking about the conversation he had with this person who sold him the new waterproof jacket that wasn't so waterproof. As you can see from his picture at the 2nd stop, being soaked to the skin hadn't fazed his enjoyment of the ride one bit. By this time I figured Cindy may need some checking on. The rain hadn't slowed a bit since she left. I was sure her wet blue jeans, which looked great on her, weren't one bit functional for riding a bike in the rain. Going back I found her walking her bike along the road just beyond Luther's Hill about half way to the 2nd stop. She was plenty relieved to see me and explained that her legs were wore out and she was going to "wuss out" and take my offer for a ride the rest of the
Article and photos by Mike Stamon The 23rd Annual Quinault Bike Ride was Saturday June 23, like every year, the last FULL weekend in June. About 150 riders came to this awesome event to ride the 33 miles around Lake Quinault. These are the riders who ride for the adventure of it and aren't intimidated by a little rain in the forcast. Those who showed up early, 7:00 am and got on the road by 7:30 were around the Lake before the real rain started at about 10:30. Those who started after 10:30 were easy to tell apart from the rest; they had the grey stripe up their back to the top of their head from the spray off the back tire while riding on the gravel road. Riders paid $10 for registration, $10 for the bright yellow and blue TShirt with this year's design on it, a donation toward the $382.88 insurance policy the Park requires and then whatever else they wanted to donate toward the Quinault Cancer Fund. The Bike Ride this year was sponsored by Dr. John J. Miller, Dr William J. Tronvig, Dr. Price & Barbara Chenault and Sweatman Trucking. For over twenty years, the Quinault Cancer Fund has held fundraising events to support those in their area affected by cancer or catastrophic occurrences. Since then they have raised more than $30,000 to provide much needed help with
gas, food and lodging expenses for travel for treatment, hospital equipment and other needs. The Quinault Cancer Fund committee who organizes and puts on the Bike Ride consists of Elizabeth Tarbox, Catherine Silvas, Alice Matthyenses, Jean Tobin, Mardll Erdahl & Delma Gilroy. With Catherine at almost 102, the average age of the group is about 82!
way. Drowned rat came to mind way before wuss and it didn't slow down her sense of humor as she flashed her infamous `Cindy Smile'. So off we went to catch up with Zeke, Roberta and Jim. Roberta and Jim had made it to the civilization of the South Shore Road but hadn't seen Zeke since leaving the Bridge. Next priority on Cindy's mind was where to eat. The Quinault Merc opened its snack bar and seemed to have a menu more to her liking than the Internet Café in Amanda Park. We caught Zeke just before we got to Hwy 101. Cindy obviously didn't mind being seen by Zeke in my rig as we skirted by him. He flashed his characteristic smile after we commented about the grey strip down his back and Cindy was now laughing about how she wussed out. Zeke obviously felt good for not giving up and as you can see he was still smiling as he was walking into the school to change out of his wet clothes. The most admirable story was the Mom who gave her bike to her son Brandon who was having mechanical problems with the chain. About half way between the end of the pavement and the bridge the bike quit working all together and they gave it to one of the pick up vehicles that went by. Then her determination kicked in and she started jogging rather than admit defeat over a broke down bike. So off she went. The other mother and the two kids struck out ahead of her and promised to come back and get her after they finished the Ride. She made it just about to the Quinault Merc before they were able to come back and get her. Atta girl Tiffany, you were definitely the most inspirational Rider/ runner participant of the last decade I can remember. I apologize for not having a picture of you to share. This reporter was recruited by Pies who was off doing mom things. Writing and pictures by Mike Stamon, who with his wife Glennis (Quinault Class of '70) help her mom Elizabeth Tarbox, 88, by doing the database that tracks the mailing labels, emailing the registration form out and pitching in on the weekend of the Ride where they can. They totally enjoy the interaction with people they have been seeing for the last 15 years or so. So put this amazing ride on your calendar for next year. The ride is always held the Saturday of the last full weekend in June which June 29th in 2013.
The ride is very well organized if you've never been to it. There are two refreshment stops on the North Shore Road with lots of good energy food & drink; one at the end of the pavement and one just before crossing the Bridge. There is also a sanican at each stop as well as some friendly Bike Ride helpers to cheer you on. Delma's sister kept the formal head count this year at the first stop and also stood in the road and told the car traffic to slow down if they were going too fast. Great character trait of this generation is they are not afraid to point out someone's short fall of not obeying the rules. There are also two Grays Harbor Sheriff cars driven by their VIP's (Volunteers in Police Work) driving
Spay /Neuter Clinic
This year's clinic will begin in Queets and then move down to Taholah. Animal Control is changing things this year and will be taking appointments only for the surgery days. We will be setting up appointments on a first come first served basis with the focus on Elders first followed by tribal members. All animals needing an appointment to get fixed will need to be licensed with the Animal Control Officer prior to the appointment being made. This will help to ensure the focus for the tribal members and should help with controlling the early morning lines. August 26 The clinic staff will arrive in Queets and set up at the Queets Gym. August 27 The clinic will be open for business at 8:00 a.m. for spay and neuter surgeries and vaccines. August 28-29 The clinic will be open at 8:00 am. in Taholah at the Community Center for spay and neuter surgeries only. All animals getting fixed will receive their vaccines at this time. August 30 This will be a vaccine only day. If you have any questions or need to get your animal licensed, please feel free to contact Animal Control Officer Jeff Muhlhauser at (360) 276-4424 or (cell) 590-0891.
New QIN Employee
Police Officer Stephen Valentine began working as a Police Officer on June 18, 2012. He shares, "I graduated from Napavine High School in 2010. I also graduated from Centralia College on June 15, 2012 with Associate of Technical Arts in Criminal Justice, graduating with honors. I like to hunt and fish and I also like to be with family. I am engaged and plan to be married August 2013.
New Product Line at Quinault Pride Seafood, and coming in August full article on Lomi
Mayee and Tonsina
The Mayee is juxtaposed against the tanker Tonsina at Port Angeles during the 2004 Canoe Journey. Quinaults and other tribes are busy preparing for this year's journey to Squaxin Island in July-August and preparations are underway for the Quinault to host Canoe Journeys in 2013. LJW Photo
Taholah Recreation Calendar for July 2012
Children 7 and under must be supervised by an adult family member on all daily events and field trips. Free Lunch Program Monday to Friday Noon by the post office. Wild waves- cost $20.00 for admission ticket and two hot meals (Lunch and Dinner) 11 people total. 3 free tickets with each wild wave trip. The Chaperone/Parent and two youth must participate in the fundraiser the day before the trip. Chaperone/Youth can only participate in this program one time during the summer. This allows for other people to use this program. One youth from a different household-to avoid favoritism and special treatment allegation. Recreation Track and Field every Wednesday with Shaun Straka 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13
QIN Recreation Chief Taholah Days Week
Sunday July 1st- Athena Willison 5k Memorial Run Taholah Administration Bldg. Monday July 2nd Closed Tuesday July 3rd Closed 4th, 5th and 6th, Look for these events for multiple age groups: 3 on 3 basketball tourney, Kendama tourney x 2, Dance x2, Field sports days x2, traditional field sports day, Community BBQ, Kayak Contest, Co-ed Softball, and Intertribal co-ed softball games on the 6th. Quinault Indian Nation Recreation Bake sale on the 4th, 5th and 6th to help raise monies for struggling families in need of financial assistance for our activities that require monies for admission, food and spending money. Donated baked items or monies accepted. Thank you in advance for your support. Friday July 7th: Wild waves trip leaves at 8:00 am from Taholah recreation.
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5k Run Admin at 09:30 am Closed Closed Chief Taholah Days Chief Taholah Days Chief Taholah Days Wild Waves Closed Closed S.S. Mall Movies at 1:00 pm ($20.00) Open Rec. 2-5 pm Day Care Movie-Preschool Room at 1:30 pm ; Lake Quinault at 3:30 pm Fundraising for Wild waves-Parents contact Roxanne to participate or event cancelled. Wild Waves Field Trip Closed Closed Kayaking at the Cove Daycare Movie at 1:30 pm Drum Making Class $20 Closed Quileute Days Closed Quileute Days Closed Quileute Days Closed Elephant Rock Field Trip at 1:30 Movies, pop corn and pop at the Recreation at 1:30 Game Farm-Port Angeles $20.00 S.S. Mall Movie $20.00 Fundraising for Wild waves Wild waves, cost $20.00 Closed Movie at the Taholah Rec. at 1:30, popcorn and pop
Every Monday - Friday 7-8 am coffee social Mondays/Tuesdays crafts 1 - 3 pm 1st Tuesday Julas' Meeting 5:30 pm 2nd-5th Tuesday Senior Movie Night 24 Senior day Movies-Free first 10 people Wednesday Food Bank 11:00 am
Every Tuesday Clean and Sober Meeting 5:30 pm Every Wednesday Noon N/A Meeting Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm Ala-Non Meeting Every other Saturday Clean and Sober Meeting 3:00 pm Monday July 30th--first 15 participants free movie and McDz ($10 for meal).
Blast from the Past
1959 Taholah Days
Left to right: Tootie Inman, Joanne Cole, Louise Chenois, Roseanne Chenois and Crystal Underwood (Sampson). Louise was named Miss Quinault that year. (Photo courtesy of Jonah Billie and restored by LJW)
Recreation Programs Logo Winner Announced
The winner of the QIN Recreation Program Coastal Youth design for the Queets and Taholah programs is Samantha Veach. The logos will be displayed on the Queets and Taholah Recreation vehicles, shirts and flyers. Congratulations, Samantha!
Important Message for Canoe Families Pertussis Epidemic
Make sure you and your family are protected before going on the journey.
The reported pertussis (also known as whooping cough) case count has climbed above 2,000 in our state, with half of the year to go. Over the past decade our state has experienced between 184 and 1,026 cases of whooping cough each year. Secretary of Health Mary Selecky has declared a statewide pertussis epidemic and it's vital that teens and adults get the pertussis (Tdap) booster. Pertussis spreads easily by coughing and sneezing. Pertussis is a highly contagious illness caused by bacteria. It mainly affects the respiratory system (the organs that help you breathe). The Department of Health purchased more than 27,000 doses of the Tdap vaccine for uninsured and underinsured adults to remove a cost barrier. These extra vaccine doses were made available to tribal clinics and local public health departments so more people can get vaccinated. The Tdap vaccine is for people 11 and older and can be found by contacting your tribal health care provider, local health agency, or pharmacy. Only one shot is needed. Younger children need five doses of DTaP by the time they're seven for best protection.
From the Hands of a Weaver
Olympic Peninsula Basketry through Time
University of Oklahoma Press Edited by Jacilee Wray Native artists on the Olympic Peninsula have created and coiled and woven baskets using tree roots, bark, plant stems and meticulous skill. This book presents the traditional art of basket weaving from ancient times to modern practices. It contains a wealth of images. Featured are baskets used in the daily lives of the Klallam, Twana, Quinault, Quileute, Hoh, and Makah. It traces the evolution of baskets and their uses including its revival in recent decades to weavers crafting purses, hats and other modern uses. The authors of the essays collected in this book include Native people, as well as academics, explore the commonalities among the cultures found here as well as the distinct weaving styles and techniques. Because basketry was interwoven with other cultural practices and indigenous knowledge throughout history, alterations in the art over time reflect important social changes. The editor shows how the Native people here participated in the development of the commercial basket industry, transforming useful but beautiful objects into creations appreciated as art. Other contributors address poaching of cedar and native grasses, and conservation efforts faced by today's basket makers. Appendices identify weavers by name, tribal affiliation and describe the distinct weavers' attributes to each culture. This is an important reference book for scholars, collectors and anyone interested in basketry on the Olympic Peninsula. Copies will soon be available at the Cultural Center in Taholah or you may order it through outlets such as Amazon.com.
It takes about two weeks from the time of vaccination to be protected. We ask everyone to double-check with their health care provider to make sure they're up-to-date on vaccinations. If anyone is making the canoe journey and has not had the Tdap vaccine, we urge them to get vaccinated NOW before leaving on the Canoe Journey. While adults may not even be aware they have pertussis, it can be fatal to infants. Getting vaccinated protects the person getting the shot and helps protect people at highest risk for complications, like babies and pregnant women. The increase in adult vaccination is vital to protecting babies who are the most vulnerable because they're too young to be fully vaccinated. DO IT TO PROTECT OUR BABIES If you need information on health insurance or help finding an immunization clinic, call the Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588 or visit www.parenthelp123.org. For more information about the epidemic, visit the Department of Health whooping cough epidemic website; http://www.doh.wa.gov/Newsroom/ SpecialTopics/Pertussis2012.aspx
Around Indian Country
Third Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform Meeting in Albuquerque
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The third public meeting of the Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform was held in Albuquerque, N.M., on June 11-12, 2012. The five members of the Commission along with the Designated Federal Officer convened to move forward on their comprehensive evaluation of Interior's management and administration of the nearly $4 billion in trust assets. The Commission is charged with providing recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior at the end of their two-year tenure on how best to improve the Department's trust management and administration. Building upon the progress made with the historic Cobell Settlement, the Commission will help establish a new era of trust administration, stressing responsive, customer-friendly, accountable and transparent management of these substantial funds and assets. The two day meetings were highly valuable sessions on the nature of the trust relationship and viewing other public and private sector trust models exploring the thoughts and ideas that may be applicable in Indian Country. There were panelists participating at the meeting such as Sam Deloria, Director, American Indian Graduate Center; Bank of NY Mellon, The Northern Trust Company, and Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation representatives; Intertribal Monitoring Association, Ross Swimmer, Swimmer Group, LLC, and Melody McCoy, Native American Rights Fund. The Commission also engaged with various American Indian Youth Organizations in an evening session centered on creating a dialogue to discuss the future of Department of the Interior trust management. The session was held at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, an entity of the All Indian Pueblo Council. Keeping the youth informed and soliciting their input is a major goal of the commission. On June 13, 2012, Chair of the Commission Fawn Sharp (Quinault), commission members Dr. Peterson Zah (Navajo Nation), Tex G. Hall (Three Affiliated Tribes), and the Designated Federal Officer for the Commission and Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Interior Lizzie Marsters participated live on the Native America Calling Radio show. They provided a summary of the two-day meeting, and outlined the objectives of the Commission. Future meetings of the Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform will be held on September 13-14, 2012, Bismarck, N.D.; and December 6-7, 2012, Seattle, Wash. Tribal leaders, tribal organizations and individual Indians are invited to provide recommendations and possible solutions for trust management and administration to improve the delivery of services to Indian Country. For further information, please visit: http:// w w w . d o i . g o v/ c o b el l / c o m mi s s i o n / index.cfm. The Commission values your feedback. To send your comments and recommendations for how to improve trust administration and management, send an email to [email protected]
Quinault Business Committee Establishes FY 2012-2013 Priorities and Goals
Submitted by President Fawn R. Sharp On June 27-28, 2012, the Quinault Indian Nation Business Committee convened a Legislative Session at the Pacific Beach Resort to establish clear goals, direction, objectives, and timelines for FY 2012-2013. The Business Committee identified an extensive list of national priorities, fully debated the priorities, and came to a consensus and unity on five QIN National Priorities. Within each of the five National Priorities, three goals were established, giving the council a total of 15 Business Committee Goals. The Five Quinault Business Committee National Priorities, are: 1). Quinault Business Committee Structure/ Families The Business Committee recognized the need to organize and provide clear structure to its policy-making functions, emphasizing compliance with the Quinault Constitution, Bylaws, Subcommittee Handbook, and Strategic Plan. It established the following three goals: 1) Focus on Quinault Business Committee Core Duties and Responsibilities; 2) Update Human Resource Policy; 3) Improve Subcommittee Functions. The Business Committee also established as a top priority: Healthy Families. The discussion centered on what the council can do to support, encourage, and fund a Healthy Families Initiative. 2) QIN Prosperity The Business Committee agreed to the following three goals: 1) Develop policies to support a Pro-Business Climate; 2) Develop Business Infrastructure (small business codes, zoning laws favorable to business development, etc; and 3) Update our Land Acquisition Plan. 3) Education Many topics were discussed and the Business Committee agreed to focus on the following three goals: 1) Youth and Elders Initiative; 2) Increase Higher Education Rates; 3) Employment and Training Initiative. 4) Tribal Law and Justice In this priority, the Business Committee agreed to prioritize the following three goals: 1) Revising the Quinault Tribal Code; 2) Develop New Codes; 3) Public Safety and Administrative Oversight. 5) National Planning In this priority, the Business Committee agreed to focus on the following three goals: 1) Land Acquisition Strategy; 2) Establish a Data and Research Division; 3) Implement the QIN Capital Improvement Policy. The Business Committee has taken a very positive step in bringing unity to their efforts to serve all the people of the Quinault Indian Nation. While the Business Committee will continue to address the Nation's ongoing needs, this will allow them to make well planned improvements in the areas of focus and priority, as set forth in the QIN Strategic Plan.
The Olympic Mountains' Snow Pack
Fredericks Peebles & Morgan Wins Victory in New York Tobacco Case
Omaha, Nebraska--Fredericks Peebles & Morgan announced today a victory for the firm on behalf of its client HCI Distribution in a lawsuit filed in New York regarding the state's seizure of legally purchased tobacco products from the client. The court's decision is the culmination of a sixmonth long effort to prevent the state of New York from continuing to hold the client's property following a seizure earlier this year. Firm attorneys Joseph Messineo and Benjamin Fenner successfully litigated a court case in New York Supreme Court, the State's trial court, on behalf of HCI Distribution. HCI Distribution is the wholesale distribution company marketing tribal tobacco to Indian Reservations located throughout the United States. The company is operated by Ho-Chunk, Inc., the economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. In January of this year, an HCI Distribution truck was stopped by the Border Patrol and then handed over to the New York State Police. On board the truck were more than $400,000.00 in cigarettes and tobacco that HCI Distribution had purchased legally from Ohserase Manufacturing located on St. Regis Mohawk Tribal land in New York. The cigarettes were bound for the Winnebago Tribe Reservation in Nebraska. State Police confiscated the truck and cigarettes and detained the driver for several hours without a warrant. The driver was eventually released, but the cigarettes were taken to State Police offices and have remained there ever since. No forthcoming criminal or civil proceedings by the State have followed. The New York officials simply confiscated the cigarettes and would not release them. The incident generated a lawsuit in New York Supreme Court in St. Lawrence County by HCI Distribution. The suit filed named the New York State Police, St. Lawrence County District Attorney and other state officials as defendants. The suit contended that the state had no legal right to confiscate the cigarettes because under the plain language of New York law, cigarettes being transported out of the state are not subject to state taxes and regulations. Additionally, there is a specific exemption for the common or contract carriers to legally transport the unstamped cigarettes out of the state. Attorneys for the Firm argued that as there are no taxes due on the tobacco that was seized there was no basis for the seizure. Additionally, the confiscation of more than $400,000.00 of merchandise for six months creates a major hardship for HCI Distribution because there is no guarantee that the tobacco in storage will retain enough quality for re-sale. In a June 18th ruling in New York Supreme Court, Judge David Demarest ordered the immediate return of all property seized by the State Police. "While we are gratified by our ability to offer the winning argument in this lawsuit, we are concerned about the condition of the merchandise seized and the timetable for return of our client's merchandise by New York State authorities. Until the product is actually returned, we won't know the full extent of the financial damage facing our client" Joe Messineo stated. Over the last few years, there has been increased focus by a variety of state officials throughout the country on Native American tobacco manufacturing, wholesale and retail distribution. States are under enormous pressure from the big tobacco companies. The largest participating manufacturers (Altria-Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard,) have threatened to withhold large payments to the states stemming from a 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between big tobacco companies and 46 state attorneys general. This MSA fee has become a significant portion of many states' General Funds. New York's payment alone reaches into the hundreds of millions of dollars annually. However, for many Native American tribes, tobacco products are a significant and sometimes the only source of economic development available to improve the lives of their tribal membership and create a working economy on the reservation. It is an ongoing issue of tribal sovereignty versus states' taxation laws and policies. Fredericks Peebles & Morgan is a national law firm dedicated to representation of American Indian tribes and organizations throughout the United States. In addition to basic legal services, the Firm focuses on legislative and governmental issues, corporate and financial affairs, energy and tax issues, as well as litigation. Firm attorneys have extensive knowledge of federal tobacco laws such as the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, the Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act, and the Federal Cigarette Labeling & Advertisement Act. The Firm has offices in 10 states and Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the Firm website www.ndnlaw.com.
This is a view of the snow pack in July 1978 near O'Neil Pass. This summer snow is critical to the flow in the Quinault, Queets and other Olympic rivers during July-September. LJW Photo and article The last two years have produced abundant snowfall in the Olympic Mountains. However, the overall trend is that we are seeing less snowfall. The amount of snow the mountains receive relates to the health of the glaciers, length of the growing season at higher elevations and the timing of water flow in the Quinault and Queets rivers. While we often hear about shrinking glaciers and how bad it could be for our rivers, they are only part of the equation. It is the snow pack of the Olympic Mountains in summer that is vital to the flows of the Quinault and Queets rivers. However, with the changes in the climate, more of the precipitation is falling as rain instead of snow at higher elevations in the Olympics. If the climate continues to warm, as is predicted, we could well see the loss of this snow pack which will drastically affect the flow of rivers that are vital to the health of the Quinault and Queets river salmon. This is something we need to consider in the future and try to develop strategies that maintain the health of salmon runs in the rivers of Quinault Country.
A Look Back
July 1862 150 Years Ago 1 Congress passes Pacific Railroad Act which authorizes construction of the first transcontinental railroad. 2 President Lincoln signs the Morrill Land Grant Act; provides 30,000 acres to every loyal State to endow agricultural and engineering colleges. (Ultimately 69 colleges established under this act.) 19 The U.S. survey vessel, Fontleroy, moves from Shoalwater Bay to Grays Harbor. July 1887 125 Years Ago 3 The first train from St. Paul to Tacoma over the Cascade division of the Northern Pacific Railroad arrives carrying 600 passengers. Great is the rejoicing of the Tacomaites over the event. 7 A large delegation of Indians, from both the upper valley and Harbor, were camped along the river at Montesano this week and seemed to enjoy the celebration as keenly as their brethren of a lighter complexion. They brought some fast horses. 15 Heavy fires here prevailed in the woods this past week. 29 Blackberry parties have been the order. July 1912 - 100 Years Ago 17 95° F. July 1937 - 75 Years Ago 4 Amelia short of fuel; down at sea is fear. 16 Three oil companies get oil leases on reservation. 22 Call for bids on 8.0 million feet of windfalls on reservation. 28 Heavy mist breaks dry month record. July 1962 - 50 Years Ago 9 Inky Charlie wins Chow Chow canoe race. 10 Telstar communications satellite launched. 11 Telstar transmits first live worldwide TV show. 14 Quinaults sign Taholah-Queets Road permit. 19 The Aberdeen Daily World features photos of coast and proposed road on the Reservation. 25 Razor clams, crabs, and bottom fish wash up in mass at the mouth of Raft River. ** Cold, but dry overcast month. ** Blueback harvest dips to less than 19,000; worst since 1953. July 1987 - 25 Years Ago ** Oliver North testifies in Iran-Contra hearings. ** There are 197 million television sets in the U.S.; 716 million world wide. ** Blueback season nets 24,400.
July Birthdays and Anniversaries
01 Marjorie D. Valdillez 01 Melvin L. Henderson 01 Carl L. Lorton Sr. 01 Marvin E. Oliver 01 Lillian M. Swift 01 Christopher D. Charles 01 Colleen Thompson 01 Daniel R. Carr 01 L. Jordan Martinez-Brown 01 Satanta Valenzuela 02 Shirley M. Bastian 02 Kathleen K. McCormack 02 Carolyn J. Cultee 02 Corrine E. Leclair 02 Letty R. Potter 02 Vontella M. Williams 02 Sidney Smith Jr. 02 Lynda L. Cole 02 Rick L. Grundvig 02 Lisa Ebling 02 Tamara Garza 02 Terri Comenout 02 Brody V. Capoeman-Sharp 03 Dondi L. Blackburn 03 Christopher M. Johnstone 03 Rosanne C. Allan 03 Chipah C. James 03 Alex Meyjes 03 Hunter Preston 03 Jaleh Heck 03 Shanna Corwin Estes 04 Howard J. Logan Jr. "Buck" 04 Patricia A. John 04 Andrew C. Mail Jr. 04 Regina A. Wiley 04 Gordan I. Hobucket 04 Winterlude M. Yamabe 04 Angela L. Cole 04 Joseph A. Chenois 04 Jessica D. Jack 05 Beverly A. Howard 05 Eugene A. Abella 05 Lucetta I. Wiley 05 Candace E. Logan 05 Clifford J. Mowitch Jr. 05 Audrey L. Smith 05 Donald Mullins 05 Brenden Radonski 06 Edward L. Hobucket III 06 Richard A. Sivonen Jr. 06 Stephen R. Frank 06 Lynette I. Charley 06 Jerry R.S. Bremmer 06 Gregory J. Stewart 06 Martin R. Sequak Jr. 06 Anthony M. Johnstone 07 Franklin DeLaCruz Sr. 07 Leta R. Shale 07 Dawn N. Radonski 07 Daymond L. Cole 07 Janette I. Charles 07 Mitchell Brooks 08 Sally A. Wiley 08 Joanne A. Billie 08 Joyce E. Rodriguez 08 Joni L. Miller 08 Diana L. Van Hoy Shea 08 Robert S. Kemp 08 Kui Takeal 08 Kyler Howard-Boyer 09 Robert S. Kemp 09 Carl S. Sotomish 09 Janet M. Jackson 09 Nikki J. Mason 09 Russell T. Snell 09 Kari L. Martin 09 David S. Kalama 09 Ronald Takeal 09 Arielle Burnett 10 Joyce Charles 10 James Jones 10 James M. Armas 10 Romona M. Cultee 10 Katie Kowoosh 10 Amelia D. Blodgett 10 Clara Dillinger 11 Diane L. Armas 11 Shelly S. Bryson 11 William G. Lazzar Jr. 11 Charles M. Saunders 11 Wynona J. Pickernell 11 Guy L. Capoeman 11 Frances J. Trott 11 Sophia Grover 11 Jason E. Strom 11 Eric A. Capoeman 11 Buffy Cole 12 Margaret L. Payne 12 Albert G. Smith Jr. 12 Patrick D. Rodriquez 12 Lenora R. Underwood 12 Julia C. Jacobs 12 Jennifer N. Boome 12 Roger D. Saux III 12 Jacinda H. Medina 12 Tori J. Shale 12 Joseph James 12 Dustin DeLaCruz Stewart 12 Kalecia E. Underwood-Dan 13 Phyllis I. Reevis 13 Wendy J. Mundy 13 Brian L. Olsen 13 Karen D. Ethridge 13 Leon T. Butler 13 Darla D. Smith 13 Kristopher G. Bryan 13 Cari A. Bradley 13 Gary Morishima 13 Dylan Novoa 14 William C. James 14 Brenda J. Capoeman 14 Lester D. Butler 14 Mary J. Jackson Jr. 14 Nietra D. Butler 14 Franky A. Pickernell 14 Samantha J. Wolfe 14 Cody Ray Baller 15 Robert A. Johnson 15 Julia D. Rosander 15 Anthony J. Salandro Jr. 15 Nicole M. Weber 15 Sabrina L. Cole 15 Sean V. Markishtum 15 Kalina M. Ebling 15 Eva Martin 15 Clifford J. Mowitch Jr. 15 Celena Edwards 16 Dianne Weaver 16 John C. Pickernell 16 Anthony A. Perez 16 Merian C. Juneau 16 Craig M. Davis 16 Krissa M. Papp 16 Erika L. Kramer 16 Lucille Williams 17 Carl G. Jackson 17 Lisa G. James 17 Teresa L. Lazzar 17 Hazel S. Jackson 17 Edna M. McMinds 17 Leonard W. Pluff 17 Brenna I.Z. Youckton 17 Celisha Ralston 18 Gene W. Bradford 18 Gerald S. King 18 Woodrow Underwood Jr. 18 Bert H. Patrick Jr. 18 Anthony Youckton 18 Aliza I. Mail Brown 19 Allen Price 20 Ole D. Obi 20 Julian R. Petersen 20 Trinia L. Capoeman 20 Derick J. Frank 20 Bryan A. Sotomish 20 Roseann N. James 20 William R. Law 20 Anna M. Starr 20 Cody Garza 21 Nancy D. Dozier 21 Sandra G. Sasticum 21 Cheryl A. Shale 21 Ilene V. Terry 21 Ryan C. Hendricks 21 Kurtis L. Eckersley 21 Lois J. Saxton 22 Christine J. Cole 22 Lahlia Mowitchman 22 Leslie Capoeman 22 Jerrod Hayes 22 Christopher Logan 22 Zavier Davis 23 Darrel L. King 23 Catherine Bradley 23 Samuel D. Johnson 23 Mary A. Chambers 23 Rhianna Pluff 24 Shelia A. Strom 24 Hannah G. Curley 24 Otto G. Tanner 24 Michael C. Kelly 24 David L. Chambers 24 Laneata Masten 24 Nicole Louise Fuller 25 John O. Lyons 25 Crystal A. Bonga 25 John Bizer 25 Dorothy A. Wildey 25 Trisha C. Martin 25 Caitlin H. Howard 25 Melissa L. Butler 25 Kelsey Stryker 25 Ryan C. Hendricks 26 Kara Amberosia Blodgett 26 Ted Cherry 26 Ma-Toe Jones 27 Henry H. Cultee Jr. 27 Lee F. Taylor 27 Levi C. Sandstrom 27 Andria M. Klatush 27 Tommie P. Grover Jr. 27 Stephanie A. Pine 27 Ilene I. Ralston 27 Tiffany Mowitch 27 Meadow Mowitch 27 Malaki Tsaleese Mail 27 Becca Masten 27 Samantha Smith-Kramer 27 Danielle Black 28 Farrell J. Starr 28 Darrin D. Fousie 28 Tonya M. Napoleon Veach 28 Virgil R. Bennett 28 Ralph Krise 28 Kyle A. Braden 28 Tasheea R. Papp 28 Tyrone Chambers 28 Latrell Wagner 29 John T. Eselin 29 Teresa A. Pope 29 Heather R. Upham 29 Anna M. Wong 29 Miliana Nevaeh McCrory 30 Jessica D. Kowoosh 30 Kimberly K. Cleveland 30 William E. Sharp 30 Mark M. Cole 30 Chauneen Young Goodell 31 Julia E. Brown 31 Megan Lee Rae
01 Alan & Lisa Ebling 07 Salvador & Margie Valdillez 19 Jesse & Charisse Martin 21 Archie & Mandy Howard 22 Ken & Jessie Stevens 22 Skip & Carol Ann Pickett 27 Clarence & Ilene Sawyer 30 John & Virginia Brings Yellow 31 Charlie & Leslie Capoeman
July 30th: to the "best" father-in-law A proud Korean War veteran, father, and most of all proud of his grandkids Your smile makes all our day. Can't wait to see and visit you again. encouragement in life to carry. Love VBY You are our strength and (Dooley and Boy)! Johnny Brings Yellow. Happy 82 birthday
Happy Birthday #1 Daughter Angeline Bertha Hobucket Sanchez Let's do the math- oh well Love you
Honoring your memory
7-22-80 7-23-08 Gone but never forgotten
They say "Time heals all wounds" Happy 4th Birthday Love from Uncle Ervin, Happy 10 Anniversary Ilene and Clarence Sawyer For July 27th
Kyler Howard Mom, Dad,
Since you've been gone I wish I could've erased all the hurt you felt The sound of your children's laughter taking the pain away for a day This is what you lived for
It's been four long years
Papa, gramma and the HBO Family
To see your children's face light each day Your heart was full of love, up to your death no doubt We are stronger now, more than ever
Happy Father's Day to those bro's out there Happy 50th Birthday Happy 1 Birthday Love Mom, Dad & Cody Carson Baller!!
Thank our angel for making us fathers Thank my guardian angel Augustina Love, your father Charley For making me a father
And their memories of you will stay true to their heart Forever no doubt, they have known all their life And you cherished each and every day You will never be far away That you loved them more than words could say And found pure joy in just watching them play For in their memory you will stay There forever, never to part
Your children are a part of you
Love from Rich, Cheri, and HBO-Potter Family Clint, Amy, Declan,
Letty Rene Potter
Happy 24th Anniversary to my tall, dark, handsome, Thanks for being the best (better than all the rest by Tina Turner) and always there through all the You are the best father, mate, uncle, son-in law, brother-in-law, and SON. O yea and Sports Grampa as baby says. Love your wife good in our life, Love you babe! "RICH" husband John Brings Yellow!
to my beautiful niece (Hooker)!Proud Chitwhin Alumni and Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) 2012 Graduate. Congratulations on your internship in South Dakota this summer. Love and Prayers Miss Teresa Ann Pope.
Happy 25Th birthday
Tucked away in each little heart Your heart so giving and soul always forgiving I will continue to love you to the end I pray we'll be together again
Watch over me as I get through each year "I love you" my dear forever in my heart you'll stay It will continue to grow even though we're apart Always here, forever you'll stay Gone but never forgotten Always and forever in my heart Tiffany, Michael, Jasmine and Trinity Love you forever and always Listen to me as I continually say
God has his reasons, to us not clear
from your Proud Auntie "Hooker" Happy Birthday to Ole Obi Love from the Hudson, Boyer & Obi families July 26th: Happy Birthday to my Brother Brother you have been through so much in life Tom Johnson Hayden Sr.
Happy 5th Birthday to the Best Big Brother ever!! Love Carson Boy!!
and always walk around with a smile on your face. You are a wonderful father. Baby Tom is very Love and prayers from your sister Virginia lucky to have a father figure like you.
Quinault Elders' Hawaiian Night at QBR
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Wilma Hudson Veronica "Mice" James Myrna and Jim Figg Stanley and Celina Markishtum Glenn "Hook" Black and Sandra Klatush Ruby Hawks Ray Capoeman Mary Schimelpfenig Randy Campbell and Velma Randy and Jennifer Scott Paul Hendricks, Linda Saux, Ann Curley, Cathy Bradley and Norman Capoeman Pam and Daniel Woods Matt Brown and Tweety Martin Marie Saux Mary Jane Mills, Dar Snell and Mike Snell Al and Mary Bryan
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Lydia Shale Lola and Scooter Boome Leta Shale Lester Dan Larry and Janet Sweet Lani Chubby and Maynard Jones Kenny and Patty Rosander Kathy Law Johnny Bastian John and Bev Howard John and Karen Sailto Karen and Jim Harp Jessie and Ken Stevens Jessica, Earl and Shirley Ralston Jennifer Scott, Cynthia Kautz and Shelley McCrory 32 Glenna Gardner 33 George Cole 34 Gary Cole, Chris Bryson and Luke Williams
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Frank Fabunan Ed and Betty DeLaCruz Florine Bergstrom Evelyn Curley Eunice Williams Ervin Obi Elmer Capoeman and Lori Earl and Shirley Ralston Dollietta Hyasman Dolly Papp and Judy Edwards Dean Martin Tonya Veach and Donald Washburn Glenna Gardner and Lyndsi Hansen Deenie Celestine Debbie Martin and Francine Rosander Dar Snell Darlene and Hank Brueher Cynthia Kautz Clarence "Butch" Pope
54 Chris Evon and Gary "Grump" Simmons 55 Charles Sonny and Betty Jackson 56 Catherine and Daniel "Sonbones" Papp 57 Bonnie DeLaCruz 58 Carol "Babe Girl" Jack, Rosa "Tweety" Martin and Dave Purdy Sr. 59 Bobby and Dora Underwood 60 Anthony Luscier Sr. girlfriend 61 Red and Panda Moore and Conrad Williams 62 Anna Nanny Parker 63 Amy Peterson 64 Anthony Luscier 65 Alfrieda Dutchie LaBonte
Photos by: Lyndsi Hansen, Liz Muro and Lanada Brown