Community members can help prevent child abuse

Instructor Leila Goldsmith educates the participants through a program called “Stewards of Children”. This training is aimed to help prevent sexual child abuse from happeniing.

Article and photo by Jeannie Briones

 TULALIP, Washington – “Stewards of Children is an evidence-based program targeting adults to help give them tools to protect children from sexual abuse. It’s the only evidence-based program in the nation, which means its gone under a lot of research, over many years and has shown to be effective in preventing child sexual abuse,” said Leila K. Goldsmith, J.D., Child Advocacy Coordinator for Tulalip Legacy of Healing Children’s Advocacy Center.

  The Stewards of Children, a new program available at Tulalip Legacy of Healing Children’s Advocacy Center, is designed to educate adults about sexual abuse, how to look for signs that your child may be targeted or a victim, and how to prevent it in children.

 “I’m excited about giving community members and service providers’ tools to protect children,” explained Leila. “It’s meant to help to empower adults to know what actions they can take to protect children.”

Nearly 70 percent of all reported sexual assaults occur to children ages 17 and under. The lack of education and information puts these children at risk.

Programs like Stewards of Children equip participants with simple proactive steps in protecting children from sexual abuse. This effective program helps adults see signs beforehand and prevent abuse from happening, so children can live a happy life, a world free from fear and shame. Sexually abused children blame themselves and live in a world of secrecy. Without proper help these children are at much higher risk for future problems with violent crime, have higher rates of teen pregnancy, and are at much higher risk of substance abuse.

Adults participating in the Stewards of Children training program are introduced to concepts of consciousness, choice, personal power, and relentless compassion. These four tools become a part of their personal tool kit for protecting children.

The Stewards of Children program is offered to community members who are interested in protecting children in their community. Next training will be offered on November 30th, 12:00 noon – 2:30 p.m. at the Tulalip Legacy of Healing Children’s Advocacy Center conference room. Light refreshments will be served and please respect that the location of the training is considered a safe zone.

One-on-one training is also available by request. For appointments, information on future training or information about the program, contact Leila K. Goldsmith at the Tulalip Legacy of Healing Children’s Advocacy Centerat 360-716-4100. To report child abuse call 1-866-363-4276 or contact the care crisis line at 1-800-584-3578 if you need to talk to someone for help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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M.O.M.s group offers support to mothers and other caregivers

Article by Jeannie Briones        

TULALIP, Washington – Parenting is a tough, often overwhelming job that takes a lot of skill and patience. It has been referred to as the toughest job for which we receive the least training. Mothers, expectant mothers, grandmothers, or any women who take care of children can benefit from extra support and encouragement – and they can find that much-needed support at Tulalip.            

M.O.M.s (Making Opportunities for Mothers) is a support group for tribal and non-tribal females of all ages who are caregivers of children. The group meets every Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Tulalip beda?chelh conference room.  There is no obligation or application process, it’s very simple, all you have to do is show up.

Designed to provide support for female caregivers, the group meets in a casual environment, where women feel safe enough to talk about their concerns and share their experiences with child rearing.

“Our focus of the group is to offer support,” emphasized Teri Wood, beda?chelh  Child and Family Therapist. “It’s a place for female caregivers to come and talk about real life.”

M.O.M.s group coordinators, Teri and Tamara Brushert, Administrative Assistant for beda?chelh, encourage open discussion on subjects like self-care, safety, culture, and community, allowing participants to gain knowledge and skills that enhance positive parenting practices.

Other benefits of the M.O.M.s group include monthly guest speakers and a free home cooked meal. And to make it even more worry-free, children are welcome to attend with the caregivers supervision.

If you would like more information, please Tulalip beda?chelh  at 360-716-3284.


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Hawks ends season with a loss against Lummi, 68-128

Article by Brandi N. Montreuil

TULALIP, Washington- Tulalip Heritage Hawks opened this season with an incredible display of defense and offense winning the first three games of the season, but a series of injuries and ineligible players put a damper in their explosive start.

In the district playoff game against Lummi Nation Blackhawks, the Hawks played their final game of the season on Thursday, October 25th on Blackhawks turf and last a heart wrenching loss.

Unable to match Lummi’s driving offense, Hawks was still able to pull out their second highest scoring game of the season, but in the end it was the Blackhawks who took the win and advanced to the next round in the playoffs for a final game score of 68-128.


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Tulalip Veteran’s Department says Veterans are never forgotten

Article and photos by Brandi N. Montreuil

Mike Dunn Sr. a Army veteran from the Vietnam era, says every veteran is remembered

TULALIP, Washington- The Tulalip Veterans Department was founded with a clear mission: support returning soldiers. Now twenty years later that mission is still just as important. Through a handful of staff, who are also veterans, a support network is created for veterans who may be struggling with post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and medical needs, while keeping them connected to one another and the community they have returned to.

According to the Administration for Native Americans (ANA), “The challenges effecting many returning Native American veterans depend on the era in which they served. World War II veterans may be hesitant to apply for benefits feeling they were just doing their duty, while Korean Veterans may have health needs related to the cold weather endured during their service.  Vietnam veterans may experience physical issues related to Agent Orange, and younger veterans may have symptoms of Gulf War syndrome.”

“Institutionalized racism may have influenced the extent to which certain groups are susceptible to PTSD. Native veterans commonly confronted stereotypes held within the military regarding natives. They were called “chief,” and were often treated as if they had instinctual or mystical powers on the battlefield resulting in some native soldiers being assigned to hazardous combat duties such as walking the “point,” and being more exposed to hostile fire than others in the unit,” says ANA.

Other impacting issues facing Native veterans is access to healthcare provided through Veterans Affairs that are often located long distances from reservations, substance abuse, unemployment, and homelessness.

“We try to help them anyway we can. If they have PTSD we try to get them hooked up with someone who can help them,” said Outreach Supervisor Mike Dunn Sr. who served with the Army during the Vietnam era.

“We make house visits, drive them to doctor appointments, and take care of funerals for veteran’s who have passed away. We also host the Veterans Powwow held

Over the twelve years Mike has worked for the Tulalip Veterans Department, he has made it a personal task to photograph every veteran

the first weekend in June. We also provide the color guard upon request,” he continued.

Another unique challenge facing Native veterans upon returning home is reconnecting with culture and heritage, something Mike says they make a priority for Tulalip veterans.

“We do a carving class with the veterans on every Wednesday night, it isn’t fancy, but we have some great carvers that come in and teach how to carve,” said

Dunn, who currently holds the carving classes out of his carport at his home.

Many of the paddles carved by community members and veterans decorate the modest office at the Tulalip Veterans Department, each one display the mantra of each branch and correlating colors. While the simple black and white photos that Dunn has taken of each veteran over the twelve years he has worked for the department line the walls in the front entrance.

Tulalip has roughly 200 veterans, explains Dunn, many who have passed, many still living, but Dunn says not one of them is ever forgotten.

For more information on the Veterans Department, please contact Mike Dunn Sr. at 360-716-4860, or William McLean III at 360-716-4862.


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Lady Hawks meet Lummi Nation Blackhawks in district playoff game, 2-3

Article and photos by Brandi N. Montreuil

TULALIP, Washington- Tulalip Heritage Lady Hawks met the 7th place league holder, the Lummi Nation Blackhawks, on Thursday October 25th, for the District Playoff game on Lady Hawks’s home turf in the second five game match of the season.

A series of short balls served by Blackhawks and a lack of energy by both teams led to lack of communication in the beginning of the game, something the Lady Hawks have struggled with throughout the season.

Despite the lack of energy at the start, both teams settled into a nice pace of free balls during a series of long rallies that kept the score tied through most of each set. The first game match win went to the Lady Hawks for a score of 25-23. Black Hawks answered the call with a great display of offense up the middle and took the win for the second game match with a score of 21-25.

Lady Hawks dominated the third match taking the match win with a score of 25-14.  But it was the Blackhawks who sent the game into its fifth set taking the win in the fourth game match with a score of 14-25.

Blackhawks opened the fifth set with a point serve followed by a series of long rallies between the two teams who battled point by point to take the lead in the set, which only goes to 15 points unlike the rest of the game sets which go to 25 points.  Lady Hawks took the lead through a series of point serves, but the Blackhawks hustle to defend their middle brought the set to a tied game taking the lead for a short time against the Lady Hawks. In a display of their own defense, Lady Hawks caused the game to become a battle of point for point scores between the two teams. But it was the Blackhawks who pulled out the win taking advantage of a few misplaced balls by the Lady Hawks for a set score of 13-15, and taking the game win for an overall score of 2-3, ending the Lady Hawks season as the 4th place league holder.

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Children’s television series on KANU TV

Article by Jeannie Briones; photos courtesy Roger Vater, KANU TV

 TULALIP, Washington –  Tulalip KANU TV is delving into family programming. “WaposBay”, a wonderful family television series, had its first airing on November 5th on KANU TV Channel 99.

This award winning children’s animated show is an educational program for the entire family. Set in a fictitious Cree community in remote Northern Saskatchewan, Canada, the series follows the adventures of three children, ten -year-old T-Bear, 9-year Talon, and 6-year-old Raven, as they explore the world around them and experience extraordinary adventures while learning self-discovery with the help of their elders.

Through traditional ancestral teachings, children learn valuable life lessons about respect, cooperation and honesty. These teachings give kids a sense of growth and a moral compass that will equip them in decision-making in a fast-paced modern world filled with technology. Children will learn the importance of family and culture, while learning how to live in balance with the old ways and the new.

“WaposBay” airs daily at 8:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. For more information on this and other Tulalip KANU TV programs, visit


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Watch D.O.G.S., heroes for a day

First Watch D.O.G.S. volunteer Paul Allen assisted his daughter Chloe at Totem Middle School

Article and photo by Jeannie Briones

 TULALIP, Washington – Ever wonder what it’s like to be a hero for a day? Ask any Watch D.O.G.S. volunteer, like Paul Allen. On October 25th, Paul, wearing his official Watch D.O.G.S. shirt and badge, greeted students at Marysville Totem Middle School as they arrived, officially kicking off the volunteer program that promotes male role models in schools. 

Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is an innovative program created by the National Center for Fathering, which focuses on safety and education in schools by using the positive influence of fathers and father figures. On the day of their participation, Watch D.O.G.S. volunteers are given a short orientation with the school representative and are given a daily schedule of responsibilities.

“I think having a male role model is a positive influence that really helps the kids to see there are people who care about them,” said Paul. “I really want to make sure they are doing well in school and that the kids treat others with respect.”

Paul, a former Marysville Grove Elementary School, has witnessed a boost in morale and better behavior among the students, simply by having male role models on hand to bond with them.

 Paul’s two daughters are used to their dad participating at school. His 7th grade daughter, Chloe, attends Marysville Totem Middle School, and likes when her dad volunteers for school activities.

“I glad that my dad helps kids that are struggling,” said Chloe Allen.

 Paul spent his successful volunteer day assisting kids in the classroom, supervising during lunchtime, and monitoring kids for good behavior. Paul encourages other fathers to volunteer and to set a good example by being a role model, not only for their own kids, but for the entire student body.

Fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles and male father figures are asked to spend at least one day at their student’s school volunteering.  They will support the school by monitoring the school property, working with kids one-on-one or in small groups, reading, helping with homework, helping with sports, or whatever needs to be done to plant seeds of success in the lives of the students. 

For information on volunteering, contact  Marysville Totem Middle School at 360.653.0610. Learn more information about the Watch D.O.G.S. program by visiting


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Sierra Pablo nominated Marysville Pilchuck freshman homecoming Princess

Article by Brandi N. Montreuil

MARYSVILLE, Washington- It was a fairy tale come true for fourteen year-old Marysville Pilchuck High School freshmen, Sierra Pablo. Nominated by teachers and voted by her peers she became a part of this year’s homecoming court complete with sparkling crown.

On October 6th, Sierra stepped out with the royal crew to welcome spectators to the annual homecoming football game, and to show off the royal court.

“I was so excited and nervous to be in front of everybody at the game, but I was really excited and honored to be nominated and win freshman homecoming princess. I found out during the homecoming assembly in front of the school,” said Sierra.

No stranger to team spirit, Sierra also plays on the junior varsity soccer team as a forward for Pilchuck and is involved in the DECA club, a non-profit leadership program that helps prepare students for careers in management.

“I plan on running track in spring and look forward to an exciting and successful freshman year.”


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Lady Hawks lose to Providence Classical Christian Highlanders, 1-3

Article and photos by Brandi N. Montreuil

TULALIP, Washington- Tulalip Heritage Lady Hawks met the Providence Classical Christian Highlanders on their home court Tuesday, October 23rd in their second match up this season. From the start it was predicted to be a repeat of their first match up. Lady Hawks were down a few players, including the hard hitting server Santana Shopbell, leaving the serving game to the Highlanders who dominated the first game match in point serves taking the win with a score of 13-25.

Kanoa Enick opened the second game match with an ace serve following suit Issabella Cervantes served her first ace of the game, while Teri Jimicum quickly followed with a short tip to the ball leading to a score. But Rebecca Marteney’s ace serve brought the Lady Hawks in neck in neck with the Highlanders fast pace, but Lady Hawks continued to struggle with communication during the match and a misstep by Wendy Jimicum who served before the whistle brought the ball back to the Highlanders who quickly ended the match with a score of 15-25.

Settling into the fast pace the Highlanders were setting, Lady Hawks answered the call with an incredible display of defense. A quick return by Cassandra Jimicum on a short serve by the Highlanders brought the game to a tie score with Issabella Cervantes quickly following with an overhead pass for a point. The net defender Kanoa Enick scored a round of points tipping the ball just out of reach of Highlanders defense, leading Wendy Jimicum to power hit a return ending the set for a Lady Hawks win at 25-23.

A powerful display of middle defense by Cassandra Jimicum, who attacked the ball with precision during several rallies, dominated the fourth set leading to a point-by-point struggle between the Lady Hawks and the Highlanders. But Lady Hawks struggled to protect their back court leading Highlanders to take the set win with a score of 16-25, and win the game with a final score of 1-3.

For live coverage of Heritage Lady Hawks home games you can check out On Demand on Channel 99 or Games will be available for the following day at 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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Tulalip youth receives Tomahawk Warrior Award

Article by Brandi N. Montreuil

TULALIP, Washington- Seventeen year-old, Alex Guss is a senior at the Marysville Pilchuck High School. On game day he is simply fullback #32 for the Marysville Tomahawks, a team that is currently dominating the 3A North league division for high school football. In a new ritual by the Tomahawks captains, a player is chosen once a week to receive the Tomahawk Warrior’s Award for skills in leadership, sportsmanship, and great overall team spirit, and on October 6th Alex was presented with this award.            

Described by his peers as part serious guy and part jokester, Alex has been playing football for as long as he can remember, with the last four years being with the Tomahawks. After a team swim exercise Alex was presented with a specially made t-shirt representing the gratitude his team captains have for him.

“Football is a fun sport to play. I have always been a fullback and running back. Last year I played defense and played corner, but this year I am playing all offense. I like both positions, playing defense is fun, but running the ball gets your adrenaline going,” said Alex.

While football may not be his only sport, Alex also skateboards plays golf, and is planning to try out for the school’s baseball and basketball teams. He also plans to become active this year in DECA, a not-for-profit organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing finance, hospitality, and management in high schools around the nation.

“I joined DECA last year but was not able to attend any functions cause of my football schedule, football is my priority. But this year I hope to get involved more with DECA. Football has taught me sportsmanship and how to be a good teammate, and I think this was the captains way to do something that rewards the players,” he said, proudly displaying his Tomahawk t-shirt.

Alex plans to attend college, but wants to take a few years off before the hitting the books again, for now he’s going to work on his skating tricks and his tackles.

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