Express yourself at open mic night

Every second Friday of the month, the Northwest Indian College Tulalip site invites community members to take part in an open mic night. It’s an evening of creative poets, singers, and comedians sharing their talents and thoughts. Join in on the fun and express yourself on the mic or just enjoy the show.

The next open mic night will feature the theme “Survivors of Violence” and will take place at the Tulalip Tribes Administration Building, Room 162, on Friday, February 8th from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Admission is free.

The Tulalip Tribes Administration Building is located on 6406 Marine Drive, Tulalip, WA 98271. For more information on NWIC and open mic night, visit


NIGA chairman endorses Egghart’s First Scholarship for Native American Accounting Students

For immediate release:
NIGA Chairman Endorses Egghart LLC’s First Scholarship for Native American Accounting Students
Reno, NV (January 31, 2013) – Chairman Ernie Stevens of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) has endorsed the Egghart Certified Public Accountants Scholarship for Native American Accounting Students, a new scholarship offered by the Reno, Nevada-based accounting firm.
“I’m thrilled to announce that Egghart is investing in a new generation of Native accountants and auditors,” said Chairman Stevens. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Native youth to pursue higher education and help protect tribal sovereignty.”
The Egghart Certified Public Accountants Scholarship for Native American Accounting Students provides three awards of up to $5,000 each for the 2013 academic year. A competitive, merit-based scholarship, it was established to assist Native American students who plan to enter the accounting profession. Chairman Stevens will serve on the scholarship committee and help select awardees.
“Ultimately, we hope this scholarship helps build infrastructure and human capacity in Indian Country,” said Egghart Partner and Director of Audit and Assurance Ryan Burns. “It’s our way of giving back to the communities we work so closely with.”
To apply for the Egghart Certified Public Accountants Scholarship for Native American Accounting Students, download an application at
All documents must be submitted online no later than February 1, 2013, to by 5:00 P.M. PST on the deadline date.
For assistance with completing the application, please email
About Egghart Certified Public Accountants
Egghart LLC provides audit, consulting, and training services to Native American Tribes and Casinos nationwide to assist them in providing accountability to their membership, while protecting economic sovereignty. For more information about the firm, please visit
About the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA)
The National Indian Gaming Association is a nonprofit trade association comprised of 184 American Indian Nations and other nonvoting associate members. The mission of NIGA is to advance the lives of Indian people – economically, socially and politically. NIGA operates as a clearinghouse and educational legislative and public policy resources for tribes, policymakers and the public on Indian gaming issues and tribal community development.


New exhibit at state library features history of wolves in Washington

News Release

Issued: January 11, 2013


OLYMPIA…The State Library will host an exhibit in early 2013 showcasing the unique history of wolves in Washington.

Called Wolves in Washington State, the free exhibit will introduce visitors to the unique history of wolves in The Evergreen State, from their importance to Pacific Northwest Native American culture to the state’s new wolf management plan. The exhibit examines wolf ecology and management issues as well as highlighting the critical role wolves play in promoting a healthy ecosystem.

The traveling exhibit, which is on loan from the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, will be on display in the State Library’s reading room Feb. 2 to April 14. It will feature a touchable wolf skull cast, touchable comparative species tracks, and a “Frequently Asked Questions” take-away brochure for visitors.

Wolves in Washington State was organized by the Burke Museum, University of Washington, in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Sponsorship of the local presentation of Wolves in Washington State is provided by the Washington State Library.

The State Library, a division of the Office of Secretary of State, is located in the Point Plaza East, 6880 Capitol Blvd. SE in Tumwater. The State Library is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on state holidays and weekends.

For more information about the exhibit, contact the State Library’s Sean Lanksbury at or (360) 704-5200.


Beaded Indian vest donated to Goodwill is a treasure

Published January 30, 2013 at 8:25 PM
By Lynda V. Mapes
Seattle Times staff reporter

A Native American vest donated to Goodwill was passed on by sharp-eyed staff to Seattle’s Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, where it is now in the museum’s permanent collection.

You just never know what you might find at your local Goodwill store: something old, something new — and sometimes, treasures worthy of a museum collection.

So it was with a beaded American Indian vest dropped off at the Dearborn Goodwill at South Lane Street in Seattle. Sharp-eyed staff thought it might be something special, and an independent appraiser estimated its value for Goodwill at $5,000.

Now the early 20th-century Plains Indian-style beaded vest has just been accepted by Seattle’s Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture for its permanent collection.

“It is just gorgeous and we are thrilled to have it,” said Julie Stein, director of the museum.

Goodwill donated the vest to the museum so that it could benefit the entire community, said Katherine Boury, communications manager for Seattle Goodwill.

Usually, items are sold by Goodwill through its stores, or to other users with the proceeds used to run its free job-training and education programs. The nonprofit will take just about anything, for which it will find a recycler or buyer, Boury said. But sometimes, only a museum will do.

The vest was dropped off in a trunk back in 2006, and Goodwill has been working all that time to find out what it was, and what the best disposition for the item would be, Boury said. The Burke, with its Native American collection, made sense, Boury said.

The front of the vest is delicately beaded with Italian glass beads sewn onto hide. It is lined with cotton, and has a buckle cinch decorating its black velvet back. Seams give it a perfect drape and its colors, including a rosy pink, are rare, said Justin McCarthy, Burke ethnologist. Beads accenting the shoulders have a white core covered with red glass, giving them a special glow.

The vest, probably of Flathead, Gros Ventre, Kalispell or Fort Belknap origin, is an adult man’s garment that might have been made to sell, or been reserved for use on special occasions, said Katie Bunn-Marcuse, director of the Bill Holm center at the Burke.

Think you might be sitting on something special that you would like identified? The museum’s annual artifact day is open to the public from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9. Items of all types, from fossils to carvings, will be evaluated for free by Burke staff. Come early, the line of curious collectors often forms all the way down the sidewalk.

Lynda V. Mapes: 206-464-2736 or


New case of measles confirmed in Issaquah

By KING 5 News

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 8:45 PM

There’s a health warning for anyone with ties to Tiger Mountain Community High School in Issaquah.

A staff member at the school has the measles, and people who were on campus between Jan. 23 and 25 may be at risk if they’re not already immune.

The patient also visited a QFC grocery store in Issaquah on Klahanie Drive and a Starbucks nearby on the following dates:

QFC-4570 Klahanie Dr S, Issaquah

  •   January 23rd between 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  •   January 24th between 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  •   January 25th between 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  •   January 29th between 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Starbucks-4566 Klahanie Dr SE, Issaquah

  •   January 26th between 9:00am -11:30 am

If you visited the businesses during these periods you’re asked to keep an eye out for symptoms, including include a rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and red and watery eyes.



Tulalip’s Conservation Science Program Manager, Kit Rawson retires

By Brandi N. Montreuil, Tulalip News staff writer

Kit pictured at the Tulalip Marina on the Tulalip Reservation

Kit pictured at the Tulalip Marina on the Tulalip Reservation

TULALIP, Wash.- Kit Rawson has a smile that makes you instantly feel welcome, he’s quick to laugh and ready to get down to business, and he has been a part of the Tulalip Natural Resources team that has worked to restore salmon to Tulalip Bay for the last twenty-six years. Throughout his year with Tulalip, has seen drastic changes, such as the beginning of the current working relationship between Tulalip Tribes and the State of Washington, which started after the Boldt Decision, to declining resources for salmon habitat, and finally to a full circle of fishing management at Tulalip. Now Kit Rawson, the mathematician of fish, is ready to say goodbye and pass on the torch.

A biology graduate from the University of Arizona, Kit says he had a knack for data, fish data to be specific. Taking those skills in math and statistical analysis, Kit made a career working with the State of Alaska Department of Fish &  Game as a biometrician, crunching numbers on fishery information. His niche was salmon, where he first worked with coder wire tagging to identify where the fish were coming from. During his years with Alaska Fish & Game, he was responsible for statistical analysis on the state’s hatchery programs, and accessing the number of fish the hatcheries were putting out, and whether the fish they were putting into the wild areas were contributing to increasing the runs that they were hoping to boost.

This experience would later lead him to a position he heard about through the grapevine down in a place called Tulalip.

It was August 1, 1986, a typical warm day in the Pacific Northwest when Kit toured the Tulalip Reservation along with Terry Williams, who was Fisheries Director then, and Dave Summers, during a job interview.

“We drove all around the reservation and I met Cliff and the whole hatchery crew. I met Francy Sheldon at the office along with Terry. I talked with Stan Jones down on his boat. He was the chairman of the Tribe then, and there was this board meeting so they took me in the meeting and had me say a few words without telling me they were going to do that, and the room was full,” chuckled Kit.

“It was a great job interview and I started September of 1986 as the Harvest Management Biologist. It was a good job for me, because it involved a lot of number crunching, and that was what I was really good at.”

During the fifteen years that Kit worked as the Harvest Management Biologist he started to notice the decline in salmon. Despite the efforts of the tribes to preserce the remaining habitat, the industrial boom from the surrounding areas put a strain on the already weak salmon runs.

“I came in ten years after the Boldt Decision, so during that 10 years before I started, things went from everybody going to court to finally working out ways to work together. When I started in the 80s there was still a pretty large salmon fishing fleet here, pretty good fishing every week for coho, chum, and even steelhead. We have seen the number of most our salmon species go down over time, they fluctuate up and down, but generally speaking, the overall production of salmon and steelhead has gone down. And when the numbers go down, there is less opportunity to open fishing for the Tulalip tribal members to exercise their treaty rights,” said Kit.

To combat these issues Kit took his knowledge of statistical analysis and paired up with Terry to examine the problem as a whole, through a conservationists

Kit, center, is pictured with state and tribal biologists from Tulalip, Stillaguamish, Swinomish, Upper Skagit, and Sauk-Suiattle at a 2013 pre-season salmon forecast meeting held at Tulalip

Kit, center, is pictured with state and tribal biologists from Tulalip, Stillaguamish, Swinomish, Upper Skagit, and Sauk-Suiattle at a 2013 pre-season salmon forecast meeting held at Tulalip


“After 15 years, I started seeing that even though we were doing a really good job in managing fisheries and not over harvesting, the salmon weren’t coming back. I realized we had  habitat problems and marine survival problems. We had a lot of people working on that, but the piece that was missing was kind of putting all those things together,” explained Kit.

“Terry really had the vision to put that office together. What I do with conservation biology is, I bring the knowledge of harvest management together with the knowledge of how we manage hatcheries. Since the 1990s, I have been working on salmon recovery plans within the area that Tulalip works in, which is the Stillaguamish Watershed, Snohomish Watershed, Island County and San Juan Islands.”

Kit explains that his job, through extensive planning, is to make sure that hatchery fish do not compete with wild fish, and that the hatchery fish are not spawning with wild fish, and have what they call a genetic interaction. He looks at how other tribal and state hatcheries are run to make sure the system, as a whole, remains in sync.

Conservation planning includes working with the different divisions within the Tulalip Natural Resources Department, state natural resources programs, and other tribal natural resources personnel to examine how habitat is being affected. Kit explains that habitat conditions includes rivers located in the mountains where salmon spawn, river and stream channels that run through forests, estuaries where salmon feed for strength to make the transition to the ocean, and finally the ocean.

“We are gaining some of those habitats back, but we are not getting the rivers back to being able to meander and move around to form new channels which is needed for spawning and rearing of salmon. The climate is getting warmer, our ocean water and the Puget Sound water is getting more acidic and that affects the survival of fish as well. We have all these factors that in general are causing the salmon returns to go down. These are number of factors that we look at in our recovery plans,” said Kit.

Throughout the last 26 years, Kit has worked tirelessly to bring awareness to the plight of salmon habitat and the declining numbers, bother personally and professionally. Along with his work at Tulalip, Kit is also on the board of the SeaDoc Society that works in Marine Conservation Research.

“This Tribe works really well with other entities. To talk about changes, to see the Tulalip Tribes actually doing the full cycle of fisheries management is very exciting for me, because that was a long term goal and we realized it now. But with the uncertainties of the future, climate warming, sea level rise, and ocean acidification, the Tribe is going to have to adapt to those things, and I think the Tribe is quite capable of doing that.”

“This is the most important work that there is. Conservation of natural resources is required for humans to survive on this planet. A lot of us who are not tribal see working for the tribes as the best way to do this work, because the tribes have this culture that is based on sustainable natural resources. There is a reason why a lot of us work here and why we stay. The values of Tulalip and all the tribes that say, we have to have these resources in order to survive, is a value that I share,” said Kit.

“I have learned so much here at Tulalip about the importance of natural resources from people who really have that ingrained in their culture. It is not just the fish either, it is the trees, it is the plants that produce food, it is the animals, it is the wildlife, it is the birds, and everything that goes into all the stories of creation, they will stay with me forever.”

Kit’s last day as the Tulalip Tribes Conservation Science Program Manager will be March 5th. He plans to tour overseas by bicycle with his wife after spending time with his parents.

“I am not just going to drop conservation, I hope to be in touch with a lot of my co-workers and the fishermen, and I am definitely hoping that I can come back here and continue to buy fish from the guys.”

“I’ll miss the people the most. This is hard work that we all do, all our fishermen work really hard, and everybody is dedicated, and we do this work because we love it.”


Brandi N. Montreuil: 360-913-5402;





Spokane commissioners oppose tribal project

Originally published Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Associated Press

Spokane County commissioners, freed from an agreement that previously prevented them from commenting, have passed a resolution opposing the Spokane Tribe’s plan to build a big casino complex at Airway Heights, near Fairchild Air Force Base.

 SPOKANE, Wash. —

Spokane County commissioners, freed from an agreement that previously prevented them from commenting, have passed a resolution opposing the Spokane Tribe’s plan to build a big casino complex at Airway Heights, near Fairchild Air Force Base.

The commissioners on Tuesday afternoon voted unanimously to oppose the project in large part because they fear it could imperil the future of the base, which is Spokane County’s largest employer.

“We are literally being asked to gamble the 5,000 current jobs provided by Fairchild on a project that may provide significantly fewer than that,” Commissioner Todd Mielke said in a news release. “If we guess wrong, it will take decades for this community to recover.”

Air Force base officials have not taken a position on the casino, which would be about a mile from the base.

Leaders of the Spokane Tribe didn’t immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

The Spokane Tribe is seeking rare federal approval to build the casino in the city of Airway Heights, miles from the boundaries of its reservation. A decision is expected in the next 45 days.

The project is opposed by the Kalispel Tribe, which already has a large and successful casino in Airway Heights.

In 2010, the city of Airway Heights reached an agreement with Spokane County commissioners in which the commissioners would remain silent on the proposed casino in exchange for payments to the county of $120,000 a year from casino revenues to deal with impacts. But the two county commissioners who supported that deal have since left, and the new commissioners threatened to sue if the agreement was not torn up.

The city of Airway Heights released the county from the agreement last week, and county commissioners wasted little time in voicing their opposition. The commissioners’ position will be sent to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the state of Washington, which all must approve any proposal for off-reservation gambling by the Spokane Tribe.

Casino supporters say the project will provide revenues to lift many members of the Spokane Tribe out of poverty, and provide some 1,200 jobs in the region.

But opponents, including many Spokane area political and business leaders, worry the proposed casino is too close to the base and may prompt the Air Force to restrict operations or even close the base in the future because of encroachment issues.

Airway Heights continues to support the casino project.



Hawks couldn’t beat the buzzer for a loss to Lummi Black Hawks, 56-58

By Brandi N. Montreuil, Tulalip News staff writer

Tulalip Heritage Hawks vs Lummi Nation Black HawksTULALIP, Wash.- Tulalip Heritage Hawks hosted the Lummi Nation Black Hawks in a Northwest 1B league game on January 29th.

In a close defense of man-to-man coverage the game hinged on the last remaining seconds as Hawks player Kyle Jones scored a perfect layin in the last 3.4 seconds of the game that consistently stayed tied for the majority of the fourth quarter, but Black Hawks Jordan Deardorff made a hard drive down the court to pull off a shot in desperation just as the buzzer rang, his off-balance shot scored the Black Hawks the winning points to end the game for a final score of 58-56.

The Hawks led the score going in to the third quarter matching the Black Hawks fast offense with a tight defense but in a upset,Tulalip Heritage Hawks vs Lummi Nation Black Hawks the Black Hawks continued to make a push down the court, but Hawks player Payton Comenote brought the Hawks back in to the lead with three solid free throws, but Black Hawks scored two points just as the quarter ended.

This loss secures Tulalip Heritage Hawks as second in the Northwest 1B and makes them the No. 3 seed in the upcoming 1B district tournament.

Tulalip Heritage Hawks vs Lummi Nation Black HawksPayton Comenote and Shawn Sanchey both led the Hawks score with 13 points scored each, DJ Kidd 9, Robert Miles Jr. 8, Kyle Jones 5, Keanu Hamilton 4, Dontae Jones 2, and Brandon Jones 3.

Tulalip Heritage Hawks will travel to play Lopez Island at Lopez High School on Thursday, January 31st at 6:15 p.m.


Brandi N. Montreuil: 360-913-5402;

Tribal Nations Set to Gain Authority to Make Disaster Declarations Directly to U.S. President

Stafford Act passes Senate on 62 – 36 vote – Headed to President Obama’s Desk for Signature

 National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
Embassy of Tribal Nations
1516 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 466-7767

 Jan 29, 2013

Washington, DC – Tribal nations will soon have the same ability provided to states to make disaster relief declarations and requests for assistance directly to the President of the United States. In a 62-36 vote on Monday night, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 152, the Hurricane Sandy Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill, which includes amendments to allow tribal governments to make direct requests for emergency assistance to the President under the Stafford Act. Under current law, tribes must seek assistance through a state governor’s office, often causing critical delays in emergency response on tribal lands.  The legislation, which also includes $50 billion in Hurricane Sandy relief funding, passed 241-180 in the House of Representatives two weeks ago and now goes to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.

 “Some tribal nations in the U.S., many in remote areas, are larger than some states and every tribal nation has unique disaster response and recovery requests. The final passage of this bill marks a historic moment in tribal emergency preparedness and response. Our nations, devastated too often by natural disasters with disproportionate impacts, will be more capable to respond immediately to major disasters, and the bipartisan support for this legislation should not go unnoticed,” said Jefferson Keel, President of NCAI. Keel is also the Lt. Governor of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. 

 NCAI further acknowledges that the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) made the tribal amendments to the Stafford Act its sole legislative priority under Administrator Craig Fugate’s direction. The need for this critical policy change has been called for repeatedly in FEMA tribal consultations and meetings with tribal leaders during NCAI conventions. 

 “State and tribal governments will now be able to access disaster assistance as needed to aid the people, local communities, and regions in recovering quickly from catastrophic situations. NCAI looks forward to the signature of this landmark legislation by President Obama. NCAI is prepared to work with FEMA to ensure its implementation contains fair and inclusive eligibility criteria and will benefit the maximum number of tribal communities,” concluded Robert Holden, NCAI’s Deputy Director and longtime coordinator of emergency management policy and response efforts at NCAI.

Lady Hawks impressive win over Lummi Nation Black Hawks, 53-15

By Brandi N. Montreuil, Tulalip News staff writer 

Tulalip Heritage Lady Hawks vs Lummi Nation Black HawksTULALIP, Wash.- In a Northwest 1B league game, the Tulalip Heritage Lady Hawks met Lummi Nation Black Hawks in a surprising matchup on January 29th.

Lady Hawks took a strong lead as the Black Hawks struggled to make a play for control of the court.  Lady Hawks led by 26 points going in to the second half and continued to make a clean sweep down the court as Black Hawks off balance shots just Tulalip Heritage Lady Hawks vs Lummi Nation Black Hawkscouldn’t connect giving the Lady Hawks a win for a final game score of 53-15.

Lady Hawks continue to hold the league’s number one spot as they head in to the upcoming 1B district tournament.

Kanoa Enick and Adiya Jones-Smith led the Lady Hawks score with 16 points scored each, Katia Brown 11, Justice Vela 4, Michelle Iukes 4, and Wendy Jimicum 2.

Tulalip Heritage Lady Hawks will play against Lopez Island next on Thursday, January 29th at the Lopez High School at 4:45 p.m.


Brandi N. Montreuil: 360-913-5402;