Tribal Supreme Court Project updates Native leaders

Native American Rights Fund attorney Richard Guest speaks during the 70th annual National Congress of American Indians conference on Oct. 14 in Tulsa, Okla. Guest is part of the NCAI’s Tribal Supreme Court Project that promotes greater coordination and to improve strategy on litigation that may affect the rights of all Indian tribes. JAMI CUSTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX

Native American Rights Fund attorney Richard Guest speaks during the 70th annual National Congress of American Indians conference on Oct. 14 in Tulsa, Okla. Guest is part of the NCAI’s Tribal Supreme Court Project that promotes greater coordination and to improve strategy on litigation that may affect the rights of all Indian tribes. JAMI CUSTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX

by Jami Custer, Cherokee Phoenix

TULSA, Okla. – On Oct. 14, as part of the National Congress of American Indians’ annual conference, NCAI leaders updated the public on its Tribal Supreme Court Project, which was established with the Native American Rights Fund to promote greater coordination and strategy on litigation that may affect the rights of all Indian tribes.

 

NARF attorney and project member Richard Guest spoke of cases having gone to the U.S. Supreme Court and issues that may end up there such as the Violence Against Women’s Act. He said the VAWA could go before the high court because of provisions related to tribal court jurisdiction over non-Indian perpetrators of domestic violence.

 

“That challenge is going to come up to the U.S. Supreme Court and we need to be prepared,” he said. “We need to seek more legislation like that from Congress that expands the authority for tribes where the harm is direct and immediate. So look to that project and look for more opportunities to insert in legislation provisions that expand tribal sovereignty.”

 

Regarding the recent “Baby Veronica” case, Guest said Indian Country “failed miserably” in regards to media and public relations. “The opposition always had an upper hand in the media,” he said. “Their story was on CNN. Their story was on NPR.”

 

Guest also said for the TSCP to operate successfully, Native leaders need to be more involved on all levels.

 

“We can’t just have you hand it off to us. We need you active at the local level, at the regional level and at the national level. And that’s going to be what changes the court ultimately,” he said. “It’s when we can start getting young Native lawyers to clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court, when we can start getting federal judges who are Native appointed to the federal bench, that’s when things are going to change. When we’re inside the rooms, not outside looking in. That’s when things are going to start to change for us.”

 

The project was established in 2001 in response to two U.S. Supreme Court opinions – Atkinson Trading Co. v. Shirley and Nevada v. Hicks – that negatively affected tribal sovereignty.

 

Atkinson v. Shirley stated that tribes lack the authority to tax non-Indian businesses located on their respective reservations. Nevada v. Hicks stated that tribal courts lack jurisdiction to hear cases brought by tribal citizens against non-Indians for harm done on trust lands.

 

According to the NARF website, “these opinions were devastating in that they struck crippling blows to tribal sovereignty and tribal jurisdiction – the most fundamental elements of continued tribal existence.”

 

After the opinions, tribal leaders established the TSCP to strengthen tribal advocacy before the U.S. Supreme Court by developing new litigation strategies and coordinating tribal legal resources and ultimately improve the win-loss record of Indian tribes.

Crowd of 43 seeks 5 seats in CSKT Tribal Council primary

Luana Beavers Sampson of Hot Springs celebrates in September 2012 after cashing her settlement check at Eagle Bank in Polson. Members of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes received $10,000 each as their part of the settlement with the United States government, known as the "Salazar Settlement."

Luana Beavers Sampson of Hot Springs celebrates in September 2012 after cashing her settlement check at Eagle Bank in Polson. Members of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes received $10,000 each as their part of the settlement with the United States government, known as the “Salazar Settlement.”

by Vince Devlin, The Missoulian 

PABLO – Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal members will have an unusually long list of candidates to sift through when they go to the polls Saturday for the Tribal Council primary election.

A total of 43 people filed for the five seats open this election cycle, including all five incumbents.

The Ronan District alone has 11 candidates for its one seat on the council, and current CSKT Chairman Joe Durglo faces eight opponents in the St. Ignatius District, including former chairman James Steele Jr. and former council member Charles Morigeau.

The top two vote-getters in each of the five districts advance to the Dec. 14 general election.

There has been dissatisfaction among some members ever since the tribes received a $150 million settlement from the federal government last year, paid out for mismanagement of assets and natural resources held in trust by the government for the tribes.

The current council chose to pay a little over half of what is known as the “Salazar Settlement” – approximately $78 million – directly to individual members, and use the rest for various tribal programs on the Flathead Reservation.

About 7,800 CSKT members received $10,000 checks in September 2012. A vocal opposition has argued since that all the settlement money should go directly to tribal members.

“A couple of issues have evolved in the last year that may contribute to this many people filing,” said Fred Matt, a former council member and former tribal chairman. “The Salazar suit is probably the real issue on the plate. I’m hearing it on the street, in the grocery store.

“I don’t know if it’s the total reason so many are running. You may have some candidates who feel the membership is disgruntled enough that this is a good time to run.”

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The Tribal Council is made up of 10 people elected to four-year terms, so half the seats come up for election every two years. Candidates for Tribal Council must reside in the district they file to run in, but eligible voters vote on all the races, no matter where they live.

The reservation is divided into eight districts. The Arlee and St. Ignatius districts each have two representatives on the council.

The 10 council members select the tribal chairman from among their ranks.

Council members from Dixon, Hot Springs and Pablo – and one each in Arlee and St. Ignatius – are midway through their terms, and not up for re-election until 2015.

Here is how this year’s primary election shakes down:

In the Arlee District, incumbent Jim Malatare faces nine opponents: Travis Arlee, Bryan Brazill, Zachary Conko Camel, Myrna DuMontier, Shelly Fyant, Tom Haynes, Shelley Hendrickson, Joe Pablo and Dawnelda Parker.

In the Elmo District, incumbent Reuben Mathias has five opponents: William “Willie” Burke, Junior Caye, Lois Friedlander, Mignon “Ceta” Harris and Len TwoTeeth.

In the Polson District, incumbent Steve Lozar is running against six opponents: Vernon Finley, Judy Gobert, D. Renee Pierre, Brad Pluff, Helen Rhine and Dennis Villegas.

In the Ronan District, incumbent Carole Depoe Lankford faces 10 opponents: Linda Altamirano, LeRoy Black Jr., Tracey Burland, Bryan Dupuis, Barney Finley Sr., Caryn Kallay, Leonard Michel, Craig Pablo, John Stevens and Dacia Whitworth.

And in the St. Ignatius District, current chairman Durglo faces Steele, Morigeau, Amelia Adams, Leslie Buck Jr., Francis Cahoon, Tim Jeffries, Michael McElderry and Patty Stevens.

“This election there has been a lot more interest,” said Matt, who served as chairman from 1999 to 2005, when he lost a re-election bid by, as he recalls, about 38 votes. “It’s not cheap to run, either. Over the years they’ve increased the filing fee.”

This year’s candidates each paid $150 to file for the council.

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Matt said members have approached him about running for the council again ever since he lost in 2005, and “more than usual” this time.

“Even yesterday, one of the candidates called me encouraging me to vote, and asked, ‘Why didn’t you run?’ ” he said. “The main reason is I love what I’m doing. I’m happy as a meadowlark in spring.”

Matt is the executive director of the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society, which is headquartered in Denver, but which he is able to run from the Flathead Reservation.

He’s also well acquainted with the ups and downs of tribal politics.

Initially elected to a four-year term from the St. Ignatius District in 1985, he lost his first race for re-election in 1989.

Two years later, voters put Matt back on the council, electing him to the other seat from St. Ignatius.

Four years after that, they voted him out again.

Two years after that, they elected Matt to his old seat and finally, in 2001 – after being named tribal chairman following the sudden death of former Chairman Mickey Pablo – Matt won a re-election campaign, and continued as CSKT chairman for four more years.

In 2005, he lost another re-election race.

In the 2011 tribal council elections, four of five incumbents lost their seats.

Two of those four seats were won by former council members.

Following the Dec. 14 general election, the winners in each of the five districts will take their oaths of office on Jan. 3.

Hagan pushes Lumbee recognition at Congressional hearing

by Jodi Glusco, WRAL.com

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan testified Wednesday before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in support of a bill that would designate members of the Lumbee tribe as eligible for federal benefits.

Lumbee TribeIn 1956, Congress acknowledged the Lumbee Indians, but it withheld tribal privileges, such as federal funding for health care and housing. The Lumbees have fought for full privileges ever since.

Hagan and her Republican counterpart, Sen. Richard Burr, are sponsors of the most recent bill to would extend to the Lumbees those rights shared by other Native Americans. Congresmen Richard Hudson and Mike McIntyre have supported a similar measure in the House.

“The Lumbee Indians are among the earliest North Carolinians,” Hagan said Wednesday. “The Lumbee have maintained a distinct community in what is now Robeson County, North Carolina, with more than 40,000 current members in and around the county seat of Lumberton.

“Beyond simple fairness, the issue of Lumbee recognition is critically important to the North Carolina economy, and to counties and communities that have been hardest hit by the recent economic downturn.”

TASTE OF TULALIP 5th ANNIVERSARY: A WORK OF ART CELEBRATING WINE, FOOD AND TRADITION

Press Release: Tulalip Resort Casino
Come and Experience What All the Talk is About on November 8 & 9

WHAT’S UP:
The 5th annual “Taste of Tulalip.  Over 2,000 attendees will sip, savor and indulge during this two day 5th anniversary celebration of wine, food and tradition. The weekend begins with the Friday evening Celebration Dinner – a 6-course meal of exceptional food and wine parings.

Saturday’s Grand Taste features wine from over 120 Washington, California, Oregon, French and Spanish wineries, and a poolside Craft Beer Garden – all alongside an abundant array of food prepared by the resort’s culinary team.  Guests can purchase wine and books from authors Carla Hall and Lois Ellen Frank at the pop-up retail wine shop.  The Taste’s Taste of Tulalip 2013grand finale is a not-to-be-missed Rock and Roll Challenge emceed by Carla Hall, with celeb judges, well known Pacific Northwest chefs and sommeliers battling it out to take home the title.

Other Saturday events, limited to All-Access ticket holders, include a VIP beer seminar; and a cooking demo by Chef Kristen Kish, tenth season winner of Bravo’s Top Chef, followed by a Q & A with culinary luminary Carla Hall.  A special Magnum Party showcases rare, coveted wines paired with dishes by guest chef Dr. Lois Frank. There will also be five special reserve tastings.

The weekend’s featured artist is Jason Gobin.  His hallmark work can be seen on this year’s 5th anniversary signature wine bottle.  This one-of-kind blend is a collaboration between the Tulalip wine team and honorary winemaker Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery.  It can be purchased for $125 at the Taste’s retail wine shop.

WHO’S WHO:  
Tommy Thompson
Tulalip sommelier and wine buyer Tommy Thompson has carefully selected over 120 wineries and breweries for the event of the year, as recognized by the Washington Wine Commission.  Thompson keeps adding breadth to Tulalip’s extensive cellar, garnering Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence – one of only 16 in the State for 2012.

Perry Mascitti
Executive Chef Perry oversees seven dining venues, in-room meals for the four-star hotel and catering for the entire Resort Casino.  His creativity shines along with that of his culinary team at the multi-course Celebration Dinner, the nibbles of endless proportions at the Grand Taste, and he is the maestro of the Rock and Roll Challenge.

Carla Hall
Returning Taste of Tulalip alum Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s popular lifestyle series “The Chew”.  Hall shot to fame as a competitor on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” and is also the author of “Cooking with Love: comfort food that hugs you”. She is the owner of Carla Hall Petite Cookies, an artisan cookie company that specializes in creating sweet and savory “petite bites of love.  Her approach to cooking blends her classic French training and Southern upbringing for a twist on traditional favorites.

Kristen Kish
Kristen Kish, winner of Bravo’s reality television cooking competition “Top Chef Season 10: Seattle”, is the second female to win this celebrated cook-off.  She is currently the Chef de Cuisine of Menton, Boston’s only Relais and Chateaux property, and works closely with chef/owner Barbara Lynch, .  As a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago, Kish loves the energy, pace, and lifestyle of restaurants.

Lois Frank
Chef Lois Frank of the Kiowa Nation, is a culinary historian, anthropologist, award winning author and photographer, who has spent over 25 years documenting the foods and life ways of the Southwest Native American communities. With a doctorate in food anthropology, she focuses on the locavore lifestyle, traditional cooking and how it is applicable to a modern diet.

WINING & DINING:
Friday, November 8th
Celebration Dinner with 400 attendees
Reception 6:00 pm, Dinner 7:00 pm

Saturday, November 10th
VIP Beer Seminar – 11:30 am
Kristen Kish Cooking Demo  12:30 pm
Magnum Party with 250 attendees – 1:30 to 4:30 pm
Grand Taste with 2,000 attendees – 2:30 to 6:30 pm
Rock -n- Roll Challenge 4:00pm

SPONSORS
Dillanos Coffee Roasters
Le Creuset
Mercedes Benz of Lynnwood
Seattle Magazine
VIKING

LOCALE
Tulalip Resort Casino
10200 Quil Ceda Boulevard
Tulalip, Washington 98271

Bipartisan resolution introduced for Native American Indian Veterans Day

by Arizona Daily Independent

On Wednesday, Arizona Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, introduced a bipartisan resolution to establish every Nov. 7 as a national Native American Indian Veterans Day. Twenty of her colleagues from the Native American Caucus have signed on in support.

codetalkers-150x150Kirkpatrick’s resolution would honor the service of Native Americans in the Armed Forces by designating Nov 7, a date during Native American Indian Heritage Month, as Native American Indian Veterans Day. More than 150,000 Native Americans have served or fought for the United States.*

Kirkpatrick, who grew up on the White Mountain Apache Nation in eastern Arizona, is Arizona’s only member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and is Ranking Member of its Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.

“We all know the noble legacy of the Code Talkers, but many folks are unaware that Native Americans have a greater proportion of veterans than the general U.S. population,” Kirkpatrick said. “My resolution would set aside a day for our grateful nation to honor their service and sacrifice.”

Wirsol Solar Addresses the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, Joins as Associate Member

Press Release: California Nations Indian Gaming Association

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Solar energy is a boon to Indian Country as an alternative energy source, reducing costs at Tribal casinos that are burning  electricity 24/7, but also developing new technologies to improve life on rural reservations through multiple products that provide energy to areas not served by traditional means.
According to Peter Vogel, Vice President of Wirsol Solar, “Solar energy can assist tribes in overcoming many of the challenges to growth both economically and environmentally.  With solar, technology has finally found an answer to power rural development from commercial operations to community- residential projects and infrastructure maintenance.”

Besides being able to serve communities where energy is limited or supplied by diesel and other fossil fuels, solar can not only be adapted for off grid power, but is healthier, cleaner and definitely cheaper.

This was the message Wirsol Solar brought to California tribal governments at a meeting of the California National Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA).

“Offering cutting edge information to our industry through programs and people that provide a competitive advantage is one of the priorities of our organization,” said Lee Acebedo, Executive Director of CNIGA.  “Our solar connection through Wirsol — the 7(th) leading provider of solar installments in the world– has the bonus of tailoring rural energy solutions to tribal government and residential needs from powering wells to substituting diesel power with clean solar photovoltaic.”

“Wirsol, unlike some start-up solar companies or companies learning the business at the clients’ expense, our track record includes over 10 years experience, with 7,000 plus systems installed worldwide and offices in 12 countries,” noted Vogel, adding that the companies research and development capacity with 80 plus engineers and technical specialists sets it apart in designing unique solutions.

“Reducing costs associated with tribally owned casinos means more revenues can be spent on building strong tribal governments which is what gaming in California is all about,” said Acebedo, adding that tribes are just now rebounding from the economic down turn, showing a 1.45 percent growth in 2012.

Tribal gaming has been the only source of income for reservations historically shunted out of the major commercial corridors to lands lacking both resources and access to modern infrastructure – a requirement for running a business.  “Having the exclusive right to engage in Las Vegas-style gambling, brought markets to our doorsteps.  Locations that would be too remote to compete with other types of businesses,” explained Acebedo.

“We are conscious of our obligations as governments to ensure our enterprises are sensitive both to the resources and environment of our tribal communities and our neighbors.  Solar is the better, healthier, energy source.”

According to Acebedo, one of the drawbacks to solar is the initial financing and investment, a problem the federal government has attempted to address through multiple alternative energy grants to tribal communities.  Despite federal support, Acebedo claims that understanding and financing new technologies, like solar, remains a big problem for tribal governments.

Contributing to Wirsol’s worldwide presence is the ability to tap financial resources needed to undertake and finance projects of any size.  “Funding solar projects is an obstacle and that’s why Wirsol has an entire department dedicated financial specialists to handle project financing,” Vogel points out.

Terry Gorton, Wirsol Director of Governmental Affairs and New Business Development, believes the innovation the company brings to alternative energy issues is important.  “At Wirsol, unlike other large solar companies, no project is too big or too small.  Helping rural communities to finally be able to address their energy needs is very rewarding,” she stated, noting that “Solar is a road to energy independence and that is a big thing today and will be a bigger benefit in the future.”

Wirsol Solar, an associate member of CNIGA, is an international solar services provider specializing in the planning, financing, installation and maintenance of photovoltaic (PV) systems of all sizes. The CNIGA associate membership program is a valuable and vital part of the organization. In addition to a host of benefits, associate members are essential to CNIGA as partners in the progress of our industry as well as securing growth for the future.

The California Nations Indian Gaming Association is a non-profit association comprised of federally recognized tribal governments dedicated to the protection of tribal sovereignty and the right of tribes to have gaming on Indian lands.

Blackfeet leader wants federal charges dismissed

by Helena Independent Record

A state senator and Blackfeet tribal council member plans to ask a judge to drop federal drunken-driving and obstruction charges against him now that he has pleaded guilty to similar charges in tribal court.

Sen. Shannon Augare apologized Tuesday in his first public comments since he fled a Glacier County sheriff’s deputy who stopped him on U.S. Highway 2 within the northwestern Montana reservation on May 26.

“I think it’s important to acknowledge my behavior and apologize to the entire law enforcement community, to my colleagues on the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council and the Montana Senate, to my constituents and, most importantly, my family. I let quite a few people down, but I own this, this was entirely my fault and I apologize,” Augare said in a news conference.

After pleading guilty and being sentenced in tribal court on Oct. 23 to charges of threatening a public official, DUI and reckless driving, the Browning Democrat said he plans to ask U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong to dismiss the pending federal charges.

Augare said he will respect the federal court’s final decision, whatever it may be.

A trial is scheduled for Nov. 7 in U.S. District Court in Great Falls on charges of DUI, reckless driving and obstruction of a peace officer.

Federal prosecutors say Augare revved his engine and pulled away after telling the deputy he had no jurisdiction to stop him. Glacier County officials turned the matter over to the tribal prosecutor, who later turned it over to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Augare attorney Joe McKay unsuccessfully argued that federal prosecutors have no jurisdiction over victimless misdemeanor crimes involving Native Americans that happen on Indian reservations. Strong agreed with prosecutors who charged Augare under the Assimilative Crimes Act, which allows them to apply state laws to offenses committed in federal enclaves that are not specifically addressed in federal law.

Augare was joined at Tuesday’s press conference by tribal council members Leonard Guardipee and Chief Earl Old Person. Those three and council member Roger “Sassy” Running Crane split from the rest of the council last week after Blackfeet chairman Willie Sharp Jr. suspended Augare and Guardipee and reinstated three previously suspended members.

Sharp suspended Augare after Augare refused the chairman’s request to step down from the council until his legal problems are behind him. Sharp followed that with a letter Thursday offering a compromise to reunite the council if Augare permanently resigns his position.

Augare’s faction called Sharp’s actions illegal.

The two sides have not met, though Sharp has scheduled a special meeting of the council for Thursday to be attended by the Bureau of Indian Affairs acting superintendent for the Blackfeet Reservation, Theadis Crowe.

Tribal operations are mostly shut down because of the split, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs has offered to mediate a solution.

Snoqualmie Indian Tribe hires new general manager

by The Snoqualmie Valley Record

The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe on Friday, Oct. 18, announced Jerry Lamb as the Tribe’s new General Manager.

Lamb was hired in October 2012 as the economic development director and was later appointed as the interim tribal administrator in 2013. He is an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre Tribe in Montana and has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from the University of Montana.

Lamb’s extensive experience in Indian country includes various leadership positions in tribal government and tribal business entities. In addition, he also held a staff position under former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, working on policy and economic development projects with tribes in Montana and serving as an advisor on Native American issues.

“It has been a privilege to serve as the interim tribal administrator over the course of the last five months and very much an honor to be selected as the new general manager. I look forward to continuing to work with the Snoqualmie Tribal Council, the administration staff, and the tribal membership as we continue to improve tribal businesses and membership services,” Lamb said in a statement.

Chairwoman Carolyn Lubenau said, “Jerry’s experience, background and heritage make him uniquely qualified to take on the position of general manager of the tribe. The Tribal Council looks forward to working with Jerry in his new capacity as we continue to move our tribe toward a brighter future.”

The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe is a federally recognized tribe in the Puget Sound region. Known as the People of the Moon, Snoqualmie Tribal members were signatories of the Treaty of Point Elliott with the Washington territory in 1855.

The Tribe owns and operates the Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie.

Native American Film Fest Kicks Off Nov. 1

by Travis Bland, Free Times

Even after 16 years, Will Goins, director of the Native American Indian Film & Video Festival, is passionate and excited about and the event he’s put together in Columbia since 1997.

“We’re introducing new audiences to Native American filmmaking,” he says. “It has grown to accept music videos, industrial [films], trailers … horror and our first R-rated film.”

Part of that growth is the festival’s expansion into Carmike Cinema 14, the multiplex near Columbiana Mall. Goins is enthusiastic about the prospect of Native American indie films reaching out to the masses in the large, mainstream commercial venue.

“People will accidentally stumble onto a great film,” he says.

Nov. 1 marks the opening night of the festival at Carmike 14 with a showing of Chasing Shakespeare featuring Danny Glover as the protagonist, William Ward, who recalls the troubled story of his love with Venus, a Native American belonging to a clan with a sacred communion with lightning. This is followed by Bury My Heart With Tonawanda, a film about a boy with Down’s Syndrome who is taken in by the Tonawanda Seneca Nation. Next comes The Cherokee Word for Water, a documentary about Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation. If you miss any of the films on opening night, they will be featured again on Nov. 2. Both days begin showings at 7:30 p.m.

As proud as Goins’ is of the opening night at Carmike, he’s equally proud of the happenings within Columbia’s bounds, with this being the first year the City of Columbia has officially supported the festival. On Nov. 3, the festival will move to Columbia’s western neighbor at Conundrum Music Hall. Beginning at 10 a.m. and going until 10 p.m. documentaries, shorts, music videos and more pertaining to Native American culture, artist, and topics will be shown. Of note will be the screening of Thunder Being Nation, a documentary by Steven Lewis Simpson filmed over 11 years about the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Simpson emphasizes that the story is told not in an academic way, but with the goal of reconciling the history and contemporary circumstances of the Native residents using their own voice.

On Nov. 4 and Nov. 5 the festival comes back to Columbia’s Main Street with screenings at The Nickelodeon beginning at 8 pm. Features include Urban Rez, a documentary by Larry Pourier on the modern-day effects of the federal government’s relocation of Native American’s off of reservations and into urban areas during the first half of the 20th century, and **A Saint of Sins in a Den of Thieves, the first R-rated film in the festival’s history. Seemingly in the vein of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, the film follows the fateful meeting of the cunning Trickster and the carefree Diana Maria. After Nickelodeon screenings there will be Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and attending actors.

Sixteen years into the festival, for Goins it’s still about one thing.

“I want to share the storytelling, introduce people to Native American culture, ancient and contemporary,” he says.

Visit the festival’s Facebook page for more information.

Orcas Spotted in Puget Sound near Seattle

Credit Elaine Thompson / AP PhotoA pair of orca whales swim in view of a state ferry crossing from Bainbridge Island toward Seattle in the Puget Sound Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, as seen some miles away from Seattle.

Credit Elaine Thompson / AP Photo
A pair of orca whales swim in view of a state ferry crossing from Bainbridge Island toward Seattle in the Puget Sound Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, as seen some miles away from Seattle.

Source: Associated Press, October 30, 2013

Whale spotters say dozens of killer whales are still in Puget Sound where they have been seen by ferry passengers as well as people on shore.

Howard Garrett of the Orca Network at Freeland says 30 to 35 were spotted again Wednesday from the ferry on the Edmonds-Kingston route. The killer whales had been spotted in the same area at sunset Tuesday after swimming past Seattle.

The Orca Network reports members of the J and K pods have been in Puget Sound since Sunday.