Isadore “Dobie” Tom Jr.

Isadore Tom Jr. Tsum-ta-lano #1 Aug. 7, 1941 – Dec. 17, 2016 Isadore “Dobie” Tom Jr., Tulalip Tribal Member of Sedro-Woolley, WA, went to be with the Lord on December 17, 2016. Funeral services will be today, December 22, 2016, at 10 a.m. at the Tulalip Tribal Gym with burial to follow at Mission Beach Cemetery.


Lady Hawks Continue to Cruise


By Micheal Rios, Tulalip News 

With a (2-1) record that includes a 72- and 59-point win, the Tulalip Heritage Lady Hawks basketball team traveled to Orcas Christian to take on the (0-2) Saints on Tuesday, December 13. The girls once again made quick work of their opponent, winning 50-14.

Tulalip returned to their home court when they hosted the Spartans from Summit Sierra on Tuesday, December 20. Looking for their first competitive game in front of the home crowd, spectators were instead treated to what may be the most dominant victory in Lady Hawk history. The inexperienced Spartans team comprised of 9th and 10th graders were torched early and often. Tulalip led 22-0 after the 1st quarter, 49-0 at halftime, and went on to take the game 71-0.


Hawks notch first W of the season


By Micheal Rios, Tulalip News 

The Tulalip Heritage Hawks basketball program is in the midst of a rebuilding year. After graduating Willy Enick and Robert Miles, Jr. last season, the program has no remaining players from that highly talented 2013-2014 team that ran the table in the regular season before making it all the way to the State tournament. Also, this year’s team only returns three players from last season in Josh Iukes, Nashone Whitebear, and Samuel Fryberg.

The Hawks opened up the season with four straight losses as all the new faces are getting their reps in while learning the offensive and defensive sets. The learning curve has been steep, but the coaches have been working diligently with their young team and hope to find a winning form.

On Tuesday, December 20 the Hawks (0-4) hosted the Summit Sierra Spartans at Francy J. Sheldon gymnasium. In a highly entertaining game, the Hawks found themselves winning 31-21 at halftime led by 15 1st half points by sophomore guard Paul Shay, Jr.


In the 3rd quarter, the Hawks built their lead to 41-25 midway through the quarter. The Spartans kept battling and started to find holes in the Hawks defense, while at the same time the Hawks offense went ice cold. Tulalip’s 16 point lead vanished as the game tightened up and in the 4th quarter with a little more than four minutes remaining the score was tied, 41-41.

In the game’s most tense moments, Hawks guard Josh Iukes came up huge. Josh all but clinched the game with three clutch free-throws and a key 3-pointer. When the final game buzzer sounded, Tulalip had defeated the Spartans 51-47 and earned their first win of the season.

Paul Shay, Jr. led all scorers with 20 points, while Josh and Nashone each added 10 points.

Promoting Men’s Health


By Micheal Rios, Tulalip News 

Early detection is key for the treatment of heart disease, diabetes, prostate cancer, and many other diseases that disproportionately affect men. However, men are less likely to seek preventative care than women. Despite growing awareness, men usually take a back seat approach to maintaining their health. We will shy away from seeking advice, delaying possible treatment and/or waiting until symptoms become so bad we have no other option but to seek medical attention. To make matters worse, we refuse to participate in the simple and harmless pursuit of undergoing annual screenings.

Enter the Annual Men’s Health Fair held at the Karen I. Fryberg Tulalip Health Clinic on Friday, December 16. This year’s health fair provided us men the opportunity to become more aware of our own health. With various health screenings being offered for the low, low price of FREE, we were able to get in the driver’s seat and take charge of our own health. Blood sugar, cholesterol, and prostate screenings were among the options for men to participate in. Along with all the preventative health benefits of participating in these screenings, as if that was not reason enough, they gave out numerous goodies and a complimentary “Indian taco” lunch to every man who showed up to take charge of his health.

At 16.1 percent, Native Americans have the highest age-adjusted prevalence of diabetes among all U.S. racial and ethnic groups. Also, Native Americans are 2.2 times more likely to have diabetes compared with non-Hispanic whites (per Clearly we are at a greater risk when it comes to diabetes, making it all more crucial to have glucose testing and diabetes screenings performed on an annual basis. For those men who attended the health fair, they were able to quickly have their glucose (blood sugar) tested with just a prick of the finger.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the first and stroke the sixth leading cause of death among Native Americans. High blood pressure is a precursor to possible heart disease and stroke. High blood pressure is also very easily detected by having routine checks of your blood pressure taken periodically.



Representatives from Health First Chiropractic, the Marysville branch, were on hand as well to offer a free posture analysis. Using a spinal analysis machine, the patient advocate conducted postural exams on a number of men and reviewed the results with each participant. Good posture can help you exercise more safely and achieve better general health. When you sit or stand correctly, your organs will be better aligned, which reduces indigestion and helps your lungs to function at full capacity. Your core muscles will be strengthened and your back and shoulders will feel more comfortable.

Along with the various health screenings being offered there were information booths available that ranged from alternative health care options in the local area, ways to have cleaner air in your home, and methods to change eating habits to live a heathier lifestyle. There was a booth where we could have our grip tested, a method used for assessing joint and muscle fatigue. Another booth offered us the opportunity to have our BMI (body mass index) and body fat percentage measured. Wondered if you need to cut back on those weekend treats? Or if you need to start leading a more active lifestyle? Well if that BMI was too high and you didn’t like what your body fat percentage was, now you know the answer.



Face it, as we get older, we all need to become more aware of the inevitable health concerns that may one day affect us. The possibility of having to deal with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, or the possibility of prostate cancer looms over us all. The only way to avoid such health concerns to heighten our awareness of these preventable conditions. Health educators empower us to be more proactive about our health by getting annual screenings, detecting issues early, as well as seeking medical treatment before a simple, treatable issue becomes life altering.

At the conclusion of the Men’s Health Fair, Jennie Fryberg, Health Information Manager, said the following, “I’d like to personally thank all the men that came out and participated in the men’s health fair today! Way to come and take care of your health, men.”


Celebrating Indigenous culture and traditions during this holiday season

By Kalvin Valdillez, Tulalip News 

In the Francis Sheldon Gym of Heritage High School, drumbeats echoed throughout the room as spectators filled the bleachers to enjoy a night of culture and Christmas. Hosted by Tulalip Youth Services and the Marysville School District, the Third Annual Christmas Powwow and Coastal Jam spread holiday cheer, with traditional song and dance, to the Tulalip community. Mr. and Mrs. Claus handed out presents to the children, donated by Toys for Tots. Led by MCs Randy Vendiola and Arlie Neskahi, the powwow presented the opportunity for community members to spend time with each other, while celebrating Indigenous culture and traditions during this holiday season.

Daniel Eugene Queen (1970 – 2016)



Daniel Eugene Queen known as Sauki, was born February 8, 1970, to Troy and Kathleen Queen in Portland, Oregon. Daniel entered into rest peacefully in the morning hours of December 15, 2016. Daniel grew up in Tulalip, WA, and was a well-known Tulalip Tribal member. Some of Daniel’s favorite hobbies included basketball, base-ball, and was a member of the Quil Ceda Muskrats. He enjoyed camping, going for rides, shopping, spending time with his huge family, and watching Seahawks games with his partner in crime, his dad, Troy. Daniel leaves behind his father, Troy Queen, his son, Aaron Price, his siblings, Michael Johnson, David (Darlene) Johnson, Donna Chambers, Karan Kurnick (Chuck), Kathy Story, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles. Daniel is preceded in death by his loving mother, Kathleen Queen, his brother, Gary Chambers; his aunts, Mary, Elsie, Yvonne, Barbara, Philomena; uncles Dick, Pat, Myron, John, and other extended relatives. Visitation will be held on December 20, 2016, at 3 p.m. at Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home with a Shaker service to follow at 6 p.m. Funeral services will be December 21, 2016, at 10 a.m. at the Tulalip Tribal Gym with burial to follow at Mission Beach Cemetery.

James M. Enick (1975 – 2016)


James M. Enick James M. Enick (Tum Tum) 41 of Tulalip, WA, was born to Eddy Pablo Sr. And Cheryl Tovar on May 19, 1975, he went to be with the Lord on December 14, 2016. Some of the things James enjoyed was being a Barber, Fisherman, crabbing, construction work, watching football, gambling, cooking, working Boom City. most of all spending time with family and telling stories (family comedian). He leaves behind his daughters Taylor, Chantel; mother, Cheryl (Dan) Tovar, Lori Parks; brothers, Matthew, Roy (Ananda), Eddy Jr. (Sage), Dean (Darlena) Kanim (Shay), sisters, Ami (Charles), Tara and Leandra; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. What will be missed the most about James is his shared love, compassion, helping and entertaining family. Viewing will be on December 19, 2016, from 1-2 p.m. at Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home. Interfaith services will take place at 6 p.m. at the Tulalip Tribal Gym. Funeral services will be held on December 20, 2016, at 10 a.m. at the Tulalip Tribal Gym with burial to follow at Mission Beach Cemetery.

Why study geology? 


Source: Jeanne Steffener, Tulalip Tribes Higher ED

Geology is the study of Earth…our home. Most people think of it as the study of rocks but it is actually the study of the materials and processes which make earth an amazing dynamic planet capable of supporting life. An important part of geology is the study of how Earth’s materials, structures, processes and organisms inhabiting our planet have changed over time.

Study of the geologic record tells us about the Earth – the evolution of life, its history, the continents and how they evolved, the ocean basins, and our climate. Historical geology teaches us about fossil life and the physical changes to the earth since its beginning. These changes include the movements of the continents; the formation and reconfiguration of ocean basins; growth of mountain ranges; erosion and redistribution of sediments; changes in surface environments and changes in climate over time.

As geologists work to try to understand the history of our planet, it helps them to envision how events and processes of the past might affect the future…our future. The Earth processes geologists study include landslides, earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions. These events can be very hazardous to people.

Geologists work at understanding these processes as they strive to avoid building structures where they might be damaged. For instance, if geologists can maps areas that have flooded in the past, they can recognize areas that could potentially flood in the future. These maps could potentially determine where and where not to develop communities as well as determine where flood protection or flood insurance is necessary.

People use earth materials every day. They use oil that is produced by drilling holes into the Earth then extracting it, metals are mined and water is drawn from streams or underground. The process is geologists performing studies that locate materials of the Earth, then they plan how to extract and remove the materials from the rocks. Similar work is done to locate and produce oil, gas, gems, metals and water.

Today we are very concerned about climate change. In helping to minimize the effects of climate change geologists work to learn about past climates on earth and how they have changed across time. Through studying and understanding historical geology we learn what is affecting our current climate change and what the results might be.

Geology can be a very interesting and rewarding career. The minimum required training for Geology is a four-year college degree. Many geologists earn master’s and doctorate degrees. The advanced degrees provide a higher level of training in specialty areas such as paleontology, mineralology, hydrology or volcanology. Advanced degrees often qualify the geologist for supervisory positions, research assignments and teaching positions at the university level.

Employment opportunities are very good for geologists. Geology graduates with a strong academic background and good grades have no trouble finding positions.

If you are considering pursuing a career in a very interesting and exciting field, there are many universities offering courses and programs in geology The job possibilities for someone with additional training and skills are limitless. Please call Higher ED staff at 360-716-4888 or email us at to find out more information.