Newly elected Board Members sworn in

Tulalip Tribes Board Members Misty Napeahi and Glen Gobin were sworn in by
Reservation Attorney Michelle Sheldon (left).

By Micheal Rios, Tulalip News

During last month’s General Council, tribal members Glen Gobin and Misty Napeahi received the two highest vote totals in a very closely contested Board of Directors election. The pair were sworn in officially as Tulalip Tribes Board of Directors and began their three-year terms on Saturday, April 6. 

In front of a jam-packed Board Room audience, Misty and Glen were sworn in by Reservation Attorney Michelle Sheldon. The two are replacing longtime Board member Marie Zackuse and one-term incumbent Bonnie Juneau. 

“I’d like to acknowledge and thank the membership of the Tulalip Tribes who have supported me through the years,” reflected exiting Chairwoman Marie Zackuse. “I’m truly grateful for the two tribal members who asked me in 1990 to run for Board. Collectively, the different Boards I’ve been a part of gave a lot of insight, knowledge, and truth, while always reminding all of us we cannot forget where we came from with the early leaders who set the foundation for us all.” 

Marie was the first elected Chairwoman in the history of the Tulalip Tribes. Previously the Vice Chairwoman, she had served on the Board of Directors since April 1990. Marie also holds the distinction of longest serving female in Board history.

“When you go into election time, sometimes you’re running for election against people that you care about. It makes it difficult, but we all want what’s best for our tribe,” said Glen, now serving as Vice Chairman. “The elders want us to help the community and bring us back together in a good way, to work as one people in the best interests of our next generation.”

Glen has owned and operated a successful construction company for many years, and also continues a lifelong tradition of commercial fishing and staying active in many cultural and community activities. He is married with four children and four grandchildren and resides on the reservation.

Misty has spent her career dedicated to the Tulalip Tribes, holding various positions at both tribal government and the casino. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia College. Misty brings more than twenty-three years of experience in tribal government processes and systems.

“I have a deep sense of responsibly to my community and I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve in this capacity as a Board of Director,” stated Misty, now serving as Treasurer. “I’m very thankful to my grandpa, Herman Williams Sr., for signing my petition, mentoring me, and being my rock. A lot of things have happened in a very short time. Some of those things have been good and some have been painful, but I look forward to us moving forward together in the best way for all of our membership. I’m truly dedicated to honoring our membership by keeping them informed and part of the process.”

Teri Gobin takes her new seat as Tulalip Tribes Chariwoman.

In year three of her Board of Director term, Teri Gobin is now serving as Chairwoman. After taking her new seat as Chairwoman, Teri said, “We look forward to moving ahead in a positive way and bringing the community back together. We have a lot of work to do from housing to healthcare to the opioid addiction, but we are going to get through this together and in a positive way.”

Michael A. Brown III

Michael Anthony Brown III Our beloved Angel Warrior, Sunrise December 5, 2006 passed away April 7, 2019 with his loving parents by his side, Bridget and Nate Brown. He was a Tulalip Tribal Member, raised on the reservation, attended Totem Middle School, very proud to be in 6th grade. His big heart for his family and friends shined through his beautiful eyes, always followed that shine with a big smile. His great sense of humor and humble love with endless happiness, never let anyone go without “I love you” a hug, a kiss or even a knuckle bump. A special place in his heart “treasure chest” he kept his siblings, Mikhaio and Miniyah. He loved travelling, mountains, camping, holidays and birthdays with family, which always included random dancing at any moment. Bringing joy to everyone, something he set as a goal, he set goals and finished all with positivity. Gaming #1, Fortnite and GTA shout out: ninjamonkey6572, riding his quad and scooter, onto family swim, “Waterbaby”. He is survived by his parents, Bridget and Nate Brown; siblings, Mikhaio and Miniyah; grandparents, William “Tommy” Sands, Brenda Moses and Donna Anderson; great-grand-parents, Clarice Moses and Elaine Akins; great-great grandmother, “Big Mama” Ernastine Armstrong; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Visitation will be held Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Schaefer-Shipman with an Interfaith Service to follow at 6:00 pm at the Tulalip Gym. Funeral Services will be held Friday at 10:00 am at the Tulalip Gym with burial to follow at Mission Beach Cemetery.

2019 Boom City Permits 

Permit sales will be on 4/26/2019 and 5/3/2019 at the Tulalip Tribes Administration Building

Sales will be from 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM each day. 

  • Concession Permits -$800.00
  • Fireworks Permits – $1200.00
  • Wholesale Permits – $2500.00
  • Wholesale Containers – $400/ container 

Payments are acceptable in the form of cashier check or money order. NO CASH PAYMENTS ARE ACCEPTED! 

Boom City Committee Contact Information 

  • Dan Pablo Sr 425-754-5456
  • Mike Dunn Sr 425-754-2978
  • Eliza Davis 360-631-7073
  • Brenda Zackuse 425-903-6883
  • Yvonne Williams 425-750-0640
  • Mike Pablo Sr 360-926-3270 

Tulalip Bay Fire Department honors Leroy Fryberg Sr. at pancake breakfast

By Kalvin Valdillez, Tulalip News; photos courtesy of Tulalip Bay Fire Department 

The aroma of delicious breakfast wafted through the Tulalip Bay Fire Department early on the morning of March 23. Catering trays filled with bacon and sausage were stationed inside of the firehouse garage while local firefighters whipped up scrambled eggs and flipped pancakes on large flat griddles. Families lined up and were served a freshly prepared meal while visiting with the fire crew and touring the station at the second annual Leroy Fryberg Sr. Pancake Breakfast.

“The fire station itself is named after Leroy because of his commitment to our area and to the department. We wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for him,” says Tulalip Bay Firefighter, Patrick Dineen. “If you look back throughout the history of the department, he was involved in every step. Our intent for the pancake feed is not only to open the house up to the tribal and non-tribal members who live in the area, but to also shed light on the fact that he gave thirty years of his life to our department.”

According to multiple family members and many members of the fire district, Leroy was integral in progressing the department forward and helping to find funding, as well as volunteering at the station and serving as a commissioner. Leroy’s presence helped connect the fire department with the community as they recognized a friendly face and found comfort in knowing Leroy and his team would do everything and anything they could to help, while they were in dire need. Having the people’s trust is important for any fire department, especially when in stressful situations, and for this reason Tulalip Bay continues the work Leroy started by participating and hosting a number of community-based events.

“As a fire department, we show up on people’s worst days and try our best to help and solve any problems,” explains Dineen. “Most of the time, I’d say 99% of the time, it’s a good interaction and we get out there and do our jobs, but sometimes there are things that are out of our control. Building good community rapport is huge for fire departments. To have the community show up at our house and participate in this event is important. When residents in our area are in need of our assistance, we want to be able to show up and say hello. We want to know people before we show up and also have the people know who we are. We don’t want to be strangers, we want to be a part of the community, just as their neighbors. This event and other events that we participate in really help with that.”

Outside of the department, kids and elders alike waited patiently in line for a chance to have a blast, literally, by spraying large amounts of water across the driveway of the fire station through a firehose. This year, the fire department made the celebration all the more special by involving the Fryberg family, who happily participated by setting up a face painting booth for the kids. And to cap off the exciting morning, attendees were paid a surprise visit from Sparky the Fire Dog, the National Fire Protection Association mascot.  

Leroy’s legacy has inspired a new generation of tribal firefighters and commissioners. By honoring his work and hosting an event in his remembrance, his passion and efforts will live on within the department for years to come. 

“This is only our second year and we had about 400 to 500 people show up,” Dineen states. “It was a really good turnout. We were busy serving breakfast the entire time, in fact, at one point, we even ran out of pancake batter.  We want to see this continue to build, to where it becomes a popular event that everyone puts on their calendar months before it happens. It’s a great way for us to honor Leroy and also a great way for the people to come and have some breakfast with us. We want to thank all the families who came out and we are definitely looking forward to next year!”

Kathy L. McCulley (1957 – 2019)

Kathy Louise McCulley Kathy Louise McCulley, born April 19, 1957, died peacefully on February 14, 2019. Beloved wife of the late Michael Sheldon. Loving mother of Kandida and the late Dylan Michael. Cherished Grandma of Tyler and Kayla. Adoring aunt to Krystal. Supportive sister to Larena. She was a kidney dialysis patient of 38 years proving that it is possible to have a long prosperous life while enduring dialysis treatment. She was the definition of strong woman, mother, grandmother, teacher and mentor. Kathy loved helping other dialysis patients with the daily routine and gave advice as to how to get through the difficult times. She also loved Painting, gardening, and animals of all kinds. Her love was unconditional and endless. She will be missed by everyone whose life she touched. A celebration of life will be held on April 14, 2019 at 3pm at the Tulalip Gym, 6700 Totem Beach Road, Tulalip, WA 98271.

To Peace and Beyond: Gala benefits Domestic Violence Services

Tulalip tribal member Jadin Thompson Sheldon (right) donates to the cause.

By Micheal Rios, Tulalip News 

The 27th annual Chocolate Lovers’ Gala was a sellout event attracting 550 thoughtful attendees to generously give from the heart and wallets to make a difference in the lives of domestic violence victims, survivors and their families. Benefiting Domestic Violence Services (DVS) of Snohomish County, the annual gala transformed the Tulalip Resort Casino’s Orca Ballroom into an out of this world experience with the theme “To Peace and Beyond!”

“It’s our number one event of the year,” said DVS Executive Director Vicci Hilty of the high-energy gala and accompanying auctions. “Last year was the first time we raised over $200,000 and from the way it feels tonight I think we’re going to top it once again. These dollars we raise are the most important ones because they literally keep the lights on. Money raised helps every client we have and funds all the services we provide to help anyone who’s been abused and are a victim of domestic violence.

“Having Tulalip’s Charitable Contributions Fund be this year’s title sponsor means so very much,” continued Vicci. “To have a community partner that understands what it’s like to be in these situations is absolutely paramount. The Tribe is such an important partner for us and are a critical piece for everything we do every day as an organization.”

Soon to be Tulalip Tribes Chairwoman Teri Gobin enjoying the photo opportunities.

There was a variety of eye catching space-themed props and backdrops perfect for photo opportunities, along with a seemingly limitless supply of flavorful wine and decadent chocolate keeping the atmosphere fun and upbeat on the evening of March 29. The popular gala also featured a silent auction with hundreds of items ranging from a Russell Wilson signed football to handmade quilts and jewelry to limited edition bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon. 

During the live auction, 35 big-ticket items, including several destination vacation packages and international cruises, resulted in exciting bidding wars with all proceeds benefitting the DVS. The local nonprofit has served Snohomish County since 1976 and provides comprehensive, confidential services to all victims of domestic abuse. Services include a 50+ bed emergency shelter, 24-hour hotline, supportive housing, support groups, legal advocacy, children’s programs, and community education.

Switching tones from lighthearted to serious, a video montage of domestic violence survivors played on several large Orca Ballroom projector screens. Courageous stories were shared followed by podium speakers giving voice to victims who all too often suffer in silence. 

“Think about this: if someone’s father has Alzheimer’s then we rally around them. If someone’s mother has cancer or someone’s kids are sick then we donate our vacation time, we cover there shifts at work,” shared guest speaker Dr. Robin Fenn of Verdant Health. “For these individuals we bring them home cooked meals and send texts saying ‘thinking of you’ or ‘hope everything is okay’. But with domestic violence we avert our eyes, we whisper at the water cooler, and we don’t ask questions. 

“Isolation is one of the biggest contributors to domestic abuse. If you see something, then say something. Please have the courage and grace to make eye contact and ask the hard questions. And if you have the stories be brave enough to share them because if we don’t give voice to this, then who will?”

Domestic violence affects millions of people in the U.S. every year. All divisions of society are impacted regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence survey found that every minute, 20 people in the U.S. are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner. One in three women and one in ten men, or 45 million adults, experience physical violence, rape, and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lives.*

A victim’s life may be in most danger when they attempt to leave or seek a protection order against their abusers. Which is why organizations like DVS of Snohomish County are dedicated to ending domestic abuse by providing a wide range of services to victims and by facilitating social change. The agency believes every individual has the right to live in a safe, nurturing environment.

“Our partnership with Domestic Violence Services is extremely important to take care of our people,” shared soon-to-be Tulalip Tribes Chairwoman Teri Gobin. “In the past, people stayed in abusive relationships because they had no safe place to go. If there were kids then they suffered watching the abuse happen and often got abused themselves. It’s another historical trauma that’s happened to our people.

“I’m excited for our DVS partnership because it makes more options available for our people, and our current programs utilize these resources to help those in need of assistance,” added Teri.

The 27th annual Chocolate Lovers’ Gala was a huge success because of the community, business partners, and generous individuals who collectively contributed a record breaking $276,000. All funds raised support the services needed to stop domestic violence, and the fear it brings into the lives of countless victims and their precious children.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County can help you. For information, please call their 24-hour crisis hotline: 425-25-ABUSE (425-252-2873).

*Source: 2016 Biennial Report to Congress, D.O.J. Office on Violence Against Women