Tamara Lee Hayes

April 8, 1963 – January 4, 2021

Tamara Lee Hayes 57, went on her journey to our ancestors on January 4, 2021. Born April 8, 1963 to Merle A. Hayes II “Hillbillie Rocker Chuck” and April Smith (Marvin). A proud Tulalip Tribal member; living her amazing beautiful life on reservation. Her powerful smile and natural motherly support for all. Led her to become a great treasure box of cultural teachings, that her involvement, true dedication to her people/community was shared throughout Indian country. 

She enjoyed and loved berry picking, storytelling, bingo slots, travel, never afraid of hard work, or to lend anyone a hand or hug. 

Her treasure box of grandchildren “gems”, she was never afraid to share her gems and share her contagious humor with friends and family. Holidays “dinna” is where she shines, keeping us close and being such a great warrioress motivated her to become the best she could be simply make a whole room become one with just her presence. Tamara’s strength for our family came through her spirituality and faith in the Lord. She leaves a humble legacy and her true legend qualities with her daughters, where she lived with Cierra Williams they both raised her grandchildren together. Blessings to our awesome family, she appreciated and adored all her aunts, uncles, friends, and family which helped build her foundation. 

Survived by, Father Merle A. Hayes II, Mother April (Marvin) Smith, siblings: Merle A. Hayes III, Carnagie (Tara) Hayes, Bernadette Abuan, Holliday Hayes (Antonio). Children: Courtney Solomon and Cierra Williams. Grandchildren: Owen A.J. Woods, Martine Tamara Solomon (Trevor), Wesley G.V. Solomon, Irene R.A. Solomon, Darrian L. Solomon, Pierce J. McCLellan, Christopher S. McClellan, Sophia Victoria Rose Williams. Great grandsons: Shawn Lee Solomon and soon to be great-grandchild. 

Proceeded in death by her grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins. Beloved Sophia Solomon and Edison McClellan Jr.

A graveside service will be held Monday, January 11, 2021 at 12 Noon at Mission Beach Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home.

Edmonds mural honors Coast Salish culture

By Kim Kalliber, Tulalip News

A recently finished mural project in downtown Edmonds, spanning two facing walls, portrays the pre-European life of our Coast Salish ancestors. Local residents and visitors can view the large-scale depictions of early encampments, canoes, smoking fish, cedar baskets and garments, and native plants and animals.  

Completed in September 2020, the mural project is a collaboration of hard work and cultural understanding between Edmonds artist Andy Eccleshall, and Tulalip tribal member artist Ty Juvinel. The project was organized by Mural Project Edmonds, a committee of Art Walk Edmonds.

“I was approached by Andy because of the carving I am doing for the Edmonds Historical Museum, as well as various exhibits throughout Edmonds,” explained Ty. “Andy needed someone to create a mural that would represent the history of Edmonds and I mentioned the possibility of doing a mural depicting early contact, between fur trading. 

“Andy did the amazing painting and I helped with the depiction,” said Ty. For more than a year, Ty shared history and photos with Andy, including a visit to the Hibulb Cultural Museum, to help him gain a better understanding of Coast Salish culture. 

Everything from the way huts were constructed, the design and use of canoes, how cedar was used, traditional cooking methods and the inclusion of a woolly dog, were discussed by the two artists.

Ty explained that woolly dogs were bred for their long hair, which was perfect for weaving into blankets and other items. 

“One thing I like to mention, is Andy was told by a passerby that the women in the painting were wrong,” said Ty. “The passerby said they were wrong because their hair wasn’t matted and the hair shouldn’t be that nice. Luckily, I was there that day to dispel that claim, and educated them both that the Salish people bathed religiously, sometimes up to three times a day. Even during the winter, with cedar bow’s dipped in water and brushed against the body.”


“That area of Edmonds used to be a marsh land, so I figured it may have been used as a summer camp area; summer foraging and prepping for winter,” explained Ty. “From there it was just trying to close my eyes and go back to those days of beach camps, elders teaching basketry, hunting, fishing, kids doing as they please, everyone is busy with their chores, preparing for the winter. I was hoping the idea of a community would be shown, and Andy shows it. Community is everyone bringing their resources and abilities together for the community. Again, Andy depicts this wonderfully. When I stand in front of this mural I feel like I’m waiting for them to come to life. The men on the water shouting ashore, the scent of the smoke mixed with salmon and gentle tides.” 

Ty’s signature can be found, along with Andy’s, at the base of each mural. 

“It was a joy to work within the Edmonds community. Every time I visit I’m welcomed as a neighbor and everyone seems very genuine. I look forward to my next visit,” added Ty.

The mural is located on facing walls in the alley between 4th and 5th Avenue in Edmonds, connecting to Main Street. 

A remarkable achievement! Moderna Vaccine welcomed with open arms in Tulalip

By Micheal Rios, Tulalip News

On January 19, 2020, a 35-year-old man presented to an urgent care clinic in Snohomish County with a four-day history of cough and subjective fever. He disclosed he returned to Washington only days prior after traveling to visit family in Wuhan, China. After multiple days of examination and a litany of tests, it was revealed that the man was positive with a severe acute respiratory syndrome caused by a novel coronavirus. This was the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States. 

Nearly one year later, the COVID pandemic continues to rage on. According to the Department of Health, there have been 246,000 confirmed cases and 3,482 deaths in Washington State attributed to the virus at the time this article was published. A whopping 91% of those deaths are individuals at least 60-years-old.

On the Tulalip Reservation, those who are 60+ are revered as elders. They are a living history, a source for cultural and spiritual knowledge whose wisdom is irreplaceable. Protecting them from COVID is of utmost importance, which is why the Tulalip Health Clinic was full of hope and excitement on December 23 as the first doses of the much heralded Moderna Vaccine were administered to Tulalip’s most vulnerable. 

“Today is a great day for Tulalip! We have received the COVID-19 vaccine,” marveled Tulalip tribal member and Patient Care Director, Jennie Fryberg. “My hands go up to everyone who comes to our health clinic to get vaccinated and help save lives, save our community, and save our elders. The 2020 year was a tough one for us because we lost some loved ones to the pandemic. I’m getting vaccinated for my parents, so I can protect them and avoid possibly spreading COVID to them. My advice to our community is come and get vaccinated so we can have a much more hopeful 2021.”

After months of battling the pandemic at the reservation’s go-to health care facility, Tulalip’s emergency management team’s latest update states four Tulalip elders have died with COVID-19. Two were in their 70s and two were in their 80s. Their memories live on in the younger generations who carry on their cultural traditions with pride.

In order to protect as many remaining elders and high-risk tribal members, Tulalip’s medical personnel promptly rolled out phase one of COVID vaccinations after receiving 400 initial doses from Moderna. The immediate recipients were Tulalip’s elders, most high-risk citizens, first responders, and frontline healthcare workers. 

“This is an amazing event taking place and I feel so fortunate to play a role in offering protection and hope to such a beautiful community,” said medical assistant Kristina Bartek while filling syringes with the potential lifesaving Moderna Vaccine. “My grandfather is 84-years-old and it scares me to think of what could happen if he gets COVID. I’ll be getting vaccinated to protect him, myself, and anyone I come into contact with.”

History was made as the first administered vaccination went to Tulalip elder Dale Jones. “We are fighting a very dangerous virus and have already lost some of our people because of it,” shared Dale moments after getting vaccinated. “This vaccine means we finally have protection for our people, especially our elders.”

Real life heroes who put their lives on the line every day to keep the community safe were eager to get a literal shot in the arm to ensure they can carry out their duties while preventing COVID exposure to others. 

“This is a big moment for our community and our fire department by ensuring the health and safety of our first responders,” said Fire Chief Ryan Shaughnessy while joining his team in getting vaccinated. “We’re really excited and grateful for the Tulalip Tribes generosity to vaccinate our team. Moving forward, we can fulfill our duties with more confidence knowing we’re vaccinated against this deadly virus.” 

It’s been two weeks since Tulalip received the vaccine and the health clinic has administered 407 vaccinations as of January 4. Phase two of vaccinations is now underway. Tulalip tribal members ages 50+ and who have chronic health conditions may now stop by the clinic for a vaccination visit. 

If you are a Tulalip elder and not yet received the vaccine, please visit the clinic as soon as possible to do so. You do not need to make an appointment nor call.

“The Moderna Vaccine is a remarkable tool that helps us to decrease the spread of COVID and mitigate life threatening concerns associated with COVID,” said Dr. John Okemah, Chief Medical Officer. “Finally having a vaccine available to our people brings about a new sense of hope to our people throughout Indian Country. We’ve been dealing with this global pandemic for close to a year now. By getting vaccinated we, as a community, are now fighting back and doing what we can to protect our loved ones.”

Elaine Janice Moses

October 26, 1938 – December 26, 2020

Elaine Janice Moses, 82, of Tulalip, WA, passed away December 26, 2020 at home with her family by her side. She was born October 26, 1938 in Tulalip to Oscar and Charlotte Paul.

She worked at the Tulalip Casino in maintenance. She enjoyed going to the Casino, working with her flowers, being with her grandchildren, and her outings with Sylvia.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Gilbert Moses Sr.; four children, Sylvia (Robert) Myers, Arnel (Alan) Williams, and Gilbert Moses, Jr.; sisters, Charlene Williams and Clarice Moses; eight grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and daughter, Nancy Moses. 

There will be a graveside service Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 12 noon at Mission Beach Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home.

Geraldine “Geri” Bill

October 11, 1935 – December 26, 2020

Geraldine “Geri” Bill of Tulalip, WA was born to Laura Ella and Isadore Tom Sr, on October 11, 1935. She went to be with the Lord on December 26, 2020. 

Geri had a strong spiritual foundation guided by her late father who was a spiritual healer and advisor, Geri enjoyed traveling to stick games and made many friends along the way. She also loved to play Bingo, and she was a big Seahawks fan. 

She leaves behind her children Inez Bill, Jolene Bill, Donna Houle (Darrell), Brian Bill (Stephanie), Kristy Bill (Philip, Dec.); sisters Loretta Tom and Sammy Kay(Gerald). She also leaves behind numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren;, nieces, nephews and extended family members. She is reunited with her parents Isadore Tom Sr. and Laura Tom; her brothers Isadore Tom Jr, and Alvin Tom; sisters, Loreen Lawrence, Janice Edwards ,Beverly Tom, Nancy Tom, Lucy John and Sandra Tom.

We were not ready for Geri to leave us but God called her away, Geri will be greatly missed by her family and friends, there will not be a funeral due to COVID-19 restrictions, but a gathering will be planned and held at a later date. 

RoseAnn Green

May 30, 1964 – December 18, 2020

RoseAnn Green, 56, of Tulalip went to be with the Lord on December 18, 2020. She was born in Darrington, WA on May 30, 1964. RoseAnn loved to travel and lived many places such as California, New Mexico, Hawaii, Wyoming, although her true home was Darrington and Tulalip Washington. 

RoseAnn saw the world as her canvas. She traveled so much that it would be impossible to name all of the places she’d gone. Her favorite trips were to see her daughter Tanya and the grandkids. These took her to Germany, Spain, Colorado, and Idaho! An especially proud moment in her life was when her daughter received her MBA degree. She always boasted that her son Jeff was a gentle, intellectual soul and was always there for her. She was so happy when he found love and married Jennifer. RoseAnn loved watching cooking shows and would make versions of what she saw then deliver them to the lucky recipient. Her dishes and appetizers were always a hit at gatherings, including cooking dishes for Darrington funeral dinners. 

RoseAnn loved the Seahawks; she recorded every game. Go Hawks! Her beloved dog Winston was always by her side and ready for a ride. She was a generous person who always found ways to give her time to others, whether it was an event, helping a friend or helping her parents during the pandemic. RoseAnn loved her leadership roles with the Tulalip Tribes. She was highly intelligent, a problem solver and loved organizing. She was athletic and enjoyed softball, cheerleading, and golf! She really enjoyed playing slots at the casinos and loved reading books. RoseAnn did not want the spotlight but she always lit up the room when she walked in. She made friends easily and brought joy wherever she went. 

She is survived by her daughter, Tanya Burns; and husband, Elliott, of Arlington; son, Jeffrey Sharp and wife Jennifer, of Tulalip; dad, Neil Green, Sr. and wife Nancy, of Darrington; mom, Eleanor Nielsen and husband Eddie, sister, Linda Aranda and husband Carlton; brothers, Brad Green and Neil Green Jr., all of Tulalip; sister, Nina Reece, of Arlington; sister, Teresa Meece and husband Richard, of Darrington; and the lights of her life her grandchildren, Brooklan and Remi. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and tons of cousins.
RoseAnn is reunited in Heaven with her brother, David Hunter; nephew, James Michael Emhoolah; maternal grandparents, Bernice Sheldon Williams and John Miller; paternal grandparents, Roy Green and Maggie Green; and her best friend, Cynthia “Sindy” Kay King.
We were not ready for RoseAnn to leave us, but God called her away. RoseAnn will be deeply missed by her family and friends. There will not be a funeral proceeding due to COVID-19 restrictions, but a gathering will be planned and held at a later date. Arrangement entrusted to Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home.

George K. Tsoodle

December 24, 1944 – December 18, 2020

He was a good man. George K. Tsoodle 1. He was born December 24, 1944 to loving parents Dora Autobo & Henry James Tsoodle, in Mountainview Oklahoma. He was a member of the Kiowa tribes of Oklahoma.

He made it to the 7th grade, but began working at the age of 9. His passion for fixing things guided him through multiple careers from moving furniture, Welco lumber co. security at theTulalip casino & ended his career with the Tulalip tribes after working 18 years in July 2020 after retiring he built a pig farm & spent the rest of his days maintaining it at home. He was a spiritual believer. His dedication to the smokehouse helped many lives created many spiritual children. Like Walter Bradley, Rosalie Topaum, and many others he followed Kenneth Moses SR & JR along the coast, to help with their spiritual work. His passion in sports introduced him to his wife Vickie Tsoodle and made him into a very passionate softball coach to his daughters and the fellow girls who played on the their teams. He continued his unlimited support for sports when his grandchildren played basketball, softball or whatever it was they decided to play. Since the beginning he has been an avid Seahawks fan, the original 12th man.

Preceded in death by his mother Dora Autobo and his father Henry James Tsoodle his siblings Hawley Tsoodle vena J. waters Annamae Clawson Russell T. Tsoodle his nephew Joey Brungardt and his grandson Sateshon R. Conway and many loved ones. Survived by his wife Vickie Tsoodle and his daughters Paula Tsoodle Mel Tsoodle Jk Tsoodle Dorthera (Diya) Tsoodle and his grandchildren George Tsoodle 2 Jayson Tsoodle Jessyca Tsoodle Roxanne Conway Jakeb Conway Joann Ancheta Candace Tsoodle Iissaya Ancheta Dora Conway Aarron Tsoodle-Miller Sylus Edwards Berta Conway Dalilah Tsoodle-Jones Zackary Jones Ezekial Tsoodle-Edwards Abrielle Tsoodle-Jones great grandkids Seria Ahlberg Gabrial Tsoodle Kain Tsoodle-Ahlberg Tiana Tsoodle-Ahlberg leviathan Tsoodle-Ahlberg Sahale Conway Sire Conway and his siblings chuck Tsoodle Geneva Brungardt Al Tsoodle Susan perish and numerous Nieces, nephews, friends and family. George and Vickie were married for 48 years sorely be missed by many.

A family committal service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Mission Beach Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home.

Kelly Cashmere Moses Jr.

May 25, 1995 – December 17, 2020

Kelly Cashmere Moses Jr was born May 25th, 1995 and made his way to the other side December 17th, 2020. Kelly was born to his father and Mother, Kelly R. Moses Sr and Marcella Moses.

Kelly loved long-boarding, writing, drawing, being outdoors, traveling to winter pow wows, and was an inspiring photographer. Growing up Kelly was never seen without his best friend, Brian O’day. Always both together and one was never seen without the other. Kelly had humorous and outgoing nature that made him stand out in a crowd. Kelly always had an endless compassion towards others and a quality that made him compassionate towards animals.

Kelly is survived by his father and mother, Kelly R. Moses Sr. And Marcella Moses, Daughter Evelyn Zephar Moses, Brother Walter Moses and sister-in-law Irene Moses, Sisters Angela Peltier and brother-in-law Timothy Peltier, and Elizabeth Moses and brother-in-law Jason Kaestner. Special friend Jess Moses, Special aunties Carolyn Moses and Millie Russell, special nephew, whom he help raise and name, Mordecai Moses and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Kelly is proceeded in death by his grandfather Victor Moses Sr. And Esther Moses, Harvey Russell Sr. and Francis Russell. Uncles, Victor Moses Jr., Mark Moses, Kim Moses, Raymond Moses, Lavelle Russell, and Monty Russell. His best animal companion, “Lucy”.

Graveside service Monday, Dec. 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM, Tulalip Beach Cemetery. Immediate family only and strict COVID-19 restrictions will be in place.

Arrangements entrusted to Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home.