Tulalip Tribes Calls for Healing & Unity

From Last Real Indians, here.

Tulalip Tribes
Francesca Hillery, Public Affairs Officer
Cell: (360) 913.2646
Email: fhillery@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov
Press Releases

October 29, 2014

As we grieve our losses and pray for the recovery of the injured, the Tulalip Tribes continue to work with our neighbors in the Marysville community in continued unity.

The tragic event at Marysville Pilchuck is a test of the unity and partnership between the Tulalip and Marysville communities, which is essential especially for the education of our children. Schools in the Marysville School District have received threats. While some have been directed at Native children, we are concerned for the safety of all of the children. Many of our kids are fearful to return to school, and some parents are reluctant to send them.

The Tulalip Tribes denounce the horrific actions of Jaylen Fryberg, who took the lives of two of his classmates and grievously injured three others. All of the young people he attacked were his friends, and two were his cousins. Parents and children alike are struggling to understand what caused him to act in such a manner. Even though we may never know why, there can be no justification for taking the lives of others. These were the acts of an individual, not a family, not a tribe.

As our communities continue to come together to deal with this tragic event, our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the families of Zoe Galasso and Gia Soriano.

We continue to pray for the recovery of Andrew Fryberg, Nate Hatch, and Shaylee Chuckulnaskit and their families.

It is our custom to come together in times of grief. The tribe holds up our people who are struggling through times of loss. We are supporting the family of Jaylen Fryberg in their time of loss, but that does not mean we condone his actions.

We are grateful for the outpouring of support we are receiving from our neighbors, other tribes and organizations, and from around the world. Your thoughts and prayers have held us up in this difficult time.

Mark Trahant: The Native vote could decide the 2014 election

Here, from Indianz.  A quote:

If there ever was an election that was ideal for American Indians and Alaska Natives to determine the outcome, it’s 2014.

Flip through the state campaigns and six or seven Senate races are within the margin of error (depending on which polls you believe). Another ten governor’s races are within two points either way. And, even in the House of Representatives —the political version of a stacked deck — there might be surprises in store.

This election is not about the will of the country; it’s about who will cast a ballot before Tuesday. That means Indian Country’s voice could be amplified.Could be. Two words that define the difference between tipping the scales in this election or watching the outcome in January and asking, what happened?

Could be has been done before. Many times.In 1958 for example there was a three-way race for the U.S. Senate in Utah. Arthur Watkins, the champion of termination, the George Armstrong Custer of his day, should have been a shoe-in for re-election. But he barely survived a bitter primary against another conservative, J. Bracken Lee. Lee refused to give up and ran in the general election as an independent. That provided the Democrat in the race, Frank Moss, with an opportunity to win with only 38 percent of the vote. Well short of a “majority.” The American Indian vote in Utah then was small, but you have to think it contributed to the upset of Watkins. This was the termination policy itself on the ballot.That 1958 Utah race is worth thinking about in 2014 because third and fourth party candidates are stirring up trouble again.

In the South Dakota Senate race, for example, most of the polls only reflect numbers for three candidates, Republican Mike Rounds, Democrat Rick Weiland, and independent Larry Pressler. But a fourth candidate, Gordon Howe, is another conservative who has turned in some strong debate performances. When the votes are counted, every ballot that’s cast for Howe subtracts from Rounds. A candidate could win in South Dakota with even less than forty percent. (And, as I have written before, this race could put to rest the Keystone Xl pipeline.)

Red Lake News: Tribe welcomes Sen. Tester and Sen. Franken

From Indianz.com here.  An excerpt:

“We need money for education, this is vital for economic development and jobs,” said Seki.  “All these issues are related.

“Little Rock Representative Richard Barrett brought up the need for housing saying that he knows of a family of 12 people living in one-bedroom home.  “We need money for Indian Housing, not money from the BIA,” he said.Ponemah Representative Gary Nelson spoke of roads.  “The formula favors small reservations, it doesn’t work for us.  The larger reservations monies are based on the workforce instead of population, that needs to be changed,” he said.Franken said he had an extensive list of federal Indian affairs programs he’d like to see receive more funding. “I agree with Chairman Seki that these issues on the reservation are interconnected,” he said, “…for example, the lack of housing that Representative Barrett speaks of forces families to live in domestic violence situations, which can imprint on the children who witness the violence.”

2014 Annual Meeting and Forum Materials

Our annual meeting and forum was held on October 15, 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska. Included here are materials discussed and presentations given.

TEDNA Select Bills 113th Congress

Presentations: