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News from the Northwest; TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS, GROUPS SHARE PROGRAM FUNDING

SEATTLE - Five tribal governments or organizations have each received
awards of $45,000 to $49,999 to continue programs preventing child abuse,
youth substance abuse and other related social problems.

Receiving awards are Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe Network, Chi-e-chee Tribe
Network, South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency Network, Tulalip Tribes
Network and the Colville Federated Tribes Network.

Overall, the Washington state Family Policy Council awarded just over $3
million to 36 local public health and safety networks across the state.

The Community Public Health and Safety Networks were launched 10 years ago.
Community networks raise nonstate dollars to expand their awards and
mobilize volunteers to ensure services get to the people who need them
most, through activities and programs most likely to succeed.

The Family Policy Council is a family, community and state partnership that
involves communities in preventing seven interrelated social problems:
child abuse and neglect, youth substance abuse, violence, suicide, school
dropout, teen pregnancy/male parentage and child out-of-home placements.

The state Legislature and governor have adopted network recommendations,
among them laws providing penalties for manufacturing methamphetamine when
children are present; and establishing respite centers for people in
crisis.

ORCA GUARDIANS

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation is
guarding Luna, a killer whale that became separated from its pod in Nootka
Sound in 2001.

The Mowachaht/Muchalaht call the operation "Kakawin Guardians." Kakawin is
the word for orca in the Nuu-Chah-Nulth language, which the
Mowachaht/Muchalaht share with 13 other First Nations and the Makah.

The guardian program consists of daily patrols by the band's fisheries
management boats to deter boating interaction with Luna, and an education
outreach program for boaters to alert them that they are in the kakawin's
territory. Mowachaht/Muchalaht believe the sociable whale's interaction
with people and boats could harm it and inhibit a reunion with its pod.

Many Mowachaht/Muchalaht believe the orca - which they call Tsu'xiit -
embodies the spirit of their late chief, Ambrose Maquinna, who died in July
2001, a few days before Tsu'xiit's first appearance in Nootka Sound.

Mowachaht/Muchalaht canoe paddlers surrounded Tsu'xiit last year to prevent
Canadian fisheries' officials from capturing the orca and moving it to the
Straits of Juan de Fuca, where its pod spends much of the year.

"We have never opposed a natural reunion," Chief Mike Maquinna, son of the
late chief, said in a press release circulated by Orca Network. "But our
culture views the kakawin with great respect, and the way [the Department of Fisheries and Oceans] was trying to move him last year was not
respectful."

Maquinna said the guardianship program would seek to help Luna expand his
territory to areas where he could potentially hear the calls of L-pod,
should any of its members pass in the vicinity.

NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED FOR LEGACY AWARD

SEATTLE - Nominations are being accepted for the annual Seventh Generation
Legacy Award. The award will be presented at the 13th annual Salmon
Homecoming Celebration, Sept. 8 - 11 at Warren G. Magnusen Park in Seattle.

The award recognizes an individual, organization or government entity
deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to the development of
positive relations between Indian and non-Indian communities.

According to award criteria, the contribution, whether an individual act or
a long-term commitment, "will have advanced the greater knowledge of the
true history of the Pacific Northwest, the spirit of cooperation between
tribes and other governments or organizations, and the spirit of teamwork
in pursuit of a higher quality of life related to environmental protection
and natural resource management."

Past recipients include Billy Frank Jr., chairman of the Northwest Indian
Fisheries Commission; Jewell James, artist and former Lummi Nation
councilman; Terry Williams, a Tulalip Tribes leader; the Stillaguamish
Tribe; and various local and state officials.

The nomination deadline is Aug. 19. For a nomination form, contact Steve
Robinson at (360) 528-4347; by fax at (360) 753-8659; by e-mail at
srobinson@nwifc.org; or by mail at Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission,
6730 Martin Way East, Olympia, WA 98516.

COLEGROVE NAMED TO FOSTER CARE PANEL

SEATTLE - Leona Colegrove, Hoopa/Quinault, has been named to the state
Supreme Court's Commission on Children in Foster Care.

Colegrove is an attorney with Williams, Kastner & Gibbs, a Northwest law
firm with offices in Seattle, Tacoma and Portland. She specializes in
Indian and gaming law and is a member of the Seattle Indian Health Board.

Colegrove is the only American Indian representative on the state
commission. Other members include Supreme Court Justice Bobbe J. Bridge,
state Attorney General Rob McKenna, and state Sen. James Hargrove.

The commission's mission is to provide all children with safe, permanent
families in which their physical, emotional and social needs are met. It
intends to achieve its goals through recommending policy decisions and
needed legislative changes.

Colegrove previously served as legal counsel for two American Indian tribal
governments in areas including enforcement and protection of treaty rights,
economic development, environmental protection, civil enforcement, natural
and cultural resource protection, state and federal relations, taxation,
jurisdiction, American Indian health, and labor and employment.

Richard Walker is a correspondent reporting from San Juan Island, Wash.
Contact him at irishmex2000@yahoo.com.