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Longhouse Media founder to receive university's Horace Mann Award

SEATTLE - Tracy Rector, Seminole, executive director and co-founder of Longhouse Media/Native Lens, will receive Antioch University Seattle's Horace Mann Award March 27 at a black tie event in Seattle Center's McCaw Hall.

The Horace Mann Award honors individuals who have ''won victories for humanity'' through their work or volunteerism. Past recipients include Billy Frank Jr., Nisqually, chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.

Rector is earning her master's in education and teacher certification from the university's First Peoples Program. She specializes in Native American studies, traditional plant medicine and documentary film. She co-produced the award-winning films ''Teachings of the Tree People'' and ''Teachings of the Tree People: The Work of Bruce Miller.''

Through Longhouse Media (, she is helping to train a new generation of storytellers in filmmaking and new media. The program operates youth filmmaking programs at Muckleshoot and Swinomish. The program was a recipient of the 2007 Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards and participants' films have been shown in film festivals in Seattle and New York City.

''When [Antioch] President Cassandra Manuelito-Kerkvliet phoned me to congratulate me, I was excited and in shock,'' Rector said of the award. ''As soon as I hung up the phone, I was hopping around the office because it honestly was such a sudden surprise that the only reaction that came to me was to jump up and down, and then call my mom, of course.

''This award has the potential to open many doors for the work that I do. It is an honor for me to be recognized for a lifetime of commitment to volunteer work and to our youth; but for the bigger picture, this acknowledgement will benefit Longhouse Media and the work we do to uplift Native youth,'' Rector continued. ''For example, grant funders love to be associated with persons and groups who are doing notably good work.''

Juarez, Galanda named partners at Seattle law firm

SEATTLE - Debora Juarez, Blackfeet, and Gabriel Galanda, Round Valley, have been elevated to member, or partner, status at the Seattle office of Williams Kastner, a Pacific Northwest-based law firm.

Juarez is chairman of the firm's Tribal Practice Team. She has two decades of experience providing financial, legal and political counsel to tribal governments and businesses. She is a former King County Superior Court judge and served as tribal adviser to Washington governors Mike Lowry and Gary Locke. She is a founding member of the Northwest Indian Bar Association.

In June 2007, Juarez received the Enduring Spirit Award from the Native Action Network for her efforts to create healthy and sustainable tribal communities.

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Galanda founded the Tribal Practice Team in 2002. He has extensive experience in complex Indian law and gaming litigation and in assisting tribal governments and corporations with economic development and diversification initiatives.

Galanda is chairman of the American Bar Association Business Law Section's Gaming Law Committee, and is past president of the Northwest Indian Bar Association and past chairman of the Washington State Bar Association Indian Law Section. He is a frequent writer and speaker on tribal sovereignty and sovereign immunity.

Rossi endorsed by builders, deputies in race for governor

SEATTLE - Gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi, Tlingit, has been endorsed by the Building Industry Association of Washington and the Kitsap County Deputy Sheriff's Guild.

Rossi, a former Republican state senator who lost the race for governor in 2004 by 133 votes out of 2.8 million cast, is again seeking the top elected office in the Evergreen State. Gov. Christine Gregoire, Democrat, is expected to run for re-election in the November 2008 election.

Rossi represented the Cascade foothills area east of Seattle in the state Senate from 1996 to 2004 and, as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, presided over the writing of a no-new-taxes budget.

Since announcing his candidacy, Rossi has portrayed Gregoire as being a ''governor for the government,'' although under her watch the state has grown a $1.5 billion surplus, the unemployment rate is 4.8 percent and job growth has been healthy, according to a Seattle Times article.

Rossi launched into a busy campaign schedule in November. He is scheduled to speak at Lincoln Day events in six counties through Feb. 12.

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