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SAN JUAN ISLAND, Wash. - This island of 6,500 people will again co-host the
Canoe Journey, an annual goodwill event.

Inclement weather derailed plans for a Canoe Journey 2003 stop at San Juan
Island. But organizers were so pleased with islanders' support that they
wanted to include San Juan in the 2004 event; when the stop location was
changed to Swinomish, San Juan organizers went there with food and gifts.

Once again, the journey's theme is sobriety and healthy living. To
participate, paddlers vow to live sober and drug-free lives. Ray Williams,
a Swinomish senator, said last year the Canoe Journey also revives the
tradition of canoe travel and calls to mind the relationship between water,
land and people.

Six traditional First Nations and American Indian seagoing canoes will
visit Lopez and San Juan islands on July 27 - 29 before continuing to the
final destination of Chemainus, B.C. They will arrive in Chemainus on Aug.
4, rendezvousing with hundreds of other paddlers from throughout the

More than 100 participants from Lummi, Samish, Swinomish and Tulalip are
expected to visit San Juan. San Juan Island was the traditional fishing,
hunting, trading and gathering place for the Lummi, Saanich, Samish,
Semiahmoo, Songhees and Sooke, which speak the Lukwungen dialect of the
Coast Salish language.


MARYSVILLE, Wash. - Tulalip Tribes is building an upscale shopping center
on its reservation in Tulalip, west of Marysville. The groundbreaking was
April 1.

The center, called Seattle Premium Outlets, will be built in two phases:
Phase One, consisting of 347,500-square-feet of retail, will open in spring
or summer 2005, Phase Two will consist of 82,500-square-feet of retail
space. When finished, the center will have 120 shops.

Developer is Chelsea Property Group of Roseland, N.J., which has signed
high-end retailers such as Coach, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana for its
previous shopping centers.

Tulalip Tribes also owns Quil Ceda Village Business Park and Tulalip


AUBURN, Wash. - The Muckleshoot Tribe has contributed $350,000 to the state
of Washington for problem gambling treatment.

"This is the largest contribution ever made to address problem gambling in
Washington and it is badly needed," said Gary Hanson, executive director of
the Washington State Council on Problem Gambling.

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In a letter to Gov. Gary Locke, Muckleshoot Tribal Chairman John Daniels
Jr., stated that the contribution should be used to reinstate the Problem
Gambling Treatment Program. The Legislature didn't re-fund the program even
though an independent evaluation said it was successful.

"[Muckleshoot] believes that state, local and tribal governments, as well
as gaming industry participants, can and should work in concert to address
the current need and develop a long-term solution for problem gambling
treatment and education," Daniels wrote.

Hanson agreed. "That program can be started up within two weeks of getting
the go-ahead," he said in a press release. "The treatment providers are
trained, the referral network is in place and the infrastructure is there.
There is no reason that we could not begin providing treatment


LUMMI, Wash. - The Lummi Indian Nation is proposing a series of measures to
improve salmon habitat on the South Fork of the Nooksack River.

The Army Corps of Engineers said the purpose of the project is to improve
habitat conditions for a variety of salmonid species, but particularly for
the bull trout and spring Chinook, both of which are endangered species.

Public comment on the project ended June 14; the Army Corps of Engineers is
expected to rule soon on Lummi's application.

Lummi proposes building 10 logjams for habitat restoration and removing 780
feet of riprap bank protection that borders the Acme Farm at Whatcom County
Park. The logjams will require excavation; wood will be stacked into the
excavated area and backfilled.

To reduce impacts to the river and water quality, portable dams will be
used to divert water flow away from the construction area. A sediment boom
will be used in deeper water to retain muddy water. Muddy construction
water will be pumped upland so it can reenter the river through the soil.


OLYMPIA, Wash. - Seven people associated with American Indian child welfare
received diversity awards from the state Department of Social and Health
Services Children's Administration, at the fifth annual statewide Diversity
Conference held May 26.

The conference was held in conjunction with Asian Pacific Heritage Month.
Award recipients received Hawaiian leis, a symbol of accomplishment and

Uma Ahluwalia, assistant secretary of the DSHS Children's Administration,
presented the awards to staff members and residents who work to make a
difference in the lives of minority children and who have consistently
fought against racism and intolerance.

Recipients included Elaine Fiddler, Helen Hook, Lorene Miller, Don
Milligan, Rose Stewart and Marilyn Wandrey, of the Indian Child Welfare
Advisory Committee in Pierce and Kitsap counties; and Dianne Waddington,
Indian Child Welfare liaison in Bremerton.

The fifth annual Diversity Conference provided training for 300 staff and
community members from across the state. It focused on cross-cultural
aspects of family therapy, ethno-psychopharmacology and disproportionality
in child welfare.

Richard Walker is a correspondent reporting from San Juan Island, Wash.
Contact him at (360) 378-6289 or e-mail