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TACOMA, Wash. - The Puyallup Tribe has contributed $100,000 to the state
Council on Problem Gambling.

The state council was founded in 1991. It operates a Problem Gambling
Helpline, conducts public awareness and youth education programs and trains
treatment providers. The council has also tested a Problem Gambling
Treatment Program.

Council Executive Director Gary Hanson said Puyallup's contribution may
help the council expand its programs. "This is the largest contribution we
have received this year," Hanson said. "The Puyallup Tribe has a strong
commitment to responsible gambling. They, along with many other gaming
tribes, are leaders in addressing problem gambling."

The Puyallup Tribe made a similar contribution last year. "The Puyallup
Tribe believes in responsible gaming and we are proud of our long-standing
relationship with the [council]," Puyallup spokesman John Wymer said.

Some 3,574 people called the hotline in the third quarter of 2003, the
latest period for which statistics are available. Most callers were
Caucasian, married, did not have children at home, spent household money
gambling, and were attracted to casino video slots and card games. About
2,014 had not been counseled before. The hot line referred 1,403 to
Gamblers Anonymous, 346 to a practitioner and one to outpatient treatment.


SEATTLE - The National Congress of American Indians has called for more
than 20 states to test federal American Indian law on their respective bar

NCAI's resolution was championed by the Association of Washington Tribes,
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, Northwest Indian Bar Association
and the Washington State Bar Association's Indian Law Section.

Ron Allen, NCAI treasurer and chairman of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe,
which sponsored the resolution, said testing American Indian law "will
ensure that future lawyers have a basic understanding of the inherent legal
rights of the American Indian, which will in turn strengthen the fabric of
the entire legal profession."

Currently, New Mexico is the only state to include the topic of American
Indian law on its bar exam. In September, the Washington state bar's
governing body will consider whether to make Washington the second state to
test new lawyers' understanding of Indian law.


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SEATTLE - The Washington State Bar Association Indian Law Section and
Northwest Indian Bar Association will receive the "Solo and Small Firm
Project Award" Aug. 5 in Atlanta from the American Bar Association.

The award recognizes the groups' Indian Legal Scholarship Program, which
has raised and donated more than $30,000 in scholarships to aspiring Alaska
Native and American Indian lawyers from Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Mike McBride, chairman of the Oklahoma Bar Association Indian Law Section,
said Washington's scholarship program "enables future [American] Indian
lawyers to reach their goals of joining the legal profession and
representing tribal people [and] is one that other bar associations and
Native professional organizations should strive to emulate."

Gabriel Galanda, chairman of the Washington Bar's Indian Law Section, said
4.1 million people nationwide identify themselves as American Indian but
there are only 3,000 Native practitioners.

Scholarship money comes from membership dues, a benefit auction and grants
from the Tulalip Tribes, Muckleshoot Tribe, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe,
Suquamish Tribe, Swinomish Tribe, Squaxin Island Tribe and the Puyallup


SEATTLE - "Song, Story, Speech: Oral Traditions of Puget Sound's First
Peoples", a multimedia exhibit, began Aug. 5 in the Seattle Art Museum's
third-floor galleries.

The exhibit demonstrates the pivotal role that oral traditions play in
Coast Salish culture. The event was organized by Barbara Brotherton,
curator of Native American Art; and advisers Vi Hilbert, Upper Skagit;
Bruce Miller, Skokomish and Marilyn Wandry, Suquamish.

Included is a documentary on Bruce Subiyay Miller, a Skokomish carver,
weaver, storyteller and spiritual leader; a "Talking Cedar" video station
with stories for children and an extensive "Living Archive" of songs and
stories taken from early recordings and contemporary orations.

The exhibit also includes textiles, baskets, carvings, small-scale
sculptures, woven cedar mats and baskets, wool weavings, weaving
implements, a gambling set and a Coast Salish model canoe. The exhibit
includes audio and video segments of stories about the Creator's gift of
the first basket, traditional paddle songs and gaming songs.

Seattle Art Museum is located at 100 University Street, Seattle. Call (206)
654-3100, visit or e-mail for more information.

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