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TULALIP DONATE TO AMERICAN RED CROSS

MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- The Tulalip Tribes' board of directors presented a
check for $100,000 to the American Red Cross, Snohomish County chapter,
Sept. 16.

Tulalip board member Herman Williams Jr. proposed the donation Sept. 16 as
a way to make a difference to Americans in need and to memorialize an
important water settlement with the city of Everett.

Tulalip had sued Everett, claiming a diversion dam the city built on the
Sultan River in 1916 destroyed a salmon run. Tulalip dropped the lawsuit in
exchange for a new water source for fisheries enhancement and residential
and commercial growth. The water will come from Spada Lake in the Cascade
foothills; Everett has water rights to the lake. Much of Tulalip currently
relies on well water. It will buy the water from Everett.

Daryl Williams, Tulalip environmental liaison, told the Tulalip newspaper
See Yaht Sub that one-third of the water is designated for fisheries
enhancement at Coho Creek and hatchery fish production at Tulalip and
Battle creeks.

The new 36-inch pipeline is expected to cost $50 million; the city and
Tulalip will spend $5 million on project planning and will work with
Congress to secure funding.

REMAINS TO BE REINTERRED WHERE FOUND

CHINOOK, Wash. -- Human remains uncovered Sept. 27 at a Chinook village
site where Lewis and Clark camped 200 years ago will be reburied where they
were found.

Representatives of the Chinook Indian Nation said the remains include those
of former inhabitants of the historic village.

"We just want to honor and respect these people," Chinook Chairman Gary
Johnson said of the move to rebury the remains in a story by The Associated
Press.

The remains were uncovered by construction crews digging a utility trench
on Highway 101 in a project to straighten a curve in the road and make room
for a riverfront park.

The project was delayed in January when workers discovered wooden planks
believed to have been part of a Chinook house, the AP reported.

The village was believed to be the largest of several communities
stretching from Gray's Bay to the Long Beach Peninsula. Lewis and Clark
counted 37 plank houses there during their 10-day stay in November 1805, a
number that researchers believe could point to a population at that time of
more than 2,000.

SWINOMISH MAN HEADS STATE INDIAN AFFAIRS OFFICE

SWINOMISH, Wash. -- Craig Bill, Swinomish, has been appointed director of
the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs. He was appointed by Gov. Christine
Gregoire in July.

As director, Bill is the liaison between the governor's office and the 29
American Indian nations in Washington state. His office is responsible for
improving the relationship between state agencies and the nations and the
well-being of Washington's Native residents.

Bill graduated from Central Washington University in Ellensberg in 1998. He
worked as director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the Lummi Nation for
five years and directed the state Democratic Party's Native American Vote
campaign during the 2004 election.

Bill said he wants to identify and establish an appropriate process for
cultural resource protection and management, fix disparities in health care
and education, work with directors of minority affairs offices to improve
the health of people of color in Washington, strengthen economic
partnerships between tribal governments and surrounding communities, and
improve state workers' knowledge of tribal governance and culture.

"I am committed to visiting all tribes located within Washington and
neighboring states. I also plan on meeting with a variety of tribal
community organizations and stakeholders to solve issues pertaining to
them," Bill wrote in an e-mail.

His next public meeting is Nov. 10 at the Lucky Eagle Casino in Rochester,
Wash. View the itinerary at www.goia.wa.gov.

ECHO-HAWK RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF NIBA

MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- Attorney for the Tulalip Tribes Lael Echo-Hawk,
Pawnee, has been elected to a second term as president of the Northwest
Indian Bar Association.

The association, founded in 1991, has more than 200 member attorneys. It
works to increase the number of American Indian attorneys in the Pacific
Northwest through legal education and advocacy.

Other members of the NIBA governing council are Vice President Lisa
Atkinson, Northern Cherokee/Osage; Treasurer Gabe Galanda, Nomlaki/Concow;
Secretary Rion Ramirez, Turtle Mountain Chippewa/Pascua Yaqui; at-large
members Leona Colgrove, Quinault/Hoopa, Rogina Beckwith, Port Gamble
S'Klallam, Juliana Repp, Nez Perce and ex officio Tate London, Tlingit.

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

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