Native Peoples Connections is an Action Group (NPCAG) under the Social Justice Council.

Celeste Dybeck Displays Family Tree Button Blanket

When Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Elder and QUUF Native Peoples Connections Group member, Celeste Dybeck, saw the Call for Artists for the Washington State History Museum’s annual “In the Spirit” exhibit in the Tribe’s March newsletter, she sent in a photo of the Family Tree Button Blanket she made to symbolize her branch of the Cook/Kardonsky family. The blanket was accepted for the juried exhibition. The blanket will be part of the “In the Spirit” annual Native Artist exhibition at the Washington State History Museum at 1911 Pacific Avenue in Tacoma. The opening reception is June 15 at 5pm, with the exhibit continuing through and culminating with the “In the Spirit” Festival on August 19, 2017. The show will close at the end of the day August 20. Raven is her Native father Walt; Moon is her Swedish mother Dee. Each of the waves represents herself and her siblings. The larger buttons on each wave are their children; the smaller buttons are their grandchildren. The buttons below are the descendants yet to come. Congratulations, Celeste!

NPCAG is arranging carpools to view “In the Spirit” and attend the Native Artist Exhibition on Saturday, August 19. Please contact Barbara Blair (360-385-5999) if you are interested in a daylong outing to Tacoma.

June 2017 News

Summer begins this month (hopefully) and for most of us living in the Northwest, this means spending time enjoying the outdoors with friends and family. Therefore, this Native Peoples News will be brief through July, August and September. We will be back, refreshed, and ready to communicate in October.

May 25-26, several of us joined Coast Protectors from Canada and the San Juan Islands on the Walk4theSalishSea, standing in solidarity with First Nations people to protect the Salish Sea from potential mishaps caused by the Kinder Morgan Pipeline due to the potentially seven-fold increase in tanker traffic.

Kathleen Jensen and Cherri Mann, Native Peoples Connections Action Group and North Olympic Orca Pod (NOOP) members, were at the starting point to send off fellow NOOP members Debra Ellers and Lys Burden, who walked the entire 4-day route from Victoria to Burnaby periodically wearing their Orca costumes to call attention to the stress on their habitat more oil tankers will mean to the resident Orcas. To help the Tsleil-Waututh Nation with their court case against the federal government and other First nation challenges supported by the Pull Together campaign, please donate.

Brinnon Group

Members and representatives of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Barbara Moore-Lewis of The Brinnon Group and Jefferson County Planning Commissioner Mark Jochems participated in a discussion on the status of the Pleasant Harbor Master Planned Resort at Black Point in Brinnon at the May meeting of NPCAG. At the meeting we learned that the process is moving along slowly and that the county is aware that the Tribe is concerned about maintaining water quality in this environmentally sensitive area. With the development drawing water from the aquifer for 890 planned units that will be on septic systems, it is of utmost importance that a fail-safe water use plan is in place.

If you are interested in learning more about the Master Planned Resort, you can the latest documents available regarding the plan. Watch The Leader for meetings on this topic and show up. Once you have read the background information, talk to the BOCC members about the project.

Community Events

✔  Wednesday, June 15 5pm Opening to August 20 – View Celeste Dybeck’s button blanket and other contemporary Native art at Washington State History Museum, In the Spirit.

✔ Saturday, June 17, 10-11:30am – Guided Walk at Tamanowas Rock. Come explore Tamanowas Rock, an ancient sacred site right in your own backyard! Jefferson Land Trust and the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe will lead this guided walk to Tamanowas Rock Sanctuary. There is no cost to attend and no need to RSVP. Email the Land Trust or call 360-379-9501 with questions.
Directions: The entrance to Tamanowas Rock is on Anderson Lake Road in Chimacum. From Rhody Drive, travel past SKP RV Park (on the right), and take the second turnout on your right. The turnout will be marked with a Jefferson Land Trust sign, and the gate will be open to provide ample parking.

✔ Tuesday, June 20, 10am-1pm – Summer Stewardship at Duckabush Oxbow and Wetlands Preserve. Calling all volunteers! Come out to a volunteer work-party to help Jefferson Land Trust dig up non-native blackberry on the Duckabush River. Email Carrie Clendaniel by Friday, June 16 to carpool from Port Townsend, or if you have any questions.

✔ Saturday, July 22 – Chetzamoka Canoe Journey Landing Fort Worden. Preliminary numbers are lower than last year. Campbell River BC, almost two week’s paddle from Fort Worden, on North Vancouver Island, home of the We Wai Kai and Wei Wai Kum Nations is the destination, so new volunteers are not anticipated at this time. If you haven’t heard from your team leader yet, feel free to contact Carla Main at 360-302-1081.

✔ Saturday, August 19, IN THE SPIRIT Collaboration – Two Museums Join Forces to Celebrate Native Arts This summer the Washington State History Museum and the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) are merging their two Native American cultural festivals into one, and you are invited to join the celebration. The IN THE SPIRIT Northwest Native Festival, a free indoor-outdoor community event, will take place Saturday, August 19, with exhibits and activities at both venues.

To stay abreast of local events and tribal events open to the general public resources include:
Pacific Northwest Standing Rock Support – Lois Barnett, Amber Jones and others
EmailFacebook Page

Standing Rock Jefferson County – Carmen Bitzer

For more details about local Tribal news and events check these websites:
Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
Suquamish Tribe
Makah Tribe
Quileute Tribe
Quinault Indian Nation
Lummi Nation