In the culmination of a two-year transition process for Potlatch Fund, Board President Kirby Jock today announced the selection of a new Executive Director by the Potlatch Fund Board of Directors commencing on June 1, 2011. Ms. Dana Arviso, current Potlatch Fund Finance and Evaluation Manager, will replace current Executive Director, Mr. Ken Gordon, in August this year. Mr. Jock said “The Potlatch organization has been working diligently toward this vital leadership transition for a long time. We developed a plan with a definitive date where Mr. Gordon was going to step aside, and overlap his tenure with a new Executive Director for a three-month period. Our Board and Staff have consistently risen to meet the challenges posed by this kind of transition, and I am very proud of their work in making Potlatch Fund solid throughout this time of change.” As the outgoing Executive Director during the three-month executive transition, Mr. Gordon will continue to serve Potlatch Fund in an advisory and consultative role to Ms. Arviso the incoming Executive Director. “Our transition has been helped immensely by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which gave us an invaluable resource to plan for all aspects of this leadership change. The grant enabled us to carry out a national search and at the same time invest in our existing staff to improve their ability to competitively apply for the role. We offer our most sincere thanks to the Gates Foundation.” Ms. Arviso initially started working at Potlatch Fund as a volunteer while undertaking postgraduate studies at the University of Washington. Since then, she has become an alumnus of the First Nations Development Institutes LEAD Program, completed non-profit Executive Training programs at the UW Cascade Center, and is a current participant in Leadership Tomorrow. In addition to her non-profit work for Potlatch Fund, she is also a member of the Board of Native Americans in Philanthropy, co-chair of the Social Justice Fund Northwest, and an Ex-Officio Board Member for Longhouse Media. Ms. Arviso is a member of the Diné (Navajo), grew up on the Bishop Paiute-Shoshone Reservation and has also lived in Alaska. Ms. Arviso said “I am humbled by the faith placed in me by the Potlatch Fund Board and by the support thathas been offered as I transition into this role. I look forward to continuing to build upon the success of Potlatch Fund, as we work to expand philanthropy in Indian Country”. Mr. Jock concluded by stating, “It is my hope that everyone out there in the Potlatch Fund community will take a moment to welcome Dana as our new Executive Director at Potlatch Fund, and also take a moment to express their gratitude to Ken for his outstanding efforts and commitment to Indian Country during his tenure as the Potlatch Fund Executive Director. We continue to be very fortunate to have such talented and dedicated people working to support our mission, on behalf of the Native peoples of the Northwest.”
Wa-é ák-wé! (Greetings!)
The Office of Multicultural Affairs at the UW School of Medicine would like to cordially invite you to join our Multicultural Graduation Reception to celebrate the accomplishments of 2011 UWSOM graduates, joined by our graduates’ family and friends, on Friday June 3, 2010 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the UW Tower.
What: OMCA Multicultural Graduation
When: Friday, June 3, 2011
Time: 5:30 – 7:30PM
Where: UW Tower, South Cafeteria
In the spirit of diversity and inclusion, this year is the second year we are integrating the Blanket Ceremony and Multicultural Graduation into one celebration. We have developed a program that we believe honors our graduates in an inclusive, respectful way, while recognizing and honoring the many cultural and historical traditions of Celebration and Commencement. Ms. Annette Squetimkin-Anquoe, Colville Confederated Tribal Member and Traditional Health Liaison at the Seattle Indian Health Board will be joining us as the emcee.
The UW Tower is located at 4333 Brooklyn Ave NE. Here’s the link to directions to the UW tower, as well as information about ADA accessibility and parking: http://www.washington.edu/facilities/uwtower/getting-here
Please see attached invitation and RSVP online https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/belyluu/135225
by May 31st.
“Honoring the tradition of breastfeeding”
In December 2010 Washington’s first Native American Breastfeeding Coalition was founded. The Native American Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington (NABCWA) is a community group of Native women and their allies who believe in the tradition of breastfeeding and that all Native children deserve breastmilk.
Our mission is to:
-Provide culturally appropriate, accurate and up-to-date information on the benefits of breastfeeding.
-Provided culturally appropriate education to help ensure that breastfeeding is successful.
-Provide unconditional support to women on their journey toward being/becoming a breastfeeding woman.
-Help normalize breastfeeding among the Native community in Washington State.
NABCA will be participating in the 2011 Spirit Walk and the 2011 Seafair Powwow. Please look for us there. We can also be contacted via email at email@example.com and on Facebook at “Native American Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington”.
The Elwha River on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula once teemed with legendary salmon runs before two towering concrete dams built nearly a century ago cut off fish access to upstream habitat, diminished their runs and altered the ecosystem.
A Blackfeet woman who has led a 15-year legal battle to reclaim Native American land royalties that were mismanaged by the federal government said Monday she is recuperating after having surgery for cancer.
Successful casinos that have become recession-proof job creators, and a bigger effort than ever to count residents on the reservations have resulted in a bump in populations of Native Americans on Indian reservations across Washington, the 2010 census shows.
As we head into the summer months we look forward to the fresh and amazing fruits (and vegetables too). Fruit often gets ripe all at once though, so its good to know how to make jams and this month’s recipe: Fruit Leather!
Revitalizing Northwest Coastal Indian food Culture,
Feeding the People, Feeding the Spirit
by Elise Krohn and Valerie Segrest
Dried berry cakes were a staple food throughout wintertime. This modern version is the equivalent to fruit roll ups and is a delicious snack that is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Salal berries dry best but you can mix in other berries for flavor.
6-8 cups fresh or frozen berries (salal, huckleberry, juneberry, strawberry, thimbleberry)
¼ cup honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Clean and rinse berries if necessary. Place ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Fit parchment/wax paper in a cookie sheet with sides. Pour blended berries onto the sheet and use a spatula to smooth them out to an even consistency of about a quarter inch.
if it is hot and dry, place the pan in the full sun, preferably in a windy spot. If there are flies or bugs, you can put cheesecloth over the berries. It will probably take 2-4 days to dry completely, so bring the berries in at night to prevent them from gathering dew. After the berries are mostly dried, lay another piece of wax paper over the berries and carefully turn them over. Peel the old wax paper off and let the other side dry out. When it seems the consistency of fruit leather, cut the berry sheet into strips and store in plastic bags to prevent it from drying out completely.
Use the lowest setting to dehydrate fruit leather. It will take several hours to a day for the fruit leather to have a dry but still pliable consistency.
Place the berries in the oven on the lowest temperature (usually around 170 degrees) and leave the oven cracked so that the water can evaporate off the berries. It will take 6-10 hours for the berries to dry. Place another piece of wax paper over the berries and flip them over when they are mostly dry to make the process quicker. Carefully peel off the wax paper and continue drying. If you have to leave, simply turn your oven off and place the berries in a warm spot in the house with cheesecloth or a paper towel over them. Continue drying as you can.
Native Student and Family Wellness
Initiative END OF THE YEAR CELEBRATION!
Wednesday, June 15 · 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Highline Big Picture High School, 2450 S 142nd ST, Seatac, WA 98168
Big Picture High School invites you to our “End Of The Year Celebration: Honoring Our Community” event. Join us for an evening of Traditional Native Games and Pacific Northwest Foods. We will be gifting those of you who have gone above and beyond to support and advocate for our American Indian and Alaska Native students here at Highline Big Picture High School and beyond. This past year has been one of tremendous growth and community building, and WE WANT TO CELEBRATE! This is a family friendly event. Please RSVP. For questions, contact Holly @ 206.371.5519 or email us @ BPNSFWI@GMAIL.COM. Thanks!
Jeff Dickison from Squaxin Island Tribe
talks about Restoring the estuary
Sunday, June 26 · 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Kaos 89.3 Fm – Olympia
Join Raven and his guest Jeff Dickison from Squaxin as they visit about Restoring the estuary and helping heal the water ways.
“The Deschutes River has the potential to be a much more ecologically rich place than it is today,” said Dickison. “Wilder and White clearly had more respect for salmon than the people that dammed the Deschutes River, creating Capitol Lake. The original designers obviously designed the original reflecting… pool in the context of the natural environment.”
Questions & Answers
What is the difference between a lake and an estuary?
An estuary is a biologically rich environment where a river reaches salt water. Estuaries play an important role in the lives of several species, including birds and fish. Salmon depend on estuaries for vital rearing and feeding habitat. Salmon are born in freshwater, and as they move downstream they undergo a physiological change which enables them to live in saltwater. Estuaries are the first place salmon encounter saltwater and it is important that there be enough food and habitat.
Currently, the Deschutes estuary does not exist. It has been inundated by the impoundment created in the 50s. The 5th Avenue dam blocks off any meaningful interaction between salt and freshwater that defines an estuary.
Won’t draining Capitol Lake leave a big mud hole?
Only the southern two basins will see significant drainage, but even those will be filled as they are now during high tide. By restoring the Deschutes estuary, it is possible to retain the reflecting pool aspects of Capitol Lake.
Won’t an estuary be smelly?
Isn’t it possible to have clean water and a lake?
During the summer, nitrogen and phosphorous build up in the lake, depriving it of oxygen, which is vital to a healthy ecosystem. A recent report by the Washington Department of Ecology states that restoring the Deschutes Estuary would solve many of the water quality problems associated with Capitol Lake (link: http://www.scribd.com/doc/11615221/CLAMP-110608-Deschutes-Handouts).
Choosing to continue maintaining Capitol Lake is choosing to live with future water quality problems.
What will restoring the estuary do to wildlife?
The Puget Sound Partnership has identified eradicating invasive species like the ones that live in Capitol Lake as a high priority to restoring the entire Puget Sound ecosystem (link: http://www.psparchives.com/our_work/protect_habitat/ans.htm). As it is now, Capitol Lake is a haven for invasive species.
Isn’t Capitol Lake part of the “vision” of the Capitol Campus?
The real reason behind the creation of Capitol Lake wasn’t to complete the original “Wilder and White” vision, but rather to change the image of the nearby neighborhood. Up until the early 1940s, what is now Capitol Lake was home to a shanty town called “Little Hollywood.” In 1941 Little Hollywood was dismantled and burned, and ten years later the state completed the permanent flooding of the site.
Will we be cut off from the shoreline
Can we cheaply dredge the lake?
Dredging will be a multi-million dollar undertaking each time and it only solves one problem associated with the damning of the Deschutes. Water quality, invasive species, and other problems will continue to exist even with an expensive, aggressive dredging plan.
Is this part of a radical plan to return the entire area to a pristine state?Absolutely not. One of the important things to remember that restoring the Deschutes River estuary won’t and can’t be a total restoration of the local ecosystem. Too many things – from filling in nearby tidelands to urban development – have happened and there is no reasonable way to turn back the clock.
Restoring the estuary is a simple, sensible step to restoring as much of function of the local eco-system as we can.
Jeff Dickison, Policy Analyst, Squaxin Island Tribe, (360) 432-3815, firstname.lastname@example.org
Red Eagle Soaring presents our spring play, ‘A Right to Justice’
Sunday, June 12 · 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Rainier Valley Cultural Center
3515 S. Alaska Street
Please join Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre for our debut performance of ‘A Right to Justice’. This play (written by our students and their teaching artists Drew Hobson and Hannah Franklin) explores our relationship as Natives with police and other authority figures, and touches on the haunting tragedy of Chief Leschi, whose story still evokes the sting of injustice 153 years after his hanging.
Red Eagle Soaring gratefully acknowledges the generous financial support of the City of Seattle Department of Human Services and the Tulalip, Muckleshoot, and Suquamish Tribes – and the wisdom and guidance of Puyallup Cultural Coordinator Connie McCloud – pidamaya!
Dear Potential Spirit Walk Teams:
Greetings; my name is Mary Wilber and I am on the 17th Annual Spirit Walk Committee. I have volunteered to recruit organizations and invite them to participate in the Spirit Walk on Saturday June 11, 2011 held at the Seattle Center.
My son, Jon and I have participated in the walk for past nine years. We have made some wonderful memories and have walked in all types of weather conditions. We are looking forward to coming back to support the Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) once again this year.
The SIHB continues to provide health care services to assist American Indian and Alaska Natives in achieving the highest possible physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being.
Funds raised through SpiritWalk help support American Indian and Alaska Native Community groups and health promotion activities. Proceeds from previous walks have supported high school and community college culture clubs, youth theatre groups, women’s leadership conferences, education, literacy projects and various other community events.
Not only will you get to enjoy a healthy activity and make new friends as you stroll along the Puget Sound walking through Myrtle Edwards Park. But top individual and team walkers can earn great prizes. So bring your banners, bring your families, friends and colleagues and spend the day with the SIHB and celebrate our 16th Annual SpiritWalk.
Commemorative SpiritWalk tee-shirts will be awarded to each walker raising $50 dollars (while supplies last). All walkers receive lunch and give-away items the day of the event.
I am including a SpiritWalk Registration Form and am asking your organization to consider forming a walking team to participate in our event. Thank you for organizing a walk team.
If you have any questions please contact Mary Wilber, email@example.com.
Lim Limt, Mary Wilber, Spirit Walk Volunteer
Mary L. Wilber
Native American Education Coordinator
LWSD PO Box 97039
Redmond, WA 98073
Work: (425) 936-1402
Fax: (425) 936-1358
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