Squalli AbschNewsFebruary 2011Wash. Indian Gaming Assoc. In this issue…Meeting Jan 19th 2011 -WIGA photos -Directors Mtng update -Finance -Vision Plan -Garden -Health -Library -Leschi Walk -Culture -Announcements -Valentines -Birthdays
Continued from front page… Casino GM Quintin Boshoff & MCEC boardmember John Simmons Lori Lund and Chairman Meeting in progress Cynthia IyallMCEC board member Jennifer Lori Lund and Jinx Wells inUnderwood and Vice Chair Willie the kitchenFrank
Director’s MeetingAmber Justis and Ken Choke pictured above givingpresentations at TC & Directors meeting.Amber Justis with personnel gave a presentation onhow to use Workforce Development program which isdesigned to bring Tribal members into theadministration as permanent employees. She sharednumbers on the programs success and its history.Ken Choke shared with the Directors a newdepartment that handles Emergency Preparedness.Ken has partnered with Chief Kautz to make thishappen so that our community will have access tosupplies and assistance during emergency situations.
Native Business: Win WinA win-win relationship is where two or more parties do business together and work in a waythat produces mutually beneficial gain. Often, a successful partnership between twocompanies occurs when each takes the time to understand the other.Take for example Food Services of America’s (FSA) “Solutions” program for their foodservicecustomers. FSA is a broad line foodservice distributor that has experience working in IndianCountry and has designed a program that they offer in good will to their clients inacknowledgement for their loyalty. FSA believes that their client’s success is their successand is deeply committed to a partnership where their clients can go for their everydayfoodservice needs and improve their business from good to great.In the grand scheme of a competitive marketplace FSA helps their clients (tribal food serviceoperations) become more profitable, operate with less waste, and unlock workforce potential.As time passes and both companies work together they grow in strength. This strengthallows the tribal restaurant to attract more customers and drive operating costs down; FSAretains a client that is highly likely to remain loyal to purchase their goods and services andstay in business as the economy moves up and down. Comparatively, if FSA and a tribalrestaurant were to operate without building a relationship based on mutual gain then it isreasonable to conclude that both parties would not have success as fast or be able tocompete against market forces as well.If you would like to know more, I make available to you Mike Abercrombie, Director ofClient Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org. I wish you well my friends.Jim Stanley is a tribal member of the Quinault Nation, Vice president of the Quinault NationEnterprise Board, and board member of the Northwest Native American Chamber. He freelyshares his knowledge and resources with you, his cousin, for your economic benefit. Jimcan be reached at: email@example.com.
Vision Plan UpdateThe first meeting of the Vision Committee was held on December 20, 2010. Members present were Joe Kalama,Lorna Kalama, Leslie Ferrer, Jack McCloud Jr, and Daydishka McCloud. Rose Henry and Lynn Scroggins werepresent as project facilitators.After initial discussion of committee startup functions, there was a brief presentation about the project approach.The plan will be updated based on a variety of assessments and feedback to clarify what we are (present), wherewe’ve been (past), and where we’re going (future). The assessments will engage staff, management, leaders,tribal and community members, and other stakeholders in a variety of ways. Members suggested meetings withtribal departments and other committees and about the project. Lynn will work with the committee to submitmonthly newsletter articles and develop a variety of ways to share information and encourage communityparticipation.Your comments throughout the planning process are needed and valuable. Pick up a copy of the 1993Community Vision Plan and look it over. Copies will be available in the brochure rack by the Tribal Centerfront door and in other tribal gathering areas. Think about the Tribe’s accomplishments. Think about whatyou’d like Nisqually to be in the next twenty years and provide your comments. The Vision Plan Update is a two-year planning project of the Nisqually Indian Tribe to revisit and update the 1995 Community Vision Plan. The 1995 Vision Plan has served as a long-range planning guide in all areas of tribal community development. A Tribal Council initiative, the Vision Plan update will be developed similar to the previous plan with the engagement of Tribal Council, Vision Committee, community and tribal members, staff, management, and leaders. Vision Committee members who serve as Tribal Council advisors are Joe Kalama, Lorna Kalama, Daydishka McCloud, Jack McCloud Jr, I Dovey Slape. Project facilitators are Rose Henry as Committee Coordinator and Lynn Scroggins as Vision Plan Consultant. Due to several holidays the next meetings are scheduled on January 24, February 28, and March 21. The Vision Committee normally meets on the third Mondays, 2-4 pm, in the Legal conference room. Guests are always welcome. l Let us know! What are your dreams and visions of the Nisqually Tribe in the next twenty years? Let us know your thoughts and questions. Visit Lynn Scroggins at the Tribal Center, call 360-456-5221, email scr firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail any comments to 4820 She-Nah- Num Drive, Olympia, WA 98513-9199. Here is one place for comments: Thanks for your help in shaping Nisqually’s future!
“Aromatherapy for Winter Health” at sxwda?dab Cultural CenterThe Nisqually Community Garden kicked off the new year with “Aromatherapy for Winter Health,” a1-day workshop hosted at sxwda?dab Cultural Center and sponsored by NW Indian College.The day featured cedar essential oil distillation & a class taught by aromatherapist Jody Berry, andeveryone got to try their hands at homemade potions, including headache & sinus oil, an herbal chestrub, and spritzers! At the end of the day, we all smelled like lavender, rosemary, chamomile,peppermint, & cedar!Easy Rosehip JamElizabeth Campbell also shared her recipe for the easiest rosehip jam ever, which was delicious andgreat for staying healthy through the winter. Here’s the recipe for anyone who wants to try:~1/2 cup dried & deseeded rosehips(You can collect your own or buy them from an herb store. Just make sure all the seeds andstems are removed)~1/2 cup apple cider or juiceGrind rose hips in a coffee grinder. Add apple juice to the powder until it’s the thickness youlike, and voila! That easy! You can also add honey if you like.This jam will only last two weeks in the refrigerator, but you can also freeze it. But it’s so good- it might be gone before you get the chance.If you’re interested in future classes, or anything else at the garden, you can email Caitlin email@example.com or call 360-402-0302.
HealthFirst, what is the purpose of the Business Office you might ask? The BusinessOffice Staff are here to ensure the people of the community have a right touse the health services through the Tribe, with as little disruption to thepatient as possible. Staff assists the registration process for your healthservices by collecting current residency along with current Tribal ID andinsurance cards on an annual basis as required; Staff works with yourinsurance companies; bill 3rd party companies to generate revenue to enhancehealth care at the tribal clinic levels. Also, DSHS staff on-site so youlonger need to go to the DSHS office! CHS assist when you are referred outto outside doctors you go to; such as an eye appointment, heart specialist,hospital, pharmacy, etc. Please feel free to contact us during regularbusiness hours at (360) 486-9599. This is our new direct line, so you nolonger need to go through the clinic to reach us. Isn’t that great news!As of January 1, 2011, the Washington State Department of Social & Healthservices (DSHS) medical insurance(s) has many changes. Which includes thefollowing optional services will no longer be available: · Dental Services · Hearing Devices · Foot Care · Outpatient Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapies · Vision AidesFor more information you can contact the on-site DSHS Financial Worker,Brandy Sanchez at (360) 486-9554, and Contract Health Services at (360)486-9599 or your DSHS caseworker.Newspaper ArticleNative Womens Wellness ProgramThe Native Women’s Wellness Program will be hosting our first mammography day for 2011 on ThursdayFebruary 3rd, from 9:00am to 4:00pm. We are now offering state of the art digital mammography instead of theolder film variety. Mammograms are generally recommended every 1-2 years for women between age 40 and50, and yearly after age 50. Please call the clinic to schedule your mammogram. (phone-459-5312)Thanks to all who attended our Women’s Wellness/Colon Health dinner held in December. We showed aninformative DVD on the Pink Shawl Project, a tribal program promoting breast cancer awareness throughmaking pink shawls. Hopefully, we will be starting a Nisqually Pink Shawl program in the next month or two.Anyone interested in making a pink shawl is invited to contact Elizabeth Siegel in the health clinic for moreinformation.As part of starting the 2011 healthfully, we’d like to encourage all women to come to the clinic for a wellnessexam. Wellness exams are a time to focus on preventive health needs such as Pap smears, immunizationupdates, dietary review, tobacco cessation, and screening laboratory tests. Please call the clinic and scheduleyours today!
Love Your HeartBy Dr. Addie SpencerDuring this season of valentines and red hearts, it seems like a good time to talk about heart health.Your heart is a muscle that works day and night. Even when you are sleeping it keeps on working. Youcan do your part to keep your heart healthy.Ways to love your heart: If you smoke, quit now. The staff at the medical clinic is ready to help you. Get more active. Walking briskly for 20 minutes on 3 days a week is a great way to start. Treat sleep apnea. Breathing problems strain your heart, so get any snoring or gasping at night evaluated.Know your numbers. Have you had your cholesterol and sugar checked lately? Now is a good time tocheck in with your health care provider to learn just what your risk factors for heart disease are. Thenwe can work together to lower your risk and care for your heart! Know your numbers: These are known risk factors for heart disease and early death: Fasting blood sugar over 126 Total cholesterol over 200 LDL (bad cholesterol) over 130 HDL (good cholesterol) under 40 Blood pressure over 130/85January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month!!By Elizabeth Siegel, ARNPWhat is cervical cancer?This is a cancer that forms on the uterine cervix, the opening to the womb. Cervicalcancer is treatable and usually curable if it is detected at an early stage. Unfortunately,thousands of women each year die from this disease. These deaths are preventable withearly detection. Cervical cancer is detected by Pap smear, which is a sampling of cellscollected from the cervix during a pelvic exam.What causes cervical cancer?It appears that exposure to certain strains of genital HPV, or Human Papilloma Virus,leads to cervical cancer. HPV is commonly known as the wart virus.How can I protect myself against of cervical cancer?There is now a vaccine for HPV called the Gardasil vaccine. We have the vaccineavailable at the clinic for girls aged 9-18. If you are a parent, vaccinate your children toavoid the risk of HPV infection when they become sexually active. Make yourappointment today for a Pap smear and Wellness Exam at the clinic! Call for anappointment at 459-5312. HPV vaccine Available NOW! A series of 3 shots For girls ages 9 to 18
Leschi-Quiemuth Honor Walk/Run Sunday, February 27, 2011 Hosted by: Nisqually Culture Committee, Nisqually Tribal Council and Fort Lewis Military Installation 9:00 a.m. Pre-Registration FormIt is Nisqually Tribe’s pleasure to once again host this event. In 2010, the Nisqually Tribe and Fort Lewishosted the event, and it was a great success.Our Walk/Run/Tour will be an event to remember. We have secured the Joint Base Lewis McChord MilitaryReservation again for 2011, this was formerly the Nisqually lands pre-1917 condemnation.The advanced walkers and runners will be using the route known as “Range 91” to Clear Creek Fish Hatchery,via the condemned allotments and Church sites. The walkers who want to take the “Short Walk” will take thebus tour to Ross Cemetery, and complete the 2.5 mile walk to Clear Creek Fish Hatchery. There is a MAPattached with details.We are pre-registering all applicants because this is a sensitive area, and we must have advance notice ofeveryone’s arrival. Tribes wishing to send a van or bus on the tour must register the vehicle by Friday, February28. All participants will be shuttled in between 9 am and 10 am, and the walk/run/tour will start promptly at10:00 am. We cannot make any exceptions. If you are not on-site and pre-registered, you will not be allowed tostart late.The shuttle tour begins promptly at 10:00a.m. The tour will be up to two hours long, with restrooms provided.This tour will conclude at Clear Creek Hatchery, and we’ll have sandwiches there. There are lots to see at ourhatchery too!There will be First Aid assistance available, law enforcement cruisers for emergencies, and the shuttle buses willhave historical information on them for people who want to participate in the tour. Historical information andfamily trees will also be provided at the Dinner held later at 3:30 that afternoon.The Culture Committee and Tribal Council encourage all Nisquallies and other nations to attend, and welcomesother tribes’ participation in this event. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!!!CONTACT INFORMATION:Joyce McCloud, Tribal Council 6th Member 360-456-5221, ext. 1238or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.orgJosephine Wells, Nisqually Tribe Culture Committee 360-413-0528Jackie Wall, Member, Culture: Nisqually Tribal Office, 360-456-5221or e-mail at email@example.com February 18, 2011Rose Henry 360-789-5662