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Tribal Journey 2012

Paddle to Squaxin 2012 in Olympia, July 29th,2012

The History of Tribal Journeys
Tribal Journeys began in 1989, intending to coincide with the centennial celebration for Washington State. A total of nine canoes participated in the ‘Paddle to Seattle’, and in 1993, 23 canoes participated in the ‘Paddle to Bella Bella’. Since 1993, ‘Tribal Journeys’ or ‘The Paddle’ has been held on an annual basis, with various tribes serving as the host tribe.

Past Tribal Journeys

1989 – Paddle to Seattle
1993 – Paddle to Bella Bella, B.C.
1994 – Youth Paddle (Olympia)
1995/1996 – Full Circle Youth Paddle (Puget Sound)
1997 – Paddle to La Push, WA
1998 – Paddle to Puyallup, WA
1999 – Paddle to Ahousaht, B.C.
2000 – Paddle to Songees, B.C. and Pendleton, OR
2001 – Paddle to Squamish, B.C.
2002 – Paddle to Quinault at Taholah
2003 – Paddle to Tulalip, WA
2004 – Paddle to Chemanius, B.C.
2005 – Paddle to Elwha
2006 – Paddle to Muckleshoot
2007 – Paddle to Lummi
2008 – Paddle to Cowichan
2009 – Paddle to Suquamish
2010 – Paddle to Makah
2011 – Paddle to Swinomish

Upcoming Hosts
2012 – Squaxin Island
2013 – Quinault

more information

* Please visit the maps section for directions to the Landing, directions to the Potlatch Protocol that follows.  Expect canoes to arrive around 1:00 p.m. (depending on weather and tides).

A Visit with Ray Ward of the Chumash Nation

We will be visiting about the Chumash returning with the Tomol to Salish Country. Very excited to have this visit with Brother Ray!!

Ray Ward is a captain of the ‘Elye’wun and the Chair of the Chumash Maritime Association. Ray, and other members of the Chumash community, created a beautifully tiled artwork at the village of Syuxtun (West Beach) in Santa Barbara. The Syuxtun Story Circle won the Santa Barbara Beautiful Award for Public Art in 2010. Ray is currently heading the building of the BCC’s community tomol. Our newest tomol is nearly built and is expected to do her first voyage this Spring 2012.

Click to visit the Chumash Maritime Association

Raven visits with Robert Satiacum about American Indian Lobby Day 2012 1-29-2012 5pm

Robert Satiacum is an enrolled member of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. He is the son of the late Chief Bob Satiacum – widely known for his sacrifices made for sovereignty and fishing rights. Satiacum is immersed his native culture, and diligently practices the traditions of the Sweat Lodge, Native American Church, and the annual Tribal Journeys in his family canoe.

Save the date!
We reserved the big room on the ground floor of the Legislative building and will make appointments for participants to meet with their legislators. Drumming in the Rotunda and on the steps of the Legislative Building are scheduled! Check back with us for details.

This Lobby Day is new, just going on it’s 2nd year, but especially important for tribal members of Washington State to solidify, and protect the rights our ancestors reserved for us, it is OUR Responsibility. We will come together at exactly the right time, with exactly the right people, doing exactly the right thing, in exactly the right place. There are Indian bills that need to be supported and testified to, and Indian bills that need to be extinguished and testified against. Our ‘Ancestors’ reserved the rights, our rights when they ceded the millions of acres full of the evergreens, and if we don’t get and be responsible, what little is left can be gone for mine, yours, and our children and our children’s children. They literally fought tooth and nail for what we have, and are observing us through the air, the water, the fire and the landscapes, waiting in anticipation for their descendants to pray, communicate, council once again together, for our sources and the future we will leave behind. We have the tools, our hearts, minds and voices, join us, this is the time! -Robert Ti Swaq Satiacum


Not only inviting you, I’m expecting you! Bring the children friends and family!

American Indian Lobby Day 2012 Agenda

Meet in Columbia Room 1st Floor – State Capitol


Opening Prayer

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Discussing the Bills in the 2012 session that concern Indian Country
Why, and what is the importance of American Indian Lobby Day?
Learn why, how and the importance of registering to vote?
How to become Native Ambassadors to GOTV in Indian Country.

10:30 – 11:45

Feature Film Showing:

Canoe Way: The Sacred Journey
A comprehensive spiritual look at the annual international canoe journey, as the South Puget Sound (Whulge) prepares for the arrival of hundreds of canoes at host tribe: Squaxin Island Tribe of Indians

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm
Honoring State Representative John McCoy (Tulalip) D for re establishing the
Washington State Board of Geographic Names HB 1084
12:15 – 1:00pm

Drumming and sharing songs in Rotunda
Xa’Xa’ Q’uo Family/Sacred Water Canoe Family Host Drummers

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Meal Time in the Columbia Room / Meal Prayer
Christopher Winters of Native P.A.T. & Kevin Cummings of Council – Fire

2:00 pm -4:00 pm

Drumming/ Singing/Honoring, on the North Steps of the Capital Building

Open Floor (sharing your thoughts)

4:00 pm
Closing Prayer/Song
Begin work on American Indian Lobby Day 2013

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Deschutes Estuary restoration interview on “Make No Bones About It.”

Deschutes Estuary restoration interview on KAOS Part 1

Deschutes Estuary restoration interview on KAOS Part 2

Jeff Dickison from Squaxin Island Tribe talks about Restoring the estuary.

Join Raven and his guest Jeff Dickison from Squaxin as they visit about Restoring the estuary and helping heal the water ways. Sunday, June 26 · 4:00pm – 6:00pm

“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?
Actually, Capitol Lake isn’t really a lake at all, but a shallow reservoir created by damming the Deschutes River. In 1951, the state government built the 5th Avenue dam, blocking the Deschutes River and creating Capitol Lake.

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?
Restoring the Deschutes estuary won’t really “drain” Capitol Lake. Actually, most people won’t notice a difference. Most of the time, the northern basin, or the “reflecting pool,” will not look any different than it does today. Natural tidal movement will fill the lower basin “reflecting pool” almost 80 percent of the time.

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?
No, the historic smell of the former estuary was caused by untreated sewage that was dumped directly into the Deschutes estuary. Raw sewage, not the periodic exposure of mudflats by the tides, caused an intense aroma that some still associate with the original estuary. Wastewater is now treated in Olympia before it is dumped into Budd Inlet.

Isn’t it possible to have clean water and a lake?
Virtually all of the water quality issues associated with Capitol Lake exist because it is an impounded river. Invasive species, drawn to Capitol Lake’s warm, shallow and stagnant environment are taking over the 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?
Restoring the estuary will benefit native species while removing many invasive species. Capitol Lake already supports a large community of wildlife and plants, but these are not species native to our area, and have gained a foothold in Capitol Lake because it is an artificial landscape (link: http://www.scribd.com/doc/5528143/CLAMPSC090408A2).

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?
No. When the architects Walter Wilder and Harry White designed the Capitol Campus, the lake was more than forty years off and their plan specifically called for a free flowing Deschutes River (link). Their vision of a reflecting pool would have entailed diking off a portion of what is now the eastern part of Capitol Lake’s north basin to create a saltwater reflecting pool. Rather than being a shallow and warm freshwater impoundment, that reflecting pool would have been routinely flushed by the tides.

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
because of concerns of protecting the estuary?
No, while the landscape of the shoreline and uses will change, access will not be impacted. Some uses, such as recreational fishing, could improve. For example, many other local estuaries – like Kennedy Creek at Totten Inlet – are popular sport fishing sites at low tide.

Can we cheaply dredge the lake?
Dredging Capitol Lake is an expensive solution to a problem that will never be solved without allowing the original estuary to be restored. All of the sediment carried by the Deschutes River is now deposited into Capitol Lake, slowing filling it up. Estuaries, because of their tidal influence, naturally disperse sediment into the marine environment. But, because the Deschutes River is dammed, the sediment has nowhere to go.

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, jdickison@squaxin.nsn.us


An Evening with Robert Satiacum and Deborah Guerrero 9-19th, 2010 5pm

Raven will be talking with Robert Satiacum about the film the Canoe Way that will be shown September 29th at 7pm at Traditions Fair Trade and Cafe which is a place to discover folk art products from cultures around the world. We are a member of the Fair Trade Federation.

More on the film:
Canoe Way: The Sacred Journey documents the annual Tribal Journeys of Pacific Northwest Coast Salish people. Indigenous tribes and First Nations… from Oregon, Washington, Canada and Alaska follow their ancestral pathways through the waters of Puget Sound, Inside Passage and the Northwest Coast. Families and youth reconnect with the past and each other. Ancient songs, dances, regalia, ceremonies, and language were almost lost and are coming back.
Raven will talk with Deborah Guerrero talk about Stand For Peace in Washington DC-Sunrise Friday October 8th to Monday October 11th, 2010, @ 3:33pm.

Turtle Women Rising invites you to support this Stand For Peace by joining us in DC, October 8th-11th, 2010, and to participate as much as you are comfortable. You can drum with us for all 4 days, or just come for an afternoon. Our organization is all volunteer, and our funding comes from donations and collaborations. TWR’s Fiscal Sponsorship is held by the Center For Sacred Studies, which means we are a non-profit, and all donations are tax deductible. We invite you to volunteer, make a donation, (either financial or inkind services), network with us and help us get the word out both with your local and global community, or bring TWR to your homeplace so we can offer a teaching, a lecture/discussion, a prayer circle or a performance.

Please note: No charge you may access the program via the internet at web link below..

DATE: Sunday September 19th, 2010

Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Location: KAOS 89.3 FM

KAOS is a non-commercial, community radio station broadcasting at 89.3 FM in the South Sound area of Washington state. The station is located on The Evergreen State College campus, in Olympia

City/Town: Olympia, WA

Make No Bones about It. April 4th 2010 5pm

Tune in tomorrow for Make No Bones About It. on
KAOS 89.3 FM radio -www.kaosradio.org 5 pm with your host Raven.

Raven talks with Maria A. Trevizo about the upcoming ceremony Call to Prayer for the Salish Sea, and Special Guest Robert Satiacum will be in the house to  talk about The Canoe Way and how he is working towards restoring the original aboriginal indian name to Ti’ Swaq’ a.k.a Mt.Rainier.

Listen live http://kaos.evergreen.edu/listen.html