High Point, a marijuana retail store, will open its doors on March 3
The beginning of a New Year is always a good time to reflect on the year that has just passed and, I’m proud to say, 2015 will go down in history as one of great accomplishments for the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe.
Long before I became chairman, an effort was underway within my Tribe to restore Port Gamble Bay back to health and vitality. The bay, in many ways, is a cultural and historical heart for my Tribe, in that it is a direct connection to the ancestral village that once existed at Port Gamble. My Tribal ancestors have lived on the shores of Port Gamble Bay for at least 1,000 years.
The practice of accessing and harvesting important Tribal resources, such as fish and wildlife, is an integral part of the identity for Pacific Northwest Tribes and their associated treaty rights.
For salmon, the 1974 Boldt decision reaffirmed these fishing rights while, at the same time, placing responsibility for co-management of these resources with the state and tribes.
In October 2014, the digging of a waterline ditch at Point Julia uncovered a bit of Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe history.
What the Tribal members working on that trench found was a dense layer of midden, which is a large human-created debris pile that often accumulated over several generations.
Becently, I was notified by The Potlatch Fund — a nonprofit group serving Native communities — that I have been chosen to receive the Billy Frank Jr. Natural Resource Protection Leadership Honoring Award.
No matter the person or place, I am routinely asked about my Tribe and our culture, about our history and life on the reservation today, and how our government operates and why we make the decisions we do.