Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Dinner

Tribal members don’t forget, Christmas Dinner will be served from 11:30 to 1:00 in the tribal gym. This is one of those great times where we get together to visit and enjoy each other's company during a fun time. Nisa’s got a great menu planned, so be sure to stop in, even if it’s just to say hi to everyone. I can’t wait to see you there!


Shelly L. Lacy

Need a Christmas tree?

If you’re still looking for that perfect Christmas tree, tribal member Linda Williams can help. Linda is selling organic Christmas trees on Marine Drive next to Off-Road Espresso. Merry Christmas!


Shelly L. Lacy

Friday, December 18, 2009

Housing Dedication

This Monday, December 21st we’re holding a dedication event to commemorate the completion of 32 new units at Mission Highlands, our partnership with investor Raymond James and KeyBank, and all the hard work that made these homes possible. I hope you’ll join us to celebrate this exciting accomplishment.

Our dedication will be held December 21st at 2:00pm at Mission Highlands, 1729 83rd St. NW, Tulalip, WA. If you have any questions about the event, contact Anita Taylor, 360-716-4449, Hope to see you there!


Shelly L. Lacy

Monday, December 14, 2009


Good Afternoon Everyone,

We have had our first snow; so I wanted to remind everyone of our weather information.

You need to call the main number 716-4000 to find out hours for the day – I try to have the recording changed by 6:00 am – if that is too late, please let me know and I will try to find a way to make it earlier.

We no longer follow the Marysville School District schedule; so you will need to call in to see if we have an altered schedule. Departments could make a phone tree, so that one person is calling in and then calling the other people in the department.

Let’s hope that the snow waits for Christmas.


Friday, December 4, 2009

Heritage Hawks season begins Saturday

Our Tulalip Heritage Hawks 2009-2010 basketball season starts tomorrow night, December 5th. The Hawks are playing an away game against NW Yeshiva. The Heritage Lady Hawks take the court first at 6:45pm followed by the Boys playing at 8:15pm.

The Hawks play their first two games on the road before the home opener on Saturday, Dec. 12th when they face the Lake Quinault Elks at the Francis J. Sheldon Gymnasium on the Options campus.

Tina Brown is the Heritage girls coach again this year. She is assisted by Ron Iukes. This year the boys have a new head coach, Matt Tate. Marlin Fryberg Jr. and Dale Jones are once again the assistant coaches.

Both teams have been practicing for a few weeks and we look forward to a great season ahead!

Our Communications Department will be covering all of the Hawks games this season, both home and away. So, if you miss the actually game, you can still catch it on KANU TV. To view a complete season schedule for both the boys & girls games click this link:

Monday, November 16, 2009

Food Drive!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Community Meetings will resume in 2010

We had a great Community Meeting on October 22nd. Chief Jay Goss and Deputy Chief Carlos Echevarria gave a presentation on a new program they’d like to get started, a Community Patrol, or Community Policing Program. The program is still in the planning stages, but tribal police really need your input to make sure the program is a “Tulalip” program and that it reflects who we are as a people. Watch the See-Yaht-Sub for more information about the program, or call the Tulalip Police Department 360-716-4608.

The Community Meetings have become a great way to not only give our members information, but to get feedback from you as well. During every Community Meeting we have about 30 minutes to an hour where the Tulalip community can ask questions, air concerns or give us ideas about what they’d like to see in our programs.

The meeting with tribal police was the last meeting for 2009. The fourth Thursday in November and December are both during holidays, so we’re going to take a little break, but we’ll be back. Starting on January 28th, 2010, our Community Meetings will resume. The year will start with a presentation from our Enrollment Department.

We’ve got some thoughts about which departments or programs we’d like to present next year, but we want your ideas too! What programs do you want to know about? What programs do you have concerns about? How do we make the Community Meetings more user friendly? Let us know what’s on your mind.

You can leave comments on the blog, or you can call our concern line, 360-716-4006. Thank you!


Shelly L. Lacy

Sponsor a foster child for Christmas

Jade Parks, our Shelter Plus Case Manager, is coordinating a Christmas program for foster children. There are around 150 tribal children in foster care and we want to make sure they enjoy the holidays, that they have a fun Christmas and that they know that even though they’re not at home with their families, their bigger family, the tribe is still here loving them and taking care of them.

So far, Jade has sponsors for 30 children. That leaves 120 who still need your help. If you can, please sponsor a foster child this Christmas. Jade has wish lists for all of the children and if you don’t have time for the extra shopping, donations of money will pay for the items on the kids’ wish lists. For more information please call Jade 360-716-4059.

And to our families who provide foster care, I want you to know that what you’re doing is very important. It’s not always easy, but you’re making a difference for our children. You’re giving them love and care at a time when they can’t, for whatever reason, be with their families. Thank you for all you do for our children!

If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent contact beda?chelh, 360-716-3284, for more information.


Shelly L. Lacy

Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween fun!

I love this time of year. We get to see everyone all dressed up, having fun and just getting together for the good times. This morning our Montessori children came trick or treating at the new administration building. It was so good to see everyone having a good time. I want to thank all our staff who turned out this morning to hand out candy. Things like this are so important to our kids.

Thanks again and have a happy and safe Halloween. Be sure to wear reflective clothing and know the route your children and their chaperones will be travelling if you’re not going with them. And for your older kids be sure you know where they’re going to be and what time they’re expected home. And it may seem basic, but remind your kids that it’s not okay to go inside the house or get into a car of someone they don’t know.

And don’t forget, the tribe is holding a Halloween Party tomorrow, Saturday, October 31st, from 3:00pm to 6:00 pm in the tribal gym. Hope to see you there and Happy Halloween!


Shelly L. Lacy

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Next Vaccination Clinic

Hi everyone,

Please see the below message from Rochelle James in Emergency Management about where and when to get your H1N1 Vaccination. Please be sure you make time to get vaccinated, and remember to get your regular flu vaccine as well. And thank you to Rochelle and all our staff a the health clinic for the work you are doing to keep our people healthy!


Shelly L. Lacy

By now we all know that one of the best ways to protect ourselves and our families from H1N1 is to get vaccinated. The Tulalip Tribes Pharmacy is hosting the second vaccination clinic this Saturday October 31st, 2009 at the Pharmacy from 9a-3p. At this time the vaccination clinic is open to all Center for Disease Control priority one groups and those include:

-Pregnant women

-Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age

-Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel

-All people from 6 months through 24 years of age

-Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza (chronic pulmonary, cardiovascular, hepatic, hematological, neurologic, neuromuscular, or metabolic disorders or immunosuppression).

-Teachers and Professional childcare workers

Another clinic with the same priority groups will be held on November 2nd from 9am-3pm at the Tulalip Tribal Center. This will be open to all tribal members, tribal employees and their families and anyone else in the community who would like to get vaccinated!

The H1N1 vaccine has been given to hundreds of thousands of people across the country SAFELY. As of today there have been no reports of death or harm from this vaccine, making it just as safe as the seasonal flu shot.

Please fill out the consent form in advance to save time! Dress appropriately so we can access your arm. If you attend the vaccination clinic at the pharmacy dress warm as the line may extend outside.


Rochelle James


Friday, October 23, 2009

Vaccination Clinic

Please read the below message from our Emergency Management Coordinator Rochelle James. Remember, unlike seasonal flu, younger people are at higher risk than older people.

Shelly L. Lacy

Good Afternoon Everyone,

One of the best ways to protect ourselves and our families from the H1N1 virus is to get vaccinated. We have a limited supply of the H1N1 vaccine at this time. We will open the first vaccination clinic this Saturday October 24, 2009 at the Tulalip Health Clinic from 9a-3p. Because of the limited supply we will only be vaccinating those at the highest risk of developing complications from the H1N1 virus; those groups are pregnant women and children ages 6months - 4years old.

As more of the H1N1 vaccine becomes available we will open additional vaccination clinics. I urge you to get vaccinated since it is the best way to protect yourself and your family from continuing to spread the H1N1 virus.

The H1N1 vaccine has been given to hundreds of thousands of people across the country SAFELY. As of today there have been no reports of death or harm from this vaccine, making it just as safe as the seasonal flu shot.

If you are (or know someone) who is pregnant or have children between the ages of 6months- 4years old please get vaccinated this Saturday, October 24, 2009 from 9a-3p at the Tulalip Health Clinic. This clinic is open to the whole community.

Rochelle James

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Starting Construction on New Youth Center

We’re having a blessing and ground braking ceremony at the Tribal Gym on Friday, October 9th. Although it’s not a new building, we’re celebrating the new purpose of the gym as our Youth Center. We’re really excited to finally have a facility dedicated to our youth. I want to thank the Tulalip Construction crew for all the work their going to do, and all the departments who are coming together to make sure our youth services truly meet the needs of our children and teens.

The Blessing will start at 10:00am and the groundbreaking will begin at 11:00am, and lunch will follow. I hope you’ll join us to commemorate this new gathering place for our kids. And to our young people, I hope you’ll continue to give us your input about programs. We really need you to tell us what your needs are, what services will help you be successful and where we are missing the mark.

I look forward to seeing you Friday!


Shelly L. Lacy

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Important Notice Regarding H1N1 Influenza Virus

I wanted to give you an update and let you know that we do have a confirmed case of the H1N1 influenza (swine flu), in the new Administration building.

We are taking a series of measures to limit the spread of H1N1 influenza as we do in fact have a confirmed case of the virus. The person diagnosed with H1N1 is doing well and is at home getting better, which is what each of us should do, stay home if we are sick.

This is a good time to remind everyone to take the following precautions to keep the spread of germs to a minimum.

Be sure to take infection-control measures below:

    1. When coughing (sneezing), cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief or tissue or use your arm sleeve.
    2. Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer FREQUENTLY. Please remember that sanitizing is not as good as washing your hands with soap, so WASH – WASH – WASH your hands.
    3. Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.
    4. Sanitize and wipe down your work area frequently.
  1. When you get the symptoms such as FEVER, and coughing, refrain from reporting to work to eliminate exposure to co-workers who may have family members in their home with compromised immunities.

Individuals should be aware that the symptoms of H1N1 or Influenza like Illness are as follows:



Sore throat

Muscle Aches

Joint Pain


Employees who knowingly report to work with symptoms, will have their temperature taken. If a fever is present, the employee will be sent home.

There will not be any special leave granted. Employees will be allowed to use their own sick leave. In addition, a variance will be submitted to the Board for consideration for absences that occur related to the H1N1 virus.

We will keep you posted with dates, times and places for flu vaccines and any additional information as we get it.


Shelly Lacy

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Tulalip has a Vision

Now that we’ve moved into our new Administration Building I want to revisit the Tulalip Tribes mission, vision and values. Our vision is: “We gathered at Tulalip are one people. We govern ourselves. We will arrive at a time when each and every person has become most capable.”

What does that mean? We gathered at Tulalip are one people. We are definitely not just a business, or a government organization. We’re a family. We’re a family in the sense that we’re related to each other, but we’re also a family because we love each other and are working together to provide the best possible present and future for our people.

“We are one people,” doesn’t just apply to tribal members. It also means our community. It’s the people who have married into our tribe. It’s our friends and supporters. It’s the people that work for the tribe. All of these people are working to make our reservation a better place, and to make our tribe stronger.

“We govern ourselves,” seems pretty self explanatory as well. But what does it mean to govern ourselves? It means we do pass laws and ordinances. We have jurisdiction over our reservation and we have a law and justice system to enforce law on the reservation. But to me, it also means we remain a sovereign people, a nation within a nation. Our tribe has always had the intrinsic right to exist as a people and to decide our future, and who we are. It means that we protect our culture, language and the natural resources we need to continue into the future.

“We will arrive at a time when each and every person has become most capable.” This is the tribes’ sincerest goal. We don’t just want people to leave here with a pay check or a per-capita. We don’t want them to be forced to depend on a welfare system or to come to work at a job that they hate. We want each person to find that passion, that thing that speaks to their heart. And then we want to give them that hand up. Once they’re ready, we’ll give them that little push to leave the nest and fly.

That’s not just for people who don’t have jobs or who are going through difficult times. It’s the person who is stuck in a dead end. The person who is just going through life putting one foot in front of the other and not looking for the next opportunity. I know a lot of people have heard the word re-organization or restructure, and I know that sometimes it has negative feelings attached. But all these growing pains we’re feeling, they’re leading us to that, “time when each and every person has become most capable.”

Thanks for taking to the time to read, and remember, I have an open door policy. I’m always here for my people and if you have questions or concerns you need to discuss, you can always leave me a message here on the blog, or on my concern line, 360-716-4006.


Shelly L. Lacy

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Administration Building is open!

It’s been a busy, busy week. But we are officially moved. As I was finishing up my work on Friday, I thought it was just fitting to be the last person out of the building. While we were moving, it was a really happy week for me, but it was really sad too. It seems like Tulalip is growing so quickly. I’m amazed by the changes I’ve seen in my short time as General Manager, and I can’t wait to see what the next few years bring. But I’m also sad to see some of the great achievements our leaders have made forgotten or eclipsed by the “new”.

I want to take some time and just remember some of the leaders who made a difference in my life. Not just the really visible leaders, but people like my Auntie Uppy, Caroline Thornberry, who took care of her community. She didn’t do it by running for the Board, or by being a General Manager, but just by being herself and passing on those teachings that she had. She made sure that our family knew who we are and where we come from. She made sure that we knew how to take care of our people.

Debbie Brown taught me that our employees come first; we need to support them in their work. That mistakes are learning opportunities; but we just ask that they let us know up front about the mistake and learn from it and do not make the same mistake twice. Linda Jones taught me that we need to look out for the needs of Tribal members, but ensure that we are giving them a hand out, not a hand up. That we provide programs that will allow them to improve their lives.

Of course, my first mentors were my parents; they taught us our work ethic, but more importantly they told us that we could be and do anything that we wanted with our lives and then they supported me in the decisions that I made. There are numerous other elders, leaders and community members who have touched my life, supporting me and teaching me to help me be the person that I am today. I thank and love each of them.

And that’s what this new building means to me. It’s not just the walls and the technology that have changed, it’s that we’re focusing more on the way we help our people and work with our teammates. I know that a lot of people are having a tough time with the change. I understand that change is hard; I’m struggling with it too. But I know that once we get used to it, we’ll find that these new offices help make our work more efficient and more meaningful.

I had a really touching experience during our move. One of the workers who helped build these offices was really touched. He said that every project he works on is special, but this one is even more special because it’s for us. For the Tulalip Tribes and all our people. I can’t say enough how proud I am of my staff and everyone who made all of this possible. And I can’t wait to see tribal members’ faces as they see it all for the first time.

If you haven’t had a chance to stop by the Administration Building we’re having our Grand Opening and Open House on October 3rd starting at 12:00. I look forward to seeing you there!


Shelly Lacy

Friday, September 4, 2009

Food Vouchers for Tulalip Days

Good Morning, I hope you all will join in with our festivities this weekend. Tribal members will receive food vouchers for a total of $20.00 – they can be redeemed with Les Parks, the Youth Service Softball Concession or at the Kenny Moses Sla Hal Concession. These tickets can be used Saturday, Sunday and Monday. They must be signed for at the information table, which will be set up next to first aid.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Welcome back Mike Johnsen!

Officer Mike Johnsen from the Tulalip Police department is back to work. Mike left the Police Department in July 2008 when he was deployed to Iraq. He served in the Washington Army National Guard as part of the 81st Heavy Brigade Combat Team. The Tulalip Police Department welcomed Mike back on September 2nd. They presented him with a plaque commemorating his service and the keys to his brand new patrol car.

It takes a very special person to serve in the armed force, to sacrifice that time with the family and be away from home while they fight for our nation. I can’t say enough how glad I am to have people like this serving on our police force. There are 12 veteran’s serving in our police force, Mike and Detective Sherman Priutt are the only active duty personnel. I just want to say thank you Mike for your service to both our country and the Tulalip community.


Shelly L. Lacy

Construction work progressing

Our new traffic light at 64th and Marine Drive is working! Please be careful as you travel along Marine Drive, it will be a little dangerous as people get used to the new signal. But I have to say I’m excited, it’s just another sign of progress as we get closer to our move into the new Administration Building. The traffic signal includes a pedestrian crosswalk and the new road will feature sidewalks all the way up to the new Administration Building.

The Construction and Leasing Department is still working with Reece Excavating to repave roads in the Hermosa Beach area. Hermosa residents, I want to let you know that the Utilities Department is shutting off water to the area at 10:00am on Tuesday, September 8th. The water will be off for a minimum of four ours due to the construction. I know it’s been frustrating for a lot of the residents and I want to apologize. Because of water pipe breaks during the construction process, a lot of people have unexpected lost water pressure or completely lost water service. Again I know it is very inconvenient to do without water, and I want to thank you all for your patience. I can’t wait to see the new roads when they’re finished.

It seems like every year our reservation looks different. The rapid pace of construction is one of the reasons why documents like the Comprehensive Plan and Vision Plan are so important. We recently had a Community Meeting about the vision plan, unfortunately there was a very small turnout. If you missed the meeting, you can watch it again on KANU TV, Tulalip 99 the week of September 14th. Just as a quick reminder, the Community Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of every month. Our next meeting will be with our beda?chelh staff. Hope to see you there!


Shelly L. Lacy

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Police Chief Jay Goss

Yesterday, Chief Jay Goss officially began working again for the Tulalip Tribes. Chief Goss served the tribe for seven years before resigning in the summer of 2007. He is currently employed under a three year Today is only his second day and he’s already working hard. He’s taking a look at the structure of the department and making sure that our police department is meeting the needs of our community.

I want to thank Jay Goss for accepting a position as our Chief of Police. Jay is a great guy who has already done a lot for our community. He knows Indian Country and I know our police department will do nothing but improve under his leadership. Welcome back Jay!


Shelly L. Lacy

Monday, August 31, 2009

Getting ready for the move!

Wow, time flies. We have seven working days left before the move to our new Administration Building. Our departments are currently packing their offices. I want to apologize in advance, some services might be unavailable while we move. We’ll do our best and the main reception desk will still be open, but many of the offices that are moving will be closed the 10th and 11th.

I can’t wait to see you all in the new building! Again, I know there will be hiccups and we’ll have some growing pains, but this building will really change the way we deliver services. It will bring our departments together, improve communication and make it easier for tribal members to fill out applications, learn about programs and get the help they need.

We live in exciting times. I can’t believe how much tribal government has changed in the short time I’ve worked here. And I can’t wait to see what the next few years bring. Once again, thanks for your patience while we move, and see you September 14th at the Administration Building!


Shelly L. Lacy

Friday, August 28, 2009

Fire destroys home

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Troy, Kathy and the Queen family who lost their home this morning in a fire. Everyone made it out of the home although one person had to be taken to the hospital for singes and smoke inhalation. The family has already been placed in temporary housing and the Red Cross is making sure they get some of the help they need.

I really commend the family members for looking after each other and making sure that everyone was as safe as possible. I know the family will have a lot to deal with in the near future. The family has already received offers of assistance from our community and I know that all of our friends and neighbors will be there to help the Queen family through this difficult time.

The Tulalip Police Department and Snohomish County Fire Marshals are still investigating the cause of the fire. I really want to thank all of the emergency personnel who responded to the incident. Tulalip Bay, Getchell, Marysville and several other fire departments all responded this morning. These men and women risk their lives doing this work and I just want to commend and honor them for the work that they do.

To the family, keep you heads up. I know we’ll help in any way we can. And for our community, keep an eye on the blog and the See-Yaht-Sub for more information about how you can help the Queen Family.


Shelly L. Lacy

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Future of Tulalip

Just a reminder, the Community Meeting on the Vision Plan is tonight. This is to get final community comment, before it is brought to the Board for approval. I am hoping that you will join us to comment on this very important document for our future and our children’s future. The Vision Plan is the document that plans for development in the future, it shows how the reservation will grow and change as our population increases and how we’ll put our limited land base to the best use.

Special Projects Manager Patti Gobin will introduce the plan, then, Rich Franko from Mithun will give a PowerPoint presentation of the plan. After the presentation, tribal members will have a chance to make comments and bring up their concerns about the plan. Once again, this is the last chance for comment before we present this plan to the Board of Directors. I hope you’ll join us tonight to learn and to help shape the future of the reservation!

Dinner will be served at 5:00pm and the meeting begins at 5:30pm. For more information contact my office 360-716-4369.


Shelly L. Lacy

Proud to be Tulalip

What an exciting day! The Deputy Attorney General, Associate Attorney General, staff from the US Department Justice and tribal justice experts from around the nation visited Tulalip. They took a quick tour of our reservation and learned how Tulalip administers law and justice our way. They met our tribal court staff and our elders’ panel. They learned about our alternative sentencing program, juvenile diversion panel and domestic violence program. Then they toured our police department and beda?chelh facilities before heading to the board room.

The Department of Justice has committed to partner with tribes to improve law and justice delivery to Native American communities. Today they announced that the Department of Justice is awarding more than $5 million in grants from Recovery Act funds to Washington State Tribes. What does that mean for Tulalip? It means that the tribe is receiving $899,999 for the creation of a safe house for victims of domestic violence. Those funds include five full-time jobs, to operate and oversee the program. Tulalip will also receive $423,170 from the 2009 Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant. That money will fund two additional tribal police officers for three years.

Currently, Tulalip funds 97% of tribal court operating and staffing costs. These grants mean that we’ll be able to free up some of those funds to strengthen other services that we provide to our tribal members. But, it’s not only the funds that are important. During this tour we really showed the Department of Justice that tribes know what we’re doing. That we are capable and that we are already making a difference for our people.

It made me really proud to see all of our staff and some of the groundbreaking programs that we provide. Sometimes when you work with the programs on a daily basis, you forget just how effective and innovative our team members are. Then to have the Department of Justice see the programs and understand that we are making the right choices for our people, that was really exciting. Showing them that in Indian country we are doing the right thing, we’re finding ways to protect our vulnerable populations and we’re rehabilitating community members that have made some poor choices in their lives.

I just can’t say enough how proud I am of the staff and the leadership (past and present) that got us to where we are today. And I also want to commend our Board of Directors. I know when you live a small community, it’s really easy for our leadership to micromanage. Our Board has been very careful to stay out of court and police proceedings. They really work hard to keep politics out of our law and justice system.

But mostly, it’s our tribal members. Our community works very hard to stay true to our teachings. To uphold our people, instead of tearing them down. Today, I really remembered why I’m proud to be a Tulalip tribal member.


Shelly L. Lacy

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Want to work for Tulalip?

There are several jobs currently open. If you want to work with kids the Tulalip Boys and Girls Club is looking for a Digital Arts Manager and a Learning Center Manager. The Digital Arts Manager will develop a Digital Arts program for the Tulalip Boys and Girls Club. They will use modern technology like digital photography, web design and movie making to help our youth express their creativity. The Learning Center Manager will help our kids learn and grow by using the Accelerated Reader, Math Facts in a Flash and other programs in the computer lab. If you’re interested fax or mail or resume and cover letter by September 4th to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County. 4322 Rucker Ave, Everett, WA 98203. Email for more information.

Quil Ceda Village is advertising three open positions, a Clinical Pharmacist, Software Developer in Test and a Web Design Specialist. And the Casino Resort has 16 regular positions and three on-call positions open. For more information about these positions, or to see the full job description check out our employment website

Employment can help

The Employment Department will be doing a “skill placement evaluation” on September 10th, 2009. At this time Employment staff will help tribal members complete their applications and administer skills tests. Pre-employment Specialist Lynne Bansemer is always available to help prospective employees with applications and interview skills. You can reach Lynne at 360-716-4746, or by e-mail For tribal members who want to work on-call, Dispatch Specialist Melissa Paul can help you find a temporary position that matches your skills. You can reach Melissa at 360-716-4290.

Need training?

The Tulalip College Center has several classes to improve job skills scheduled for this Fall quarter. Construction Industry Trades is a 28 day program designed to prepare trainees for entry-level construction, remodeling or pre-apprenticeship jobs. For more information about the program contact Mark Newland, 360-653-1242 or Wendy Thompson, 360-716-4759. Tribal Enterprise Management Classes are also being offered. These are the classes that help prepare you for jobs at the hotel and casino and tribal government. They include basic classes like Accounting, Computer Literacy and Intro to Business, but they also include more specialized classes like Introduction to Hotel Management, Intro to Hospitality and Coaching and Mentoring.

Tulalip College Center classes are funded through the NACTEP program. The program provides tuition, books and fees for Native Americans, and spouses or parents of Tulalip Tribal Members. The Tulalip College Center is holding a One-Stop Registration for classes on Wednesday, August 26th, from 10am to 2pm, and on Thursday, August 27th, from 1pm to 5pm.

Keep at it!

I want to encourage everyone who is applying for jobs, taking classes, or working to improve your employability. I know it’s really tough, whether you’re just getting started, looking for a new career or have had a break and are trying to get back into the workforce. You’ll have some disappointments and some frustrations, but keep at it. Our staff works really hard to get our tribal members into the right jobs, they’ll help you work on whatever skills you need to get the type of job that you want. I can’t wait to work with you, our future employees!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Tulalip youth need your support

For those of you who don’t know, I and Marysville School District Indian Education Manager Chrissy Dulik-Dalos are co-chairing the 2010 Tulalip Boys and Girls Club Auction. Our theme for this auction is Denim and Diamonds. We’re working really hard to make the auction a little more down to earth and fun again, but we need your help! The money for the Tulalip Boys and Girls Club auction directly benefits the Tulalip community and we need our community members to step up to the plate and help make it a success. We’re looking for live and silent auction items, Native American art is always a favorite at the auction (hint, hint J ) If you have any ideas, would like to help prepare the auction, or if you can donate an auction item, please contact my office, 360-716-4369.

The auction will be held in May at the Tulalip Casino Resort. Keep an eye on the blog for more information as we get closer and thanks for supporting our kids!


Shelly L. Lacy

Friday, August 21, 2009

Week's End

It’s the end of the week and I want to thank all my team members for a job well done. Our tribal government employees are working hard to improve services to you, our tribal members. This week our Indian Education Parent Committee met for the first time about the 2009/10 school year. They talked about falling test scores and how to better meet our children’s needs.

Our Health Clinic staff did a fantastic job, as usual, on the 26th Annual Tulalip Health Fair. Cardiovascular health was the focus for this year’s health fair. There were 32 education booths to educate and inform tribal members about preventative medicine, healthy hearts, diabetes and other preventable diseases. Don “Penoke” Hatch spearheaded the blood drive and recruited community members to donate blood to the Puget Sound Blood Center. In all, the center collected 68 pints of blood. Each pint can potentially save 3 people. So, kudos Tulalip, we may have saved 204 lives!

Thanks again to our Lushootseed Department, our community members and our kids for all your work in making the Lushootseed Language Camp a success. For two weeks in a row our teachers, youth workers, volunteers, and students worked hard learning the language and making gifts for their giveaway. The play was wonderful. It makes my heart happy and I’m just so proud when I see our children speaking the language of our ancestors.

We’ve set dates for administration move-in. I know, you’ve heard that before. Believe me, I’ve gotten a little frustrated about all the setbacks, but this is it. Our traffic signals are in place and the construction crew is putting the finishing touches on our dXdiGidteGelalftX, or Administration Building. The new building will be open for business on September 14th. Some tribal government departments may be closed on September 10th and 11th while we move our things to the new building, so I apologize in advance for the inconvenience. The first visitors meeting in the new Board Room will be held on October 3rd from 9-12:00, and we’ll have our Grand Opening and open house the same day, starting at 12:00.

We’ve got some exciting events planned for next week, like our sGaaGateGel Community Meeting. We’ll be hearing from Patti Gobin in Special Projects and Mithun Architects about the Tulalip Tribes Vision Plan. I really hope you can make it to the meeting to give us your input about how the reservation will look in the future. The meeting will be held next Thursday, August 27th, in the tribal gym. Dinner is served at 5:00pm and the meeting starts at 5:30pm.

Be sure to watch the blog for updates next week. Hoyt!


Shelly L. Lacy

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tulalip Elementary New Principal

Former Tulalip Elementary principal Theresa Iyall has accepted a transfer to Cascade Elementary. Tulalip’s new principal, Chris Sampley, has worked in education for 35 years. She spent the last five years as the principal of Cascade Elementary. Chris will begin moving to Tulalip the week of August 17th and will be at the school full-time as of August 31st. Welcome to the team, Chris. We look forward to working with you.

The first day of school for Marysville School District is Tuesday, September 8th and district kindergarteners begin on Thursday, September 10th. As a reminder, the Back to School Education Fair will be held August 25th from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Back packs and basic school supplies will be handed out during the fair. Students, be sure to bring your Tribal ID to receive your backpack. For more information contact Valda Gobin at 360-716-4905. Tribal government team members, with supervisor approval, may have up to 2 hours to attend the Education Fair.


Shelly Lacy

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Lushootseed Language Camp

Language Camp is drawing to a close. The kids have worked hard all week learning new songs, making gifts for their giveaway and practicing a play based on a story told by Vi Hilbert called, Her First Basket. Please help them celebrate. This Friday, August 21st from 11:00 to 1:00pm, the kids are going demonstrate what they’ve learned by performing their play, and hosting a community lunch and giveaway at the Kenny Moses Building. I encourage our community to come down and show their support for our children. For more information about Lushootseed Language Camp contact Natosha Gobin, 360-716-4499,


Shelly L. Lacy

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Donate Blood

This Friday, August 21st, the Tulalip Health Clinic is holding a blood drive. During the Annual Tulalip Health Fair the Puget Sound Blood Center will have a mobile donation bus available from 9:00am to 3:30pm. I encourage all tribal members and employees to take time and give blood. According to Gayle Richards, the Puget Sound Blood Center needs to collect 900 pints of blood each day to supply over 70 hospitals and clinics throughout Western Washington. And, just one donation can save up to three lives.

You can also sign up to join the bone marrow registry during the health fair. Patients are most likely to find a compatible donor within their own ethnic communities, and right now out of the 7 million volunteer donors, only 1% are Native American. Tribal employees, with supervisor permission, are allowed two hours to participate in the Tulalip Health Fair. For more information, or if you’d like to set up a time to donate, contact Karen Sheldon-Zackuse 360-716-5684,


I want to apologize, it’s been a while since I posted.

First, I want to offer my condolences to the families who have lost loved ones. Robert Cleary, “Jungle Bob,” Harry Ron Tom, Johnny ray Enick and Edward Gail Nelson will all be missed.

Bob was one of those quiet behind the scenes people who was always helping in his own way. He touched a lot of lives and was never to busy to lend a hand or to be “Uncle Bob” for his numerous adopted nieces and nephews. Ron, a fisherman his whole life, was also a loving and supportive father and husband. He was a huge fan of our Tulalip Heritage Hawks, and always had a kind word for everyone. Johnny was a beloved brother, uncle and cousin. He spent a lot of time mentoring youth at the Tulalip Boys and Girls Club. He was an inspiration to many of his friends. Ed was a dedicated family man who knew how to enjoy life. He spent his time traveling with his family and celebrating their accomplishments.

These men were very important to our community and even though they are gone, they’ve left behind a legacy and they will be remembered. I worry about our community during times like this and I’m just thankful that our tribe can come together to offer support in times of grief. I know how it feels to lose a loved one and I want you all to know that your families are in our prayers.

I also want to take this time to recognize our funeral crew. These special people have taken on the task of guiding our families through the funeral process. Wendy Young, Don Hatch and Benita Rosen are invaluable to the families. They explain all of the funerary options and help coordinate the funerals and burnings. Our maintenance staff, Louis Pablo and Dennis Hegnes, help clean up and prepare the families’ homes during the process. Our custodial maintenance staff deliver chairs, an outdoor shelter and disposable dinnerware to help the family receive guests during their time of grieving. Nissa and our kitchen staff prepare meals for the funeral services. And last, but not least, our maintenance staff and selected community members help with the graveside services. Thank you all for helping our families during their time of grief.

Shelly Lacy

Friday, July 31, 2009

The Canoes are arriving today (July 31st) around 3:00; with supervisor permission, employees are allowed to come and greet the canoes. Departments must remain open, so supervisors and managers will need to make the decision who stays in the office.

We had some issues with the county permit, they want us to move one of the light poles at 64th over four feet, which means that we have to redo all of the plans and get new permits, which is changing the move in date. We are now planning to move in to the new Administration building on Tuesday, September 8th.

Employee Appreciation and family day is on Friday, August 14th. We will start the day with a meeting in the Tribal gym and then move outside for fun and games. If you wish to be on a softball team, please call Carolyn Sheldon.

Tulalip Days is going to be Labor Day week-end, September 5, 6 and 7th. The parade will be on Saturday, September 5th. More details will be coming out soon.

Hope you all have a great day and weekend.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Community Meeting Postponed

Our community meeting that was scheduled for 5:30pm on Thursday, July 23rd has been rescheduled. The meeting has been moved two weeks to August 6th. It will still take place in the gym at 5:30. We will be discussing the our new Administration Building and meeting our customer service representatives.

Later in the month, we will also have our regularly scheduled August community meeting on Thursday, August 27th.

Hope to see you at both meetings!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Per-Capita-Distribution Date Change

On July 10th the Board of Directors made a resolution changing per-capita distribution from the 2nd Tuesday of every quarter to the first Saturday of February, May, August and November. Our next per-capita will be distributed on Saturday, August 1st from 9:00am to 6:00pm in the tribal gym. Please mark your calendars to come visit us that day.

We made the decision to move Per-capita distribution to Saturdays hoping that it will provide better customer service for tribal members. We know that a lot of people have a hard time getting here during the middle of the week because of their jobs. We also have a lot of youth who are in school and sometimes they don’t make the right choice: they skip school to pick up their per-capita checks. We decided that we would move Per-capita to Saturday to provide that extra time so no one has to take time off from work or school. The bank is still open on Saturday, so checks can still be cashed.

If you have any questions about the change, contact Enrollment, 360-716-4300.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Ralph “Breezer” Jones, Jr.

Ralph “Breezer” Jones, Jr., passed away on July 5th, 2009. Ralph did many things during his life. He was a Korean War Veteran, a Board of Director, a fisherman, a longtime tribal employee and an active community member. Ralph will be dearly missed. Please keep his family in your prayers.

An interfaith service will be held for Ralph on Thursday, July 9th at 5:00 pm in the tribal gym. The funeral services will be held at 9:00 am on Friday, July 10th at the tribal gym.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Canoe Practice Cancelled.

Canoe practice has been cancelled for this Wednesday, July 8, 2009.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Comprehensive Land Use Plan

We have received several inquiries about obtaining copies of the Plan. TDS has posted a link to the Plan on the Tulalip Tribes website (“land use plan”). Here is the link to the notice where you will find the link to the Plan:

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament at Tulalip Casino

Registration is open for the Tulalip Casino I-5 Extravaganza Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament. The event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday on August 8th and 9th in the casino parking lot. For more information, visit

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Student Recognition Fun Night TONIGHT!

Just a quick reminder that the Student Recognition Fun Night has been rescheduled to tonight, Tuesday June 16th.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Healing Circle Cancelled

The Healing Circle for this Friday the 12th of June has been cancelled. For any questions please feel free to contact Luis Hernandez by email of phone.

Luis Hernandez
ARM Coordinator

Wk: (360)716-4023
Fax: (360)651-4571

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Salmon Ceremony Practice

Salmon Ceremony Practice is held every Thursday at 5:30 pm in the Kenny Moses Building. For more information contact Shelly's office (360-716-4369). The First Salmon Ceremony will be held on June 20th. The ceremony this year is for tribal members and invited guests. We will not be holding the Tulalip Parade until Labor Day weekend this year.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tulalip Elementary's Annual Sock Hop Dance

Dust off your dancing shoes, it's sock hop time at Tulalip elementary. There will be fun activities for the whole family this Friday, May 29th from 6-8pm at Tulalip elementary. The price of admission is $5, which includes a hot dog, chips, drink as well as entertainment from the D.J. and other fun contests. For safety, students must sign-in upon arrival and the students will need a parent, guardian, or adult with them in order to leave the dance. Volunteer chaperones are welcome! For more information, contact Tribal Youth Family Support Coordinator Jenns Losik-Gonzales at (425) 879-2566.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Community Meeting CANCELLED

This Thursday's Community Meeting has been cancelled. The meeting to discuss tourism at Tulalip has been cancelled due to a death in the community. Please check back here at the blog for updates as more information comes in.

Indigenous Voices Reply Exhibit at Burke Museum

On Saturday, May 30th the Burke Museum is holding an opening day celebration for their indigenous Voices Reply Exhibit. The Exhibit explores indigenous people who were represented at the 1909 Words Fair in Seattle. On the 30th you can learn about the exhibition from Burke Curators and attend panel discussions with contemporary artists. For more information visit the Burke Museum website

Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day Lunch

Please join us for Memorial Day lunch Monday, May 25th at 12:00pm in the tribal gym. We will also be celebrating the dedication of Uppy’s Kitchen. Uppy was an institution and helped to feed many people throughout our mommunity. It is with great pride and honor that we can officially dedicate the Kitchen to Uppy. Please come join us in paying our respects to our Tulalip Veterans and to Uppy as well. We are thankful to have such strong leaders.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Community Meeting: Tulalip Tourism

On Thursday, May 28th the tribe is holding a community meeting to discuss Tulalip tourism. Dinner will be at 5pm, elders served first and the meeting begins at 5:30pm. This is a time to learn about what other tribes are doing, what the county is doing, and what the state is doing to promote tourism. A chance to see if that's a direction that the tribe would like to go. Really hope to see you at the meeting, and help us decide what tourism will look like at Tulalip.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Canoe Practice Cancelled

Canoe practice for this week has been cancelled. Canoe pulling practice is held every Wednesday at the marina in Tulalip bay at 5:30pm. For more information about the cancellation, contact Jason Gobin at (360) 716-4370.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Questions about HRO 84?

If you have any questions about the new HRO 84 policy, do not miss the chance to get your questions answered. Human Resources representatives will be on hand Friday at the South Lot to answer questions from 9am until noon. Tribal employees must have supervisor permission to attend the Q&A session.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Tribal Police vs. Heritage Boys and Girls Basketball Teams

On Thursday, May 14, 2009 there will be the 2nd annual Dunkin' Doughnut basketball game between the Tulalip Police department and the Heritage boys and girls basketball teams. The fun starts at 7pm and takes place at the gym at the Heritage high school campus. Admission is nearly free of charge, just bring one canned food item for the local food bank and you are in the door. Be sure to come on out of the woodwork and bring your friends and family to this fun filled event.

Friday, May 8, 2009

High School Graduates Slide Show/ Student of the Year deadlines

High School Graduates mark your calendars. On May 12th slide show pictures are due, each student is allowed a maximum of 4 photos. And May 22nd is the deadline for boy and girl student of the year applications. If you are graduating from high school and would like more information contact the Youth Services Education staff at (360) 716-4908.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Healing Circle Cancelled

The Healing Circle scheduled for Friday, May 8th, 2009 has been cancelled. For any questions please feel free to contact Louis Hernandez at (360) 716-4023.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Happy 93rd Birthday Charles "Red" Sheldon

Born May 5, 1916, Charles "Red" Sheldon celebrates his 93rd birthday today at the Senior center. Friends and family were on hand to party with Tulalip's eldest male. Way to go Red, Happy 93rd Birthday!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Lushootseed Family Night Cancelled

Due to a death in the family, the Lushootseed Family night has been canceled for tomorrow evening, Tuesday May 5th. Class will resume next Tuesday, May 12th at 5pm.

For more information, contact Natosha Gobin, Lushootseed Language Teacher at (360) 716-4499.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Indian Education Parent Committee Meeting

The second quarter Indian Education Parent Committee Meeting has been rescheduled for this coming Monday, May 4, at 5:00pm. It will be held at the Kenny Moses Building at the Tribal Center. For those who are unfamiliar with this building, it is located to the left of the Longhouse.

Dinner will be served at 5 PM and the meeting will follow with building reports and district budget cut information.

For more information contact, Diann Mize at (360) 653-0867
Indian Ed Secretary (available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Canoe Journey 2009 Practice

Canoe practice will be held every Wednesday at the marina. This year’s journey will be to Suquamish. It is the 20th Anniversary of the Paddle to Seattle. If you have any questions about Canoe practice or tribal journeys contact Jason Gobin (425-931-1053)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Marysville Youth Football Signups

It’s that time of year again for football signups and cheer tryouts for the 2009-2010 season.

Open Registration begins on April 25th 2009 for the cost of $150.00 and will be held at the Cedar Crest Middle School.

Other registration dates:

Tuesday April 28th, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday May 2nd, 10:00am to 2:00pm

Additional Information includes the following:

Work out dates will be held on Wednesday June 17th and Wednesday June 24th from 6-8pm.

Parent Night will be held on Friday July 10th at 7:00pm @ the Pilchuck High school Auditorium

Gear hand out will be on Saturday July 25th at the Msvl. District Office @ 9:00am

Camp Dates: Tuesday July 28th, 29th, and 30th from 6-8pm.

The age groups have changed for the MYF 2009 Season

Pee wee: 6-7 year olds
89ers: 8-9 year olds
Junior: 10-11 year olds
Senior: 12-13 year olds

No Flag Football will be offered this year.

Contact: Rick Ballard, Marysville Youth Football President (360) 659-4738

Friday, April 24, 2009

Open Gym

Good news for the basketball playing community in Tulalip. There will be an ongoing open gym at the Tulalip Heritage High School. The gym is open to anybody interested in playing full court basketball a few nights of the week. Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday the Heritage High gym will be open from 7pm until 9:30pm. Do not miss this great opportunity to meet new people, get off the couch, and most importantly, have some fun.

For more information, contact Sabrina Moses, Adult Recreation Coordinator/Youth Girls Specialist at (360) 651-4389 or you can email her at

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Community Meeting

Tribal members and employees:

This is a reminder to mark your calendars and join us this evening, Thursday, April 23rd, for our sGaaGateGel, or community meeting with Family Services. Our Family Services Department will be introducing their employees and talking about the programs and services that they offer. The meeting will be held in the tribal gym, dinner is served at 5:00pm and the meeting begins at 5:30pm. As always, I and my executive staff will be available before and after the meeting if you have any questions or concerns you’d like to discuss with us.

Once again, I hope you’ll join us to learn about this exciting team and all that they do.


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Canoe Practice

The first Canoe practice of 2009 will be today, Wednesday April 22 at 5:30pm at the marina. Canoe practices will be held every Wednesday at the marina rain or shine. This year’s journey will be to Squamish. It is the 20 year anniversary of the paddle to Seattle.

We hope to see you there on Wednesdays. For more information about Canoe Practice or the Canoe Journey, contact Jason Gobin, the Tulalip Tribes Forestry Manager.

Office (360) 716-4370

Moible (425) 931-1053

Friday, April 17, 2009

Do you have a child with special needs?

Are you a parent or guardian of a child with special needs? Would you like to meet with other families who also have children with special needs? Need more information? Or just some support?

To get answers to all your questions and more, come on over. Join us at the Early Childhood Education Center on Wednesday April 22, 2009 at 12pm. Lunch will be provided.

The Early Education Center is located at building ‘D’ near the Tulalip Boys & Girls Club

Please call Melinda Contraro at (360) 716-4904 if you have any questions or would like more information. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tulalip Tribes to Honor Past Spiritual Healers and Leaders

THE TULALIP TRIBES will be honoring our past Spiritual Healers and leaders by setting a Spiritual Table for them and all Visitors who travel with them.

The Tribe will be offering the plates on behalf of the community for our ancestors. We are not allowing any other plates to be put into the fire besides the 100 we are preparing.


Please join us in taking part of this spiritual journey on Friday April 17, 2009 at 1pm below the Tulalip Longhouse.

We ask you to join us in the Tribal Gym to continue the work. 10 people have been selected to share their “Healing Songs” with everyone.

Following this will be a dinner for everyone to enjoy! Thank you for your support as this work is being conducted to bring peace and happiness to our Community and surrounding neighbors.

Employees are invited to participate in this community work; all offices must remain open for business and you must get your supervisor’s permission.

Please call my office if you have questions

Shelly L. Lacy

General Manager

Tulalip Tribal Government

(360) 651-4369