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A message from Tribal Council: Electron Dam settlement agreements mark progress

A message from Tribal Council: Electron Dam settlement agreements mark progress

There were two important settlement agreements this week in the multi-pronged fight against Electron Hydro’s trashing of the environment. American Rivers and American Whitewater reached an agreement to settle their case under the Endangered Species Act, and Communities for a Healthy Bay and Puget Soundkeeper reached an agreement to settle their case under the Clean Water Act. The Tribe is grateful for these organizations’ work and support in legal challenges addressing some of the many violations Electron has committed during operations and construction at the site. Once approved by a judge, the agreement to settle by American Rivers and American…
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Tribal Council meets U.S. attorney for Western District of Washington

Tribal Council meets U.S. attorney for Western District of Washington

Tribal Council met with Nick Brown, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington, on Feb. 24 and later blanketed him. President Biden appointed Brown to the office on Oct. 8, 2021. His experience includes service in the U.S. Army as an attorney and serving as counsel to Gov. Jay Inslee. In an article in The Seattle Times shortly after his appointment, Brown noted America’s high incarceration rates compared with other countries and pointed to impacts on people of color and the underserved.
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Council welcomes U.S. Sen. Cantwell

Council welcomes U.S. Sen. Cantwell

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., visits Tribal Council in the new Emerald Queen hotel on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, to discuss economic development and various federal legislation. Councilmembers Anna Bean and Monica Miller blanketed Sen. Cantwell, and the senator took a tour of the Tribe’s new Emerald Queen Casino and adjacent hotel. From left to right in the group photo are Councilman James Rideout, Councilwoman Monica Miller, Chairman Bill Sterud, Sen. Cantwell, Councilwoman Annette Bryan and Councilwoman Anna Bean. Vice Chairwoman Sylvia Miller and Councilman Fred Dillon attended the meeting virtually. Photos by Tribal Administration staff
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Chief Leschi’s Daffodil Princess crowned Feb. 18

Chief Leschi’s Daffodil Princess crowned Feb. 18

On Feb. 18, Chief Leschi Schools student Faith Hudson was honored as the school’s Daffodil Princess Candidate. Tiauna Lovely Spirithawk Augkhopinee, who was crowned princess in 2016, placed a Native beaded princess crown-tiara on Faith to mark her status. Left to right are Princess Candidate Kaitlyn Bolland of Bonney Lake High School, Princess Candidate Faith Hudson of Chief Leschi Schools, Puyallup Tribal Councilwoman Monica Miller and Princess Candidate Sydney Brickey of Spanaway Lake High School. The Daffodil Festival (thedaffodilfestival.org) has been active in Pierce County for more than 80 years, and the princesses of the Royal Court spend thousands of…
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Legislation would smooth way for Puyallup Tribe and other Tribal governments to reclaim original land

Legislation would smooth way for Puyallup Tribe and other Tribal governments to reclaim original land

For two decades, one of the most frustrating obstacles to tribes reclaiming certain stolen land was state law, specifically law that prevented environmental mitigation property from going through the fee-to-trust process. It often worked this way: The state Department of Transportation would ask a tribe for right-of-way to complete a construction project. In exchange the state would transfer land to the tribe. But there was a catch: If the land included environmental mitigation properties in the transfer, then by state law, the tribal government would have to waive sovereign immunity and agree not to place property into trust status. The…
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Council lands in D.C. on first trip to capital since pandemic began; Chairman meets with President Biden

Council lands in D.C. on first trip to capital since pandemic began; Chairman meets with President Biden

Chairman Bill Sterud meets with President Biden on Tuesday, Feb. 15, to discuss how the Investment, Infrastructure and Jobs Act can support ambitious new plans for the Tribe’s 200+ acres of port property. The meeting took place virtually due to COVID-19 concerns while the Chairman was on the first Tribal Council trip to the nation’s capital since the pandemic began. Chairman Sterud, Councilman James Rideout and Councilwoman Monica Miller are meeting with lawmakers, including Sen. Maria Cantwell, and key staff in the federal government. Tribal Financial and Economic Development Officer Matt Wadhwani and Government Relations Director Ehren Flygare accompanied the…
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