COVID-19

Smoked fish and pumpkin pie giveaway for Puyallup Tribal Elders

Smoked fish and pumpkin pie giveaway for Puyallup Tribal Elders

Attention Puyallup Tribal Elders: Smoked fish and pumpkin pies will be given away to Elders 55 and older from 1 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 20 at the Puyallup Tribe Elders Wellness Center, 3010 Duct Cho St. Anyone who wishes to participate should drive up to the center’s front door and pick up their food. Do not get out of your vehicle. (Note: Participants must be registered Tribal Elders. Junior Elders are not eligible. To safeguard against COVID-19, participants must be from Washington state.)
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Tribal Members: Apply for CARES funds by Dec. 1

Tribal Members: Apply for CARES funds by Dec. 1

Attention ALL Tribal Members: The deadline to apply for CARES Relief Funds / COVID-19 Assistance Program is fast approaching. You can be reimbursed for your COVID-19 related expenses. Gather your receipts, bank statements, and any other documentation of purchases and loss of income dating back to March 1, 2020! So far the Tribe has sent nearly $6 million in assistance to Tribal Members. You and your household may qualify for up to $4,000 per adult Member and $750 per minor Member. All Tribal members are eligible to apply. Watch this instruction video for help completing the application. https://bit.ly/2ZRhWDf There are…
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Puyallup Tribal government COVID-19 update for Nov. 17, 2020

Puyallup Tribal government COVID-19 update for Nov. 17, 2020

Dear Tribal Community, In response to positive cases over the weekend involving staff from the Elders Department, additional COVID-19 testing and re-testing is underway. Today, we learned that three more employees tested positive for COVID-19. Test results are pending for six other people, and will likely be known on Wednesday. Of the tests administered today, 42 staff and 17 Elders tested negative. Elders will continue testing employees every five to seven days until everyone in the department has two consecutive negative results. After that, the department plans to test every two weeks.  Additionally, Elders staff will continue infection control practices…
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South Korea government sends 2,000 KN95 masks for Puyallup Tribal veterans

South Korea government sends 2,000 KN95 masks for Puyallup Tribal veterans

By Rosemary Ponnekanti Puyallup Tribal News Correspondent It’s not everyone who has 2,000 COVID-19 masks and nearly 400 face shields stashed in their garage. Michael Sisson, Puyallup Tribal Veterans Representative, received the KN95 masks in late May after they’d been donated to the tribe by the Republic of South Korea for veterans’ use. Tribal Council recently approved the masks and face shields to be mailed to each Tribal veteran. The story began in early May, when Sisson was contacted by the National Native American Veterans Association in Washington, D.C., asking how many veterans the Puyallup Tribe had. Sisson told them,…
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$1,000 educational assistance stipend approved; virtual membership meeting Saturday

$1,000 educational assistance stipend approved; virtual membership meeting Saturday

Tribal Council has approved a new $1,000 educational assistance stipend. See the attached letter for details and look for it in your mailbox in the coming days. It will be discussed in a virtual Membership meeting THIS SATURDAY. Text PUYALLUPTRIBE to 22828 or visit https://bit.ly/34gTDks to get started. Puyallup Tribe of Indians     From Puyallup Tribal Council November 2, 2020   To all of you, our honorable people and relatives,   We have some great news to share. Tribal Council has approved a new $1,000 educational assistance stipend. It is available to every eligible Tribal member student from kindergarten…
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Former Sound Credit Union building closed to visitors Friday for deep cleaning

Former Sound Credit Union building closed to visitors Friday for deep cleaning

Dear Tribal Community, A Tribal employee has a child who tested positive for COVID-19 and is awaiting test results. While there was minimal chance of exposure to other employees, Tribal Administration wants to be cautious, and move forward as though the employee tested positive, as well. As with previous positive cases, staff responded quickly and notified the appropriate people. As a precaution, the former Sound Credit Union building (2806 E. Portland Ave., Tacoma) which houses Children’s Services, Set Aside and Housing will close to visitors and employees for deep cleaning for the rest of today. It is expected to reopen…
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COVID-19 community update from Dr. Shelton, Oct. 1, 2020

COVID-19 community update from Dr. Shelton, Oct. 1, 2020

Dear Tribal community, Hello again out there to all of you. I hope you’re staying safe! I wanted to mention a few things at this point in the COVID-19 pandemic. The first is that we have been very blessed to have made it this far with fewer cases and less severe illness from COVID-19 than expected. We are very fortunate. The second point is that, unfortunately, it appears as though here, in Pierce County, we are in another wave. The numbers are going up again. It is especially important to continue to wear a mask and to try to stay…
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