Puyallup Tribe of Indians

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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Puyallup Tribe’s PRIDE event was fabulous, honey!

Puyallup Tribe’s PRIDE event was fabulous, honey!

Tribal community members turned out to show support and solidarity at the Tribe’s annual Pride Event on Sunday. This year’s event – in-person after last year’s virtual celebrations – included cotton candy, tie-dye masks, a bounce house, face painting, the selection of Pride royalty and more. Many Tribal departments and Tacoma’s Rainbow Center were there to offer resources for visitors. The Tribe’s volunteer Pride Working Group put on the event with the support of Tribal Council. Filthy FemCorps put on a live music performance with hits such as "Like a Prayer" and led the Pride Walk, which was lined with…
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New paint recycling program helps protect our natural resources

New paint recycling program helps protect our natural resources

Submitted by the Sustainability Working Group Great news! The Washington paint stewardship program launched on April 1. Through the new program, you can take unused and unwanted paint to participating drop-off locations throughout the state at no charge. These drop-off sites are available to households, businesses, government agencies, and others with leftover paint in Washington. The Paint Stewardship Law was an eight-year effort by Zero Waste Washington, Northwest Product Stewardship Council, Product Stewardship Institute, together with many partners and municipalities, to promote an industry-supported bill that is now in effect. Washington State Rep. Strom Peterson of Edmonds championed the bill…
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CFS Director Jody Brooks announces retirement

CFS Director Jody Brooks announces retirement

haʔł sləx̌il To All of My Puyallup Friends and Family, It has been the honor of my lifetime to be able to serve you as the Director of the Community Family Services Program for the past 30 years. Retiring has not been a decision that I have come by lightly. However, due to some health issues, I feel that it is the right time for me to take a step back to focus on getting well and spending more time with my family and extended family. The time I have spent working at the Puyallup Tribe has been the most…
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Chief Leschi celebrates the class of 2021

Chief Leschi celebrates the class of 2021

By Puyallup Tribal News Staff haʔł ti syayus- Good work to the class of 2021. Chief Leschi Schools celebrated the class of 2021’s graduation on Saturday, June 5. Many students adjusted to virtual school this year, but wouldn't have ever imagined graduating during a pandemic. That said, changes were needed on how the ceremony is usually conducted, due to COVID-19. With social distancing measures and proper protocol in place, many more than expected were able to celebrate in person. Students had a select number of spots available in the actual gym, where families sat in section pods. The CLS staff…
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