Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Speakthunder’s artwork featured in new EQC deli

Speakthunder’s artwork featured in new EQC deli

By Puyallup Tribal News Staff Speakthunder has been practicing art since second grade. Just over 26 years have passed since he put pen to paper to create his first coastal piece, when he was a student at Chief Leschi Schools. “CLS was located where the current EQC tent is back then,” he said. While in the portables, he recalls seeing a wolf in a coloring book. He was so young he didn’t know how to trace yet. He set the wolf next to a blank piece of paper and just drew it. The teachers were so impressed that they placed…
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Dorothy Earl shares family’s fry bread recipe for future generations

Dorothy Earl shares family’s fry bread recipe for future generations

By Lisa Pemberton, Puyallup Tribal News Editor Puyallup Tribal Member Dorothy Earl has been making fry bread for more than 40 years. She estimates she’s probably made about 200,000 pieces of fry bread – for youth dinners, funerals, the 2018 Canoe Journey and other special events over the years. Earl, who is the cook at the Little Wild Wolves Youth Center and known to many as “Auntie Dot,” uses a baking powder fry bread recipe that was passed down to her by her great-auntie on her mom’s side of the family. “It originated in Yakima, where I grew up,” Earl…
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PTOI’s COVID-19 test and flu shot event a success

PTOI’s COVID-19 test and flu shot event a success

By Lisa Pemberton, Puyallup Tribal News Editor On Friday, Nov. 20, the Puyallup Tribe hosted a free COVID-19 test and flu shot clinic. The event was in partnership with Pierce County Emergency Management COVID-19 Mobile Operations. Throughout the day, 93 people were tested for COVID-19, and 17 flu shots were administered, according to Administrative Operations Coordinator Lizetta Kelly. That’s more than twice the number of people who were tested for COVID-19 during an event the Tribe hosted in September. This year, health officials are stressing the importance of flu shots. "Getting a flu shot in 2020 is more important than…
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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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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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Puyallup Tribe issues notice of intent to sue Electron Hydro

Puyallup Tribe issues notice of intent to sue Electron Hydro

Tribe cites ongoing violations to Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act TACOMA—The Puyallup Tribe on Thursday provided notice that it intends to sue Electron Hydro over its intentional ongoing violations of the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act. The Tribe gave notice that it will file a lawsuit in federal court in 60 days against Electron Hydro and the collection of corporations that own, finance and control the hydropower company. The Tribe also asked that Electron abandon its plans to construct an unpermitted and unplanned rock dam structure on the Puyallup River during the next few weeks, or the…
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