Losses in Upper Skagit and Samish

We grieve the loss of dear Vi Hilbert; a true model of strength, gentleness, humility and grace. We remember her fondly as an Educator, Storyteller, Historian, Preserver of the Language and Culture, Honored Elder and friend. Vi will be greatly missed in all the Tribal Communities. We love and admire Vi, and that could never change. Our prayers go out for family and all our people during this time of loss.

Vi passed, on Friday, December 19, 2008. The Wake will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, and Funeral Service at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27. Both will be located at the Upper Skagit gym. More info at: http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/upper_skagit_tribe_elder_dies/ , and http://www.grandmothersproject.org/2005_home/Taqseblu.pdf

Prayers also for the family of Mary Hansen of Samish Nation who passed on Wednesday. These are difficult times of sorrow and loss for our communities. Please keep each other in prayers all through the winter – for safety and health and all needed provisions.

Sept-Oct Events

Sept. – Oct. Canoe Family gatherings…


10th Annual Nooksack Days Celebration

Sept. 26 – 28, 2008 

 See Info on the FlyerCLICK HERE.  


Samish Nation hosts Coastal Jam Session

September 29 at Samish in Anacortes at Fidalgo Bay Resort Community Building. 6 PM Barbecue / Salmon Dinner followed by famous Samish Secret Recipe Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Sundaes.   

Fidalgo Bay Resort info, directions, map and more CLICK HERE.  



Nisqually Canoe Family Dinner changes to October 25 at 2 PM at the Nisqually Tribal Gym (instead of Oct. 18). 


Suquamish Tribe hosts 2009 Tribal Journeys Planning Meeting, Dinner and Coastal Gathering

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2008

Address: Suquamish Gymnasium aka “The old Tribal Center

15838 Sandy Hook Rd. Poulsbo, WA 98370

2:00 PM – Meeting will begin (Light Snack and Beverages)

5:00 PM – Dinner

6:00 PM – Coastal Singing and Dancing


Turtle Woman Rising Drum for Peace: Oct. 10-13, Capital steps, Washington DC.  There will also be a Drum For Peace on the Capital steps in Olympia, WA during the same time. Gather where ever you are on those days and drum for peace. More on “Make No Bones About It” and blog Ranting Raven – Make No Bones About It