West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle people http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 10 Oct 2015 13:43:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Remembering little Drue: Neighbors’ tribute in Morgan Junction http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/remembering-little-drue-neighbors-tribute-in-morgan-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/remembering-little-drue-neighbors-tribute-in-morgan-junction/#comments Tue, 06 Oct 2015 05:11:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325097

As they had promised in the note published here this morning, neighbors created a sidewalk-side memorial tonight for 17-month-old Drue Lehto, who died eight days ago of internal injuries that police say his father’s girlfriend confessed to causing by kicking him. They told us other community members had stopped by to add small tributes – stuffed animals, candles, flowers. It’s in a tree well along the sidewalk in the 6500 block of California SW, just south of the Morgan Junction apartment building where Drue died; you are welcome to add to it, they said. Meantime, the accused killer remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail; we’ll likely hear from prosecutors tomorrow about charges.

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VIDEO: Summer-long ‘Swim Duwamish’ wraps up in West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/video-summer-long-swim-duwamish-wraps-up-in-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/video-summer-long-swim-duwamish-wraps-up-in-west-seattle/#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2015 20:20:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324529

It’s been a big year for milestone swims. Today, another one: That’s Mark Powell, on the last leg of his summer-long “Swim Duwamish” tour, incrementally traveling 55 miles, along the full length of the Green and Duwamish Rivers, to call attention to how vital it is to our region, and yet how fragile, after decades of abuse. As he swam to Seacrest, he didn’t arrive alone:

The Blue Heron Canoeescorted him in; Duwamish Tribe member Ken Workman spoke traditional words of welcome. See and hear for yourself (you’ll also hear what Powell said about his journey):

And then, celebratory cupcakes:

Powell said he set out to find “the heart of the Duwamish” and was glad to see the waters thick with salmon in some places:

His swims were chronicled on this website, where you can also see videos such as this one showing some of the salmon he saw:

Powell emphasized that you can take small steps to make a difference in the future of the river and all who live in it and by it and who depend on it (here’s one good place to learn “7 simple solutions”).

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HELP! Memorial plaque planned to honor Chief Sealth graduates killed in action – can you help find their families? http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/help-memorial-plaque-planned-to-honor-chief-sealth-graduates-killed-in-action-can-you-help-find-their-families/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/help-memorial-plaque-planned-to-honor-chief-sealth-graduates-killed-in-action-can-you-help-find-their-families/#comments Tue, 22 Sep 2015 19:21:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323749 After its 50th-anniversary reunion this year, the Chief Sealth Class of 1965 is working on a special project, and needs your help. The request we were asked to share:

The class of 1965 will be presenting a granite and brass Memorial Plaque of all Sealth graduates that were killed in action in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan at sometime in the near future. We were hoping that you might be able to assist us in notifying the families of these brave soldiers so they might attend if they wish or are able. Date to be determined.

Vietnam -
Sigrid Karlstrom ’61 (family notified)
Lewis Nelson ’62
Allan Potter ’64
Luigi Filbanese ’65
Thomas Foster ’65
Thomas Harding ’65
Richard Krogh ’65
Norman Chaney ’66
Dick DeGraaf ’66 (family notified)
David Lauritsen ’66
John Rauen ’66
Mark Knollmeyer ’67
Donald Douglas ’68
Clarence Risher ’68

Iraq -
Tracy Melvin ’95

Afghanistan -
Jarod Newlove ’03

Only 2 families have been notified so far. If we can at least get the contacts made in the next few weeks, it will be much easier to notify these families once a date has been set for the presentation of this memorial at Chief Sealth High School. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Ron Templin
Sealth ’65

If you are a relative of anyone mentioned – or if you know how to reach them – please e-mail Ron at r_templin@yahoo.com – thank you!

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West Seattleite Bill Schrier joins SPD as interim Chief Info Officer http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattleite-bill-schrier-joins-spd-as-interim-chief-info-officer/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattleite-bill-schrier-joins-spd-as-interim-chief-info-officer/#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2015 21:24:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323090 Just announced via SPD BlotterBill Schrier, the West Seattleite who served as the city’s Chief Technology Officer until 2012, is back with the city, at least temporarily, as interim Chief Information Officer for Seattle Police. From the announcement:

As CIO, Schrier will lead the department’s efforts to bolster SPD’s information technology programs and services. He will be a part of the leadership team that will continue to fulfill Mayor Ed Murray and Chief Kathleen O’Toole’s vision that the SPD should be “second to none” when it comes to how the Department uses technology to support its officers and provides for the safety and security of the Seattle community.

As we noted when Schrier left his previous city role, much of the information we report here comes from government data – so these types of roles in particular are vital to increased transparency. We have long asked in particular for more police-report narratives to be made available, and more often – right now, only a tiny percentage of them get published online, and only in a few crime categories, because they generally have to be redacted by hand first, and that is labor-intensive. They’ve been working on ways to automate that process (as well as the much-more-publicized process of making body-cam video available), so we’re hopeful of a breakthrough. Back to today’s announcement: Schrier succeeds Greg Russell, a former Amazon exec, who left the CIO job after less than a year.

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Remembering Steve James Bratsanos, 1926-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/remembering-steve-james-bratsanos-1926-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/remembering-steve-james-bratsanos-1926-2015/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:50:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322517 Family and friends are mourning Steve James Bratsanos, who died two weeks ago at 89. Here’s the remembrance being shared with the community:

Steve was born July 12, 1926 in Psara, Greece, and passed away August 28, 2015. Loving husband, father, and grandfather. Steve loved his church, his family, and especially his granddaughters. He had a lifelong love of sailboats and the sea. He was patient, kind, never complained, and always had a smile on his face.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rose; daughter Marianne, son James, daughter-in-law Leslie, and his two granddaughters Amalia and Eliana. He will be greatly missed. Remembrances may be made to the Assumption Church or Philoptochos. Visit greeksinwashington.org/seattle-or-nothing to learn more about Steve’s life. Services were held last weekend. From the program:

Steve (Stamati) was born on the island of Palea Psara, Greece, the youngest of three children. He had a trying life but always kept a smile on his face. As a young teenager, he survived the German occupation of Psara during WWII and its accompanying deprivations. The memory of those tough times stayed fresh through his whole life. He loved his adopted country and was proud of being an American, but his path to citizenship was not easy.

He came to the United States for the first time as a young Greek merchant marine when he was 17 to visit his father, Demetrios, in Norfolk, Virginia. He returned many times on different ships over the next several years, and finally decided to try to stay. He had a month before being deported, and, while accompanying a friend to an Army recruitment office, he learned that if he enlisted in the Army and fought in Korea he would receive his US citizenship. That sounded like a deal worth taking to Steve, so he signed up. He fought on the front line in Korea for 22 months. Upon his return to the US, he was told that he was not eligible for automatic citizenship after all. He continued to fight for the right he felt he had earned, and, eventually, with the help of Senator Magnuson and the V.F.W., he succeeded in obtaining his US citizenship. In the end, it literally took an act of Congress (Private Law 437, of the 83rd Congress, chapter 347-2D session, S.1135, enacted on June 22nd, 1954) to secure his citizenship.

After his service, he continued to work in the US Merchant Marine, traveling the world on the seas that he loved. He returned to Greece in 1957, and, on October 12th, 1958, he married his wife, Rose. They honeymooned on the island of Rhodes, visited relatives in Greece and New York, and eventually settled in Seattle, where Steve had completed his basic training and acquired a love of the Northwest. Steve continued to work in the Merchant Marine after his marriage and through the birth of his first child, Marianne. In 1963, while Rose was pregnant with their son, James, Steve was in a very serious accident off the coast of Alaska. He was swept overboard and had to hold on to the ship with one arm as his other arm was broken in multiple places. While dangling, Steve prayed and promised that if he survived, he would rebuild a church in Greece. As if by a miracle, a wave threw him back onto the ship, leaving him unconscious but alive. Several years later he returned to Psara, and, true to his word, rebuilt the church. After his accident, due to the severity of his injuries, Steve was no longer able to work in the Merchant Marine. From that point on, he dedicated his life to his Church and his family.

He loved his church and spent countless hours there cooking, cleaning, making candles, and painting — he painted both the interior and exterior of the Church several times over. He served as a parish council member and as treasurer, and was an associate member of the Philoptochos. He helped for many years at All Saints Camp on Raft Island.

He loved his wife of 57 years Rose, his children Marianne and James, his daughter-in-law Leslie, and his granddaughters Amalia and Eliana, who showed him great love and joy with the attention they bestowed on him. His granddaughters were special favorites and he welcomed their noise and laughter in his house and often would ask when they were coming over. Children always loved his kind and soft demeanor, his huge smile, and his ever-present Captain’s hat. He loved the sea and being on his sailboats with his family and also loved sharing times on his boats with friends, priests and parishioners, the church youth, and even an occasional visiting bishop. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the National Maritime Union. He is greatly loved and will be forever missed.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to editor@westseattleblog.com)

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FOLLOWUP: ‘Best experience of my life,’ says West Seattle’s Morgan McCullough of USA Baseball team’s world-title win http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/followup-best-experience-of-my-life-says-west-seattles-morgan-mccullough-of-usa-baseball-teams-world-title-win/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/followup-best-experience-of-my-life-says-west-seattles-morgan-mccullough-of-usa-baseball-teams-world-title-win/#comments Tue, 08 Sep 2015 04:52:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322094

(Photos by Cameron HarrisUSA Baseball, republished with permission)

Toward the left of that photo, #5 on the USA Baseball 18U National Team, is West Seattle High School senior Morgan McCullough, gesturing “#1″ with both hands right after he and his teammates won the WBSC World Cup tournament in Osaka, Japan this weekend. We wrote on Saturday about the team making it into Sunday’s title game; Team USA was victorious over the host team, taking the USA’s third consecutive title, 2-1. McCullough, who is due home late tonight, started the game at playing second base and batting leadoff, drawing a walk to get on base early on:

His mom Jane Muxen McCullough says, “This is something he has been working for since he first picked up a bat.” We asked her what he had to say about the victory, and she relayed this quote: “It was the best experience of my life with the best teammates I could imagine. Representing the USA, the team felt we had targets on our back. We embraced that feeling and stuck together as a unit, and because of that we are gold medalists.” Morgan is the only Northwest resident on the team, whose roster you can see here.

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Congratulations! ‘Diver Laura’ James honored as ‘Sea Hero’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/congratulations-diver-laura-james-honored-as-sea-hero/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/congratulations-diver-laura-james-honored-as-sea-hero/#comments Mon, 07 Sep 2015 18:15:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322059

From just-hatched octopus babies to an iridescent nudibranch, the sea life in the video above comprise just a tiny corner of the window on the undersea world that “Diver Laura” James has provided to so many in recent years. And it’s an adjunct to what else she and fellow volunteers have done in local waters – cleanups and environmental education, too. That all made her Scuba Diving magazine’s monthly “Sea Hero” for August, one of what the magazine describes as “everyday divers who make an extraordinary difference.” In case you haven’t seen it in the print edition, the story is now online – read it here. Her videos are part of what she talks about in the interview:

People protect what they love, but they must know it to love it. I remind myself of this when the weather is cold and the visibility is low. All the creatures, great and small, are worth filming and sharing, and that next bit of video I shoot may make the difference for one elected official, or inspire one little kid.

She also talks about the tox-ick.org toxic-runoff-reduction campaign – take a look at 7 things you can do, especially important as winter (and inevitably more rain) approaches, washing what’s on the streets and in your yards right into Puget Sound.

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West Seattle’s Morgan McCullough & USA Baseball National teammates going for World Cup gold http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattles-morgan-mccullough-usa-baseball-national-teammates-going-for-world-cup-gold/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattles-morgan-mccullough-usa-baseball-national-teammates-going-for-world-cup-gold/#comments Sat, 05 Sep 2015 19:11:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321922

Just two weeks ago, we reported on West Seattle High School senior Morgan McCullough being chosen to join the USA Baseball 18U National Team, which was getting ready to defend the world title it won two years ago. Today, the team is hours away from the gold-medal game at that tournament in Osaka, Japan. They beat Canada 9-5 early today (the game started at 2 am our time) in a “tune-up” for the title game, which they earned their way into via a 6-5 victory over Cuba the day before. The title game is against Japan, at 2 am our time Sunday morning (aka, really late tonight) and you’ll be able to watch it live online if you’re up – via this Ustream channel, or check in on play-by-play tweets here. McCullough is the only player from the Northwest on the national-team roster.

ADDED SUNDAY: As noted in comments, USA won, 2-1!

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Remembering ‘Don’ Greengo, 1928-2015, who ‘set a wonderful example for humanity’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/remembering-don-greengo-1928-2015-who-set-a-wonderful-example-for-humanity/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/remembering-don-greengo-1928-2015-who-set-a-wonderful-example-for-humanity/#comments Sat, 05 Sep 2015 06:56:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321894 The family of retired science teacher “Don” Greengo is sharing this remembrance with the community:

H. Donald “Don” Greengo, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, died of natural causes, surrounded by loved ones, on June 4, 2015. Born October 15, 1928, in Waconia, MN, to Royal E. and Blanche I. (Downs) Greengo, he was the youngest of four boys. At the age of two, Don contracted polio, which affected the growth of his legs. He underwent several surgeries at Shriner’s Hospital throughout his childhood. Always having a positive outlook on life, he never complained.

As a teenager during the summer of 1945 he met his future wife and the love of his life, Gretchen Harvey. But life would first take them in different directions.

After graduating from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, with a Bachelors in Science, and further studies at Case Institute in Cleveland and the University of Washington in Seattle, he began teaching science (chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and math) in Anoka, MN. Despite using a cane to help with walking, Don traveled to Japan, the Middle East, India, and Europe, exploring different cultures. In the mid-1950s, Don took a job with the U.S. State Department to teach overseas, first in Japan at the Itazuke U.S. Air Force Base, and then at Habibia College in Kabul, Afghanistan. While still overseas, he learned through his sister-in-law that Gretchen was living in Seattle and was a widow with two small children. After returning to the U.S. in late 1958, he came to Seattle and a date was arranged for Don and Gretchen to meet. Don proposed to Gretchen after that first date and they married on July 17th, 1959.

Don began a career with the Seattle School District in 1959, teaching at Sealth, Nathan Hale, and finally, 18 years at West Seattle High School, where he was head of the Science Department, retiring in 1984. He was a favorite teacher of many students over the years. He garnered respect from his students because he treated them with respect, as he did with all people.

Don will be remembered by family and friends as a man of quiet strength, integrity, patience, and compassion. Don enjoyed traveling with his family, visiting relatives and the annual summer trips with Gretchen, their children and grandchildren. He loved to play games, tell corny jokes, and tell of his adventures overseas. He loved the Arts, going to many plays, ballets, and concerts, and he loved the outdoors. He had a great love for his family and they for him.

Don is survived by his wife Gretchen, of nearly 56 years; his children, Denise (Bugnon) (husband Ken) Reed, Paul Bugnon, Kevin Greengo, and Laurie Greengo; his grandchildren, Jennifer Reed, Stephanie (Reed) Olson, Owen Greengo; and great-grandchildren, Brennen and Peyton Olson; his brother Irving Greengo; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank close family friend and nurse extraordinaire Keiko Hume for the compassionate and loving care she gave Don.

Don, we will miss you, your great sense of humor and love of life, your selflessness. and your love of family. You set a wonderful example for humanity. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you give a donation to a charity of your choice in Don’s honor. A celebration of Don’s life will be held at a future date; information for family and friends will be forthcoming.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to editor@westseattleblog.com)

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Happy birthday, Maxine Bundy! Longtime West Seattleite is now a brand-new centenarian http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/happy-birthday-maxine-bundy-longtime-west-seattleite-new-centenarian/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/happy-birthday-maxine-bundy-longtime-west-seattleite-new-centenarian/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:26:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321497

Meet the woman who is likely the newest centenarian in West Seattle, Maxine Bundy. Today is the second day of her 101st year, and granddaughter Brietta Tatro shares the photo and announcement:

On August 30th, longtime West Seattle resident Maxine Bundy reached the venerable age of 100 years old. Born in Missouri in a small town on the Mississippi River, she moved to Seattle with her family, eventually settling in West Seattle as a young bride in the 1940’s; she has called our fair peninsula home ever since.

To celebrate this important milestone, family and friends gathered for a surprise birthday party this past Saturday afternoon and feted her with smiles, hugs, cakes, and song. The following morning, Maxine was honored at West Side Presbyterian Church by fellow church members. As a centenarian, Maxine is extraordinarily energetic and independent, enjoying lunch out with friends, shopping excursions to Southcenter, and trips with family members. Life continues to be a grand adventure for this remarkable woman. Happy Birthday, Maxine!

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VIDEO: Duwamish Tribe chair face-to-face with U.S. Interior Secretary in West Seattle, report #2 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/video-duwamish-tribe-chair-face-to-face-with-u-s-interior-secretary-in-west-seattle-report-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/video-duwamish-tribe-chair-face-to-face-with-u-s-interior-secretary-in-west-seattle-report-2/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:31:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321394

Story, photos, and video by Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Listening to Alaska Natives is the first thing on President Obama‘s schedule when he arrives in Alaska later today.

Listening to a Puget Sound Native leader is something his Interior Secretary probably didn’t expect to find herself doing in her West Seattle driveway while preparing to head north herself.

As first reported here on Saturday, Duwamish Tribe chair Cecile Hansen went to Secretary Sally Jewell‘s North Admiral neighborhood with local activists hoping to deliver a letter seeking a meeting about Jewell’s department denying the tribe federal recognition two months ago. “Ruined my Fourth of July,” Hansen said about that July 2nd decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

After gathering a few houses away on Saturday morning, Hansen and the group trouped up the front steps of where they thought Jewell lived (when not in DC).

A man answering the door told them that wasn’t the house they were looking for but wouldn’t say which house that would be. So they then semi-rallied on the sidewalk, reading statements, until one group member spotted Jewell – loading items into a car trunk in a driveway across the street. Over went everyone – including Hansen, surprised. Here’s what happened in the ensuing four and a half minutes:

Though the short encounter was more cheery than confrontational, as you heard, Jewell made no commitment – referring repeatedly to the “complexity” of the recognition issue and mentioning other tribes’ “difference of opinion.” Hansen, asked afterward what she thought, pronounced what she heard to have been “political runaround.” Days after the July denial of recognition, she told media at the tribe’s West Seattle longhouse that she felt especially let down by Jewell.

At the time, there also were suggestions of a grass-roots citizen lobbying effort. That might hold promise, if what happened on Jewell’s street a few minutes later is any indication. A neighbor emerged from a garage a few houses east – one still decorated for what apparently had been a luau the night before – to ask what was going on. Within a blink, Hansen and the activists were gathered outside the garage, making their case to the neighbor and several others sitting inside.

Petitions were circulated. Right after that, we took our leave – the windstorm was kicking up (as you can hear in our video) and people were starting to text about tree trouble. Hansen had said her council would be meeting this week, and that a conversation was due to happen with the lawyer representing them in an ongoing court attempt to force the recognition issue. Seattle’s U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott has tried to push recognition via legislation, but it has idled.

Hansen also hopes to hear from Jewell, who told her she would be back in D.C. after Labor Day, and said she at least would convey the message to Kevin Washburn, her assistant secretary for Indian Affairs, during the Alaska trip, which she noted would be followed by a visit to Eastern Washington tribes. Meantime, since the Saturday encounter, Jewell has made headlines with a gesture to Alaska Natives, announcing that Mount McKinley would be renamed Denali, the name by which it is known to them. The matter of recognizing a tribe – in, as she noted on Saturday, the face of opposition by others – is not as simple.

Chair Hansen reiterated that the Duwamish are determined. Even before the short chat with Jewell, she mused that maybe if the feds remain reluctant, she could take her case to Pope Francis, who is headed to the U.S. in three weeks.

AHEAD: THE LETTER – Read on to see the letter that the activists brought to Jewell’s neighborhood on behalf of Hansen and the Duwamish people:

August 29, 2015

Dear Secretary of the Interior Jewell,

We, the concerned organizations listed below, are writing to invite you to show up in solidarity with the First People of Seattle, Washington – the Dkhw’Duw’Absh (Duwamish) Tribe by meeting with Chairperson Cecile Hansen and other tribal members to discuss their options forward for federal recognition in light of the negative determination posted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs on July 2, 2015. You may already be aware that the Duwamish have lived here for over 2,000 years and yet have been forced into a position to fight for federal recognition, while appealing to politicians and judges whose ancestors are predominately settlers of the U.S., not indigenous to these lands. The tribes’ battle for federal recognition has been going on far too long. We have heard how dehumanizing this process has been for Duwamish tribal members and we are here in full support of preventing further harm and trauma to the Duwamish people.

We are Pacific Northwest grassroots community organizers and activists that support communities facing threats to their economic, social, cultural, and ecological survival. We support people who traditionally have not been aided by governments, who lack finances, and who suffer from the on-going effects of racism, colonialism, and other unjust systems. We consider ourselves community members often acting in ally ship to the Duwamish Tribe and have been recognized as such by tribal leaders and members.

We are hopeful that due to your admirable track record as the Secretary of the Interior concerning Native tribes you will be open to this invitation. We recognize your work for federally recognized tribes of native youth with increasing funding and tribal control of schools, as well as, your work to support the Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Initiative to allow youth the opportunity to interact with the White House Council on Native affairs. Duwamish youth need your support too! We also recognize your work in pledging the Administration’s support to recognized tribes for the strengthening and preservation of tribal communities and the development of a partnership of state, federal, and private agencies for the preservation of salmon and other wildlife. The Duwamish could also use your assistance in restoring fishing rights.

We hope that your good work will carry into establishing a positive relationship with the Duwamish people as they face current barriers around the federal recognition process. It shames us to learn that they were federally recognized in 2001, only to have their status revoked months later. In the same vein they face the disrespect of another negative determination in regards to their rightful status as a Sovereign Nation and existing tribe.

As you know, to deny the Duwamish their basic human rights under the Point Elliott Treaty of 1855 limits their ability to survive by restricting their access to a reservation, restored fishing rights, rights to other natural resources; federal assistance programs for poverty, health, and education; crime prevention, housing, assistance for climate change adaptation; and ultimately a seat at the table that holds weight in U.S. government. Despite these limiting realities, the Duwamish Tribe remains resilient in maintaining sovereignty by building and operating the Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center since 2009, which stands as a community gathering space to carry on the culture, language, teachings, and values of the tribe on their ancestral homeland. This is living proof that the DUWAMISH TRIBE IS STILL HERE and we hope you will visit the Longhouse to attest to the beauty and strength of the Duwamish people whose lands you reside on.

As groups that strive to act in solidarity with the Duwamish Tribe, we, again, urge you to meet with honorable Chairperson Cecile Hansen, the great-great grand niece of Chief Si’hal, and other tribal members. More directly, Sally Jewell, resident of West Seattle, will you listen to the Duwamish people and use your political power to aid them in becoming a federally recognized tribe, during this crucial time? We understand that the BIA allows room for your direction around such processes before making final decisions. Will you remain silent while the Duwamish Tribe goes down as “extinct” in U.S. history further adding to the impacts of cultural genocide or will you stand with the Duwamish? We are hopeful you will stand with the Duwamish as we continue to.

Indigenous peoples have a place in Seattle’s society, and we are proud to share the land with the Duwamish people and to be in friendships and community with them. We have established an alliance along differing cultural and social norms and strongly hold true that our human dignity is honored in uplifting the human dignity of the Duwamish Tribe.

Rising Up in Solidarity and Love,

Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites (CARW)
Rising Tide Seattle

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Duwamish Tribe chair takes recognition fight to Interior Secretary in West Seattle: Report #1 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/duwamish-tribe-chair-takes-recognition-fight-to-interior-secretary-in-west-seattle-report-1/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/duwamish-tribe-chair-takes-recognition-fight-to-interior-secretary-in-west-seattle-report-1/#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:14:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321158

(WSB photo by Tracy Record)

Quick first report on this, since we’re going into storm coverage: Within the past hour, Duwamish Tribe chair Cecile Hansen met U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell – whose department denied federal recognition to the Duwamish, again, two months ago – semi-unexpectedly. Hansen and representatives of two activist groups, the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites and Rising Tide Seattle, had gone to what they believed was Jewell’s North Admiral home to deliver a letter inviting her to meet with tribal leaders. (A representative of the groups, which issued a media advisory, told us last night they had no reason to believe Jewell was home from D.C., but they had decided to do this now anyway.)

At what they believed was the correct house, a man answering the door said it wasn’t. The group headed back to the sidewalk to read their letters of invitation anyway. Suddenly, a member of the group looked across the street and pointed to a woman loading items into the trunk of a car in a driveway, saying he was sure THAT was Secretary Jewell. Indeed, it was, and everyone trouped across the street. Jewell, a WS resident since her days as CEO of REI, stopped for a few moments to talk and listen, making no commitments on the issue, describing it as “complicated.” Hansen described that reaction afterward as “political runaround.” She says the tribe is taking their fight to court, again. We recorded this all on video and will publish it as part of a second report later.

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Services Thursday morning for Gary L. Emmick, 1948-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/services-thursday-morning-for-gary-l-emmick-1948-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/services-thursday-morning-for-gary-l-emmick-1948-2015/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 04:30:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320941 Services are planned tomorrow morning at Tahoma National Cemetery for U.S. Army veteran Gary L. Emmick. His family shares this remembrance:

Gary L. Emmick was born on September 11th, 1948 at St. Luke’s Hospital (later became Group Health) in Seattle. He passed away on Thursday, August 20th, 2015, at Highline Hospital in Burien after a lengthy illness.

Gary was a lifetime resident of the Burien/White Center area. He was a Sergeant in the Army who served in Germany from 1967 until 1971.

Son to Phyllis & Franklin Emmick, older brother to Craig Emmick, sister-in-law Gayle. Sons – Brian, Terry, Robert & Floyd. Nephews – Matthew & Michael. Grandson of the Late Floyd & Edith Roush. Nephew to Wayne Roush and Jim Roush. Predeceased by his father Frank in 2010.

Funeral services for Gary will be at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent on Thursday, August 27, 2015, at 11:30 am. Remembrances may be made to the Disabled Veterans of America or a charity of your preference.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Emmick Family Funeral Home of West Seattle. Please share your memories of Gary on our online guestbook @ www.emmickfunerals.com.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to editor@westseattleblog.com)

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FOLLOWUP: Generous West Seattleites help kindhearted local students assist animal advocates http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/followup-generous-west-seattleites-help-kindhearted-local-students/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/followup-generous-west-seattleites-help-kindhearted-local-students/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 05:32:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320861

For the third year in a row, generous West Seattleites helped those two local students do a good deed for animals via their annual Seattle Humane-benefiting bake sale and donation drive. We photographed Muriel and Gwen on Sunday; David and Carey sent the followup tonight:

The girls raised over $300 and got nearly a full barrel of dog and cat food! West Seattle is awesome :)

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Reader report: West Seattle fifth-grader’s half-marathon with dad http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/reader-report-west-seattle-fifth-graders-half-marathon-with-dad/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/reader-report-west-seattle-fifth-graders-half-marathon-with-dad/#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2015 20:08:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320708

Big day for running! Just in from California – that photo and an update on young half-marathoner Miles Trius:

Miles Trius of West Seattle runs with dad again – at Santa Rosa (CA) 1/2 marathon this morning. He ran at 2:10:37. Running with his dad, Navy Chief Ernesto Trius, has become bonding time for father and son. Miles will start 5th grade at Our Lady of Guadalupe School.

Last December, as shown here, they ran the Seattle Marathon half.

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