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Prayers for Tulalip…

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My first job out of law school was on the Tulalip Reservation.  The Tribes took a risk on a first year attorney with no clue how to practice law, just a passion to do the right thing for Indian Country and the Tulalip Tribes in particular.  My first three years were spent revamping the child … Continue Reading

Time to Bring Broadband to Indian Country!

Posted in Communications, Smoke Signals, Telecommunications
On Oct 15-16, 2014 Tribal, industry and government leaders gathered at the Tulalip Resort Casino, Tulalip, WA to focus on bringing broadband to tribal lands at the Taking Smoke Signals Digital Telecom Conference. Our presenters and guest speakers gave tribal leaders a toolkit to begin exploring the opportunity of bringing high speed broadband to their … Continue Reading

Grants Expert Ron Flavin Featured on Smoke Signals Blog

Posted in Communications, Shout Out, Smoke Signals, Telecommunications
On October 15, Ron Flavin, will be a featured panelist at the “Taking Smoke Signals Digital” Conference at the Tulalip Resort Casino, Tulalip, WA. Ron Flavin is an internationally acclaimed Business Organizational Strategist who has specific expertise in developing and writing grant proposals for businesses of all sizes as well as for non-profit organizations, government … Continue Reading

Andrea Alexander Featured on Smoke Signals Blog

Posted in Communications, Economic Development, Shout Out, Smoke Signals, Telecommunications, Tribal Culture, Tribal Government
On October 15-16, Andrea Alexander (Makah) will be a featured speaker at the “Taking Smoke Signals Digital” Conference at the Tulalip Resort Casino, Tulalip, WA. Andrea Alexander has over 30 years experience of development in the native community and runs her own business, Energy Innovation Foundation. Her firm provides strategic planning and project development for … Continue Reading

Senator John McCoy Featured on Smoke Signals Blog

Posted in Communications, Shout Out, Smoke Signals, Telecommunications
On October 15, Senator John McCoy (Tulalip), Washington State Legislature, will be a featured speaker at the “Taking Smoke Signals Digital” Conference at the Tulalip Resort Casino, Tulalip, WA. John McCoy represents the Everett, Marysville, and Tulalip communities, and neighborhoods of Snohomish County in the Washington State Senate. John was elected to the House of … Continue Reading

Monica L. Babine Featured on Smoke Signals Blog

Posted in Communications, Smoke Signals, Telecommunications
On October 15, Monica Babine, will be a featured speaker at the “Taking Smoke Signals Digital” Conference at the Tulalip Resort Casino, Tulalip, WA.  Monica Babine leads the Program for Digital Initiatives at Washington State University (WSU) Extension’s Division of Governmental Studies and Services. A Senior Associate with WSU, she works with business, government, economic … Continue Reading

BIA Extends Comment Period for Proposed Alaska Land into Trust Rule to July 31, 2014

Posted in Smoke Signals, Trust Land
  BIA extends comment period for Proposed Alaska Land into Trust Rule to July 31, 2014. We posted in June about the opportunity to comment on the proposed Rule which would eliminate the “Alaska exception” to acquiring land into trust for Alaska Natives. 25 C.F.R. Part 151 Land Acquisitions lays out the regulatory framework by … Continue Reading

Season’s Greetings

Posted in Smoke Signals
Friends, My siblings and I spend quite a bit of time each year talking about how extraordinarily blessed we have been.   A swarm of Pawnee kids raised in the Interior of Alaska, we all managed to get through high school, some into college, one into culinary school (she will probably be the favorite!) and three … Continue Reading

Thanksgiving from a Native Perspective

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Thanksgiving isn’t all about turkey and pumpkin pie… Thanksgiving week is always hectic!  Americans everywhere stalking the Black Friday advertisements and designating the right cousin to hold our place in line outside of Best Buy while shopping for canned cranberry sauce and the perfect “brined” turkey.  (I don’t cook, but according to my mom and baby sister, the … Continue Reading

Cultivating Lawyer-Warriors

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In 2001, I was selected to do a video for the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) when I was a first year (and very earnest) law student.   In 2010, they did a follow-up with me while I was working in DC. Kent Lollis from LSAC, and Rob Bender and his camera crew were fantastic to work with … Continue Reading