HUD Agrees with BIA that Tribe Evictions Do Not Violate Policies

Tribal Council

February 14, 2022 The Honorable Roswell Cline, Sr. Tribal Chairman  Nooksack Indian Tribe PO Box 157 Deming, WA  98244-0157 SENT VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL Dear Chairman Cline:   Subject:  Nooksack Pending Evictions On December 17, 2021, the Northwest Office of Native American Programs (NwONAP) of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sent you a letter advising you to delay any pending or planned evictions until the Department of the Interior (DOI) completed its investigation into alleged Indian Civil Rights Act (ICRA) violations.  Part of that DOI investigation included a review of whether the evictions are being carried out in accordance with the terms of the rental agreements and Nooksack Indian Housing Authority (NIHA) procedures. On February 3, 2022, NwONAP received correspondence from DOI which provided the results of its review of the alleged ICRA violations.  DOI’s limited review concluded that the Nooksack Tribe’s eviction process has thus far been carried out in accordance with the terms of the rental agreements and NIHA procedures.  DOI’s review pertained only to nine specific individuals residing within the Tribe’s rental units. 1 In response to additional complaints NwONAP received from individuals facing eviction, NwONAP also performed a limited review of available documents to determineRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 14, 2022 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: Our dedicated Medical team works closely with our Public Health Officer, Dr. Frank James, to ensure we are taking the proper steps to safeguard our community members.  We recommend self-quarantine as being the best option to limit everyone’s exposure to this illness, however, we are prepared to offer testing to our members who may have been exposed and are experiencing symptoms. Total tests collected by the Nooksack Health Clinic:  6,426 Total Positives:        186 Unvaccinated / 243 Vaccinated Active:  9      Recovered: 416   Unrecovered: 6 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 86                    40-49y: 61 10-19y: 77               50-59y: 37 20-29y: 66               60-69y: 14 30-39y: 80               70-79y: 8 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,973 Total Indeterminate:   7 Total Pending results:  17 If you have any questions, or think you may have been exposed, please contact our Health Clinic providers at 360-966-2106 before coming to the clinic. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 11, 2022 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: Our dedicated Medical team works closely with our Public Health Officer, Dr. Frank James, to ensure we are taking the proper steps to safeguard our community members.  We recommend self-quarantine as being the best option to limit everyone’s exposure to this illness, however, we are prepared to offer testing to our members who may have been exposed and are experiencing symptoms. Total tests collected by the Nooksack Health Clinic:  6,409 Total Positives:        184 Unvaccinated / 242 Vaccinated Active:  10    Recovered: 412   Unrecovered: 6 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 86                    40-49y: 61 10-19y: 75               50-59y: 37 20-29y: 66               60-69y: 14 30-39y: 79               70-79y: 8 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,970 Total Indeterminate:   7 Total Pending results:  6 If you have any questions, or think you may have been exposed, please contact our Health Clinic providers at 360-966-2106 before coming to the clinic. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 10, 2022 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: Our dedicated Medical team works closely with our Public Health Officer, Dr. Frank James, to ensure we are taking the proper steps to safeguard our community members.  We recommend self-quarantine as being the best option to limit everyone’s exposure to this illness, however, we are prepared to offer testing to our members who may have been exposed and are experiencing symptoms. Total tests collected by the Nooksack Health Clinic:  6,404 Total Positives:        183 Unvaccinated / 239 Vaccinated Active:  13    Recovered: 405   Unrecovered: 6 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 85                    40-49y: 60 10-19y: 75               50-59y: 36 20-29y: 65               60-69y: 14 30-39y: 79               70-79y: 8 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,967 Total Indeterminate:   7 Total Pending results:  8 If you have any questions, or think you may have been exposed, please contact our Health Clinic providers at 360-966-2106 before coming to the clinic. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 9, 2022 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: Our dedicated Medical team works closely with our Public Health Officer, Dr. Frank James, to ensure we are taking the proper steps to safeguard our community members.  We recommend self-quarantine as being the best option to limit everyone’s exposure to this illness, however, we are prepared to offer testing to our members who may have been exposed and are experiencing symptoms. Total tests collected by the Nooksack Health Clinic:  6,396 Total Positives:        183 Unvaccinated / 239 Vaccinated Active:  14    Recovered: 404   Unrecovered: 6 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 85                    40-49y: 60 10-19y: 75               50-59y: 36 20-29y: 65               60-69y: 14 30-39y: 79               70-79y: 8 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,963 Total Indeterminate:   7 Total Pending results:  4 If you have any questions, or think you may have been exposed, please contact our Health Clinic providers at 360-966-2106 before coming to the clinic. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 8, 2022 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: Our dedicated Medical team works closely with our Public Health Officer, Dr. Frank James, to ensure we are taking the proper steps to safeguard our community members.  We recommend self-quarantine as being the best option to limit everyone’s exposure to this illness, however, we are prepared to offer testing to our members who may have been exposed and are experiencing symptoms. Total tests collected by the Nooksack Health Clinic:  6,392 Total Positives:        183 Unvaccinated / 237 Vaccinated Active:  16    Recovered: 400   Unrecovered: 6 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 85                    40-49y: 60 10-19y: 74               50-59y: 36 20-29y: 65               60-69y: 14 30-39y: 78               70-79y: 8 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,949 Total Indeterminate:   7 Total Pending results:  12 If you have any questions, or think you may have been exposed, please contact our Health Clinic providers at 360-966-2106 before coming to the clinic. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 7, 2022 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: Our dedicated Medical team works closely with our Public Health Officer, Dr. Frank James, to ensure we are taking the proper steps to safeguard our community members.  We recommend self-quarantine as being the best option to limit everyone’s exposure to this illness, however, we are prepared to offer testing to our members who may have been exposed and are experiencing symptoms. Total tests collected by the Nooksack Health Clinic:  6,388 Total Positives:        183 Unvaccinated / 237 Vaccinated Active:  18    Recovered: 398   Unrecovered: 6 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 85                    40-49y: 60 10-19y: 74               50-59y: 36 20-29y: 65               60-69y: 14 30-39y: 78               70-79y: 8 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,949 Total Indeterminate:   7 Total Pending results:  8 If you have any questions, or think you may have been exposed, please contact our Health Clinic providers at 360-966-2106 before coming to the clinic. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Restoring Habitat in the North Fork’s Maple Creek Reach

Natural Resources

North Fork Nooksack River Maple Creek Reach Chinook Habitat Restoration By Eric Stover, Watershed Restoration Coordinator The Natural and Cultural Resource Department (NCR) completed the first phase of the two-phase North Fork (Xwqélém) Nooksack Maple Creek (P’eq’ósiy) Reach Restoration Project this past summer. The project is located about a mile east of the town of Maple Falls near the confluence of the North Fork Nooksack River and Maple Creek. A total of 22 engineered logjams (ELJs) were constructed over 0.3 miles of the river and floodplain. The project is part of the department’s broader efforts to increase natural production of chinook and other salmon for sustainable tribal harvest. North/Middle Fork Nooksack early chinook is a genetically unique, native population with low numbers of returning natural-origin fish. The Nooksack Tribe hasn’t had a directed commercial fishery on early chinook in the Nooksack River since about 1980. Currently, NCR staff are working with landowners and government agencies to restore habitat in this part of the North Fork Nooksack River. The right bank landowner is the Whatcom Land Trust (WLT), and the left bank and river channel is managed by Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The WLT has been working forRead More

Nooksack Indian Tribe Demands a Retraction from the UN High Commissioner

Tribal Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Deming, Wa., February 4, 2022 – Today the Nooksack Indian Tribe reached out the United Nations High Commissioner demanding an immediate retraction after two UN special rapporteurs failed to contact the Nooksack Indian Tribe, accepted as fact outrageous and disproved allegations from a Seattle attorney, then released an investigation riddled with misinformation. All sovereign nations have rules for who is a citizen, and the most common is to be descended from a citizen. You cannot simply move to another country, declare yourself a citizen, and take government housing or health care away from citizens. Whether it is Germany, the United States, or the Nooksack Indian Tribe, it is widely understood that those are benefits governments reserve for its citizens. At the Nooksack Indian Tribe our rules for citizenship are simple: if you are descended from a Nooksack Tribal member and an Indian, you take your proof of lineage to the enrollment office and are granted citizenship. There were over 200 people – many represented by attorney Gabe Galanda – who said they were citizens, but who did not follow the rules for citizenship. They did not take proof of lineage to the enrollment office, and therefore areRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo February 4, 2022 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: Our dedicated Medical team works closely with our Public Health Officer, Dr. Frank James, to ensure we are taking the proper steps to safeguard our community members.  We recommend self-quarantine as being the best option to limit everyone’s exposure to this illness, however, we are prepared to offer testing to our members who may have been exposed and are experiencing symptoms. Total tests collected by the Nooksack Health Clinic:  6,380 Total Positives:        181 Unvaccinated / 234 Vaccinated Active:  24    Recovered: 389   Unrecovered: 4 (includes those also tested outside of the Clinic) POSITIVE CASES BY AGE: 0-9y: 84                    40-49y: 60 10-19y: 74               50-59y: 34 20-29y: 65               60-69y: 14 30-39y: 77               70-79y: 7 Total Presumptive:  0 (Rapid test, included in pending results)  Total Negatives:      5,944 Total Indeterminate:   7 Total Pending results:  8 If you have any questions, or think you may have been exposed, please contact our Health Clinic providers at 360-966-2106 before coming to the clinic. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.