Attention WIC Participants: Scam Alert

Health Center

Scammers are targeting WIC cardholders. WIC will never ask you to mail your WIC card or ask for your PIN to reload your benefits. Don’t share your PIN or mail your card to anyone. If you have questions, please contact Leinani Swanaset at Leinani.swanaset@nooksack-nsn.gov, or call 360-966-2106.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 June 3, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of June 3, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  434 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      426 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  8 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Update on After Hours Urgent Care

Health Center

Attention: Care Medical has moved to 4043 Northwest Avenue (by Mt. Baker Imaging). After hours care information is also available on our website: https://nooksacktribe.org/departments/health/

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 June 2, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of June 2, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  433 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      425 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  8 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Situation Report Week of May 26 – June 1

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments May 26 – June 1 Staff mail the Emergency Assistance distribution to each Nooksack Tribal member. This is the third Emergency Assistance distribution approved by Tribal Council to alleviate the impacts of COVID-19.Northwood Casino employees complete their drive-through COVID-19 tests with the Health Clinic, in preparation for a safe opening. Safety protocols are enacted at the Casino including training, cleaning, distribution of face masks, and the installation of plexiglass dividers.While the state of Washington begins its Safe Start phased opening, Nooksack leadership works to mitigate risky COVID-19 behavior within the community by further promoting physical distancing, mask-wearing, and healthy remodeling.The Health Department launches several programs to promote health and well-being during COVID-19 including a Smoothie Kit Program tied to telehealth appointments with the Clinic, a Virtual 5k fitness challenge, COVID-related literature for elders, and a new garden box program.Social Services hosts an additional Food Bank for the month of May for those in need. Read the full document here. Please find all documents on our COVID-19 page.

Nooksack Tribal Council Seeks 5 Tribal Members for Enrollment Advisory Committee

Tribal Council

Read document here. The Council shall appoint five (5) members to the Committee, consisting of no fewer than four (4) Tribal Member Elders and one (1) adult Tribal Member age eighteen (18) or over. The Committee members shall be Nooksack Tribal Members that the Council believes can best accomplish the purpose for which the Committee was established. TO APPLY PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING TO THE NOOKSACK HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT: Email to HR@nooksack-nsn.gov or mail to PO Box 157, Deming, WA 98244 or Bring to the Tribal Office. Letter of interest expressing why you want to serve on the Enrollment Advisory CommitteePersonal Resume After the first year of the Committee, all terms shall be two years. At the first meeting of the Committee the members shall draw lots from the Committee members to establish an initial term period of one (1) or two (2) years to allow for the start of staggered terms on the Committee. The regular meetings of the Committee shall be held no less than quarterly. The purpose of this Committee is to provide information, feedback, and/or recommendations to the Council. The Committee shall only be in an advisory capacity and the subject matter of the Committee willRead More

Nooksack Tribal Council Seeks 3 Tribal Members to Serve on Nooksack Business Corporation III Board

Tribal Council

Read the document here. The Board of the Corporation shall consist of the following six (6) members: The General Manager of the Nooksack Indian Tribe, designated as the CEO of the Corporation.The Manger of the Nooksack marijuana operation, to be named hereafter, designated as the Secretary of the Corporation.The Chief Financial Officer of the Nooksack Indian Tribe, designated as the Treasurer of the Corporation.Three Tribal Members appointed (and designated) by Tribal Council. All members shall be voting members of the Board. TO APPLY PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING TO THE NOOKSACK HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT: Email to HR@nooksack-nsn.gov or mail co PO Box 157, Deming, WA 98244 or bring to the Tribal Office. Letter of interest expressing why you want to serve on the Board of NBC III.Personal Resume Meetings: The regular annual meeting of the Board shall be held on a date set by the Board, but not more than one hundred and twenty (120) days following the close of the Corporation’s fiscal year. The regular annual meeting shall be open to all members of the Tribe. Regular or special meetings of the Board may be called upon the request of the Chairperson or any two (2) Board Members. The purposesRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 June 1, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of June 1, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  426 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      424 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  2 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 29, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 29, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  424 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      397 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  27 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 28, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 28, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  397 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      364 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  33 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 27, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 27, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  364 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      348 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  16 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Situation Report Week of May 19 – 25

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments May 19 – May 25 The Nooksack Tribe receives $8 million in overall Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds. The CARES Act funding provides a critical infusion of supplemental funding as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act funding and tribal resources will provide essential services to help prepare and respond to the pandemic, ensure continuation of tribal services and operations, and provide aid to individual tribal members. An outline of how these funds are being used can be found on our website.On Tuesday May 19, the Nooksack Tribal Council approves a $1,000 Emergency Assistance distribution to each Nooksack Tribal member. Under the circumstances, staff will do their best to mail out checks by June 1, 2020.Nooksack Tribal government staff testing began this week with 118 tests collected in one day.  Northwood employees are being tested this week.Continue sharing information to encourage mask wearing in tandem with Whatcom County’s Directive for everyone to wear cloth face coverings in public started Friday, May 22.Leadership works to clarify protocols for government employees that are over 60 and for employees that are immunocompromised, as part of the safe start back to workRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 26, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 26, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  348 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      316 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  32 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 22, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 22, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  316 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      311 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  5 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Nooksack Fitness Walking & Running Summer Challenge

Health Center

Challenge 1: Virtual 5k WHEN: Thursday, June 11, 2020 REGISTRATION: Complete Registration form and send to mtumangday@nooksack-nsn.gov OR in-person registration (Wear a mask)Community Building (2515 Sulwhanon) June 2, 3, and 4th from 12:30 pm – 3 pm

Nooksack Indian Tribe Receives CARES Act Funds

Administration

Nooksack Indian Tribe Receives CARES Act Funds May 21, 2020. The Nooksack Tribe received $8 million in overall Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds. The CARES Act funding provides a critical infusion of supplemental funding as we respond to and mitigate the COVID19 pandemic. The Tribe has used many of its own resources to provide relief to the tribal membership and tribal community while waiting for the CARES Act funding from the federal government and its agencies. The Nooksack Tribe intends to fund activities that directly respond to the COVID19 pandemic. The activities include relief for 1,904 tribal members and their families in the form of many additional services and resources. The following are actions taken, and programs considered as a part of our response: •             Distribution to enrolled tribal members: $250 for adults, $300 for adults and children, and $1,000 for adults and children •             Elders home delivery meals and care packages •             Additional food bank distributions •             Additional food vouchers •             Smoked salmon & shrimp for tribal distribution •             Walk in cooler and freezer for food bank •             COVID19 isolation kits •             Nooksack COVID19 tracking database •             Telemedicine for virtual health care •             Zoom videoRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 21, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 21, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  311 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      290 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  21 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Election Office Notice of Hours

Election Board

Election Office Notice of Hours June General Election Day: Saturday June 27, 2020 @ 3 pm. Election staff office hours are from June 15 – 26, M-F 9 am to 5 pm (open during the noon hour). Because of the current pandemic, office hours are limited to the 10 days before the election. If you have not received your ballot or have any other issues, please contact abrewer@nooksack-nsn.gov or call 360-592-7977 for questions. The Elections Office is in the Nooksack River Casino Building. Please DO NOT go to the Nooksack Administration Building. Visit the Tribal Council Elections page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 20, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 20, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  290 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      101 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  189 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Important Fireworks Information

Administration

Fireworks Meeting Notice If you plan to operate a fireworks stand, you must turn in your packet/payment by Thursday, May 21, 2020 by 3 pm. You must also attend the Zoom meeting Friday May 22 at 6 pm. Find all firework documents on the Tribe’s Administration page. Payments can be made by cash, money order, or PayPal. To protect our community in the event of COVID-19, we will be hosting a fireworks meeting via Zoom video conferencing. Please register here for the event May 22 6:00 pm meeting.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 19, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 19, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  218 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      100 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  118 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Tribal Council Approves a COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Payment for All Nooksack Tribal Members

Tribal Council

On Tuesday May 19, 2020, the Nooksack Tribal Council approved a $1,000 COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Payment to ALL Tribal Members to assist with the financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tribal Council also amended Title 99 General Welfare Ordinance so there is no tax implication. The Tribal Administration, under the current circumstances, will do its best to mail out the $1,000 distribution to each Tribal member by June 1, 2020. Any address updates need to be made with the Enrollment Office by May 27. Contact enrollment@nooksack-nsn.gov or call 360-592-5176 10 am – 3 pm. Address update forms can be found on the website at https://nooksacktribe.org/departments/enrollment/. Please check the Nooksack Tribe’s website and the Nooksack Tribe’s Communication Facebook page for updates and further details as they develop. Be safe and continue to practice physical distancing, mask wearing, covering your cough and sneezes, hand washing, and disinfecting. Our priority is to save lives, save our livelihood, and save our Nooksack legacy.

Situation Report Week of May 12 – 18

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments May 12 – May 18 Nooksack Pandemic Response Team continues to regularly meet and work on COVID mitigation. This week’s topics include a safe-start for Nooksack staff and safety protocols for operating fireworks stands during the time of COVID-19.The Nooksack Tribal government begins implementing its plan to bring back staff from all departments to provide essential community support services. Plans for at-risk staff are taken into consideration. Safe re-opening includes monitoring, increased testing, and contact tracing.Plans to test all staff returning to work for COVID-19 begins for the safe-start back to work plan. All work-place protocols are implemented by department with sanitization and staggered shifts.Based on Nooksack data, staff identify elders and those at risk of COVID to develop additional health and education materials for distribution.The new Virtual Youth Program hosts a sign-up event with prizes to engage youth during the shelter in place order. The program is sponsored and funded by the Nooksack Tribal Council, Nooksack Health Clinic Behavioral Health, and SAMSHA and the Nooksack Tribal TANF.Child Development/Head Start Staff have started weekly activity packets being delivered to the child’s home this week.Staff make plans to celebrate 2020 high school and college graduatesRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 18, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 18, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  100 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      74 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  26 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 15, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 15, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  74 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      72 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  2 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 14, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 14, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  72 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      70 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  2 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 13, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 13, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  70 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      68 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  2 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Notice of Nooksack Tribal Council Election

Election Board

NOTICE OF NOOKSACK TRIBAL COUNCIL ELECTION To the voters of the Nooksack Indian Tribe: You are hereby notified of the upcoming June 2020 Nooksack Tribal Election for the following Nooksack Tribal Council Positions: Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, Position C, & Position DJUNE GENERAL ELECTION DAY: Saturday June 27, 2020 @ 3 pm 2020 Nooksack Tribal Council June Election Board:Anna Brewer, Election SuperintendentJennifer Johnny, Ballot ClerkCari Duffy, Ballot ClerkElection Staff: Trina Cline, Election Clerk Election Staff Office Hours from June 15 through June 26, 2020:Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm (open during the noon hour)Because of the current pandemic, our office hours are limited to the 10 days before the election. However, if you need a replacement ballot or have any questions, please feel free to email@ abrewer@nooksack-nsn.gov or call 360-592-7977. Thank you for your understanding. Find the Tribal Elections page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 12, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 12, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  68 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      64 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  4 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Situation Report Week of May 5 – May 11

Administration

Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments May 5 – May 11 The Nooksack Tribal Council approves an extension to the Shelter In-Place Order effective until noon May 31, 2020. Measures and restrictions are still in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the community.Nooksack leadership and directors, in coordination with Health Officer Dr. Frank James, develop a detailed plan for re-opening governmental offices and services involving monitoring, increased testing, and contact tracing, as well as the preparation of additional space and critical equipment. Restrictions are planned to be lifted in stages as it is seen safe to do so.Staff gradually begin returning to work to provide essential governmental services to the community. Departments operate on staggered shifts and/or work from home to protect both the staff and the public. Restrictions on office safety are introduced.Masks and sanitization supplies are distributed to each returning staff member.NPRT explores methods to source additional food for its members such as home delivery and ways to address the current meat shortages.NPRT explores options for internet access and identifies the increased need for broadband.Health Clinic nurses are appreciated for National Nurses Day on May 6 amid COVID-19Housing and Homelessness task-force meet this week to lookRead More

Genesis II Continues Chemical Dependency Services During COVID-19

Chemical Dependency

During COVID-19, Nooksack continues to provide comprehensive services for substance abuse and chemical dependency through its Genesis II Program. We are open and servicing the Nooksack Community. Counselors are in the office daily and available to provide services, answer questions, and schedule telehealth appointments by phone, facetime, or Zoom. We are striving to continue to offer compassionate, caring and confidential care to those who have questions about substance use. Call Genesis II at 360-966-7704 between 10 am – 3pm, or Annette Solomon at asolomon@nooksack-nsn.gov Additionally, find 12 Step meetings available online and through Zoom: Bellingham Friends of Bill on Facebook has resources for local online 12 Step and worldwide meetings Western Washington Area 72 Alcoholics Anonymous is holding virtual online meetings  There may be a learning curve to access Zoom, though it is quite manageable. Check out our telemedicine page for first-time users.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 11, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 11, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  64 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      61 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:  3 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Nooksack Tribe’s Plan for Re-Opening Governmental Offices & Services

Administration

PUBLIC NOTICE: History shows that we are resilient people and we will not allow COVID-19 to dampen our spirit or dim our anticipation of the future. The plan to re-open Nooksack is a plan built on a methodical approach to slowly and responsibly lift restrictions that will allow staff to come to work and safely provide services to our Tribal members and community. As employees are gradually begin returning to work, the Nooksack Pandemic Response Team (NPRT) will be carefully monitoring the situation. Key elements will include increased testing and contact tracing, as well as the preparation of additional space and critical equipment, which will be coordinated and monitored by the Nooksack Pandemic Response Team. Restrictions will be lifted in stages, with consideration given to socioeconomic factors and the risk of transmission. They will be implemented via the General Manager and the NPRT orders and the timing will be dictated by the evidence of transmission. Nooksack Tribal government hours are Mon-Fri 10 am – 3:00 pm As employees are gradually returning to work, the NPRT will carefully monitor the daily number of reported cases and other important indicators. They will also monitor to ensure that: transmission of the virus isRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 8, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 8, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  61 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      55 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   6 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 7, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 7, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  55 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      55 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   0 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 6, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 6, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  55 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      53 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   2 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Banners for 2020 Graduates!

Education, Tribal Council

In celebration of our Nooksack Tribal graduates, the Education Department, on behalf of the Nooksack Tribal Council, will proudly fly these banners near the Market Center to honor our 2020 graduates. Please provide Jessica Williams your proof of completion (jessica.williams@nooksack-nsn.gov) in order to put your name on the list of high school graduates so we can honor you! AND order you a banner with your picture and graduation information. Tribal member Roy Nicol is graduating from Sedro Woolley High School and is the current Chairman of the Nooksack Youth Council. He was the first to notify Jessica, so his was the first to order.  You will need to submit a high-resolution picture, the name of school graduating, and a school logo.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 5, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 5, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  53 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      52 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   1 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Tribal Council EXTENDS the Shelter In-Place Order to May 31, 2020

Tribal Council

May 5, 2020. The Nooksack Tribal Council approved an extension to the Shelter In-Place Order effective until Noon May 31, 2020. This resolution is in response to mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic by providing a mandate for all individuals residing on Tribal trust land to shelter in-place. We are working tirelessly to stay ahead of this as much as possible. Nooksack Indian Tribe will continue to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the members during this shelter in-place time period. When it is necessary for you to leave your home, please practice good social distancing, take great care to protect our elders, and wash your hands frequently. We cannot stress enough the value of each and every one of our members. Please join us in taking every precaution to mitigate the impacts of this virus. Please stay home. Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Situation Report Week of April 28 – May 4

Administration

Like much of Whatcom County, the Nooksack Indian Tribe is currently responding to the outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus in Washington State. The Nooksack Tribe has been preparing for this response and has developed a Nooksack Pandemic Response Team to keep abreast of the current COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the Nooksack Indian Tribal Community. Nooksack Pandemic Response Team Main Objectives: Prevent the spread of disease in our communityProtect the safety of and provide the health and wellness of all community members and staffProvide timely, complete and accurate guidance to Tribal community members on the incident, response, disease, prevention, and when to seek medical careContinuing to provide essential community support services Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments April 28 – May 4 Nooksack Health Clinic continues to increase COVID-19 testing for essential workers. Directors meet remotely and submit plans for what it might look like to bring staff on safely.General Manager Katherine Romero works with Congresswoman DelBene on identifying gaps in resource needs for the Nooksack Tribe, including broadband internet access for emergency information, education, and telemedicine needs.Nooksack Youth Program and Behavioral Health both kick-start their virtual programs this week.Staff work to coordinate the funding,Read More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 4, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 4, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  52 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      46 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   6 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 May 1, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of May 1, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  45 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      33 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   12 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Sign Up for the Virtual Nooksack Youth Program

Education

With the closure of the Youth Program due to COVID-19 the Education Department, in coordination with SAMHSA, Behavioral Health, and Health Clinic, will be offering a new Virtual Youth Program for all ages. We have set up a Facebook Page with announcements; resource information; recreational, healthy, and preventative activities; and other fun things to do. Our program offers great incentives and rewards in celebration!  Our first incentive is homeschooling supplies to equip your child’s study area outside of school. Examples could include: pens, paper, folders, binders, a caddy, ruler, white board, etc. If you have a specific item you would like included to help your child’s study area, please let us know.  How to Apply:   You must complete a Virtual Youth Program Application. If you do not have a printer, you can email your responses to Ravenia at rdwilliams@nooksack-nsn.gov or Dean Ollinger at dollinger@nooksack-nsn.gov, send a FB message, or call Ravenia 360-305-8211 or Dean at 360-325-2406, and either will complete the application for you over the phone. There is no deadline for the application, however, to receive the incentives you must complete the application.Join us on our new Facebook page by searching for Nooksack Youth Program. Click the like button to join ourRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 30, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 30, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  36 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      33 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   3 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 29, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 29, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  34 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      31 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   3 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Nooksack Council Seeks Board of Directors for Nooksack Business Corporation III

Tribal Council

Nooksack Tribal Council is seeking 3 Tribal Members to serve on the Board of Directors of the Nooksack Business Corporation III (NBC III) The Board of the Corporation shall consist of the following six (6) members: The General Manager of the Nooksack Indian Tribe, designated as the CEO of the Corporation.The General Manager of the Nooksack marijuana operation, to be named hereafter, designated as the Secretary of the Corporation.The Chief Financial Officer of the Nooksack Indian Tribe, designated as the Treasurer of the Corporation.Three Tribal Members appointed (and designated) by Tribal Council. All members shall be voting members of the Board. Meetings: The regular annual meeting of the Board shall be held on a date set by the Board, but not more than one hundred and twenty (120) days following the close of the Corporation’s fiscal year. The regular annual meeting shall be open to all members of the Tribe. Regular or special meetings of the Board may be called upon the request of the Chairperson or any two (2) Corporate Directors. The purposes for which the Corporation is organized are: To engage in any type of lawful business, enterprise or venture having to do with the production, manufacture, distribution,Read More

Nooksack Council Seeks Enrollment Advisory Committee Members

Tribal Council

The Nooksack Tribal Council is seeking 5 Tribal Members to serve on the Enrollment Advisory Committee The Council shall appoint five (5) members to the Committee, consisting of no fewer than four (4) Tribal Member Elders and one (1) adult Tribal Member age eighteen (18) or over. The Committee members shall be Nooksack Tribal Members that can best accomplish the purpose for which the Committee was established. After the first year of the Committee, all terms shall be two years. At the first meeting of the Committee the members shall draw lots from the Committee members to establish an initial term period of one (1) or two (2) years to allow for the start of staggered terms on the Committee.  The regular meetings of the Committee shall be held no less than quarterly. The purpose of this Committee is to provide information, feedback, and/or recommendations to the Council. The Committee shall only be in an advisory capacity and the subject matter of the Committee will be related to the following: Review tribal governing documents concerning enrollment (Tribal Constitution, Base Rolls, Enrollment Ordinance, and other related internal policies and procedures) to provide recommendations for improvements in the best interests of theRead More

Nooksack Youth Can Now Join Behavioral Health Groups Virtually

Behavioral Health, Health Center

Join weekly age-appropriate group sessions virtually with Nooksack Behavioral Health, effective May 5th. Nooksack Tribal community members, your child can now participate twice a week in virtual groups hosted by the Nooksack Behavioral Health in collaboration with the Nooksack After School Program. Purpose of Behavioral Health Groups: In addition to keeping children physically safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is also important to care for their emotional health. Children are more vulnerable to the emotional impact of traumatic events that disrupt their daily lives. Children may struggle with significant adjustments to their routines (e.g., schools and child care closures, social distancing, home confinement), which may interfere with their sense of structure, predictability, and security. Young people, even infants and toddlers, are keen observers of people and environments, and they notice and react to stress in their parents and other caregivers, peers, and community members. They may ask direct questions about what is happening now or what will happen in the future and may behave differently in reaction to strong feelings (e.g., fear, worry, sadness, anger) about the pandemic and related conditions. Children also may worry about their own safety and the safety of their loved ones; how they will get their basic needsRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 28, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 28, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  33 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      30 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   3 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Situation Report Week of April 21 – April 27

Administration

Like much of Whatcom County, the Nooksack Indian Tribe is currently responding to the outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus in Washington State. The Nooksack Tribe has been preparing for this response and has developed a Nooksack Pandemic Response Team to keep abreast of the current COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the Nooksack Indian Tribal Community. Nooksack Pandemic Response Team Main Objectives: Prevent the spread of disease in our communityProtect the safety of and provide the health and wellness of all community members and staffProvide timely, complete and accurate guidance to Tribal community members on the incident, response, disease, prevention, and when to seek medical careContinuing to provide essential community support services Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Week April 20-April 27 Nooksack Health Clinic promotes testing for all Essential Workers in the Nooksack communityConversations continue about how to safely reopen the Tribal government to community services when the time comes, including ordering ample sanitation supplies.Social Services coordinates with Muckleshoot Tribes for additional frozen food donations. By the Numbers April 21 – April 27 163 Tribal members receive smoked salmon and shrimp from the event the Natural Resources Department hosted April 23, 202089 Tribally-made masksRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 27, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 27, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  32 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      30 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   2 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 24, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 24, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  30 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      30 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   0 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 23, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 23, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  30 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      30 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   0 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Testing for Essential Workers

Health Center

If you are an essential worker, we thank you for your service. Are you still working in our Nooksack community? COVID-19 testing is now available for essential workers through our Health Clinic by drive-up appointments. Call the Health Clinic at 360-966-2106.

Update on the 2020 Nooksack Tribal Council Election from the Elections Board

Election Board

UPDATE ON 2020 NOOKSACK TRIBAL COUNCIL ELECTIONApril 21, 2020 Deming, Washington– This press release is not the official Notice of Election but simply an update from the Election Board. Eligible Nooksack voters will be receiving the official Notice of Election in the mail with their ballot as required by the Election Ordinance. As many of you know, the Nooksack Tribal Court has ordered that the 2020 Nooksack Tribal Council General Election be redone because of certain issues the Court found that placed the outcome in doubt. In addition, the Court ordered the Election Board to take the current COVID-19 pandemic into account in scheduling the new election. The Elections Ordinance, Title 62 of the Nooksack Tribal Code, authorizes the Election Board in the event of a re-election to determine the new schedule. As a result of these concerns, on April 20, 2020, the Election Board met and determined to hold the 2020 General Election on June 27, 2020, beginning at 3 pm, subject to change in light of the pandemic. In accordance with the terms of the Ordinance and in compliance with the Nooksack Tribal Court Order, the election will conform to the previous election as much as possible —Read More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 21, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 21, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  30 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      28 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   2 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Situation Report Week of April 14 – April 20

Administration

Like much of Whatcom County, the Nooksack Indian Tribe is currently responding to the outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus in Washington State. The Nooksack Tribe has been preparing for this response and has developed a Nooksack Pandemic Response Team to keep abreast of the current COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the Nooksack Indian Tribal Community. Nooksack Pandemic Response Team Main Objectives: Prevent the spread of disease in our communityProtect the safety of and provide the health and wellness of all community members and staffProvide timely, complete and accurate guidance to Tribal community members on the incident, response, disease, prevention, and when to seek medical careContinuing to provide essential community support services Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Week April 14-April 20 Efforts from all Tribal members and government staff to stay home pays off. Data from Whatcom County shows we may have reached the first peak in the COVID-19 pandemic.All nurses and providers at the Nooksack Clinic are tested for COVID-19. There are no positive results to date.Nooksack Health Clinic hosts a routine vaccine immunization clinic to keep ahead of outbreaks of preventable diseases during COVID-19.Nooksack staff quickly organize to mail the second distributionRead More

Unemployment Resources: What you need to know about the CARES Act

Administration

The federal CARES Act was signed into law March 27, 2020. The Act provides enhanced Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for Washingtonians. Sign up for the ESD COVID-19 action alerts to stay up to date:esd.wa.gov

Request a Cloth Mask from the Health Clinic or by Mail

Health Center

Are you or your family in need of a cloth mask? Nooksack Tribal members can now request cloth masks for personal protection to COVID-19. The CDC recommends cloth face covering for everyone in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (such as grocery stores and pharmacies). If possible, we ask that members pick up masks at our Health Clinic by calling 360-966-2106. If you need a cloth mask mailed to you instead, please fill out this form. Note that mailing will likely take longer than in-person pick-up at our Health Clinic. We are operating on limited staff at this time. For questions contact Charity Allen at 360-319-7503. HOW: Order a mask by mail by filling out this form.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 20, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 20, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  28 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      22 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   6 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 17, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 17, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  22 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      22 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   0 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 16, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 16, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  22 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      20 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   2 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

DSHS Begins Disaster Cash Assistance Program (DCAP) in Response to COVID-19 Emergency

Social Services

Effective April 17, 2020, DSHS’s Community Services Division will begin administering a Disaster Cash Assistance Program (DCAP) in response to the Governor’s declaration of a statewide emergency. DCAP Overview: The applicant must be living in Washington before the emergency declaration happened.The applicant must first apply for other cash assistance programs available.Under DCAP, applicants are not required to: meet citizenship requirements; provide a social security number; or be pregnant or have a minor child.The program is available for one month in a 12-month period.The program is not a public charge program since it is disaster relief.Payment standards are based on income and need and may not exceed the TANF payment standards for their household size.  For example, to be eligible for DCAP, a one person household must have less than $363.00 in income after deductions are applied in the month of application (approximately 34% of the Federal Poverty Level).  If an individual has no income and is resource eligible, they may qualify for the maximum payment amount of $363.00 in DCAP. The DCAP is available for one month, in a 12-month period, to all Washington families and people without children, who meet income and resource rules and who are not eligibleRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 15, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 15, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  20 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      12 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   8 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Updated: Nooksack Tribal Operations During COVID-19

Administration

Nooksack Tribal Operations During COVID-19 April 1, 2020- April 30, 2020 Our top priority is the health and safety of our tribal elders, our tribal members, our clients and our employees. The Nooksack Tribal Offices will remain closed. Nearly all of our directors and managers are working remotely, and a very small team continues to handle essential business tasks in the office. They are working in the safest way possible and in accordance with the tribal health and local guidelines. We hope to welcome you back at our offices as soon as it is safe to do so. The Nooksack Tribal Clinic will remain open for urgent care only Mon-Friday 10 am-3 pm. Please call ahead of time to discuss your healthcare needs 360-966-2106. You may also contact the clinic to seek Nooksack Behavioral Health services and Chemical Dependency services. For methadone treatment services please contact Rick George. Tribal Law Enforcement and the Tribal Gaming Agency will conduct business as usual. During this emergency closure, if you need emergency assistance please do not hesitate to call 911! The Nooksack Tribal Court will remain closed and all civil matters scheduled for April are continued and will be rescheduled by the CourtRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 14, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 14, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  12 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      12 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   0 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Have you been laid off or have your hours been reduced due to COVID-19?

Administration

You may be eligible for expanded unemployment benefits through the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD). This includes people who work for tribes, tribally owned businesses, small businesses, independent contractors, artisans and musicians. Apply online at https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment/UI-one-stop or call 1-800-318-6022. If you are denied unemployment benefits, the Unemployment Law Project (ULP) may be able to help you. Call ULP today: (509) 624-9178 or toll-free at (800) 940-9178 (Spokane)(206) 441-9178 or toll free at 1-888-441-9178 (Seattle) Or, if you think you’re low-income, you can call the Northwest Justice Project’s CLEAR Hotline at 1-888-201-1014 weekdays between 9:15 am – 12:15 pm. Find more information from the Native American Unit of the Northwest Justice Project here.

Situation Report Week of April 7 – April 13

Administration

Like much of Whatcom County, the Nooksack Indian Tribe is currently responding to the outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus in Washington State. The Nooksack Tribe has been preparing for this response and has developed a Nooksack Pandemic Response Team to keep abreast of the current COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the Nooksack Indian Tribal Community. Nooksack Pandemic Response Team Main Objectives: Prevent the spread of disease in our communityProtect the safety of and provide the health and wellness of all community members and staffProvide timely, complete and accurate guidance to Tribal community members on the incident, response, disease, prevention, and when to seek medical careContinuing to provide essential community support services Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Week April 7-April 13 Tribal Council approves a $300 COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Payment to each Nooksack members, the second COVID-19 mitigation distribution. Health Clinic, Behavior Health, and IT staff worked to launched our new Nooksack Telemedicine Services to provide medical and behavioral health therapy via telemedicine visit while the stay-at-home order is in place. Initiated regular COVID-19 testing for Health Clinic staff, in addition to daily screenings and health status reports prior to each shift. The command center wasRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 13, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 13, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  12 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      12 Total Indeterminate:   0 Total Pending results:   0 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 10, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 10, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  13 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      12 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:   0 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 9, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 9, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  13 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      12 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:   0 Total Recovered:  N/A 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.

Resources to Help Small Businesses

Administration

Washington State Small Business Relief Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant If you are a small business of 10 or fewer, you can apply for a Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant of up to $10,000! Who can apply? Businesses need to have been in business for at least a year, have up to 10 FTEs, and this will help support. Non-profits are not eligible. How to apply? These grants are time limited so you will want to act fast. The application is on the site. Fill that out and then click on Whatcom County to send to: whatcomado@portofbellingham.com. What can the grant be used for? Grant funds can be used for operational expenses such as rent, supplies, inventory, utility bills, consulting, marketing, training. They cannot be used for payroll, travel, office or capitalized equipment, computer software. Federal Small Business Relief Paycheck Protection Program This is a loan that helps you keep workers on payroll. If you keep workers on payroll for 8 weeks and use the funds for payroll, rent, utilities, you may be able to have the loan forgiven. Click here for more information Click here to find a lender who can help Economic Injury Disaster Advance LoanRead More

Stay Home & Call WIC

Health Center

WIC is doing appointments over the phone. You’ll get the same caring services and WIC foods, and you don’t have to leave home! Please contact WIC before your appointment: Phone: 360-966-2106Email: Leinani.Swanaset@nooksack-nsn.gov

Need a Cloth Mask to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19?

Health Center

The CDC recommends cloth face coverings for everyone in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (such as grocery stores and pharmacies). Are you or your family in need of a cloth mask? Please make your request through the Nooksack Health Clinic. CALL first. Limited supply. Due to limited staff resources, at this time masks are for local pick-up only. Phone: 360-966-2106 Clinic Hours: 10:00 am-3:00 pm

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 8, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 8, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  13 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      12 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:   0 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 7, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 7, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  13 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      11 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:   1 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy!

Tribal Council Approves a $300 COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Payment for Nooksack Members

Tribal Council

On Monday, April 6, 2020, the Nooksack Tribal Council approved a $300 COVID19 Emergency Assistance Payment to ALL Tribal Members to assist with the financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tribal Council also amended Title 99 General Welfare Ordinance so there is no tax implication. The Tribal Administration, with limited staffing, will do its best to mail out the $300 distribution to each Tribal member by Friday, April 17th. Please check the Nooksack Tribe’s website and the Nooksack Tribe’s Communication Facebook Page for updates and further details as they develop. Be safe and continue to practice social distancing, covering your cough and sneezes, hand washing, and disinfecting. Our priority is to save lives, save livelihood, and save our Nooksack legacy.

Situation Report Week of March 30 – April 6

Administration

Like much of Whatcom County, the Nooksack Indian Tribe is currently responding to the outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus in Washington State. The Nooksack Tribe has been preparing for this response and has developed a Nooksack Pandemic Response Team to keep abreast of the current COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the Nooksack Indian Tribal Community. Nooksack Pandemic Response Team Main Objectives: Prevent the spread of disease in our communityProtect the safety of and provide the health and wellness of all community members and staffProvide timely, complete and accurate guidance to Tribal community members on the incident, response, disease, prevention, and when to seek medical careContinuing to provide essential community support services Nooksack Tribe’s Notable COVID-19 Response Accomplishments Week March 30-April 6 Tribal Council extends the Shelter In-Place Order until April 30th. Tribal Council cancels all April and May events. Tribal Council approved dumpsters at all housing sites for spring cleaning. Project and dates are coordinated with sanitary services. Nooksack Court orders an Administrative Order regarding limited court operations. The Court will remain closed during COVID-19. Nooksack Health Clinic sets up a tent outside and screens everyone before entering the Health Clinic, including all medical clinicRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 6, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 6, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  13 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      11 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:   1 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy!

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Uncategorized

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 3, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 3, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  12 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      8 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:   3 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy!

Updated: Nooksack Tribal Operations During COVID-19

Administration

Nooksack Tribal Operations During COVID-19 Week of April 4, 2020- April 11, 2020 Our top priority is the health and safety of our tribal elders, our tribal members, our clients and our employees. The Nooksack Tribal Offices will remain closed. Nearly all of our directors and managers are working remotely, and a very small team continues to handle essential business tasks in the office. They are working in the safest way possible and in accordance with the tribal health and local guidelines. We hope to welcome you back at our offices as soon as it is safe to do so. The Nooksack Tribal Clinic will remain open for urgent care only Mon-Friday 10 am-3 pm. Please call ahead of time to discuss your healthcare needs 360-966-2106. You may also contact the clinic to seek Nooksack Behavioral Health services and Chemical Dependency services. For methadone treatment services please contact Rick George. Tribal Law Enforcement and the Tribal Gaming Agency will conduct business as usual. During this emergency closure, if you need emergency assistance please do not hesitate to call 911! The Nooksack Tribal Court will remain closed and all civil matters scheduled for April are continued and will be rescheduled byRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 2, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 2, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  10 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      6 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:   3 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy!

Nooksack Court Order Regarding Limited Court Operations Due to COVID-19

Tribal Court

April 2, 2020 ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER RE: COVID-19 Please find the order entered by the Nooksack Court regarding the limited court operations due to Covid-19. Virtually every court in the state of Washington has entered orders to the same effect.  Court operations during this unprecedented state of emergency include: All civil matters scheduled for the month of April are hereby continued and will be rescheduled by the Court Clerk once normal court functions have been restored.All criminal matters scheduled for the month of April are hereby continued tentatively to the normal criminal docket set for May 14,2020 at 9:30 a.m. and for good cause, all speedy trial timeframes are extended until further order of the Court.All emergency matters, including warrants, in-custody hearings and emergency child custody matters will be handled telephonically. Please contact the Nooksack Tribal Police Department or the Office of Tribal Attorney to facilitate Court involvement in such matters.

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 April 1, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of April 1, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  9 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      5 Total Indeterminate:   1 Total Pending results:   3 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy!

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 March 31, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of March 31, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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:  7 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      4 Total Pending results: 3 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy! Read more on our COVID-19 page here.

Tribal Council Approves a Shelter In-Place Order – EXTENDED

Tribal Council

The Nooksack Tribal Council approved a time extension on the Shelter In-Place Order effective until noon April 30, 2020. This resolution is in response to mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic by providing a mandate for all individuals residing on Tribal trust land to shelter in-place. We are continuing to work to stay ahead of this as much as possible. To date, Nooksack DOES NOT have any positive cases of COVID-19. This is great news!! Be assured that certain essential activities will be allowed. Individuals may travel from their homes to: Provide or receive essential services such as taking care of family members or to obtain medical services;Engage in certain essential activities such as going to get groceries, medications, fishing, hunting and gathering; and,Work for essential businesses, essential infrastructure, and vital Nooksack governmental functions. Nooksack Indian Tribe will continue to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the members during this shelter in-place time period. When it is necessary for you to leave your home, please practice good social distancing, take great care to protect our elders, and wash your hands frequently. We cannot stress enough the value of each and every one of our members. Please join us in takingRead More

Nooksack Indian Tribe Ahead of Many Communities in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Administration

Like much of Whatcom County, the Nooksack Indian Tribe is currently responding to the outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus in Washington State. The Nooksack Tribe has been preparing for this response and has developed a Nooksack Pandemic Response Team to keep abreast of the current COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the Nooksack Indian Tribal Community. “Nooksack is ahead of many communities in the COVID-19 pandemic preparation,” says Dr. Frank James, Public Health Office for the Tribe and San Juan County. The Nooksack Tribe was noted for its commendable efforts in pandemic preparation, distribution of food and supplies to its members, and being proactive in mental health outreach to existing clients. The virus that caused COVID-19 is spreading easily in the state of Washington and the Whatcom County. Community spread means that people have been infected with virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they because infected. Nooksack Pandemic Response Team (NPRT) members include Katherine Romero, General Manager; Lona Johnson, Health Director; Frank James, Health Officer; Heidi Davis, Social Services Director; Elizabeth Ames, Chief Financial Officer; Charity Bernard, Chief of Staff. Nooksack Pandemic Response Team Main Objectives: Prevent theRead More

COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

Health Center

Nooksack Indian Tribe PUBLIC HEALTH MEMO COVID-19 March 30, 2020 To the Nooksack Tribal Community: As of March 30, 2020 The Nooksack Health Clinic has confirmed 0 positive cases of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 / Coronavirus) in 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 Total Positives:        0          Total Negatives:      4 Total Pending results: 2 Total Recovered:  N/A 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. We wish you good health, so please Stay home and Stay Healthy!

Nooksack Tribe Remains Closed Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Administration

The Nooksack Tribe will remain closed until it is determined safe to return to regular operations. This means the Nooksack Tribal Offices will be locked and closed with the exception of the Nooksack Tribal Health Clinic, Tribal Law Enforcement, and Tribal Gaming Agency. Elders’ Lunches will continue to be delivered by the Social Services Department (this program is limited; for more information contact Heidi Davis). During this emergency closure, if you need emergency health care please do not hesitate to call 911! The tribal clinic will remain open for urgent care only Mon-Friday 10 am-3 pm. Please call ahead of time to discuss your healthcare needs 360-966-2106. You may also contact the clinic to seek care from the Nooksack Behavioral Health, Chemical Dependency, and Dental Emergency. For methadone transportation services please contact Rick George. Nooksack Tribal Court Hearings will be rescheduled. Any emergency court matters will be addressed by the Tribal Chief Judge and the Tribal Legal Counsel. If you are in need for Victims of Crime Services (domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse) please call 911 if your needs are urgent and are an emergency. If you need advocate services, please contact Katrice Rodriguez, Family Services Director. In orderRead More

Shelter In-Place Order

Tribal Council

Nooksack Tribal Council Approves a Shelter In-Place Order Read more on our COVID-19 page here. The Nooksack Tribal Council approved a Shelter In-Place Order effective from Noon March 24, 2020 until Noon April 7, 2020. This resolution is in response to mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic by providing a mandate for all individuals residing on Tribal trust land to shelter in-place. Please do not panic. We are working tirelessly to stay ahead of this as much as possible. Be assured that certain essential activities will be allowed. Individuals may travel from their homes to: • Provide or receive essential services such as taking care of family members or to obtain medical services; • Engage in certain essential activities such as going to get groceries, medications, fishing, hunting and gathering; and, • Work for essential businesses, essential infrastructure, and vital Nooksack governmental functions. Nooksack Indian Tribe will continue to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the members during this shelter in-place time period. When it is necessary for you to leave your home, please practice good social distancing, take great care to protect our elders, and wash your hands frequently. We cannot stress enough the value of each and everyRead More

A Message from Nooksack Behavioral Health

Health Center

Front Office Phone Number 360.966.2376 Hello everyone, my name is Dr. Khan; I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist from Nooksack Behavioral Health. I want to let all Tribal members know that NIT Behavioral Health is open virtually to support you in this time of High Anxiety. We will continue to accept new clients; the only difference would be that you will be seen virtually or through a phone session. Having said that let me explain how it would work: Nooksack Tribal members can call our front office to make a virtual appointment. Those of you who have internet access will be contacted on the scheduled time through your email or phone number for a virtual counseling session. Those of you who do not have access to internet or data our Behavioral Health front office staff will call you to connect you with your Counselor for phone session visit. NIT BH Counselors will regularly reach out to our members who already established clients to enquire about their health and wellbeing.

Emergency Office Closures due to COVID-19

Administration

UPDATE: Clarification that the Emergency Closure does not include the Elections Office. The Election Office is open Monday March 23, 9-4 pm

Tribal Council Approves Emergency General Welfare Assistance

Uncategorized

Tribal Council Approves a One-Time Emergency General Welfare Assistance Distribution in Response to COVID-19 in the amount of $250 per member 18+ On Monday, March 16th, 2020, The Nooksack Tribal Council approved a one-time distribution of $250 to all Tribal Members 18 years and older (as of 3/16/2020) to assist with COVID-19 mitigation expenses. The Council has amended title 99 – General Welfare Ordinance so there is no tax implication to the member for this distribution. Tribal Administration will do its best to mail out the $250 distribution to each tribal member by Wednesday, March 25th, though please expect offices to be busy in this preparation. Be safe and continue to practice not touching your face, avoiding close contact with other poeple, social distancing, covering your cough and sneezes, hand washing, disinfecting, and getting familiar with symptoms.

Limited Clinic Hours

Uncategorized

Effective March 16th the Health Clinic will be operationg on limited hours. We will be open 10AM – 3PM for urgent/same day appointments Our goal is to keep our community healthy and prevent the spread of germs. If you are sick and experiencing: cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, please call the clinic before arriving. During operating hours, our nurses and providers are available to assist with any medical concerns of the telephone. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this state of emergency. For after hours call: 911 for emergencies 24-hour community nurse line: 1-800-607-5501

A message from our Nooksack Tribal Health Officer

Uncategorized

Social Distancing for Kids Now that Schools are Closed- Flattening the curve. Research has shown that one of the most common ways Coronavirus is spread is within and between families. The intimacy of contact and the duration of contact both make sharing the disease more common. Now that school is out for several weeks, at least, it is time to think about how to manage family and between family risks. Playdates, parties, sleep overs and dinner with other families should not be the substitute for school because they are likely even higher risk than school.  Really the direct answer is that now is a time for families to simply be with one another. A few rules at home will help, wash your hands as soon as you come in the door, straight to the sink, remind one another that it is for the full 20 seconds! Our family had a talk at dinnertime to make a plan. My wife suggested a bottle of hand sanitizer right inside the door, my son, immediately said, “We’ll run out too quickly. Why not just all of us wash our hands as soon as we come into the house”. He is also a sticklerRead More

Nooksack Tribal Council Seeking Tribal Gaming Commissioners

Gaming

Positions Available: Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer. Each position will serve a 3-year term. The Commission shall meet at least twice each month and more frequent if necessary to conduct its business. To apply please submit the following to the Nooksack Human Resources Department: Letter of interest expressing why you want to serve on the Gaming CommissionPosition Desired (3)Personal Resume Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2020

Council Declares Public Health Emergency

Tribal Council

Nooksack Indian Tribal Council passed a resolution (3/7/2020) declaring a public health emergency for Coronavirus (COVID-19), appointing Dr. Frank James as our Public Health Officer. An execution of a mutual aid agreement to come for Tribes and local health jurisdictions in Washington State. This will help our Tribe coordinate an emergency response if and when COVID-19 comes to our Tribe.

Cancelled – Parents: Schedule Parent Teacher Conferences with Nooksack

Education

UPDATED (3/12): Parent teacher conferences are cancelled. The Nooksack Tribe, Harmony and Acme Elemenary are offering these locations for parent teacher conferences. To schedule your parent teacher conference at one of these locations, please contact your child’s teacher. Harmony Elementary School: March 10 Acme Elementary School: March 19

Public Health Notice from General Manager

Administration

Good afternoon, This afternoon I met with the Nooksack Emergency Management Team and we worked together to put together a public notice for the Nooksack Indian Tribe.  Very important information regarding the COVID19 (Coronavirus).  Please share this information with your co workers, your family and your friends. Awareness is the key to prevention and will decrease the chances of spreading the virus in Nooksack. We will continue to share information as it is updated.  Thank you, Katherine R. Romero, MPA General Manager 

Unofficial Primary Election Results

Uncategorized

Vice Chairman Richard “Rick” D George – 163Robert “Bob” Doucette – 110Rosemary LaClaire – 117 Treasurer Agripina “Abbie” Smith – 95Gary Kentner – 126Jesse Madera – 125Lawrence Bailey – 45 Position D Katherine Romero – 146Ryawn Cline – 126Tresea Doucette – 118

Notice to Hunters: Turn in All Tags

Natural Resources

Per Hunting Regulations, Deer/Elk season comes to an end 2/29/20. Avoid late fees by returning all tags by 3/30/20 to the Natural Resources Department. No tag will be issued to any hunter for the 2020-2021 season unless tags, including special tags, are returned from the prior hunting season.

2020 Fitness Schedule

Health Center

Fitness classes take place each week, Monday through Friday at the Mí sq’ eq’ ó Community Building, unless noted. Check out the 2020 class schedule here. Stay tuned for updates and new classes throughout the year. Circuit Training: Circuit Training is a workout regime that involves moving from one activity to the next with very little rest. After a short warm up, you are able to move through the circuit as many times as you would like, depending on your fitness level and time constraints. With this form of training, your body will be challenged with a combination of endurance and muscular strength. To read more about circuit training, read this article by ACE. HIIT Training: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) classes are designed to give a you a quick an convenient workout. HIIT training involves giving max, all out efforts in small and quick intervals, which are followed by a rest period. We will begin each class with a short warm up, then the HIIT workout itself will last 20 minutes. Little or no equipment is used for these workouts. To read about the benefits of HIIT training, read this article by Healthline. For questions, contact Margaret Tumangday atRead More

Medical Alert: Novel Coronavirus Outbreak 2020

Health Center

Please call the clinic before coming in if you have a fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath On January 21, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Washington State Department of Health announced the first case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the United States in Washington State. The patient recently returned from Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, where an outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus has been ongoing since December. 2019 novel coronavirus is concerning because it’s a new strain and can cause pneumonia. • Confirmed Cases: 1 Snohomish County • Close contacts being monitored: 43 Last updated: Jan 23, 2020 at 3:00 PM. How is it spread? Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through: • The air by coughing and sneezing • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands • Rarely, fecal contamination What are the symptoms? Symptoms of coronavirus are similar to influenza and the common cold and may include: • Runny nose • Headache • Cough • Sore throat • Fever • A general feelingRead More

New Nooksack Victims of Crime Program Seeking Community Input

Family Services

Katrice Rodriguez, MSW, Nooksack Youth & Family Services Director We are currently working on a community needs and strengths assessment to help develop our new Domestic Violence program. Nooksack Indian Tribe and the Bellingham Whatcom County Commission on Sexual & Domestic Violence are holding interviews and sharing circles in January and February 2020 to help find out more about the strengths and needs around domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse services in the Nooksack community. If you have had personal experience with these issues, we invite you to share your story and help make sure that the Victims of Crime program will be effective and supportive for all those who need it. All participants receive a $50 gift card for their time.  Food, childcare, and transportation assistance are available. For more information or to sign up, contact Katrice Rodriguez, Nooksack Youth & Family Services Director at krodriguez@nooksacknsn.gov or 360-306-5090 or Elizabeth Montoya, Commission Project Manager at emontoya@dvcommission.org or (360) 312-5700 or visit dvcommission.org/nooksack.

Official List of Candidates

Tribal Council

Nooksack Tribal Council Candidates have been posted! You can find them on the Tribal Council Page!

2020 STOWW & Food Bank Distribution Dates

Social Services

The dates for the 2020 STOWW commodity distribution take place from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. STOWW at the Nooksack River Building parking lot, 5048 Mt. Baker Hwy, Deming, WA. The application for STOWW can be found on the website here. The 2020 Nooksack Food Bank distribution dates are from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, or until supplies last. The Nooksack Food Bank is open to anyone in need, and is located behind the Social Services building, 4971 Deming Road, Deming, WA. For questions about these and other programs, call Social Services at (360) 592-0135.

Notice of Nooksack Tribal Council Election

Tribal Council

To the voters of the Nooksack Indian Tribe: You are hereby notified of the upcoming 2020 Nooksack Tribal Council Election for the Following Tribal Council positions: Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, Position C & Position D More information on the Council Page

Public Comment Notice – Water Code

Uncategorized

Action: Review of the DRAFT Water Code. Dates: Public Comment period closes December 6, 2019 Address: Written public comments on the DRAFT Water Code may be submitted by either: US mail to Nooksack Indian Tribe, ATT: Water Code Public Comment, PO Box 157, Deming, WA 98244Hand Delivered to Nooksack Indian Tribe, ATT: Water Code Public Comment, 5016 Deming Rd, Deming, WA 98244Email to community@nooksack-nsn.gov (Subject: Water Code Public Comment)

Public Comment Notice – Public Nuisance

Uncategorized

Action: Review of the DRAFT Public Nuisance Code. Dates: Public Comment period closes December 6, 2019 Address: Written public comments on the DRAFT Public Nuisance Code may be submitted by either: US mail to Nooksack Indian Tribe, ATT: Public Nuisance Public Comment, PO Box 157, Deming, WA 98244Hand Delivered to Nooksack Indian Tribe, ATT: Public Nuisance Plan Comment, 5016 Deming Rd, Deming, WA 98244Email to community@nooksack-nsn.gov (Subject: Public Nuisance Public Comment)

Public Comment Notice – Strategic Plan

Uncategorized

Action: Review of the Strategic Plan Dates: Public Comment period Closes November 30, 2019 Address: Written public comments on the DRAFT strategic Plan may be submitted by either: US mail to Nooksack Indian Tribe, ATT: Strategic Plan Public Comment, PO Box 157, Deming, WA 98244Hand Delivered to Nooksack Indian Tribe, ATT: Strategic Plan Public Comment, 5016 Deming Rd, Deming, WA 98244Email to community@nooksack-nsn.gov (Subject: Strategic Plan Public Comment)

Free Wills/Estate Planning Clinic

Uncategorized

A last will dictates who will inherit your assets, your IIM account and Tribal trust lands and, most importantly, it will also designate who will care for your minor children. A Community Property Agreement puts into writing that you and your spouse’s property belongs to the marital community. Most real assets will automatically transfer to your spouse upon your death. A Durable Power of Attorney is used while you are still alive but for some reason unable to take care of your finances. This document will designate a person to help you during incapacitation.  A Medical Power of Attorney is used while you are still alive as well, but it is to designate a person to help doctors decide what is medically in your best interest. A Health Care Directivel Living Will directs doctors on subjects such as “do not resuscitate”. A Directive to Family lets your family know your wishes on after-death arrangements (i.e. cremation vs. burial, ceremony, etc). All information is confidential very little personal information is needed to prepare these documents. The next Clinic will be held OCTOBER 22ND-24th, 2019 If you are a Nooksack Tribal member and interested in having a Will prepared at NO COST, pleaseRead More

Nooksack WIC Office Closure 10/21-25

Uncategorized

We’re re-imagining WIC! We’re closed while we get ready for something new. When we re-open, we’ll have a new computer system and you’ll get a WIC Card to shop for WIC foods. We’ll re-open: October 28, 2019 at 8:30am You’re important to us. If you have an immediate need for formula or foods please contact the local food bank at: 360-676-0392. They’re aware of this need during the week WIC is closed. Thanks so much, Your Nooksack WIC Staff

Veterans Day Ceremony

Uncategorized, Veterans Program

Honoring All Veterans Who Have Served Monday, November 11, 2019 11:00 AM Mí sq’ eq’ ó Community Building 2515 Sulwhanon Road, Everson, WA 98247 A complimentary Lunch will be served after the ceremony for Attendees. Please contact Candace Kelly via e-mail at ckelly@nooksack- nsn.gov or call (360) 592-0135 for more information We look forward to seeing you there! ! !