COVID-19 Daily Public Health Memo

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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! ! !