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December 2013

Quileute: Remembering a forgotten culture - The customs, traditions and history of the Quileute Tribe, based out of the La Push, Wash. area, resides in the memory of just a few elders these days. Ballard resident Howard Hansen is one of them. Or, as he is known in the Quileute language, cKulell, meaning “Seagull.”

Quileute: Sequestration Reneges On The Country’s Contract With Native Americans - Sequestration has been particularly damaging to Native Americans and breaks promises made by treaties between the United States and the tribes. From 1778 to 1871, the U.S. ratified numerous treaties with various Native American tribes, explicitly guaranteeing education and health care services. Despite these treaties, tribal health care is critically underfunded, resulting in higher infant mortality rates, more disease and disability, and shorter life expectancies. Recent budget cuts, and in particular sequestration, are aggravating these problems.

October 2013

Quileute: Tribes plan two-day celebration in LaPush before final stretch for Canoe Journey crews - It's the next-to-last stop before the scores of canoes, which have traveled from all over the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, arrive Wednesday and Thursday at the Quinault reservation on the Olympic Peninsula's west-central coast for a weeklong celebration.

Quileute: Public invited to Quileute-hosted protocol during Canoe Journey stop - Canoes headed for the Quinault Nation were welcomed at James Island Point in LaPush on Sunday by Quileute tribal elders, members of the past and present Quileute Tribal Council and the Quileute Days royalty.

August 2013

Quileute: Tribal students learn natural resource management skills - "We've always had a core mission to attract tribal students to working in natural resources jobs,” said Frank Geyer, assistant director of natural resources for the Quileute tribe. “We're happy to have the Skills Center Natural Resources program as another partner in our efforts of getting tribal students out to see what jobs are available here and how it applies to their treaty rights.”

June 2013

Quileute: Streamkeepers to collect insects for Quileute tribe - Streamkeepers, Clallam County’s volunteer stream monitoring program, will sample bugs in the Quillayute River basin if county commissioners approve an interlocal agreement with the Quileute tribe next week. “The tribe has asked for our help in collecting bugs,” Ed Chadd, Streamkeepers coordinator, told the three county commissioners at their Monday work session.

Quileute: Harbor dredging delay could affect fishing, Canoe Journey - A delay of at least two years in dredging a channel at this remote coastal reservation could restrict access to Quillayute Harbor for the $4 million Quileute fishing industry and for participants in the 2013 Tribal Canoe Journey, according to the tribe's executive director and the Corps of Engineers.

Quileute: Former Clallam County official takes Quileute director job - John Miller, former director of the Clallam County Department of Community Development, has become the Quileute tribe's new executive director.

May 2013

Quileute: Big fun forthcoming on the West End - In addition to the famous Quileute Days celebration, the Quileute Tribe is busy planning for their turn to host the stop in La Push on the Paddle to Quinault 2013.

Quileute: Tribe welcomes gray whales with annual ceremony - Sacred whale songs echoed through the A-ka-lat Center on Wednesday as dozens of Quileute schoolchildren performed traditional dances in honor of the gray whales now returning to the coastline during their annual migration north.

January 2013

Quileute: Real-Life “Twilight” Tribe Has Wolf Connection, Mixed Feelings About Movie - The real-life Quileute Nation faces more risk from flooding and tsunamis than from vampires—rising sea levels threaten the single square mile that comprises the tribe’s reservation, located alongside the Pacific Ocean in La Push, Washington.

December 2012

Quileute: Climate Change a Threat for Quileute "Twilight" Tribe - The Quileute people of La Push, Wash. may be best known for their role in the "Twilight" books, but they have lived off the page in the Pacific Northwest for centuries. While the Quileute used to migrate along the expansive coastline to adapt to changing weather conditions, this option is no longer available to them and their village is just one square mile, preventing them from moving with the weather. Now climate change and the rising waters of the ocean threaten even this land.

Quileute: Cherish Our Children benefit lined up Nov. 30 - The city of Forks and the Quileute tribe are sponsoring the annual Cherish Our Children holiday fundraiser for disadvantaged children at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30.

November 2012

Quileute: Haida Gwaii Quake Brings Home the Importance of Relocation Legislation - The 7.7-magnitude earthquake that struck some 400 miles northwest of La Push, Washington, on Saturday October 27 seemed to underscore the importance of the legislation that the Quileute Nation had celebrated just two days earlier.

Quileute: The Quileute Nation - Today their homeland is a coastal area of one square mile commonly known as LaPush (the place name LaPush comes from the traders who once traveled the coast and derives from the French language-inspired Chinook trade jargon word “la bouche” or river mouth). The Quileute are a Northwest tribe and known as a great seafaring people who traveled in seagoing canoes sometimes as far as hundreds of miles. Traditionally, the Quileute lived in great cedar-plank houses near the ocean, wore cedar bark clothing, roasted salmon and other fish over fires, hunted whales and seals, and hunted elk and other forest animals.

October 2012

Quileute: Tribe celebrates move out of tsunami zone - The Quileute Tribe will hold a potlatch with drumming, dancing and a salmon bake Thursday, October 25th, in LaPush to celebrate the tribe's move to higher ground.

September 2012

Quileute: Forks Relay For Life donations soar over goal - The Forks Relay For Life made more than $23,000 over the goal during the 24-hour event earlier this month. The goal was $32,000, and as of Thursday, the event held Aug. 3-4 at the Forks High School track had brought in more than $55,0000 in donations, all of which go to the American Cancer Society for cancer research, said Diane Edwards, publicity chairwoman. Overall, volunteers collected about $29,000 for the 2011 relay. A new team, the Quileute Tribe, was the top fundraising team this year, bringing in $10,455.

August 2012

Quileute: Tribe Fights to Regain Precious Land in a Changing Climate - With its craggy rocks rising from the sea, regular whale sightings and white sand beaches, the Washington state community of La Push, located just west of Olympic National Park, is at first glance, idyllic. But the beauty of the place is matched by the danger. Located at sea level, La Push lies directly in a flood and tsunami zone. It is home to the Quileute Indian Nation, a tiny tribe that gained popularity for its portrayal in the hit book and movie series “Twilight.” The tribe’s square-mile reservation leaves little land to buffer the storms and anticipated high waters.

July 2012

Quileute: Climate Change Threatens The Tribe From 'Twilight' - Washington's Quileute tribe, thrust into the spotlight by the "Twilight" series,' has been in a struggle to reclaim land threatened by floods and sea level rise. For centuries, the Quileute tribe has relied on the area's ocean and rivers. Native fishermen and hunters once escaped dangerous weather along territory that stretched across the Olympic Peninsula. But that's no longer an option. In 1855, the tribe signed a treaty ceding thousands of square miles of land in exchange for fishing and hunting rights. Now, restricted to their small coastal plot, they are facing increasing risks.

Quileute: The Quileute Reservation copes with tourists brought by "Twilight" - Five Quileute boys emerge from a phalanx of drummers. Barefoot and bare-chested, they wear black cloaks and wolf headdresses, and dance, crouch and crawl within the center of a large circle. On the outskirts, women and girls move rhythmically to a chant and steady drumbeat, several of them sporting red and black capes emblazoned with orca or elk, thunderbird or hummingbird. The Wolf Dance is at the core of the tribe's identity, and marks the climax of a weekly drum and healing circle, held in the fishing village of La Push, Wash.

May 2012

Quileute: Tribal School on lockdown during arrest - The Quileute Tribal School was put on lockdown status briefly Wednesday morning while police took a wanted man into custody just outside the school. Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked outside the school, said LaPush Police Chief William Lyon. Officers found that the person in the vehicle, Earl Holt, 24, of Sedro-Woolley, had outstanding warrants for his arrest from both Clallam County and the city of Forks, Lyon said.

Quileute: A master carver’s masterpiece will be unveiled this weekend - For the past eight months, Tlinglet master carver Israel Shotridge has been shaping a 40-foot red cedar into two 15-foot totems and a 30-foot sculpted facade in the Coast Salish style. The work was commissioned by the Quileute Tribe on the Olympic Peninsula; members of their tribe came to Vashon from LaPush last August to bless the red cedar and bring good harmony to the carvers.

Hoh-Makah-Quileute-Quinault: Coastal tribes create national symposium on climate change - The inaugural First Stewards symposium, to be held July 17-20 in Washington, D.C. is a national event that examines the impact of climate change on indigenous coastal cultures and explores solutions based on of traditional ecological knowledge. The Hoh, Makah and Quileute tribes and the Quinault Indian Nation created the symposium because indigenous coastal people are among the most affected by climate change.

April 2012

Quileute: Tribe welcome whales with song, dance - The Quileute tribe welcomed the whales with song and dance. The fifth annual Welcoming the Whales ceremony Friday began under rainy skies at the mouth of the Quillayute River in LaPush and ended at the tribe's Ak-a-lat community center.

February 2012

Quileute: Obama signs law giving Quileute land out of tsunami zone - President Barack Obama signed into law Monday a bill that expands the Quileute tribe’s boundaries in LaPush so that it can move its school and other facilities to higher ground out of the tsunami zone. The legislation gives the tribe 785 nearby acres of Olympic National Park, including 275 acres where the tribal headquarters, school day-care center and elder center can move, and 510 acres of ceremonial land to resolve a decades-long boundary dispute with the park. Tribal spokeswoman Jackie Jacobs said tribal members felt justice had been done. "We mark today as one of justice for the Quileute people, and [today] the [tribal] chair will be meeting with the federal agencies and congressional staff on implementation of the legislation," she said.

Quileute: Tribe gets chance to move to safety - For decades, the tribe has lobbied Congress, asking the federal government to return to the tribe some of the higher ground adjacent to the village, which is within the boundaries of the Olympic National Park, but historic tribal lands. Finally, the wishes of the tribe have come true. Congress last week approved a transfer of 785 acres of park land to the tribe so they can begin to build a safer future.

Quileute: Tribe to move out of tsunami danger - They cannot escape cultural misrepresentation of the “Twilight” saga, but the Quileute Tribe will soon be able to move to higher ground from its square-mile ocean front reservation on the Olympic Coast. The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, in the past week, have approved legislation that will allow the Quileutes to relocate tribal offices, a school and homes get out of the danger zone from Pacific tsunamis.

Quileute: Obama might sign Quileute higher-ground bill this week; tribe ready to make moving plans - Passage occurred with such speed and bipartisan support that Quileute Tribal Chairman Tony Foster said Tuesday he was “surprised and elated at the same time.” It could be signed by President Barack Obama by Friday, said George Behan, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, who sponsored the legislation and whose 6th Congressional District includes ­Clallam and Jefferson counties.

Quinault: Tribe closes ocean beaches on reservation - The Quinault Indian has closed all beaches to public access along its reservation on the Washington coast. The beaches extend along about 30 miles of coastline between the Moclips River and Queets.

Quileute: US House Agrees To Provide Quileute Tribe Safer Home - The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Monday to transfer 785 acres of Olympic National Park to the Quileute tribe. In a prepared statement, Quileute tribal chairman Tony Foster praised the Congress for taking a "historic first step" towards providing safety for his people.

Quileute: House approves Quileute land bill - The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved land-exchange legislation today that would allow the Quileute tribe to move its headquarters, school, day care center and elder center out of a tsunami zone and ensure unfettered public access to popular beaches along Washington’s coast. A similar bill co-sponsored by Washington Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Mountlake Terrace, and Patty Murray, D-Bothell, awaits Senate approval.

January 2012

Quileute: Exhibit sets record straight - Elaborate headdresses, drawings of rituals and a basket, all with wolf themes, are part of a new exhibit at the Smithsonian trying to make a point: The Quileute tribe believes it is descended from wolves, not werewolves. "Behind the Scenes: The Real Story of the Quileute Wolves" opened this month at the National Museum of the American Indian with 23 objects that depict the tribe’s true cultural heritage. It’s a heritage that runs counter to an image depicted in the "Twilight" books and movies.

Quileute-Tulalip: School bus driver who died was ‘respected' Tulalip elder - A Tulalip tribal elder died at the wheel of the Quileute Tribal School bus he drove as he was on his way to pick up students early Monday morning. Lloyd Hatch of LaPush was 63. Trooper Russ Winger, spokesman for the State Patrol, said the investigating officers believe that Hatch experienced a "medical event" while driving the bus. There were no students in the bus at the time, he said. The cause of death was not immediately known, Winger said.

Quileute: Driver found unconscious in school bus dies - A Quileute Tribal School bus driver, found unconscious in the bus he had been driving on state Highway 110 this morning, has died, the State Patrol reported. Spokesman Trooper Russ Winger said the State Patrol believes that the driver, Lloyd Hatch, 63, experienced a “medical event” while on his way to pick up students. There were no students in the bus, a 2009 Bluebird model, at the time.

Quileute: Twilight & Smithsonian Exhibit: Wolves? Yes. Werewolves? No. - Finally, the little Indian tribe turned into werewolves by the blockbuster Twilight series is basking in a more positive spotlight, thanks to the Smithsonian. A new exhibition sorts out truth from fiction in the important roles wolves play among the Quileute people along the Pacific coast. To their credit, the Smithsonian curators got this one right! The temporary gallery, through May 9, is showing more than traditional artifacts.

Quileute: Debunking Twilight’s tall tales: Quileute wolves focus of Smithsonian show - An exhibit of 23 Quileute artworks intended to debunk the tall tales of tribal heritage told in the Twilight saga, will open at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian this week. "Behind the Scenes: The Real Story of the Quileute Wolves" will open in the Sealaska Gallery on the National Mall at Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW in Washington, D.C., Friday and be on view through May 9.

Quileute: Twilight Actress Julia Jones Lends Support to Quileute’s Quest for Higher Ground - Julia Jones, Chickasaw/Choctaw, best known for her performance in the Twilight films (most recently The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1), appears in a public service announcement supporting legislation that would expand the Quileute Nation’s reservation and resolve a 50-year boundary dispute with Olympic National Park. The legislation would enable Quileute to move its administration offices, a school and homes upland from a tsunami zone.

December 2011

Quileute: Male, Female Aggression Don't Equate - There are male victims of domestic abuse and false accusations, but when men do turn to violence they inflict more serious injuries, therefore girls and women are victimized more and warrant more attention.

Makah-Quileute: More Japanese debris reported - A large black float found two weeks ago on a beach east of Neah Bay was most likely the first piece of identifiable wreckage that had washed up on West Coast beaches from a massive magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 11th. The floats were the topic of much discussion on Thursday, said Janine Bowechop, director of the Makah Cultural & Research Center. Jackie Jacobs, spokeswoman for the Quileute tribal emergency management team, asking that community members and visitors contact law enforcement or the local Coast Guard if they find possible debris from the Japanese tsunami.

Quileute: The Truth vs. Twilight: Quileute Website Explores Reality and Fiction

Quileute: West End to twinkle with joy with parade, Festival of Trees

November 2011

Quileute: Website gives young 'Twilight' fans the facts about Quileute people

Quileute: Twilighting in Washington State

Entertaining: Breaking Dawn on a New Series for Indians

Quileute: Pipeline Project!

Quileute: “Truth versus Twilight” Website Launched

Quileute: Tribe takes on ‘Twilight’ silliness: We ‘do not turn into wolves’

Quileute: Popular Pacific Northwest Restaurant Launches Freezer Version of Iconic Pasta Dish Featured in Vampire Phenom

Quileute: Wolfpack and Other Native Actors Again in Spotlight With Release of New ‘Twilight’ Film

Quileute: Robert Pattinson's vampire heartthrob takes romance to the next level with ‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1'

Quileute: Twilight movies boosting Washington tourism

Quileute: “Breaking Dawn”-The Wolfpack: The Clearwaters

Quileute: Quileute to walk red carpet at ‘Breaking Dawn’ premiere in Los Angeles

Quileute: The shirt off his back

October 2011

Quileute: Three Rural Health Systems Receive Funds to Improve Technology

Quileute: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn

Quileute: Twilight A-to-Z

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