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continued from page A-4 Vote with your mind this election Editor, the Journal Vote for candidates who will work for us. It is time to listen to the voices of the very compe- tent, well educated, and dedicated women running for office in our communi- ty. Kathy Haigh, our cur- rent state representative, Irene Bowling, challenging Tim Shelton, and Tammey Newton for state House are very concerned and knowledgeable candidates and are ready to tackle the really important issues that so many of our elected officials tiptoe around. Special interests are not on their priority agenda. They are looking at the effect of this terrible reces- sion, brought on by the big boys, and will really work to get us out of it and concentrate on the citizens' health, welfare, and eco- nomic improvement, which is so desperately needed. Doing things in the same old way doesn't work. We can't rely on methods used in the last hundred years. New ideas backed by evaluation and knowl- edge together with care and concern of the use of public money are essential. Irene Bowling hit the nail right on the head when she asked the other candidates at the candidate forum, and I paraphrase, where is the money coming from? How were projects funded? Why haven't the big com- panies and super rich been made to pay their fair share of taxes? Why has their tax rate been reduced while the remainder falls on the backs of the already stressed middle class and poor? Kathy Haigh has made schools a very high priority and has worked very hard to help them get the mon- ey appropriated for edu- cation. Making sure the children get the education they so desperately need to have a prosperous and happy life is more impor- tant than giving huge oil and gas giants tax breaks and permission not to obey environmental laws. She was a member of a school board for 12 years, and has been active with Save Our County's Kids. Tammey Newton also has the funding of K-12 schooling and keeping college tuition costs in control high on her prior- ity list. She is currently the executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Mason County. She has a master's degree in busi- ness administration, has run her own business, and worked in the high- tech industry. She is a determined woman with an agenda to work for the community. She under- stands how difficult it is to run a small business and how necessary they are to make a city and county vi- brant. She wants to work with small businesses to make them a success, and at the same time help im- prove the community. Vote with your mind and evaluate what you want our elected officials to hold as their highest priority: us, or special interests. The saying if you want something done give it to a busy woman, is very appropriate. Pat Vandehey Shelten Treaty rights an issue Editor, the Journal Tribal treaty rights are Alpine Way ca, cmam....W not an individual tribal member's right. They belong to the tribe as a whole and are held by the tribe. And, if tribal mem- bers fulfill all require- ments set upon them, by the Tribal Council for treaty fishing, shell- fishing or hunting and gathering then, they can exercise the tribal treaty rights for fishing, shell- fishing or hunting and gathering. I find it intolerable that the Tribal Council will not inform tribal members of this fact. Po- litical selfishness. Below, youll find some quotes I took from the book, rhe Rights of Indi- ans and Tribes," second edition by Stephen L. Thursday, Pevar: A "treaty" is a contract between two (2) sovereign nations; Indian tribes have the inherent right to regulate themselves; The court re~dr-n'med this principle in 1991: "In- dian tribes are 'domestic dependent nations' which exercise inherent sover- eign authority over their members and territeries.'; Tribal treaty rights were retained by the tribe, as a whole. Every Indian tribe has the right to regulate its land and resources, including the taking of wildlife; Indian hunting and fishing rights ultimately belong to the tribe. Tribal members can hunt and fish to the extent allowed by the tribe. An Indian tribe es- sentially retains all of its original rights. Obviously, one of its original rights is to fish and hunt within the territory it controlled. The right to hunt and fish was expressly guaranteed July 17, 2014 - Meson to many tribes in their treaties with the United States; Yours truly, a Squaxin Island tribal elder I'm sure, when our ancestors signed the Medicine Creek Treaty of 1854, their main concern for signing the treaty was to protect and preserve the Squaxin way of life. I believe they were at- tempting to protect our culture, traditions and spirituality, which set us apart, as Squaxins. Of course, I wasn't there but, the wording within the Medicine Creek Treaty speaks volumes as to their intent. We, as Squaxin Island tribal members today, always seem to interpret their intent and mean- ing because we today are more dependent upon the revenue generated by our commercial shenfishing and fishing. Whereas, our ancestors were always harvesting fish and shell- fish and working just to live. Our ancestors have County Journal - Page A-5 always stated, "When the tide is out, our tables are set." We forget, they lived in a different time, when just living took a lot of work and unselfish actions just so the tribe could live another day. Our ancestors were so unselfish that they always preserved and protected the natural resources they harvested for the seventh generation of Squaxins to come. I believe that none of our ancestors ever meant for us, as individu- al Squaxins, to claim the harvest rights they tried so hard to protect as are own personal tribal rights. The things they preserved for ancestors yet to come, were all the things they did, daily, just to live. Too bad your Tribal Council, which some of you voted for, cannot tell tribal members the true meaning of tribal treaty rights. Rick Peters Tumwater see LETTERS, page A-6 Presented by the 5helton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce and our Premier Sponsors HoodCanal MAP GLEN PORT 0F SHELTON OMIWNI4ICMtOliS Nil ....... ..,,.. ,.. in-kind media sponsors