Our Mission to Enhance Social Strength...
"Preserving, Restoring and Sustaining our Indian
Heritage and Community Continuity."
Our Elders Program sponsors the monthly
Elders Luncheon and the annual Elders Gathering. These
events provide an opportunity for our Elders to gather, socialize,
exchange gifts and share in the community spirit. The Elders
Committee and staff plan Elders Trips providing opportunities
for Elders to enjoy gatherings and celebrations at other Northwest
Tribes and take pleasure in each other's company while participating
in fun activities. A group of Elders gathers at the Tribal Center
each week to work together on craft projects.
Our After School, Summer Culture and Youth
Empowerment programs provide opportunities for children and
youth to learn the history, beliefs, traditions and connections of
their Jamestown community. Elders and Tribal Artists have shared
their skills, stories and legends and children and youth learn how
traditional cultural values provide strength for today's Tribal
citizens. The five-week Summer Reading Program uses Native
American literature to increase children's reading skills and
interest in reading. Our children and youth programs provide a
continuing connection to the Tribal Center and Community.
Special grant support was used to support a series of classes for
Tribal Artists. During the first year of the project, master
artists taught classes in tool making, Salish design, beading,
woodcarving, basket and blanket weaving and story telling. Twenty-one Tribal
citizens enhanced their skills
resulting in the production of many beautiful works. The second year
of the project included classes in advanced beading, making cedar
hats and baskets, mask, bentwood box and drum making. Twenty-three
Tribal citizens participated in this series of classes. Artists also
learned how to use the silkscreen, weaving and embroidery equipment
to turn their Salish designs into marketable products that can be
sold through the Tribe's retail outlet, Northwest Native
Our two year Cultural Preservation Project produced a book that preserves history and knowledge of the Jamestown
people as told by our Elders. Cultural program staff
interviewed Tribal Elders, reproduced pictures shared by Tribal
families, and local newspapers, libraries and museums. Pictures,
remembrances and stories were published in a book that was
distributed to all Tribal citizens.
The Tribe received artifacts from the Sequim
By-Pass Archeological Project from Eastern Washington University
who conducted the archeological project for the Washington State
Department of Transportation. The pre-historic and historic
artifacts include tools, fire rock, a complete fire hearth from a
pit house and antler, horn, teeth and shells. Part of the Sequim
By-Pass Collection represents one of the largest collections of
artifacts from one site from 4,000 - 8,000 years ago in Washington
State. An agreement with the State Department of Transportation has
established an Endowment Fund for the Tribe to care for the
artifacts. The Collection will eventually be housed in the future
Jamestown Tribal Museum.
Over the years, our Cultural
Preservation Program has retrieved the remains of fifteen S'Klallam
ancestors from the Burke Museum in Seattle, the Clallam County
Museum, the Heard Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Washington
State University and the University of Pennsylvania. Our ancestors
received ceremonial burials in Tribal cemeteries at Jamestown, Lower Elwha and Port Gamble and at a site on Indian Island.
Growing Our Future
The Health Department announced a new opportunity
available to our Tribal Families. The Family Building Blocks
program provides assistance and education to families with children
three years and younger. Our goal is to help parents promote the
best, healthiest living and learning environments for their child.
During home visits with staff, parents can learn fun activities
designed to stimulate physical and intellectual growth. Staff answer
questions about raising children and support families by helping
them access other Tribal and community resources.
Supporting Strong Families
The Jamestown S'Klallam Community Network Board brings
together Tribal citizens, staff and community members to share
knowledge and discuss how we can support our families.
The Family Preservation and Support program provides
assistance to families and children to help families develop skills
and use the tools and resources in the community to mange the
stresses and solve problems faced by families in today's world.
The Indian Child Welfare program provides protection for
children who are at risk due to abuse or neglect. The ICW program
works with families, social workers, foster families and court
systems to provide safety for children and to work toward family