Duwamish Tribe
Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center on West Marginal Way was built to honor and preserve the tribes cultural history and serve as a meeting and event center. It was funded primarily through private donations. In a final decision from the Dept. of the Interior the tribe was denied federal recognition.

Duwamish Tribe denied federal recognition

The Associated Press has reported that the federal government has again rejected the Duwamish Tribe's petition for federal recognition as an Indian tribe.

The decision came late last week from the U.S. Department of Interior that denied the tribe official recognition, which would have entitled them to federal benefits such as housing, fishing rights and the possibility of operating a casino. The tribe of roughly 600 members has sought the recognition since 1977 and built a tribal longhouse and cultural center on West Marginal Way SW to house some of their artifacts though many, according to the tribe have been appropriated by other area tribes.

The tribe was recognized at the end of the Clinton administration—only to have that positive determination overturned by the incoming Bush administration. The tribe was granted a 6 month extension, to raise $100,000 to hire an expert witness to review 31,000 pages provided by the BIA.

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On the Go Week of 7-6-15

Deadline for receiving items for Calendar is Noon Friday for the following week’s Herald/News. Events are published based on timeliness and space availability. Email event submissions to: calendar@robinsonnews.com.

Items can be accepted from non profit groups and government agencies only.

West Seattle See Dogs Meeting
The Kenney-meeting room 2
7125 Fauntleroy Way SW
Tues., July 14, 6:30 p.m. Raise a Puppy-Change a Life! West Seattle See Dogs, a local puppy raising club for Guide Dogs for the Blind, is looking for community volunteers to partner with us. They Call It Puppy Love, and you’ll fall in love when you sign up to be a
puppy raiser. Adult and youth puppy raisers are needed who are willing to help usher a puppy down the path to becoming a guide dog. Training and support provided. Can’t attend? Call Ruth 206-953-0268 / seedogs@comcast.net

27th Season ‘Shakespeare in The Park’
High Point Commons Park

6400 Sylvan Way SW
Fri., July 10, 7 p.m.: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Fri., July 17, 7 p.m.: Macbeth
Sat., July 25, 7 p.m.: Much Ado About Nothing

Lincoln Park
8011 Fauntleroy Way SW

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Seattle parks become smoke-free on July 6

information from Seattle Parks

As of Monday, July 6, 2015, all Seattle parks will be smoke-free. Smoke-free parks further Seattle Parks and Recreation’s mission to provide healthful and welcoming places for all residents to enjoy.

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners unanimously recommended to approve a parks-wide smoking ban in May. The new rule will expand the existing smoking ban from within 25 feet of another park visitor to no smoking on any publically accessible park land. This is similar to rules in more than 1,000 other cities and jurisdictions nationwide, including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Portland and San Francisco.

Enforcement of the new rule would primarily be a matter of education and will be entrusted to Park Rangers and the Seattle police officers. The enforcement protocol for the new rule was developed in 2012. This protocol does not include excluding people from a park because they are smoking.

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