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The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe THE S’KLALLAM VIEW WEB Edition INSIDE THIS MONTH’S EDITION: Health Care Reform.. Page 2 S’Klallam Days Pages 4 & 5 Around the Reservation.... Page 6 News & Updates Page 7 Oct 2011 Helping bring you the monthly news from your S’Klallam community. We would like to thank all of the contestants that took part in this years S’Klallam Days Pageant and recognize them for their courage, dedication and hard work in preparing for the pageant. We also want to thank Danielle Morsette for making the Strait Salish Wool Headbands for our outgoing Royalty; Thank you Kari DeCoteau for making the Baby Title Ornaments; Thank you Tawny DeCoteau, Abby Another year filled with great memeories from S’Klallam Days fun! Smiles, Laughter & Pride (Story Continues on pg 5 Congratulations to our new S’Klallam Royalty 2011-2012 S’Klallam Royalty 2011-2012 From left to right in featured photo: Lil S’Klallam Warrior- Ian Baze Lil S’Klallam Princess- Jayla Moon Jr. S’Klallam Princess- Hailey Woodruff Jr. S’Klallam Warrior- Shane Baze S’Klallam Warrior- Skyler Fulton S’Klallam Princess- Lillian Ives Sr. S’Klallam Princess- Miranda Smith Sr. S’Klallam Warrior- Norman Ingraham S’Klallam King-Forrest Holtyn Not Pictured – S’Klallam Queen Abby Purser Happy Halloween!

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Page 1: WEB VIEW Edition Smiles, Laughter & Pride · Birthday wishes: Darlene Peters & “Poe” Sullivan Very Proud of: Robert Jones Belated Birthday wishes go out to Tribal Elders Darlene

The Port Gamble S’Klallam TribeTHE

S’KLALLAM VIEWWEB

Edition

INSIDE THIS MONTH’SEDITION:Health Care Reform.. Page 2

S’Klallam DaysPages 4 & 5

Around the Reservation....Page 6

News & UpdatesPage 7

Oct2011

Helping bring you the monthly news from your S’Klallam community.

We would like to thank all of the contestants that took part in this years S’Klallam Days Pageant and recognize them for their courage, dedication and hard work in preparing for the pageant.

We also want to thank Danielle Morsette for making the Strait Salish Wool Headbands for our outgoing Royalty; Thank you Kari DeCoteau for making the Baby Title Ornaments; Thank you Tawny DeCoteau, Abby

Another year filled with great memeories from S’Klallam Days fun!

Smiles, Laughter & Pride

(Story Continues on pg 5

Congratulations to our new S’Klallam Royalty 2011-2012

S’Klallam Royalty 2011-2012 From left to right in featured photo:

Lil S’Klallam Warrior- Ian Baze

Lil S’Klallam Princess- Jayla Moon

Jr. S’Klallam Princess- Hailey Woodruff

Jr. S’Klallam Warrior- Shane Baze

S’Klallam Warrior- Skyler Fulton

S’Klallam Princess- Lillian Ives

Sr. S’Klallam Princess- Miranda Smith

Sr. S’Klallam Warrior- Norman Ingraham

S’Klallam King-Forrest Holtyn

Not Pictured – S’Klallam Queen Abby Purser

Happy Halloween!

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Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe31912 Little Boston Road NE Kingston, WA 98346Telephone: 360-297-2646Fax: 360-297-7097Website: www.pgst.nsn.usEmail: [email protected]

Tribal CouncilJeromy Sullivan, Chairman

Chris Tom, Vice Chairman

Francine Swift, Councilman

Kelly Baze, Councilman

Eugene Purser, Councilman

Jamie Aikman, Councilman

Entity DirectorsMarjorie ZarateCEO

Betty Decoteau CFO

Dallas DeGuire,Executive Director of Administration

Laurie Mattson,Executive Director of Tribal Services

Noel HigaDirectorPort Gamble Development Authority

Chris PlacentiaHousing Director

Leo Culloo, General Manager, The Point Casino

Linda Helm, Director, Tribal Gaming Agency

Denise Comstock, PGS Foundation Executive Director

24 Months and Counting: Health Care Reform is around the corner and we will be ready! By Ed Fox, Health Services Department Director

On October 1, 2013 the state Health Care Health Insurance Exchange will be open for enrollment. If you are uninsured you will go to a website, often with one of our staff assiting and enroll in any of the publically-funded health insurance programs that exist at that time; Children’s Health Insurance Program (Apple Health), Medicaid, Basic Health and the new Health Exchange-offered plans. One application will determine which program fits your income and family situation best. The Health Services Department will have taken all the necessary steps to insure that you can use our health clinic and the Health Services Department will be paid for services provided. IHS funding continues, but the expansion of health insurance will allow our IHS dollars to go farther than they do now.

That’s it except for the details. Nearly every month (24 times) I plan to update you on the implementation of health care reform for the Tribe.

Month 24: October, 2011.

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Health Services Department will assess it’s “readiness for change.” By the end of October we will describe how health care reform will impact our program and describe our readiness in detail. Here’s a preview:

1. We are adequately staffed with long-term (many years of experience working for Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe) employees and will continue to support the expected need for additional staffing for expansion of health insurance with 2014 reforms.

2. We have already begun the implementation of electronic health records that will be essential to our health finances (to bill and receive timely payment) and health care quality improvement that is a required component of health care reform’s delivery system changes.

3. As the site of the nation’s Pilot Project for Medicaid/CHIP eligibility and enrollment we already have the nation’s best Tribal effort to determine eligibility and enroll our patients in health care plans in a way that is sensitive to the unique federal responsibility for health care services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. We also participate in the Medicaid Administrative Match program (the first in the nation since 1999) to recoup some of the costs associated with this activity.

4. One key aspect of health care reform will allow tribes to sponsor the health care of its Indian patients and the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe has many years of experience in doing just that through the Basic Health Plan.

5. The Health Services Department operates it own sophisticated accounting system with customize management reports and detailed tracking of expenditures that works seamlessly with our business office that manages the contract health services program. They maintain our great relationships with the local medical community by paying our bills promptly.

6. The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe is a member of the American Indian Health Commission for Washington State, the lead organization for health care in Washington and the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, the leading Tribal organization for Indian health and health care reform nationally.

24 months and counting, but we have a head start on most

Tribes so we will be ready.

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IMPORTANT 401(K) INFORMATION!

The decision has been made to switch our 401(k) plan administration from The Standard to ADP.  The reason for this change is to take advantage of direct communication between the payroll program and the 401(k) plan, a process that, up until now, has always had to be done manually.  This is expected to generate significant administrative time savings.

The target date for the official change is November 1.  In order to make sure that the change goes perfectly, there will need to be a 30-day blackout period starting on November 1 while the funds are being accounted for and transferred.  During this blackout period, no transactions can be allowed. “No transactions” means that we will not be able to process ANY requests for loans, changes in investment options, changes in contribution amounts, and so on for at least 30 days after November 1.  Access to The Standard’s retirement website will also be discontinued. Tribal contributions or individual contributions made by way of payroll deduction for payrolls during the blackout period will not be affected.  They will happen as always. An official notice of this blackout period and a set of FAQs will be distributed on or before October 1.  Please be sure to read this information carefully and if you have any questions or concerns, contact the HR Department right away.  

If, for any reason, you do not receive a copy of the notice, please contact HR for a printed copy.

Are You on the Lot Waiting List

Dennis Jones honored by FatherDennis Jones, one of the skippers on the tribal canoes, was recently gifted a beautiful skipper’s paddle by his father, master carver Gerald “Jake” Jones. Jake carved and painted the paddle which displays several elements relating to the Jones family and Dennis’ lineage. Jake also added a splash of purple to represent Dennis’ devotion to the UW Huskies.

If you are on the Lot Waiting List, please make sure we have your correct address. We will be send-ing a letter out to everyone on the list in the next few weeks. If you do not receive a letter by the end of October, please call or email Sharon Purser at (360) 297-6276 [email protected] to make sure your information on file is cor-rect. If we are unable to notify you about your status on the list, you may miss out on an opportunity for an assignment of Tribal Land.

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S’Klallam Days 2011

Elaine Grinnell, Jamestown S’Klallam Elder, delighted the audience of the Love, Talk, Play program sponsored by the Early Education Center at S’Klallam Days.

Beginning with the Royalty Pageant on Friday evening, September 10th and ending with the talent show on Saturday afternoon, September 11th, S’Klallam Days was a hit. Lots of fun in the sun.

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S’Klallam Days 2011

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Purser, Laura Price, and Kelly Baze for the wool woven bracelets and headbands; AND Thank you to our Judges-Jimmy Price, Francine Swift, Cindy Thompson, Kim Clifford, and Kim Freewolf. We appreciate all of the hard work, time and effort.

We would like to thank all of the contestants that took part in this years S’Klallam Days Pageant and recognize them for their courage, dedication and hard work in preparing for the pageant.

We appreciate all of the hard work,

time and effort you gave and are pleased with how this years

Royalty Pageant turned out!

THAnK yOu...continued from page 1

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Parking lot Completed!

After several months of renovation and construction, the Tribal campus roadway and parking lot reopened on September 8th. After a blessing by Rev. Floyd Jones, Chairman Jeromy Sullivan briefly addressed the group gathered for the occasion.

Birthday wishes:Darlene Peters & “Poe” Sullivan

Very Proud of:Robert Jones

Belated Birthday wishes go out to Tribal Elders Darlene Peters

(August 24th) and Melvin “Poe” Sullivan (September 4th)

Robert Jones attended a two week Science Academy at Northwest Indian College in Bellingham, WA. He was the only youth from the community that attended. He had a great two weeks doing activities such as building rockets. Hopefully next year, more youth will attend as well.

Happy Birthday, Darlene! Happy Birthday, Poe.!

Around the Reservation . . .

Chairman Jeromy Sullivan congratulates Contractor Jack Grinnell on a job well done.

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Updates &News

IMPORTANT 401(K) INFORMATION!>>> The decision has been made to switch our 401(k) plan administration from The Standard to ADP. The reason for this change is to take advantage of direct communication between the payroll program and the 401(k) plan, a process that, up until now, has always had to be done manually. This is expected to generate significant administrative time savings.

The target date for the official change is November 1. In order to make sure that the change goes perfectly, there will need to be a 30-day blackout period starting on November 1 while the funds are being accounted for and transferred. During this blackout period, no transactions can be allowed.

“No transactions” means that we will not be able to process ANY requests for loans, changes in investment options, changes in contribution amounts, and so on for at least 30 days after November 1. Access to The Standard’s retirement website will also be discontinued.

Tribal contributions or individual contributions made by way of payroll deduction for payrolls during the blackout period will not be affected. They will happen as always.

An official notice of this blackout period and a set of FAQs will be distributed on or before October 1. Please be sure to read this information carefully and if you have any questions or concerns, contact the HR Department right away.

If, for any reason, you do not receive a copy of the notice, please contact HR for a printed copy.

LIHEAP>>>LIHEAP applications will be available in the foyer of the Children and Families Building on Tuesday, November 1st. You will need verification of all income including earned, unearned including child support, and treaty income for all household members 18 and older for the months of August, September and October. If you receive Social Security you can bring your most recent award letter or if it is automatically deposited into your bank account you can bring a “current” bank statement.

All documentation must be current and specific.

If you have household members 18 and over who have no income they must complete a no income statement. Please return your completed application, income verification, and energy bill to Debbie Collier. Incomplete applications cannot be processed so please plan ahead so your application can be processed timely.

FY2012 LIHEAP Income Guidelines

60% of Washington State’s FY2012 Median Income

Size of Family

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

60% Guideline

$25,518

$33,370

$41,221

$49,073

$56,924

$64,776

$66,249

$67,721