Brandi N. Montreuil/Tulalip News
Tulalip Tribes Chairman Mel Sheldon presents a donation for $100,000 to Chuck Morrison, regional executive director of the Snohomish County chapter of the American Red Cross. The donation will help assist with shelter, food and basic needs for the survivors and families devastated by the landslide in Oso, Washington. Tulalip also donated $50,000 to a victims assistance fund administered by a local hospital foundation.

Tribes Assist Landslide Relief Effort With Personnel, Donations and Prayers

Richard Walker

Tribal Governments Respond

Tulalip Tribes was one of several Tribal governments to respond and offer assistance.

“Our Tribe sent two emergency response teams to help with the mudslide catastrophe and the victims,” Colville Chairman Michael Finley wrote on Facebook. “Prayers and strength to our team in their travels and assisting those people who need help.”

Stillaguamish Chairman Shawn Yanity told ICTMN, “We have been putting resources together such as financial, staff support, [and] looking into what transportation support we can offer as well. No Tribal members were lost or injured but we know people in the Oso community … The cities of Arlington and Darrington, Snohomish County, several Washington Tribes, our communities and others too many to name have been giving overwhelming love and support. Thank you all. Pray for the loved ones and the families.”

Sauk-Suiattle Tribe Vice Chairman Kevin Lenon, who is a volunteer firefighter in nearby Darrington, has been actively involved in the search, rescue and recovery efforts since the slide occurred. Several Tribal members have been volunteering daily in various capacities.

News of efforts to raise money to assist families were posted on social media, among them: An Intertribal Jam Session and collection of necessary items for victims and families, on April 4 in Tulalip; and a day-long concert and silent auction on April 26 in Darrington.

“Your prayers and kindness are greatly appreciated as are the rescuers, the FEMA staff, National Guard, federal, state and local officials,” wrote Renee Roman Nose, health and social services director of the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe. “Special thanks to our local firefighters, and to our courageous community volunteers. Thank you, each of you, for your words of encouragement, phone calls, messages, support and prayers.”

Ways to Help

Donations can be sent to the American Red Cross, Snohomish County chapter, online or by calling 425-252-4103.


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