Last native speaker of Klallam language dies in Washington state

The last known native speaker of the Klallam language, which the U.S. government once sought to phase out before funding an effort to preserve it, died in Washington state on Tuesday at age 103, friends and tribal leaders said.

The death of Hazel Sampson, who was taught the Klallam language by her parents before learning English, marks the end of an era, said Ron Allen, chairman of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe. Sampson died at a hospital in Port Angeles, Washington.

Klallam belongs to the Salish family of Native American languages, spoken in the Pacific Northwest and southwestern Canada.

“It’s the final chapter of one of our tribal citizens who grew up in the culture before we were exposed extensively to the non-Indian culture and language,” Allen said. “We lost an elder who kept the culture and language of the S'Klallam people fresh in the younger generation.”

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Red Wolf, Marvel’s first Native American hero, is getting his own comic book

“Marvel’s first and primary Native American character is getting his own book starting in December, Mashable can exclusively reveal. Native Americans have a long history in the comic books, but Red Wolf — who’s returned to the fray this year in its current alt-universe Western-themed “1872” run — hasn’t had his own series since 1976…

Red Wolf was introduced in 1970 as William Talltrees in Avengers #80, and was the star of his own nine-issue series that started in 1972 with stories set in the Old West. The new Red Wolf will reside in the American Southwest, where his more grounded powers — think of him as being to New Mexico what Daredevil is to Hell’s Kitchen…

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The creative team includes writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Jeffrey Veregge, a member of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe based out of Kingston, Washington, who’s also of Suquamish and Duwamish decent. Veregge is doing covers, design and consulting; the artist on the book is Dalibor Talajić

“There’s not a character like Red Wolf out there right now,” Veregge told Mashable. “As a native, I’m really excited to see that he can do things, he can figure out things and stand with Captain America, and hold his own in this universe. That’s what’s awesome about it: You have all these characters of different nationalities and ethnicities, but it’s not all about their culture. It’s about them being a hero.”


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Lummi Nation’s Master Carver, Jewell James, carves and delivers totem to Standing Rock in solidarity

[IMAGE: Tom Stromme, The Bismark Tribune]

MORTON COUNTY — Ceremony welcomed eight nations from Washington State into the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s protest encampment of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Yakama, Swinomish, Lummi, Puyallup, Nisqually, Suquamish, Lower Elwha Klallam, and Hoh Nations entered the camp Tuesday afternoon accompanied by a 22-foot red cedar totem pole in beautifully painted Plains’ animals and symbols.

The encampment is a bustling and cheerful scene of new nations arriving to support Standing Rock with daily prayer, meal preparation and now a new school for the camp children.

Jewell James, chief carver of the ‘House of Tears Carvers’ of the Lummi Nation, said the totem is the fourth he’s made to unite tribes and environmental groups in their stand to protect the earth. This one will eventually go to the Native nations of Manitoba.

“This is about little people against billionaire corporations. Standing Rock is clearly opposed to the pipeline, and I’m here to celebrate their clarity and their willingness to stand up,” James said.

The totem truck was stopped and inspected at the Highway 1806 roadblock manned by the North Dakota Highway Patrol as part of the state’s response to the protest and people in the camp jokingly referred to it as the totem Trojan.

JoDe Goudy, chairman of the Yakima Nation, wore traditional skins and headdress to the welcoming ceremony. He said the nations drove straight through 18 hours to reach the camp and stand in solidarity with Standing Rock.

“You have our prayers, our support and our love regardless of the outcome. We know that we’ve already won in spirit. Don’t give up hope. We will leave our flag in your territory and carry your message home to our children. They are watching and listening to you,” Goudy said.

Even as he spoke, the tribal nation flags were being raised along the roadway into the camp, the long colorful line resembling the entrance to the United Nations building in New York.

Besides the Washington tribes, the chairman and vice chairman of the Navajo Nation joined the ceremony, each dressed in jeans and dark sports coats.

James, the carver, said it’s rare to see the Navajo, a large nation and one with its own battles, at such events.

“The world’s waking up, the mainstream media doesn’t control the message anymore,” he said.

Navajo chairman Russell Begaye said he’s proud of the two dozen or so Navajo members who have been at the camp, helping with cooking and other chores that have become part of daily camp life while the protest is maintained.

“We’ll be here. My heart goes out to Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault. The world is very in tune with our plight and our struggle. They feel it; they see it,” said Begaye, adding that the encampment is the largest gathering of Native peoples united for a cause that he’s ever experienced.

“It’s very unusual to see this kind of solidarity. But we are fighting for our water. Everything else is pushed aside, and we stand together.”

The totem was unwrapped on a trailer flatbed, and everyone was welcome to touch it, add their own power and examine the finely wrought detail: an eagle, white buffalo, bear, wolf, and warrior.

Standing Rock Chairman Archambault told the crowd how he feels as the Native nations continue to arrive nearly every day.

“At first, I was nervous and afraid and not sure we were doing the right thing. Now I can keep my head high — everybody is moving in this direction,” he said.

Archambault and all leaders who spoke emphasized the prayerful, peaceful nature of the protest.

Begaye, of the Navajo nation, said people in the camp are finding themselves and each other.

“They finally feel like they’re Navajo or Lakota. They are seeing these are their people and there is healing and pride,” he said.

It’s expected the encampment will remain in place until at least Sept. 9, when a federal court judge is expected to decide whether to issue an injunction against the pipeline’s Missouri River crossing while it decides the Standing Rock Sioux’s claim that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to follow federal law in giving permission for the water route near the reservation.

[This passage has been edited for respectful language and clarity.]

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Native Americans’ sacred Tamanowas Rock desecrated with an ‘I ♥’ tag

 A display of affection has marred one of the Jamestown S'Klallam tribe’s most sacred sites.
Late last month, tribal officials learned someone had painted the message “I ♥ Miranda” in pink and white on Tamanowas Rock, the 43-million-year-old monolith used for millennia by Salish Native Americans for hunting, refuge and rituals of spiritual renewal.

Congratulations to Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe! They were the first Native tribe to receive Title IV-E status. They now have the right to manage their tribe’s adoption, foster care and guardianship programs!

Please sign our petition asking Obama to extend the same privileges to the Lakota tribes of South Dakota: lakotalaw.org/action . We need 5,000 more signatures this week to continue putting pressure on Washington DC.

“Managing our own Child Welfare Program allows us to be proactively involved in making sure our families get the help they need and children are not removed from their culture and community. Whenever possible, the goal is to preserve family relationships even if a child doesn’t live with his or her parents.” - Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe Chairman Jeromy Sullivan.

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe also became the first Tribe to qualify for an IV-E waiver. This “allows the program to be more flexible with the definition of ‘family’ and more easily allocate funds toward intervention activities.”

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The grounds themselves have spoken for us and defended us.

The ancestors stood up for us, and they still are. Even some of our own people today tell us that we didn’t do these things, that we didn’t have this culture. They say this because of what happened to our elders, how they were beaten and punished so they would never say those words and had to bury the culture so deep in their souls and try to forget about it. But the ground itself and the village were able to bring it out.


Frances Charles, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Chairwoman, “Foreward: Lessons from Tse-whit-zen,” in Lynda V. Mapes’ Breaking Ground: The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and the Unearthing of Tse-whit-zen Village (University of Washington Press, 2009).

In 2003, the state of Washington began a major construction project on the Port Angeles waterfront, and discovered one of the largest and oldest Indian village sites ever found in the region. As the project continued, workers uncovered and disturbed hundreds of burials, the ancestors of the Klallam people. Incredibly, after negotiations between tribal leaders and the Department of Transportation, the state agreed to stop all construction and walked away from over $90 million in public funds already invested in the project. 

The earliest confirmed settlement at Tse-whit-zen dates back to 750 B.C. – approximately the same time Rome was founded.


In a May 13, 2011 photo Hazel Sampson, a member of the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe, celebrates her 101st birthday at the tribal center near Port Angeles, Wash. Sampson who was the oldest member of the three Klallam tribes — Lower Elwha, Jamestown S’Klallam and Port Gamble — and the Klallam tribe in Beecher Bay, Canada, and the last to have spoken the Klallam language from birth, died on Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014. She was 103. PENINSULA DAILY NEWS, TOMW CALLIS / AP PHOTO, TOM CALLIS

Eldest member among Klallam tribes, last native speaker of language dies in Port Angeles at 103 [Peninsula Daily News]


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Red Wolf, Marvel’s first Native American hero

  • The new Red Wolf will reside in the American Southwest, where his more grounded powers — think of him as being to New Mexico what Daredevil is to Hell’s Kitchen
  • Though he’ll be connected to the Marvel world at large, “He’s going to be a little bit of a man apart out there.”
  • The creative team includes writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Jeffrey Veregge, a member of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe
  • Red Wolf will be from the same alternate universe as “1872,” meaning he’s not connected to any existing Native American tribe.
  • He’s kind of in a sense the Jason Bourne of the West, who can find a way out of any situation, or a way to use the resources of whatever room or position he may be in — he’s not a gunslinger, but he might use a gun if he has to. … But beyond all that, he’s just a brawling, tough-as-nails fighter
Marvel’s Native American character getting ongoing series

Marvel’s first Native American character will be getting his own series, Red Wolf was initially introduced in 1970 in the Avengers Comic #80. Even though Red Wolf does not have a specific Nation because it will be set in a alternate universe, the character in the comics will be set in the American Southwest. 

A member of the creative team of the series is Native American, artist Jeffrey Veregge, (Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe and Suquamish/Duwamish decent).  He will be working on covers, design and consulting of the comic books.

Red Wolf will be released in December.

Source: http://mashable.com/2015/09/08/marvel-comics-red-wolf-native-american-superhero/#loXDAkwO_ikq