Spokane Tribe Telecommunications Update:
On June 6, 2020 the Spokane Tribal General Council voted to on a referendum to shut down the Spokane Tribe Telecommunications Exchange (STTX). We wanted to provide the Tribal membership with an update on the steps taken to honor the referendum and to also provide an update on some telecom COVID response projects.
STTX has been shut down and all assets have been transferred to the Executive Director of the Tribe on June 26, 2020. Management of the Tribal Telecommunications Department has been temporarily placed under the Planning and Economic Development Director of the Tribe until a Tribal Telecom Plan is completed. The Tribe’s Office of Spokane Tribal Attorneys (OSTA), Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Planning Director are reviewing all contracts, budgets and accounts to complete the transition of STTX to the Tribal government. This process is taking some time and should be completed soon. Current STTX customers have been sent a letter to explain the transition and we are working with them to get them updated. We want all customers to know that their services will continue, and we still strive to provide responsive customer service. As we work through this transition period we will reach out to customers and business partners to coordinate future services and do our best to get any questions answered they may have.
Broadband Update & COVID-19 Response:
As COVID 19 has impacted the nation, the Spokane Tribe is responding to the crisis by preparing to assist the Reservation community with internet and broadband. The Tribe has three telecom projects planned to respond to this public health emergency. These projects are the Residential Emergency Internet and Wi-fi Hotspot Project, Broadband Tower 2.5 GHz Project and the Fiber Deployment project. Below are updates on these projects:
Residential Emergency Internet and Wi-fi Hotspot Project (Immediate Response):
This project will construct four 40’ft towers built to accommodate the residential areas, emergency internet services to approximately 100 plus homes in the Wellpinit, Newhouse Lane, Martha Boardman, and West End areas.
The main purpose for the emergency residential internet services are to provide connectivity for workers telecommuting, students to access schoolwork, patients to access medical systems when available and regular usage for access to Internet information. This project deadline is by August 26, 2020 when the students return to school for the 2020-2021 year. This project will provide temporary connectivity until the permanent infrastructure projects can be constructed. The project includes providing cellular jump packs to areas where cellular signal is usable as a backup plan. Many of the schools in our area are doing this. This solution will reach most of the homes in Ford and Wellpinit areas. We are working with ATT to see if this is an option for West End as well. We know this will not reach every student by the start of the school year, so we have planned to deploy Wi-fi hotspots at the community centers and at the Powwow grounds in Wellpinit, Ford and West End. As we work with Telecom providers to plan a fixed wi-fi system in these communities, we wanted to have the jump packs ready for use if this is not achieved by the start of the school year. It is the Tribe’s plan to provide the jump packs free of charge to the students. Maria Cullooyah is the project Manager for this project. She can be reached via email at mariac@SpokaneTribe.com or via phone at 509-458-6548. We are working diligently to make sure there is some type of option for our students to be able to do distance learning this school year. As we coordinate with several area schools, we will keep you updated on how to access the needed equipment to get connected.
Broadband Tower 2.5 GHz Project (Intermediate Response):
The Spokane Tribal Planning Department is coordinating the construction of four telecommunication towers on the reservation to provide reliable broadband and cell phone services to residents in the areas of West End, Ford, and Wellpinit. These towers will allow more employees to have access to teleworking, more students to engage in distance learning, and more residents to conduct business and personal transactions digitally.
The Tribe has applied to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a gain access to a 2.5 GHz band window. This is a unique opportunity for Tribes in rural areas to directly access unassigned spectrum over their Tribal lands. The 2.5 GHz band is suitable for both mobile coverage and fixed point-to-point uses. This can play an important role in the deployment of broadband and other advanced communications services on our reservation. If you have questions or comments about this project please contact the Project Manager, Rachelle Bradley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-458-6520
Fiber Deployment Project (Long-term Solution):
The Fiber Deployment project will deploy the fiber connectivity needed to complete the hybrid system design for the Reservation. This hybrid design is a mix of fixed 2.5ghz wi-fi and fiber runs. With access to 2.5ghz signal, the fixed wi-fi can reach much farther and transmit through trees, which had challenged other wi-fi designs in the past. With the rugged geography of our reservation, fiber runs will be needed to reach the areas where the 2.5GHz signal just cannot reach. This will be the final phase of the broadband project and we hope to get this fiber work completed some time next year. We are working with several telecom companies and will be contracting with one of them to provide the connectivity of the system and to deploy the fiber.
I wanted to close this article by mentioning a couple other COVID-19 response projects that we are working on that are related to the broadband projects. These projects are the Wellpinit Clinic Fiber Line project and the Powwow Grounds Quarantine Facility Project.
Wellpinit Clinic Fiber Line Project:
The Wellpinit clinic’s network infrastructure is insufficient to the point that it is affecting the clinic’s ability to provide good health care for its clients. Tribal Planning is the liaison between CenturyLink, BIA, Realty, and Tribal Council to facilitate the project. The goal of the project is to construct a new underground fiber-line, which will greatly improve the network capability of the Clinic. CenturyLink will start construction and the project will be completed within 45 days.
Powwow Grounds Quarantine Facility Project ;
The Spokane Tribe is coordinating with the Spokane Indian Housing Authority to upgrade the Powwow Celebration grounds with the amenities to expand its use for as a quarantine facility during the COVID crisis. The Spokane Tribe is taking this crisis very seriously due to the overwhelming rates the Corona Virus is spreading within Washington State. This facility will have a new shower/bathroom facility, commercial kitchen and the ability to lodge several patients. The Tribe will be able to develop the Celebration grounds into a Quarantine Facility by November of this year.
Tribal leadership has prioritized the completion of these telecom projects in response to the COVID crisis and are meeting regularly with the Tribal staff tasked to get this work done. The Planning & Economic Development Department will be providing monthly updates in the Rawhide Press newspaper and will provide regular updates on the Planning & Rawhide Press Facebook pages. If you have any questions or comments on any of these projects, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of the project managers in this article and they will promptly get you answers. We want to wish everyone good health and to stay strong during this pandemic. We will get through this with a lot of diligence, patience and teamwork!
Written by: Frank Metlow, Planning & Economic Development Director and Member, Spokane Tribe of Indians
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Wellpinit drive thru lunch service provided at the Children of the Sun Head Start building has been discontinued for the remainder of the year. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Drive thru lunches will remain available at the Ford and West End youth centers thru Tuesday, August 25, 2020.
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VACANCY ANN#: STOI-20-052
POSITION: HEAD START TEACHER ASSISTANTS
DEPARTMENT: HEAD START
LOCATION: WELLPINIT, WA
SUPERVISOR: HEAD START DIRECTOR
STATUS: FULL-TIME DURING SCHOOL YEAR
SALARY LEVEL: $13.50 – $14.50/PER HOUR (DOQ/DOE)
OPENING DATE: AUGUST 4, 2020
CLOSING DATE: OPEN UNTIL FILLED
INTRODUCTION: The Spokane Tribe of Indians Head Start Program is designed to promote the school readiness of low-income children by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development—
- in a learning environment that supports children’s growth in language, literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional functioning, creative arts, physical skills, and approaches to learning; and
- through the provision to low-income children and their families of health, educational, nutritional, social, and other services that are determined, based on family needs assessments, to be necessary.
The Head Start Teacher Assistant reports to and receives direction from the Education Manager and the Lead Classroom Teacher. The Teacher Assistant is responsible for assisting the Head Start Lead Teacher in the daily operation of the classroom and program.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Work cooperatively as part of the Head Start team to provide comprehensive and professional services in the best interest of children and families and the Head Start community.
- Document, report and record daily observations as required by the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework and Head Start Performance Standards.
- Contribute to the Head Start Classroom team by maintaining a positive attitude, being patient and friendly with the children, and by being professional in appearance and actions.
- Actively contribute to the classroom with resourcefulness, organization, effective time management and cooperation.
- Model appropriate behaviors and responses to challenging situations.
- Assist in planning, coordinating and implementing the Education Plan.
- Work with the Lead Teacher in helping families in the home to facilitate growth in their knowledge of child development, parenting techniques, and meeting family needs.
- Provide effective and nurturing teacher-child interactions
- Perform job duties with the highest level of confidentiality, ensuring safety of all children, family and staff records and information in accordance with Tribal Policy.
- Assist the Lead Teacher in implementing a curriculum that promotes children’s cognitive development and language skills, social and emotional development and physical development.
- Help children learn to get along with others and encourage feelings of empathy and mutual respect among children and adults.
- Attend to the basic needs of the children—to include hygiene, diapering, and feeding
- Assist in encouraging parental involvement in the education program in the classroom and at home.
- Maintain sanitation and safety practices throughout the program that ensure a safe environment.
- Assist other staff in the coordination of transition services and other activities.
- Demonstrate ability to relate well to and coordinate with the population served, especially low-income Spokane Indian Reservation population.
- Assist in supporting Head Start Teaching staff concerning issues of classroom environments, behavior management and inclusion of children with special needs. This includes, but is not limited to providing one on one attention, written reports, record keeping and tracking of data.
- Adhere to established performance standards.
- Comply with applicable laws, policies and procedures (State, Federal and Tribal).
- Report cases of child abuse and neglect by serving as a mandated reporter.
- Be willing to fill in as needed as cook, bus driver and other duties as assigned.
- Take pride in the appearance of the Head Start facility and help to maintain the necessary daily upkeep—to include, assisting with the daily sanitizing/cleaning of the Head Start building as required during this Pandemic.
- The foregoing statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills that may be required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- Possess a basic understanding of the scope of the Head Start effort—to include familiarity with Head Start Performance Standards.
- Must maintain strict confidentiality.
- Attention to detail and follow through on assigned tasks.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Understanding of Early childhood Developmental Stages and appropriate preschool practices
- Demonstrated ability to relate well to, and coordinate with the population served, especially low-income Spokane Indian Reservation population.
- Possess skills adequate to serve children with disabilities
- Must contribute to the Head Start team in a positive and productive manner with reliability, patience and consistency.
- High School Diploma or GED.
- Valid Washington State Drivers License, and a good driving record.
- Successful clearance of Criminal History and Background inquiry with no allegations and or findings of child abuse and neglect.
- Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or a state-awarded certificate that meets or exceeds the requirements for a CDA credential, or enrolled in a program that will lead to an associate or baccalaureate degree, or enrolled in a CDA credential program to be completed within two years of the time of hire.
- First Aid and CPR certification, Food Handlers Permit, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with school bus and passenger endorsements is to be obtained during probation period.
- Current and former Head Start parents preferred.
Applications Are Available In The Tribal Human Resources Department
Or, can be downloaded online at:
P.O. Box 206 Wellpinit, WA 99040
Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Andrea Flett
Ph# (509) 458-6583, (509) 458-6527, FAX (509) 458-6556
Applications Must Be Received In the Human Resources Department
No Later 4:30 p.m. on the Closing Date
The Spokane Tribe Is An Equal Opportunity Employer
The Spokane Tribe Reserves The Right To Hire According To Its
Indian Preference Policy
Applicants Are Subject To A Pre-Employment Drug Test
Positions With The Spokane Tribe Are Subject To A 90-Day Orientation Period
HHS is excited to announce we have another opportunity regarding hoopfest registration!
So here’s what HHS has going on, Better Health Together is one of the organizations we collaborated with yesterday to make that event happen. Today they notified us they would have 10 vouchers for youth to register for the virtual hoopfest event free of charge! All youth who apply will be put into a random drawing to receive one of these 10 vouchers. To register you would need to apply with the players full name and contact phone number to Derrick Singleton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Requirements to apply:
-MUST be 17 years old or younger (no younger than 8)
-Must send your full name and contact phone number for yourself or parent/guardian to the email listed above so we can contact you if selected.
-You must have an Apple product (Iphone, Ipad, Ipod, ETC.) – this is because hoopfest developed the app they’re using for the virtual event through a program only available on Apple products. ** if you do not have an apple product you may still apply and it is possible that we may be able to help you around that obstacle, this is not guaranteed.
-MUST send your Info to Derrick Singleton BEFORE 8pm on Monday, August 17.
Wellpinit, WA – Hoopfest was able to provide 100 basketballs to people who drove through the powwow grounds and every ball was gone by 3:10pm.
“We provided some goodie bags with cups, stickers, fidget spinners, etc. As well as healthy snack bags with water/Gatorade before the cars hit the hoopfest van!” Haley Stinson stated, “Overall this was a very successful event for HHS”
VACANCY ANN# STOI-20-058
DEPARTMENT: TRIBAL FACILITIES
LOCATION: WELLPINIT, WASHINGTON
SUPERVISOR: HOUSEKEEPING SUPERVISOR
STATUS: REGULAR, FULL-TIME, NON-EXEMPT
SALARY LEVEL: $13.50/PER HOUR
OPENING DATE: AUGUST 12, 2020
CLOSING DATE: OPEN UNTIL FILLED
INTRODUCTION: Housekeeper is responsible for at least one or more sections of the Administration Building daily in addition to other tribal owned buildings, facilities and/or premises. The Housekeeper must be able to work as a team and assist other housekeepers as needed. Responsible of cleaning all tribal outbuildings as required.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Dusts sweeps, mops, scrubs, vacuum, and clean assigned areas.
- Scrubs, waxes and strips floors, as assigned.
- Sweeps stairwells and other areas, and attends to other Work Orders and/or special projects, as requested.
- Spot cleans rugs, carpets and upholstered furniture and draperies as needed.
- Empties wastebaskets; empties and cleans ashtrays.
- Transports trash and dirty linens to designated areas.
- Assists in the minor maintenance in public areas, and reports problems that need further attention to the housekeeping supervisor on duty.
- Re-stocks paper supplies, chemical supplies in bottles, and maintains washroom supplies. Stocks and maintains housekeeping storage rooms.
- Routinely inspects work areas, identifying potential problems or repair needs, and notifying the maintenance supervisor of maintenance to be scheduled.
- Facilitates the flow of information throughout the department, by attending regularly scheduled meetings with employees.
- Required to drive to numerous locations within the tribe, and is responsible for the cleanliness of the Tribal Work Vans.
- Responsible for the cleanliness of all Tribal out buildings that get assigned.
- Clean areas and buildings during events such as funerals and wakes.
- Must adhere to strict confidentiality.
- Adheres to performance standards, company policies and procedures, safety standards as they relate to the department.
- Secures all doors and buildings, responsible for locking up all entrances when last to leave, protects and maintains Tribal properties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED FOR POSITION:
- General knowledge of cleaning equipment and supplies; Vacuum cleaners, Rug shampooers, cleaning chemicals, Housekeeping Methods and duties.
- Housekeeper must be willing and able to work as a team. There are three housekeepers responsible for the upkeep of all Tribal Buildings and it is imperative that a team atmosphere is maintained.
- Must be at least 18 years of age or older.
- Valid Washington driver’s license and be tribally insurable.
- Must have prior work experience in this trade or similar work and/or responsibilities in cleaning, and/or maintenance duties. (Please indicate similar work experience and duties on resume or application).
- Must be able to read and understand directions, instructions and warning and safety labels
- High School or GED preferred
Applications Are Available At the Tribal Human Resources Department
P.O. Box 206, Wellpinit, WA 99040
OR, can be downloaded from our website: www.spokanetribe.com
Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Andrea Flett
(509) 458-6583 or (509) 458-6527
Fax: (509) 458-6556
Applications Must Be Received In The Human Resources Department
By 4:30 p.m. On The Closing Date
The Spokane Tribe Reserves The Right To Hire According
To Its Indian Preference Policy
All Applicants May Be Subject To A Pre-Employment Drug Test
All Positions With The Tribe Are Subject To A 90-Day Orientation Period
The Spokane Tribe of Indians Fuels Management program has a bid opening for 23 Forestry Work Contracts located in the Peterson Merc project area of the Spokane Indian Reservation. Bid forms must be completely filled out, legible, and submitted in the bid box located at Fire Management by close of business August 17, 2020. Bid packets are also available at Fire Management.
The Spokane Tribe of Indians vision is to achieve true sovereignty by attaining self-sufficiency. We will preserve and enhance our traditional values by living and teaching the inherent principles of respect, honor and integrity as embodied in our language and life-ways. We will develop strong leadership through education, accountability, experience and positive reinforcement.