Tulalip Tribes
Francesca Hillery, Public Affairs Officer
Cell: 360-913-2646
Email: fhillery@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov

Press Releases

October 29, 2014

Tulalip Tribes statement on recovery from Marysville Pilchuck school shooting

As we grieve our losses and pray for the recovery of the injured, the Tulalip Tribes continue to work with our neighbors in the Marysville community in continued unity.

The tragic event at Marysville Pilchuck is a test of the unity and partnership between the Tulalip and Marysville communities, which is essential especially for the education of our children. Schools in the Marysville School District have received threats. While some have been directed at Native children, we are concerned for the safety of all of the children. Many of our kids are fearful to return to school, and some parents are reluctant to send them.

The Tulalip Tribes denounce the horrific actions of Jaylen Fryberg, who took the lives of two of his classmates and grievously injured three others. All of the young people he attacked were his friends, and two were his cousins. Parents and children alike are struggling to understand what caused him to act in such a manner. Even though we may never know why, there can be no justification for taking the lives of others. These were the acts of an individual, not a family, not a tribe.

As our communities continue to come together to deal with this tragic event, our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the families of Zoe Galasso and Gia Soriano.

We continue to pray for the recovery of Andrew Fryberg, Nate Hatch, and Shaylee Chuckulnaskit and their families.

It is our custom to come together in times of grief. The tribe holds up our people who are struggling through times of loss. We are supporting the family of Jaylen Fryberg in their time of loss, but that does not mean we condone his actions.

We are grateful for the outpouring of support we are receiving from our neighbors, other tribes and organizations, and from around the world. Your thoughts and prayers have held us up in this difficult time.

 

Oct. 26, 2014

Marysville Mayor, Tulalip Chairman call for compassion, patience as communities struggle to heal; they thank strong city-tribal partnership during crisis response

MARYSVILLE, WA--Leaders of the City of Marysville and Tulalip Tribes are calling for compassion and patience in the aftermath of the tragic fatal shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, and promised to continue their strong government-to-government relationship during the healing process.

When the magnitude of the situation became clear on the morning of the shooting, Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring immediately reached out to Tulalip Tribes Chairman Herman Williams Sr., to share an update on the investigation, and the communities agreed jointly to extend any and all support necessary.

“The willingness between our mutual governments to reach out in times of crisis, share law enforcement resources, and communicate and collaborate effectively are just a few among many examples of what provides the strong partnership that the City and Tribes have in place,” Nehring says.

“When one tragedy impacts the Marysville and Tulalip communities and the people who call this area home, we all suffer, and we stand together in times of crisis,” he adds. “We live, work and play together, and as time goes by we will heal together.”

Chairman Herman Williams Sr., offered this statement: “As we grieve in the wake of this tragedy, the Tulalip Tribes and the City of Marysville stand together, united in sorrow but determined to bring healing to our communities. The strong working relationship we have built over many years has proven critical as we continue to respond to this unimaginable event. Our priority is now on our children and young people. ”

A Message From the Chairman

Chairman Herman Williams, Sr. Responds to Tragedy at Marysville Pilchuck High School

TULALIP, WA -- October 24, 2014

"I am deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy in our local school district. Our prayers go out to the families and the entire community.

Our first priority is to support the families and the children of those involved.

Our community is reeling from this experience, so we ask that the media and the public honor the families and our children in this time of grief. Sadly, we are now experiencing what has become a national trend, which we, as a society, must address.

These are our children. They are suffering, and their lives will be forever changed.

The fact that tribal members were involved makes it extremely hard to respond to any inquiries until we are aware of all the circumstances.

As chairman, I ask everyone to pray for the children and families of those involved."
 

For all media inquiries please contact:
Francesca Hillery
Public Affairs Officer
Tulalip Tribes
360-913-2646
Email: fhillery@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov


Tulalip Tribes

Welcome, friends and neighbors; we are the Tulalip (pronounced Tuh’-lay-lup) Tribes, successors in interest to the Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Skykomish and other allied tribes and bands signatory to the 1855 Treaty of Point Elliott. Our tribal population is about 4,000 and growing, with 2,500 members residing on the 22,000 acre Tulalip Indian Reservation located north of Everett and the Snohomish River and west of Marysville, Washington.

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