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Joseph, James Lawrence: Walking On

Everett, Washington March 2011

Funeral services were held for JAMES LAWRENCE JOSEPH, 70, on January 4, 2011, at the Sauk-Suiattle Longhouse. Interment followed at the Suiattle Cemetery. James was born April 22, 1940, at home on Indian Hill, near Darrington, Washington. He passed away December 28, 2010, in Everett.

James graduated from Ferndale High School in 1961. He worked for the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe as a fisheries manager, retiring in 2002. James enjoyed motorcycle riding, hunting, fishing, traveling, bow hunting, photography and reading. He was a dedicated, perseverant, honest, strong, caring and knowledgeable man. He was also a natural speaker with strong leadership skills, who was slow to anger. Chief Qual ish kanim, James Lawrence Joseph, was identified by his grandfather and other elders of the Sauk Suiattle Tribe, early in his life during the 1950s, to become the next hereditary Chief of the Sauk Band. He would follow his predecessors in leadership of the Tribe counting back over a course of many generations. While holding elected office as Chairman of the Sauk Suiattle Tribe, he represented his people in various other capacities. He served on the first Local Indian Child Welfare Advisory Committee with the State of Washington to speak on behalf of the chldren, adopted out or placed into the State foster system and who were thus separated from their tribal culture, families, and traditions.




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