Plus: A look at how the Seattle Indian Health Board handled COVID-19.
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Plus: A look at how the Seattle Indian Health Board handled COVID-19.

Hi there and welcome back to another Tuesday.

I want to know what you are most excited to do during this week of glorious weather. Will you be taking your first dip into the Sound? Breaking out the grill and reveling in a grilling day that isn’t wet? Finding a park, staking out space, and basking in the sun until you either burn or it gets too cold? Let me know what your plans are. 

A reminder that tomorrow we’ve got a live event with the Urban League of Seattle, Chinese Information and Service Center, and the Urban Indian Health Institute where we will be talking about the impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. Register and tune in for the free discussion here

Now, let’s get to that news...

What Seattle is talking about

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These off-duty cops are paid $90 an hour to direct traffic. That number becomes $139 on Sundays and holidays. These officers are hired by Seattle City Light, which hires the cops through a for-profit firm. The Seattle Times Watchdog team reported that the city doesn’t set rates for off-duty work and has no one monitoring the system. Since 2017, it was found that there were 14 cases where SPD learned its officers were working off-duty without the required permits — or at least they could not be found on record. (The Seattle Times)

Breathe a sigh of relief, we're not rolling back to Phase 2. Pierce, Cowlitz, and Whitman counties however, will have to move back to more restricted guidelines after a surge in COVID-19 cases. The three counties exceeded 200 cases per 100,000 residents every two weeks and had more than five hospitalizations per 100,000 residents every week. King County just made the cut with 192.9 cases and a hospitalization rate of 4 per those parameters. (Seattle Met)

A local game of ‘telephone’ has gone worldwide. Local artist Nathan Langston used to love the game telephone as a kid. Last year, around the start of the pandemic, Langston started a slightly different take on the game that brought together more than 900 people across almost 500 cities across the world. Starting in Langston’s home in West Seattle, he sent the first message in the form of a piece of art which each player then also translated into some other form of artwork. (Crosscut)

There's a new 'MudHoney' in town. The votes are in and the new tunnel boring machine to be used in the Ship Canal Water Quality Project will be named MudHoney — yes, after the band. (Seattle Public Utilities)

How the Seattle Indian Health Board became a model for pandemic response

Colleen DAmico, clinical pharmacist at SIHB. (Photo courtesy of the SIHB)

When the pandemic was still in its early days, the Seattle Indian Health Board asked for PPE. Instead, they received boxes of body bags. The incident made national headlines. 

The mistake stood out not just because PPE was in short supply and desperately needed. But the fact that an organization dedicated to serving the Urban Indian population was given supplies used to deal with dead bodies struck a chord that reflected hundreds of years of efforts to erase their community.

Despite the early setback, Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) has gone on to prove itself as a model for how to respond to a pandemic. How they did it was a combination of several things, but at its heart was a community-based approach.

Esther Lucero, the CEO of SIHB, explained that when it came to vaccine distribution, this meant prioritizing not just health care workers and elders, but those providing services that were essential to the community. 

SIHB was able to execute this community-based approach thanks to the state’s tribes fighting for urban Indian health programs' inclusion in the state’s commitment to upholding tribal sovereignty, Lucero explained.

Read the full story on our website and register for our virtual event TOMORROW featuring Michelle Merriweather, President and CEO at Urban League, Michael Itti, Executive Director at CISC, and Abigail Echo-Hawk, MA, Executive Vice President at Seattle Indian Health Board and Director of Urban Indian Health Institute.

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🥂 Join S2 and DVSA for a live podcast taping on the topic of Houselessness and the Environment. (Online)

🎤 Stream this conversation with artist, Haruko Crow Nishimura that's a part of the Artist as Storyteller series which is supported by the Seattle Colleges Performing Arts Fund (Online)

🧠 Dr. Nicholas Christakis talks with Crosscut about the mental health and long-term implications of the pandemic (Online)


⛴️ Learn about the complex history of transportation on the Eastside of Lake Washington. (Online)

📑 Listen to this "Fireside Chat" put on by ProDev featuring the lead of growth and marketing at Crave It and the co-founder of Access2 (Online)

🗣️ Join The Evergrey and Civic Commons to see how different community organizations have stepped up to address the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 and how you can help. (Online)


🧠 Explore the mystery of age and aging with Dr. David Sinclair at this Town Hall Seattle event (Online)

❓ Test your knowledge with the Burke Museum's virtual trivia night (Online)


🎞 Watch the 18th edition of the Seattle Black Film Festival put on by Langston Seattle (Online) — Through April 26

🎭 The latest show in Macha Theatre's series of solo performances by female writers, watch "The Transcendence" (Online)


📖 Meet the Norwegian author Ruth Lillegraven as she discusses her book "Everything is Mine" with the Nordic Museum (Online)


⭕ Try out a crafting-meditation as you make your own mobius strip (Online)


🌲 Support Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic National Parks while bidding on packages ranging from artwork to outdoors equipment and apparel—from learning about the unique coastal life in tidepools in Olympic National Park to private watercolor classes at Ross Lake in the 2021 Auction for the Parks! (Online)

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💨 Celebrate 420 with the SPLIFF Film Festival: short films made by stoners for stoners! (Online)

♀ Hear about the humanitarian crisis the women of Syria are facing in this virtual talk put on by the Holocaust Center and Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (Online)

One more thing …

Kraken fans will be able to dine at the NHL team’s training facilities in Northgate later this year. The restaurateur behind F.X. McRory’s in Pioneer Square plans to open the Kraken Bar & Grill to the public as the official flagship restaurant for the team. The 4,600 square foot restaurant will overlook the rinks, have 17 TVs throughout the space, and have the capacity for private events. You can take a look at the computer renderings of the restaurant here

Go enjoy the sun. Heaven knows how long we’ve waited for weeks like this one. We’ll be back tomorrow.

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