Tulalip Tribes deserve praise for vaccination effort

During this worrisome period of time, while we watch the nightly news and scan the daily newspaper headlines for the highlights of the struggles of the national vaccine rollout, I need to herald a success story in the midst of failure. The unheralded efforts of the Tulalip Tribes in its stand against this lethal virus, whom they recognize effects us all.

As a fortunate member of the Chinook Indian Nation, I was eligible for the vaccine at their Tulalip Health Center — with no appointment, extreme efficiency, true professionalism, no long wait time, a thorough pre-vaccine evaluation, a gentle jab, and a second dose follow up day and time to return — in an hours time.

In addition, not only has the Tulalip Tribes successfully vaccinated their own tribal members, but fellow tribal members of qualified tribes, all law enforcement members, all first responders on all levels, all teachers and employees of the Marysville School District, and a great many families as well.

All of this profound effort has taken place with humility, patience, generosity and the ever-present notion of providing to those in a time of dire need. This herculean effort has taken place largely without recognition, I proudly salute the noble Tulalip Tribe and its clan of volunteers for setting the successful model toward overcoming a mountain with a trailblazing mentality. This nation should pay attention to the capabilities of these First Nation pioneers.

Matt Barron


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