The Sequalitchew

May 23, 2010

Fourteenth Edition

President: Roger Newman
Vice President: Judy Smith
Secretary/Treasurer: Roxanne Woodruff
Webmaster: Greg Hitchcock

Spring Meeting

Our meeting this fall is scheduled for Sunday May 23rd, 2010 at a new location located at the Steilacoom Public Library — 2950 Steilacoom Blvd, Steilacoom, WA 98388. The doors will be open to us around 12:30 pm, bring a sack lunch. Our speaker this will be all our members. His topics will be many and varied

At our Break time there will be snacks and a raffle for any donated items brought in. Bring your thoughts, ideas, and histories and join us for a wonderful afternoon. Due to the new location we will need to close our meeting at 4:30 pm.

We had been meeting bi-annually (May and October generally) at the DuPont City Hall and on occasion at the DuPont History Museum 207 Barksdale Ave DuPont, WA 98327 We have lost our place at the Old City Hall as the old one has closed and a new one has not provided us a place to meet.Our $5.00 dues are collected each spring, but this past Spring we were unable to gather due to the lack of a meeting site. If you know someone who might be interested in joining, please pick up an application.

Our Business meeting Officers are as follows:

Roger Newman, President
Judy Smith, Vice President & Members Chair
Roxanne Woodruff, Secretary Treasurer

Queen Victoria’s Birthday Celebration May 22nd 11am-5pm

Step back in time, to the mid 1800’s as the royal subjects of Ft. Nisqually celebrate the birthday of her majesty Queen Victoria with volleys of muskets and birthday toasts. Following the special flag raising ceremony, cookies and tea will be served. There will be a variety of hands-on activities to try and special firings of the fort’s cannon throughout the day!

For Ticket Information contact Fort Nisqually (253) 591-5339 or check their website

May 2010

I am too late to catch most of the Cowlitz events. It seems most of their activities were earlier on this month. The only things I saw on the Calendar were for the Drum Circle and Book Reading and Discussion.

The last item I received from Rod states,
“Please note and spread the word to other members that we expect the Spring 2010 Tribal Newsletter to be mailed out on May 21st. This is much later than usual. It was held up for an important report and also for a change in how we handle the printing and mailing.

We now have our own nonprofit bulk mail permit, which will significantly reduce the Tribes’s postage costs. We also changed to a “web press ” printer, so even though the newsletter will now look and feel more like a regular (non-glossy) magazine, it will cost much, much less to print even though it will also be the longest, most comprehensive newsletter, ever.

More details will appear in the Fall 2010 issue. But for now, we apologize for the delay, thank you for your patience, and look forward to seeing you at the June 5th General Council meeting.”

Rod Van Mechelen, Chair
Communications Committee

St. Mary’s Center 107 Spencer Rd Toledo, WA 98591

Cowlitz PowWow Logo

Contact: Suzanne Donaldson-Stephens (360) 280-2321
Vendors, Curt Stephens (503) 504-0780
Volunteers: Linda Foley Email:

These are the two items that I could still view on the Calendar:

Drum Cicrle St. Mary’s 6:00 pm, Thursday May 27th
Book Reading & Discussion St. Mary’s 10:00 am, Saturday May 22nd

United State Department of Interior
National Park Service
Ft Vancouver National Historic Site
612 East Reserve Street
Vancouver, WA 98661
(A3815) FOVA

We have in recent days received two very important invitations. The first was actually addressed to our member, Sandra Woodruff. When she responded to the invitation they also extended it to any of our family and interested groups, most especially to a group such as ours who share in this history. The invitation follows:

RE: Invitation to Attend the June 19, 2010 Grand Opening Ceremony for Newly Reconstructed Elements of the Multi-Cultural Hudson’s Bay Company Employee Village at Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site.

It is with great pleasure that I would like to extend to you a formal invitation to attend and participate in the June 19, 2010 Grand Opening Ceremony for newly reconstructed elements of the multi-cultural Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) Employee Village at Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site. As you are aware, the Ft. Vancouver Employee Village was the home for many hundreds of HBC employees, their families, and visiting traders and travelers during the period of 1829-1860. Between 1829-1845, historical documents indicate that it was the most densely populated multi-cultural settlement in the Pacific Northwest, with residents representing people from Europe, ancestors from 26 federally recognized Native American Tribes (spanning the continent from the Iroquois nation to Native Hawaiʻian Islanders), and those of multi-ethnic origin, the Metis. The site of Ft. Vancouver is often associated only with the walled-in fort where the Gentlemen of the Company resided, however the social heart of the post was the Employee Village, which arguably was the first neighborhood of the Portland-Vancouver metro-area as we know it today.

The National Park Service (NPS), has taken great strides over the past decade to turn the remaining area of the Employee Village into an interpretive element for visitors to Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site. Ten years ago, the field that sits ¼ mile west of the reconstructed HBC Ft. Vancouver was a neglected, overgrown patch of blackberries, with no way for the visiting public to access the site, and with little active interpretation. Since then, the NPS partnered with the Confluence Project and the City of Vancouver to construct the Landbridge, a pedestrian overpass overpass over SR-14, reconnecting the Columbia River waterfront with the Employee Village. In addition, the NPS has reconstructed two of the approximately 60 structures that once made up the employee Village. These reconstructed houses are of the same architectural style as represented by historic images and accounts, as well as from archaeological data. In addition, new wood fence lines have been added around these houses, reflecting an aspect of the historical landscape that is portrayed on some of the historical images of the Village. The NPS has developed educational programs in the Village for many of the 20,000 visiting 4th grade students who visit the site, and these are actually done within one of the reconstructed houses. To celebrate the achievements of reclaiming the sense of place and the story represented by the Employee Village, the NPS would like to invite you or your designated representatives to attend the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Employee Village, to be held at 10:00 AM, on Saturday, June 19, 2010. The opening will be based around an informal talking circle ceremony, where members of the public, descendants of residents of the Employee Village, and tribal representatives will be encouraged to say words of tribute, praise and blessings to the original residents of the Employee Village. The Grand Opening celebration is also being held in conjunction with the two day Brigade Encampment special event, where NPS re-enactors and volunteers will be portraying the lifeways of HBC fur brigade employees after their return from a nine-month fur trapping mission. These re-enactors will be set up away from the circle ceremony, and the visiting public will be allowed to walk through these re-enactment camps, as well as observe the circle ceremony.

Please think of this Grand Opening Ceremony as a beginning. The NPS intends to continue to identify ways to bring the Village to life, hopefully including additional reconstructions in the future. The Village was an important and symbolic place and its stories and peoples cannot be lost in time. We hope we will continue to work with you on ways to share the importance of the Village.

We would like to hear from you if you are willing to participate in this Grand Opening celebration, and how many representatives from your tribe would like to participate. The NPS is receptive to suggestions if there are any specific cultural elements that you would like to be included within this ceremony as well. We would ask that you RSVP for the event, by contacting Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site Archaeologist, Bob Cromwell at (360) 816-6253, or at We look forward to hearing from you at your soonest convenience.

Best Regards,
Tracy A. Fortmann

Sandra did contact Bob Cromwell letting him know that our family would be there and how we are related to Kittson and others at the Fort and ask if we could also invite our Descendants group as well. He affirmed that not only was it OK, but encouraged the participation.

Sandra Woodruff

Dupont City Council

As stated in the last article, we have received two invitations and the following is the second invitation received from Roger C. Westman, DuPont City Council Member, Position 1.

“On June 15th the DuPont City Council has scheduled a 6:00 PM workshop at city hall to discuss historical site protection and preservation. As Ft. Nisqually Descendnats and interested individuals in DuPont’s historical past, you are invited to participate in this “stakeholders” meeting. The specific agenda will be announced on the city’s website under Council Agenda on or about June 11th. I am sure the protection, preservation, and restoration of these historical sites together with appropriate signage will be topics in which your valuable input would be very much appreciated. Please consider this “invitation to participate” as being open to anyone wishing to express their thoughts, concerns, or opinions on such matters.

I can be contacted at the following:

Roger C. Westman
DuPont City Council Member, Position 1
2249 Palisade Blvd
DuPont, WA 98327
Home Phone (253) 964-3282
Email —

Frenchtown Historical Foundation

c/o Debbie Bergevin Beal
2050 Wallace
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Ph# 509-525-5929

Please keep all of this information on hand. I will try to start entering their activities as well if I get these at the right times. They are a group who are actively working on saving the Walla Walla history.

Sam Pambrun, a Direct descendant of Pierre Chrystalog Pambrun, has been working as the Vice President the past two years with this group and has sent me a flyer regarding their group. They hope to open their park sometime this Fall, possibly October or November and are requesting assistance and also help in spreading the Word about their group.

They are asking for the public’s help. Although some funding has been secured from grants and donations, competion of the first phase of our master plan in order to open the upper portion of the Frenchtown site to the public requires additional donations, memeberships and grants. Please consider how you can help us accomplish this. For our part here we can include them in our circle to help spread the word.

Restoration of native vegetation has already begun on the Frenchtown Historic Site, located on 50 acres of land being donated by the Byerley family. The site is on both sides of Hwy. 12, approximately 8 miles west of Walla Walla, and approximately 2 miles east of Lowden at milepost 328.

The Historic Frenchtown wasn’t an actual town; it was a colletion of French-Canadian log cabins scattered among Indian camps beginning west of present-day Lowden and extending east almost to current Walla Walla. Its main street was the Walla Walla River. By 1847 there were over 50 Metis, or mixed culture, families living along the Walla Walla River and on nearby Pine Creek, Mud Creek, Dry Creek, and Mill Creek.

The 1855 Battle of Walla Walla, also known as the Battle of Frenchtown, was the decisive fight between local tribes and European immigrants for the control of the Walla Walla Valley and surrounding lands. It was also the longest military encounter between Euro-Americans and Native Americans in Washington history, involving more warriors on each side and lasting longer than the more renowned Battle of Little Big Horn.

The St. Rose of Lima Mission and the Frenchtown/St. Rose Cemetery were established in 1876 on a portion of the battlefield. The site of the Mission Church was donated by French Canadian immigrant Marchel Gagnon. The church was in active use until about 1900, but was removed in 1911.

The Frenchtown/St. Rose Cemetery was the location of more than 100 burials, mostly French-Canadian employees of the Hudson Bay Company; their wives, some of whom were Indian; and their descendants, many of whom were Metis. Although individual markers are gone, a marble monument bears the family names of many of those buried there.

The Frenchtown Historical Foundation has completed a master plan for management of the approximately 50 acre site, which is continuously being updated. The foundation is seeking funding for the construction of trails, parking, interpretive signage, and continuing restoration of native vegetation on the upper portion of the site to help visitors learn the rich stories it can tell of the ways and interactions of a variety of cultures, including Indian people, French-Canadians, Americans, and Metis. The lower portion of the site will be managed in the future by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatill Indian Reservation under an agreement with the foundation. Go to their website at the address at the top of this article for more information.

Sam, I could not get into your web pages. I had hoped to get a picture from there, so since I couldn’t do that I snagged my favorite picture from you, see page 4. I still love to see the old farm equipment. I hope advertising you group in here will stir up some funds and other help.

Information was provided to me by Sam Pambrun.