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June 24, 2020


A Message from Puyallup Tribal Council


Thank you for watching the Puyallup Tribal Council’s video announcement for the week of June 22. Here are the topics that are covered, with estimated times.

15 seconds: Welcome and overview of the announcement.

50 seconds: Reopening of the new casino and Fife casino, and brief financial update.

1:30: June 27 virtual membership meeting, and an in-person membership meeting on July 11. Watch for updates at www.puyalluptribe-nsn.gov.

3:00: Reminder: There are a variety of services are available to Tribal members. Help is available, if you need it.

3:30: Update on COVID-19 funding available to Tribal members. You can apply at www.puyalluptribe-nsn.gov.

5:00: Thank you for your patience. Please continue to wash your hands, practice social distancing and prevent COVID-19.


Responses to AskCouncil@puyalluptribe-nsn.gov are posted on the website.






Help prevent the spread of illness

Health officials are urging people to take extra precautions to help stop the spread of oronavirus. Here are some tips from the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority:


Social Distancing

Following Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement on March 11 of new restrictions on large public gatherings, the Emerald Queen Casino, a Tribal Entity, put into place new measures such as postponing concerts, encouraging social distancing among customers and watching for customers who appear to be ill. This is in addition to additional cleaning and other steps that have already been implemented.


In early March, Tribal Administration postponed or canceled all social and cultural gatherings, including Elders luncheons, prayer circles and cultural classes through March 31. Government also canceled travel for employees.

If you have questions about a specific event, please contact the department that organized it or the appropriate entity. For event details, please refer to the website calendar.



Health and Safety Information

Get your information from reliable sources:







Frequently Asked Questions

  • A: The House of Respect Residence has placed restrictions on who can visit Elders.

    Tto make an appointment to visit elders, call Russ Hanscom at 253-302-9523.

    Elders luncheons are canceled for safety.

    The House of Respect community lunch program will continue by providing take-out sack lunches until April 2. (Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 crisis, these dates are subject to change.)

    In order to protect themselves, their neighbors, and staff, all Residents in The House of Respect are strongly recommended to remain in the building under a self-quarantine. All tribal Elders in the community are urged to remain at home as well.

    Elders will continue to be transported to vital medical appointments. Elders Department staff will also grocery shop for all tribal Elders who don’t have family members able to assist them.

    The Elders Department remains open and staff are available to help all Tribal Elders for their essential needs.

  • A: Tribal Administration remains open for essential tribal government services.

    Several buildings, including the Tribal Administration building, are only open to employees, and those with appointments. Upon entering, everyone is asked to use hand sanitizer for the health and safety of our community. People who do not take hand cleaning precautions will be denied access.

    You can look up the contact information for each department and program currently operating at http://puyallup-tribe.com/services/directory.html

    If you have any questions or need to make an appointment, call 253-573-7800, ask for your specific department.

    Many tribal employees are working remotely from their homes, and are available by email and phone.

  • A: At this time, PTHA is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The Pharmacy is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

    • Medical – urgent care only in person, phone visits for routine and well visits
    • Dental – urgent care only
    • Mental health – Telemedicine only. Call PTHA to schedule an appointment.
    • Treatment– Telemedicine only. Call PTHA to schedule an appointment.
    • Pharmacy– pick-ups only at the downstairs pharmacy entrance. We are working on extended refills for Puyallup Tribal Elders.
    • Referalls- Referrals will be limited to emergency services only. All new non-emergent referrals have been suspended until further notice.

    Please call ahead if you are experiencing COVID symptoms (see COVID testing question). Learn more information on PTHA’s website.

  • A: Yes. Both locations of the Emerald Queen were closed at midnight on Monday, March 16, and the Fife Emerald Queen Casino opened on May 18.

  • A: The new casino is anticipated to open in June.

  • A: No, PTHA cannot test for COVID-19.

  • If you have COVID symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath), please call 253-593-0232 ext. 337. Do not go to the clinic without calling first. If PTHA is closed, you can call the on-call provider and follow their instructions.

  • A: The Tribal Council has taken several steps to ensure the health and safety of the community, and keep tribal government open to provide essential services for its members. This is the latest Tribal Council update: .

  • A: Yes. The Tribal Council closed Chief Leschi Schools and Grandview Early Learning Center on Monday, March 16. Chief Leschi Schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. Grandview Early Learning Center's reopening date is to be determined.

    The Little Wild Wolves Youth Center has also temporarily been closed with the exception of funerals. The reopening date is to be determined.

  • A: Yes, they have been deemed essential and are operating on regular hours.

  • A: Most smoke shops remain open, with drive-up and walk-up service available.

  • A: Open for to-go orders only.

    *It’s recommended that you call individual businesses before you go to see if they’re open as things are changing rapidly.

  • A:Puyallup Tribal departments available to assist Elders with grocery/other necessities shopping include:


    Many grocery store chains, including Safeway and Costco, are offering special senior-only hours, during the COVID-19 crisis. Several retailers, including Fred Meyer, Safeway and Amazon, also offer at-home grocery delivery. The Puyallup Tribal Elders Department continues to do shopping for the Elders on a weekly basis for its residents, as well as community elders.
    • Elders can make a list of what they need and the department does the shopping for them. At this time, staff members are not taking Elders shopping with them.
    • They’re transporting only to essential health related appointments. The Elder Department works closely with the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority and outside specialty doctors regarding those appointments.

    The Elders center is providing sack lunches to those elders that would normally dine in at the Elders center. We have limited it to Mondays only from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. for pick up, with enough lunches to last the week.




Puyallup Tribal Court

Please read the General Order, 04/07/2020

Hours of Operation:Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. AVAILABLE via Phone and Email

As of March 16,2020, the Tribal Court is CLOSED to the public during this COVID-19 pandemic. However, Court staff is available during regular hours to take questions via phone at (253) 680-5585 and/or documents with certificates of service via postal mail as usual or email to: TribalCourtFilings@PuyallupTribe-nsn.gov. Please be advised that this email is temporarily available during this time to receive filings only.

Please check the Court page for updates.


Emerald Queen Casino

The Emerald Queen Casino Fife opened May 18. The new casino is anticipated to open in June. Read more on their website.


Our Employees

Tribal Administration remains open for essential tribal government services. However, the Tribal Administration and other buildings are open only to employees and to those with appointments. Employees are being encouraged to work from home.

If you have any questions, please call Tribal Administration's Human Resources office at (253) 573-7863 or the entity you work for.


Our Youth

Chief Leschi Schools is closed for the remainder of the school year. Grandview Early Learning Center and Little Wild Wolves Youth Center (except for funerals) are both closed until further notice.



Our Elders

The House of Respect Residence has placed restrictions on who can visit Elders. To schedule a vist with an elder, contact Russ Hanscom, RN, MHA at 253-302-9523.

Our dedicated staff have been strongly encouraging Elders in the Residence to remain at home. This self-quarantine is completely voluntary and meant to protect our Elders’ safety. If an Elder does decide to leave the community, appropriate screening will be conducted upon their return.


Our Events

All events have been postponed or cancelled until further notice.



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