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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 This Week's Paper

Puyallup Restorative Correctional Facility

Programs seek funding to continue changing tribal members’ lives

When the Puyallup Tribe opened its Restorative Correctional Facility three years ago, the plan was to make it not just a place for incarceration but also a bridge to help guide inmates on a path to creating better lives for themselves. The word “restorative” was taken to heart, presenting a different way of treating Native American people – with compassion and respect rather than locking them up to do their time then be released back into the world no better equipped for life than they were before. Through programming including Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and classes in which inmates can get help with domestic violence issues or earn their GED, success stories are happening more and more, proving that the Tribe’s method… Read Full Story

EDITOR'S CHOICE
If art is life, Dan Hill discovered his with a camera – and The Spar

Dan Hill had to face an awful truth as a student at the University of Puget Sound.
It was the '60s, and he'd graduated from Stadium High School then began his college career as an art major.
“As an artist, I had a great eye,” Hill said. “But I was never a great draftsman. I could see what I wanted to do but not quite get it there the way I saw it.”
Hill took up photography and loved the medium. Again, reality put a grip on his ambitions.
“I was 23 in 1966, and went to Canada and bought a hippy-dippy coffee shop,” Hill said. “I stayed there seven years.”
Whenever possible, he'd head out for free… Read Full Story

WEEKLY STORIES
County exec highlights partnerships at ‘state of the county address’

Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier held his first “state of the county address” last week and outlined a supplemental budget and roster of partnerships to curb homelessness around the county.
The 30-minute address touched on county efforts to streamline departments to save money and boost efficiency and transparency of government, namely a plan to merge the Planning and Land Services and the Public Works departments.
“Customers can go to one location for both building and… Read Full Story

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Bulletin Board
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

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Puyallup Restorative Correctional Facility
Published in the Tacoma Weekly

Programs seek funding to continue changing tribal members’ lives When the Puyallup Tribe opened its Restorative Correctional Facility three years ago, the plan was to make it not just a place for incarceration but also a bridge to help guide inmates on a path to creating better lives for themselves.…