Book Review:
"Our Way": Hoy yud dud

  • Posted 2/06/2012
  • Essay 10028

Tulalip Tribal Leader Stanley G. Jones Sr., "Scho-Hallem"
Paperback, 156 pages
Color and black-and-white photographs
Self published

Tulalip Tribal Leader Stanley Gayle Jones Sr.'s importance to both the culture and economy of the Tulalip Tribes is undisputed.  "Our Way" Hoy yud dud is his autobiography.

Born July 10, 1926, "on the three hundred block of Madison Avenue, three blocks south of the flag pole that is currently on Main Street in Monroe, Washington" (Jones p. 6) Jones is a descendant of the Snohomish (Stahobsh), Snoqualmie, Squaxin, Skykomish, Clallam, and Stoc-welee-jub tribes. Scho-Hallem is his Stahobsh name. 

When his mother died in 1929, Stan's father moved the family to the Tulalip Reservation to be near relatives. Stan recalls his childhood on the reservation, during the Great Depression, when Native people were extremely poor and discriminated against. Stan's father found jobs in logging, fishing, and carpentry.  At 9 years old, Stan, two brothers, and a sister contracted tuberculosis and were taken to Cushman Hospital in Tacoma. Miles from Tulalip, they were isolated from friends and family and treated as boarding school students, forced to attend classes and often punished.  His brother Jack died there. Stan recovered and returned to the Tulalip Reservation where he took part in various sports and at 17 began commercial fishing with his father.

That same year an underage Stan joined the Marine Corps as a reserve in World War II and when he turned 18 he was assigned to a tank battalion in the South Pacific where he served for two years. Resuming civilian life at Tulalip, he married JoAnn Barrie in 1950.  They lived for a time in Tacoma, Seattle, and Valdez, Alaska, moving to Tulalip in 1951. 

Stan Jones Sr. has the distinction of being the longest serving Tulalip Tribes board member, 44 years, half of which he spent as chairman. Under his visionary leadership, the Tribes were participants in testimony leading to the Boldt decision, and he was a strong leader in establishing the Tribes in real estate and gaming, thus providing opportunities for tribal members. At the same time, Jones helped to revive tribal history and culture, including the traditional Salmon Ceremony, the relearning of Lushootseed (the Tribes' native language), the yearly Canoe Journey, and the establishment of the Hibulb Cultural Center.    

"Our Way" is a series of stories about events in Stan Jones Sr.'s life, though it is not only his autobiography but the history of the Tulalip Tribes in his lifetime. Some of the stories are drawn from handwritten journal notes that he kept during the 1970s.  The book has 24 chapters. Chapter 19 deals with a topic Stan knows well, Tulalip Tribes economic development from a small Tulalip Smoke Shop and land rentals to today's QuilCeda Village mall and the Tulalip casinos.

During his years as tribal chairman, Stan Jones' advice was sought by national and international leaders and he became a world traveler, representing the Tulalip Tribes.  He attended a Bureau of Indian Affairs-sponsored timber symposium in China;  performed ceremonies in India and New Zealand; spoke at a Geneva Convention in Switzerland on treaties and environmental issues; served on various committees at a national level and had his picture taken with many state, national and international political leaders. 

"Our Way" is Stan Jones's personal story, his family's story, and the Tulalip Tribes' story.  But in addition, it is an important American story and should be a must read for those interested in the history of Northwest Indians from the 1920s to the early years of the twenty-first century. Jones writes: "Hoy yud dud means our way.  Everybody has their own way to do things, such as worship and pray and many are very different from each other, and we respect the difference."  

The book was self published and has illustrations on nearly every page, many in color.  It is available through the Hibulb Cultural Center at Tulalip.   

--By Margaret Riddle, February 6, 2012

Submitted: 2/06/2012

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