Cal Peters, former Squaxin Island tribal chair, passes away

Former Squaxin Island Tribe chairman Cal Peters passed away peacefully in his home January 19, 2011. Peters was born on March 19, 1927, and served in various positions on the tribal council from 1952 to 2001, six years as tribal chair.

Peters is survived by his wife Ina, his seven children, Steven of Shelton, Richard of Olympia, David, Mark and Roger, all of Tacoma, and his two daughters, Susan MacKenzie and Karen Farr of Tacoma, and adopted son Daniel Morgan of Seattle.

He also is survived by his brother William Peters of Olympia, sister-in-law Elsie Charron of Tacoma, twenty-two grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Peters was an advocate of Native American Treaty Rights. In addition to serving on tribal council, he served on various tribal committees, as well as State and National Native American Rights organizations.