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P. 1    FREE August 2008 Vol. CHEHALIS Honoring Gladys 1/2 Elders: Program TRIBAL Brown  Beloved Elder News passes away, 3 Learn the Chehalis Language NEWSLETTER Dan Penn is the new Language Program Coordinator. Classes will be held  “People of the Sands”  in the old dentist offce on Wednesdays at 5:00. A carving/language class is being held on Saturdays at 1:00. Contact Dan Celebration Honors Tribal HS at the old dentist offce or email him at Graduates and Their Families Free Legal Help Available The Northwest Justice Project provides  Dinner, door prizes, and awards were given to six graduates free civil (non-criminal) legal services for low-income people who cannot afford and their families at the Lucky Eagle Casino, 3 a lawyer. CLEAR is Northwest Justice Project’s Coordinated Legal Education, Advice and Referral system. Chehalis Canoe Family Youth, Adults, If you have questions about a civil matter, and are low-income or an Elder, Elders Know you can call the toll-free CLEAR line at (888) 201-1014 from 9:30 to 12:15, is Part of Huge Regional Cedar Monday to Friday, and 3:15 to 6:30 Tuesdays. Cultural Journey Education Gives You Harvest Choices Nathan Floth is the Reaps More Education Case Manager. He believes education is a tool Than Bark that gives you choices. The more education you have, the more choices By Fred Shortman, Editor you have in your life. Nathan works with About 10 people joined in a cedar bark the local school districts helping tribal harvest in June. Derek Youckton, Dept. of families with school attendance, grades, Natural Resources, led the way up to the and graduation credits. hills south of Adna designated for cedar bark In 2007, the Chehalis Tribe’s education harvest. Many rode in the youth van; others program received recognition by the federal drove their own vehicles. A blessing and government as the Outstanding Program in thanking to the trees for sharing with us, was the State of Washington. offered before harvesting began. We were Nathan’s offce is located in the Public reminded not to be angry or upset while Safety Building. If you have any questions, performing this harvest. please visit him at his offce, or call 709- Cedar bark harvest is done from July 1878. to August. Normally one third of the bark Note: TELO is having a Beginning of is harvested from the tree. As these trees the Year Celebration barbecue at the Youth were due to be felled by loggers, the permit Center on Wednesday, August 20th, from allowed stripping of as much of the tree as 12:00 to 4:00. Staff will be handing out gift possible. cards from Staples and Wal-Mart for school A safe perimeter was established by the supplies and clothing. logging crew and the harvest began. During Foreground (L-R): Cynthia Andy, Diana Pickernell, Heather Klatush, and the harvest, the sounds of chainsaws and Tribal Housing Authority Melanie Hjelm tend grave sites at the Secena Cemetery. crashing trees flled the air. The Chehalis Tribal Housing Authority Participants learned that a hand saw, (CTHA) assists Chehalis tribal families knife, and some good gloves are needed to with income at or below 80% of the median Heather Youckton respectfully requests permission to leave from West income. Saanich at Tsartlip. Youths Whitney Bracero and Tony Sanchez wait to begin See CEDAR BARK, page 4  The Rental Assistance (RA) program pulling. Also visible at the rear is the day’s skipper, Gail Miller. is currently assisting 22 tribal families with up to 50% of their monthly rental  After much practice, Northwest coastal tribes pulled canoes, and Scarlet payments. Chehalis Canoe Family were greeted on shore by hosting tribes. All Romero (age  The Down Payment Assistance (DPA) learned and practiced centuries old protocol. 19) learned program assists eligible tribal members puts knowledge and spirit The Chehalis Canoe Family worked together how to harvest with affordable homeowner fnancing to pull the canoe over sometimes long, often cedar bark. opportunities. to work on Paddle to hot stretches of open water. After stripping  The USDA Housing Preservation Cowichan Bay, BC Gail Miller, a Chehalis tribal skipper bark from the Grant funds small home repair projects said, “The Canoe Journey gives us tree, Scarlet (up to $10,000), such as repair and By Fred Shortman, Editor something to hang on to, something to look coiled and replacement of roofs, siding, plumbing, Over ffty Chehalis youth, adults forward to, and to continue to work on. tied the cedar weatherization, handicap accessibility and Elders took part in the huge regional Our canoe family worked year-round to get strips for later conversions, etc. return-to-traditions journey, the Paddle to where we are today, from learning songs, to curing. Cowichan Bay in July. training, to fund raising.” If you are interested in any of the Tribal members from scores of More stories in September issue. CTHA programs, please stop by or contact the housing offce at 273-7723. The 2008 Fireworks Season: A Celebration of Tradition, Pride, and Business Savvy  Selling freworks isn’t The tribe’s just a side business. fantastic It’s a major part of the fireworks show can take more economic success of than eight hours City, ST Zip Street Address Chehalis tribal families. takes trained to set up. It It’s a celebration. volunteers FirstName LastName wearing safety By Fred Shortman, Editor gear. Thanks to Fireworks are a Source of Pride Dustin Klatush, The 2008 freworks season was as Manny Medina, spectacular as the tribe’s freworks show. Sean Ortivez, Stand owners honed skills useful for running Walter Lewis, small businesses. Pride swelled in the heart Virgil Thacker, with each explosion of light and sound. Crazy Jack, Tribal members came together to share and Barnaby tradition, to remember those who have Canales passed on, and to honor a couple’s new life for another (under construction) ©Copyright 2008 together. Fireworks are a celebration of awesome Fourth CHEHALIS TRIBAL NEWSLETTER is a publication of the Confederated Tribes freedom, community, culture, and success. of July! of the Chehalis Reservation. See FIREWORKS, page 4
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