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2 At Great Wolf Lodge: Fathers, Children Stay Governor Meets with Tribes Warm on Special Day to Sign Centennial Accord By Andy Olson, Fisheries Biologist This year’s Fatherhood Fishing Day was held on Friday, June 20, at the site of a tribal restoration project that began in 2007 on Garrard Creek. The new site was a pond created to recharge groundwater in the area by holding rain and foodwaters on the land so that they can slowly seep into the groundwater. The kids had more room to spread out to catch fsh. The pond was stocked with nearly 500 trout a week before the event so they could get good and hungry and be easy for the kids to catch. It rained, but that didn’t dampen the kids’ spirits. They fshed in the rain unfazed at least until they were completely soaked. Several of the kids caught very large trout. In front row, at left is Chehalis Tribal Chairman, David Burnett. At right is the Despite the dreary day, Gary Honorable Christine Gregoire, Governor of the State of Washington. The crowd under the awnings was a happy Ortivez and his son, Hunter, enjoyed one. They all enjoyed a picnic barbecue and By Jeff Warnke, Rob McKenna, and the heads of 16 state got to know each other better while they spending time fishing together. Director of Government Public Relations agencies. There were more than 250 tribal tried to avoid the raindrops. husband, so he will become a pro fsherman representatives who came to voice concerns, Evelyne Kalama commented, “The while he is in Alaska. Governor Christine Gregoire signed a as well as remark on progress since the Fatherhood Fishing Day was one of the best “We had a great time. Thank you to all proclamation on April 28, 2008, reaffrming Accord meetings began almost 30 years ago. days for my son and his father, Kai Ramirez of the parents who came and supported their the State of Washington’s commitment to The all-day meeting touched on topics and Lorenzo Ramirez. It was the frst time children. Thank you to Andy and Natural the Centennial Accord and to working with ranging from law enforcement, taxation, that either of them went fshing, and they Resources for the fsh and poles. You guys tribes on issues in common. natural resources, state funding of Indian had a good time. I want to thank Dennis are great.” The Centennial Accord is an annual programs, tribal gaming, and recent activity Cayenne for the spinner he gave to my tradition that started in 1989. Tribal leaders in the state legislature. The legislative and Governor Booth Gardner outlined an highlights centered on the recent passage of Burn Ban, Gate Locks, agreement to work on a government-to- laws that included greater police powers for government basis, improving relations tribal police offcers, as well as protections The last order of business for the day and Trash Talk and committing to be more responsive to of human and cultural remains. tribal issues. The Centennial Accord has been honored in its spirit and process by was an opportunity for tribes to give direct Governors Gardner, Locke, and Gregoire for feedback to the Governor regarding the state By Glen Connelly, Environmental Program Specialist almost 20 years. and how to better work with the tribes. The This year, the Great Wolf Lodge was Governor seemed moved by stories of how host to the meeting between the tribes and the state has worked well with tribes, as well Burn Ban on Now Washington State. The state was represented as how the state has not. Due to dry conditions, a burn ban has Larger black locks with plastic covers by Governor Gregoire, Attorney General been declared for the Chehalis Reservation are being used to protect tribal property and to minimize the risk of wildfres. Please note prevent public access. Only tribal employees the following rules: No burn barrels. No with a business reason to enter the property By Nancy Romero, burning of yard debris. No freworks. will be issued keys to these areas. Youth Travel to Warm Heritage and Culture Having small fres for ceremonial Trash Update Coordinator, purposes and using smokehouses are Springs, Honor Elders with Tony Medina, acceptable as long as they are well The new convenience station at the old controlled and monitored with appropriate Youth Center Director fre control tools, such as water buckets and Hamilton farm is now complete. The tribe built a short wall next to a 40-yard dumpster The 2008 Northwest Indian Youth The conference included workshops on shovels. to make it easier for people to dump their Conference was held Memorial Day tradition, culture, basket making, drug and extra trash. A sanitation worker will operate Weekend at the Warm Springs Reservation alcohol prevention, education, and HIV/ Tribal Property Access the convenience station on Saturdays and in Oregon. The Warm Springs people are so AIDS awareness. There was also a youth The tribe has purchased various Sundays, assist people with loading the friendly and very cultural. The conference dance and a surprise visit by Litefoot, a properties on and around the Chehalis dumpster, and ensure that the dumpster is had several good guest speakers and Native rap artist. We also participated in the Reservation over the last ten years. To used only by tribal members. activities about learning to say, “No,” and Celilo Longhouse, sitting on woven mats protect tribal property from thieves and Most of you already pay for weekly how to stand up and be heard. with the men on one side and women on the vandalism, many of these properties have trash pick-up by LeMay (through Tribal The main focus for this conference was other. been fenced and gated. The Chehalis Housing) and you should continue to use honoring the Elders. During the Tribal Days Some of the kids went horseback riding. Department of Natural Resources (CDNR) that service for your everyday trash. You can Weekend, the youth made giveaway gifts Kendall Medina participated in the 5K fun uses two types of locks on gates. use the tribal dumpster for extra garbage or for the Elders attending the conference. The run. It was already warm when it began. He CDNR recognizes that tribal fshermen larger items like mattresses or furniture. youth made about 60 beautiful gifts, from got a little tired, but there were two beautiful need access to their traditional fshing For further information, please contact necklaces to key chains. The most powerful young ladies who helped keep him going! areas. We have locked these gates with a Glen Connelly, Environmental Program moment was watching the youth give them At the closing ceremonies, Kendall took frst set of black locks and issued keys to those Specialist at 273-5911 x1854. out at the powwow. The Elders were very place in his age group! I was very proud of fshermen who need access. grateful. It was awesome! him. Great job! General Council Remember to Meeting Notice Vote in Primary The next General Council Meeting is on Tuesday, September 9, 2008, 5:00 at the 2008 is an important Tribal Center. Agenda items include: election year for state and  Business Committee nominations (voting federal offces. Let your will be at November’s annual meeting) vote count!  Allocation changes If you are not registered to vote, stop by  Public ordinances (pick up a copy at the Nancy Romero’s offce and pick up a form, Tribal Center) or call her at 480-2911 and she’ll be happy  Community Center (pool risks) to bring you one. Chehalis Business Committee Tribal David Burnett, Chairman Don Secena, Vice Chairman Newsletter Jessie Goddard, Treasurer Joyleen McCrory, Secretary 420 Howanut Road John Shortman, 5th Council Member Left to right, front row: James Quilt, Carol Ann Black, Kaylee Trott. Middle row: Art Medina, Skylar Bracero, Kendall Medina, Marla Medina, Leslie Boyd, Oakville, WA 98568 Joyce Thomas. Back row: Corrie Medina, Sarah Quilt, Nancy Medina, Junior (360) 273-5911 (office) Chehalis Tribal Newsletter Staff: Jack, Tony Medina. Not pictured: Daryn Jones, Joleen Medina (360) 273-5914 (fax) Fred Shortman, Communications Coordinator “The People’s Council” The Intertribal Intergenerational Articles and opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily the opinions Bringing Civil Rights to Indian Country Women’s & of this publication or the Chehalis Tribal Conference: September 7-10, 2008 Business Committee. at the Great Wolf Lodge Girls’ Gathering The Chehalis Tribal Newsletter encourages tribal members to submit letters, articles, Featured Speaker: Eloise Cobell, photographs, and drawings to be considered Blackfeet Nation, Lead Plantiff in August 21-24, 2008 for publication. These are subject to editing. Cobell v. Kempthorne Camp Thunderbird Contributing writers, artists, and Summit Lake photographers include Chehalis tribal Conference fee is $75 per participant and free to youth and Elders community members and staff. The Confederated Tribes of Get your information packet and the Chehalis Reservation... registration forms at the clinic. Submission deadline: 6th of each month Printed: First week of each month “People of the Sands”
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