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P. 1    FREE Vol. September 2008 1/3 CHEHALIS Honoring Mae Elders: Program TRIBAL Palmer  Active Elder has News NEWSLETTER tomboy, 3 always been a  “People of the Sands”  Youth Learn Canoe Tradition  Being a part of tribal canoe journeys means learning to be happy to see each other, supporting each other, and Call if You Need a Bus Ride to learning to feel the love of togetherness, 3 Olympia and Centralia Areas 1-800-650-7846 The tribe’s Rural and Tribal Transportation (R/T) provides bus service in Tribal Members rural Thurston County including the entire Celebration Kicks Off Chehalis Reservation. The service works a little different than regular fxed route public Have a Voice in transportation though. Here’s what you need to know: the School Year Future of  There are no set bus stops. Riders must call the day before they need a ride to schedule R/T to pick them up. Grand Mound  If you live in R/T’s service area, you can be picked up at your house. By Sarra Burnett-Lisle, Administrative  If you need to travel to Olympia, Lacey or Assistant, Planning Department the Nisqually Reservation, R/T will drop With the Great Wolf Lodge an obvious you off at the transit center in Tumwater success thus far, marked by the jam-packed where you can transfer to an Intercity parking lot, what can we expect to see in the Transit bus. coming months and years? With the lodge  If you need to travel to Centralia or open now and expecting to bring in over Chehalis, R/T will drop you off at the Rite 300,000 people to the area, businesses are Aid on Harrison Avenue or the Amtrak seeking to set up their camps and grow the station on Tower where you can transfer local economy. Michael Cade, the executive to a Twin Transit bus. director of the Economic Development  R/T operates Monday through Friday Council in Thurston County, said that he from 6am to 8pm. Bus fare is 75¢. has felded many inquiries from tourism and retail-based businesses that want to locate in Chehalis Tribe Domestic Violence Grand Mound. Program Offers Much Help Now that there are ideas foating around The Chehalis Tribe Domestic Violence about the development of Grand Mound, Program is a comprehensive support what can we, as tribal members, expect to program for survivors of domestic violence, see happening in the next few years? At sexual abuse and stalking. We offer: 24- the May 29 and July 24 meetings, many hour crisis intervention, counseling, legal ideas were generated for the Chehalis Tribe and medical help, and help with safety, Parents Claudia Daniels and Gerald Pickernell, III, took their children, Shyler and Thurston County to improve the town. transportation and emergency shelter. Daniels and Walter Pickernell Daniels, to the TELO Beginning of the Year From a movie theater to more housing, We are planning to start a women’s event to get ready for school. the community gave their input on what circle this fall. More information will follow. would raise Grand Mound from mediocre to If you have any questions, please call  Event Helps Kids and event helps us all get organized, so we’re not magnifcent. Lori McClung at 360- 858-1574. NOTE: stressed when school starts,” she said. The Grand Mound 10-Year this number is subject to change. If you need Families Get in the Haley was not thinking so much of Development Plan project began in February immediate help, call 911, or the domestic Back-to-School Mode stress. She was looking forward to the start when the tribe hired Foster Maul Alongi, violence hotline at 360-508-6870. of school so she could be in a cooking class, a consultant frm. They developed and By Cecilia Kayano and play basketball and soccer. distributed a survey amongst tribal members Harvesting Permits Available Mid-August is not too early to start Gerald Pickernell, III, and Claudia at a meeting on May 29 asking for opinions Gathering and frewood permits are thinking of school, as proven by the Daniels brought Shyler Daniels, age fve, from tribal members on upgrades for the available to all Chehalis tribal members. TELO Beginning of the Year barbecue and and Walter Pickernell Daniels, almost two. Grand Mound area. Another survey was This includes bark, sweetgrass, beargrass carnival, held on August 20. Parents and Shyler was especially happy because he flled out by Grand Mound residents on and other products harvested off of state and kids joined in, frst receiving gift cards for will be starting kindergarten at Oakville July 24 seeking outlooks on the town and federal lands. Permits are issued through the school clothes and supplies, then playing Elementary with his cousins. Mom Claudia what changes they would like to see. A total Tribal Natural Resources Department and on the infated carnival toys, and enjoying a had mixed feelings. “I’m excited because of 76 questionnaires were completed; 34 can usually be issued the same day. barbecue. Shyler is excited, but I’m a little sad,” she flled out by tribal members and 42 by local To obtain a permit, call or stop by the Traci Parkinson drove from Yelm with said. “My little one is going into Early Head residents. The results of the survey showed Natural Resources Department 360-273- her children Bailey, age 5, Haley age 12, Start. He’s growing up,” she explained. that the tribal members and the citizens of 5911. We will need your name, address, and Ashlea, age 15. Although Traci was Gerald and Claudia said they plan to Grand Mound had very similar thoughts: telephone number and tribal enrollment very appreciative of the gift cards, she also buy coats, other clothing and school supplies 43 of the 76 surveys expressed that retail number in order to complete a permit. liked the focus the event provided. “This with the gift cards. See Grand Mound, page 4 Gathering and frewood permits are free. You must have both your permit and tribal ID Employee Picnic Reminds Us of Beginnings card during gathering. By Cecilia Kayano A major discussion point at that time to those Elders. “The people who stayed At the employee picnic held on August was how to get money from the government on the reservation, who didn’t move, those 15, there were so many employees, it was to provide facilities and programs to help are the ones who created this. Those are the hard to count. But tribal Human Resources take care of Elders and youth, and provide ones we can thank.” Director Jessie Goddard can give an almost- education and jobs. exact number: 300! (Numbers change almost George said he hopes new employees See related story, Employees, page 4 weekly as new employees are added.) understand the importance For young tribal members and new of education programs for employees, it was hard to imagine the tribal members. And, he hopes early days of the tribe, when there were tribal members research their City, ST Zip few employees, and just a building or two. family trees. “You have to Street Address That’s exactly what Elder George Youckton know where you came from. was thinking about, as he leaned back and Knowing your family helps watched the picnic scene. you know your strengths, FirstName LastName “I remember when there were no helps you be proud. Knowing employees. Everyone was a volunteer,” your family helps a person recalled George. He was thinking about be a better employee, a better when he frst moved to the reservation, in community member.” the mid 60’s. For all Elders watching The tribal offce was a tiny building, the employee picnic scene, it occupying only the very front part of the was a time to reminisce. None current building. Meetings were held on thought the tribe would evolve the frst Tuesday of every month. About 25 to over 300 employees, people would attend. To be admitted into and be a major economic Future Employee? the meeting, you had to toss a quarter on infuence in south Thurston Kly Meas, III, age 7 months, enjoys a potato and (under construction) ©Copyright 2008 the table when you entered the room. The County. water at the Chehalis employee picnic. From the CHEHALIS TRIBAL NEWSLETTER is a publication of the Confederated Tribes money helped pay for the electricity for the Before George got in line look on Kly’s face, the picnic food was great, and of the Chehalis Reservation. meeting. for his burger, he gave tribute the tribe’s future is bright!
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