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3 Honoring our Elders: June “Tiny” Jones “...met her husband Jake Jones while attending services at the Little White Church and has been married for the past 54 years...” I am proud to be a member of the Chehalis Tribe. I was born June 9, 1934 at home in Oakville. My parents are Wesley Jack Brown and Gladys Beckwith Brown. My Chehalis grandparents are Ernest and Lizzie Beckwith. My great- grandparents are Suzie Sickmon and John Beckwith. I have been married to Jake Jones for 54 years. I met him by going to the Little White Church, and I have been going to church ever since. It is a good way of life, both exciting and challenging. We have three daughters, Francine, June and her husband, Jake Jones, celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with their Yvonne and Janet and one son, Dennis. We have 17 grandchildren and 17 children (LR) Dennis, Janet, Yvonne, and great-grandchildren. Francine. I grew up on the reservation. Sometimes after our chores were fnished. oak tree. camp meetings at Little Boston. Jake was a we lived at my grandpop’s house. Most When we lived on Moon Road, my dad Another memorable holiday was kind and gentle man. At age 20 he proposed of the time, we lived at our farm on Moon would go to cut wood at Hayden’s property. Christmas Eve at the old school house. and I accepted. We were married and had a Road. Whenever I would visit my family We would enjoy playing ball with the Frank Pete was Santa Claus, and brought family. I have been living in Little Boston on the reservation we would travel down Youckton children, Chops, Mel, Clara and treats for everyone who attended. When Moon Road. This brought back memories of Mutt. Other games we enjoyed playing were missionaries had Sunday school the children for about 45 years which I enjoy. I also the way of life living on the farm. All nine anti-eye-over, red light green light, and tag. practiced for the Christmas Eve show. When enjoy going back to Oakville to visit family of us kids helped by doing the farm chores, Even though we didn’t have television back the night came each child would stand on and friends. My life there brings back so getting wood and picking berries when then, we were never bored. stage and recite their parts. Like I said, many fond memories. they were in season. My mom canned all On family nights we would gather in the “There was never a dull moment.” As my children grew a little older, I went the vegetables and fruit, so we never were living room listening to the radio as they Later my dad became a logger. He to work, then onto college. At the age of without food. broadcasted shows like the Lone Ranger, worked hard all his life. My mom was a hard 47 I received my bachelor’s degree from I went to the Oakville School. We walked Intersanctem, Mystery Blondie, etc. It was worker too. She could do anything, even Antioch University in Seattle. I worked for from Moon Road to the County Line Road exciting, as we were left awaiting the next fx cars. All of us kids (nine of us) helped many years in the Early Childhood Program to catch the bus. We would cut across Elsie story. with doing farms chores, getting wood and Smith’s yard to catch the bus. Cindy Davis- Families back then used to help each picking berries. here in Little Boston. I still teach Early Andy caught the bus there too, but she other with jobs that needed to be done, When I was in the ninth grade, we Childhood classes for Northwest Indian attended school in Rochester. from haying or building homes, supporting moved when my dad got a job logging in College to staff at the Early Childhood Another neighbor, Annie Jack, lived on the each other, learning and enjoying each California. While living there I graduated Program. corner of Moon Road. other’s company as the tasks were fnished. from Arcata Union High School in 1952. In the early years, there wasn’t much While living at grandpop’s home on It was hard work, but together things were During the summer months, I would return business available for the tribe. My South Bank Road, we enjoyed playing with accomplished. to the reservation to earn extra money for grandpop Earnest Beckwith was the our aunt Lois and uncle Bill Beckwith. I remember Tribal Days: There was school clothes working for the local berry chairman at one time. Seems like the Indians We also enjoyed playing baseball and always a free clam bake. We brought picnic farms. I also remember catching the truck existed and BIA handled the business or else football with our uncles Robert and Richard lunches and ate under the oak tree. There with everyone from the reservation to work they told tribes what they could do. Beckwith in the feld on the farm. When were always fun games and races provided at the hop felds in Chehalis. Alberta and Delores Conner came over we for the kids. There was a tug-of-war, dry While going to the Little White Church, I am pleased with the progress the always had a ball game going. Sometimes canoe races, foot races, wheel barrow, and I met my husband Jake Jones. His father Chehalis Tribe has made in recent years. The it was sock ball or shad ball. Being kids, we sack races. At the end of the day my dad and would bring his family to the Little White tribe is good to us senior citizens. Thank you were always thinking of ways to have fun grandpop played Slahal games under the old Church services. We would also go to attend to the tribe for the benefts. Tribal Staff Profles: Accounting and Communications Coordinator Hello, my name is Geraldine I was hired to work at the front Hoyt, my name is playing basketball and baseball (Gerrie) Sanders. I currently desk answering the telephone Fred Shortman. I am a when I was younger. I’ve work in the Accounting with Joyleen McCrory. tribal member and the coached little league and Department as the Accounts In 1976 I was transferred to Communications Coordinator football for Oakville. My other Payable Manager. I enjoy the Accounting Department. for the tribe. My mom is Faith hobby is painting and my latest working for the Chehalis (Funny, I still have my frst Secena, and my grandparents challenge is learning how to Tribe and my work in the job description initialed by are Nancy (Beckwith) and carve. I’ve been fortunate to Accounting Department Chairwoman Virginia Murphy Secena. I have two attend tribal classes on carving keeps me very busy. There Canales.) I have been in the sons, Daryl and Alexander, are always bills to pay and Gerrie Sanders, Accounting Department for from my frst marriage Fred Shortman, and language. I would like new software to learn. Accounting Payable 33 years! to Carmen Pickernell- Communications Coordinator to thank Mr. Wilson for My signifcant other is Manager Margie Youckton and I were Shortman. I’m presently Editor for the Newsletter carving and Elder Katherine Ray Secena, Jr. I have a son, Reggie Sanders the only two employees in the Accounting married to Theresa Pope- Barr for teaching the and four grandchildren, Sidney, Jayden, Department for many years. Gradually more Shortman and have three stepchildren: Chehalis language. Working with the youth Rygin, and JaRae’. My parents are Sidney employees were hired as the tribe grew and Shaquille, Azlynn and Jubilee Kainz. really inspires me with the good energy they Sanders, Sr., and Rosetta Wells Klatush. My received more funding through grants and I was raised in a foster family from age bring to the classes. Grandparents are Josephine and William seven and graduated from Langley Jr. Sr. I found out I had type 2 diabetes in 2000. Wells. I was born in Olympia, Washington contracts. Presently there are 13 employees High School on Whidbey Island. In 1982 I By committing to a lifestyle of proper eating and lived in Oakville most of my life. in our Accounting Department. returned home. I applied for a job with the and exercise, I’ve learned diabetes is a I graduated from Oakville High School Since being involved with the Chehalis tribe and was hired as the Senior Citizens manageable disease. in 1972. I attended Centralia College for a tribal community, I love watching baseball, Coordinator. That was a special job for me, I hope you are enjoying the newsletter. short period of time. and have traveled with the Tomahawks to working and learning from the seniors. I was It’s been awesome learning about life My employment started with an I.A.T. different reservations for ball tournaments. honored to have spent that time with them. on the reservation, connecting family (Indian Action Team) training class in 1975. I enjoy watching my grandchildren I’ve continued working for the tribe in Training was for a secretary position and playing sports. Sidney’s active schedule different jobs since then, spending the last members, taking photos, and reporting on home economics. I remember sewing and keeps Ray and I very busy with baseball 16 years working in law enforcement, before up-coming events. It’s like I was meant to making dresses. I would get pulled from games during the spring, and in the fall and becoming the Communications Coordinator do this position. With the help of my fellow training class to type letters on the old winter months with his Jr. League Bowling. for our newsletter. It has been one year since employees, Cecilia Kayano, Paula Barr megcard computer! This old fossil required I also like cooking and baking when I have I started writing and editing our Chehalis and Dan “Bones” Gleason, we’ll continue you to save your work on a card instead of time! I enjoy working for the Chehalis Tribe Tribal Newsletter. keeping everyone informed of our tribal the computer’s hard drive. and have been involved with the community My favorite hobbies are bowling, events. “?Ey sqatavi” Good day. After successfully completing the classes, since living here. fshing, karaoke, and billiards. I enjoyed Burn Ban Notice Protect Your Children Against Safeguard all drugs at home. Monitor Due to dry conditions a burn ban has been quantities and control access. Prescription Drug Abuse  Set clear rules for teens about all drug called until further notice. use, including not sharing medicine and No burn barrels always following the medical provider’s No burning yard debris Seventy percent of youth get prescription advice and dosages. No open fames painkillers from relatives and friends  Be a good role model by following these No lighting freworks same rules with your own medicines. By Lorrie Bonifer, Prevention Specialist  Properly conceal and dispose of old and For more information, contact Chehalis Tribal Police, 360-273-7051 unused medicines in the trash. Although illicit drug use by teens is medicine. Teens also report that these drugs  Ask friends and family to safeguard their declining, now there’s a threat from the are not hard to fnd. About 40 percent of 12 prescription drugs as well. th family medicine cabinet. Prescription drugs graders say that painkillers are fairly or very  Talk to your teen about the dangers of provide benefts when used correctly under easy to get, and more than half say the same abusing prescription and over-the-counter the care of a health provider. But when about stimulants. drugs. These are powerful drugs that, when misused, are just as dangerous as abused, they can be just as dangerous as What can you do about this problem? illegal street drugs. Tell you teen it’s not illicit drugs. Parents and caregivers are Think about your home. What prescription worth the risk. the frst line of defense in addressing this and over-the-counter drugs do you have? To learn more about teen prescription troubling trend. Where are they kept? Would you know if drug abuse, visit On Kick Butt Day, youth collected Seventy percent of people age 12 and some are missing? The good news is that or call 1-800-788-2800 to request free over 10 pounds of cigarette butts. older who abuse prescription painkillers say you can take steps immediately to limit materials. Contact Lorrie Bonifer at 360- They said, “This is yucky! But, it they get them from relatives and friends. access to these drugs and help keep your 709-1717 if you have any questions or the was great to help clean up the Others may abuse their own prescription teen drug-free: Tsampouwam for treatment information. environment.” (See story, page 2.)
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