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CHEHALIS The Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation “People of the Sands” TRIBAL NEWSLETTER July 2014 Free Graduating Seniors and Families Recognized The Community Garden for Achieving Their Academic Goals Blessing Ceremony The graduation recognition By Cassey Jankowiak, Health dinner for the class of 2014 Advocate and Educator was held on Thursday, June 12 The weather could not have been at the Lucky Eagle. This year better for the community garden we had 11 tribal members and blessing ceremony on June 2, 3 community members who which was followed by a delicious successfully graduated from high barbecue and building of raised school. This recognition dinner garden beds. The event was is very important, supporting and organized through the Community recognizing not only the graduating Transformation Grant staff, seniors but also their families. bringing the youth and community members from Chehalis Tribe and The room was decorated in style the City of Oakville together for and JJ Shortman served as MC at the much anticipated community the event. The slide show brought This is the Class of 2014 tribal and community member garden ground breaking. Everyone graduating seniors. Pictured are back row (L-R) are Rueben laughter and applause from the Chum, Johnny Bird, Geo Jack, Kaileen Bray, Makayla Ortivez. present gathered together for the families acknowledging each ceremony that was opened with a graduate’s growth from pre-school Middle row (L-R) are Dylan Gleason-Wheeler, Skylar Baker, blessing by Elder Bones Gleason to that fnal day of completing this Rosa Shivel, Brooke Allen, Haley Parkinson, Ray Canales, and concluded with an opportunity stage of their life. Thomas Trott, Jr., Front Row is Marcus Youckton. for all to offer fresh soil to the fnishing up dinner Stephanie ahead of you. You can go to build site along with a hope or Dan “Bones” Gleason started off Pickernell offered a few words college, learn a trade, get a job, or dream for the community garden. by blessing the food provided by to the graduating class by saying It was an uplifting start for a week the Lucky Eagle Casino. While “You all have so much opportunity Continued on Page 2 of cedar box building, shoveling and sharing stories. Thank you to Skokomish First Annual “Paddle for Life” Event all the community members who On Saturday, June 21 the supported the garden build and made it possible! Skokomish Tribe hosted the frst annual “Paddle for Life” event. It For those who have a garden, or started small and soon became a have gardened in the past, you huge community effort involving know how relaxing garden work many different agencies from the can be. The same is true for a Skokomish Lucky Dog Casino Continued on Page 3 and SPIPA Cancer Programs. It quickly became an inter-tribal Inside event inviting other tribes to Community Gardening Project .......... 3 participate. This was a grassroots Wellness Center News ....................... 4 effort to address the spread of Wellness Activities ............................. 5 cancer in all tribal communities History of the Federal Government ... 6 through prayer, stories, and songs. Business License, Enrollment ........... 7 Cancer survivors were invited as The Chehalis Canoe Family travelled with eleven other Canoe July Birthdays .................................. 8 royalty to ride along the journey on Families in the Paddle for Life Cancer Awareness hosted by Head Start Graduation ....................... 9 the water. the Skokomish Tribe. Photo by Christina Hicks Students of the Month ...................... 10 a long worthwhile process. The and the Colon Health Program Bike Rodeo, USDA Foods ............... 11 The work and collaboration was Native Women’s Wellness Program Continued on Page 12 Swede Day and Oakville Parade ....... 12
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