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The Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation

April 2015 Free

Guest Speaker Encourages Youth to Get Active End of an Era as
and Healthy, Keep Drug and Alcohol Free Tribe Closes EOT 1

Chance Rush was invited by Tony It is an end of an era for the End
Medina to visit with the Chehalis of the Trail 1 Store. This store
tribal youth on Friday, March 6 in is credited with serving our
the Gathering Room. After being community for over 30 years,
introduced by Tony he was met by and has been a convenience to
a thunderous applause by the youth many who shopped there. The
who attended this event. End of the Trial Store 1 closed its
doors on March 31. The Business
Chance shared a little of his Youth take a group photo with Chance Rush at the Community Committee approved and supported
background, giving credit to what Center. Chehalis Tribal Enterprises (CTE)
made him who he is today. Chance recommendation to close the
is an enrolled member of the Three things. He developed incredible way. Chance trained his way to business. It has been suffering
Affiliated Tribes (Hidatsa) of North drive and discipline to overcome becoming a nationally ranked losses for over 5 years, which
Dakota. He was very thankful for all obstacles that stood in his the Tribe has been generously
the past 15 years he has been able Continued on Page 2 absorbing.
to advocate for fitness and health
throughout the United States. He Historically the Chehalis Tribe
still remains active and loves to did not offer many opportunities
run, traditional pow-wow dance, to work, other than through grants
and be with his children. and contracts. The Tribe was
growing and needed to find other
Chance learned early that he ways to expand. The decision was
could use his athletic talents as made to start businesses to enhance
a means to accomplish great employment and address economic
issues by building the Store.
Program Educates Community on Nettles: Our First Spring Food
The End of the Trail 1 was
By Christina Hicks, Tribal and community members take and useful. The leaves, flowers originally built in the 1980s under
Community Wellness Manager turns learning the cooking techniques and seeds are used for food a grant called the Adult Vocation
for preparing nettles. and medicine. The stems are Training (AVT) program. The
On Saturday, March 28, 2015 high in fiber and make strong program gave tribal members
from 10:00am to 1:00pm cordage. the opportunity to gain precious
the SDPI program hosted a
Springs Food workshop in the Stinging nettle is a perennial Continued on Page 12
PT Classroom at the Chehalis herb with opposite deep green
Tribal Wellness Center. leaves with serrated edges and Inside
Instructor Vanessa Cooper, tiny greenish flowers. Stems
a Lummi tribal member are square like a mint. Nettle Futures Road Projects ........................ 3
taught the class and has many grows 3-7 feet tall. The stalk
years of experience creating and underside of leaves are Health and Wellness Events ............ 4,5
relationships with plants and covered with stinging hairs that
learning their teachings. rise from a gland containing WIC Program News .......................... 6
formic acid. Nettle is common
About the Stinging Nettles in streambeds and disturbed Community Notice: Tree Removal .... 7

Stinging nettle is so nutritious Continued on Page 3 April Birthdays .................................. 8

Heritage Program; Foster Care .......... 9

Students of the Month ...................... 10

College Info; Homes for Sale .......... 11

Staff Profiles ................................... 12
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