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Dinner continued from Page 1 Federal Way, Washington, and Erica Mendez seniors with a Pendleton blanket, wrapping them
attended W.F. West High School in Chehalis, with love and protection for a job well done.
Each family dedicated much time and Washington. Both had a GPA of 3.85. Congratulations to all the graduating seniors and
effort make sure these graduating their families for graduating from high school.
seniors succeeded. Seniors recognized Tony Medina, Youth Center Director, presented Best of luck with your future goals!
their Parents with gifts provided by the each graduating tribal member with a gift card.
Higher Education Program. He shared memories of when the kids were Keynote Guest Speakers
members who came to witness this event. After involved in his program. Many of his memories
these speeches, each graduating senior presented brought laughter and lightened the moment for Elder Curtis DuPuis, Chehalis Tribal member
his or her parents with a gift of appreciation for the people who were there. and veteran, gave a speech on the importance
support throughout their high school experience. of education: with a growing tribe we must also
Entertainment was then provided by the “Rated The slide show also brought laughter and expand our education.
Next Generation” dance group. Their energy and applause from the families and friends of the
moves brought a positive message to all who graduates. The slide show featured photos of Racheal Mendez, Higher Education Coordinator,
attended. each graduate’s growth, from pre-school to high shared what resources her program has available
Awards school graduation. to graduating seniors. She also encouraged
For the past ten years, John Setterstrom and his students of all ages to take advantage of these
wife have recognized the graduate with the top The Education Department gave graduating tribal resources—it’s never too late to go back to
GPA. This year we had two recipients: Madeline members a $500 Walmart gift card. All graduates school.
Colson attended Todd Beamer High School in received gifts from the community, such as a
Great Wolf Lodge hotel stay, a Lucky Eagle Mary DuPuis gave a heartfelt speech and told
Casino Steakhouse gift certificate, and gas cards the graduates not to let high school hold them
from Chehalis Tribal Enterprises. All students back. She encouraged students to continue onto
received a keepsake backpack and a coat to higher education and that graduating from high
remember their achievements by. school was their first step into the future. It is
important to grow from one’s mistakes and to
Don Secena, Bones, and Cheryle Starr from move forward.
the Business Committee presented each of the
Entertainment for
the night was dance
group the “Rated
Next Generation”
who dazzled the
audience while
performing their

Artist continued from Page 1 Each participant had a pair of white canvas shoes and influences from his mixed heritage to make
to personalize with their own art, with support strong statements about identity. According to
Reservation to teach and encourage our youth to and teaching from Louis, showing positive Louie: “The name ‘Eighth Generation’ references
bring out their individuality and creativity. Just expressions of their identity. The art that was the intertribal value of ‘Seven Generations’,
like last year, kids ages 6 to 14 years old signed created was amazing. Each pair expressed what which suggests that we consider the impact of
up, with 35 participants each day. our youth find important about themselves and our decisions on the next seven generations. 
their family. Shoes were decorated with images Eight is also a
Louie presented each participant with a blank of Tribal culture, love and kindness, hearts and lucky number in
wooden puzzle piece to decorate with images that flowers, as well as sports images and super Cantonese because,
represent their life. Our youth were eager to show heroes. When everyone was done they displayed when spoken, it
Louie the art they created and tell the story that their art, created with pride for their community sounds the same
went along with their puzzle piece. They added here on the Chehalis Reservation. Tsapowum as the word for
it to create a larger puzzle, this represented how Chehalis Tribal Behavioral Health is happy to prosperity.”
each person adds to the greater whole. bring popular artists like Louie Gong who inspire
the youth and look forward to providing more Children proudly
The two-day workshop focused on what makes us workshops and programs for the youth of the display their
unique as individuals as well as how individuals Chehalis Tribal community. personalized
contribute to our larger community. Louie has
experience as a school counselor, child and About Louie Gong: Louie merges traditional painted shoes
family therapist, and college instructor so he is Coast Salish art with icons from popular culture after completing
engaging as well as instructive.
their projects.

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