Page 2 - Chehalis Tribal Newsletter - September 2015
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Paddle continued from Page 1 organized this event. Singing the songs on the Delores
water is a blessing.” “Dorie”
The canoes were greeted by the hosting Gleason,
Skokomish Tribe. Gary Petersen, a Skokomish Tribal member, said shared her
“We are reclaiming many things, our language, struggles
“I am happy to be a witness today and we are culture and Indian names. My mother had colon after being
survivors and I want to thank everyone for being cancer and it was terminal. She was only 47- diagnosed
here today.” years-old when she passed away. She would have
had a better chance if she had the resources we with
There were various speakers who wanted to share have today. He went onto say that he has been a cancer.
about their experiences with cancer. Rodney social worker for the past 40 years and involved
Youckton, a Chehalis Canoe Family member with the Indian Child Welfare Act. “We want Rose Robinson, a member of the Quinault Nation
said, “I am very honored to be able to support to make sure our Indian children are raised in and Skokomish said, “I’m honored to be here.
fighting cancer. It is important to maintain a our tribal communities. This is a chance for our I lost my mother to colon cancer and she was
positive attitude. Look at all the young kids young people to sing on the water and pull in the only 55-years-old. I am honored to see all the
participating. They are our next hope. To canoes.” survivors.”
have confidence to overcome challenges.” He
concluded “It is always a blessing to be thankful Walter Jackson, a Quileute Tribal member, said Lester Dan, a member of the Quinault Nation
today.” “I would like to thank the Skokomish Tribe and said, “I lost my wife to cancer. The water is
everyone who helped with putting this together. healing and I am glad to be here today.”
Roberta Ortiz, a puller and member of the We need to continue to pray for our loved ones
Oglala Sioux Yomba Shoshone Tribe, came from fighting this battle.” Jackson went onto to say Bill Kalapa, a Makah Tribal member from Neah
Portland, Oregon. She represents NAYA, the “My daughter, Charlotte is battling cancer. She is Bay said “I’m a cancer survivor. Those were the
Native American Youth Association. She said, fighting it and is determined. I’m thankful to all loneliest years of my life and suffering the after
“The biggest part is showing up. I am honored of you for being here.” He also said it was special effects. I’ve been a preacher all my life and I
to be on your water and appreciate opening your to see the young ones singing on the beach and know I can trust God. The flyer for this “Paddle
community.” encourages them to listen to elders when they for the Battle” said to come meet with old
speak. friends. You’ve been a wonderful audience and
Lukas Angus, a puller and member of the Nez good listeners.”
Perce Tribe, who also traveled from Portland, Ed Green, a Skokomish Tribal member and
said he wants to gain knowledge and offer skipper said, “This is a good cause. We’ve got to Then a traditional Tuwaduq Potlatch Feast was
prayers. live good and healthy and we’re going to keep enjoyed by all, including the famous Hood Canal
doing this “Paddle for the Battle.” shrimp, barbecued salmon, elk, and a variety of
John Cayou, Jr., of the Swinomish Tribe said, side dishes. A special thanks to Volunteer Cook:
“When this canoe journey started, to travel Elsie Allen, a Skokomish Tribal member said, “I Gussy Blacketer; Shrimp Cook: Cody Andrews;
community to community like our elders used am a survivor of cancer. We all love you and we Harvesters: Tim LeClair/shrimp; Ed Green/elk
to do. I want to thank the elders and thank who have your back.” and fish; Fish Processing: Mark Warren; Fish
Cooks: Kevin and Norma Cagey.
The Emcee Marty Allen said, “I am thankful to be
members of here today and be a witness. It touches my heart This is a fundraiser to help cancer patients. A
the Chehalis to see people fighting this cancer.” special thanks to the Squaxin Island Tribe and
Canoe S.P.I.P.A., the South Puget Inter-tribal Planning
Family Dennis Jones, a Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal Agency for donations of food and gifts. The raffle
blessed and member said, “I am here for my father. Cancer had a number of donations, from Native artwork
honored grabbed my dad and tried to take him down. My to sweatshirts, firewood and more.
those who dad is here because of prayer. I wouldn’t cry
are battling about what my dad was facing. I sat with my Hosted by the Skokomish Tribe, appreciation
cancer. dad in the kitchen and told him that he taught me goes to the “Paddle for the Battle” Planning
never to give up. He’s still with us here today Committee: Chair: Rita Andrews; Vice-Chair:
after 10 years. And we looked upon everyone Ed Green; Treasurer: Darlyn Warren; Secretary:
who prayed.” Jones concluded and said this event Heidi Brown, and others included: Shanoah
is a really great thing. Cloud; Jody Rosier; Joseph Vukich; Eleanor
Smith; Annette Smith; Lila Vigil; Kimberly
Anna Brown, a member of the Nisqually Tribe, Miller; and Jake Smith.
standing up in front of everyone wearing a red
scarf said, “I have lung cancer. I’m hanging The “Paddle for the Battle” was a special day of
in there. I’ve been through chemotherapy and healing for all.
radiation. I am happy to be here.”

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