Page 7 - Chehalis Tribal Newsletter - June 2016
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Helping protect our children

Advocate for Indian families
attends national conference

CHEHALIS TRIBAL Chehalis tribal member Yvonne Peterson Yvonne Peterson conducts Coyote Cast of
NEWSLETTER attended the National Indian Child Characters, a conference workshop that
Welfare Association’s 34th annual National focused on participants’ first drink of alcohol.
The Confederated Tribes American Indian Conference on Child
of the Chehalis Reservation, Abuse and Neglect in April in Saint Paul, MORE INFORMATION
‘People of the Sands’ Contact Yvonne Peterson at 360-490-9659
For the second year in a row, the or Lauren Shapiro at 503-222-4044.
Articles and opinions expressed conference drew more than 1,000
are not necessarily those of this participants from all over the United States Indian Child Welfare Act gives tribes and
publication or the Chehalis Tribal and Canada as well as representatives from families the ability to keep their families
state, federal, foundation and private social together and, hopefully, reunite children
Business Committee. services agencies and funders. and families who were removed before the
act was passed. The money we raise enables
SUBMISSIONS Organized in 1982 and headquartered NICWA to team with other organizations
The Chehalis Tribal Newsletter in Portland, Oregon, NICWA is a national such as the National Congress of American
advocacy organization for Indian children Indians, the Native American Rights Fund,
encourages tribal members and families as well as a source of legal The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians,
to submit letters, articles, and social services information on other Indian organizations and the ICWA
photographs and drawings to implementation and protection of the Appellate Project at Michigan State
be considered for publication Indian Child Welfare Act. University College of Law, to resist ongoing
(subject to editing). Contributing efforts to undermine the Act and Tribal
writers, artists and photographers Donating her time as a volunteer, Sovereignty.”
Yvonne served on the local planning
include Chehalis tribal committee for the conference last year in
community members and staff. Portland, Oregon, assists with fundraising
Submission deadline is the first of planning and events at the conference and
each month (printed monthly). conducts workshops at the conference and
for NICWA staff.
360-273-5911 This year, the annual “paddle raise”
fundraiser she helped initiate raised about
420 Howanut Road $20,000 at the conference banquet.
Oakville, WA 98568
360-709-1726 (office) About the issues facing Indian families,
360-273-5914 (fax) Yvonne said: “Most Indian families,
including my own, have had experiences
CHEHALIS TRIBE’S with state social service systems that have
VISION STATEMENT separated children from their families,
To be a thriving, self-sufficient, extended families and tribes. In too many
sovereign people, honoring our cases, the families are never reunited. The
past and serving current and
future generations. Memories made at movie night

BUSINESS COMMITTEE Families gathered to enjoy the film Dinner and a movie night featuring the film
Don Secena, Chairman “Father Hood” during dinner and a “Father Hood” kept all ages entertained and
Harry Pickernell, Sr., movie night May 11 in the Chehalis Tribal bellies full on May 11.
Community Center Gathering Room.
Vice Chairman
Farley Youckton, Treasurer Events Coordinator Phillip Youckton and
Cheryle Starr, Secretary Heritage and Culture program staff hosted
the event.
Dan Gleason, Sr.,
5th Council Member A simple dinner of pizza, salad and
vegetables was served. After the blessing of
NEWSLETTER STAFF the food, families sat down and visited as
Fred Shortman, they anticipated the evening movie.

Audra J. Hill and the Later, desert and popcorn made the night
Information Technology Team even sweeter. Afterward, a raffle was held for
everyone that signed up. It was a great time,
and the air-conditioned room offered an
awesome atmosphere to avoid the heat.

Dinner and a Movie Night is 5-7 p.m. the
second Wednesday of every month.
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