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On the final day on the
water, Chehalis Canoe Family
members lift their paddles up
in honor of the Nisqually Tribe
in Budd Inlet in Olympia.

JOURNEY CANOE JOURNEY songs and the line up for to help pull to the next
FIRST-TIMERS final protocol. We practiced destination.
From page 10 every night along the way to
Jerry Meas, Norma Daniels, Nisqually. It was something to Our Vice Chairman Harry
paddles up to honor the host Sarah Myer, Jason Gillie, witness as confidence grew in Pickernell provided great
tribe, then proceeding to their Adam Lower, Brittany Leal, the new members. Even when support during preparations.
region on the flotilla line in Payton Albert, Shaydon our drummers were given the Bill Secena and the Natural
front of the grandstand. Baker and Skipper Todd day off, they still continued to Resources Department also
DeLaMater, as well as many practice. Pride and strength contributed.
The motto for this year’s in the ground crew. could be felt throughout camp.
journey was, “Don’t forget We would like to thank
to remember the water.” beaded their regalia and wove Hands-up for helpers Chehalis Tribal Enterprises,
It’s a story about the Pacific hats for final protocol. It Lucky Eagle Casino, Great
Northwest Cascade Range, was so special spending time Our canoe family gives a Wolf Lodge as well as many
including the highest together, sharing thoughts and hands-up to Chairman Don other tribal departments that
mountain – Mount Rainier. practicing drumming, singing Secena for his continued assisted with our successful
Learn how the rivers come and dancing. support to witness such a journey.
from the mountain, as sacred journey.
told by Billy Frank, Sr., by “Chehalis Canoe Family, Special gratitude goes to
viewing the whole story at circle up!” This was the We also say thanks to Mark the Nisqually Tribe and their signal for everyone to gather White and his support boat volunteers for hosting this
to practice and learn new crews and for providing his year! What an outstanding
Final protocol boat called the Andrew Lee, job in taking care of all of the
which ensured our safety in canoe families.
After reaching camp in the water. They didn’t hesitate
Nisqually, many individuals to get involved by volunteering Everyone’s hard work
and commitment doesn’t go

PROJECT INFORMATION Chehalis Tribal Enterprises, thanks and offered historical
provided information information regarding the
From page 1 Learn more about the project regarding the Marriot Fairfield property.
main arteries of Washington. at Inn and recognized the hard
Planning and meetings work by those who helped CTE’s master plan for
with local businesses and Everyone who came to make this new venture a reality. the Crossroads at Grand
government institutions to witness this event was invited Mound is to expand a diverse
develop these properties will to have lunch at Great Wolf Business Committee economic base in the region
greatly enhance the financial Lodge. A delicious meal members provided insight that’s resilient to market
stability of the Chehalis Tribe. was provided. Following the and gratitude. Rodney cycles. Tourism, retail outlets
blessing of the food, guest Youckton was grateful to and convenient locations will
After prayers and the speakers were introduced. those who contributed their bolster shopping and service
blessing of the land, the David Burnett, CEO of time and energy for the opportunities. Light industrial
Business Committee and project. Chehalis Tribal Elder businesses will further support
Enterprises staff broke ground. Mel Youckton also gave his the employment market.
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