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Open your home, heart

Greetings all and happy
holidays! My name is
Melanie Hjelm. I have FOSTER CARE
been in the Social Services
Department for more than If you have questions
five years. I about becoming a
am excited licensed foster home, call
to share with me at 360-709-1632. You
you that I also can send an email to
have accepted mhjelm@chehalistribe.
the job of org or stop by my office in
Foster Care Social Services.
Darnell Sam of the Colville Tribes in Omak was the challenger for I am a tribal care, respite care, emergency
the “Shoot Out” game that’s featured in the film “Muckleshoot Melanie Hjelm member and placement and therapeutic
Indian Tribe Sla-Hal 2015 Tournament.” The film premiered at the foster home. We have children
41st annual Indian Film Festival in November. live on the who need people to open their
Chehalis Reservation with home to them for a temporary
‘Indian Tribe Sla-Hal’ my husband, Eli Snell, and time and other children who
premieres at festival our four boys. need a place to stay for a
We have a great need longer period of time.
for foster homes in our
community. There are many When you become a
types of foster homes. You licensed foster parent, you’re
can choose the one you not just opening your home,
would like to be licensed for: you’re opening your heart to
Submitted by Lyn Dennis, general foster care, relative children.
producer, director and narrator CONTACT

The 41st annual American Lyn Dennis can be reached
Indian Film Festival took place at warriorwoman747@yahoo.
Nov. 4-10 in San Francisco, com or 360-463-6621.
California, at the AMC Theater. WIC THROUGH SPIPA
The “Muckleshoot the community.
Indian Tribe Sla-Hal 2015 “Our main goal is pulling
Tournament” premiered Checks to buy food, health education,
Nov. 9. The 23-minute tribes together and having breastfeeding help, services referral
documentary includes tribes fun, doing what we’ve always NEXT DATE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 5
from all over done, and this game has been at the Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center
the Pacific going on for centuries,” said
Northwest and Mike Jerry, Sr., Muckleshoot
Canada. Councilman and Chairman WIC SERVICES ELIGIBILITY
Sla-hal is a of the Muckleshoot Sla-Hal n Getting food stamps/
guessing game Committee. basic foods
– a game of n Pregnant or have a
chance. About 185 teams with five child under the age of 5
“It was members on each team play n Dad, grandparent,
so exciting in this annual tournament in foster family or other
to attend Lyn Dennis September with no buy-in and caregiver of children
a purse of $75,000. A game can n Under the age of 5
the premiere and be able to last 10-15 minutes or up to four n On Medicaid or TANF
share with the community hours. Other games include the
what the sla-hal bone game “Traditional Game,” the “Kick
means to our people,” said Lyn Stick Special” and the “Shoot
Dennis, producer, director Out” game, which all require
and narrator of the film. Lyn is strategy and skill. Sla-hal CONTACT Many working families are on
Lummi Nation/Tahltan Band shows tribes are a gambling Debbie WIC. Is your income within
of British Columbia. people. In the past, tribes Gardipee- the following guidelines?
The film festival’s founding played sla-hal to settle land or Reyes,
principle is that film is a secure food and supplies. 360-462-3227 People Maximum Maximum
or Patty Suskin, in your annual monthly
transformative tool. We present “There were a lot of 360-462-3224 house income income
Indian voices that dispel questions and interest, and
popular, often damaging myths it was an honor to be a part For Chehalis: 2 $29,471 $2,456
and advance appreciation of of the festival. I feel it is so Debra 3 $37,167 $3,098
Indian peoples’ artistic and important to be able to tell Shortman, 4 $44,863 $3,739
societal contributions. our stories and share about 360-709-1689 5 $52,559 $4,380
The intent of the video is to our culture to the bigger
be an educational tool for the community,” Lyn said.
Muckleshoot Tribe’s youth and
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