Page 3 - Chehalis Tribal Newsletter - August 2017
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Ancestors laid to rest

Chehalis Tribe Chairman Harry Pickernell, Sr. helps celebrate Contributed by Dan Penn, CONTACT US
longtime employee Gerrie Sanders during a surprise party. Tribal Historic
Preservation Officer It is the goal of the Tribal
Employees honored Historic Preservation
Our community came Office to repatriate the
When employees achieve honored together on July 15 to take remains of our ancestors
outstanding results, big or with a party care of ancestral remains from museums and
small, it’s time to say thank Aug. 2. He was that were anonymously universities so that they
you. The Chehalis Tribe welcomed with returned to the tribe. can be put to rest.
rewarded and recognized two thunderous To help in this endeavor,
longtime employees recently. applause, a An examination of the please get in touch
cake and a remains determined that with Dan Penn at 360-
Accounting Department speech from they were indeed Native 508-8155 or dpenn@
employee Gerrie Sanders General American and likely were
basked in her moment of glory Dan ‘Bones’ Manager born prior to contact with
on July 12. It was a special Gleason Europeans. ago that we would need to
surprise for Gerrie, who was Misty Secena have a place for our ancestors
hired July 12, 1976. The event It is with the help and to rest, it was decided to
was kept a secret, and boy was support of many people in pursue an agreement with
she surprised when she walked our community that these Briarwood Farms to expand
into the main Tribal Center. ancestors could be reinterred the size of the cemetery on
in a respectful way. Some of the eastern side of Anderson
Gerrie was greeted by co- our people helped prepare a Road.
workers with a roar of applause meal that attendees shared
and cheers. She received a cake, while others attended to the It was with a great deal of
flowers and cards signed by the spiritual work. Community reverence and satisfaction
Business Committee and other members came to bear that we were able to fulfill
employees. witness to the words and our responsibility as the
works that took place on that caretakers of the first people
Dan “Bones” Gleason was day. of this land.

The event was the Many thanks go out to all
culmination of years of those who helped make the
planning that spans beyond event a success.
my time working for the
Tribal Historic Preservation

When it came to the
attention of our leaders years

to recognize his honorable
It was a pleasure to give
such recognition to two CHEHALIS TRIBAL LOAN FUND
outstanding, dedicated
employees who are humble, LUNCHEON FUNDRAISER
honorable people who do 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 25
their work in a timely manner.
Congratulations, Gerrie and $55 per ticket/$550 per table
Bones, on your 41 years of
service! n Entertainment
n Dessert dash
n Traditional foods
The Constitution Committee meets n Raise the paddle
the second (noon) and fourth Monday
(5 p.m.) of each month in the Business WHERE: Chehalis Tribal
Committee Room. Meetings are Community Center,
open to all Chehalis tribal members. 461 Secena Road, Oakville

Virginia Canales Dianna Pickernell members, members of other
Helen Sanders Rachelle Wells tribes and non-native Americans
Farley Youckton Christ Ortivez (alt.) living within the vicinity of the tribal
reservation to enhance the community’s
economic development, create jobs and build trust.

LEARN MORE BY CALLING 360-709-1831 or 360-709-1631
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