Page 3 - Chehalis Tribal Newsletter - December, 2017
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LEGACY ‘I model hard work,
perseverance and a
From page 1 steadfast commitment
to reclaiming cultural
and public sustainability. art traditions.’
Legacy Leaders are
connected knowers, co-
creators empowered to Legacy Leaders will work to promote tribal values and culture. the political/social/spiritual
identify their values, inherent groundwork for the seventh
purpose and experiences Photos contributed by Melissa Ponder/Evergreen Longhouse generation from now. They
in self-determined ways
for the sake of their people, in daily events and an I could be talking about know this because we talk
communities and the ability to reframe situations, the women – Nora Naranjo about it. They know within
sustainability of meaning of optimistic, willing to help Morse, Lillian Pitt, Charlene their lifetime, their action and
the worlds they hold up. others, have faith/spirituality, Krise – receiving honors when “stand” is important.
social supports and they have I say about myself: I model
“Legacy Leaders are found an ability to face fear and the hard work, perseverance This opportunity to join
among the elder women who unknown. These are the ways I and a steadfast commitment the Spirit Aligned Leadership
have stood up for generations think of my people. to reclaiming cultural art Program for three years is a
of our peoples by living and traditions. I persevere through timely experience for taking
creating effective practices The Chehalis, like other all the times people, teachers, care of myself by joining a
that braid the symbolic tribes, were confronted early agencies and government group of extraordinary women
dimensions of indigenous on with survival. White man officials have said “no.” I to share the past, our present
ancestral wisdom and cultures diseases were decimating persevere through times when and talk about the future.
into the contemporary life the few Chehalis families laws and policies were meant
of our families, communities remaining on the reservation to hold the Chehalis Tribe Friendships will be a
and nations. We seek to honor in the early 1900s. Boarding back. I persevere through the major outcome. I’m looking
and empower the authentic school for some of our children illogic of public schools to forward to the belly laughs.
character, knowledge and meant the difference between assimilate tribal people into I think laughing is actually a
trajectory of our living living and dying. Tuberculosis “white” people. demonstration of the hysteria
elder women – a source of was a disease that forced that must be part of our lives:
leadership and strategy for Harriet and Frank Pete to send Today, my daughters, pain, hurts, sorrow, unmet
our future generations,” said their children to boarding grandchildren and great expectations, hopes, dreams,
Katsi Cook, Director of the school. grandchild live in rapidly family, the world around us.
Spirit Aligned Leadership changing times. My husband
Program. Colonization and and I voice concern and model So, to choose to live, we are
assimilation was the reality for them that they have the able to do the possible – see
The inaugural circle of over a 50-year period and obligation to provide for each the irony, the paradox and
women will meet twice a continues today. Our tribe other and for the needs of the joy, see the humor in it
year to strategize on ways to was resourceful and it made future generations. They have all and then we laugh. If we
inspire and impact a larger, a difference that we worked the significant responsibility acknowledge, “they have our
more public audience across alongside white people in the to make plans, give voice butts against the wall again…,”
interrelated focus areas. few jobs that were available. to the vision and provide we laugh because the wall
But unemployment and is stone and in fact Mother
Commitment to culture under-employment was what Earth. We have a force greater
than ourselves behind us.”
Yvonne Peterson “Too
Nee Mu Sh,” from an essay Chehalis men faced. Our land
she submitted as part of is prairie land and our rivers
the selection process said, are free-running and healthy,
“When I think of my village so we could always feed our Beautify your yard
at Oakville, WA – Oak-a-ville families. We had indigenous
tribal people say… I think of food and animals on the Chehalis tribal member business offers services
the (’50s, ’60s, ’70s) Chehalis land, timber for firewood and to those who need work done around their homes
did not have money. We canoes to get to town. Hard
experienced poverty, social/ times for many generations. CORRENA
economic deprivation and
the consequences of limited Today, we weigh decisions SECENA,
resources. We held bingo
night, craft sales, raffles about economic development 360-485-8788
and wrote grants to sponsor in terms of how will it benefit
cultural family events on the the people? How will it RAY SECENA,
reservation. allow the Chehalis to reclaim 360-709-9904

Hazel Pete, besides serving cultural arts, traditions, Licensed,
on the Chehalis Business language and protocols lost
Committee, was elected to to the Chehalis? Actually, bonded
the local PTA and traveled to our people say … the cultural
Spokane for a state meeting. traditions have been sleeping
The people to pay her way and now we are waking them
raised cash… The Chehalis up!
are resourceful, hard working,
have an ability to find humor
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