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April 28, 2011

CSKT Tribal Education awards outstanding individuals

By Lailani Upham

(L to R) Elementary Student of the Year award winners; Polson's Cherry Valley Elementary Student of the Year, Turquoise Pierre; Arlee Elementary Student of the Year, Jerome Felix; Polson's Linderman Elementary Student of the Year, Denzel Lefthand; Ronan K. William Harvey Elementary Student of the Year, Zarec Couture; Pablo Elementary Student of the Year, Isabelle Hewankorn; and St. Ignatius Student of the Year, Robert Dempsey. (Lailani Upham photo)
(L to R) Elementary Student of the Year award winners; Polson's Cherry Valley Elementary Student of the Year, Turquoise Pierre; Arlee Elementary Student of the Year, Jerome Felix; Polson's Linderman Elementary Student of the Year, Denzel Lefthand; Ronan K. William Harvey Elementary Student of the Year, Zarec Couture; Pablo Elementary Student of the Year, Isabelle Hewankorn; and St. Ignatius Student of the Year, Robert Dempsey. (Lailani Upham photo)

PABLO In continuing their mission to recognize the success of their students, parents, tribal leaders, and to acknowledge the teachers who make a difference in the public school systems, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Education Department announced their 2011 winners at the CSKT Tribal Education awards reception held last Thursday at the Salish Kootenai College Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center.

Nominations of students, parents, and educators that make a difference in their schools are accepted from each reservation-based school and handed in to the CSKT Tribal Education in the early spring every year.

Bev Michel, CSKT tribal education department staff gift Kootenai elder Seraphine Bufton with a bright blue star quilt for the Cultural Preservation Award on behalf of the Kootenai Culture Committee. (Lailani Upham photo)
Bev Michel, CSKT tribal education department staff gift Kootenai elder Seraphine Bufton with a bright blue star quilt for the Cultural Preservation Award on behalf of the Kootenai Culture Committee. (Lailani Upham photo)

The nominations are reviewed and selected by the Indian Education Committees for each category.

Thanks went out to the Kicking Horse Job Corps students and staff that catered the banquet for the evening.

CSKT Dixon Tribal Council Representative Terry Pitts and former educator, gave the welcome address and the blessing was asked for by Salish Pend d'Oreille Director, Tony Incashola. Arlee singers opened with an Honor Song along and ended the ceremony with the traditional song, "Home Sweet Home."

Michael Durglo, Sr., smiles after receiving the 2011 Cultural Preservation award from the Salish Pend d'Oreille Culture Committee Director Tony Incashola. Incashola described Durglo as a man of deep commitment to survival and a guy with a crazy sense of humor. (Lailani Upham photo)
Michael Durglo, Sr., smiles after receiving the 2011 Cultural Preservation award from the Salish Pend d'Oreille Culture Committee Director Tony Incashola. Incashola described Durglo as a man of deep commitment to survival and a guy with a crazy sense of humor. (Lailani Upham photo)

The award that is presented first goes to an elder from each of the Salish and Kootenai cultural committees. It is an award that recognizes an individual who gives tirelessly of themselves to the preservation of traditional values, language and spiritual guidance, according to the CSKT tribal education department.

The elders whom are selected are those who help with school presentations, historical insight and language preservation efforts throughout the year.

(L to R) Staff of the Year for the following school districts are: Anna Baldwin, Arlee; Elaine Meeks, Polson; Darci Nice, Ronan; Aileen Plant, St. Ignatius; and Jami Hanson, Two Eagle River. (Lailani Upham photo)
(L to R) Staff of the Year for the following school districts are: Anna Baldwin, Arlee; Elaine Meeks, Polson; Darci Nice, Ronan; Aileen Plant, St. Ignatius; and Jami Hanson, Two Eagle River. (Lailani Upham photo)

This year's Salish Pend d'Oreille Cultural Preservation award was presented to Mr. Michael Durglo, Sr., by Salish Pend d'Oreille Cultural Committee Director, Tony Incashola. Incashola described Durglo as an elder who has given a lifetime to his community. Durglo, a Pend d'Oreille Indian, was born in 1935 and has lived his life the old ways, Incashola told the crowd. Durglo, a Korean War veteran also worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for 30 years, Incashola said.

Arlee School District Parent of the Year Claudette and Rodney Bird walk hand in hand after being announced as the first couple for the 2011 tribal education recognition. (Lailani Upham photo)
Arlee School District Parent of the Year Claudette and Rodney Bird walk hand in hand after being announced as the first couple for the 2011 tribal education recognition. (Lailani Upham photo)

This year's Kootenai Cultural Preservation award was presented was to Ms. Seraphine Bufton by Dorothy Berney, Kootenai Culture committee member who had the honor to announce Bufton's achievement. Berney told the crowd that Bufton had been a rock in upholding the Kootenai language in the schools for decades.

Durglo and Bufton both were selected as beacons of hope for the continuation of the Salish and Kootenai people, CSKT tribal education department announced.

Nkwusm Salish Language Student Dallas Swab stands proudly holding the Small School award on behalf of his school with his aunt and Nkwusm staff member Trina Felsman. (Lailani Upham photo)
Nkwusm Salish Language Student Dallas Swab stands proudly holding the Small School award on behalf of his school with his aunt and Nkwusm staff member Trina Felsman. (Lailani Upham photo)

The lifetime achievement award went to Alvin McCrea. McCrea was chosen for the award for giving a lifetime to education and to improving schools and providing guidance and direction to young people and standing as a role model in the community.

According to the tribal education criteria, each school district demonstrated leadership qualities, high academics, community services and a knowledge and practice of cultural activities.

The Parent of the Year award goes to parents who in the eyes of their peers show extraordinary patience, dedication and support for not only their own children but for also supporting and advocating for children in their community.

Royelle Bundy receives award and Pendleton jacket for the 2011 High School Student of the Year award on behalf of her son Trail Bundy at this year's CSKT Tribal Education Award banquet last Thursday evening. St. Ignatius student Trail Bundy was absent that night due to attending an Advanced Biology workshop, his mother said. The Pendleton coat was sponsored by Salish Kootenai College. (Lailani Upham photo)
Royelle Bundy receives award and Pendleton jacket for the 2011 High School Student of the Year award on behalf of her son Trail Bundy at this year's CSKT Tribal Education Award banquet last Thursday evening. St. Ignatius student Trail Bundy was absent that night due to attending an Advanced Biology workshop, his mother said. The Pendleton coat was sponsored by Salish Kootenai College. (Lailani Upham photo)

The Staff of the Year is an award is given to a teacher or staff member who has gone far and beyond for children and who have been an inspiration not only to their students, but peers as well.

The one High School Student of Year award is given to a CSKT tribal member who exemplifies outstanding cultural involvement, community leadership and academic achievement among his or her peers. This year's award went to St. Ignatius high school student, Trail Bundy for his positive lifestyle in leading the way as a tribal youth, according to the CSKT tribal education department.

Two Eagle River School student Sierra Webster-Shorty receives a certificate from CSKT Tribal Education staff Miranda Burland, as one of the High School Student of the Year nominees. (Lailani Upham photo)
Two Eagle River School student Sierra Webster-Shorty receives a certificate from CSKT Tribal Education staff Miranda Burland, as one of the High School Student of the Year nominees. (Lailani Upham photo)

The CSKT Tribal Education Department would like to congratulate all recipients for the 2011 Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes education awards.

For more information on the CSKT tribal education program, and their services, call Penny Kipp at (406) 675-2700, ext. 1072.

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