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Elders hear updates, presentations at KCC meeting

By Adriana Fehrs

ELMO — The Kootenai Culture Committee Elder’s Meeting on May 14 had a light agenda for the day. A few locals stopped by to present upcoming events.

Antony Berthelote, SKC Hydrology Instructor, speaks with the Kootenai Culture Committee Elder about his Blue Camas research project he and fellow SKC staff and students are conducting on the Flathead Indian Reservation. (Adriana Fehrs photo) Antony Berthelote, SKC Hydrology Instructor, speaks with the Kootenai Culture Committee Elder about his Blue Camas research project he and fellow SKC staff and students are conducting on the Flathead Indian Reservation. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

Salish Kootenai College
Antony Berthelote, SKC Hydrology Instructor and administrator for the Blue Camas Research Project, sat with the elders on Wednesday May 14. He informed the elders about the Camas Research Project that he and fellow SKC staff and students are conducting on the reservation. Brandon Diller, SKC Senior Student, aided in the presentation. Anita Dupuis, before making her own presentation, suggested that they contact the CSKT preservation department, “I bet you could work together on this project.” Berthelote agreed and said they would contact the department, “We really want to reach out to the tribe, I think it would help us with the cultural aspects of our project.”

The new field intern for the CSKT Preservation Department Katie McDonald, addresses the elders on Wednesday, May 14. “I am open to doing any project you would like me to do. I want to take your knowledge and be fruitful with it in the following years.” McDonald will be finishing up her degree in Tribal Historic Preservation at SKC next spring. (Adriana Fehrs photo) The new field intern for the CSKT Preservation Department Katie McDonald, addresses the elders on Wednesday, May 14. “I am open to doing any project you would like me to do. I want to take your knowledge and be fruitful with it in the following years.” McDonald will be finishing up her degree in Tribal Historic Preservation at SKC next spring. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

CSKT Preservation Department
Katie McDonald, the new field intern for the CSKT Preservation Department, made an appearance at the meeting. “I want to take what information I can from the elders, and make it fruitful for the following years,” says McDonald. She’s previously reached out to the elders to inform them of her new role, and her openness to suggestions for projects.

Doctorate Research
Anita Dupuis was next up. At last week’s SPCC Elder’s meeting, she asked for support from the elders on her dissertation that she is writing at the University of Montana. The elders responded by saying, “We would love for people who come to our meetings, to give us handouts a couple days beforehand, that way we can have a better understanding, and more time to think over each issue.” Anita agreed, and will later present her research findings.

Indian Health Services Issues
KCC Elder Sadie, announced that she will be going in front of the Tribal Council to address her concern about Indian Health Services (IHS) referrals. “Other tribes do not have the same problems as us,” said Sadie on Wednesday. She explained that her and others, including elders, were not able to seek medical attention because IHS would not provide referrals to other doctors whom could treat their specific ailment. Tribal Councilman Len TwoTeeth responded by saying, “Yes, it is a frustrating thing. We will talk to Kevin Howlett on our issues.

Tribal Council Treasurer and Elmo District Representative Len Twoteeth informed the Kootenai elders that the Big Arm Resort is being acquired by CSKT for $1.2 million, during his announcement at the Kootenai Culture Committee Elder’s meeting on May 14. (Adriana Fehrs photo) Tribal Council Treasurer and Elmo District Representative Len Twoteeth informed the Kootenai elders that the Big Arm Resort is being acquired by CSKT for $1.2 million, during his announcement at the Kootenai Culture Committee Elder’s meeting on May 14. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

Big Arm Resort
Len TwoTeeth, Tribal Council Treasurer and Elmo District Representative, informed the Kootenai elders that the Big Arm Resort is being acquired by CSKT for $1.2 million. The property includes a store, gas station, casino, 70 feet of lake shore, and 78 docks. The tribe made a motion to purchase the property after the original asking price, $7.9 million, was reduced to $1.2 million.

Meeting With the Kootenai Tribe of Cour d’ Alene
On May 21, CSKT will meet with the Kootenai Tribe of Cour d’ Alene to talk about Kootenai River water rights. CSKT will meet to inform the other tribe that they will continue to have access to the Kootenai River and Kootenai Falls.

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