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2014 Kootenai Aboriginal area field trip for kids offered

The Kootenai Culture Committee would like to invite Kootenai children, ages 8-17 years old, to participate in a pair of day field trips to Kootenai aboriginal territory. The purpose of these trips is to reinforce the cultural and traditional ties of Kootenai children to their ancestral homelands located in the Pleasant Valley, Fisher River, Wolf Creek drainages and U.S. 2 corridor west of Kalispell. Dates for these trips are July 23, Pleasant Valley Fisher River, and July 30, Wolf Creek-Fisher River. Participants will learn the Kootenai names for ancestral place names, and for plants, geography, animals, birds, and insects.

Each trip will be limited to the first 30 signed up with a release form. In event of overflow on first trip (Pleasant Valley Fisher River), those children will be given priority for space on second trip (Wolf Creek & Fisher River).

A continental breakfast will be available from 7-8 a.m. at the Elmo Hall. Buses will depart from the Hall at 8 a.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided during the trip. Each trip will be approximately 10-12 hours.

Clothing to be determined by weather, but children are encouraged to bring footwear appropriate for walking outdoors (i.e. no “flip flops”, heels etc.). Please note that these areas are subjected to erratic or no cell phone signals, so timely communication may not be possible.

For more information, contact Gina Bigbeaver at or (406) 849-5541, ext. 7400, or Dorothy Berney/Daniel Stiffarm at (406) 849-5541, ext. 7404, or or

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