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Boys and Girls Club visits with Tribal Council members

By Lailani Upham

CSKT Representative Terry Pitts jumps in on a couple rounds of free throw shots with the kids before lunch. (Lailani Upham photo) CSKT Representative Terry Pitts jumps in on a couple rounds of free throw shots with the kids before lunch. (Lailani Upham photo)

RONAN — Last Thursday the little ones at the Boys and Girls Club shared a pizza party with a few tribal dignitaries.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council was invited to join the kids, staff and board members at the Boys and Girls Club in Ronan for a time of play, eats and an understanding of the service the Club brings to the Flathead Reservation community and families.

“You are our biggest commodity of the tribe,” CSKT Ronan Tribal Representative Carole Lankford told the kids at the introduction.

Lankford and CSKT representatives Shelley Fyant, Terry Pitts, Leonard Two Teeth, Bing Matt and Leonard Gray along with CSKT DHRD Director Arlene Templer were present.

Two youngsters utilize CSKT Tribal Council member Two Teeth to recover the balls during some spontaneous shots. (Lailani Upham photo) Two youngsters utilize CSKT Tribal Council member Two Teeth to recover the balls during some spontaneous shots. (Lailani Upham photo)

Aric Cooksley, Boys and Girls Club Executive Director says a purpose for the invite was the hope of working more with the tribes in the future.

Fyant says she was happy to see the ongoing work of the Club from the time her boys attended the program til now. She says her boys are now grown. Fyant was a founding board member of the Club.

“It is a worthwhile program,” she said. Fyant says it’s great to know kids have a safe place to go.

Two Teeth said he was very impressed at how respectful the young ones were.

Matt added that he looked forward to the visit to see first hand what kind of impact the BGC had on the children. He added he was surprised to see the large amount of kids in the program.

Gray added also he was surprised at the amount of little tikes.

Students are guided to pay attention and quiet their voices before CKST Tribal Council Representative Fyant presents positive words to the group. (Lailani Upham photo) Students are guided to pay attention and quiet their voices before CKST Tribal Council Representative Fyant presents positive words to the group. (Lailani Upham photo)

“The energy here is good, positive and healthy. Kids are a great resource and our future.”

The Ronan Boys and Girls Club serves 60 to 75 per day during the school year and nearly 110 in the summer.

The areas the Club works toward are: academic success; character and leadership; and healthy lifestyles.

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