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Ignace Courture Memorial is set for October 22
ELMO — The Memorial Dinner for Ignace V. Couture is scheduled for October 22, 2016, 11 a.m. at Elmo Hall.

CSKT is in need of more Foster Parents and Respite Providers
RONAN — Our Children are our most precious gifts. If you would like to make a difference in a child’s life, please consider becoming a Foster Parent or Respite Provider. A free Foster Parent Training is available on November 4 and 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. behind the Dairy Queen in the White building.

Please consider becoming a foster Parent.

CSKT would like to say ‘Thank you’ to all the foster parent and Respite Providers; you are making a difference in a child’s, family and community’s life.

To register, please contact Melanie Smith at Tribal Social Services at 675-2700, ext. 1332 or email to

Polson Indian Education Committee to elect officers on October 24
POLSON — The monthly JOM Polson Indian Education Committee (IEC) Annual Election Meeting will be held on Monday, October 24 at Linderman School.  Dinner and childcare will be provided.  Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting at 6 p.m. in the Linderman library. This meeting is open to the public.  Feel free to forward or share this information with anyone who may be interested.

If you have any questions or would like to get any topics on the agenda for this month’s meeting, please contact our Committee Secretary- Amy Williams- at

If you would like to add an item to the agenda, or have a request you would like to make, please email the IEC Committee at with your request, contact information, and name of your JOM eligible student (if applicable) no later than Thursday October 20.

Swan restoration topic at October 27 Audubon meeting
POLSON — “Restoring Trumpeter Swans on the Flathead Indian Reservation” by Dale Becker will be Mission Mountain Audubon’s evening program on Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m. in the Polson Library Meeting Room. Everyone is welcome.

For many, the Trumpeter Swan represents graceful beauty blended with the call of the wild. As the largest of North American waterfowl, it is also one of the rarest. Hunted for their meat and feathers while their habitat was diminished as settlers moved west, the swans were reduced to near extinction. 

Dale will discuss the status and welfare of swans on the Flathead Indian Reservation. It is truly an inspiring story of environmental restoration by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes that serves as a reminder of what we can do given the cooperation of various agencies and organizations as well as the dedication of sufficient resources, personnel, and cutting-edge scientific research.

Dale Becker is the Tribal Wildlife Program Manager for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Tribal policies discussion set for October 27
ELMO — October 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Tri-Cities of Elmo, Dayton and Big Arm cordially invite Tribal Council and the public to attend a meeting to address enrollment, tribal election policy, unemployment, small logging, affordable housing and tribal youth wellbeing. Indian Tacos and beverages will be served in the Green Building. Contact Lois Friedlander at (406) 849-9922.

Halloween Costume party set for October 27
POLSON — The October Parents as Teachers Playgroup will feature a Halloween Costume Party and Pumpkin Painting from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Lake County Public Health Conference Room, 802 Main Street.

Pregnant moms and families with children under the age of 5 are welcome to attend this free program. This is a good chance to meet other families with young children in the area, and to learn more about Lake County’s Parents as Teachers Home Visiting program. We’ll have snacks and door prizes – bring a friend! Call LCPH at 883-7288 for more information.

Pachyderm Club hosts candidate Dan Salomon on Friday, October 28
POLSON — Dan Salomon, a candidate for election to Montana State Senate District 47, will be the featured speaker at the Friday, October 28 meeting of the Lake County Pachyderm Club.

Dan was first elected to the Montana House of Representatives in 2010 and was re-elected in 2012 and 2014. He has served on the House Business and Labor committee, House Education committee and the House Agriculture committee all three sessions. He is expected to speak on important issues currently being considered in all three of these committees.

Dan is a life-long resident of the Mission Valley. He is a graduate of Ronan High School, and following his graduation from Montana State University, he returned to the family-owned dairy, his home base for a lifetime career in agriculture. He and his wife Janey have been married 36 years and have three grown children and four grandchildren.

The Lake County Pachyderm Club meets at the Rural Polson Fire Department building on Regatta Road near the fairgrounds. Social time starts at 11:30 a.m., and the meeting begins at noon and concludes at 1 p.m. All those interested in being informed about what is going on in state government are cordially invited to attend.

Help send tribal qualifiers to national rodeo
POLSON — Ruby Trahan O'Connor and Dusty Morigeau have qualified for the the 2016 Indian National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada from November 8-12.

Tickets are available for 50/50 drawing to help send them to the finals. Cost is $5 per ticket, or $20 for five. Drawing will be held on October 29.

Money raised will help contestants defer costs.

Tickets are available from Vi Trahan; call 546-3748 or 675-2700, ext. 1018.

Spirit of Truth invites all
 PABLO — “Looking at Grief through the Eye of Faith” the price of love. The Lord always leads us to where we need to be, not where we want to be. There is hope that gives clarity to the Lord’s divine plan to heal. October 28 at 6 p.m. please call for location. All are welcomed.

The Spirit of Truth church purpose is to strengthen the believer’s faith, spiritual life and moral resolve to remain faithful to Christ and His teachings.

The Spirit of Truth church offers free Bible Studies on Wednesday nights and Marriage/Family counseling as requested.

We believe in a strong family and Bible based principles to live by.

Services are Sundays at 11 a.m. (fellowship after service); Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 57816 Hwy 93, Pablo (the old All Red Paint’s building).

Counseling by appointments (free to members).

For more information contact: Jeannine Padilla (406) 552-9194 or Dr. Mingo Guerrero, Home: (406) 837-2637 or Cell: 707-337-2645.