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Outdoor Event Schedule released by Kootenai Culture Committee
ELMO — Kootenai Culture Committee announces their 2016 Outdoor Event Schedule.

• AUGUST 25: Back to school picnic. Elmo Tribal Park
• SEPTEMBER 21-25: Pete Creek (Yaak) Off-reservation hunting camp. Kootenai NF
• OCTOBER 13-16: Lozeau fall hunting camp. Lozeau Campground.
• OCTOBER 20-23: Dry Fork fall hunting camp. Upper Dry Fork Campground

This is tentative schedule of major events for summer and fall of 2016. Updated information will be sent out via Tribal e-mail, KCC e-mail and phone contact lists and Kootenai Culture Committee Facebook page as event dates and locations are confirmed. If you would like to assist in an event, contact Kootenai Culture Committee at 675-2700, ext. 7400 or 849-5541.

Nkwusm Salish Language School will host Orientation/Open House for returning and new students on August 26.
ARLEE — Are you interested in the Salish Language and its revitalization? Would you like your child to be a part of this revitalization throughout their education? If, so please plan on attending the Open House on Friday August 26. Student Orientation meeting will be held at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. The teachers will be available throughout the day to answer any additional questions.

If you need additional information, please call the Nkwusm School (406) 726-5050. Lemlmts pesya.

Calling all Lake County Democrats
POLSON — Lake County Democrats are hosting their Annual “Calling All Lake County Democrats Picnic” at Boettcher Park, Friday, August 26 at 5:30 p.m. Featured guest and speaker will be Democratic Candidate Jesse Laslovich, who is running for State Auditor against GOP Opponent Matt Rosendale.

Roast Ham and turkey will be provided. Everyone is asked to bring a side dish, or desert, and their own alcoholic beverage if desired. Lemonade will be provided.

The “Wildflowers” will be on hand to entertain with folk, blues, and other types of music from the 60’s thru the 80’s. Bring a chair, enjoy seeing old friends, and make new ones.

Rummage Sale set for August 26
RONAN — A rummage sale is set for August 26 and 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ronan Indian Senior Center. Many items will be for sale.

No early birds.

Polson district meeting set for Monday, August 29
POLSON — Polson district meeting will be held at Polson Senior Center on August 29 at 6 p.m. with dinner provided and items on agenda MVP-update on rates, Forestry issues and Gaming on job recruitment and Graywolf update.

Special meeting set for Monday, August 29
ARLEE — A special meeting is set for August 29 at 6:30 p.m. in Arlee Community Center to review and discuss DRAFT Timber Use Policy Statement (TUPS) with Forestry staff.

Dinner provided. Contact Shelly Fyant or Troy Felsman for information.

Mission District Meeting set for Wednesday, August 31
ST. IGNATIUS — Mission District meeting is set for Wednesday, August 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the THD Diabetes Prevention Conference Room. Dinner provided. Agenda: MVP will talk about their rates and any questions and concerns or issues raised by the membership. Any questions, please contact Patty Stevens at 249-1381.

Flathead Valley Community College to exhibit CSKT member Corky Clairmont arkwork
KALISPELL — FVCC will exhibit a selection of Native American artist Corky Clairmont’s work from September 1 to October 6. The public is invited to meet Clairmont at an artist’s reception on September 1 at the college.

People’s Center seeks volunteers
PABLO — The People’s Center is seeking volunteers to assist with Native American Awareness Week being held September 13, 14 and 15 from 9 to 2. They will provide a lunch to volunteers. They are looking for volunteers to assist with Frybread, Drymeat cutting, Arts and Crafts. The People’s Center will request a Change of Duty with Supervisors approval for Tribal Employees who can participate. 

If you have any questions please call 675-0160.

‘I Love the ’90s Tour’ to Bring Coolio, Salt N Pepa to UM
MISSOULA – Hip-hop hit-makers from the 1990s, including Salt N Pepa, Kid ’n Play, Coolio, Rob Base and Young MC, will “bust a move” at the University of Montana Adams Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15.

Tickets for the show are on sale at at and at the Adams Center Box Office and all GrizTix locations. Tickets also may be purchased by calling 406-243-4051 during regular business hours. They cost $46.50 or $75.50, plus applicable service fees.

The wildly popular “I Love the ’90s Tour” – which originally had 29 dates – recently added two dozen additional stops, including Missoula, to meet mounting fan demand and early sold-out shows. Audiences can expect to hear the artists’ chart-topping hits during a fun-filled lineup.

Entertainment Weekly called the performance an “arena-sized dance party” that “promises to be all that and a bag of chips.”          

For more information call Alexis Schreder, Adams Center marketing assistant, at 406-243-4889 or email

CRM® skills training set for September 15-16
MISSOULA — The Trauma Resource Institute will host a CRM® training on September 15-16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Payne Family Native American Center on the University of Montana Campus. Cost is $170 (includes OPI credits, $20 additional fee for LCSW/LCPC/LAC/LMFT CEUs).

To register please send a check made out to:?Dana Eisenberg, LCSW, 528 Cleveland St., Missoula, MT 59801. Please include your name, email address and if OPI credits of clinical CEUs are requested.

The Trauma Resource Institute is pleased to offer group discounts, and an individual scholarship program. For more information please call Deenise Kosct 408-315-6499.

Trauma Resiliency Model, Level 1 training set for September 23-25
MISSOULA — The Trauma Resource Institute will host a Trauma Resiliency Model, Level 1 training on September 23-25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Payne Family Native American Center, Room 112 on the University of Montana Campus. Trainers are Dana Eisenberg, LCSW & Marina Compean, LCSW.

Class cost is $450 (additional $10 for CEUS).

The Trauma Resource Institute is pleased to offer group discounts, and an individual scholarship program. For more information please call Deenise Kosct at 408-315-6499 or email to

Watercolor painting raffle tickets available
ARLEE — Killdeer Artisans’ Guild’s summer fundraiser is a raffle.  Jim Boot, well-known for his skillful and imaginative woodworking, is becoming increasingly known for his watercolors.  See these watercolors at Hangin’ Art Gallery in Arlee, and buy chances to own his donated painting, “Patchy Valley Fog With Chance of Bull.”  Framed Dimensions are 21 x 19”, and retail value is $450.

You have until October 1.  Winner need not be present for the drawing, and will be notified by phone. The winner will pick the work up at the gallery, or pay to ship.

Chances may be purchased for $2 per chance or 15 chances for $20 and are available at the Gallery.  Montana residents may purchase chances online by clicking here. Non-residents may call the gallery at (406) 746-5005 for information.

The Nest to host second annual fall fest on October 9
CHARLO — The Nest is hosting its second annual “Fall Fest to Feather The Nest” on Sunday, October 9, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Allentown Restaurant at Ninepipes Lodge. Music will be provided by JIMnI, and there will be games for the kids and family, a wonderful buffet supper, a silent auction with lots of amazing items, a couple presentations, and our homemade pie auction to close the day.

Advance tickets for this fundraiser are $50/pair or $30 each; free admission to children under 12 who are accompanied by adults. There are a limited number of tickets, so reserve your spot by calling 745-3757, or sending a check to The Nest, PO Box 726, St. Ignatius, MT 59865.

All proceeds will go towards operating expenses for The Nest, a transitional home in Lake County/on the Flathead Reservation with supportive services for pregnant and parenting young women who wish to raise their children in a safe and secure environment while they are learning the job and life skills they need to lead a happy and fulfilling life.

The Nest is located at 410 St. Mary’s Drive in St. Ignatius. For more information, contact Executive Director Jenifer Blumberg at

Tribal ID Card fee to increase
PABLO — Due to increased supply costs, beginning August 8, Tribal Identification Cards will increase in cost from $2 to $5 per issuance. Please have correct change when purchasing your I.D. Charging your I.D Card is not allowed.

Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority changes hours
PABLO — The Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority changed their hours of operation. SKHA hours of operation will be from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. SKHA will be closed on Fridays but they will have on-call personnel for any emergencies that may occur.  For after hour emergencies, please call Tribal Law and Order at 675-4700. 

SKHA will resume their normal hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday on September 12. 

CSKT services move to new location
PABLO — The Elders Services, LIHEAP, Childcare Block Grant, Summer Youth and Home Health Care will be moving to the old Respite House located across from the Pablo Post Office. The office is at the corner of Old Highway 93 and Felsman Street. (36521 Felsman Street) All employees will still have the same extensions shown below:

• Renee Pierre, ext. 1063 (DHRD Elder Services)
• Tracy Tevis, ext. 1317 (DHRD Elder Services)
• Rachael BigSam, ext. 1308 (LIHEAP, Childcare Block Grant, Summer Youth Employment)
• Kim Lawson, ext. 1378 (LIHEAP, Childcare Block Grant, Summer Youth Employment)
• Charlene Friedlander, ext. 1303 (Home Health Care)
• Danielle Lefthand, ext. 1381 (Home Health Care)

Questions regarding this move please contact Rachael BigSam at 675-2700, ext. 1308 or email:

Self-help law center travel suspended
POLSON — The Missoula Self-Help Law Center is temporarily suspending its travel services to Polson. Outreach will resume in the late fall. For now, civil legal questions should be directed to or to the Law Center at 406-258-3428. The Center’s office hours (subject to occasional change) at the Missoula County Courthouse are Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1-4:30 p.m.

Local Veteran representatives announce schedules
PABLO — Lloyd Jackson and/or Bill Rogers, veteran representatives, will be available each Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the new Pablo Complex, in room 220. They will be available to answer questions and help fill-out forms for health care and benefits for all veterans. Twice each month a veteran representative will be at the Mission Valley Veteran Center, in St. Ignatius. For schedules, call: 675-2700, ext. 1313, 675-4137, or 253-0925.