Char-Koosta News 

POLSON — It was a celebration of success and bright futures as the Tribal Education Department hosted its annual Graduation Celebration for members of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The event included a catered meal provided by the KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino, raffle prizes, and a stand-up comedy performance by local comedian Mars Sandoval.

Scholarship Officer Miranda Burland said the event not only recognizes the accomplishments of tribal students but their families as well. “This is one of our big events that we get to do that recognizes our amazing students and their accomplishment to get through one section of their life on their journey ahead. I love this event and the bringing of families together so we can celebrate all of them,” she said.

Aside from receiving prizes that included a star quilt blanket, gift cards, and sports equipment’ guests were treated to a standup comedy performance by Mars Sandoval. He pulled from his life as a first year college student for inspiration. “In my money jar is threats,” he said. “So far all I have are empty threats. You know, studying the joints of insects sounds really boring but a scientist told me, it’s the bee’s knees.”

The Tribal Education department monitors the progress of eighth grade, high school, and college graduates who are enrolled in CSKT. The department reports that there were 41 college graduates this year that attended programs ranging from Salish Kootenai College and Montana State University to Dartmouth College and the University of Phoenix. The department also reports that there were 75 eighth grade graduates who are enrolled in CSKT.

The annual event is open to all CSKT graduates and their families. For more information, visit: http://edu.csktribes.org.

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