By Ron Swaney
CSKT Division of Fire
ARLEE — As Memorial Day approaches communities come together to clean up the place where their loved ones were laid to rest. At the Jocko Cemetery Mrs. Couture’s Native American Studies (NAS) Ronan High School class joined CSKT Preservation, CSKT Division of Fire and Arlee community members Bear Malatare, Ronnie Matt and Lolita Hendrickson to participate in the annual event.
The students learned history about the cemetery, how sacred the cemetery is to surviving family members, and then rolled up their sleeves and went to work cleaning up the burial grounds. The Ronan NAS is planning to construct and install a sign for the Cemetery as their contribution to the Jocko Cemetery. The class will collaborate with the Salish Pend d’ Oreilles Culture Committee in the designing of the sign.