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Bearhead Swaney Stickgame Tournament set for May 28
ST. IGNATIUS — The annual Bearhead Swaney Stickgame Tournament will be Saturday, May 28, at the home of Patty and Willie Stevens (The Ponderosa), 35712 Sabine Road, St. Ignatius. Entry fee is $20 per team, three players per team, with $200 added purse and prizes. Potluck starts at noon (bring your own dishes/utensils) and tournament play begins at 2 p.m.

For more information, contact Patty at 249-1381 or message Patty Stevens or Willie Stevens on Facebook.

Get to know your dog
PABLO — Learn more about dog behavior and your relationship with your best friend. Free classes are Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Mission Valley Animal Shelter. Classes are open to participants ages 8 and up.

June 30: What Am I Feeding My Dog?

Call 883-5312 for details and register.

Bereavement support group starts Thursay, May 26
POLSON — This eight-week series is for adults grieving the death of a loved one. The group includes education about grief and loss, and provides participants an opportunity to share their experiences. It is recommended that participants wait at least two months after a death before attending a group. This group is free and open to the public. Donations appreciated.

This series will run from Thursday, May 26 to June 14 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration required by May 24 in the O’Maley Conference Room, 2nd Floor St. Joseph Medical Center,

To register or for more information contact: Mary Martin, LCSW - St. Joseph Medical Center (406) 883-8914 or email:

Do you have talent? Show it off on Friday, May 27
PABLO — AIBL is looking for Talent for our 6th annual Talent Show. The talent show will be held on May 27 at 6 p.m. in the Arlee-Victor-Charlo Theater on SKC campus. There are 200 seats available for sale, $5 in advance or $7 at the door.  AIBL will be giving out a People's Choice Award. TALENT, bring your friends and family.

Please contact Tina Begay at 275-4800 or Amanda Roan at

Nk??usm Salish School Student Round-Up
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 Nk??usm Salish School Student Round-Up on Friday, May 27, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

If you are interested in having your child or children attend Nk??usm Salish School for the 2016-2017 school year, please come by for further details.

If you have any questions, please call the school at (406) 726-5050 or visit our website at

Hungry Horse Dam Visitor Center Opens May 27
HUNGRY HORSE — The Bureau of Reclamation announces the opening of the Hungry Horse Dam Visitor Center for the 2016 summer season beginning May 27.

The visitor center will be open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept. 10. Exhibits about the history of Hungry Horse Dam and its importance to the Federal Columbia River Power System are featured.

Due to construction during the 2016 summer season there may be unscheduled closures of the Hungry Horse Visitor Center. For updated information call (406) 378-5241 x347.

Hungry Horse Dam is located off Highway 2 in Hungry Horse. Follow the signs just past the Hungry Horse/Glacier View Forest Service building to the visitor center. From Highway 2, travel approximately 4.5 miles to the visitor center located at the north end of the dam.

For more information, click here.

Hungry Horse Dam stands 564 feet tall and was completed in 1953.

Arlee Senior Citizens Center water is clear
ARLEE — Our Senior Center again extends our appreciation and gratitude to all those who have contributed to the Well Fund! The water sample test came back with “Absent”, in the test result box (meaning no bacteria!). One more hurdle crossed! The water is clear, sweet, and life is good again! We are back to our regular schedule and invite the community members to come and enjoy a nourishing and tasty meal at a reasonable cost. If enough people are interested, we would be happy to start up with the bingo games again, especially on Saturday nights! 

Menus for the week May 27 through June 3. All meals are served with veggies, fruit, dessert and drinks, always Monday, Wednesday or Friday noon, and second and fourth Saturdays 6 p.m. each month:

May 27: Chef salad w/chicken noodle soup, ham sandwich and Chicken noodle soup
May 28: Fried Chicken, potato salad, Cheese cake
May 30: Memorial Day - no meal today, Please drive safely!
June 1: Meat loaf and baked potato dinner
June 2: Spaghetti w/meat sauce, salad, cup cakes
June 3: Makeup meal BRUNCH 9 a.m. - Biscuits and Gravy w/sausage patty, fruit

Memorial Day services announced
The Mission Valley Honor Guard will be having a Memorial Day Services on Monday, May 30 at 10 A.M. at the Arlee Jocko Cemetary, 11 A.M. at St. Ignatius Pleasant View Cemetery, and 11:30 A.M. at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

Following the ceremonies at about 12:30 p.m., Allentown Restaurant is graciously providing a meal for veterans and their immediate families at no cost. American Legion Post 106 and Auxiliary invite community members to join us for a nominal cost of $5.99 a plate.

There will also be information and photo displays about past Mission Valley historical events and memorial events that the Honor Guard and Community Legion have participated in. This is a wonderful opportunity to educate our children how our military serves to protect our nation from harm.

Everyone is welcome to join us.

For further information call Homer Courville, Adjutant at 270-7198 or JC Courville, Commander at 210-4493. 

Join the Beading Circle at the People’s Center
PABLO — The People’s Center will be hosting a Beading Circle Every Friday through May from 1:30 to 4. There will be various instructors available. In addition to beading, The People’s Center will also offer Dance Regalia instruction. Now is a great time to get your kids ready for Powwow! The People’s Center Gift Shop has a selection of supplies available. 

This is a FREE event open to the public and sponsored by SAMHSA. 

If you have questions, please contact Dana Hewankorn (406) 675-0160, ext. 2102

Camping season is here
VALLEY CREEK — Early Childhood Families is puttin’ up camp and early childhood families you’re invited! Culture Camp will be May 31 to June 4 at the Agnes Vanderburg. Contact Myrna DuMontier, ECS Project Coordinator at 745-4509, ext. 5517 or to RSVP.

Also, a Community Wide Celebration will be held Saturday, June 4 at 2 p.m. at camp with supper following at 5 p.m. All dancers and drummers are invited!

Joint District Meeting set for June 1
PABLO — Council Representatives Carole Lankford and Dennis Clairmont will be having a joint district meeting on Wednesday, June 1, at 6 p.m. in the Tribal Complex Council chambers.  Agenda items include probate and the Ronan Community center.  A meal will be provided.

Lake County Democrats Annual Fundraiser with guest speaker Carol Williams
PABLO — Lake County Democrats will hold their annual Spaghetti Dinner/ Fundraiser Thursday, June 2 at 6 p.m. at the North Crow Clubhouse off Old Highway 93. The cost is $25 per person.

Featured guest speaker will be Butte native, Carol Williams. She will be talking about the importance of actively participating in the coming primary and general elections and discuss the arrangements for the State and National Democratic Conventions.

Carol is the wife of Pat Williams, former nine-term Congressman from Montana. She spent more than a decade as a Montana State Legislator, first in the State House of Representatives, and later in the State Senate from 2004-2012. She was Montana’s
Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor in 2000, and in 2011 rose to the position of Minority Leader in the Montana Senate, making her the State Senate’s first female Minority and Majority Leader.

Honor celebration for Marge Stasso set for June 4
SPOKANE, WA — An honor celebration for Marge Stasso is set for June 4 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverside Memorial Park, located at 508 N. Government Way in  Spokane. This is a gathering of family, friends and food.

Marge graciously purchased a section of the cemetery for all nations, all tribes, to come together in a final resting place. Her vision was to provide a place of spiritual peace for Native Americans who could not return to their reservations or could not afford a place of rest.

“I know a long time ago,” said Marge, “our people rested at the river. Now they can come back to rest.”

For more information, contact Nick Eneas at (509) 299-0197 or Kristine LaBelle at (509) 838-1405.

Lake County Democratic delegate convention set for June 9
POLSON — The Lake County Democrats are conducting their 2016 Democratic Delegate Selection County Convention to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 at Journey Be (Soups On) located at 101 7th Ave W. The Convention is free, disability accessible, and open to all democrats who are registered voters in Lake County.

Democrats will caucus to elect County delegates to be sent to the Montana Democratic Party’s Delegate Selection Convention in Helena, Saturday, June 11 to elect Montana Democrats to serve as delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, the week of July 25.

For questions about the Convention, contact Craig McClure, Lake County Democrat chairman, at (406) 599-4087 or Additional information is available at www.montana

Homebuyer Education class
PABLO — The Flathead Finance Program and the Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority (SKHA) invite you to join the Homebuyer Education class! Class will be held in the SKHA boardroom on June 9, 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and all necessary materials will be provided.

This class is free of charge and is open to everyone interested in homeownership, refinancing, remodeling or building your dream home.

This is a certified class, and to receive a certificate you must be in attendance all day! Please R.S.V.P. by calling 675-4491, ext. 1517, or e-mail

Quilt show set for June 10-11
BIGFORK — The Bigfork Piecemakers’ Quilt Guild annual quilt show is June 10 and 11; Friday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m. and Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. at Bethany’s Ark Lutheran Church located at 8559 Hwy 35. Admission is FREE

Quilts will be on display. Lunch available for purchase; Vendors and Boutique

We will once again have our annual raffle quilt. This year it is “Yaak River Cabin” designed by Jackie Robinson of Eureka. This quilt was pieced together by several members of the guild and quilted by Nancy Janikowsky. Tickets will be available for purchase at $1 each or 6 for $5. The quilt drawing will be June 11.

The raffle money collected is used to support our community projects. We provide scholarships, comfort quilts and pillow cases to individuals in need both locally and abroad.

Language and Culture Camp 2016 set for June 13-17
ST. IGNATIUS — The Salish Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee (SPCC) is hosting a week-long Salish Language and Culture Camp at the Longhouse starting on Monday June 13 at 8 a.m. with breakfast and ending Friday June 17 at noon. The camp is a free event, and everyone is invited to come participate, learn, and have fun. SPCC strongly encourages this week to be a family week. All ages are welcome, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served for all attendees staring at 8 a.m. every morning. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Chaney Bell at 745-4572, ext. 5309 or

Learn repair at “Hands on” Home Maintenance class
PABLO — Ever wonder if you could fix it yourself? Join us and learn how! Class will be held in the SKHA boardroom on Friday, June 16, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. This free-of-charge class is open to anyone interested in learning to:
• Unclog toilet 
• Fix a leaking faucet
• Fix a screen window
• Change filters in a furnace
• Repair a hole in the wall
• Proper use of a fire extinguisher
• Discuss proper home ventilation
• Insurance and costs of maintaining a home

Please call 675-4491, ext. 1517 to R.S.V.P.

Polson Mud Run seeks volunteers
POLSON — The Boys & Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation & Lake County are currently seeking volunteers to assist with their 3rd Annual Polson Mud Run this July 16 at 9 am at the Polson Fairgrounds to celebrate the opening of the Polson Cherry Festival.

Volunteer duties include setting up obstacles the week before the race, serving as obstacle guides during the run and cleaning up the Polson Fairgrounds after the race. The first 25 volunteers to sign up are eligible to run free and receive a free t-shirt.

If interested, please call Michal, Volunteer Coordinator, at (406) 370-8913 with the following information: Name, Phone Number, E-Mail Address, T-Shirt Size, Volunteer Preference and your Availability the week of July 9-16.

Thank you so much for your consideration.

Put some miles on your moccasins
Join Native Dance Monday’s at 401 Main Street Montana Co Op in Polson from 4 p.m to 4:50 p.m. Dance, Stories, Theater and Fun.

Native Dance Tuesday’s in Pablo hosted at the People’s Center; meal provided, Native Dance, games and fun.

Both Community classes Sponsored by the SAMSHA grant.

For more info call Naomi at 406-261-3364.