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Ronan District meeting set for August 23
RONAN — Ronan council representative Carole Lankford and Pablo representative Dennis Clairmont will co-host a district meeting on August 23, at the Tribal Complex Council chambers starting at 6 p.m. Dinner will be provided. 

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.

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. Non-residents may call the gallery at (406) 746-5005 for information.

‘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

Early Head Start Salish Language Nest accepting applications
Applications are being accepted now
• Ages 0-3 Immersion Classroom
• Location: St. Ignatius behind the Long House
• Start Date: September 2016
• Parent Requirements: Language Learning Classes monthly

Call Head Start Office for more information 745-4509 - Myrna, Melanie, or Ondi.

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:

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.

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.

TABE assessments at Salish Kootenai College
PABLO — The Department of Academic Success offers TABE Assessments every Monday at 11:30 a.m., and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. We are located in the Alec Quequesah Building, #58 across from the Bigknife Building.

SKC encourages locals to take the assessment early to beat the rush of new students entering the new quarter. Students entering Salish Kootenai College are required to take a TABE Assessment, which measures basic skills in Math, Reading, and Language.

For further information, contact the Department of Academic Success at 275-4792 or 275-4986.