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SKC pow wow is this weekend!
PABLO — The Salish Kootenai College's Spirit of the Bison student organization will be hosting the Annual Spring SKC Powwow and Graduation Honoring on May 8 and 9, with grand entries starting on Friday night, at 7 p.m., and continuing on Saturday, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., in the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center on the SKC campus.

Contest dancing is slated to begin Friday and includes Junior, Teen and Adult categories, as well as Golden Age. Drum pay is tentatively set for the first 10 registered drums, with dance specials to be announced. There will be concessions, vendors and raffles, with all proceeds going to helping with the powwow. Vendor space is limited so call today to reserve a spot.

The Spirit of the Bison will be taking requests from the public to sponsor a dance special or category. For more information or to reserve a table, contact Stormie Perdash at (406) 207-2444, or, or Allen Addison at (406) 275-4980, or This event is free and open to the public.

Nkwusm Graduation powwow set for Friday, June 5
ARLEE — Nkwusm Graduation Pow-wow is set for Friday, June 5 at the Arlee Community Center, at 5 p.m.

Learn about huckleberries on Satuday, May 9
PABLO — Come learn about huckleberries on May 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Late Louie Caye Building at Salish Kootenai College. Everyone, especially youth, is invited, entry is free, and pizza will be served.

Huckleberries are important both culturally and for food security. Topics will include project purpose, how huckleberries grow throughout the season, and potential impacts to huckleberries as the climate changes.

If you wish to get involved and help research climate change impacts to huckleberries or just want to learn some research skills, after lunch we will train people how to set up trail cameras, collect data on phenology, and navigate with GPS units and a compass.

Contact Joel Smith with any questions at or 406-203-7570.

Lake County Pachyderm Club announces next meeting
POLSON — Suicide crosses every boundary of age, race, gender, culture, and every social and religious affiliation. And it is an-all-too frequent cause of death in Lake County.

Roxana Colman-Herak, the lead Suicide Intervention Trainer for the Salish and Kootenai Tribes since 2007, will be the guest speaker at the Friday, May 8, meeting of the Lake County Pachyderm Club. The meeting begins at noon at the Polson Rural Fire Department Building, on Regatta Road, near the fairgrounds in Polson.

She will be sharing warning signs of a potential suicide, and information on the stigma and secrecy surrounding suicide. The problem with suicide is that it is a permanent solution to a temporary situation, and too often the signs of suicide are missed, dismissed, or avoided.

RHS presents "Arsenic and Old Lace"
RONAN — Be prepared to be entertained as the Ronan High School Drama department presents a performance of the play “Arsenic and Old Lace”. General admission tickets only will be sold at the door the evening of the play. This performance will be presented at the Ronan Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. All seats will cost $5.00.

See historic Fort Connah Trading Post come to life
EVARO — The Fort Connah Restoration Society will host an open house and rendezvous which depicts life during the fur trading era of Montana, Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10, on Mother's Day weekend. This is a great opportunity to bring Mom to see the 1846 historic Hudson's Bay Fort Connah Trading Post come to life! This event is free to the public and includes demonstrations of time-era activities, crafts and kids games. Main events will be held Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fort Connah is located 6 miles north of St. Ignatius, at mile marker 39 on Highway 93.

General information and trader/vendor set-ups, call Carolyn Corey/Preston Miller (406) 745-4336, email:

Information about camping/demonstrators contact: Chris Poloynis at (406) 214-0333, email:

Montana Co-Op hosts "Spring Green" and juicing events
POLSON — The Montana Co-Op is hosting its first "Spring Green" to introduce the public to its health, wellness and youth programs on Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Montana Co-Op is located on the corner of Main and 4th. Some of the displays and demonstrations include:
   • Ken Avison Magic
   • Music
   • Co-Op Food Youth Exhibitions Of Art
   • Boxing
   • Aerial Arts
   • Pilates
   • Dancing
   • Permaculture
   • Acupuncture
   • Chiropractics
   • Massage
   • Zumba
   • Healthy, delicious co-op food!

Montana Co-Op will also hold its Juicing Kickoff event on Saturday. The co-op and the Get Well Clinic are hosting a week-long juice fast with registration at the "Spring Green." The juice fast will last from May 23 to May 29, and is for anyone who wants to feel stronger, get rid of toxins and get healthier. Please call 887-2652 to reserve your spot!

Division of Fire announces their new Burn Permit website
You no longer need to call into the office to get a permit. You can now register and create your own permit. You will be required to have an email so the website can email your permit to you. You can access this website by going to

Those that do not have email can still call into Division of Fire at 676-2550, with a burn permit request. They will take your information over the phone.

If you have questions or concerns please contact Division of Fire, or C.T. Camel, Prevention Specialist, at (406) 676-2550, ext. 6407, or, or Devlin Lafrombois at ext. 6410, or

Special Polson School Board meeting on May 11
POLSON — A special Board meeting will be held on Monday, May 11, at 5:30 p.m., at the District Office, 111 4th Avenue East, in Polson.

Democrat County Convention and 2015 Legislature Overview
POLSON — The Lake County Democrats will hold their county convention on Wednesday, May 13, at 7 p.m., at the North Lake County Public Library. This meeting is open to the public and is handicapped accessible. Officers will be elected by the county committee officers and county precinct men and women for the two year period, from June 2015 through May 2017. Matt McGovern, the Deputy Director of the Montana Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, will provide an overview of the recent 2015 Legislative Session. Come early for a social at 6:30 p.m. For information call, (406) 599-4087.

Book sale at Salish Kootenai College on May 14
PABLO — The D'Arcy McNickle library is having a book sale on Thursday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the library.

"A Brief History of the Mission Mountains Wilderness" presentation announced
POLSON — "A Brief History of the Mission Mountains Wilderness," by Dr. Kari Gunderson, will be Mission Mountain Audubon's next evening program on Thursday, May 14, at 7 p.m., in the Polson Library meeting room. Everyone is welcome.

Kari spent 35 seasons working as a wilderness ranger in the Mission Mountains Wilderness. During that time, she patrolled more than 52,500 miles, enough to walk around the world more than twice. It's a good bet that there isn't anyone that knows this rugged terrain and its 225 lakes better than Kari.

Dr. Gunderson's slide show will describe her experiences and challenges as one of the first female wilderness rangers in northwestern Montana and offer insight into the question posed by visitors back in the late 1970’s, “What’s a little lady like you doing out here all by yourself?”

Kari Gunderson is an Adjunct Research Assistant Professor in the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana as well as Adjunct Faculty in Environmental Studies at Salish Kootenai College.

Community After-Tax Shred Day
POLSON — Community Bank, Division of Glacier Bank, joins together with Montana Senior Medicare Patrol and the Polson Police to host their 8th annual “Community After-Tax Shred Day”. This event is scheduled for Friday, May 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A free mobile shred truck will be on site at our Polson branch parking lot to shred two file sized boxes of your personal documents. The police department will also be on site to accept and safely dispose of any prescriptions and/or prescription bottles. Call Mandy at 883-0600, for more information.

Kuilix meeting for May
POST CREEK — The Kuilix and the Bitterroot Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a joint meeting on Saturday, May 16, at noon, for lunch at the United Methodist Church, Highway 93 top of the hill, north of St. Ignatius. Our guest speaker at 1 p.m. is Sgt. Chuck Lewis, USMC, will talk about his “Walk Across America”. Prospective members are welcome. For more information contact Kuilix Regent Bonnie Huber at 745-3118.

It's the season for the Farmers Market in Arlee
ARLEE — Join us for the all new Farmers Market in Arlee. Enjoy fresh produce, pastries, hot food and locally hand-crafted items. It's the perfect stop to pickup items for your weekend on the lake. The market is open on Fridays, 4 to 7 p.m., from May 1 through September 25. Located at the Pow Wow Junction Shops, on the corner of Pow Wow Road and Highway 93, in Arlee. Check us out on facebook at:

If you have any questions or need further information feel free to contact Julia Longacre at (503) 740-3139, or

Myrna Murphy memorial
RONAN — All family and friends are invited to a memorial and give away for Myrna Murphy on Saturday, May 16, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Ronan Senior Citizens Center. Dinner will be at 2 p.m. Memorial, remembrances and give away following dinner. For more information call Irene at (406) 261-7117.

Cyril Brooks memorial dinner set for May 16
ST. IGNATIUS — The parents of Cyril Lance Brooks would like to invite family and friends to a memorial dinner and give away on May 16 at 1 p.m. at the Longhouse. If you have any questions, please contact Angel Malatare and Nate Brooks at (406) 317-2386.

Native American-inspired children art to be shown in May
POLSON — Sandpiper member, Heather Holmes, displays a multi-media collection of Native American inspired art from art classes she taught with Cherry Valley and Linderman Elementary students. Ledger art, totems, masks, mandalas and clay pots and sculptures will be displayed.

Show runs from May 16-30. Reception is Friday, May 22, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Come in and show your support of our children!

Tribal Education plans graduation barbeque for students
PABLO — For the second year, Tribal Education will celebrate Tribal members who are graduating from eighth the grade, high school or college. This is an informal gathering to come together and acknowledge our achievements.

The graduation celebration is on Thursday, June 11, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Peoples' Center. There will be a barbeque and public acknowledgements of the student's accomplishments.

Please R.S.V.P. with Naomi at (406) 675-2700, ext. 1073. Although diplomas will not be ready until later this summer, the Tribal Education Office asks in advance to receive a color scanned copy of your diploma. The copy will hang in the Tribal Education Office with the other seventy that are currently hanging.

The Salish Language and Culture camp is near
ST. IGNATIUS — The Salish Language and Culture Camp 2015 is set for June 15 to June 19. The Salish Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee (SPCC) is hosting the week-long camp at the Longhouse, in St. Ignatius, starting on Monday, June 15, at 8 a.m. with breakfast, and ending Friday, June 19, 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 8:00 a.m. every morning. Children twelve years and under must be accompanied by an adult.

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

The Spirit of Truth Church wants to get to know you
PABLO — Spirit of Truth Church (upci) located on 57816 Highway 93 would like to get acquainted with you and your family. You are invited to attend our church services on Sunday and Wednesday. Events will be held throughout the year that you and your family will enjoy attending.

The church will offer free Bible Studies on Wednesday nights and Marriage/Family counseling as requested.Services are offered:
   • Sunday – 11 a.m. (fellowship after service)
   • Wednesday – 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (beginners Bible Study starts February 18) Counseling is available by appointment (free to members).

For more information contact: Jeannine Padilla at: 552-9194, or Dr. Mingo Guerrero at: 837-2637 (home), or (707) 337-2645 (cell).

TABE assessments are available at Salish Kootenai College
PABLO — Students entering Salish Kootenai College are required to take a TABE Assessment, which measures basic skills in Math, Reading, and Language.

TABE tests are given every Monday at 11:30 a.m., and on Wednesdays at 9 a.m., by the Department of Academic Success. The department is no longer located in the John Peter Paul Building, they are now across the street from the Big Knife Building, in building #58. SKC encourages locals to take the assessment early to beat the rush of new students entering the new quarter.

For further information, contact the Department of Academic Success at 275-4986 or 275-4868.

Meet the Arlee Celebration Committee
ST. IGNATIUS — The 2015 Arlee Celebration Committee meets every other Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Neil Charlo Building basement. The public is welcome. For more information, go to or contact committee members: Willie Stevens at (406) 270-6958; Alec Quequesah at (406) 273-1024; Gene Sorrell at (406) 261-5523; or Chaney Bell at (406) 212-9835.