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SPCC 2015 calendars available
ST. IGNATIUS — The Salish/Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee (SPCC) has 2015 Calendars available for purchase. The 2015 calendar feature historic black and white photographs from the CSKT/SPCC archives. You can purchase your calendar from the SPCC office in St. Ignatius for $10 or contact SPCC office at 406-745-4572.

Salish Elders meeting cancelled for the month of January
ST. IGNATIUS — The next Salish Elders Meeting is scheduled for February 4, at 9 a.m. For those of you who were scheduled for the January meeting and what to stay on the agenda for February, please contact Tony Incashola at

“Hands On” Home Maintenance Class offered January 23
PABLO — Ever wonder if you could fix it yourself? Join our hands on class and learn how! Class will be held in the SKHA boardroom on January 23, 2015, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. This class is free of charge and is open to anyone interested in learning to:
   • unclog a toilet
   • fix a leaking faucet
   • fix a screen window
   • change filters in a furnace
   • repair a hole in the wall
   • properly use 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.

Technology instruction session at North Lake County Library
POLSON — North Lake County Public Library will offer a general “computer questions” session on Saturday, January 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the meeting room. Come join the library’s technology trainer for this drop-in event. Try out some of the library’s electronic devices, ask questions, and explore online databases like NoveList and Homework MT. Refreshments will be served. Anyone who is unable to attend, but would like technology instruction, can call the circulation desk at 883-8225, for an individual appointment. The library is located at #2 First Avenue East, in Polson.

Join the district meeting on January 26
RONAN — Ronan/Pablo district meeting is planned for Monday, January 26 at 6 pm. at Ronan senior center. Meal served!

Lake County Democrats and Republican Women present “CSKT Water Compact and You”
POLSON — The Republican Women and Lake County Democrats are joining together to present an informational program entitled the CSKT Water Compact and You” at the SKC Theatre on Thursday, January 29. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m.

Rhonda Swaney, Acting Managing Attorney for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, will be the Presenter. Melissa Hornbein, Staff Attorney for the Montana Reserved Water Rights Commission will also be on hand to answer questions.

The program will include: a brief history of Montana Water Rights; key points of the newly negotiated Water Pact agreement; Consequences of a negotiated settlement versus litigation.

Arlee District Meeting set for Feb. 4
ARLEE — Tribal Council Arlee Representative Shelly Fyant will host a district meeting on Wednesday, February 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Arlee Community Center. Call 546-5633 for information.

Sign your tots up for Itty Bitty Basketball
ARLEE — Arlee Youth Basketball is sponsoring non-competitive Itty Bitty Basketball on Saturday February 7 at 3 p.m. in the Arlee High School Gym for boys and girls ages 3-5. Cost is $10 and you must RSVP.

Contact Tina Bega at 544-1245 or Becky Malatare at 544-9220 for more information. Click here to learn more.

Arlee Community Potluck serves up on February 13
ARLEE — Brave the day for an Arlee Community Potluck on Friday, February 13 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Arlee Community Center. Tribal Council Arlee Representative Shelly Fyant is sponsoring the potluck. Call 546-5633 for information.

SKHA Home Ownership Education class offered February 20
PABLO — The Flathead Finance Program and the Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority invite you to join the Home Ownership class! Class will be held in the SKHA boardroom on February 20, 2015, from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and all necessary material will be provided. This class is free of charge and is open to everyone interested in: homeownership, refinancing, remodeling or building their dream home.

This is a certified class, to receive a certificate you must be in attendance all day!

To R.S.V.P., please call: 675-4491, ext. 1517.

Meet with the Arlee Celebration Committee
ST. IGNATIUS — 2015 Arlee Celebration Committee will meet first Wednesday of every Month at 6 p.m. at the Long House. The public is welcome. For more info go to or you can contact committee members: Willie Stevens, 406-270-6958; Alec Quequesah, 406-273-1024; Gene Sorrell, 406-261-5523;Chaney Bell, 406-212-9835

Noon meals return to Indian Senior Centers
The Indian Senior Centers are open again for their regular noon meals for seniors in Polson and Ronan on specific days listed below. The Centers had been closed for a few weeks due to a lack of a new cook.
   • The Ronan Senior Center has its noon meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
   • The Polson Senior Center has its noon meals on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Local Veteran representatives announce schedules
PABLO — Lloyd Jackson and/or Bill Rogers, veteran representatives, will be available each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the new Pablo Complex, room 220, to answer questions and help fill out forms for health care and benefits for all veterans. Twice each month a veteran representative will be at the Mission Valley Veteran Center in St. Ignatius. For schedules, call: (406) 675-2700 ext. 1313, (406) 675-4137 or (406) 253-0925 to keep up with the benefit changes.

TABE assessments are available at Salish Kootenai College
PABLO — Students entering Salish Kootenai College are required to take a TABE Assessment, which measures your 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 on the SKC campus. The Department of Academic Success is no longer in the John Peter Paul Building, they are now across the street from the Big Knife Building, 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.

The People's Center seeks instructors
PABLO — The People's Center Education Program is seeking instructors for upcoming classes and activities:
   • Bustle construction
   • Dance outfit construction (men’s and women’s, kids)
   • Family night events: Mini bustles, mini headdress, and other activities families can do together.

Drumming and singing with dance steps for little ones.

If you are interested in teaching/instructing call Marie at 675-0160 (Monday-Thursday).