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Polson District Meeting set
POLSON — A Polson district meeting is set for Monday November, 30 at 6 p.m. at the KwaTaqNuk resort. All tribal members are welcome. Updates on current tribal issues will be presented and a meal will be provided.

The Community Spirit Basket fundraiser begins
GLACIER BANK is excited to carry on the tradition and is eagerly preparing to sponsor the ninth annual Community Spirit Basket project. They invite anyone to donate a basket of sorts for this fundraiser beginning November 9. Each year they have received wonderful baskets to raffle, and 100 percent of the ticket sales are donated. This year the proceeds will be split between the Ronan and Polson food banks and the Lake County CASA program. Last years event brought in over $3800!

Raffle tickets sold at the Ronan or Polson branches for $1 each. Tickets are placed in the basket of purchaser’s choice. Need not be present to win! Drawings held at:

• Community Bank Ronan lobby - Thursday, December 10 at 6 p.m. during the Ronan Chamber Roundup.
• Polson - Thursday, December 17 at 6 p.m. during the Polson Chamber SPLASH event.

Contact Chris in Ronan, 528-3331 or Mandy in Polson, 758-8004 for more details.

Donation sought by Sylvia’s Store
PABLO — DHRD Sylvia’s Store is requesting donations of Christmas ornaments, garlands, tree toppers, skirts, etc. If you have decorations to donate to Sylvia’s store you can drop them off at Sylvia’s Store, located next door to Property & Supply on at the Tribal Complex, or you can contact Sylvia at 675-2700, ext. 1232 and she can arrange pickup.

Arlee Christmas Bazaar set
ARLEE — Check out the vendors and do some Christmas shopping at the Arlee Christmas Bazaar November 21 at the Arlee Brown Building located at 92439 US Hwy. 93. Buy a scrumptious lunch of fry bread and chili and a piece of pie. Bazaar opens at 9 am and ends at 3 pm. 

Do you have talent? Let’s see it!
ARLEE — Dancers, magicians, musicians, comedians, athletes, poets, media artists and anyone who as a talent is invited to a Talent Show on November 28 at the Arlee Community Center starting at 6:30 p.m. Show is open to all amateur acts with age groups in 13 and Under, 14-20, and 21 and up.

There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in every category for each age group. Categories are Musical Act: Solo; Musical Act: Partners or Group; and Unique Talent: Group or Solo.

To enter, go to In the top right corner of the page, select ‘Find a Sign Up.’ Under “Search by Email,” enter: plus the CAPTCHA. Click on Talent Show Slots or Volunteer Signup. For more information via phone/text or e-mail: or call 273-1237.

Original oil painting up for raffle
ARLEE — Killdeer Artisans’ Guild’s fall fundraiser will raffle a beautiful framed original oil painting, “Three Plums,” by well-known local artist, Joan Mason, valued at $450. The painting is 14x11 inches – the perfect size for a small space, or for a gift - and may be seen at Hangin’ Art Gallery and Gallery Café – on Highway 93.

You have until December 5, when a random number generator will do drawing. Winner need not be present for the drawing, and will be notified by phone. Winner will pick the work up at the gallery, or pay shipping.

Chances may be purchased for $2 per chance or 15 chances for $20. They are available at the Gallery. Montana residents may purchase chances online by clicking here. Non-residents may call the gallery at 746-5005 for information.

Activities for elders in St. Ignatius
ST. IGNATIUS — The activities at the center for November are listed below. For more information, call the center at 745-4462 or write to St. Ignatius Senior Citizens Center, Box 758, St. Ignatius, MT 59865.  Bingo is played after almost every lunch. Lunches begin at 12-noon. Dinners begin at 5:30 p.m.  Quilters quilt in the center on Mondays and Thursdays. Lunches may be delivered to qualified seniors.
       Nov. 20 taco salad lunch
       Nov. 24 soup & sandwiches lunch
       Nov. 27 closed

Donate your stuffed toys
PABLO — The Charkoosta News will be the location of a stuffed animal donation box to benefit children during emergency situations such as fires, illness, accidents, neglect, abuse, homelessness and even weather emergencies. The donations will be given to our tribal police department. We accept new and gently used items for donation. This is a great way to reuse and recycle items that so many people have in their homes and just don’t know what to do with. Your donation can really make a difference for a child when they need it most!

Char-Koosta News is located in the Old Complex Building next to Tribal Credit in Pablo.

MVP announces schedule change
PABLO — Mission Valley Power (MVP) is returning to a five-day work week schedule starting Monday, November 30 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays. Customer Service drive up will remain open on Wednesday’s until 5:30 pm.

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,  in room 220. They will be available 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: 675-2700, ext. 1313, 675-4137, or 253-0925.

Arlee Celebration Committee meeting set for November 25
ST. IGNATIUS — The next meeting of the Arlee Esyapqeyni Committee will be Wednesday, November 25, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Longhouse. Election of officers and other business will take place. Questions?  Call Willie Stevens at 270-6958.