NESPELEM, WA - The Colville Tribal Federal Corporation (CTFC) has donated $25,000 to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation for the Tribes’ upcoming General Membership Meeting to be held October 4 at the Round Lake Arbor, Inchelium, WA. 

“We’re very grateful for this donation from CTFC,” Colville Business Council Chairman Rodney Cawston said today. “A portion of it helped to pay for the printing of our annual report to the membership, and the remainder will be used for prizes for the stick game and horseshoe tournaments.” 

Cawston said the event will also feature traditionally-smoked salmon and other traditional foods as well as door prizes and gifts for attendees. Tribal member employees who wish to attend the meeting will be given administrative leave to do so. 

The meeting begins at 9:00 am in the Arbor, with continental breakfast being served at 8:00 am. Presentations by Chairman Cawston and the Tribes’ Executive Director Francis Somday are also among the items on the meeting agenda. Lunch will be served at 12:00 pm, and the stick game tournament, organized by CBC member Darnell Sam and Tribal member Josie Dick, will begin at the conclusion of the meeting. The horseshoe tournament, organized by CBC member Marvin Kheel and Tribal members Bunny Flett and Charlie Stensgar, will also be held at the conclusion of the meeting. 

“We want this year’s General Membership meeting to provide important and timely information about the operation of the Tribal government, as well as opportunities for our members to enjoy themselves and compete in these games,” Cawston said. 

About the Colville Tribes: 

Today, more than 9,531 descendants of 12 aboriginal tribes of Indians are enrolled in the Confederated Tribes of the Colville. The twelve tribes which compose the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation include: ščəl̕ámxəxʷ (deep water) or Chelan; wal̕wáma (Wallowa people) or Chief Joseph Band of Nez Perce; sx̌ʷyʔiɬp (sharp pointed trees) or Colville; šnt̕iyátkʷəxʷ (grass in the water) or Entiat; snʕáyckst (speckled fish) or Lakes; mətxʷu (blunt hills around a valley) or Methow; škwáxčənəxʷ (people living on the bank) or Moses-Columbia; nspilm (prairie) or Nespelem; uknaqin (seeing over the top) or Okanogan; palúšpam (people from Palouse) or Palus; sənpʕʷilx (grey mist as far as one can see) or San Poil, and šnp̓əšqʷáw̓səxʷ (people in between) or Wenatchi. 

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