Included in the extended closure of the Colville Indian Reservation, passed May 1 by the Colville Business Council, is the prohibition of gatherings of 10 or more people within the reservation boundaries.
With Mother’s Day this upcoming this weekend, please continue to practice social distancing to protect our families and especially our elders.
Social distancing ideas for Mothers Day:
- Video chat – Connect with parents and grandparents through video chat such as Zoom or Facebook.
- Phone calls are a great way to connect anytime.
- Hand deliver a letter to mom and other mothers in your family, similar to a Valentine.
- Family car parade – Organize family to parade by elders’ homes with posters. The Colville Tribal Convalescent Center is holding a similar will be having a car parade on Sunday at 2 p.m. and staff have invited community members to participate.
- Drop off food and treats – For many of us, Mother’s Day is a day to share barbeque, treats and picnic style meals with our the mothers and grandmothers in our community. Drop off these meals to share, even if we can’t be together in person and a note letting them know how much they have done for you.
- A great Mother's Day gift is to complete lawn chores and outdoor chores.
The emergency resolution:
- extends the prohibition of public gatherings of ten or more people
- extends the prohibition of camping by non-tribal members or groups of ten or more people
- extends the closure of fishing and hunting by non-tribal members within the boundaries of the reservation.
- extends the requirement of residents to remain home except for essential activities
- extends closure of the Colville Reservation to visitors.
To date, 10 of 11 cases on the reservation have recovered and have been released from isolation. While our numbers remain low, the risk of exposure still exists in our communities.