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NESPELEM—The final week of the second cohort of heavy equipment operators began just east of the Nespelem Corrections Detention this week. The students switched from classroom simulators to the real equipment where instruction is provided on excavators, dozers, front-end loaders and graders.

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I love road trips and near the end of September I took my dogs, Buddy and Golden Walks, to Lake Wenatchee State Park outside of Leavenworth. What a beautiful area! The White River is particularly wonderful this time of year: Sparkling water, bright colored leaves and trees; great little camp…

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As we launch into a new 4-H year, we are reminded that 4-H is a family affair! While the youth are actively enrolled in the 4-H program, the family is truly the support system for success.

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2018-2019 was a very successful fiscal year for CCT Planning, with it culminating in one of our own, Senior Economic Planner Ernie Rasmussen, being awarded the 2019 Most Valuable Employee at Employee Appreciation Day.  In FY2019, CCT Planning 

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The 12 Tribes Casino parking lot had lots of spaces up close to the entrance. It was nearly 4 o’clock on Tuesday, Senior Day at the Casino. I’d stopped by earlier to get my meal voucher and the place was hopping, but I had a lot of errands in Omak, so I didn’t stop to enter the Tournament. O…

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People with older (historic) photos, please continue to come our way. This week, a researcher from Dallas contacted us regarding a photo they think they have of Alice Stensgar.

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It was early in the 1970s when I met and spent several days with Isabel Friedlander Arcasa at a hospital in Wenatchee, Washington. We spent days and nights together for almost one week: she, with her little grandson, who was confined to bed with an injured (casted) foot and I with my young s…

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We received a release this week from the Keller School Food Service department announcing a free summer meal program for any child 18 years of age and younger. The school will serve lunch from 12 p.m. to 12:40 p.m., every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, starting July 9. 

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Even though Washington State no longer requires high school seniors to participate in a senior project and presentation, Inchelium High School does. The board and administration understand the importance of discovering life beyond graduation. As a student mentor and judge, I agree. This year…

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It’s the iconic photo it seems everyone locally is sharing online: Muckleshoot Tribal School’s Rosalie Fish racing at the WIAA 1B State Track and Field Championships in Cheney, Wash. with the #MMIW’s trademark red hand on the face, and the letters MMIW going vertically down her right leg in red.

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I have received several requests to write something about the retreat of the Colville Business Council held in October 2018 as well as the recent ethics charges against Andrea George.  I will also provide information of the events leading up the special session on Thursday February 21, 2019,…

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There are a lot of opportunities to buy real estate if you are a Colville Tribal member.  We have multiple programs to get you started.  We require you fill out an application completely and send in proof of income (pay stub, tax returns etc.).  We have a home purchase program, equity progra…

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The late xwupyawilx (Ken) Condon wrote and provided stories to the Tribune for almost a year from 2013-14. Here were the stories he shared with the tribal membership through our publication.

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Throughout the years, the Tribal Tribune has developed relationships with many people. Some come to our office and hang out, wanting to know the latest. Others contribute to our product. And there have also been a few that just simply want to read our fellow tribal publications' latest news.

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The Omak Santa Sleigh Crew would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for donating to help our Santa Sleigh make it’s rounds to the communities in the Omak District.

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Last week, we received an email from a concerned, and rightfully frustrated, tribal member. That member had been looking for emergency contact information on the Colville Tribal website, struggling to find who to call in an emergency related to suicide.

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During the cold month of November there was a flurry to raise money for Coats for the Community. The project was brought to the attention of the Colville Business Council. The Management & Budget Committee made a consensus to get support, Chairman Cawston sent out a letter to members and…

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The family of Pete James would like to express our appreciation to all who assisted with services for our brother, uncle, cousin, friend.

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The Tribune put out a call for reactions to President Trump’s Tuesday night speech regarding his proposed $5.7 billion border wall. We received 36 comments, meaning many people were engaged — or, in general, wanted to show their lack of support for giving Trump their attention. Here were som…

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Recently, all enrolled adult members were sent letters about a survey being conducted by the Environmental Trust Department. The Department hired the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC) at Washington State University to help administer the survey. If you haven’t already, ple…

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