Char-Koosta (Dixon, Mont.) 1971-1985, May 28, 1985, Image 1

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PABLO, MONTABA 5 9 8 5 5 ISSN: 0528-8592 Newspaper o f the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation One in three high school students here get high regularly If your grade-school-aged kids try to chew you out next fall for drinking beer, don’t smack ’em. They’ll only be sharing something they’d learned in school recently. That’s if the elementary schools on the Reservation follow up on a re­ commendation that alcohol and drug abuse prevention efforts be directed The nam e C h a r -K o o s ta is derived from Chief C h a r lo’s and Chief Koostatah ’s nam e s. They were the T r ibes’ last traditional chiefs. N- O Ñf O' • J on J O ' u _ 4 < z UÜ 0 ►— ¥ O X o • {/) -* 2Z. _J X < O now to youngsters in kindergarten through the sixth grade The recommendation is a result of a Tribal Health Department-sponsored survey that measured alcohol con­ sumption by junior high and senior high school students in Arlee and St Ignatius. The figures were “alarming”, ac­ cording to Montana State University nurse Britt Finley, who was hired to analyze the survey’s validity and make recommendations based on the results. In Arlee, according to the survey, about Vi of the town’s sophomores, juniors and seniors drank alcohol weekly in 1984. About 53% of the boys in that age group said they drank, compared with 16% of the girls. National levels for that age group are about 25%, Finley said St Ignatius High School had more abstainers from alcohol than Arlee, but it also had a few more youngsters Family Assistance moves The Tribes’ social services agency, the Family Assistance Division, moved its offices from Pablo to Ronan last week As of May 28, FAD will be operating from the former Marvin Camel recreation building on Highway 93 by the stoplights. The move puts FAD back in the town where it first began business late in 1980, although in a different office building FAD also announces a policy change: The General Assistance department has who said they drank weekly. The “heavy drinker” category (de­ fined as having six or more drinks, including beer, at one sitting) showed more boys are abusing alcohol than girls in grades 10 to 12: Not quite two of every four sophomore boys are heavy drinkers (46%), compared to between two and three out of every four junior boys (67%), and about three of four senior boys (71%). Only 27% (a little over one in four) of the girls in grades 10-12 were heavy drinkers in 1984. Marijuana use was also measured in St Ignatius, with about 46% of the 10- 12 grade students reporting regular use of that drug Other figures from the survey were: 39% of the students reported that they sometimes mixed drinking with driving; 46% said they were sometimes pas­ sengers in cars driven by drinking (Concludes on page two) back to Ronan been asking applicants to fill out a re­ source page. At this time, the resource page will not be considered, until future notice, to determine eligibility for GA grants. “If you have not applied because of this proposed new ruling, please apply immediately and it will be taken care of,” said a spokesman. As of July 1,1985, the state is cutting its welfare services. These cuts will not affect the Tribal General Assistance program at this time

Char-Koosta (Dixon, Mont.), 28 May 1985, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/sn79007540/1985-05-28/ed-1/seq-1/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.