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Time to sign up for Miss Flathead The Reservation-wide Pow Wow Committee announces that it is now accepting applications for this year’s Miss Flathead contest Contestants must be an enrolled member of the Confed erated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and be between 16 and 25 years of age They must also be single All interested young ladies can obtain applications from the following: Phillip Paul at Tribal Health in Ronan, Bearhead Swaney at Air Quality in S t Ignatius, Debbie Paul (644-2411), or Helen Matt S K Electronics progress report S K Electronics, Inc., was recently declared the lowest bidder on a $180,000 contract to manufacture printed circuit boards. Acting manager Fred Houle, Jr., said the formal awarding of the contract is dependent on Congressional appro priations. A less positive item concerns the troublesome tank heater parts mold. According to S KE board of directors chairman Ron Trosper, the flaws of the device aren’t curable so being abandoned in favor of a new mold. Figures weren’t readily available about how the production delay and extra expense would affect the profits predicted back when the original heater contracts were signed. Chemicals can be dangerous to humans and water The Tribal Shoreline Protection Office, in its continuing effort to keep the public informed, would like to share with the public its findings on what chemically treated materials could do to water quality and human life if introduced into the Reservation’s water supply. This information was derived from the American Wood Preservatives Testing Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin. compound has been shown to be acutely toxic at only 55 UG/1. Some of the health problems caused by exposure to such substances include liver and kidney disease and cancer. Exposure can be caused through contamination of sources of domestic water and swimming areas (because the chemicals can be absorbed through the skin). The three major compounds used are copper- chromium- arsenate, creosote, and pentachlorophenal ( All of these are extremely toxic. For example, the recommended criteria to protect fresh water aquatic life from penta chlorophenal (Penta) is only 3.2 UG/1 (3.2 millionths of a gram/per liter or 1 drop per 376 gallons of liquid). The same If you have any questions about this topic, contact the Shoreline Protection Office located at Tribal headquarters in Pablo (675-2700). From page Four other states had joined Mon tana in the 10-year-old case saying its disposition will affect $25 million in disputed taxes. Blackfeet officials are said to be “delighted” at the decision. Not delighted, according to a Missoula TV station, are officials in 13 Montana counties with Indian reser vation property under mineral leases. A crunch for counties” is predicted as a result of the decision. A CSKT attorney said the two June 3 decisions seemed to be good news for tribes, especially the Crow decision. Further comment about any affects being felt here was deferred until the staff had read the complete briefs on the decisions. CSKTs Char-Koosta News EDITOR: Patti S. McElderry Blomquist REPORTER: Channel R. Tellier Typesetting and printing are done by Char-Koosta Printing in Pablo: Susie Loughlin, Robert Billie, Gerald Lefthand, Cammie Eder, Bob Hanson, Mona Haynes, Jolene Durgeloh, Paul Homuth and Donald Brown. The Char-Koosta News is published every two weeks. Budget is provided by the Tribal Council of the Confed erated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation in U/estern Montana. Entered as second class matter at Pablo, Montana, on May 2, 1979. Subscriptions to The Char-Koosta News for enrolled Tribal members have been paid for by the Confederated Tribes. Non-Tribal members may receive The Char- Koosta News by sending their names and addresses, and a check or money order for $22.00 to: CHAR- KOOSTA NEU/S, P. O. BOX 278, PABLO, MT 59855. Our phone number is 406/675-2700, ext. 555. t Articles can be reprinted from The Char-Koosta News, but please give us credit. Page 2 CSKTs Char-Koosta News, Pablo, MT. June 13, 1985