Char-Koosta (Dixon, Mont.) 1971-1985, June 13, 1985, Image 6

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BETWEEN THE LINES conclude a few decades, too. Someone once told us that that little job requires something like ten years of dam operating experience on top of college training.) Next in the series of FY-86 operating plan reports came from both culture committees. One of the new things the Flathead Committee would like to do is conduct cultural orientation classes for new Tribal and BIA employees, director Clarence Woodcock said. In the course of the discussion, the committee’s written mention of department involvement with the Catholic religion was debated, with a few Council members saying involvement with any religion ( “ the white man’s religions”, one said) was a choice to be made by individuals, and not something that should be a part of a formal plan of operation. A potential legal ramification was brought out, too: Naida Lefthand said it was possible that mention of Catholicism could be used against the Tribes in any litigation that concerns Indian spiritual values. She used the recent Kootenai Fall case as an example. Lefthand also discussed the need for Kootenai spiritual beliefs and practices to be protected from “ public con­ sumption” , and the need for a Tribal museum so an effort could be made to re-acquire numerous objects taken away from traditional Kootenai sites by archeologists with various governmental agencies and universities. As a last request, Kootenai Culture Committee director Pat Hewankom asked for permission to buy a new typewriter font (the old one having been broken) so they could continue their transcription work. The font, which is a metal ball covered with the alphabet and special symbols used for typing words in the Kootenai language, has to be custom-made by a firm in Hawaii Of course, there was no shortage of volunteers offering to fly to the islands to personally oversee the manufacture and delivery of the $900 item. And of course, no one gets to go. After lunch, the Legal and Tribal Court departments gave their reports. Then came the highlight - with all due respect, truly, to the local agency - of the day. The BIA budget for FY-87. No, that’s not a typo. The Bureau always does its budget work well in advance, which we think is almost pointless because Congress never even gets the appropriations approved on time for the current year, as witnessed by the not-official but nonetheless-traditional October 1st half-day holiday en­ joyed (and we use the term loosely) by federal employees every year. Then, to keep things interesting, Congress has been known to approve budgets at 100%, then turn around and reneg on them. That happened just this year with Flathead’s Forestry Branch. Their budget was figured out two years ago, approved maybe three months after FY-85 had begun, then $90,000 was taken away halfway into the year. The bizarre process involves getting figures for certain services and work from the central office in Washington, D.C., then figuring specific line items based on four questions: Where should the money go if we get all that we were promised (100%) -- or only 85% of it— or only70% ofit- - or if we luck out and get 115%? How the Council gets involved is it has to decide the relative importance of each service the local Bureau is authorized or mandated to provide. For example, if the Flathead Agency can get 100% of what the Interior Department asked Congress for, the money can be spread around on the top ten line items, or whatever the real number is (law enforcement, forestry, road building, etc.). If they only get 85% or 70%, something has to give. Maybe only the top six or seven items can be funded Confused? Join the club. On a serious note, it’s known for sure that the current federal budget crunch will continue across the country, and squeeze especially tightly in Indian Country. June 3 meeting The plans of operations continued, with the Natural Resources and the newly reorganized Housing depart­ ments’ plans being approved in the morning. There was more of the same scheduled for the afternoon session, but we missed that because we were over in our offices typing this up... eight hours after yesterday’s deadline. Front-end Alignment E J ^ O N j Tune-ups TIRES. — TIRES.....TIRES C T I J A P T ^ EXXON SERVICENTER BOX 396 Phone 745-2190 St Ignatius, Montana 59865 1 B 8 T B K N 8 B B D & 8 U P P L Y , I M Garden Store Tools - Ariens Tillers - Metal Detectors Lawnboy Mowers - Garden Seed 1308 Round Butte Road West Ronan, Montana 59864 Page 6 CSKTs Char-Koosta News. Pablo, MT. June 13,1985

Char-Koosta (Dixon, Mont.), 13 June 1985, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/sn79007540/1985-06-13/ed-1/seq-6/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.