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Crisis Center says thanks. Former Council chairman talks about health Dear Friends: We wish to thank all of the churches, clubs and indi viduals who have supported our program of aid to victims of domestic violence with donations of safe-home . space, volunteer time, help with fund-raising events and cash donations. We now have five safe homes and approximately 20 men and women willing to work with victims and their children. W e can always use more homes, volunteers and donations of money. Please call us at 676-2518 for more information on how you can help. We appreciate all of the donations of cash and household items in the past. These items are now being used in the safe homes where victims and their children are being sheltered The Family Crisis Center is planning a “ Fix-it-Fair” fund raising event for July 27 in St Ignatius at the community center, where there will be persons donating their time and skills to repair minor household items (saw sharpening, zipper repair, hose mending, etc., and all those little things one never gets around to fixing). There will also be a car wash, cake walk, pie auction, carnival events, entertainment and lots of food We would welcome help on this project from anyone who would like to donate cakes or pies or their time and expertise in fixing household items. We will also have a booth at major events in the valley this summer and urge everyone to buy one of the new Family Crisis Center T-shirts which will be on sale By working together we will end battering in our families. Sincerely, the Board of Directors: Caroline Myhre, Harry Goldman, Mary Pinsoneault, Terry Orr, De Fyant, Jim Steele, Bob McCrea, Bob Erickson, Jackie Young, Judy Lemke, Rev. Mike Turner, and Annie Felsman-Savik; and Joni Gordon, Administrator and Mary Sorrell, Program Manager. The CHAR-KOOSTA reserves the right to limit frequent writers Unsigned letters will NOT be printed Names may be withheld by request but unsigned letters will be filed and forgotten. Opinions expressed on the Letters page (si do not necessarily reflect those of the char - koosta staff, the Tribal Council Tribal employees or the Tribal membership at large. ■ — . _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ . . Editor The article in The Ronan Pioneer by Councilman Therriault is sure a gas. I didn’t realize how bad o ff this Tribe was for leadership until he sounded off! There are several veterans of the “ good fight” which has taken place over the years since the Wheeler-Howard legislation of 1935 who could give Reverend Ron and his kind a few pointers. They are people who worked hard to preserve our Reservation. Did he ever really listen to the “ elders?” These latter-day instant Indians give me a pain. How do you feel? There is a lot of “ hot” politics being generated over one of the Tribes’ “ most” important services - the Indian Health Service. Two or three of these same latter-day “ Indians” (? ) want to contract three more programs under the Tribal Health Department Now there’s a corker! How many of you Tribal members think your health is getting any better with that extra layer of administration??? I remember very well when Kevin Howlett started his road show. Before we had that “ layer” of bureaucracy, and when the CHR’s were under the Service Unit Director, the people were getting better services. The Indian Health Service began in 1955. At first it was a Dental Officer, then slowly, but surely, its service increased to Contract Health Care, Child Care--immunization, dietary and the rest In the late 60’s find early 70’s we (the Council) saw the need for expanded services — a new clinic, a pharmacy - all before the coming of the latter-day “ edu cated” Indian. I don’t want to rant on too long, but whatever you do, be sure you don’t get stuck with allowing the Tribe or its agents to contract “ your” health service. Look what contracting has done so far -- it has cost you more to get less. Remember, big executive chairs, thick carpets and custom drapes don’t even cure the common cold Don’t be fooled Talk it over, my friends... and see you at the primaries! Shay-Hoy, Harold W. Mitchell, Jr. St Ignatius Note: The article to which Mitchell refers to in the first paragraph appeared in the Ronan and Poison weekly (Continues on page eight) Page 7 June 13,1985 C S K T s Char-Koosfa News, Pablo, MT