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LETTERS continue papers during the first half of May. The article gives a brief glimpse about what Therriault teaches in his local Indian history classes at SKC __ Editor A variety of thoughts, and a sports story, from Spokane __________________________ 0 great Tu Pi Ya whose voice I hear, I need your strength. I am weak and small. Let me not criticize my brother and sister until I have lived their lives. Where there is confusing a person’s heritage, way of life and knowing of culture with faith, you let me know why I am wrong. Lem Lemche to all the spiritual leaders -- not man or woman or name -- ¿ill of you (for your true spirits). We feel them -- all your Yi YFs and Ta Ta’s here find far. I do not question. Do you? The scientific definition of God is force and power. Man has both. Look up “Tu Pi Ya’’. There has been much bitterness, criticism, judging, semish in The Char-Koosta Why? 1 am 39, very much into my medicine wheel. 1 will not read twice the argument of how, why (we) should have the death of a loved one. Our spiritual leaders, my prayers are strong for you, as they are for all of us. 1 sweat for my brothers find sisters who need encour agement discipline and security. Go see my Indian Father, Steve Abel, at night (find) you will see the light. 1 do not speak my language or know my culture. Lem Lemche to Alice CameL “I love Mi-cheL” Many children and adults will hear the story. Marvin, you are an inspiration to our young people. Enclosed is a newsclipping of my daughter, Tami Durham, at the state track finals in Tacoma, Washington, May 24-26. She received two fifth-place medals in the high hurdles and 400 relay. She’s only a sophomore. Ya-pa-na-oo-nay, Bidda, from a culture freak. Carol Ann Matt Abel Durham Tanner Magee Spokane, WA Note: On the newsclipping, which we regret we can’t reproduce due to technical difficulties, is a note that Tami set a new track record during the pre- state finals competi tion in the girls high hurdles category. She took first place in that and one other event... Editor. You blew it again, Blomquist Editor: It has been a pleasure to read your newspaper. It was also a nice, though puzzling, surprise to be included with the write-up of the Tribal Health Department’s Community Health Education and Prevention Component in the May 14, 1985 issue (Vol. 14 # 1). My work with the Salish and Kootenai people, as well as the Tribal Health Department staff, has been enjoyable. Lest there be a misunderstanding, I am a Commissioned Officer in the United States Public Health Service paid only by the federal government To my knowledge none of my salary or other related expenses comes from the Tribal treasury, but I believe the goads of Tribal Health and Indian Health Service are sufficiently the same (to provide appropriate and acceptable care within resources available) that I do not mind the confusion. Have a happy and healthy day. Cordially, Gary Harding, M.D. Health Services Officer St Ignatius This isn’t the first time we failed to grasp the complexity of Tribal Health’s budget At the risk of messing up worse, let us attempt to explain: THD spends over a million dollars every year on the health care needs of the Tribal membership. The money comes from a variety of sources - federal, state and Tribal (in that order). Among the federal dollars is a fund called “equity health care” money, which is earmarked to cover services (or supplement some) that aren’t covered in the Indian Health Service budget in a specific line item. For example, say your personal budget calls for spend ing your $800 monthly wages on ten specific causes (food, rent, clothing, etc.). One payday, your b oss gives you an extra $25, but he says you have to spend it on work clothes. It’s up to you whether you’ll use it to help buy some new boots or a pair of sturdy jeans, though. That’s our understanding, simply put, about what (Continues on page nine) I m S# jhJLp Ronan Auto Body $ . . . . * SALES AND SERVICE, INC. Your friendly Dodge, Chyrsler, Plymouth, and Dodge truck dealer CHRYSLER Vlymoulfi Service: 676-3850 Body Shop: 676-3961 Sales: 676-5811 P.O. Box T Ronan, MT D o d g e Dodge Truths * * * * * * * * * -3L Page 8 CSKTs Char-Koosta News, Pablo, MT June 13, 1985