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Tribes host Indian youth conference on the shores of Flathead Lake Members o f the Bird Tribe try to impress the leaders o f the CSK Tribes (right and bottom photos) with their p roperty-management skills. The 1985 Inter-Tribal Youth Practicum (ITYP) was successfully completed June 15 by 97 Indian students from six of the seven reservations in Montana. (Northern Cheyenne was the only tribe not sending representatives this year.) The practicum, which was co-hosted by the U.S. Forest Service find the Tribes, had luck on its side throughout the program. “ Everything went pretty smoothly,” said coordi nator Bev Morigeau. “ The speakers showed up when they were scheduled, the boats were available, the cultural projects were finished on time, and the recreation didn’t cut into the other activities.” Program coordinators Morigeau and Charmel Tellier attribute the success to a lot of hard work and cooperation from the Tribal entities and BIA branches and, of course, to the Forest Service, who held up its end of the program with much ease. One of the primary objectives of the practicum this year was to implement as much of the Tribes’ culture into the daily activities as possible. This worked out wonderfully with Myrna Chiefstick and Francis Auld as cultural/spiritual advisors. The small-but-effective team planned the making of gifts for the ITYP Princess and Chief and they also held a stickgame tournament between the five mythical tribes - Bear, Bird, Buffalo, Deer and Plains. “ The students’ participation was really outstanding,” praised Morigeau. Not only did they go all out for culture and recreation, but they also showed a tremendous interest in the Tribal government and natural resources exercise. The mythical tribes were placed in a make-believe situation where they were charged with managing a piece of land (a reservation) for a 30-year period. At the end of this theoretical period, they were expected to have earned a certain amount of income by grazing livestock, harvesting timber, gas and oil resources; provided jobs and facilities to meet the needs of their membership; and protected wildlife habitat while accomplishing those other goals. When the exercise was finished, the five tribes pre sented their plans and resolutions to our Salish/Kootenai Tribal Council, who then chose 1985’s outstanding tribe: the Plains Tribe. The Council members present for the judging said they were rather impressed by the presentations and the intense student involvement It was evident that the students did really get involved in the decision-making game. The students showed their interest by presenting their plans confidently and clearly and, in turn, the audience of students kept the defending tribes on their toes by firing questions to the spokesmen, causing them to explain the reasons for their actions. “ When considering the amount of time the students had to prepare, they did an excellent job. (Concludes on page 15) Mike Irvine o f the Bear Tribe, seated behind Vern Clairmont, Joe Dupuis, Kevin Howlett, Jan McClure (behind Howlett), Al Hewankom, Bob McCrea and Joe Felsman, said in his presenta tion that “someone from another tribe stole one of our maps. I had to hold my fierce warriors back from raiding them.” Page 14 CSKTs Char-Koosta Hews, Pablo, MI. June 27, 1985