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Unearthed bones should be returned, say Tribes Plans to send a recently uncovered skeleton of possible Indian origin to a museum in the East have Tribal officials concerned. The skeleton was found June 13 on private property near Columbia Falls, about 30 miles north of the Reservation boundary. The bones, along with dirt and charcoal from the site, and something being described as a ceremonial bead, have been sent to the state crime lab in Missoula for investigation before eventual delivery to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., according to news reports. If Pat Lefthand has his way, however, the bones and any accompanying artifacts will be turned over to the Tribes for reburial. “We’re not monkeys to be looked at” by curious white people, he told the Tribal Council June 18, asking for Council intervention into the matter. The Council learned about the discovery from published news reports. Had the remains been discovered on federal property, Tribal attorney John Carter told the Council, the Tribes would have a stronger claim over them. Because private ground was involved, the only applicable law might be the Indian Religious Freedom Act, he said. He added that the Flathead County sheriffs office was open to the idea of letting the Tribes’ cultural people take a look at the items taken from the site. The sheriff was “more than willing” to let Tribal representatives view the remains if the crime lab people were amenable, he said When that might happen was undetermined by press time. The fate of Lefthand’s desire to rebury the skeleton was also still in the air. It’s been something of a tradition with The Char-Koosta No pow wow program this y e a r that the issue before the Arlee pow wow featured a four- or eight-page mini pow wow program. Time got away with us this year, however, and we didn’t receive a mock-up version of what the pow wow committee has planned before we went to press, so we’re making do with what appears on our back page. Char-Koosta Printing Highway 930 Pablo 0675-2700 fo r See uS all y o u r p rinting needs. S ervice l ì MC. - O ffice P roducts P o i s o n R o n a n OFFICE FURNITURE ★ SUPPLIES ★ FULL LINE OF ART AND DRAWING SUPPLIES ★ • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • > • > • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • r - - - - - - 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . r * * V r i • • • • • • • • • J h u & l/a ß m HARDWARE STORES • p l u m b i n g • g i f t s « t o o l s x X • e l e c t r i c a l « h o u s e w a r e s « g a r d e n • h a r d w a r e « a u t o m o t i v e « pa in t ::g : :X*i m a i n s t r e e t r o n a n 676 -2740 HANSON AND GRAN LET , Timely advice _________ [ Field treatment of rattlesnake bite To the extreme dismay of the area’s residents, there I seems to be a rattlesnake convention going on in and j around Dixon. I The Indian Health Service’s Flathead Service Unit has I been asked to provide some information about how to treat snake bites. Please read the article closely and . note that the advice is contrary to what you’ve seen on . TV or in the movies: • DO NOT use a constricting band or tourniquet on j the injury • DO NOT cut between the teeth marks • DO NOT pack the injured limb in ice • DO encourage the victim to stay calm • DO keep the victim lying down with the bitten limb at chest level | • DO wash the wound • DO get the person to the nearest hospital im- I mediately The material above was received from Montana Poison Control through the Billings Area IHS office’s J _ ^clinical nurse specialist FAMILY CRISIS CENTER Aid to victims of domestic violence 676-2518 CSKTs Char-Koosta News, Pablo, MT June 27, 1985 Page 3