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What’s that smell? _________ I attend every district meeting I hear about, and my biggest complaint about them is the cigarette smoke -- the rank smell on my clothes and skin and the bloody nose I get to take home after every one. The June 13 meeting in Poison, while smoking was successfully discouraged (which was a good move because the meeting was about health, after all), smelled bad just the same. The first clue that something was afoot was the presence of reporters from two other papers at what was billed as an informational meeting to explain the difference between IHS and THD, and how Medicare and Medicaid fit into the Reservation health care picture. I could see the importance of the meeting to the Indian population, but I couldn’t see its newsworthi ness outside the Tribes. A second clue was the presence of a list of 13 questions that had nothing to do with the understood purpose of the meeting. The attitude of the ques tions, which asked about the contracting by the Tribes of certain IHS programs, wasn’t, “I need information”, but rather, “The Tribal Council is trying to put something over on us again.” Poison’s Council representative was accused of having a “hidden agenda” -- which, I guess, is 1985’s newest buzzword, meaning “ulterior motive” — for calling the meeting. I don’t believe this to be the case at all. The meeting was requested by a handful of Tribal-member private citizens, and if anyone had a hidden agenda, it was half the people in the audience, some of whom seem to be hitting the campaign trail early. The other half of the audience was there for the same reason I was — to learn about the changing health care situation in our corner of Indian Country. To all the people there who had concerns about the proposed IHS contracting, I agree that you have the right to have those concerns addressed. But surely you could have been more upfront about it -- called your district representative at home or work, or asked us to do a story on it-- and not asked for a public meeting under false pretenses. The June 13 gathering wasn’t a public meeting so much as it was an example of public manipulation. I suggest you prime movers behind the meeting retire your sneakers for awhile and spend the summer in moccasins so you can remember that you’re Indians. There are enough people sniping at the Tribes from the outside (and from Poison, too) without the added burden of shots from within. * A final note: To those who asked why nothing’s been said so far about the proposed contracting in The Char-Koosta, may we draw your attention to pages 15, 21, 24 and 29 of the April 30 issue, and pages 26 and 28 in the May 14 issue. P.S. Blomquist MEETING . . . from page four That’s proof that two governmental agencies can cooperate and show pro gress, she said. Meetings in other districts were re quested before the June 28 Tribal Council decision on the proposal. The 13-question hand-out said a decision should be postponed until the people could vote on it this December. Bob McCrea, Ronan, the only other Council member at the meeting, said it was possible to schedule other meet ings. Copies of the contract proposal could be made available before June 28, too, he said. McDonald said the reason there hadn’t been any meetings called before that evenings was because there didn’t seem to be much public interest in the matter (which was first proposed al most three months ago, as this is writ ten. The first written mention of it in the Tribal newspaper occurred almost two months ago . .. Editor). McDonald and McCrea encouraged people to attend the June 28 Council meeting at 9 am. to get their concerns on the record. Catalog FREE to NATIVE AMERICANS Others send $1.00 QUANTITY DISCOUNTS TO ALL 212 - 464-9300 Cui beads, seed beads, kits, pipes, elk teeth, tin cones, brass beads, trade beads, shawl fringe, blankets, hackle, porky roaches, books, leathers, feathers, cloth, recordings, furs. More than 4,000 items from which to choose. GREY OWL INDIAN CRAFT CO., INC. 113-15 Springfield Blvd Queens Village. N Y 11429 Double LL Cafe & Campground \Our Place is Your Place” ------------- Try our Broasted Chicken O.D. & Bette Edwards • BOSCH KITCHEN MACHINES & ACCESSORIES. NATURAL Betty's Kitchen St Ignatius -- 745-4272 Betty Fitzner, Owner Take-out orders okay. ‘S3H dilOS SdVIVS‘SaH3IMaNVS‘SX3fiaOlIda3TNVHS June 27, 1985 CSKTs Char-Koosta News, Pablo, MT Page 5 FOODS. VITAMINS.