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I Editor's n o t e b o o k . . j -------------------------------------------------- ! Between the lines ______________ June 11 Council meeting NATURAL RESOURCES: A representative from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service met with the Council to discuss the work plan for the year’s fish planting. Dave Cross, director of the Tribal-BPA fisheries study, thanked the USFWS for consulting with the Tribes about future work. The Tribes were thanked in turn for its interest in its natural resources. “ That helps us get enthused,” Bruce Haines said. THE CHAR-KOOSTA NEWS: Is the paper a Tribal program or part of the profit- making enterprise called Char-Koosta Printing? Ron Trosper, who’s helping reorganize the Tribes’ enterprises, asked for am answer to the above so he could proceed with a business plan for the print shop. After the discussion during which most people reiterated their opinions from earlier discussions, it was decided — barely -- to approve an administrative divorce: The newspaper doesn’t “ belong” to the enterprise anymore. Maybe we “ belong” to Tribal Community Services . . . we’re not sure. We’re also not sure what changes this change might mean for the paper, if any. Time will tell. In the meantime, if you notice the editor frowning more than usual, it’s because she has to d o ... a budget... which will have to be justified t o ... the Council If there’s no commentary column in the next issue or two, it’s because she’s either busy budgetting or busy worrying. Following lunch, the Salish Kootenai Council met with members of the visiting Rocky Boy Council. BIA Forestry then made two more presentations in its series of clear-cut educational sessions. The BIA was on the agenda a second time, only this time it was spelled “ Flathead Irrigation Project”. Ron Eden, director of administration of the BIA’s central office in D.C., was in town to meet with the FIP staff, in part, to discuss employee conduct, we gather. The Council asked him about compliance with Indian preference hiring rules (it’ll be done across the board, he said), advertising for a new project manager (he said he didn’t know when that might happen, but the position description no doubt needed rewriting) and some employees’ lobbying for the transfer to the Bureau of Reclamation. Eden was one of four area and central office people in town for 2Vfe-3 days to orientate the former 28 FIP district employees who are now federal employees. June 14 SNEAKY LEASING: Another discussion was held on the sneaky practise of some people’s leasing of Tribal property, then running “ foreign” cattle on it. Commentary by ------ P.SL Blomquist Char-Koosta Editor DONATION POLICY: Work continues on the drafting of rules for deciding which individuals, groups and activities should or might be supported in the future. There was no action, however, so the moratorium is still in effect THE PETITION: The most recent reduce-the-Council petition has been rewritten to include a redistricting plan. According to it Poison and Arlee would each retain a representative. Dixon and St Ignatius would share a repre sentative, as would Ronan and Pablo, and Elmo and Hot Springs. The petition said it hopes the new system would become effective this December. ITYP: Following an executive session and lunch, five of the nine Council members present visited the Inter-Tribal Youth Practicum to judge the students’ week-long efforts. (Jim Steele was already at the camp, acting as a consultant) Please see the story on page 14. June 18 ALCOHOL CONFERENCE: Anna Whiting, THD alcohol component director, asked if the 4 th annual inter-tribal “ celebration of sobriety” camp-out could be held on the Flathead next summer, by popular request of some of the organizers and participants. She was given permission to proceed with the preliminary planning. SKELETON DISCOVERED: Pat Lefthand expressed his concerns about a skeleton, possibly that of an Indian, that was unburied a few days earlier off the Reservation (story on page 3). OTHER THINGS: As always, paste-up duties called us away early in the meeting, but since it was only a half-day deal for a change, we didn’t miss as much as usual. On the agenda, if memory serves, was discussion about PATCoR and S & K Electronics, Inc. 1 Mission Lumber and Hardware J BUILDING MATERIALS AND FURNITURE, TOO | St Ignatius, MT 745-2341 I Jocko Pharmacy | n N o w filling IH S -P H S -M e d ica id n A n y opinions expressed in this column belong to the writer and don 't necessarily reflect the __________________ opinions o f others within the Tribal organization. Walker River Paiutes are updating roll book The Walker River Paiute Tribe of Nevada is updating its enrollment book in preparation of a per capita payment of judgement funds. The tribe’s enrollment rules are different from ours. For example, half- • C SKTs Char-Koosta News, Pablo, MT. ___ degree Indians of any tribe married to Walker River Tribal members can be adopted into the tribe by a vote of the other members. This particular per capita distri- ( Concludes on page 25) .................................. June 27, 1985 Page 6.