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Some Indian programs will see increased federal funding Last spring’s expectations that some federal education funds— JOM money specifically — were on a hit list for elimination this fiscal year didn’t bear any fruit after all, according to Con gressman Pat Williams. In a letter dated Aug. 30, Williams writes that the Senate and House of Representatives have agreed on (but not yet voted on, evidently — see the IHS story elsewhere in this issue) the Interior Department’s FY89 appropriation, which includes the following: JOM — $23 million, which is an almost $3 million increase over FY88 (after years of steady decreases). How the also-approved new distribution for mula will affect the Flathead Reserva tion isn’t yet known. Indian education in general — $71.5 million, reflecting a $5.2 million in crease. Urban Indian health — $10 million (an increase of $1.3 million). $300,000 of that is for AIDS education and pre vention. A separate $314,000 will be used to renovate the Browning hospital to provide substance-abuse treatment. Some $673,000 will be used for water development at Rocky Boy. Other projects— $500,000 for a pilot program for gifted and talented Indian students; $100,000 to Montana tribes for wildlife and parks; $387,000 to the Kootenai and Salish Tribes to continue a water-resources study; and $700,000 for the Milk River Irrigation Project. ♦ * Greatest Olympic athlete was an Indian If your TV plans these days include watching the 1988 Summer Olympics, you might be interested in the following report It’s a brief biography of Jim Thorpe, the Sac-Fox Indian who was the first (and so far only) person ever to win two grueling Olympic events — the pentathlon and the decathlon. The infor mation comes from Virginia Gilbertson of the State Office of Indian Affairs. Jim Thorpe was bom in 1888 in Oklahoma. His father was one-half Indian from the Sac-Fox tribe and one- half Irish. His mother was the grand daughter of the famous Chippewa Chief, Black Hawk. Jim’s Tribal name was Bright Path. At the age of three, he could ride and swim. He shot his first deer at age ten. This was only the begin ning of things to come. He began his athletic career at Carlisle Indian Industrial School and lead his small school to fame in football. He was an outstanding runner, place-kicker and tackier. He won all-American honors in 1911 and 1912. Carlisle, a Small, ob scure school, defeated such schools as Harvard, West Point.and Army. Much of this success was due to Jim Thorpe. In 1912Jim Thorpe entered the Olym pic games and became the first athlete in history to win both the pentathlon and decathlon. This feat has not been accom plished since. The pentathlon consists of five events: broad jump, javelin throw, 200- meter flat race, discus throw and 1500- meter flat race. Jim won four of five events. (Concludes on page 15) Governor declares Native American Day On Aug. 29, Montana governor Ted Schwinden signed a proclamation designating Sept. 23,1988, as Native American Day across the state. (There’s talk that the whole week ending Sept. 23 will be Native American Week across the nation, but half of Congress hasn’t voted on it yet.) The state proclamation states: WHEREAS, the history and culture of Native American Indians is an integral part of the folklore and history of the nation and the State of Montana; and WHEREAS, the Native Americans’ traditional relationship with the elements of nature is increasingly acknowledged and respected in these times of growing awareness of our natural environment; and WHEREAS, the legislature recognizes that all Montanans havean invaluable opportunity for cultural enrichment through contact with the folkways and philosophy of Native Americans; and WHEREAS, sharing the views and beliefs of Native Americans would contribute to better understanding of their unique background; and WHEREAS, Article X, Section 2, of the Constitution of Montana recognizes the distinct cultural heritage of Native Americans and is committed in its educational goals to the preservation of their cultural integrity; and WHEREAS, the state of Montana contains the fourth-largest Indian popula tion of the several states of the United States; and WHEREAS, it would be appropriate for all people of Montana to reflect on the contributions of Indian people to this state and this nation; and WHEREAS, the legislature of the State of Montana has resolved that the governor of Montana be encouraged to designate each year the fourth Friday of September as “Native American Indian Day”; now, therefore, I, TED SCHWINDEN, Governor of the State of Montana, do hereby proclaim September 23, 1988, as NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN DAY in Montana. g g m r g g g r r a r m m T m i SEPTEMBER 21,1988 - CSKTs Char-Koosta News, Pablo, MT -- PAGE 3