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2 May 9, 1996
Warm Springs, Oregon
Help make early learning years better learning years
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Mt. View contracted to conduct drug testing
"Mountain View drug testing. How may I help you?...." is the answer
you get when you call the Employee Assistance Program (LAP) at 553
3227. Times are a changin' and so it goes with EAP.
As of last week, EAP has been split into two different entities. Each
standing alone, drug testing and employee assistance will operate indepen
dently of each other. Drug testing falls under the authority of the personnel
office headed up by Benson Heath, says Social Services director Gaylc
Rodgcrs. "We're dividing the two out to create separate identities " for the
two functions, says Rodgcrs.
Drug testing is the enforcement arm ol the tribe s Drug-F ree Workplace
Policy. The contract with Mountain View Hospital, which is expected to
run at least through the end of the year, will be monitored by Hcatn.
Supervisors, working through their respective personnel offices, will
handle disciplinary measures according to thcirown personnel policies. All
tribal entities will use the drug testing services offered at the "white house".
The EAP will operate out of the Community Counseling Center as a
helping arm of the Tribes drug policy. An EAP specialist will be hired
within the next few weeks and will handle the education aspect of the
program. The specialist will inform employees and supervisors of the vast
number of resources available to them on the reservation and make rctcrrals
for appropriate services. Rodgcrs added that the specialist will be supervised
and monitored by Counseling CcntcrdircctorJimQuaid.Tlie specialist will
have a "physical presence" at each of the worksites on a regular basis to
make the person more accessible.
Drug testing is conducted Irom I to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Testing is for pre-employment, cause and monitoring purposes. Random
testing will resume in the near future.
Annual allowable cut continues to decline
Tribal members often question the annual cut that occurs in reservation
forests every year. A look at actual figures shows that the allowable annual
cut hasdecreased five million board feet per yearsince 1992, in accordance
with the five-year cutting contract. Only in 1992 did the actual cut exceed
the allowed cut (by 6.9 million board feet just under 10-percent). The
actual cut cannot deviate trom the designated volume by more than iu-
percent in one year and the five-year average cannot be more than five-
percent above or below the allowed cut.
WSFPI Actual and Allowed Cuts
An infant cooing with joy as she
plays with a stuffed animal. . .a 3-year-old
building a tower of blocks,
each time a bit higher. . .4- and 5-year-olds
deciding what role they
will play in the drcss-up corner. . .a
first-grader making a book from a
story she has dictated to her teacher.
..a group of second-graders working
together on a computer. . .
These images of early childhood
remind us that the early years-birth
through age 8-arc truly learning
years. Every moment is an
opportunity to learn more about the
world, practice social skills, and gain
critical thinking skills and
knowledge. The early years lay the
foundation for all later learning and
shape whether children succeed in
school and later life. If we care about
our children, then we must ensure
that all young children enjoy an early
childhood that prepares them to take
full advantage of their educational
opportunities and to become effective
citizens, capable workers, and loving
parents of the next generation. It's up
to us to make the early years count.
Here are some specific ways that
you-as a parent or a concerned
citizen-can help make early years
better learning years.
As a parent, you can take time to
really watch, listen, and appreciate
Do your conversations with your
children often sound like this: "Not
now. I'm busy!" "Hurry up; we're
late!" or "Shh! I'm on the phone"?
Stop for a moment. Take time to
really listen to your child. Quietly
observe her as she plays by herself or
with friends. You will get powerful
clues about her thinking and level of
understanding. You may also
rediscover the simple joys of
childhood. Your genuine interest in
your child and her day sends a
powerful message that says, "I care
about you!" and helps her feel good
Recognize the learning potential
of play and everyday activities.
When your child plays, she is
Through play children develop
curiosity, selt-csieem, uinguugc,
mathematics, and much more.
Everyday activities arc also good
socks, setting the table, or playing
with measuring cups in the bath. The
types of activities will vary by the
age and interests of your child. In
general, look for ways to build upon
your child's interests and encourage
his curiosity. Aim for appropriate
challenges for your child if the
activity is too simple, he may be
bored; too difficult, he may be
overwhelmed and give up. Watch
your child. As long as he remains
interested, you're probably on the
Keep labs on the amount and type
of television vour child watches.
Watch TV wiiti your child and talk
about what you've seen. Speak out in
support of more television
programming that promotes
children's learning and social
development in positive ways. And
support limits on television violence,
especially during the hours that
children arc likely to he watching.
Work with your child's teachers
and others to improve the quality of
early childhood services.
Spend time in and get involved
with yourchild's school orchild care
program. Talk to yourchild's teacher
and program administrator. What
steps are needed to make the program
a better place for children's learning
and for adult working conditions!
Enlist the support of other parents
and concerned citizens. There arc
many ways to help out, for example,
volunteer your time and labor to build
a new outdoor play structure or
organize a scholarship fund. Your
specialized skills, for example, in
financial planning, or services, such
as donated printing costs, may be
Do what you can to make your
state and community more attuned to
Sneak out about what families
need to help their children grow and
learn. Share your own story and
encourage other parents to do the
same. Encourage local employers or
businesses to assist families with your
children by providing flexible
scheduling, parental leave, and child
Vaguely familiar faces bring back memories?
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Vie 1959 Hi-Sage year book from
Madras High School contains some
interesting, yet confusing,
photographs. The senior class photos
show younger versions of some very
familiar faces. If you don't recognize
these folks ,turn to page 12 for their
Litefoot concert big success among reservation youth
ACTUAL CUT O ALLOWED CUT
Tribes secure $$ for restoration projects
Having secured the endorsement of the Northwest Pnwpr Plannino
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wuuncii on npni i , ine warm springs, xaicama, Umatilla and Nez Perce
tribes are now negotiating contracts for tfi million worth nf watershed
restoration projects for fiscal vear 1996. The habitat work will take nlaee
on-reservation and in tribal ceded areas.
The money will come from the Bonneville Power Administration as part
of its Endangered Species Act obligations.
The rehabilitation of snawnine and rearing hahit.it in rolnmhin River
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The funds will eo exclusively for nrniects that are- rpnHv tr "hrr.-V
ground" in 1996. The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
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cuurumaiea me iour-inoe enort to secure tne two funding and is working
on tribal proposals for additional monev for watershed activities in 1QQ7
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Warm Springs Fish and Wildlife committee member Olney Patt, Jr. and
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t-iaiiciics riugmui manager Jim unggs explained mat tne tribe has 13
habitat projects slated for the 1996 funding that will benefit fish and
wildlife habitat in the Deschutes. John Dav. Hood River and Fiftp.enmilp
Seven projects involve fencing livestock form
projects are for the removal of irrigation diversion harriers nnrl the incta!-
lation of alternatives, such as snrinkler systems: and nne is for a untercheH
biologistliaison for the John Day watershed. The Tribe is cooperating
many ui us waiersnea activities witn uregon Department ot Fish and
Wildlife, Salmon Corps, tribal allottees, Oregon Trout and others.
Patt and Griggs made presentations about the Warm .Win as watershed
projects at an April 3 meeting of the Northwest Power Planning Council in
Pendleton. Mary Lou Soscia is the watershed coordinator for the fnlnmhin
River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.
Bottled water available for home, business
What started five years ago to fulfill a need is now a viable oneration.
Opal Springs Water is now available in five-gallon bottles for home and
office use. Water coolers have popped up throughout the organization as
employees enjoy the cool, clear waters, touted as the State's best drinking
Opal Springs is one of three companies to bottle the water coming from
deep within the Crooked River Gorge. The water has no color, odor, volatile
organic or synthetic compounds or metals. Nor is their evidence of radia
tion, meaning the water emerges from the ground for the first time in at least
du years, since before nuclear tests began.
it interested in obtaining Opal Springs Bottled Water, call (541) 389
1773 in Bend.
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Performers take time for autographs after the show.
actor, who is also
a rap artist,
brought his anti
drug and alcohoi
message to local
Performers took time for a photo from left to right, Haida, Litefoot and
On Enola Hill....
Controversy continues on mountain
Controversv continues over
logging at Enola Hill, just west of
Mo. Hood, near Rododendren along
Young and Morgan Lumber Co.
of Mill City, who has the logging
contract to log the area by Hilicopter
was halted as 38 protesters were
arrested and removed by Clackmas
County Sheriffs Department and the
U.S. Vorest Service. It was reported
that Protesters had moved into the
area along highway 26.
They were arrested and placed
into busses and transported to jail.
The Protesters were charged with
criminal trespassing, a Class C
misdemeanor. The logging
operations was halted for about two
hours while the Protesters were taken
off to jail.
The Litefoot concert (Little Bear,
from the movie, Indian In The
cupboard) turned out to be a big
success, says Sports and Athletic
Cordinator Andy Leonard.
A lot of community members
thought that by bringing in a rap
concert, there would be bad vibes
about the lyrics rappers represent.
But on May 2, at the Warm Springs
Community Center, Litefoot and two
other Indian rap artists Prophet and
Haida, preformed without any
problems. "The truth is this is what
our kids listen to and maybe this is
one way to get to them."
Litefoot is true to his word: he
cares for young Native people and
beli ves they are our future. "Alcohol,
Drugs and gangs are our biggest
enemy," he told the Warm Springs
young people. "All we are doing is
killing ourselves and we all know
that death has no future."
Litefoot calls his music "tribalistic
funk," it's his way of doing the "red
thang." The name Litefoot reflects
his identity as both a traditional grass
dancer and a contemporary
entertainer. Litefoot lyrics are
diverse, but focus primarily on the
political, historical and social
injustices and struggles of Native
people. Litefoot also tours numerous
reservations, Native conferences and
events, youth camps, high schools
and graduations to convey messages
of culture pride and identity to his
predominantly Native youth
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Litefoot performs in front of large audience May 2 at the Community Center.
On June 1 1996 Litefoot releases
his new album, "Good Day To Die."
Litefoot is also president and founder
of Red Vinyl Records. Besides his
new album, Litefoot begins shooting
another movie "Mortal Kombat 2"
also in June this year. Litefoot's
appearance in Warm Springs was
sponsored by: Indian Head Gaming,
Warm Springs Forest Products
Industries, Power Enterprise, The
Tribal Council, A.E. All Stars, and
the Warm Springs Market. Also
Helping were: The N.A.S.H. Club,
Bo Ortiz, Danni Katchia, Anita Davis,
Lana Leonard, Dana Smith, Tray
Leonard, Mackie Begay, Donnie
Bagley, Starla Green, Joni and
Heather- the sales ladys, W.S.P.D.
and Rosanna Sanders. Promoters
hope that Litefoot will return for a
performance in 1997.