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Pqge 4 Spilyay Tymoo November 11, 2004
Veterans to be
honored this
By Selena Boise
Mnitigemeiit Successor
This week we will be celebrat
ing Veterans Day with an unveil
ing, a parade and end with a din
ner at the
longhouse.lt is al
ways a sight to see
the Veterans in
their uniforms and
hearing the ceremonies take
place with their commands and
I like to see these things hap
pen and so do my kids. In fact
my son was involved in JROTC
for four years and liked it a lot.
I would hear that lingo from
time to time from him and lis
ten to his plans to join the ser
vice when he finishes school. I
envy him and the way he makes
these plans for himself at this
young age.
Well, I hope that everyone
will thank a veteran this week,
for serving our country the way
they did. I mean all veterans,
from all wars and service.
I used to see the list of veter
ans when Spilyay staff helped
him gather names of veterans for
records. There are so many vet
erans who served our country
Currently there are veterans
still serving in Iraq. These veter
ans are commended for their
service to this country and the
war on terrorism.
I saw this passage on an email
from a soldier who feels that
people are angry about the war
to begin with and he spoke his
He was proud of the changes
that have taken place in this
country where he is. There were
so many things changed in this
country that he feels the war on
terrorism is worth the effort. But
he serves with pride because he
sees this change.
Sarah J. Frank
Victims of Crime advocate
Warm Springs Victims of
Crime Services, Jefferson
County Victims Assistance,
Tribal Prevention, Warm Springs
Police Department, Central Or
egon Battering and Rape Alliance
(COBRA) and some local com
munity members closed Domes
tic Violence Awareness month
with a Joining Hands at
Deschutes Bridge. The event
was held Oct. 30.
We would like to share some
the messages we received
throughout the month of Oc
tober. More than a few good men
Jack Katz was the guest
speaker at the Sixth Annual
Abuse Awareness Workshop
held in Gresham on Oct.16.
Jack is the producer of
Tottghguise, a video focused on
how media contributes to vio
lence. He spoke to the men encour
aging them to speak out against
violence. "It's time for men to
step forward. Violence against
women is not just a women's is
sue. Men have daughters, nieces,
grandchildren and even moth
ers who have been violated.
Men also suffer from violence,
usually at the hands of other
He continued, "Do what you
have to do, so you can look
yourself in the mirror and say,
'I am doing what I can.' If you
really care about women and
you haven't spoken out yet, it's
not too late. Some men will not
respond positively to you, partly
Hurts everyone
When a person breaks into a
home, car or business, it hurts
everyone in the community. A
home should be the one place
you feel safe. A car is how most
of us get to work or school and
our things should be there when
we get back to our car. A busi
ness has to sell products in or
der to make money to order
more products to sell to the com
munity. Today (Nov. 8) Warm
Springs Market was broken into
again. We had to remain closed
until 10 a.m. To our loyal cus
tomers, we are sorry for the in
convenience. Now we will have
to cut back on product, employ
ment (we have 10 tribal mem
bers working here), and won't
be able to donate to some of
the local programs.
It will take months to make
back the $8,000 of products
that were stolen today, as well
as $5,000 stolen two months
ago. Now that some may lose
their jobs, they won't be able to
pay for their car or house be
cause somebody thought it
would be fun to break into the
We all are a part of this com
munity, so it hurts everyone, no
matter if it is a home, car or a
business. If we are unable to
keep the market open, it will
cause a hardship on those who
don't have access to a car. Next
time, think how it may hurt your
mom, dad, grandparents,
Have a safe one out there.
Robert and Rosa Macy.
Circle of Hope
I wanted to take this oppor- ,
turiity to thank Cece Whitewolf
and Circle of Hope Cancer Sur
vivors for their time, energy and
love they gave for the Native
people who have cancer, survi
advocate shares
because they don't want to hear
someone challenge their behav
ior." Jack Katz challenged the men
to step up and be honest. "We'll
reach more people if we're hon
est, it takes more guts to admit
than to deny. We need to rede
fine courage. It's more than
physical courage, it's moral cour
age, it's the 'right' thing to do.
Take risks, you could break
down barriers. It's an act of in
tegrity for men to speak against
violence for young men to
A lot of men in prison or jail
are in there because of external
actions - they broke the law -and
because of internalized
trauma. Men build an iron shell
to protect themselves from get
ting hurt. They are like "cast iron
marshmallows." Jack used The
Wizard of 0 metaphor for
"pulling back the curtain" to
reveal the true person behind
the huge wizard.
This training was the sixth
annual event sponsored by the
Portland Metro Church of
Christ, as their contribution to
Domestic Violence Awareness
Month. This was not a Christian-based
event. However the
church does have a ministry
team-response to domestic vio
lence against women and chil
dren. For more information see
their website at
www.metrocofc.org or call (503)
Jefferson County Juvenile
Justice Services and Victims of
Crime Services staff are plan
ning to view the Toughguist video
on Tuesday, Nov. 23 from 1 1:30
a.m. to 1:30 pm, at the Family
vors, family members,
caregivers and all those involved.
A very big thank you very much.
I have learned how to live
with cancer. I have a better un
derstanding of it, I'm not angry
about it and not stressed about
it. At first, I was still learning to
understand it, and why?
I was angry but after accept
ing it, I'm enjoying life to the
fullest. I don't feel sorry for
myself, there's enough of that
going around the rez. I pray a
lot more every day.
I wanted to thank the ladies
from all over the country who
came, for their encouraging
words, so comforting and under
standing of what I'm going
through; especially auntie
Bernice Mitchell for helping me
through this. Listening to her talk
with her soft voice, I feel better
about "living with cancer, not
dying of cancer."
I also wanted to say thank
you to the pool league for the
memorial tournament they had
for our sister Pebbles, auntie
Patches, and friend Louie. I
know I wasn't there all the time,
but just being there with faces I
miss, I'm very grateful for those
who were all there to play, and
enjoy themselves. I know it's not
about winning all the time, it's
about playing with a good heart,
enjoying yourself, concentration
and stroking.
Today, I'm still clean and so
ber with almost 15 months. Just
doing it one day at a time, still
have time to work my program,
pray, laugh, joke around and
enjoy life. I'm starting my radia
tion, chemo next week (for 6-7
weeks), then rest, then surgery,
rest period and more chemo.
I'm praying that more women
and men get themselves
checked so this doesn't happen
to them.
It'll save your life to check.
Resource Center. Watch for fly
ers or announcements on
KWSO. A discussion will follow
the viewing.
Reservation violence and
anger resolution
This was the theme of a
workshop held at the Commu
nity Center, sponsored by the
Community Counseling Center.
Arlie Neshkahi was the right
person to do this conference.
He spoke from his heart to the
many participants: Violence on
the reservation has increased
and it's time that we come to
gether and say "we've had
enough." We can no longer stand
quietly on the wayside.
Thank you Arlie and Com
munity Counseling staff for this
awesome workshop. Thank you
Captain for the laughter and to
the brave people who told their
funny stories. This is a very
brief report of this workshop.
Indian Child Welfare
Victims of Crime Services
staff also participated in the
Indian Child Welfare training in
Keynote speaker Kathy
Everly commented that every
one has his or her own idea of
what "is in the best interest of
the child."
She told a story of a time
when she believed it was not in
the best interest of her grand
children to return to the reser
vation to live with their other
grandmother. "After all, there is
not even a Wal-Mart on the rez."
(The crowd laughed.)
She later learned that her
grandchildren were happy on the
Letters to the Editor
I'm happy that the doctors found
my cancer in time. So, I'm not
afraid to talk about cancer, I feel
better and people need to be edu
cated about cancer. Thank you.
Linda Mcanus, Lamoosh.
Great tourney
Wow, what a wonderful
weekend the memorial tourna
ment brought to the friends and
families of the three great
people it honored.
When we walked through the
(Dirty Moc) Rialto Billiards Hall,
the walls hadn't seen some of
those faces for years. What a
beautiful sight to behold. Our
families merged into the biggest
event the place has ever held.
There was a lot of hard work
behind the scenes before it
came to be. The people respon
sible were greatly rewarded by
the turnout, and the kind words
of appreciation are many.
I would like to thank all of
you involved. Tony and Seegray
Littleleaf, Tia Bean, her father
Jim, Mrs. Betty Bagley, Mr. Jerry
Bagley, Karla Bagley, the family
of Dorothy Pebbles George,
Ms. Joanne Bryant, Wayne for
allowing the event to be held in
the home away from home for
a lot of shooters in our small
area, and lifting the 86's which
made it possible for the teams
to return for the best jackpot
Friday they have ever seen.
Forty shooters started the week
end which took part of them to
another site.
I understand Chief Smith
took the honor of walking away
with the money. Way to go,
congrats to the champ. The
Washington teams brought out
their best shooters and they
made every stroke count. Play
ing pool is a sport and there are
good, and there are great play
ers. Lucky for us all of the ones
a message of hope
rez with their grandmother,
where they received love and
Kathy spoke of how it is im
portant to involve the families
in case planning. For 20 years
the focus was on rescuing child
victims from incompetent par
ents, and the parents were la
beled. She encouraged her au
dience to think outside the box
and to strengthen the families.
Social problems are not
solved by expertise. What is in
the best interest of the children
and families? Family centered
practice is at the heart of the
Indian Child Welfare.
In her workshop, Working
with Indian Children and Fami
lies, Kathy compared the old
practice of conventional child
welfare to the new practice of
family-centered practice. She
told her audience (DHS, Social
Service caseworkers, etc.) "If
you are not sincere, you
shouldn't be here."
During the grief and trauma
panel, Vaun Miller said that un
resolved grief could lead to ad
diction as a form of self-medication.
Kids run from the pain
because they don't have some
one to help them. Jim St. Mar
tin, Alvina Huesties and Ronald
Pond also shared.
While in Pendleton, one of
the staff had the opportunity to
visit a tribal leader who re
minded her "God is Love."
Though the trials are many
and the heart is heavy, we must
always remember, God is Love.
Wie each have a job to do to
help each other and to help the
on the sidelines got to witness
some very good shots, the ones
we wish we could make.
Effortless natural smooth
strokes I remember seeing
Louie make, time after time. He
was one of the biggest fans of
the table. He always said left
handed people had the advan
tage over the balls, watching him
and trying the same shots I be
lieved him. It was sometimes
impossible to do. I'm sure you
had the opportunity to play
against him while he coached
you along. The lines he saw were
clean, always standing out.
As I sat there I felt sad that
he wasn't there. My heart sank
knowing he could not walk
around the tables. He was the
real reason I ever picked up a
cue stick, to be a part of his
Where we grew up, the
Golden Cue is where he started
to play. When I first went in I
could not even see over the rails,
but he was already making magic
at a young age. One of the men
there took him under his wing
and taught him.
Louie loved to share his
knowledge. Hopefully all of us
will keep it moving to new gen
erations as they enter the excit
ing game. I am sure he would
be very proud, if he knew he
had such an influence on us. If
we never said it out loud to him,
in his heart he knew he was very
respected. Thank you for par
ticipating in such a successful
Sunday's meal was a big hit,
thanks to cooks Linda Bagley,
Joann, Betty, Jerry for the pa
per and plastic ware. Thank you
everyone who contributed to
the meal. I don't know you by
name but if it were not for you
the day would not have been the
The day and night went in
Sheilah Clements, prevention
coordinator, held a one-day
"meth" training at the Commu
nity Center Social Hall. Meth is
a huge problem in the U.S. The
presentor, Eric Martin, showed
videos with stories of meth ad
dicts. Some of the pictures were
moving and definitely gave the
audience something to think
Meth can cause serious prob
lems for the addict. Eric encour
aged people not to lose hope for
meth addicts: If you don't have
any hope for them, how could
they have hope for themselves?
He educated the audience on
the effects meth can have on
the brain. A panel discussion was
held at the end of the day's
During the U.S. Attorney's
meth summit in Portland in Sep
tember, a comment was made
that "we can't arrest our way out
of this problem."
The meth epidemic is so
strong that it will take coopera
tion from many resources to
help both the victims and those
addicted to meth. There are
many people in Warm Springs
who have quit using meth. Share
your story to encourage those
still bound to their addiction.
If you would like to help
fight the meth problem in
Jefferson County, consider join
ing the Meth Task Force. They
meet at noon the first Wednes
day of every month at the
Jefferson County Sheriff s Of
fice. The Willow Creek House
For Women
Monday morning. Die-hard is '
the term for what it took to get '
through the last of the games. !
Congratulations to Washington. '
They took home first, second 1
and third places. Next time,
Oregon. You let 'em know you 1
were there this time. With re- 1
spect, the Medina family. ?
At the bridge ;
I am writing this letter of
thanks to all those who partici- -pated
in the Joining at the Bridge i
ceremony. There ceremony was '
very beautiful with the closing -of
Domestic Violence Aware- '
ness month. There was a com- '
ment made by one young girl
who asked, "Did we bless the '
bridge?" All I could answer was
yes, that is one way of putting
it. Next year we plan on getting
the word out sooner so people
from sides of the "river" can
make their stand. Domestic vio
lence affects everybody. Re
spectfully, Martha A.
Winishut, office assistantadvo
cate, Victims of Crimes Services.
A thank you
On behalf of Jason Tyler 3
Smartlowit, I would like to take
this time to thank the following
people who traveled to i
Toppenish, Wash., to play in the
Gene Smartlowit Memorial 1
Tournament: T.J. Foltz, Shawn t
Harry, Ray Anderson, Willis
Anderson, David White and )
Tray Leonard. And also to each
of your family members who
went with you. This meant a lot
to Jason, and he will remember
it always. Jason received a lot of ;
support and encouragement
throughout the weekend from '
players, referees, family and !
spectators. Each and every one I
of you played hard and for that
I am grateful. Thank you. ;
Marcie Stacona for Jason ;
After months of prepara
tion, the Willow Creek House
For Women in transition will
celebrate their opening with a
dedication ceremony and open
house on Nov. 22.
They are issuing a special in
vitation to our faith-based com
munity to actively participate in
this dedication ceremony. If you
are interested please call Jamasa
Tello at 475-0301.
The house will provide a safe,
stable, healthy, environment for
women integrating back into
society after being in jail, prison
or treatment. The home is lo
cated at 63 SE 11th Street in
Madras, and can house six cli
ents and one resident manager.
The resident manager position
is vacant. Room and a monthly
stipend are included with com
pensation. Good communica
tions skills and attention to de
tail are necessary. The manager
coordinates local services and
volunteer classes. If you are in
terested, please contact Jamasa
at 475-0301. Are you a single
female drill sergeant with a heart
to help? This may be the job for
Victims of Crime staff gen
erally work with domestic vio
lence and sexual assault victims.
Increasing our knowledge on
what causes violence is key to
help prevent abuse. We look for
creative ways to empower
women affected by domestic
violence and sexual assault
We are always looking for
help as we work toward our
goal. If you are interested in
volunteering for Victim's of
Crime please call us at 553-2293.