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NEWS AND EVENTS

LITTLE SHELL NEWS

CHAIRMANS CORNER

Aanii (Hello)! I hope each of you and your families are in good health. The COVID-19 pandemic has made a lasting mark on our lives, families, and community. In order to alleviate some of the pain and hardships, the Tribal Council wanted to ensure that the Tribe was able to establish vital programming and projects to meet the needs of our Little Shell members.

 

The Tribal Council is excited that many of the Little Shell programs and projects are underway. The renovations to the Health Clinic and the Event Center are drawing closer to completion. The Council is also pleased to announce the 2021 Emergency Financial Assistance grant to aid those still feeling the grave impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tribe has diligently worked to assist tribal members with access to the COVID-19 vaccine and rental assistance.

 

As the Tribe moves forward to establish programming, the Tribal Council will be conducting community surveys to understand the needs and priorities of Little Shell tribal members. Please be sure to provide your valuable input. Please continue to look out for one another and to check in with our elders.

 

Miigwech (Thank you), Chairman Gerald Gray

 

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS FOR PEOPLE 12 YEARS OLD AND UP

The CDC has approved the Pfizer vaccination for people 12 years of age and older.  If you or anyone you know is wanting to get vaccinated, or have their children vaccinated, please contact our Care Coordinator at (406) 315-2400 ext 132 and speak with Ashlee. She will be glad to assist you in any way she can!

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE

The Little Shell Housing Department is accepting applications for Emergency Rental Assistance for our members across the country!  If you have any questions, or to see if you are eligible, please give us a call.  To talk with our Housing Department please call (406) 315-2400.

LITTLE SHELL FOOD SOVEREIGNTY PROGRAM

The Little Shell Tribal Council is pleased to announce the creation of the Little Shell Food Sovereignty Program. The Tribe created this program to confront food shortages that our tribal community has faced during the pandemic. However, it will also help sustain the Tribe well into the future.

 

The Tribe chose to center this program in and around one of our historic communities at Hill 57. To accomplish this the Tribe has purchased acreage around and on Hill 57 that will support crops and cattle. This is a major development for our people that will provide for our sustenance while reclaiming our history.

 

Never again can anyone call the Tribe the “Landless Indians.”

 

The Tribal Council expects cattle delivery in the next few months and will release further details about the program’s operation at that time.

BACK TO SCHOOL IS COMING!

The Little Shell Tribal Administrative office has donated backpacks to the Alliance for Youth Hope Fest!  The giveaway will be on Friday, August 20 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the organization’s office at 3220 11th Ave S.

 

If you would like to make a donation, AFY Program Manager Lisa Beavers said donations should be new items and can be brought to the organization’s office at 3220 11th Ave. S. or mailed to their P.O. Box 2982.

GUIDANCE FOR COVID-19 PREVENTION IN K-12 SCHOOLS

Key Takeaways

 

Students benefit from in-person learning, and safely returning to in-person instruction in the fall 2021 is a priority.

 

Vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic.  Promoting vaccination can help schools safely return to in-person learning as well as extracurricular activities and sports.

 

Masks should be worn indoors by all individuals (age 2 and older) who are not fully vaccinated. Consistent and correct mask use by people who are not fully vaccinated is especially important indoors and in crowded settings, when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

 

CDC recommends schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms, combined with indoor mask wearing by people who are not fully vaccinated, to reduce transmission risk. When it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least 3 feet, such as when schools cannot fully re-open while maintaining these distances, it is especially important to layer multiple other prevention strategies, such as indoor masking.

 

Screening testing, ventilation, handwashing and respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick and getting tested, contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation, and cleaning and disinfection are also important layers of prevention to keep schools safe.

 

Students, teachers, and staff should stay home when they have signs of any infectious illness and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care.

LITTLE SHELL EVENTS

RIBBON SKIRT CLASSES

Come join us for Ribbon Skirt classes! The next class will be September 18 starting at 10:00am, location TBD. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated about classes and happenings.

FREE SUMMER MEALS

The Montana Food Bank Network has a summer food service program, to provide lunch for kids and teens 18 and under. No application, no registration. Text “food” to 877-877 or visit www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks to find a location near you.

GATHERING OF THE FAMILIES AUGUST 27-29

FRIDAY AUGUST 27TH @ Montana Expo-Park High School Pow Wow
SATURDAY AUGUST 28TH Finish Hich school Pow Wow Competitions 10:00am-12:00pm at the Montana Expo Park 1:00pm-Native Job Fair and Health Fair booths at MT Expo Park 3:45pm-6:00pm MAPS HS Film Festival at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
SUNDAY AUGUST 29TH @ First People's Buffalo Jump - ATATL Atlatl Competitions for Youth, Women, and Men at the First Peoples Buffalo Jump:
342 Ulm Vaughn Rd, Ulm, MT 59485
LITTLE SHELL TRIBE WILL BE HAVING A FEW GIVE-AWAYS!! PLEASE BRING YOUR TRIBAL ID AND PROOF OF VACCINATION AGAINST COVID-19 TO BE ELIGIBLE! WE WILL BE GIVING AWAY 2-$100 & 1-$50 SCHEEL’S GIFT CARDS, AND A KAYAK. MUST SHOW TRIBAL ID AND PROOF OF VACCINATION AGAINST COVID-19.

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