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May 21, 2018 - Making Memories at Tribe Meetings

I like having meetings at the homes of different tribe meetings. It is a great time for fun and getting to know the other Sahaptin tribe members. At our last meeting most of our tribe was there, and everyone was busy making small teepees and eating yummy snacks. We also had a fun game of “hide and go seek tag.” It is important to work on reciting the Aims for Native Sons and Daughters at our meetings. At the Spring Longhouse most of our tribe members earned a special bear claw necklace for reciting aims. I love being a part of Native Sons and Daughters and spending time with my dad!

Naomi Smith
Sahaptin Tribe

December 16, 2017

Dear Native Sons and Daughters,

Today we went caroling at Taylor Manor Nursing home. It was a fun event. There were many different families from different tribes. We sang lots of carols like Santa’s Coming to Town, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Frosty The Snowman, Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, Up on the Housetop, and We Wish You A Merry Christmas. My sister was the first to call bingo because she was singing out loud. We brought cookies and peanut butter fudge to share with the residents. I took lots of photos with my camera it was so so so much fun.

Nature Caterpillar (Olivia Morris)
7 Years Old
Wakapalaka Tribe

November 19, 2017

Dear Native Sons and Daughters,

We had a fun time at camping. We got two patches, one for costume bowling and one for camping. We rode our bikes, we had fun riding bikes with Daddy. I had fun on the walk. We played Frisbee and we had a good time.

Goodbye

P.S. Thank you

Matilda “Curious River”
7 Years Old
Wakapalaka Tribe

May 6, 2016

I had a great time at the camping trip. Me and my dad thought it was the best camping trip that we have ever been on. We went swimming in the springs and also had a camp fire. Also we had candy and smores.

Paisley
7 Years Old
Cayuga Tribe

May 3, 2016

Hello, my name is Four Legged Moose "Maddie."  My dad is the Timucuan Longhouse Medicine Man.  His name is Big Horn Moose "Mike".  At the Spring Longhouse's Sacred Fire, he taught me how to sage the families that entered the sacred circle.  He said it cleanses the people as they enter into the sacred circle for the ceremony.  We also watched the "broken arrow" ceremony where dads and daughters decide to move on to the pathfinder program.  They make a promise to love each other and to continue to spend time together.  They also tell each other their favorite memory in the program. Mine is EVERYTHING!  I do not think I will ever "break arrow."  My dad said we have to when I turn 30.  We will see about that!

Maddie “Four Legged Moose”
11 Years Old
Cayuga Tribe

July 17, 2015 - Stone Men

This summer I went on a trip to Canada. We visited our relative’s cottage. On the way there we saw a lot of little men made of stones on the side of the road. Their actual name is Inukshuk and they have an interesting story. They are made to look like people which is what the name means. Native people in Northern Canada made them for marking places or marking where they have been. They are built from stones found on their travels. I liked them so much, I got a small stone man from a gift shop near the cottage.

Dana “Dancing Bird”
10 Years Old
Cayuga Tribe