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Strengthen My Nation leads up to powwow

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ELMO — “It’s a day for the kids of Elmo,” Pearl Yellowman-Caye said. “… It’s a good way to transition into the powwow. We’ve honored our kids first.” 

Yellowman-Caye was talking about Strengthen My Nation Youth Day held July 17. 

On top of a barbecue lunch, it was an opportunity for service providers to come out and meet the Elmo community.

Children could get their faces painted, play games, make bracelets and crafts, score a new toothbrush, investigate animal tracks, fur and scat (plastic) and play some basketball.

Marilyn Caye, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Social Services, described her new health education program.

“We work with pregnant teens or people who already have kids,” she said, making sure moms get prenatal and maternal care and work on educational goals.

Services providers included Western Montana/Lake County Public Health and Tobacco Prevention; Forever Friends Mentoring; CSKT Natural Resources, Dental, Health, Behavioral Health and Social Services Departments.

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