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Trip approved for students of Salish


Eighteen students from Coulee Dam schools will be going to Northern Quest Resort in Airway Heights to continue studies of the Salish language.

The Grand Coulee Dam School District board approved the trip at its meeting Monday night. The trip is for March 8 – 11 and involves members of the Lake Roosevelt Spirit Eagle Society. It’s all part of the Title VII after-school program. Indian Education Director Kim Stanger made the presentation to the board and stated Tuesday that 17 of the 18 students making the trip are from the third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades.

The event is sponsored by the Salish Institute and the Kalispel Tribe.

The program is part of a continuing effort to keep the various forms of the Salish language alive by teaching the younger generation the culture and customs, as well as the spoken language.

Group members meet Monday through Thursday in the after-school program from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The group is taught by Annette Timentwa.

Students making the trip are Joey Tynan, Jordana Munson, Larrisa Ensminger, Leola Clark, Sadi Trotter, Serigo Galicia, Phillip Flett, Desirae George, Leighani Marconi, Lanay Chuckelnasket, Rebecca Basil, Sadi Desautel, Bobby Desautel, Jocelyn Zaugg, Kyndra Marconi, Ressa Gorr, Rhaeann Flett-Munson, and Almeta Desautel.

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