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Artist wins national award

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January 8, 2020

Marchand works on his 400-piece, 7-foot wingspan eagle sculpture titled "Bringing Our Kids Home" at his workshop in Omak.

Local artist and Colville Tribes member Virgil "Smoker" Marchand is one of four recipients of a 2020 Community Spirit Award from a national organization.

"These artists embody their People's cultural assets in their creations and their way of life," the the First Peoples Fund's website says about the award recipients.

Marchand was nominated by Kenneth "Butch" Stanger, who has known Marchand f...

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