Native AIR Activities in Your Area
(Crow Agency, MT)
August 9, 2005...Annual Apsaalooke Youth Camp
The 2nd Annual Apsaalooke Youth Leadership Camp was held at the Apsaalooke Youth Camp August 9-11, 2005 and Native AIR was fortunate enough to be invited. This year's camp was a collaborative effort between the Tobacco Use Prevention Program, the Little Big Horn College Extension Service Office, the Youth Sports Program, Crow Cultural Department, Crow Diabetes/Cultural Outreach Program and C.T.H.A. Tribal Youth Program. The goal of the youth camp is to mentor and nurture the leadership qualities and expand the youth's knowledge base of Crow culture and language, to reinforce the youth's identity as Apsaalooke and affirm self-esteem.
Nearly 65 (approx. 50 kids and 13 adults) people were in attendance on August 9, 2005 at the beautiful Apsaalooke Youth Camp. I spoke about the 5 main indoor asthma triggers (dustmites, pets, mold, pests, and secondhand smoke) that the Native AIR program focuses on and how to eliminate them from the home environment. We then discussed the Native AIR materials how best to utilize them.
(St. Ignatius, MT)
May 10th 2005 kicked off the annual 2005 River Honoring ceremony on the Flathead Reservation just outside of Ronan, MT. The gathering began with an announcement of and presentation to the 2005 River Honorees. Drumming & singing followed the awards presentation and a barbeque, prepared by Salish Kootenai College's Three Wolves staff, concluded the community gathering. Hosted by The Natural Resources Dept., the public was invited to attend the opening of the 2005 River Honoring.
On May 11-12, 2005 nearly 1,000 4th & 5th graders traveled from all across the Reservation to attend the River Honoring. This 2-day environmental education event provides an opportunity to increase public awareness, education and community involvement in the preservation of natural an cultural resources on the Lower Flathead River.
The River Honoring combines tribal and community resource specialists and educators such as representatives from fisheries, wildlife, wildland recreation, water quality, air quality, forestry, Native American traditional games, preventative health education, and shoreline protection programs. Educational programs will demonstrate projects and activities that educate students about the river and its ecosystem.
August 5, 2005...Salish & Kootenai Housing Authority Housing Fair
Pablo, MT was the site for this year's Salish & Kootenai Housing Authority Housing Fair on August 5, 2005. This fair serves as an opportunity to educate the Flathead Reservation residents about all aspects of health and their environment. Information booths were setup all around the Housing Authority building and the public was invited to visit the booths and take advantage of the wonderful array of information provided. Some of the booths included: homeownership education (ie., how to get a loan, types of home insurance, home repairs, etc.), Kids Events (ie., bike safety, fire safety, etc.), Tribal Health (asthma education, nursing care, diabetes care, blood pressure screening, etc.) and more. Approximately 94 adults and 97 children visited the Native AIR booth. We talked with many people about the asthma problems they live with and the easy things they can do to make their home environment a healthier one.
Fort Belknap Reservation
July 25-27, 2005...Fort Belknap - Little Rocky Mountains Youth Camp
The goal of Little Rocky Mountains Youth Camp is to help young ones make sound decisions and develop their leadership potential. Set in the beautiful Little Rocky Mountains, the camp consisted of 8-10 year-olds and a great group of adults who took their time to invest in the youth of Fort Belknap Reservation. The camp was sponsored by Ft. Belknap:
- Social Service;
- Community Council;
- Extension Service;
- Diabetes Program;
- Tribal Health;
- Public Health Nursing;
- Public Health Education;
- CDC Program;
- JOM Program;
- CHR Program; and
- Boys/Girls Club
September 27-28, 2005...
Asthma education sessions were conducted on the Ft. Belknap Reservation, including Harlem, Hays-Lodgepole, and Hays-Mission Elementary Schools (grades 3-6). During these sessions, asthma information was presented to the children, the Native AIR materials were reviewed, and a very interactive Question & Answer Session took place as well. The children were instructed how to best use the materials while understanding that they played a very important role in making their homes and communities healthier.
Fort Peck Reservation
February 9, 2005...
Asthma education sessions took place in Frazer School (grades 1-4), Wolf Point Community Hall (Head Start), Poplar Community Center (Head Start), and Brockton School (grades 1-4). (see pictures below) Approximately 300 children and adults were reached. All children received a Native AIR tote-bag full of asthma information and fun activities. (For a listing of Native AIR project materials, click here.) The children watched and listened to Crow Native, Shane Doyle, sing Native American songs. He spoke to the children about the importance of good health and how to take the Native AIR information and share it with as many people in the community as possible.
February 10, 2005...
Poplar High School hosted a Health Information & Career Fair. A Native AIR information booth was set-up next to the Indian Health Service - Asthma Clinic information booth. Asthma information was provided to each high school group, and they were encouraged to share the information with anyone they knew. In addition, asthma education sessions took place at Poplar Elementary School. Approximately 180 students, (Kindergarten, 3rd, and 4th grades) were visited. The children watched and listened to Crow Native, Shane Doyle, sing Native American songs. He spoke to the children about the importance of good health and how to take the Native AIR information and share it with as many people in the community as possible. (Native AIR tote-bags and all materials are being mailed to Poplar Elementary School to be handed out.)
Special THANKS to...
Ken Smoker, Health Programs Specialist, Fort Peck Tribe for understanding the importance of health education and including Native AIR in his planning of the Fort Peck Health & Career Fair!!
Northern Cheyenne Reservation
(Lame Deer, MT)
July 19, 2005...Northern Cheyenne Youth Respect Camp
Every summer, an active Tribal Elder on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, Richard Tall Bull, coordinates a Youth Respect Camp. The idea is to have children learn valuable leadership skills by understanding the importance of respect; respect for people, the land, and everything the Creator blesses them with. They also had an opportunity to have a lot fun. When I arrived at the camp, the adults and children were making their way back on horseback. As they appeared from over a small hill, I saw each child on their own horse. Some of the kids were riding in a small horse-drawn wagon. They're cheeks were flushed from the heat and the smiles they wore stretched from ear to ear. There were approximately 21 children and 14 adults in attendance. I spoke to the children about asthma, asthma triggers, and easy ways to eliminate asthma triggers from the home environment.
Rocky Boy's Reservation
(Box Elder, MT)
April 26, 2005...
Native AIR in-school education sessions were conducted with the 2nd, 4th, and 5th graders in Box Elder, MT. Asthma trigger information was shared with approximately 75 students and 15 school staff (ie., teachers, teacher aides, superintendent, etc.). Many of the students were familiar with asthma and could name a couple of the asthma triggers that the Native AIR project focuses on. All the students were asked to work closely with their parents in assessing their own homes for the presence of asthma triggers. We reviewed the Native AIR materials with the students and discussed the best ways to utilize the materials.
August 30, 2005...
Asthma trigger education, using the Native AIR project materials, took place during an Early Head Start Health Fair on 8/30/05. Natalie Flores (Stone Child College Extension Service) ensured that Native AIR was given a booth in which to talk to parents, children and Head Start staff about asthma and the 5 predominant asthma triggers (dust mites, tobacco smoke, pests (ie. cockroaches, rodents, etc.), pets, and mold) found in the home environment.
September 20, 2005...
Native AIR was invited to the Annual Rocky Boys Community Health Fair held at the Rocky Boys High School on 9/20/05. Asthma educational materials were provided to everyone, as well as Native AIR tote-bags to the children between ages 4-11. Parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, brothers and sisters were happy to have some of their asthma questions answered. An Asthma In-Service Training Session is scheduled to take place at the Rocky Boys Clinic on 10/18/05. Dr. Roman Hendrickson will conduct an Asthma Education Session to answer any questions the medical personnel may have. More to come....
Special THANKS to...
Natalie Flores, Extension Service Associate at Stone Child College, for coordinating the inclusion of the Native AIR Program in this year's Community Health Fair.
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