Generations Rising: Make Art Day
Native Youth Art Workshops, Art Exhibit, Talent Show & Dinner
Saturday March 24, 2007
12:00 p.m. to 7:p.m.
The Evergreen State College Longhouse
12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Art Activity Centers for all ages
4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Dinner and Tribal Youth Talent Show
Art Activity Centers include:
Indian motif Lunch Sacks
Disc Bead Bracelets
Cedar Bark Headbands
…and many more!
Tribal youth are invited to bring one art piece to be displayed in the
glass cases at the Longhouse for six weeks. (Each person is
responsible for delivery of art on 3/24/07 and pick up on 5/4/07.)
Volunteers are welcome to help prepare for the event from 9:00 a.m. to
11:00 a.m., as well as help with clean up from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Hazel Pete Institute of Chehalis Basketry
TESC NAS Heritage Program
The Evergreen State College Longhouse Education & Cultural Center
For more information, please contact: Yvonne 360-867-6485 or Tina 360-867-5344
February 23rd and March 2nd
The Evergreen State College Longhouse
Cedar Pouch Kit $30.00
Cedar Basket Kit (3”x 3” x 3” approx) $30.00
Sweet Grass Rattle $30.00
Master Weavers include: Yvonne Peterson, Trudy Marcellay, Billie
THE BASKET CASE – “…change a student’s
Join the TESC Native American Studies “Heritage: Self-Identity and Ties
To The Land” Program in a basket making venture. Several stations
will be set up in the longhouse and participants are invited to select
a kit to complete during a session.
The event is being held to help participants in the Native American
Studies Program at The Evergreen State College raise funds to join the
Bridging the Americas, Reuniting the Eagle and the Condor gathering of
elders from indigenous tribes of the Americas
(www.earthworksforhumanity.org for more information). The gathering
will meet at Lake Titicaca in Peru to beckon in the prophesied Age of
Peace, 500 years of unity and shared vision between peoples who have,
for the last 500 years of Darkness, been scattered and oppressed
throughout the Americas. When indigenous people of the Americas once
again unite, the prophecy states, it will create worldwide
transformation, allowing all of humanity to move from the depths of war
into the light of peace. Elders from all tribes and students in
Native American Studies programs are being called to participate in
this extraordinary, historic event!
Spaghetti Dinner (meat or vegetarian) will be provided.
A silent auction will begin at 5:00 and conclude at 8:00 p.m.
get a hand in going back to work
After a long professional career that included running her own day care
business and teaching children, JoAnn Minor of Olympia, at age 59,
found herself without a job. Minor can’t say that she has been a victim
of age discrimination, but she admits that finding a job has been hard.
“It was really getting scary,” she said, adding that prospective
employers have always been complimentary about her skills and
“They like you in the interview, and yet somebody else gets hired,”
Now, Minor is sprucing up her job skills by participating in a
long-standing U.S. Department of Labor program that targets low-income
seniors for worker retraining.
The program is known as the Senior Community Service Employment
Program, which is currently administered here by Goodwill Industries,
known for its discount retail stores.
Goodwill Industries received an $8 million DOL grant last fall to
administer the program in six regions nationwide, including the Tacoma
Goodwill, which received about $1.5 million. Previously, the
program here was run by SER National, a Texas-based company.
Tacoma Goodwill oversees the program in 15 counties, including Thurston
County, said Paul Spears, the Tacoma Goodwill SCSEP program manager.
To qualify for the program, participants must be 55 or older and meet
certain income requirements. For an individual, for example, that
income level is $12,225 a year, said Lindsey Pena, a Goodwill
coordinator of the program in seven of the 15 counties.
Preference also is given to minorities, veterans, spouses of veterans
and those who have limited English-speaking abilities, Pena said.
Since receiving the grant last fall, Goodwill has helped 200 low-income
seniors and expects to serve another 177 seniors across the 15
counties, Spears said.
In Thurston County, Goodwill is looking to increase its enrollment from
nine participants to 15, he said. Once they qualify, Goodwill assigns
them to either a nonprofit or government agency where they work no more
than 20 hours a week at minimum wage. Wages for the participants are
paid out of the grant funds. As part of her worker retraining, Minor is
improving her computer skills in an office at the Thurston County
WorkSource building in Tumwater that helps former inmates transition
Minor also is a student at The Evergreen State College and is working
toward a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in counseling and
Yet Minor is aware that the worker retraining program is only
temporary. “That’s the purpose of the 20 hour (work week),” she said.
“Your other 20 hours should be spent looking for work.”
Spears said a participant could spend up to four years in the program,
but Goodwill recommends no more than nine months at one job site,
preferring to rotate clients to another employer if they need
additional training JoAnn Minor has redirected her career path with
help from the Senior Community Service Employment Program, administered
by Goodwill Industries. Minor is a participant in the worker retraining
program that targets low-income seniors. The program is funded with a
(Steve Bloom/The Olympian)
Aurela Sequoia, who declined to give her age, has been in the program
since January and has been looking for work for the past 14 months. She
is currently improving her computer skills with a division of the state
Department of Social and Health Services in Lacey.
By participating in the program, she has leverage in finding a job that
she might otherwise not have if she wasn’t working at all.
“That does make a difference, and it makes you feel you have been part
of the work force,” she said.
Sequoia also said working again has given her a new sense of confidence
in continuing to look for work.
“There’s a certain energy you put out, and you feel useful,” she said.
Rolf Boone covers business for The Olympian. He can be reached at
360-754-5403 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Theory to Praxis Saturday Classes - Winter 2007
February 3rd and 17th,
March 24th (Generations Rising)
In Lab I Room 1040
From 9 am to about 2:30 pm
Theory to Praxis Workshops “Using liberal arts skills, critical
thinking elements and personal history as a guide to analyzing policy”
Our agenda for Saturdays includes:
Breakfast and a working lunch.
Greeting alums who are in the area and want to join the “work”
Review of the following documents: Liberal Arts Skills, Critical
Thinking Elements, Socratic Questioning Template, Tribal/State
Agreement, Writing: Honoring the 4 Directions
View “In the White Man’s Image”
View “Democracy Dialogue Series”
Discuss Freire, hooks, Paul, student selected texts for the quarter
Issues and focus topics: ICW on-line certification, Disability Issues,
Conferences/Trips, Legislative Bills, Theatre of the