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Snoqualmie Tribe hosts first Youth Health Camp
The Snoqualmie Tribe Health & Human Services departments hosted a Tribal Youth Health and Fitness Camp in August at North Bend’s historic Camp Waskowitz.
Rhonda Neufang, a Snoqualmie Tribe member and Tribe employee organized the camp, as well as the leaders within the Tribe’s Health and Human Services departments.
Thirty-three Native American youth attended; half of them were Snoqualmie Tribe members.
The camp focused on educating tribal youth on the importance of making smart, nutritious choices with food and beverages, including traditional native foods, as well as the importance of staying active and physically fit.
It also featured presentations and discussions with tribal and local medical and dental professionals.
Native American culture was incorporated into the camp as much as possible to continue the cultural reconnection processes that the Tribe has invested in as a way to rebuild community and family structures, as a mental health tool and as a drug-and-alcohol-abuse prevention tool.
Members of the Washington Stealth, a professional lacrosse team based in Everett, also appeared at the camp. Stealth players talked to the youth about the history of the game, which is rooted in Native history, and spent an entire afternoon teaching the youth to play, while also stressing the importance of sportsmanship.
Washington Stealth players Chris McElroy and Brett Bucktooth (who is of the Iroquois Tribe) autographed shirts and other memorabilia for the campers. The team also donated lacrosse equipment to the camp.