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Salmon’s Sacajawea Interpretive Center has a full season ahead according to a report from Sacajawea Center Team chairman Fred Waidely.

He told the February 20 meeting of the Salmon City Council that Center Director Judy Barkley presented an update of scheduled activities at the team’s last meeting. She said among the rentals already booked for this Spring and Summer is a weekend event for the Gold Wing Motorcycle Club that includes a dinner catered by “The Kitchen.”

A bus tour has been booked and hopefully in July a group of Native American children from the Camas private school in Montana will be spending a couple of days at the center. Teachers from the school will be coordinating education programs for the event with the Outdoor School’s Joe and Denyse Bigley. Waidely said the group has asked permission to camp at the site. He said the team fully supports the request and recommends the matter be placed on a City Council meeting agenda and approved.

Permission for another Native American encampment has been requested for August. Waidely said the tribes were allowed to camp on the Sacajawea Center grounds last year during Heritage Days and that they left the area in better and cleaner condition than they found it. The team is recommending the council draft a resolution to make the annual camping permission perpetual.

A teachers training workshop is going to be offered sometime in April. The date will depend on when the Fort Hall teachers can schedule it. Expenses for the teachers would be paid by a National Park Service grant.

Waidely reported Sue Keating has made a beautiful queen sized quilt featuring a Native American design and has donated it to the center in memory of Lannie Edmo. The quilt and matching pillow covers will be on display there until raffled in August during “Chokecherry Days.” Chokecherry Days is the new name of the traditional Heritage Days celebration.

Barkley has met with Shoshone-Bannock tribal members Leo Ariwite, his mother and sister concerning a tentative program for Chokecherry Days. So far the event will include the annual Dutch Oven Gathering at 11AM followed by a Tribal Feast beginning at 5PM on August 17. There will be Native American Games and a full program of dancing.

Waidely said that thanks to a Justice Department grant from Whitewater and partnerships with the 4H/Ag Extension Office, Vista Volunteer, the Local Food Group and Salmon Valley Stewardship, as of this season the center’s Heritage Garden will truly become a community garden. The newly organized Kids Garden is included in the program and both gardens offer educational programs for all ages.

Waidely said Memorandum of Understanding meetings are being held with each center partner and will be completed by the end of March. A finance report on the center shows everything was on track during this fiscal year’s first quarter.

The Sacajawea Center Team is recommending that the City Council approve an agreement to once again pasture miniature horses at the facility. Waidely said the horses are considered a popular attraction and the owner provides wagon rides for the kids during special events as well as performing various other services at the center.

The next meeting of the Sacajawea Center Team will be March 13 at 11:30AM in the Learning Center.
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