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PABLO, MONTANA 59855 ISSN: 0528-8592 CHAR-KOOSTA Newspaper of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reserve FEBRUARY 19, 1985 THE COLDEST MONTH VOLUME 13 NUMBER 21 Proposed amendments enjoy a lot of hoopla W h ile th e p u b lic ity surrounding the proposed constitutional amendments may seen rather \11th hour\ to some, i t ' s enjoyed a wide audience since i t s inauguration last month by The name Chai^Koosta is derived from Chief Charlo’s and Chief Koostatah’s names. They were the Tribes’ last traditional chiefs. _____ ----------------- T ? 3 ---------- QJ a BIA election notice. The amendments and people's interpretations of what they mean have been the topic of many news s t o r i e s , l e t te r s for and a g a i n s t them to many editors, 2300 lette r s from the BIA, uncounted Tribal Council meetings, one b rief radio show, fu l l - p a g e advertisements, a Chamber of Commerce luncheon, and six d is trict meetings. A r e p o r t ab o u t th e d i s t r i c t meetings in Hot S p r in g s , Pablo and S t. Ignatius follows. First three of six district meetings are lively, if not SRO* l / l « § Q Cr CD !=* PJ H o •r: n o o a. a * < 2 b l i a Q !=! * < O t=S CD 0Q CD (*\SR0\ means Standing Room Only. The C o n s titu tio n d i s t r i c t meetings a r e n 't packing them in the way la s t sum m er's Kerr Dam lease meetings did. . .) So far, a l i t t l e le s s than 200 people have shown up a t h alf of six district m e e t i n g s t o g e t a first-hand explanation of (turn to page 2) What a funny-looking paper• . . Yes, we know. What happened was our typesetting machine, the wise and wonderful Itek, pooped out - maybe for an uncomfortable amount of time, too. We won't know for awhile because we c a n 't get a serviceman up here to the back of beyond for several days. What we have here is typesetting-by-word-processor. All we can say is i t 's b etter than a sharp stick in the eye. We ask for your indulgence in th is our time of trouble. We hope to g et back to our usual typestyles next issue, p lu s p rint some of the s to ries we had to pull this time. (It might not h u rt, too, i f once you read t h i s , you c la p your h an d s. It worked for Tinkerbell. . .)