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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


November 29, 2003 - Issue 101


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'Pilgrim Payback' = Free Food


PABLO -- Land claim disputes in far-off New York have prompted a French fellow to invite Native Americans to dinner this month -- sort of.

Sarah Ledeau (Rocky Boy Chippewa-Cree), who's teaching a course called "Contributions of Native Americans" at Salish Kootenai College, became acquainted with the French chemist a few years ago after he asked her to explain a land claim controversy that had led to an armed stand-off between Iroquois, Mohawk and Onondaga tribal members and New York state police officers.

Learning that he was living and working on stolen lands, the scientist asked her to think up a way to help tribal people without offending them. The result is the "Pilgrim Payback" -- a giveaway that takes place wherever Ledeau finds herself when the chemist's $5,000 arrives in her hand, she said last week.

Last year's beneficiary was Missoula's Indian population. This year, it will be Indians living on the Flathead Reservation.

The giveaway will come in the form of gift certificates redeemable for a list of food items that includes just about everything needed for a holiday dinner: a turkey, canned vegetables, whipped dessert topping, rolls, potatoes, fruit, marshmallows and a stuffing mix.

A committee comprised of SKC employees Lois Slater, Kim Barber and Anita Big Spring is collecting names for the giveaway, which will be done through a drawing at a community dinner set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 20 in the Salish Indian Senior Citizen Center in Ronan. The only requirement for participating: You're an Indian living on the Flathead Reservation. There's no need to show proof of tribal affiliation, either. "We're going on the honor system," Slater said.

Cash donations are welcome, too, so the program can reach as many families as possible. Send them to the SKC Pilgrim Payback Fund, Box 117, Pablo, MT 59855.

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