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Donna Meader-York

Last Thursday, March 6, the Indian Township community celebrated White Ribbon Day. White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for our tribe’s men and boys to take a public stand against violence towards women. Did you know that 39% of American Indian and Alaska Native women will be subjected to domestic violence in their lifetimes?  So, on White Ribbon Day, men become a part of the solution to end domestic violence against women by taking a pledge, and wearing a white ribbon.  Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge to never commit, condone, nor remain silent about violence against women.

Our ceremony began with a circle in the gym made up of the entire school population, and a vast array of community members. Chief Socobasin, Vice-chief Clayton Sockabasin, Tribal Council members, School Board members, Housing Authority, Game Wardens, Police and Fire Departments, and Indian Township Health Center staff, were all in attendance. Elder Joan Dana performed a Smudging Ceremony, and a Blessing. Chief Socobasin spoke briefly on the subject at hand, then called every man and every boy to the center of the circle, to become Passamaquoddy warriors and pledge to end domestic violence. 

“Repeat after me, with your own name of course.” he said. 

“I, Joseph Socobasin, pledge to never commit, excuse, or remain silent about violence against women. This  is my OATH!” 

While the men and boys were presented and pinned with white ribbons, Alice Tomah sang the Honor Song, followed by Aaron Dana singing the Warrior Song.  A Snake Dance concluded the ceremony.  I would like to take this time to thank those involved in arranging this event; mainly Nakia Dana and her staff at the Indian Township Health Center. If I have forgotten anyone, I apologize, and Kci Woliwon!

We will be celebrating Reading Across America and Dr. Seuss this month. Our celebration started on Friday March 7, and will end Friday March18.  For every book that the students read, their names go on a “hat” to be displayed in the hallway.  It is our hope to have the hats reach all around the hallways of the school. The students that participate will be rewarded with an afternoon movie (The Lorax) and popcorn.  

Please save the date of March 27, 2014 for our Family Night Celebration of Dr. Seuss, to be held from 4:00 - 5:00 PM at the school.

Weather permitting, students in grades K through 5 will enjoy a day of tubing at Hermon Mountain on Thursday March 13.  Have fun kids!

That’s all of our news this week. Until next week, take care of yourselves, and keep learning.