19th Annual Karuk Reunion, Continued
After prayers by Sonny Davis and a welcome by Buster, other council members each had a few words to greet the reunion participants. Josh Saxon, who represents Orleans on the council, thanked the staff and maintenance, as well as members for their support. “Be safe,” was his conclusion.
Robert Super serves as Vice Chairman and spoke on the decisions to be made and making the decision that is best for the Karuk people. He mentioned District Meetings of Orleans, Happy Camp, and Yreka coming soon.
One of the past chairmen of the tribe who spoke next was Alvis “Bud” Johnson. Bud served on the Tribal Council for 28 years. Arch Super, past chairman and another tribal representative member at large, spoke in Karuk. It was good to hear the language. He emphasized how important the language is to the people. We hear of classes in spekaing Karuk in Yreka, but wish the local high school had classes that Duke Arwood was having on the language and culture previously! They are missed. We forget so easily unless speaking is practiced more often!Elsa Goodwin thanked the staff and volunteers and welcomed calls at 493-5225 from members if they have any questions or if she can help. Attebery repeated that sentiment, and said the entire council is available for members with an “open door” policy. Communication is good and important. On the river we live far apart, so we need to keep communicating.
After acknowledging the full-blooded elders they named over eighty elders who are 85 or older. Carissa Bussard shared members who had graduated from high school or other educational programs. A special certificate was given to Angela McLaughlin for receiving her AA in Business. She plans to continue her education at Humboldt State.
Everyone then dispersed to vendor booths and to the Health Fair as well as a horseshoe tournament, youth language story, Brush Dance demonstration, poker tournament, Smokey Bear visit, and raffle drawings. Sadly, I missed the traditional dress show! After a salmon dinner in the traditional way, there was music for dancing by Merv George.
It was wonderful to see former neighbors, family and friends at the reunion, and all hope to gather again next year for the 20th Reunion.