The weather has been very, very wonderful. We hearty Minnesotans have made it through another winter. We do need rain to make everything nice and green.

On May 1 we went to see the new Avengers movie. It was great, action-packed and colorful. I can hardly wait for the next one!

May 2, I went to the tree and shrub give-away at the Department of Resource Management in Cass Lake. Music and food were the added bonus this year. Thanks, Gil! And thanks, Jay and Jim, for cooking up.

May 3 is the 10th year of the spiritual run. From Onigum I had five fresh runners: Charla, Monica, Adrianna, Apache and Rosa. When we made it to Northern Lights, Rob brought three more runners, Thayne, Isaiah and Harry. The run brings attention to all of the negativity that is on the Leech Lake Reservation; drug and alcohol abuse is the major one. These young people gather strength from one another and carry positive thoughts with them. What tugged at my heartstrings the most was when Charla took the Eagle staff by herself and ran! She did not complain about anything except there are no bathrooms on the highway! There were five girls from Federal Dam [at the] turn-off to the Express. We met up with about 15 more at the Lights. They ran down the middle of the road through Walker. Then our Uncle Doug Fairbanks took the staff from Walker to the Laporte turn-off. He is a young 66 and still does marathon running. Special me-gwitches to Bob Morrison, LL EMS, Mike Robinson, LLTPD, Aaron Fairbanks and to all who sent thoughts and prayers for the runners and their safety. See you all again next year. And Gary, thanks for putting it together for a decade.

Saturday, May 9, we attended the Onigum Headstart graduation. The Parent Committee was able to purchase bikes for all graduates and the Leech Lake Health Division provided helmets for the young riders. The graduates were Audriana Fair, Joshie Thompson, Tristen Howard, Dalyla Johnson, Sequoia Oothoudt, Cecil Haugen, Donald Headbird and Anthony McClellan. Thanks, Wendy Kristen and Beth, for molding their young minds. Tristen and Josh will be going to Cass Lake-Bena School; all the others will be attending WHA in the fall.

We had a great Mother’s Day celebration; and, of course, delicious food. I hope everyone had the chance to spend time with their family.

On May 23 there will be a soup and fry bread sale for the Wisdom Step participants who are planning on going to the conference in June. If there is anyone who would like to help or donate ingredients, give me a call or leave a message. My number is 536-0213.

Also on May 20 at 3:30 p.m., we will be having our end of the year picnic for all Native students who attend WHA. There will be transportation after the picnic. Robin and I will be available to take the youth home. The gathering is going to be held at Walker City Park.

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