Recently, MosSE returned to St. Ignatius, a small community of about 850 residents on the Flathead Indian Reservation. This was our second consecutive year participating in the annual Kids’ Health Fair, sponsored by Salish and Kootenai Tribal Health and Human Services and held at the Mission Community Center. This year’s theme was….the brain!!! Good thing we brought along one of our top educators from this past fall outreach tour to lead us through a hands-on brain dissection.
What does that look like? Check it out in this picture!
Can you think of any things a person can do that a sheep can’t? Do you think your brain would look different than this one? How?
Public school was out for the day, but we enjoyed visiting with over 80 students and community members at the Nk’usm Salish Language Institute. From the honoring and welcome song dedicating the event to the inspiring guest of honor – Magene Asay – to the free body composition scan and analysis from Tribal Health nurses, it was our pleasure celebrate and learn with this community.
“We just want all the kids aware of their health,” said Asay, a longtime THHS health educator. Bernie Azure of Char-Koosta News recognized spectrUM’s efforts towards this goal in a previous article as well as a more recent article.
This is not the first time MoSE has visited the Flathead Indian Reservation. The 2009 spring MosSE tour visited Salish Kootenai College, giving 435 kids from eight local schools the opportunity to explore our activities and exhibits. Our most recent experience reminds us to keep nurturing our valuable connections with our neighbors. We’re sure MosSE will be back again soon!