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Kaw Nation donates to Peckham School

On Thursday, Kaw Nation Chairman Guy Munroe took the call to address the needs of Peckham School.

Kaw Nation had granted $1,000 to six area schools and school districts in February. After learning that he had missed Peckham, Munroe agreed with Peckham School Superintendent Gary Young to present him with a $1,000 donation. Young was deeply grateful for the gift.

“We were out of money. We were caught off guard and we had to cut summer school. Maybe this will help us open summer school again,” Young said.

Young said that 23 percent of Peckham students are Native Americans.

The funds for the donation came from Kaw Nation’s license plate sales.

Recall Notice

The Kaw Nation Injury Prevention Program has 2 car seats that were under the recall, Maestro and Secure Kid. The defect involves difficulty in unlatching the harness buckle. In the convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats, the buckle may become stuck in a latched condition so that it cannot be opened by depressing the buckle’s release button. It may be difficult to remove the child from the restraint, increasing the risk of injury in the event of an emergency in which a prompt exit from the vehicle is required. Evenflo will notify registered owners in April 2014. The company will start providing replacement buckles along with installation instructions in April 2014.

Owners may contact Evenflo at 1-800-490-7591 or online at www.buckle.evenflo.com

Domestic Violence 30 Years Balance of Justice

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On Thursday, the Kaw Nation Domestic Violence Program celebrated its advent with the 30 Years Restoring the Balance of Justice at the Kaw Nation Tribal Court, coinciding with National Crime Victims Rights Week.

KNDVP Advocate Whitney LeGrand introduced the program.

“In 2013, Kaw Nation was awarded a CTAS (Combined Tribal Assistance Solicitation) grant funding to build a new Tribal Court program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with specialty judges and staff taking on the complex cases as often arises as a result of these crimes. We have the program that is providing legal assistance to tribal and non-tribal members, and then we have direct services to clients, such as transportation and rental assistance and things like that, if need be. What we envision is both the programs being able to refer clients back and forth so that they have a comprehensive way to obtain services,” LeGrand said.

In addition to rental assistance and transportation, direct services include groceries, education and clothing.

Indian Child Welfare Case Worker Roger Sober explained how the tribe helps families find legal assistance.

“One of the things that holds us up with protecting our children or families or victims of domestic violence is trying to find an attorney, and that’s one of the services that Kaw Nation tries to provide,” he said.

Advocate Elyse File put the program in perspective for those too young to remember the environment that existed before the Victims of Crime Act was passed in 1984.

“Fifty years ago, there was no Crime Victims Week, no crime victims assistance, no special advocates, no crime victims/sexual abuse programs, no special courts, no access to counselors or therapy. Today, because of the services you offer, that nine-year-old girl would have access to the special advocates who would link her with services, who would assist her family, would have a court system that would listen to the family and to the victim,” File said.

LeGrand and Kaw Language Director David Kaufman recited a poem titled “Abuse,” with LeGrand reading it in English and Kaufman reading it in Kaw.

The domestic violence program is located at 301 South Main Street in Newkirk and can be contacted at (580) 362-1098.

Native American Veteran Benefits

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The Kanza Health Clinic hosted a Native American veteran benefits event at the Johnnie Ray McCauley Community Center on Friday. The event allowed veterans of all ages to sign up for Veteran Affairs medical service and learn about benefits for which they are eligible.

“The reason why we’re here today is to let veterans know what services are available to them and give them the option to sign up for benefits,” said Candy Klumpp of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. “If a veteran isn’t signed up and goes to the clinic for care, then they can’t get benefits.”

Klumpp said that this was part of a bigger effort nationwide to reach out to Native American veterans.

Klumpp refers veterans to specialists who can provide individual veterans with care they need.

“If there’s any problem, I can follow up,” she said. “I’ve already had four or five that I will follow up with.”

Klumpp once received a call from a decorated veteran whose family couldn’t care for him. His wife was elderly and others couldn’t be there regularly. He didn’t feel the nursing home would be right for him.

“We were able to bring him to palliative care,” Klumpp said.

The palliative care unit provides inpatient care for those with limiting ailments. The patient-to-nurse ratio is two to one.

Klumpp said that arrangements can be made for traditional tribal ceremonies for the patient.

“The spiritual leader or holy man or medicine man from the tribe does the ceremony. The spiritual leader takes care of everything. He decides what happens,” she said.

Veterans had the chance to register with Veterans Affairs health care. They can also apply online at va.gov. The process for having prescriptions refilled through Veterans Affairs online was explained. An eligible veteran can do this once he or she is established with a doctor.

Representatives from the Veterans Affairs regional office in Muskogee explained a variety of veteran benefits. They answered questions from a few veterans about disability compensation.

They also detailed burial assistance provided by Veterans Affairs. All veterans who left with honorable service receive a minimum amount. Veterans are entitled to a casket, flag, headstone and marker. They can be buried in a national cemetery. The headstone can be delivered at no cost anywhere in the world.

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