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Northwest at a glance

Tlingit boy featured in calendar

SEATTLE - Alex Cesar, Tlingit, of Juneau, Alaska, is featured in a 2007 calendar published by Airlift Northwest, a nonprofit that provides critical-care transport services in

the Northwest.

Airlift Northwest annually publishes a calendar featuring success stories of patients it transported for care. Cesar, 6, posed in front of a Tlingit eagle totem pole in Juneau as the face of December.

An accompanying story tells how Cesar was transported by Airlift Northwest from Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau to Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle. He was transported for treatment of a high fever that developed after he had recovered from pneumonia. At Children's Hospital, Cesar was diagnosed with acute leukemia and was scheduled for a bone marrow transplant.

''Alex is Tlingit/Filipino and a registry of mixed-race donors didn't exist,'' the calendar states. ''So his aunt went to work and recruited more than a thousand people in Southeast Alaska who were tested and became part of a national registry. A donor for Alex was found.''

Today, Cesar is doing well and his leukemia is in remission, according to the calendar.

Teens' films shown at national festival

SEATTLE - Two films produced and acted in by Seattle-area Native teens were among those shown at the Native American Film and Video Festival, Nov. 30 - Dec. 3, at the National Museum of the American Indian's George Gustav Heye Center in New York.

Nick Clark, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, attended the festival with Annie Silverstein and Tracy Rector, co-founders of Longhouse Media, who work with him and other teens in the Native Lens filmmaking program.

Nick joined Native Lens, a youth media organization, in 2004. He co-produced and acted in ''Rez Life,'' a poetic film about the choices a boy faces on his path to manhood on the reservation; and ''Why We Play Basketball,'' based on a poem by Sherman Alexie, Coeur d'Alene/Spokane, about growing up on the reservation, Native pride and basketball. Those films were two of 119 films selected for the festival; some 550 films were submitted for consideration.

At the festival, Clark participated on panels about filmmaking from a Native perspective, and was interviewed by television and radio reporters.

Clark also co-produced ''March Point,'' a feature documentary project of Native Lens, about how environmental pollution impacts cultural practices. Clark acted in the short ''Father Coming Home,'' produced for the 2006 Seattle International Film Festival Fly Filmmaking Challenge.

Students awarded law scholarships

SEATTLE - Thirteen Northwest Native law students have been awarded scholarships from the Northwest Indian Bar Association.

A total of $15,000 in scholarships was awarded, each ranging from $1,000 to $1,500. In three years, the association and its sister group, the Washington State Bar Association Indian Law Section, have gifted more than $75,000 in scholarships to aspiring Native lawyers from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

''Each student represents the future of our tribes, the protection of our rights and our commitment to continuing to strengthen our communities through supporting the education of our Native people,'' association President Lisa Atkinson, Northern Cherokee/Osage, said in a press release announcing the scholarships.

The recipients were Marvin Beauvais, Navajo/Crow, Gonzaga University; Malcolm Begay, Navajo, Lewis and Clark College; Karol Dixon, Athabascan, University of New Mexico; Jaina Fisher, Tlingit, University of Washington; Lavette Holman, Shawnee/Cherokee/Osage, Gonzaga University; Gabriel Moses, Nez Perce, University of Oregon; Saza Osawa, Makah, University of Washington; Brooke Pinkham, Nez Perce, University of Washington; Hillary Eagle-Eye Renick, Pomo/Fort McDermitt Paiute/Shoshone, University of Oregon; Nicole Royal, Athabascan, University of Washington; Natasha Valerie Singh, Koyukon Athabascan - Stevens Village, University of Washington; Robbie Smith, Skokomish, Arizona State University; Ronna Washines, Yakama, Gonzaga University.

Scholarship funds come from membership dues, a benefit auction and grants from Chehalis, Jamestown S'Klallam, Lummi, Muckleshoot, Port Gamble S'Klallam, Puyallup, Squaxin Island, Suquamish, Swinomish and Tulalip.

Restoration projects win state award

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Estuary restoration projects co-sponsored by Port Gamble S'Klallam and Skokomish were the subject of a state award for habitat restoration.

Five state parks employees received the Hood Canal Environmental Achievement Award for estuary restoration work at Belfair and Dosewallips state parks, in lower Puget Sound. The Hood Canal Coordinating Council presented the award, saying the work by Troy Fitzsimmons, Doug Hinton, Lisa Lantz, Deb Petersen and Joel Pillers helped restore fish and wildlife habitat.

At Belfair State Park, the employees removed a tide gate, 20,000 cubic yards of fill and 600 feet of riprap from the Hood Canal shoreline. This work enhanced habitat for juvenile salmon, including threatened Hood Canal summer chum salmon. To come are interpretive kiosks to educate visitors on estuarine functions and historic Native uses of the site. Two observation platforms will provide views of spawning salmon and other wildlife.

At Dosewallips State Park, a dike was removed to restore natural tidal circulation across the Dosewallips estuary, which will support the development of healthy salt marsh and tidal channel environments. Blackberry bushes and other invasive species were replaced with native conifers and shrubs that will provide shade to maintain cooler

water temperatures.

Richard Walker is a correspondent reporting from San Juan Island, Wash. Contact him at