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WOMEN, GIRLS GATHER FOR EMPOWERMENT

DAYTON, Wash. -- Women and girls from the Chehalis, Nisqually, Shoalwater
Bay, Skokomish and Squaxin Island tribes gathered July 29 -- 31 at
Panhandle Lake for the 9th annual Intertribal, Intergenerational Women and
Girls Gathering.

The mission of each annual gathering is to empower women and girls of
tribal communities to be healthy leaders. Participants attended workshops
on Native culture, relationships and health; attended a traditional talking
circle or sweat lodge; learned traditional crafts and experienced holistic
medicine.

Speakers included Dr. Ines Talamantez, Mescalero Apache, a Native American
Religious Traditions professor at the University of California, Santa
Barbara; and Carol Cooper, a Makah tribal member and breast cancer
survivor.

The event was also open to non-Native women and girls. Scholarships were
provided by the South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency.

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