FALLON TRIBE CELEBRATES MEMORIAL DAY 2018
By Jill Downs firstname.lastname@example.org
As the weather cleared, the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe held their annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 28 to honor fallen veterans. Veterans and their families and friends marked Memorial Day by paying tribute to Veterans, remembering and honoring the women and men who gave their lives serving our country in all the branches of the military protecting and honoring American freedom. The solemn ceremony began as Tribal Treasurer Jon Pishion welcomed attendees and said, “It’s truly an honor to be here to honor our veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice.”
A humble invocation was then given by Rev. Ernie Hooper, a U.S. Army Infantry, who served in the Korean War from 1951-1953 as a Technical Sergeant. VFW Commander Mac Mclean, led the service featuring Laying of Wreaths ceremony, with veterans service organizations- VFW and Auxiliary Post 1002, American Legion and Auxiliary Post 16, and Marine Corps League. Following the services, the tribe provided lunch to all everyone who attended which the was coordinated by Parks & Recreation Director Anthony Berreman, a U.S. Navy Veteran, who did an amazing job.
Although the Fallon Tribal Cemetery dates back to the early 1900s, it is still standing and thriving and retains its humble origins. The dirt field has headstones, grave markers, small wooden crosses and many unmarked graves as well.
The week prior to Memorial Day, the tribes cemetery clean up project reflects our respect both for our ancestors and for history. Several tribal departments including the Housing, Parks & Recreation, Maintenance Department as well as community members picked up trash, cut back weeds, brush, and grass, road maintenance, removal of debris, drainage and sometimes straightening of the markers.
Chairman George said, “It is important we take the steps to care for our cemetery it is where our loved ones lie so that our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren can continue to pay respect to their ancestors.” In addition he said, “We want our cemetery to remain a permanent reminder of our heritage.”
PUBLIC COMMENT MEETING FOR LAGOON PROJECT
There will be a public comment meeting at 5:30 pm on June 19th at the Administration Building in the Council Chambers to review and discuss the proposed lagoon project on tribal lands. Refreshments will be provided.
Congratulations to Mattie Zulz, a 6th Grade at Oasis Academy who was selected to join the National Junior Honor Society. Requirements for membership are: Scholarship ( 3.0 to 4.0 cumulative GPA), Voluntary Service, Leadership, Character, and Citizenship.
Mattie is the daughter of Karl & Denea (Moyle) Zulz, Granddaughter to Alvin Moyle and Cathy Capucci.
TERO DEPARTMENT NEWS
The TERO Department continually accepts applications. If your application is over one (1) year from the date you last submitted, a new application will need to be completed. Please stop by the TERO Office or pick one up, they are located by the front door of the Administration Building.
If you are interested in attending trainings that are outside of the area or need help finding one, please let me know, I am happy to assist. TERO can help with some training costs for Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribal Members.
Please call for more information at 775-423-6040