My relative Marie Grant celebrated her 90th birthday yesterday at Northern Quest. She and I both descend from the Chewelah band of the Kalispel Tribe, and from the same common ancestor. We have occasionally collaborated on our family tree, and she has encouraged me in our traditional ways. She is a beautiful woman, a gifted historian, and a cherished elder. I'm proud to know her.
Hundreds of people honored Marie.
Several of us were invited to sing an honor song.
JR Bluff announced the drum as:
the Frog Island and Miscellaneous Singers.