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Elders share Pit River Nation history and culture at Montgomery Creek School

On October 8, from 9 a.m. until noon, Montgomery Creek School held a program celebrating Native American heritage.

Elementary teacher Tracey Liceiro helped to organize the event. Former Shasta Lake Mayor Rod Lindsay delivered the invocation. Mr. Lindsay serves as executive director of the Local Indians for Education (LIFE).

School Board Member and Pit River Tribe Elder Jessica Jim and Elder Florence Moran opened with presentations in which they shared about Pit River history and language.

Chief Caleen Sisk, a Winnenmum Wintu, spoke eloquently about the salmon and ended her presentation with a song. Helene Sisk, Ida Riggins, and Jessica Jim joined in to teach the children the “Big Foot Song.”

A story teller shared a tale full of humor and involvement that delighted the kids.

Then the trophy-winning dancers, Thundering Moccasins, danced their Pow Wow moves. Several of the children and presenters joined in, moving to the beat of the drums.

April Carmelo, also from LIFE center, presented Caleen Sisk, Florence Moran and Jessica Jim with beautiful Native books.

The day ended with drawing and coloring blank paper cutouts of salmon to hang on a wire fence for all too see.

The K-8 school is the first in Shasta County to replace Columbus Day with a day to honor Native American people. Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations have become popular throughout the nation and the Pit River Tribe passed a resolution declaring Pit River Nations Day an annual holiday in 2015. This is the second year that Montgomery Creek School has celebrated the day.

Ms. Jim expressed her gratitude to the Montgomery Creek School Board of Trustees and April Carmelo and Rod Lindsey for honoring Pit River culture and history and hosting the presentations at the school on this day

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California Native American Day Celebrated at Pit River Casino

On Friday afternoon September 28, Pit River Casino hosted a special celebration of California Indian Day for the Burney and Intermountain community. The event featured a chili cook off and fry bread contest, a delicious barbecue lunch courtesy of the casino’s River Rock Grill, a horseshoe contest, a fun play area for the kids, Native American drumming and singing, and dancing by the RISE youth dancers.

RISE Youth Dancers from Alturas

In 1968, Governor Ronald Reagan signed a resolution calling for a holiday called American Indian Day, to be held the Fourth Friday in September. In 1998, the California Assembly passed AB 1953, which made Native American Day an official state holiday, observed annually on the fourth Friday in September.

California has more than 100 recognized Native American tribes, representing a diverse cultural heritage extending back over thousands of years. The Pit River basin is the home of the Achomawi people.

Activities began in the early afternoon with a chili cook-off and fry bread contest. June Avelar won the chili cook-off and Lavenna won the fry bread contest. Each winner received a prize of $150. Lavenna, from Ganado, Arizona, is a member of the Navaho nation who is visiting the area.

Chili cook-off winner June Avelar and Fry bread winner Lavenna

The River Rock Grill also provided a delicious buffet lunch including tri-tips, chicken, mini-tacos, chili, potato salad, pasta salad, and apple crisp.

Lining up for a delicious lunch

Mike Avelar said he knew that at least 200 attended, because the casino gave out over 200 free t-shirts to commemorate the event. Many more people came who did not go to receive a t-shirt.

In addition to the food booths, Pauline Nez, had a display of beautiful hand-crafted Navaho jewelry for sale.

Throughout the afternoon children enjoyed playing in a fun area.

Fun for the kids

Later in the afternoon there was horseshoe contest with an entry fee of $20 per team. The casino added another $100 and the winning team won all.

About 3 o’clock, visitors were treated to superb drumming and singing by Thoz Womenz. The group of women drummers and singers is directed by April Goforth, director of Resources for Indian Student Education (RISE) in Alturas.

Drumming and singing by Thoz Womens

The drumming group is made up of professional women educators and medical personnel. The group began in Alturas. Since that time some of the members have moved to other locations throughout Northern California, but they continue to come together to drum and sing.

One of the drummers introduced Mr. Jimenez, a Pomo Indian dancer, and seven young RISE dancers who had come for the celebration.

Grass dance

After several songs and dances by Thoz Womenz and RISE youth, local children were invited to join in a Tiny Tot dance.

Tiny tots join the dancers

Casino Manager Mike Avelar said that they hosted the event to “celebrate and to show appreciation to our customers.”

Later in the evening beginning at 6 p.m. the Casino also hosted a Tough Man Boxing Tournament.

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Catching the Wellness Wave at the Good Medicine Health Fair

Hundreds of people came to “Catch the Wellness Wave” on Friday July 13 at the Good Medicine Health Fair sponsored by Pit River Health Clinics, Inc. The fair featured more than 60 booths giving out helpful information on a wide array of health issues including physical, mental, dental, financial and community health.

Good Medicine Health Fair

This was the 20th annual Good Medicine Health Fair sponsored by Pit River Health Service, Inc. The fair began at 10 a.m. and lasted until 2 p.m.

Health care professionals from Sacramento, Chico, Redding and throughout the North State came to set up booths and offer information on their programs and services. Topics covered almost every conceivable mental, emotional, and physical health issue from human conception to death.

Pit River Health Clinic Medical team including Kathy Kincel P.A, Cassie Bosworth MA, Dr. Bobbie Underhill, Clinic manager, Leroy Jacoby, Marla Wolfin MA. Angelina Berba MA, Amanda Metzger MA, Yarley Contreres MA, and Lewis Furber FNP

Pit River Health Service had eight booths with information of behavioral health, dental health, blood pressure and hypertension, colon health, immunization, opioid use and addiction, the Zika West Nile Virus, AIC Screening for diabetes, Children’s car seat checks, and other services.

Pit River Health Staff Members

Pit River Health Senior Nutrition

Mountain Valleys Health Clinics and Mayer’s Memorial Hospital District were both represented as was Mercy Medical Center. Partnership HealthPlan of California that oversees Medical was present to inform people about assistance.

Mercy Medical Center

Shasta County Health and Human Services had eight booths dealing with childhood lead poisoning prevention, impaired driving, pedestrian safety, tobacco education, outreach, suicide prevention, and maternal, child and adoleescent health.

Lourdes from HHSA

Circle of Friends, a wellness program of Hill Valley Clinic funded by the Mental Health Services Act also had a booth. Stand Against Stigma, also funded by MHSA had a booth inside.

Circle of Friends

Far Northern Regional Center had helpful information about services for people with disabilities. Tegerstangs Orthotics and Prosthetics presented and array of their products. Tri Counties Bank was present to promote financial health,

Numerous Native American organizations were represented including California Indian Manpower Consortium Inc., The California Rural Indian Health Board, Indian Child Welfare Act – Pit River Tribe, Indigenous Prayer Runners, Local Indians for Education, Native American Training and Technical Assistance, and the California Tribal TANF Partnership. In addition there were several booths featuring Native American jewelry, crafts, and pine nuts.

Promoting healthy lifesyle for Native American Youth

Women’s health issues were addressed by the Women’s Healthcare Association of Redding, Every Woman Counts, Women’s Health Specialists, and NorCal Think Pink.

NorCal Think Pink

For seniors, Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) was present to provide health insurance counseling. Eagle Lake Village Senior Living was there. Mayers Intermountain Hospice had a booth to help families cope with the issues of terminal illness and grief.

Rising Sun Fitness Cliub

Healthy Shasta was present to promote healthy lifestyle choices, and Rising Sun Fitness came to feature fitness.

Fred Gideon and Susann Chism from American Red Cross

The Red Cross, Burney Fire Protection District, and US Forest Service all had booths to explain programs for safety, fire protection, and emergency response. The Burney Mosquito Abatement District was there. There was also a booth for California Telephone Access Programs offering a variety of phones for people with special needs.

Event SNIPP came to promote animal health.

To complement the array of heath service professionals, government agencies, and business the Pit River Health Clinic provided a wonderful lunch for everyone who attended.

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2018 Good Medicine Health Fair

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July 12, 2018 · 5:40 am

Pit River Health Service holds appreciation barbecue

Pit River Health Service, Inc. (PRHS) held an appreciation barbecue at the Veterans Hall in Burney on Friday, June 29 to recognize and thank all who were involved in helping achieve accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). About 50 people, including board members, administrators, staff and health care providers attended.

Glenna Moore gives a slide show reviewing the process and congratulating all involved

The program began with a slide presentation by Glenna Moore, Executive Director of PRHS. Ms. Moore explained the detailed process they had gone through to meet all of the high standards required for accreditation.

The journey involved extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. The survey is consultative and educational, designed to help clinics achieve the highest standard of care for their patients. Ms. Moore thanked and congratulated everyone present for their hard work.

Executive Director Glenna Moore recounting the journey to excellence

Following the slide show, Laurie Hayward, Health Board Chairperson, spoke of the compassion and commitment that contributed to success.

“I am so proud of you,” she said. “We worked together as a team, a clinic, and a community. We would not be here if you did not have compassion for your job.”

Certificates of appreciation had been prepared for all who participated. Executive Director Moore presented Betty George, Treasurer of the Board, with a beautiful blanket in appreciation of her work. Other members of the Board are: Denise Winn Wright, Vice Chairperson; Louise Davis, Board Secretary; and Lester ‘Wayne’ Gibbs.

Betty George thanked for her service

Chairperson Hayward then presented Glenna Moore with a certificate and a purse.

Laurie Hayward, Denise Petersen, and Glenna Moore

After the presentation of certificates, there was a cake cutting ceremony.

Celebrating excellence and achievement

Board members posed for a commemorative picture,

Board members standing by motto and cake

and Chairperson Hayward cut the cake.

Board members standing by motto and cake

Tribal elder Jessica Jim and Administrative Assistant Denise Petersen also shared in the celebration of compassion, commitment, and community.

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Pit River Health Service Achieves Accreditation

Press release from Pit River Health Services, Inc. June 6:

Burney, CA—Pit River Health Service, Inc. (PRHS) announced today that it has achieved full accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).  Accreditation distinguishes this community health clinic from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

Status as an accredited organization means that PRHS has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. More than 6,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC. Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation; not all that undergo the rigorous on-site survey process are granted accreditation. The accreditation covers PRHS clinics in both Burney and Alturas, CA.

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. The survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.

“Accreditation has been a longstanding goal for PRHS. It is nice to be recognized for these efforts, but more importantly, we want our patients to be assured they can expect quality care from our clinics.” stated Lauri Hayward, PRHS Board Chairperson.

About Pit River Health Service ( www.pitriverhealthservice.org ):

Pit River Health Service is the primary healthcare system for the Pit River Tribe of the Intermountain region, but also welcomes non-native patients. In rural northeast California, where primary care services can be few and far between, PRHS clinics provide an important access point for the community. This is especially true because PRHS gladly accepts Medi-Cal, Medicare, and a wide variety of other healthcare coverage plans.

PRHS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) ambulatory health clinic first established in 1979. The purpose of PRHS is to serve the entire community with special focus on the American Indian population. Services offered include medical, dental, and behavioral health services, transportation, outreach, and senior nutrition. PRHS has two clinics, one is located at the base of the Burney Mountain in Burney, Ca and the other is located on the Pit River XL reservation near Alturas, Ca. PRHS will soon be opening a third location for behavioral health and outreach services in downtown Alturas. We are open to Native and non-Native patients and accept Medi-Cal, Partnership, Medicare, and most private insurances. We value all our patients and as our mission statement says, we provide the highest quality healthcare services to them.

About AAAHC ( www.aaahc.org ):

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) is a private, non-profit organization formed in 1979. AAAHC is a nationally recognized leader in developing standards to advance and promote patient safety, quality care, and value for ambulatory health care through peer-based accreditation processes, education, and research. A certificate of accreditation is awarded to organizations that are found to be in compliance with AAAHC Standards.

AAAHC currently accredits more than 6,000 organizations in a wide variety of ambulatory health care settings including ambulatory surgery centers, community health centers, medical and dental group practices, medical home practices, and managed care organizations, as well as Indian and student health centers, among others. They are also the official accrediting organization for the US Coast Guard.

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Intermountain Preparedness Group holds interagency exercise to prepare for mass causality events

On Thursday April 26 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., about two dozen representatives from emergency response units, healthcare facilities, and support services met at the Burney Fire Hall to conduct a “Mass Casualty Table Top Exercise.”

Burney Fire District Chief Monte Keady facilitating the discussion

The meeting was a function of the Intermountain Preparedness Group that was formed to “attain shared preparedness and bring stability during crisis.” Agencies attending the meeting included CAL FIRE, Shasta County Fire Service, McArthur Fire Protection District, Burney Fire Protection District, Mayers Memorial Hospital District, Mountain Valley Health Centers, Pit River Health Service, Sierra Emergency Medical Services Alliance, Southern Cascades EMS District, Shasta County OEM, Shasta County Health and Human Services, and the American Red Cross,  .

The exercise was facilitated by Burney Fire Protection District Chief Monte Keady. Participants were organized into three groups according to their mission and function. The three groups were: 1) Fire, Hazmat, and Emergency Services; 2) Health Care Facilities; and 3) Support Services.

Chief Keady began the exercise by presenting a scenario of a mass causality event. The scenario involved a 40 vehicle fire on Hwy 299 in which 40 vehicles were involved. It included injuries and fatalities, a fire that began to spread, and a hazardous waste spill.

After briefing the audience on the situation, Keady asked each group to engage in a fifteen minute discussion about how they would respond to this emergency in the first 60-90 minutes.

Group discussions in progress

Afterward, a representative from each group presented a summary of their discussion. In their summaries they discussed how they would plan, organize and staff each of their operations, set up a command structure and communications, organize relief efforts and transportation, provide services, set up shelters, etc. After each presentation there was an opportunity for question and answer and open discussion.

Mayers Hosptial CEO Louis Ward reporting for the Health Services discussion group

The rest of the agenda had two more scenario updates followed by group, intergroup, and open discussions. The last scenario update involved the close of the incident. The final event of the exercise was “Lessons learned,” a thirty minute period of shared reflection during which participants could share “Aha moments.”

The meeting also included breaks during which participants could share refreshments and talk on a less formal basis.

For more information about the Intermountain Preparedness Group, citizens can contact any of the participating agencies.

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