Monthly Archives: September 2013

Roosevelt County Library Hosts Speaker, Musicians

The audience listened quietly as the sound of Native American flute music and the smell of beef filled the air.

The Roosevelt County Library held a presentation Sept. 21 during which the audience listened to a performance of the Native American flute and learned about the life of Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, who was not only the youngest member of the Corps of Discovery, but also he was the son of Sacagawea.

Prior to Forrest Mount’s lecture, Andrea Hayes, Roosevelt County Library director, said the library will be looking to complete several projects related to Lewis and Clark, including a mural on the back wall.

Mount had been asked by the library to research the life of Charbonneau. Captain William Clark nicknamed him Little Pomp.

He began his presentation on Charbonneau by delving into the man’s early years.

The audience learned that Clark had delivered Little Pomp, Feb. 11, 1805. Clark later adopted the child after making a proposal to Sacagawea and her husband to raise the baby as his own son.

Mount went through Charbonneau’s life while living with Clark, who had the boy learn how to read, write and speak English, Greek and Latin.

Charbonneau would become a clerk and would met Duke Paul Wilhelm of Württemberg, Germany. He traveled with Wilhelm to Europe and would spend several years traveling the continent learning to more languages.

Charbonneau returned to the United States in 1829 and lived life as a mountain man in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho.

Mount said Charbonneau became famous among the mountain men for spinning tales at the campfire and telling stories of the Greek myths he learned in his youth. Mount quoted one fur trapper as saying that there is no better man to have by their side than Pomp. Charbonneau would later travel to Fort Bent, Colo.

In 1848, he traveled to Albuquerque, N.M., and would participate in the Mexican-American War with the Mormon Brigade.

After the war, Pomp went to California to become a prospector; after hearing that gold had been discovered in Montana, he decided to go north.

During the journey, he slipped off his horse in a river. He contracted pneumonia and died May 16, 1866. He was buried in Danner, Ore.

The Inskip ranch in Danner, Ore., dedicated one acre of land for a monument of Charbonneau.

“I never thought looking at that baby on that poster [of Sacagawea] that would have a life like this,” Mount said. “I’m not even doing it justice. He lived a life that very few men even get to taste.”

Once Mount was finished with his presentation, musicians Bryson Runsabove-Myers and Adrian Imus, who both have CDs coming out in the fall, performed with the Native American flute for the audience.

Prior to performing, both Imus and Runabove-Myers shared some stories of how they began playing the flute.

Imus said he recently learned about the Native American Flute through Runsabove-Myers, his teacher and brother.

He became involved in pow-wow singing in Hawaii in 1997. He has also been featured on three CDs with the pow-wow singing group Young Heart, which later merged into Soldier Hill.

The first CD Imus was on, Mother’s Journey, Mother’s Love, was dedicated to Nancy Martell, who died from cancer in 2006. She told Imus and her son, Eric Martell, to continue to sing, dance and play music in her honor after her death.

Imus said he learned that pow-wow music had a relation to Native flute music. He also said he honors his grandmother by continuing to be involved with Native American music.

“What keeps me going is knowing that my grandmother is still watching over me,” Imus said.

Runsabove-Myers, a descendent of Chief Rocky Boy, said he has been playing flute since 2006 while he was studying at Stone Child College in Havre.

Runsabove-Myers said he heard a beautiful noise one day coming from outside. He went and found his friend Rainbow Stump, who introduced him to the Native American flute. Stump taught him how to finger the flute. He said when he played his first four holes, he could not stop.

Runsabove-Myers enrolled in several music classes with his teacher, who was passionate about the flute. He would discover new tricks and introduce them to his teacher, who gave him 14 flutes.

He would later move to Seattle, Wash., where he would perform at a coffee shop and teach Native American flute to eight students in his spare time.

Before he left Seattle, he gave the 14 flutes he had received from his teacher to his students.

Runsabove-Myers said he put down the flute until 2010 when he discovered he still had music in him.

“I tell a lot people you have many gifts in life, whether it’s art, your voice, whether it’s listening, drawing or music,” Runsabove-Myers said. “The day I discovered I had music in my blood, I thanked my grandfather for that, because he was a singer himself, and my grandmother for pushing me forward.”

Runsabove-Myers made a demo and CD in 2010. His music is heard in 13 countries. He was also nominated for an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award and Native American Music Award.

Like his flutes, Runs above-Myers gave many of his CDs away.

“They told me, ‘You could make a lot of money,’” he said. “Money didn’t matter. My main goal is to get my music out there to help people who are feeling down and who have any negativity in their life.”

Imus began the concert with a song that he described as an a capella of how he felt.

“I look at it throughout pow-wow music, through the melody and the beat of the songs that I incorporate with the Native American flute, especially with the breathing portion,” Imus said. “With this, it was more a freestyle, but it was what I felt.”

Runsabove-Myers played The Morning Song, the first song composed on his demo.

The audience listened as the duo played a collaboration called Two Warriors, with two different sounds with the same tone. Runsabove-Myers said that when he collaborates with another artist, it is never a competition.

Both artists played music that was not only relaxing, but also showed the audience different techniques for playing the flute, such as the sliding finger technique.

“I don’t call them fans. I call them friends,” Runs above-Myers said. “You guys are my friends today.”

Runsabove-Myers ended with a song for which he asked the audience to come up with the title. Imus ended his performance by also having the audience do the same. When they asked the audience the titles of their songs, many of the audience members said the song reminded them of animals and the woods. One audience member said they thought of young Native American girl dancing. Another audience member said she thought of her grandson picking chokecherries.

Dinner was donated by Angela Wolff, the owner of the Nook. Runsabove-Myers also displayed several of his flutes that were made by Mike Serna of Chattanooga, Tenn., who is an Apache and a descendent of the people who walked the Trail of Tears.

The presentation was made possible by a second grant from the Lewis and Clark Heritage Foundation, and is a joint project of the California Chapter of the LCTHF and the Roosevelt County Library.


Steffan Associates Present Report At Public Meeting


Tim Steffan of Steffan Associates presented a preliminary architect report for the Wolf Point Village Project at a public meeting held at Great Northern Development Corp., Sept. 19.

The preliminary architect report is part of the requirements for the project to receive funding from the Montana Home Tax Credit Program.

The report entails a summary of the project, the type of funding going into the project and how developers will make sure the project succeeds for the next 15 years. There are two main requirements for the report: the preliminary architect report form checklist and the environmental review checklist.

Steffan said the report is 75 percent complete. The remainder of the completion of the report relates to the environmental checklist.

The proposed site for the project is located near Trinity Hospital on Fourth Avenue North. Steffan presented the preliminary floor plans and said he recently did a soils report for the area. He said the issues with the water and sewers at the site have been resolved.

Steffan also said he needed a letter from the Fort Peck Tribal Council to approve the project. The council had 30 days to send back a letter to approve the poject and that deadline has passed.

“We’re doing a lot of sustainability things,” Steffan said. “[Going] green and LEED certified requirements. I think we have a good understanding of the specific climate and understanding of the neighborhood.”

Steffan said he wanted to make sure they were picking the appropriate site and that the community was in favor of it. He asked those who were present about any other sites.

Brianna Vine, housing specialist and marketing officer at GNDC, said one of the other sites they were looking at was near ALCO. In the environmental review, there had been discussions that the area was not safe for families and children and that the site was far from groceries and healthcare services while the site at Fourth Avenue North is close to the hospital.

GNDC executive director Martin DeWitt said the proposed site has the safest access to schools and transportation.

“It’s the ease of access truly what narrows it down to being the best site,” DeWitt said.

Lee Redekopp, Wolf Point City Council representative, said that, while he was in favor of the project, he was concerned about the traffic splitting the access between the main access to the hospital and pharmacy.

GNDC resource coordinator Tori Matejovsky said that splitting the access is not final and that Jonathan Reed would be happy to not split the access and physically move the project. Steffan said part of the process was also looking at different access points to the site.

Some of the benefits of the proposed site include the view of the hillside, security lighting and opportunity for privacy.

At the public hearing, Wolf Point city clerk/treasurer Marlene Malhum said the mayor’s office gets numerous calls from people who are looking for housing in Wolf Point.

“People were looking to move here for teaching jobs and nursing jobs and they were calling on a daily basis to get listings for a place to live,” Mahlum said.

Matejovsky also said she had gotten calls from people already wanting to move into the village.

Redekopp said that one benefit from the project is that it will encourage others to develop more real estate in the city. DeWitt said the last time there was any “stick construction” was in 1984.

“It’s long past due to have a new facility and some kind of community pride,” DeWitt said.

Lady Wolves Defeated By Malta M’ettes

The Lady Wolves’ varsity volleyball team returned to the Wolves’ Den, Sept. 21, where they faced the Malta M’ettes.

Prior to the match against the M’ettes, the Wolves traveled to Harlem where they defeated the Lady Wildcats, 3-1.

Wolf Point won the first set while Malta came back and would win the next three matches. The set scores for the matches were 10-25, 25-17, 25-20 and 25-19.

Although the M’ettes won the match, the Lady Wolves had several players stand out on offense. Senior outside hitter Sonica Archdale and junior outside hitter Ashley Page both led the game in serving aces with four. Senior setter Sarah Hafner led the game in assists with 24.

Junior outside hitter Christean Holen led the team in kills and digs with eight each. Junior middle blocker Mariah Weeks led her team in block with two.

The Lady Wolves’ junior varsity team will play Lustre, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m., against Lustre in the Wolves’ Den as a part of Wolf Point’s Homecoming and Native American Week. The varsity team will have their next match Sept. 27 at home against Poplar at 2 p.m.

Junior High Volleyball Competes In Poplar
The Lady Wolves junior high volleyball team went to Poplar to compete in a jamboree, Sept. 21.

In the first match, the Lady Wolves were defeated by Frontier Lady Mustangs in a close contest, 2-0. The set scores for this match were 25-21 and 25-23.

The Wolves rebounded from their loss to defeat the Glasgow Lady Scotties, 2-1. The set scores for this match were 25-13, 24-26 and 15-11.

The Wolves were able have all six players. Coach Melissa Cromwell said the Wolves were facing the Mustangs for the 13th time and had their best game against them.

“I am happy with our progress and the girls are working hard at practice to make adjustments where they are needed,” Cromwell said.

Between both matches, Dani Vine scored a total of 19 points with two serving aces. Cromwell said that Vine continues to be a consistent server on the team.

Other Wolf Point players who performed well on offense were Imani Bighorn, who scored 11 points with one ace, and Sky Johnson, who had seven points and one serving ace. Abby Juve scored six points with two aces, Hailey Brunelle had five points and one ace and Lauren Crawford scored three points.

On defense, Juve and Brunelle played a “solid passing game” and moved to block several shots at the net, according to Cromwell.

The junior high volleyball team will travel to Scobey to compete in a jamboree, Sept. 28.

Wolf Point prepares for Homecoming and Native American Week

It’s that time of the year as Wolf Point High School students get ready for the school’s annual Homecoming and Native American Week put on by Student Council and the Indian Club.

There will be several activities for students to be involved in throughout the week.

For this year’s Native American Week, there will be a tipi- raising on Monday, a student and parent activity on Tuesday, speakers and presentations on Wednesday and a pow-wow and parade on Thursday.

For this year’s homecoming parade, students will create floats based on songs and decorate the walls in a retro theme. The Homecoming and Native American Week Parade will take place on Friday at noon.

In addition to dressing up parade floats and the walls of the hallway, students will get the opportunity to dress up to a specific theme each day to earn spirit points. The class with the most points will receive early lunch dismissal for a week.

Students will vote for homecoming royalty on Wednesday during lunch. The king and queen will be announced the next day at the bonfire, following the volleyball game against the Lustre Lady Lions.

Homecoming week also features several sporting events. Wolf Point students and fans are invited to participate in a dodge ball tournament, in the Wolves’ Den, Monday night, starting at 7:30 p.m. In addition to the varsity volleyball game on Thursday, the Lady Wolves will take on the Poplar Lady Indians on Friday at 2 p.m. and the Harlem Lady Wildcats on Saturday at 1 p.m.


The Wolves’ varsity football team will also be playing on Friday night as they take on the Roundup Panthers at 7 p.m.

Following the football game will be the Homecoming dance from 9 p.m. to midnight.


Homecoming And Native American Week Event Schedule

Sept. 23: Tipi-raising

Sept. 24: Wolves’ fans and students invited to dodge ball, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the gym; student and parent activity.

Sept. 25: Vote for Homecoming king and queen during lunch; speakers and presentations

Sept. 26: Students decorate floats and walls; pow-wow from 1 to 3 p.m.; volleyball vs. Lustre at 4 p.m.; bonfire where Homecoming king and queen will be announced.

Sept. 27: Parade at noon (line up at 11:30 a.m. in the bus loop); volleyball vs. Poplar at 2 p.m.; football vs. Roundup at 7 p.m.; Homecoming Dance 9 p.m. to midnight

Sept. 28: Volleyball vs. Harlem at 1 p.m.

Lady Wolves Capture Victory In Harlem

The Lady Wolves’ varsity volleyball team won their first match of the season, Sept. 14, after they defeated the Harlem Lady Wildcats, 3-1.

The set scores for the match were 25-18, 25-23, 20-25 and 25-19.

Prior to their victory in Harlem, Wolf Point had back-to-back losses at home against the Circle Lady Wildcats and the Glasgow Lady Scotties. This match against the Lady Wildcats was the first time the Lady Wolves had played away from home since the Choteau Invitational in August.

The Lady Wolves displayed strong offense. Junior outside hitter Christean Holen led the match in kills with nine. She had led her team in kills in the match against Glasgow with five.

Senior outside hitter Sonia Archdale led the match in the serving aces with seven. Senior setter Sarah Hafner once again led the match in assists with 16, making it her fourth straight match where she broke double digits in assists.

The Lady Wolves also managed to put up some impressive defense with 19 digs and seven blocks. Holen led her team in blocks with six while senior middle blocker T’Elle Evans led the match with three blocks.

The Lady Wildcats also did well on defense racking up 39 digs and 11 blocks. Sophomore defensive specialist Tyra Allen and junior outside hitter Ticia Cliff led both teams in digs with nine each.

After finding success on the road, the Lady Wolves will return to the Wolves’ Den to take on the Malta Lady Mustangs, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m.

Seventh-Grade Volleyball Competes In Glasgow Jamboree

The Lady Wolves’ seventh-grade junior high volleyball team hit the road once again as they traveled to Glasgow to compete in a jamboree, Sept. 14.

In the first match, Wolf Point defeated Plentywood 3-0. The set scores for the match were 25-15, 25-12 and 25-16.

The team would not have the same outcome in the second match as they were defeated by Frontier, 3-0. The set scores for this match were 25-22, 25-16 and 15-12.

Dani Vine was one of several Wolf Point players who were good on offense. Between the two matches, Vine scored a total of 20 points and had two serving aces.

Sky Johnston, who scored 13 points and had two aces in both matches, stepped it up on defense and played well at the net, according to coach Melissa Cromwell.

Cromwell also said that the team played well with five players. She also said they did a good job recognizing spacing and serving, and did a better job of following the ball to the net.

At their next set of practices, the team will devote time to blocking and calling the ball.

The Lady Wolves will travel to Poplar to participate in a jamboree Sept. 21.

Wolves scoring: Dani Vine, 20 points, 2 aces; Abbe Juve, 16, 1; Lauren Crawford, 10, 0; Sky Johnston, 13, 2; Delia Diamont-Clark, 2, 0.

Lady Wolves Fall To Spartans

The Lady Wolves’ varsity volleyball team had their first home match, Sept. 6, against the Baker Spartans, who defeated them 3-0.

Set scores of the match were 25-16, 25-17 and 25-18.

Wolf Point had earlier competed at an invitational tournament in Choteau, while Baker played the Bowman, N.D., High School Bulldogs.

In the first set, the Spartans took an early lead. Although the Wolves managed to score points, the Spartans would stop their opponents from gaining any momentum. Baker would win the next two sets, with the Wolves nipping at their heels and taking the lead several times before the final score.

Senior middle blocker T’Elle Evans and junior outside hitter Ashley Page both led the Lady Wolves in kills with four apiece. Junior outside hitter Sierra Hanks scored two of the serving aces made by the team.

Senior outside hitter Sonica Archdale led the game in digs with 11 while junior middle blocker Mariah Weeks led the team in blocks with two. Senior Sarah Hafner continues to settle in her role as the team’s setter, leading the team in assists with 10.

Wolf Point will play their next match against the Circle Wildcats, at home, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. The next day, the Wolves will play the Glasgow Lady Scotties, at home, at 4 p.m.


Other Volleyball Action 


Junior Varsity and C Teams Defeat Spartans

Prior to the varsity taking the court, the junior varsity and C team faced the Baker’s own teams.

The C team easily defeated Baker’s own C team, 3-0. Despite the Spartans taking an early lead in the first set, the Wolves would catch up and win the first set. They would go on to control the next two sets.

After the C-team’s victory, Wolf Point’s junior varsity team would go on to defeat Baker’s junior varsity team, 3-1. Although the Wolves lost the first set, the momentum of the match shifted after they clinched the second set, 25-23. They would win the next two matches.


Seventh-Grade Volleyball Team, Loses To Mustangs, Defeats Scotties

As the Lady Wolves’ varsity, junior varsity and C volleyball teams defended the Wolves’ Den against the Baker Spartans, the junior high volleyball teams traveled to Plentywood where they participated in their Jamboree Sept. 7.

The seventh-grade Wolves first played the Frontier Lady Mustangs, losing 2-0. Set scores for the match were 25-16 and 25-18.

Despite only having five players competing at the jamboree, the Wolves were able to adjust to the floor spacing.

After the loss to the Frontier, Wolf Point would rebound and defeat the Glasgow Lady Scotties in their second match, 2-0. Set scores for the match were 25-14 and 25-17.

All five players scored points during competition, lead by Dani Vine, who scored 13 points and had two aces; and Abby Juve, who scored eight points and had two aces.

Coach Melissa Cromwell said the team will improve from the competition and will work on “calling the ball.”

The junior high teams will compete in Glasgow, Sept. 14.

Wolf Point Hosts C-C Invite, Wolves Place First In Three Races

Photo contributed by the Cross Country team

Even the rain did not stop the Wolves from competing at the Wolf Point Cross Country Invite at the Wolf Point Airport Golf Course, Sept. 7.

The Wolves’ cross country team was one of 12 teams from Montana that competed in the event. The top 10 runners from each race were awarded medals. The Wolves had several runners finish in the top 10.

In the varsity boy’s race, Markell Blount placed eighth with a time of 19:16. His teammates finished in the top 20. Connor McCoy finished 11th with a time of 20:04; Shaun Ledeau finished 19th at 21:48 and Dalton Hawk came in 20th at 22:14.

Trey Fourstar placed first in the junior high boys’ race, completing the 1.5-mile race in a time of 9:56.4, less than 1 second before second-place finisher Merlin McKewn. Demarco Lilley finished 14th with a time of 12:02.

On the girls’ side, Sierra Summers won the junior high girls race with a time of 9:42. Along with Summers, Journey Erickson, Laressa Dale and Cyreena Standing were awarded medals for finishing in the top 10 of the junior high girls’ race.

Wolf Point also found success in the boys’ and girls’ elementary race as Brandon Hapa finished first, with a time of 11:21 and Jaxon Azure came in sixth place with a time of 13:16.

The cross country teams will next compete in Malta Sept. 14.


Varsity Boys’ Race

Markell Blount 19:16

Connor McCoy 20:04  

Shaun Ledeau  21:48

Dalton Hawk 22:14  


Junior High Boys’ Race

Trey Fourstar 9:56.4

Demarco Lilley 12:02


Junior High Girls’ Race

Sierra Summers 9:42

Journey Erickson 11:09

Laresa Dale         11:19

Cyreena Standing 11:40 


Elementary Boys’/Girls’ Race

Brandon Hapa 11:21

Jaxon Azure 13:36

Alex Sutton        16:39

Jerek Summers 17:22

Jaylee Azure 18:22


Results from the Poplar 8/31 invitational

Poplar School held its cross country meet Aug. 31. Thirteen teams from Montana and North Dakota competed on a windy morning. The top 10 finishers in each race received medals.

Chance Hyatt and Tristan Sun Rhodes, who ran for Culbertson/Bain-ville, finished first and second in the varsity boys’ 3-mile race with times of 18:17.88 and 19:29.49 respectively. Jeret Warren, Whitewater/Dodson, finished third while Walker Allen, Glasgow, placed fourth. After Brockton’s Jamis Rattling Thunder came in fifth, Connor McCoy and Markell Blount, both from Wolf Point, finished sixth and seventh.

Other runners in the top 15 included: eighth, Bridger Sanders, Glasgow, 20:46.99; ninth, Matthew Phillips, Glasgow, 21:14.26; 10th, Beau Hyatt, Culbertson / Bainville, 21:20.30; 11th, Chris LeMay, Poplar, 21:29.35; 12th, Braden Meland, Glasgow 22:20.79; 13th, Kasey Seyfert, Glasgow, 22:33.24; 14th, Connor Domonskie, Plentywood, 23:09.02; 15th, Matthew Rattling Thunder, Brockton, 23:12.25.

In the varsity girls’ 3-mile race, Josie Braaten, Glasgow, won first-place with a time of 20:33.02. Caitlin Lantis, Terry, came in second with a time of 21:25.69 and Rachael Zeiger came in third with a time of 21:58.47. Malta’s Sophie Stiles placed fourth with a time of 22:08.87. Braaten’s teammates, Amanda Wolff, Emma Fewer and Amanda McDonald, came in fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

Rounding out the top 15 were eighth, Marley Manoukian, Malta, 23:51.53; ninth, Kensey Keil, Plentywood, 24:05.44; 10th, Ellen Walstad, Glas-gow, 24:32.04; 11th, Annica Wagner, Circle, 24:37.23; 12th, Jayne Haynie, Circle, 25:01.11; 13th, Julie Kolstad, Glasgow, 25:06.77; 14th, Alex Simenson, Glasgow, 25:28.48; 15th, Katelynn Mendenhall, Terry, 26:13.52.

Brockton’s Phoenix Rattling Thunder clinched first place in the 5th- through 8th-grade boys’ 1-mile race with a time of 9:48.26.  Glasgow’s Merlin McKean and Ellis McKean finished second and third respectively. Wyatt Miller, from Frazer, finished fourth with a time of 10:22.75 while Brandon Hapa from Wolf Point, placed fifth with a time of 10:27.25.

Other runners who finished in the top 15 included: sixth, Trey Four Star, Wolf Point, 10:52.59; seventh, Daunte Azure, Poplar, 11:00.16; eighth, Kenneth Smoker, Poplar, 11:05:97; ninth, Aaron Ayers, Poplar, 11:07.19; 10th, Bruce Legare, Glasgow, 11:13.20; 11th, Angel Boyd, Poplar, 11:18.09; 12th, James Poitra, Wolf Point, 11:37.76; 13th, Nathanael Lippert, Glasgow, 11:45.59; 14th, Colin Jamba, Glasgow, 11:55.96; 15th, Colton Prewitt, Glasgow, 12:18.84.

Sierra Summers, of Wolf Point, won the 5th- through 8th-grade girls’ race with in 9:40.48. Glasgow’s Emily Kolstad placed second with a time of 10:15.98. Poplar teammates Andrea Hale and Ivey Lambert finished in third and fourth place, with times of 10:22.46 and 10:53.72 respectively.

Rounding out the top 15 were: fifth, Carlee Longtree, Poplar, 11:04.87; sixth, Journey Erickson, Wolf Point, 11:22.77; seventh, Katie Kaiser, Glasgow, 11:40.98; eighth, Cyrenna Standing, Wolf Point, 11:40.29; ninth, Little Skye Fast Horse, Poplar, 11:56.30; 10th, Alaina Sallee, Glasgow, 12:10.73; 11th, Riley MacDonald, Poplar, 12:44.28; 12th, Shaedel Adams, Frazer, 13:08.63; 13th, Chloe Shields, Poplar, 13:11.25; 14th, Alexis Whiteman, Poplar, 13:39.93; 15th, Dennisa Red Eagle, Poplar, 13:45.65.