Wellness Gathering to focus on healing

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MISSION - Healing is the theme for this year's Wellness Gathering on Monday and Tuesday on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Guest speakers will focus on healing from depression and grief.

The free event starts with a youth day and family event at Nixyawii Community School and continues Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Wildhorse Resort and Casino.

Youth events include stick games and three-on-three basketball, drumming and hip hop music, free lunches and gifts.

On Monday, families are invited to a dinner, mini-powwow and comedy show starting at 5 p.m. at Nixyawii Community School gym. Motivational speakers Chance Rush, an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes (Hidatsa), and EmCee One, will discuss building value, self-reliance, respect, honor, spiritual virtue and a sense of belonging in youths, parents, relationships and communities.

On Tuesday, the Wellness Gathering moves to the Wildhorse Resort and Casino, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Opening ceremonies start at 9 a.m. in the Rivers Event Center. Topics for presentation include depression, nutrition, a cooking demonstration and healing. Lunch is provided free of charge to participants with lunch tickets.

The annual Health Fair will feature more than 40 health exhibitors on Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Cayuse Room.

Guest speaker Joe Streetman, a counselor at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, will talk about "How to Duck Depression Before You Quack Up" at 9:30 a.m.

Kibbe Conti, a registered dietician and enrolled member of the Lakota Sioux Tribe from South Dakota, will speak at 10:45 a.m. about the Four Winds Model for Native Nutrition. For more details, call 541-278-7512 or 541-429-7538.

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