Virtual Hoopfest in Wellpinit


Hoopfest is coming out to promote and register YOUTH for Virtual Hoopfest. This will be a Drive-Thru EVENT!

Please join the Spokane Tribe HHS programs, Better Health Together and Hoopfest on:

Thursday 8/13/2020 starting at 2pm at the Pow Wow Grounds

There will be Hoopfest Basketballs for the FIRST 65 Youth who attend

Registration for challenges will be available and optional

This is a First Come First Serve event

Staff will be on site at the pow wow grounds to direct traffic through the drive-thru process. Light refreshments will be handed out through the drive-thru 😊 we will be following all social distancing protocols!

For more information please contact Haley Stinson OR Shad St. Paul
@ 509-258-7502


Road Map to Safely Reopening Wellpinit School District

August 6, 2020
Dear Parent/guardians,

Hello! We hope you and your family are doing well and enjoying the summer! It is unlike any summer we’ve had before, but I hope you’ve enjoyed youth employment, camping at the river, backyard BBQs, and the warm weather!

This letter is to connect with you and let you know that our Wellpinit School District will starting the school year in Distance Learning Model. Attached to this letter is an outline of the 5 models of learning for our Wellpinit students this school year. We will start in the Distance Learning Model and move through the models as our department of health and local school board approve. We hope you’ll work with us as partners as we move through models so we can help our students be as successful as possible.

Our staff is committed to connecting with your family to support learning for our students. Distance Learning Model will look different than it did in the Spring of 2020. We will utilize bus routes for delivery/pickup of school work and meals. We will have opportunity to have Parent/Teacher Conferences before starting classes. And, we will be providing students with supplies to support his/her learning environment. While most students will be in distance learning at this time, some students with special circumstances may be coming into school on a limited basis. Staff will be reaching out to you if this pertains to your child. Students may also check out a Chrome Book if there is internet access available to support online learning.

Our school values our community, our parents/guardians that have worked so hard to help students succeed, and the students’ hard work! We want to keep this strong partnership so, in order to support students and families in this learning model, we plan to have parent/student/teacher conferences at the beginning of the school year August 26, 27, & 28th 2020. This will be an opportunity for you to learn about the distance learning model that we will be starting the year with and the different models that may occur this year as health and safety indicators allow. It will also be a time for you to ask questions and learn about the supports in place for students and parents. We will be connecting with you about scheduling this.

Please contact school principals, Laina Phillips ( and/or Kim Ewing ( to discuss any particular needs you have.

Thank you,

Laina Phillips

Kim Ewing

Roadmanp to Safely Reopening School




CARES Emergency Housing Assistance

CARES emergency funds are now available to assist American Indians facing financial difficulties during the COVID Pandemic.
The purpose of the COVID-19 emergency housing assistance is to provide emergency temporary housing assistance to Indian families who are in immediate need of shelter because they are either homeless or about to become homeless, including those living in unsafe conditions.
Families must meet the HUD definition of low income defined as 80% of median family income for the United States and reside on the Spokane Indian Reservation and the counties of Lincoln, Spokane, and Pend Oreille.

Funds may be used for the following:
• Move-In Assistance: First & Last Month’s Rent Deposits
• Rental Assistance
• Mortgage Assistance

Please visit our website to print the COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance Application and Policy Guidelines or call the SIHA Administration office at 509-818-1460 to request a copy be mailed and or drop by the SIHA Administration Office to pick one up.
Once the application is complete, please return it to our office by; email, fax to 509- 258-7188, drop box (in front of the office), or return by mail.
A SIHA staff person will contact you to go over your application.
Should you have any questions, please call 509-818-1460.

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Get Out the Vote

Get Out The Vote

Spokane Tribal Members,

On Tuesday November 3, 2020, we have the opportunity to use our voice and our power to vote in the 2020 general election. Despite your political registration, it is important to utilize our constitutional power to make our voices heard. While voting in every election is important, this election has more riding on it than usual, every four years, Americans over the age of 18 have the legal right to vote for the next American President.

American Indians/Alaska Natives make up about two percent of the United States population. That is roughly 6 million native voices that can make a big impact on ensuring that who is in power believes in our importance and will work with tribal nations to ensure treaty rights, sovereignty, and culture remains intact and honored. Who the U.S. President, Members of Congress, state governors, state legislatures, and county and local elected officials make important policy decisions that affect Native peoples. Utilizing your right to vote will lead to better responsiveness to the needs of tribal nations and communities.

As Members of the Spokane Tribe, we have the choice to vote for those who will support us and our needs. We must do so.

November 3, 2020 is the deadline for Washington State citizens to register to vote for the General Election. The Washington State General election is also on November 3rd, you must deposit your ballot in an official drop box by 8 pm.

If you are not already registered to vote, you can do so at:

At that site, you can register to vote, update your registration, and learn what is on the ballot to vote for.

Chewelah School District Will Have Remote Learning

Chewelah School District will have remote learning to begin the fall quarter, as will the Colville and Valley School District due to the COVID-19 transmission rate in our county, per recommendation from Tri-County Health and the State of Washington. Here is a recorded video announcement from Chewelah Superintendent Rich McFarland:

COVID-19 and Mental Health

The mental health issues related to the pandemic are especially hard for people with depression. NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Health have a 24 hour helpline: 800-950-6264.

Wellpinit School Calendar 2020-2021


Wellpinit IHS will be hosting a webinar to address COVID-19 on August 18, 2020 on GoToWebinar.

Draft Agenda:

• Welcome from IHS CEO
• Overview of the current state of COVID-19 in Stevens, Spokane, and Lincoln Counties
• COVID-19 screening and testing process and procedures
• Discussion of rapid vs. PCR COVID-19 test
• Work slips – screening
• COVID-19 Prevention
• Clarity between COVID-19 screening/testing and antibody testing

Please register for Wellpinit IHS Town Hall Meeting on Aug 18, 2020 10:00 AM PDT at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Or to listen in via telephone call 1-562-247-8422. Access Code 513-398-294

If you already have the app on your mobile device you can use meeting ID 211-093-203