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My timina’ (heart) is sick with sadness as families lay their loved ones to rest. Deepest condolences to the families of Bessie (Greene) Scott. Bessie left this world to begin her peaceful journey to join our ancestors, Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the family home in Lapwai, surrounded by her family. Bessie was proud to take the Nimiipuu name of her grandmother, who was known and respected as a woman of great medicine. Bessie was proud to be known as hiyuumyanmay, meaning “Grizzly Bear Woman”. Bessie gladly shared teaching Nimiipuutimpt’ and cultural knowledge with everyone. Bessie’s reminders were, “No one is better than you; and you’re no better than anyone else.” And “If you feel you should say you are sorry for something you said or done… you should not have said or done it in the first place”. Prayers of comfort for her loving husband of 68 years, Wilfred (Scotty) Scott; her daughters, her sons, sister and grandchildren.

Heartfelt condolences to Ben and Verla Wright for the passing of their daughter, Stacey Wright. Stacey journeyed to the streets of gold Friday, Jan. 8. I enjoyed visiting with Stacey, a quiet demeanor but very friendly, with a joyful smile. Prayers of strength and comfort for her beloved parents, Ben and Verla; sisters, Josephine and Edna Wright, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Nez Perce Tribe Non-Partisan Primary Election for NPTEC candidate filing will begin Jan. 15 – Feb. 26.

Candidate application packets will be available through NPTEC executive assistant, Marie Baheza, at (208) 843-2253, starting Jan. 15.

NPTEC incumbents are Mary Jane Miles, Ferris Paisano III and Shirley Allman.

For further information regarding candidacy filing, you may contact the election judges:

Melissa Guzman – (208) 843-7332 or; Melissa King – (208) 843-7307 or; or Nicole Two Moon – (208) 669-0115 or

Birthday blessings to Jay Oatman; my dearest, lifelong friend, Pamela Crowell; Art Broncheau; Lois (Maude) Oatman; Essie Carter; Elsie Ann Cree; and my beloved brother, Al Wheeler!

Yox Kalo^ (That’s all!).

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