Winners named in Fort Hall's Got Talent competition
BY ALEXANDRIA ALVAREZ
FORT HALL — On September 13, Tribal Health and Human Services hosted Fort Hall’s got Talent as families and friends gathered at the Hotel and Event Center chatting excitedly and pinning numbers on brave contestants.
Last year the event was at the arbor where everyone was at the mercy of the elements as the sun set and temperatures took a dip; so to host this year at the Event Center brought out a number of elders and children who would of other wised stayed in their warm homes.
The first to take the stage was Solilee Teton, dressed in a white dress, hair done high, and a pink flower in her hair. Grasping the microphone tightly in one hand, Solilee sang a country song, and as soon as she began feeling comfortable on the stage, her singing drew cheers from the crowd.
A variety of talent followed Solilee Teton’s performance, with singing, playing various instruments, lip-syncing, and dance routines which entertained the audiences, while scavenger hunts amused the crowd during short intermissions. Positive comments were whispered throughout the events, as some could one day have the potential to maybe one day go onto a show like “America’s Got Talent,” while recognition was given to performers as they exited the stage.
Three divisions were established for the various age groups who were competing and starting with 10 and under: 1st place went to Solilee Teton; 2nd place Aliz`e Damon; and 3rd place went to Leelayla Tyler.
The next age group was 11-17 and coming in 1st place was Chasen Coby; 2nd place Alonzo Bighorse; 3rd place Alyssa Tupp; 4th place Zahnive George; and finally Taylor Faulkner coming in at 5th place. 18 and up winners were: 1st place Spirit Wildcat; 2ed place Ron Braman; 3ed place Alex Alvarez; 4th place Patricia Christy; and Sonya Wadsworth coming in at 5th place.
Vinson: Cancer screening important
BY ALEXANDRIA ALVAREZ
FORT HALL — Eric Vinson of the Cancer Caregiver and Project Coordinator of the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board gave a presentation on key steps communities can do to ensure they remain healthy with screening at the forefront. “Screening is something everyone can do now, and I would encourage everyone to make yearly appointments with your doctors. I believe if enough people get screened, we have a chance to produce a different result, and change the statistics from the amount of people who die of cancer, to the amount of people who survive cancer,” he said.
Risk factors are something else to consider Eric Vinson explained, as a person continues to age, risk factors also increase, but personal history and family history also come into play — a person’s diet, physical activity, alcohol use, and smoking can affect one’s health. If cancer is something that runs in family’s histories, Vinson strongly encouraged people to live healthy and make sure to visit their doctors as recommended.
“Prevention can also make a difference, so I would encourage everyone to educate yourself on cancers you may be at risk for; for example women can learn how to perform self-exams for breast cancer at home. And the “magic pill” does exist; it’s called exercise, and 30 minutes of physical activity can reduce arthritis, diabetes, and the best part is… It’s free! If you are a tobacco user, I would highly encourage you to think about quitting,” Vinson continued.
For those who are diagnosed, he encouraged families and friends to support a patient as much as possible, but to treat them as they’ve always had, and to allow patients to share their emotions that can build up. “Encourage patients to maintain a sense of purpose, and to share their stories, they may never know how much they help someone else going through something similar.”
Michelle Paul who works in the Community Health Nursing gave a short presentation on the resources that are available to help families, and useful web sites such as cancercare.org, which is a professional non-profit organization that provides a number of services such as support groups, counseling, financial assistance, and educational publications to inform patients and families in a friendly user layout.
Another resource that was mentioned was Angel Flight.com, which is also a non-profit organization that arrange transportation services for any legitimate, charitable, or medically related needs who may be in a time-critical situation, finically distressed, or in need of a non-emergency transportation due to their medical condition.
Michelle highly encouraged people to come and visit her at the Indian Health Service Community Health Area, to see if how she can help through the non-profit resources.