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WPCO OKs Donation Requests

Community members approved donation requests for several youth activities during the Wolf Point Community Organization’s monthly meeting on Monday, May 15.

The donations included $10,000 for Wolf Point’s American Legion and Babe Ruth baseball programs. Usually WPCO gives $4,000 to the program, but additional funds are needed this year especially for field maintenance projects.

Ray Ostby, member of the baseball commission, explained to audience members that the group is behind in field maintenance. In addition, attending legion baseball tournaments is costly. The commission doesn’t charge fees from its players.

“We are a donation only club,” Ostby said.

WPCO approved $5,000 for the Wolf Point Recreation Program for the sports of baseball and softball. Through the agreement, playing fees will be waived for tribal enrolled members. WPCO will also be a team sponsor.

The swimming pool will receive $18,000 from WPCO again this year.

To end the school year on a good note, WPCO will provide $3,445 so Northside and Southside students enjoy a group movie experience at the theater. The payment includes popcorn and pop for the students.

Also approved was $3,000 to send six students involved in the Native American high school program to study in the Harvard Project this summer.

WPCO will provide $125 to graduating Wolf Point and Frontier students. Total cost is estimated to be $11,500 for the high school seniors and eighth-grade students.

Wolf Point High School junior Lennoxx Lilley will receive $500 to help pay for a basketball experience in Germany.

A policy change was approved so WPCO will give up to $500 for individual requests.

The meeting also featured the selection of chairs for the activities, audit, education, membership, resolutions and youth committees.

WPCO will host a meeting for the gaming compact on June 6 starting at 6 p.m. A meal will be provided. The meeting will feature representatives for tribal state gaming and tribal board along with gaming officials.

WPCO chair Roxanne Gourneau noted that the gaming compact is a priority and it’s important to get educated on the matter. Also during the meeting on May 15, Gourneau expressed concerns about housing challenges and whether community meetings should take place regarding housing.

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