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WMICentral - Kinishba Council honors those who protect children
The Keynote Speaker was Gwen Bahe, who has served on the Fort McDowell Yavapai-Apache Tribal Council for 14 years.She emphasized the need to listen to people in the community.She said, "I have never closed my door to anyone who needed help, and I know you haven't, either."This month is Child Abuse Prevention Month, she said.
granddaughter is her
first responsibility now, but she
is still a fighter, and will continue to work to help young people.She
said people must be encouraged to report any child they feel might be abused."Talk to the child.A child will not lie to you if they feel safe," she
said.Fort McDowell has passed some very tough laws in recent years, she
said.Truancy was a major problem.It has gone down since the laws have been enforced. She
also pointed out the continuing need to understand and prevent suicide, especially among the young.Two young Native people have committed suicide recently in this area.One was a beautiful, talented girl, the recipient of a Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship, Bahe
said. The most important thing people need to remember is "Parents are responsible for the child.Not the grandparents, not the school, not the principle, but parents."Bahe received a gift from Tribal Council member Mariddie Craig on behalf of the Kinishba Council.
AABE--Yavapai leaders reveal plans for reservation
Wednesday also marked the end of Gwen Bahe's 14 years as a Tribal Council member.
She did not seek re-election this year.
WMICentral - White Mountain Independent - 08/26/2005 - Native women explore their ability to effect change
Gwen Bahe is one of the women who organized the conference.She has served a total of 14 years on the tribal council of the Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation.She said, "As I travel, I have the opportunity to sit with other tribal leaders and share what is happening on their reservations.Out of the "girl talk" I thought it would be nice to have a conference where we could sit down together just as we are - as mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts - and talk...We are affected by the same issues our constituents are."About a year ago she got together with Susan Oliver, Katy Aday, and Lee Ann Roosevelt, White Mountain Apache health care professionals, and Pam Iron, Cherokee and Laguna, executive director of the National Indian Women's Health Resource Center.They began planning the conference, and asked for $1,000 each from 21 Arizona tribes.Fifteen tribes responded, some contributing more than others."We got it together by teleconferencing," Bahe said.