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Toka Nuwan Community Clean Up by Dustina Gill


Last updated 4/19/2021 at 8:46pm

Saturday April 17th, the Toka Nuwan community gathered in the center of the housing and did a community wide trash, junk and branches pick up. The clean-up was from 10 am to 3:00 pm and over 100 bags were filled within that five hours.

In the past the community would gather and make a day out of it and grill out. This is something the district members are working to bring back. Sometimes we think we have to rely on the "district" meaning the government side of it for things to happen. It wasn't always this way, we were more community minded and we as the families of the district can step up and do more without waiting for the district executives to take care of things. The families used to gather monthly for powwows, whist tournaments, softball and cook outs. While we have an elected body of leadership, we can always do more as the people, like we used to. This is something we will be getting back to. We need to.

Crystal Owen, District Chairwoman and Dallas Owen, Council representative were out in full force picking up trash. They said a monthly community clean up is something they will help district members organize. Each monthly clean up will end with a grill out and outdoor movie at the wacipi grounds.

The community got a nice surprise when Tom Wilson set up and begin playing music. Kids came running from all directions and were happy to help with the clean up. Tom did a cash drawing at the end for all of those who picked up trash.

We would like to thank Tom Wilson for making the day so fun and his cash prize drawing, Crystal Owen for the bananas, water and snacks. 3 Bean for donating prizes and bags, Dakota Western for the trash bags, the SWHA for donating trash bags, Joshua Gill of J&J Builders for donating the gloves, The Gill family for donating the use of their truck and trailer and to all the families who came out and made the clean up so successful!

See everyone next month!


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