Chilkat Valley News - Serving Haines and Klukwan, Alaska since 1966


NYO games garner wide support


The Native Youth Olympic (NYO) Games on the Fourth of July were a big success!  I would like to thank the community of Haines for all of the support.  Stitch Phillips created a wonderful, official NYO Games ball for the library.  Evangeline Willard, Chilkoot Indian Association Tribal Council member and owner of Tlingit Ink Designs, LLC, donated custom-made T-shirts as first-place prizes that the winners could wear proudly and uniquely. Jake Bell, the Chilkoot Indian Association Tribal Youth Program coordinator, donated a drum to be painted as a prize, as well as Tribal Youth Program T-shirts, and helped officiate the competition.  Thank you, Cory Grant, for volunteering time and expertise.  Members across the community would stop me in the street to thank me for bringing it to Haines.  And a special thank you to Nadine Price, for teaching me these games in school.  The impact of the Native Youth Olympic Games is far-reaching and long-lasting.  Gunalcheesh!   

Jessie Morgan