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MAIWHC Quilt

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MAIWHC Quilt Helena Indian Alliance Pink Ribbon Northern Cheyenne North American Indian Alliance Coalition_Butte Rocky Boys Fort Belknap Indian Health Board of Billings Missoula Indian Center Circle of Hope Little Shell Tribe Crow Blackfeet Flathead Power of Circles of Women Circle of Hope 2 MAIWHC square

*The quilt represents reservations and Urban Indian centers. Each quilt square has incorporated the 'signature pink material" as a way to demonstrate the unity of the Montana American Indian Women's Health Coalition (MAIWHC). The Montana American Indian Women's Health Coalition is the corner stone of the American Indian Screening Initiative (AISI) in the Montana Breast and Cervical Health Program. The mission of the American Indian Screening Initiative is to promote breast and cervical health screening for early detection and treatment of cancer to the American Indian women of Montana. Each square has the signature fabric in it to provide a continuity of sharing in the making of the quilt squares by MAIWHC members and their commitment to reaching out to their mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and grandmothers. A special thanks to Daisy Swant for doing the machine quilting on the quilt and for recognizing the Native American symbols: feather, buffalo, and dream catcher, and incorporating them on the quilt. We feel that it really added to the quilt and was such a wonderful addition.

 



Helena Indian Alliance

Helena Indian Alliance Square
*We (Leo Pocha Clinic) believe that American Indian Women's health is important to having a healthy community.

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Pink Ribbon

Pink Ribbon Square
*The quilt square with the pink ribbon was made by Debbi King, administrative assistant at the MBCHP office. The pink ribbon is the nationally recognize emblem of Breast Cancer Awareness.

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Northern Cheyenne

Northern Cheyenne Square
*The "Morning Stars Women's Coalition" on the Northern Cheyenne reservation is a group of women that comes together to promote health lifestyles for members of their community. Their goal is to "Provide preventative measures for all women in our community by education and seeking regular doctor visits to ensure early detection if necessary". Activities are planned around wellness and educational health interventions focused on daughter, mother and grandmothers. Thus having a healthy community. The quilt square of the star was made by Charlotte Kelley, AISC to recognize the Morning Star Women's Coalition.

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North American Indian Alliance Coalition - Butte

North American Indian Alliance Coalition Square
*The Women's Health Alliance created the design and Kay Williamson made the square. The image of the Indian woman and the eagle is the logo of the coalition. The "M" on the mountain is also represented. The mine shaft represents the mining industry of Butte. The Butte Indian Women's Health Alliance is a very active group that works to meet the needs of the Indian population in Butte.

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Rocky Boys

Rocky Boys Square
*"Health, Spirit and Women" is the Rocky Boys Reservations's chapter of the Montana American Indian Women's Health Coalition (MAIWHC), which was founded with the help of the MBCHP. The mission of "Health, Spirit and Women" is to promote wellness among Rocky Boy women by providing opportunities for wellness screening and culturally appropriate educational outreach activities that build community-based participation. Many Rocky Boy women are mother, grand mother, and great grandmothers. And because of the close-knit family structure, it is our hope that many women will take this initiative and promote wellness throughout their home resulting in a healthier home, family and community. The quilt square from Rocky Boy is the star, which is often used in star quilts that are given in honoring ceremonies. Rosemary LaFromboise did the quilt block. She is an elder.

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For Belknap

Fort Belknap Square
*Fort Belknap, Good Medicine Helpers Coalition. The rose in the center of the square represents cancer survivors on the Fort Belknap Reservation. When you look closely on the fabric of the block, you will see numerous roses. We hope to encourage Native American Women to have screening mammograms and cervical tests for early detection of cancer, assuring a healthy lifestyle. Early detection also provides for a more effective treatment course.

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Indian Health Board of Billings

Indian Health Board of Billings Square
*Was made by Molly Hale.

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Missoula Indian Center

Missoula Indian Center Square
*"The Missoula Indian Community is comprised of more than 30 different Tribal Affiliations. The colors that we chose to use in the middle of the quilt square are the 4 colors most used to represent wellness. We used these colors to represent a bright colorful future as we continue to maintain our journey to wellness." Missoula intertribal Wellness Council Mission Statement: It is the Mission of the Inter-tribal Wellness Council to empower ourselves, our families and our community with the knowledge, the tolls and the support that we need to prevent disease and promote wellness. Wellness, includes our emotional. physical, mental and spiritual wellness.

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Circle of Hope

Circle of Hope Square
*Every year, the Circle of Hope organizes a reservation wide horse ride from the four directions that end up in Browning where a big bar be que is awaiting the riders. Pledges are solicited and the money goes to the Gilt of Life Housing in Great Falls. The Circle of Hope is a local cancer survivors group that meets bi-monthly. They are a very active group the raises money for cancer patients, and gives support and helps in any way they can. Connie Bremner and Terry Flamand designed the square; we received the names of local ladies who are breast cancer survivors from the Circle of Hope Cancer Support Group. Helen Horn colored the names lettered in by Connie.

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LIttle Shell Tribe

Little Shell Tribe Square
*The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana is known as the "Landless Indian". The Little Shell has no reservation and is not federally recognized; however, members live throughout the state of Montana. Little Shell members feel that Montana is our land: our land to be proud of, to care for, to protect and to live for: the land that our ancestors lived from and died for. On the quilt square, the name of the Little Shell Chippewa surrounds the state of Montana as if protecting it and those who live within its boundaries.

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Crow

Crow Square
*"Diichikaatah" - Take Good Care of Yourself. For the Crow people, the women are the backbone of the Crow Family so it is important that the women take good care of themselves. To maintain good health: It is the Crow tradition. The path to health for all Crow women includes the Pap test. We are all Messengers for Health on the Apsaalooke Reservation.

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Blackfeet

Blackfeet Square
*This square was made by the "Cowboys for Life" group that supports people that get cancer. Support such as raising money for expenses so patients and their families can travel off the reservation for treatment if necessary. Being there for cancer patients and their families during the course of treatment and or at the end of life. The group was started when an Indian woman lost a child to cancer.

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Flathead

Flathead Square
*The three feathers along the edge of the square identify the three tribes of the Confederated Salish, Pend d'Oreilles & Kootenai Tribes. The image of the Indian woman with a pink shawl is representative of the shawls that women traditionally wore and still do when they dance in the pow wow circle, it is also a symbol of giving shelter and loving protection. To give a blanket to a person is often done as a means of honoring and giving thanks. As pink is the nationally recognized color for breast cancer awareness, a group of Native women have developed the idea to have the women make pink shawls. They will dance with these shawls to honor breast cancer survivors at their pow-wows and is a visual reminder to promote breast health awareness. Charlotte Kelley, AISC, made the quilt square.

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Power of Circles of Women - Great Falls

Power of Circles of Women - Great Falls Square
*Our coalition name comes from he belief that women are the power of the circle of our lives. Lee Houle of Great Falls designed the logo. The Dream Catcher represents catching the dream of health and wellness and the Shawl Dancers are paying homage to their mothers and ancestors, dancing in a circle that represents the center of the family. "I am the mother, the center of the circle of my family. The earth, our mother, is the center of the circle of our lives" is our motto. Our vision statement explains the "We envision all cultures of women living in balance within the circle of life, the circle representing the four parts: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions". Yvonne Houle created the design and words to the logo of the "Powers of Circle of Women" in 2011.

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Circle of Hope 2

Circle of Hope 2 Square
*Every year, the Circle of Hope organizes a reservation wide horse ride from the four directions that end up in Browning where a big bar be que is awaiting the riders. Pledges are solicited and the money goes to the Gilt of Life Housing in Great Falls. The Circle of Hope is a local cancer survivors group that meets bi-monthly. They are a very active group the raises money for cancer patients, and gives support and helps in any way they can. Connie Bremner and Terry Flamand designed the square; we received the names of local ladies who are breast cancer survivors from the Circle of Hope Cancer Support Group. Helen Horn colored the names lettered in by Connie.

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MAIWHCsquare

MAIWHC Square
*On January 28, 2011 the Montana Breast and Cervical Health Program, Women Reaching for Wellness Program (St. Vincent Healthcare), the Billings Area Office of Indian Health Service (I.H.S.) and the National Indian Women's Health Resource Center (NIWHRC) proposed to bring together American Indian women from all seven reservations and five urban Indian centers to form the "Montana American Indian Women's Health Coalition" (MAIWHC). The purpose of the coalition is to ensure that all Indian communities are represented and be an advisory committee to MBCHP with specific cancer screening plans and strategies. On March 13, 2011 the first meeting of MAIWHC was held in Billings, it was facilitated by NIWHRC, recognizing the native culture and the impact it plays on the health lifestyles of the American Indian women. MAWIHC meets biannually to provide and assess the delivery of breast and cervical screening programs on the reservations and urban Indian centers. This is the second MAIWHC logo, it represents all the reservations and urban Indian centers, identified by a Indian woman. This logo was developed by Jeremy LaMere of Rocky Boy. It was first used at the May 2003 MAIWHC meeting. Charlotte Kelley, American Indian Screening Coordinator, made the quilt square.

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