The Medicine Wheel is used in some form by many of the 562 tribes in the United States. But as independent thinkers we don’t agree on the sequence of the accepted colors red, yellow, black and white. Since most tribes didn’t have a written language we don’t know the beginning of the Medicine Wheel. There is evidence that it moved up from the Mayans to the Yaquis, Hopi, Cherokee, Sioux and on to other tribes. I first encountered it in the early 1970s on the Colville Indian Reservation.
On the afternoon of Sept. 26, 2013, we will recognize Native Americans at the Omak schools. The official day is Friday, but school will be let out for that day. I have been participating in these activities for several years.
The history of the Entiat tribe and my great-grandfather Chilcosahaskt was little known until recently when Chelan County Public Utility District and the town of Entiat began an extensive upgrade of Entiat Park.
Before Grand Coulee Dam millions of chinook and sockeye salmon went up the Columbia River to spawn. It was the greatest salmon run on earth. This fishery was the main food source of the indigenous Indians who inhabited the area for thousands of years.