Back in September, we shared the heartbreaking news that the People's Center in Pablo, a beloved institution that celebrated the cultures and traditions of the Salish, Pend d'Oreille and Kootenai tribes, had been badly damaged in an arson fire which left one dead. It was devastating news to hear, although we were relieved to discover that the fire did not reach the museum portion of the center, which meant the artifacts and photos inside suffered minimal damage.

In November, the forever optimistic staff of the People's Center, along with tribal leaders, announced that the center would be moving to a new location, and rebranding with a new name. In January of this year, the Tribal Council approved the new name, 'Three Chiefs Culture Center & Gift Shop.' Named for Chief Charlo (1830-1910), Chief Alexander (1810-1868), and Koostahtah (1856-1942.) The new center can be found at the Allard Complex in St. Ignatius, you've likely seen the big log building with a blue roof. Current hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find their Facebook page here and rebranded website here.

Three Chiefs Culture Center will also get a new logo, courtesy of tribal members. The logo and design contest is open to members of Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, and is open now through February 26th, and there is no limit of submissions. Judging will begin on March 1st with the chosen design announced March 3rd. The design may be black and white or color, digital, hand drawn, painted, sketch, photographs, and/or computerized. Entrants must use the three images of the Chiefs, as seen in the Council chambers, and must include the new name with the Chiefs images and their names. You can see the photos, names and full rules in the Facebook post below.

Congrats to all involved with the reformation and opening of the new center, this is very exciting news, and we applaud their tenacity during a pandemic.

Three Chiefs Culture Center is announcing the LOGO and DESIGN contest. Rules and information listed:
Open to members of...

Posted by Three Chiefs Culture Center on Wednesday, February 3, 2021

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