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25Th St. Croix T.R.A.I.L.S. ‘Youth On the Red Road’ Conference to be held

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  • 25Th St. Croix T.R.A.I.L.S. ‘Youth On the Red Road’ Conference to be held

    Hertel, Wisconsin (ICC) 11-08

    This year will mark the 25th Anniversary of the St. Croix T.R.A.I.L.S (Traditions Respecting Native American Life Styles) Youth Conference. St. Croix T.R.A.I.L.S and the St. Croix Tribal Council have sponsored the youth conference for the past 25 years. The conference will be held on Friday, December 12, at the St. Croix Tribal Center gym, located just off of HWY. 70, half way between Spooner and Siren in Hertel, Wisconsin.

    The name of the conference, ‘Youth on the Red Road’ is a reminder to Native American youth to keep on the ‘Red Road’ by learning traditional ways and not being drawn into the circle of alcohol or drugs. “The beginning of the road is following traditional values,” said Mark Soulier, the St. Croix T.R.A.I.L.S. coordinator. “Having strong moral values in your families leads to a healthy lifestyle which enables you to travel the ‘Red Road,’” he said.

    Soulier recounted the first T.R.A.I.L.S. conference in 1983. “Hazel Hindsley, now our Tribal Chairman, started the first youth conference. She used her insights to help educate our youth about the disease of alcoholism.” The program has grown tremendously since that time under the early leadership of Sandy Churchill and Angie Stoner. Soulier was asked to take over the T.R.A.I.L.S. program in 1989. “ I had the experience of many people to help me,” said Soulier. “My father, Merv Soulier and good friends and co-workers Clarence Butler, Gloria Merrill, Stuart Decorah, Hazel Hindsley, Betty Jack and Sandy Churchill were my mentors. They taught me about native traditions and the ways of life here of the St. Croix reservation.”

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