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  Employees Brave 100 Plus Degree Temps to Enjoy Appreciation Day Earlier This Month  
August 24, 2012
By Glenda Baker-Embry, Public Information Officer
     Both the weather and employees were hot as hula dancers, karaoke, a dunking booth, basketball, and other events took place on the south side parking lot of the Tribal Administration Building earlier this month.  Organizers of the yearly Employee Appreciation Day event were hoping for sunny weather and they got it.  As the temperatures climbed, so did the hopes of the people gathered to enjoy the day.  At stake were prizes of a 4-door, 5-speed, 38 mpg 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LS purchased from Puklich Chevrolet in Bismarck, big screen televisions, a washer and dryer, a round-trip weekend trip to Las Vegas, a $1,000 gift certificate to I. Keating Furniture Store, a $500 gift certificate for a rifle to Scheels in Minot, and numerous other gifts such as I-phones I-pads, cameras and a kayak were given out to lucky ticket holders.  Those eligible for the car drawing were the 494 permanent employees of the Tribe although not that many braved the heat or the drive.  Heat climbed as high as 105 in the parking lot area. 
     Chief of Staff, for Chairman Tex Hall, Karen Rabbithead said, “We wanted to show the employees how much we appreciate them [employees] and the good work they do.”    Committee members who planned the event were Tara Williams, Vangie Conklin, Karen Rabbithead, Caroline High Elk, Mariam Fixico, Valerie Mayer, Garret Smith, Terri Logg, Jessica Numkena, Lisa Bruce, TerRae Two Crow, Caroline Spotted Horse and Robert Hinshaw.  She said the administrative assistants from the six Segment Council Representatives also had input. Rabbithead said, the Committee planned a Hawaiian style theme so everyone could get into the mood of the day and don the leis, grass skirts and the rest of the outfits and just have fun.  Some of the activities available were volleyball, horseshoes, tongue rattling, watermelon eating, war-whoop, hot dog eating and text messaging contests.  For the children face painting, rock wall climbing, jousting and ring toss and more. TDH Fast Foods served a meal of hamburgers, hotdogs, watermelon and salads.  
     The Tribal Business Council sponsored the event through the General Fund of the budget, said Rabbithead.  She said several oil companies and other companies donated and we want to thank and acknowledge them. The companies are: QEP- $250; Petro-Hunt- $5000; Summit Energy - $250; MEC -$500; Salazar - $160; Williston Basin Inspection - $500; H.A. Thompson & Sons - $100; Caspar Zietz Engineers Inc. DBA Cascade Design Professionals - $250 and Jody Breck of Tec Hut. 
     For making the day a success, I want to thank the volunteers of the different games and activities and CFO Whitney Bell for sitting on the dunking bench.  I also want to commend the Committee for all the hard work that went into making 2012 Employee Appreciation Day a day to remember, she said. 
Three Affiliated Tribes
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New Town, ND 58763