Saturday, July 21, 2007

ADVISORY BOARD members gather outside the freshly rehabilitated activity building for the Ponca Tribal Youth Program after a recent planning session. Called "We Thi Pi" (meaning "To Change") in the Ponca language, the program for at-risk youth is in the first (planning) year of a four-year, $300,000 grant funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at the U.S. Department of Justice. From left, are board members: Ed Henderson, Boy Scouts; Susan Powell, Ponca City School District; Ruslyn Hermanson, AmeriCorps United Way; Vearl Caid, Northern Oklahoma Youth Services; technical advisor Rebecca Murdock, Fox Valley Technical College of Neenah, Wis.; Marilyn Epley, Ponca Tribe; Dwight Howe, Program Director; James LeClair, Police Chief, White Eagle Police Dept.; and, Clayton Johnson, Police Chief, Ponca City Police Dept. (News Photo by Rolf Clements)