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‘It’s a great day for the Cowlitz’: Tribe puts mobile treatment van into service

Traditional blessing ceremony held at ilani

By Shari Phiel, Columbian staff writer
Published: August 25, 2023, 3:35pm
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U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Cmdr. Amos Chen, right, addresses the audience gathered for a blessing ceremony held Friday at the ilani casino.
U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Cmdr. Amos Chen, right, addresses the audience gathered for a blessing ceremony held Friday at the ilani casino. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

COWLITZ INDIAN RESERVATION — The Cowlitz Indian Tribe on Friday put its new mobile medication-assisted treatment van into service following a traditional ceremonial blessing held at ilani casino.

“It’s a great day for the Cowlitz (Indian Tribe). It’s a day that we didn’t know would ever happen when we started talking about getting a mobile unit,” Tribal Manager Michael Watkins said.

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