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May 25, 2006
Ten Oregon students chosen to attend the Lewis and Clark Youth Rendezvous Adventure
 
The following students from Oregon have been chosen to attend the Lewis and Clark Youth Rendezvous Adventure: Morgan Brethower - Yamhill, Ethan Brown - Tigard, Lindsey Christopherson - Albany, Devin Daniel - Troutdale, Christopher Jacobs - Troutdale, Alexis Lund - Hillsboro, Michael O'Casey - Warrenton, Eric Starke - Beaverton, Jamsime Wilson - Hillsboro and Stephanie Tran - Troutdale.
 
Ten students from each state and territory have been selected to participate in the Youth Rendezvous based upon a Lewis and Clark essay competition. The event, including transportation, will be free of charge for those students with the winning essays along with two chaperones from each state and territory.
 
The Youth Rendezvous is an event for students who will will be high school juniors or seniors during the 2006-2007 school year. It is centered around the 200th anniversary of the Corps of Discovery and the exploration of the west. The Youth Rendezvous will take place August 13-18, 2006, along the Lewis and Clark Trail in North Dakota. It will educate students about the Lewis and Clark journey as a military expedition by exploring the leadership and values of the military of the past and the military of today.
 
The 2006 Lewis and Clark Youth Rendezvous will include one day, August 13, for student arrival in North Dakota. Three days of activities, August 14-16, will take place at several locations in western North Dakota. Groups will visit the sites on a round-robin basis. One day, August 17, will be devoted to the opening of the Lewis and Clark Signature event in New Town, and finally students and their escorts will travel home on August 18.
 
Through multiple activities and events, selected students will follow the Lewis and Clark trail, experience American Indian culture of yesterday and discover military history first hand. During their stay, the students will visit Fort Abraham Lincoln with activities intended to provide information about the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the area of the nearby On-A-Slant Indian Village, the history of that village and the unique history of the cavalry. Lewis and Clark and Sakakawea re-enactors will provide students a glimpse of the expedition era which happened about 60 years prior to Dakota Territory forming. Included will be tours of the barracks, stables, earthlodges and Missouri River. Students will come face to face with 1870s soldiers and will learn about Army life now and then. Indian gardening, tool making and clothing production will also be highlighted.
 
Washburn, Knife River Indian Villages and Cross Ranch State Park will give the students a cultural and historic aspect of the expedition and provide specific insight into American Indian culture. Activities include expedition history at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in the community of Washburn, tours of Fort Mandan and the surrounding trails, a powwow, native plant and animal interpretations at Cross Ranch as well as what everyday life was like in the Knife River Indian Villages. All attendees will arrive at varied times at Fort Mandan via the Missouri River.
 
Finally, the youth will all rendezvous at the opening of the 2006 Lewis and Clark Signature Event. Time will be set aside for hands on participation in cultural activities. Interpreters and facilitators will be coordinated by the National Guard to ensure the students are able to participate in the activities. The scheduled events will provide a unique educational opportunity for everyone involved.
 
 
 
Contact:
 
Kay Fristad
503-584-3917
cell 503-931-5179
 
Capt Mike Braibish
503-584-3886,
cell 503-932-5805