Norma Shipshee Takes Oath of Office on Healing to Wellness Court

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Norma Shipshee, center, was sworn in as a member of the Healing to Wellness Court today by Joyce Guerrero, Tribal Council vice chairperson, left, and District Court Judge Stacy Leeds, right.  Shipshee will become the community representative and replaces Juanita Jessepe who resigned last fall.

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Others who attended Shipshee’s swearing in are Marilyn Brewer, front row, left, and in back, left to right, Judge Theresa Barr, Judge Leeds, Royetta Rodewald and Ed Callazo.

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Shipshee with Tribal Council members who attended the ceremony. On the front row, left, is Jim Potter and in back are Guerrero, left, and Jancita Warrington.

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Corie Lange also attended today’s event and began her position as Court Clerk at the Judicial Center last November.

The Healing to Wellness Court just surpassed its one year anniversary and is designed to work with offenders of alcohol and drug-related crimes through addressing Native American traditional and cultural values. The goal of the court is to help individuals gain the tools and knowledge to become whole and healthy both mentally and physically.

 Other members who sit on the Healing to Wellness Court are Mike Boswell, LaVerne Haag, Mary LeClere, Benny Potts and Nathan Hale.  For more information about the court contact Raphael Wahwassuck, coordinator, at 785.966.2242.