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This week is National Boys and Girls Club Week, and to celebrate the New Town Three Affiliated Tribes club showcased the work they do every day with five key elements.

Bonnie Campo has more.

As children enter the Boys and Girls club they are greeted with a smile, but this time it was a little different. The kids learned they would soon have an opportunity to learn traditional native dance.

(Coby Rabbithead, Three Affiliated Tribes) "We play a vital role in on our reservation. We are the only youth serving organization throughout our reservation that provides services from prevention to recreational programs and educational programs which can help children empower themselves to have a great future."

She said that establishing strong roots is really how children truly grow in their culture as they get older. Another worker from the Four Bears Boys and Girls club says that's why she kept coming back.

(Michelle White, Worker) "Knowing me, I've always wanted to learn how to dance, but no one ever taught me. Seeing him dancing, I know all the kids really appreciate him coming in, spending his time here with kids. Letting them know the history behind his regalia, and the history behind dancing and all that. All the staff the kids, everybody's just, it feels like one big family every time I come."

As that family grows it continues to include all religions, races, and culture. For KX News I'm Bonnie Campo.

The Three Affiliated Tribes have the largest club in North Dakota, and serve over 1,600 youth on the Fort Berthold Reservation.

Dance lessons will be given to boys and girls separately each Thursday night.

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