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AmeriCorps Crew Teams With the Eastern Shawnee Tribe

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With every pile of mulch they level, this team helps the Eastern Shawnee tribe get closer to being fully recovered from last year's flood, as well as bringing themselves closer to achieving their own dreams.

"I would be a senior right now at the university of Washington, but I didn't have much of a direction. I was hoping that through this program, networking and gaining some sort of guidance" says Paul Goehring, one of the AmeriCorps workers.

Paul and the AmeriCorps team are spending six weeks working with the Eastern Shawnee tribe, repairing a six mile trail and other landscaping projects.

"We're gonna be removing debris from the creek by the Bluejacket building, and we recently finished a project doing a lot of landscaping, building a whole new rock wall, planting flowers at the bluejacket building" says Bridget Kuhn, another worker. 

This is the second AmeriCorps team the tribe has worked with, because the area is prone to flooding.

"Where our tribe is, where the headquarters is, we're in a flood plane" says Glenna Wallace, the chief of he Eastern Shawnee tribe.

The team isn't only helping the tribe, they're making these trails better for anybody that visits.

"We share whatever they do because they're making our facilities better. And we want those facilities to be used by all" says Chief Wallace. 

And as for Paul, this experience has him aspiring to join the peace core or work for some sort of international organization after he finishes his degree. 

Paul says, "Anyone can make a difference, it doesn't matter where you come from or different walks of life. You can help out people"

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