Chester "Chet" O. Welch

Chet was born in Keshena, Wisconsin, son of Miles Welch and Zena (Bowman) Welch. Chet was raised on the Stockbridge-Munsee Indian Reservation with sisters Elaine Jacobi, Yvonne Gleason (twins) Zelda Zack and Dorothy Nycum. Chet also has several extended family brothers Bimbo Welch, Bernie Stevens, Roy Brown and Benny Skenandore. Chet now lives in Duluth, Minnesota with his incredible wife Sherry who is a full-blooded Apache. They have three children, Bernie, Rocky, Rolland (Rock & Roll) and also several grandchildren.

Chet has been working in the Chemical Dependency field since 1978 and has over 27 years of sobriety. His first paying job in the Chemical Dependency field was working as a Technician at the Mash-Ka-wisen Treatment Center, Sawyer, MN. While employed at Mash-ka-wisen, he submitted his application for the Outreach Counselor position that was advertised on the Fond du Lac Chippewa Reservation, Cloquet, MN and was hired. He is presently working as a Supervisor/Outreach Counselor for FDL and has been since 1980. His main office is in Duluth, MN, and he's been employed by FDL for the last 24 years.

He plans to stay there until he retires. He does at least close to 10 rule 25 assessments a week and visits clients in their homes and jail and occasionally will attend court with them. If clients don't have transportation or don't want to come to his office, he makes home visits.

He counsels and does referrals and works closely with probation officers, social services, Indian Legal Aide and other CD programs thru the entire State of Minnesota. He tells his partner he has no time to let grass grow under his feet as he has lots of work to do and is constantly busy. He is licensed to work in any State and attends workshops to keep his credentials for his CD license.

Since 1987, Chet has been helping run the monthly potluck sobriety feast at the Black Bear Motel. He is one of the few that has helped make this sobriety feast a success by being consistent. Every last Wednesday of each month over 200 people gather at the Black Bear Motel to celebrate their sobriety birthdays.

Chet has been dancing as a Traditional dancer since 1989 and was lead dancer at the Stockbridge-Munsee Wellbriety Pow-Wow in September. Chet follows the Pow-Wow circuit in Minnesota and Wisconsin and is very proud to represent his Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Tribe.

Chet's advice to the young is to stay "SOBER & CLEAN" and get your EDUCATION. And don't forget to always keep your sense of humor; this will help heal all your troubles.