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ews Summer Sch eel starts on June 20 Classes planned at McKay Elementary School in Pendleton PENDLETON — Summer School will last from June 20-July 8 for students going into grades first through eighth, according to a news release from the Education Department for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Classes are planned from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday for three weeks at M c Kay E l ementary School on Southwest 44th Street in southwest Pendleton. Limited busing will be provided from areas selected by MIDCO Bus Company for students who sign up. Parents will be advised of drop-off and pick-up times and locations soon. Summer School will f ocus on three main goals, said Ll oy d C o m m ander, Youth Services & Recreation Program Manager Those goals are: To increase Summer School attendance; there will be an incentive plan. To utilize technology to enhance instruction and student learning. Toward that goal, integrated technology will be utilized in all content areas. Students will be using Chromebooks, computers and electronic games that feature math and reading programs. Further, students will learn keyboarding and how to use technology in different ways. Increase reading and math fluency. That should follow with the use of books, computers, flash cards, games and other materials. Activities wil l i n c l ude w ater days, sports days, art days, a scavenger hunt day, and an obstacle course. S ummer School w i l l b e t a u gh t b y certified teachers with assistance in the classroom from Indian Education Coordinators. Breakfast and lunch w il l b e served with a staggered schedule to maximize instructional time, said Commander. A big celebration is scheduled on the last day of Summer School for parents and students at McKay. "We expect this Summer School to be the best ever so plan on sending your c hild or c h i l d r e n e v er y d a y, " C o m mander said. Students will receive an application packet for Summer School during the last three weeks of school in town. The packed also can be obtained at the CTUIR Recreation Program or at Cay-Uma-Wa. For more information contact Commander at541-429-7887 or email

May 2016

A Nixyaawii team included, from left, Sunshine Fuentes, Kaitlynn Melton, Mary Stewart, and Ella Mae Looney.

Representing team lmtatunma (The talkatives) from Nixyaawii Community School, from left, are James Penny, Damon Ward and Devan Barkley.Coach was Linda Sampson and languagejudge was Mildred Quaempts.



Commencing the 2016 Language Knowledge Bowl held at Wildhorse Resort and Casino is the Master of Ceremony Jefferson Greene of Warm Springs Oregon.

Members of X aamma team from Nixyaawii Community School included, from left, Carson Moreno, Wilbur Oatman, Stacy Fitzpatrick. ~



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• . • and the word is • . • MISSION — The ninth annual Language Knowledge Bowl hosted 26 teams at Wildhorse Resort and Casino May 2. The bowl is put on annually by the Language Department of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Participating in the bowl were 96 students, 13 coaches, 17 judges and 24 volunteers who participated as quizmasters, scorekeepers, timekeepers, and registration personnel. There were eight dialects of indigenous languages spoken at the event. First place winning team was K'yash Chix from Yakama with student Captain Jaydin Howe, Allyson Avarado, Hanna Jim, Delano Hamilton, Coach Roger Jacob, and Judge Virginia Beavert. Second place team was Wanapam from Priest Rapids-Wanapum with Captain Joseph Seelatsee, Jordan Buck, Katrina Buck, Coach Alex Buck, and Judge Yawinpum Wishnay. Third place went to Wiwnu from Warm Springs with Captain Skye Victorino, Ashlyn Wolf, Annabelle Arthur, Coach Ange Anguiano, and Judge Annie Kirk. Fourth place was Your Favorite Indians from Yakama with Captain Percefonee Kahama, Suzanne George, Jazmin Myakok,Jennette George, Coach Gina and Corey Greaves, and Judge Lavina Wilkins.

Ramah lawsuit settlement funds of $ 5 M earmarked for new education facility MISSION — About $5 million from a federal court settlement will be used to continue plans for the design and construction of a new tribal education facility following adoption of a resolution in March by the Board of Trustees (BOT) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). Settlement funds from th e Ramah Navajo Chapter lawsuit came after it was determined that the Bureau of Indian Affairs underpaid the CTUIR and other nations contract support costs that were necessary to operate federal programs. The $5 million is the CTUIR's share of the funds, which should be released in June. The BOT resolution stated that all the settlement funds from the Ramah lawsuit would be used to help pay for an education facility, noting that the Board still must review an entire funding plan, site selection and design/construction plans. "Earlier this year (2016), when the new Board was w e i ghing n u m erous tribal needs it was recognized that a

new education facility was an area the Board needed to place an emphasis," said Rosenda Shippentower, BOT Treasurer. "The Board agreed that the realization of a new education facility would be one of its top priorities during their term and that funding sources for an education facility would be identified." The Cay-Uma-Wa facility, built in the early 1970s is one of the oldest buildings in the community and a new facility has been discussed for many years. " Many can r e l ate to th e f act t h a t t hroughou t t h e y e ar s m an y o f o u r c hildren, g r a n d c h i l d re n an d g r e a t grandchildren have attended Head Start there," Shippentower said. "Although the building has received quite a few facelifts throughout the years, most everything about the building has pretty much seen its day." It is unlikely, according to the BOT resolution, that the CTUIR will receive substantial financial contributions from either the federal or state governments

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for construction of a tr i bal education facility, which means the Tribes will be required to pay the construction costs. In addition to the $5 million from the Ramah settlement, the former BOT Treasurer Aaron Hines last year set aside $1 million of contingency funds to begin the planning and design for a new education facility. The 2013-14 BOT approved that funding plan. A request for proposals has been issued to acquire an educational consultant to assist in evaluating the programs and services that should be offered in the education facility, and potential funding sources for construction and operational costs of the facility, the resolution states. While the Ramah settlement funds will not cover the entire cost of the new building, the funds will help get the planning and construction process started on a "very positive note," Shippentower said. For more information, comments or questions, contact Shippentower at 541429-7379.


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