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MISSION — Oregon Sen. Bill Hansel, was 52.) Republican from Athena, got a short fiStar said some of the blame can be nancial lesson about how funding works placed on 'historical trauma" that infor the charter school on the Umatilla cluded boarding schools, and abuse of Indian Reservation when he met April alcohol and drugs "behind closed doors 14 with the Board of Trustees (BOT) for in families." the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla "Why are our adults unable to mainIndian Reservation (CTUIR). t ain jobs? Wh y ar e a l a r g e n u m b e r He was schooled about the 1855 Treaty u nemployable? Education and t r a i n with the U.S. government that promised ing on Indian reservations goes back construction of a school and teachers, to historical trauma ... They say we' re among many other things that never grounded in the past and it carries over materialized. for generations. That affects the education He was informed of absenteeism, the of youth," Star said. drop-out rate, and historical trauma as Star told Hansel that the Treaty — "anwell. other historically broken treaty" — calls BOT member Justin Q u a em p ts, a for the federal government to build a member of the Tribes' Education and school, provide teachers and housing for Training Committee as well as a member teachers, but that's not been done. " We' re su r v e ye d t o of the board for the Nixyaawii Community School death but Indian youth are 'The sins of (NCS), told Hansel that the still dropping out at a high CTUIR is in a "precarious" our fathers ... rate," he said. "The Board position as far as funding always recognizes that." (The rest of the is concerned. In other discussion: " Somet i m e s p e o p l e verse says 'are H ansell w a s a s k e d d on't realize N i x y aaw i i a bout the possibility o f visited upon (Communit y S chool ) is s ending a l e t te r t o t h e their sons.') p art o f P e n d l e to n 1 6 R U .S. Department of En (the local school district," We' re reaping ergy about the clean-up at Quaempts said. Hanford. that now Many tribal m embers "Some issues just won' t and it can be consider NCS an In dian go away," said BOT memschool and, while the stub er Ar m an d M i n t h o r n , discouraging dent population primarily w ho f o r y e a r s s e r v e d to see what is Indian, the NCS is a pubon the Oregon Hanford lic school open to anyone needs to be Cleanup Board. The new — Indian or not — that is BOT replaced Min t h orn done.' living within at least three with David Close on the Oregon Senator school districts — PendleC leanup B o a rd , w h i c h Bill Hansell ton, Weston-Athena, and Hansell sits on as well. Pilot Rock. B oth M i n t h o r n a n d That's why the funding Close expressed concern part is wobbly. a bout D O E' s p r o p o sal t o p r i o r i t i z e For example, when Pendleton School cleanup areas. District 16R voters approved a tax bond "The DOE has limited funds, but they in 2013, none of that money came to NGC. want to prioritize some areas and not " We' re tr y i n g t o f i g u r e i t o u t , " pay attention to others," Minthom said. Quaempts said, noting that the state has "We can't prioritize five or six (sites) if to be p art of the school-funding equation. other areas won't get proper attention Hansell said he'd try to "find different and we' re leaving legacy waste for a ways to skin a cat" and said state funding long time." would be easier to obtain if Ni xyaawii Close told Hansel he sad also conjoined with other charter schools across cerned with the prioritization plan. "We' re concerned with the process; all the state in asking for increased money for education. He was told that only one the cleanup areas are important," he said. other charterschool exists on a reserva- "We have concernsfornatural resources, tion — that of the Siletz. for the Big River as waste continues to BOT member Woodrow Star told Hanmigrate to the Columbia." sel that among other reasons, NCS was Hansel said the Hanford cleanup isstarted to combat absenteeism and a high sues are "mind boggling." drop-out rate for Native American stu"The sins of our fathers," he said. [The dents attending Pendleton High School. rest of the verse says 'are visited upon "We were doing the best we could at their sons.'] "We' re reaping that now and 16R before Nixyaawii," Star said. it can be discouraging to see what needs Some Indian student su r v eys and to be done," Hansell said. grade assessments showed student's Hansell said he and State Rep. Greg attendance declining, which led to poor Barreto, Republican from Cove, intend grades and many times leaving school. to attend and "represent the CTUIR" at " We tried t o r e ctify t ha t w i t h t h e a May 9-10 meeting in Pendleton of the charter school," Star said, noting that the Oregon Hanford Cleanup Board. school expected at least 100 students in He also heard about and responded the first year, but the average that year was in the 60s. Hn II P 2 B

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