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Antone Minthorn, far left in this file photo, wants to walk again in his 11th Kanine Ridge Hike, the 6-mile uphill event that's part of the Salmon Walk celebration. But the 80-year-old tribal leader may have to reconsider following a health setback. See story on page 5A.


The Walla Walla Valley is known by the Cayuse and Walla Walla people of this land asPas~opo. This translates in the native language to 'the place of the balsam root suntlower'. A story includes information about Piupiumaksmaks, who is pictured in this painting in 1847 by Paul Kane. See story on Page 18A.


Acosia Red Elk switched from champion jingle dress dancer to the Swing dance at the Dancing with the Pendleton Stars.

She received a perfect score and was a crowd favorite. More on Page 4A.

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MISSION — Best friends Alyssa Farrow and Olivia Simpson have won coveted Gates Millennium Scholarships, which will pay for all college expenses up to and including a graduate degree. F arrow, graduating th i s year from Ni xyaawii Community School (NCS), and S impson, a g r a d u ate t h i s June from Pendleton Hi gh School (PHS), plan to attend Stanford and Oregon Institute of Technology, respectively. Both are members of Alyssa Farrow the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). With the Gates, both girls plan to study pre-med. "I'd always wanted to go

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Five tribes will work together to rebury Kennewick Man


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Rattling sticks Mason Looney, left, carries the lacrosse ball in a game with players from Whitman College, including the Whitman and Linfield girls teams that played prior to the game with the Xa' lish Lacrosse team from the Confederated Ttfbes of the Umatt'lie Indian Reservation. Vaughn Herrera was turning to his right but wes stopped by Looney's foot. At rightis Jimmy Smiley, e freshman pitcher for the Whitman baseball team. More photos on pages 5B and 6B.


SEATTLE — Five t r i b al bands claiming Kennewick Man as a relative, including t he Yakama N a t i on , w i l l work together to rebury him after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday it has validated the skeleton is Native American. Scientists at the University of Chicago this month documented they w er e able to independently validate last summer's scientific findings as to the skeleton's ancestry by at least three lines of evidence, said John Novembre, associate professor of human genetics at the University of Chicago, who led the review. The validation was part of a federal process to allow repatriation of the skeleton. The team's finding clears the An i n O n


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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

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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.

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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.



'Stars' cfance to raise money for charities AcosiaRed Elk scores perfectm ark

Local 'stars'included, from left, Kathy Kinkead, Dave Nelson, Randy Thomas, Robb Corbett, Acosia Red Elk and Megan Corey Furstenberg.

PENDLETON — Eight-time world j i n gle dress champion, business owner and yoga instructor, Acosia Red Elk, took to a different kind of stage during the second annual "Dancing with Your Pendleton Stars" charity and ballroom competition. Red Elk along w ith f iv e other 2016 Pendleton " stars" - M e g a n Corey Furstenberg,

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K athy K i n k e a d , Robb Corbett and D avid N e l s o n raised money for a charity or n o n profit organization of their choice. Red Elk chose Systems of Care at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. To prepare for the event, which took place at the Vert Auditorium, the stars received one-on-one training for five days - one hour a day with professional dancers from the Utah Ballroom Dance Company. Dance styles included the Quickstep, Nightclub Two-

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Step, Charleston, Cha-Cha, Tango, and Swing which was performed by Red Elk. During the event, each local star performed their 60-second routine with enthusiasm. The Vert as packed for an audience that expressed its pleasure with laughter and applause. After the individual sets, three judges critiqued and scored the couples based on performance. When judges asked Nelson if his previous job had any correlation with dance, he joked by saying that as a former state senator one gets used to dancing around the issues and spinning the truth. Nelson wasn't the only one who had jokes that night. Master of ceremonies Jesse Maher bantered with all dancers and after Corbett's tango, Maher teased saying, "Let's see if the judges liked the bullfighting or if they thought you were full of bull." The highest scorer of the night was Red Elk who received a perfect 30 and coming in second was Furstenberg, former Pendleton Roundup Queen, with a score of 29.

"It was hard to dance in heels," said Red Elk, "I thought I had forgotten my entire routine when I first got out there." During the intermission, the audience was allowed to vote for their favorite dancer by donating money or putting their ticket into the dancer's jar. The dancer with the most fundraising and votes would take home the trophy. Each charity kept the money that was donated to them and all tickets and event sales went to CAPECO Food Bank. After several new performances by The Utah Dance Company, Furstenberg raised the most money and was deemed winner of the competition. Her charity of choice was Pioneer Relief Nursery whose mission is "to prevent child abuse and neglect by early intervention that focuses on building successful and resilient children, strengthening parents and preserving families," according to their webpage. Next year's event will also be held in the Vert Auditorium and the date is scheduled for April 8, according to Fred Bradbury, Co-Chair.

Ballots are due May 77. A drive-up ballot boxis located at the front of the Nixyaawii Governance Center. How much easier can get?


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Minthorn taking on health challenge A

ntone Minthorn doesn't plan to lean to the right too long. After all, he's a Democrat. In fact he' s the chairman of the Democratic Party in Umatilla County. But for a few w eeks more, he' ll be working to stand up straight and walk erect following w hat may or may n o t have been a mild stroke in early April. A longtime leader for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian, Minthorn is at the Milton-Freewater Health and Rehabilitation Center and figures he' ll be there until he regains his balance. It all started on Tuesday, April 11, when he was on his way from his Thomhollow home to an Economic and Community Development Commission meeting at the Nixyaawii Governance Center. He pulled over in the parking lot near the Community Center when his nose and ear started to burn. "I thought I' d b etter go to Yellowhawk," he said, but when he arrived the doors were locked. Yellowhawk is closed on Tuesdays. Minthorn made his way back to his rig and planned to drive himself to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton but his daughter, Kim, told him "You don't look so good." She drove her father to the hospital emergency room. "I walked into the emergency room and sat down and t ol d t hem I ha d a strong burning in my nose, and pain on the right side of my head behind me ear was intense," Minthorn said,

'It's not exactly spinning; it's like leaning forward like a log would fall, that kind of feeling.' The pain eventually went away and the testing began. "I felt okay and they put me through that tube (MRI). They said it didn't indicate a stroke. In that tube I started getting vertigo; I had a hard time swallowing." Doctors told him the vertigo may have been caused by high blood pressure and high blood sugar. "I always knew I probably had it, but I'd never been told I had diabetes," Minthorn said as one the facility staff pricked his finger to test his blood sugar. It all came to a head, Minthorn thinks, when he arrived at St. Anthony where he spent a week. That Friday, April 15, he went home with a walker. He chose the Milton-Freewater rehab center, but a room wasn' t readily available. Once a room was made available "Kim broughtmeoverandthat'swherel'mat,"hesaid. Minthorn describes his situation like this: "It's not exactly spinning; it's like leaning forward like a log would fall, that kind of feeling." His legs move. He has no problem picking up his feet. He doesn't shuffle

and he doesn' t slump. He has a fir m h a n d shake. It's just that Antone Minthorn l ean t o t h e right. "I need to build up my muscles to balance the right side," he said. Minthorn said he wished the facility schedule was more structured. He manages his own time for hourly workouts that range from pushing his feet against a wall to turning his upper body back and forth to regain big-muscle control. B efore whatever happened to hi m , Minthorn w a l k e d m i l e s each w e ek, including about a half mile each day at noon during his lunch break from work in the Language Program at the CayUma-Was Education Department. On other days he walked one to two miles up the hill to Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. He doesn't like to use past tense. He walks so he can participate again in the annual Kanine Ridge Hike, which is part of the Salmon Walk Celebration. This will be his 11~ trek in August.

He's also got a lot of other business to attend to. The 80-year-old former chairman of the Board of Trustees and the General Council is actively involved in a remarkably long list of commissions and committees on-and-off the reservation. H ere's what M i n t h orn d oes in h i s spare time: - Serves on the CTUIR Economic and Community Development Commission - Serves on the CTUIR Farm Committee - Co-chair of the Economic Development Committee for the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians - Member of the Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts Board of Directors - Chairman of the Confluence Project - Member of the Potlatch Fund Board of Directors - Member of the Ecotrust Board of Directors - Member of th e George St. Denis American Legion Post ¹140 - Member of th e C o l u m bi a G o r g e Commission And, like we said above, he's the chairman of the Umatilla County Democratic Party. He's eager to get back to work. "It's frustrating to have to be here, but nobody wants to be here," he said. As he improves with physical therapy, Minthorn is learning how to use a computer tablet. "That's frustrating too," he said, "but once I learn to operate it consistently I' ll be back on the email track."

GONA will focus on historical and intergenerational trauma MISSION — A three-day "Gathering of Native Americans" (GONA) designed to examine historical and intergenerational trauma is planned May 10, 11 and 12 at Wildhorse Resort & Casino. Focusing on adults, GONA w i l l e x amine how unresolved grief turned into intergenerational trauma, according to information fro m th e D epartment of Children and Family Services (DCFS) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). Historical t r a um a i s d e scribed as "essentially, the devastating trauma of genocide, loss of culture, and forcible removal from families and communities are all unresolved and become a sort of 'psychological baggage' ... continuously being acted out and recreated in contemporary aboriginal culture," according to Social Justice Report of the Australian Human Rights Commission. A DCFS document states that "... if trauma is not dealt with adequately in one generation it often gets passed down unwittingly in our behaviors and in our though systems ... for example, if you want to heal children and youth, you have to heal yourself as well to break the cycle." GONA will remind participants about the government that removed children from their families to attend boarding schools far from home. This, according to DCFS, was so that the federal govemment and churches could remove tribal culture from the children by changing their appearance, not allowing them to

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speak their own language, and/or not allowing children to practice traditional ceremonies, etc. Also, Indian children were abused by the boarding school staff and system, including verbal abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and forced physical labor instead of attending classes. GONA is coming to the Umatilla Indian Reservation because the Tribes are experiencing high rates of substance abuse, depression, domestic violence, child neglect, abuse of children and elders, and suffer high rates of unemployment and health disparities, according to the DCFS. The first conversation that led to GONA coming here included Sandy Sampson, Chief Carl Sampson, BOT Chairman Gary Burke and then-BOT Treasurer Aaron Hines, who were approached by the Native American Rights Fund. " We knew t h i s w o u l d b e n efit t h e community to heal or speak of how that affected them," said Debra Shippentower, Circles of Care Family Services Representative. The effort includes support from the CTUIR Health Commission, the Board of Trustees and General Council. A collaborative partnership formed with Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center Community Health, Prevention Program, Alcohol and Drug, DCFS and Education programs, plus Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and NARF.

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itoria s One world, not two For many American Indians growing up we are told we have to live in two worlds. The Indian World and the White (Dominant) World. Prior to contact by European explorers and settlers, North America was widely populated by Natives. Estimates range from twelve million to well over twenty-five million. European incursion into North America not only brought in new people, cultures, values, and customs it also brought new diseases. Those diseases such as smallpox, influenza, bubonic plague, pneumonic plague and measles had a more devastating effect on our population than warfare. By 1900, the U.S. Census reported there were 237,000 American Indians in the United States, we represented .002% of the U.S. population at that time. This is considered our lowest population count, a time when we were nearly extinct. This is also a time when it may have been determined that we should find a way to live in two worlds. Growing up here in Nixyaawii, I was told to find a balance between these two worlds. I was to leam and remember from whom I came. To leam my own history, which measles and warfare played a major role, and how it affected my People. I was to leam English, mathematics, reading, writing, western science, g civics, law, and American culture. Advancing my personal and professional education was and still is expected. These expectations came from my parents, family, friends, and elders. I searched for balance. I looked to ensure I had a foundation in my Indian culture first, before looking to learn new cultures. I thought I had found a balance. About sixteen years ago, I was giving a talk in Arizona about working with Native youth and finding a balance between indigenous ways of knowledge and western science. I extolled extensively on how our Youth in the Salmon Corps program were finding balance in two worlds, how they were developing western ideals and skills while maintaining their traditional connections with salmon, water, and our land. As I finished the talk, I could see two women in back looking right at me and when I finished one gestured for me to go and sit by them. I walked to the back of the conference room and quickly saw one was my teacher, my mentor, and my friend Winona LaDuke. I was an undergraduate student of hers at the University of Oregon years before. She introduced me to (atwai) Wilma Mankiller, former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. It truly was an honor to be asked to sit with them both. Wilma told me I gave a good speech, but I was wrong on one point. She told me, "You live in one world, the Indian world." She took the time to teach me that the White world wanted me to think that I live in two worlds, because it would cause turmoil within me and would cause me to question my own beliefs, thoughts, and actions. Wilma explained that we as Indian People have always been on these lands and though great attempts were made to rid the land or our People, we still stand tall today. She explained that it is the other people, who immigrated to our lands, who must live in two worlds. I thanked her for her words; I would go on learning a great deal from this powerful woman both while she was on this land and when she passed into the next. I have reflected on this teaching many times. I now can clearly see that I was never told by my own People that I lived in two worlds. The push of my family, friends and elders was to ensure I learned from anyone willing to teach me, I just had to be willing to leam. I was charged by my late grandfather, Charles F. Sams Sr. to go out into the world and learn all the good things that will help the People and to leave the bad teachings where I found them. Since 1900, we have seen a significant rebound in our population. Today we number over 5.2 million American Indians, representing over 2% of the U.S. population. We continue to send our youth into the world, not to find a balance between two worlds, but to gain knowledge and experience that will help sustain and grow our living culture, protect our values, and bring balance to our lives. We as a People are not going anywhere, we were placed here by our Creator. We were given our laws and way of life. We live in our World and it is up to other people to leam to live with us, as a sovereign People.

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o umns Leaders must commit to transparency for membership e relationship between a community and its leadership is built on trust. Trust comes from transparency and transparency comes from communication. Understandably, within government operations there are boundaries in place to protect confidential interests and in some cases leaders simply don't engage to avoid a sense of loss in authority. However, there seems to be a severe lapse in basic communication directly between leadership and constituents regarding non-sensitive information that affects the daily lives of our membership. This current system of operation alienates and fosters a sense of "us versus you". Transparency is also more than a rundown of minutes in the CUJ or vague meeting announcements on our website. While I appreciate these efforts, it seems it is no longer adequately sustaining our progressive people. It will take commitment from each individual elective to utilize all avenues of communication and possibly even consider new technologies. When leaders engage to inquire our thoughts and experience, you affirm that our voices matter and we are important contributors to our civic process A disappointing example of this distancing system of communication is the exclusion of General Council from the conversation on issues like the distribution of the RAMAH settlement or marijuana within the CTUIR

boundaries. This division refutes the objective of a tribal government that thrives on the principles of a democratic system in which we tribal members are stakeholders. We constantly talk about the importance of education; this should absolutely include the constant education of information to our people. How are resolutions and votes in the board room directly reflecting the issues we are facing daily on an individual level? Not everyone has the privilege to attend BOT work sessions and it would be beneficial to have a weekly publicized summary of actions being taken on our behalf. Another unfortunate point lies within instances of crisis, such as the tragic events we experienced in March. Direct communication would have been essential in alleviating some of the frustration and animosity that followed. The letter sent out to the community seemed to be a Band-Aid for the lack of presence from leadership during the neighborhood response that followed and while the intention is appreciated we truly needed a more spirited sense of assurance. A positive model is with the elected leaders who have been operative in interaction with their constituents. One particular member at-large has built a solid foundation of reliance through positive communication and presence in our community. I believe the effects of his efforts showed in the sizeable number of votes he received this last election. The Warm Springs tribe was very inclusive

of their citizens in their marijuana endeavor and they had a record turnout in both voters and participants. Finally, in regards to knowledge sharing: we can' t afford to assume our citizens automatically understand the ins and outs of our operations. It is our responsibility to teach just as much as it is for us to learn. In the few months I' ve been serving in General Council, I was genuinely surprised at how many people do not understand the basics of our meeting process let alone how to assert their right to information. I believe from that lack of clear instruction comes a sense frustration and distrust, which also seems to be cultivating an apathetic sense of duty amongst our younger generation. This is not good for building a strong future of leaders. When we are left in silence, we are left with rumors and assumptions. And perhaps instead of the defensiveness that seems to follow disapproval of the current system, please consider it is very much a possibility that a different approach is needed to implement effective outreach in communication and teaching. As Steve SoHappy always says "I'm not trying to hurt anybody' s feelings." This is true for me in my words here; simply, a personal observation that there is much opportunity to be had in strengthening the trust between leaders and the community with just a little more communication. — Jiselle HalPnoon is Secretary for the CTUIR General Council

Tribes'unwritten law has no place in open public debate s your Board of Trustees (BOT) Vice-Chair, Fish ICc Wildlife Commission (FWC) Chair and fellow Tribal member I am here now not to fight over our foods or call out any of my people. I am here to provide supported facts and describe what the FWC have been tasked and ultimately decided to do in respect to our foods and our people. Tamanwit/Tamalwit is our "unwritten law". Throughout my short life I have heard many elders articulate it as our natural laws; felt it in song, dance and sweat; seen it in my child's eyes. In short, it is our way of life as native people of these lands. This along with the other issues of money in the CUJ April 2016 Op-Ed, "Commercializing our ceremonial fish violates Tamanwit", have been addressed and defended to Secretary Close at the Feb. 2, 2016, General Council, the March 8, 2016 Fish ICc Wildlife Commission Meeting and the BOT in 2015. To my knowledge he has not changed his stance. Our unwritten law has no place in an open public debate, but what I can say or should say is we all have

been born into our way of life. Our way of life that is a balance between two worlds and a daily fight to preserve our history and culture while adapting to an ever changing present. All of which defines our responsibilities to the First Foods and our next seven generations — a task every generation is honored with. The FWC will be providing compensation to our ceremonial and subsistence tribal fishermen for a number of reasons: they risk their lives, their crews' lives, their boats, nets, tools along with burning fuel for their boats and vehicles. What we provide as compensation to the fishermen is an offering of appreciation from a tribal budget that has not always been available to give. In fact, the Brigham family along with a few others provided fish for ceremonial purposes without Tribal compensation from 1978 to the early 1990s. This timeline of financial capacities/compensation coincides with the Tribes' influx of economic development and our Wildhorse Resort ICc Casino origins. Transparency and opportunity for all potential CTUIR ceremonial and subsistence providers is a priority for the FWC moving forward. As footnoted in last months Op-Ed, four different ceremonial and subsis-

tence permits have been awarded in 2016. Further, the FWC deemed there is no violation of the CTUIR Fish and Wildlife Code, Section 5.18, G., "... no one shall sell or offer for sale, and a commercially licensed fishbuyer or wholesalefish dealer shall not have in his or her possession,fish taken for subsistence or ceremonial purposes." The fishermen are not setting financial terms with the FWC nor are they negotiating a price for their service to the Tribes. The FWC is providing the compensation as a part of the permit at the FWC's discretion. I appreciate the FWC and Tribal staff for providing guidance in historical reference in this matter along with an understanding that both the natural and human worlds are that of a give-and take relationship. We will give all for the preservation of our 1855 Treaty retained rights by way of remembering the promises given to the First Foods and our people, both of which have given so much already. Nothing is free, especially our way of life. Qayciyowyow — Xitsu-ilp-ilp aka Jeremy Red Star Wolf is chairman of the CTUIR Fish & Wildlife Commission. He also is Vice Chairmanfor the Board of Trustees.

Tamanwit means being respectful, accountable and truthful avid Close's April CUJ opinion article pretty much blasted past Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) members who are no longer with us to talk to about this issue, (atways Sam Kash Kash, Kenneth Bill, Elize Farrow, Raymond Shippentower, Rod Cowapoo, Rose Mary Narcisse, Jay Minthorn and Mitch Pond) along with the current FWC and me. The FWC [for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation ] (CTUIR) has never commercialized ceremonial fish, violated Tamanwit or the Fish and Wildlife Code, nor did I violate the Fiscal Management Policies. Robert [Brigham] has fished for the FWC from 1978 to2016; the first20 years there was no compensation provided. For 5 years I wasn't on the FWC and he was still selected to fish for the tribe. The FWC is not a commercially licensed fish buyer or wholesale fish dealer. An objective of the FWC is to give the tribal community an opportunity to have one of the first foods, salmon, available. In the spring of 2015 David Close came to our house


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to talk about himself and how much more he could do for the Fisheries Program if hired, but never brought up ceremonial fishing. Afterwards, he drove off in a University of British Columbia van. Later Close contacted FWC members, stating I should be removed from the FWC due to conflict of interest of our ceremonial fish. The FWC discussed the issue and made a decision not to support my removal because, as Chair or a member of the FWC I never voted, signed any permits or purchase orders. I was not present when the FWC made this decision. In reviewing the February 2016 General Council information Close distributed, without support from the Board of Trustees or the General Council offlcers, the information that focused on the Brighams and one Bronson. The list was incomplete, purchase orders have the wrong dates, and some are identified incorrectly. Some are reimbursement for boat gas, oil, knives and vacuum fish bags, not for fish delivery. The current FWC process is to review any fishermen interested in fishing for CTUIR. Once a tribal fisherman has been selected, a permit is prepared that identifies their helpers and fishing sites. The fishermen must pro-

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vide all vehicles and fishing gear. The permit is signed and sent to enforcement. The process has not changed since 1977, other than to do more outreach. The FWC have always been open to improving the current process. Close didn't bring up the eel or bison harvest, where funds are provided to pay the permit holders to harvest and bring them back to CTUIR. The FWC doesn't have the funds to provide per diem and mileage to cover 3-4 weeks of fishing to fishermen. Therefore a decision was made to provide compensation to the fishermen for the use of their fishing gear, by the number of fish they caught, which is counted at least twice to confirm the number of CTUIR fish. Tribal fishermen must ice fish daily, communication with the Fisheries Program daily, and provide all the salmon to the transporters. The fish transporters are paid by the FWC to pick-up the fish using CTUIR equipment. Traditional Law is about being respectful, accountable and truthful. — Kat Brigham is former chairperson o f the CTUIR Fish & Wildlife Commission. She also isformer Secretary for the Board o f Trustees


Bonita A. "Bunny" Lloyd April 17, 1938 — April 12, 2016 Bonita A. "Bunny" Lloyd, a Pendleton resident, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at her home. She was 77 years old. A dressing ceremony was held April 14 at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton Chapel. Recitation of the Rosary was held at the Agency Longhouse, followed by a Washat Service. Funeral Mass followed at St. Andrew's Church, followed by burial at the Agency Cemetery. A dinner was held after the burial at the Agency Longhouse. She was born April 17, 1938, at Tutuilla, Oregon, to Peter and Louise (Beavert) Lloyd. She attended school at Starkey in a train boxcar

Boy, did we mess up in the April CUJ. Seems like one mistake begat another and another. Some weren't as big as others but we' ll take a try at listing them so you know we don' t ignore it when our readers point out our blunders — big or small. First, the biggest muff was in a story about a meeting BOT vice-chairman Jeremy Wolf attended in Montana to discuss buffalo hunting. One quote suggested that the Montana Fish and Wildlife or the Oregon Fish and Wildlife "... may have to restrict us all" was attributed to Wolf that should have been attributed to Carl Scheeler, wildlife program manager. Wolf noted that "Our Treaty is with the United States and although we do try to work with all State level Fish and Wildlife agencies, the harvest, safety and resource management is achieved within and between the Tribes first." On top of that, the quote referred to a state agency when it should have been a federal agency. Wolf also didn't like that the lead to the story used the term "were" when the meeting had not yet occurred. The story was written as the CUJ went topress and we should have said something like "was expected to" so it wouldn' t look like we were using at, as Wolf suggested, a "crystal ball". "Safety is what brought us together, but resource (specifically, First Foods) management from a Tribal perspective became

and then attended St. Andrew's Catholic School. Bunny married Seymour Senator. She was a homemaker and she also drove harvest truck. She enjoyed yarn work. She is survived by her daughter Laura Allen and husband Larry of Pendleton, four grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Peter and Louise Lloyd, her sister Irene Melendrez, her brother David Lloyd, her son Melvin Gifford and great-grandchild Jemyni K. Bean. Sign the online condolence book at www.bumsmortuary.corn. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

our goal knowing safety can be achieved within that continued coordination. We look forward to increased communication between the Greater Yellowstone Treaty Tribes. Wolf said an op-ed on page 7 sets the record straight. • On page 1, the cutline under a photo of Doris Scott and her daughter the date of the shooting occurred on March 19. We said May 19. • In a photo of the candle-light vigil held on the evening after the shooting, one of the singers was misidentified. It was Fred Hill, not Armand Minthorn. • The identifications were botched on a pair of sports photos on pages 4B and 5B. In the black-and-white shot on page 4B, that's not Shaw Broncheau, who plays for Weston-McEwen. It' s really Quinton Quaempts, who plays for Mt. Hood Community College. He was playing in Pendleton in a game against Blue Mountain Community College. On page 5B, the Pilot Rock player taking a cut at the softball is Stacy Fitzpatrick, a Nixyaawii Community School student playing for the Rockets. It's not Madison Dave. • In a photo of Easter egg hunting on Page 11B, Kamia Dick's first name was misspelled. WHEW. It's important for us to get things correct. We' ll try harder and, we' re sure, you' ll let us know when we humans make more mistakes.

Library Assistant Fisheries Science Closing Date: May 31, 2016 Part-Time (0.75 FTE or approx. 32 hrs/wk) $28,163 — $36,607 Location: Portland, Oregon The Columbia River Inter-Trbal Fish Commission (CRITFC) assists four tribes in the co-management of their treaty rights within the Columbia River Basin. The position offered is within the StreamNet Library. CRITFC is seeking a Library Assistant to support library services for the organization's scientific and technical staff, Commissioners and staff from the four member tribes, and the fishery management community throughout the Columbia River Basin and the Pacific Northwest. The Library Assistant position requires experience with computers and will be responsible for gathering, organizing, and maintaining information resource Essential Job Functions: Specific duties of this position include, but are not limited to: Assist with the task of organizing StreamNet Library materials by processing and shelving materials. Assist patrons in locating library materials and provide referral to the Assistant Librarian for reference questions. Assist with interlibrary loans by locating materials for loan and processing as directed. Work with Library staff to assure smooth and effective operations by creating and continually evaluating existing systems, resources, policies, and procedures/methods. Other duties as assigned to assist CRITFC and StreamNet Library achieve overall goals and purposes. Job Requirements/Qualifications: High School diploma. Experience using Internet resources and online catalogs; Demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail; Demonstrated ability in Windows operating system and MicrosoR Office applications; Excellent oral and written communication skills; Ability to work positively within a team and assist a diverse array of professionals and patrons; Dependability, creativity, flexibility, and ability to work independently. Please see the complete job description for more information. You may also visit our website at to learn more about the following position, or to view other opportunities. Send application, cover letter, and resume to: CRITFC ATTN: Human Resources 700 NE Multnomah, Suite 1200 Portland, OR 97232 You may also submit your application by:

Upcoming C7UIR Elder's Events May 6: Elder's meeting at the Senior Center at 9 a.m. ! May 13: Warm Springs elder's dinner May 19: Yakama elder's dinner at the Sun Dome June 3: Elder's meeting at the Senior Center at 9 a.m";,; June 10: Nez Perce Tribe's elder's day 8 dance l July 8: Elder's meeting at the Senior Center at 9 a.m. July ii: Spirit Mountain dinner ",,;:


:;;FYI: The elders are forming four groups of eight or more to make this 2016 CTUIR Elder's.:", :, :"Dinner event a success. We are asking for local donations, live entertainment, badge makers, ; "flyers, gift baskets, and hotel discounts or coupons. ! Volunteers need to be appraoved by DCFS or Senior officers. • No- vendors at the event but you can call Wildhorse Resort 8 Casino to ask if they will allow vendors in nearby areas. • No children or grandchildren, please. Any questions or to attend an event, please contact Theda Scott at 541-429-7388. „,""



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Receptionist Office of the Executive Director Closing Date: Jun e 3, 2016 Regular, Full time, exempt $32,834.00 — $42,687.00 Location: Portland, Oregon This position is the primary Receptionist and first point of contact for the Columbia River InterTribal Fish Commission (CRITFC). The primary responsibilities of the Receptionist will be to open theoff ice each business day, answer and route incoming telephone calls to appropriate CRITFC staff, receive and distribute facsimiles/mail and greet commissioners, guests, and staff members. The Receptionist reports to the Executive Assistant, and provides general clerical support to members of the Office of the Executive Director department. This position provides clerical assistance to the CRITFC Administrative Assistants and the Administrative Assistants provide backup reception duties as needed. This support includes, but is not limited to, filing, faxing, answering phones, typing, scheduling of meeting conference rooms, and maintaining the company database. This position will also open, date stamp, scan and log mail for CRITFC, copying, occasional faxing requests and other clerical support activities as requested. For more information please see the attached job announcement or visit On-Call Receptionist Office of the Executive Director Temporary, on-call, non-exempt $12.56/hr — $16.34/hr (Equivalent to CRITFC Grade 3) Location: Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Portland, OR Recruitment Period: Open until Filled This position is the primary Receptionist and first point of contact for the Columbia River InterTribal Fish Commission (CRITFC). The primary responsibilities of the Receptionist will be to open the off ice each business day, answer and route incoming telephone calls to appropriate CRITFC staff, receive and distribute facsimiles/mail and greet commissioners, guests, and staff members. The Receptionist reports to the Executive Assistant, and provides general clerical support to members of the Office of the Executive Director department. This position provides clerical assistance to the CRITFC Administrative Assistants and the Administrative Assistants provide backup reception duties as needed. This support includes, but is not limited to, filing, faxing, answering phones, typing, scheduling of meeting conference rooms, and maintaining the company database. This position will also open, date stamp, scan and log mail for CRITFC, copying, occasional faxing requests and other clerical support activities as requested. For more information please see the attached job announcement or visit Application procedure: Hiring preference will be given to qualified enrolled members of federally recognized tribes and Alaska natives, especially to members of the four CRITFC member tribes (Warm Springs, Yakama, Umatilla, and Nez Perce). All qualified individuals, including women, veterans, minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply and will be given fair and equitable consideration. Note: no incomplete application will be considered. Complete application materials include a cover letter, CV/resume, a completed job application (available on our website at www.criffc. org "employment opportunities" on bottom left corner, or by calling 503-238-0667), a copy of college transcripts (does not have to be certified) and a list of at least three professional references.

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Water Committee of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will hold a public hearing, pursuant to Section IX.D of the Tribal Stream Zone Alteration Regulations, on application SZ-16-01 submitted by the Tribal Fisheries Office, 46411 Timine Way, Pendleton, OR 97801. The applicant requests a Major Stream Zone Alteration Permit to conduct a project on 3.8 miles of Meacham Creek. Proposed alteration activities include: Removal of man-made dikes and levees, creation of new channels within the Meacham Creek floodplain, alteration of existing side channels, the addition of large woody debris features, mechanical and chemical removal of noxious (non-native) weeds, and the planting of riparian vegetation in the 3.8 miles of stream. A public hearing on this Stream Zone Alteration Permit request will be conducted on Tuesday June 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Walla Walla conference room (¹101A) in the Nixyaawii Governance Center at 46411 Timine Way, Mission Oregon. The public is entitled and encouraged to attend the hearing and submit oral or written testimony pertinent to the application. Written testimony may be presented at the hearing or must be received before May 28, 2016. For further information, please contact Craig Kvern, CTUIR/DNR Water Resources Program at (541)429-7271. John Barkley, Chairman Tribal Water Commission NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) will hold the following public hearing:

Conditional Use ¹CU-15-003 — Applicant, CTUIR Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Program, 46411 Timine Way, Pendleton, OR 97801, requests Conditional Use approval from the NRC for a stream restoration project on an approx. four-mile stretch of Meacham Creek (river mile 1.9 to 5.7). Project area includes subject properties: Allotments 1417, 1283, T2141, 1231, 1232 and 1138 owned by individual Tribal members or the CTUIR and held in trust by the U.S. Dept. of Interior; lots owned by the CTUIR in fee title identified as tax lots 900, 1300, 1400, 2801 and 2500 on Umatilla County Assessor's Map 2N36 all being located within the exterior boundaries of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Project purpose is to restore floodplain function and processes to improve in-stream habitat for endangered fish species including the removal of levees, excavation and the downing of trees to be used in the project. The subject properties are zoned G-1 (Big Game Grazing Forest) where "Fish and Wildlife projects..." can be permitted with conditional use approval (Land Development Code (LDC) li3.290) subject to approval criteria in LDC sections 6.015, 4.025 and Chapters 6 and 13. The hearing will be held Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in the Nixyaawii Governance Center Wanaq'it Conference Room (L202) on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, 46411 Timine Way, Pendleton, OR. The public is entitled and encouraged to attend the hearing and to submit oral or written testimony regarding the request. To obtain additional information, contact the Tribal Planning Office at, 46411 Timine Way, Pendleton, Oregon, 97801 or call (541) 429-7518. Ray Huesties, Secretary Natural Resources Commission

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aging at OIT in Klamath Falls, but said she may go pre-med now that she has the Gates. Farrow, the daughter of Alanna Nanegos and Bear Farrow, said the Gates application was rigorous. It included eight essays, each at least 1,500 words, on subjects ranging from goals to overcoming challenges to how to succeed in college. Farrow said it should h ave been a two-month process but she likes to procrastinate. "I rem ember d u r i n g a b a s k etball practice I went up to Jeremy (Maddem, NCS coach) and told him I can't practice. I told him I had an essay due at 11:59 so

Farrow said. The day after Nixyaawii beat Adrian at the state basketball tournament Farrow

learnedshe was a Gates semi-fi nalist. When she found out, Farrow texted her friend: Did you check your email? Did you get the Gates? You need to go check." Farrow said she had a feeling about her best friend. "That's just the person she is. I knew she needed to check. She texted me the whole time she was on her email and then she said, 'I got it.' We were crying through texts," Farrow said. Simpson, the daughter of Patricia Ball and Joe Simpson, lives with her mother in Pendleton. She applied for six schol-

Special FWC Meeting WHAT: Fishers Meeting WHEN: May 17, 20161:30 PM WHERE: NixyaawiiGovernance Center; Winaha and Qapqapa Conference Room — L201A, Second Floor, NE Corner Mission, Oregon WHO: F ish & Wildlife Commission For more information contact: Preston Bronson at 541-429-7277 or Jeremy Wolf at 541-429-7382 s at in the bleachers and finished it "

arships and interviewed for the Ford Family scholarship, but kind of put that effort on hold after learning of the Gates. Her mother and Br andi W easkus, CTUIR Higher Education manager, suggested she go for the Gates. Then Jill Gregg, coordinator for the ASPIRE program at PHS, started to push her to get the eight essays completed. Gregg said Simpson was very concerned about the cost of college and because she was $1,500 short of tuition at OIT was considering community college. "She was so worried about the cost; now she doesn't have to limit herself," Gregg said. "She's always been financially focused because she doesn't want to graduate with debt." Does Gregg think Simpson has the right stuff to reach her goals? "Anytime you' re talking about medical school when you' re in high school ... that's challenging, but she's a hard worker and she puts her mind to it and gets the work done." Simpson said her inspiration is her mother, who recently returned to Blue Mountain Community College to earn her associate's degree. For Farrow, her parents inspired her. "They were strict, they still are. My dad isn't as strict but my Mom puts the hammer down. 'What are you doing, who are you wi th?' And I' m t h ankful for that. I' ve never even thought about getting into trouble." F arrow a l w a y s w a n te d t o a t t e n d Nixyaawii but it was a big debate with her parents. "I told them I have to come out here. I'm not comfortable in town. We had an agreement that every single semester I had to get a 4.0 (grade point average). She challenged me and here I am. A lot of people say Nixyaawii is easy but I don' t. It's no different than any system that Pendleton has." Farrow already was flying high before the Gates after being accepted at Stanford. Two other schools — Dartmouth in Hannover, New Hampshire, and Davidson College in North Carolina — had also accepted her but Stanford was her first choice. "I visited in November . .. oh my gosh


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Farrow was a three-point shooter for the girls' basketball team, played volleyball, is secretary for the second year on the Youth Council and is assistant leader for the Peer-to-Peer education mentor program. Farrow thanked the many people at NCS and in the CTUIR Education Department, including Michelle Van Pelt, the school's Career/Post Secondary Counselor; teachers Mary Green and Jewell Kennedy; Principal Ryan Heinrich and administrative assistant Carrie Phinney; language teacher Damian Totus; and Annie Smith, Native American Higher Education Coach and Liaison. The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian / Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. Continuing Gates Millennium Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.

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I have to come here. It wasn't an option (to go elsewhere) the way the students were down there, so open and friendly. They welcomed me to the campus like I was already a student there," Farrow said. Both girls have their quiet sides, but both say their friends would characterize them differently. Said Simpson, "I'm shy but my friends say if you get to know me I'm funny and sarcastic." Farrow said, "I'm outgoing with those I'm comfortable with. I love to laugh and make people laugh; goofy I guess." Simpson, is a big Tr ail Blazer fan, went to a playoff game in late April. She played basketball before tearing her ACL as a freshman. She said she's not political but "loves Obama because he took on a challenge." She said she's voting for

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This notice is to serve as theofficial cTUIR Notice 0 0 non Io Purchasefor the above referenced estate that the confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation ("cTUIR") of oregon will exercise itsoption to Purchaseunder the authority of the CTUIR Inheritance Code* any and all interest/s of the above referenced trust or restricted allotments at fair market value pursuant to

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placeofthe Confederated Tribes if: a. T he member of the Confederated Tribes owns an interest in the subject trust parcel on the date of death of the decedent; b. The eligible member of the Confederated Tribes files his/her notice of intent to purchase the interest in the subject trust parcel with the Secretary of the Board of Trustees within 30 days after publication of the purchase by the Confederated Tribes in the Tribal newspaper; and c. The eligible member of the Confederated Tribes' right to purchase under this subsection shall be subject to the requirements that the fair market value of the interest in trust lands as determined by the secretary [of the Interior] must be paid as set forth in section 1.05(c)(4) of this code, and shall be subject to the rights of the surviving spouse and Indian lineal

descendant set forth in section l. 05(c)(2), (3) and (7). d. The eligible member of the Confederated Tribes deposits payment in the amount equal to the fair market value of the subject trust parcel, of interest therein, with the BIA Umatilla Agency Superintendent which payment shall be accompanied by the identification of the decedent, the probate case number and trust parcel in question. The eligible member must make the Ml payment for the subject trust parcel, or interest therein, within 60 days of filing its notice of intent to pwchase. In such an event, the eligible member shall be authorized to acquire the interest in the subject parcel in the place of the Confederated Tribes.




Please contact the cTUI. Land Proi ects Program at (541) 429-7485 | f you have any questions, concerns,or to requesta copy of the Inheritance code. * The cTUIR Inheritance code was approved by the Board of Trustees of the confederated Tribes of the Umahlla Jnrhan Reservation (cTUIR) per Resolution No. 08-028 (April 7, 2008) and approved by the secretary of the Intenor, Bureau of Indian Affairs onMay 16, 200$ (effective 180 after approval= November 12,200$) in accordance with the Jndian Land Consolidation Act, [P.L. 97-459, 25 U.S.C. Ch. 24 $2201-2221].

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+ +About 50 people participatedin the American Indian Alaskan Native Education Plan: Community Conversation April 27in the Nixyaavvii Governance Center on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Among attendeeswas Salam Noor, Oregon Department of Education Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction. Many others represented a variety of disciplines, including the faces you see surrounding this story.

'Cemmunity Cenversatien' identifies strengths, needs MISSION — Strengths and assets, needs and priorities, plus recommendations came out of "Community Conversation" to review the state's American Indian Alaskan Native Education Plan during a meeting April 27 at the Nixyaawii Governance Center on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. About 50 people, including several representatives of the Oregon Department of Education and Pendleton School District 16R attended. Salam Noor, ODE Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, was at the meeting. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) was well represented by, among others, Justin Quaempts, chairman of the Education and Training Committee and a member of the CTUIR Board of Trustees.(Quaempts also serves on the Nixyaawii Community School board of directors.) Parents and CTUIR staff that included the Tribes' Education Department, Human Resources, Department of Children and Family Services, and the Department of Economic and Community Development, plus Veterans Services and Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, were part of the discussion. The "Community Conversation" aimed to address the "roadmap" of 11 objectives in the state's American and Alaskan Native Education Plan. Toward that goal, "kitchen table" small-group discussions took place to identify the community's strengths and needs, plus recommendations for implementation of the plan.

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The "close knit" tribal community, cultural identity and native languages were listed as key strengths. The groups reported needs such as parental involvement; consequences for truancy; and better communication between parents, District 16R and the Tribal Education Department. Also identified as needs were more native educators/teachers in classrooms; addressing chronic absenteeism; teaching models that adapt to the uniqueness of every child rather than a cookie cutter approach to learning; and, of course, more resourcesto tackle the issues. Recommendations reflected both the community's needs and strengths as the conversation "weaved" each of the small discussion groups' comments into a story about the community's educational system. One of the key recommendations was to continue language immersionclasses. The report-out also suggested removing barriers that deflect native educators to earn teaching degrees, and making a teaching career more attractive and lucrative to students who obtain their teaching degrees, but for whatever reason don't return to instruct tribal students. The recommendations suggested advocates for students as young as middle school to consider teaching careers. Consistent tutoring programs, the use of volunteers, more tribal coordinators, and remedies to the current busing schedule also were discussed. Another recommendation was to incorporate a holistic food/diet program for students that would combat behavioral problems and absenteeism.

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Above, Pamela Shippentower holds a fresh luksh root that she dug out of the ground. At right, the roots are cleanedin preparation for cooks at the Longhouse.

mand Minthom, a Longhouse leader and an elected member of the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. In preparation for the feast, roughly 25 women spent two days gathering their 'sisters' such as bitter root, luksh and cous. Several more women stayed at the Longhouse preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner for the diggers. After the gathering, it took another one and a half days at the longhouse to clean the roots. The feast was held the follow'AP ing Sunday.

The event included services from 9 a.m. to noon followed by the table set up and feast. Those who were first time diggers presented their bag of roots to an elder and everyone had the chance to taste the different traditional spring first-foods. The menu included salmon, deer, lamprey, bitter root, cous, luksh, chokecherries, huckleberries, and of course, clean water. Additionally, the meal included a number of foods from the general population like bread, pie, cakes, and salads. "They were all made right in the [longhouse] kitchen," said Minthom. "What's so neat is that this is a group that makes things happen. It's not one or two individuals, it's a group effort." The week following was the Children' s Feast where all young people who were also first time diggers were recognized and gifted their gatherings to an elder. The next feast will be the huckleberry feast in late July or early August, depending on when the harvest takes place.

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The day atter all three roots were gathered, the womenjoined together at the Mission Longhouse Annex to clean the roots and prepare them for the Root Feast. Around one and a half days worth of work went into cleaning the roots.

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Root diggers pose for a photo on a hillside outside of Pilot Rock. They include, from right front, Kat Brigham, Shawna Gavin, Pam Shippentower, Jolie Wendt, Cheryl Shippentower, Carman Chalakee, Julia Johnson, LeAnn Alexander, Eva Looney, Trinette Nowland, Beth Looney, Carina Vasquez, Brosnan Spencer, Kaitlyn Treloar, L'Rissa Sohappy, Ella Mae Looney, Cloe McMichael, Susie Patrick, Latis Nowland, and J'Dean Looney Roper.

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Extreme turkey hunting ng Gobler call brings cougar to tribal hunter Looki for a new " The thought ran through my min d said. "These are the chances you take )oil? ... 'this cat is going to be on me and I am when you enter their territory and sound like their prey. So whether you' re calling going to have to fight'," he recalled. But the cat never landed. As he sat up, elk, deer or turkeys or anything else, be Jamison expected to see a dead cat at his prepared," he said. Kimberly Weathers A lifelong h u n ter an d f i s h erman, feet. Instead he saw it slink into the brush about 10 feet away. Jamison trailed along with his grandfa"It looked like a dog with its tail be- ther Louis McFarland, his father Walter Broncheau, and uncles Archie Broncheau, tween its legs and appeared to be limping," Jamison said. 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Lining up during a hand drum song from Fred Hill Sr., in photo at right, Head Start children are, from left, Solomona Malumaleumu, Van Sohappy, Treson Farrow, Lisa Mclntosh, Ruby Sams, Desmond Nez and Chance Squiemphen Jr. During the Week of the Young Child children from CayUma-Wa Head Start and Tribal Day Care enjoyed a taco-wrap lunch made by the kids with whole wheat tortillas and fresh vegetables. The week also included a math/science day. Both classrooms are growing sunflowers from seeds. The Week of the Young Children was a nationwide event celebrated by Early Head Start and the Head Start programs. The eventis sponsored by the National Association of Education of Young Children.

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CTUIR youth push voter registration MISSION — If Indians didn't register to vote it's not the fault of Lennox Lewis, chairman of the Youth Council for the C onfederated Tribes of th e U m a t i l l a Indian Reservation (CTUIR). It's too late now to register and vote in Oregon's May 17 primary election, which features the presidential nomination of Democrat and Republican candidates. (There is plenty of time to register before the November General Election. ) Lewis, a senior at Nixyaawii Community School, worked on a pair of get-thevote out projects, including a 10-minute presentation on a national webinar that

drew participation by Native Americans across the United States. The CTUIR was the only tribe in the nation invited to participate, perhaps due to a video produced and shared on Facebook by CTUIR Youth Council that encourages young Indians to register. The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and Rock the Vote (RTV) sponsored the webinar entitled "Native Vote 2016 Webinar Series: Engaging Native Millennials." NCAI's Malia Villegal explained why the youth vote is an essential part of Indian Country and shared some resources

to all employees. "We are excited to see exactly how our voter registration efforts paid off." The Youth Council set a goal of registering 65 people; each Youth Council member was expected to register three

people. The Council also produced the video, which was posted on Facebook. NCAI, Native Vote, CTUIR General Council and nearly 60 individuals shared it on their Facebook pages as well. The Youth Council's video was shown during Lewis' remarks and drew rave reviews from the NCAI staff.

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for teaching about Native participation. RTV's Sarah Audelo talked about Democracy Dan and RTV's new Millennial Challenge highlighting young people and why they choose to exercise their right to vote. In his remarks, Lewis told w ebinar listeners how many Indians are regist ered to vote in Umatilla County a n d what is being done locally to boost those numbers. The Confederated Umatilla Journal ran a story about voter registration last month and CTUIR Executive Director Dave Tovey encouraged people to register to vote in an email that went


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M ISSION — A community forum t o discuss results of a tribal health assessment is planned June 5 at the Longhouse on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. "We need to your voices to improve the community's health and create a culture of wellness," said Carrie Sampson, assistant administrator at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. The forum will be from 5-7 p.m. Food and childcare will be available. Fitbits and other prizes will be awarded during a raffle. An assessment of 330 tribal members, c onsidered a statistically l e g i t i m a t e number of respondents, was conducted by Lyndsey Watchman in March. Tribal members shared their health histories,

answering questions that ranged from w eight control and p h y s ical activi t y to marijuana use and sexual behavior as part of a l a r ger U m a t i l l a-Morrow Counties Health Survey conducted in December. Results of the survey are designed to assist Yellowhawk in three ways: • Understand the current health care needs of the community; • Al i gn Yellowhawk's mission and goals with the community's needs, and; • Provide better service, leading to improved overall health. The survey covered Yellowhawk's service area, which includes Umatilla, Morrow and Union counties. The majority of tribal members live in Umatilla County.

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Tamastslikt solar carport dedicated West said Bobbie Conner, TCI director, and Jess Nowland, former assisstant MISSION — A solar carport, designed facilities manager, inspired Energy Trust. to help Tamastslikt Cultural Institute "We got the message from Jess that move closer to "net zero" energy use, was we could move faster. That became our dedicated April 22 at the interpretive cen- goal because ofyour efforts. You have ter on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. inspired us to be better," West said. The event took place under one of Clemens at Blue Sky, which is funded the carports in the Tamastslikt parking by ratepayers who check off a box on lot with speakers that included repretheir bills to earmark $1 on each payment sentatives of the two major funders that to be used for energy efficiency, said the worked with the Confederated Tribes of solar carport is the "last step to net zero." the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Before the power generation, there Three members of the CTUIR Board of were efficiency fixes at the museum. Trustees attended: "It was a beauS ecretary D a v i d t ifu l b u i l d i n g Close, Woodrow but an inefficient 'We gotthe message Star and Armand building," ClemMinthorn . C l o se from Jess that we ens said. "Bobbie m ade b r i e f r e and the staff decould move faster. That marks. c ided to r e d u c e M ak in g r ebecame our goal because energy costs and m arks w er e P e cut electricity use t er W e s t f r o m of your efforts. You have by 53 percent and Energy Trust and natural gas by 70 inspired us to be better.' Bill Clemons from percent." P aci f i c P o w e r T he wind mi l l Peter West from Energy Trust of Oregon Blue Sky, the two is expected to rep rimary f u n d i n g d uce the p o w er s ources , a l o n g use by another 25 with Jonathan Lewis from Hier Electric percent and the solar panels will cut use in The Dalles, the company that installed by an additional 55 percent. the solar panels as well as the wind turLewis from Hier Electric gave a brief bine at Tamastslikt. overview of the work on the solar panels Pacific Power Blue Sky contributed 75 and wind turbine. As he spoke the wind percent of the funding, Energy Trust cov- apparently reached 7.8 miles per hour ered 14 percent and the CTUIR pitched because theblades began to turn. in the remaining 11 percent. For the wind turbine, Pacific Power Power tobe generated from the solar pan- Blue Sky provided 52 percent of the fundels and the turbine are part of Tamastslikt's ing, Energy Trust contributed 35 percent effort to become net zero, which means the and the CTUIR picked up the remaining museum wants to produce as much power 13 percent. as it uses. The solar panels are expected to West and Clemens were presented generate 123 kilowatts of power. with tribal flags and necklaces with rep"Early on Tamastslikt came to us about licas of an eagle feather on each. making the museum energy efficient," Following the dedication, the group West said. "It was a special relationship gathered for a photo taken by a drone — your museum and our mission." overhead.

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On hand for the signing of the updated Memorandum of Understanding were, from left, Modesta Minthorn, CTUIR Education Department Director; Aaron Ashley, BOT member; Alan Crawford, General Council Chairman; Jon Peterson, Superintendent of Pendleton School District 16R; Justin Quaempts, BOT member; Gary Burke, Board of Trustees Chairman; Rosenda Shippentower, BOT Treasurer; and Michelle Monkman, Board Chair for Pendleton Schoo/ District 16R.

MISSION — A revised memorandum of understanding, updating one originally adopted 17 years ago in 1999, was signed by Gary Burke, Board of Trustees Chairman of the Confederated Tribes of the U m a t i l l a I n d i a n R eservation (CTUIR), Justin Quaempts, Chairman of the Eudcation Training Commission, Modesta Minthorn, CTUIR Education

Director, and Jon Peterson, Superintendent of the Pendleton School District 1 6R in a ceremony at th e N i x y aaw i i Governance Center April 29. The revised MOU incorporates a comprehensive approach to addressing issues like absenteeism by "utilizing and uplifting the unique cultural traditions of the Tribes and providing an academic support

for native students in the district, Modesta Minthom, the CTUIR Education Department Director, said in a news release. "We are supportive of the work that has been happening in the Pendleton School District with our native students," said Minthom. "We believe this updated MOU is a document to support further efforts of academic achievement for our native students."

Justin Quaempts, the CTUIR Education and Training Commi ttee chair, said "The MO U w i l l p r o v i d e a clear and proactive p at h f o r p a r t n e r ship between us which will be positive and impactful for our n at ive students for years to come. Both parties should be commended for w o r k in g t o gether to update such an important document."

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MISSION — The Youth LeadershipCouncils for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation made their quarterly report to the Board of Trustees. But it was responses from the BOT that perhaps made the most impact at the meeting. "The energy changes when you are in here," BOT member Justin Quaempts told the gathering of about a dozen young people representing the h ig h school council and the middle school council. Members are from Mission, Pendleton, Pilot Rock and Athena-Weston schools. "I could be home right now watching TV, but instead I'm here making a difference," said Megan Van Pelt, putting into perspective the work and efforts of the CTUIR youth. Lennox Lew is, the Youth C o u n cil chair, and Lyndsey Littlesky, the Junior Youth Council c h a ir , m ade remarks during the presentation, as did Kelsey Burns, former Youth Council chair who currently serves as cultural ambassador. Lewis and Burns will graduate from high school this year. Woodrow Star, a member of the BOT, explained that he did not have the same opportunities as young people today and reminded them they can reach any goal.

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He also said the Youth Councils make leaders realize that their job includes making tribal youth an important part of their work. "We talk about supporting the treaty a nd make business decisions, but i n reality we' re talking about your future," Star said. "The treaty was signed for the youth, for the people. It's my time to say that. Your presence makes us put up or shut up. Seeing you gives us strength." David Close, BOT secretary, encouraged the youth to obtain "educational tools." " It's not about t hat d egree on th e wall," Close said. "It's really about the tools you gain going through the process. The key after you get those tools is what y ou do with t h em? I'm p r oud of y o u guys. If I could do it you guys sure can." Council advisor Cor Sams reminded the BOT that the council members give up two hours a week toward their efforts. "They have busy lives, extra-curricular activities, and school work but find time to meet once a week," Sams said. "As an advisor I'm so proud." Said Quaempts, "Thank you for being the change we need in our community. I was not as engaged or aware when I was your age. Now you' re empowering others."

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First-come, first-served for summer swim passes MISSION — Swim passes to the Pendleton Aquatic Center will be available May 31 on afirst-come, fi rst-served basis for low-income families and individuals. A total of 64 swim passes will be available for low-income families with another 10 swim passes for low -income individuals, according to Lloyd Commander, manager of the Recreation Program for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). Low-income application deadline is 4 p.m. May 27 at the Recreation office. Applications are available at Rec. F amilies and indi v i du als wil l h a v e to show proof of income to qualify for low-income passes. Once they do, they will go on the first-come, first-served list, Commander said. Another 16 passes will be available for above-income families with the same

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he Walla Walla Valley is known by the Cayuse and Walla Walla people of this land as Pasxapa. This translates in the native language to 'the place of the balsam root sunflower'. Pasxapa was a place where the Walla Walla River and its smaller streams ran wild and horses grazed freely in a warmer climate than in the surrounding environs. The name reflects the convention for naming places in the native languages after the natural resource found there. At this time of year in particular, the arrowleaf balsamroot sunflower, calledpasxa, is visible in abundance throughout the land. Before, Marcus Whitman encountered the Cayuse village that came to be known as Waiilatpu, before Fort Nez Perce and later Fort Walla Walla and the ensuing fur trade were established at Wallula Junction, before the mixed marriage community of trappers, traders and women and children of Walla Walla descent arose as Frenchtown, before the Treaty Council of 1855 was convened and signed in the Walla Walla Valley and the heart-wrenching Battle of Walla Walla took place just six months later, this Ice Age flood-shaped land was home to family bands and villages tied to this area for millennia. During the earliest encounters with non-Indians, from the Columbia River to the eastern reaches of the Walla Walla Valley, Indians of this valley negotiated with nonIndians in the region. Prominent tribal leaders such as Tamatapam, Hiyuumtipm, and Peopeomoxmox (or Piupiumaksmaks), and many others assisted these new people, following in the footsteps of "Yellept," who encountered Lewis and Clark, welcoming them inbound and assisting them outbound. Tamatapam, Piupiumaksmaks, painted in 1847 by Paul Kane was instrumen(from Stern 1993) tal in establishing a fur trade for his people. When movement of the Hudson Bay Fort across the Columbia River to what is now Washington State was proposed, it was not permitted by the headmen of that time. Hiyuumtipin was the headman of the people of Weyiilet, and it was with his permission that the Whitman Party created their mission there. It was agreed that in exchange for the right to establish the mission on Cayuse soil, the missionary promised that annual presents would be made to Hiyuumtipin's band. However, these gifts were not forthcoming, according to the Indian people.


In his journal of the 1855 Treaty Council, Colonel (then Lieutenant) Lawrence Kipp gave figures for the Indians present, estimating a total of 5,000 Indians gathered, Cayuse and Walla Walla among them. In contrast, at that time, there were fewer than a dozen Americans as yet dwelling in the Walla Walla Valley. Peopeomoxmox, Walla Walla headman andson of Tamatapam, was atthe Treaty of 1855. Yet, soon after, these newfound rights within the Walla Walla Valley were challenged and the Battle of Walla W alla ensued. Peopeomoxmox began a truce process to end the bloodshed but was captured and brutally slain while a prisoner of war. Farming at Waiilatpu (source, Chiefs and Chief Traders, Stern 1993 ) A stable farming community of Cayuses sprang up neighboring the mission. They came, not only because of the advantages of the soil, but because from nearby Waiilatpu, the missionaries could watch their ripening crops while they were away, lest fellow-tribesmen steal them. Evidently, crops in the ground at that time had not yet clearly acquired the status of property. Since the Cayuse had fitted their planting and harvesting into their native rounds, and were gone during the intervening months, congregations at services peaked during spring planting and at harvest time in late summer. By 1843, Cayuses were farming some sixty tracts; they had fenced their fields, probably with poles and rails, in areas Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, sketched by Paul ranging from Kane in July 1847 (from Stern 1993) a quarter of an acre to three acres, planted wheat, corn, peas, and potatoes. They acquired above all, cattle, but also hogs and hens, and some sheep as well. In 1842, several went down to the Willamette to trade horses for cattle. Two years later, Narcissa Whitman reported that some were going out eastward along the Oregon Trail as far as Fort Hall, to trade their "cayuses" (Cayuse horses) for emigrant cattle.

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The Walla Walla Valley looking towards the Blue Mountain foothills

Marcus Whitman recognized that the Cayuse were already predisposed in their Waasat (seven drum religion) observances to a ritual in which the tribal religious leader served as principal officiant. The role that Whitman took in Christian services displaced that native role and ultimately, the Cayuse chiefs found themselves overshadowed. Of particular weight in the Cayuses assessment of Marcus Whitman was his practice of medicine, a curer to be sure, but also a potential sorcerer. Such fears emerged in the first year of the mission and they were to dog him t h r o ugh the remaining years. Indian suspicions were kept alive by such practices as setting out poisoned meat for wolves and injecting emetics (which induce vomiting ) into melons to deter thieves. It might be said that the eventual attack upon Waiilatpu (Whitman Mission ) was predetermined, as there were multiple aggravations. Yet the final desperate stroke came after a decade of accommodation. It was driven by the overwhelming sense of hopelessness in the face of the crushing flow of overland migrations,

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Pasxa (balsamroot sunflower) in bloom near Waluula

The Walla Walla Valley —the Heart of the Country The Walla Walla people sheltered along the Columbia River in winter and moved, along with the Cayuse people, up streams that flowed from the Blue Mountains for spring root digging. In late summer, they returned to the permanent village of Waluula 'Wallula' to receive bands of Nez Perce,

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who joined them for intertribal gatherings. The northwest corner of the Blue Mountains gives rise to a series of streams that eventually join to form the Walla Walla River. One of these streams, the Touchet River, comes from the native name, Tuusi, and refers to the baking of salmon on sticks over coals or fire, yet the name has been largely misunderstood as derived from the French. As tribal place name information clarifies, the name is a rendering of the Walla Walla or Northeast Sahaptin phrase, tuushi 'of baking salmon'. This name does not refer to a place where Indian people baked salmon, but to the Myth Time story of Coyote destroying the Swallow Sisters' dam. In this story, Coyote breaks up the dam, creating Celilo Falls and releasing the salmon trapped below, so they may feed the people upstream. Coyote then travels upriver with the returning salmon, catching a few and roasting them, but he is enchanted by Fox and Wolf before he can enjoy his repast. While Coyote sleeps, Fox and Wolf eat the salmon, then smear Coyote's muzzle with salmon oil so that when he awakes, he thinks he must have eaten all the fish, despite the rumblings in his empty stomach. This place commemorates the mythic event and helps track Coyote on his travels. Among the many, here are a few more native place names in the valley: Walawala 'many small streams'. The Walla Walla River and its tributaries, such as Mill Creek in Walla Walla, Washington. The name refers to the Walla Walla Valley, which is bisected by numerous streams. The village situated in this valley was called Pasxapa, 'place of the balsamroot sunflower'. The name was pronounced Waluula in Northeast Sahaptin. Pasxa 'balsamroot sunflower'. The a rea of Walla Walla, Washington, t h e m iddle Walla W alla R i ver, and M i l l Creek. Contrary to popular belief, native people did not call this area Walla Walla.

The local cayuse band was better known as the Pasxapu 'sunflower people', after a place a bit up- stream of the Whitman mission between the Walla Walla River and Mill Creek, so named for the balsamroot sunflower. The Nez Perce call the Cayuse people Weyiiletpu 'people of the waving grass', and the comparable Sahaptin term is Waylatpam. Weyiilet 'place of waving grass'. Near Whitman Mission historical park, within the city limits of Walla Walla, Washington. This name has often been interpreted to mean 'place of rye grass' but names for rye grass in Sahaptin or Cayuse Nez Perce bear no resemblance to this term. It has also been interpreted by an elder as 'place of waving grass'. On June 6, 1806, William Clark recorded the name of a band of people visiting the Nez Perce as "Ye-E-al-po...who reside to the South of the enterance of Kooskooske into Lewis's river," indicating the mouth of the Tucannon River at the Snake River. On June 8, 1806, Meriwether Lewis noted two men of the "Y-e-let-pos" band among the Nez Perce visitors that day. Subsequent to the exploration period, the term Weyiiletpu has been applied generically to refer to all Cayuse people. The origin of this term may be Old Cayuse "Wilet." The Sahaptin cognate is Waylatpam.

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way for the next steps, in which potential claimants of the remains must now document their cultural connection to the Ancient One, as tribes refer to the skeleton. Kennewick Man is one of the oldest and most complete skeletons discovered in North Am erica, dating back nearly 9,000 years. Debate has continued since the 1996 discovery as to whether the remains should continue to be studied by scientists, or reburied, as tribes have long wished. The breakthrough in confirming the ancestry of the skeleton after years of research came with DNA testing, which enabled scientists to compare DNA in an ancient finger bone from Kennewick Man with saliva samples from Colville tribal members, where genetic similarities were confirmed. T hat research wa s p e r f o r me d b y Morten Rasmussen and Eske Willerslev and their collaborators at the Centre for GeoGenetics, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, with results published in July 2015 in the N ature. The next steps in the repatriation process will be taken cooperatively between tribes that have fought for reburial ever since two students discovered the skeleton washed out of a bank of the Columbia River on Corps of Engineers property during hydroplane races in Kennewick. The area where the skeleton was found was ceded by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation during the treaty of 1855. But it's part of a Columbia Plateau landscape that would also have been vi sited and t r a v eled through by the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation; the Wanapum Band; the Yakama Nation; and Nez Perce. All of those tribes consider the Ancient One a relative. Armand Minthorn, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and a member of the NAGPRA review committee, said the five Plateau tribes' assertion has been vindicated. "He's our relative,our ancestor," Minthom said. Minthom said the five tribes for nearly 20 years have "followed the law but had to deal with litigation, deal with inaction in Congress." Traditionally, repatriation would be to a site as close as possible to where the skeleton was originally interred, said Rex Buck Jr., leader of the Wanapum people whose ancestral lands are at Priest Rapids Dam near Mattawa, Grant County. Tribes welcomed the news from the Corps. "Obviously w e are hearing an acknowledgment from the Corps of what we have been saying for 20 years," said JoDe Goudy, chairman of the Yakama Nation. "Now we want to collectively do what is right, and bring our relative back for reburial." Michael Coffey, a spokeswoman for


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The area where the skeleton was found was ceded by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation during the treaty of 1855. But it's part of a Columbia Plateau landscape that would also have been visited and traveled through by the Colvilles; the Wanapums, the Yakamas and Nez Perce. s aid Chuck Sams, spokesman for th e C onfederated Tribes of the U m a t i l l a Indian Reservation. " In keeping wi t h our traditions and our law, he has been displaced, and we continue to offer our prayers and our hopes for a safe j back to the land again." Meanwhile, federal legislation proposed by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray also is advancing, with language calling for repatriation of the skeleton tucked into a water bill scheduled to be heard in committee as soon as Thursday. The legislation does not affect the Corps going forward w ith its process, Cof fey said. Nor does the Corp's process put Murray off the legislation, said Kerry Amdt of Murray's staff: "Because this is just one step of many in the process the Army Corps must follow, Sen. Murray will continue to push her legislation forward in the Senate to ensure that one way or another, the remains go to their rightful place." The remains have been at the center of controversy since the initial find. The Corps' early decision to hand the bones over to local tribes resulted in a lawsuit from a team of scientists, headed by Doug Ow sley of th e Smithsonian Institution, who argued the find should be preserved for study. Ow sley later said his research showed that not only wasn't Kennewick Man Indian, he wasn' t even from the Columbia Valley. Owsley argued he seemed to be from the coast, because of high levels of isotopes from marine-derived nutrients in his bones. Isotopes in the bones told scientists Kennewick Man was a hunter of marine mammals, such as seals, Owsley said. "They are not what you w ould expect for someone from the Columbia Valley," he said in an October 2012 meeting with tribal leaders. "You would have to eat salmon 24 hours a day and you would not reach these values. "This is a man from the coast, not a man from here. I think he is a coastal man." T hat work w a s ov erturned by t h e Rasmussen/Wi l l erslev team's genetic testing.


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Meeting May 10 to discuss sports co-ops with Pilot Rock or Pendleton MISSION — Basketball and golf appear to be safe at the Eagles' Nest and at Wildhorse R esort Golf C o u r se, but th e N i x y a a w i i Community School Board of D i rectors is considering moving all other sports from Pilot Rock to Pendleton High School when school starts next year. A community meeting to discuss co-op plans is set for May 10 from 6-7 p.m. at Nixyaawii Community School. Right now Nixyaawii and Pilot Rock have a cooperative agreement, known better as a co-op, that allows Nixyaawii to play on Pilot Rock teams for football, baseball and softball. Before NCS fielded its own volleyball team, the Nixyaawii girls played for the Rockets. The School Board is wrestling with the issue of distance and time with the Pilot Rock co-op. Athletes often leave Nixyaawii around 3:30 p.m. for p r actice and don' t return from Pilot Rock until 7 p.m. or later. "The School Board understands the strain it puts on students and families," said School Board member Chuck Sams. "The issue is traveling back and forth to Pilot Rock." According to Sams, Pendleton only is interested in a co-op if the agreement includes all sports. However, Sams said Nixyaawii definitely would retain basketball and golf, and possibly cross country. "The others are up for discussion with -0





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Nixyaawii golf team takes momentum into district tourney MISSION — Led by a pair of Pilot Rock aces, the golf team for Nixyaawii Community School was preparing to play in the 1, 2 and 3A district tournament at Pendleton Country Club. The teams competing with Nixyaawii will be 3A schools Vale, Nyssa, Grant Union, Heppner and La Pine; plus 1 and 2A teams Wallowa, Enterprise, Echo and Imbler. The state tournament is in Creswell on May 16 and 17. "If the boys make their shots like they are capable of then we should make state as a team," NCS Coach Ryan Heinrich said.

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Down the stretch Sunridge Middle School sprinter Marcus Aaron Luke, above, finished firstin four events April 22in a meet at Hermiston High School. He was firstin the 100-, 200-meter dashs, first at 400 meters, and anchored the team's4 by 100-meter relay team as well. Luke and Zach Wt'ggins from La Grande are duelingit out this spring. In the meet at Hermiston April 14, Luke ran the 200 meters in 25.71 seconds and the 100meters in 12.67 seconds. Below, Samatha Allen sprints down the track for Sunridge. Other tribal student-athletes for Sunridgeinclude Chauncy Sams, Stockton Hoffman and Anton Hughes, and Samantha Craig.

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aawii senior Lennox Lewis, who is averaging 103. Coach Heinrich said Lewis has some low 90s in his bag if he can stay in the game mentally. "Even if we don't make it as a team," Heinrich said, "Riley has a good shot at being district champ again and going to state as an individual." The fourth and fifth golfers were to be determined prior to district in a playoff between NCS sophomore Wilbur Oatman and three freshmen — Austin Anchetta and James Penney from Nixyaawii and Justin Wells from Pilot Rock. In tournaments, five golfers play but team scores are based on the top four individual scores. Nixyaawii has won th e Pendleton Country Club's small school invitational with a four-man score of 367. That' s when Hunter Melton was on a team. He decided to play basketball instead. The squad was second in their own Nixyaawii Invitational which featured fiveteams. Their score was 382. T hey won th e H e r m i ston Bul l d o g Invitational at Big River Golf Course in Umatilla with a score of 378. And the team was third with a fourg olfer score of 380 at the tough hi l l y Buffalo Peaks course in Union. At district, Vale is the frontrunner even though N i x yaawii beat them at Pendleton Country Club by 30 strokes

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earlier this year. Two caveats: Nixyaawii was missing Melton and Vale was missing one of its top golfers. After that, Coach Heinrich said, it looks like it's "us, Heppner and Echo" in the two, three and four spots. Nixyaawii beat Heppner for the first time by seven strokes at Buffalo Peaks, but have not yet beat Echo. The three Pilot Rock boys have a bit of a leg up on competitors because two days a week they practice at Pendleton Country Club, which features fairways surrounded by l arge trees and Birch Creek, which can prove menacing for golfers used to wide open spaces. Last year Nixyaawii won the district title and was in sixth place after the first day at state. But senior Tyapo Farrow became sick and had to withdraw on day two and NCS slipped far down on team leader board.

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Princesses second at The Dalles Happy Canyon PrincessesApollonia Saenz and Elena Van Pelttook second place April23 in the Cherry Festival Parade at The Dalles. The girls competed in the equestrian division of theparade. Van Pelt rode "Smokey" and Saenz was riding "Roanie". The girls received a red and yellow ribbon. The first place title was won by the Round-Up Court. The festival is a longtime favorite of locals, according to The Dalles Chamber website. It is set in the "spectacular" Columbia River Gorge and showcases The Dalles' "deep agricultural heritage and Western roots".

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A a line up of a tribal trio Three members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are stacked one, two, three at a gamein Athena between the Weston-McEwen TigerScots and the Pilot Rock Rockets. Brandon Dearingis on the mound and Shaw Broncheauisin center field for Weston-McEwen with Devon Barkley leading off at second base. Barkley attends Nixyaawii Community School but plays for the Pilot Rock through a co-op between the two schools.

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Happy Canyon receives Oregon Heritage Award Presentation takes place at TravelOregon conference at Wildhorse Resort 8 Casino PENDLETON — The Happy Canyon Indian Pageant and Wil d W est N i gh t Show received the Or egon H e r i t age Tourism Aw ard w hen Tr avel Oregon announced its achievement awards during the 2016 Governor's Conference on Tourism held April 22-25 at Wildhorse Resort & Casino on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The annual awards recognize people and organizations from across the state that "go the extra mile" to enhance the travel and tourism industry in Oregon. The Oregon Heritage Tourism Award recognizes outstanding incorporation of Oregon's authentic cultural or natural history as a way to draw visitors to the state. Distinguished as America's longest running community pageant, the Happy Canyon Indian Pageant and Wild West Night Show and its 800 volunteers received this year's award. Volunteers recreate the history of Pendleton, beginning with the proud traditions of its first citizens - the peoples of the Cayuse, Walla Walla and Umatilla nations. They then tracethe arrival of settlers in search of a new promised land, and the coming of the cowboys who have forever left their mark on the frontier town. The pageant r uns annually in conjunction with t h e Pendleton Round-Up. The state's most prized recognition is the Governor's Tourism Award. This year's award recognizes the sister park agreement between Crater Lake National Park and W u y i s han N a t i onal Scenic Area (a UNESCO World Heritage Site in China ). The Gene Leo Memorial Award, which honors the late Gene Leo who was known for his Oregon tourism contributions as Director at the Oregon Zoo, Portland Rose Festival, and the Portland Oregon Visitors Association was presented to the

Willamette Riverkeeper, for its efforts to protect and restore the Willamette River. The International Sales and Development Award was given to Lorna Davis, Executive Director of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce. The Outstanding Oregon PR Initiative Award went to The Jupiter Hotel, which earned the award for its efforts to position itself as the epicenter of Portland's artisan community by focusing on local partner ships T he Outstand in g O r e go n V i s i t o r Guide A w a rd , w h i c h c elebrates the best domestic or international content program that inspires potential travel to Oregon, went to Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory for its 2015 Travel Planner. The Oregon Outstanding Advertising Award was presented to the Tillamook County Creamery Association for their Co-Op advertising campaign that targeted dairy lovers. T he Outstanding O v e r al l O r e g on Marketing Program Award, which recognizes the best integrated domestic or international overall marketing program or campaign, was presented to the Central Oregon Visitors Association for its "Adventure Calls" campaign. The Oregon T o u r i s m L e a d ership Award, which recognizes individuals who champion the value of tourism and whose leadership behind the scenes contributes significantly to the recognition and impact of Oregon's travel and tourism industry, was presented to Melissa Steinman, owner of the Kayak Shack in Waldport. The Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel Oregon, works to enhance visitors' experience by providing in formation, resources and trip planning tools that inspire travel and consistently convey the exceptional quality of Oregon. The commission aims to improve Oregonians' quality of life by strengthening economic impacts of the state's $10.6 billion tourism industry that employs more than 105,000 Oregonians. www. TravelOregon.corn.

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Thank you Dear Nixyaawii Community School and School Board, It's no secret I was totally opposed to Alyssa attending Nixyaawii Community School. Prior to her freshman year, Alyssa had to arrange a meeting with me and the principal to negotiate her potential enrollment. She made her case, it was a good case. Alyssa wanted to remain close to her traditional life while achieving academically. She also knew her father would be excited for her to play basketball (and other athletics) for the Golden Eagles, that too was a big motivator for her and I appreciated her consideration of both her parents'wishes. Because of her ability to make a sound argument for what was important to her, I enrolled her at Nixyaawii. At that time I thought that she would not be challenged by the curriculum at NCS and I would have to transfer her to Pendleton at some point before graduation. I then set the bar high, expecting her to demonstrate to me that she was challenging herself and her teachers if needed. Each year at NCS she surpassed my expectations. During Parent/Teacher meetings I asked her teachers to set the bar higher for her, I think a few of the teachers still here today have met with me and I was clear about what I expected - we all had a job to do; I as her parent would provide a home environment that is conducive to her learning, the teachers must provide an education that will prepare her to be accepted and to be successful in college, and she has to do all the work at an above average level. A few years later, here we are... Alyssa did as I instructed, she achieved a 4.0 throughout her high school career, and she became a leader within her peer group and like most studious students, she was called names, like, "nerd" and "four-eyes." And being the youngest in her class she was teased about her age. Somewhere inside herself she decided to shake off the "noise" and keep forging ahead. I believe she gained her strength and commitment to achieve her goals because her "teachers" taught her to be confident. Confidence is not necessarily a part of her GPA, it is not graded on her report card, but confidence is the foundation piece that enables us and her to keep challenging ourselves, to take the risk of being wrong, or not being chosen, to apply herself, to apply for that opportunity not knowing if she' ll be accepted or rejected. Who knows what Alyssa Farrow's future will be after graduation this May, I certainly don' t. But I do know she will live her life by her own design, and that is remarkable for a young Indian woman who was raised her entire life on a small, economically challenged, Indian Reservation in the middle of rural Eastern Oregon. Each NCS Board Member, faculty member, administrator, counselor and volunteers, can never be thanked enough for all of your hard work and dedication. You' ve played a critical role in my daughter's life and I thank you for supporting her, for helping her find the confidence and pride in herself that is mission critical to being successful in all aspects of Alyssa's life. You are changing lives for the better! AThank you is Not Enough —but it is sincere and you are appreciated. Alanna Nanegos Thank you to all the drummers and dancers that showed up to attend and support the Blue Mountain Community College Dinner and Powwow on April 20. Special thanks to Fred Hill, Tessie Williams, Kim Minthorn, Lisa Minthorn, and the Native American high school students who volunteered during the powwow. We would also like to express our thanks to the BMCC Associated Student Government, ambassadors,and Phi Theta Kappa students who volunteered their time to serve food during the salmon dinner. Thanks to those who brought side dishes, desserts, and bread. Sincerely, Annie Smith, Native American Liaison and Higher Education Coach

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Stewart, Melton named to Class 1A first team state basketball all-stars All stars Hunter M elton and M ar y St ewart have been named to the Class 1A Oregon Basketball Coaches Association all-state teams. The all-star list was only recently released after the season ended in March. In addition to M elton and Stewart, three other Nixyaawii players received all-star honors. F redy Campos was named t o t h e second-team and Ira Ashley to the third team on the boys' side. For the girls, Sunshine Fuentes received honorable mention. Both the Nixyaawii boys' and girls' teams won th e Ol d O r e gon L e ague


championship and played in the Class 1A state tournament in Baker City. Player of the year for the boys was M ax Mar ti n f r o m Sh erman Co u n t y , which won the state title. Bill Blevins, a lso from Sherman County, won t h e coach of the year award. On the girls' side, Dani Baker from North Douglas and Kennedy Nofziger from Country Christian shared the player of the year award. Coach of the Year went to Russ Halverson from Country Christian, the state champions.

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played at the July grounds last summer. A group Marie/ Hoisington hurls the lacrosse ball across the field for one of the two huge teams. There were red and grayjerseys, and other colors as well but that didn't seem to bother the players.

of Whitman students were doing service work and one day came out to play lacrosse with the team of youngsters on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. "We wanted to connect with the women's team

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Linfield College team that played prior to the Creator's Game. (Whitman put a bigtime smack-down on Linfield.) Also taking the field were Whitman baseball players, likely boyfriends of the women's team, Bill said. One fellow played barefoot.

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crosse ball up and down the field. He is Whitman's Associate Dean of Students, Pre-law advisor and a

research associate in the sociology department. (One of the other adults wore cowboy boots.) So many people on the field at one time was a little confusing, especially since they were wearing jerseys of different colors. "I think it was the best part of the game," Bill said. Even though there was a bit of serious lacrosse

being played, there was lots of laughter as well. "I saw one lady fall to her knees she was laughing so hard," Bill said. Bill said he's never surprised by th e Creator's Game and its participants.

"We always have great weather and great kids who show up," he said. "There are great teachable moments, even for us adults. I'm learning not to be

so uptight and think I know everything. I'm learning from the kids as much as I am teaching them."

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Cashis Alvarez-Bevis sprints away from Lindsey Littlesky during a game at Whitman College in Wal/a Wal/a Apnl 23. Ten players from the Umatilla Indian Reservation joined women from the Whitman and Linfield College teams, and many others who picked up sticks for the fun competition.

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Shadow's Executive Director. S tudent arti sts to be f eatured ar e Arlen Blue Thunder, Sunshine Fuentes, Shandiin Horton, EllaMae Looney, Teata Oatman, L'Rissa Sohappy, and Shanae Williams. This isthesecond CROW ' S DOW I NsrIr u r E ARrs y ea r o f t h i s c ollaborative project and is

through mid-June. An opening reception is set for Thursday, May 19, from 5-7 p.m. at Crow' s Shadow, the gallery and print-making facility on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The exhibit will continue through June 17. This past school year the students have been learning printmaking in the Crow' s Shadow studio under the direction of Master Printer Frank Janzen. During the past school year, wstudents have visited one to two times a week to build their knowledge of linocut printing. Each student has been instructed in all the technical aspects of the process and has produced their own limited-edition prints. The resulting works have been of "remarkable quality and exemplify the creative potential of these talented young artists," said Karl Davis, Crow' s

generously funded t hrough grants from the Oregon Ar t s Commission Arts Build Commu n i ties Fund and the Umatilla County Cultural Coalition.

Renowned local p ai nter James Lavadour founded Crow's Shadow in 1992 to provide a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportun i t ies for N a t iv e A m e r i cans through artistic development. "This collaboration with N i x y aawii

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MISSION — A statewide listening tour made a stop on the Umatilla Indian reservation in April to gather data and stories of issues affecting women. The listening tour was conducted by the Women's Foundation of O r e gon (WFO) which is the only statewide organization dedicated to making Oregon a good state for women and girls, according to WFO's Executive Director Emily Evans. She said that out of other Oregon reservations who w ere contacted, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) were the only one able to participate in the tour. It also is the only Native American based community of their 12 stops. Roughly 25 tribal women in the community p a r t i c ip ated in t h e l i s t ening town hall meeting which was held at the Longhouse Annex. Upon entering, each woman was greeted by a WFO staff member who handed them a welcoming packet. On the wall was a paper board

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with ten topics such as "leadership", "time pressure", and "physical health". The women were given three stickers a nd asked to put a sticker under th e topics they feel need improvement in their community and the life of women and girls. The top issues with the most stickers were Education and Job training, Safety: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Mental health, physical health and wellbeing, and leadership. There also was a listening booth in the WFO traveling RV. Women signed up to tell a short 30-to-60-second personal story of issues that they' ve faced in their community. According to Evans, they currently have close to 1,000 recorded stories from women who've attended the tour. In addition, there were surveys that the attendants completed. As the evening went on, women were divided into small groups where they could focus on in d i v i d ual topics and

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'Having a new bowling alley is nice, but it would be nicer to have a childcare center.' me," she said. "I started working for a non-profit that worked with the Tribe. After six years I went back to school and got my Masters in Linguistics, still no job. So I went to the University of Oregon to work and after a year I got employed part time off a grant with the CTUIR language program ... Before that, I had two degrees with no job prospects on my own reservation and I asked myself what was the point of going to school." They were then asked to come up with solutions to the problems. Some of the solutions for child care and caregiving included investment in a foster home for adults, and a child center. One solution for sexual assault and domestic violence was to have ongoing women's support groups. Education and leadership solutions included the Tribal government getting more involved with youth and having Native art fairs that showcase successful Natives in acting, media, and other forms of art. T he next day, staff from th e W F O shared their findings from the night before. Some of them are as follows: • 100 p e r cent of wo men who a nswered the surveys said that they or someone they know has suffered from domestic violence and sexual assault • 67 p e r cent of women or someone they know suffered from mental health that negatively affected their lives • 48 p e r c e nt of wo men said that due to the lack of affordable high quality childcare there was an adverse effect on their family • 76 p e r cent said they have experienced discrimination based on gender • 71 p e rcent feel pretty safe in their community and 19 percent feel somewhat safe Although these are the initial findings, the official survey won't be out until the end of September. The WFO staff said that they weren't surprised by the results because many of the other communities they have visited had similar outcomes and when the survey is finished they will be able to compare the issues that Oregon women face compared to the rest of the states. "We have found thatOregon women vote more than Oregon men. Oregon women give more blood than Oregon men," said Ev ans. Overall, "Oregon w omen and girls are stepping up f o r Oregon. Now it's time for Oregon to step up for their women and girls."

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MISSION — Community members and police officers gathered at the Longhouse Annex to participate in the Sexual Assault Awareness Walk on April 25. Every year, the Department of Family Violence Services (DFVS) of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) puts on a walk to stand against sexual assault. While walking along the housing areas of the

reservation, participants held up signs with statements such as "No one asks for it" and "Consent is the presence of a yes when a no is a viable option." After the walk, Detective Tony Barnet, Special Victims Criminal Investigator of the Umatilla Tribal Police Department (UTPD), spoke about some recent local cases that involve human trafficking, prostitution, drug trafficking and sexual

assault. Detective Barnett fielded questions about why this activity is prevalent on the Umatilla Indian Reservation and what strategies the Tribal Police has to investigate and combat these acts. " Off i cer B a r n e t t ' s p r e s e n t a t i o n brought light to sex trafficking as truly existing in our area and community," CTUIR Family V i o l ence Coordinator Desiree Coyote said in an email.

Coyote also said that there was a positive response by attendants regarding the growth of the Tribal domestic violence program and that an elder stated that there are concerns with DFVS being 100 percent grant funded. To report any criminal activity, including sexual assaults, contact the UTPD at 541-278-0550.

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Pendleton 'Relay for Life' cancer fundraiser June 17-18 stay the night," she told the CUJ. Donations are always welcome. Before the June Relay, at least three American Cancer Society projects are planned in May: Saturday, May 7 — Bazaar at the Free Methodist Church from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15 — Painting party at Mac's starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21 — Yard Sale at First Community Credit Union. For more information about Relay for Life in Pendleton, contact Preston at 541-379-6294, or visit the website at

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Trio attends 'Protecting Our Children' conference M ISSION — Alex N i lo, Cedr i c Wildbill and Ashley Hardin fr om the Department of C h i l d ren and Family Services (DCFS) in April attended the National Indian Welfare Association's 34th annual Protecting Our Children, National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in St. Paul, Minnesota. Nilo is Child Protection Services intake screener, Wildbill is Targered Case Management date coordinator, and Hardin is assistant director for DCFS on the Umatilla Indian

Reservation. The trio made two presentations "Tribal Approaches to Different Response" and " T r i bal T argeted Case Management Approach and Implementation." About 45 people attended the first workshop and 65 were at the second workshop. Alecia McConnell, a member of t he Confederated Tribes, did no t attend with th e DCFS threesome but participated on a youth panel plenary session called "L earning from Youth with Lived Experience." -

on American Indian /Alaska Native (AI/ AN) communities which significantly impacted the number of AI/AN children in care. AI/A N children are disproportionately removed from their homes as compared to those of non-native children, meaning, AI/AN are removed at a higher rate from their homes than non-native children. The training stressed the importance of having tribal homes, especially relative (kinship) placements, readily available for tribal children coming in to care to reduce the amount of trauma that can take place for a child when they are removed from their home and placed into a home they are not familiar with. The training focused its attention around the utilization of tribal culture as a protective factor - a mechanism designed to help children build strength, draw strength, and develop healthy coping skills. The participants of the training worked together throughout the training to place themselves in the shoes of a tribal child going in to care and as the provider in identifying resources for the children to ensure an adequate support system was in place for the child. One participant stated, "The activity where we had to come up with local resources helped me come to the realization of how resourceful our community is." Certified foster parents of DCFS are required to complete 30 hours of training a year. DCFS is currently working to enhance the training opportunities available to community members who are interested in becoming tribal foster parents and who are current foster parents. If there are questions about how to become a foster parent for DCFS call 541-429-7300.

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DATE: March 14, 2016 BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Rosenda Shippentower, Treasurer; David Close, Secretary; Aaron Ashley, Member; Armand Minthorn, Member; Justin Quaempts, Member and Alan Crawford, General Council Chairman. Woodrow Star, Member on travel status. Quorum present.

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Resolution 16-018: Topic: IRR Inventory 2016. RESOLVED, the Board of Trustees adopts the attached "IRR inventory 2016" for submission to Bureau of Indian Affairs Department of Transportation and to be used as a reference document in future development of the Tribal Long-range Transportation Plan and Tribal Transportation Improvement Plan annual submission; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Trustees assumes am intermittent 40-ft Right of Way from the centerline of all Tribal/BIA owned roads for transportation maintenance purposes; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that The Board of Trustees directs Tribal Staff to forward this resolution and attachments to the US Department of the Interior Northwest Regional Office Divisions of Transportation for immediate inclusion in the IRR Inventory. AND, that said Resolution has not

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been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 14th day of March, 2016. MOTION carries 7-0-0. Resolution 16-019: Topic: Office of Special Trustee (OST). RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees authorizes the Chairman, Treasurer, Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, Director of Finance and Accounting Manager to correspond directly with OST and to execute all documents that are necessary to request disbursements of Tribal funds which are on deposit with the Office of Special Trustees (OST) to be deposited directly into another Tribal account, to request access to Tribal records held by the OST, to request information regarding Tribal accounts and to set Tribal Investment and liquidity objectives; AND, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby authorizes the following individuals as the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) representatives who have authority to conduct business with OST: Gary Burke, Chairman, Board of Trustees Rosenda Shippentower, Treasurer, Board of Trustees Dave Tovey, Executive Director Debra Croswell, Deputy Executive Director Paul Rabb, Director of Finance Tom Croswell, Accounting Manager; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby authorizes the following individuals to request information regarding Tribal accounts as needed from time to time for the conduct of routine business: Bill Tovey, Director of Economic and Community Development Mae (Koko) Hufford, Land Project Manager Gordon Schumacher, Range Ag 8 Forestry Program Manager AND, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby instructs OST to distribute from the Tribes account PL 7076703 to the Tribes General Fund Account currently held at U.S. Bank, Pendleton, Oregon, annually on the first business day of every January, April, July and October, the entire account balance if the balance is in excess of $1,000; If the balance is less than $1000 hold until the next quarter. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended ore repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 14th day of March, 2016. MOTION carries 7-0-0. Resolution 16-020: BOT Priorities and Action Plans for 2016-17. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby adopts the attached Board Action Plans for the 2016-17 Board Term; AN BE ITFURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board directs the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director to implement the goals and tasks laid out in the action plans, and to provide regular briefings to the Board concerning progress in achieving these priorities; BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, theBoard has determined that Board focus areas should be distinguished from other ongoing work by receiving the following preferences: the Board, staff, committees and commissions will adjust their use of time to give particular attention to these topics; the Board, staff, committees and commissions will place emphasis on these focus areas when communicating with each other, with the General Council, and with the Tribal community; these focus areas will receive preference for receipt of discretionary funding as those opportunities arise (although no budget appropriations are made with enactment of this resolution): departments will collaborate closely on these focus areas; and department work plans and budgets may be adjusted when feasible to reflect the importance of these projects; AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 14th day of March, 2016. MOTION carries 7-0-0. Resolution 16-021: Education Facilities, RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby dedicates all settlement proceeds from the Ramah Navajo Chapter lawsuit to pay for the design and construction of the Tribal education facility; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, the funding n /n


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BOT minutes plan, site selection and design professional and construction manager contracts for the Tribal education facility shall be subject to Board of Trustees approval; AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 14th day of March, 2016. MOTION carries 4 for — (Rosenda Shippentower, Justin Quaempts, Aaron Ashley and David Close) — 3 against (Alan Crawford, Jeremy Wolf and Armand Minthorn) — 0 abstaining. Other Board Action: Summer Youth Employment Program. The Education Department staff met with the BOT in a work session on March 9 and presented their plan for the 2016 Summer Youth Employment program, as per directive in the 2016 Budget Appropriations Report. MOTION: Justin Quaempts moves to approve releasing the additional $27,467 reserved in the 2016 budget to the Education Department for use in implementing this year's Summer Youth Employment Program. Motion carries 7-0-0. - CTUIR Support Letter of Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians grant application CTUIR submitted a letter of support on January 14, 2015. This was in support of ATNI applying for the Environmental Protection Agency's Indian General Assistance program funds. MOTION: Alan Crawford moves to approve Dave Tovey, Executive Director of CTUIR sending another letter of support for ATNI to apply for IGAP funds. Motion carries 7-0-0. - BOT Travel Reports. 1) J eremy Wolf, Portland, Feb. 24-25 for CRITFC meeting. 2) Rosenda Shippentower, Eugene, March 4-6, Eugene to attend Indigenous People's Reception and UO Public Interest Law Conference. MOTION: David Close moves to approve reports. Armand Minthorn seconds. Discussion. Question. Motion carries 7-0-0. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Rosenda Shippentower, Personal leave, March 24 from 2:30 — 4pm. MOTION: Armand Minthorn moves to approve leave requests. Justin Quaempts seconds. Discussion. Question. Motion carries 7-0-0. DATE: March 21, 2016 BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Rosenda Shippentower, Treasurer; David Close, Secretary; Aaron Ashley, Member; Armand Minthorn, Member; Woodrow Star, Member, Justin Quaempts, Member and Alan Crawford, General Council Chairman. Full quorum. Resolution 16-022: Topic: Stanffeld Irrigation District MOA RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby approves the Memorandum of Agreement between the Confederated Tribes and Stanfield Irrigation District attached to this Resolution as Exhibit 1C; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees authorizes its Chairman to execute the attached Memorandum of Agreement, or one containing substantially similar terms, and to take such further action and execute documents as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this Resolution; AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. Dated this 21st of March, 2016. MOTION carries 8-0-0. DATE: March 28, 2016 BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Rosenda Shippentower, Treasurer; David Close, Secretary; Aaron Ashley, Member; Armand Minthorn, Member; Woodrow Star, Member, Justin Quaempts, Member and Alan Crawford, General Council Chairman. Full quorum. Old Business. a. Inter-Tribal Buffalo meeting by Jeremy Wolf. Informed the Board there is a meeting Tuesday, April 5 at Yellowstone, ID. Salish Kootenai and Nez Perce Tribes will be attending. A BOT Work Session is scheduled for Friday, March 31. At that time the agenda will be presented and reviewed; plus an update on the Wed. April 6 Inter-agency meeting with federal agencies. Aaron Ashley, BOT Member; Joe Pitt, Attorney and Carl Scheeler, DNR staff will be attending with Jeremy Wolf. Other Board Action: Commission/Committee Update by David Close, BOT Secretary. 1) Credit Board — Three vacancies for 3 year

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term with three applications from Doris Wheeler, Toni Minthorn and Susan Johnson. Motion to reappoint Doris Wheeler, Toni Minthorn, and Susan Johnson to the Credit Board each for 3 year terms. Motion carries 8-0-0. 2) Cultural Resources Committee — One vacancy for 2 year term with one application from Jo Marie Tessman. Motion to reappoint Jo Marie Tessman to Culture Resources Committee for a two year term. Motion carries 8-0-0. 3) Economic 8 Community Development Committee. One vacancy for 2 year term with one application from Les Minthorn. Motion to appoint Les Minthorn to Economic 8 Community Development Committee for 2 year term. Motion carries 8-0-0. 4) Election Commission — Five vacancies for staggered terms. The BOT appoints four positions 1, 3, 5 and General Council appoints positions 2, 4, 6, & 8. Motion to send two applications, Kelly Long and Margaret Sheoships to General Council for review and report back to BOT. Motion carries 8-0-0. Motion to reappoint Doris Scott to position number 8. Motion carries 8-0-0. 5) Jeremy Wolf asked about existing members whose terms were extended for purpose of making presentation on existingcode amendments to BOT. Dave Tovey, Executive Director said he would check on status and report back to BOT. 6) Health & Welfare Commission. One vacancy for 3 year staggered term and two applications from Martina Gordon and Sandra Sampson. By secret ballot Martina Gordon was appointed to Health 8 Welfare Commission for a 3 year staggered term. 7) Hous-

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ing Commission. Sandy Sampson voluntarily resigned from the Housing Commission. Move to accept voluntary resignation from S. Sampson from Housing. Motion carries 8-0-0. 8) Natural Resources Commission — Gerald Reed was appointed to NRC on April 2, 2012 for a three year term, which his term expired on April 2, 2015. A meeting was held between David Close, BOT Secretary, Rosenda Shippentower, NRC Chairman and Patty Perry the Administrative Staff for NRC regarding his expired term and to straighten out the staggered terms. Gerald Reed has turned in an application to be reappointed. Move that the BOT Secretary to notify Mr. Gerald Reed of term expiration and to advertise. Motions carries 8-0-0. 9) Science 8 Technology Committee. One vacancy for 2 year term with one application from Shawn Joseph. Move toappoint Shawn Joseph to the Science & Technology Committee for 2 year term. Motion carries 8-0-0. 10) Terms expiring. Paula Post and Butch Sams terms both expire on April 7 from Law 8 Order Committee. Move to advertise for two positions for 2 year terms on Law & Order Committee. Motion carries 8-0-0. 11) To continue to adverting for: 1 position on A&D Oversight Committee, 2 year term, meet 4th Wed. from 1-2:30pm. It was noted that A8D Task Force is an oversight committee with no stipends and position is General Council appointment. Move that A&D application(s) be sent to General Council. Motion carries 8-0-0. 1 position for Election Commission — 1 BOT position, meet as needed. 1 position for Tiicham Conservation District — 2 year term, meet 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 1:00pm. 1 Umatilla Cultural Coalition (No Stipends)Meet as needed. All applications will be due Monday, April 18 by 4:00pm. A BOT work session will be scheduled Friday, April 22 at 8:30 AM to review applications and the BOT will make appointments on Monday, April 25.


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DATE: April 4, 2016 BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Rosenda Shippentower, Treasurer; David Close, Secretary; Aaron Ashley, Member; Armand Minthorn, Member; Woodrow Star, Member, Justin Quaempts, Member and Alan Crawford, General Council Chairman. Full quorum. Resolution 16-023: Topic: Emergency Operations Plan 2016. RESOLVED, promulgated herewith is the revised Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. This plan supersedes any previous Emergency Operations Plans; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, adoption of this plan will set out an orderly response to an event which is of such magnitude that it threatens to overwhelm the response capability of the CTUIR; NOW, THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby adopts this Emergency Operations Plan revision and makes it the Emergency Operations Plan for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 4th day of April, 2016. MOTION carries 7-0-0. (Jeremy Wolf not present for vote) Resolution 16-024: Topic: Memorandum of Understanding with Pendleton School District. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby approves the attached Memorandum Of Understanding (Exhibit 1) between the CTUIR and the Pendleton School District; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby authorizes its Chair, the Chair of the Education and Training Committee, and the Tribal Education Director to execute the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the CTUIR; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Board of Trustees hereby expresses its support for the constructive working relationship between the Education and Training Committee and the Tribal Education Department with the Pendleton School District as reflected in the Memorandum of Understanding and hereby directs both the Education and Training Committee and the Tribal Education Department to dedicate the time, personnel and resources to work with the Pendleton School District representatives to develop and implement the programs needed to achieve objectives set forth in the Memorandum of Understanding. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 4th day of April, 2016. MOTION carries 8-0-0. Resolution16-025 Topic:ANA and SEDS Grant Application by Yellowhawk. RESOLVED, that the CTUIR Tribal Health Commission, which is the governing board of Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, and represents the tribal community met onMarch 29, 2016 and has approved this project and provided ample opn in n 21B

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portunity for membership of the CTUIR to have input in development of the project; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Confederated Tribes has delegated to the administration of the Confederated Tribes' three year SEDS grant to Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center and full confidence in the ability of Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center to successfully implement this project, AND, that this Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and will remain in full force and effect. DATED this 4th day of April, 2016. MOTION carries 8-0-0. Other Board Action: WRC Architect Engineer Motion by Gary George, Wildhorse Resort 8, Casino Chief Executive Officer. By Resolution 15-076 (November 16, 2015) the Board of Trustees approved Wildhorse Resort & Casino's 2016 budget which included funding to hire an Architect/Engineer and the Board of Trustees conducted a worksession on March 30 to review the completed WRC Expansion Feasibility Study. MOTION: Woodrow Star moves to approve the January 2016 WRC Expansion Feasibility Study and direct the WRC CEO to move forward with the retention of a qualified Architect/Engineering firm to develop a Master Plan based on the Feasibility Study, which includes an outdoor Arbor arena, for BOT consideration and approval. Motion carries 8-0-0. TERO Fee Guideline Motion by Aaron Hines, TERO Manager. On Wednesday, March 31 the draft guidelines were presented for BOT review. MOTION: Alan Crawford moves to approve the TERO Fee Guidelines and also to direct the Executive Director to continue to monitor the status and uses of TERO fees. Motion carries 8-0-0. Umatilla Tribal Police Department Wage Study Motion by Ray Denny, Director of Public Safety.On Wednesday, March 31 a work session was conducted with recommendation to increase wages for police and dispatch staff effective January 1, 2016. MOTION: Woodrow Star moves to approve the revised 2016 budget for Umatilla Tribal Police, providing an increase in wages for police and dispatch staff effective January 1, 2016. The wage increase is in the result of a wage analysis conducted in 2015 by CTUIR Human Resources. The additional amount needed to cover this budget increase is available in the 2016 UTPD budget appropriation due to vacancies and other budget adjustments, and will be addressed in August, 2016 as part of the 2017 Target Budget Appeal process. Motion carries 7 for (Woodrow Star, Alan Crawford, Justin Quaempts, Armand Minthorn, David Close, Jeremy Wolf and Aaron Ashley) — 1 against (Rosenda Shippentower) — 0 abstaining. BOTTravel Reports. 1) Gary Burke, March 28 to Celilo and Lone Pine to attend meeting with Senator Merkley and Rep. Blumenauer regarding

housing on the Columbia River. 2) Woodrow Star, March 12-16 to Phoenix, AZ to attend NIGA Conference. MOTION: Alan Crawford moves to approve reports. Woodrow Star seconds. Discussion. Question. Motion carries 5-0-0 . BOT Leaveand Travel Requests. 1) Woodrow Star, travel, Green Bay Wl June 7-9 to attend "Business of Indian Ag" training. MO T ION: Alan Crawford moves to approve leave requests. Woodrow Starseconds. Discussion. Question. Motion carries 5-0-0.

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DATE: April 11, 2016 BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Rosenda Shippentower, Treasurer; David Close, Secretary; Aaron Ashley, Member; Armand Minthorn, Member; Woodrow Star, Member, and Justin Quaempts, Member. Alan Crawford, General Council Chairman is on travel status. Quorum present. esolution 16-026: Topic: Honoring Nations Award. RESOLVED, the Board of Trustees endorses the nomination to the Harvard American Indian Economic Development Honoring Nations Award Program semi-finalist round; AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 11th day of April 2016. Motion carries 7-0-0. BOT Travel Reports. 1) Rosenda Shippentower, April 9-10 to Portland to attend The Museum at Warm Springs 15th Annual Honor Dinner. 2) Jeremy Wolf, Verbal report on Inter-tribal buffalo meeting. 3) Aaron Ashley, Verbal report on Inter-tribal buffalo meeting. 3) David Close, Verbal report on trip to Portland for the Warm Springs dinner. MOTION: Justin Quaempts moves to approve reports. Woodrow Star seconds. Discussion. Question. Motion carries 7-0-0. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Gary Burke, Personal leave, Friday, April 15. 2) Rosenda Shippentower, Personal leave, April 12 from 1 to 2:20pm. Local travel, WRC, April 20-21, Caregivers Conference. 3) Jeremy Wolf, Travel, April 22 to Oregon City to attend Willamette Falls Riverwalk. Note: Armand Minthorn departed at 2:50 pm for travel to Vancouver, WA.MOTION: Aaron Ashley moves to approve leave requests. Justin Quaempts seconds. Discussion. Question. Motion carries 4-0-0.

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38 California sea lions killed this year at Bonneville Wildlife workers from Oregon and Washington have killed 38 California sea lions at Bonneville Dam this year. That's the most in any single year since getting approval from NOAA Fisheries in 2008. NOAA spokesman Michael Milstein says it appears the program is working. "These are the fish that a lot of people are working really hard to save by improving habitat and making improvements at the dam and we don't want to

lose ground by having them be eaten by sea lions on their way back to spawn," he said. The authorization to kill the animals runs out in June of 2016. Oregon and Washington have asked for another five years. NOAA Fisheries is expected to decide in June or July. More than 1,000 p eople posted comments du r in g t h e public testimony phase of the renewal. Sport fishing guide Bill M o n roe Jr. supports the program. He's seen sea lions take fish off customers lines. He also wor-

ries about their impact on endangered salmon and sturgeon. "I don't think we need to kill every sea lion we see. That' snot the pointhere. The point here is to cull the population to a point where it won't have such a huge impact," he said. But the Humane Society of the U.S. is against the program. It sued the states in Federal Court in 2008, but lost. Now it's again arguing that the program should stop. "This is, if you will, a kind of treadmill

of death. You put the animals on it and you' renever gonna get off because it isn't getting you anywhere. What you are doing is not making any progress at all. Which means you are killing them for nothing," said Sharon Young with the Humane Society. This year, during the height of the sea lion occupation, biologists counted 6,500 of the animals from Bonneville Dam to the East Mooring Basin in Astoria. That is the largest number ever for the Columbia River.



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Call for Elders Stories: We would like to capture stories from Elders who cannot attend the conference, which will be made into short videos. Stories about your past, family stories R. community history. If you are interested, contact Debra Shippentower. (Note: Interviews will take at least an hour and we will need photos you would like to share in the video)

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Volunteers shed light on their grandparent and senior programs MISSION — In Celebration of National Services Month, a day of recognition and sharing was held in the chambers of the Board of Trustees (BOT) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). Volunteers and representatives of the Foster Grandparent and Senior Comp anion p r o gr ams shared with BOT Chairman Gary Burke as well as BOT Vice Chairman Jeremy Wolf. There were a total of 25 individuals who attended the get-together including Umatilla County Commission Chair George Murdock; Pendleton Mayor Phillip Houk, and Pend-

leton City Councilman John Brenne. Volunteers spoke about their "love" for being a foster grandparent and a senior companion. They shared about how it helps teachers who can't always be one-on-one with each student, they spoke of children advancing in their curriculum because of the extra help that they provide, and they told stories about helping the elderly run errands or go grocery shopping when they have no one else to do it. During the meeting, Mayor Houk designated April 12 to be, in part, National Services Day in Pendleton. "We wanted to explain to the BOT what we are

doing on the reservation and in the community," said Brenne. "Hopefully they can apply for grants and get more volunteers to the CTUIR." Brenne said currently there is one foster grandparent in the reservation education system that is working with children and one senior companion who works with an elder, but he'd like to encourage more volunteers and support for giving back to the community. "We continue to look for foster grandparents and senior companion volunteers," Brenne said. To learn how to get involved, contact Brenne at 541-276-4479

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Meyer Memorial Trust funding review Representatives from the Meyer Memorial Trust visited the Umatilla Indian Reservation in April to explain a new process for funding opportunies. About two dozen people attended the meeting April 12 at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. People came from as far away as Lone Rockin Grant Count, Milton-Freewater and Weston to learn about the new process the Trust is rolling for grant applications. The Trust gave out about $40 million last year and expects to do the same this year. Focus areas are designed to "improve Oregon to make Oregon a great place to live." Theyinclude housing opportunities, healthy environment, education, and community building. Chuck Sams, Communications Director for the CTUIR, is an advisor to the Trust and hosted the meeting.

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Rosenda Shippentower, said that, basically, the National Guard wants to take over the site. "They want 60 percent with the remainder to the counties. We'd rather have it the other way," said Tovey, who served as chairman of the Original Land Re-use Authority Committee. T he Tribes and counties would lik e to use the land for, among other things,

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