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Congratulations 2017 Graduates

The Yellowhawk Fun Run was held in May. More reults and photos on Page 11B

Basketball great Shoni Schimmel has decided to sit out her fourth year of the WNBA, telling New York Liberty Coach Bill Laimbeer she needs time to take care of personal issues. Story on Page 2B.

Graduate photos on Pages 3A, 10A and 11A

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Volume 25, Issue 6

Juvenile Code changes OK’d Board removes amendment that would have withheld ‘18 money’ until high school diploma or GED By the CUJ

Across the green fields of spring Samara Eagleheart, the 4-year-old daughter of Preston and Thelma Eagleheart, races through the grass in May when children from Head Start were joined by youth from the After School Program and current and former students from Nixyaawii Community School, to dig roots in fields east of Mission. The Children’s Root Feast was held May 11 at the Longhouse. For more photos, turn to page 18A. Photo submitted by Aaron Worden

MISSION – Several amendments were made to the Juvenile Code, but the Board of Trustees (BOT) shied away from the most controversial change – withholding “18-money” from juveniles until they graduate from high school or pass a GED test. The BOT for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation disregarded the Youth Council proposal, which had been supported by the Education and Training Committee, the Law and Order Committee, the Education Department, the Office of Legal Counsel, and the Office of Executive Director. The “18 money” refers to individual allocations from casino earnings that are kept in a fund for minors until they turn the age of 18. Currently when an enrolled CTUIR member turns 18 they will receive around $30,000. The Youth Council initially suggested the money be withheld until age 25, but somewhere Juvenile code on page 14A

Deputy Executive Director position eliminated By the CUJ MISSION – The position of Deputy Executive Director (DED) was eliminated on May 22 by the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla

Indian Reservation. Prior to the departure of Executive Director (ED) Dave Tovey, Deb Croswell was the Deputy Executive Director for nearly 14 years. She is currently the Interim Executive Director.

The BOT resolution stated the issue had been discussed six times in a seven-week period, but all of those discussions were held during executive sessions (closed meetings) so the issue came as a surprise when it was on the agenda for the first time

in a meeting open to the public. The Executive Director is now the only position under the direct supervision of the Board of Trustees, according to the Board eliminates position on page 19A

Celebrating salmon Susie Patrick dances at the Return to the River Salmon Festival at Walla Walla Commuinity College on May 20. For more, turn to Page 15A.

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CUJ News Traditional pow wow celebrates spring May 26 18-54 Women’s Traditional – 1, Trina Sherwood. 2, Katrina Blackwolf. 3, Ida Adams. 13 and older jingle and shawl – 1, Mackenzie Kiona. 2, Miriam Wallsee. 3, Julianah Matamoros. 13 and older fancy and grass – 1, Red Horse Wesley. 2, Rolin Morning Owl. 3, Garrett Begay. 12 and under jingle and shawl – 1, Shayla Nix. 2, Olivia Allen. 3, Brooklyn Jones. 7-12 girls traditional – 1, Jordan Hemsaw. 2, Virgilena Wallsee-Begay. 3, Caroline Billy. 7-12 boys traditional – Atish Williams. 2, Anthony Nix. 3, Quincy Sams. May 27 55+ Golden Age Women – 1, Katie BlackwolfBevis. 2, Tessie Williams. 3, Kathy Burke. 55+ Golden Age Men – 1, Don Moccasin. 2, Amos Pond. 3, Willie Totus. 18-54 Women’s Traditional – 1, Katrina Blackwolf. 2, Cece Munoz Stanger. 3, Dolly Hemsaw. 18-54 Men’s Chicken Dance Special – 1, Terry Hemsaw Sr. 2, Logan Quaempts. 3, Rod Begay. 4, Neal Morning Owl. 5, Daryl (no last name given). 6, Terry Hemsaw Jr. 13-17 teen girls traditional – 1, Susie Patrick. 2, Laura Mark. 3, Danae Smith. 13-17 boys traditional – 1, Andrew Adams. 2, Bryson Red Crane. 3, Atish Williams. 13 and older jingle and shawl – 1, Cece Wallsee-Begay. 2, Julianah Matamoros. 3, Salma Wallsee. 13 and older fancy and grass – 1, Red Horse Wesley. 2, Brian Adams. 3, William Wesley. 12-under Jingle and shawl – 1, Kaitlyn Taneshwa. 2, Shayla Nix. 3, Ava Zamudio. 12 and under fancy and grass – 1, Dwayne Billy. 2, Brianah Matamoros. 3, Sky Smith. 7-12 girls traditional – 1, Vivian Wallsee. 2, Ruby Wallsee. 3, Virgilena Wallsee-Begay.

Quincy Sams, 5, from Mission, shows off his new head dress during an inter-tribal dance at the traditional Spring Celebration pow-wow May 27 in the Longhouse on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

7-12 boys traditional – 1, Anthony Nix. 2, Lewis Allen. 3, Ellias Nelson. Tiny Tots (girls 0-6) – 1, Stella Wolf. 2, Abbi Kordatzky. 3, Eric Bears Paw. Tiny Tots (boys 0-6) – 1, Quincy Sams. 2, Mosey Wallsee. 3, Mica Guardipee.

Kraina Walsey from Yakama dances in the women’s traditional for 18-years-old and older during the Spring Celebration in Mission.

About half the dancers and drummers were from Mission and the other half from the Yakama Valley for the May 27 and 28 event. Traditional prizes - not cash - was won by competitors.

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CUJ News Board says no to special election to fill Quaempts vacancy MISSION – There will be no special election to fill a seat open on the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. An official statement from the General Council Office said this: “The Board of Trustees, after reviewing recommendations from the Election Commission has determined not to hold a Special Election to fill the vacant position of Board of Trustees Member-at-Large. This position will be filled at the General Election November 2017.” The resignation by Justin Quaempts in April created the vacancy. Instead, the position will be filled during the General Election on Nov. 21. The CTUIR Board of Trustees on May 22 accepted the recommendation from the Tribes’ Election Commission. In its recommendation, the Election Commission noted that because of a constitutional requirement of 90-day notice of a special election, the person elected would not be sworn until the end of August, which would limit his or her term in office to less than three months. The Election Commission noted the cost of a special election. At the May 22 meeting, General Council Chairman Alan Crawford made a motion to accept the Election Commission recommendation. The motion was seconded by Woodrow Star, a BOT member. The vote was 4-2 with Crawford, Star, BOT Vice Chair Jeremy Wolf, and Treasurer Rosenda Shippentower voting for the motion. BOT Secretary Kat Brigham and member Aaron Ashley voted against the motion.

Summer School begins June 26 for grades 1-8 PENDLETON – Summer school will be held for students going into grades one through eight from June 26 through July 14. Classes will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday for three weeks at Washington Elementary School. Students will be sent home with an application packet for summer school during the last three weeks of school. The goal of summer school is to increase attendance consistency with an incentive plan for students who attend regularly and to utilize technology to enhance instruction and student learning. Students will be using Chromebooks, computers, and electronic games with math and reading programs. Students will learn keyboarding and will utilize books, computers, flash cards, games, and other materials. There will be activities that include water days, sports days, art days, an obstacle course and scavenger days. Limited busing will be provided from areas selected by Midco Bus Company for those students that sign up. Parents will be informed when the bus will come to pick up and drop off their child/children as soon as the information is available. Summer school will be taught by certified teachers and supported by Indian Education Coordinators from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Summer school will serve breakfast before the first class, and lunch. On the last day of summer school there will be a celebration/activity day for students and parents at Washington Elementary school. This year only students who are recommended to attend summer school by their teachers should attend. If your child is not on the summer school list then they do not need to attend this year. Summer recreation will not begin until July 17 so there will be no overlap of programs. For more information contact Lloyd Commander at 541-429-7887 or email at

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Montaylor Sunshine Fuentes, Anthony Matamoros and L’Rissa Sohappy laugh it up watching a video of classmates during graduation ceremonies for the Nixyaawii Community School May 26 at Wildhorse Resort & Casino. Seven seniors received their diplomas. Retiring language instructor Mary Green made remarks, as did Stacy Fitzpatrick, the class valedictorian. CUJ photo/Wil Phinney

Emotions commence at graduation The 2017 graduating class at WestonMcEwen High School in Athena remembered classmate Brett Huesties, who died on May 29, 2012.

Rena Penny hugs her mother, Debbie Penny, at the rose presentation during the Weston-McEwen commencement exercises in Athena. Photos of Nixyaawii Community School grads, plus other native students from regional schools (as provided by schools and parents) are featured on pages 11A and 12A. CUJ photo/Dallas Dick

Parade kicks off Treaty Day MISSION – A morning commemoration of the Treaty of 1855 will take place June 7 and include a parade, veteran’s recognition, plus lunch and presentations in the Longhouse on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The theme of this year’s commemoration is Átamaytapam Miimi, ayáyatapam, či łquwi, aniixtapám máysx – “Pay respects to the past – celebrate this day – make a better tomorrow.” The day will begin at 8 a.m. with parade participants gathering at the BIA building before the parade starts at 9. The procession is expected to last about 45 minutes, ending at the Nix-Ya-Wii Warriors Memorial. Participants can gather at 10 a.m. to see a variety

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of educational booths in the Longhouse Annex. Box lunches will be provided at 10:30 a.m. From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. presentations will be made by Tribal Chief Judge William Johnson and General Council interpreter Thomas Morning Owl. Vendors should contact Jiselle Halfmoon, General Council secretary, at 541-429-7611 or jisellehalfmoon@ For more information about booth presentations in the Longhouse annex contact Alaina Mildenberger at 541-429-7500 or For general questions, contact Shawna Gavin, Executive Assistant to the General Council Chairman, at 541-429-7378 or


CUJ News Ports help bring steamboat back to Pendleton, Tamastslikt By the CUJ

MISSION – American Empress steamboat and bus tours, which each year bring close to a thousand visitors to Pendleton and the Umatilla Indian Reservation, are continuing thanks to a new docking site provided by the Port of Umatilla. The Empress, the largest of the three big cruise ships that travel up the Columbia and Snake rivers, in March cancelled its Pendleton excursions until new docking arrangements were made. Early this year, according to Pat Beard, Event Recruiter for Travel Pendleton, Empress officials learned that the steamboat was running up a sandbar and using a 50-foot gangplank for passengers to disembark. “They basically said, ‘Over our dead body,’” Beard said. “There was too much risk.” The Empress worried about liability should a wave break the boat loose and cause injury during disembarking. The Port of Umatilla found a way for steamboats to share a dock with cargo barges. The Empress doubled the number of tourists that travel up the river by steamboat and then transfer to buses for the trip to visit Pendleton sites and Tamastslikt Cultural Institute on the UIR, Beard said. Bobbie Conner, director at Tamastslikt, said more than 650 passengers from the Empress visited the museum in 2016. The Empress visitors spent time – and money – at Tamastslikt, Conner said. “It would have been admission and store and café sales,” Conner said, estimating the loss would have been in the neighborhood of $10,000. Conner said passengers typically spend most of their limited time in the exhibits. “On every vessel there are always a few who are very, very interested in more in-depth information, and want to visit with staff,” Conner said. Beard said Tamastslikt is one of the “most requested spots” for tourists. “Doubling the number in Pendleton has a lot do with TCI,” Beard said. Conner said it is Tamástslikt’s goal to accommodate all tourists, including those who arrive from the river boats via buses. Tamastslikt staff narrates information to passengers

More than 650 passengers from the Empress visited Tamastslikt in 2016. The Empress visitors spent time – and money – at the museum. “It would have been admission and store and café sales,” said Tamastslikt Director Bobbie Conner, estimating the loss would have been in the neighborhood of $10,000. Bobbie Conner, director at Tamastslikt, said more than 650 passengers from the Empress visited the museum in 2016. The Empress visitors spent time – and money – at Tamastslikt, Conner said. “It would have been admission and store and café sales,” Conner said, estimating the loss would have been in the neighborhood of $10,000. on the bus ride from Pendleton to the museum. “We try to consistently provide high quality ‘step on’ service from downtown to TCI so they learn about us before they get off the coach,” Conner said. “We’ve tried very hard. We want to be the highest ranking attraction they see.” On the day before the CUJ talked with Beard, he said six buses had been in town – four from the Empress and two others – Queen of the West and American Pride, both owned by American Cruise Lines. “A total of six buses and about 300 people from the riverboats,” Beard said. Keith May, a local historian and owner of MaySon’s

General Store on Main Street, said the impact from the bus tours to the community’s local economy is “huge.” “As the tour guide for the Empress, I have seen folks with thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise bought at Pendleton Woolen Mills,” said May. The Empress also visits the Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame and the Pendleton Underground Tours. Visitors usually eat at Hamleys Steakhouse, where dollars likely are spent at nearby businesses like Hamleys Western Store. “I can say for sure at our store (MaySon’s General Store) it is a vital part of our sales each year,” May said. The steamboats that dock in the Columbia at the Port of Umatilla don’t provide tourism dollars to other communities until the buses pull up in downtown Pendleton. However, said Kim Puzey, the Port’s Executive Director, helping find a new docking point still means tourist dollars for the region. “We’re glad to do it. When the riverboats come here they spend money in the area,” Puzey said. The steamboat is now able to pull up at the container dock where logs, breakbulk cargo – even molasses – also stop. “We schedule the riverboats around those other cargo barges,” Puzey said. Conner, representing Tamastslikt, and Beard, representing Travel Pendleton, recently received Oregon Tourism Commission awards (see story and photo on page 12B) and work closely together through Travel Oregon. Among other things, TCI and Travel Pendleton collaborated last year on the Governor’s Conference on Tourism, which was a sell out at Wildhorse Resort and Casino. The Empress, which started excursions in early May, arrives every other Friday through Nov. 3. The Empress comes to Pendleton on their eastbound Columbia River cruises. The American Pride stops on both eastbound and westbound cruises from April through October, usually on Thursdays and Sundays. Queen of the West, the smallest of the three steamboats, began tours May 18 and will run through September, visiting Pendleton and the UIR on the opposite Thursdays and Sundays as the Pride.

Cayuse Five topic of discussion June 3 at Mission Longhouse

Outstanding historic achievement Representatives from the CTUIR visited the Washington State Capitol on their way to a May 16 ceremony in which Gary Burke was awarded the 2017 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation from the Washington Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation. The award recognized CTUIR’s “unwavering commitment in caring” for the Ancient One during his time at the Burke Museum and dedication in pursuing his reburial. In this picture are Chairman Gary Burke, Aaron Ashley, Jennifer Karson and Joe Pitt to the right of three unidentified individuals.


CTUIR representatives stand with the award at the Washington State Capitol. From left to right Audie Huber DNR staff, Joe Pitt tribal attorney, Chairman Gary Burke, Teara Farrow Ferman Program Manager of Cultural Resources Protection, Aaron Ashley member Board of Trustees and Jennifer Karson Cultural Anthropologist.

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MISSION – A day to remember and honor the Cayuse Five has been scheduled for June 3 at 9 a.m. in the Mission Longhouse. The Cayuse Five were five men named Clokomas, Kiamasumkin, Isiaasheluckas, Tomahas, and Tiloukaikt. A controversial trial took place in Territorial Court of Oregon. All five men were found guilty, and hanged for the Whitman incident – a conflict in which a missionary couple and others were killed by Tribal people after the missionary doctor could not cure hundreds of natives who were dying. The deaths were caused by measles – a disease brought by the non-natives. Les Minthorn, descendant of Kiamasumkin, will be speaking at the event and then an open discussion will be held. A meal will also be provided for all in attendance. Andrew Wildbill is the organizer for the event and assisting him is Jiselle Halfmoon. According to Halfmoon, she and Wildbill hope to host an annual event to memorialize the Cayuse Five.

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CUJ News Bronze Star returned to hero’s daughter By the CUJ

MISSION – The return of one of Willard Nanegos’s bronze stars was meaningful for Alanna Nanegos, but she didn’t know her grandfather. However, it was an emotional time for her mother, Leona White, who accepted the medal from Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read in a ceremony during Flag Day for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation on May 19. “Obviously, it was a time for mom to reflect on her father,” Alanna said, “and it helped bring her a lot of good, positive feelings. She was very emotional over the whole event.” Alanna and her brother, David Close, were impressed with the medal ceremony and Flag Day, which this year took on a younger perspective. “Having the Youth Council and other kids participating made it very meaningful,” Alanna said. “It was nice to hear from the youth and the community, and I think it was well received.” The fact that Treasurer Read came from Salem to deliver the medal also affected the family. “It was downright shocking and amazing that he took the time and effort to bring the Bronze star to my mother,” Alanna said. “It wasn’t that he just took the time, but he did it right and gave it the respect it deserved.” The family had a memorial for Willard Nanegos, an Ottawa Indian, about 10 years ago, Alanna said, and generally that happens only once. This ceremony, she said, is an opportunity to “shine light on all veterans who came home. They should be welcomed home; not just lip service. We have veterans who are in need and it’s my thinking that this second time can be used as a way to honor all veterans.” The Bronze Star was recently found among unclaimed property overseen by the Oregon State Land Board. After some investigation, members of Read’s State Treasury team “uncovered the incredible story of your father,” states a letter to White from Gov. Kate Brown, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, and Read. Willard Nanegos was working in construction on the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 8, 1941. He joined the United States Army on the next day. In making the presentation in front of the Flag Day audience, Read read from prepared remarks: “After training, he (Nanegos) shipped out in 1942 as a proud member of the 168th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. He served in eight of the nine major campaigns that the 3rd Infantry Division fought in the European theater from North Africa to Italy to France. One of the battles he fought in was the Battle of Anzio. On the first day of the battle the 3rd Infantry lost 955 soldiers, the highest single day loss in World War II for any U.S. division. In a news clipping (enclosed with the Bronze Star), Private Nanegos said of the battle of Anzio: ‘It seems as if I was killed 10,000 times. I’ve been in that many tight places and thought I’d never live through them.’ As horrific as that battle was, Private Nanegos survived Anzio and the other campaigns the 3rd Infantry was involved in. For his courageous actions during war he was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster. He also received the Purple Heart as he was wounded twice in combat.” In fact, Alanna said, her grandfather was awarded seven Bronze Combat Stars in all, one for each of the campaigns in which he fought. The family doesn’t know the whereabouts of at least four others. Read noted that Private Nanegos was one of many Native Americans to serve in the armed forces. In fact, he said, American Indians serve in greater number per capita than any other ethnic group, and have served with distinction in every major conflict for the last 200 years. The CTUIR has a record of more than 650 veterans

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Leona White receives one of her father’s bronze stars from Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read in a reunification ceremony at the Flag Day celebration on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. World War II Private Willard Nanegos won seven bronze combat stars in eight of the nine major campaigns that the 3rd Infantry Division fought in the European theater from North Africa to Italy to France. With Leona White are her two children, David Close and Alanna Nanegos. CUJ photo/Dallas Dick

Drummers at the Flag Day celebration May 19 included, from left, Randall Minthorn, Ian Sampson, Kelsey Burns and Ira Toledo, who along with others provided the beat for grand entry to the rock amphitheater in front of the Nixyaawii Governance Center on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. This year’s event featured members of the CTUIR Youth Council and other young people. CUJ photo/Dallas Dick

Youth lead Flag Day celebration MISSION – More than 200 people gathered under sunny skies on the grassy knoll in front of the Nixyaawii Governance Center to celebrate Flag Day on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. This year’s event took on a new perspective with remarks made by young people, including Youth Council President Vincent Motanic Sheoships, who said the flag was a symbol of the Confederated Tribes’ success in “enduring to remain in our homeland.”

who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Many of their names are honored on the Nix-Ya-Wii Warriors Memorial in Mission. In his final remarks, Read told White, “Your father’s

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Sheoships told the crowd that he was “flooded with pride” in 2015 when members of the Youth Council visited the National Museum of American Indians in Washington, D.C., and saw the CTUIR flag flying with the flags of other tribal nations. Sheoships also explained the designs on the flag. Another young man, Earnest Morning Owl, dedicated the flag to all veterans and war mothers, plus cancer survivors. And Ian Sampson reminded everyone that “we are still here strong and together.”

sacrifice and service to this country will not be forgotten. I hope having this symbol of gratitude returned to your family will ensure that his story will be told for future generations.”


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n the early 1830s, a small group of Cayuse went to Saint Louis, Missouri to seek out teachers of American law. Years later, in 1836, Dr. Marcus Whitman set up the Waiiletpu Mission in Cayuse Country, near present day Walla Walla, Washington. The mission’s purpose was two-fold; teach the Cayuse about Christianity and “civilize” them in the ways of American society and law. The real underlying mission for Dr. Whitman was to promote the colonization of Oregon Territory, which was still wholly Indian Country. Dr. Whitman helped develop the Oregon Trail so his mission became less known for proselytizing and evangelical work and better known as a way station for emigrants to Oregon and Washington Territories. The Cayuse, after seeing the increasingly negative impacts to our people and our land, asked Dr. Whitman to stop helping the emigrants and close his mission, but he refused. To make matters worse, Dr. Whitman attempted to help stop a measles epidemic sweeping across the inland Northwest. His attempts to cure the Cayuse were not successful. In accordance with Indian Law, the doctor was found to be practicing bad medicine - what we recognize today as malpractice. - In November of 1847 he was confronted by the Cayuse to answer for these charges. Dr. and Mrs. Whitman and ten settlers were killed and over fifty prisoners were taken. This led to the Cayuse War of 1848. In order to stop the War, five Cayuse Headmen, Clokomas, Kiamasumkin, Isiaasheluckas, Tomahas, and Tiloukaikt surrendered themselves to the Territorial Militia in 1850. A Territorial Court convened and found all five guilty of the incident at the mission, though the court had no jurisdiction over the land of the Cayuse. The Cayuse Five were hanged on June 3, 1850 and buried at an undisclosed location near present-day Oregon City. The Cayuse Five gave their lives so that we may live. Five years later their sacrifice led to our Treaty that was signed on June 9, 1855 – a Treaty of Peace. It is proclaimed that Christianity is a religion of peace. But Dr. Whitman’s mission failed to demonstrate this. It was our ancestor’s sacrifices that restored peace – not

Alzada Tipton, the Whitman College Provost and Dean of the Faculty, and Modesta Minthorn, Director of the Education Department for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, sign a Memorandum of Agreement. The MOU is a symbol of cooperation between the college, named for missionary Marcus Whitman, and the CTUIR. Others signing the memorandum were Noah Leavitt, Associate Dean of Student Engagement; Kathleen Murray, Whitman College president; Armand Minthorn, CTUIR Board of Trustees member; Kat Brigham, BOT secretary; and Gary Burke, BOT Chairman.

Western religion or Western law. Fast-forward 181years from the origin of this story to the Walla Walla Valley as we know it. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation signed a memorandum of understanding between our modern Tribal Government and Whitman College in May of 2017. Over a two year period, Tribal elected leaders and staff worked with the College leadership to rebuild a relationship with Whitman, albeit his namesake. Together both entities determined to build a future based on a shared landscape and the shared value of educa-

tion. The memorandum established an open line of communication, opportunities to partner on educational instruction and plans for research. While Dr. Whitman’s original mission may have failed, today’s partnership can fulfill the ideals and hopes of the original Cayuse delegation to Saint Louis – seeking out teachers. As is our practice, we can reciprocate by teaching about our way of life and the natural laws that govern our lives. ~ CFSIII

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he old saying in Washington, D.C., that crops up around budget season is “the President proposes, Congress disposes.” But the cuts that President Trump outlined in his recently released budget proposal are making that old adage more important than ever. Indian Country is counting on Congress to uphold their trust responsibility to American Indians across this land because it is clear that President Trump is not. The President’s budget would cut $64 million in federal Native American funding for education, reduce

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funding for law enforcement and safety by $21 million , cut $27 million out of natural resources management programs run by tribes and reduce funding for human services, including the Indian Child Welfare Act, by $23 million. In addition to cuts to ongoing programs, Trump’s budget completely wipes out funding for small and needy tribes, tribal climate resilience and Alaskan Native programs. And while housing continues to be a challenge across the country, he proposes to cut block grant programs that provide housing assistance for Native Americans. Funding for tribal courts takes a nearly 22 percent hit

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in his budget as well. Some are calling it the worst attack on Indian Country in recent history. While Trump spent his first trip abroad as president lecturing other nations about their financial responsibilities, he seems to have forgotten about responsibilities at home. It is our duty to remind the Administration that the federal government is responsible for upholding their treaty obligations with our Tribe and hundreds of others within our national borders.


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CUJ News Ancient One DNA scientist visits MISSION – The scientist from Copenhagen, Denmark, who performed the DNA testing on the Ancient One visited the Umatilla Indian Reservation May 15. Members of the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation thanked Dr. Eske Willerslev, even though the Umatillas had agreed with the four other claimant tribes not to allow DNA testing. However, the Colvilles went against that promise and provided DNA samples. The testing by Willerslev determined that the Ancient One was most closely related to Native Americans from the Northwest Plateau region. That included all five claimant D r. E s k e Wi l l e r s l e v tribes (Umatilla, Yakama, Nez Perce, received an obsedian Wanapum Band, and Colvilles). point from Armand Minthorn, the BOT member involved with the Ancient One case for the last 20 years.

Armand Minthorn and Dr. Eske Wiilerlev reach out to shake hands at Tamastslikt May 15.

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CUJ Op-Ed Will Indians survive Donald Trump? By Duane Champagne, Indian Countrymedianetwork

Government policies and programs for American Indians change dramatically from one political administration to another. The New Deal Policy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration during the 1930s was followed by the Termination period of President Dwight D. Eisenhower during the 1950s. President Richard Nixon in 1970 set the stage for the current self-determination period, which focused on local administration of government services. Most presidents since Nixon have repeated the basic policy of self-determination and self-government, although programming has changed and funding declined. No president since Nixon has made a major speech on Indian policy. There were no significant policy changes under the Obama administration, which only partially supported the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples passed in 2007. Since the 1970s, Democrats promised more funding of programs, while Republicans favored more local self-government while also cutting back on government funding. Most likely President Donald Trump will not offer any significant policy changes to advance indigenous rights or tribally centered economic and political growth. If President Donald Trump were a typical Republican, he would restrain spending on federal programs for Indians and promote local tribal self-government. Trump’s campaign was clearly focused on less government. He wants to “drain the swamp.” Cuts for spending in the Department of Interior and across much of the federal establishment are meant to reallocate funds toward the military and economic infrastructure. Minority and indigenous rights institutions will be funded less and given less attention. In return, Donald Trump offers greater economic growth and

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He wants to “drain the swamp.” Cuts for spending in the Department of Interior and across much of the federal establishment are meant to reallocate funds toward the military and economic infrastructure. Minority and indigenous rights institutions will be funded less and given less attention. In return, Donald Trump offers greater economic growth and greater economic opportunities. greater economic opportunities. There is a question, however, whether minority and indigenous workers will have equal access to new jobs promised by Trump. The persistence of discrimination against minority and indigenous workers and communities is one reason for the rise of government supported indigenous rights and minority civil rights establishments. In the case of indigenous workers, many prefer to take jobs in their tribal communities, rather than working far away in urban markets. Trump’s policies offer, at best, economic opportunity and assimilation, although many indigenous workers prefer to work for tribal governments and communities. Tribal communities have survived by increas-

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ingly working within the U.S. democracy. Tribal members, organizations, and governments regularly present their views to the Congressional committees that address Indian legislation. If tribal communities find themselves in opposition to government policies, Indian leaders and governments negotiate and make their views heard. Treaties are government-togovernment relations and we would want those treaties to be upheld. There are periods when American Indian views were not well received, but persistence in legislation and the courts helps preserve the basic principles of indigenous rights and tribal governments, and cultures. If Indian nations believe they are part of the U.S. federal government system of courts, states, and tribal governments, and share its values, then working through U.S. institutions is a means to uphold and preserve an indigenous informed justice and government that is fair and productive. Trump, his advisors, and supporters are seeking to dismantle or marginalize the civil rights and indigenous rights movements. Working through existing democratic institutions and respecting and upholding those institutions while challenging any attempts that threaten justice and fairness, may be the best long-term strategy. The process of preserving civil and indigenous rights also should preserve national democracy and fairness. Preservation of democracy should not use methods that jeopardize the institutions of democracy. While Trump’s actions may threaten the very core of national justice and freedom, it is every citizen’s right and obligation to preserve democracy. If U.S. democracy can survive the intended or unintended threats of the Trump administration, then the United States will be truly a great nation. The U.S. will have the institutional wherewithal to serve and preserve the rights of its citizens well into the future and thereby be a light onto the rest of the world.


CUJ Almanac Obituaries Sunni Dawn Alexander Sept. 26, 1974 – May 13, 2017 Sunni Dawn Alexander went to the Creator on Saturday, May 12, 2017, after a two-year battle with cancer. She was born on Sept. 26, 1974, to Randy and Hilda Alexander. She was named by her uncle Les Alexander with a name that suited her personality. She was quick with that beautiful radiant smile. When she was six weeks old her parents returned to work so she was cared for by her grandparents Red and Anita Alexander, up through grade school. They nurtured her in mind and spirit, establishing an unbreakable bond. As her cousins would say, “Sunni Dawn owned grandma and grandpa.” She attended Sherwood Elementary and Sunridge Middle School, and graduated in 1992 from Pendleton High School. After graduating she gained employment at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. She also worked at Wildhorse Resort & Casino and for the Confederated Tribes of the

Umatilla Indian Reservation. She made many lifelong friends through her years of employment. She became a mother to LaRiah Alexander in 1999 and Nicolas Pearce Alexander in 2006. Her children were her greatest job. She loved spending time with them, which became harder in the last couple of months. She still could enjoy hearing their incessant chattering and bickering. She would smile knowing that they were nearby. Sunni enjoyed reading, gaming, arts and crafts, especially her beadwork. She loved spending time with friends and family. Catching up with what was happening on the homeland. She is survived by parents Randy and Hilda Alexander, children LaRiah and Nicolas Alexander, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and family. She is preceded in death by her younger sister Brandee Marie Alexander, grandparents Red and Anita Alexander, Alphonse and Florence Halfmoon, several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. A memorial mass was held at St. Andrew’s Mission May 17. Sunni wished to be cremated and her remains will be spread at a later date. Burns Mortuary in Pendleton was in charge of arrangements.

Richard Roy Clark March 29, 1937 – May 21, 2017




Richard Roy Clark was born March 29, 1937 to Lea Clark and Gladys McBean in Pendleton, Oregon. He was raised and attended schools in Pendleton. He lived his last two years in Athena living with his daughter Brandy. He married Sandra (Phillips) Clark March 16, 1973. They were married until her passing in February of 2008. He worked for the Pendleton Fire Department from July 4, 1959 until he retired on June 30, 1989. During that time he also served with the National Guard from July 1958 to July 1961, and was discharged honorably. When he wasn’t working he enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing. He loved his family and was often seen hanging out with his grandchildren. He is survived by his daughter Tana Vega and spouse Gus of Alexandria, Virginia; son Troy Clark and spouse Audrey of Seattle, Washington; son Brian Clark of La Grande, Oregon; daughter Shelly Clark and Adam of Spokane, Washington; daughter Brandy Clark and spouse Mark Crawford of Athena, Oregon; 10 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles. He was preceded in death by his wife Sandra Clark; dad Lee Clark; step father Harold Springston; mom Gladys Springston (McBean); step mom Clara Clark; and brother Darel Clark.

Weather Weather information summarizes data taken at the Pendleton Weather from May 1 to May 29. Temperature is reported in degrees Fahrenheit and time in Pacific Standard Time. The average daily temperature was 57.2 degrees with a high of 90 degrees on May 29 and a low of 32 degrees on May 7. Total precipitation to date in May was 0.93”. The average wind speed was 7.6 mph with a sustained max speed of 35 mph from the West on May 16. There were 17 clear, 11 partly cloudy and one cloudy day in the month of May. Air Quality Index values remained stable in the low range.

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Officers gather at Till Taylor Park in Pendleton during Law Enforcement Memorial Day. From left are officers of the Umatilla Tribal Police Department (UTPD) William Morris, Dave Williams, Nicholas Berg, Oregon State Patrol Lieutenant Mike Turner, and UTPD Chief Timothy Addleman. Final three are unidentified.

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Natural Resources Commission of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will hold the following public hearing: Zone Change File #ZC-17-001 – Applicant, Pioneer Asphalt, PO Box 38, Pendleton, OR 97801. The applicant is requesting a zoning change from Big Game Grazing Forest zone (G-1) to Surface Mine (SM) for an 8 acre portion of Tax Lot 2N33D000-03400 (approx. address 71711 Emigrant Road) owned by La France Grubbs, to expand an existing gravel pit. The property contains an existing Surface Mine zoned area of 10 acres. 3.8 acres of the adjacent property (2N33D000-03300) is also zoned Surface Mine. The effect of the zone change would be to increase the area zoned Surface Mine zone from an existing 13.8 acres to 21.8 acres (see Tribal Planning Office for map). Over the life of the expanded quarry, an estimated 894,000 cubic yards of material is proposed to be extracted and the site reclaimed for grazing and wildlife. Zone change amendments are subject to CTUIR Land Development Code Chapters 9 and 13. The public hearing will be held Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the Nixyáawii Governance center Wanaq’it Conference Room on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, 46411 Timíne Way, Pendleton, OR, 97801. The public is entitled and encouraged to attend the hearing and to submit oral or written testimony on the request. The Natural Resources Commission reviews amendments to the Master Land Use Map and makes a recommendation of approval or denial to the CTUIR Board of Trustees. To obtain further information and/or staff reports on the requests, contact the Tribal Planning Office, 46411 Timíne Way, Pendleton, Oregon, 97801; telephone (541) 276-3099. ­­­ Rosenda Shippentower, Secretary Natural Resources Commission

at the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation 1. Facility Technician II 2. Police Officer 3. Center Service Assistant 4. Field Archaeologist 5. Archaeologist 6. Teacher 7. Tribal Linguist 8. Public Transit Bus Washer 9. On-Call Public Transit Bus Driver & Dispatch 10. Child Welfare ICWA/Lead Case Worker 11. Public Transit Bus Driver 12. Computer Support Tech.II 13. Special Victims Criminal Investigator 14. Forestry Aid 15. Master Speaker - Nez Perce 16. Patrol/Administrative Sargeant 17. Biologist III 18. Radio Station Assistant 19. Administrative Office Manager 20. Recreation Attendant/Clerk 21. Human Resources Generalist 22. Indian Education Coordinator 23. Farm Assistant Seasonal 24. Fish Technician III 25. Shipping and Receiving Specialist 26. Office of Child Support Financial Specialist For more information visit: Office of Human Resources Online employment-opportunities

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Summer visitors the burrowing owl (Ppúu) and the long-billed curlew (áyay).

Arriving in time for summer The long-billed curlew (áyay) and the burrowing owl (Ppúu) are both iconic native grassland/shrub-steppe dependent species that migrate long distances to breed here on the Umatilla Indian Reservation and throughout the desert Northwest. When they arrive they must adapt to the changes to their native habitat from human development and agriculture. Both species breed in loose colonies when habitat permits. The largest colony of burrowing owls in the continental United States can be found at the Umatilla Army Depot where owl conservationists have placed many artificial burrows to aid in their recovery. In nature they rely on badgers and other burrow diggers to hollow out their homes. Photos by Carl Scheeler, CTUIR Wildlife Program

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Interim Director: Debra Croswell

General Council Meeting Nixyaawii Governance Center, 2 p.m. - June 13 New Business Draft agenda:

1. Celebration Committee - Babette Cowapoo, Celebration Committee Chair 2. Fish & Wildlife Commission Report - Fish & Wildlife Comm. Members 3. Board of Trustees Vice-Chairman Report - Jeremy Wolf, BOT Vice Chair

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2017 High School Graduates Nixyaawii Community School

Montaylor “Sunshine” Fuentes

Tracker Denny

WestonMcEwen High School

Skylar Bill

Anthony Matamoros

Lexi Bronson

L’Rissa Sohappy

Chandler Case

Pilot Rock High School

Jason Fritz

Tehya Ostrom

Daveion Smith

Nik Crawford

Drendan Dearing

Shaw Broncheau

Jessy Church

Tahner Bates

Hermiston High School

Emma Burke

Stacy Fitzpatrick

Kyler Carter

Tanna Osmin

Rena Penny

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Thomas-James Ryan Alberti

Daniel Allen

Dyllon Baum

Hunter Brewer

Gilberta Gottfriedson-Baker

Jeffrey Kovach

Cody Kunkle

Melissa McMichael

Annalise Oertwich

Kyndel Richards

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Katie Wildbill

Tehya Thompson

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Trevor Ulicini

Mikyla Ureno

Zillah High School

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Jessica Cortez

Michael Pasena

Cheyenne Weese

Raveign Mardel Guthrie

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Helping herself before helping Iringa By the CUJ

CORVALLIS – Truth be told, Marissa Baumgartner is going to Africa as much to learn about herself as she is to learn about the villagers in Iringa, Tanzania. A former Happy Canyon and Round-Up princess, Baumgartner will spend two weeks volunteering in the village of Iringa through a fellowship program called Everyday People Initiating Change (EPIC). She needs to raise money to help pay expenses. In Iringa, she will help educate others about wells and water sanitation, create a project to benefit the people of the village, and live with a family during her stay. “Water is a large issue in Africa and it’s extremely powerful that I will get to help others obtain more water,” Baumgartner said. “It’s also an interesting connection because as Indian people in America we protect our water and Mother Earth. On the other side of the world some could never fathom the amount of water we have in America. It saddens me that we take this resource for granted.” A spiritual person, Baumgartner said she hit a low point early this year and “felt something missing from who I was.” She was reading personal-development books trying to understand different ways of “believing in self, loving who you are, working with historical trauma and the pain already endured.” Just about the time one author’s words began to click and Baumgartner started to “make sense of my world” she spotted the fellowship program online. “I thought, ‘What the heck.’ I applied in January and two weeks later I was accepted into the program,” she said. So far, Baumgartner’s quick study of Tanzania shows a much different life – “much worse than America” – but where the “people are still happy and they love each other.” But Baumgartner, 22, admits: “I’m really going to do

Marissa Baumgartner will volunteer in Iringa, Tanzania in Africa in August.

this for me and learn from Africa. I love that I’m helping, but it’s more for me.” Baumgartner has studied several religions “trying to find herself” but keeps coming back to her Indian traditions. “I started research. What is going on? Christian, Buddhist, a brief idea of Hindu. Meditation I absolutely love. But I identify as Indian religion. I know we are two people in this world, but I’m Indian first and always will be.” Baumgartner said she had trouble understanding her own depression but found ways to manage it. She is no longer on medication. Rather she is reading and journaling. “Those are two huge things,” she said. “I’m doing

something for me. As women we have to take care of ourselves. I didn’t understand what that meant until recently.” Baumgartner said she wants to show young girls, and boys, that they can do anything they put their minds to. She will graduate this spring from Oregon State University (OSU) with a degree in Human Development and Family Science with a focus on Child Development. “I dreamed of going to college and now I’m graduating from OSU. There were times I didn’t think I could do it, but things are possible. You can do things if you really want to. You can go to school or Africa or whatever your dreams are.” Baumgartner said there should be no confusion. She may like fashion, she may live in the city, but she is Indian. “Sometimes just because I’m gone people think I’m not part of the community or that I’ve forgotten who I am. I haven’t. I keep learning and I come back. I want to come back to the reservation and make an impact there focusing on families and children.” As a fundraiser, Baumgartner is designing a T-shirt that depicts two women walking hand-in-hand. One is an Indian and the other is a tribal Tanzanian woman carrying a water bucket on her head. “Even though they come from two different places they are still from one human race,” Baumgartner said. “We aren’t the same people, but we have each other and we have to have water.” Baumgartner is hoping to sell 200 T-shirts through on-line pre-orders. Contributions can also be made to Keysha Ashley (CTUIR Daycare) or Aaron Ashley (Nixyaawii Governance Center) at their work. Or Baumgartner has a Generosity Account (https://www. on-line. All money must be turned in buy July 20. For more information, Baumgartner can be reached at


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Transportation growth Open House June 7 541-276-7272 By J.D. Tovey, CTUIR Planning Director

MISSION – A public open house is planned from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, by the Tribal Planning Office and the Transportation Growth Management Team for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The open house will take place in the General Council chambers at Nixyaawii Governance Center at Mission. Light refreshments will be provided. In 2016 the Tribal Planning Office received a Transportation Growth Management grant from the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development and the Oregon Department of Transportation. The purpose of the grant is to assist the community in developing plans and a vision for the Mission community area, and specifically properties around the Mission Road and Highway 331 intersection. In the coming years there will be many projects in this area such as housing, education, and private economic opportunities. In addition to the existing Governance Center and Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center under construction, this means there will be more employees, more residents, and more potential customers near that intersection. These projects will require roads, sidewalks and trails and other connections for people to access their places of business, homes, and work. Planning for and designing

Creating walkable communities has many benefits, the most important of which is battling skyrocketing obesity rates in the community which has many secondary health complications such as diabetes, high blood pressure, some cancers, and others. those connections before the development occurs will help ensure that our communities have sidewalks, trails that are walkable, while also allowing for cars and trucks to access properties. Creating walkable communities has many benefits, the most important of which is battling skyrocketing obesity rates in the community which has many secondary health complications such as diabetes, high blood pressure, some cancers, and others. Benefits also include efficiently using tribal dollars and resources on infrastructure, encouraging private business development, and strengthening community bonds because we will be more likely to stop and talk to friends, family, elders, coworkers, etc. if we pass each other while walking or biking than we would by just waving as we drive past each other. The team working on this grant has

been gathering background information since January 2017. There have been a number of team meetings, stakeholder meetings, and outreach to the youth through the Tribal Youth Council and Nixyaawii Community School. We have gathered a lot of great input and ideas from those meetings that will be shared at the Open House. The youth were especially helpful and have provided tons of great ideas and opportunities for the future of their community. It was mentioned during some of the meetings with the youth that they were the Seventh Generation since the signing of the Treaty. It is powerful to know that today’s youth are the ones the Treaty signers were thinking about during negotiations. Their input and voice, while thinking about the next seven generations will have a strong impact on the future of our community. The youth recognized this is not only a great opportunity, but also a huge responsibility to their community. There is no doubt that our youth are up to the task of that leadership. At the Open House we will share information that we have gathered, but also hear more ideas and perspectives from residents and tribal members about designs for trails, sidewalks, roads, buildings, houses, market areas and parks. If there are any questions or comments, contact the Tribal Planning Office at 1-541-276-3099.

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along the line that age was reduced to 21. It didn’t matter because the BOT struck the portion of the Juvenile Code changes that read: “The Court may enforce its orders under this section, provided it is in compliance with the current Gaming Revenue Allocation Plan, by … issuing an order that a juvenile not be issued dividends until such time as they graduate from High School or passed a General Education Development (GED) test.” Some BOT members said they supported the “18 money” provision during a work session the week prior, but changed their minds when the actual resolution was submitted for a vote. That resolution contained words like “seizing” dividends and “garnishing” wages.

That prompted General Council Chairman Alan Crawford to withdraw his initial motion. Discussion followed until a final motion was made that adopted a change that removed the “18 money” provision. Some of those terms were left in the code. For example, the code gives the Court the authority (provided it is in compliance with the current Gaming Revenue Allocation Plan) to seize dividends issued by tribal government to persons having care, custody or control over a truant or tardy juvenile; to keep juvenile dividends from being released to the person having care, custody, or control over a truant or tardy juvenile; and issuing an order for the collection of fees owed by a person having care, custody, or control over a truant or tardy juvenile including the garnishment of wages. The new Juvenile Code made several other changes, including:

l Prohibiting private home schooling that is not connected with a public school. l Ordering the filing of a “minor-in-needof-care” case to the Department of Children and Family Services when a parent or guardian is unable to send the juvenile to school on time and/or maintain a regular, full-time class schedule. l Identifying tardiness as when a student fails to attend on time three days or more each month of school. If the juvenile is found responsible, the Court may issue an appropriate order designed to compel attendance, including drug and alcohol, psychological or other relevant evaluation recommendations. l Considering failure of a person having care, custody, or control of the truant or tardy juvenile, without justification, to produce the child as notified by the Education Department, a civil infraction subject to a fine of $100 a day until the child returns to school on time. The citation shall contain a notice that continued failure to produce the child at school, on time, the next day, will result in an additional $100 fine for each day the child is truant or tardy.

All the money issues may, in fact, be mute because of the GRAP. For dividends to be withheld for any reason the GRAP would have to be changed, which could mean gaming compact negotiations with the state. If that were to happen, it wouldn’t be quick.

McGuire faces DUII arrests in Hood River, Multnomah counties HOOD RIVER – Kyle McGuire, vicechairman of the General Council for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, faces two charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII). He already has been convicted of two DUII charges, according to Hood River Deputy District Attorney Timothy Wong. At a motion hearing May 18, the Court ruled that the two prior DUII convictions can be used at trial and sentencing for the arrest made against McGuire May 23, 2016, Wong wrote in an email. At the same hearing, the Court required McGuire to post an additional $500 bail for violating the conditions of his release after being arrested for another DUII in Multnomah County on Nov. 26, 2016. That case is pending the results of the urinalysis.


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Kalvin Larson, 5, releases a fingerling salmon into Mill Creek under the watchful eye of James Baker, a water ecology student at the Water & Environmental Center at Walla Walla Community College. Dozens of youngsters took turns pouring the little fish from plastic cups of water into the creek as part of the Return to the River Salmon Festival May 20.

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Kate Ely, hydrologyst for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, shows Gracie Mobbs, Karson Mobbs, and Jack Mobbs, ages 7, 11, and 10, respectively, a model of ground water. Their parents, Kodi and Cody Mobbs, attended. Mom Kodi Mobbs will be working next year as a social work intern at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center.

Dave Stockdale, Director of the Water & Environmental Center at Walla Walla Community College, simulates how stream water moves downstream no matter what kind of barriers get in its way. Watching, from left, are Oscar, Andres, Lene and Evy Erikson from Walla Walla. “No matter what you do with the land, water always runs downhill. Water always wins,” Stockdale said.

Russel Marlow and Mark French from the CTUIR Fisheries Program demonstrate a watershed table and the effect of riparian and stream habitat to Ryan Swinney, 7, his mother, Chris, and Marlow’s mother, Jan Schroed, right. Marlow explained that habitat improvements include placement of woody structures and planting of trees along streambanks. The Fisheries Program gets their plants from the CTUIR Native Plant Nursery.

Jesse Red Sky Bevis was one of the dancers sharing culture and history at the Return to the River Salmon Festival in Walla Walla May 20. Under a canvas arbor, Bevis was joined was by Julia Johnson, EllaMae Looney, Ada Patrick and Susie Patrick. Bevis, part of the Dance Troupe Generation, had a busy weekend. He had danced at Eastern Oregon University Pow Wow the night before and was heading to the Wildrose Memorial Pow Wow in White Swan the next day. “I travel a lot to dance but mostly for the people, to visit family and friends, and to make new friends. I like to be consistent every weekend. If work and money allows I’ll go. If I don’t I don’t know what to do if I’m home on the weekend.” Toby Patrick, master of ceremonies, explained that Native Americans today live in two worlds. He also told a story about talking to his grandfather in the mountains when they heard drums only to find a group of Boy Scouts acting like Indians. Patrick said he thought it was embarrassing until his grandfather told him to go help the young men. “I had to go on with the Boy Scouts and help them dance Indian. My first performance was with Boy Scouts,” he laughed. “We had on regular clothes; they were dressed like Indians.” Patrick said it is up to Natives to teach others about Indian culture. “We’re no better or worse; we all evolve. That’s what society is. If we don’t teach how will we know about each other?”

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The new Elgin Family Health Clinic was funded solely from grants and contributions, including grants from the Wildhorse Foundation. The inside of the Elgin Family Health Clinic, at right, shows furniture purchased with money received from the Wildhorse Foundation.

Where is the foundation money going? Elgin Health Care District starts fresh after not being able to meet primary health care needs By Miranda Vega Rector of the CUJ

ELGIN - Foundations, grants, trusts, and individual donations matter when it comes to medical care and the Elgin Health Care District (EHCD) has firsthand experience. In a 2014 report from the Oregon Office of Rural Health, EHCD was ranked in the bottom three service areas with the highest unmet health care needs in rural Oregon. The report also showed that Elgin was only meeting 28.3 percent of primary health care needs. “Mostly because we didn’t offer a bunch of services,” said Jared Rogers, volunteer Project Manager of EHCD. “We didn’t have room for physical therapy, behavioral health, pharmaceuticals, or anything like that.” EHCD is a non-profit special district that leases space to providers. The medical provider is non-profit, but its dental provider is for-profit. They were working out of a 1,900-square foot building with only two exam rooms for medical services and two dental chairs. That caused patient wait times to be several months out. “That’s what started us saying ‘we’ve gotta find more space’,” said Rogers. The EHCD Board of Directors began to look around Elgin for existing space to remodel, but they couldn’t find a building that met their needs. Needing to go another route, the Board did a feasibility study at the beginning of 2015 and learned that the community would support construction of a new clinic. That’s when the fundraising began. The Board divided up their plan of attack into two phases. The first phase would be to acquire money to go toward an 8,000-square-foot clinic and the second phase of fundraising money would go toward the furnishings, landscaping, and signage. To start, the State of Oregon granted them $1,250,000 in June 2015. They then received $300,000 in pledges from local businesses and community members. With more than half of the budget accrued, they began applying to foundations. They acquired an additional $1,079,500 in grants and donations. Construction for the new clinic commenced in July 2015 and was completed in March of this year.

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“Rural healthcare needs can now be addressed locally without the need to get them in La Grande, a 40-mile round trip,” Rogers said in an email. “There were many people who couldn’t afford the trip to La Grande, some who didn’t even own a car.” Since the completion of the building, EHCD has continued to apply for grants that would assist them in finishing phase two of their plan. So far they have been awarded $32,800. Wildhorse Foundation awarded EHCD $25,400 toward both phases of the project. Additionally, EHCD received $7,500 in 2012 from the Wildhorse Foundation for a different project. “The (Wildhorse) Foundation has been instrumental in our success in offering improved health care needs to the patrons of our district for several years now. We wouldn’t be where we are at today without their support,” said Rogers. Other money received by the EHCD include $200,000 from the Ford Family Foundation, $125,000 from the Collins Foundation, $60,000 from Oregon Communities Foundation, $60,400 from the Reser Family Trust, $50,000 from an anonymous foundation, $10,400 from the Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust and $6,500 from the North West Farm Credit Services. They also received a grant from MJ Murdock Trust that would pay the remainder of their costs “up to” $275,000, and an additional $300,000 was donated from the Elgin community. Because of the foundations, grants, trusts, and local donations, the new El-

gin Family Health Clinic is able to offer a complete range of services. Physical therapy services have been added and space has been set aside for the Center for Human Development to handle behavioral health care needs. The Board plans to add a pharmacy and eye care provider as soon as possible. The clinic dentist now accepts Oregon Health Plan Dental patients and has been assigned over 1,200 patients from Wallowa and

Union Counties. The medical provider also accepts Medicare and low income patients as well. This is part of a series of articles that shows how money from the Wildhorse Foundation is spent. The Wildhorse Foundation is a community benefit fund established by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to support organizations in northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington. For eligibility requirements, visit

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Dancers young and old participated May 11 in the Children’s Root Feast Pow Wow at the Longhouse on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Here children and teachers from the Cay-Uma-Wa Day Care, the Afterschool Program and Nixyaawii Community School as well as a host of volunteers join together for a Friendship Dance.

For some it’s the first Root Feast

Jeremy Wolf, left, and Alvina Huesties, right, stand by Happy Canyon Princess Gabriella Lewis as she speaks to the audience at the Children’s Root Feast. Wolf is the cousin and Huesties is Wolf’s mother in law.

Persephone Sampson gave away her first roots and a gift to Mildred Quaempts, a language teacher for the Language Program in the Education Department of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Abigayle McIntosh, daughter of Jill-Marie Gavin and Demetrius McIntosh, checks out her dress during the Children’s Root Feast in the Longhouse on the Umatilla Indian Reservation May 11. Kaeleen McGuire and Charlie Minthorn are standing behind Abigayle.

Fallyn Plume, age 4, gets a helping hand from Lennox Lewis, a 2016 graduate of Nixyaawii Community School. Children used traditional kápins to dig roots. Photo by Aaron Worden

Alvina Huesties, far left, lines up the young people at the Children’s Root Feast in May at the Longhouse. The children from CayUma-Wa Head Start, the Aftershool program, and students from Nixyaawii Community School joined volunteers for the event. To the right of Huesties are Happy Canyon Princess Gabriella Lewis and Damien Totus, and the children from left are, Ceci Morning Owl, Denise Morning Owl, Abi Ford, Kelsey Jones, Lisa McIntosh, adult Wacey Kirk, Kateri Jones, Jayleese Minthorn (blue bandana), adult Roberta Williams, Samarah Eagleheart, adult Linda Sampson, Alana Eagleheart, Madison Eagleheart. CUJ photos/Phinney


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board resolution amending the Executive Management Policy, which received no public, departmental review beyond the Office of Legal Counsel and Human Resources directors. Approval of amendments to the Executive Management Policy was not unanimous. BOT member Aaron Ashley made the motion to approve the amendments, which was seconded by BOT Treasurer Rosenda Shippentower. They were joined with “yes” votes by BOT Vice-Chairman Jeremy Wolf and General Council Chairman Alan Crawford. BOT Secretary Kat Brigham and BOT member Woodrow Star opposed the motion. BOT member Armand Minthorn was out for personal reasons, according to the polled voting chart. Ashley said it was a matter of returning to the organizational structure before the Deputy Executive Director position was created. Ashley said the deputy post was created to avoid the nepotism of then-Executive Director Dave Tovey supervising his brother, Bill Tovey, who is director of the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). The DED was responsible for half of the organization, including DECD. “Now that Dave is no longer with us,” Ashley said, “the need for a DED is no longer there either.” Was it a controversial decision? “Of course it was,” Ashley said. “Change is always controversial. Some people don’t like change, but sometimes it’s necessary.”

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Ashley said the BOT met in closed session so they could “talk freely.” Ashley said the BOT believes a new ED will be able to supervise all departments as Tovey did before his brother became the director of DECD. “Given time to search we’ll get somebody great, find somebody that can come in and provide that at that level,” Ashley said. After a hiring committee is formed and a job description is created, Ashley believes a new ED can be hired quickly. However, a look at Tribal personnel policies would indicate filling the top position could take months. Wolf said the Deputy Executive Director position was established because the Tribal Personnel Policy Manual restricted ED Tovey from supervising his brother and son. “We want to get back to what it was before with one executive,” Wolf said. “The chain of command will be defined clearer. The Board wants to see a linear structure vs. the ED allowed to unilaterally move around.” The ED would certainly still be able to manage the Tribal entity, Wolf said. However, the BOT members who voted for the change believe it will make it easier for the BOT to manage a single executive. “The supervisor-employee relationship should be clear. With an ED and a DED that shared responsibilities Dave (Tovey) and Deb (Croswell) had equal duties and the lines were blurred from time to time,” Wolf said. Wolf said elimination of the position was not taken lightly. “There was a number of work sessions. It’s not as if… it’s not just today. We’ve talked about eliminating that position,” he said. Meanwhile, the search for a new Execu-

tive Director is still in the infancy stages. The BOT has not yet put together a hiring team in accordance with the Executive Management Policy. “We’re still working toward hiring,” Wolf said. “We wanted to see if the BOT agreed with this step first. Now we’re looking to the next step, come up with a job description and set up a hiring committee.” Wolf said the decision was made to “make our job easier and the OED (Office of Executive Director) job easier. We’re working as hard as we can toward consistency and clarity.” Star, who voted against the motion, said he understood the rest of the Board’s thinking. “The deputy executive director position was established because of nepotism. That was the underlying cause,” Star said. Star, who was in management for years before entering politics, intimated that he’s fearful that some BOT members might unknowingly micromanage the day-to-day operations of the CTUIR government. “I hope not,” he said. “I don’t want to see that. Our Tribe has always been a leader because of the staff’s ability to do their jobs.” Star said he’s ready for the CTUIR to move forward with someone in the ED position who can work with Human Resources to make any more changes, if necessary. “But other changes should have to be an improvement to the services we provide to people,” he said. He also said that whoever is hired will need to be cognizant of past and current CTUIR issues. That person might be hard to find if he/she is recruited from across Indian Country, Star said.

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BOT Secretary Brigham said she was voting no because she had many questions. When the issue was raised during the BOT meeting she said she had questions but the vote was taken without a discussion. “I don’t support it the way it is,” she said at the May 22 meeting. After the vote, Brigham reiterated her position with a caveat: “I don’t like it but I have to support it. Even though I had objections, that’s the Board’s decision.” Croswell was unsure of her future, but as of press time was still serving as Interim Executive Director. In fact, Croswell has held executive positions on a number of occasions. She has been deputy executive director twice – once in 2003 under ED Don Sampson. At that point she had concurrent duties as communications director and Deputy ED. In 2014 the Board of Trustees decided it wanted a full-time DED and put funding in the budget to separate the duties and created a full-time Communications Director position, which was filled by Chuck Sams. When Tovey was Executive Director, Croswell supervised nine departments. Tovey supervised six departments. On two occasions Croswell has served as interim ED. She filled in when Sampson left and again when Tovey resigned. Ashley said the BOT expects Croswell to continue as interim Executive Director until a new ED is hired, although no specific directive was given post amendment and resolution regarding the policy. And, he said, “She’s free to apply like anyone else. We eliminated the position, not Deb.” Immediately after the vote, Chuck Sams, who had been serving as Interim Deputy Executive Director, resumed his position as Communications Director.



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Ostrom, Fitzpatrick lead PR to title game One win from three-peat

Pilot Rock pitcher Teyha Ostrom works from the mound in a playoff game. She has led the Rockets to their third straight state Class 2A softball championship, which will be played June 2 against North Douglas in Corvallis. CUJ photo/Dallas Dick

Keala Pizer, left, and Ermiah Butler, right, from the qʷɨ́łtɨ́p miyuxmz team look to Lucas ArellanesThompson, their frustrated teammate, for the answer to a question presented to them at the 2017 Language Bowl held in May at Wildhorse Resort & Casino. For more photos and results turn to page 5B.

PILOT ROCK – It took 10 innings, a throwing error and quickthinking base running for Pilot Rock to slip past rival Union-Cove 4-3 and advance for the third time in three years to the state Class 2A softball championship in Corvallis. Pilot Rock is the two-time defending state champions and the three-peat would make the Rockets one of four schools to win three straight OSAA softball titles. Pilot Rock will play North Douglas in the championship on June 2. Two of the key players on the team are outstanding pitcher Tehya Ostrom, who went the distance against Union-Cove, and Stacy Fitzpatrick, a senior first baseman who attends Nixyaawii Community School. If Pilot Rock wins the state title, Fitzpatrick will have four state title rings – three with the Rocket softball team and one with the Nixyaawii Golden Eagles basketball team. The battle May 30 at Pilot Rock was classic. It was the sixth time the two teams, less than 70 miles apart, had played this spring and the third game to go extra innings. For Pilot Rock, once again it was stalwart defense and concentration at the plate that lifted them to the win in the 10th inning. The Rockets blasted off the pad in the first inning for three runs, but Union-Cove scored two in the third and another in the fifth to knot the score. The game went scoreless for four innings before Pilot Rock scored in the 10th when Ayana Aguilar laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Brielle Howland to third. The Bobcats committed their fifth error of the game, however, on an overthrow to first and Howland rounded third and came home for the win. Union-Cove had a chance to push a run across in the top of the 10th when it loaded the bases with one out after an infield error by Pilot Rock, but Ostrom got Harley Davis to ground into a double play to end the threat. Ostrom field the ball and threw to catcher Rhyanne Oates for the force at the plate, and Oates tossed the ball to Sara Weinke at third to easily double up the Bobcats. It was the second inning-ending double play of the game for the Rockets and the first also came with the bases loaded in the third inning. It went from Ostrom to Oates to first baseman Stacy Fitzpatrick. Most of this story came from the East Oregonian’s coverage.

Clarence “Clancy” Cowapoo will be inducted into the Pendleton Buckaroo Linebacker’s Hall of Fame in July. Cowapoo was an outstanding basketball player and also was a three-year starter on the Bucks’ baseball team. This is the first year athletes other than football players will be inducted. For a story, turn to Page 3B.

CUJ Sports Schimmel sitting out 2017 WNBA season By Nick Martin

NEW YORK CITY - New York Liberty guard Shoni Schimmel announced her plan to sit out the 2017 WNBA season, according to Coach Bill Lambier. The hiatus comes after a down year on the court for Schimmel, a two-time AllStar who will be sitting out what would have been her fourth season in the league. Schimmel did not report to training camp in April, with Laimbeer telling ESPN that Schimmel “decided to take some time off.” Laimbeer did not specify why, telling the reporter to “call and ask her. I’m not going to speak for her. She’s on the roster, she’s under contract. It’s her choice.” According to her statement, Schimmel will return to the Liberty for the 2018 season. “I’m very grateful to the New York Liberty for allowing me to take this season to deal with some personal issues. I look forward to rejoining them next year.” Schimmel has long been a fixture for those who follow women’s college basketball and Native American athletes in general. She was featured in Jonathan

Hock’s “Off The Rez,” an excellent 2011 documentary that followed her career playing rez ball on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon, where she dominated the competitive local circuit, to the point that she was signed by Louisville. Schimmel went on to start and star for the Cardinals for four years; she finished second on the program’s all-time scoring list and was named an All-American as a senior after averaging 17.1 points per game in 2014. The same year, she went No. 8 to the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA draft. As a rookie, Schimmel was in the starting rotation within the first five games, scoring 17 points in both the team’s second and third games of the year. She only started twice before the All-Star break, coming off the bench the rest of the year to average 8.7 points and 3.6 assists in 21 minutes per game. Her early season breakout performances and fairly consistent play off the bench were enough to impress fans by July, when she was voted as a starter in the 2014 All-Star Game. Schimmel capitalized on the spotlight, scoring an WNBA All-Star Game-record 29 points

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Shoni Schimmel, a basketball star on the Umatilla Indian Reservation as a youngster, was a standout high school player in Oregon before playing at the University of Louisville. She was drafted to the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream and now plays for the New York Liberty.

in ridiculously fun fashion. In the fourth quarter and overtime, Schimmel was draining deep threes, flipping in runners, and banking fadeaway jumpers; her East squad edged out the West 125-124 in overtime after she cut a four-point deficit to one with 41 seconds left.

By season’s end, Schimmel’s was the league’s most popular jersey. But the success she had in producing the occasional excellent game came less often in her second season with the Dream. Schimmel’s points, assists, and win shares per 48 minutes all dropped; she still went for 7.6 points, 2.5 boards, and 3.2 assists, earning her a secondstraight All-Star Game appearance. The second nod from the fans was not enough for Atlanta, though, which traded Schimmel to the Liberty for a second-round pick at the end of the season, reportedly in part because Schimmel appeared for training camp and games during the regular season out of shape. Schimmel seemed to be in fine condition this past season, but she struggled to earn minutes or produce on the court with the Liberty, coming off the bench to play in 17 games before a concussion sidelined her for the remainder of the season. She finished the season averaging 2.1 points and 0.6 assists per contest. Nick Martin writes about the WNBA for The Early Lead. He has written sports articles for a number of on-line publications as well as The Washington Post.

Stewart 1A Player of Year PORTLAND – Mary Stewart was named Oregon’s Class 1A Player of the Year and Jeremy Maddern was named Coach of the Year, topping off a state title for the Nixyaawii Community School girls basketball team. Milan Schimmel joined Stewart as one of the five girls named to the first team by the 1A Oregon Basketball Coaches Association. Her brother, freshman Mick Schimmel, received honorable mention on the boy’s side of the all-star list. He was the only player on the allstar squad that wasn’t a junior or senior. Stewart and Milan Schimmel, Mary Stewart averaged 23 points with a game high of 41 in which she made 10 of b o t h j u n i o r s , 11 three-pointers in the Old Oregon League. were joined by In the state title game she scored 34 Mollie Lewanpoints,with 7 steals, 6 rebounds, 3 assists dowski, a junior and 3 blocked shots. from Country Christian, and two seniors, Claire Hammond from Crane and Kalli Frieze from North Douglas. Sherman County’s Max Martin, a senior, was named Oregon’s Class 1A Player of the year and Sherman County Coach, Bill Blevins, earned top honors. Sherman County, which won the state title, added junior Jacob Justesen to the first team, and two players to the second team. In addition to Martin and Justesen, the first team included seniors JJ Echave from Jordan Valley, Isaac Colton from Powder Valley, and Colton Fuller from Days Creek.


Members of the state champion Nixyaawii Golden Eagles girls’ basketball team were feted May 19 in a ring ceremony at Wildhorse Casino. The girls went unbeaten in Class 1A and ran away with the state title in Baker City in March. The girls in attendance were, front row from left, Stacy Fitzpatrick, Susie Patrick, Ermia Butler, Alyssa Tonasket, Tristalynn Melton, Kyle Mountainchief, Tyanna Van Pelt. And back row from left, Kaitlynn Melton, Sunshine Fuentes, Coach Jeremy Maddern, EllaMae Looney and Milan Schimmel. Not pictured is Mary Stewart, the Oregon Class 1A Player of the Year. Wildhorse sponsored the event and a plated dinner. The Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation made a cash contribution to purchase the rings. Another donation for the event came from Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. Photo contributed by Andi Scott

Jada Burns all CBC second baseman Jada Burns, second baseman for the Irrigon Knights softball team, was named to the all-Columbia Basin Conference team. Irrigon finished second in the district after a win over Stanfield and a loss to Weston-McEwen. Burns made two highlight-reel double plays. In the game against Stanfield, Burns made a diving catch and then tagged second base to catch a runner who left early. At Athena, with a runner at second base, Burns fielded the ball in the short-stop area, faked a throw to first but tagged out the runner who was heading toward third base.

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CUJ Sports Cowapoo to be inducted into Linebacker Hall of Fame PENDLETON – Clarence “Clancy” Cowapoo will be inducted July 7 into the Pendleton Linebacker’s Club Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Pendleton Convention Center. The weekend of events also includes a golf tournament at Wildhorse Resort Golf Course and a Hall of Fame breakfast provided by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Friday festivities start at 5 p.m. with a reception followed by introduction of Hall of Fame inductees at 6:45 p.m. The 28th annual Don Requa Memorial Golf Tournament takes place in the morning on Atway Clarence Cowapoo Saturday with lunch planned at 1 p.m. The weekend concludes with the breakfast at Stillman Park from 8-10 a.m. This is the first year the Linebacker’s Club will induct athletes who played sports other than football. Cowapoo, who died at the age of 58 in August of 2015, graduated from Pendleton High School in 1965 and still is considered one of Pendleton’s greatest basketball players. The biography for the Hall of Fame program says this: “Clarence was ahead of his time handling the basketball with breathtaking passing and a pure jump shot

from long distance – years before the three-point play was introduced. Clarence attended and played basketball for both Haskell Indian College and Eastern Oregon College. He entered the Eastern Oregon Hall of Fame with his team in 1969. His senior season was magic for the 5-foot 8-inch maverick when he led his team to a conference title and became the talk of the A1 Tournament in Eugene. Clar-

ence became the leading scorer in Pendleton history for a season with an astounding 519 total points and who knows his assist marks as that statistic was not kept during his playing days. He averaged 19.2 points per game. Clarence was a three-year starter in baseball as well. Slick fielder at shortstop, a 268 percentage lifetime hitter, and hand-eye coordination like you rarely ever saw. Clarence was an advocate for education and Indian health. He loved his family and was a mentor to many youngsters. Clarence was amazing, one of a kind with an easy smile, but a competitive fire he was surely blessed with. Clarence is missed by everyone who knew him. The Linebackers are proud to induct Clarence into the Hall of Fame.” The Pendleton Linebacker’s Club was established in 1983, and in 1989 they spearheaded the Don Requa Memorial Golf Tournament to preserve the memory of the legendary coach, as well as raise funds for scholarships and financial support to the PHS football program. In 2004 the Club introduced the Buckaroo Football Hall of Fame to honor student-athletes, teams, coaches and members of the athletic staff who have contributed in a positive way to the promotion of PHS football and academic programs. In 2017, the Linebacker’s Club recognized the number of superior Buckaroo athletes, both men and women, who will be honored from sports outside of football. This will be the largest class being inducted into the Buckaroo Hall of Fame.

PHS golfers 2nd at state Megan George finishes fifth overall

CRESWELL, Oregon – Of course it was the medalist play of Haley Greb that solidified Pendleton High School’s (PHS) finish at the state tournament played at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Eugene. But without her teammates, the Buckaroo girls would not have brought home the second place trophy. Greb finished in a tie for first place with Summit’s (Bend) Olivia Loberg. They both had totals of 113 on 27 holes. The 36-hole tournament was reduced by nine holes because of inclement weather. “It’s very indescribable,” Greb told the East Oregonian. “It’s always been a goal of mine to be a state champion and no matter how you get it to have that title is special. I owe a lot to my coaches and teammates and parents, and it’s nice to know all the hard work paid off.”

Sophomore Megan George, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, was a strong second player, finishing at 130 with an 84 on the first day and a 44 on day two. That was good enough to tie for fifth place individually. Following George, the daughter of Kelly and Gary George, was Rylee Harris at 155 for 24th and MaKenzie McLeod at 157 for 25th. Kendall Blair was the Bucks’ fifth player at 169 and 33rd place overall. Teams play five players but take only the four best scores for a total. Pendleton’s total of 553 was seven strokes behind Wilsonville, which won the title at 546. Greb said she was impressed with her team’s performance. “Very proud of the team and the way PHS girls golf on page 4B

The Pendleton High School girls golf team finished second at the Class 4A tournament in May. The team included Megan George, the daughter of Gary and Kelly George, members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. From left, the team consisted of Coach Terry Prouse, medalist Haley Greb, Megan George, Rylee Harris, Makenzie McLeod, and Kendell Blair. Photo contributed by Kelly George

Pendleton boys earn golf trophy at state PENDLETON – Two native boys – Reese Shippentower and Zeck Cyr – are expected to help next year’s Pendleton Bucks golf team, which on May 16 brought home the fourth-place trophy from the state tournament at the Quail Valley Course in Banks, Oregon. Both left-handed sophomores, Shippentower and Cyr played junior varsity this year for Coach Nels Nelson. He said Cyr is extra serious about golf and often stays after practice to work on his game. The squad qualified as the fifth place team at the regionals at the Eagle Crest Resort Course, then turned around and finished fourth at state. “After our first round [at state] we were alone in

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fifth and our goal was to get a trophy in the top four,” Nelson said. Par for the course is 72 or 144 for 36 holes. Teams, which take the top four scores from five players on the course, need to shoot 566 over 36 holes for par. Pendleton shot 337 on day one and added a score of 339 in tough weather conditions on the second day for a total of 676. The team snuck into fourth one stroke ahead of Maris. PHS players included: Nathan Som, senior, shot 163 for 13th place; Jared Geier, junior, shot 168 for 20th; Brayden Pulver, senior, shot 172 and tied for 22nd place; Trevor Reyes, fresh-

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man, shot 173 for 24th; and Brandon Cox, senior transfer from Hermiston, shot 190 to finish 43rd. Reyes had the low nine hole score of even par 36 when he had 11 putts on 9 holes. Summit from Bend was first, followed by The Dalles, Redmond and Pendleton. Individual medalist was sophomore Isaac Burger from Redmond, who shot 74-74 for a four-over 36-hole tally. In addition to Shippentower and Cyr, Nelson has five other golfers expected to return to the team next spring. They are juniors Seth Wood, Avery Madril and Sawyer Powell; sophomore Kaden Murphy; and freshman Nathan Robertson.


Lankford fourth at state for Nixyaawii EUGENE – Ryan Lankford, a Pilot Rock junior playing for the Nixyaawii Community School golf team, finished fourth in the Class 1-2-3A golf tournament at Eagle Crest Golf Course May 16. Lankford shot 80 and was 11th after the first day but moved up with a 77 on the second day. Earlier in the month Lankford won the Special District 3 Golf Tournament at Pendleton Country Club for the third time. Nixyaawii Coach Ryan Heinrich was hoping the boys’ team would qualify for

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state as one of the top four teams at district, but that didn’t happen. The young squad, sophomores and juniors, finished 16 strokes out of the fourth spot. Other boys that competed at district were Justin Wells, a Pilot Rock sophomore; Wilbur Oatman, a Nixyaawii junior; and James Penney and Deven Barkley, Nixyaawii sophomores. Heppner won the district championship for both boys and girls. Nixyaawii had just one girl competing. That was Susie Patrick. The rest of the girls on team are freshmen and sophomores.

Alanah Eagleheart puts here eye and her bat on the softball in a Little League game played in Pendleton during May action.

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we worked hard all season,” Greb told the EO. “This was a pretty big stage for us and everybody handled the pressure well.” Because of rains and wind earlier in the day, the Class 6A girls golfers, who also were playing at Emerald Valley before the 5A girls, were delayed. There wasn’t enough time to get the full 18 hole

completed so the second-day round was cut to nine holes. Greb told the EO that the change meant the Buckaroos had small margins for error in their games if they wanted to win the championship. “It definitely was a little weird,” she said. “We just kind of had to come out strong early and play our best. Thankfully the rain held off for us, but the wind definitely played a factor.”

Kianna Manta, left, and Taylor Quaempts, get ready for anything coming their way in a Pendleton Little League game in late May. Both girls are members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Pistol Weathers puts on his best baseball face and takes a cut at it in a Pendleton Little League game. Pistol is the son of Bill and Kimberly Weathers.

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Deven Barkley, Shayo Bremner, and Mick Schimmel of the ?iyéi ?itúmet team take a minute to consider the answer to a question during the Language Knowledge Bowl.

Harlen Waheneka looks to the ceiling while he thinks on the answer to a question given to him. Staring at him intently as she waits for the answer is Dream Weaselhead. Both participants are part of the AIS #3 team from the Warm Springs Reservation.

116 students compete in Language Knowledge Bowl MISSION – A total of 31 teams made up of 116 students competed using one of eight dialects in the May 5 Language Knowledge Bowl on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Also participating were 17 coaches and 21 judges, plus numerous volunteers. Student teams competed using one of the following dialects – Ichishkiin, Numu, Kiksht, Wenatchapam, Niimiipuu, Wanapum, Weyíiletpu, or Umatilla. First place went to a Warm Springs team called AIS #1 competing in the Inhishkiin dialect. The team was coached by Merle Kirk and judged by Mildred Quaempts. The team consisted of Captain Keeyana Yellow Man, Kaiwin Clements, Alina Smith, and Marcella Jack. The winners received a Golden Eagle trophy, embroidered hooded jackets,

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As part of the Titóoqan team, Milan Schimmel whispers to Wilbur Oatman in order to share her answer after being asked to translate a sentence into the Weyiiletpu dialect.

Language Bowl medallions, and Umatilla Language dictionaries. Second place was ?iyéuš ?itúmet, a Weyiiletpu dialect team from Nixyaawii Community School. The team consisted of Captain Deven Barkley, Mick Schimmel, Shayo Bremner, Isaiah Pacheco and Kash Murr. They were coached and judged by Kristen Parr. The team received a second-place plaque and team members received Language Knowledge Bowl medallions and embroidered sweaters. Another Warm Springs team, The Nukwshawis, competed in the Ichishkiin dialect. Team members included Captain Katrina Greene, Thyreicia Simtustus and Adrianna Switzler. They were coached by Jermayen Tucker and judged by Viola Govenor. In addition to a plaque, team members received medallions and sweaters.

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Sudden-death rounds determined fourth place after a three-way tie. Earning fourth was wáwnašl Skáwma, a team from Wanapum, Washington, that competed with the Wanapum dialect. The team included Captain Pyai, popotíakli, utmolí Pciin, Lčiwána. It was coached by Haƛíšhaqiš and judged by Yáw npum. They received a plaque, medallions and sweaters. Each team received one of the following – Language Knowledge Bowl medallion, tote bag, draw string bag, or a hat with Language Knowledge Bowl embroidery. Volunteers received one of those items as well. The event was organized by Syreeta Azure, a Language Apprentice in the Language Program for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.


Community Wellness Relay For Life switches name, time and place

Gavin recognized for commitment, compassion Shawna M. Gavin, Chairwoman for the Health Commission of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), received the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) Area Director’s Recognition of Excellence Award May 12 in Portland, Oregon. Gavin who is the treasurer on the executive committee, and a member of the NPAIHB, was recognized for being a committed, compassionate leader in the CTUIR community resulting in meaningful, sustained improvements to the health of her community. Pictured with Gavin is Dean Seyler, NPAIHB Area Director.

PENDLETON – Relay For Life Umatilla County, which is combining Pendleton and Hermiston events, is set for Saturday, June 17, at Roy Raley Park. The Umatilla County event is planned from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., rather than being a 24-hour fundraiser. An opening and survivor ceremony will start at 10 a.m. The luminaria ceremony is planned for 9:30 p.m. Roy Raley Park is a departure from previous events for Pendleton’s Relay For Life, which were held at Sunridge Middle School. Further, the Relay For Life will be 12 hours instead of an around-the-clock event. “The overnight event symbolizes that cancer never sleeps,” said Carol Preston, a Pendleton Relay organizer. “But the research is not sleeping. New treatments and cures are coming from this research. Overnight or not we know that research is imperative to find the cure.” Preston said Roy Raley provides a central location for the Relay. “We hope people will drop in and

see what we are doing and enjoy Relay with us.” Participants can register online or call Preston for help at 541-379-6294. “More survivors are welcome,” she said. “It’s such an empowering time to participate with other survivors. It’s been a hard fight and it’s great to feel the strength of others.” Preston should know. When she was a two-year survivor she met a woman who was a 35-year survivor. “That gave me so much hope,” she said. Relay For Life is the major fundraising effort for the American Cancer Society. However, Preston said, events across the country (like Pendleton and Hermiston) have combined to lower overhead costs while still setting a five-year goal of doubling the amount of money to be used for research. During the day, fun laps and entertainment are planned, Preston said. The event is looking for entertainment and vendor space is available as well. For more information, call Preston at 541-379-6294.

Swim passes offered for low income families and individuals MISSION – Swim passes for low income families and individuals are now being offered by the Recreation Program of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The swim passes are for the Pendleton Aquatic Center (PAC) and are on a first come first serve basis. There are 60 passes designated for low income families and 10 swim passes for individuals. Applicants must show low income verification to Recreation staff in order to receive a pass. Another 16 swim passes are designated for higher income families. Those interested can put in an application and Recreation staff will draw names for the recipients. The deadline to get applications in for higher income families is June 15. The drawing will be held June 16 at 1 p.m. and passes can be picked up at either the Pendleton Parks Office or the PAC. Applications can be picked up at the Recreation Office. For further inquiries contact Lloyd Commander at 541-4297886 or Larry Cowapoo at 541-429-7887. The PAC will open for swimming on June 16.

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Community Wellness Jimerson certified to teach ‘acudetox’ By the CUJ

MISSION – Dolores Jimerson has been certified to train others in acupuncture to help people recover from addiction, stress and trauma. Jimerson is the Integrated Care Mental Health Counselor at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. She has been providing acupuncture since last year, but now is trained and certified to teach others. Jimerson said she wants to train others “so we can grow on our own and the community can learn to do this themselves.” Jimerson was trained and certified in May as an Acudetox specialist by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA), a nonprofit organization that was founded in the 1970s to treat addiction in New York City. Over time specialists learned that acupuncture detoxification proved beneficial as a treatment for mental health problems.

The protocol calls on a registered trainer like Jimerson to apply up to five fine-gauge stainless needles just under the skin at designated points in each ear. It takes about two minutes and most patients say it is not painful. The needles remain in the ear for about 30 to 45 minutes. The combined application of ear Dolores Jimerson acupuncture with counseling, education, medical support and self-help groups, such as AA and NA, enhances opportunities for success, NADA says on its website. Jimerson, from the Seneca Nation Eastern Woodlands tribe in New York, said she has seen the value of acupuncture with Yellowhawk patients. “I’m one of the world’s greatest skep-

tics, but it worked on me so I was eager to learn how to do it,” Jimerson said. As a certified Acudetox specialist, Jimerson can teach people anywhere in the world. But she’s going to focus on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. She said she wants to provide training this summer so individuals can receive an official designation as a registered acupuncture provider. Jimerson, who has worked at Yellowhawk for more than five years now, was recruited to the clinic on a grant for Circles of Care, a program that ended in 2013. In addition to her certification, Jimerson won NADA’s annual video contest with her short film on how historical trauma contributes to American Indian and Alaska Natives challenges in everyday life. The video focuses on “how we can use Acudetox to address trauma. Instead of talking about historical trauma, how can we use acupuncture to bring back historical greatness?”

The protocol calls on a registered trainer like Jimerson to apply up to five fine-gauge stainless needles just under the skin at designated points in each ear.

Jimerson will receive an award for her video at the 2018 annual conference in Portland. To see Jimerson’s video go to youtube. com/watch?v=EL3LSMa4100.

Changes made in Yellowhawk check-in process From Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center

MISSION - Patients visiting Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center will soon experience a slight change in how they check in for their scheduled appointments. Starting in mid- to late-June, Patient Care Coordinators (PCCs) will relocate from the front desk area to work directly in the medical department. The transition will allow the staff to focus more intensely on coordinating services for patients that include appointment scheduling, pre-appointment planning and assisting patients with referrals for outside care. Patients will continue to contact their PCC for all of their schedul-

ing and referral needs. Patients arriving for their appointments will now check in with the Eligibility Coordinators, who will replace the PCCs at the front desk location. This new step in the patient check-in process was created in an effort to better collect information needed for insurance, billing and medical needs. The Eligibility Coordinators will be responsible for checking patients in for their appointments, checking and verifying the patient’s eligibility, creating a new chart for the patients, updating the patient’s information, including addresses and phone numbers, and verifying and/or updating the patient’s insurance information. Each patient is required to

update their information annually. “The two Eligibility Coordinators will be responsible for greeting our patients and entering their annual update and insurance information,” said Zelda Bronson, Utilization/Eligibility Coordinator Supervisor. “By splitting up the duties of the PCC and Eligibility Coordinators the patient and patient information should be more easily and completely obtained.” Currently, the PCC’s are the front line of Yellowhawk and are the first people patients see when checking in. While their roles will continue, they will not be in the front desk area. Marilynn Colcord, PCC Manager, said that while it may be a bit of a hassle for patients now in the current clinic, the change will make more

sense and have a better flow in the new health center under construction. “We’re trying to make the patient experience as seamless as we can,” said Colcord. “We’re looking forward to a positive transition.” For appointment scheduling or questions about a referral, contact your Patient Care Coordinator: Cree Enright, PCC for Kristin Bourret, PA-C, 541-278-7542; Esther Huesties, PCC for Lee Canwell and Elizabeth Sieders, PA-C, 541-2787502 or; Alicia Rosales, PCC for Rex Quaempts, MD, 541-215-1933 or Marilynn Colcord, PCC Manager, 541-278-7540.

BMCC starts classes June 26 PENDLETON – College students interested in attending Blue Mountain Community College during the summer can now register for classes. Admission deadline is June 22 and the first day of classes will be held June 26. Students attending fall term can begin registering on June 5. For assistance, contact Annie Smith, Native American Liaison, at AnnieSmith@ or at 541-429-7831.

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MISSION – The 31st annual Fish Derby is set for Saturday, June 17, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Indian Lake east of Pilot Rock. Awards and a raffle will follow the fishing. Pre-registration begins on Friday, June 16. Entry fee is $10 for adults, $5 for 1217 year olds, and $3 for children 11 and under. Prizes go to the youngest fisher and oldest dad fisherman. All registered youth receive a raffle prize. Pre-payment for camping is required for Fish Derby weekend (non-refundable). For camping reservations call Leigh Pinkham-Johnson or Tami Rochelle at 541-276-3873.

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Members of the CTUIR Health Commission Cecilia Huesties and Martina Gordon and Board of Trustees members Woodrow Star and Armand Minthorn join outgoing Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center CEO Tim Gilbert (center) at his going away luncheon on May 24. Gilbert was presented with a Pendleton jacket for his seven years of service to Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center.

Gilbert to lead NW Alaska health provider KOTZEBUE, Alaska – Tim Gilbert has been named president/CEO for Maniilaq Association, the tribal health and social service provider for Northwest Alaska. Gilbert, who has been CEO at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center on the Umatilla Indian Reservation since April of 2010, will assume his new duties in Alaska on June 12. Gilbert is an enrolled Sealaska Sharehold with roots in Kotzebu. “I feel a great sense of pride to come

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Five of the six Nixyaawii Community School students attended a print exhibition and sale of linocut and lithograph prints they made at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts May 23 on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The prints remain on sale through June and all proceeds go directly to the student artists. Here receiving colored pencil journals are, from left, EllaMae Looney, L’Rissa Sohappy, Montayler Sunshine Fuentes, Tyanna Van Pelt and Helena Peters.

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Aiden Wolf and Alex Williams smile during an inter-tribal dance at the Spring Powwow held at Eastern Oregon University. In addition to the host drum, the masters of ceremony chores were shared by Thomas Morning Owl and Fred Hill, both members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

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LA GRANDE, Ore. - Eastern Oregon University (EOU) held their 47th annual Indian Arts Festival and Spring Pow Wow on May 19-20. In addition to the music, dancing, and art, a traditional friendship feast preceded Saturday nights Grand Entry. The following are the pow wow results submitted by the university: Jr. Girls Traditional – 1, Chloe Bevis. 2, Olivia Allen. 3, Tanisa Sherwood. Jr. Boys Traditional – 1, Lewis Allen. 2, Atish Williams. 3, Lawrence Johnson. Teen Girls Fancy/Jingle – 1, Alayna Bevis. 2, Eva Oatman. 3, Grace Moses-Watchman. Teen Boy Fancy/Grass – 1, Robert Sam. 2, Alex Wesley. 3, Makiya Denny. Teen Girl Traditional – 1, Auralia Heay. 2, Denae Smith. 3, Zoe Bevis. Teen Boy Traditional – 1, Makiya Denny. 2, Alex Williams. 3, Aiden Wolf. Adult Women Fancy – 1, Teata Ellenwood. 2, Cece Walsen-Beger. 3, Moneek Denny. Adult Men Fancy – 1, Garrett Besals. 2, Charles R Wesley Dick. 3, N/A. Adult Women Traditional – 1, Elizabeth Samoa. 2, Jyera Alice Peti. 3, Celeste Reeves. Adult Men Traditional – 1, Michael Badwarrior. 2, Kellen Joseph. 3, Gary Sam. Women's Golden Age – 1, Alvina Ettnesties. 2, N/A. 3, N/A. Men's Golden Age – 1, Casey Cree. 2, N/A. 3, N/A.

Drummers from the host drum Cayuse Singers, including from left, Willie McKay, Logan Quaempts and David Filkins beat the big drum for the grand entry at the annual Spring Powwow at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.

From left to right, Rose McFadden (Navajo), US Army; Jude Haas (CheyenneArapaho), US Army; and Valerie AllenOlaizola, (UmatillaNez Perce), US Marine Corps.


Louis Van Pelt dances a slick style in a contest at the 47th annual Spring Powwow on the Eastern Oregon University campus May 20. The two-day event also included an Indian Arts Festival with vendors selling a variety of wares, including American Indian style flutes and beaded and wire-wrapped jewelry.

Tribal member promotes awareness of military women MISSION - Valerie Allen-Olaizola has joined Native American Women Warriors (NAWW). After many years of seeing veteran’s color guards that didn’t reflect her and other women in service, she decided she could do something about it. In an effort to promote awareness and the value of Native American women in the military, she has been active in NAWW for six months. Allen-Olaizola says her experience in the organization “has been great working with the other female veterans from all the different branches. It has been enjoyable to hear their stories and what they’ve gone through both as civilians

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and military persons.” NAWW seeks to establish recognition for all women veterans, especially of Native American descent, and their contributions to the military and the United States of America. They post colors at events around the country and recently provided a color guard at the U.S. Department of Energy Tribal Summit 2017 held in Washington, DC in May. A veteran of the Marine Corps, AllenOlaizola currently lives in Washington D.C. where she works for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She is a CTUIR tribal member and is the granddaughter of Rachel VanPelt.

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Fun Run 2017 A Fun Run participant registers for the walk/run held at the July Grounds as volunteer Bobi Tallman, right, gets her number and pins ready.

Above is the winning drawing for the 2017 Fun Run logo contest held in April. The logo was created by artist Loren Snow Sweowat.

Below is Kindle Spencer playing in the Cay-Uma-Wa park as the run/walk took place. Spencer was one of many children in attendance who participated in the activities.

Top photo shows the top three winners of the 10K . From left is second place winner Dan Winters, first place winner was Clifford Banister, and third place winner was Myron Rivera. Banister is 56 years old and had a time of 46:17. Winters is 50 years old and had a time of 48:51. Rivera crossed the finish line with a time of 53:27. In the bottom left photo are the winners of the 5k. From left is second place winner Moses Moses, first place went to Mick Schimmel, and the third place winner was Sun Schimmel. Mick is 16 years old and had a time of 20:15 which was within his goal. Moses, 14 years old, finished the race at 20:21 and Sun finished with a time of 23:51. In the bottom right photo are the winners of the 1k. From left is second place winner MacKenzie Kiona, first place winner Ruben Bronson, and third place winner Symon Picard.

Restoration work in Catherine Creek in the Grande Ronde Basin earned the Confederated Tribes a Stream Project Award from the Department of State Lands in May. The Confederated Tribes and the Union Soil and Water Conservation District co=sponsored the effort to restore spawning and rearing habitat for Snake River springsummer chinook salmon, summer steelhead, bull trout and resident fish and wildlife. On hand for the award ceremony were, from left, Renee Davis-Borne from Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board; Jake Kimbro, CTUIR fish habitat biologist in La Grande; Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson; Oregon Governor Kate Brown; Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read; Crystal Ball, Bonneville Power Administration; CTUIR Board of Trustees member Armand Minthorn; CTUIR Land Acquisition officer Kelly George; and BPA Deputy Administrator Daniel James.

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Travel Oregon recognizes Tamastslikt for energy efficiency

Pat Beard and Bobbie Conner pose with someone dressed as the Golden Pioneer that sits atop the Oregon State Capitol. They received awards from Travel Oregon.

SALEM, Oregon – Tamastslikt Cultural Institute has received a Travel Oregon award that recognizes the museum’s investment in efficient and renewable energy. The Oregon Tourism Commission – Travel Oregon – announced recipients for the 2016 Travel and Tourism Industry Achievement Awards, which were presented in April at the 2017 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Salem. The annual awards recognize people and organizations across the state that go the extra mile to enhance the travel and tourism industry in Oregon. The award recipients are outstanding examples of professionals who, by virtue of their vision, perseverance and dedication, are a credit to Oregon’s tourism and hospital-

ity industry. Tamastslikt received the Gene Leo Memorial Award established in 1994 to honor the late Gene Leo, known for his Oregon tourism contributions as Director of the Oregon Zoo, Portland Rose Festival and the Portland Oregon Visitors Association (now Travel Portland). This award recognizes an outstanding contribution for a tourism-related activity or attraction focused on Oregon’s natural beauty or outdoor recreation. The award was presented to the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, who celebrates the traditions of the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla tribes that have lived on this land for more than 10,000 years, for its multi-year investment to efficient and renewable energy. Over the course of 14 years, they have reduced their electrical usage by 67 percent and natural gas usage by 76 percent saving more than $750,000. The Oregon Tourism Leadership Award honors 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. This year, Pat Beard of Travel Pendleton was awarded for paving the way for the next generation to gain knowledge and a budding passion for tourism. A cowboy with an undying love for Eastern Oregon, Beard is someone who truly goes above and beyond his job duties out of genuine love for his community. From creating inspiring itineraries, leading media and familiarization tours, and cultivating large scale events, Beard exemplifies what strong leadership looks like in Oregon’s tourism industry. The state’s most prized recognition is the Governor’s Tourism Award. This year’s award recognizes Gerry Frank, a proud, fourth-generation native Oregonian, with deep roots in the retail, restaurant, political, civic and business sectors of Oregon. For more than 28 years, Frank has been writing for The Oregonian Travel Section, inspiring us to explore all the nooks and crannies of Oregon. Frank also served on the Oregon Tourism Commission for 13 years (from 1988-2001), and was Chair from 1996-2001. The Outstanding Oregon Tourism Volunteer Award was presented to The Cornucopia Arts Council, which formed in 1989 with the vision of promoting access to visual and performing arts in the rural communities in northeast Oregon. Since then, the group has hosted numerous cultural and arts presentations, as well as instructional programs for the local school district. One of their most recent endeavors was Pinefest, an outdoor music festival that brings world-class musicians from throughout the northwest to the foothills of the Wallowa Mountains. In its fourth year, the festival draws nearly 1,000 visitors annually to Halfway, Ore. the weekend after Labor Day.

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Cay-Uma-Wa recruiting for 2017 year MISSION – The Cay-Uma-Wa Head Start is now recruiting for the 2017-2018 school year. Cay-Uma-Wa is a federally funded program providing comprehensive child development services to children who are three to five years old. Families that live within the boundaries of the Umatilla Indian Reservation or Native American families living in neighboring communities are encouraged to apply for admission to the program. Priority will be given to children and families who meet the following guidelines: • At least 51 percent of enrollment opportunities must be set aside for families who meet Federal low-income guidelines or are homeless; and for children in foster care. • At least 10 percent of total enrollment opportunities must be provided to children who meet the definition of a child with a disability. • Children must be 3 or 4-years old on, or before, September 1, 2017 to be considered age-eligible for initial selection. Children are eligible for services upon turning 3-years-old. • Up to 49 percent of children who are enrolled may be children from families that exceed the low-income guidelines and meet other program criteria used to determine greatest need for services. Students currently enrolled do not need to reapply for this upcoming school year. Medical information will need to be updated and a “returning” form must be signed. For applications, contact the Head Start office between 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 541-429-7836.

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Tribal employees honored with awards Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) employees accepted awards at the Tribal State and Federal Summit on May 3-4 at Wildhorse Resort & Casino hosted by the CTUIR Family Violence Services (FVS) program. Attorney Brent Leonhard, left, Family Violence Coordinator Desiree Coyote, and Police Officer Dave Williams were awarded with “Recognition of Outstanding Service”. Leonhard was honored for his work with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, Violence Against Women Act and his efforts to support FVS. Williams was acknowledged for his skill in working with victims of domestic violence, training his staff, and his role as primary officer providing FVS with one-on-one victim contacts. Coyote presented both Leonhard and Williams with awards and then as a surprise, the FVS staff honored Coyote with an award as well. “We wanted to make sure that she was recognized too,” said Donyale Jackson in FVS. “She has done so much.”

MISSION – The following are announcements for the Nicht-Yow-Way elders of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). Farmers Market tokens of $20 will be distributed to the elders on June 2 and June 16 at the Senior Center. For those who cannot pick up their tokens, they can call Theda Scott at 541-429-7388 to inform her that they will send a proxy. The proxy must have a signed letter by the elder. The next elder’s meeting will be held on June 2 at the Senior Center at 9 a.m. Then on June 1-3, there will be 33 CTUIR elders traveling to Lewiston, Idaho to attend the Nez Perce Tribe’s elders’ day. Jiselle Halfmoon was the winner of $150 in a logo contest to highlight the CTUIR Elder’s Day event scheduled Sept 8. The elder’s day event will be held at Wildhorse Resort & Casino and vendors interested in having a table can contact Coleen Berry at 541-377-1301. The hotel is offering discounts for those who plan on attending. Reservations can be made at 541-278-2274.


“There were thirty years of war between the Plateau tribes and the federal government, from the 1847 Cayuse War to the 1878 Bannock War. The Cayuse were involved in all of the wars, fighting the federal government’s military forces. For the American people, the conquest and taking of Indian land was ordained by God. The Indians were thought of as savages to be subdued by any means necessary. This was the doctrine and force between Manifest Destiny. The Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla, however, believed in the doctrine that the land could not be sold because they did not own it. The land was respected as the mother who provided for her children. Wealth was not understood in terms of resource exploitation for personal gain, such as in the mining of gold.” Gathered from “as days go by” page 81

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Tribal employees cook healthy meal during lunch break Kristi Gartland, below in blue, taught employees at Nixyaawii Governance Center (NGC) - Alaina Mildenberger, in plaid, and Andrea Rodriguez, in black- how to prepare and cook a healthy creamed asparagus pasta dish and spring salad mix using fresh produce from Val’s Veggies. The class met in the NGC Commons in May. The purpose of the class is to highlight different ways to use fresh produce sold at the “Garden to Table” vendor activity on Thursdays in the NGC lobby. This was the first class of many coming to the NGC for employees.

June Birthdays:

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Roy Jones , left, and Pam Peterson shake hands as Jones accepts trophies he won at a Division B Toastmasters competition. Jones advanced into the district competitions held later in May in Wenatchee, Washington but was unable to go.

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Students will walk the Farmer’s Market with their instructor and do some shopping. Once at the kitchen they will begin cooking with fresh ingredients and will conclude the evening by eating their meal and writing a paragraph about their experience. All supplies will be included. For questions or to register call 541-2788100 or visit www.PendletonParksandRec. com. The office is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Rose Festival Royalty visits, learns at Tamastslikt The Portland Rose Festival Court (PRFC), in white, take a tour at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. With them, kneeling, are the Happy Canyon Princesses Virginia Conner, left, and Gabriella Lewis, right, and the Pendleton Round-Up court wearing grey and red sweaters. Leading the tour was Bobbie Conner, Director of TCI, who is standing at the far right wearing a red and white blouse. The PRFC visited the Mission and Pendleton areas on May 16 as part of a cultural exchange experience where the courts visit one another’s community to learn about the differences in culture and society.


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Thank you letters 2017 ANNUAL LANGUAGE KNOWLEDGE BOWL Thank you to all attendees at the 2017 Annual Language Knowledge Bowl. This academic Language event began in 2009 hosted by the CTUIR Language Program. In preparation for such a unique event 32 volunteers made it possible for 5 game rooms to run with each room completing 20 games continuously through the day. Thank you Karin Power, Kathi McElroy, Karen Rose, and Cindi LeGore from The Altrusa Literacy Group who also donated 7 Umatilla Dictionary books as prizes/gratitude for attendees. Northwest Indigenous Language Institute (NILI) Thank you for continuing to be involved each year as our game room panel, this year included Regan Anderson, Abel Cerros, Brittany Parham, G.Keith Walker and Anna Hoffer. From Nixyaawii Community School I would like to Thank Mary Green, Michelle Van Pelt, LaDonna Picard-Squimphen, Zack Bransen, Zach Gaulke, Jewel Kennedy and students Lark Moses, Ryan Yallup-Arthur. To those who traveled to volunteer I greatly appreciate your time and glad your travels were safe with that I thank you Leslie Moses, Jewie Davis, and Cubby Lonebear. Thank you Shawndine Jones for volunteering she is from the Pendleton Early Learning Center (PELC). I’d like to thank Isaiah Welch who is NCS Alumni and community member for volunteering. Volunteers from Pendleton High Schools Native American studies class with Kimberly Minthorn include Dazon Sigo, Trinity Treloar, LaRiah Alexander, Mollee Allen , Jessica Cortez, Gilberta Gottfriendson-Baker, Melissa McMichael, Hubukkuk Thompkins, Chauncey Sams, Ethan Tappo , and Tyler Craig. A great appreciation and thank you to Annie Smith, William Sigo IV, Lisa Minthorn and Lennox Lewis for all your assistance throughout the event. During this wonderful event we had adjustments to make therefor I thank you Alex Buck as a timer and Jason Buck for willingly blessing this event with song on a whim. I would like to express gratitude to Nikkia Owlchild and Trinette Nowland as our registration personnel and many odds and ends at the Language Knowledge Bowl. I cannot thank you enough Torsten Kjellstrand from the University of Oregon and the students Jessica Douglas, Isa Zito, Bridgette Haynes, Tash Kimmel-Harris taking Journalism class for assisting with tedious tasks and capturing photos of the 2017 Annual Language Knowledge Bowl . Thank you Blue Mountain Creations for the wonderful embroidered items. Thank you Birch Creek Trophy’s for an amazing job on the trophy, Plaques and medallions. Thank you Human Resources Vocational Rehabilitation Program Manager Susie Calhoun for the donation of black tote bags, styluses, and Day planers. SEE RESULTS AND PHOTOS ON PAGE 5B.

of the cards, flowers and food, it was very much appreciated. Thank you for the money that was given, it will be donated in her name to our local Kickin Cancer organization in her name. Thank you to the staffs at St. Anthony’s and Elizabethan Manor for making her last 2 weeks comfortable. Thank you Pastor Rick for the care and love that you always show her and her family. Thank you all who took the time to visit her before her passing. Her dad was in Kadlac for 10 days when she went in to hospital. It was a stressful time going back and forth between two hospitals. Thank you Ann Burnside, Susan FastHorse, Terri Wyncoop, LeAnn Alexander, Trinity Trealor for pitching in with the kids and meals. Thank you Linda at Burns for taking care of all of the details. Thank you Fr. Kumar for conducting a comforting mass. Thank you Jazz and Joe Thompson, Kateri Cochran for providing our meal at Kateri Hall.

Thank you to my coworkers at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute for handling my work load so I could spend her last 2 weeks with her. If I have forgotten someone please, my apologies. HILDA ALEXANDER THE PENDLETON HIGH SCHOOL GOLF TEAMS would like to thank Wildhorse for the use of the course for our practices and tournament. Your facility is great for practicing all aspects of one’s game. The staff at Wildhorse have given many hours of instruction to our golf team members. Thank you to Mike Hegarty head Golf Professional and and Chris Stoops assistant Golf Professional. The pro shop staff have made us feel welcome. We want to thank also Sean Hoolehan and his crew for a wonderful maintained golf course. Without your backing we would not have done as well as we did this year.

The girls had a fantastic year with a very young team. They won many tournaments this year and gained valuable experience. The girls took home the 2nd place trophy at the 5A OSAA State Championships at Emerald Valley in Cresswell, Oregon. Haley Greb was co-medalist for the state title. The boys had a season that was very good also. The boys finished 4th at the 5A OSAA State golf Championships at Quail Valley in Banks, Oregon. Thank you again for all you do for these young golfers. They have experiences that will last them a lifetime. Coach Terry Prouse and I are very proud of them and what they have accomplished this year. Nels Nelson, PHS boys golf coach Terry Prouse, PHS girls golf coach

ON BEHALF OF SUNNI DAWN ALEXANDER’S children and dad I would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support. Thank you Nicole Alexander, Susan FastHorse, LeAnn Alexander and Christi Stephens for your constant presence with her in her last two weeks. You made her comfortable in every way possible. Thank you Dionne Bronson for your counsel and for getting her to and from appointments. Your friendship meant a lot to her. Thank you for all

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Prince’s cabin tours will be part of Saint Baptise Day events From the Frenchtown Historical Foundation

WALLA WALLA - The Prince’s cabin is thought to be the oldest standing cabin in the state of Washington. It originally stood at a Cayuse wintering place just upstream of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman’s Presbyterian mission, two miles east of the Frenchtown Historic Site near Walla Walla. Narcissa Whitman refers to its presence in a letter from January 1844, telling of the recent move of an immigrant family from the crowded mission building to “the Prince’s house up the river.” After the killing of the Whitmans in 1847, and during the ensuing war of 1855, the village site and the Prince’s cabin were likely abandoned. In 1855, the Cayuse, Walla Walla, and Umatilla Indian Tribes signed a treaty ceding more than 6.4 million acres of what is now northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington to the United States, including the Frenchtown area. Although the treaty was ratified by Congress in 1859, the last Cayuse were not forced off the land in this area until early 1861, when white settlers demanded their removal, threatening to hang hostages if they stayed. In the same year, Albert and Elizabeth Blanchard laid claim to the property where the cabin still stood. The Homestead Act of 1862 officially opened the land up for settlement, and the Blanchards filed their land patent in Vancouver, Washington in 1866. The land and cabin were acquired by the Smith family around 1888. While oral history indicates the cabin was moved from its original location “across water,” the first Government Land Office survey of the area in early 1860 notes a house on the precise spot where the cabin was located when Kriss and Robin Peterson purchased the property in 1990. It was Robin Peterson who recognized the cabin as a fur trade relic and began the process of researching its origins and construction. In 2013, his widow Kriss Peterson donated the cabin to the Frenchtown Historical Foundation, to be moved, restored and interpreted at the historic site. The Cayuse name of the Prince was not recorded. “Prince” was often used in fur trade culture to refer to a headman or trading partner’s younger brother or son. The Prince was a younger brother of Hiyumtipin, headman at Pašápa (pronounced Pash-KA-pah), the Cayuse village just east of the Whitman Mission. It was Hiyumtipin who discovered the drowned body of young Alice Clarissa Whitman in the Walla Walla River in 1839. Hiyumtipin and the Prince were from the same extended family as Wilewmutkin (Old Joseph) and Wilewmutnin (Twisted Hair, who was Lewis and Clark’s Nez Perces Guide), as well as Young Chief (Tauitau), Looking Glass, Homlie, and others, all leaders in a regional indigenous political alliance. Around 1834, Looking Glass of the

Saint Jean Baptise Day celebration June 24 at Frenchtown site WALLA WALLA – The annual Saint Jean Baptiste Day celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 24 at the Frenchtown Historical Site at 8364 Old Highway 12. The schedule includes a bus tour from 10 a.m. to noon of Frenchtown cabin sites, including a tour of the Prince’s Cabin with local historian Sam Pambrun. (See related story about the Prince.) After a potato-bar lunch at noon, docent guided tours of the cemetery, obelisk, and overlook and the Prince’s Cabin will take place throughout the day. At the site, visitors can expect to see a display from the Whitman Gem and Mineralogical Society; hear songs from the fur trade “Metis” era; be part of a living history discussions and displays; and choose from Lewis and Clark fire art prints that will be for sale. For more information, go to Frenchtown. org.

Nez Perces, Young Chief of the Cayuse, and the Prince became involved in a dispute with Pierre Chrysologue Pambrun of the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) over prices for furs and horses. They allegedly seized Pambrun and interpreter Jean Toupin, threw blankets over them and beat them severely. In response to this incident, the HBC cut off trade with those involved, blacklisting all three leaders and their families. When the three men returned to the HBC to seek reconciliation, Pambrun used “gift diplomacy” to resolve the conflict. Gift diplomacy was the common practice of offering gifts (typically European-style homes in exchange for goods, horses, or promises of good behavior. It is documented that Pambrun built a cabin for Young Chief in or before 1840. In fact, and in part because of the Prince’s involvement in this conflict, it is believed that Pambrun built at least two cabins: one for Young Chief on the Umatilla River and one for the Prince at Pášapa. It is not known if Looking Glass received a cabin. The Prince’s notoriety as a Cayuse leader waned in the years following the attack. During a council with Indian Agent Elijah White in 1843, the Prince is reported to have said: “Perhaps you will say it is out of place for me to speak, because I am not a great chief. Once I had influence, but now I have but little…yet, I am from honorable stock. Promises which have been made to me and my fathers have not been fulfilled…But it will not answer for me to speak, for my people do not consider me their chief.” Unfortunately, the Prince did not long enjoy the shelter of his cabin – he was slain by members of another tribe in about 1845, while en route to the buffalo country.

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Right, Governor Kate Brown signs a proclamation deeming the third week in May to be Native American Week in Oregon.

CTUIR attend Native American Week in Salem

CTUIR Youth Council members get a tour of the Oregon Capitol led by CTUIR lobbyist Phil Donovan, left. The group looks up at art work that is located on the ceiling of the capitol. Students in photo are, from left, Zech Cyr, Magi Moses, Louis Ortega, Moses Moses, and Lark Moses. Also in attendance but not pictured was Beto Zamudio.

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SALEM – Oregon Tribes spent the day at the Capitol where the Governor Kate Brown signed a proclamation deeming the fourth week in May to be Native American Week in Oregon. Several representatives of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) were in attendance including Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman Gary Burke and BOT Member Aaron Ashley who spoke at the event. Also participating were six CTUIR Youth Council members who spoke about the Tribal flag and shared the flag song with the audience. Along with the other eight federally recognized Oregon Tribes, the CTUIR had an informational booth set up that educated legislators and visitors about the Tribal history and current events.

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CTUIR Chairman Gary Burke speaks to the crowd at the Capitol with Aaron Ashley at right.


Joseph Band photos on display at Josephy Center

Photos like this from the turn of the century will be on display t the Josephy Center in Joseph through June 23. The Josephy Center has proclaimed June Indian Art Month.

JOSEPH – A show of historical photographs entitled “The Way They Lived: The Wallum-wat-kin Band of Chutepap-lu or Nez Perces” will be on exhibit through June 23 at the Josephy Center in Joseph. Following the exhibit, an art show and sale are planned June 24, according to Rich Wandschneider, director of the Josephy Library of Western History and Culture in Joseph. Plateau artists are invited to bring work to the show on June 23 with the actual sale schedule for Saturday at 4 p.m. Artists should contact Wandschneider or Cheryl Coughlan for details at 541432-0505 or The Josephy Center, which has again proclaimed June Indian Art Month, will show photographs mostly from the archives at the Nez Perce Historical Park and the University of Idaho’s Nez Perce digital collection, and the Wallowa History Center. There also will be a few artifacts from the Nez Perce Park collection, Wandschneider said in an email.

Notice of Proposed Changes to 2017-2018 Treaty Big Game Hunting Regulations for Public Comment Pursuant to authorities outlined in Section 2.06 and 2.07 of the Fish and Wildlife code of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), the CTUIR Fish and Wildlife Commission opens the 30 day comment period on proposed changes to the treaty hunting regulations for 2017-18. The proposed changes include modification of Rocky Mountain goat from limited entry tag to general season, bison season and bag limit and white-tailed deer season. At the end of the 30-day comment period, the Commission may adopt the proposed changes, adopt as modified in response to comments or suspend the changes. Proposed changes are as follows: 1) Removal of Rocky Mountain goat from a limited entry tag format to a general season format as follows:  Season: September 1 – November 30th.  Bag Limit: One Billy  Retain Reporting Required within 72 hours of kill  Retain Pre-hunt Orientation Required Changes were made in response to improved population levels and past tribal harvest levels under the limited entry tag framework. 2) Change bison hunt season as follows: Eliminate March Bull and calf only season and modify season with start date of December 1.  Season: December 1- February 28  Bag Limit: Any bison

The photos were most probably taken by white men, Wandschneider said. The technology of the time – late 1800s and early 1900s – made studio portraits the clearest and most popular photography. But, fortunately, from the earliest days of the art, some photographers recorded everyday activity as well, even women’s activities, Wandschneider said. Most people know the Wal-lum-wtkin Band as the Joseph, or Wallowa Band of Nez Perce. “Chute-pa-lu” (another spelling is Cuupn’itpel’uu) is a term from a speech Chief Joseph made in Washington, D.C., in 1879, that meant “people who walked out6 of the mountains.” Cece Whitewolf, an artist in residence, will do a workshop on tule and cattail baskets and mats June 15-18, and her husband Ron, will build looms and bring beads for a workshop on “Loomed Beaded Hatbands.” Tuesday noon brownbag lunch programs include Indian Flutes on June 13 and Nez Perce fisheries’ efforts in restoring lamprey on June 20.

Butler to attend two summer programs MISSION - Ermia Butler, a sophomore at Nixyaawii Community School, has been accepted into two summer programs. The first program, Helping Orient Indian Students and Teachers (HOIST) is a six-week college preparatory program held during summer session at the University of Idaho. HOIST is for Native American high school students that have demonstrated potential in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). The second program is the Native Youth Community Adaptation & Leadership Congress held in West Virginia in July. The mission of the Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress is to develop future conservation leaders with the skills, knowledge, and tools to address environmental change and conservation challenges to better serve their schools and home communities. Butler is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and will be using these opportunities to further explore possible interests and degrees.

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Changes were recommended to reduce stress on late season pregnant cows and loss of late term fetuses. 3) Open White-tailed Deer to year round off reservation  Season: Year Round on and off Reservation  Bag Limit: Buck and Doe Changes were made to improve hunter substance opportunity.

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Yakamas want Hanford nuke waste gone

Yakama Nation calls for immediate cleanup of radioactive site containing WW2 materials after tunnel collapse ICMN Staff • May 12, 2017 The Yakama Nation is calling for immediate removal of all nuclear waste from the Hanford Site, where on May 9 a 400-square-foot hole opened up into a tunnel storing radioactive material left over from World War 2. While there were no injuries or release of radioactivity into the environment, several workers were evacuated as a precaution, and about 3,000 employees were told to take cover inside, according to NPR. The state of emergency has since been lifted, and the 20-by-20-foot hole has been filled in, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) said on May 11. The cave-in occurred at the meeting point between two tunnels that lie next to the Plutonium Uranium Extraction Facility (PUREX) and was found during

ar cleanup routine sursite, with veillance, 56 million according to the DOE. gallons of radioactive The Hanwaste sitford Site lies ting in old, next to the leaky unColumbia derground River, a key tanks just a cultural and few hours ecological upriver resource for from Portthe YakaThe pristine Hanford Reach is near the nuclear reservation. land,” rema, the Confeder ported Orated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Res- egon Public Broadcasting in 2016. “After ervation, the Nez Perce Tribe and the more than 20 years and $19 billion, not a Wanapum, according to the DOE Tribal drop of waste has been treated.” The site is just 20 miles from the Program at Hanford. The tunnels contain rail cars holding radioactive equipment Yakama Reservation, according to Earth and other materials, according to The Island Journal. The Yakama, who have Spokesman-Review newspaper out of been advocating for cleanup for years, Spokane, Washington, though the stored said the cave-in was exactly what the tribe has feared since waste was first items do not include spent fuel rods. “Hanford is the nation’s largest nucle- stored there “temporarily” between 1960

and ’65. The cleanup has never been completed, and deadlines to do so have been extended several times. “This tunnel collapse is a clear example of why the Yakama Nation has concerns with the U.S. DOE continuously extending cleanup deadlines at the Hanford Nuclear Site,” said Yakama Nation Tribal Council Chairman Chi’ Qwax (JoDe Goudy) in a statement. “Although we are relieved that there are no known injuries or radioactive releases to the environment, it does not negate the fact that the existence of the Hanford Nuclear Site ... is yet another legacy of hundreds of years of Euro-American doctrines of domination and dehumanization of the Native peoples.” Indeed, two years ago a study warned the DOE that those very tunnels were in danger of collapse, The SpokesmanReview reported on May 9.

Hanford was one of the Manhattan Project sites during World War 2, where plutonium was processed for the earliest atomic bombs.

CTUIR Board of Trustees Minutes The following are summaries of Board of Trustees minutes. They are not complete minutes, nor are they the minutes of the work sessions in which the BOT discussions and debates issues before voting in an open session. The summaries are presented here as they are provided, without CUJ editing.

DATE: April 24, 2017 BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Kathryn Brigham, Secretary; Aaron Ashley, Member; Armand Minthorn, Member; Woodrow Star, Member, and Alan Crawford, General Council Chairman. Justin Quaempts, Member on leave. Rosenda Shippentower, Treasurer on travel. Old Business. None Next Resolution 17-027: None. Other Board Action: a) Timber Cutting Permit. Permit for Craig Q. LaCornu an enrolled Nez Perce tribal member. Alan Crawford move to approve the timber cutting permit for Craig Q. LaCornu. Armand Minthorn seconds, motion carries 6-0-0. b) Commission/Committee Update by Kat Brigham, BOT Secretary. Culture Resources Committee, 1 vacancy with 1 application from Fermore Craig. Discussion on voting process and appointment by acclimation in event of only one application has been received for Commission/Committee with 1 vacancy. Armand Minthorn moves to reappoint Fermore Craig by acclimation to the Culture Resources Committee for a 2 year term. Kat Brigham seconds, motion carries 6-0-0. Economic & Community Development Committee, 1 vacancy with 1 application from Pat Walters. Woodrow Star moves to reappoint Pat Walters by acclimation to the Economic & Community Development Committee for a 2 year term. Armand Minthorn seconds, motion carries 6-0-0. Health & Welfare Commission, 1 vacancy with 3 applications from Shawna Gavin, Althea Huesties-Wolf and Patty Thompson. By secret ballot Shawna Gavin was reappointed to the Health & Welfare Commission for a 3 year term. Land Acquisition Committee, 1 vacancy with 1 application from Ken Hall. Armand Minthorn move to reappoint Ken Hall to the Land Acquisition Committee for a 2 year term. Jeremy Wolf seconds, motion carries 6-0-0. TERO Committee, 1 vacancy with 1 application from Lawanda Bronson. Armand Minthorn moves to


reappoint Lawanda Bronson by acclimation to the TERO Commission for a 2 year term. Jeremy Wolf seconds, motion carries 6-0-0. Terms Expiring: Jeff Van Pelt, Economic & Community Development, term expires on June 9. Kristen Conner, Tribal Water Commission, term expires on June 9. Move to send letters notifying members of expiration of terms and advertise for the vacancies. Motion carries 6-0-0. Will continue to advertise for: 1 position for Education & Training Committee – 2 year term, meet on 1st & 3rd Tuesday @ 1:30PM. 2 positions for Election Commission – BOT appoints position 4 & 8, meet as needed. 1 position for Tiicham Conversation District – 2 year term, meet 2nd & 4th Tuesday @ 1:00PM 1 position for Umatilla Cultural Coalition (No Stipends) – meet as needed. All applications will be due Monday, May 22 by 4:00 PM. A BOT work session will be scheduled Friday, June 2 at 8:30 AM to review applications and will take action on the application appointments on Monday, June 5 because May 29 is a holiday recognizing Memorial Day. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Aaron Ashley, travel to Uncasville, CT from 12-15 to attend NCAI Conference. Travel to Omaha, NE from June 26-29 for meeting with Union Pacific Railroad. 2) Gary Burke, travel to Portland from April 24-26 to attend TNT meetings (cancelled). Travel to Eugene, University of Oregon from May 4-6 to sign MOU event. Travel to Portland from May 4-6 to ATNI Conference. Travel to Uncasville, CT from June 12-15 to attend NCAI Conference. 3) Jeremy Wolf, travel to Omaha, NE from June 26-29 for meeting with Union Pacific Railroad. 4) Kat Brigham, travel to Portland from May 4-6 to ATNI Conference. Travel to Hood River on April 28 for documentary interview on sockeye salmon. 5) Rosenda Shippentower, travel to Portland from May 4-6 to ATNI Conference. BOT Travel Reports. Reports will be given at the May 1 BOT meeting. DATE: May 1, 2017 BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Rosenda Shippentower,

Treasurer; Kathryn Brigham, Secretary; Aaron Ashley, Member; and Alan Crawford, General Council Chairman. Woodrow Star, Member and Armand Minthorn, Member on travel. Old Business. None Resolution 17-027: Topic: Whitman Memorandum of Understanding. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby approves the Memorandum of Understanding between the CTUIR and the Whitman College; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby authorizes its Chair, the Chair of the Education & 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 Whitman College as reflected in the Memorandum of Understanding and hereby directs both the Education & Training Committee and the Tribal Education Department to dedicate the time personnel and resources to work with the Whitman College 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 1st day of May, 2017. Kat Brigham moves to adopt Resolution 17-027 as amended to include a Whereas stating that a BOT work session was held. Alan Crawford seconds, motion carries 5-0-0. Other Board Action: a) Tribal Election Sign motion. A work session was held on April 28 with Dan Hester, Attorney and four members of the Election Commission at which the Board of Trustees agreed to amend provisions in Chapter 18 of the Election Code to accommodate political campaign signs. Kat Brigham moves that the Board of Trustees directs the Tribal Planning Office and the Office of Legal Counsel to prepare and submit amendments to accommodate political campaign signs in the Sign Code provisions in Chapter 18 of the Land Development Code to the Natural Resource Commission to initiate the amendment process. Rosenda

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Shippentower seconds, Motion carries 5-0-0. b) Commission/Committee reassignments by Kat Brigham, BOT Secretary. Review vacancies for commission/committee vacated by BOT member Justin Quaempts who resigned. -Legislative Commission on Indian Services. Staff are to prepare letter of appointment and send both the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House. Rosenda Shippentower moves to appoint Gary Burke, BOT Chair to serve on Legislative Commission on Indian Services. Aaron Ashley seconds, motion carries 5-0-0. -Education & Training Committee (ETC). Kat Brigham and Woodrow Star are interested in serving on Education & Training Committee. There was discussion regarding By-Laws of the Cay-Uma-Wa Head Start Program Policy Council and the Nixyaawii Community School Board. The BOT would like to hear from Woodrow Star and review the Bylaws before making any appointments, therefore agenda item was deferred to Monday, May 10 BOT meeting. Kat Brigham announced ETC has a meeting on May 2 and this item is on the agenda. BOT Travel Reports. Deferred to May 9 BOT meeting. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Alan Crawford, Travel, June 12-16 to attend NCAI Conference. 2) Armand Minthorn, Personal leave, May 10-12. Travel, May 15 to Olympia, WA to attend Kennewick Man event. 3) Woodrow Star, Travel, May 17-19 to attend Oregon Tribal Gaming Alliance mtg. Polled personal leave, May 1-3. Kat Brigham moves to approve leave requests. Alan Crawford seconds. Discussion: Aaron Ashley stated BOT approved by motion to send Gary Burke and himself to the May 16 event at O1ympia, WA, therefore he wants to deny that travel request by Armand Minthorn. Question. Motion fails 2 for (Kat Brigham and Alan Crawford) - 3 (Rosenda Shippentower, Aaron Ashley and Jeremy Wolf) - 0 abstaining. Rosenda Shippentower moves to approve leave and travel requests except Armand Minthorn’s request to travel to Olympia, WA on May 16. Aaron Ashley seconds, motion carries 5 for - 0 - 0 abstaining.

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CRITFC Receives Wildhorse Grant to promote Fisher Safety PORTLAND - The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) received a $7,500 grant from the Wildhorse Foundation to improve tribal fishers’ access to boating safety equipment. The grant will support a cost-sharing program to help offset the expense of personal flotation devices and emergency boat beacons for tribal fishers. CRITFC’s safety equipment costsharing program will be unveiled at the Indian Fishers Expo in Hood River, Oregon on July 28. The grant was submitted as part of the CRITFC’s campaign to increase tribal fisher safety on the river and create a Columbia River Fishers Memorial at Columbia Hills State Park near Dallesport, Washington. For more than 30 years, the four Columbia River treaty tribes have

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wanted to build a memorial to honor lost fishers and to encourage safety for all who use the river. “The Columbia River offers many gifts and many challenges. Adequate safety equipment can make the difference between life and death,” said Jaime Pinkham, Executive Director for CRITFC. “We are working toward the day when every tribal fisher has a life jacket. This grant from the Wildhorse Foundation helps further that goal.” The Wildhorse Foundation is managed by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) in partnership with the Wildhorse Resort and Casino. It was formed for the purpose of formalizing the charitable giving on behalf of Wildhorse Resort & Casino and CTUIR.

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