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Tribes change pot hiring policy MISSION A positive result for marijuana in pre› employment drug screening will no longer keep an applicant from getting a job in the government and /or enterprises of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). Following the lead of Wildhorse Resort 8z Casino,

the CTUIR Board of Trustees on June 29 voted 5-1 to remove what has been described as a "barrier" to employment opportunities. The change in pre-employment drug testing policy does nothing to change pot laws on the Umatilla Indian Reservation where it still is illegal to grow, possess or See Pot hirin o li c

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MISSION The analysis of DNA from the Ancient One, aka Kennewick Man, only reinforces what five Native American tribes have said since the remains were found in 1996. "The results determine that Kennewick Man is defi› nitely Native American, which is what we’ ve stated all along," said Armand Minthorn, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Minthorn was at the Burke Museum in Seattle where the remains of Kennewick Man have been stored for nearly 20 years when on June 18 it was announced that the journal "Nature" reported that the genome sequence of Kennewick Man "is more closely related to modern Native Americans than to any other living population." The announcement contradicts the conclusion of a team of scientists that Kennewick Man was not native, and therefore should not be turned over to tribes for reburial. Minthorn, who serves on the national Native Ameri› can Graves Protection and Repatriation Commi ttee, said it is only a matter of time now before Kennewick Man is reburied. The five claimant tribes Umatilla, Nez Perce, Warm Springs, Yakama and Colville have agreed on a site to See Ancient One a e 1 9

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LOOKING GLASS CREEK More than two dozen tribal members, including elders, gathered June 26 to dedicated a 666-acre parcel recently pur› chased by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). The property includes two miles of stream, six ponds, a log home, a secondary residence/hunting camp and two older cabins. Some of the cabins may be removed to accommodate flood-plain restora› tion planned in the coming years. The area includes "freshwater emergent" areas,

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which are wetlands areas saturated with water that takes on the characteris of a distinct ecosystem. The land has intrinsic value and should get much use, said Kelly George, CTUIR Land Acquisi› tion Coordinator. George said the "pristine piece of property" is "truly meant for out Indian people." The purchase from the N i elsen Trust was a "long time in the making." The Tribes put up 51.7 million, but expect to be reimbursed through the 10-year BPA Accord funds.

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Brigham picked to lead CRITFC PORTLAND Umatilla tribal leader N. Kathryn "Kat" Brigham was selected by leaders from the Warm

The Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation gave their blessing and authorized funding to replace the gym floor and bleachers at the Community Center. The work is expected to be completed by late September.

New gym floor, seating to be installed in September MISSION A new gym floor with regulatory standards for the basketball court, and new bleachers, at the Com› munity Center gymnasium received a thumbs-up June 29 from the Board of Trustees (BOT) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). The BOT approved a motion in support of the project and directed Treasurer Aaron Hines to identify and au› thorize the money. It was 6-0 vote. Increasing the width of the court will bring the floor up to size, but it also will mean losing the first row of bleachers in the already tight confines. General Council Chairman Alan Crawford, an assistant coach for the Nixyaawii Community School basketball team, is championing the project. The narrow court, Crawford said, has been an issue for visiting teams during high school games and community tournaments. Because plans call for floor and bleacher replacement in September, the NCS volleyball team, Crawford told the BOT at a work session June 24, will need to find another suitable site to practice. All volleyball games would be "away" in September. NCS basketball starts in November. Crawford called a different practice facility for vol› leyball a "sacrifice" that would "in the long run get some› thing done for the benefit of the whole community." He said, too, that it could be possible for NCS volleyball to practice at another facility in Pendleton, perhaps at the old Helen McCune building near City Hall.

Crawford told the BOT that improvements shouldn’ t stop with the court floor. He said the showers, dressing rooms, heating and air conditioning system and a north side expansion using a collapsible building also should be considered. "I’m not saying it’s going to happen," he said. "But at least we should look at the project and get estimated costs." In reality, Crawford said, "we’ re going to be using that facility for 7-10 years before a new one is actually built." Although a proposed education facility project is supposed to include a new gym, none of the other BOT members debated Crawford’s statement about the con› tinued use of the current gym. In the proposal presented by Frank Anderson, CTUIR Public Works director, the original floor has spots "that give when stepped on or when dribbling a basketball." The current wooden bleachers also are original, An› derson said. "They are weathered and don’t have adequate access upwards or handrails as required by current standards." The lowest responsible bidder for the basketball court put the cost at 578,500. The lowest bid for the bleacher replacement was 543,739. The addition price builds in a 10 percent contingency on each project. Anderson said contractors said they could begin in September. If all goes according to plan, the work could be completed in about four weeks. "The longer the wait, the later in the year they can schedule us," Anderson said.

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Springs, Yakama, Nez Perce, and Umatilla tribes to lead the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) as its 2015-16 chair. Currently serving as the secretary for the Confeder› ated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Board of Trustees, Brigham is a veteran of domestic and in› ternational salmon management that has left a lasting impression on Columbia Basin salmon policy. Brigham will be sworn in on July 23 during the Commission’s July meeting in Hood River, Oregon. Brigham was introduced to fisheries issues as a young adult when she would accompany her grandfather, respected tribal leader Sam Kash Kash, to fisher› ies meetings. During this time, he instilled in her the need to ) protect fisheries resources for the next seven generations and beyond, according to a CRITFC news release. In 1976, Brigham wa s ap› pointed to the Umatilla Tribe’s Fish and Wildlife Committee. Kat Brigham B righam w a s o n e o f t h e f oundin g c o m m i s s i o n ers o f CRITFC when it was formed in 1977. During her tenure at CRITFC, she has been instrumental in the imple› mentation of the 1976 Memorandum of A g reement (MOA) with the Bonneville Power Ad m i nistration and the tribes, the U.S. v. Oregon Columbia River Fish Management Plans, the Pacific Salmon Treaty, and the Northwest Power Act. "During my service in fisheries, I have seen Colum› bia Basin salmon issues evolve greatly," said Brigham. "When I started, there were some Columbia Basin salmon runs that were heading toward extinction. Today we are seeing some of the strongest returns in years. We celebrate these successes and continue to ad› dress the challenges that we still face. Some of the larg› est remaining threats to our region’s fisheries include climate change, water quality and the transportation of coal and oil." Brigham assumes the position from Carlos Smith (Warm Springs). His leadership over the past year guided the commission through a year where the tribes waded into key battles against coal and oil t ransport a t io n p r o j e c ts, secured i m p o r t a n t a d › v ancements in the renegotiation of th e Co l u m b i a R iver Treaty, and saw a b u n d an t sal mo n r e t u r n s

celebrated. "The Warm Springs have been true leaders whose commitment to protecting tribal treaty rights have pro› vided a solid platform for the next year," said Brigham. "As leaders, we have the responsibility to fight for our treaty rights, for our tribal members and the next seven generations of tribal members. Tribal families on the Columbia River are exercising their treaty fishing right and passing down traditions to their children and grandchildren. Our people deserve to know that their rights are being protected and enhanced, not threatened or diminished." The other CRITFC officers elected were Patrick Luke (Yakama), vice chair; Leotis McCormack (Nez Perce), secretary; and Carlos Smith (Warm Springs), treasurer. The election of CRITFC officers takes place every June with the seats rotated among the four member tribes. Information on CRITFC and its newly elected of›

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nounce what would happen thatday. The memorial riders would parade behind Toi-toi, and Andrew A l len, also a crier or Tewyelenewe’-t. Also, people always contribute or bring something. And the war d ance ceremony was for warriors. Let us get those ceremonies back in business. The purpose of these ceremonies is to impress a sense of obligation to our tribal culture. This means educating the Ameri› can Legion membership, tribal leaders and our community in their responsibil› ity to be active in the restoration of our culture by participating in these sacred ceremonies. The revitalization of the July Fourth Memorial Horse Parade will be measured when our children understand their roles with limited supervision. We will know when we have reached that goal when our community anticipates and prepares annually along with the Ke’-uyit or First Foods celebration. We invite the Tribal youth organiza› tions, local veterans, elders and Tribal leadership to recognize the revival of the Memorial Horse Parade or Tele’-likli’-n as a principle event in the restoration of our culture. For additional in fo rmation, contact Toni Cordell, Post 140 Commander at 541-429-7389 (work) or 541-215-7438 (cell), or Babette Cowapoo at 541-969› 3303.

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Cleanliness next to Godliness for Texas youth crew M ISSION It wasn’t a n u n c o m › plicated trip. After all, organizing 21 teenagers to travel 1,818 miles from home isn’t easy. Throw in a vehicle robbery and con› sider traveling from Texas to Mission to perform manual labor for elders, and it isn’t difficult to appreciate their efforts. For the second consecutive summer, members of the youth group from First Baptist Church in Hewitt, Texas spent a week on the Umatilla Indian Reserva› tion doing fire prevention. Through painting, weeding, mowing yards, and serving the elderly, they helped make the community a safer place. "Because of what God has done in our lives we want to go out and serve others," said Cameron Magby, Youth Pastor. " We serve in ou r h om e t o w n and like to go out into other areas." Their plane landed in Portland on Saturday, June 20 and spent the night. The next morning they headed east toward Mission. Because they weren’ t starting work until Monday, the group stopped at Multnomah Falls to tour the area. Soon upon returning to their vehi› cles, they realized that some members’ bags were missing from one of the vans, even though the doors were locked and windows weren’t broken. According to police, the thieves punched hole through the key slot. When they had completed the theft and shut the door, the vehicle automatically it re-locked. "That kind of stuff happens and this week it happened to us," said Magby. "It was reinforcement that we came up here to serve and do good even when there are people who choose to do bad in the world."

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Above, Rita George, residentin Mission, was surprised to see the work crew working on her yard. Cameron Magby is pictured mowing the grassin front of her shed. Pictured at left is the group of 21 First Baptist youth members, five chaperones, seven CTUIR Board of Trustee members, and other tribal employees.

Many of the group returned from last year’s when they focused on re-painting rooms in the Community Center and worked with children in the summer recreation program. This year was more labor intensive, which came as a surprise to some of the participants. "I thought it would be easier but it’ s a lot harder," said 16-year-old Am y Anderson who had on a b r ace from popping her knee shortly before mak› ing the trip. Anderson helped paint the

recreation room and pull weeds. Youth worker Conner Griffen said, " It’s been amazing so f a r, " w h i c h seemed to bethe general consensus. Elders who yards were mowed and clean up were just as amazed. "You see this happen to other people and it’s shocking when it happens to you," said Rita George, an elder who lives on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Most of the elders like George were unaware that the group was coming to do their yard work. All of them were more

than happy letting the teens help them out and embraced them with a smile. Out of 19 homes the group com› pleted 10 without any worry because another church group w il l be on the reservation in August to pick up where they left off. T he group was thankful t hat t h e reservation allowed them to serve the community, and they hope they can c ome back every year to r e v i sit t h e friends they made, and connected with other local youth.

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will be attending all day long (Kat Ryder) writing, count› Fourth grade (Nick Leonard) fact fluency, long mul› ing and identifying numbers 1-10, letter names and sounds, tiplication and division steps, conventions proper use of and writing their name. commas, capitals and periods Kindergarten (Kat Ryder) letter sound review, math Fifth grade (Nick Leonard) fact fluency, conventions facts, blending consonant-vowel-consonant words capitals and periods First grade (Corrina Robinson) addition and subtrac› Teacher assistants will be Annette Niord, Cami Car› tion facts, handwriting, sound combinations, phonics, reading lisle and Janet Currin. They will be in charge of buses books and breakfast supervision. Second grade(Janet Vaupel) — number sense, academic Stephanne Arbogast will be a sign language inter› vocabulary, money Third grade (Trina Merriman) geometric shape names, preter for summer school. For more information, contact the CTUIR Education time, coins/money, subtraction with borrowing, conventions Department at 541-429-7830. capitals and periods

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Recreational marijuana may one day be decriminalized or allowed outright on the Reservation, but nobody should inhaleand hold their breath. when the CTUIR w e bsite is completed the schedule will be available.) It needs to be emphasized here that the CTUIR Office of Legal Counsel has been work› ing on this issue for more than a year. Attorney Brent Leonhard has provided explanations to the BOT and at other forums focusing on tribal, state and federal marijuana laws. Next up, if the Board focuses as it should, there will be discussion and, hopefully, decisions made about industrial hemp, medical marijuana and finally recre› ational marijuana. The fact that hemp production is a crime is ludi› crous. It is the strongest fiber known to man. At one time in U.S. history it was a crime not to grow hemp. It was used to make everything from rope and dun› garees to sails for ships. Nobody argues that hemp production could be a cash cow (not like the casino of course) for the Tribes. Whenever Quaempts brings up hemp nobody makes a move. Not even a nod. It’s like nobody hears him. The Department of Economic and Community Development has been silent on this as well, even though it could at least be considered as an enterprise maybe at the industrial park. Then there’s medical marijuana. There are people who live on this reservation who use marijuana medi› cally legally outside the reservation, but in secret on the reservation for fear of being cited or arrested under the CTUIR’s ban on all marijuana. This occurs even though Oregon and at least a dozen other states approve of marijuana as a medicine for everything from chemotherapy patients to elders with glaucoma and children with seizures. Some like Chairman Burke are diametrically op› posed to marijuana of any sort. It would be, he says, another substance to mess up the minds of tribal members, particularly young people. Recreational marijuana may one day be decrimi› nalized or allowed outright on the Reservation, but nobody should inhale and hold their breath. Judging from the movement so far, using pot as a recreational product kind of like alcohol on this dry reservation (with the exception of Wildhorse ) likely will be way down the road. However, there always is the option for General Council members to gather signatures and petition for a referendum vote. In discussions at the work session, members of the BOT said they would respect such a petition if it came from tribal members, but they shook their heads and said out loud they don’t want to have their name linked to such an election.

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ezm a It’s pretty clear around here. People on the reserva› tion smoke pot. (Marcus Luke at Housing said the "ugly truth" is that you can smell pot in 80 percent of the units in the projects.) According to at least one experienced user, "pot smokers may be the silent majority" on the Reserva› tion. That same guy his initials are John Bevis think Trustees are more worried about being politically cor› rect than making a decision for fear of losing votes. Bevis recalls the words of Jughead Farrow, who he quoted as saying, "You can’t legislate morality." And that’s exactly what Bevis says the BOT is trying to do. "They need to stop lying to themselves ... grow up rather than trying to control tribal members’ lives from cradle to grave," he said. Bevis said the Tribes should first decriminalize marijuana so users don’t feel like second-class citizens and so that fewer people are arrested and locked up in jail. Tribal police, some say, should have more on their to-do list than look to pinch somebody with a joint in their car. (After all, just a step over the reservation boundary the state is allowing adults to carry up to an ounce on their person. ) Jo Marie Tessman thinks there is a money-making industrial crop waiting to be grown and sold here. She also is an advocate for medical marijuana and lawful use by adults. "It’s the industrial hemp agriculture and processing facilities I see as a profitable tribal enterprise, but not recreational weed product," Tessman said. "It is about an expanded business model and doing the right think for medical users, not about legislating morality." Tessman said that marijuana is "on the Health Commission’s radar." Tessman said there are tribal members with Oregon Green Cards (a doctor prescribed card that authorizes purchase, possession and use of marijuana in the state ) that are in a very difficult situation on the Reservation. "It’s (marijuana) a whole lot better treatment op› tion for pain than any man-made opiates, which are currently a serious issue in our homeland, as well as across the U.S." Tessman said. Which leads us to Ellen Taylor, who concluded Yel› lowhawk’s Marijuana 101 meeting (focusing on nega› tive addiction issues) in late June with some words that may put it in perspective. "We all need tohave an open heart and an open mind," she said. "Medical marijuana treatment helps. You have to see the positives, not just the criminal part. There always are positives and negatives. We’ re smart people and shouldn’t feel afraid or be judgmen› tal." Trustees like Bob Shippentower, who along with Kat Brigham attended that Marijuana 101 meeting, is among those that have an open mind. Before he makes a decision, he wants to hear from "grassroots" tribal members about how they feel about hemp, medical and recreational marijuana. It’s likely, now that the state law has actually gone into effect, that tribal leaders will hear more about marijuana, as if we haven’t heard enough already.


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A tribal member's story of struggle and achievement didn’t take high school very seriously, and ended up with a GED and adult High School di› ploma from Blue Mountain Community College. I joined the CTUIR Fisheries Program as a fisheries technician in 1988 /89. At that time Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) was funding Tribal members to get college education in fisheries. One stipulation was that funding was for two year terminal fisher› ies degrees. But I had already decided to go beyond the two year terminal fisheries degree and earn a BSc Fisheries degree like our non-native Fisheries Pro› gram Manager. When the Fisheries Program Manager realized that I was earning my transferable AA degree which would lead to a BSc degree, he cut my funding. I continued to pursue my education and applied for Tribal scholar› ship funding and kept working towards a BSc Fisheries degree; which I completed in 1994 from the University of Idaho. My biologist career began at the USGS Cook Research Lab, where I was able to develop a proposal for Pacific Lamprey, based on my T r i bal Elders influence and knowledge. I wassoon accepted as an MSc student at Oregon State University and further developed the Lam› prey proposal and presented it to the Northwest Power Planning Council (NPPC). I insisted that my Tribe lead the project while subcontracting to OSU and CRITFC. I developed the First Lamprey Program in the Columbia River Basin for my Tribe that continues to this day. By 1998, threeyears had passed at OSU and the Fisheries Program Manager cut my funding again. I returned home to CTUIR fisheries as Project leader of the Lamprey Project and further elevated funding. I managed to graduate in 2001 with an MSc in Fisheries Sciences while working from home in Mission. I wrote a new proposal for research and restoration of Freshwater mussels, turned the proposal into BPA without the Fisheries Program Manger’s review. The Fisheries Manager took personnel action and disciplined me. Regardless, the proposal was successful; CTUIR had a new grant (5228,333/year) to start the first and

There are many Tribal members that have earned high levels of education and cannot find work back home in their field of study. - Dr. David C/ose

only Freshwater Mussel project in the Columbia Basin that continues today. In four years as Project leader, I developed and led both the Pacific Lamprey Research and Restoration Project and Freshwater Mussels Project equaling over 5700,000/year. In 2002, a non-native employee in CTUIR Planning Department had brought in a large grant for 52 million over 6 years from NASA. He used the funds to fulfill the research for the CTUIR and to earn a PhD. He worked with the Planning Director and a Board Member on an offsite workstation change agreement and moved to University of Santa Barbara. He was there for 6 years then returned to the CTUIR. In 2003, I asked the Executive Director and the Board Chair if I could also work towards my PhD at Michi› gan State University and they approved of my off site workstation agreement for East Lansing, Michigan. The research was already an objective and part of my Pacific Lamprey research and restoration grant total› ing 5500,000/year. I completed the research objectives outlined in the BPA statement of work and earned my PhD in December of 2007. I did not receive any CTUIR scholarship funding while earning my PhD. Chairman Burke and the Executive Director Donald Sampson did not give me special treatment, only equal treatment to the non-native employee. They should have been commended for giving a tribal member a chance to

achieve the highest level of education possible. While the non-native did not complete his PhD, I did. During my time with the CTUIR Fisheries Program, I was suc› cessful in proposing and developing two major projects and employment for Tribal Members which brought in over 55,400,000. Before I graduated in 2007, the Fisheries Program Manager told me he was not going to move me into a position commensurate with my education and train› ing, rather I could be employed in the position I held prior to earning my PhD. It was obvious by then that the Fisheries Manager and then-Fish and Wildlife Com› mitteee Secretary and current Fish and Wildlife Chair did not want me to return home. During my employment with CTUIR’s Fisheries Program, I was the lowest paid biologist /Project leader (managing two projects ), and had more peer reviewed fisheries science publications than anyone in the program, even if combining every› one’s publications. The non-native Fisheries Program Manager had no intentions to provide me with the op› portunity that could eventually bring my education and experience to a meaningful level within "HIS" program. After great discussion with my family, I made the painful decision to accept the Professor position at the world renowned UBC Fisheries Center and De› partment of Zoology where I have since developed a strong team and the world’s first Aboriginal Fisheries Research Unit. I am not the only Tribal Member experiencing these problems. There are many Tribal members that have earned high levels of education and cannot find work back home in their field of study. I am still trying to follow my Elders advice, which was to become the best in my field and come back home and help fight for our Fish and wildlife resources using my credentials. In conclusion, I would like to thank Chair› man Burke for his belief in the importance of education for our Tribal members and supporting my efforts to achieve a PhD. Dr. David Closeis a distinguished Science Professor of Aboriginal Fisheries at the Fisheries Centre and Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia

East Coast college experience M/as ’eye opener' eparing for college isn’t easy, but has big rewards. Months before I left for Brunswick, Maine, I applied to the College Horizons program not knowing what it would be like. College Horizons is a non-profit organization that brings high school Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian students in the 10th-11th grade to a pre› college experience in an actual university. The application process was intense, but I was able to fill it all out and get help with what I didn’ t know. Also there was a fee to apply. I had to earn the application fee funding from my mom by doing all the work I could on the application itself as well as getting the required supporting documents ready. With some planning and help from Michelle Van Pelt (counselor at Nixyaawii Community School ), we were still running close to the deadline; thankfully it was submitted on time. During the week-long pre-college program, we were assigned to a "small group" with 10-12 other students and five college mentors who quickly became a family to me. My college mentors included Steve Abbott (Dartmouth ), Jessmyn Cox (Kenyon College), Kathy Halbig (Cornell University ), Steve McLaughlin (Duke University ), and Ralph Figueroa

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(Albuquerque Academy). During our small group sessions, these five college mentors assisted us in revising our college essays, resumes, completing the Common Application, and developing an individu› alized list of the top 10 schools that would fit our education goals. During "large group" ses› sions, all 98 students met in a lecture hall to receive informa› tion from the College Horizons director Carmen Lopez or other staff members on the subjects of FAFSA/financial aid, test prepa› ration skills, SAT /ACT informa› tion, and the daily agenda. Being a college student is a full time job. I got a "sneak peek" at the responsibilities and the hectic schedule a college student goes through living on campus, having a limited amount of freedom, having a schedule, staying up until 11 most nights to study or mentally prepare yourself for the next day. After experiencing this program, it has been a huge eye opener in multiple aspects. I learned that it can be a difficult process to begin the "college life". As I was the only student from Oregon and the west coast to partici›

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pate in this program, I was reminded how important my culture is as a Umatilla Indian. I made life-long friends from across the United States including many from Hawai’i that I plan to visit in the near future! I’ ve been primed all my life to go to college, but I didn’t realize how much time and effort is needed to complete the application process. The College Horizons program at Bowdoin taught me that college life will be very challenging as well as exciting to be on your own! I met so many students who have college and career goals, and they are like me, working hard to be eligible for as many scholarships as possible. If I never would have applied to go to Bowdoin, I wouldn’t be preparing to visit Duke, Stanford and John’s Hopkins before I graduate next spring. What it all boils down to is, I’ ve always been told that I can achieve anything that I work hard for and my mom has sacrificed a lot to afford special programs that help me stay focused, like College Horizons. I really appreciate everyone who visited my fund› raisers and gave me words of encouragement, I had the money I needed to buy traveling supplies and other necessities for my flight and stay on the East Coast. Alyssa Farrow nrill be a senior at Nixyaawii Community School in the fall.

lvvanac In the Matter of the Estate of: •

Glenna Kay Carlson

ProbateNoi P000099166IP

Legal Desc. Allotment:

In the Matter of the Estate of: Jose phineSaraphine Hines Probate NotP0000083246IP

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7 /1N / 3 4E 2/1S/ 33E 1 0/1N/ 3 5E

.083333 .055555 .250000

6.67: 80.00 5.14: 92.53 20.00: 80.00 Total:


871 127 M872 *Subject to Life Estate

In the Matter of the Estate of:


5 TR

7/1N/34E 2/15/33E

27/3N/34E 27/ 3N / 34E

$5,166.67 $2,444.44 To Be Determined

Tribe: NezPerce

Aggregated Fraction



1333:80 10.28:92.53


Fair Market Value

$10,500.00 $4,888.89 $15,388.89

Legal Desc. Allotment.

871 127 M872


32 3N 34E 14-32/2-3N/34E 27-34/3N/35E

C177 C178

27 3N 35E 3-24 2N 35E 4 2N 35E

C182 C184

Tribe: Colville

Share Acres

Fraction .0555556 1666667 ,1666667 1666667 0555556

5 TR 6 ZN 34E

Foir Market Value 5,500.00 35,500.00 16,916,67 21,666.67 10,277.78 31,200.00 6,233.33 13,750.00 8,000.00 2,922.22 6,583.33 3,929.17 3,833.33


26.01:156.06 6,667:40 12.905:77.43 8.547:153.84 25.048:150.29 4.444:80

1666667 .1481481481

C315 1052 1178

3 14N 33E 12-13 ZN 35E

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22 2N 34E

C179 C373

27 3N 35E 5 2N 34E

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4.444:80 5.709:137,02 1.607:38.57 2.963:80

5 166,312.50

In the Matter of the Estate of: Glenna Kay Carlson Probate NoiP000099166IP 5 TR

27/3N / 34E 27/3N / 34E

C133 MC133

Tribe: Umatilia

Ide ntification Noi 143N300063

Legal Desc. Allotment:

3.88: 80.00 3.88: 92.53

Fair Market Value

$10,757.64 $29.17

Ayyreyated Fraction

Share Acres

7 /1N/ 3 4E 2/15 / 3 3E 10/1N/ 3 5E

.083333 .055555 .250000

6.67: 80.00 5.14: 92.53 20.00: 80.00

To Be Determined



In the Matter of the Estate of:

Aggregated Fraction

Share Acres

14/288 14/288

3.88: 80.00 3.88: 92.53

Fair Marker Value


Fair Market Value

$5,166 67 $2,444.44

Ph illip Arnold Lawyer Sr.

Probate NoiP000086450IP


Tribe: NezPerce

5 TR

*Subject to Life Estate


I dent ificationNor 101U003040

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14/288 14/288

Id e ntification Noi 182U000032

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Share Acres


ProbateNoi P0000083246IP

Es ther Thomas

Probate Noi P0000082241IP


In the Matter of the Estate of: Josephine Saraphine Hines


*Subject to Life Estate

In the Matter of the Estate of:


*Subject to Life Estate

Ide n tification Not 182U000911

Legal Desc.

5 TR

Fair Market Value

Ph illip Arnold Lawyer Sr.

Probate NoiP000086450IP

871 127

Tribe: Nez Perce

Ide ntification Not 182U000032

C133 MC133

Tribe: Umatilla

Ide ntification Noi 143N300063

5 TR

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Share Acres

7/1N/34E 2/15/33E



Tribei NezPerce Fair Market Value

$10,500.00 $4,888.89 $15,388.89


*Subject to Life Estate

In the Matter of the Estate of:

Es ther Thomas

Probate NoiP0000082241IP

Ide n tificatio Noi 101U003040

Legal Desc. Allotment: WW52 WW89 WW91 C177 C178 C182 C184 C315 1052 1178 WW162 C179 C373

STR 6 2N 34E 32 3N 34E 14-32/2-3N/34E 27-34/3N/35E

27 3N 35E 3-24 2N 35E 4 2N 35E 3 14N 33E 12-13 2N 35E 22 ZN 34E 4 2N 34E 27 3N 35E 5 2N 34E

Aggregated Fraction .0555556 1666667 .1666667 1666667 .0555556 1666667 1481481481

0833333 1666667 0555556 .0416667 0416667 .03703703

Share Acres 44.444:80 26.01:156.06 6.667:40 12.905:77.43 8.547:153.84 25.048:150.29 4.444:80 6.383:76.6 13.333:80 4.444:80 5.709:137.02 1.607:38.57 2.963:80 Total.

Tribe: Colville Fair Narket Value 5,500.00 35,500.00 16,916.67 21,666.67 10,277.78 31,200.00 6,233.33 13,750.00 8,000.00 2,922.22 6,583.33 3,929.1 7 3,833.33



$29.17 $10,786.81

*Subjectto Life Estate

This notice is to serve as the Offtcial CTUIR Notice o 0 t ion to Purchase for the above referenced estate that the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation ("CTUIR") of Oregon will exercise iis Option to Purchase

under the authority of the CTUIR Inheritance Code* any and all interest/s of the above referenced trust or restricted alloimenis at fair market value pursuant io Section 105(C)(4)4.

In theMatter of the Estate of: Josephine Saraphine Hines ProbateNoi P0000083246IP

Tribe: Nez Perce

Id e ntification Noi 182U000032

CTUIR Inheritance Code Section1.05(E) —Tribal Member Right to Purchase Eli ’bili Re uirements: Any member of the Confederated Tribes owning an interest in a trust land parcel where the

Confederated Tribes has filed a Notice of Purchase pursuant to Sections 1.05(D)(2), (3) and/or (5) of this code may

Legal Desc. Allotment.

5 TR

871 127 M872

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*Subjectto Life Estate

purchase such lands in the place of the Confederated Tribes if:

Fair Market Value


$2,444.44 To Be Determined


a. The member of the Confederated Tribes owns an interest in the subject trust parcel on the date of death of the decedent; b. The eligible member of the Confederated Tribes Eles his/her notice of intent io purchase the interest in the subject trust parcel with the Secretary of the Board of Trustees within 30 days after publication of the purchase by the Confederated Tribes in the Tribal newspaper; and

c. The eligible member of the Confederated Tribes’ right to purchase under this subsection shall be subject io the requirements that the fair market value of the interest in trust lands as determined by the Secretary [of the Interior] must be paid as set forth in section 1.05(C)(4) of this code, and shall be subject to the rights of the

surviving spouse and Indian lineal descendant set forth in section 1.05(C)(2), (3) and (7).

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d. The eligible member of the Confederated Tribes deposits payment in the amount equal to the fair market value of the subject trust parcel, of interest therein, with the BIA Umatilla Agency Superintendent which payment shall be accompanied by the identification of the decedent, the probate case number and trust parcel in question. The eligible member must make the full payment for the subject trust parcel, or interest therein, within 60 days of filing its notice of intent to purchase. In such an event, the eligible member shall be authorized to acquire the interest in the subject parcel in the place of the Confederated Tribes.

Please contact the CTUIR Land Projects Program at (541) 429-7488 if you have any questions, concerns, or io request a copy of the Inheritance Code. The Inheritance Code can also be viewed ai: h / / w ww umatilla.nsn us/InheritanceCode df. * The CTUIR Inheritance Codewas approved by the Board of Trustees of the Confederated Tribes of the UmatiEa

Indian Reservation (CTUIR) per Resolution No. 08-028(April 7, 2008) and approved by the Secretary of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Aflhirs on May 16, 2008 (effective 180 after approval = November 12,2008) in accordance with the Indian Land Consolidation Aci, [P.L. 97P59, 25 U.S.C. Ch. 24 J2201-2221].




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CRITFC Job Qpenings FULL-TIME, PATROL OFFICER. Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Enforcement (CRITF E) Patrol Officers are directly responsible for carrying out all enforcement and protective patrols by foot, vehicle and boat on the main stem Columbia River (Oregon and Washington shores) and its environs and also patrol at the In-lieu and Treaty Fishing Access sites (TFAS). Patrols are dictated by CRITFC/ ltfgp CRITFE policy, Tribal policy, contractual obligations of the Law Enforcement Department, and at the direction of patrol supervi› sors. Visit htt://www.critfc.or /obs/ clice-officer-2/ for a full job description and instructions on how to apply. The announcement closing date is July 6, 2015. CRITFC IS RECRUITING FORA DISPATCHER. This position is full-time, with benefits on a limited duration through the end of 2017. The position is located in Hood River, Oregon. The dis› patcher is directly responsible for the operation of all office radio/ telephone communication equipment, maintaining a close watch on patrol activities in the field, and for the general office needs of the agency. The closing date of the position will be August 3, 2015. For a full job announcement and the application procedure, visit htt://www.critfc.or / critfc-em lo ment-o o rtunities/

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Chair Gary Burke

General Council Chair Alan Crawford At-large BOT Members: Armand Minthorn Justin Quaempts Bob Shippentower Woodrow Star

Vice Chair Leo Stewart Treasurer Aaron Hines

Weather information summarize data taken for June at the Pendleton Weather Station. The average daily temperature was 72.4 de› grees with a high of 109 degrees on June 27-28 and a low of 44 degrees on June 14. Total precipitation to date in December was 0.06" with greatest 24hr average 0.44" on June 1. There was a departure of-0.9" from average for the month of June.

The averagewind speed was 10.7mph with a sustained max speed of 38 mph from the South on June 28. A peak speed of 48 mph occurred from the West on June 28. The dominant wind direction was from the South. There were 28 clear, 1 partly cloudy and 0 cloudy day(s) in the month of June. Air Quality Index values remained stable in the low range throughout the month of June.

Secretary Kat Brigham CTUIR Deputy Executive Director: E x ecutive Director: David Tovey Debra C roswell

Pendleton Pioneer Chapel received three prestigious awards in 2009

+ The Oregon Funeral Directors Association Award of Funeral Service Excellence

General Council Meeting

+ The Best Of Eastern Oregon Award as voted by the readers of the East Oregonian + Pendleton Chamber of Commerce 2009 Business of the Year

Nixyaawii Governance Center, 2 p.m. - July 16

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~Drag a ends: 1. Proposed Constitutional Amendments - Althea Wolf, Tribal member 2. Wildhorse Foundation Annual Report - Kathleen Peterson, WHF Chair 3. Board of Trustees Member at Large Woodrow Star

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Tribal Court 541-276-2046

Human Resources 541-429-71 80

Department of Children and Family Services 541-429-7300

Science 8 Engineering/Air Quality Burnline 541-429-7080

Enrollment Office 541-429-7035

Senior Center 541-276-0296

Finance Office 541-429-7150

TERF 541-276-4040

Finance› Credit Program 541-429-7155

Confederated Umatilla Journal 541-429-7399

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Land Buy-Back Program ul 2 015 U date As of6]10(15: CTUIR has regained 7,511 acres of land Offer 8:

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Status of Offers Listed Below:

All Appraisals and Offers Have Expired

Wave 2)2-A(2-C offers expired June 14, 2015 Thank you for Participating in Umatilla’s Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations for Future Generations...

Im ortant Contacts: Andrea Hall

CTUIR, Umatilla Tribal Land Bu -BackPro ram OST, Office of Special Kevin Moore Trustee Fiduciary Trust 88«Notary Public-ORRRR Oflicer, Umatilla A en Estate Planning Services Norma Gonzdiez Intern untiIAu ust1« CTUIR Acquisition Rh Leslie "Sass" LeCornu Disposal Realty ~*Notary Public-OR "R' Conve ance Trust Beneficiary Call Center ITBCC) for: HM Account Management **"Notary Public-OR***

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Call TBCC to check the Status ofLBBP Offer or to Re ister as a illin Seller * Notice: Contact Center closed Friday, june 19th, 2015. Please refer all questions to the Umatilla Land Bu -Back Coordinator at 541 429-7490. Photo proirided by the C TUIR Department of Public Works

Inheritance Code: n t h t : T h C T 0 2Ri h i t C d pp d p d CT t R 2 t ’ ii 08-0 2 8 Ap ii 7, 2008 and approved by BIA on May 16, 2008. The CTUIR declares its intent to exercise its rights to prevent the transfer of trust lands within the Umatilla Indian Reservation to a person named in a will who is not an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes. Please reference CTUIR Inheritance Code at: h: ct u i r .or s s tem files InheritanceCode. df.

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Land Sale Income: Once yousellyour interests in a tractofland that produces lease income means that you will no longer receive that income. • Under IRS Service Ruling 57-407, income derived by an Indian from the sale of trust property is uot subject to Federal Income Tax. (Exempt as a resource for up to one (1) year period) • Any type of State or Federal assistance determines their own eligibility requirements for counting sources of income. lhjgtfi: Be cautious when asked to report income as a resource. Seek assistance from Tribal Social Services A en fo r id a nce.

Office of S ecial Trustee OST for Individual Indian M one Accounts IIM : Account 0 tions for Disbursements.

Deposit to your financial institution. el Direct •

The accounthas to be in your name. To do this we will need a bank direct deposit form with the account and routing numbers. your account on aVoluntary Hold. fi Place • This means all deposits into the account will stay until we are contacted by the account› holder to disburse funds. Interest from funds held is ~ • The account balance can be checked at any time by calling our office. You can also have direct deposit set up with this option. 9 You can receive a Check. • Also if your account is on auto disbursement, you will receive a check if your account •

exceeds $15. O You can receive aDebitCard.(Feem ay be assessed by Chase Bank) O lf your funds are on aVoluntary Hold—You M ay: •

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Vandals at it again on Reservation MISSION Umatilla Tribal Police Department (UTPD) and the Housing Department are taking a stand against vandalism. Although vandalism (spray paint and breaking windows, etc.) has recently decreased on the reservation, there is concern that it might pick back up in the summer months. In June, someone smashed out a window panel to the bus stop near the Nixyaawii Community School, and spray paint graffiti damaged the gazebo and sidewalks at Wetlands Park. In May another bus stop on Alder Drive was spray painted with vulgar remarks and gang graffiti. Wetlands Park and the bus stops are not the only areas that have been dam› aged by hooligans. In the last year there have been 74 reported incidents of criminal mischief, according to UTPD Communications Officer Juanita Dagget t. These include the Veterans Memorial where rocks were chipped off the walls and the gymnasium recreation room. "People need to change and be respectful to themselves and more impor› tantly to others around them," said Housing Director Marcus Luke. "We’ re supposed to be stewards of the land, yet we let people paint up housing, power poles, streets, parks, and tribal properties. We only ask the community parents and adults to step up and teach their kids to be respectful to all tribal property and more importantly our natural areas like the river, streams and mountain areas." The biggest way departments are fighting back on vandalism is by remov› ing graffiti as quickly as possible. Writing gets painted over or washed off and broken windows get replaced. However, cameras are also being installed in certain areas to catch the criminals. According to UTPD Officer Dave Williams, those caught vandalizing prop› erty will face criminal mischief charges, which could result in a fine, restitution of property, probation and possibly jail time. Charges on a juvenile’s record are not expunged until they are 18, depending on the extent of the crime. Fortunately, Williams says there haven’t been as many reports as past years thanks to Tribal entities that keep kids busy. He said that many youth destroy property out of boredom and anger with toward their peers. Williams has been pitching project ideas to different departments looking to team up with a group of young people to make murals of traditional writings, pictographs and stories. He said when kids take pride and ownership into the community than they are less likely to destroy it.

1,229accepted offers; 54% acceptance rate oflandowners totaling $9,905,621 00 with $2,608,63100remainin;returnin 7,511 acres back to CTUIR.

Whereabouts Unknown "WAU": If you are listed on Deice of Special Trustee (OST) Where Abouts Unknown (IVAU) List for the Umaiilla Agency. Please contact OST located at the Umatilla Agency @ 541~278-3786 or any local OST Office in ourareatou date our addressormakean chan esto our iIM Account.

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hotos Treaty Day commemoration June 8 included a p arade around t h e July Gr o u nd s w i t h h o r ses, cars and floats. Grand marshals for the parade were Tessie Williams and Joan Burnside. For the first tune, the Pendleton Round-Up

Court joined the Happy Canyon Princesses Mary Harris and Josephine Penny in the parade. In the Longhouse after the parade, in addition to informational tables in the annex, Dr. Ron Pond was the guest speaker. He talked about the history of the Treaty and the significance it still has today. Parade winners included Ne w B e ginnin gs from Yellowh aw k T r i bal H e alth Center, best float, and Mary Harris as the best horse partici› pant.



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At right, Dr. Ron Pond delivered remarks about the Treaty of 1855 at the Longhouse.








The Treaty of1855reserved rights for the Umatilla, Cayuse and Walla Walla Indians.

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WALLA WALLA A meeting to dis› cuss the original site of the 1855 Treaty Council turned into a lesson about the importance of the treaty negotiated 160 years ago between the U.S. government and Indian tribes from the upper Colum› bia and Snake river region. Exactly where the peace negotiations took place in the Walla Walla Valley remained indefinite, although members of a group called Walla Walla 2020 sug› gested four potential sites for what could have been a shifting location that lasted nearly three weeks. B ut the spot w h ere the tr eaty w a s hammered out wasn’t as significant as the accord remains to this day. Gary Burke, chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and Davis Washines, General Council chair for the Yakama Nation, used the op› portunity to express their respect to the Indian leaders who forged treaties for several tribal nations. Burke said treaty signers had children in mind when they negotiated the treaty to live in peace with the white man com› ing west. "They agreed to live in peace but they did not surrender," Burke said. "A peace treaty is different than surrendering or being conquered." Speaking to about a dozen people,

’They agreed to live in peace but they did not surrender. A peace treaty is different than surrendering or being conquered.’ - Gary Burke, chairman of the BOT for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Gary Burke, chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, reads a historical markerthat providesinformation about theWa//a Wa//a Treaty Council of 1855. Several sites for the Council negotiations have been suggested.

Burke said the treaty today means exactly what it meant when it was signed. "The government never gave us noth› ing we didn’t already have," Burke said. The treaty is wo rds on paper, said Burke, who actually was able to read the original Umatilla and Walla Walla peace documents at the Smithsonian earlier this year. "We didn’t write the treaty. We agreed to it, one word at a time," he said. Washines noted t hat th e Y a k amas and other tribes as well refer to the anniversary of the Treaty of 1855 as a

commemoration, not a celebration. "There are parades, rodeos and pow› wows, but we’ re still here continuing our way of life," Washines said. The 14 chiefs who signed the treaty "couldn’t read but they had the wisdom to see," Washines said. "The treaty is a living document to us and is just as valued today as it was 160 years ago," he said. Dan Clark from Walla Walla 2020’s historic sites and markers project ex› plained that through interpreters’ trans› lations and historical texts treaty nego›

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tiations could have occurred at one or more places. "There’s a debate over where exactly the treaty council site w as," h e said . "From the notes of the treaty, 10,000 Nez Perce warriors two abreast at a full gallop came down the hill on the north side of Mill Creek." However, other w r i t ten histories in› dicate the treaty negotiations may have occurred at Fort Walla Walla where the Nez Perce trail meets East Main; near the intersection of what is now Park and Alder with Crescent Street; and /or near the residence of a Mrs. Quinn, northeast of First and Main near Fort Walla Walla. All records would suggest, Clark said, that the negotiations took place on the north bank of Mill Creek. However, over time the creek meander and landscape have changed so there remains "plenty of room for debate." "Our best recollection is that it mostl› likely was near the old stone Council grove (behind Carnegie Center at Palouse and Alder ). The marker there reads: "Near this site May 29 to June 11, 1855 was held the Great Indian Council by Governor Isaac Ingalls Stevens with chiefs of the Nez Perce, Yakima, Cayuse and Walla Walla Indian Tribes of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Placed 1925 by Narcissa Prentiss Chapter D.A.R. [Daughters of the Ameri› can Revolution ], Walla Walla." The second monument to the council is the treaty rock at the entrance to the Whit› man College amphitheater placed there five years after the first monument. The treaty rock has two inscriptions. The first by the class of 1930, which donated the rock, reads in part: "Here were camped from May 24 to June 12, 1855, two thou› sand Indians of the Nez Perce Tribe, with their famous chief, Hol-Lol-Sote-Tote, Lawyer, attending the Great Council called by Governor Stevens." The second inscription on the treaty rock was added on the treaty centennial in 1955and reads,"To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the signing of their forefathers of the treaties with the United States of America near this place on June 9 and 11, 1855, this plaque is presented by the people of the Yakima, Nez Perce, Cayuse, Walla Walla and Umatilla Indian Tribes. He-Pa-Nak-Ne-Koo Kun-Koo Nu› Nim Pe-Wa-Ynpt, June 11, 1955." According to its website, "Walla Walla 2020 is a civic group whose purposes are to envision, plan for, and undertake projects to help realize a livable commu› nity in the Walla Walla area now and for the future. Since our founding in 1988, we have been promoting practices and systems which will protect and enhance our quality of life.

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Water too far away to keep house from burning POVERTY FLATS With the closest water supply 10 miles away, firefighters were unable to control a fire June 20 that consumed a house at Poverty Flats about a half mile south of the Umatilla Indian Reservation boundary. The three-story home owned by Gary Evans was a complete loss. Even though Poverty Flats is off the Reservation, Ev› ans paid a 5125 per year subscriber fee for fire service, according to Umatilla Tribal Fire Chief Rob Burnside. An investigation was concluded soon after the fire, Burnside said. It is thought that the fire started from an ember in a fireplace insert that Evans apparently used that morning to "knock the chill off the house,"Burnside said. Any evidence that might have i n d icated otherwise burned up. Two firefighters from the Umatilla Tribal Fire Department were on the scene first, and later were joined by fire crews from the Pendleton Fire Department, Pilot Rock Fire Department, the Bureau

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of Indian Affairs, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and the Oregon Department o f Transportation. The Public Work s Department of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation also hauled water. Trucks and tankers had to drive to and from the fire to Arrowhead Travel Plaza for water. Ironically, the house has an indoor pool but it was empty. "We kept ’attacking to save’ for the first hour and a half," said Bill Weathers, a Umatilla Tribal firefighter. "But once it got into the second story and collapsed into the roof and sides there was nothing we could do without water." Weathers and fellow Umatilla Tribal

fireman Jordan Tyer had just finished with a mutual aid call in Pendleton for a fire that burned wood piles and Garton T ree Service trucks. They were at A r › rowhead fueling the firetruck when the Poverty Flats fire was reported. "We didn’t see any smoke until Pov› erty Flats Road," Weathers said. "At the house, probably 40 percent of the roof, a n old w o o d-shake roof, was on f i r e . We pulled two hoses and made an entry upstairs to try to put the fire out, but the roof collapsed so we backed out." Pendleton Fire Department arrived and started squirting down the roof with Weathers and Tyer. "All we could do was put water on

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Tamastslikt showcases notorious Alcatraz prison through Oct. 24 MISSION A pair of exhibits that focus on the notorious Alcatraz Prison are on display through Oct. 24 at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Together w i t h A l c a t r a z C r u i s e s, Tamastslikt will be temporary home of "Alcatraz: Life on the Rock" and "Alca› traz, the Last Day" exhibits. The exhibits showcase Alcatraz Is› land’s history and i n f a m ous i n m ates. S pecific installations include "How D o You Know A l c atraz?" w h ich o f fers a compelling introduction complete with a model of the island and a look at "The Rock’s" place in history and in movies. Additionally there are four quadrants that feature a "Military History"; an au› thentic replica of a prison cell that is the centerpiece of the "Life on the Inside"; "Strength: The Native American Indian Occupation"; and "Preserving the Rock." U pon the announcement of the A l › catraz Penitentiary closure in 1963, Life

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Head Start graduates to kindergarten MISSION Cay-Uma-Wa Head start students celebrated their gradu› ation with friends, family, and staff on June 4. A total of 26 students will be enter› ing full-day ki ndergarten this next school year while 16 students will be returning to Head Start. Cay-Uma-Wa Head Start is now accepting applications for the 2015› 2016 school year for children born

between Sept. 2, 2010 and Aug. 31, 2012. The first set of applications will be reviewed July 20 with two other rounds of review continuing through› out the summer. School begins Sept. 22; however the Head Start program always accepts applications through› out the school year. If you r equire assistance with applying or obtaining documents, contact the program at 541-429-7856.

Legion raising funds for national candidate Fundraiser picnic held in Wetlands Park July 18 to support Schmidt's campaign MISSION The George St. Denis American Legion Post 140 and Auxiliary are supporting Charles E. Schmidt for election to the National Commander of the American Legion. Schmidt is the first candidate from Oregon, according to Toni Cordell, Post 140 commander.

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Pendleton schools announce leadershipchanges PENDLETON Several administra› t ors in th e Pendleton School D i s t r i ct (PSD) will be reporting for work at dif› ferent school buildings in fall 2015. Matt Yoshioka ( current Sun r i d g e Middle School Principal ) will be the new Curriculum, Instruction 8z Assessment Coordinator for the district. This is a role that is currently filled by Laura Milten› berger, who is retiring from the district at the end of this school year. In addition, Yoshioka will serve as the Interim Prin› cipal for Lincoln Primary School for one year during the completion of the new Sherwood and Washington elementary buildings. In fall 2016, students at both Lincoln and West Hi lls w i l l b e r eassigned to other schools as part of the district’s new boundary process. Current Lincoln Pri› mary Principal Lori Hale will be the new Principal at the Pendleton Early Learning Center, opening fall 2015. With the move of Yoshioka to a new position, Dave Wi l l iams, current Sun› ridge Middle School Assistant Principal, will take over as Sunridge’s Principal. Jared Tesch will join the PSD administra› tive team as the new Assistant Principal at SMS. Tesch comes to the PSD from the Salem-Keizer School District where he served as an Instructional Coach at the middle school level. "With nine years of middle school ex›

perience and a genuine heart for middle school kids, Jared will be an asset to both staff and students at SMS," said Tricia Mooney, Assistant Superintendent of the PSD. The district also names a new CTE (Ca› reer 8z Technical Education) Coordinator Curt Thompson (current Washington School Principal ). This position is a new one for the Pendleton School Di strict and is being implemented to plan for and create the CTE center at West Hills in fall 2016. "As we look toward our CTE program at West Hills and building on our school board’s focus to increase career-related opportunities for students, this is the right time to hire for this position," said Mooney. Thompson will also be the ad› ministrator for the Hawthorne Alterna› tive School next year. With Thompson leaving Washington Elementary, Ai mee VanNice (current McKay Creek Elementary Principal ) will step in to transition the staff and students to the new Washington building opening in the fall of 2016. Ronda Smith (current PHS Assistant Principal ) will be the new principal at McKay Creek with VanNice’s move. Chris Bet tineski, who has been serving as the lead teacher at Hawthorne Alterna› tive, will move to PHS as the Assistant Principal.

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grizzly delisting WASHINGTON Tribal opposition continues to mount against the federal government’s proposed removal of En› dangered Species Act (ESA) status from the iconic Yellowstone grizzly, and the subsequent state organized trophy hunts that will result from delisting the bear. Resistance that began with the North› ern Cheyenne in Montana has now swol› len to include all of the tribes in that state, plus every tribal nation in W y o m i ng, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, a plurality in Idaho, and some of the most influential tribes in Oklahoma, including the Cherokee and Chickasaw nations. With the recent declarations and reso› lutions passed by the Navajo Nation and the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation, Arizona and Utah can now be added to the list. " The unprecedented nature of t h i s tribal coalition in opposition to delisting the Yellowstone grizzly bear provides testament to the enormous significance of this sacred being within our cultures," s ays Chairman Jason Wal ker o f t h e Northwestern Band of Shoshone. In one of the last acts of the Shelly› Jim Administration, then President Ben S helly declared the N avajo N a t i o n’ s opposition to the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) intent to delist the grizzly and enable "the states of Wyoming, Mon› tana and Idaho to sell licenses to generate hundreds of thousands of dollars from trophy hunting the grizzly."

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Washington Gov. Inslee: Give Kennewick Man back toTribes From Indiancountr toda media.com

In a letter sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on June 23 Washington Governor Jay Inslee requested that the remains of The Ancient One, or Kennewick Man, be turned over to Native American tribes. "Now that DN A analysis has demon› s trated a genetic link to m o d ern N a t i v e Americans, including those in the State of Washington, I am requesting that the An› cient One be repatriated to the appropriate tribes as expeditiously as possible," Inslee said in the letter. "Our Washington State tribes have waited 19 years for the remains to be transferred for reburial. During this time several studies have been completed,

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from the recent DNA analysis to numer› ous books. Rarely have Native American human remains been subjected to such intensive investigations and examinations." The DNA proof that Kennewick Man is Native contradicts the conclusion of a team of scientists that he was not. "The latest results, having ended many of the questions surrounding the identity of Kennewick Man, means that it is time we respect the tribes’ repeated requests for repatriation," Inslee said. The governor requested that the Corps of Engineers provide a timeline for repatria› tion, and offered assistance from the State of Washington Department of Archaeology 8z Historic Preservation to facilitate the transfer.

The remains of Kennewick Man were discovered in 1996 along the shores of the Columbia River in Washington state. He "lived a vigorous life," according to National Park Service Chief Archaeologist Francis McManamon, who carried the first extensive examination of the bones three years after the discovery. "His stature was robust and remained strong right up to his death at about 45-55 years old," wrote McManamon. He added that Kennewick Man was seriously wounded in his hip by a spear while still a teenager. "He lived long after recovering from the wound. His hip bone grew and molded com› pletely around the stone point that remained embedded there," McManamon said. The difficulty in establishing the skeleton’s provenance has prompted a legal, spiritual and scientific dispute between scientists, who want to study the bones, and Native Ameri› cans, who claim Kennewick Man as an ancestor and call him the Ancient One. The court battle began with a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by eight scientists seeking access to study the bones. The agency had jurisdiction over the site where the skeleton was discovered and planned to honor the tribes’ request to repatriate the bones under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of1990. In February 2004, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the anthropologists, concluding that "a significant relationship of the tribal claim› ants with Kennewick Man" could not be proved. Reburial requests were thus halted to allow further investigation into the skeleton’s origins.

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rebury Kennewick Man, Minthorn said, declining to divulge the site. P rofessor Eske Willerslev from t h e Centre for GeoGenetics in Copenhagen, Denmark, conducted DNA tests using samples provided by the Colville Tribe. Willerslev said, however, that it "cur› rently is not possible" to link the Ancient One to specific modern Native Americans because the DNA d a tabase for Native Americans is limited. " When Eske gave hi s r e p o rt , t h e results cited the Colvilles because they submitted DNA," said M i n thorn, who visited Willerslev in Copenhagen last fall. "But this does not exclude other claimant tribes that didn’t submit DNA." Minthorn f ou r o f t h e f iv e claimant

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tribes agreed not to submit DNA, but the Colvilles, who were not part of the meet› ing in which that agreement was made, "took a big risk, gambled and it paid off." It only "substantiates our affiliation of Kennewick Man," M i n thorn said. "The five tribes are together working to get him back." Even though it was Colville DNA used to substantiate the five tribes’ claim, there is "no dispute" that the Ancient One will be claimed by all five tribes. "We all realized that in order for us as five tribes to get Kennewick Man back for reburial we’d have to stay together," Minthorn said. "No ifs, no ands, no buts. We are having joint discussion and mak› ing joint decisions." Minthorn said that, at this time, the five tribes are pursuing three options toward

repatriation. The reburial could occur though the NAGPRA process; through changes in rule making under regulations in a Department of Interior draft; or by a Presidential Executive Order. "We don’t anticipate any more scien› tific opposition but we’ re still going to have to jump through federal hoops. I would expect the Army Corps, which is the primary federal agency, to follow the letter of the law. I would expect nothing less," said Minthorn. The process normally takes between six and eight months, Minthorn said. Optimistally, he said repatriation could take place before the year is out. " It w il l be a m ajor relief w hen w e rebury," Minthorn said. "We have more scientific based evidence now that can help us assist with repatriation under

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NAGPRA. In the past we’ ve never looked to science in this manner for repatriation." R epatriation, M i n t h or n s a i d , "has helped us as tribes to strengthen our way of life, strengthen our belief in religion, and strengthen our culture. Specifically with Kennewick Man it has strengthened our connection, but also confirmed that he is Native American and we descended from him." Since the remains were found along the Columbia River and the subsequent storage of those bones the five tribes have continually held religious services at the Burke Museum, Minthorn said. This story includedinformation contained in several other news sources, including the Associated Press, indiancountrytodaymedianetwork, Fox News, and discovery.corn.


Wolves kill domestic animals in Umatilla and Wallowa counties SALEM, Ore. (AP) Two wolf attacks in eastern Oregon have left three sheep, one dog and one calf dead. The Statesman Journal reports the Or› egon Department of Fish and Wildlife on June 24 confirmed the two attacks. They were the first attacks confirmed by the department since September. The first incident occurred June 20 after a Wallowa County livestock owner found a partially consumed calf with bite marks and wolf tracks near the carcass. GPS locations showed a radio-collared wolf to be within 4 miles of the carcass. On June 22, three sheep and one guard dog were found dead in Umatilla County. The department said the bite wounds and location of the attack were similar to other wolf attacks. S ince returning to O r e gon, w o l v e s have killed 109 domestic animals.

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Tribal member Hines trained as wildland firefighter LA GRANDE, Oregon Billie Dawn H i nes recently completed training as a Basic Firefighter, W i l d land Fire Behavior, Incident Command System and Human Factors in Wildland Fire Service. These courses were taken in La Grande, Oregon, at East› ern Oregon University, June 15-19. Hines’ training was taken in conjunction with the Eastern Oregon Interagency Training Zone. This group includes the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon Department of Forestry. The training included classroom training, covering such topics as wildland fire behavior, weather, incident command,

engine and pump operations, handtool use, fire shelter uti› lization and leadership opportunities. For the last two days the students were able to go to a mock fire camp, sleep over night and engage in live fire exercises in a 20-person hand crew configuration the next day. "I never realized how much communication played a major role in wildland fire operations," Hines said. "The other key component I took away from the training was the recognition of Situational Awareness. I realized you need to have a continual awareness of what factors are going on around me. I am excited to get started."

NOTICE far Patients ef Dr. Carmen Ehlers

Dr. Ehlers will be leaving Yellowhawk Tribal Health Cent:er to return to work in Walla Walla. Her last day to see patients is July 2~~ Patients of Dr. Hhlers will be able to establish care with other Vellomhamk providers. Dr. Rex Quaempts: Wednesday thru Friday from Bam to 5pm Lee Canwell, PA-C: Monday thru Friday from Bam to 4pm Kristin Bourret, PA-C: Monday thru Friday starting July 22"~ You can refill medications through the pharlnaey as refill authorizations permit. Any changes or additions will need to be done by a new provider. Ifyou have any questions about your care with Dr. Ehlers please contact: Annette Jackson 215-1932 or ShaI’IIlaII Sams 278-7509. 20

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City moves to name street in honor of late activist Billy Frank SEATTLE It looks like a street in Bellingham, Washington, will be named in honor of the late treaty rights activist Billy Frank Jr. The city council directed staff to look into changing Indian Street to Billy Frank Jr. Street, The Bellingham Herald report›


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Tribe who is the first Native American on the city council, said at a meeting last week, the Herald reported. "So many people identify with it in Indian Country, and others detest it. This is just as much to me about getting rid of the name Indian as it is about honoring Billy Frank."

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Pot hiring policy changed Continued from Pa e 1

sell marijuana. That includes medical marijuana as well as recreational pot. Prior to the BOT changes to the Tribal Personnel Policies Manual, pre-employ› ment drug t esting fo r al l e m p l o yees disqualified an ap p l icant from t r i b al employment if they have a positive drug test, including a positive drug test for marijuana. In a June 22 work Another s ession, t h e B o a r d reviewed changes to meIpjjUeIfieI the personnel policies stpfY gfIg manual that spelled would adopt amend› ments that would "per› mit the employment of a job applicant whose pre-employment drug test is positive for marijuana use provided that the employee was subject to disciplinary measures in the event of future positive drug tests..." The resolution also calls for training for staff to "recognize and report on em› ployees that may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs and procedures for

ensuring compliance with the Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace ..." Growing, possession and using mari› juana is now legal in Oregon, following a vote of Oregonians last year. Medical marijuana use already was legal in the state before the recreational referendum. It became legal for Oregonians to use marijuana recreationally on July 1, al› though the state still is deriving a number of regulations. (But remember, the new Oregon laws making marijuana legal do not apply within the boundaries of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. ) At this time, there are no recreational retail outlets in business. The Oregon Legislature has suggested recreational pot may be available at medical mari› juana stores. The Legislature still is wrestling with the idea of allowing cities and counties, where the marijuana measure was de› feated, to ban retail outlets. Oregonians even those where retail outlets are banned still will be able to grow, p ossess and use marijuana. C urrently, because there are not y e t any retail outlets, seeds and starts are

The ammendments to the CTUIR Personnel Policies Manual will "permit the employment of

a job applicant whose pre-employment drug test is positive for marijuana use provided that the

employee was subject to disciplinary measures in the event of future positive drug tests..." not for sale. People who have grow s are allowed to give away pot, includ› ing seeds. W hile p r e-em p l o y m en t r u l e s a r e changing they went into effect July 1 tribal members still can be cited into tribal court where they can pay a 5100 fine, much like a traffic ticket. Non-Indians who are caught breaking CTUIR codes on theReservation can be cited into federal court. The federal of› fense also would be treated as a citation with a fine. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has said it would not make it a priority to pros›

DID YOU KNOW? When early Spanish explorers made their landings 300 years before the first white man came to the Columbia Plateau, the most important passengers were equine. The modern horse reached the Cayuse by 1730 by way of rivers pointing northerly from New Mexico. Not every tribal person saw his or her first big dog- kusi (Sahaptin), sikim (Nez Perce) or tuu-nap (Cayuse) - at the same time. The most renowned were the men in joint Cayuse› Umatilla war party who rode south into enemy country, led by Ococtuin, and saw a man riding something the size of an elk. The men were so resolute to obtain a mare and a stallion that they backtracked to amass goods worthy of the prize and returned south. The gamble paid off, as the Cayuse became one of the West’s renown horse tribes.

ecute small marijuana crimes, but the Umatilla tribes are taking on that task

themselves. Tribal Prosecutor K yl e D a ley i s a sworn U.S. Assistant District Attorney and as such can prosecute federal crimes. It is expected that most defendants will pay a fine, but if not they can go to trial in the federal courthouse above the Pend› leton Post Office. At a work session in late June, BOT members questioned whether or not it would be worth Daley’s time away from his tribal duties to prosecute the minor federal offense.

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Fossek wins Social Entrepreneur of the Year award MISSION Robert Fossek’s busy schedule was rewarded June 10 when he was named the 2015 Social Entrepre› neur of the Year at the Small Business Day Luncheon on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Fossek’s Edge of the Wild Taxidermy, which has been operating since 1996, i ncludes l i f e-size m o u n ts, sh o u l d e r mounts, European mounts, antler and skull plaques, and bird mounts. His work can be found in homes and businesses both on and off-reservation. "It is said that small business isn’t for the faint of heart and Robert is no exception," said Kathleen Flanagan, manager of the Tribes’ Business Development Services. Not only does Fossek operate a busi› ness, hold a day job (Tribal Police), and attend college, but also volunteers in the community. Fossek was instrumental in starting Nixyaawii Chamber of Com› merce and served as the first board presi› dent. He has volunteered for 11 years as a Hunter Safety instructor for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and is a past member of the Fish and Wildlife Commission for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. He attended the Indianpreneurship Class offered through the Business De› velopment Services office in 2007. Fossek’s business has grown from do› ing work for local residents to projects from Oregon to Wyoming and Canada. Meanwhile, Fossek returned to school with plans to finish a business degree through Eastern Oregon University. "My hopes are that my continued edu› cation will not only benefit myself and family, but also the community where I live," Fossek wrote. As the 2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Fossek received a trophy, 55,000 cash award and a used iPad donated by the CTUIR Board of Trustees. "The trophy is something that I will cherish and show for many years," said Fossek. " The cash aw ar d t h a t c a m e

with it will be used toward well-needed upgrades to my work space and replace› ment of specialty tools that I use in my business." Fossek said he encourages anyone w ith a b u siness idea to consider t h e classes offered by the Business Develop› ment Services office. Three other nominees were recognized for their work and contributions to the community. Eachreceived a 5500 check and a (used) iPad donated by the BOT. Margaret Sams has been a hairstylist and owner of Cut it Again Sams for more than 30 years. "Her longevity is a testament to her hard work and d edication to serving clients," said Flanagan. "Margaret is always interested in learning and keeps up on the latest trends by attending tradeshows." Sams obtained a special license to provide hair care services at area nurs› ing homes and assisted living facilities. She also gives back to the community through volunteer work and donations. Anson Crane began Red Crane Re› cords in 1997 and added DJ’ing in 2005. Crane, who works at KCUW radio sta› tion, provides professional audio and lighting services for a wide variety of e vents, as well as v i d eography a n d event promotion. Said Flanagan, "Anson works with youth, sharing his successes and struggles in business while encour› aging them to believe that nothing is impossible and they can be successful." R andall M e l t o n b e ga n D J ’ i n g i n t he 1990s and started M i ssion M u s i c Productions in 2002. He has 16 years of experience serving as DJ and emcee at weddings, birthdays, parties, and school dances. Melton’s contributions to the community are many, including Nixyaawii Co m m u n ity School board member, Oregon Museums Association board member, Washington Elementary Facility Design Team member, former Head Start Policy Council member, and



Bob Fossek, a taxidermist on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, standsin his shop with some of the wildlife mounts he's created. Fossek was named 2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year at the Small Business Day Luncheon on the Umatilla Indian Reservation

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MISSION Cay-Uma-Wa Toastmasters club has elected new officers for the next

year. Following are the titles of the new officers who will take office on July 1: Toni Cordell as President, Jan Taylor Vice President of Education, Sally Sundin Vice President of Membership, Miranda Vega Rector Vice President of Public Relations, Raven Manta Secretary, Leigh Pinkham-Johnston Trea› surer, and Jessica Ellis Sergeant of Arms.

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"I look forward to this new task," said Pinkham-Johnston who will be the new B-2 Area Director for District 9. "I am very quiet by nature and this will help me use the skills that I have learned from Toastmasters." Toastmasters is an International program with a goal of improving communication, leadership and evaluation skills. For more information, contact Cordell at 541-429-7389 or Sundin at 541-276-6501.Visit the website at 1089523.toastmastersclubs.org.



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January when a mother of three who sells pinatas was browsing the web looking for p l aces to advertise her small business. A n article ti t led " O a k F l a t land giveaway" caught her eye. Little did she know that the life of he r an d h e r d a u g h t er would change dramatically with a walking journey that wou l d lead them about 1,500 miles to join hundreds of others to protest the San Carlos Apache natives losing their historic lands. Sally Noedel along with her 1 9-year-old d a u g h ter E m m a Bigongiari, and their dog Wal› d o, have b een o n a m i s s i o n since May to w al k f ro m t h eir home town of Bainbridge Island, A creek lo cated on the O ak Flatlands w here hundreds are gathered tooccupy the land. Washington to Oak Flat, Arizona to rally against the Federal Gov› ernment exchanging sacred national forest land to a foreign mining company. In December 2014 the United States Congress passed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, which allowed a trade of 2,422 acres of Tonto National Forest to Resolution Copper, an Australian› British mining company. In return, the government will acquire 5,300 acres of other Arizona land that is currently owned by Resolution Copper. About 1,000 feet underground of the national for› est land is a giant copper deposit. The land is home to perpetual spring water and is used as shelter by many wild animals. It also is sacred to the San Carlos Apache because it contains historic and ceremonial sites as well as traditional foods. Tribes believe the federal government is


Sally Noedet, right, with her daughter Emma Bigongiarf, left, on Main Street during their visit to Pendleton, Oregon.

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to bring food, water, camping supplies and other gear. To accomplish that task, the pair decided to include a p rofit f ro m w hat w i l l vehicle on their trek. The mother and daughter take gOVernment› end up as a tw o-m i le turns driving five miles ahead with the dog, to wait O-gOVernmenf, long, 1,000-foot deep for the other on foot. • > pi t - m i ne crater than in "Normally we hear about these types of events its traditional values, when it’s too late but this one is not lost yet ... we according to Theresa still have time to save this place. If we care at all for Nosie, a spokesperson for the Apache-Stronghold, what’s going to be there for our kids we have to take the name of the protest group. a stand for natural resources," said Noedel. "They took it without government-to-government conversation," N o sie said. "The tribe has publicly

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voiced for ten years that they do not agree with any land exchange, but they [federal government ] included the land exchange into the land package of the National Defense Authorization Act, which has to pass every year." Noedel and Bigongiari say that it will take roughly three months for them to reach their destination where hundreds of protestors are occupying the land. Mem› bers of the San Carlos Apache Tribe started the Apache› Stronghold occupancy when they walked 45 miles in February from the San Carlos Reservation to Oak Flat. The traveling duo walks 15 to 20 miles a day. Be› cause thewalk covers about 1,500 miles, they needed

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other way." A ccordin g t o R e s o l u › tion Copper’s website, gov› e rnmen t - t o - g o v e r n m e n t c onsultation w i t h N a t i v e American tribes is part of the language in the Defense A uthor i z a t io n B i l l . T h e website also says that part of the new bill requests the U.S. Forest Service to prepare a management plan in Photo prowded by Theresa Nosie consultation with affected Native American tribes. According to N o ise, company officials aren’ t required to meet with tribal leaders and Resolu› tion Copper is putting up a front by hiring tribal members. "Only the U.S. government is supposed to have government-to-government consultation with the tribes. Nobody has ever sat down with the San Carlos Apache Tribe to work out an agreement," Nosie said. D uri n g an i n t er› v iew w i t h KCUW, the local radio s tation o n t he U m a › tilla Indian R es e r v a › tion, mother and daugh› ter said they were excited t o announce g a recently in›

called "save Oak Flat."

’Normally we hear about these types of events when it’ s too late but this one is not lost yet • . we still have time to save this place. If we care at all for what’ s oing fp be fhere for our kids we have to take a stand for natural resources.’

l an d e x› change sets precedence that it’s okay to do this to sacred sites to any tribal nation. Join us and pass a resolution from your tribe to support the repeal," said Nosie. Apache-Stronghold also is currently organizing a "spirit run" and is inviting 1,000 people to walk from Mt. Graham, Arizona to Washington, D.C. to protest in front of the Cannon Building where Senate will be in session. "Before this the longest I walked was to my


Members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe during their 45 mile walk from their reservation to Oak Flat where they set up camp. Photo prowded by Theresa Nosie


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College and high school graduates at the Graduation Luncheon from left to right: Jordan Brigham, Cree Enright, Pete Gomez Chalakee, Cedric Hall, Taylor Craig, and Eljiah Bevis.

Brighter futures ahead, one grad at a time MISSION High school and college graduates were celebrated at a luncheon in June at Wildhorse Resort 8z Casino. The event was sponsored by the Educa› tion Department of th e Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

(CTUIR). Around 25 Tribal members graduated this year from either high school or col› lege. As part of their graduation gift each high school graduate is eligible for a 5100 award. In addition, CTUIR undergradu› ates can qualify for a scholarship of up to 56,000, and high school graduates can qualify for a scholarship of up to 58,000, depending on the funds available. Currently eight CTUIR enrolled high school graduates (that advised the Edu› cation Department ) have been accepted i nto a higher education p r o gram f o r

the next school year. In addition, four scholarship recipients graduated with their Associates of Arts Transfer Degree and one graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Many CTUIR Tribal leaders spoke at the luncheon giving encouragement and advice to the graduates. " Education is i m p o r t ant, bu t w h a t also is important is to be true to yourself and find something you love to do," said Kat Brigham, CTUIR Board of Trustees Secretary. "It’s important to understand that we need all types of people," said Modesta Minthorn, li n g uist for th e Education Program. "We need doctors, scientists, lawyers, janitors, linguists, and teach› ers ... in order to be a stronger nation as a Tribe."

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"They’ re the fevered imagination of a Southern California artist and have no connection to the history of Idaho, and at all levels they’ re inappropriate," said Lee Dillion, associate dean of the college. "People that are interested in seeing (the murals ), we’ ll make sure they’ re dis› played under controlled circumstances. But otherwise those two murals will be covered." The murals show an Indian in buck› s kin breeches, on his k n ees wit h h i s hands bound behind hi s back. He is

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Tribal land-owner nominations due for Farm Service committee PENDLETON Residents on the Umatilla Indian Reservation are en› couraged to file nominations for the USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee. Aug. 3 is the last day to file nomi› nation forms, ballots will be mailed Nov. 9, and ballots must be returned to the USDA Service Center by Dec. 7. The Umatilla Indian Reservation is part of the Umatilla County Farm Service Agency, which currently is chaired by Kevin Hudson, the Farm Enterprise Program manager for the CTUIR. Individuals may nominate them› s elves or o t h ers as a ca n d i d a t e. Further, because they own land, the Confederated Tribes can nominate candidates. Farmers and ranchers elected to serve on FSA county co m m i t tees "apply their judgment and knowl› edge to help w i t h th e decisions" necessary to administer a number of federal programs in their counties, such as income safety-net loans and payments; conservation program; incentive, indemnity and d i saster payments for some commodi ties; emergency programs, and payment eligibility. For more information, or to obtaina nom› ination form, visit fsa.usda.gov/elections.


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Walking in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life at Sunridge Middle School were, from left, Ollocott Williams, Valarie Smith, Cam'Ron Logman, Angel Madrigal, Vivian DeMary, Paul (Nunu) Madrigal, Virgil Bates Jr., and Christopher Logman.

Cancer survivor takes walks for cure doctors cut. "They moved my guts over, all the organs, and scraped the PENDLETON Like most cancer survivors, the American lymph nodes,"Bates said."They could see the cancer and they Cancer Society’s Relay for Life holds special meaning for Virgil scraped it out." Bates Jr. The doctors did such a good job, Bates said, that he has never Sixteen years ago, doctors pushed his guts aside and scraped had to undergo chemotherapy. The incision was stapled up and his lymph nodes free of cancer. he spent two weeks in the hospital. Three-month follow-ups Bates didn’t know what was wrong showed no cancer. in 1999 when his discomfort and pain "They told m e i t w a s a m azing I ’It’s something that tears prompted his mother to "drag" him didn’t have to do chemo," Bates said. to the doctor. It was an awakening for a guy who people up. Everybody The immediate signs pointed to admits to "being bad." deserves a chance; that’ s "I’ ve been clean and sober for 13 testicular cancer and on the next day he underwent surgery at St. Anthony why we’ re raising money for years. I realized how lucky I was and Hospital. Tests three days later re› I felt like I had a second chance to do research.’ vealed that all the cancer had not been something." removed and that it had spread to his Since then, Bates lost his brother, and lymph nodes. his sister, Maureen, is on her second round of chemo, he said. "It’s something that tears people up," Bates said. "Fami› Sitting under a canopy near the track at Sunridge Middle

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a mana n u w i "taking care of ourselves" This is the continuation of health information addressing risk factors that contribute to chronic disease.

n 2011, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center conducted a Comm u n i tY Health Assessment of A m e rican I ndians and A l a skan N a t i ves l i v i n g within Umatilla County. This assessment suggests that American Indians living in the county use more tobacco products, have more chronic disease and are more likely to self-rePort Poorer health then other populations in the county. According to the Center for Disease Control ( CDC), cigarette smoking i s more common among American Indians

raise triglyceride levels (type of fat in your blood), lower good cholesterol, damage cells that line your blood ves› sels, cause thickening and narrowing of blood vesselsand can cause blood clots t form (heartattackand stroke ). Smok› ing tobacco contributes to degenerative disc disease in our backs which is one of the most common causes of back pain. Smoking causes uiscs to uegenerate at thwice tthe r ate t o f n o r m a . ati o n a y a third to half of all American Indian an Alaskan Native deaths can be attributed to commercia to a cco use. Tobacco products come in many forms. Usersofsmokeless tobacco (chew snuff

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Reasons to quit include risk for de› veloping cancer, heart attack, stroke, c ataracts and o t he r d i s eases wil l b e lowered. You w il l be less likel t o et s ic, c r o n i c coug a n r eat i n g w i improve and your blood pressure will go down. Quitting tobacco is a gift you gi ve y o u r self and your family. You can set t a goodexamp Ie for your c h’Id i r e n and hei t hem be healthier There are resources within the com› munity to help you quit tobacco and stay smoke free. Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center provides quit resources for those eligible for care. These resources include access to a trained tobacco cessation Phar› macist and medications, counseling and suPPort services. The Oregon Tobacco Quit li ne, 1-800-quitnow (1-800-784› 8669), is a free telePhone based assistance

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Salish, Kootenai file over 2,800 water rights claims HELENA, Mont. (AP) The Confeder› ated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have filed more than 2,800 water-rights claims both on and off the Flathead reservation. The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation accepted the claims June 25. The claims were filed as placehold›

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full reservation last year. The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, which already operates a casino on its land, is looking at this business operation as a source of revenue that would allow the community to develop housing, build an addiction treatment center and improve the local clinic, among other projects. Tribal leaders estimate a monthly profit of up to 52 million a month. But for all the hype that the decision may create among pot enthusiasts or individuals who have a prescription for the drug, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has warned that non-Indians would still be breaking the law if they consume pot on the reservation. Jackley said there are some reservations growing and selling pot in states where either recreational or medical marijuana is legal. But he said he is not aware of any other state attorney general dealing directly with the legalization of pot in a state where marijuana is against the law other than Oklahoma and Nebraska which have jointly filed a lawsuit on the matter. Reider said the tribe is working with a company that has growing facilities in Colorado and California that will develop the cultivation site on the reservation and advise the tribe on the operation. Reider declined to name the company. This all comes after the U.S. Justice De artment out›

ers while the state and CSKT wait for Congress to ratify a negotiated water compact. State law requires CSKT to file by July 1 or forfeit their right to do so. T ribal a t t o r ney Joh n C a r te r s a i d Thursday they will file for a stay on the claims until a final decision is made on the compact. The claims preserve CSKT s water rights should the compact fail to gain approval. State attorneys say it could be years before the settlement, w h ich wa s ap› proved by the Montana legislature this year, gains its final approvals.

Spout Springs ski area up for sale as owner retires TOLLGATE, Ore. (AP) Spout Springs, a ski area in northeastern Oregon, is up for sale, and the asking price is 51.25 million, the East Oregonian newspaper reported June 21. Current owner John Murray says he’ s looking to retire. The 66-year-old has owned the 1,400-acre resort near Tollgate since 1999.

lined a new olic in D ecember allowing Indian tribes, which are considered sovereign nations, to grow and sell marijuana on tribal lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug. The Justice Department had no comment on Tuesday on the decision by the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe. But for non-Native Americans, "it’s against law ev› erywhere in South Dakota on tribal land or otherwise" to smoke marijuana, Jackley said, and "any changes in tribal laws wouldn’t affect any non-Indians or any non-tribal lands." For example, if someone smokes marijuana on the reservation and is later is pulled over on an interstate highway for driving erratically and marijuana is found in that person’s system, the fact that pot is allowed in tribal land won’t be a justification for its consumption. The legalization of pot on the reservation came by a 5-1 vote. The no vote came from trustee Roxee Johnson, who said she is concerned about how the decision could affect children on the reservation and is generally wary about the federal decision allowing tribes to grow and sell marijuana. "You know the money talk can draw you in," Johnson said. "But why can’t we start with hemp? I want to go another route."

Spout Springs offers 800 feet of verti› cal skiing with a base elevation of about 5,000 feet. It was established in the 1920s and served as the training center for the American and Norwegian Olympic ski jump teams inthe 1950s and 1960s. The business runs on a lease with the Umatilla National Forest, and it includes two double chairlifts, a lodge and restau› rant, rental shop and ski patrol building. It is listed through Coldwell Banker First Realtors in Walla Walla, Washington. Between ski seasons, Murray operates a marine center and dry dock in Portland. His son,Rick, has served as manager at Spout Springs but also works as a profes› sional marine surveyor. Murray said he’s selling reluctantly b ecause he has no other family to r u n the ski resort. "It’s been good to me," he said. "It’ s nice, because the marine industry really dies down over winter." It would be a g reat business for a farmer, he said. "We have tractors, we groom and it’s seasonal," Murray said. Regardlessof when the sale happens,

Murray said he will make sure the resort is ready to open next season. "Just hope for snow," he said.

Native American code talkers from WWII posthumously honored CROW AGENCY, Mont. (AP) Four N ative American World Wa r I I c o d e talkers from Montana have been posthu› mously honored for their service. The families of the four accepted Con› gressional Gold Medals for their ances› tors’ service June 27 during a ceremony in Crow Agency. Code talkers w ere t r i bal m e m b ers who spoke their native tongue during the war to keep the enemy from inter› cepting messages. The four Crow code talkers posthu› mously honored are Henry Old Coyote, B arney Old Coyote, Cyril No t A f r a i d and Sampson Birdinground Jr. T he ceremony i n c l u ded a f l y o v e r with two Blackhawk Helicopters and a B-1 Bomber.

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Nyeli James, 13 years old, was one of four Native American youth who attended the Buckaroo Rodeo Bible Camp (BRBC) held in Pendleton. James is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Uma› tilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) who gained interest in h o rses through her family. During the Bible camp, James worked on horsemanship with instructor Barb Cleveland where she learned basics such as proper names of riding items, training techniques and riding patterns. At the end of the event, James competed in horseman› ship where she was shown a pattern on paper and was timed riding the horse in that pattern.



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CTUIR Youth heading to Washington, D.C. gathering MISSION Six members of the Youth Leadership Council for the Confeder› a ted Tribes of th e U m a t i l l a I n d i a n Reservation (CTUIR) were selected to attend the fi rst W h i t e H o use Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, D.C. in early July. Alyssa Farrow, Vincent Sheoships, Kelsey Burns, Zack Cyr, Cecilia Hoff›

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The following are summaries of Board of Trustees minutes. They are not complete minutes, nor are they the minutes of the work sessionsinwhich the BOT discussions and debates issues before voting in an open session. The summariesare presented here as they are provided, without CUJ editing. DATE: A ril 27 2015 BOT Present: Aaron Hines, Treasurer; Kat Brigham, Secretary; Bob Shippentower, Member; Armand Minthorn, Member; Justin Quaempts, Member and Alan Crawford, General Council Chairman. Gary Burke, BOT Chairman and Leo Stewart, Vice Chairman on personal leave; Woodrow Star, Member on travel status. Quorum present. Note: Mr. Michael Jackson arrived at 10:25AM review the NW Gas Pipeline resolution Old Business. None. Resolution 15-027: Topic: BMCC Bond. The BOT supports the BMCC bond measure which is on the May 19, 2015 ballot in Umatilla and Morrow counties. Motion carried unani› mously. Resolution 15-028: Topic: NW Gas Pipeline Formation of Negotiation and Technical Teams. The BOT authorizedand appointed a NW Gas Pipeline negotiation team: BOT Treasurer Aaron Hines, BIASuperintendent Michael Jackson, ED Dave Tovey, Legal Counsel Dan Hester, and Tax Administrator Bruce Zimmerman, and directed the ED to appoint a technical staff team to support the negotiation team. The negotiation team shall provide monthly updates to the BOT and a final ROW agreement shall be subject to approval by the BOT, BIA and affected land owners. Motion carries 4 for (Armand Minthorn, Kat Brigham, Bob Shippentower, and Justin Quaempts) 1 against (Alan Crawford) 0 abstaining. Other Board Action: Commission and Com› mittee Update by Kat Brigham, BOT Secretary. -Election Commission; two vacancies with one application from Sylvia Minthorn. Motion passed unanimously to send her application to the GC to review, consider for an appointment and to report back to the BOT on any or lack of action because the only vacant positions are to be filled by the GC. -Tribal Farm Committee; one vacancy for three year term; one application from Antone Minthorn. Motion passed unanimously to reap› point Antone Minthorn to the Tribal Farm Com› mittee for a three year term. -TERO Commission; one vacancy with one application from Lawanda Bronson. Motion passed unanimously to reappoint Lawanda Bron› son to three year term to the TERO Commission. -Education 8 Training Committee received letter of resignation from Eugena Stacona. The Education 8 Training Committee was polled and recommends that the BOT accepting her resignation and to advertise for one position on the ETC for a two year term. Motion passed to accept Eugena Stacona’s letter of resignation

and advertise for one position on Education 8 Training Committee for a two year term. Motion carries 4 for (Kat Brigham, Armand Minthorn, Justin Quaempts, and Bob Shippentower) 0 against 1 abstaining (Justin Quaempts). -Expiring Terms: No expiring terms for June 2015. Will continue to advertise for the following positions: 1 position for the Economic Community De› velopment Committee for 2 year term, meet on the 1 and 3 Tuesday of each month at 10 00 AM. 2 positions for the Tribal Water Commission for 2 year term, meet the 1 and 3 Tuesday of each month at 8:30AM. 2 positions for the Umatilla Cultural Coalition 2 year term, meet as needed to review and act upon applications (No Stipend). All applications will be due on May 26 by 4:00 PM, a BOT work session will be scheduled for May 29 at 8:30 AM and BOT will make appoint› ments on June 1. BOT Travel Reports. 1) Kat Brigham, 4 Chairs meeting, April 24 at The Dalles. 2) Alan Crawford, TERO Conference, April 19-24 at Reno, NV. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Bob Shippentower, personal leave April 27 and 29 from 1-4 PM. 2) Armand Minthorn, polled travel to be submitted, April 27 to depart afternoon to attend testimony at Salem.

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Thank you letters I’D LIKE TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE to the community for your support during the eight years that I’ ve served as a Director/Vice Chair on the Nixyaawii Community School Board. I owe a great deal to some very fine examples of leadership in past and present school board members, school staff, teachers, principals, administrators in the larger Pendleton School District, tribal staff and most importantly within our Board of Trustees. It makes me proud to see that Nixyaawii Community School is a budding educational system on our reservation that has given our Tribal kids opportunities to graduate and learn our language, culture and traditions along the way. I hope that our work on the school boardand inthe schoolitself!ives up to the dream that our elders had about this school. I hope that we continue to give our kids the opportunity to continue learning the best of ’two worlds’ so that whatever path they choose for themselves, they are prepared. We' veaccomplished much as a charterschool and I’m excited to see it grow and hopefully one day include all grades K-12. We’ re on the right trackthanks to some much needed upgrades to the existing building and a plan for construction of a new school. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for dedicating resources and funds to make this possible. This school has weathered difficult economic times and the charter would not have survived had it not been for the contributions from the Tribe. We leave the Board in very capable hands and I know each of us will still be around to volunteer in various capacities. Best wishes for years to come! Daisy Minthorn THIS YEAR’S 33RD ANNUAL YELLOW› HAWK Fun Run was enjoyed by over 150 people from this and surrounding communities (129 registered). Thisyear’sfocuswasto bring the Fun Run "up front 8 center" for the community (new location, the ball field) in an attempt to emulate a similar feeling to the community picnic. With everyone’s ideas, and your support ... that did indeed occur this year. Again, we thank you! For any large community event held outdoors, there is much to coordinate, especially since the route included a county road this year. In closing (from survey comments, and areas of fine-tuning), we will aim to hold the event at the same location in May 2016. Take care. Lindsey X. Watchman Health Educator at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center

helped coordinate by lending their creative and organizational skills, the Treaty Day Committee: Alaina Mildenberger, Brenda Kemp (although Brenda could not attend, she provided insight throughout via email) Carman Chalakee, Doro› thy Cyr, Jill-Marie Gavin, Jolie Wendt, Kathleen Peterson, Michael R Johnson. A big thank you to parade participants: Grand Marshals Tessie Williams and Joan Burnside; Rob Burnside who again kindly stepped in to coordinate the parade portion of the day; parade judges from the Umatilla Tribal Police Department; to all who brought their horses out and dressed their best on such a hot day and those who worked hard and brought together groups to ride on creative and meaningful floats: New Beginnings (Float Winner 2015); Human Resources; Department of Natural Resources/ Education Department; KAYAK Transportation; Wildhorse Casino 8 Resort; Department of Chil› dren 8 Family Services Youth Leadership; Chief Yellowhawk descendants; Board of Trustees and many more who participated. Special thanks to Toni Minthorn who coordinated the participation ofthe 2015 Round-Up Queen and court. Parade winners: Department Float Winner: New Beginnings; Walker (none, there were no walkers); Horse participant: Mary Harris. Thanks to those who were willing to take time to bring their traditional craR to our educational stations: Kathryn Burke provided glove making demonstration; Lloyd Barkley provided flint knap› ping; Tamastslikt provided a very educational display as well as the Department of Natural Resources who provided display information and loaned us plants from the Native Plant Nursery; Cathy Sampson-Kruse and MariahSampson who brought their very important environmental information to share; and the vendors who also participated. Thank you to the volunteers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that the community enjoyed the day: Jolie Wendt, Willie Wahl, Pete Gomez, Shane Wood, Deme› trius Mclntosh. Specialthanksto the CTUIR Board ofTrustees who generously provide for this commemorative day each year; to Gary George, Wildhorse CEO who authorized the generous provision of the brown bag lunches and bottled water; Shirley Warnock, Mission Market Manager, who donated to the parade prizes; to our tribal chiefs who were able to participate in the day - Chief Gary Burke who rode in the parade, Chief Jesse Jones

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who brought giRs for the memorial, Chief Carl Sampson who attendedthe day, and to ourhonored guest Steve Robert from the VA hospital in Walla Walla, thank you for attending the day; our speaker Dr. Ron Pond who brought forth many important teachings and history about our Treaty and what transpired so long ago, and finally, a special and big thank you to those who initiated the Treaty Day Commemoration, our ancestors who poured their heart and souls into that which would work to protect and provide for the many generations; may this good work continue! General Council Officers: Alan Crawford, Chair Marcus Luke, Vice Chair Thomas Morning Owl, Interpreter Shawna Shillal-Gavin, Secretary

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Teens who terrified Portlanders sentenced From The Oregonian /Oregonlive.corn Two teenage boys wh o p o l ice say repeatedly terrified random people they encountered while wandering Southeast Portland’s streets with a gun have been sentenced to prison. Michael Antone Miller, 15, was sen› tenced Wednesday to 8 1 /2 years in prison. His cousin Jovon Marcus Heath, 17 was sentenced earlier this month to 15 years in prison. Heath was a gang member and had somehow gotten his hands on a 9mm handgun, authorities say. He then invited Miller along on an hours-long spree of robberies and threats, targeting five sets of different people last Dec. 26 and 27, police and prosecutors say. The cousins had spotted their first tar› gets —two boys, ages 13 and 16 — while in the Top to Bottom clothing store along Southeast 82nd Avenue, authorities say. A few blocks away from the store, the cousins demanded money from the boys, but they ran off. Heath opened fire on the 13-year-old, missing him but striking a parked Chevy Astro van shortly after 8 p.m., according to a police report. As police responded to the scene, a 45-year-old man who lived nearby told police that Heath had walked up to him in his driveway, complained that the man was flashing gang signs and threatened

to shoot him, according to a police report. T he man said Heath and M i l l er, wh o stood at the foot of the driveway, left without hurting him. Around 10 p.m., two men and a wom› an ages 19 and 20 had just gotten off a MAX train and said Heath pulled a gun on one of the men near Southeast 97th Avenue and Foster Road. The woman handed over her wallet to Miller, who rifled through it, authorities say. Shortly after mi d n i ght, a pregnant woman reported that Heath had walked up to her car window, pointed a gun at her and ordered her out near Southeast 108th Avenue and Powell Boulevard. She drove off and called police. Police responding to her call spotted Heath and Miller at a bus stop nearby. A 19-year-old man who had been standing at the stop told police that officers had shown up in the nick of time just after Heath had demanded thatthe man show Heath his valuables. Police arrested Heath and Miller. At the time of Heath’s arrest, he declared that he was going to find the addresses of the robbery victims "you watch," he said according to a police report. When an officer told Heath that no one had said anything about Heath robbing anyone, Heath "got very quiet," paused, and then said "Uh... well, uh, I just assumed," ac› cording to the police report.

Heath, now 18, pleaded no contest to attempted aggravated murder for shoot› ing two bullets toward the 13-year-old boy. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree robbery in M u l t nomah County Circuit Court. Miller pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted first-degree robbery. Both the prosecution and Miller’s defense at torney said Heath was the leader and Miller was the follower. " He’s no t a n a ssertive g u y, " s a i d Casey Kovacic, Miller’s attorney. "He’ s a shy guy. He sort of fits the profile of someone who would follow a stronger personality." Defense Attorney Talks About Teen’s Rough UpbringingMichael Antone Mill› er, 15, helped older cousin in Southeast Portland robbery spree. Miller’s attorney said Miller was a follower, not a leader. Kovacic said Miller and Heath grew up together one of six children raised by their grandmother on the Warm Springs reservation. The family moved to Port› land in hopes of gaining better access to services, Kovacic said. His client had never been in trouble, Kovacic said,and was earning decent grades when he discovered shortly after his 14th birthday that his mother had died under suspicious circumstances. Her body was found in the Columbia R iver in N o v e m ber 2013, but M i l l e r



C ongratulations to Bobbie New l a n d t Employee of the Month for July. Here is what Bobbie’s nominator said about her: Everyday Bobbie Newland exemplifies our Core Values. These are just a few ways that she has recently gone above and beyond: Integrity- She is always professional, and offers her support if you are trying to conquer an issue. Quality- She always makes sure that her training informa› tion is correct and up to date with the ever changing business of technology. Teamwork/Family- She always keeps the employees in mind andthinks how she can help us improve the company as a whole. Harmonious heart- Bobbie is one of the most caring people here at Cayuse. Not only is she a great listener, but she is always trying to help people with ways we can make Cayuse Technologies a better work environment and a more skilled resource for clients. Diversity- Not only does she do a wonderful job when welcoming everyone as they join, but she continues to treat everyone asequal and accepts us allhow we are every day when we show up. Work Ethic- Bobbie always provides training information in a fun and easy to remember manner. With the business development work Bobbie has been doing, she has really stepped outside of the box. Most development trainings show you what skills are your worst. Bobbie has showed me what my top strengths are, how to understand what they really mean/relation› ship to business, challenges with the strengths and how I can continue to improve them. This has allowed me to have a more positive outlook on the trainings/development and understand myself a lot more.

didn’t learn what had happened until after she missed a visit with him on his birthday. "While she was not the person who raised Mr. Miller, she still played a very important role in his life," Kovacic said. "She just didn’t show up, and he sensed something was wrong, and it turns out it was." Miller’s father, who was homeless, d ied this past February w hen M i l l e r was locked up on charges related to the robbery spree. His father died when he became trapped in a boarded up, aban› doned house inMadras thatsomeone set on fire, according to Kovacic and news reports. Kovacic read aloud a letter from Mill› er’s juvenile counselor, who described the teen as a model inmate at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center. The letter said Miller has been focused on his school work, has avoided arguments and fights with others and has been a tremen› dous help with laundry and cleaning. As part of his plea deal, if Miller be› haves while in juvenile prison, he could cut his prison term in h alf u n der the justice system’s "Second Look" program. That means he could be released in about four years. Heath, on the other hand, will be re› quired to serve his entire 15-year sentence with no chance of early release.


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p or t s Tribal youngsters earn track awards at Tracktown Championships inEugene EUGENE Two young tribal athletes Claire Wild b il l an d M a r cus A a r o n Luke performed well at the Tracktown USA Championships June 27at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. Wildbill, daughter of Cedric and Tania W il d b i l l , w a s third in the long jump, fourth in t he 100 m e t e r dash, and sixth in the 400 meter ’,i".’n g ’ • @;:.:i t. " run. -:-I'4 L uke, 13 , t h e s on of M a r c u s L uke I I I , f i n › i shed si xt h i n the 100-m et er d ash fo r b o y s 13-14 years old. Luke will be an Marcus Aaron Luke eighth grader at Sunridge Middle School and intends to compete again next year at the local and regional Hershey qualifying meets. Competing in the 8-10 year old divi› sion, Wildbill finished with a long jump of 11-feet, 11-inches i n the long j u m p ; ran the 100 meters in 16.44 seconds; a nd f i n i s h e d h e r 4 00-meter la p i n 1 :21.72. She w a s less than two inch› es behind the first place jumper from y Bend. <~yjjjllj ~jj Luke ran the 100 meters in 12.7 sec› Ciaire Wiidbiii onds, sixth behind t he fastest runner, Noah H o l comb o f Bremerton, Wash., at 12.2. He finished better than six others in the 12-boy field. Wildbill trained with Nolan Bylenga from Pendleton High School and wi th

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Donte Robinson, a PHS graduate who is a decathlete at Portland State University. Said Robinson, "I have never been around such a young talent. It was an honor to work her. Claire surprised me every day with her ability to listen and learn so quickly, and get results. She’ s going to be a great student athlete and I can’t wait to see what she does next." The Tracktown Youth USA Champi› onships were held immediately after the USA Track and Field National Champi› onships where athletes were qualifying for the Pan Am erican Games and the World Games in Beijing.

Sydney Adams from Hermiston took first in teen division.

INDIAN LAKE Just a half inch separated the top three adult winners at the 29th annual Indian Lake Fish Derby June 20. S teven B r e s h e ar s o f P endleton, wo n w i t h a n 18" trout. Larry Enbysk of Adams, took second place w ith a 17 " t " ’ f i s h , an d Greg Wart of Pilot Rock was third place with a 17 ’ y’ trout .

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CORVALLIS, Oregon Two teams on opposite sides of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii and Weston-McEwen / Helix › traveled here June 5 to play for the Class 2A /1A state championship. It couldn’t have been much closer than Pilot Rock’s 3-2 victory. Weston-McEwen, ranked second with a 23-7 record, and Pilot Rock, ranked third with a 26-2 mark, both played in the Columbia Basin Confer› ence. In the game, both teams had five hits and both had three walks. Tribal member Tehya Ostrom (pictured at right ) was the big difference. On the mound she threw 68 of her 103 pitches for strikes, had two hits, and scored the game winning run. Ostrom was named the Moda Health Player of the Game. Other tribal member players on the champion› ship roster included Madison Dave from Pilot Rock, plus Staci Fitzpatrick and Desiree Maddern, both from Nixyaawii Community School.

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