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Women’s March 2018 Mildred Quaempts (in red) holds a NEVER FORGOTTEN sign during the Women’s March Jan. 20 in Pendleton. Quaempts was one of the speakers at the event. At left, Laura Lee Stanger holds a sign that reads: Build Kindness not walls. Behind Quaempts is her daughter, Cecelia Stanger, and following her with a sign that reads, “Speak Your Truth,” is Willa Wallace. For more about the Women’s March turn to Page 2A. CUJ photo/Phinney

Wolf, Radford face off in Feb. 12 vice-chair race Incumbent says BOT had to ‘react’ to Sally Kosey’s letter about residency eligibility By Wil Phinney of the CUJ MISSION – Jeremy Wolf is a “policies and procedures” politician whose every decision, he says, is influenced by his connection to First Foods. Wolf, the incumbent vice-chair of the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reserva-

tion, recently finished his first term on the Tribes’ elected policy making group. After tying in the November election, he faces challenger Shana Radford in a Feb. 12 run-off. Wolf sat down Jan. 19 with the CUJ and talked about a number of issues that have a=risen since the November Wolf on page 16A

Challenger says she represents marginalized citizens who don’t trust ‘oppressive’ government By Wil Phinney of the CUJ MISSION – Shana Radford believes “radical transparency” is what the Board of Trustees needs to do the people’s business and she wants to deliver it. Radford is challenging incumbent Jeremy Wolf for the position of BOT vicechair for the Confederated Tribes of the

Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). Voters will select one of them in a run-off election Feb. 12 following their tie vote in the general election last November. Radford sat down with the CUJ Jan. 19 to discuss a number of topics ranging from the November election, which she challenged, to the hiring process for Radford on page 17A

Unbeaten Mary Stewart drives the baseline for the Nixyaawii Community School Golden Eagles girls’ basketball team in an Old Oregon League game in January. The defending Class 1A state champions are 20-0 this year with a win streak of 46 games. District and state tournaments are coming up in February and March. For more sports turn to Section B. CUJ photo/Phinney

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Monice Samuels, Keysha Ashley and Samantha Azure from the Ataw Miyanasma Daycare, and Jiselle Halfmoon, right, turned out for the Women’s March in downtown Pendleton Jan. 20. Ashley was invited by her daughter, Marissa Baumgartner. Said Ashley, “I wasn’t really sure what the Women’s March was all about until I listened to some of the speakers. I know I was there to support the missing and indigenous women and I invited daycare staff down to join.”

Lisa Ganuelas walked with Keannah Bill and Isabella Barajas on Jan. 20 in Pendleton’s version of the Women’s March, which was held worldwide. In the United States, the march fell on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. CUJ photos/Phinney

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Many Natives gathered in front of Pendleton City Hall, including from left, Laura Lee Stanger (in glasses), Marcella Jack (pink coat), Cecelia Stanger (stocking cap), Mildred Quaempts and Maelyn Stanger (love poster).

PENDLETON – The Women’s March in Pendleton Jan. 20 took on a distinctly Native American flavor with the opening prayer plus speeches and remarks by members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. An estimated 300 to 400 people braved chilly winds for about an hour in front of City Hall before a march to the Umatilla County Courthouse where more remarks were made before the walk ended at the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce parking lot near South Main Street. Latis Nowland, the 14-year-old daughter of Jess and Trinette Nowland, gave the opening prayer and song on the steps of the Vert Auditorium. There was little doubt about the Native participation as the sound of Indian voices joined in Nowland’s three verses of the prayer song. N o w l a n d thanked the women Carina Miller, left, a member of who have given her the Warm Springs Tribal Council, powerful advice. She and Shana Radford, a candidate for the Board of Trustees for the hopes younger girls Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla will look up to her in Indian Reservation, made remarks the same way. at the Women’s March in Pendleton. “I want them to think of me what they want as long as it’s good,” she said, drawing laughs from the crowd. Mildred Quaempts, a master speaker, made remarks in her Umatilla language as well as in English. She carried a sign that said “NEVER FORGOTTEN Missing and murdered indigenous women”. Shana Radford, a candidate for vice-chair of the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, was a keynote speaker before the march. Radford encouraged more women – and women of color – to run for office. She also reminded the people in the crowd that they were on land ceded to the U.S. government by the Confederated Tribes. Radford recognized Sally Kosey, a member of the CTUIR Board who was in attendance at the March. Radford called it a “Rally for Sally” and said some members of the BOT are trying to “push” Kosey off the Board. Carina Miller, a member of the Warm Springs Tribal Council, also made brief remarks about the need to elect women to office. She cautioned women not to be complacent and not to complain, but to take action. “We all need each other,” she said.

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CUJ News Kosey says she was asked to resign from Board over question of residency eligibility New Board member charges others with ‘gross misconduct’ Editor’s note: The CUJ does not normally report on General Council meetings. This story includes remarks, made at the Jan. 18 General Council meeting, provided to the CUJ by Board of Trustees member Sally Kosey, and interviews with others.

By Wil Phinney of the CUJ MISSION – Board of Trustees (BOT) member Sally Kosey has accused some BOT members of “gross misconduct” in what she called a “witch hunt” to remove her from the governing body for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Kosey blasted Chairman Gary Burke, Vice-Chair Jeremy Wolf, General Council Chair William Sigo IV, and board members Rosenda Shippentower and Aaron Ashley in comments she made at the Jan. 18 General Council meeting. She said three people on the board – Secretary Kat Brigham, Treasurer Doris Wheeler and member Woodrow Star – did not verbally attack her. “I was bullied and they tried to Sally Kosey intimidate, harass and discriminate against me,” Kosey said in her remarks to the General Council. Kosey said her remarks were based on what she said occurred during a Jan. 10 BOT work session, which is an open meeting. Chairman Burke, in a short conversation with the CUJ Jan. 30, maintained that the comments made at the General Council by Kosey were made in a closed meeting, were confidential, and he had no comment. However, BOT minutes indicate the Jan. 10 meeting in which Kosey refers was, in fact, a scheduled work session, not a closed meeting. At the end of the Jan. 18 General Council meeting, Kosey made a motion that received near unanimous support. Her motion said: “… I make a motion for a roll count vote to the floor that General Council states that I, Sally Kosey, BOT member at large, is qualified to be on the Board, and that Willie Sigo support me in this vote, whether it be on the 29th of January or whatever date the Board feels they are going to bring this matter up.” In question is the residency requirement for a tribal

member’s eligibility to serve in elected office. “I’m putting it out there so people will know what’s According to Kosey, Tribal attorney Dan Hester in- going on. I’m not out here to air our dirty laundry like formed Chairman Burke in a Dec. 29, 2017, memo that I’ve been accused of. Tribal members need to know how Kosey was eligible to serve according to the residency this place is being run,” Kosey said. requirement defined by the Board of Trustees in the Kosey said that on Jan. 8, her 23rd day on the job, a CTUIR Election Code. meeting that lasted nearly two hours focused on the Kosey maintains that Burke knew this information Constitution’s definition of the reservation boundaries. well before Jan. 8 when he and other The Constitution refers only to Board members “confronted” her about the Umatilla Indian Reservation her eligibility. without setting any boundaries. “This could have been settled a long On Jan. 10, Kosey said, the time ago,” Kosey said Jan. 30. Board discussed using the In her General Council comments, diminished boundaries to deKosey said, “Chairman Burke did not take termine eligibility. The diminthe (Dec. 29) information nor announce it. ished boundaries came about Rather he chose to ridicule and demean under the Umatilla Allotment me on Jan. 8 and Jan. 10, when all along Act enacted by Congress on he had the answer.” March 5, 1882, and amended In his memo to Burke, which was proin 1888, which both allotted vided to the CUJ, Hester quoted Section and diminished the Reservation 3.06 of the Election Code, which states: from 250,000 acres to 158,000 “no person shall be eligible to be an officer acres. The new and diminished of the General Council or a member or ofReservation boundary was set ficer of the Board of Trustees unless that forth in an Order of the Secperson resides within the boundaries of the retary of Interior dated Dec. Umatilla Indian Reservation as defined in 4, 1888. Article I of the Treaty of 1855 at the time the At that Jan. 10 meeting, lead elected official is sworn into office … and attorney Naomi Stacy from the throughout the course of his/her term.” CTUIR Office of Legal Counsel, Hester goes on to state, “As a result, a Janene Morris from the CTUIR person that resides within the 1855 Treaty Records Program, Roberta ConBOT member Sally Kosey boundary, but outside the current (diminner from Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, and interim Executive ished) Reservation boundary is considered Director Chuck Sams presented a Reservation resident for purposes of information to the Board. OLC satisfying the Reservation residency requirement in Article VI, Section 2 of the Constitution discussed reasons why the diminished boundaries should not be used. Morris showed maps of the CTUIR and Section 3.06 of the Election Code.” Further, Hester writes, “The Tribal Planning and GIS boundaries and aerial photographs of Kosey’s residence. offices have mapped the location of Sally Kosey’s home Conner discussed the history of the treaty. “It went right over their heads,” Kosey said. relative to the 1855 Treaty Reservation boundary. That For the next hour, Kosey said, “it was a witch hunt map … shows that Ms. Kosey’s home is within the 1855 … This is total misconduct by the Chairman and three Treaty boundary …” Kosey said she made her comments at General Coun- Board members and the GC Chairman. I have to listen cil and she is making them for this CUJ story so that Tribal members will “know the stuff that is going on.” Kosey on page 20A

‘I’m putting it out there so people will know what’s going on. I’m not out here to air our dirty laundry like I’ve been accused of. Tribal members need to know how this place is being run.’

CTUIR joins Oregon outlawing tobacco for persons under 21 MISSION – When it comes to sales and possession of tobacco products used by young people, laws on the Umatilla Indian Reservation now match up with new regulations that took effect Jan. 1 in the state of Oregon. While Oregon law does not apply to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) or Tribal enterprises like Wildhorse Resort & Casino, the CTUIR has adopted a new policy of reducing the use of tobacco products – from cigarettes to chew - to improve the health of the tribal community. According to a resolution approved by the Board of Trustees Jan. 22, “the use of tobacco products by teenagers and young adults can lead to a lifelong addiction to

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tobacco products and result in serious health consequences which, according to the Centers for Disease Control, includes cancer, heart disease, asthma, type 2 diabetes, and cause serious health effects on newborns if the mother smokes during the pregnancy.” Management at Wildhorse recommended that the BOT amend the Tribal law to prohibit the sale, possession and use of cigarettes and other tobacco products by persons under age 21. The amendment was presented to and received the blessing of the Tribal Health Commission, the Law and Order Committee, and the Economic and Community Development Committee. According to new language in the

Tribal Criminal Code, no person under age 21 shall attempt to purchase or acquire, or possess cigarettes or tobacco products. No person shall provide, sell, or give cigarettes or tobacco products to a person under 21 years of age. Violation of the code will be punishable by a fine of not more than $250 per violation. According to the new code, it is not a violation for any person to purchase, possess or use tobacco for tribal traditional religious or ceremonial purposes. The code has a long list of definitions for cigarette and tobacco. “Cigarette means any product that contains nicotine, is intended to be burned or heated under ordinary use and consists of or contains any roll of tobacco

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wrapped in paper or in any substance not containing tobacco. “Tobacco products means bidis, cigars, cheroots, stogies, periques, grandulated, plug cut, crimp cut, ready rubbed and other smoke tobacco, snuff, snuff flour, Cavendish, plug and twist tobacco, fine-cut and other chewing tobacco, shorts, refuse scraps, clippings, cuttings and sweepings of tobacco and other forms of tobacco, prepared in a manner that makes the tobacco suitbale for chewing or smoking in a pipe or otherwise, or for both chewing and smoking. Tobacco products shall include any devide or system that delivers tobacco products or nicotine for human consumption or inhalation.”


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The CTUIR Youth Leadership Council travelled to Portland Jan. 20 for a training held at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Jan. 21 facilitated by Native Youth Leadership Alliance. The training was packed to capacity and hosted youth from four different tribes from around the pacific northwest as well as many Native youth from the Portland area from various tribes.

Youth Council attends training at winter ATNI PORTLAND - The CTUIR Youth Leadership Council and Jr. Youth Council trekked to Portland to attend a leadership training at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Jan. 21. During that training the 14 youth in attendance learned public speaking skills, increased their knowledge of LGBTQ and Two-Spirit issues and made lip balm from traditional and natural materials. The council met with their advisors Jan. 28 to go over what they learned during the trip. More than half the youth who attended said the most memorable portion of their day in training was learning the best way to communicate and accept themselves and family members who identify as LGBTQ or Two-Spirited. Another portion they thought

was notable was when the facilitators invited youth in attendance to share personal stories or experiences that have been difficult for them to deal with. This portion of the training evoked many tears but closed with smudging and Washat prayers offered by Native Youth Leadership Alliance facilitator Johnny Buck. In their down time the youth were able to see a bit of the city when they went to shop at the Lloyd Center, Powell’s Book Store in downtown Portland and play arcade games at the Avalon Theater in southeast Portland. Chaperones escorted the youth down to Portland on Jan. 20 and returned Jan. 22 after the group sat in on morning session of ATNI where Youth Council Chair Zech Cyr spoke.

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CTUIR Youth Leadership Council Chair Zech Cyr was invited to speak to the general session attendees during the opening ceremony of the ATNI Winter Convention in Portland Jan. 22. Cyr was introduced by ATNI President Leonard Forsman. During his speech Cyr rehashed all of the learning opportunities presented during the leadership training from the day before and pleaded with all the tribal leaders in the room to please focus on education. From left is Cyr, Forsman, 1st Vice President Mel Sheldon and 2nd Vice President Theresa Sheldon.

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After CTUIR Youth Leadership Council Chair Zech Cyr addressed ATNI he passed the mic to the rest of the council so they could introduce themselves, some in Native language, and CTUIR Tribal Members stepped into the hallway to request pictures with the bunch. From bottom left is General Council Chair William Sigo, BOT Chair Gary Burke, Treasurer Doris Wheeler, Member at Large Aaron Ashley and in the second photo is GC Secretary Shawna Gavin, Sigo and GC Vice Chair Michael Ray Johnson. Above the elected officials in both photos from bottom left are Youth Council members Zech Cyr, Enoch Crane, Lindsey Littlesky Pasena, Latis Nowland, Alyric Bronson, Grace Moses, Chloe Bevis, Maddox McConville Joseph, Jadeen Looney and Ava Zamudio.


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Jr. Youth Council Publicist and Sunridge Middle School student Ava Zamudio started her training as a photographer during her first trip with the council. She shot this stoic photo of youth council members. From left is Maddox McConville Joseph, Enoch Crane, Alyric Bronson and Zech Cyr.

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CHAMPION FOR CHANGE EllaMae Looney named one of five Native American young people destined to make positive contributions in her community By Wil Phinney of the CUJ


f EllaMae Looney is going to change the world, she’s on the right path. Looney, 17, a senior at Nixyaawii Community School (NCS), has been named one of five Champions for Change by the Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth in Washington, D.C. She was selected for her strong advocacy for tribal languages. Looney and the other four young people will be feted Tuesday, Feb. 13, at CNAY’s seventh anniversary reception at the Capital Hilton in Washington. In addition to Looney, who is enrolled with the Yakama Nation, the other Champions are Damien Carlos (Tohono O’odham Nation), Isabel Coronado (Muscogee Creek Nation), Shawna Garza (Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma), and Anthony Tamez (Wuskwi Sipihk First Nations Cree and Sicangu Lakota). “The Champions for Change program celebrates extraordinary young leaders from diverse backgrounds, all of whom are uniquely positioned to change their communities in positive ways,” CNAY founder former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan said in a news release. “We created this program to acknowledge the efforts of young Native leaders, support their growth and inspire other Native youth across the country to take action within their own tribal nations.” For Looney, that means not just encouraging, but nurturing and promoting and pushing young people through “peer education” to learn and appreciate the languages of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Because for Looney language is more than the spoken word. It defines her Indian identity. “To me, if we lose our language we lose who we are as Native American people,” Looney said. “I’m proud to be Native American. I feel like … if I don’t know my language, my culture and my history, then how can I define myself as Native American?” Last summer Looney, along with other NCS students, attended the Northwest Indian Language Institute (NILI) at the University of Oregon where she worked with Joana Jansen, Associate Director of Project Development and Coordination, and other NILI staff members. “It’s very fitting that EllaMae was selected as a Champion for Change,” Jansen said in an email. “She is an accomplished and inspiring young person and a reflection of the tribal community that has supported and mentored her and a continuation of the Elders’ decades of work and determination at the Language Program. At NILI’s Summer Institute, EllaMae’s pas-

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sion and dedication to her languages shone, as she worked with other youth and elders to create teaching materials to actively bring language into their homes and community. She is determine to learn her languages – not just one, but three – and to learn from the elders.” Michelle Van Pelt, Post Secondary and Career Counselor at Nixyaawii Community School, said the NILI summer program was transformative for Looney. “It absolutely impacted EllaMae and ignited this fire, passion and sense of empowerment and responsibility to develop her ‘Language Nest’ community project,” Van Pelt said. Looney, who began learning her native words in grade school, challenged herself to learn Nez Perce, Umatilla and Walla Walla within the academic year. Her project also includes interviewing and collecting different perspectives from Language Program staff, community members, and elders. She also is creating a room where no English is spoken, where students are fully immersed in tribal languages, and she is surveying students regarding how best to learn the languages.

Looney is enrolled Yakama but she was born here and has lived on the Umatilla Indian Reserve her entire life. She remembers as a fourth grader when she was first exposed to tribal languages in the Tribes’ After School program. She learned the Umatilla language first from her uncle, Willie Sigo, a fluent speaker who now serves as the CTUIR General Council Chair. Looney said tribal language wasn’t as important to her in middle school because “I didn’t understand what it meant.” But when she started at NCS and especially when she learned about Boarding Schools something triggered her desire to learn more. She was motivated further when she learned about her great-grandmother Eliza “Smitty” Wocatsie, who was a fluent native language speaker. “I heard stories and I think she is so cool. The stories I heard she sounds like an awesome woman,” Looney said. “I feel like I need to fill her shoes.” Looney said none of her great-grandmother’s 12 children speak a native language, which makes her more determined to bridge that gap “for my family and the community.” Someday, Looney wants the community to be fluent again. “Right now we only have a few speakers and they’re getting old,” she said. “The young generation needs to pick it up.” One of the ways she hopes to spark an interest now is through education. She plans to inform her fellow students, with a slide show presentation, about Boarding Schools. Many students, she said, don’t know that native children in boarding schools were not allowed to speak their native languages. “I feel like if the students actually hear it from somebody their own age they might understand better,” Looney said. “I want them to realize they can’t let society take away who they truly are as Native Americans.” Being selected a Champion for Change reinforces Looney’s confidence, she said. “It means everything,” she said. “It’s time I get to have my own voice. All my life I’ve been the quiet one not really standing up. I feel like this is the day I need to stand up and not be afraid.” Looney, who plays a defensive specialist for the defending state champion NCS Golden Eagles girls’ basketball team, is considered a threat on the hardwood. And she considers herself a threat in American society as well. It’s a role she’s beginning to defiantly Champion for Change on page 15A

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CUJ Editorials Justice for Native women T

he Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation is being awarded a 2018 Government Leadership Award from the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) on Feb. 13 in Washington, D.C. NCAI annually presents this award to individuals or groups in government service who are critical to tribal issues as well as those who serve as champions in their institutions. This year the CTUIR will be honored along with the Tulalip Tribes and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe for leading the successful implementation of tribal criminal jurisdiction over non-Indian domestic violence and protection order violation crimes, which was authorized under the Violence Against Women Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013). The CTUIR has been on the front line establishing protections for Native American women across the country from assisting in the development of language in both the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 and the VAWA 2013 to being the first tribe to implement felony sentencing jurisdiction and limited domestic violence criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians. Mildred Quaempts speaks on the steps of the Vert Outside of Auditorum at the Women’s March in Pendleton on Jan. VAWA 2013’s 20. She holds a sign that says NEVER FORGOTTEN: Missing and murdered indigenous women.” At right, limited provisions Jess Nowland stands next to his 14-year-old daughter, tribal nations Latis, who gave the opening prayer song for the event. have no jurisdiction over non-Indian crime due to the 1978 Supreme Court case Oliphant v. Suquamish Indian Tribe, 435 U.S. 191 (1978). Tribal nations have suffered the consequences ever since. After Oliphant, non-Indian crime in Indian country could only be prosecuted in federal court for crimes involving victims or state court for victimless crimes. Predictably, those cases often went uninvestigated and unprosecuted. The CTUIR’s implementation of VAWA 2013 is working as many more nonIndian domestic violence crimes have been reported and successfully prosecuted by the CTUIR than had ever occurred in the past in federal or state court. The Government Leadership Award is just one example of how CTUIR’s Office of Legal Counsel, Family Violence Services, Police Department, Prosecutor’s Office, and Tribal Court are setting the standard for the nation. But the real work is yet to be done. Congress must enact a full Oliphant fix to close the loophole that allows non-Indian offenders to harm women in Indian Country and to hold non-Indians accountable for all crimes they commit on the reservation. Until native women everywhere have adequate and comprehensive protections within the tribal criminal justice system, our work is not done. ~ CUJ

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Bald eagle against the haze Despite missing and ruffled feathers, this bald eagle strikes a dynamic image against a cloud-covered sky in January near Cayuse on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Bald eagles and other big birds can often be spotted near the highway along the Umatilla River in winter feeding on carrion. CUJ photographer Dallas Dick photographed this bald eagle as it left it’s perch on a Sunday morning.

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Winter green flavor Rocky Mountain elk graze on grass still green on a north slope along the Umatilla River east of Mission on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Snow in late December pushed the elk down for a few days, but unseasonably warm weather in January sent them right back up into the timber. Some predicted a snowy winter like last year but it hasn’t materialized yet.

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CUJ Letters to the Editor Radford should not have used March for personal political purposes To the editor, On Jan. 20, my daughter, coworkers, friends and others gathered in Pendleton for the second annual Women’s March. This was my first time attending; I wore red to support the missing and murdered Indigenous Women in Indian Country. I will always support this cause because I personally lost a friend and sister to murder. I listened to the speakers that informed us about the many reasons why people join this march. I think it is wonderful that people are supporting and standing up for what they believe in. Throughout the years I have supported many women, mothers, and daughters that have come through Daycare. I believe strongly in women standing up and using their strength for the betterment of others. I believe in the power of women helping and strengthening one another, and supporting both genders. However, I do not support my own people using this march for personal politicking. I thought it was disrespectful not only to our Board of Trustees (BOT), but to our People when Shana Radford, BOT candidate, spoke to the Women’s March participants about our leaders in a negative way. We do not know the daily battles that our Board members face, and what they go through to ensure that our Tribe is protected and Tribal members can exercise our Treaty reserved rights. Shana told everyone she is running for the BOT. I am honored to support my fellow Tribal women although I do not support any candidate who speaks negatively about the leaders that they may be working with to better our Tribe. Do we expect someone to help better our Tribe by going into office with a negative attitude? We need our Board of Trustees to make decisions for our Tribe, not for themselves. They must work together and not against each other. Our BOT is not just about women’s rights, it’s about ALL of our Native People. We need to remember who we are as Native People. We as Native People have to have thick skin. It is important to not blame the men for pushing women out; we must lead by example. Women must come to the table with our strength and show the General Council that we are capable of leading our People.

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This starts in our everyday lives. We must go back to our roots and work together as men and women did before. If we play the blame game and pity ourselves, we are not showing our daughters how to stand up in a way that makes an impact. We must lose the victimhood and show our people how women are leaders every day. And, at the end of the day, we must remember that being a Board member is not for the sake of oneself, but for the betterment of future Tribal members. Being a Board member means you are working for all People. Not just for yourself or one gender. Keysha Ashley

Chief William Burke endorses Radford I write to show my support and confidence in Shana McConville Radford for Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. When we were stood up by our Creator, we were given responsibilities as man and woman to give balance to our lives as there is balance in nature. For far too long that balance has been missing. We are in a historic moment to regain that balance. A vote for Shana will place an educated and experienced woman as one of our leaders. What I most appreciate about Shana is that she will be honest, hardworking and open minded. She will bring a new energy and new dynamic that represents the best interests of all our Tribal members. Please join me in supporting Shana McConville Radford for Vice Chair. Chief William H. ‘Bill’ Burke

No government entity recognizes boundaries defined by Treaty of 1855 I am writing this in response to BOT member Sally Kosey’s letter in last month’s CUJ concerning her eligibility to serve on the BOT in the context of the residency requirement. I only recently became aware that this issue has become quite controversial. First, I am going to address Kosey’s misleading and untrue claim in the CUJ that the Election Commission “cleared” her to run for the BOT prior to the election. Merely talking on the telephone at separate times with one, or two, or even three or more Election Commission members does not constitute being “cleared” for anything, no matter what she might have been told.

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For Kosey to be cleared or approved by the Election Commission she must meet with them at a regular or special Election Commission meeting. There must be a quorum present, the meeting must be called to order, and a motion must be made and carried that specifically gives her approval to do whatever it is she is requesting to do. And, of course, there must be a written record (minutes) of the action. However, Kosey has never met with the Election Commission on the issue, or anything else for that matter; thus, it is clearly untrue that the commission “cleared” her for anything. It is unethical for anyone, especially for a sitting BOT member, to make self-serving false claims about our commissions/committees. The Election Commission needs to speak up and respond to Kosey’s untrue claim that they gave her permission to run for the BOT, in the context of the residency requirement. A legitimate question at this point is – does the Election Commission even have the authority to rule on the residency requirement? Or, is this a matter for the BOT to make a decision on? Or, the tribal court? Our system of checks and balances could be called into play to resolve this. However, for a permanent fix, the BOT could amend the language of the Election Code to make it clear that our existing and current boundaries are used to determine the residency requirement for our Board of Trustees. There are numerous precedents for this common sense resolution. For example, the jurisdiction of our tribal court is limited to our current boundaries, except, of course, for hunting and fishing rights. Property taxes. If one resides in Pendleton, they are subject to property taxation. If you (tribal members) reside within the current reservation boundaries there is no property taxation. (Does Kosey pay property taxes? This is a solid indicator if Kosey resides on the reservation or not.) No government entity, not the CTUIR, Umatilla County, City of Pendleton, State of Oregon, or the federal government recognize the former boundaries, as defined in the Treaty of 1855, to be applicable today in 2018, for better or worse. All and every former and current BOT members have complied with our residency guidelines. Thus, it is irrational and unreasonable for one BOT member to claim personal exemption from this common sense application of our tribal guidelines. Bob Shippentower


CUJ Almanac Weather Weather information summarizes data taken at the Pendleton Weather Station from Jan. 1-31. Temperature is reported in degrees Fahrenheit and time in Pacific Standard Time. The average daily temperature was 39.9 degrees with a high of 60 degrees on Jan. 17 and a low of 26 degrees on Jan. 3. Total precipitation to date in January was 1.59” with greatest 24-hour average 0.27” Jan. 29. Twelve days out of the month had precipitation level greater than .01 inches with 8 days greater. The average wind speed was 5.2 mph with a sustained max speed of 39 mph from the West on Jan. 24 and a peak speed of 50 on Jan. 19. The dominant wind direction was from the South and Southwest. There were 20 rain days out of 31. Air Quality Index values elevated remained relatively good throughout the month of January.

Cayuse fire MISSION - An abandoned mobile home burned down on Jan. 28 at Cayuse. Fire Chief Rob Burnside said that prior to the fire all the windows had been broken and the door was kicked in. “By the time the guys got there it was pretty much gone,” said Burnside. The home once belonged to Tony Montoya, according to Burnside.Montoya is a member of the COnfederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. As of Jan. 31 the Umatilla Fire Department had not conducted an invesitagtion to determine the cause of the fire.

Community Forum Feb. 7 at Nixyaawii Governance Center New n tio Loca nth! o m this

5:30 p.m. Light Meal, 6 - 7 p.m. Meeting

Agenda: BOT Vice-Chair Run-Off

Community Watch Senior Center at 5 p.m. Feb. 22

PFLAG is coming to visit you! WHAT: Parents Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) Pendleton Monthly Meeting Also inclusive of Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intrasex, Plus

WHEN: Sunday, March 11, 2018 – 2 p.m. WHERE: Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center - Large Conference Room In 2005 PFLAG Pendleton reorganized to provide support for the GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning plus) families and friends suffering from the stressors of a negative political and social environment. Locally every meeting offers opportunities for sharing in an open yet confidential dialogue with other members of our community. We also provide brief educational programs and opportunities to work toward changing both private and public opinions in regard to equality and inclusion for our GLBTQ plus friends and family.


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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Land Protection Planning Commission (LPPC) of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will hold the following public hearings:

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1. Surveillance Operator 2. Custodian 3. Enviornmental Health & Safety Specialist 4. Technician 1 - Hatchery 5. Public Transit Bus Driver 6. Investigator/Case Advisor 7. Re-Education/Intervention Facilitator 8. Communications Officer-Part Time 9. Teacher/Famil Advocate 10. on-Call Public Transit Bus Driver 11. Hanford Archaeologist 12. Education Culture Coordinator 13. Tribal Linguist For more information visit: Office of Human Resources Online employment-opportunities

Variance #V-17-003 –Variance from Parking Standards at Mission Market, 46493 Mission Road, Pendleton, OR 97801. Wildhorse Resort and Casino, as manager of Mission Market, is requesting a Variance from the Land Protection Planning Commission to reduce the parking requirement from 1 space per 100 s.f. of floor area to 1 space per 150 s.f. of floor area as part of a project to add fueling islands to the site, Dp-17067. The subject property is designated as Tribal Trust allotment T2024 containing approximately 1 acre, zoned Commercial (C-D) where a gas station and grocery store are both permitted uses. Variances to the provisions of the CTUIR Land Development Code (LDC) are subject to the approval criteria contained in Chapter 8 (§8.015) and public hearing processes of Chapter 13. The public hearings will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Nixyáawii Governance Center Wanaq’it Conference Room on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, 46411 Timíne Way, Pendleton, OR. The public is entitled and encouraged to attend the hearings and to submit oral or written testimony on the proposed amendments. To obtain further information, contact the Tribal Planning Office at, 46411 Timíne, Pendleton, Oregon, 97801 or call (541) 429-7517. Travis Olsen, Secretary Land Protection Planning Commission

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At-large BOT Members: Aaron Ashley General Council contact Info Sally Kosey Office: 541-429-7378 Rosenda Shippentower Email: Meeting updates and information on: Woodrow Star

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Our vision: Our tribal community achieves optimal health through a culture of wellness. Our mission: We strive to empower our Tribal community with opportunities to learn and experience healthy lifestyles.

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Pamanaknúwit Team Plans for Community Wellness Success By Shawn MacGregor, Health Educator, Yellowhawk Community Wellness Many facets of health are addressed through Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center’s Community Wellness program: fitness, nutrition, gardening, food preservation, diabetes education and other chronic disease management, and more! The group of Specialists who promote and provide education on these topics call themselves the Pamanaknúwit (“People taking care of themselves”) Team, and they meet weekly to brainstorm how to get more CTUIR community members to use the free services and classes provided through the Community Wellness program. For example, fitness classes include everything from High Intensity Interval Training to Tai Ch’i and water aerobics are offered Monday - Friday. Nutrition programs include free cooking classes and first foods outings, and the Community Garden Coordinator not only teaches people how to grow plants but also offers classes in canning first foods such as salmon. Those suffering from chronic conditions from arthritis to cancer have free classes available to help cope and understand


their physical needs. Diabetes monitoring and education is offered by an RN at Yellowhawk in cooperation with the programs offered by Community Wellness. How to get the word out to the people they serve? The Pamanaknúwit Team has put up posters, passed out fliers, advertised in the CUJ, held discussions on local radio station KCUW, and visited neighboring programs to see how they can work together to enhance the health of the community. Plans are now in the works for manning promotional booths in 2018 in public and tribal venues across the community. Each booth will seek community input as well as offer timely health and referral information to Community Wellness programs. Dividing the coming year into quarters, a different health theme has been chosen for each. January through March is devoted to Heart Health, April through June is dedicated to Physical Activity, July through September focuses on Holistic Health, and October through December 2018 will be all about Healthy Eating. The Pamanaknúwit Team is eager to share health information, fun and beneficial community opportunities, and interact with members of the community to bring everyone on board for better health in 2018! For more information, call Yellowhawk Community Wellness at 541-278-7559.

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New Dentist joins Yellowhawk Dr. Daniel Kaylor began practicing at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center in January. A graduate of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, Dr. Kaylor was in private practice more than 35 years in College Place, Washington before moving to Yellowhawk. Dr. Kaylor, was born and raised in Walla Walla and grew up around horses and cattle. In college, Dr. Kaylor enjoyed roping calves as a hobby, he entered a few rodeos but says it was more of a hobby he enjoyed with his father. He has two sons, a daughter and two step daughters. He enjoys golfing and traveling to visit his children who live in various parts of the country. Please join Yellowhawk in welcoming Dr. Kaylor!

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Oregon voters pass Measure 101 to pay for Medicaid insurance costs By the Associated Press and the CUJ

MISSION – Oregon voters approved taxes on hospitals, health insurers and managed care companies in an unusual special election Jan. 23 that asked voters – and not lawmakers – how to pay for Medicaid costs that now include coverage of hundreds of thousands of low-income residents added to the program’s rolls under the Affordable Care Act. That includes hundreds of tribal members who signed up under the Oregon Health Plan. Sandra Sampson, interim Executive Director at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, said she was thrilled with the election results, which showed support of more than 60 percent of voters. (Umatilla County voted against the measure by a margin of 56 percent to 44 percent.) The single-issue election drew national attention to Oregon, which aggressively expanded its Medicaid rolls under President Barack Obama’s health care reforms. Oregon now has one of the lowest rates of uninsured residents in the nation at 5 percent. About one million Oregonians – 25 percent – now receive health care coverage from Medicaid. “I think the state of Oregon is way out ahead in terms of wanting everyone to have coverage,” Sampson said. “When

‘It’s good news, exciting news, at least until 2019. We’ll spend the next two years getting people signed up for Medicaid.’ - Sandra Sampson, Interim Executive Director at Yellowhawk Truibal Health Center

98 percent of all kids are covered by Medicaid in Oregon that’s saying how aggressive the state is in making sure our children are insured.” The measure creates a 0.7 percent tax on some hospitals and a 1.5 percent tax on gross health insurance premiums and on managed care organizations. The taxes are a short-term fix for health care funding that will generate between $210 million and $320 million in revenue over two years. “It’s good news, exciting news, at least until 2019,” Sampson said. “We’ll spend the next two years getting people signed up for Medicaid.” Sampson said Yellowhawk encouraged staff to register to vote before the election.

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When kismet & the internet collide A Valentine’s Day feature by Miranda Vega Rector of the CUJ


t was the night of Feb. 16, 1997 in Portland, Oregon. Michael Bitrick was exiting the airport terminal with his eyes searching through the crowd. The only photos he had of Robin were from her Oregon and Tribal IDs, not that they did her any justice – so he thought, once he saw her. Robin Kemp was peeking out from behind a column, nervous and shocked when she saw the six-foot fiveinch Michael having to duck under the exit of the terminal. She had never seen someone so tall nor had she ever considered herself to be short until this moment. “I thought ‘Oh my god, this isn’t going to work. He’s too freaking tall’,” said Robin whose last name is now Bitrick. “I’m freaking out and I thought, ‘just calm down you know him.’ I took a breath and heard his voice … this is my Michael, this is who I know. So I stopped and gave him a kiss.” “It was a pretty sexy kiss, too,” said Michael. “Portland airport. She grabbed me and threw me up against a door of a closed shop and she just laid one on me…” Michael and Robin, along with roughly 23 other people, met online in an AOL chat room in the summer of 1996. Robin was 32 years old at the time living in Portland working as a supervisor for a tobacco shop and Michael was 34 managing his own karaoke business in Tucson, Arizona. “There was about 25 of us not knowing what we wanted to do with our life. Wanting to hang out for the summer,” said Robin. “… and that’s what we did. We met in the chat room.” AOL – also known as America Online – was one of the early pioneers of the internet. Robin had no idea how to get started with the program so she had to call the help line to figure out how to put the CD into the computer. The dial-up service charged $3.99 an hour and only 23 people at a time were allowed in each chat room. The one that Robin and Michael met in was called “Champagne Brunch.” Robin described her experience using the internet as an addiction, a “terrible addiction.” The online friends would stay up for hours chatting, sometimes falling asleep at the computer. “You would see a “z” that would keep going and going … we would all laugh and have to call that person,” said Robin.

Robin and Michael Bitrick share a passion for music. Each year they attempt to see at least one Jimmy Buffet concert. Above, they are pictured at a Jimmy Buffet concert held in Eugene in 2017.

Robin and Michael Bitrick were married in Las Vegas on Oct. 25, 1997, eight months after they met in person.

Robin thought Michael was a nice guy. They considered one another friends. So, she set him up on a weekend date with one of her friends who lived in Los Angeles, about an eight-and-a-half-hour drive from Tucson. The two, however, did not click. At one point, Robin put a quote up on her profile and joked that whoever guessed where it was from would get “extra bonus points.” It said, “No matter where you go, there you are.” Michael was the only one who guessed it. “It was from ‘Buckaroo Bonzai’ … that was the thing that originally got her interested,” he said. Their communication varied from chat room talk to emails to 30 hours a week on the phone, and the phone calls were charged per minute. Robin joked that everyone spent thousands of dollars visiting with one another. By the third week of January all the friends met up in New Orleans for a weekend. Michael had just started working for AOL and couldn’t attend. As a tribute to their chat room name, the group booked a Champagne Brunch at a hotel. Unbeknownst to them, it was Super Bowl weekend and they ended up having a private meal with the Green Bay Packers. “And I missed it,” said Michael in disappointment. By Feb. 16 Michael made his way to see Robin in Portland. The only photos he had of her were her two IDs that she had sent him. “It was a great weekend,” said Robin. “We both had planned that if everything goes the way our hearts are hoping, we would move in together.” By the first of April they moved in together in an apartment in Tucson. After a while, AOL began to change, making it more affordable by charging a $9.99 monthly fee. “Everybody under the sun had AOL … there were kids on there … a whole different kind of AOL,” said Robin. “If it had been that way before we would never

had met each other.” “Kismet,” meaning destiny or fate, is how she refers to her and Michael’s love story. “You don’t know why things happen a certain way, they just do. It was magic,” she said. On Oct. 25, 1997 the couple married in Las Vegas. They lived in Arizona for 10 years before returning to Oregon to be closer to Robin’s family, which lives in Mission and are members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). Robin has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and a second Master’s Degree in Education, both from the University of Phoenix. She worked for the CTUIR Tribal Employment Rights Office before going on disability. Michael works for the CTUIR Office of Information Technology. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix. He also graduated from Eastern Oregon University with an undergraduate in History and a Master’s Degree in Teaching. On their way to Vegas she asked Michael what he hoped marriage would be about. He said something along the lines of “being in love forever and having the perfect life.” Robin, previously divorced and coming from parents who were also divorced, was somewhat shocked by his response. She knew he felt this way because his only experience with married couples were his parents and siblings who all had successful marriages. So Robin replied, “I’m going to make you happier than anybody has ever made you and I’m also going to make you madder than anybody has ever made you … but you’re going to have to find your way back.” “It’s easy to be in love when times are good, but you’ll know you have the true grit when times are hard,” said Robin. “Exactly,” said Michael. Michael says that marriage is something that has to constantly be worked at. He believes that you have to show that person that you love them every day and not just say it. Robin believes that the keys to a successful marriage are respect, communication, “and knowing when not to.” Together they share a passion for music. Once a year they go to a Jimmy Buffet concert, wherever one may be. They have seen the Goo Goo Dolls and Barry Manilow as well as many others in concert. They enjoy traveling, having visited Disneyland four to five times a year when they lived in Arizona. Robin said she loves how caring Michael is. Michael said that Robin makes up for his weaknesses. “When I am emotionally weak, she is strong … she has never let me down,” he said. This year they will celebrate 21 years of marriage.

‘It’s easy to be in love when times are good, but you’ll know you have the true grit when times are hard.’

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CUJ Briefs ArtWorkz Junior Art Show & Competition reception Feb. 10 MISSION – Reception and awards ceremony for the 2018 ArtWorkz Junior Art Show & Competition will be held Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Judges will select winners from among 75 submissions turned in from youth in three age categories: 10 and under; 11-14; and 15-19. Winners will be announced the night of the reception. There will also be an Artists Choice Award that will allow artists to vote for

their favorite pieces prior to the reception. Other awards will include Best Emerging Artist, Awards of Excellence, and Awards of Merit. The reception is free and open to the public. The 2018 Artworkz Junior Art Show & Competition exhibit will be on display through March 17.

Auto Financing workshop scheduled Feb. 18 MISSION – An Auto Financing 101 workshop will be held Feb. 18 at the

Business Development Services building at 5 p.m. The workshop is designed to help buyers better understand financing when they purchase their next vehicle. With 20 years’ experience in auto financing, Shelley Whitney of Deana’s Auto Biz will be a guest presenter. Kathy Kinkead of First Community Credit Union will also share information and provide tools that will make the process of purchasing a vehicle simpler. The workshop will teach buyers the appropriate questions to ask when looking for a vehicle, how to prepare their

finances ahead of time, and how interest rates are determined. To attend the class, contact Raven Manta at 541-966-1920. Dinner is provided for participants.

Wildhorse Resort & Casino career fair slated Feb. 20 MISSION – A career fair will be held at Wildhorse Resort & Casino (WRC) on Feb. 20 from 3-6 p.m. in Cayuse Hall. Attendees are encouraged to bring their resume and be prepared to participate in live interviews. The fair will showcase both full-time and part-time career opportunities in all facets of the resort, including food and beverage, slot operations, cage, hotel, table games, keno, bingo, Cineplex, security, golf course, Arrowhead Travel Plaza, Mission Market, gift shop and administration. A copy machine will also be made available for guests to use. All positions require applicants to be at least 18 years of age, but the required age for gaming positions is 21 years. To learn more about WRC visit

Registration open thru May 10 for Language Knowledge Bowl MISSION – Registration for the 2018 Language Knowledge Bowl is open through May 10. Rules for the Bowl remain the same as in past years, which means that those participating in the competition must be a student and have a judge who is a fluent speaker in the language. Teams will be scored on a point-based system. Last year 116 students competed in the Language Knowledge Bowl and eight dialects were represented. There were also 21 judges who participated. This year, the competition will be held at Wildhorse Resort & Casino (WRC) on May 24. To register, contact Syreeta Azure at 541-429-7858 or email her at For hotel stays, contact WRC at 1-800-654-9453. To obtain a discounted rate, use booking number 13152. This number is valid until rooms are filled. As the competition has grown, funds to assist in hotel stays are limited. To register and obtain an application, visit

Beer 101 class set for Feb. 8 PENDLETON – For those who have no idea what an IPA is or don’t know a porter from a stout, the Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub will be hosting a Beer Appreciation 101 class on Feb. 8. The evening will commence at 7 p.m. on Feb. 8 and will last for an hour. There will be a tasting and discussion of different beer styles, their flavors, and how that makes for good food pairings. To register visit or call 541-276-8100. Registration deadline is Feb. 5.

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Champion for Change Continued from page 5A

relish. “I think I’m a threat to most people because my ancestors are from this land,” Looney said. “I come from this land; you’re the immigrant. My grandpa tells stories about my ancestors and the battles they fought. He tells me I hold so much power, but I might not realize it.” Looney said she’s doing everything for members of her family who never had the chances she’s getting. “I have so many great opportunities that I can’t pass up,” she said, noting that this won’t be her first trip to the Nation’s Capital. In 2016, Looney was one of four Native American students who participated in the International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Engaging Men and Boys. Also in her sophomore year, Looney participated with other Pendleton students in the cultural exchange program with a two-week visit to Minamisoma, Japan. “At first I was scared,” she said about the trip to Japan. “But I got confident. If you believe in something you gain confidence.” Looney has been positively influenced by several language speakers at the CTUIR Language Program, including Thomas Morning Owl, Mildred Quaempts, Syreeta Thompson, Kristen Parr, Damien Totus and Modesta Minthorn. She hopes to attend the University of Oregon to study linguistics or she may end up as an elementary school teacher. She likes children and believes kids absorb language faster and easier than adults Van Pelt said Looney will be a “wonderful ambassador” for Nixyaawii and the local community. “EllaMae understands that important issues impacting the Tribes require

educating herself in order to advocate and make positive change,” Van Pelt said. “Her energy is exciting to witness and I hope that her project impacts the langue revitalization effort here at NCS.” The other four 2018 Champions are working to connect Native youth with the healing power of tribal lands, reintegrating formerly incarcerated Native Americans, advocating for Native youth in foster care, and eliminating race-based mascots, among other important change initiatives. Champions for Change is the Center for Native American Youth’s flagship youth leadership initiative. Each year, CNAY selects five up-and-coming Native change makers between the ages of 14 and 23 to serve as Champions. CNAY works closely with each Champion to develop their leadership and advocacy skills through tailored resource sharing, mentoring, skill building and networking opportunities. (Looney will be mentored by a linguistics graduate student from the University of Oklahoma.) “Each Champion is tackling an important issue that affects Native youth throughout the country,” CNAY Executive Director Erik Stegman said in the news release. “CNAY is privileged to work with such passionate advocates whose stories showcase their resilience and their ability to inspire other young people in Indian Country.” The public is invited to attend a panel discussion with the 2018 Champions for Change at The Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C., at 9 a.m. (Pacific Time). The reception will take place starting at 2 p.m. (Pacific Time). EllaMae is the daughter of Eva Looney. She has an older brother and sister, and two younger sisters. She said she considers a host of aunts and uncles as parents who “shaped who I am today.”

Campaign forum set Feb. 7 MISSION – A campaign forum for the Board of Trustees Vice-Chair run-off election of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will be held Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. Running for vice-chair is Jeremy Red Star Wolf, incumbent, and Shana Radford. To read their interviews with the CUJ, turn to page 1A.

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Wolf wants First Foods as government policy diminished boundary, but within the election, including Radford’s challenge boundaries defined by the Treaty of 1855. She relied on the Election Code, which to the recount, the BOT’s debate over says a tribal member is eligible to be an ofBoard member Sally Kosey’s residency eligibility to serve, hiring a new Execu- ficer if they reside “within the boundaries tive Director, the elimination last May of of the Umatilla Indian Reservation as dethe Deputy Executive Director, and his fined in Article 1 of the Treaty of 1855…” Wolf said in the CUJ interview Kosey desire to have Tribal government driven likely would have had the support of the by a First Foods policy. Wolf said he agrees with “many of Board if she had asked for it. Instead, he the things” Radford said, she wrote a letter in the January CUJ pointed out when that forced the rest of the Board to “react.” The Board met in a work session Jan. she challenged the 10 to discuss the matter and, according to recount of their elecKosey, asked her to consider resigning. tion, but said there is a time and place The issue was brought up at a Jan. 18 for any changes to General Council meeting in which Kosey be made – after the read from prepared remarks. She chastised BOT Chair Gary Burke and other run-off. BOT members for “bullying, harassing “I’m certainly interested in address- and intimidating” her and attempting to Jeremy Wolf ing those issues after force her from office. Wolf said Kosey was not asked to the run-off whether resign although Kosey’s remarks at the I’m elected or not; it’s my duty as a voter,” General Council meeting stated that Wolf said. Board member Rosenda Shippentower While Wolf has stayed out of the discussion because he’s still a candidate, asked her to resign. According to Kosey, the other BOT members have come to a BOT Secretary Kat Brigham confirmed at “well thought-out solution,” which dur- General Council that during the work sesing the upcoming run-off removes the sion Shippentower asked Kosey to resign. About that work session, Wolf said, Election Commission’s “I don’t think she was long-used method of asked to resign. What determining a voter’s I heard, it was stated “intent” when a ballot ‘If it’s something there are a number of is mismarked. that is policy we options here and one is “For this time, for if Sally resigns … That need to follow it. this election,” Wolf was one way to resolve said, “if you don’t fill If policy somehow this. Immediately she it out as instructed it states ‘I’m not resignneeds to change or won’t be counted.” ing.’ Okay, check that While Wolf did not something needs to off. We did not go to at the time discuss the be updated or isn’t Sally and say ‘Will you timing of her chalresign?’ That wasn’t it. in the best interest lenge, which is what That was a misreprethe Election Commisof the Tribe then sentation.” sion used to justify its let’s change it.’ Wolf explained that rejection of Radford’s the 1949 CTUIR Concomplaint, he did in stitution refers to the the Jan. 19 interview Umatilla Indian Resstress the importance ervation, but does not of that timing. clearly establish residency requirements. “The time frame is just as important Over the years, different Boards have as anything else,” he said, noting that defined residency in different ways. In Radford came to the Board wanting “us to circumvent the whole process” … “but one case, Wolf said, a Tribal member was the Board in all its wisdom saw that that allowed to serve on the BOT when he was would not be following procedures and living in Richland, Washington, outside the 1855 treaty boundaries. policy.” Wolf said he would like for eligibilWolf said he was frustrated by Radford’s request, but remained silent ity to be determined by the 1855 Treaty because he was part of the upcoming boundary, not the diminished boundaries. However, he said, the “vagueness” in election. “I’m reporting this here because of the Constitution allows for interpretation. Apparently, tribal members asked for varying opinions on what is right and such an interpretation, which led Kosey to what is policy. If it’s something that is policy we need to follow it. If policy some- write a letter to the CUJ editor explaining how needs to change or something needs her eligibility. “We didn’t want to address it until she to be updated or isn’t in the best interest put that article in the paper,” Wolf said. of the Tribe then let’s change it. Until that “She didn’t address the Board or ask for occurs, we have to follow it.” our support. She may have gotten it, probSALLY KOSEY AND THE RESERVA- ably would have gotten it, but she didn’t ask. She did it all on her own.” TION BOUNDARY ISSUE Wolf said the BOT had to react after The BOT since early January has Kosey’s letter. been embroiled in a controversy over “She was making a statement for the whether or not member-at-large Sally Kosey should be able to serve as a Board Board. ‘Let me set the record straight.’ member based on where she lives – on the Well that’s the Board’s job to do. If you Umatilla Indian Reservation according to had come to us we most likely would have the 1855 Treaty boundary or according to been behind you giving support to you.” When asked if the BOT was irritated the boundary diminished by the federal with Kosey, Wolf said “no, not irritated. government. Kosey lives in Pendleton outside the But all of a sudden we had to react to it. Continued from page 1A


She made the statement ‘Set the record straight.’ From what authority? The Board didn’t decide this. The chair had questions.” (In her letter to the editor printed in the January CUJ Kosey did not write “set the record straight.”)

tower and Brigham – may change the job description to “allow a little more ability to learn on the job.”

ELIMINATION OF THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR Last May, the BOT eliminated the position of Deputy Executive Director even HIRING AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR after past CTUIR Executive Management According to reports, more than 20 Policies (EMP) have indicated the need applications were received for the CTUIR for such a position based on the size and Executive Director position. Many of the complexity of the Tribal organization. applicants were dismissed because they Other document drafts have suggested did not meet minimum qualifications. the need for two more deputy EDs to Some did not adequately complete ap- handle the CTUIR’s 16 departments and more than 400 employees. plications. Wolf noted that the position of Deputy Several applications reportedly came from Tribal members; the CUJ learned of ED was only made permanent in 2011 to at least four – Don Sampson, Chuck Sams, avoid nepotism in as much as then-ED Koko Hufford, and J.D. Tovey II. Samp- Dave Tovey would have had to supervise son is a former CTUIR Executive Direc- his brother, Bill Tovey, director of the tor and former CTUIR BOT Chair; Sams Department of Economic and Community is the Tribes’ Communications Director Development. “That’s very much the reason we had and is currently serving as the Interim Executive Director; Hufford is the Land to have a deputy director,” Wolf said. Project Manager in the CTUIR Office of “Dave would have been out of compliEconomic and Community Development; ance supervising his brother.” Before the job description was changed, and Tovey is the Director of the CTUIR Wolf said, the assigned duties of the ExOffice of Planning. Only one person, an Indian descen- ecutive Director were so broad that the ED dant not enrolled in any tribe, received was allowed to manage past the directors an interview. She was down into program interviewed by phone, managers and into Wolf said the project-level staff. then flown here for an “It d id n’t make in-person interview Board and the sense to have that by the BOT, according hiring committee power that deep,” to a source in the West may change the Wolf said. Wing. BOT members Instead, Wolf said, have confirmed that job description to an Executive Director she was not hired. “allow a little more should be supervising The CUJ asked 16 department direcWolf about the hirability to learn on tors who should be ing process and his the job.” managing their own recent remarks in a staff. KCUW radio interview “You put the presin which he used the word “proven” to describe the kind of sure on your directors,” he said. The Board “had a lot of changes it experience a candidate needs to meet minimum qualifications for an interview. wanted to make to the EMP, but there Wolf said the job description standards was pushing and pulling. In reality we were raised following the resignation last all wanted to hire a new ED,” Wolf said. He said the former Deputy Executive DiApril by Dave Tovey. The word “proven” was added to the rector, Debra Croswell, had the opportunity description to ensure that experience met to apply for the top job but chose not to. “Whoever was hired to work with the a minimum time of duration and number Board could say ‘This is too much’ or they of employees, he said. For example, Wolf said, the CEO of a could be the best delegator ever and uticompany of five employees should not lize their team, manage this great big ship be considered equal to the CEO of a com- and put pressure on directors,” Wolf said. pany the size of Wildhorse. And the CEO Wolf said a strong Executive Director of five companies in five years should not is obviously key to a successful tribal be considered equal to the executive that government. has been with one or two companies over “None of us has run a business of this the span of five or six years. size, but as a team we have a good idea of As the job description was initially goals culturally, scientifically and policy written, Wolf said, someone who had wise,” he said. “For the tribe to move been CEO of five different companies, forward we have a lot of good ideas, but each with five employees, would meet from a professional aspect the ED has to the minimum requirements. be solidified.” But, Wolf said, would he or she be proven for the CTUIR job? FIRST FOODS AS POLICY “We have to be careful, cognizant Wolf would like to see First Foods as about that,” he said. the conduit linking every department in “That being said,” Wolf noted, “it is not Tribal government. He noted how payout of the realm for us to re-address that ment plans for child support are, in some because we don’t want to limit ourselves cases, now being accepted in the form of and essentially prove ourselves right deer meat rather than money. out of any tribal members that have that The actual concept for First Foods ability.” originated through the Umatilla River Wolf said following this first round of Vision and has become a mission stateapplications and the lone interview, the ment within the Department of Natural Board – and the hiring committee, which Wolf on page 17A includes BOT members Wolf, Shippen-

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Radford: Don’t use Treaty as ‘bargaining chip’ a new Executive Director, but her comments inevitably came back around to what she described as a Board of Trustees that is oppressive and dysfunctional.

read books or what. I feel like, sometimes, this can’t be right. This can’t be happening. It scares me. Sally calls people out. She’s not going to be bullied. She’s there for the people,” Radford said.

SALLY KOSEY AND THE RESERVATION BOUNDARY ISSUE According to Radford, tribal members are “frustrated, upset and angry” with the Board over a number of things, not the least of which is the controversy over BOT member Sally Kosey’s residency eligibility to serve on the Tribes’ policymaking body. At issue is whether Kosey lives on or off the Umatilla Indian Shana Radford Reservation. The Board has been debating whether the reservation boundary, at least in this instance, should be defined by the 1855 Treaty or by the diminished map provided by the federal government. Kosey determined she was eligible to run by consulting the CTUIR Election Code, which defines the boundary by the Treaty. The Election Commission confirmed that she was eligible to run when they approved her name for the ballot. “The Treaty can’t be used as a bargaining chip to oppress our own people,” Radford said in the Jan. 19 interview with the CUJ. “The Treaty was always intended to acknowledge our own territories. Why are we using it against each other? That’s what the non-Indian wanted. It’s weird. We are prepared to reduce the treaty to obtain what? Bargain chip our treaty to get what? Reduce the interpretation to obtain what?” Radford said the Treaty of 1855 was written broadly because the signers could not see into the future. They did not want growth to be defined by boundaries, she said. “We don’t use lines and all of a sudden we like them? It’s the non-Indian way of thinking. We want to limit our treaty definitions so we can get a person off the Board? There’s no asterisk or exceptions in our Treaty.” Radford said she thinks some Board members just aren’t comfortable with Kosey’s “outspoken and boisterous” style. “Sally is honest and everybody knows that. There’s a lot of group think on the Board and Sally is not a group thinker,” Radford said. “Sally is awesome; she’s doing the right thing standing up for herself. You shouldn’t have to worry about what you say or have to defend your actions. Radford said she thinks the Board is sometimes mimicking the national government. “I don’t know if they watch TV or don’t

“GET MY IDEAS OUT THERE” Radford said she was motivated to run for office in order to “raise standards and get my ideas out there.” However, when she and Wolf ended up with the same number of votes, she took a closer look at the process and didn’t like what she saw. At the recount, Radford said she and her poll watcher observed discrepancies that ultimately HIRING PROCESS FOR EXECUTIVE led her to file with the Election Commis- DIRECTOR sion a challenge, which was subsequently Radford said standards and process is denied because it was not filed in a timely the key to hiring a new Executive Direcmanner. tor, but nobody knows what those are. “In general, it was an unorganized and “I’d be interested in learning why there dysfunctional [Election Commission] pro- has been such a delay,” Radford said. “I cess from my perspective,” Radford said. think that’s a symptom of the current She began attending BOT meetings and Board. The delay in hiring an ED exactly work sessions, she said, to educate herself shows the dysfunction of the Board.” as the run-off election loomed. She said it comes down to the people Radford said she’s observed Board on the hiring committee, which includes behavior that is “unacceptable” and does three BOT members. not bode well for teamwork. She said “It’s quiet, closed, hush-hush. Does some BOT members are too concerned anybody know what’s happening with about today and not the ED, how the proenough about the fucess is going, what’s ture of tribal governthe excuse for the ‘It’s hard to be an ment. delay? We get no re“A lot of contradicsponse on that,” Radindividual tribal tory comments I’ve ford said. citizen in a growing noticed regarding polRadford said she icy. For example, my believes there’s too government of issue with the recount. much politics and perhostility and We trust the Election sonalities involved in distrust.’ Commission process the hiring so far. on the recount. Okay, “We don’t like that fair enough. But when person because of this it comes to issues on history, we don’t like the boundaries … we don’t trust the Elec- that person because, whatever, they tion Commission. There’s a lot of picking looked at us wrong. Take the name out, and choosing. People say one thing and take out the gender, take out the age. do another.” What qualifications and experience do Further, Radford said, there’s too much they have? Tribal members are not even “micro-aggression” and not enough getting interviews.” “sharing.” Radford even questioned the hiring “It seems like things are very petty to committee’s qualifications. me,” she said. “We need to capacity build not capacRadford said she is a candidate, but a ity limit,” she said. “It’s hard when I hear “citizen first” who wants to know more these things. Are you even qualified to about her government. However, she say these people aren’t qualified? People said, that’s proven difficult. who have experience, when they critique “It’s hard to be an individual tribal something they usually have credibility citizen in a growing government of hostil- to critique something. Sometimes other ity and distrust,” she said. “[The Board] people are more qualified to decide. practices some oppressive behaviors. They shouldn’t make decisions based on I’ve been asked to leave work sessions. who’s who or gossip or past history … It Instead of being like, ‘Wow, here’s a tribal should be decided by people who want member who’s interested in learning the best for the people and best for our about what we’re doing, that’s exciting, future … We’re not even giving our own great, future leader’… but it’s always the people chances and that’s scary to me. It’s opposite… ‘We don’t want to share this, very oppressive to say ‘You’re not good it’s confidential, we’ll talk to you when enough.’” Radford said she wants to be a leader we want to. We’ll get it to the General that treats others with respect and dignity Council when we want to.’” Radford said the actions of the BOT are and “creates a dialogue of less secrecy

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on to,” Wolf said, suggesting a CTUIR summit to help define such a policy. First Foods “is our way of life,” Wolf said, noting that the Umatilla, Cayuse and Walla Walla, because of their movement throughout the Northwest and Plateau regions, define First Foods differently

“scary for sovereignty.” “I think when we lose trust in the system that’s when it becomes a slippery slope so, you know, people take things very personally in how things are conducted, but it’s never been a personal issue for me. It’s been a larger issue of voting rights and fairness in voting,” she said. “My mentality is not to just go in with a complaint, but to go in with a solution or an option … I want us to pick a [vote counting] process and stick with it and I want consistency so people can trust it.”

where we talk out loud and acknowledge weaknesses.” She said building relationships “always comes back to trying to understand each other.” Radford said she believes in “radical transparency” of “different ideas and perspectives.” She said she will base her views and comments on research and facts. “A lot of times I hear people talking and wonder where they are coming from?” she said.

than other Tribes. “Even the Board needs to be reminded,” Wolf said. “We were voted in not only for the science and technical expertise we can bring, or political background, but that we have our connection with our own culture and our own people and our

own land is, or at least should be, who we select. I don’t see myself as that perfect candidate, but I make an attempt as much as I can in my life to try and be respectful to those First Foods and those who protected them for me … [First Foods are] my driving force in every decision I make.”

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FEELING OF DISTRUST Radford said during her campaign she’s talked to many tribal members who, she said, tell her they’re tired of leaders who make them feel out of touch. “There’s a feeling of distrust,” Radford said. “People want their leaders to be serving in the best way, but it seems like they are just fighting and focusing on issues in a reactionary way, not working together as a team, not collaborating or trying to work together on issues. Closed sessions, lack of transparency, lack of communications … the Board in general could do a lot better at getting out in the community, communicating better.” Radford said many of the people she’s been talking to are apathetic about their involvement in Tribal government because they think “nothing is going to change.” Radford said tribal members don’t feel like they have a voice. “People don’t feel like they belong … a lot of people feel left out. I feel like I represent a diverse population in the community and marginalized people in our community because for whatever reason, it’s unfortunate, but it seems like we’ve built a culture where we’re not open minded and not thinking about the future again. It’s a learned behavior and we’ve learned to oppress each other the best.” Radford said she has more experience than Wolf in public service, community organizing, international relations, and by simply living away from the reservation (she is not an attorney, but earned a degree relating to law in Australia). “The Treaty talks about us as fiercely independent nations, as international nations,” Radford said. “We are more closely related to international governments and laws than we are to the feds or states or counties or whoever else we interact with. My background can be a huge asset when we need people with a day-to-day vision working together as a team open to other peoples’ ideas.” Radford said she is “very thoughtful about how we should be careful, but I also understand that we should take some risks and not always play it safe because you can’t grow that way … If you want to be a leader you have to show you can lead … I want to be able to change things without taking my own people down.”



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‘STOLEN SISTERS’ Participating in the Longhouse “No More Stolen Sisters” event Jan. 18 were, from left, Myrcene Littlesinger, Abby FordKordatzky, Alice Thompson, Neva Moore, Addison Kosey, and Julianah Matamoros.

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Many of us may know someone - a relative, friend or neighbor - it’s all too familiar. The murderers, or the people who tried or were successful in silencing our women, may continue to live among us.

By Cami ElShoura for the CUJ


issing and murdered women on or near tribal reservations in the United States and Canada are all too common. This feels similar to many of our shared concerns on reservations - diabetes, suicide, alcoholism, absent parents, children growing up in foster homes, pain killers and methamphetamine abuse. We want to hold someone accountable and solve these mysteries and issues that traumatize our people. A candlelight vigil, “No More Stolen Sisters,” was held on the Umatilla Indian Reservation Jan. 18. It included a walk from the Mission Longhouse up the trail to Tamastslikt Cultural Institute and back. Participants walked in memory of all the Stolen Sisters. I had a pleasant and peaceful experience speaking with several women from my community. I heard and observed their passion for the loved ones they’ve lost. Some of the community members honoring these sisters experienced a sense of relief, and release, while walking together and carrying the memories of their atway loved ones to the Longhouse. Many of us may know someone - a relative, friend or neighbor - it’s all too familiar. The murderers, or the people who tried or were successful in silencing our women, may continue to live amongst us. While we grieve and seek justice for our female victims, we can also find common ground. That is our strength, bonds, desire, love and vision to right the wrongs and prevent these injustices from happening in the future. Trish McMichael and I used to work together back in the day at Wildhorse Resort & Casino. She told me the story about her atway mother Melissa Wilson’s death

First person observation

Little girls demonstrate the butterfly dance at the Longhouse after the candlelight vigil.

being an unsolved murder. She was only 10 years old when she lost her mom. Her brother Robert Wilson was only 13. Her mom was only 28. After the traumatic experience, she began a downward spiral. She began using drugs and alcohol, which contributed toward her self-destruction. After some years she met and hooked up with her boyfriend, who eventually became her husband. They had children and she wanted a different life for them. I see Trish as a strong survivor and active community member. Every time I run into my friend, she is learning new skills or being helpful and supportive in her community. This could have gone a totally different direction, but she made positive choices for herself, family and community. If her mom could see her now, I’m sure she’d be proud of the woman her daughter grew up to be. Robert also represented his loved one by singing seven drum songs during the event. I also had the opportunity to talk with Mildred Quaempts and Laura Allen. They too shared the names and circumstances of what had happened to their relatives. They feel the cases were not properly investigated. I remember Paul Harvey stated on his radio show several years ago, “If you want to get away with mur-

der, go to the Blackfeet Reservation.” Unfortunately most reservations share the same social problems and injustices. Tribal member Kola Thompson spoke about the relationship she has formed with the tribal police. She came to their defense and explained they are restricted when it comes to speaking about these cases. Many of the cases are still under investigation. The families and friends want answers, but our police are unable to freely talk about the specifics of the cases. Her ultimate goal is to become an investigator. Hopefully she can solve some of these cold cases in the future. Participants held a candlelight vigil in memory of the atway victims. The list included Mildred Nanegos, Josephine “Jo” Jones, Melissa Wilson, Peggy Peterson, Alice Sam, Lynette Watchman, Selena Shippentower, Angela Billy, Mavis McKay, Helen Minthorn, Donna Minthorn, Marcia Minthorn, Marcia Minthorn Mitchell, Destiny Lloyd, Molly Shippentower, Mavis Kirk, Cynthia Jones, Stephanie Centre and Ruth Jackson. Today there are many cold cases that are being solved after several decades have passed. The evidence remains in the files and sometimes the perpetrator’s DNA is sitting inside a bag of evidence. This event felt hopeful and seemed to bring a supportive community together. There are resources available online that may have some significance to aid in potentially solving some of these cases. One is Oregon Association of Licensed Investigators Inc. This site not only has investigators that may be able to assist in opening up these cold cases, but also offers courses if you want to become an investigator. Let’s hope we have more interested tribal members and others who want to seek justice for our people.

A list displayed “missing and murdered” indigenous women that were remembered at the Longhouse event on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

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to this bull crap and harassment, bullying. I attempted to respond but they weren’t listening.” At the end of the day on Jan. 10, Kosey said, Rosenda Shippentower, apparently speaking for the Board, asked Kosey if she would consider resigning. According to the remarks Kosey read at General Council she said, “No, but hell no. It’s going to take a dump truck to blast me out of this chair.” That’s when, she said, Chairman Burke said the Board


would take a “vote” on Jan. 29. A memo that went out Jan. 26 from Secretary Brigham to Board members said this: “Last week Gary asked that the BOT vote on BOT residency on January 29th with a full BOT present. Monday, January 29th Willy [Sigo] will be gone, February 5th Gary will be gone. The next full BOT will be February 12th. Therefore it will not be on the agenda until February 12th.” In his brief conversation Jan. 30, Burke told the CUJ the “vote” was “just talking” and he said he didn’t know if there would be a vote. He said that was up to the Board, although it is the Chairman who sets the agenda. In a Jan. 28 email to Kosey, attorney Hester said he had questions about the BOT “vote” suggested by

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Chairman Burke. In his email, Hester wrote: “I’m confused as to what the BOT will be voting on in terms of the BOT Reservation residency requirement as Tribal law on that subject has been in effect since 1993 in what was then Section 17 of the Election Code and what is now Section 3.06 of the Election Code (i.e. that the Constitutional requirement that BOT members reside within the Reservation is satisfied within the 1855 Treaty boundary). Is there a specific motion, resolution, code amendment or proposed Constitutional amendment that the BOT will consider and vote on when this issue comes up?” It appears at this stage nobody is certain if the BOT will be voting on a residency requirement in February.

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Nixyaawii Community School girls basketball coach Jeremy Maddern talks in a huddle with members of his undefeated squad. From left, players in the photo include Lark Moses (partly out of the frame), Alyssa Tonasket, Ivory Hererra, Ermia Butler behind Coach Maddern, EllaMae Looney, Mary Stewart, Tristalynn Melton, assistant coach Desiree Maddern, Kylie Mountainchief drinking water, and Milan CUJ photo/Phinney Schimmel. At the end of January, the defending Class 1A state champions, who were unbeaten last year, had run their undefeated record to 46-0. The girls beat Echo 70-27 Jan. 30.

NCS girls go 20-0 as district, state loom By the CUJ

MISSION – Three weeks before the Old Oregon League district tournament, the Nixyaawii Community School girls played their most competitive game, but it was still a 22-point win over the third-ranked Powder Valley Badgers Jan. 27. The defending Class 1A state champions were 20-0 this year as games in January ended, with an unbeaten streak of 46 wins in a row when combined with last year’s undefeated season. Milan Schimmel and Mary Stewart, averaging 23 and 19 points a game, respectively, continued to lead the team with Kaitlynn Melton pitching in 9.7 a contest. Junior post Ermia Butler averaged 5.75 points over the last eight games

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and defensive specialist EllaMae Looney was averaging just over 5 points a game. At North Powder, Nixyaawii – ranked number one in the state in the coaches’ poll but number two behind Country Christian in the OSAA poll – led by only 9 points at halftime. That’s a huge departure for a team that wins by an average of about 45 points a game. (The margin of victory in the last eight games was still 43.) “Powder shot well in the first half and we had a few defensive breakdowns,” Coach Jeremy Maddern said. “They moved the ball well and got some open looks and hit some threes in the first quarter.” Nixyaawii girls on page 2B

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‘We know we need to do better. We know it’s not in the bag. We’ve got to keep working, keep improving.’ NCS Coach Jeremy Maddern

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Kaitlynn Melton takes the basketball up and over a Joseph defender in a game played in early in January. The girls are winning by an average of about 45 points a game. Their most competitive game came Jan. 27 when they beat number three ranked Powder Valley by 22 points. However, the Golden Eagles led by only nine at half. Coach Maddern said the team pulled together and “passed the test with flying colors” and led by 18 at the end of the third quarter. That’s Ermia Butler in the background.

EllaMae Looney, a defensive specialist for the Nixyaawii Community School Golden Eagles, is also a three-point shooter. She doesn’t shoot a lot but she’s deadly from outside. She also creates plays off the dribble, as she was doing here in a game Nixyaawii won against Joseph, 63-33. The girls averaged 73 points a game in January and held opponents to 30. Looney averaged 10 points a game in the last two contests on the road against Cove and Powder Valley. CUJ photos/Phinney


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NCS led by four 19-15 after the first quarter behind Stewart’s seven points and a pair of threes by Looney. The Golden Eagles clamped down with a man-to-man defense and after that Powder Valley didn’t hit another three until the fourth quarter. “We hadn’t been tested,” Maddern said. “There’s a reason they’re ranked. Powder’s a good team. We expected a tough game and we got one and I’m glad we did.” Maddern said Powder Valley did a better job of rebounding and that’s what kept them in the game. “We learned we have to rebound; that’s why it was close. But when faced with adversity they pulled together. We had a solid third quarter and put it away,” Maddern said. By the end of the third stanza, when Stewart scored 13, the Golden Eagles were up by 18.

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OSAA Top 5 Girls Class 1A 1 – Columbia Christian, The Valley 10 League, 8-0, 17-4 2 – Nixyaawii, Old Oregon League, 11-0, 20-0 3 – Powder Valley, Old Oregon League, 8-2, 18-2 4 – Rogue Valley Adventist Academy, Mt. Valley League, 8-1, 18-1 5 – Joseph, Old Oregon League, 8-2, 18-2

“We know we need to do better. We know it’s not in the bag. We’ve got to keep working, keep improving,” the coach said. District will be played in Baker City Feb. 16-17 and there’s a good chance Nixyaawii will face Powder Valley again. A district title will lock up a bye in the first round of the state tournament and would give NCS a home game in round two. The state tournament, also in Baker City, will be played Feb. 28-March 3.

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CUJ Sports Quanah Picard, a sophomore on the Nixyaawii Community School Golden Eagles team, drives against a Joseph defender in an Old Oregon League game in January. Picard averaged a little more than 11 points a game in the eight contests played in January. The boys had four games left as three games left - two expected wins over Helix and Pine Eagle - and a tough contest at Joseph. After a loss on the road, NCS was tied for first in the OOL with Powder Valley. Both teams had 9-1 records with the district tournament in mid-February and the state tournament in late February and early March. Both tournaments will be played at Baker City. CUJ photo/Phinney

OSAA Top 5 Boys Class 1A

1 – Pacific, Skyline League, 10-0, 19-2 2 – Sherman, Big Sky League, 100, 18-1 3 – Damascus Christian, The Valley 10 League, 13-0, 17-2 4 – Hosana Christian, Mt. Valley League, 10-0, 17-2 5 – Jordan Valley, 7-1, 16-3 8 – Nixyaawii, Old Oregon League, 10-1, 17-3

Nixyaawii boys 16-3; tied for first in OOL By the CUJ

MISSION – After a two-point win over Powder Valley Jan. 5, the Nixyaawii Community School boys knew they’d be in for a battle against the 2017 Class 1A state champion runner-ups on the Badgers’ home court in North Powder Jan. 27. And that’s what they got. Powder Valley played better and shot better and the result was a Badger win, 63-49, handing the Golden Eagles just their third loss of the season for a 16-3 overall record. But their first conference loss put NCS in a tie at 9-1 with Powder Valley with the Old Oregon League district tournament set for Feb. 16-17 in Baker City. (The boys beat Echo 86-47 Jan. 30 to go to 10-1 and 17-3.) “They shot well and our offense was stagnant, and we blew some defensive assignments,” NCS Coach Shane Rivera said. “We weren’t clicking. It was just one of those games. We just had a bad game.” But the young Golden Eagles, with just two seniors, are “as talented as anybody,” Rivera said. “I don’t like to lose, but I’d rather lose now than at the end,” he said, remembering last year when NCS stalled out in their last five games and didn’t qualify for state. “This year we’re a different team. We’re more wellrounded, deeper, more talented. I like our chances,” he said. “We don’t want to be anywhere but number one,” Rivera said. “You’re in the top three or your season’s over. I think we’re capable of getting number one and that’s what we’ll fight for.” As the CUJ went to press, the Golden Eagles had three games left against Helix and Pine Eagle – two anticipated wins, and against Joseph, which was expected Nixyaawii boys on page 5B

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Noah Enright (22) drives down the lane and shoots over a Powder Valley defender in the Golden Eagles 53-51 victory at home in early January. Powder Valley turned the tables on Nixyaawii Jan. 27 and the two teams were tied for the league lead with 9-1 records. CUJ photo/Dallas Dick

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Buckaroo girls, boys unbeaten in league play Pendleton junior guard Uliyana Guerrero moves in on the loose ball against La Grande in a January game. Pendleton girls beat Hermiston, 49-45, on Jan. 30, run their record to 12-6 overall and 3-0 in the Columbia River Conference. Number 11 for Pendleton is Jaiden Lemberger. Another tribal player, junior Megan George, remains out with a knee injury.

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Freshman Dakota Sams, shown here in a game against La Grande, scored 15 points Jan. 30 in a 51-44 win over Hermiston while teammate Tyler Newsom, right, scored a game-high 16. Sams scored 11 of his points in the second half. At the end of the month the Bucks were 11-7 overall and 3-0 in the Columbia River Conference.

BAAD rosters, entry fees being accepted now MISSION – The 31st annual Basketball Against Alcohol and Drugs – BAAD – Tournament will take place again this year during spring break Friday, March 23 – Saturday, March 31, at the Community Recreation Gymnasium on the


Umatilla Indian Reservation. Each year more than 60 teams and over 200 players from Oregon, Washington and Idaho ranging in age from 5 to 18 years old converge here for hours and hours of hoops. It takes an army of

volunteers to put on the tournament, which is sponsored by the Recreation Program of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), the Prevention Program at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center and their sponsors. The 2018 BAAD tournament committee is accepting coaches’ rosters and entry fees for the tournament. Deadline for entry fees and rosters is Friday, March 9. Money orders only can be paid to CTUIR Recreation Program, Attn: BAAD Tournament, 46411 Timine Way, Pendleton, OR 97801. Full payment must be received to secure a spot in a bracket. There are no refunds. Coaches must include all relevant information with the money order, including the name of the team, address and contact phone number and email. Proof of age requirements must be provided by each coach for their team roster. Accepted documentation includes birth certificate, tribal enrollment card, or state driver’s license/permit for each player. Players in the 12-14 and 15-18-year-old divisions must provide a current photo ID. Players must be enrolled in school or provided proof of pursuing a high school education. There is a 10-player maximum per roster. No player will be allowed to play in an older age bracket due to the safety for younger players. All proof of age verifications must be submitted annually by each player and

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each coach or family must have them emailed to or This is so the Tournament Committee does not have to store them for security purposes. Proof of age verifications can be faxed to 541429-7887 as well. The Tournament Committee is requesting all local teams to begin fundraising for their tournament expenses. Additionally, local teams only are required to submit $50 registration fee to secure their place at the tournament by Friday, March 9, and must be paid in full by the first day of the tournament. For more information, call Lloyd Commander at 541-429-7887 or 541-969-2369 or call Larry Cowapoo at 541-429-7886. The CTUIR website will have all the forms for the BAAD tournament to download. Coaches also can email for BAAD tournament information to This year the BAAD Committee reversed the order of brackets so that the older divisions play first. The 15-18-year-old boys and girls will play Friday, Saturday and Sunday March 23-25. The 12-14-year-old boys and girls will play Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, March 25-27. The 9-11-year-old boys and girls will play Wednesday and Thursday, March 28-29. The 6-8-year-old co-ed teams will play Friday and Saturday, March 30-31.

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to be a huge game. Joseph was 7-4 and in third place in the league. In their game at home, NCS beat Joseph 46-40, outscoring their opponent by that six-point margin in the final quarter. Rivera knows it’s tough to play a team a second time. “They know you better. It’s always harder regardless if you’re home or away,” he said. Over eight games in January, which included Deven Barkley drives the baseline and dishes the ball to teammate Noah Enright during a game against Joseph. The Nixyaawii team wins over Echo, Pow- will play Joseph in their final Old Oregon League game of the year der Valley, Helix, Pine before the district tournament in Baker City Feb. 16 and 17. Eagle, Joseph, Wallowa and Cove, the Golden Barkley maintained his 10-point average Eagles averaged 62 points and held their and senior Noah Enright increased his opponents to 41. Their biggest win came average from 7 to 9 points a game. against Pine Eagle, 88-33. Dazon Sigo, Nixyaawii’s big man, Their toughest weekend was, of returned to action against Cove and course, with the loss to Powder Valley. Powder Valley after taking a week off for The boys shot 35 percent from the field, concussion protocol. Sigo was rusty after but only 3 for 17 from behind the three- missing a week of practice, Rivera said, point line. They didn’t play especially but should be on his game in February. well the night before at Cove either, winRivera wants his squad to win the Disning 47-34. They beat the Cougars 91-47 trict title because it means a first-round at home in early January. bye in the state playoffs and a secondMick Schimmel continued to lead the round home game. team in scoring with a 15.6 point-a-game The state tournament starts with 24 average. He was averaging 19 points a teams (three teams from each of eight game in the previous 11 games, which districts). The second-place team from shows how teams are concentrating more each league hosts a third-place team. The on the sophomore guard. Quanah Picard first-place team hosts the winner of that averaged a little over 11 points a game first round to get to a final eight for the in the last eight contests, while Deven big show in Baker City Feb. 28-March 3.

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Become an official - stay connected to high school sports By Bob Gardner, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Peter Weber, Executive Director of the Oregon School Activities Association.


hey don’t make the headlines, their names are not in the box scores and they don’t make the all-star teams, but some of the most important individuals in high school sports are the contest officials. These individuals are so important that, in fact, there would be no organized competitive sports at the high school level without the men and women who officiate these contests every day across the country. Subtract the dedicated men and women who officiate high school sports and competitive sports would no longer be organized; they would be chaotic. In most areas, high school officials are retiring faster than new officials are being added. And junior varsity, freshmen and middle school games are being postponed – or even cancelled – because there are not enough men and women to officiate them. Anyone looking for a unique way to contribute to the local community should consider becoming a certified high school official. For individuals who played sports in high school, officiating is a great way to stay close to the sport after their playing days

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have ended. Officiating helps people stay in shape, expands their social and professional network and offers part-time work that is flexible, yet pays. In fact, officiating is a form of community service, but with compensation. Another benefit of officiating is that individuals become role models so that teenagers in the community can learn the life lessons that high school sports teach. Students learn to respect their opponents and the rules of the game and the importance of practicing good sportsmanship thanks, in part, to those men and women who officiate. And the objectivity and integrity that high school officials display is an example that every young person needs to observe firsthand. In short, communities around the country will be stronger because of the life lessons that high school officials help teach the next generation. Officiating is a great way to stay connected to sports and to give back to the local high school and community. We need dedicated men and women to become involved so that high school sports can continue to prosper for years to come. Individuals interested in learning more about becoming a high school official, and even begin the registration process, can do so at


7-game win streak Chelsea Quaempts puts a shot up over a Pilot Rock defender in a 48-36 win for WestonMcEwen Jan. 19. The TigerScots were on a seven-game winning streak with wins over Imbler, McLaughlin, Heppner, Waitsburg, Pilot Rock, Stanfield and Culver. The team had four league games left before district play in Pendleton Feb. 16 and 17. CUJ photo/Dallas Dick


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Wildhorse Resort sets roster of entertainers for spring and summer MISSION – Wildhorse Resort & Casino has a variety of upcoming entertainment ranging from a 60’s rock band to an exotic male dance show. Here’s the quick spring and summer rundown: Feb. 16 – Justin Shandor, the Ultimate Elvis, is sold out. March 24 – Latino stand-up comic Paul Rodriguez will perform at 5 and 8 p.m. Rodriguez was born in Mexico, but raised in East LA. After finishing military service, he went to college on the GI bill with the idea of becoming an attorney, but developed an interest in comedy while taking elective courses. He’s been making people laugh ever since on stage, on TV and in the movies. Tickets are on sale in the Wildhorse Gift Shop or online at April 20 – Blue Oyster Cult will perform at 8 p.m. BOC is an American hard rock band formed in 1967, which most successful work includes songs “Don’t Fear The Reaper”, “Godzilla”, and “Burnin’ For You.” May 26 – Country superstar Hal Ketchum will perform at 8 p.m. Ketchum is known for singles like “Small Town Saturday Night,” “Past the Point of Rescue”, and “Hearts are Gonna Roll.” June 2 – Hunks: The Show is set for 6 and 9 p.m. shows. They are billed as the world’s foremost exotic dance show with a high-energy performance featuring “some of the sexiest men alive.” They sing, dance and strip in choreographed routines to thumping beats and dazzling light shows. June 16 – Kim Russo: The Happy Medium, with a show at 8 p.m., appeared on A&E’s hit show, Paranormal State, and their hit TV show “Psychic Kids.” She also has appeared on The Biography channel’s “Celebrity Ghost Stories” fea-

turing country legend music star Loretta Lynn. She is currently the host of the weekly running series “The Haunting Of …” July 27 – Naughty by Nature, Tone Loc and Sir Mix-a-Lot at 8 p.m. Naughty by Nature is a Grammy Award winning, platinum-album selling New Jersey group with a 20-year track record of creating the hits and party anthems that have become the soundtracks of our lives. Their music has smashed through mainstream barriers all while remaining true to the sound, message and grit of the hood. Tone Loc is best known for his deep, gravelly voice and his million-selling hit singles hit songs “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina.” An occasional actor, he has performed in several feature films, including Blank Check and Posse. Sir Mix-A-Lot, who grew up in Seattle, is best known for “Baby Got Back.” He is one of rap’s great Do-It-Yourself success stories. Coming from a city with any hip-hop scene to speak of, Mix-ALot co-founded his own record label, promoted himself, produced all his own tracks, and essentially pulled himself by the proverbial American bootstraps. However, it took singing with Def American label, coupled with an exaggerated, parodic pimp image, to carry him into the mainstream. July 28 – Ramon Ayala, who drew the biggest crowd in Wildhorse concert history last summer, returns by popular demand. Ayala is one of the most recognized and best-selling artists in Mexican music. He is known for performing, composing and writing Norteno and Conjunto music. Dubbed the “King of the Accordion,” Aya la has recorded more than 113 albums for which he has received four Grammy Awards.

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January Birthdays: 6th: Roger Harrison 7th: Jim Marsh & Deana Crane 8th: Norma McKenzie 9th: Emily Oatman 10th: Eli Azure 12th: Desirae Askins 15th: Phyllis Simmons 16th: Mitch Hayes 21st: JoAnn Stewart 23rd: Dolores “Lola” Rodriguez 27th: Jackie Shippentower

Anniversaries: 11th: Tom & Michelle Brigham 14th: Marcy & Tony Hoptowit

Tamastslikt hosting Teacher’s Night Out on March 14 MISSION – Tamastslikt Cultural Institute (TCI) is hosting a Teacher’s Night Out on March 14 at 5:30 p.m. The purpose of the event is for teachers and homeschool educators to learn about what TCI has to offer in regards to educational programs. Participants will also get to enjoy food from the Kinship Café. Raffle prizes will also be given away. This event is open to the public. To RSVP or for questions contact Cassandra Franklin at 541-429-7723 or email

Tribal women to spend year in Discover Training MISSION –Angela Hummingbird and Alex Nilo were selected to participate in the Discover Training module provided by the Pamáwaluukt Empower Program which provides supervisory level experience. This year participants will spend one week per month in various departments learning about the functions and services of each program. Discover training is specifically for employees of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) who have worked for at least 2 years in the Alex Nilo Governance Center and who are also enrolled members. Hummingbird currently works as a Caseworker in the CTUIR Office of Child Support Enforcement. She has lived in the Pendleton area for seven years and grew up in Oakland, California. Hummingbird is engaged to be married this year to Richard Johnson. Together they have eight children and 13 grandchildren. Nilo is a Child Protective Services Investigator and she does the intake and screening for all child abuse reports for the CTUIR Department of Children and

Family Services. She has been employed with the Tribe since 2012. Nilo has a Rottweiler name Nizhoni who loves to go hiking and kayaking with her every spring and summer. To kick off their training, the women attended a seminar on Jan. 25 held by Fred Pryor, a leader in business training. The seminar was called “Making the Transition from Staff Angela to Supervisor.” Hummingbird “We learned how to communicate in a way that’s respectful and not condescending,” said Hummingbird. “..we also learned how to give tasks dependent on employees personality types and traits.” Discover Training was initiated last year with Briana Spencer from the Office of Information Technology. She was the first trainee to undergo and complete the supervisory level training module. Pamáwaluukt, which means ‘each person raising themselves up’ in the traditional Walla Walla language, will be conducting outreach with youth and education programs this year to help increase awareness of viable career opportunities with CTUIR and its other entities.

NAYA to host Homeownership class PORTLAND – A Homeownership Program Orientation is being offered on the first Thursday of each month at the Native American Youth & Family Center (NAYA Family Center) at 5135 N.E. Columbia Blvd. in Portland. The orientation – “culturally specific classes and coaching” - is the starting point for folks to learn about the process and requirements of purchasing and owning a home, according to Loretta Kelly, Homeownership Program Manager. The orientation sessions are scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m. at the NAYA Family Center. The orientation will include a brief summary of NAYA services, an overview of the mortgage qualification process, and some potential steps for home purchase preparation.

Kelly said NAYA Homeownership Program staff will “help anyone create a plan for becoming a homeowner and work with them until the plan becomes a reality regardless of how long that takes.” Many times, she said, the Program is able to assist people in accessing down payment assistance programs, matchedsavings programs, and referrals to other programs and “trusted professionals” such as lenders, realtors and home inspectors. The next orientation is Thursday, March 1. For more information, contact Kelly at 503-288-8177 ext. 223 or lore�ak@nayapdx. org or program assistant Daniela Macias at 503-288-8177 ext. 273 or danielam@

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QPR suicide training set Feb. 15 MISSION - A “Question, Persuade, and Refer” (QPR) training that will teach about suicide prevention will be held Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. The training will teach participants how to properly follow the three steps – question, persuade, and refer – in an instance where someone they know may be feeling suicidal. The training is free to all who attend; a dinner will be served. QPR provides training on early recognition of suicide warning signs that can include: *Showing signs of depression like ongoing sadness, withdrawal from others, losing interest in favorite activities, or trouble sleeping or eating. *Talking about or showing an interest in death or dying. *Engaging in dangerous or harmful activities, including reckless behavior, substance abuse, or self-injury. *Giving away favorite possessions and saying goodbye to people. *Saying or expressing that they can’t handle things anymore. *Making comments that things would

be better without them. The evening is organized by Yellowhawk’s Circles of Hope Project and Suicide Prevention Program. To register contact Debra Shippentower or Lorasa Joseph at 541-215-1962. Interested persons could also email LoradaJoseph@yel- or DebraShippentower@ “We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know,” read a flyer created by Yellowhawk.


is a Forgiving God My name is Michelle Louise Shippentower. I am an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Walla Walla and Cayuse. Some of you might remember me as “Moosey” but I do not answer to that anymore. Growing up off and on Mission and Yelm, WA but mostly “The Proj”. On September 7, 2012 I felt as though I was at My “Rock Bottom”, I ended up having to leave all family, friends, and belongings behind. As I sat in a room for 23 hours a day 7 days a week being fed through what is called a food port for over 2 years. I knew that I had to come to terms with myself and do things differently than I had in my past. Because obviously it was not working for me. That day I felt I had nothing and/or no one, I dropped to my knees and prayed. Yes! I finally gave it to God and decided to quit, saying I’m going to give it to God and DO IT! Today I wouldn’t be where I am or who I am if it wasn’t for me dropping to my knees that day and finally prayed for forgiveness. Thank you all for giving me another chance at this thing we call life. ~His name Jesus Christ. Atawishumush,

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‘Anywhere but here’

For Mya Fourstar, making it

By Jesse Dougherty, The Washington Post


RAZER, Mont. - The laughter of children playing basketball, all crowded around the hoop as the ball spilled over the rim, carried out of the school playground and into an otherwise silent Saturday afternoon in mid-December. Three stray dogs, looking for food or shelter or anything to do, walked along the sidewalk. A biting wind whipped off the prairie and inside the second-to-last house on the last street on the western edge of town sat Mya Fourstar, running three fingers through her straightened brown hair, squinting into the dining room table. “I hope I play better than last night,” she said at her grandmother’s, where she lives with her kid sister and four younger cousins. “I really hope.” Mya hates the day after off games, when time drips by and all she can think about is a lopsided loss and missed shots and missed opportunity. Basketball is an escape from the troubles surrounding her, a core part of her American Indian identity, and the heartbeat of Frazer, where the sport is a lifeline and high school stars are often divisive symbols of hope. But basketball also makes Mya put more pressure on herself, to be found where college basketball players aren’t often recruited, to stand out on these pale-yellow plains and leave the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, the only home she has ever known. She starts to hear the whispered doubts on days such as this. The night before, as Frazer School slipped further and further behind Froid/Medicine Lake, a dad in the opponent’s stands said, “That girl can’t play against tough competition like this.” Others say she can’t match those 40-point games of two years ago, the ones that attracted college coaches and made that 13-year-old from Frazer course into conversations throughout northeast Montana. Or can’t reach her dream of becoming the first Division I basketball player to come out of Frazer, where teenagers often stay put after high school. But those people are wrong, the 16-year-old sophomore tells herself, just as she has since she started filling stat sheets as an eighth-grader. Mya soon walked through the kitchen and past her mother, who was asleep on a bed in the living room as 2 p.m. neared, before tossing her backpack over a tan blazer and gold-sequined shirt. Then she climbed into her Aunt Sasha’s white Lincoln and started toward another game that, like all the rest of them, has the chance to take her somewhere else. “Anywhere but here,” Mya said. “Anywhere but here.” Frazer is a highway-side town at the southern end of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, 80 miles from the Canadian border and four-plus-hour drives from Billings to the southwest and Bismarck, N.D., to the east. The reservation is home to the Fort Peck Sioux and Assiniboine tribes. Frazer is home to about 400 people and no stoplights and is marked by two water towers that bear its name. There is a single gas pump that hasn’t offered oil for two years. There is a post office, a boxshaped general store, the Beer Mug for carryout and sitdown drinks, a three-room preschool and a high school that has 37 students this year. The nearest groceries are 19 miles away in Wolf Point. The nearest firetruck is 14 miles in the other direction. There are hints of the religious groups that tried, and failed, to influence the natives: a boarded-up, singleroom Baptist mission, a Catholic church closed because of mold in the basement, a burnt-down Mormon church a few hundred feet down the road, with only the five front steps and a few piles of concrete left at the foot of an endless prairie. The rest of the tiny town is filled with short houses and basketball hoops. The sport is a constant in mod-

Frazer sophomore Mya Fourstar goes up for a shot after splitting defenders against Froid/Medicine Lake.

Mya Fourstar gathers the Frazer Lady Bearcubs as they get ready to take the court to face the Froid/Medicine Lake Redhawks.

ern American Indian history, which is often rife with stories of addiction and heartache. There are rims along the Frazer sidewalks, in driveways, at the end of gravel roads, some tipped over and others standing tall. When driving into the east end of town off U.S. 2, Frazer’s first offering is a hoop nailed to an old telephone pole, the backboard browned by the Montana winters, the net frayed, the rim barely hanging on. “For a lot of kids, basketball is the only thing to do here,” said Sasha Fourstar, Mya’s 40-year-old aunt who played for the Frazer Lady Bearcubs in the 1990s. “When I was growing up, alcoholism was the problem. Now it’s drugs, meth. Basketball can keep you out of the addiction cycle and maybe get you out of here.” Mya first looked beyond Frazer when she was 12 years old, quick with the ball in her hands, a good shooter growing into her 5-foot-8 frame. She already saw older kids trying drugs, drinking, starting families in high school, not even considering college as a possibility. She wanted more. She scored 50 points against Dodson as an eighth-grader, and her name spread. The University of Montana soon sent a recruiting letter, Montana State showed interest, too, and doubt and jealousy followed. Mya, slender and soft-spoken, set a goal of playing for

‘When I was growing up, alcoholism was the problem. Now it’s drugs, meth. Basketball can keep you out of the addiction cycle and maybe get you out of here.’

- Sasha Fourstar, Mya’s 40-year-old aunt who played for Frazer Lady Bearcugs in the 1990’s


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Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash. But many Frazer natives describe the reservation as having the characteristics of a crab bucket, where people want to drag down whoever is closest to the top. Outside of that 50-point game, a school record, Mya netted at least 40 points three more times as an eighthgrader. She was told it wouldn’t last. She averaged 30.5 points per game as a freshman. Some called her a ball hog. She scored a combined 56 points in Frazer’s two wins at the Wolf Point Tip Off earlier this season. She heard the competition isn’t tough enough in Class C, made up of Montana’s smallest public schools. As Mya inches further into her sophomore year, there are people who want her to succeed, fail, leave Frazer, stay put, be a leader, a follower, a dominant scorer, a teammate who shares the ball more. But some days, in an era and sport that overexpose successful young athletes, it seems like her biggest worry is not being seen at all. “It’s really hard for anyone to get off the reservation. You don’t see it happen a lot,” Mya said. “I think about my future a lot more than you could imagine. I think about it all the time.” That Saturday evening, inside Scobey’s bright gymnasium, it was happening again. The court felt small. The rim did, too. Mya was double-teamed whenever she started to drive, and, despite hitting a floater and a three-point shot in the first few minutes, she had just five points as halftime neared. In a loss to Froid/Medicine Lake the night before, she had finished with seven points and five assists as the Redhawks bothered her with three girls standing 6 feet or taller. After that game, Mya wore a Gonzaga shirt and, with her hair still damp from a shower, leaned into her aunt’s arms. “You played well,” Sasha said, wrapping Mya in a bear hug. “I don’t know,” muttered Mya, lifting her long, lean arms to hug back. “Not well enough.” Mya has never scored fewer than 10 points in back-toback games. Now here she was, fearing that could happen, her name echoing all around the Scobey gym. “You got this, Mya!” shouted Frazer superintendent Melanie Blount-Cole from behind the scorer’s table. “Get up on Mya!” yelled the Scobey coach, crouching into a defensive stance himself as Mya caught the ball behind the three-point line. “Go Mya, go, go,” urged her Aunt Sasha after Mya grabbed a defensive rebound. “Go, go, go. Come on.” Between plays, Mya glanced at the scoreboard before

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t to college basketball - and beyond the reservation she calls home - won’t be easy her eyes trailed to behind the baseline. That is where Sasha and Jewel Ackerman-Fourstar, Mya’s grandmother, sat as Mya looked to them for some sign that she was doing okay. Mya’s ponytail bounced against the back of her neck, her mouth seemed stuck in a straight line, her eyes boiled in frustration. Jewel and Sasha smiled at her, offered a few claps of encouragement, and pointed her attention back to the game. “The high school players on the reservation put a ton of pressure on themselves,” said Kenny Smoker, a basketball star in Poplar, Mont., in the mid-1970s who is now part of the tribal government on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. “A lot is expected of them from a lot of people. They need someone in their lives, a positive influence, to remind them that they can be kids.” Mya’s parents split up when she was a baby, and Jewel, who was raised by her grandmother, didn’t want Mya bouncing between homes. So Mya moved in when she was 7 years old and has since lived with her grandmother, who takes care of six grandchildren during the week and eight on the weekends. Mya sees her mom from time to time and will visit her dad in nearby Wolf Point on weekends when she doesn’t have games. Jewel, who is Mya’s primary guardian, has been Frazer’s Head Start preschool teacher for 34 years and has watched the town cycle through addictions that have gripped her family and neighbors. She shields the kids from this as best she can, steering their attention to school work and keeping them inside after night falls. She tells the young ones to be like Mya, with her straight A’s and college plans. According to the 2010 U.S. Census report, 9.8 percent of Frazer’s population is college educated and 32.8 percent unemployed. Residents who work are often employed by the school, construction companies or the tribal government. “We live in poverty,” Jewel said. “I spoil some of the grandkids because I think they deserve it. They don’t have anybody else. But Mya works so hard for everything she gets. She always has.” A lot of that work is with Sasha, who was once, like Mya, a teenager looking to get out. Sasha enlisted in the U.S. Army after high school, served in Iraq for a time before she was medically discharged in 2004 and came back to Frazer to help other kids see more of the world. She is the town mayor — “I went to the meeting for the free food a few years back and walked out the mayor,” she says — and was the Frazer girls’ varsity basketball coach for two years before she was replaced before this season. Sasha trains Mya and fields calls and emails from college coaches. Montana doesn’t have the same kind of summer AAU scene that gives exposure to high school players across the country. High-level players in Montana attract college coaches in the state playoffs or at sporadic summer tournaments with travel teams. For Mya, at a school that hasn’t made it to the divisional round of the state tournament in almost two decades, the best recruiting tool is word of mouth and individual camps hosted by colleges. Mya is Frazer’s second-tallest player and its main ballhandler, tasked with scoring and setting up the offense. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a mid-major college coach who has seen Mya play said she is a Division I talent and thinks Mya could be a spot-up shooter who also plays some point guard at the next level.

Mya Fourstar horses around with her cousin, Isabelle Evan, 9, during a family gathering at their grandmother’s house.

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Frazer’s Mya Fourstar drives to the basket against Froid/ Medicine Lake.

For all of basketball’s importance in American Indian culture, reservation stars in the sport don’t often turn into Division I players. Coaches and professors pinpoint low academic standards and a lack of overall exposure as reasons for this, and there are also historic trends of American Indian kids returning home shortly after enrolling in college. Mya is a straight-A student and stresses over each assignment, knowing she will need a near-flawless transcript to attract Division I schools or, should she instead play Division II, qualify for academic scholarships. The attention on her, compounded by challenges all Frazer teenagers face in trying to move away, leads to constant scrutiny. Sasha remembers one day during Mya’s eighth-grade year, after her niece strung together two high-scoring games over a weekend, in which Mya came up to her in tears. An adult in town told Mya she was a ball hog who thought she was too good for Frazer and, as Sasha recalls, “will just end up like everyone else.” “It’s really hard for someone to see somebody else succeed,” Sasha said of what Mya faces. “I have heard adults bring her down. It happens a lot. I just think they may get so jealous that their life is so stuck in a rut, so it’s a, ‘If I’m going to be miserable, then you’re going to be miserable, too,’ type of attitude. It’s tough to be in the limelight around here, because then you have a target on your back.” Against Scobey, Mya found a rhythm after halftime. She hit a running floater through a foul, made the free throw, swished a three-pointer a minute later, nailed another floater off a sharp crossover and then dashed behind a defender before catching a pass and scooping the ball through the rim. That totaled 10 points in one quarter, bottling all of Mya’s potential into eight minutes of Frazer’s second loss of the season. When Mya looked back at Jewel and Sasha, a heavy breath raising her shoulders up and down, a smile crept across her round face. “Is that girl a senior?” asked a woman wearing a Scobey shirt. “No,” answered the man sitting next to her in the third row. “That must be Mya Fourstar.” The ride back after the game, in a boxy white buse with “Frazer Bearcubs” striped across the side, cut down the middle of the reservation and through a peaceful night. The Frazer Lady Bearcubs take a bus trip to face the Scobey Spartans. The ride back after the game, in a boxy white bus with “Frazer Bearcubs” stripped across the side, cut down the middle of the reservation and through a peaceful night. The temperature dropped into single digits, putting patches of ice on the winding road. An airplane could be heard humming overhead, flying somewhere between

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the paper-flat plains and stars that looked like nickels on a black tablecloth. Mya is accustomed to such late-night drives, surrounded by darkness aside from the few passing headlights, as Frazer travels at least an hour for most road games. It is easy for her to plot her entire future on such a blank canvas: break Frazer’s all-time scoring record, play college basketball at Gonzaga, move somewhere where she can shop without driving hours to reach her favorite stores, earn a degree in sports medicine and come back to coach the Frazer girls’ basketball team when she’s older. The next morning, she will work out with Sasha at the wellness center in Wolf Point, run intervals on the treadmill, lift weights and prepare for her next chance to play so well that college coaches cannot look away. They will later have the family’s weekly Sunday dinner, when all her cousins and siblings and aunts pack into Jewel’s house to eat “Indian tacos” and dip homemade bread in sweet Juneberry soup. That is when Mya can feel normal, like a teenager without a nagging, distant dream, worried about what she will wear to school Monday morning, collecting sneakers and vinyl records, and counting the days until her pink braces come off in February. Frazer is still home, however much Mya wants to be somewhere else. The school hallways are full of immediate and extended family members. The creek starts running in the spring, if winter brings enough snow, and she and her friends always take photos of each other along the rocks. Mya has a cozy, quiet room at her grandmother’s, with a tapestry hanging from the ceiling, white Christmas lights lining the walls and her plan written on a painting behind a propped-open closet door. “Don’t forget where you came from,” the painting reads. “But never lose sight of where you are going.”

Mya Fourstar walks Frazer School’s halls, which feature posters of her ancestors from the Sopux and Assiniboine tribes.


BOT Minutes summary The following are summaries of Board of Trustees minutes. They are not complete minutes, nor are they the minutes of the work sessions in which the BOT discussions and debates issues before voting in an open session. The summaries are presented here as they are provided, without CUJ editing. DATE: December 18, 2017 BOT Present: Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Doris Wheeler, Treasurer; Kathryn Brigham, Secretary; Rosenda Shippentower, Member; Aaron Ashley, Member; Woodrow Star, Member; Sally Kosey, Member. Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; and William Sigo, General Council Chairman on travel. Quorum present. Old Business. None Resolution 17-085: Topic: Custodial and Rabbi Trust Interest Rate. RESOLVED, that the interest rate to be credited to all funds held in the Custodial, Rabbi and the Sisseton-Wahpeton minor trust accounts shall be changed from 2% to 3% per annum effective January 1, 2018; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Finance Director shall review annually the interest rate being credited to the Custodial, Rabbi and the Sisseton-Wahpeton minor trust accounts and shall further review the investment earnings on such funds; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, based upon this review, the Finance Director shall make a recommendation to the Board

of Trustees for any adjustment to the interest rate applied to the Custodial, Rabbi and the Sisseton-Wahpeton minor trust accounts, which adjustment shall be consistent with the above referenced requirements of the GRAP and are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees; AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 8th day of January, 2018. MOTION: Kat Brigham 17-084, Aaron Ashley seconds, Motion carries 6-0-0. Other Board Action: None. BOT Travel Reports. 1) Kat Brigham, Dec. 13 &14, Salem to meet with Gov. Brown on Climate Change. Jeremy Wolf also attended meeting. They also attended Democrat fundraiser. 2) Jeremy Wolf gave verbal report on Dec. 13 & 14 trip to Salem and next two days attended CRITFC meeting at Portland. Travel report was submitted but not placed in folder. Sally Kosey moves to approve trip report, Aaron Ashley seconds, Motion carries 6-0-0/ BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Aaron Ashley, Travel request to attend ATNI at Portland, Jan. 21-25. 2) Doris Wheeler, Travel request to attend ATNI at Portland, Jan. 21-25. 3) Kat Brigham, Personal leave, Fri. Dec. 22 AM. 4) Woodrow Star, Personal leave, Fri. Dec. 22 AM. Rosenda Shippentower moves to approve leave requests, Sally Kosey seconds, Motion carries 6-0-0.

Thank you letters THANK YOU TO DAN HESTER and the tribal members for the heart felt tribute to Richard “Rick” Gay Jan. 16. It was so wonderful to hear all the tribal members recall their memories and their praise for his contribution to the tribe. It was truly remarkable. The drumming and singing were so moving. Once again thank you for honoring him and his family. Pamela Wachter, Pendleton Pioneer Chapel BIG THANK YOU TO ALL WHO CAME and supported our son, Aiden Mamnisha Wolf, at his first kill ceremony. It’s a big step for him, our family, our people and the foods themselves when a new provider steps up. He takes this big step because of the many lessons we have learned from you and have been able to pass on to him. A special thanks to the women who took the time out of their busy schedules to prepare the deer and meal. They’re the first ones there and the

last to leave and are fundamental to our cultural survival. Finally to all those who simply barred witnessed or gave themselves, either in gift, words or song. The dinner reaffirmed or enhanced the knowledge of the great responsibility he has to himself and all of what Creator provides. He is now a provider for us all, so as one elder stated, we have a responsibility to him as well. We look forward to the next provider to take that step so that we may pay forward your efforts and time. Thank you once again. Jeremy and Althea Wolf TRIBAL VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND THE EMPLOYMENT FIRST TEAM would like to thank WILDHORSE Cineplex Tyler Robbins and his wonderful staff for all their help in supporting the Sprout Film Flix s on Monday January 15, 2018. We would also like to thank everyone that spent the afternoon with us!

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Native American Women’s Writers Workshop Feb. 17-18 LAPWAI, Idaho – The second annual Native American Women’s Writers Workshop is set for Feb. 17-18 at the Pinee-waus Community Center on the Nez Perce Reservation. This year’s theme is focused on discovering “new ways to be more inspired to create and enhance storytelling skills,” according to a press release sent by Ann McCormack of the Nez Perce Tribe. The goal of the two day workshop is to explore how to improve creativity, productivity, and storytelling skills. There will be opportunities for audience members to share their own material in a safe and supportive environment. Those who attend are invited to request a panelist as a “weekend mentor” to discuss personal work during the breakout sessions. In

addition, participants will be eligible to be a contributing author in the next anthology and forms will be available at the workshop. Native American Women of all ages can register for the free workshop by contacting Sarah Davidson at SarahD@ or calling 208-790-8736. Deadline for registration is Feb. 14. Although the event is free, participants must cover the cost of their meals which will total $20 each day and are also responsible for their lodging arrangements. The weekend is funded by The Nez Perce Tribe, the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment of the Arts. Hosting the event is the Nez Perce Women’s Writers Institute and the Nez Perce Tribe Arts Council.

Soccer program begins Feb. 26 PENDLETON – An indoor soccer program is being offered by Pendleton Parks and Recreation from Feb. 26 through April 2. The classes will be offered at the Rec Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. each Monday. Children ages five to seven years old are invited to register but must pay a $30 fee to attend and a concussion consent form must be signed and returned prior to the first practice. Volunteer coaches are needed but

training and equipment will be provided. The program hopes to have small teams that will practice for the first half of the hour and then scrimmage for the second half. On the last day of the program, a round-robin mini tournament will be held. The concussion form and application can be accessed at h�p:// or at the Pendleton Parks and Recreation building. For questions contact Lisa Patrick at 541-966-0228.

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In rythm with Rythmic Mode A leaping Courtney Hererra is part of Pendleton High School’s Rythmic Mode Dance team. The squad recently performed at a PHS basketball game. Rythmic Mode will host the 30th annual “Hearts In Motion” dance competition Saturday, Feb. 25, at Pendleton High School. A one-round competition with a Grand March will begin at 12:45 p.m.

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DID YOU KNOW? The Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla cultures and peoples are distinguished from other Native Americans by certain important historical events that have shaped our lives and tribal communities. One of these events is the Treaty of 1855 with the United States Government, held in the Walla Walla Valley in Washington territory. Only fifteen years after Lewis and Clark presented the Jefferson Peace Medal in order to promote peace and friendship, the United States government obtained most of the lands of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla peoples through treaty. The original proposal of the federal negotiators was for Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla to go to either the Yakama or Nez Perce reservations. The offer was rejected. A dramatic treaty negotiation led by the Cayuse designated the third reservation. Gathered from “as days go by”

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Life Coaching coming to Tribal entities By Miranda Rector of the CUJ

MISSION - Cor Sams, Adrienne Berry and Joann Malumaleumu graduated as life coaches during a six-day training held by Wellness Wave, LLC. The training, Own your Life! Dream Big Soulful Coaching, was held in January and taught by Tania Wildbill, owner of Wellness Wave, and Heaven Doherty, a certified life coach. The soulful coaching model follows three categories: explore, awaken, and design. “Explore” encourages trainers to ask meaningful questions which allows the client to “awaken” their inner intuitive guidance and gain the tools to “design” their life, according to curriculum. “As soulful coaches we design an alliance with our clients where the coaching relationship continually empowers the client,” said Wildbill. “We all have the answers to every question or challenge in our lives, even if the answers appear to be obscured.” Sams, Berry and Malumaleumu were three of six who graduated from the class,

First group to graduate from the “Own Your Life! Dream Big” prgram under Wellness Wave, LLC. The class of six included, Crescendos Witherspoon, Joann Malumaleumu, Fritz Miller, Cor Sams, Adrienne Berry, and Katy Mall.

which cost $2,000 to attend. Doherty and Wildbill who spent six months writing the 45 page curriculum. Sams is a case worker for the Department of Children and Family Services for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Berry is a Community Gardener with Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center (YTHC) and Malumaleu-

mu is the Young Adult Outreach Specialist for YTHC’s Circles of Hope Program. Although they have graduated from the class, the participants must complete and record four life coaching sessions that are one hour each in order to become certified. “It was so beneficial for what I do in my job … and just in general,” said Sams. “This training could help me meet my

client’s needs as far as being able to allow for that individual to see their strengths.” Berry would also like to bring her training back to programs within Yellowhawk, but had not yet had the opportunity to brainstorm with her supervisor on how to make that possible. However, she felt that her experience in the class helped her grow on a personal level. “It did some awakening in me,” said Berry. “I learned that I am too hard on myself … it helped me look at things differently and prioritize better … life coaching is something people need.” According to Wildbill, life coaching helps people learn how to make choices that create an effective, balanced, and fulfilling life. Although Sams attended to become a coach, she felt the training continues to help her personally as well. “I was not coached before this training so I was uncomfortable at first … but the more you learn, the more you start to coach yourself,” she said. Life coaching continues to grow at an increasing rate across the world. It’s close to a two billion dollar industry and stays consistently popular on Google trend. In 1999 the International Coach Federation, a nonprofit global professional organization of personal and business coaches, had 1,500 members. Currently, they have 30,000 members in 140 countries.

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Photographers invited to submit to regional exhibit PENDLETON – Photographers from across the region are invited to get their best shots ready for the Open Regional Photography Exhibit at the Pendleton Center for the Arts. The exhibit offers both amateurs and professionals a chance to share their work in the East Oregonian Gallery as well as vie for more than $1,200 in cash awards. Drop off date is Saturday, May 5. The exhibit opens May 10 with a judge’s critique at 5 p.m. and reception from 5:30-7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The photographs will be on view through June 29. More than 75 photographers from Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington participate every other year and organizers expect even more this year, according to Roberta Lavadour, Director at the Center. The exhibit is non-juried so every work is accepted and displayed. Cash awards are presented in categories for adults 18 and older, and teens 13-17 years of age. Visitors to the exhibit will have an opportunity to cast their vote for the $200 Jacqueline Brown People’s Choice Award, which will be presented on the final day of exhibition. Banner Bank of Pendleton underwrites the event each year, providing

This photo by Eric Quaempts was the winner of the Best of Show at the 2010 Open Regional Photography Exhibit at the Pendleton Center for the Arts.

funds for cash awards for both adults and teens. Their sustaining support makes it possible for artists to receive meaningful recognition for their creative work, Lavadour said. The Open Regional Exhibit has been hosted by the Pendleton Arts Council for more than 40 years, alternating paintings and sculpture with photography every other year. Before the renovation of the old library building, the organizers used a range of venues, including Blue Mountain Community College and the Pendleton Convention Center. Entry forms and complete information are available at the Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 North Main in Pendleton, or online at For more information call 541-278-9201.

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Pendleton High School sophomore Aaron Luke, left, and Cyrus Harris Spino, a senior, blast out Buckaroo sounds during a basketball game at Warberg Court in January.

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