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MISSION — The direction of Donald Trump's presidency still is speculative in Indian Country, but like the rest of the world, Native America remains cautious based on some of his early executive orders and cabinet appointments. However, the Board of T r u stees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation made it clear Jan. 30 in an of f i c ial st atement t ha t C a y u se, Umatilla and Walla Walla tribal members expect mutual respect in the United States' "unique and well-established principle of to-g relations with Indian tribes." "Continuous, open and complete consultation is not a political choice," reads the statement, which was drafted after lengthy discussion in a closed session of the BOT meeting. "It is rooted in the Constitution and treaties that are the highest law of the land. " So, too, does the CTUIR u rg e ou r

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MISSION — A career involving stethoscopes, lab coats, comfortable shoes, sick patients, and a Medical Doctor (MD) degree is not one that any member of the CTUIR has ever held, until Kelsey Motanic. Motanic, 28 years old, is the daughter of Don and Mary Beth Motanic and while she is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), she also is Nez Perce on her paternal grandmother's side. She spent her early childhood in Spokane, Washington, and then moved to a small town located outside of Vancouver, Washington, where she graduated from high school as a "shy" student. Although she lived quite far from the Umatilla Indian Reservation, distance wasn't a factor because she would often visit her grandparents, Dan and Myrtle Motanic, during the summer and holiday months. After high school, Motanic pursued a degree at Western Washington University where she took roughly 18 credits a quarter and graduated debt free with a biochemistry major and anthropology minor. She was able to pay for school because she received

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6 on ballot, 1 write-in vie for Board of Trustees Secretary position vacated in recall M ISSION — Everything shoul d b e in place. In fact, you may already have voted by the time you read this story. Because on Feb. 7, six days after the CUJ hit the streets, General Council voters of the Confederated Umatilla Indian Reservation will be choosing a new secretary for the Board of Trustees. Whoever is elected will be up for election with the rest of the BOT members in November ofthis year. Absentee ballots will be counted with the ballots cast in the voting booths starting after polls close at 8 p.m. Feb. 7. Voters are choosing from among six candidates on the ballot and one declared write-in candidate. The winner will fill the position left open when David Close was recalled in October of 2016. Candidates include two who have previously served on the BOT, one currently serving on the General Council, two that have tried but not been elected, and one wo has never sought office. The candidates on the ballot include Lawanda Bronson, Roberta Kipp, Leila Spencer, David Wolf, Jiselle Halfmoon, and Kat Brigham. The write-in candidate is Helen Morrison.

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Happy Canyon officially announces royalty Princesses Gabriella Lewis and Virginia Conner were officially introduced to the public during the Happy Canyon Announcement Party that was held Jan. 21 at the Pendleton Convention Center. The Princesses had the opportunity to introduce themselves and their families to the public during the brunch. Family members offered words of encouragement to the girls and spoke about their family involvement and

history in the Happy Canyon Night Show. Former Princesses Appollonia Saenz and Elena Van Pelt gave advice to the Princesses, telling them to enjoy their time because the year will "go by fast." The 2017 Round-Up Court presented flowers to the royalty. New this year as Happy Canyon Princess Director is Casey and Whitney Hunt, as well as Corey Neistadt, who is the Happy Canyon President.

Tribes to Trump representatives in Congress to engage with tribes as the governments we are, the rights we have enshrined in law, and our presence in our country from time immemorial," the statement reads. Furthermore, the statement notes, "American Indians have served in the armed forces of the United States in a greater number per-capita than any other

ethnicity. Our service is in support and defense of the Constitution. "The United States entered into a Treaty with the Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla and other Indians on June 9, 1859 and set as 12 Statute 945, thus becoming the law of the land. As a sovereign, we believe in the rule of law and expect mutual respect will continue as a hallmark of

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our relationship with the United States." The statement ends with: "Working together, through our government-togovernment relationship, builds stronger understanding and prosperity for all of our citizens." One high ranking official with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation said it was "speculation until

he does something" and that the CTUIR will have to "watch and wait" for any presidential action. Another said he was concerned that relationships already in good standing between Tribes and federal agencies could be jeopardized by Trump decisions. "We always try to be optimistic," he said.

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ews Mission Market to add fuel pumps MISSION — Fuel pumps, a major remodel, and solar panels are planned at Mission Market aim to make the community store self-sustaining and pr ofitable, according to a report presented in January to the Board of Trustees (BOT) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). Wildhorse Resort & Casino has been assigned responsibility to prepare a business plan to guide the operated of Mission Market. Wildhorse Hotel Manager Cal Tyer, working as Retail Strategies Team Leader, said the remodeled store could open in early June with the fuel pumping by mid-July. "That would be the best case scenario," Tyer said. Wildhorse was hoping to start earlier but delays in the final approval from the BOT put the schedule four to five weeks behind. The BOT addressed the first business plan in April of 2016. It included the fuel, which had been outlined in a 2003 feasibility study. Also in the 14-year-old study was sales of alcohol and non-taxed cigarettes. A draft of the business plan was presented in June of 2016 to the BOT and considered more recommended changes in September of 2016. In October, two budgets were presented to the BOT in a work session. In November, the BOT adopted a budget for Mission Market to include the sale of fuel and additional grocery and deli items. The plan for the sale of alcohol failed with one vote in support — from BOT treasurer

The business plan's changes are "aimed to increase revenue, improve the image of facility, and to make Mission Market a gathering place for the local community for

years to come.' Rosenda Shippentower. Nobody on the Board would touch the cigarette option. The business plan's changes are "aimed to increase revenue, improve the image of facility, and to make Mission Market a gathering place for the local community for years to come," according to the report to the BOT. Toward that goal, Mission Market through Wildhorse Resort & Casino is requesting funds to move forward with the improvements. It is seeking a 75 percent contribution of the needed total from the CTUIR and 25

percent as a loan. Wildhorse also is requesting a loan payback schedule of seven years with an 18-month delay to provide some time for the plan to start bearing fruit before adding additional payment obligations to the Mission Market budget. Here's how the project breaks down: Fuel installation - $485,000 2 or 3 fuel dispensers 3 grades of fuel (diesel, premium and mid-grade )


Removal of center island Remodel - $930,000 Removal of awning to open up front of store Expand front of building adding 650 square feet and move an interior wall to add 200 square feet to the sales floor Expand the kitchen Redo bathrooms Additional meat coolers, freezers, and open air containers Energy efficient lighting, windows, and appliances Fuel prices and digital advertising road sign Renewable Energy - $97,000 Add solar panels — two locations: roof and fu el canopy TERO fees - $36,000 Permits, inspections and contingency - $50,000 Total cost of the project - $1,598,000

Construction crews are working at night under bright lights trying to make up for time lost due to snow and ice in December and January.

Snow, ice shut down government, schools MISSION — Oh the weather outside is frightful. Unless you like snow and days off. Otherwise, you were dealing with frozen pipes, snow drifts, chaining up tires, and rescuing stranded motorists — all in brutal winter conditions. Overall, the snow stacked up over a foot and as the CUJ went to press on Feb. 1 it was snowing again with a forecast of another four of five inches. There was freezing rain in December and January that caused four full days off in January, two full days plus early and late releases in December. Add those to holidays and some folks didn't see much of their workplace for a couple of months. The local schools didn't fare much bet-

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ter. For example, Nixyaawii Community School missed two full days in December and four full days in January. Because Nixyaawii runs on a four-day week, those six days can be made up on Fridays. Two of the make-up days already are scheduled for Feb. 10 and 17. Over at the new Yellowhawk Health C linic, the snow an d e v e n t ual m u d caused delays that put the work behind schedule. Another blanket of snow as the CUJ went to press on Feb. 1 is sure to compound problems again. "Before the snow came they had to add gravel because of the moisture," said Tim Gilbert, CEO at Yellowhawk. "Then came the rain and snow and it's my u nderstanding it put them three weeks behind schedule but we' re not super worried. They' re still bound, by contract and date,

right? It just means they' ll have to work harder when it's nicer." T he Tri ba l H o u s i n g D e p a r t m e n t was dealing with a dozen rental units suffering from frozen pipes in kitchen and laundry rooms. Four broken pipes flooded homes so a total of 16 incidents were handled in a span of about three weeks both after hours and on weekends, according to Marcus Luke, Housing Director. Even Luke's office was wet. " Our m a i n tenance crew wa s v er y busy," he said in an email. "It's difficult during the cold spell as we never know what's going to happen, but everybody needs to remember when it gets below freezing to open up the kitchen cupboard door and let air in just like the bathroom sink cupboard door, too." Off Short Mile Road on Sampson Lane

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Cindy Philips lives in a house with the Umatilla River behind her and a little creek that runs beside the house. Three years ago she got a call that her dog was under water with just nose and ears showing. The German Shepherd was saved, but not the deck on the back of the house. The flood sent a plastic swimming pool, coolers, basketballs, even a toilet floating through a huge culvert placed by the railroad. She saved the toilet to hold flowers in her yard. This time it wasn't quite as crazy but it had potential. Tribal maintenance crews with shovels and rakes showed up to clear debris from the little creek. "They kept coming back to cut bushes nw l




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Girls and moms participatedin the Women's March on Saturday, Jan. 21, the day after President Donald Trump was inaugurated. Marches were held around the world with about 425 peoplejoining the cause in Pendleton. Among those were, from left, EllaMae Looney and her mother, Eva Looneyin back, Audrey Shippentower, Keannah Bill and her mom, Wendy Bill. The marchers gathered near City Hall and snaked along Dorion and Court avenues, and down Main Street.



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PENDLETON — Pat Walters stood on the porch at Sundown Bar & Grill taking photographs of nearly 400 people gathered across Southeast Fourth Street at the Umatilla County Courthouse. About halfway through their trek, the group listened to remarks about human rights before it turned west toward Main Street in Pendleton's version of the 2017 Women's March on Jan. 21. Walters was one of many natives taking part in the March, which represented a worldwide protest to protect women's rights and other causes including immigration reform, health care reform, protection of the natural environment, racial j u s t i ce, f reedom of r e l i g i o n , workers' r i g h ts, and the rights of L G BTQ citizens. T he r a l l i e s w e r e a ime d a t D o n a l d Trump, who th e day b efore wa s i n a u g u rated as the 45'" PresiI'I SOOY YIY CIIOICE dent of the United State — calling attention to I O'I'I' IS COYE OEI' Trump' s st at ements SlX OAI. A YSAOEI' lSEO I and positions, which many consider as antio men, or m o t h Maureen au ee Minthorn's o s ssign g said sa a sad all ways inexcusable, acbut one thing. She wants health cording to reporting by care, too. Reuters news agency. B efore the Pendleton March began, as women and men and children — gathered in front of the Vert Auditorium, Walters offered a succinct reason for her participation: "I'm here as a concerned native woman, but mostly I'm here to verify that there still is hope in this world." Tribal member Patty Ball was inspired to walk in Pendleton by her daughter, Olivia Simpson, who is attending Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls on a full-ride Gates Millennium scholarship. Ill IA BYI I

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"She's not struggling school, but with what she sees," said Ball. "She's new off-the-reservation and she's seeing an entirely different reality. It's culture shock." B all s ai d h e r d a u g h t e r i s c o n c e r n e d a b o u t w ha t c o u l d h a p p e n w i t h T r u m p i n o f f i ce . "I'm doing this for her," said Ball, wiping away tears. Michelle Van Pelt, the post secondary and career counselor at Nixyaawii Community School, said she marched to be part of a unified effort. "It's been disheartening to see all the negative actions taking place," Van Pelt said. "The transition should be positive, but we' re all nervous." Van Pelt said her main concerns are health care, particularly for elders, and education. "Right after the election I started to wonder about the future. When you think about Native American issues, money, and equality — those are overlooked and lt s seal'y.

Van Pelt waved down Teata Oatman, a 2016 graduate of NCS, who was driving by as the marchers were organizing. "It was a last minute thing," Oatman said. "I saw all the people who are just asking to be treated equally and not even the President can stop that." Like most others, Oatman read about the March on social media. "I saw that people were doing this, coming together, and then Michelle waved me over," she said. There as a native woman, her children in tow, Eva Looney said she participated to set an example for her daughters. "I love my girls and I don't want them to go through this," she said. "I want them to stand up for their rights. I'm scared of what this change will do for tribes and other peoples of color." Maureen Minthorn said she was participating as a


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Hundreds of people gathered outside the Umatilla County Courthouse to hear remarks from several speakers. Rallies around the world were aimed at Donald Trump, who the day before was inaugurated as the45ro President of the United State — calling attention to Trump's statements and positions, which many consider as anti-women, orin other ways inexcusable.

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Petti Ball said she doesn't usually take part in political functions but decided to take part in the Women's March on behalf of her daughter, Olivia Simpson, e student at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klameth Falls. In the background, tribal member Pet Walters takes photos of the activities.

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Ganine Moses (pink shawl) end her mother, Tito Moses (Pendletonjacket), walkin the Women's March on Oorion Avenue in Pendleton on Jan. 21.

human being. "I tend to be politically active and never so much as this last election," Minthorn said. "There were political tactics in play during this election. I believe in what my father (Les Minthorn ) taught me: Be part of the solution, get involved." For Cece Husted, the Pendleton March was a big deal. Husted said she was worried during the campaign and her concerns haven't been assuaged since the inauguration. "It has a lot of do the comments that Trump made and the feel I get for how things are not right," she said. "It feels like we' re taking a step backward. I feel like there' s a danger to the progress made by people of color. I hope it isn't true but that's the sense I get." The national march aimed to "send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights," according to an account aired before the event on CNN. According to The New York T i mes, the national march drew at least half a million Washington and some estimates put worldwide participation at 4.8 million, according to WomensMarch.corn. The New York Times reported that more than three times as many people attended the protests in Washington, D.C., than attended the Trump inauguration. In Oregon, Portland's crowd was estimated at between 70,000 and 100,000 at snaked for more than three miles through the city. Even little Halfway in Eastern Oregon reportedly had more than two dozen marchers.. Shalaya Williams was part of the Indian contingent in Portland. She marched in the rain with others to show her opposition to President Trump. But she also was there withher friends to show Native pride. "For the past eight years we experienced the change moving forward as a country," she said, referring to the Obama Administration. "The thought of being stripped of those rights and privileges angers me," Williams said in a Facebook message. "I marched for our land and water. I marched for our sacred sites. I marched for the future, for all the unborn children who didn't ask to be here but will have to settle with what our generation had left them. And we can only pray and stand up for them." Officials behind the organization reported more than 400 marches planned in the United States, and 673

Shalaya Williams, right, carriesa banner next to Palani Bear Ghost with a poster during the march in Portland. Contributed photo

marches worldwide, including 20 marches each in Mexico and Canada, according to a story in Financial Times. The protests were the largest political demonstrations in the U.S. since the Vietnam War, according to The Guardian newspaper in London. In comparison to the previous day's inaugural event, where largely peaceful protests turned occasionally violent in peripheral areas, the Women's March crowds were nearly or entirely peaceful, The Washington Post reported. For example, in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Seattle, where a combined 1-2 million people marched, no one arrest was made, The Atlantic reported. As marchers walked east up Dorion Avenue across Main to the Court House and then back to Main Street to conclude near the Chamber of Commerce, Pendleton Police provided an escort, blocking intersections for the pedestrians. The national information for this story came with cited sources from Wikipedia. ( i/ 2017 Women%27s March )

'I marched for our land and water. I marched for our sacred sites. I marched for the future, for all the unborn children who didn'task to be here ...And we can only pray and stand up for them.' - Shalaya Williams

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itoria s Immigration isin the news — not new to us or the Native People of the Americas, immigration has been a concern since 1492. From that year forward, our lives have been impacted by terror, disease and war. Economic and political unrest have been a part of our experience for over 500 years. We know a thing or two about living among people who speak, live and pray differently than we do. Despite our history, and our sovereignty, the federal government has never consulted with treaty Tribes on immigration. President Trump, with one week of experience under his belt, issued an Executive Order to address his immigration concern — barring citizens from seven countries for the next 90 days. But if the United States is a nation of immigrants, immigration is much bigger than where a visitor comes from or what religion they practice. It's bigger than whether they travel from Saudi Arabia or Syria. It's bigger than whether they have a green card or wear a green hijab. In Article I, Section 8 Clause 4, the U.S. Constitution establishes a "uniform Rule of Naturalization..." Th e 14th Amendment addresses the protection of "All persons born or naturalized in the United States..." Naturalization is a process for foreigners to become U.S. citizens. States handled immigration until 1875, just twenty years after our treaty with the federal government was signed. Since that time, countless federal laws have addressed who, when and how foreigners may

immigrate into the U.S. But has our approach to lands that have caused loss of our first foods and of immigration evolved as much as it should have in natural vegetation that supports our wild l ife. more than a century? We work on these issues every day. They are a We need to have a bigger conversation about part of our landscape. We can articulate the lasting what it means to respect the land we call home. impacts and what should be done differently. We How do we, as a nation, insure that the melting pot are on the front lines. sustains and enriches the health As a sovereign nation, we should be and wellbeing of this place, consulted on immigration, especially our homelands? When will as it relates to the influx of refugees How do we, as the preservation of our natural into the Pacific Northwest. Like any resources become a value that a nation, insure visitor to our homeland, we believe is at the top of the agenda? newcomers should be educated about that the melting In just the past 40 years, the our first foods, sovereign status, our Umatilla Tribes have seen an Treaty, our rights, and our relationpot sustains and influx of people from Southship with the U.S. and the states. east Asia, Eastern Europe and enriches the health As we move through the next four most recently the Middle East. years and look to future generations, and wellbeing of These immigrants, many of we must hold the federal government whom came to America in accountable on many fronts. We all this place, our have a role to play to protect the land pursuit of a better life, brought their social, economic, and homelands? from the impacts of people — whether cultural practices and norms. they were born in Yemen or Umatilla And we have seen many of the County. Whether they arrived last impacts. We have seen an increase in over-harvestweek or their family arrived in the last century, we ing of many of our first foods, such as roots and have to talk about values and practices. berries both on reservation and in the lands held in We need to have stronger consultation with common with the citizens of the U.S. We have seen federal agencies and programs that work to bring the introduction of non-native species of aquatic immigrants into our homelands. We need to know life that compete for foods and nutrients of both that the federal government will honor and protect anadromous and resident fish. We have seen new our treaty rights now and for future generations. — CFS III plant species, many invasive, introduced on our

Be active participant in your General Council hen is government too big and when is ate jobs, incomes, and profits that not only provide it not big enough? for our ow n People but those who live around us. On the national stage, the mantra of In less than one generation, we have seen our Tribal the Republican Party has been to have a small govbudget grow by 350 percent. ernment, one that does not interfere O f co u r se , in the lives of citizens and business. with this type of T he man tr a f o r t h e D e m o c r a t i c g rowth, t h er e i s ... It is imperative we ask P arty ha s b een f o r a g o v e r n m e n t n ot o n l y g r e a t ourselves, our governmental success but there t hat provides a safety net for al l o f i ts citizens and p r o tects them w i t h a re also grow i n g officials, and our elected regulations. pains. T h ere are Here on the Umatilla Reservation t hose w h o m a y leaders how can we better we struggle with the same issues, but b e left behind o r ensure everyone's basic not along any organized party lines. have not experiTypically, i n d i v i d u als v oice conenced all the benneeds are met. cerns. e fits this typ e o f We have experienced tremendous growth may offer. g rowth over the last 40 years. O u r Therefore, it is imreliance on the Bureau of Indian Affairs has greatly perative we ask ourselves, our governmental officials, waned and we have built organizational structures and our elected leaders how can we better ensure that have taken over functions once carried out by the everyone's basic needs are met. Are we investing in feds. We have built new economic entities to gener- the right areas such as education, job training, health

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care, elder care, childcare, financial stability, etc.? Fortunately, for us we have a representative government, the Board of Trustees and General Council officers and a truly d emocratic government where each Tribal member 18 years of age and older has a voice and vote at General Council. In order for our government to i m p r ov e and p r o v id e the services needed by our citizens, Tribal members must show u p and participate actively at General Council. W e all have varying concerns; those concerns are best addressed during these meetings. I t i s i n cumbent upon the person bringing their issue forward to also have a possible solution. We should not just rely on our elected and government officials to have all the solutions. We did not come this far by having our government make decisions in a vacuum. The Tribal members input and voice in their government has led us to where we are today. W e w i l l o n l y s u stain our wellbeing by being active members of the General Council. — CFS III

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0 UnlnS Halt development, give tribal members the money I suggest we put it on cruise control and let those benefits come to the membership for a while, let us have a voice in how we think it should be spent, never mind the development for a few years.


see the wolves are gathering, 2017 is here and that is the time that just so happens to be when all our bills are paid. We are getting the sales pitch about expansion to the hotel and other things to spend all that money on, which, in my eyes is a total waste of resources. They have yet to prove, that administration can be trusted with that money. We still have a million dollars unaccounted for that was in the new treasurer's first report to the General Council. I say we stop all development until these questions are answered. For the past 20-plus years administration and tribal government has had free reign over all the money, foolishly spending and wasting it. I say let the tribal membership have time at the food trough now; let us enjoy the fruits of labor our tribe is supposed to be doing for us. Increase those dividends to 80 percent and give the administration 20 percent. That is of course, after the bills are paid. For the past 20 years our needs have been passed over for the sake of development. We know who gets the lion's share. It angers me that we are willing to build in the name of economic development, but put our human need to the back bur ne. It's like they dream stuff up to spend it on so that they don't have to give us any. When is enough enough? We can't even sell those plots at Coyote Park; the land would better used for housing. I suggest we put it on cruise control and let those benefits come to the membership for a while, let us have a voice in how we think it should be spent, never mind the development for a few years.

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It's obvious the administration can't manage what we already have and money is starting to disappear. BOT is fighting among themselves: a very dysfunctional picture is being painted just begging to be abused by those who would take advantage of the current situation, so we might as well give it to the people and let us mess it up, we couldn't do no worse than what we have now. I'm not that confident in our administration to do the right thing if past actions are any indicator as to how things are being governed. There is too much temptation, there will be a lot of money on the horizon in the near future, and we need to get our sales pitch in before all the wolves spend it up on more of the same old same old - 80 million dollars for development and planning. Not a penny to the tribal membership, but to some developer who will take their big pay day and leave, then bring in a construction firm who won't hire our people because there will be no Indian Preference or TERO involved, much less training and limited opportunities there. But the nontribal workers will make a ton of wages, and we end up with a shiny new expansion to give us our John Bevis

whole 20 percent dividend. With the election of Allydice Merriweather (The Donald) how do we know he won't come after Indian gaming and then what? Are we willing to trust a Republican administration to protect us? I think not, hence my hesitation in support of this new development. We build rooms to house guests, but won't house our people; we have families stacked up in houses as I write. What about those needs? Why is it always after the fact that they let us know about this development? I could be wrong but I haven't seen anything come in front of the General Council. Don't we have a say-so in how we want things? I get tired of things like this crammed down our throats; maybe some other people feel the same way as I do and feel we have enough development for now. Take the total amount of the contract proposed dollars and divide it into the tribal membership and you tell me where you would like to see it go. John Bevisis a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla 1ndian Reservation. He works at Tamastslikt Cultural institute.

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weekend: Pomp and circumstance. Pettiness and chaos. Huge crowds of supporters. And even larger crowds from the Women's March in cities and small towns around the world. If this is day one, remember there are fourteen hundred and fifty-nine to go. The size of the marches must have been too much for the president's ego. His press secretary took stage to denounce the media in an angry tirade. Off-stage the Trump White House was preparing "dramatic budget cuts," according to The Hill newspaper. The Hill learned of the cuts because senior White House officials have begun telling agency budget officers to prepare for a restructuring of government. The plan calls for a reduction of $10.5 trillion in spending over the next decade. Except the Trump plan calls for an increase in military spending meaning that domestic programs would have to take even bigger cuts in order to reach the total. One projection: Agency budgets would be cut by at least 10 percent and overall the size of the federal workforce would shrink by 20 percent. The framework for these spending cuts was developed by the Heritage Foundation and the House Republican Study Committee. Heritage recommends deep immediate cuts to reach "primary balance" in the budget the first year of the new administration. (Primary balance does not include net interest. ) The Heritage plan calls for elimination of the Vio-

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The Heritage Foundation plan calls for elimination of the Violence Against Women Act, policing programs and legal aid. It proposes a radical restructuring of Indian education programs. It would phase out subsidized housing programs and expect states and local authorities to come up with alternative funding. The Heritage plan would eliminate the Niinority Business Development Agency, lence Against Women Act funding by the Department of Justice, community policing programs, and legal aid. The conservative think-tank says those programs are a "misuse of federal resources and a distraction from concerns that are truly the province of the federal government." Tribal governments receive Justice Department grants both in programs directed at tribes and those that are in the broader category of funding for states and tribes.

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the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humatices, andit would privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Heritage Blueprint does not address appropriations for either the Indian Health Service or the Bureau of Indian Affairs. However, The Hill reports one of the architects for the budgetis reportedly a former staffer for Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky. Paulproposed a budgetin 2012 that would eliminate the Bureau of Indian Affairs and slash the Indian Health Service budget by 20 percent. The Heritage framework proposes a radical restructuring of Indian education programs. It calls for the creation of Education Savings Accounts for students who attend Bureau of Indian Education Schools. That funding would equal 90 percent of the per pupil funding formula. The idea is that students could use this money at any school, including private ones. "Such an option would provide a lifeline to the T rh n





Alvin "Al" Leslie Picard Feb. 11, 1953 - Jan. 18, 2017

Alvin Picard, a resident of Mission, died Jan. 18, 2017, at his residence in Mission. He was born Feb. 11, 1953 to Clarence Picard and Angela (McBean) Picard in Pendleton, Oregon. He attended school in Athena, Oregon. He was employed as a Truck Driver for Puget Sound and later retired from TERF Tribal Transfer. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He served for the US Navy in Texas from 1971-1976. He married Lorraine Morris. They later divorced. Alvin was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Margaret Angela (McBean) Picard, three sisters: Tillie Penny; Nita Bodie; Rosanna Shippentower; three brothers: Danny Picard; Ricard Picard; Gene Picard; and step-son Justin Tuttle. He is survived by his children: Bryson Picard; Elaina Picard; Rikki Lynn Starliper; Mariah Werner; and Caleb Tuttle; two siblings: Verna Picard; Diana Haye; and several grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton was in charge of arrangements. Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Jan. 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Andrews Mission, Pendleton Oregon.

John Anthony Shippentower April 1, 1943 - Jan. 4, 2017

John Anthony Shippentower, 73, passed away Jan. 4, 2017 at his home in Mission. His dressing was held Jan. 6, 2017, at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton. He was buried at the Agency Cemetery on Jan. 7, 2017 and lunch was served at the Mission Senior Center. He was born April 1, 1943, to Joseph Alex and Blanche (Williams) Shippentower, in Portland, OR. He was a member of the CTUIR (Walla Walla) and he grew up on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. He met Sharon Cunningham at a golf course in Portland and they were together for over 25 years. Sometime during those 25 years they were married. She died from leukemia eight years ago. He graduated from Pendleton High School in 1961 and attended then Eastern Oregon College (EOC) and the University of Oregon. While at PHS he was a three year letterman in baseball and coached by Bob White and a two year letterman in basketball and coached by Dale Warberg. He also played baseball and basketball with the Mission Indians and other Indian teams. While in high school and for another couple of years thereafter he worked at PGG in the parts department. He moved to Portland in the mid-1960's and only recently returned home. In Portland, he worked in hardware sales and for the Portland Area Indian Health Service where he later retired. In his earlier days, he hunted, fished, golfed and ran long distances. When he first returned home, he used to walk on Mission Road buteven that became too much as his health deteriorated. He is survived by a brother Robert Allen (Beverly Penney) Shippentower, a sister Rosenda Shippentower, and a niece Carmen Joy James. He also left behind JC Penney, Joan Watlamit, Carl Sampson, Fabian Spencer, Sierra James, FrancesAlexandria James, Isaiah Shippentower and many other relatives and friends in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California and probably beyond. He was preceded in death by his mother


Blanche, his father Alex, and his brother William Shippentower. He did not have children but he was aclose and good uncle to his nephews who also predeceased him in death, Allen Anthony Spencer, Jerry Michael Spencer and R. Joseph "Joey" Shippentower all of Mission. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online condolence bool visit www.burnsmortuary.corn.


Yern "Punky" Bronson April 12, 1960 - Han. 17, 2017

Vern "Punky" Bronson was born April 12, 1960 and died Jan. 12, 2017. Dressing services were held Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. at Burns Mortuary of Pendlton. Washat services followed at the Mission Longhouse. Final Seven songs were held Jan. 21 followed by burial at Agenvy Cemetary in Mission, Oregon. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online condolence bool visit www.burnsmortuary.corn.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Natural Resources Commission of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) will hold the following public hearings. Conditional Use File ¹CU-16-006 — Applicant, Lane Parry Forestry Consulting, Inc., 500 Broadway St., Baker City, OR 97814, and property owners John and Angela Boston, 350 NE Owen Ct. Pendleton, OR 97801, are seeking approval to conduct a timber harvest on approximately 40 acresofTax Lot 600 located on County Tax Map 1N3508 zoned G-1, Big Game Grazing Forest. Subject property is located approx. 2.5 miles southeast of the Dead Man's Pass Rest Area 1-84 eastbound. The proposed harvest is to continue a sustained yield/rotational harvest managementplan.

Timber Harvest is listed as a conditional use (Land Development Code $3.290) within the G-1 Zone subject to approval criteria in CTUIR Land DevelopmentCode Sections 6.015 and 4.025. The hearing will be held Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 9:00a.m. in the Nixya'awii Governance Center Wanaq'it Conference Room on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, 46411 Timine Way, Pendleton, OR. The public is entitled and encouraged to attend the hearing and to submit oral or written testimony regarding the request. To obtain further information contact the Tribal Planning Office at, 46411 Timine, Pendleton, OR 97801 or call (541)429-751 8.

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down where it gathers," Philips said. "The cut a tree with a chainsaw and today they were there with a backhoe to take the stump out. We couldn't get it out with a truck. They' ve been wonderful." Tribal maintenance crews have busy with a lot more than Philip's property. Frank Anderson, director of the Public Works Department, said employees shifted their schedules to start work at 5 a.m. and many times worked beyond their normal end-time in the most brutal winter conditions. Sometimes they worked in tandem with state and county road crews to clear roads, even in low temperatures and high winds that blew snow into large drifts exactly where they had recently been cleared. F our dif f erent tr i bal p u b li c w o r k s vehicles and a road grader were used to plow snow on t r i bal roads, county roads that accessed tribal members, and elders' access roads. Two of those trucks also spread sand on certain roads for tracktion. The cold caused several tribal vehicles to freeze up and break down because, Anderson said, there is no covered facility to protect them during the evening freeze. Public works has acquired a sand bagging device that holds sand in a small hopper with four chutes that allow fast filling and tying. With help from D ay Labor and W or k F orce Development crews, and crews from the Department of Natural Resources, many bags have been filled. Anderson said not all conditions will allow for physically addressing flooding creeks but emergency use of sand bags a nd sometimes small equipment w i l l allow for diversion of runoff away from property and structures. Tribal Police had their normal duties, plus those that required extra weatherrelated activities. For example, police became couriers delivering medicine from Yellowhawk to patients. "Because of the extended weather and extended closures there were people who hadn't prepared for the winter storms, even though there was sufficient warning that it was coming, and they hadn't advanced their medications," said Sergeant Rowen Hayes. "So Yellowhawk was not able to get their normal schedule delivery to people who are scattered around the reservation and are in remote locations.

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Generally Yellowhawk is able to deliver medications and check on community members' wellbeing but they w eren' t able to due to the extreme weather. So two officers worked overtime to assist with Yellowhawk's needs. It took a day and a half to accomplish the assistance." Tribal police, like others should do, prepare for the winter with tire chains and turned an SUV into a snowcat to respond to incidents that areas not readily reachable with a normal vehicle. They help the Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Transportation with patrols during highway and interstate closures. " I think th e Tr ibes' decision to d o weather closures was a good one, a solid piece of administrative decision making," Hayes said. "That really helped law enforcement because it put less people on the road during those peak hours." Unfortunately, commercial dr i v ers cause the biggest problem because they didn't exercise two fundamentals of safe, cooperative driving — common sense and common courtesy. Hayes said trucks constantly blocked roadways that affected other trucks and passenger cars as well. Officers had to overlap shifts to handle the volume of incidents. Most happened in early mornings or late evenings when people were trying get home before or after work. Drifting snow o n t h e Reservation and on some roadways stranded many people who thought they could pl ow right through the deep snow. "Some of the officers, in response to the calls, also had driving issues. They got stuck in snow drifts and had slide offs and so weren't able to get to everyone all the time," Hayes said. Hayes had some winter tips for drivers. Make sure your v ehicle is in good r unning condition and equipped with the best winter tires. Fill your radiator with water and anti-freeze. Also, carry containers of water that won't freeze. Carry snacks like protein bars for calorie heat. Carry blankets, a shovel and a tow strap in the event a bigger vehicle comes along to help pull you out. "Never drive with a half a tank of fuel because it could be several hours before someone could get to you," Hayes said. "And know the capabilities of your vehicle and know if you can drive in the conditions."

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MOSCOW, Idaho — From logger to Hip Hop artist, and a college student in between, Diz Dean has spent the last three years making music his profession.

Growing up in Moscow and living eight years in Kamiah on the Nez Perce Reservation, Shayne "Diz" Dean considered

h imself a " r o ugh k id " w h o lived a party lifestyle. Some of

graduated with his tw o -year degree in Native Environmental Science in 2013. Before his graduation, Dean wanted to record a music video, "Rezolution", for a final project and he went to the local radio station of KIYE 88.7 FM for assistance. At that point, the station director encouraged him to record an al bu m an d t h at' s when he decided to p u r sue m u sic full time, with the blessing of his wife

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piazza his musical influences included m ost west coast hip h op , r o ck music, and Native drum groups . vi a ~a At the age of 14 he wrote his first i Rank i s ong, although it wasn't until hi s Ragionat Ran late 20's that he started bringing his ationai Rank ttation music to the public. Gto»i"'" " While working as a logger, Dean lost two sons and after the death of «,n,i Ra « h is second child he decided it w a s time for a change in his li fe. So he

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obtaining a fan base. During one of his shows at "The Pin" in Spokane, Washington, he was asked to put

on his own Hip Hop show. He decided the focus would be on Native American artists such as

Levi Kalama and Spook. " I was just try ing to b u i l d awareness that there's Native Hip Hop in these communities," said Dean. "I mean, obviously we

know but I wanted everyone toknow ... people need to realize that we' re part of this genre, especially in the Northwest." On Feb. 2 Dean's new album called "Humbled Takeover" w il l b e r eleased by N o r t h w est Un derground Entertainment, a record company

partially owned by Dean. He also recently rer eleased his first video "Rezolution" w h ich h e says got 2,000 hits on Youtube within the first two weeks and over 4,000 hits on Facebook. Holding the ¹1 spot in the Inland Northwest on ReverbNation.corn is Dean's new song "Twinkle Twinkle" from his new album. ReverbNation is an online platform that provides tools and opportunities for musicians to manage their careers. The song is also ¹2 on CCGradio.corn — an independent internet radio station for independent artists. "It's a shock," said Dean in regards to his music rankings. "I waited a long time to get to where I'm at musically." Dean is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. His paternal grandparents were Eugene Louis Picard of the CTUIR and Theodora Allman.

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48,000 children currently trapped in BIE schools which have been deemed the 'worst schools in America.'" The idea stems from a Heritage Issue Brief on Education by Lindsey Burke. The paper says "it's appropriate for Congress to seriously consider ways to improve the education offered to Native American children living on or near reservations. Instead of continuing to funnel $830 million per year to schools that are failing to adequately serve these children, funds should be made accessible to parents via an education savings account, enabling families to choose options that work for them and that open the doors of educational opportunity." The report does not address what

private alternatives, or even what the public school options, are available in remote reservations communities.


Another radical restructuring plan involves Indian housing programs. The Heritage Blueprint calls for a phasing out of subsidized housing programs over the next decade. "States should determine how and to what extent they will replace these subsidized

housing programs with alternatives designed and funded by state and local authorities," Heritage said. All Indian housing programs, or what's left of those programs after budget cuts, would be transferred to the Department of the Interior. The Heritage Blueprint calls for more tribal authority over fracking, limiting the regulatory oversight by the Department of the Interior or other federal agencies. The Heritage plan would eliminate the Minority Business Development Agency, National Endowment for the

Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcast. Energy programs that focus on renewable energy and climate change would also be gone. The Heritage Blueprint does not address appropriations for either the Indian Health Service or the Bureau of Indian Affairs. However, The Hill reports one of the architects for the budget is reportedly a former staffer for Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky. Paul proposed a budget in 2012 that would eliminate the Bureau of Indian Affairs and slash the Indian Health Service budget by 20 percent. The Heritage Blueprint does not address Medicaid spending, but House conservatives have routinely called for that program to become a block grant for states.

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One difference between the Heritage plan and early reports about the Trump transition team is that entitlement programs would not be subject to budget cuts. Yet all of the plans call for more money for military spending. That puts all the burden on domestic programs, an idea that is unlikely to work. The official Trump budget proposals are expected within 45 days, according to The Hill. That budget would then go to Congress for debate and approval. Mark Trahantis the Charles R. Johnson Endowed ProfessorofJournalism at the University of North Dakota. He is an independentjournalist and a member o f the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. To read more of his regular ¹NativeVote16 updates,follow trahantreports. corn On Facebook: TrahantReports On Twitter: @TrahantReports

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section 1.05(C)(2), (3) and (7). d. The eligible member of the Confederated Tribes deposits payment in the amount equal to the fair market value of the subject trust parcel, of interest therein, with the BIA Umatilla Agency Superintendent which payment shall be accompanied by the identification of the decedent, the probate case number and trust parcel in question. The eligible member must make the full payment for the subject trust parcel, or interest therein, within 60 days of filing its notice of intent to purchase. In such an event, the eligible member shall be authorized to acquire the interest in the subject parcel in the place of the Confederated Tribes. Please contact the CTUIR LandProjects Program at (541) 429-7485 if you have any questions, concerns, or to request a copy of the Inheritance Code.

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Reservation, but not as a spokesperson for tribal government. As part of her participation, Brigham made a presentation on "Climate Impacts to Water on Tribal Fishing." Her family fishes at Cascade Locks. "My presentation let them know that CTUIR tribal fishers have been in the Columbia River basin for many generations because of our 1855 treaty," Brigham said in an email. "I let them know that tribal members fishing at Celilo used to drink the Columbia River water but we don' t anymore because our people started getting sick in the 50's. I also let them know that low water and warm temperature impacts our fishing by changing the flows and fishing sites. "I let them know that collaboration is needed because no one can live without air, water and land, therefor there is a need. It is going to take collaboration to find a solution because not any tribal, state, or federal agency can do this alone," Brigham said. Brigham said she stayed for the entire two-day conference and learned about adapting to less water; remote sensing, satellite and surface observations to support improvements in agricultural water management; climate implications to groundwater supply in the Pacific Northwest; drought impacts; water and energy efficiency and conservation; storm water; monitoring water withdrawals; partnerships; and invasive species, among other things.

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Reception for photo 'retoucher' Minthorn scheduled for Feb. 9 PENDLETON, Oregon - An artist who is seeing international success is making the 7,000 mile trip back to Pendleton in February to share photographic works that celebrate transformation and th e retouching process. The public is invited to a reception for Whitney Minthorn on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Pendleton Center for the Arts. M inthor n i s a m u l t i - m e d i a a r t i s t whose past work includes printmaking, beadwork and photography. His photographic works have been displayed throughout th e n a tion, i n cl u d in g an exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. He has served as an official media team member for the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in Norway and New York, capturing portraits during the historic event. These days he's fascinated with using Photoshop as a tool to apply techniques that have been used in darkrooms since the beginning of photography in the early


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OT RU(f RHDtIS tif fYL: 4 YfRPS TOGfTtifP evi "Hot Sauce" Morrison loves his wife, Helen, and he loves his beer, Bud Light. Nowadays it's definitely in that order. (Levi earned his moniker, by the way, at the old Arctic Circle, when - "10 sheets to the wind" - he demanded hot sauce for a cheeseburger and fries. ) The year he married her 48 years ago in 1969, he got tattoos on his left arm. On the inside is a "She Devil" holding a mop over Helen's nickname "Henny." On the outside of his arm is "Levy" through the middle of a cross. Underneath in vertical lettering is MOM'S. (With an apostrophe.) He called Helen's mother Mom on their first date and she broke a crystal ashtray over his head. Fortunately, he'd been drinking Bud Light. His reaction? He cracked another beer. So that gives you an idea of what Helen's put up with for near a half century. She doesn't do much of the talking, but she often finishes Levy's sentences and it's not hard to see who the real boss is. Helen, 67, came home with her sister from boarding school in Lawton, Oklahoma, in 1969. (There at Lawton Helen was an all-star in basketball and as a catcher in softball.) She was only 18 so she went to the door of a bar to get the attention of her mother and sister. "They said they'd be out in a minute and we' ll go have a party. I said to bring him," Helen laughed. After the ashtray incident, Helen wondered "What


Helen and Levy Morrison am I getting into? Levy answered, "Heaven." Was it love at first sight? "Once he got sober." They lived in La Grande, Wapato, Portland, Santa Rosa and have been in Mission now for 20 years. Levy says they call him "Scoop." Helen says "Snoop." Whatever, Levy says. "I know more about her family than she does." They' ve been through hardships living in oneroom "dumps," on "bread and baloney," said Levy. Nonetheless, they both earned degrees at Eastern Oregon College, graduating together in 1983. They worked on the corn belt in Weston to save

money to move to the city, but Helen didn't like Portland. Levy doesn't like Pendleton and he doesn't like Yakima, but he likes the fact that his home is nearly paid for here in Mission. Helen began in 1994 working at the CTUIR as executive assistant to Gary George. Levy said he tried to find work but was "blackballed" because he was Yakama. At least that's what Levy says. However, he was on the Health Commission and traveled all over the country before a new Board of Trustees realized what was going on and threw him off the commission. At least that's what Levy says. If they have advice for others? "We like to drink," Levy said matter of factly. "We used to fight dirty. Now I just get up and leave to another part of the house and go to sleep." Helen said he knows better. Like this story said at the start, Levy loves his wife and he relies on her. Three years ago Helen became very sick. She lost a kidney and part of her colon. "I almost lost her," Levy said. "She was telling me to let her go. She was supposed to be in there three or four days but she was in the hospital three months. I'm glad she signed the paper that said I could call the shots." Their marriage has become stronger because over the years they' ve continually become better understanding friends. "I like to think I understand my wife pretty much," Levy said. "I don't ask her, I ask her to tell me."

LL IritRS STTHGOH R 5PDGf OYfP Ttif fHf H RPS... he way Bill Burke decided to marry Lavonne is a feel-good Hollywood movie. In 1983, he was sitting on a bridge over the Seine River looking at the Eifel Tower. "There were oodles of people there and I said to myself here I am all by myself," Bill said, "and I think I better tell Lavonne we better get married." He called her when he returned to his room in Paris. "I told her I have a surprise for you but I'm not telling you until I get back," he remembered. "When I got back, I got in the door and asked her will you marry me?" Lavonne said she was surprised. Bill had been away five weeks to Europe studying how other countries deal with nuclear waste. "I was so glad to see him," she said. Right after Round-Up they flew to San Francisco and rented a brand-new Chrysler. Nice car? "Oh yes." Married in Reno, and then back to San Fran where that car was waiting. They drove to Oakland then to Yosemite National Park â&#x20AC;&#x201D; "a beautiful place and a lot different than Indio"- where the temperatures routinely tops 100 degrees. Bill grew up in Mission and graduated from Pendleton High School in 1948. Lavonne's family didn' t arrive from Mapleton near the Oregon Coast until her senior year at Pendleton High where she graduated in 1953. But it wasn't until more than 20 years later when Bill was 52 and Lavonne was 46 that they met at the Eagles Hall and were married. Bill, now 86, had been married to his fourth wife for 20 years and Lavonne, now 80, was living back east and had also just been divorced. Her oldest son was in the service but two other


Bill and Lavonne Burke children (one was number 82 on one of Requa's football teams) piled into a van with "Going West" painted on the side. They pulled into Pendleton and started over. Lavonne lived in the PendAir barrack apartments. Bill's mother brought him home as a newborn from the hospital to the place he lives today, off Mission Church Road. Other than an addition that includes the kitchen, the house is more than 100 years old. Lavonne worked many years for the phone company in Walla Walla. One of Bill's claims to fame is designing two outhouses at the July Grounds. Some CCC workers actually built the toilets, but they made them to Bill' s specifications. The seats were sanded and polished, the commodes were painted. "People drove here to come and go," Bill said. He also was a grade school teacher in Warm Springs, North Powder, Madras, Hood River, La Grande, Cove, Fort Hall, and as a substitute in Pendleton. There are many stories, Bill and Lavonne say, that show the give and take of a marriage.

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One time Bill was in Atlanta for a conference and Lavonne flew there to meet him. He was supposed to meet her at the airport but when her airplane landed he wasn't there. Lavonne had to ask a "stewardess" where to go and how to get there. When she finally arrived at the hotel and walked in the door, there was Bill looking from the bannister with a sheepish grin. He'd been sidetracked by the Blazers playing the Hawks just down the road. "I forgave him but I told him don't do it again," Lavonne said. Lavonne said her advice to others is "communication." Bill isn't so diplomatic: "Fight and makeup." He remembers Sunday School tau ght by A nna Wannassey. She was asked by a chi l d w ho God was and the teacher answered " Go d i s love." "Well I wondered what the hell love was," Bill said. "But I learned a little more what love was along the way."

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es and Pat Minthorn knew each other more through letters than in person before they were married 62 years ago "between the nuts and bolts" in a hardware store in Springfield, Tennesee. It was a real "love at first sight" romance when they met when Les was 21 and Pat was 17. But the sight part didn't last long — only a couple of hours actually. It was New Year's Eve and Pat was riding in a car party in Pendleton when she spotted Les. "Something just ... I don't know how he felt but I thought I really like that guy," Pat said. For Les, "It was one of those things in life when something nice happens. I really can't believe it. I didn't know it would end up here 60 years later." On New Year's Day Les boarded a train for Kentucky, back to the 11th Airborne of the U.S. Army in Fort Campbell. "The difference for me," Les said, "was that mother was there to see me off and I sensed that she liked her. That was a big difference to me. It was the first day she knew me." The letter writing began. Lots of letters. "I still have them all," said Pat. That includes one that Les wrote on an airplane vomit bag.



Les last served as the Board of Trustees chairman in 2014 and still serves on two committees. Pat was office administrator for the CTUIR Office of Legal Counsel. They kept themselves busy at home with four children of their own — now grown Maureen, Micheal, Malissa and Melsue, plus five foster kids that also have grown into adulthood. As licensed foster care parents, they had 13 children at their McKay Creek home one summer. As far as keeping a happy marriage, Pat says it' s important to be patient. "He's real quiet, never says anything. He thinks it but never says it," she says. "I'm the opposite. I want to get things out in the open and then kiss it goodbye. I just pick at him and pick at him until I get things stirred up." Says Les, it's about personalities. "Good and bad, highs and lows. I care about a lot but not that much ... keep an even keel. Play fair and fight fair."


arl Sampson couldn't figure what the hell was going on when he received a "Dear John" letter from Arleta in 1952. So he went AWOL and hitchhiked and walked from Texas to Pendleton to find out what the hell was going on. "I had blisters as big as silver dollars," said Carl who should know all about silver dollars. Carl, 83, and Arleta, 81, routinely win the Round-Up prize of 100 silver dollars as the "oldest couple in the Indian Village." "I had five dollars in my pocket. I did five days of walking. My Mexican buddies, all drunk, gave me a ride to San Antone and I started walking. After a while they came along again and gave me a ride to the next town." When he reached Pendleton, Carl said he "found her walking down the street making eyes at all the boys. I asked her what was going on. Not long after that I called her on the phone and said let's get married and like a dummy she said yes." Carl, 19, and Arleta, 18, eloped to Lewiston, Idaho, where a justice of the peace married them at the courthouse. Rupert Halfmoon and Rod Cowapoo witnessed the ceremony. They met a year earlier when Arleta lived in Pendleton and Carl lived in Mission. Carl was working on power lines to support his family that included four brothers and three sisters. Arleta, the youngest of three siblings, was in the same class as Carl's sister at John Murray High School. Arleta worked at the Rivoli Theatre taking tickets. Carl came to the theater's candy store to buy popcorn. "I was chasing another girl, Patti Hansen," Carl says. "She was my best friend," said Arleta. "I don't know how the hell I ended up with this one," said Carl.

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When Les went back to the Army, Pat left her job at St. Anthony Hospital and returned to Enterprise where she had graduated from high school. But the writing continued and when Les came home on leave in the spring in 1954 the connection was sealed. Pat used money from her father's estate to buy a train ticket to Springfield, Tennessee, but the train stopped in Hopkinsville. "I was a country hick. I got a cab driver who was black who took me to Clarksville. I went into the hotel to check into my room but the desk clerk said he didn't have a room. A white soldier said he'd give me his room. Then the white clerk started looking and said he could find me a room. The white soldier took me by the arm and said we' re not staying here." Meanwhile, before getting a room at a rooming house Les had left notes around town for Pat. When he showed up two days later, they took a cab to Springfield for blood tests. The justice of the peace owned the hardware store so that's where they exchanged vows. The cab driver was the witness. "Our whole life has been like that and I wouldn' t change a minute of it," said Pat. Both Les and Pat worked for years for the CTUIR.

been the death their oldest son, Curtis. Carl called him "Savage." But he has four other children that he's raised up if not as radicals then as activists. No? "I raised them up to be Indian," Carl said. "Don' t take nothing from nobody." Arleta said, "He let them argue with him and then he'd tell them to stop and find out what you' re talking about before you open your mouth." "I'm proud of them," said Carl, who now pays at-

Carl and Arleta Sampson Said Arleta, "Him and his buddy used to come to the high school to watch the girls' gym class." "My sister," said Carl, then right after: "I was watching my future wife." Over the years, the Sampsons have lived in two relocation cities — Chicago and Oakland, plus places like Portland, Cascade Locks, Echo, Dayton, Walla Walla and, in the 1990s they had a stint in Alaska. Arleta calls Carl a jack of all trades. "Pimp ... aaahhh," said Carl and then tells me not to put that in the story. He was a commercial artist in Chicago creating advertisements for stores. He also made spaghetti for Golden Grain. And, of course, he has served in CTUIR government on the Board of Trustees and General Council. Arleta was a nurse for 47 years. Over the years, perhaps the biggest hardship has

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tention to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Particularly, it's Dylan, 11, who has lived with them since he was 2. Is there a secret to staying together? "Give and take," said Carl. "But the secret is I gave up alcohol 45 years ago. I was a big drunk on weekends. I' ve been sober for all that time. Don't smoke, don't drink." Arleta stays in the background. She does what needs to be done... fixing meals, cleaning up, taking care of Carl, who is a ceremonial Walla Walla Chief. Carl says Arleta is one of the best at making fry bread and knows how to make wing dresses with the best of them. She learned from the best, said Arleta. "I learned from the old ladies now — their moms and aunties," she said. After 62 years, they mostly agree, but they still make time to argue. It's healthy. "Our relationship is stronger. We' re still fighting but we' re still together. Disagreements make it stronger." The best part about your marriage? "Sex," said Carl, and he didn't ask me to leave that out. "Aaahhh."


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vests and hardhats trudged through snow and mud w o r k ing on the derailment. Many of them were Union Pacific employees, including two UP Police officers. Huge cranes and track hoes were brought in to help with the heavy lifting. The hazardous materials were not specified in a r a i lcar manifest first reported at 6:57 p.m. Jan. 11 by the


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students acquire advanced knowledge and skills to supplement their bachelor' s five scholarships and also used her degree. income from working full time. After two years in the Post Bac"It kept me busy," said Motanic. calaureate Program, Motanic worked Initially Motanic was going to pursue for a year at the Indian Health Service a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree Headquarters in the Office of Tribal Self in Biochemistry, which she said would Governance. She help get her funding then re-took the to pay for graduate MCAT, applied to school. However, 15 Medical Schools, during her last year got interviews at working in an organic five, and chose to chemistry lab she attend the Univerdecided to look a at sity of New Mexico becoming an MD. I e School of Medicine. "I'd been working In addition to being in a lab and I realKeisey Motanic, midd ized, I'm working at ie, during her White m medical school, Coat Ceremony standswith her perents Don she also played a bench just sitting and Mary Beth MotanIC. soccer and ran track there ... it just didn' t and field at the Unifit me ... it didn't fit versity. who I was," said Motanic. "I started to "What I' ve done all through makthink 'what else is out here?' and mediing my decisions in school is trust my cal school had always been on the tip of intuition," said Motanic. "Being able my tongue but it was kinda intimidating to work directly with an underserved ... the loans, the process ... you know, community spoke directly to me and nobody in my family is a doctor and gave me more motivation and drive. A nobody in our Tribe is a doctor so it was 12-hour-day in Indian Health, or with unchartered territory." an underserved population, verses a 12 Shortly before her 2010 graduation hour day in the lab working in a hood she attended a conference where she was different." met a Native American doctor, Dr. As part of her fourth year in medical Brad Wiliams. Because he was a nonschool, Motanic needed to do a rotatraditional doctor who was once in the tion at a clinic or hospital and she chose military, she became inspired by him. Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center where That's when she started networking she spent two weeks shadowing Dr. Rex with other Native American physicians Quaempts. She had planned to spend a in different fields. month but due to severe weather conditions she was unable to stay. After graduation she applied to ten "To me coming back to work at Yeldifferent jobs as well as volunteer jobs lowhawk just fit." and intemships. On a whim, Motanic Motanic will be graduating with her also decided to take the Medical College MD in May and is currently interviewAdmissions Test (MCAT). The day before ing with various hospitals to do her taking the test, she got a call from the Nathree-year residency. She will find out tional Institute of Health saying that they in March which residency program accould fund her to attend the Washington cepted her. "I'm excited to be Dr. Motanic," she for Native Students in Washington, D.C. However, she would have to said. "It takes a lot of work but I think be on a plane in five days. if you dedicate yourself and you put "So I packed up two suitcases and your mind to whatever you want ... it' s left," said Motanic. "I mean, it was a not necessarily about dreaming to be semester so I was like 'well, I' ll be there a doctor or dreaming to be a lawyer or for four months' and it turned into three dreaming about being the next presiyears." dent, it's about figuring out how you The reason why was because she got want to change the world and what you into the Post Baccalaureate Program at want to do to change it... and then you American University where she was probably will end up fitting into what able to work in a lab and do clinical role you' re meant to be in." work. The program is designed to help


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Boys now 9-0 MISSION â&#x20AC;&#x201D; With Mick Schimmel leading the way, the Nixyaawii Community School boys have run up a 9-0 record in the Class 1A Old Oregon League with five games left before the district tournament play-in games begin Feb. 17. The state tournament in Baker City starts March 2. The squad, now 13-4, has three key games on the road against North Powder, Joseph and Echo. The team came



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Freshman Mick Schimmel is the leading scorer for the Nixyaawii Golden Eagles who were unbeaten in the Class 1A Old Oregon Leagueas the CUJ went to press on C uspheteslPhinney

Hunka hunka burnin' love JustinShandoris considered by many to be the best Elvis impersonatorin the country, He' ll be at Wildhorse Casino during the Resort's 22nd anniversary in March. For more about Shandor, turn to Page 12B.

'Share sugar' A Navajo elder earns respect as a basketball coachfrom hisplayers and his community. Read a story from The New York Times that starts on Page 4B.

All-around basketball player Mary Stewart has been sharing the limelight this year with her teammates, particularly Milan Schimmel, as the Golden Eagles show they can win with a balanced attack. They were undefeated with a 19-0 record, but were ranked third as the CUJ went to press.


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The victory came with leading scorer Mary Stewart tossing in just two points in the first half. By the end of the game she had 17. Milan Schimmel paced the team with 18. "It takes the pressure off Mary when she doesn't have to shoot and we still win by 20," Coach Jeremy Maddern said. "Teams can't focus solely on Mary." Schimmel brings another weapon with more than scoring. "Nothing stops her," Maddern said. "She has a great first step, she can handle the ball and she's strong." North Powder Coach Michael Lieuallen said Schimmel is a "complete player" with a "great attitude." Stewart and Schimmel are leading the team in scoring with Kaitlynn Melton the leading rebounder. Stewart also is leading Nixyaawii with nine assists and eight steals a game. Schimmel gets about eight steals a game. Melton also scores about 13 points a game. Saturday, Feb. 4, should see the return of Old Oregon League all-star Sunshine Fuentes in the post. "It's been a silver line with Sunshine out," Maddern said. "It allowed



Kaitlynn to develop a low-post game." Nixyaawii is throwing a efficient offense and a stingy defense at foes. The Golden Eagles have a ratio of 12 to 16 assists to 5 turnovers a game. "I' ve never seen a ratio like that," Maddern said. "That's a credit to unselfishness." On defense, Maddern said his "long, athletic team" is the best he's had. "It's the perfect fit our zone," he said. Âť

Deven Barkley drives to the hoop pasta Powder Valley defender. The Nixyaawii Community School boys came back from 10-0 start to win and stay unbeaten in the Class 1A Old Oregon League. Nixyaawii big man Chandler Case, who had an outstanding game at both ends of the floor, follows the play.

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behind Jan. 28 to whip N o rth Powder 55-51, but a make-up game Jan. 31 was cancelled for the second time because of poor driving conditions. The Golden Eagles have home games left against Helix and Pine Eagle as well. Schimmel is leading the team with an average ofabout 20 points a game, said Coach Shane Rivera, who isn't big on individual statistics. Schimmel has had a game high of 31 points. Chandler Case, Nixyaawii's 6-7 post, is good for a double-double these days.


In the game against North Powder he scored 10 and pulled down 9 rebounds. Stats didn't record his blocks but he had more than a handful of those, too. And he was particularly good at the free throw line down the stretch. Deven Barkley, a kid Rivera said goes "100 miles per hour every game" and is "afraid of nothing" is averaging about 8 points a game but adds more than that on the court. His confidence as the team's assist leader rubs off on the players around him. Joe St. Pierre is the ball hawk on the team. He didn't get to play against North Powder so the steal category was way

down but Rivera expects him back for the make-up game against the Badgers. Nixyaawii found th emselves down 10-0 in that game against North Powder but climbed out to pull within three by halftime. The Golden Eagles took their first lead, 38-36, with 2:36 left in the third quarter when Case on an i n s ide-out hit Schimmel who took advantage of a mismatch and canned a three pointer. At times it looked like Nixyaawii had more turnovers than shots and gave up the lead several times in the last minutes. North Powder lead 44-42 with 4:39 left to go when Case made two free throws

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to tie it. Then the Golden Eagles scored four on a technical foul when North Powder defender stepped over the line on a Nixyaawii inbounds pass. The Rangers had been warned before. S chimmel made three free throw s and when Nixyaawii got the ball out of bounds he drove to the hoop drawing another foul. The free-throw went down and the four points gave Nixyaawii a 50-46 lead with 2:30 left. F ree-throws gave kept N i x y a a w i i a head wh i l e N o r t h P o w d e r r u s h e d around looking for threes. One dropped near the buzzer.

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Quanah Picard, a freshman at WestonMcEwen High School in Athena, takes a shot against the Pilot Rock Rockets in a Columbia Basin Conference game. Trailing for the TigerScotsis Anthony Flores. Weston-McEwen has an overall record of 11-6 as of Feb. 1.

Milan Schimmel leaps through the air and fires a pass cross court to a teammate in a game against Wallowa played at Warberg Court on the Pendleton High School campus. The girls remained undefeated at 18-0 as the CUJ went to press.

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ln a place of poverty, socialills and fractured families, Raul Mendoza, 69, coach of the Chinle, Ariz., Wildcats, is a source of quiet strength for his young players.

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e er earns respect coming after you. They won't let down. 'There's no limit to what we can accomplish if T he coach knew w h e r eof h e we don't care who gets credit,' he told them. ing reflection of the Gulf of California and spoke. He achieved success coachw onderedabout theworld beyond. Then he returned to picking ing at Holbrook, on the border of The players put fists together, chanted, 'Share cotton in the fieldsofsouthern Arizona, where the summer the Navajo Nation, until he retired sugar!' and loped onto the floor. sun pounded likea hammer on his back. a few years back and his former 'What's with share sugar?' I asked. The boyturned 7,an d hisgrandmother toldhim toboard a assistant took over. To look at that team's style was to see a doppelganschool bus. You will be thefirstin our family to get an educaThe coach, Raul Mendoza, shrugged and tion.Yes, Grandma. That rickety bus bounced andjounced ger of his team in Chinle. laughed. along dirt roads and pulled into an Arizona elementary school. The coach made sure his boys' The boy,Raul Mendoza, spoke some Spanish and the eyes were fixed on his own. 'I have no idea. I'm 69, man. I just need them "There's no limit to what we can language f o histribe, the Tohono 0'odham, whose lands are to cut and pass more.' in southernArizona and northern Mexico. He found himself accomplish if we don't care who in a strange world. gets credit," he told them. The players put fists together, Its secrets are passed from grandfather to auntie to son. chanted, "Share sugar!" and l oped onto the fl oor. Chinle's population is 4,518. About 3,500 fans at"What's with share sugar?" I asked. The coach, Raul tended this midweek game, grandmothers wrapped in Mendoza, shrugged and laughed. traditional blankets, aunts and uncles, and coquettish CHINLE, Ariz. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Wmter night fell like a blanket "I have no idea. I'm 69, man. I just need them to cut teenage girls. The boys are expected to wear dress shirts across the Navajo reservation and this town that sits at the mouth of Canyon de Chelly, the spiritual heart P and ties to games, and no matter how humble their famMendoza, who long ago left the Toho no 0'odham ily finances, they look dapper. of this land. Nation, has nearly 700 career wins, two Coach of the I stepped inside a cavernous high school arena and The Chinle boys' team, the Wildcats, stumbled last Year Awards and a state chamPionshiP to his credit. He year to a record of 4-17. Officials persuaded Mendoza, saw a basketball team from Holbrook, Ariz., running is a revered coach on a reservation where hoops are a then coaching at Window Rock, Ariz., to take control and passing and pressing, threatening to push the cousin to religion. Reservation basketball, called rez ball, in Chinle. Mendoza and I met a few years back, and he hometown team into a ditch. is a sneaker-squeaking, whirling-dervish style of play. invited me to look in on his rebuild. I figured, why not? At halftime, the players from Chmle retreated glum, This was my chance to put a to their locker room, 7 points shovel into the soil of rez ball, to down. explore the lives of these Navajo T heir coach w a l k e d i n . Silver-haired, wearing a gray boys and their families. And it was a chance to explore wh at dress shirt and black pants and a tie, he did not yell or d rives this ma n an d h i s p a s sion for counseling and teaching pound his fist. His intensity hoops in this achingly beautiful was unmistakable. He looked at a lean sapling of a forward land. I hopped a flight and drove to and asked quietly: " E l ijah, you tired? No mas?" Then to the Navajo Nation. h is freshman w u n d erk i n d , Decades ago, I traveled here " Cooper, are you r eady t o with my w i fe, Evelyn, and our young sons. We lived in a trailer. play now?" Evelyn, a m i d w i f e , d e l i v er ed He turned t o th e b l ackboard and drew p l ays and b abies for th e I n d i a n H e a l t h defensive sets. His is a young S ervice. On d ay s o ff , w e p u t Aidan, the baby, on my back, she team, his best players a freshman and a sophomore, and held the hand of 5-year-old Nick and we descended into Canyon he is a coach who never stops teaching. de Chelly, where, for centuries, de Ch elly. Hplbrppk is gpmg tp keep Chi nle, popula ti on 4, 5 1 8,si ts at the mouth of C Navajos farmed, chanted prayers orethan 60 years ago, an American Indian boy climbeda mountain and peered across the Sonoran Desert. He saw the shimmer-



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and hid from w h it e invaders. Crows soared above sandstone walls as we ran our hands along petrified sand dunes and felt cool mystery. A mile from that canyon, I sat in a diner and talked with Mendoza. He has coached Native American teams for 35 years. He tried to retire, but mistress basketball tugged him back. To work here is exhilarating and exhausting. After wins, Navajos shake his hand at gas stations and the supermarket. After losses, some mutter, questioning plays and substitutions. His boys hail from many corners of this largest of reservations. (The Navajo Nation sits a mile above sea level and sprawls across three states. It is the size of Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut combined. ) Nachae Nez, a 5-foot-9 senior shooting guard, played in Holbrook as a freshman. While there, he spun to the hoop and tore up his knee. He is studious, and he figured academics were his way out, so he enrolled at Navajo Preparatory School in Farmington, N.M. Nez rebuilt his knee and led Prep in scoring. Then his mother was laid off from a flour plant, and they were evicted from their home. He returned to Chinle for his senior year. He still has eyes on college. "I want to get a degree in agriculture and serve my people," Nez said as we sat in the stands. Angelo Lewis wandered by. A 6-foot-3 sophomore with broad shoulders, he has a deft passing touch. Lewis had called Mendoza. He could not start his grandfather's pickup truck and feared missing practice. "Check the battery and alternator, n Mendoza replied. Lewis made it. Distances are daunting. Mendoza put 90,000 miles on his car during the past two years. Cooper Burbank is the freshman starter. He is 6 feet 1 and rawboned, with a preternatural ease on the court. He grew up in Red Mesa, Ariz., a dot in the desert plains. His middle school had a student population of 108. His mother, Joni Burbank, a teacher, wanted her son to go college and worried that he needed a bigger challenge. A freshman starter from a distant town could stir unease in older teammates. His grandmother died when he was in the seventh grade. He met his father just once before he died. Mendoza remained in Arizona to attend high school. What propelled hi m a l ong that path? Mendoza shrugged â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a portion of our lives remains a mystery. As a senior, he told a counselor, "I want to go to college." The counselor laughed at him. Mendoza took a battery of tests and aced math. He applied to a college and was awarded grants. He met

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his wife, Marjorie, a Navajo, in college. She got pregnant, 'Sometimes, change is uncomfortable,' Joni and they dropped out. Mendoza worked in a f a ctory, Burbank said. 'We need to face that, so that it sets making $30,000 a year. us up for bigger and better things.' It was good money, yet Then his grandmother ordered him to board that again he felt an a che: H e wanted to coach and teach school bus. children t o n a v i g ate new An American teacher asked his name. worlds. When he quit his facI said 'Carlos Lopez' because he was the kid tory job, his friends hooted: "You' re crazy! You w o n' t sitting next to me,' Mendoza said. 'I failed first make any money teaching!" grade because I didn't speak English.' He paused, laughing. " Sure enough, m y f i r s t job at Window Rock, I made Nation. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar served as his assistant $9,500 a year." coach one year, a not entirely satisfactory experience. Mendoza has worked ever since as a guidance counMendoza hoped that Abdul-Jabbar, an N.B.A. great selor and coach in the Navajo Nation and the Apache who was a student under the Hall of Fame coach John Nation in the White Mountains. His wife teaches on Wooden, would teach a few tricks to the students. the reservation. "There were a lot of media distractions," Mendoza These nations are bounded by mountains and forests said. "I asked him to teach a tall kid the drop step. and buttes, with embracing clans, leaders and spiritualJabbar looked at me and said, 'The boy doesn't want ism woven deep. Each is poor, plagued by alcoholism to do that.'" and drug abuse and fractured families. Mendoza laughs. Humor is his salve. Mendoza posted winning seasons in the Apache The Apache reservation suffered an epidemic of teen-



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age suicide. Mendoza is a master at infusing the rez ball whirlwind with offensive and defensive discipline. His proudest accomplishment, however, was this: None of his teenagers took their own lives. "I told the kids, 'I understand, I knew fear,'" he said. "I learned how anger can affect you." He came to reckon with the power of magic, which he declines to dismiss as superstition. Mysticism and hexes and sorcerers are the stuff of daily l ife here. Mendoza saw the eyes of a sober man roll back in his head in the Apache Nation, a sign an astral self might be roaming. During a game, he and his players experienced a strange delirium. He was told later that magic dolls â&#x20AC;&#x201D; kachinas â&#x20AC;&#x201D; had been secreted into the arena. Belief in the unseen is palpable, a collective consciousness powerful and present. Once, his best Apache player began to drink a lot. What, Mendoza asked, is the matter? "Three shadows follow me," the boy replied. "One is tall and stands by the basket and swats the ball away. Nava'o Nation basketball Pa e 8B


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into the grant writing world she never understood how the process worked and PENDLETON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; With 22 parks, 150 rec- she didn't have a full understanding that reation programs, a cemetery, and more, there were private foundations, such as it's no w o n der Pendleton Parks and the Wildhorse Foundation, that donated Recreation has applied for and received money. Brown said that the first step is more than $40,000 from the Wildhorse to learn how the grant writing process Foundation. works. Then, when a community member I n 2008, the f o u n d a t io n d o n a t e d sees a park that needs to be improved $10,000 to the Rudy Rada Skate-park. they can find out what to do to make it In 2010, the Community Park West better. shelter, now named the Wildhorse Shel"Start asking questions," said Brown. ter, received another $10,000. "Such as 'who's responsible at keeping In 2012, a $10,115 grant was awarded t he park maintained?' and 'wh y t h ey for interpretive signs at the Riverfront have allowed it to decline?' If it's a quesPlaza. tion of money, ask where that money can And in 2014, another $9,841 was given come from to pay for repairs." "It's a fair question," said Brown. "If for umbrellas at the Pendleton Aquatic Center which helps give over 900 square you' re in your community and you see feet of shade and protection from ultra something that's declining, definitely violet rays. ask questions. We all have a right to that Last year, in 2016, Pendleton Parks information because it is public informaand Recreation applied for a $2,160 grant tion." to build basketball half-courts at GreAccording to Brown, anytime there's a cian Heights and Rice Park. A total of park in a community, the people who live five foundations awarded money to the around it are more likely to go outside, project, which paid for all the materials, to walk, and to be in nature which means site preparation, and labor. it helps encourage an overall healthier "We wanted to add something that community. brings in m o r e p e ople," said C asey As for Pendleton Parks and RecreBrown, Special Projation, they' re always e cts C o o r d i n a t o r open to comments a t Pendleton Park s and suggestions to and Recreation. "It' s better improve their a sport t h a t ' s h i t facilities for the pubt ing a d i f f erent d e lic. Whether th ose mographic than th e r ecommendat i o n s playground. It's free c ome f r o m t he i r to use the park and maintenance workthe courts ... so more e rs or com m u n i t y p eople can use th e m embers, submi t facility." ting ideas is a way The most r e c ent f or them t o k n o w grant application that what to improve on. the non-profit submit" What we b u i l d ted to the foundation as Pendleton Parks is for $10,000 to help a nd Rec is p u b l i c r e Pl ac e Pl a st r u c - Above is a basketball hoop located on the facilities t h erefore tures at S h e r w o o d cour t of Grecian Heights Park. The court it's for everybody," was Partially funded by the Wildhorse said Brow~ P ark, A l d r i c h P a r k Foundation. a nd May P a rk . B eI hope people un c ause the dead l i n e derstand when they was Jan. 1, Brown is still waiting to hear s e e something built with grant funding if they will be awarded the money. is that there's a process behind it and T he overall budget to replace the three p e o p l e behind i t .. . Everyone who i s play structures is $95,000. Like the other i n v o l v ed w it h the Wi l dhorse Foundaprojects, the Wildhorse Foundation i s t i o n an d the Tribal community can be only one of several grants to which the p r o u d that the money they are stewards non-profit has applied. Other applica- of directly benefits both communities, tions have been made to Pendleton on Pendleton and the Tribal community," Wheels, Northwest Farm Credit Services, said Brown. the Pendleton Foundation, Altrusa InFor further information on Pendleton ternational of Pendleton, Rotary Club Parks and Recreation visit www.pendleof Pendleton, Pacific Power Foundation, tonparksandrec.corn, email GoPlayPRR@ and Wildhorse Foundation. They also re- ci.pendleton. or call580-276-810. ceived an in-kind donation from the City This is a series of articles that shows how of Pendleton and they plan on applying money from the Wildhorse Foundation is spent. ForP P l e l i v ing i n an areawherethey see a need for uPgrades to their local Park or other Public facilities, Brown's advice is "To get involved." She explained that before she stepped

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BAAD tournament entries due March 10 Games set from March 24 to April 7 MISSION — The annual BAAD — Basketball Against A l cohol and D r u g s tournament is scheduled for March 24 through April 1 for players 6-18 years old at the Recreation Community Gymnasium on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. This will be the 30th year that th e Recreation Program of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) has hosted this event in cooperation with Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center's Prevention Program. Applications into the tournament are now being accepted along with rosters and entry fees. There is a 10 player maximum per roster and deadline for entry fees and rosters is March 10. Full payment must be received by money order only and they can be paid to CTUIR Recreation Program, ATTN: BAAD Tournament, 46411 Timine Way Pendleton, OR 97801. In addition, team names, address, phone numbers, and an email address should also be submitted with the payment. There will be no refunds given. For proof of age, verifications must be submitted annually by each player and the 12-14- and 15-18 year olds must provide a current photo ID. Either one of the following age verification documents will be accepted for players under 12 years of age: a birth certificate, tribal enrollment card, or state driver's license / permit. Each player must be enrolled in school or provide proof of pursuing a high school

education. These can be emailed to: or or faxed to 541-429-7887. The Tournament Committee recommends that all local teams 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 March 10, and must be paid in full by the first day of the tournament. For questions call Commander 541429-7887 during the day or Cowapoo at 541-429-7886 in the evenings. The CTUIR website will have all of the forms for the BAAD Tournament as well as downloadable forms. Go to Below is the schedule for the tournament: Friday, March 24, 2017

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Although the BOT Secretary position merits the same status/credentials as another BOT member it is inherently a hands-on position that requires an administrative skill set in order to serve our Tribal government, our Board of Trustees and establish leadership for a cohesive administrative team. To define skill set; cross training the administrative pool, electronic filing(scanning/labeling), centralized filing, working knowledge of e xcel, access, current word p rograms, dragon software(voice recognition for minutes/transcribing), SharePoint, Accu-fund, shared drives, collating reports, importance of Robert Rule procedures in record keeping for legal purposes and keeping up with latest electronic trends. We need a Tribal Library set in place that will house all records. The main administrative functions of the BOT Secretary is to serve the Board of Trustee members in their capacity thereby allowing them to serve the needs of our Tribal government in a cost effective and efficient manner. WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM THE OTHER CANDIDATES FOR THIS SEAT?

I believe in Prayers fk Song and in the Empowerment of Our People. I b e l ieve in Standing Together with our Tribal Government to ensure that every voice matters. I believe that fear is a choice and that is why I invest as much of my time as I can in fostering community involvement. in4


A code of ethics is needed for our Tribal people to have their due process in the event it is questioned that there was no fair or impartial treatment/judgement in any matter. It should never be perceived that BOT positions regard their authority to be above our policies, codes and laws. A direct code of ethics in place will protect the people and the Board of Trustees equally. The main purpose of any Board of Trustee member is to serve the people to the best of their ability, the unbiased mediator, to listen and to make amicable sound solutions. We are all only human and mistakes will be made, but this is how we evolve as a people by settling disputes that we learn from.

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The BOT can communicate better with the CTUIR membership by doing more community functions with "People Caucuses" holding retreats like a convention. Our BOT currently does this with their retreats, NCAIED Summits, ATNI, NCAI listening to focus groups etc. on Tribal issues on a National level so why not on a Community level. The issues would have no boundaries as every idea, suggestion, question or point of view is valuable. On-site Satellite Conventions need to be incorporated so that we bring the meetings to Off-Rez Tribal members as well. We need to utilize our technical capability to have visual teleconferencing to include our Off-Rez Tribal members in General Council meetings and Board of Trustee Worksessions. Every Vote Counts & Every Voice Matters.

Special Election for BOT Secretary Feb.7 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Nixyaawii Governance Center February 2017

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celebrate grand opening Feb. 18 WALLA WA LLA — Celebrating with a grand opening on Feb. 18 is the new Walla Walla Veterans Home (WWVH) located on the campus of the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA M e d ical Center. The facility will have eight individual homes with ten pr ivate bedrooms, 80 rooms total, each with a pr ivate bathroom. Kitchen, dining area and living rooms will be shared, much like a traditional home. This will provide residents with the opportunity to socialize and to be involved in activities such as preparing meals. In addition to 24-hour nursing care, the WWVH employs and contracts with physicians as well as occupational, physical, and speech therapists. There also will be transportation services, pharmacy services, and more. According to the website, www.dva., the WWVH will dedicate one of the homes to Memory Care for veterans with Alzheimer's or Dementia. This will be the last house that is filled so it likely will be late summer or early fall in 2017 before residents will be admitted. The facilities are Medicare and Medicaid certified an d t o b e e l i g i bl e f o r admission, applicants must meet the following criteria: served at any time, in any branch of the United States Armed Forces; received an honorable discharge; reside in Washington State; be the spouse or widow of an eligible veteran; or be a Gold Star Parent. Other forms of payment include Federal VA, third party insurance, and private pay. For veterans of th e C o n f ederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), applications are still being accepted and processed. Toni Cordell, CTUIR Veteran's Services Representative, has been in contact with the administrative staff at the nursing home to understand details on Oregon CTUIR veterans applying, since the WWVH is the closest nursing home to the reservation. "If I get a stroke and I only need to be in the Walla Walla home for 90 days of

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rehab, why do I have to be a Washington resident?," said Cordell who has brought these questions to the attention of the staff. "It's also on [Tribal] ceded territory, so how will that work?" A ccording to an em ail f ro m B r i an Westfield, Director of the Walla Walla

VA Center, "If an Eastern Oregon veteran wants to access the State Veteran's Home in Walla Walla, they should apply." H owever, whether or not they w i l l get accepted, is still unknown. Westfield also said that if a Veteran doesn't want to change their residency from Oregon to

Washington after moving into the home, then that could become an issue. According to Cordell, only one CTUIR Tribal veteran has submitted an application for the nursing home. She says that it's a positive thing that only one has applied thus far because it shows that the Tribal elderly are able to age in their own homes with family close by. To obtain applications, visit the website or contact the Admissions Coordinator Lonna Leno at 509-540-0312 or at for ad d i t i onal information.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Tribal representatives and environmentalists on Jan. 30 promised an encampment similar to the ongoing protest against the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota to oppose the Diamond Pipeline planned from Oklahoma, across Arkansas, to Tennessee. "There definitely will be an encampment in Oklahoma in the near future," according to Mekasi Camp Horinek of the Ponca Nation and the Bold Oklahoma protest group, but he declined to say when or where it would be held. "That is an undisclosed location at this time," Horinek said. "You'could' expectsomething from us later today, you never know." Critics of the project say the pipeline could be damaged by th e n u m er ous earthquakes that have struck Oklahoma in recent years, threatens the environment, rivers and Indian burial grounds. "It also affects the Trail of Tears," said Michael Casteel, a director of the American Indian Movement, in reference to the route along which Indians were forcibly removed from their lands in the southeastern United States in the 1800s to be settled in present-day Oklahoma. "There are thousands of unmarked graves," along the route that included parts of Tennessee and Arkansas, Casteel said, "this is a tragedy." The 440-mile pipeline by Plains All American Pipeline and Valero Energy

C orp. w o ul d e x t en d f r o m C u s h i n g , Oklahoma, across Arkansas, capable of transporting 200,000 barrels per day of domestic crude oil to a Valero refinery in Memphis, Tennessee. Protests have previously been held in Arkansas, and earlier this month about a dozen people were arrested in Memphis after using 55-gallon drums to block the refinery's truck loading entrance. Some of the protesters handcuffed themselves to the drums. Plains spokesman Brad Leone said in a statement that the company is committed to meeting or exceeding safety standards and minimizing environmental impacts and that 23 tribes identified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were provided details of the process. "During the permitting process, the USACE engaged in the government-togovemment ... consultation process and provided tribal g an opportunity to review and comment on cultural work being performed prior to permit issuance," Leone said. "Where concernswere raised about the route, every effort was made to reroute the pipeline, use less invasive installation technologies, or provide access to the right of way during construction activities for trained cultural monitors, some of whom are recommended by or directly provided by certain tribes." Construction on the $900 million pipeline is underway and is scheduled for completion this year.

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Portland finally hired a liaison to local tribes late last year Now the position sits empty PORTLAND - L ast September, the Portland City Council stood with Standing Rock. As voices around the country called for a halt to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) that could carry millions of gallons of crude oil beneath the Standing Rock Sioux Tr i b e's s ole w a te r s o u r c e c (and has just been g iven ne w l i f e b y Donald Trump ), loc al offi cials jo i n ed the fray. " Th e C i t y o f P ortland st ands i n s olidarity w i t h t h e Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other comPatricia Davis Gibson munities opp osing the pipeline..." read a resolution that passed unanimously on September 7. It was a fairly routine symbolic gesture except for one thing: The DAPL item had been prepared by Patricia Davis Gibson, Portland's brand new tribal liaison. After years of calls for a city official who could help Portland better engage local tribal governments and its Native American residents, former Mayor Charlie Hales' office took action last year - securing roughly $108,500 in ongoing funds and convening a selection committee. In his last major hire as mayor, Hales tapped Davis Gibson - a Lewis & Clark Law grad, formal tribal judge, and member of the Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma - to the job. She began August 15. "This position is long overdue for the City of Portland, and we could not have found a better candidate," Hales said in a press release. Less than six months later after that release, Davis Gibson now lives in Wyoming and her position sits empty. In a scenario that has inspired grumbling both inside City Hall and out, she was not among staffers retained in the t ransition f ro m H a l es to M a yo r T e d Wheeler, and Wheeler didn't tap a replacement. The mayor's office is pledging to conduct a brand new hiring process in the near future, though a member of its staff participated in Davis Gibson's selection. The hiccup has led to varying accounts of what happened to Davis Gibson's short tenure. Several people the Mercury spoke to said Wheeler's office would have had plenty of notice the new position existed and was fully funded. "It's unfortunate that Pat Gibson was not invited back early enough," says Commissioner Amanda Fritz. "We did remind [Wheeler's team] before they were in office that this position was there, and we also said how great Pat was." "The mayor-elect said he knew of the position - he heard from me directly on a number of occasions," says Paul Lumley, executive director of Portland's Native

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American Youth and F am il y C enter, who helped write the job description for the liaison position. "Maybe during the transition it's hard to keep all the balls up in the air." That's how Davis Gibson views the end of her stint in City H a ll. She says she'd been hoping to be contacted by Wheeler's transition team about staying on. When that didn't happen by the second half of November, she gave notice she'd be resigning as of Dec. 28. She' s now director of an environmental organization in Sheridan, Wyoming. "This isn't my first political rodeo, and it's not a good sign when someone's not reaching out to you," Davis Gibson tells the Mercury. She says Wheeler's chief of staff, Maurice Henderson, "talked to me and said basically this just fell off the radar." Wheeler's office offers another version of events. Spokesperson Michael Cox says the mayor relied on communications from Hales' team when settling on new staffers, and that Henderson and Davis Gibson met twice. By the time they had their first meeting on Nov. 23, though, Davis Gibson had already given notice she was leaving. " We were brought i nt o th e h i r i n g process at the final stage and only as a courtesy," says Cox, who helped scrutinize Davis Gibson and other finalists on Wheeler's behalf. "Our preference would have been to hire for the position for the first time once we took office, conducting our own outreach and setting up our own process." Wheeler will hire a new liaison, Cox

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says, and is preparing a new selection process. That news, delivered late last w eek, came as a relief to people lik e Lumley, who view the liaison position as crucial. Whomever Wheeler taps to take the liaison role, it won't be directly under him, as it was with Hales. Cox says the mayor intends to place the position in the city's Office of Government Relations. (Hales' office tried to do that, but met pushback by the office's then-director, Martha Pellegrino. )

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Happy 18th Birthday Tracker Feb. 19, 2017 Love ya! Above, Rylan Zamarripa and Naomi Estrella Lopez Cruz playinstruments during the Christmas Concert held at the Pendleton Early Learning Center. Leff photo, Gabriel Warner-Picard,son of Marcellina Moody-Picard, is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs vtrho performed during the Christmas Concert. Standing behind Warner-Picard to the left is Diana Fuerte Ri vera vtrho is next to Brayden Fix.

Little ones sing Christmas carols for family After having been postponed in December due to severe weather, the Pendleton Early Leearning Center held their Christmas Concert in January. Over 50 students sang Christmas carols as their family, friends, and teachers gathered to listen. Songs included "Rudolp the Red Nose Reindeer" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas". Students also sand one song in the Umatilla Language that was taught by Mildred Quaempts.

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American Indian museum to resume construction after 5 years OKLA H O M A C ITY (AP) - Museum officials said construction of the American Indian Cultural Center & Museum in Oklahoma City may resume as soon as this fall after a decades-long effort to create it. Fundraisers have collected $10.8 million in private donations, the Oklahoman reported. Fundraisers said they' ve collected enough funds to complete and open the museum, as outlined in a 2015 state law. Museum officials approved a pl an to allow the acceptance of the donated money and give Executive Director Blake Wade authority to deposit the money in a state "completion fund." According to Oklahoma City attorney John Michael Williams, depositing the private donations would start the process of issuing state bonds. He said the process would take four to five months. "I predict construction, if things go routinely, construction would start in

October," he said. The private donations are the first installment of the state's $25 million pledge of matching funds to finish the museum. The cost to complete the museum is estimated to be at least $65 million. "This is a milestone resolution, a milestone day," Williams said. The inside of the 162,000-square-foot museum remained mostly unfinished when construction came to a halt five years ago due to insufficient state funding, with the exterior of the museum nearly finished. In 2015, Oklahoma City leaders and t he Chickasaw N a t ion p a r t n ered t o complete and open the museum. Their partnership also includes the development of su r r o u n d in g c o m m ercial property. Currently, the board includes $876,000 into its annual expenses to maintain the facility, secure the site and preserve warranties.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A federal appeals court has found nothing heavenly about a Michigan's man claim to have a religious right to grow pot. The court on Jan. 26 uph eld an 18-month p r i s on sentence for Brendan Barnes. In 2014, Lansing authorities responding to a gas leak found 321 plants at his house. Police found more marijuana at another house in Marshall.

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said in his letter. "We understand that for native Hawaiians, kuleana are saAfter facing criticism, Facebook CEO cred and the quiet title process can be Mark Zuckerberg has dropped the "quiet difficult. We want to make this right, t itle and p a r t i t i on " l a w s u it s he h a d t alk with th e community, and f in d a brought on more than 300 people — liv- better approach." ing and passed on — with ancestral links Mark Zuckerberg bought 700 acres of to the land. beachfront property on the North Shore I n a Jan. 27 letter t o T h e G a r d en of Kauai in 2014. But that property has I sland, M ar k Z u c k e r k uleana lands dot t i n g berg said: "We' ve heard it, so Native Hawaiians from many in the comhave access to portions 'Now that I munity and learned more of Zuckerberg's property. understand the " The l an d i s m a d e about the cultural and historical significance of up of a few p r operties issues better, it' s this land. Over the past in Waipake, Pila'a, and clear we made a week, we' ve spoken with several kuleana within community leaders and mistake.' them. As this community shared that our intention knows, the history of this is to achieve an outcome land is complex. Many of that preserves the environment, respects you have shared your families stories, and local traditions, and is fair to those with we want to honor their history," Mark kuleana lands." Zuckerberg said in his letter. "Upon reflecKuleana lands refer to land acquired tion, I regret that I did not take the time by Hawaii citizens through passage of to fully understand the quiet title process The Kuleana Act of 1850, which allowed and its history before we moved ahead. private ownership of land. The lands often Now that I understand the issues better, it's clear we made a mistake." pass down through generations without documentation. The Honolulu Star AdMany are happy with his decision to vertiser noted that the quiet title law can stop the lawsuits. "I am h u m b l ed. Thousands of evbe used to establish legal title to kuleana lands, but it doesn't happen often because eryday people stood up and spoke out it is expensive. against one of the most influential bil"To find a better path forward, w e lionaires, the best PR professionals, and are dropping our quiet title actions and the best attorneys in the world, and we will work together with the community won," state representative Kaniela Ing on a new approach," Mark Zuckerberg told BBC News.

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Navajos consider switching name to Dine Nation GALLUP, N.M. (AP) - Navajo Nation leaders are considering changing the name of the tribal government from Navajo to Dine. Legislation proposing the official name change went before the Navajo Nation Council's Budget and Finance Committee and was unanimously supported, The Gallup Independent reported Jan.

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The legislation would change the name of the Navajo Nation to Dine Nation and would have the president and all departments, divisions, agencies and entities of the tribe use the phrase -Dine Nation" in describing the lands and people. All resolutions of the D ine N ation government would be certified as being duly enacted in Window Rock, Arizona, Dine Nation; and all correspondence, stationary and letterhead of all divisions, agencies, and so on of the tribe would use the designation Dine Nation. Health, Education and Hu man Services Committee Chairman Jonathan Hale said he decided to sponsor the bill after an elderly woman asked him why they use the term Navajo. She said the term Navajo comes from Spanish conquistadors. Dine is the Navajo word meaning -the people" and is commonly w hat tribal members call themselves. Budget and Finance Committee member Tom Chee thanked Hale for sponsoring the name change proposal. -We are almost too apologetic to call ourselves who we are because we want

to be part of the dominant society," Chee said. "We' re even apologetic to speak own language." Chee said he is proud to be called Dine. He said strengthening cultural values is important. " Every culture has their ow n l a n guage, their own names for their home," he said. -Our language is sacred and we tend to forget that."





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Where: Nixyaawii Senior Center, 51 Umatilla Loop When FebrUary7th 14th 21st 28th March 7th 14 Time: 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

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Where: Yellowhawk Community Wellness Prevention Room When FebrUary8th 15th 22nd March 1st 8th 15 Time: 8:30 am to 11:00 am


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