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An art piece that will be on display in new cases at the Fort Walla Walla Museum thanks to a grant given by the Wildhorse Foundation.

Dave Tovey resigns as Exec Director

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Sergeant Ashleigh 'Weanako' Wolfand her father, David Wolf, enjoyed some time on the beachin Hawaii.


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n cient n e By Wil Phinney of the CUJ rapped in a deerskin bundle, the Ancient One was quickly buried on the morning of Saturday, Feb. I 8, with as many as 10 men at a time taking turns shoveling earth into a six-foot deep grave surrounded by twisted sagebrush and tumbleweeds, and green grass laidover from a footofsnow growing toward hopes of spring, while Canada geese were specks of sound in the gray clouds overhead. As the bell ended and Washat songs concluded, a fine mist fell on an estimated 220 observers, the women in shawls and robes and blankets on the south side, and the men, mostly in jeans and sweatshirts, but for a few in Pendleton vests and leather moccasins, on the north side. It was quiet, but it wasn't necessarily somber. It was emotional, but not necessarily sad. Any tears flowed for relief and happiness to witness the Ancient One, commonly known as Kennewick Man, returned to his resting place after two decades of court challenges and scientific study. "It feels like a 20-year funeral," said Armand Minthorn, a religious leader and Board of Trustees member on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, who has shepherded Ancient One issues &om start to finish. He opened with comments at the repatriation and dressing ceremony at the Burke Museum in Seattle and was the final speaker after the Ancient One was put back in the ground. At the burial site, several people expressed their feelings.


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than 9,000 years old, but it would take 20 years of court challenges, much scientific study and finally a DNA analysis conducted by a renowned scientist in Copenhagen, Denmark, to determine that the Ancient One is genetically most closely related to the five modern-day tribes. The day before the reburial, nearly three "It's all one heart, one mind," said Michael dozen representatives of the five tribes met at Ray Johnson&om theConfederated Tribes of the Burke Museum in Seattle where the skeletal the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). remains of the Ancient One had been held since That was a phrase heard again and again they were found along the river. In addition, during the day — unity among tribes and in parthere were officials ticular the five Co&om the U.S. Army lumbia River Plateau Corps of Engineers, Tribes that worked Washington State t was quiet, but it wasn' t together to rebury Department of the Ancient One in necessarily somber. Itw as Archaeology and accordance with their Historic Preservaemotional, but not necessarily religious and cultural tion, and curators practices. sad. Any tears flowed for relief of the University of The Confederated Washington Burke and happiness to witness the Tribes of the UmaMuseum, to repatritilla Indian ReservaAncient One returned to his ate the remains to tion, Confederated the five claimant resting place a fter two decades Tribes and Bands of tribes. the Yakama Nation, of courtchallenges and scienAt the Burke Nez Perce Tribe, that day and at the tific study. the Confederated burial site the next Tribes of the Colville day only two menReservation, and the Robert Taylor &om Wanapum Band of Priest Rapids and James Kiona from Yakama Indians were "galvanized" in their effort. - were allowed to physically touch the bones, The work began in 1996 when two young but 35 people at the museum took part in an men inadvertently discovered human remains emotionally charged dressing ceremony with along the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washat funeral songs. Washington, and reported their find to local The bones, exposed to oxygen at the Burke, authorities. It is believed at least one of those had become brittle and dry to the point of demen, now in his 40s, attended the reburial and terioration. Some of the bones crumbled when then silently slipped away. Ancient One rests Pa e 18 Carbon datingfound the bones to be more

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MISSION — A 60-unit housing project and a 50,000-to-60,000 square foot education center will be built on property just west of a health clinic already under construction on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The approximately 30-acre Bowman Property is becoming the hub of activity for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). The property is now, or soon will be, home to the Nixyaawii Governance Center, the Tribal Police Department, the Energy and Enviommental Sciences Program and its greenhouse domes, Tribal Transit System and vehicle maintenance facilities, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center under construction, and now a planned housing project covering 25 acres, and the one-story facility to house all education functions, including Nixyaawii Community School. The Bowman property won out over two other housing sites — East Bench, also known as Wyit View, and the Nagel site. The Wyit View site, which is partially developed but carries political baggage, scored second and the Nagel site, which would likely be a favorite because of H


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CTUIR Exec. Director Dave Tovey resigns MISSION — Dave Tovey has for the second time in 30 years resigned his position as executive director for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). The CTUIR Board of Trustees accepted Tovey's resignation during a meeting Feb. 27. Tovey, a CTUIR member who started his work in 1986 for the Tribes as a planner, served as executive director until February of 2002 when he resigned and took a similar job for the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Tribes in Coos Bay.

He returned to the CTUIR to replace Don Sampson on April 1, 2011. Over the years, Tovey, a graduate of the University of Idaho, has worked as executive director for the Coquille Indian

Tribe, as deputy d i r ector for C ayuse Technologies, Economic Development Director for Siletz Tribal Business Corporation, and for the Economic Development Corporation of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians. He serves on many local, state and national organizations. He recently was appointed as a member of the Port of Umatilla Board of Commissioner s. The BOT has announced that deputy Executive Director Debra Croswell will serve as interim Executive Director. At the direction of the BOT, the CTUIR Communication Department released a four paragraph news release and no additional information. Here's the release: The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla indian Reservation's (CTUIR) Board o f Trustees have announced a transition in

executive administrative leadership today. Mr. Dave Tovey Jr., Executive Director is resigning his role as the most senior executive for theTribalgovernment's administrative arm. The Board directly supervises two positions within the government structure: the executive and deputy executive directors. Deputy Executive Director Debra Croswell will be acting executive director. Chairman Gary Burke said, "We experienced tremendous growth under Mr. Tovey's administrative leadership and we look for- At left, Dave Toveyin 2001 when he first served as the Executive Director, and at right when ward to his future accomplishments in his he served again in the same position until his new endeavors." resignation on Feb. 27,2017. Mr. Tovey served as the Tribes' executive directorfor the last six years. "1 t has been my Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes, formed honor to serve my People in this capacity," under the Treaty of 1855 at the Walla Walla said Mr. Tovey. Valley. The CTU1Rformed a Constitutional The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla indian Reservation is made-up of the Cayuse, form of government in 1949.

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called in October of 2016. B righam w a s ou t o f g o v e r n m e n t work for the last 14 months because she

stepped away from her secretary duties to challenge Gary Burke as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Burke won and

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potentially larger lot sizes, scored lowest because it would need water from Well 6, which has not been drilled. The Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) gave its nod to the Bowman property for a new Education facility that may be developed in phases. In any eventuality, it would include Education Department administration, CayUma-Wa Head Start, daycare, Language, the After School program, the Higher Education program, the Title 6 program, the Recreation Program, and Nixyaawii Community School. One constant, no matter whether or not it is built in phases, is a larger gymnasium.

65 HOUSING UNITS This will be the third housing project since the Mission Creek homes built in 1997. The second was four years ago when Huckleberry Loop - six three-bedroom units and two elder units — were built in 2013. Architects are expected to start work this spring on the new pr oject, which doesn t yet have a name. The 25-acre (an acre is 43,560 square feet; in comparison a football field is 57,600 square feet) project, which is planned to the south and west of the new health clinic, should accommodate 60 units. Based on density calculations from the North Hill in Pendleton, J.D. Tovey, CTUIR Planner, thinks in some cases there will be as many as three units per acre. The North Hill has "shorter blocks" with homes "walkable to parks." "We' re not building a city," he said. "One third of an acre is not a tiny lot."

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There also could be half and three- at Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Cayuse who want to retire to the reservation but fourth acre parcels, and a playground Technologies and tribal g can't because there's no place for them close to the center of the housing complex. "They are returning for the economy, to move. It's all still on the drawing board. g ov e r n m e n t W h il e a n "It's all about options," Tovey said. and social serother 60 housNow that a site has been identified, said v ices," T o v ey 'I want an apartment with a i ng un it s w i l l Marcus Luke, director of the CTUIR Hous- said. "Now peocertainly make little patio. I don't want to ing Department, the next question will be ple are making a diffe rence, what kind of homes the community wants. money and now mow a lawn.' "Do we w an t r e n t als, apartments, we need places T ovey is c o n duplexes, triplexes? Do we want to build to live." — J.D. Tovey, CTUIR Planning Department Director cerned a b p u t high?" Many of the c reating w h a t Luke said it will be important to keep people coming c ould be con the General Council updated and make back, and many air eady working on the tribal members aware that the new resi- reservation, fall in to a middle income sidered rich- and low-income developdences will be "market rate rentals." bracket where there is no "middle market" me n t s within the community. "We want the community to be ho"Market rate" means the rent on an for housing. "There are peopl apartment on the reservation likely will be e in the projects earn- m o g enous. We don't wanta low campus close to an ing six figures. T hey haven't saved a n d a n u p per campus or else we wil l e qu i v a to buy or they don't want to move. divide the community," Tovey said. lent apart'We' re 'working Now we (mid die income ) rent i n On e w ay t h a t w i l l be accomplished m ent i n t own and w o r k for tribal governi s b y r e m odeling the oldest HUD and people' now. We' re t o w n . ment, pay prop erty taxes, pay seven N A H A SDA homes over the next 20 years. Those deor eight perce nt taxes for livmg in not just labeled low Many of the older homes were built in c isi o n s , toom," Tovey s aid . the 1970s and have a life expectancy of income.' however, Again, Tove y said, it's all about 4 0 t o 50 years. will evenoptions. — Marcus Luke, "We could m a ybe duct t ape them "I want an a partment with a little together another 20years," Tovey said. tually be CTUIR Housing Director d eci d e d patio. I don' t want to mow a lawn," "The new homes will reduce the presby th e he said. sure while we fix up the project homes. It Tribes' Board of Trustees, Luke said. Others live in ho would give us the chance to cycle people "We' re 'working people' now. We' re Some married and nceded a two-bedroom in and out to replace or remodel." not just labeled low income," Luke said. home. Then they had children and needed The Eeb. 1 evaluation and analysis to Luke said more housing is an "opportu- four bedrooms but ere s no a er o the Board of Trustees said this: Based on nity for tribal members to come home" and climb to that three- o the decision matrix, the site with the most Tovey agrees because he's one of them. on the reservation. And, likewise, when benefits with the least amount of poten"I see a lot coming back because I'm their children grow up and a couple wants tial issues is Bowman property. It offers one of them. Portland, San Diego, Phoenix. to retire there's no I adder to climb down the most flexibility in development of a I want an apartment, that's all I need," to a smaller house. mix of home types for the broadest range Tovey said. Tovey said he knows of tribal members Tribal members have returned to work in Pendleton living in a six-bedroom home E ti n f i l i t P 17

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ews Cayuse Tech. continues to undergo changes MISSION — After four years of sales plateauing and then dropping by 3.5 million in 2015, Cayuse Technologies (CT) has taken new strides to step away from their past and focus on building their future. "We haven't grown back to where we were but we' re starting too," said Billy Nerenberg, Executive Director of CT. In the past year, the company has obtained new Fortune 500 companies as clients, received various

and growth. As of late, TBJ is looking at writing an their growth. The paper will be titled "Delivering ITO article on the company's business model -"The Human and BPO Services from Remote Domestic Location." "This is more evidence that people are seeing what we Cloud". Similar to "the cloud" computing technology, where data and resources are shared on demand to are doing and want« another device, the Human Cloud relies on people with ing to know more," specific skillsets that can be sold as a solution to other N erenberg said i n y+~ companies. An example would be that when Microsoft an email. wants to create software but is in need of more people According to Eato get it done, they can then go to CT to obtain people gleheart, CT currentwith those skillsets. ly employs 233 and Since the release of the TBJ ar- a pprox i m a t el y 3 0 ticles, universities also have shown are tribally enrolled CAYUSEYECHIIOEOGIES: interest in CT. In February, Preston American Indians or Eagleheart, CTUIR Tribal member descendants. "I think the area and Chief of Staff at Cayuse Technologies, was invited to participate where we lack is that we haven't been able to build our in a two-day conference, "Sover[CTUIR] Tribal member employment," said Hufford. eignty and E-Commerce: Innovating Shippentower also agreed and said she'd like to see and Reshaping the Borders of Indian more CTUIR members employed at CT. Country," h el d a t A r i z on a State As the company continues to focus on obtaining University. Eaglehart spoke about Tribal employees, Eagleheart said he encourages all the company's b u siness platform Tribal members to apply because there are many new and how it is transitioning into new opportunities on the horizon. Another success for CT, according to both Eagleheart economic growth for th e CTUIR. CT was the only Tribal technology and Nerenberg, is that they have gone from Accenture business present. employees holding all management positions to now In the conference audience of solely CTUIR employees holding those management roughly 150 people were representa- positions. When CT first started, Accenture provided the management. Since then, those managers have An article published in the Tribal Business Journal on Cayuse Technologies in May tives of the past Obama administraoutlined what the company doesas a technology business on the reservation. tion as well as the Trump transition moved on and CT has been able to hire and train their t eam. A ls o i n a t t e n d a nce w e r e staff to fill those positions. They were able to accomplish recognition from the Tribal Business Journal as well s e v e ral tribal leaders from across the nation, including this through internal training and use of their college as two universities — Arizona State and Missouri — and B r i an Cladoosby, President of the National Congress of re-imbursement program as well as hiring some posiare now currently 100 percent managed by employees A m e r i can Indians. tions externally. Because CT is owned by the CTUIR, "Overall it was a good experience," said Eagleheart. the employees are then considered CTUIR employees, of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). "Getting the Cayuse brand out in Indian Country is according to Nerenberg. This is all in addition to Cayuse Technologies (CT) b e n eficial for the Tribes as a whole." As Cayuse Technologies continues to grow, it will be bringing in a million dollars in new revenue in 2016 A l so , t h e University of Missouri has requested per- looking into a Google partnership as well as expanding outside the walls of Accenture, their first and only direct m i s s ion from CT to publish an academic paper about its locations into other states. client of nine years with whom they still do 89 percent of their business. Currently on their new client list is Hewlett Packard, IBM, Lenovo, and Cisco. "Our struggle has always been about developing clientele ... but Accenture has been great to us, they' re our number one client," said Koko Hufford, member of the CT Board of Directors. "I think we' ve always been successful .... Success is keeping the doors open ..." According to Nerenber, bringing on these new clients means that CT will be generating more income but more importantly they will have more control over how they deliver their products. Now instead of relying solely :~P on Accenture for business as a ling subcontractor, CT will be working as the prime-contractor for the New Youth Council poses for photo after being sworn into their positions. In front row is Vincent Sheoships, Megan Van Pelt, new clients. Beto Zamudio, Tanner Bates, JuJu Matamoros, and Grace Moses. In backrowis Kylie Mountain Chief, No'lani Malumaleumu, The company has also continMagi Moses, Moses Moses, Lindsey Littlesky, Lark Moses. Not picturedis Zexh Cyr and Sistine Moses. ued to garner attention from the Tribal Business Journal (TBJ), a tribally owned monthly publication that is distributed to every MISSION — Youth Counto fix them." Native American tribal leadership cil members for 2017 were Kelsey Burns, former CulI4%hr'i//It%, co u n c i l an d d ecision-maker, as sworn in at the N i x yaawii tural Ambassador and 201 4 E well as all Business Development Governance Center as many C hair of th e C T U I R T r i b a l Preston Eagleheart Corporations, according to their of their family, friends, and y outh Co u n cil, g i f ted n e w website. Tribal employees observed. Cultural A m b a ssador Beto In October 2016 CT was featured with Rosenda Ship"This is your council, try Zamudio and Chair Vincent pentower on the front page of the TBJ. Shippentower is a to do the best you can," said Sheoships medallions to show member of the CT Board of Directors and she is also the LindseyLittlesky Vincent Sheoships G ary Burke, Chairman o f his support and encourageTreasurer for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla the Board of Trustees for the ment in their new roles. Indian Reservation. Prior to that issue, the TBJ had also Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian ReservaA total of 14 young people are currently serving written an article in May 2016 when the magazine went tion. "You will make mistakes that has to happen. on the board while two positions are still open: one into detail about CT and the type of business it provides. If there are no mistakes then you' re not trying. But from Nixyaawii Community School and the other at Because of the attention that both articles received, when you make mistakes, try to do the best you can Pendleton High School. the Journal presented CT with an award on innovation

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WITH U.S. MARINES Ashleigh Wolf representing the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation with a CTUIR patch on her helmet.

Ashleigh 'Weanako' Wolf, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, flies on the CH-53E Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopter. Segeant Wolf is a mechanic who works on the engines, transmisssions and flight control systems of the largest military helicopterin the United States.

ANEOHE BAY MARINE CORPS BASE, Hawaii — Sergeant Ashleigh'Weanako"Wolf's five-year tour with the U.S. Marines was to end March 4. Instead, she reenlisted in early February for another four years and soon will learn her next orders. Wolf enlisted with hopes of being part of crash-fire teams, but when that opportunity wasn't available she became a mechanic working on engines, transmissions and flight control systems on the CH53E helicopter — the largest in the Marine fleet. Wolf described the CH-53E as a "flying school bus" able to carry cargo ranging from jeeps to a "lot of people." Since starting her service with boot camp in South Carolina and basic training in North Carolina, Wolf has been in Hawaii since the fall of 2012. Based in Hawaii, she has been on training exercises on other islands such as Okinawa, Japan, in 2013, as well as stateside in Yuma, Arizona. On Hawaii she has taken advantage of her weekends "diving with sharks, snorkeling with turtles, skydiving five times, hiking as often as I can. It's not a bad place to be stuck." Wolf said she likes to get home at least once a year and likes it when she has visitors. Her father, David Wolf, visited in January, and her mother, Jennifer Mesteth, visited in December of 2015. Wolf will be back on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in March. She will next be moving on to more training and awaiting new orders.



Thisis a view from the ramp of the heavy-litt CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter that can cany a 26,000-pound Light Armored Vehicle,16 tons of cargo 50 miles and back, or enough combat-loaded Marines to lead an assault or humanitarian operation; but perhaps what' s most amazing about the largest military helicopter in the U.S. is what it achieves despite its size. Though powerful enough to litt nearly every aircraft in the Marine inventory, the CH-53E Super Stallion is compact enough to deploy on amphibious assault ships, and has the armament, speed and agility to qualify as much more than a heavy litter. The Marine CH-53E is armed with windowmounted .50-caliber machine guns, chaff and flare dispensers for anti-air defense, anin-flight refueling probe for limitless range and a forward-lookinginfrared (FLIR) imager for night and all-weather navigation, according to the Marines website.

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That's Ashleigh Wolf, second from the right of the emblem, part of the flightline shop crew at Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base in Hawaii.

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xercisin our ri very time state legislatures meet, we are playing defense and watching out for bills that may threaten the rights and the lifestyle of our people. This session, in both Oregon and Washington, we are doing a lot of proactive work to make sure that statutes accurately reflect the relationship between the states and our Tribes.


For example, in 2015 CTUIR applied for an Oregon grant from the Veteran's and War Memorials Grant Program. The grant would have been used to make improvements at the our Nix-Ya-Wii Warrior's Memorial. Despite the State acknowledging that the project was an excellent effort to recognize veterans, it was not given consideration by the grant review committee. How could an "excellent" application be cast aside? Because the only eligible applicants are cities, counties, metropolitan service districts, park and recreation districts, and port districts. The only way the Tribes could be eligible for grant funding was if we partnered with the county to make the application or changed the law.

This fork in the road led us to request House Bill 2405, introduced by Representative John Lively, which will add federally recognized tribes to the list of eligible applicants for grant funding. The bill passed unanimously out of the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources chaired by State Representative Brian Clem. It then went to the floor

s Washington while implementing this kind of education policy.

Itis important to not only be defensive, but also offensive to protect our Treaty Rights and our Constitutional form of government.

In Washington State, Representative David Sawyer introduced Senate House Bill (SHB) 1357, the StateTribal Relations bill, which would create a forum for Tribes and the legislature to work together not unlike the Oregon Legislative Commission on Indian Services (LCIS). The bill passed House Appropriations and is in the Rules Committee and was amended with input from CTUIR. State Representative Sawyer credits CTUIR with educating him about the LCIS process and giving him the inspiration to draft this bill. Washington is also creating a new Department of Children, Youth and Families via 2SHB 1661 which passed out of House Appropriations with the CTUIRrequest amendment for inclusion sponsored by State Representative Sawyer. The amendment would secure the right of CTUIR to consult with the State on issues related to children, youth and families.

of the House of Representatives where it again passed unanimously. Now it is working its way through the State Senate.

This is just a sampling of the work being done in Oregon and Washington. Our efforts to pay attention to issues both large and small insure protection of our rights as a people and as a sovereign nation. Our staff review over countless bills and are working on over 120 this legislative session. It is important to not only be defensive, but also offensive to protect our Treaty Rights and our Constitutional form of government.

On the State Senate side, CTUIR Education Department Director Modesta Minthorn testified in the Senate Education Committee along with Oregon Governor Kate Brown and other tribes to support Senate Bill 13, which would, finally, establish a Native American curriculum for use in Oregon schools. The bill provides for each of the federally recognized tribes to develop curriculum that is specific to their history and the language, and the structure draws on lessons learned in both of the states of Montana and


The AncientOne brings renewed hope he March winds are bringing change to the land and they remind us the only thing constant in our lives is change. Our People are preparing for the arrival of celery — a sign that spring is coming. With spring's arrival, we will all come out of our winter lethargy and look forward to more outside activities and events. As we shake off the snow, we can reflect on the winter season we endured and how our lives have changed.


We finally re-laid to rest our ancestor the Ancient One. He was brought out of his long rest over 20 years ago and was kept among the living at the Burke Museum in Seattle. There have been numerous Tribal members and professional staff who have worked diligently to honor the Ancient One by insuring he was repatriated. A number of those dedicated people have passed on and were awaiting the Ancient One' s reburial on the other side. We have had to defend our beliefs, our culture and our values to secure his repatriation. We have been told that we do not believe in science, which is patently false. We have a strong belief in science. Our

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To those who have defended our beliefs and doggedly pursued the repatriation of the Ancient One, we thank you. We are grateful for your service.

We have had to defend our beliefs, our culture and our values to secure his repatriation. We have been told that we do not believe in science, which is patently false. We have a strong beliefin science. Our elders taught us how to live with and on the land.

It has always been our hope that the dominant society will respect our ways and acknowledge that all cultures have a right to determine how best to take care of their ancestors. But we know that hoping for the best does not solve problems. We know that hard work, relentless determination and changing the hearts and minds of people from coast to coast is what it will take. We did it for two decades for the Ancient One and we will do it for many more.

There are still over 100,000 American Indian human remains held in both public and private collections across the United States. Our work to have them returned to rest will continue as we do what it takes to defend our cultural values.

elders taught us how to live with and on the land. These teachings were based on our elders' systematic approach to organizing knowledge by forming and testing ideas and practices that explain how best to live, protect and preserve our natural resources and our own lives.

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o umns Lack of free press nothing new in Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwiea Keiji — Stands Up For Them)

he Trump Administration has decided that the press "is the enemy of the people." As a Lakota man who has been involved with the press since the 1970s I must take exception to this proclamation. Many years ago I was covering a story for my newspaper Indian Country Today and in pursuing it I traveled to the Bureau of Indian Affairs headquarters in Aberdeen, South Dakota, to attend a meeting involving the Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation and the BIA. Since the story involved a large sum of money that the BIA was about to lend these tribes for a business venture I believed it was necessary to cover it for the press. The motto of my newspaper back then was "Standing up for the people's right to know" and it is still the motto of the Native Sun News Today newspaper. With that belief in mind I walked in at the beginning of the meeting with a notepad in hand and a camera hanging around my neck. The meeting was immediately called to a halt and I was asked to leave. I refused so the meeting was closed and moved to a private location. Covering the tribal government was also difficult at times. If a topic arose that the Tribal Council did not want their constituents to know about they simply called for an "executive session" thereby making the discussion private and I was forced to leave the meeting. So having been in the news business for more than 40 years I greatly admire the reporters who brought Watergate to the public's knowledge and forced the resignation of a "crooked" president. Woodward and Bernstein became the heroes of many of us just starting our careers in the field of journalism. Like anyone human, the press makes mistakes, but nearly every newspaper in the United States, including mine, is very quick to write a correction for any error, or to give anyone who felt slighted by a story


to respond to the story. My newspapers have always had an open forum for personal opinions and an open page for letters to the editor. If a letter writer or opinion writer wants to criticize the United States government or the Tribal government the pages of my newspapers have always been open for their freedom of expression. Some Indian newspapers do not offer that freedom. There are papers owned by the tribal governments that never allow dissenting opinions and there are newspapers that consider themselves to be the "legal newspapers" of a tribe and therefore not free to criticize or report on any malfeasance or corruption within the tribe to whom they have sold their loyal However, every newspaper, and that includes Indian newspapers, have their "trolls" that have nothing good to say about anyone or anything and their constant attacks on everything are so libelous as to be unprintable for fear of lawsuits. I believe this equates to allowing anyone to yell "fire" in a crowded movie theater. If a critic wants to offer genuine criticism without attempting to smear, demean and slander the writer, those honest rebuttals are acceptable. But as we have learned over the years the main objective of a "troll" is to destroy the credibility of the writer. The press in general has not set out to destroy or


diminish the credibility of President Donald Trump. In fact checking his comments they have been amazed at the number of outright lies he tweets or exudes in his daily communications with the public. These acts of dishonesty are not to be ignored or swept under the rug because they can be dangerous to the security of this country. In the beginning the major news sources had a problem in trying to determine when or how to call Trump's lies a lie. Press freedom and honest reporting go hand in hand. And so now we in the press are the enemy of the people and Trump's Administration has decided that the best way to deal with the big news sources is to exclude them from press conferences. Some have suggested that the press should do tit-fortat. However it turns out it is a new ball game that none of the national media has ever witnessed before and so for the press it is "back to the drawing boards." However being named the enemy of the tribal governments is not new to the Indian press; we just had to learn how to get around it. Contact Tim Giago at naj ournalistl@gmail.corn. Giago was thefounder of the Native American Journalists Association and is a member of theSouth Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame. Find indianz.corn online, onfacebook, on twitter, on Google+ and on soundcloud

Covering the tribal government was also difficult at times. If a topic arose that the Tribal Council did not want their constituents to know about they simply called for an "executive session" thereby making the discussion private and I was forced to leave the meeting.

Trump's new Executive Order: Start smoking President Trum p s i gned an executive order that requires all U.S. citizens, even children, must take up cigarettes or "use" tobacco products by end of 2017. If citizens do not comply they risk jail time or pay severe penalties up to $250,000. Little is known of how this executive order will be monitored, but there is speculation that some kind of incentive program will be put in place. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos has plans underway to take covert, on-the-sly smoking out of school bathrooms and out in the open — just as soon as the Department of Education figures out this whole gender specific restroom thing. A Whitehouse spokesperson said, "Tobacco is good for the American economy. The tobacco industry creates jobs. It's un-American not to use tobacco. Those so-called reports that smoking is bad for your health are simply a matter of fake news." Tobacco products are the leading cause of cancer and other health diseases including heart disease, stroke, and emphysema. Cigarettes are known to contain several carcinogenic chemicals including arsenic and formaldehyde. Also, the world is flat and the Easter Bunny is real. Responding to the dangers of cigarettes President Trump reportedly said "It's just another scare tactic, like so-called climate change. Fake news. If global warming

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Responding to the dangers of cigarettes President Trump reportedly said "It'sjust another scare tactic, like so-called climate change. Fake news. If global warming was real, then how come it's snowingin that place with the green ground and big sky you know that outside place with the wolf puppies and baby bears and stuff?Those are some bad, bad hombres." was real, then how come it's snowing in that place with the green ground and big sky — you know that outside place with the wolf puppies and baby bears and stuff? Those are some bad, bad hombres." T he mandatory smoking order fo l l owed u p t h e order to dismantle the Stream Protection Rule, a safeguard crafted to protect clean water and the health of communities threatened by coal mining. Republican lawmakers overturned the protection rule using the Congressional Review Act, a seldom-used law which removes the public out of the process by allowing roll backs on recently finalized regulations. President Trump mentioned to a Whitehouse staffer that he plans for Americans to stop eating fruits and

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vegetables in addition to Americans taking up smoking. "The deportation mandates of those who live and work in our country will assist — bigger tariffs on Mexican imports, and no farm workers working illegally to harvest crops. Who likes fruits and vegetables anyway? Nobody, that's who. Vitamins and minerals are fake news." Tiffany Midgeis an assistant poetry editor at The Rumpus, and an award-winning author of The Woman Who Married a Bear. Her workis featured in McSweeney's, The Rumpus, Okey-Pankey, The Butter, Waxwing, and Moss. Sheis Hunkpapa Lakota. Follow her on Twitter @Tif fa nyMidg — From Indiancountrytodaymedia.corn

Mary Morris Sept. 30, 1958 — Feb. 12, 2017

Janice Luth, Tom Forest, Susan Porter, Bob and Jon Dyer and Wayne Barnes. Graveside burial services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Mountain View Cemetery with Father Matthew Nicks officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Assumption Catholic Church or Walla Walla Community Hospice through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla. Friends and family are invited to sign the online guest book at www.herrin

Mary Rose Morris was born Sept. 30, 1958 in Pendleton, Oregon, the daughter of Troy Albert Cherry and Daisy (Cunningham). Cherry had lived in Ringold since 1968. Mary had been a fire chief for the Ringold Volunteer Fire Department and was a member of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation. Mary loved fishing, going to the casino and Weather information summarize data taken at cooking for her family. Her grandchildren were the Pendleton Weather Station Lat 45 40 N and her greatest joy. Lon -118 51 W from Feb. 1 to Feb. 27. She married Robert Gene Morris in 1978. The average daily temperature was 35.1 deMary was preceded in death by her parents grees with a high of 63 degrees on Feb. 20 and and her sister, Susan Moffitt. a low of 11 degrees on Feb. 1. With a departure She is survived by her husband, Robert from normal of -3.4 degrees Gene Morris; three sons, Randy Jamison of Total precipitation to date in Feb. was 2.20" Ringold, Rusty Morris of Ringold and Robin with greatest 24hr average 0.47" Feb. 21-21. Morris and wife Desaray of Branson, MO; eight Fifteen days out of the month had precipitation grandchildren, Chasey Jamison, Kayla Jamison level greater than .01 inches with eight days and Tommy Jamison, Hunter Morris, Kaden Mor- greater than 0.10 inches. There was a departure ris, Makenzie Morris, Tracker Morris and Tatum of 1.13" from average for the month of February. Morris; brothers, Fred Jamison of Rufe, Leroy The averagewind speed was 6.6 mph with a Jamison of Ft. Smith, AR and Michael Broncheau sustained max speed of 46 mph from the South of Pendleton, OR; sisters, Paula Post of Oregon, West onFeb. 20.A peak speed of 59 mph ocValerie Guzman of Pendleton, OR and Katie curred from the South West on Feb. 20. The domiCase of Ada, OK along with many other relatives nant wind direction was from the South West. and friends. There were three clear, 11 partly cloudy and Services were held at the Miller & Miller Fu- 13 cloudy day(s) in the month of February. neral Home Chapel on Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. Condolences may be sent to www.millerandmillerfuneralhome.corn.

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Notice is hereby given that the Public Works Office of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Marjorie "Midge" Forest Dyer, 98, passed Indian Reservation has developed a Draft Tribal away Feb. 13, 2017, at the Washington Odd Transportation Improvement Program (TTIP) Fellows Home in Walla Walla. She was born on priority list. The list identifies and prioritizes Sept. 24, 1918, to parents Selena and Edgar For- proposed road projects for the next three years est in Pendleton. She attended school in Adams, and provides preliminary cost estimates for the and graduated from high school at St. Vincent' s projects. Priorities are based upon the 2017 funding for Academy in Walla Walla in 1936. She married Robert C. Dyer on July 24, 1942, the Tribal Transportation Program as allocated in Walla Walla where they spent their married by Congress and will change from year to year life. Midge was employed for many Walla Walla based upon a variety of factors. Copies of the Draft TTIP are available at firms, ending her employment with the Farm the Tribal Public Works Office located at 46411 Credit Services. She belonged to Assumption Catholic Church, Walla Walla Senior Center and Ti'Mine Way, Pendleton, Oregon 97801. Quesvolunteered at Providence St. Mary Hospital gift tions regarding the draft TTIP may be addressed shop. At the time of her death, she was the oldest to Frank Anderson, Public Works Director, at 541-429-7508. Copies can also be emailed if member of the Umatilla Indian Tribe. She is preceded in death by her parents; requested. The public is entitled and encouraged to husband, Bob; brothers, Edgar and Joe Forest; sisters, Antia Barnes, Theresa Baker, Jean Rust review the draft TTIP and respond in writing. and LaVelle Hawkins; nephews, Jerry Baker, Ed- Comments will be accepted by the Tribal Public gar Forest and Chuck Ferguson. She is survived Works Office until March 17, 2017. Frank Anderson, by niecesand nephews, Glenn and Dick Baker, Public Works Director Mike and Greg Luce,John Cohn, Rita Ader, Sept. 24, 1918 — Feb. 13, 2017

W ildhorse Resort & C a s ino h a s Internship opportunities for enrolled CTUIR Jr. and Sr. college level students. If you are interested in putting your academic training to work, submit a letter of interest by March 31st to: Wildhorse Resort & Casino Attn: Naomi Wilkes 46510 Wildhorse Blvd. Pendleton, OR 97801 Email: Naomi.Wilkes@WildhorseResort.corn

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at the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation 1. Fisheries Biologist III 2. Police Officer 3. Center Service Assistant 4. Network Administrator 5. Archaeologist 6. Teacher 7. Tribal Linguist 8. Fuels Specialist 9. On-Call Public Transit Bus Driver & Dispatch 10. Language Program Manager 11. Animal Control Officer 12. Computer Support Tech.ll/Helpdesk Lead 13. Sahaptain Language Archival Specialist 14. Cay-Uma-Wa Head Start Program Manager 15. Child Support Enforcement Attorney 16. Social Services Assistant — Case Worker 17. Walla Walla Master Speaker 18. Criminal Justice Records Specialist 19. Administrative Office Manager 20. Secretary/Receptionist 21.Workforce Development Coordinator 22. Indian Education Coordinator 23. Tribal Attorney For more information visit Office of Human Resources Online employment-opportunities

WRC firework show March 11 MISSION - The annual fireworks show hosted by Wildhorse Resort & Casino (WRC) will be held March 11 for their 22 year anniversary. The show is free and will begin shortly after 8 p.m. As viewers watch the choreographed fireworks display, a musical medley will be playing on speakers for all to hear. In addition, the local community radio station, KCUW LP Pendleton 104.3 FM, will provide on-air entertainment at the show. The Children's Entertainment Center (CEC) inside of WRC will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. With signed permission slips, the staff will bring the children to a designated area to watch the fireworks. The CEC is open to all potty-trained children ages 3-15 years old and will offer meal packages for all their guests. In the Wildhorse Sports Bar, also beginning at 8 p.m. will be live music by a band called "Gotcha Covered". F or further information, visit ww w . wildhorseresort.corn.

CTUIR Board of Trustees Minutes DATE: December 12, 2016 BOT Present: Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Rosenda Shippentower, Treasurer; Aaron Ashley, Member; Armand Minthorn, Member; Woodrow Star, Member, and Alan Crawford, General Council Chairman. Gary Burke, BOT Chairman and Justin Quaempts, Acting Secretary on personal leave. Quorum present. O ld B u s i n e s s . No n e DATE: December 19, 2016 BOT Present: Rosenda Shippentower, Treasurer; David Close, Secretary; Armand Minthorn, Member; Woodrow Star, Member, Justin Quaempts, Member and Alan Crawford, General Council Chairman. Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman and Aaron Ashley, Member on administrative leave. Old Business. None.

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artists from throughout the region, including Pendleton, Hermiston, Burbank, Milton-Freewater, Joseph, and beyond. 10 and under — 1, Fancy Dancer, Isabel K. Brigham Watchman, Pendleton. 2, Mola Butterfly, Nizhoni Bearchum, Hardin, Montana. 3, Sleeping Beauty, Gabriella Wallace, Pendleton. Honorable mention — Flowers and Rainbows, Sarah Karson Engum, Pendleton; Sprite, Emily Wallace, Pendleton; Indians, Tamisa Camille Sherwood, Wapato, Washington. Prettiest Chicken, Eden Rush, Pendleton. 11-14 years old — 1, Painted Horse, Sierra Breeding, Milton-Freewater. 2, Sheridan Style, Jason Bearchum, Hardin,Montana. 3, Where the Mountain Touches the Sky, Nikolas Esai Silva, Hermiston. Honorable mention — Woof, Baily Stowers; Nightly Slow-Jams Brought to you on the Moth, Lupita Garcia, Pendleton; Brendon Uric, Marissa Carlos, Pendleton; Fire Ball, Taylor Turner, Milton-Freewater; Clownfish in Abstract, Elijah Bearchum, Hardin, Montana; Big Game, Carson Chester, Milton-Freewater; Rainy Taiga, Taylor Dougherty, Pendleton; Phoenix, Molly Curry, Joseph; Untitled (jingle dancers), Julianah Hailey Matamoros, Pendleton; Stream, Madison Noggle, Pendleton. 15-18 years old — 1, Quintessence, Kylee Wiseman, Lake Oswego, Oregon. 2, Wisp, Emily Ferguson, Hermiston. 3, Serenity, Paige Baunach, Hermiston. Honorable mention — Obscure Reflection, Nancy Hernandez, Milton-Freewater; Shattered, Isabel Walker, Milton-Freewater; Painted Hills, Makena Royer, Hermiston; Canine, Rahael Mears, Milton-Freewater; Unnamed, Marisa Jobes, Pendleton; Changing Times, Kai Oliver, Joseph; Attitude, Addie Kilgore, Joseph; Uplifted, Tori Suto, Joseph; Desert Flower, Ellery Jones, Hermiston; Northern Lights, Sophia Simpson,Pendleton;Doug the Pug, Paige Jones, Milton-Freewater.

brings in youth near and far MISSION — Isabel K. Brigham Watchman, Sierra Breeding and Kylee Wiseman were recognized as grand prize winners at a reception for artists in the ArtWORKz juried competition sponsored by Tamastslikt Cultural Institute on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Winning the Artists' Choice award, which was selected by the artists, Nikolas Esai Silva from Hermiston was first with a watercolor titled Where the Mountain Touches the Sky. Silva competed in the 11-14 year-old division. Second in the artists' choice competition went to 18-year-old Addie Kilgore from Joseph for an acrylic paint entitled "Attitude." The award for Best Emerging Artist went to Kai Oliver, 18, from Joseph, for an ink-on-paper piece called "Changing Times." Kai was in the 10 and under category. It was the fifth annual junior art show and competition. Judges were Karl Davis (Executive Director, Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts ), Susan Crawford (art collector ), and Dusty Letch (artist). Grand prizes, awards of excellence, awards of merit, and honorable mentions were awarded in each age category: 15-18, 11-14, and 10 and younger. Best emerging artist and Artists' Choice winners also were awarded. This year's ArtWORKz showcased 101 pieces of art submitted by talented young

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5 coming for housing along Columbia River WA SH IN G T O N , D.C. — With the support of four Northwest lawmakers, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has dedicated funding to begin the process of replacing long-lost tribal housing along the Columbia River. U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Patty Murray (DWA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR), along with Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR3), announced on Feb. 13 that the Army Corps will immediately dedicate up to $1.56 million for a village development plan to replace housing that was lost during construction of The Dalles Dam, with plans to dedicate $1.49 million more, depending on congressional funding for the rest of fiscal year 2017. The current funding bill runs through April 28, 2017. "With this funding, we are beginning to right this historic wrong for tribal members," Merkley said. "Leaving our tribes displaced, without relocation assistance, was simply wrong. We are another step closer to making good on the federal government's obligation for housing and infrastructure. I will continue fighting to honor this decades-old promise, ensuring tribal members have the safe, reliable housing they deserve." Beginning in the 1930s, the construction of the three lower Columbia River dams displaced members of the four Columbia River Treaty tribes: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, Nez Perce Tribe, and Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Indian Nation of the Yakama Reservation. The four tribes have a treaty-protected right to fish along the Columbia River in their usual and accustomed places. Jeremy Wolf, treasurer of the Columbia River InterTribal Fish Council and Vice-Chairman of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, said the effort will need the approval of all four tribes. "... We will continue to work with the other three to uphold Trust responsibility along with enhancing that which has been lost," he said in an email response. "We appreciate the work and efforts of the leaders in DC and the Tribes, as we will always seek the best possbile outcome for our CTUIR people within our Treaty protected Usual and Accustomed lands." The Senators and Congressman have been fighting to address the urgent need for adequate housing and infrastructure at tribal fishing access sites constructed by the Army Corps following construction of The Dalles, Bonneville, and John Day dams. The Army Corps designed the sites to be used primarily for daily, in-season fishing access and temporary camping; however, in many cases tribal members now use the areas as longerterm or even permanent residences. A Fact-Finding Review on Tribal Housing prepared by the Army Corps found that as many as 85 tribal families who lived on the banks of the Columbia River prior to construction of the Bonneville and The Dalles dams did not receive relocation assistance, despite the fact that several nontribal communities inundated by dam construction did receive such assistance. — From Sen. Jeff Merkley's office

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Bill would allow Native graduates to wear regalia HELENA, Mont. - Aspen Many Hides recalled being in tears as she stood in line five years ago waiting to receive her high school diploma in Poison. Her mother was frantically trying to remove the beads she had sewn into her cap as a sign of accomplishment and to show her pride in her Native American heritage. Just minutes before the procession was to begin marching, Many Hides was told the beads, particularly those spelling out her family name, violated school policy and had to be removed if she wanted to march. "I'm very proud of where I came from and my name," she said, explaining why she was in tears that day. "As Native people, it's important we have an opportunity


to represent ourselves with regalia. For many Native Americans, graduation from high school is huge because of so many challenges in life." Over the years, controversies have erupted not only across Montana, but in other parts of the country as students of color seek to blend the regalia of their cultural heritage with the pomp of high school graduation. In late February, a legislative committee in Montana tabled a proposal that would allow Native American students to wear regalia, such as embroidered beads and eagle feathers, along with their caps and gowns. But supporters used a special rule to force the bill out of committee and onto the Senate floor for further consideration Feb. 23. School officials in El Reno, Oklahoma, last year took

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away a hand-beaded graduation cap from a Native American student just before graduation, saying it violated policy - although school officials said they do allow Native students to wear eagle feathers.

In California, the ACLU intervened on behalf two years ago for a student who was later allowed to wear an eagle feather as part of his tassel. "In this day and age, this is still a surprise. Part of it is the lack of understanding about how important these items are," said Matthew Campbell, a staff attorney with the Colorado-based Native American Rights Fund. It's not just an issue among Native Americans, but restrictions also affect other ethnic and religious groups who wear non-Western garb - from hijabs to kente cloths.

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Fort WWM enjoys third Wildhorse Foundation grant A Latino Folk Art Exhibit is made possible after years of not having proper display cases to showcase it. artwork from throughout Central and South America and is being borrowed from a private collection owned WALLA WA LL A — In the last three years the Fort by Diana Schmidt of Walla Walla. The exhibit will also Walla Walla Museum (FWWM) has been a recipient of provide bilingual text in Spanish and English. the Wildhorse Foundation Grant, receiving more than The museum is currently focused around the his$17,500 to put toward hardware, software, and supplies tory of the Walla Walla Valley that includes farmof various projects. ing, war stories, Native American history, Chinese Recently at the end of 2016, during the Foundation's culture, pioneer villages, and more. It was originally third quarter awards, the museum received $7,600 to founded by retired farmers who wanted to preserve build exhibit cases to display Latino Folk Art, which horse era agricultures and therefore for a long time will be their new special exhibit opening around the their period o f c o v erage ended in 1930. Recently third week of March. The exhibit will feature cultural t hey expanded i nt o t h e 1940's to i n c l ud e W o r l d War II, which also includes the Latino culture. a "We wanted to do more e'--:::: o ti !:g':;:.:::~ (r((' ' v with Latino heritage for quite a Om o some time but being a nonp rofit, f u n d i n g i s a l w a y s a factor," said Payne, Executive Director of FWWM "Prior t o 1 930, we d i d n ' t have a lot of history about L atino culture ... so w h a t we' re doing, b ecause w e don't have the stories yet, is we' re starting with folk art." Payne hopes that this exhibit will pave the way for a more permanent presence of Latino history throughout the museum. He said the goal of the folk art is to attract more of the Latino culture into the museum and partner with Hispanics to gather local stories, photography, and artifacts. They also have a student fellowship f r o m Whitman College, which has recorded eight i n t ervi ew s from Latino families. "The population of Latino folks, I think that are in the county, is b e t w een 20-30 percent. So we aren't doing ,s a good job of serving ou r community if we have that many people that we don' t have stories for," said Payne. "We have learned that most Diane Schmidtsets up the display for the Latino Folk Art exhibit using the cases created with grant of the Latino stories start durPhoto provided by the Fort Wa//a Wa//a Museum money awarded by Wildhorse Foundation. ing WWII. With many people


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One of the artpieces that will be displayed at the Fort Walla Walla Museum for their Folk Art Exhibit. Photo provided by the Fort Wa//a Wa//a Museum

gone during the war, there weren't enough people to help grow the food, process it, and can the food. So what we have during that time is a number of Mexican families coming up to save the food industry ... these will be their stories." The overall price tag for the Latino Folk Art exhibit will be over $36,000. The Wildhorse Foundation provided $7,600 for the display cases and the museum will cover the cost of staff and overhead. So far, other grantors include Bald Trust, Community Bank, Wells Trust, and the Blue Mountain Community Foundation. They also received a private donation of $4,000 for casework. The FWWM is still seeking over $11,000 to cover other costs such as bilingual printed materials and promotion and marketing supplies. "In the last few years it [Wildhorse Foundation] has helped us do some really important things," said Payne. "Keeping technology up to date is essential for any business; non-profit museums are no exception. Now we' re beginning to tell a story that we' ve been wanting to do for years and years." Payne says that because of a reciprocity agreement with Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, any member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation interested in attending the FWWM can do so at no cost as long as they bring their Tribal identification. FWWM members can visit Tamastslikt for free. For more information on the museum, visit www. f~wwm or This is a series of articles that shows how money from the Wildhorse Foundation is spent. The Wildhorse Foundation is a community benefit fund established by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to support organizations in northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington. For eligibility requirements, visit www. thewildhorsefoundation.corn. .

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Students at Washington Elementary School in Pendleton participated in a Patriotic Assembly on President's Day, Feb. 20, with a number of songs, including an Allegiance Rap. In this photo, third and fourth graders perform American Heart. First and second graders sang Presidents' Day, fifth graders sang Fifty Nifty United States (written by Ray Charles) and everyone sang The Star Spangled Banner and This is Still the Land of the Free. The students were led by music teacher Jill Scanlan. The assembly included a special presentation of flags from the Pendleton Lions Club. The Club presented two large flags - one for the flagpole and one for the gymnasium wall, plus new flags for each classroom "to go with the new school," saidLion John Taylor.The Lions showed the students tlag etiquette, handing class flags to student representatives. Taylor said the assembly renews his faith in young Americans. "This is an amazing patriotic assembly. I'm so impressed," he said. "We never would have anything like this when I was in school. That pledge of allegiance rap was so neat. We' ve been looking forward to this ever since the need for flags was brought to our attention." Other Lions at the event included President Jan Stewart, 91-year-old Virginia Jones, Rite Campbell, Carolyn Pearson and Dwight Johnson. CUJ photo/Phinney

re on's 9Tribes flock to alem SALEM, Oregon — Several staff and representatives of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) attended Tribal Legislative Days at the Oregon State Capitol on Feb. 9. Chuck Sams, CTUIR Communications Director, testified in the House Agriculture Committee in support of a bill that CTUIR requested to make Oregon tribes eligible for state grants for Veterans memorials. Since that time, the bill passed in the House of Representatives and will soon be scheduled for a hearing in the Senate. Rosenda Shippentower, Treasurer for the CTUIR Board of Trustees, testified along with CTUIR tax administrator Bruce Zimmerman and former CTUIR Executive Director Dave Tovey on Senate Bill 145 to repeal the sunset of the Reservation Enterprise Zone. Since that time, the bill passed out of Senate Revenue and has been referred to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means.

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CTUIR Educa? t ion D ep ar t m e n t Director Modesta Minthorn testified in support of Sena te Bill 13 w h i c h would fund develo pment of a N a tive American curriculum for Oregon schools. Governor Kate Brown led off t he hear in g a n d told the Senate Education Committee Rosenda Shippentoweris beingintroducedon the Senate floor by Senator Bill Hansell. Shi ppentower ab ou t her March an d Hansell are sitting three rowswn do in the middle right aisle. CUJ photoa/Miranda Vega Rector trip to the Pendleton Early Learning Center where she joined in the Walk to Language program. Shippentower and staff members had a number of meetings with legislators throughout the day and she was the guest of Senator Bill Hansell on the floor of the Senate where she was introduced. Governor Wenix Red Elk from the CTUIR Department Kate Brown o f Natural Resources educated many, in clu d and BOT Treasurer ing Governor Kate Brown, on Tribal first foods. Rosenda Miranda Rector of the CTUIR Communications Shi ppentower Department also set up an informational booth and pose for a informed many visitors of the various Tribal busiphoto at the nesses, partners, and departments. There, she gave Oregon State away promotional items from the CTUIR, Cayuse Capitol. Technologies, the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon, KCUW Radio 104.3 fm, and others. A continental breakfast, beverages, and fry bread with jam was served. The next Tribal Legislative days will be held in 2019.

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Above are the children of Jeremy and Althea Wolf. From left is Stella, Manaia, and Aiden standing with Senator Wyden.

' Wing Sist e r s ' c reated t o celebrat e diversity MISSION — As a way t o c elebrate diversity for all, A l t hea Wolf created an online public facebook group called "Wing Sisters". The group was created in January after seeing much division in the country and not being able to do activist work due to other obligations, according to Wolf who is a Tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. She said the group is for both men and women of all backgrounds, races, and ethnicities. As of Feb. 25 they have 65 members. "Because I'm a mom, I can't participate in things that I want to but I do want to show people that I do support diversity," said Wolf. "We' re not the same, and it' s ok that we' re not all the same." As a way of celebrating d i v ersity, Wolf has set Wednesday's to be "Wing a nd Ribbon W ednesday" w h er e N a tive Americans across the worl d can show su p p or t f o r t h e i r h e r i t ag e b y wearing their w in g d r esses or ribbon shirts throughout the day, including to work and school. Because she realizes that Native Americans are not the only race of people in the group, she encourages people to wear their own traditional items or "tribute to diversity". For some it may simply be a piece of jewelry. Wolf hopes the group will soon coordinate some "action" within their communities that shows the unity in diversity. Until then, people post photos or articles related to their cultures and interests. Recently, Wolf along with her husband Jeremy and children visited Washington D.C. During a Wing and Ribbon Wednesday they were able to meet and take a photo with Senator Wyden while wearing their wing dresses and ribbon shirts. In addition they were able to share with the Wyden team what Wing and Ribbon Wednesdays represent. "I told my k ids that wi thout w or d s they were able to show their support for cultural diversity by being dressed in their regalia," said Wolf.

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D ID YOU KN O W ? In the early years of Indian-white contact, a familiar pattern developed that involved native depopulation and land reduction. Based on one estimate, about five million people inhabited North America in the contact period; by 1890, their numbers had fallen to 250,000. Because the natives had no immunity to the hidden vectors that carried pathogens from abroad, disease epidemics such as typhus, smallpox, and measles wiped out whole villages. Many tribal groups became extinct. Gathered &om "as days go by" page 82



When: Wednesday, March 15 Time: 11:30- a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Meet in front of Yellowhawk, walk to Senior Center and back. Lunch to followin the Large Conference Room at Yellowhawk.

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Tribal Summit to be held in Lewiston March 17-18 LEWISTON, Idaho â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A Tribal Summit and Conference called "Treaty Rights in a Changing Environment" will be held in Lewiston at the Red Lion Hotel March 17-18. The conference will aim to bring about a deeper understanding of treaty rights and the responsibilities of people, tribal and non-tribal, to respect, uphold, and act in line with those rights, according to a press release. In addition, the goal is to foster relationships between tribal groups and environmental organizations to better work on campaigns. Hosted by Ni m i ipuu Protecting the Environment, the conference will highlight the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's fight to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline as well as the Nez Perce Tribe's fight to remove the four Lower Snake River Dams. For more information or to register visit ww w . N i m i i p or contact Julian Matthews at 208-7900-4296 or at ro tectin Nimii uu m ai l . com.

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BMCC deadlines admission nears MISSION — Admission deadline for Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) will be March 17. Students interested in attending BMCC for the first time for spring term need to complete an application, a placement testing, new student orientation, and meet with their success coach. The first day of spring term is April 3. March 15 is the deadline for the 2017-2018 academic year BMCC Foundation Scholarship. To obtain more information, contact the Native American Liaison Annie Smith at asmith or at 541-278-5935.

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death of the decedent; b. The eligible member of the Confederated Tribes files his/her notice of intent to purchase the interest in the subjecttrust parcel with the Secretary of the Board of Trustees within 30 days after publication of the purchase by the Confederated Tribes in the Tribal newspaper; and c. The eligible member of the Confederated Tribes' right to purchase under this subsection shall be subject to the requirements that the fair market value of the interest in trust lands as determined by the Secretary [of the Interior] must be paid as set forth in section 1.05(C) (4) of this code, and shall be subject to the rights of the surviving spouse and Indian lineal descendant set forth in

section 1.05(C)(2), (3) and (71. 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 shan be authorized to acquire the interest in the subject parcel in the place of the Confederated Tribes. Please contact theCTUIR Land Projects Program at (541) 429-7485 if you have any questions, concerns, or to request a copy of the InheritanceCode.

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MISSION, Ore. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Artist in residence Joe Cantrell will speak March 10 from 5-7 p.m. at Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Cantrell, who spent time at Crow' s Shadow in November of 2016 as the final Artist-in-Residence, worked closely with Master Printer Frank Janzen to develop a set of four diptychs based on his photographic practice. Cantrell utilizes extremely close-up macro images to reveal forms inside of rocks and fossils. Adapting spy satellite imaging software for artistic purposes, Cantrell also photographs rocks and pictograms in the Columbia River Gorge, often revealing remarkable things that the naked eye cannot see. The litho proofs that he has developed


with Janzen's expertise are studies of texture and forms both otherworldly and very much of this earth. Said Cantrell, "... These images show how interconnected we are; we are all the same stardust." Cantrell is Cherokee, originally from Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and has made his home in Oregon for the last 30 years. Cantrell did two Navy tours in Vietnam and during his second tour he was a diving officer in the Mekong Delta. He stayed in Southeast Asia another 15 years, working primarily as a photojournalist until 1986. Among Cantrell's multiple careers he has taught at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He is now retired and making more artwork than ever.


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of income levels. The infrastructures would be the least expensive per unit and the costs of that infrastructure would also be shared by other uses such as Yellowhawk, the Governance Center, and any other uses that may be located on the property in the future. East Bench scores well against all indices, but has cultural and historical constraints. Nagel is still a prime location for more suburban or rural type housing, but the infrastructure costs make this site difficult until Well 6 is complete.

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Some things are for sure, like a great big basketball court, but there are many decisions still to be m ade before the concrete is poured on a new education facility. The facility, envisioned to be 50,000to-60,000 square feet, is planned to be built over the next two-to-three years on the Bowman property west of the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, which is currently under construction. If all went according to plan, the education facility, which will require nearly 100 percent new furnishings and equipment, could open as early as the start of school in the fall of 2019. The CTUIR Board of Trustees in 2015 allocated $1 million for planning and in the spring of 2016 authorized $5.9 from a federal settlement, which gives the Tribes $6.9 million to start on a project thatlikely carries a price tag atleastthree times that much. "Choosing a site is the most positive step aside from earmarking money," said Modesta Minthom, director of the CTUIR Education Department. "In all honesty we believe you (BOT) this time. We' ve been talking about this for the better part of 10 years now. The staff now, we feel better about it." Education programs are now spread between the Education building, CayUma-Wa Head Start, Tr ibal D a ycare in its own m o d ular bui l d ing, and th e gymnasium. And, of course, Nixyaawii Community School is in its own larger modular on the east side of the July Grounds. Students in the ninth through 12th grade charter school use the community center gymnasium for physical education and volleyball and basketball competition. W ith th e ne w E d u c a t io n f a c i l i t y , e verything would be under one roof -

Leaving a building like Yellowhawk empty invites vandalism, and a lack of upkeep and maintenance breaks down the integrity of the structure, said Planner J.D. Tovey. O nce the new education facility i s built, the current education buildings, with the exception of the gym, will be demolished. The gym likely will be improved with new lockers and showers, Bill Tovey said. The Education Facility planning team — Bill Tovey, J.D. Tovey, and Minthorn Wa H e ad Start— are expected to report to the Board of c oul d m o v e Trustees in May with a budget, funding i nto Y e l l o w - plan, designs and schedule. Bill Tovey h aw k w h i l e said the next three months are critical t hey w ai t f o r in completing a number of steps before construction to design work can begin. "We' re starting a school from scratch, be completed on their spot in inside and out," he said. the new educatton center. B ut jus t t o

"We wil 1 never leave daycare 2019. and Head Start by themselves. We would only move them to Yellowhawk so they could have more space," said Minthom. Furthermore, if the new education facility is built in phases, Nixyaawii Community School maybe the last to move in. Bill Tovey, director of the CTUIR Department of Economic and Community Development, said initial plans in the new building include space for growth. NCS has talked about the need to expand classes to middle school students if there was a larger facility. Minthorn said people from the Education Department wanted the ability to have conversation. "One thing I heard when we talked with staff was that we all wanted to be under one roof in one building and they wanted a staff break room ... to be together and see each other," Minthom said. In a site criteria matrix, the Bowman property far exceeded any July Grounds prospects, including the building Yellowhawk will be vacating when it moves to the new clinic. However, that doesn' t mean the old health facility will go unused. Bill Tovey said there is a long list of possible uses once the old clinic is vacant. Those uses could include a veteran's center, a senior center, a community facility, and others.

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Among thosewho attended the lunch at the Wanapum Longhouse in Priest Rapids following the reburial of the Ancient One were, front row from left, JoDe Goudy, chairman of the Yakama Nation Council; Gerald Lewis from Yakama; David Shaw Jr. from Colville; and back row from left, Rex Buck Jr., from Priest Rapids; Mike Squeochs from Wanapum; Wilson Wewa from Warm Springs; Armand Minthorn from the Umatilla Indian Reservation; LJ Paui from Yakama; and Chuck Simpson from Colville.

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they were touched. Taylor and Kiona went to great lengths to keep the remains &om turning to dust during the dressing. There were more than 300 pieces of the skeleton, not including bottles and vials of the samples that scientists had taken &om the Ancient One. "Each one had to be emptied and that took the most time," Minthorn said. "It was heart wrenching, the dressing service, to actually know after 20 years fighting and working, for our ancestor to be finally put to rest." The body was laid out &om toe to head - feet, legs, ribs, arms and skull â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on a tule mat, which was under a buckskin, which was under a muslin sheet. The four corners of the muslin were pulled together into a bundle about the size of a gathered shawl, and then all of that was wrapped in outer buckskin. Two eagles circled the Burke as the Ancient One left the place where he'd been held in cardboard boxes on museum shelves. It was a sign of good fortune for many in attendance that day. The remains were taken in a pickup truck where they stayed with the drivers in a secure place at a fish hatchery in Cle Elum, Washington, until the next morning when they were driven to the undisclosed gravesite. The grave was at the west end of an enclosed area. The women were to the t's like any north of the grave on the downside of a slow rising hill. The men were on the south of thegrave on a flatspan. People had to walk through spots of snow to reach their positions as witnesses. on their way with Several men stood facing east on the west side of the the same respect. open grave. Rex Buck from 5'e 're taking care Wanapum rang the bell while the others, including Mintof someone, the horn, sang Washat songs. same as if they live The bundle holding the Ancient One was removed from right next to you; the pickup bed and placed on the ground next to the grave. it's all the same. Quickly, one of the two It's no more signi men laid a tule mat at the ofthe grave before two icant. It's not about bottom others pulled him out. But he had to go back into the hole to one person more take the bundle from the other than another. It 's and place it at the bottom of the grave. all one heart, one Dirt was shoveled into the mlfld. grave. A metal grate â&#x20AC;&#x201D; heavy "hog wire" - went on top coveredby more fill.Then - Michael Ray Johnson bouldersbefore another layer of earth. Then a final layer of fill. And then the ground was raked. This was the way the five tribes agreed to rebury the Ancient One.


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everal men &om the CTUIR were among those taking turns with shovels, some with their hands, pushing dirt into the grave. A line of men shoveled &om the back of the pile, then the next line of men shoveled closer or into the hole, and a third line used their hands to push any extra earth into the grave. The men moved quickly taking turns. Among those &om the Umatilla tribes were tribal members Virgil Bates and Robert Wilson; Board of Trustees member Woodrow Star and Umatilla Longhouse whipman Andrew Wildbill. Also participating was Audie Huber, Intergovernmental Affairs Manager in the CTUIR Department of Natural Resources, who has been involved with the Ancient One repatriation since it began. A Colville Indian, Aaron Worden, who works for the CTUIR, also shared in the shoveling brigade. At the gravesite, following the burial, several members of the Umatilla Tribes expressed their relief that the Ancient One was finally back where he should be. They described the ceremony as closure. Fred Hill Sr., a cultural historian, and Social Studies teacher Zack Brandsen, took four Nixyaawii Community School students to the reburial to culminate a unit on The Ancient One, which was presented


at the school by guest teacher Jeff Van Pelt and Darby Stapp, Northwest Anthropological Services in Tri-Cities. When Hill, who also is a language teacher, became a member of the CTUIR Cultural Resources Committee, he didn't at first realize the political implications of the Kennewick Man issues. "We had to remind them [Corps of Engineers] who we are as Indian people," Hill said. "Over the years I' ve seen burials and broken hearts. It's taken this long on this one and I hope it never happens again. We are atpeacenow, too." As for the CTUIR, it was mostly staff members of the Department of Natural Resources who attended the reburial. However, two elders, William Shawaway and N. Andrew Dumont, spoke before and after the reburial. On a bus ride to the site, Shawaway said he is a hereditary chief of the Yakama Nation whose grandfather was a treaty signer in 1855. He said he's missed only 16 Sundays of Washat services in the last 18 years and learned much during that time &om elders like atway Jay Minthorn, one of the CTUIR leaders instrumental in the early fight to return the Ancient One to the tribes. "I'm going out of respect for an elder," Shawaway said. "It' s sad we had to find out through DNA that he was Indian. First they thought he was European, but further tests gave him back. I'm glad to see him go back to his resting place. For me, a relative belongs back where he came &om." Dumont was near anger, disgust, and resignation. "It's been a pretty long time in coming," he said outside the Priest Rapids longhouse following a ceremonial meal. "It was emotional for a lot of people. We had to wait on the feds to make up their minds. We should have left him in the ground undisturbed. I knew right away he's got to be one of us, but we had to prove it. "This gives me closure. I knew he had to be &om here. He's our ancestor, but how he was related I did not know. This is a release and a relief. It's a sad time but it's also happy. He's back to where he belongs. We are sending him with songs and a bell and drums. We' re helping him cross over to meet up with family," Dumont said. Johnson, who talked earlier about unity, said the reburial of the Ancient One was a big event, but primarily because it brought the tribes together, not because the funeral was more significant than any other. "It's like any kind of funeral," Johnson said. "In each, we help [the deceased] on their way with the same respect. We' re taking care of someone, the same as if they live right next to you; it's all the same. It's no more significant. It's not about one person more than another. It's all one heart, one mind." Following the ceremony, witnesses gathered and renewed fiiendships before leaving to make the half-mile drive to Priest Rapids Dam then crossed the concrete structure to reach the village and the Wanapum Longhouse. Hand drummers seated at the front table pounded out a beat with hand drums and sang songs while people arrived and the tables were set. Traditional foods included water of course, plus bison stew, lamprey, dried meat, pyax I (bitter root), sawikt (wild carrow), huckleberries, chokecherries, and other foods. orethan a dozen people made remarks atthe dinner, including one elder who spoke in Indian. A younger woman interpreted for her. Woodrow Star, speaking as a veteran with two sons in the Marines, noted that Kennewick Man was found with a spear point in his hip, apparently a warrior like soldiers today. Other veterans made similar short speeches. Both men and women talked and, again, the overriding theme was unity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; now and in the future. "This was a big triumph," said Minthorn, who briefly broke emotionally. "Our traditions and our customs prevailed. Our way of life prevailed."

After the ceremonies, Jennifer Karson Engum reflected on her experience with the Ancient One, which began in 1997 when she was driving to class at Claremont Graduate University east of Los Angeles . She was literally driving on the &eeway when she heard a story about Kennewick Man on National Public Radio. "I pulled over and started taking notes," she said. What started as a term paper turned into her master's thesis called "Living Relics: Laying Claims to the Future by Contesting America's Indigenous Past." Her graduate work introduced her to the Umatilla Indian Reservation where she's been for 20 years. "Itwas meaningful,moving for everyone here.Fo rmany ofthe people this was about closure and moving on, following through with the promise of repatriation of this ancestor," Karson Engum said. "It was an honor to be there present while he was rightfully returned to the earth."

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n July of 1996, the nearly complete, male skeletal remains of Kennewick Man were inadvertently discovered on Corps of Engineers land at the McNary Dam Project near Kennewick, Washington. It was on land ceded to the United States government by the Umatilla, Cayuse and Walla Walla Indians based on their 1855 treaty. The remains were found to be one of the oldest and most complete skeletons discovered in North America. Since their discovery in 1996, the Corps curated the remains at the Burke Museum under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, and followed the Native Americans Grave Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) in consultation with the five Columbia River Plateau tribes. The recovery of the remains and subsequent analyses, led to a controversial debate over who controls the human remains among the federal government, Native American tribes, and scientists. Following the 2015 publication of new DNA information based on Dr. Eske Wiilerslev (Copenhagen, Denmark) and his team's research, the Corps began to re-examine the status of Kennewick Man to determine whether this substantial new evidence meant that the remains are Native Americans under NAGPRA. Additionally, the Corps contracted for an independent validation of the genetic evidence underlying the June 2015 results. The Corps received this report in April 2016, which concurred in the finding that the Ancient One's DNA sequence sample is genetically closer to modern Native Americans than to any other population worldwide. Concurrent to the Corps actions, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (DWA) introduced the Bring the Ancient One Home Act in August 2015 and Representatives Denny Heck (D-WA-10) and Dan Newhouse ,titon d (R-WA- 04) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House ing him with of Representatives in November 2015. The Bring the Ancient One songs and Home Act was included as a rider or add-on in the Water In&astructure Improvements Act for the drums. 5'e 're Nation (WIIN), which was signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 16, 2016. It required that the Corps' Chief of Engineers transfer cross over to the Kennewick Man remains to the meet up with State of Washington within 90 days, notwithstanding NAGPRA, according to a news release from the Corps of the Engineers. The Corps carried out therequire-Anndy D Dumont u m o nt ments of the new law, which provided in part that the transfer of the Ancient One is conditioned on the remains being repatriated by the state of Washington to the five claimant tribes, according to the Corps. In that Corps of Engineers news release, Sen. Patty Murray said, "I am proud to have worked closely with tribal leaders, the Army Corps, and Washington State to ensure the Columbia River Plateau Tribes could give their descendant a proper burial and a final resting place."


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happen." After 20 years of watching the issues unfold for the Ancient One, Minthom said he hopes people will have a "bigger respect for sacred ancestral remains and realize that Indian people have our own way of life."

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healthy hearts MISSION -Employees from both the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) and Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center (YTHC) c elebrated Heart H e a lth M o n t h i n February. Kristi Gartland, Empl oyee Welln ess Coordinator, lead the way f o r the CTUIR. Along with Yellowhawk

tables were set up in various locations throughout the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The tables offered fun and educational materials to all. At the Nixyaawii Governance Cent er two l u n c h eons w ere hosted i n which information on high blood pressure and healthy heart rates for exercise were presented. Free veggies were offered to CTUIR employees during the

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"Save Lives, Know the Signs "is the statement being made by Tribal government employees of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Together they stand wearing red to support having a healthy heart.

ally impacted by heart related issues," work week and healthy snacks were distributed to YTHC employees each said Gartland in an email. "... NowaTuesday. Other activi ties included days we know it is as common among "Wear Red" day in support of healthy women as it is among men. Since it is hearts and YTHC offered several fitso common, we want everyone to know ness classes. the signs of heart attacks and strokes, "There are many i n t h e M i s sion and the importance of treating high Comm unity who have been person- blood pressure."

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PENDLETON - P e n d l eton School District 16R Superintendent Andy Kovach resigned his position, Feb. 13, citing personal reasons. The Pendleton School Board unanimously accepted his resignation, which is effective June 30. Kovach said he submitted his resigna-

Scotty Minthorn removes a rooted yarrow plant from its tube at one of ther domed greenhouses in the CTUIR Energy and Environmental Sciences Program, which is part of the Department of Natural Resources. The rooted plants were bound together and wrapped in plastic and made ready for planting, which started as March began, on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation at Richland, Washington.

tion now to provide the district sufficient time to find a new leader before the 201718 school year. "I will continue to lead the Pendleton School District through the spring and to give my best in serving its students. It has been an honor to have served as the Pendleton superintendent. This is a wonderful community, deeply committed to its schools with outstanding educa-

tors and great students," Kovach said in a news release from the school district. Debbie McBee, chair of th e school board, thanked Kovach for his service. "Andy is a good man, loves his work and truly cares about children. We have appreciated his dedication to our district and wish him well as he pursues opportunities elsewhere," McBee said in the same news release. Before coming to Pendleton in July 2016, Kovach worked as a teacher and administrator for 25 y ears in C r ane, Nyssa and Ontario, and was the principal of Ontario High School for four years. The Pendleton School Board has hired a consultant to help in the search for a new superintendent.

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begins MISSION — The Nixyaawii Golden Eagles girls' basketball team, perhaps as you' re reading this story, is in Baker City at th e C l ass 1A C h a m p i o n ship Tournament planning to bring home the big prize. Heck, the girls may already have won the state title by the time you read the CUJ. But we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves, even if the publishing calendar does. The Nixyaawii girls, 24-0 and ranked number 1, were heading into their firstround game against Powder Valley at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3. Although c razier th i ngs h ave happened, N C S should be able to take care of things after beating the Badgers three times in league play this year by an average of 16 points. That would push them into the semifinals on Friday at 1:30 p.m. against either Arlington or Damascus Christian. A win would put them in the championship game Nixyaawii got the right draw this year. I know. It's like shooting an elk that tips over 10 yards off the road. Four of the state's top teams — Crane, Country Christian, Adrian and N o r th Douglas — all have the opportunity to beat up on each other in the other bracket before one limps out of the fray to reach the finale. A lot of people are picking number 2 ranked North Douglas, which would

Kaitlynn Melton, right, steals the ball from a New Hope Christian player who gets the squeeze from Milan Schimmel in a first-round state tournament game played at Sunridge Middle School in Pendleton Feb. 25.

have to get through Adrian and then the winner of the Crane vs. Country Christian game to reach the championship. But, hey, this is the stuff we wish we could write about but this is a monthly newspaper and deadlines don't always work out. In any event, there's plenty to talk about when a team wins 24 games in a row with only one starting senior (Stacy Fitzpatrick ). Think about that. Four returning start-

ers. No, we can't go there yet. Stay with this season. Nixyaawii won their first game on the road by three points over highly ranked Country Christian. After that, Joseph came within 10 and nobody else came closer. T he team beat Helix by 54, D u f u r by 53 and Ione by 47. Halftime scores showed how N i x y aawii pu t th e early hurt on teams that had no business thinking about catching up. For example, the

Milan Schimmel, left, drives to the basket past one defender and through another as the Golden Eagles crushed the New Hope Christian Lady Warriors 57-34 in a game played in Pendleton Feb. 25. Schimmel was named to the Old Oregon League first-team alistars.

girls were up 30-4 over Dufur and 40-6 over Cove. Coach Jeremy Maddern quickly pays tribute to all 12 players on the roster for making each other better. The team has been able to scrimmage five-on-five full court, which is an advantage over a lot of teams that showed up in the Eagle's Nest this year with as few as seven players on their bench. Nix

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BAKER CITY — For the second year in a row, Nixyaawii Community School (NCS) can claim the top boys and girls basketball players in the Old Oregon League. NCSjunior Mary Stewartwas named Player of t h e Y ear f o r t h e s e cond straight year and freshman Mick Schimmel was so dominant he earned the title even though he didn't play the first four games of the season. Stewart again put up scorching numbers that have led the Golden Eagles to a number one ranking among Oregon's Class 1A schools. She averaged 23 points a game with a high of 41 in which she made 10 of 11 three-pointers. She also had seven games of 30 points

or more. She had made 77 treys in 24 games heading into the 1A State Championships in Baker City, March 2. Schimmel showed up just when the Golden Eagles needed him. The team had lost four in a row when he put on a Nixyaawii uniform. In his first game he scored 28 against Cove and the league was put on notice. A mature 15-yearold, Schimmel can take over a game. He can rely on short jumpers because he actually can shoot a short jumper. When he goes into the air defenders look dumbfounded. He makes his teammates better and with him on the floor the Golden Eagles reeled off 12 wins in a row. Schimmel averaged 19.3 points and 6.2 rebounds a game. Along with Stewart, Milan Schimmel was named to the first team all-star

group. Another junior, Milan Schimmel — Mick's sister — brings another dimension to an already good girls' team. She's basketball savvy, like her sisters Shoni and Jude, with passing skills that match perfect with Stewart. M ilan isn't afraid to dr ive down t h e lane and her strong left hand is a plus against defenders. The third leg of the Golden Eagles offensive stool is Kaitlynn Melton, who arguably should be on the first team with Milan Schimmel. If Stewart stands alone as Player of the Year, then Milan Schimmel is the only Nixyaawii girl on the five-girl all-star list. That's crazy for a team that's 24-0 and ranked number one in the state. Especially when a team the Golden Eagles beat three timesPowder Valley — has two girls on that

first all-star squad. Nevertheless, Melton was recognized on the second team. She cuts like a knife under the hoop both on offense and defense, grabbing rebounds and putting up shots. She can take the quick passes

from both Stewart and Milan Schimmel, and she is so quick she can beat all the other posts down the floor after a basket or rebound. She averaged 12 points a game this year and was the team leader in rebounds. Chandler Case, the Golden Eagles' 6-foot 6-inch senior, received honorable mention on the boys' side. Case had an up-and-down year with a few highlight reel moments. He averaged 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds a game, and had a game high 24 points against Echo.

NGC boys surprise league with 12 straight wins Golden Eagles go 15-8, but lose last four and fail to make state tournament MISSION — The Nixyaawii boys didn't qualify for the Class 1A state tournament but they sure shook up the Old Oregon League with a dozen wins in a row. "I think we did some things people didn't expect," Coach Shane Rivera said about his young Golden Eagles, who turned a rough early season into a league dynamo with the arrival of Mick Schimmel, a freshman who would earn the league's Player of the Year honors. "Once Mick showed up it was a huge boos offensively, all around," Rivera said. "He gave the other kids more confidence." In Schimmel's first game with a Nixyaawii jersey on his back, he scored 28 points against Cove. "He started with a big bang for sure," said Rivera. Schimmel finished the season with an average of just over 19 points and 6 rebounds a game. Chandler Case, the 6-foot 6-inch senior, averaged 9 points and 7.3 rebounds a game. And Deven Barkley added another nine points a game, and led the team in assists and steals. The squad, which finished 15-8, started the season off with three straight losses but people might not remember they were against good teams like Stanfield, which as of press time was ranked number 2 in Class 2A. Another game came against Days Creek, which is


Noah Enright checks the floor in an Old Oregon League game in February. Enright, a junior, had a break-out game against Helix hitting five three-pointers for a game high 23 points this season.

in the 1A state championships bracket at Baker City. Once teams started figuring Schimmel out, it opened up some room for others to score and his teammates took advantage of those opportunities. Barkley, who has no fear when it comes to driving the lane, and Case, who can score when he handles passes, each had games of 24 points. Noah Enright hit five threes from the right baseline and scored 23 against Helix when the defense collapsed on Schimmel.

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After the first early losses, the boys went on a tear winning 12 in a row before losing their last four. That pushed them back into second place in the Old Oregon League. The losses came twice to Joseph, once to Powder Valley and in the last contest to Echo. The Golden Eagles had beaten all those teams earlier in the season. C oach Rivera could kind of u n d erstand how h i s young charges could fall to the senior-laden Joseph and North Powder teams. But he was dumbfounded by the one point, 53-52 loss to Echo on Feb. 18. "We lose by one and we go five for 22 from the free throw line," Rivera said. "We weren't a good free throw team, but that's the game right there. We had several chances. We should have won that game. That stuff will haunt you." Rivera is looking forward to next year with wh at he expects to be a strong group with players that saw considerable varsity action this season. Schimmel, Barkley, Enright, Shaydin Hoisington and Joe St. Pierre. "Those five right there. That's a strong core coming back," Rivera said.

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Some squads still in playoffs Tracker Denny, left, a 6-1 senior from Pilot Rock drives down the lane against the defense of Brendan Dearing, a senior from Weston-McEwen in a game Feb. 4in Athena. The Pilot Rock boys defeated Weston-McEwen 75-63 but the TigerScots turned the tables at the District Tournament in Hermiston, whipping the Rockets 60-53. Weston-McEwen finished off its season with a state play-in loss at Santiam, 78-62. Denny and Dearing are members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Chelsea Quaempts, ajunior guard for the Weston-McEwen TigerScots, drives against a Culver defender at the Class2A district tournamentin Hermiston Feb. 17. Weston-McEwen finished second at district behind Pilot Rock, but still qualified for the state playoffs. The TigerScots traveled to the west side and knocked off Faith Bible (Forest Hills Lutheran), 4229,in what was considered an upset. Weston-McEwen was scheduled to play at 1:30 p.m. Thursday against Imbler. Quaemptsis a member of the CTUIR. CV J photoslDallas Dick

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Teams oppose suggestion for segregated games GREAT FALLS, Mont. - A Billings r adio host's suggestion t ha t N a t i v e American basketball teams should have their own post-season tournaments has p rompted a show of solidarity at th e Northern Class C Di visional Tournament. KCTR-AM radio host Paul Mushaben posted on the station's website Feb. 21 that a recent tournament crowd was "so unruly and disrespectful of the facility that it may be time for the (Montana High School Association ) to proceed with an all I ndian tour n e." In response, members of the basketball teams from Power, Belt, Heart Butte and Box Elder locked arms at center court and shook hands before beginning competition Feb.23 in Great Falls. The crowd of about 3,500 responded with loud cheers and applause, the Great Falls Tribune reported. "What we want to do from a Northern C perspective is to show we' ve got Indian teams, we' ve got non-Indian teams, and we' re going to be good sports and we' re going to be together," said Box Elder boys' basketball coach Jeremy MacDonald. "And at the end of the day we' re going to shake hands and tell each other, 'Great game.'" MacDonald said he hopes the pregame ceremony helps generate "a bigger discussion and we start to bring people together instead of making this divide between each other." Mushaben's post said an "Indian team

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Thank you letter I would like to thank the people of the Confederated Tribes for their support to get me elected. It is very nice, although very busy catching up, but I am glad to be back to work as the BOT Secretary. I would like to thank all those who

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NCS scored a lot of points because they played great defense and, for the most part, they rebounded well. And they had an offensive juggernaut of juniors in Mary Stewart (Old Oregon League Player of the Year ), Milan Schimmel (Old Oregon League first-team allstar) and Kaitlynn Melton, who deserved to be on the first all-star team but had to settle for the second team. Stewart scored more than 500 points this year with a high game of 41 in which she canned 10 of 11 three-point shots against Helix.She averaged nearly 23 points per game with seven games of over 30 points. Stewart is definitely the team's gun slinger. She made 77 threep ointers inclu d in g g a mes w hen sh e canned 10, 8, 5, and 4 five times. Add those up and it was nearly half her season point total. Schimmel, who didn't start with the team until the fourth game, averaged just under 13 points per game. She had a high game of 25 points and scored in double figures in 15 of the 21 games she played in. The left-handed Schimmel established herself as a tough player with strong fundamentals who isn't afraid to take the ball right up the middle to the hoop. Melton averaged 12 points a game, getting most of her shots under the hoop. She took slick passes from Stewart or Schimmel, or wedged her way between defenders to get her hands on the ball for put-back buckets. The quick blackgoggled post, who surprises teams with her quickness, had a high game of 24 points against Joseph. In that game she scored 18 points in the first quarter. Fitzpatrick, the starting senior, has b een a stabi l i z in g f o r c e w h o p l a y s grind-it-out defense and is a ruthless rebounder. She's deadly with her elbow jumper from about 12 feet and she should be shooting it more often. The other starter is another junior, Ella Mae Looney, who could be the quickest girl on the team. She's the pesky defender Coach Maddern often sics on his opponents' best dribbler. Uhh... it's hard not to start thinking about next year with thosefour starters returning. But don 't do that. Don 't get ahead o f yourself. 1f the championship is over, then 1 guess it' s okay to start dreaming about next year. B ut back to what got N i x yaawii t o Baker City. What stands out most this season for Coach Maddern is the assist totals, and the team defense, which can be stifling, especially for teams that come into Mission already trembling. "The girls look for each other," Mad-

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(Old Oregon League Player of the Year), Milan Schimmel (Old Oregon League first-team all-star) and Kaitlynn Melton, who deserved to be on the first all-star team but had to settle for the second team. dern said. "Mary and Milan can pass like most people can't and on the defensive side of the ball we can go two quarters and give up only two points." Maddem praised Melton's improvement and her work ethic on the court. "Her ability to finish around the basket ... when the other team is all over Mary and Milan, Kaitlynn benefits and she beats all the posts down the floor. She should have been on the first team (Old Oregon League all-stars ) . Her improvement is one of the keys to our success this year," Maddern said. One of the first-team all stars last year, Sunshine Fuentes, has been hobbled most of this season with ailing knees but she spent some time on the floor in the last few games. "I think Sunshine is as healed as she' s going to get," Maddem said. "Her offense needs to catch up a bit but we really need her for defense." In their play-in game, which is now considered a "Round 2" game, against New Hope Christian on Feb. 25 Nixyaawii played rather un inspiring basketball. Some might call it "playing down" to their competition. The poor New Hope Christian Lady Warriors had to drive all the way from Grants Pass to get pummeled by the Golden Eagles 57-34. New Hope Coach Loren King said his girls might give Nixyaawii a better game if they could play the Golden Eagles a couple of times. He said Nixyaawii is the same caliber as North Douglas, the two teams many believe will be squaring off on Saturday night. Maddem said, "We built a comfortable lead and let off the gas. We' re getting in a bit of a habit. We can't let a good team stick around."

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Bill will improve dental care for Washington tribes OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee on Feb 22 signed a bill that seeks to improve oral health on reservations in Washington state. The measure was the first bill the governor has signed this legislative session. It allows tribes to use federal funding for dental therapists, who provide preventative care and procedures such as cleanings, fillings and oral exams. "We want our kids to have good dental health," Inslee said at the bill signing ceremony. "Now, finally we are going to have good, efficient dental care in the state of Washington for our tribal members, we know that has not been the case for so many." Senate Bill 5079, sponsored by Democratic Sen. John McCoy of Tulalip, passed the House on an 80-18 vote and received unanimous approval in the Senate. Inslee said he first became aware of the need for this bill in 1993 when he was a congressman in Yakima. "I remember seeing dozens of kids with these horrific caries trying to get emergency health care. We want to get a head of caries; we want our k i d s t o have good dental health," Inslee said. "We understand that dental health is as important as physical health." In front of a large crowd of people who came to Olympia from state reservations, Inslee said he expects the bill will create less emergency visits, less extractions and infections and ultimately improve tribes'

oral health. "People are going to have earlier and more frequent cleaning of their teeth, better X-rays, and easy to demand for affordable care on tribal reservations," Inslee said. As sovereign nations, tribes can allow dental therapists to practice on reservations. However, under federal law, states must approve dental therapists for tribes to pay for their services through Medicaid. "This means we are going to unlock the door to dollars for health care from the federal government," Inslee said. "I love the thought that we are going to bring federal dollars into our state to provide tribal health care." The Washington State Dental Association has been known to oppose the use of dental therapists but didn't object to the bill this year after tribes put up a fight for several years to pass this legislation. " We k no w t h e s e p r o g r am s h a v e worked in o t her states," Inslee said. "They' ve made high quality dental care


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Ostrom pitched and played center field for Pilot Rock. She si ed her letter Stacy Fitzpatrick m front of f r i ends and family at Big John's restaurant in Pendleton Jan. 29. "It feels like it's kind of not real," Ostrom told the EO's Eric Singer in a story he wrote in early February. "All growing up I kind of just dreamed about this day and now that it's here to wake up and realize 'I' ve made it.' It's just exciting and nerve-wracking and I'm just happy." BMCC's proximity to home were key factors in the decisions for Ostrom and Fitzpatrick. Ostrom, who was 12-0 on the mound last year and earned all-state honors, considered other offers but chose to stay at home and take advantage of family support. Fitzpatrick, who hit .333 last year, said she also chose BMCC to stay close to her parents and family.

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The alumni games, orchestrated by xxxx graduate Mariah Watchman, raised $350 for the current NCS basetball teams. The event also had a toy chase for children under age 7 at halfime of the girls' game. Teams were randomly selected and split in two. "We had a lot of laughs. Uncle Toby (Patrick) was teaching us in the stands. At one point when I made a basket he yelled 'This isn't glamopus shots."' He was referring to Watchman's modeling career. Mariah said she will thank everyone in a letter in the April CUJ. "It was good positive and friendly energy all the way around.,"

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The CayuseSingers played during an open mic session atthe KCUW open house. Drummers include Randy Minthorn, Caleb Minthorn, Joe Thompson, Louis Van Pelt, Kelsey Burns, and KC Joseph. Not all are pictured.

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KCUW hosts open house in Feb. for 13 year anniversary M ISSION — Roughly 50 people showed up t o support KCUW 104.3 FM at anopen house Feb. 25. Jiselle Halfmoon, Operations Manager of the lowpower radio station, said she was impressed by the number of people who attended the event. "It was good ... better than I thought it would be," said Halfmoon. "It was nice to see people popping in that I wasn't expecting." The purpose of the open house was to showcase the station and to engage people to volunteer as a DJ or to do in-studio production and to inspire the community to partner with KCUW as either a donating member or through underwriting. The event kicked off with a large spread of food catered by Dickey's Barbeque Pit of Pendleton. The drum group known as the Cayuse Singers played several songs on air as volunteer DJ Cindy Halfmoon emceed the event. Later in the day a small group of musicians led by Pendleton resident Eric Arbogast played during the open mic sessions. E very hour there was a raffle drawing to w i n prizes donated by Wildhorse Resort & Casino. Prizes

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New KCUW promotional items are given to supporters who donate to the stays ~ou~ds of golf and food Wildhorse station. Itemsinclude t-shirts, tote bags, water containers, and power banks. gave each drummer of the Cayuse Singers gift cards as well. In addition to the music, food, and Monday — Camp Crier 8-9 a.m., Maywe Music 9-10 raffles, KCUW also had new merchandisc that was available to all guests who made a a.m., Tha Mish Mix 3-4p.m. Tuesday — Camp Crier 8-9 a.m., Maywe Music cash donation as a pledge of support to the radio station. The items that guests could receive included 9-10 a.m., Tha Mish Mix 3-4 p.m., Classic Rock & T-shirts, cell phone power banks, aluminum water S o u l 6-8 p.m. Wednesday - Camp Crier Talk Show Edition 8-9 bottles, and reusable grocery tote bags. The KCUW a.m., Maywe Music 9-10a.m., Tha Mish Mix 3-4p.m., logo and the words "I support community voices" Wellbriety Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. are on the items. Thursday - Camp Crier 8-9 a.m., Wellness Works KCUW is a non-profit and non-commercial low 9-10 a.m., Tha Mish Mix 3-4 p.m., Native Jams 6-8 power radio station. By spring time they are hopi ng to relaunch their online streaming, according p . m . Friday - Camp Crier 8-9 a.m., Maywe Music 9-10 to Jiselle Halfmoon. Currently, there are nine local a.m., C-Bear Revivals11 a.m. tol p.m., Tha Mish Mix live shows that play on the airwaves. The list is lo3-4 p.m., Classic Rock & Soul 7-9 p.m. cated below. For more information on donating or Saturday — No local shows volunteering, visit or call the station Sunday — Native Gospel 9-10 a.m., Classic Rock at 541-429-7006. & Soul 4-6 p.m. Sunday — Classic Rock & Soul 4-6PM

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Mini GONA hopes to make a difference in Tribal community MISSION — Sometimes conferences

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will occur. F or GONA — Gathering of N a t i v e Americans — that was not the case. T he first c o n f er ence was h el d i n May 2016 on the Umatilla Indian Reservation by Yellowhawk Tribal Health

Center (YTHC). The purpose was to examine how unresolved grief can turn into intergenerational trauma and how to recognize it and then heal from it. Three months after that th ree-day conference, a second conference was

held focusing on youth and since then bi-monthly "M ini GON A 's" have been h eld to c o n t i n u e h e l p i n g t h e c o m munity. "We decided that we needed to crea te a small v ersion to h elp conti n u e the work w e ar e d o i ng: to em p o w er individuals, assess the impacts of historical trauma, discuss what healing

should look like, and create plans of action," said Jacintha Stanley, Director of Circles of Hope at YTHC, in an email. One community o u t r each that has been a result from G O N A i s " S n ack Pack" in which nutritious snacks were provided to children for a three-week period in 2016 in between the end of

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Oregon bill would make all cans, bottles worth dime in April By Saul Hubbard, TheOregonian/

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregonians, hold off redeeming your sticky piles of empty bottles and cans for just a few more weeks. On April 1, their refundable deposit will be worth double what you paid. Oregon's longtime 5-cent deposit on bottles of beer and water and cans of soda paid at checkout will increase to 10 cents on that date, after several years of lagging redemption rates. A bill sailing through the Legislature mandates that, starting in Ap r il, every can and bottle can be redeemed for a d ime, regardless of when it was pu r chased or the deposit listed on the label. It's like Newman's ploy in a famous episode of the "Seinfeld" television show: redeeming 5-cent New York bottles for the higher 10-cent deposit in Michiganbut you don't have to do any extra work. And it's not illegal. The temporary nickel-per-bottle profit consumers stand to make will come out of the pockets of Oregon's beverage distributors, who collect all deposit proceeds in the state. Paul Romain, their lobbyist, said that, logistically, there was no easy way to limit the dime redemption only to bottles purchased after April 1. Labels and barcodes, which machines scan for redemption, are printed well in advance, he said. "You can't take a wand and magically

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change all the labeling at the right time," he said. So the distributors chose simplicity in exchange for a financial hit - the size of which Romain said they can only guess. "This way is simple. Hopefully it helps the consumer. And doesn't kill us," he said. Distributors have been doing very well financially under the bottle bill in recent years. With m ore and m ore consumers recycling bottles and cans curbside with other waste glass and metal, or just throwing them away, distributors collected $30 million in deposits in 2015 that were never redeemed, Portland newspaper Willamette Week reported earlier this month. T he higher 10-cent deposit co u l d increase that revenue for distributors, although it is also expected to prompt more consumers to redeem their cans and bottles. Michigan, the only other state with a standard dime deposit, consistently has the nation's highest redemption rate. It has averaged 96 percent since 1990, with a slight dip in recent years. By contrast, Oregon's redemption rate in 2015 fell to 64.5 percent. The Oregon House approved House Bill 2746 on a 55-2 vote Feb. 22. It now heads to the Senate. The April 1 increase to 10 cents already had been put in place by earlier Oregon law. The bill clarifies the transition from 5 cents to 10 cents.

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Oregon artists receive award from Crow's Shadow MISSION â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts has named its 2017 Golden Spot residency award recipients â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all three

Shadow for her fifth residency. According to Crow's Shadow, her blankets are a loaded cultural object, carrying deeply Oregon-based artists will each spend two personal individual stories, as well as the weeks at the studio developing limitedintertwined historical significance of beedition prints. ing both a survival necessity and biologiThe three artists will work with Crow' s cal weapon, transmitting the small pox Shadow Master Printer Frank Janzen to epidemic from European immigrants to hand-pull the prints. The final prints will Native populations. Watt will invite the be part of the studio's permanent collecpublic to contribute stories and handtion. In previous years prints from the work at "sewing circles," contributing to I, Golden Spot residencies have travelled her efforts to build community objects. extensively to galleries and cultural instiI The primary artistic focus at Crow' s tutions around the region and nationally. Cmw's Shadow 2017 Golden Spot Residency Award Winners from left, Oemian OineYazhi', Modou Sh a d o w is on the multifaceted medium Funded with support of The Ford FamDIeng, and Mane VYatt. ily Foundation, the annual Golden Spot of printmaking. Through the ongoing Awards began in 2010 to support regional residency pr o g ram C r o w ' s Shadow Dine Yazhi' is founder of Radical Indigenous Survivance artist residencies at Crow's Shadow, which over the last works with emerging and established artists of diverse Powe e ( t st co 1ecfive 1 t fo ed u ), a a cfiv 25 ears has evolved mto a world-class studio focused cation and preservation of indigenous art and culture. media and artistic backgrounds. Invited artists colo n contem orar fi n e art r i n t m akin . laborate with Tamarind Master Printer with the goal of He grew up in the southwest and currently is working The first artist scheduled for a residency is Demian creating one or more lithographic editions. based in Portland. This will be his first time working at ' / '> ' iZ dN b Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts is located on the Crow's Shadow in March. Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation The other two residencies will take place in late May According to a Crow's Shadow news release, Diin the foothills of Oregon's Blue Mountains. Crow' s and in the fall. . 1. -fi, d. . 1 .Y d, ' is a "transdisciplinary artist t. t who neYazhi' h uses social Modou Dieng, an associate professor of Painting S h a d ow is a nonprofit 50 (c) 1 (3) organization formed pns tp interru t cplpnial structures in 1992 by local artists James Lavadour (Chinook and and Drawing at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in blpg Heterpgenepus Hpmpsexual cpntemplates Portland, will work at Crow's Shadow in May. Dieng, W a l l a Walla ) and Phillip Cash Cash (Cayuse and Nez 'Radial Indigenous queen Feminist Art' and how a I'erce). from Senegal, often works in mixed media, incorpomarginalized body navigates and resists assimilation, Its mission is to provide a creative conduit for edurating painting, collage, and photography in colorful the news release states. cational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Dine Yazhi" s practice includes curation, zine produc- p o p - eclectic installations. In the fall, Marie Watt, a Seneca, will visit Crow' s A me r i cans through artistic development. tion, public interactions, as well as writing and poetry. '




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Tribes hope Trump's 'America First' helps Native Americans BOSTON - N a t ive Americans hope President Donald Trump doesn't forget America's first inhabitants as he promises to put "America first." Tribes have been reaching out to the Republican administration since it took office in January, saying they' re ready to help it meet its campaign promises of improving the economy and creating more jobs for Americans. Five large tribes in Oklahoma - the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee Creek and Seminoles - have requested a meeting with the New York billionaire during his first 100 days in office so they can talk about w ays to advance their common interests. In Massachusetts, leaders of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, descendants of the Native Americans who first encountered the Pilgrims nearly four centuries ago, have been echoing similar sentiments to Trump officials as they seek approval of reservation lands to build a $1 billion resort casino south of Boston. "Tribes are pouring billions and billions of dollars into the U.S. to help make America great again," said Cedric Cromwell, chairman of th e 2,600-member, federally recognized tribe, playing off Trump's campaign slogan. "All of these economies we' re creating, from resort casinos to mails to businesses. We' re job creators. That's a story that's never really told."

But tribes elsewhere have already other tribal advocates are closely watchsteeled for battle just weeks into the new ing what comes of Republicans' promises administration. to repeal and replace former President T he Standing Rock Sioux t r ib e i n Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. North Dakota T he l a w i n has asked the c luded f e d e r a l courts to overf unds fo r t r i b a l t ur n r e c e n t h ealth care pr o f ed e r a l a p grams, and stripprovals for the ping them could have "disastrous Dakota Access pipeline. Th e consequences," t ribe an d i t s d ozens of t r i b a l supporters are g roups wr ote in also planning a December letter a large d e m to congressional o nstration i n leaders. Washington on Despite the unMarch 10. certainties, many "The Trump tribal leaders say A dmi n i s t r a they' re still hopetion is circumful they can build v ent i n g t h e on the strong rela— Russell Begeye, president of the l aw: w h o l l y tionships enjoyed Navajo Nation d isr e g a r d u nder p r i o r a d ing the treaty ministrations. They' ve found r ights o f t h e Standing Rock reason to cheer in Sioux," Jan Hasselman, an attorney rep- Trump's pick to lead the Department of resenting the tribe, said in a statement. "It Interior, Ryan Zinke, a Republican conisn't the 1800s anymore - the U.S. govem- gressman from Montana who's pledged to "restore trust" between the agency, the ment must keep its promises." The tribes along the nation's border states and Indian tribes. " Yes, we are l o ok in g fo r w a y s t o with Mexico have also voiced concerns about the impact Trump's proposed wall partner. Now, do we have assumptions will have on their sovereign lands. And because he's been in battles with other

'If Trump is about selfsufficiency and selfdetermination, let's see if he really means that. Give us full authority over our lands. If this land is ours, why are we asking the federal government for permission?'

tribes? Sure, and we' re looking to clarify those assumptions," says Gary Batton, chief of the roughly 200,000-member Choctaw Nation of O k l ahoma. "Is he open to considering t hat each tr i b al government is its own separate entity and unique? That's the way we' re approaching this." On the campaign trail, Trump gave little indication how he might approach tribes, but many see promise in the administration's broader goals. "Infrastructure, energy development, education and job creation," said Jacqueline Pata, a member of the Tlingit-Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska's Central Council and executive director for the National Congress of American Indians. "Those are things that have been critical in Indian Country for a long, long time." Russell Begaye, president of the Navajo Nation, says his members will be looking for greater control over water, land, criminal justice and taxation on their sovereign lands, which straddle parts of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. "If Trump i s about self-sufficiency and self-determination, let's see if he really means that," he said. "Give us full authority over our lands. If this land is ours, why are we asking the federal government for permission?" Tribes with casino dreams, meanwhile, are optimistic that Trump's experience in the industry, as well as his promises to Am ri

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Laura Aloha-Young paintings at BMCC exhibit March 16 PENDLETON, Ore. — The artistic talents of Idaho artist Laura Ahola-Young, which were influenced by landscapes, w inters and ice wh ile gr ow ing u p i n northern Minnesota, will be on display through March 16 at Betty Feves Memorial Art Gallery at Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC). Ahola-Young develops the imagery in her paintings, then covers and reworks them with glazes, scraping and markmaking. Her paintings are centered on land, science and inquiry, according to a news release from BMCC. "For me, knowledge is always asking additional qu estions," A h o l a -Young says. Ahola-Young received her M a ster of Fine Arts degree from San Jose State

University in California and her Bache lor of Fine Arts in Painting from th e Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minnesota. In Pocatello, she is an assistant professor of art at Idaho State U niversity. Prior t o l i v i n g i n I d a h o , Ahola-Young was an adjunct instructor of Fine Arts at Lane Community College in Eugene. For more information about her work, visit http: //lauraaholayoung. corn/home. html. from the normal exhibit In a d openings in the Feves Gallery, the Gallery will host a Closing Reception on the last day of the exhibit on March 16 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The community is invited to this free event, which will include light refreshments and an opportunity to hear from Ahola-Young about her work.

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ease businesses regulations, will w or k in their favor, said Jason Giles, a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in Oklahoma and executive director of the National Indian Gaming Association. Trump once owned t h ree A t l anti c City, New Jersey, casinos, though two have since shuttered and one operates under different owners. Tribes are even willing, for now, to overlook the president's past off-color statements about N a t iv e A m e r i cans. Testifying before Congress in 1993, the then-casino mogul questioned the legiti-

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START macy of some of his tribal rivals. "Go up to Connecticut," Trump said, referring to the Mashantucket Pequot tribe, owners of Foxwoods Resort Casino. "They don't look like Indians to me." Giles called Trump's past remarks "troublesome" but says he and other tribal representatives have been assured by Trump's advisers that those statements aren't reflective of the current administration, which didn't respond to requests for comment for this story. "We' re taking them at their word," he said. "We' re going into this with open






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