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Paisley McLaughlin, 7, was one of the children gathering eggs on March 31. More photos on Page 17A.

Lee Caldwell of Hermiston organized a horse plowing event off Weedy Road in March. More photos on Pages 14A and 15A.

Rayne Spencer , playing softball for Eastern Oregon University, slides back into first base. More on Page 1B.

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Sun trap Construction on the Ántukš-Tín̓ qapapt Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Array is underway on the south side of the Science and Engineering Field Station on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Frank Taylor and Enola Dick, both employees through the Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO), worked on the structure as solar panels were being installed in late March. The system is expected to eliminate the annual net demand for electrical power used at the Field Station and at the nearby Kayak Public Transit Center bus barn and maintenance shop. The Confederated Tribes’ Language Program and Cultural Resources Protection Program worked collaboratively with the Department of Natural Resources Energy & Environmental Sciences Program to name the solar array. The name is a combination of Ántukš (pronounced on-took-sh) from the Umatilla Language and Tín̓ qapapt (pronounced tin-cop-popped) from the Cayuse/Nez Perce Language. Both words mean “Sun trap.” This project was supported in part by the Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, under Award Number DE-IE0000085. CUJ photo/Phinney

Wolf shot on Kanine Ridge Carcass found partially skinned By the CUJ

MISSION – Umatilla Tribal Police, with assistance from Oregon State Police (OSP), are investigating the shooting of a brown wolf found dead in early March

up Kanine Ridge on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The carcass was found partially skinned with its tail missing, according to Carl Scheeler, manager of the Wildlife Program for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). The first indication that a wolf might have been killed came when the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife was

conducting exploratory flights looking for opportunities to get more collars on wolves in three separate packs that are moving across and through the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Scheeler said ODFW encountered a “mortality signal,” which emits when a radio collar becomes stationary for a long time, such as when it “falls off for some reason or when an animal is dead.”

ODFW contacted OSP, which asked the CTUIR Wildlife Program to assist in locating the collar. Greg Rimbach, the local ODFW District Wildlife biologist, and Scheeler, hiked in with a radio receiver and located the collar. The carcass was nearby. “The conditions indicated the animal Wolf killed on Kanine on page 24A

It was so BAAD again Children, many from Cay-uma-Wa Headstart, played in an exhibition game during BAAD. See more on page 4B.

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CUJ News NCS caps new enrollment at 75 students MISSION – Because of building capacity limits, an enrollment cap of 75 students has been set for Nixyaawii Community School (NCS), the charter high school on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. With the current enrollment and the number of graduating seniors (nine), the school will be able to accommodate the first 16 incoming students with preference given to freshmen, according to an NCS news release from Principal Ryan Heinrich. Open registration is April 5 from 4-8 p.m. and April

6 from 8 a.m. to noon at the school. Registration packets, which contains several forms, will be reviewed and if the registration fee is paid the documents will be stamped in the order they were received, according to the news release. Registration packets can be picked up at the school now. “This cap is in place to make sure current staff has the ability to provide quality educational programs as well as the safety for all of the students,” reads the news release.

Yellowhawk soft opening May 1 MISSION – The new Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center facility will have a soft opening from noon to 6 p.m. on May 1. Dental and medical operations of the current clinic will be closed from April 26 at 5 p.m. to May 2 at 7:30 during the transition from the old building to the new one. Construction started on the new facility in spring of 2017 and was originally scheduled to be complete in fall of 2017, but has been delayed several times due to inclement weather. The facility is 64,000 square feet and approximately twice the size of the current clinic on Confederated Way in Mission. During the clinic closure, patients are advised to call 911 or visit the hospital for medical emergencies. The address to the new clinic is 46314 Timine Way, Pendleton, OR 97801. For more information email newyellowhawk@yellowhawk. org or call 541-966-9830. Learn more on pages 12A and 13A.

Limiting new enrollment to 16 students will balance classes. “Freshmen will have a guaranteed seat at Nixyaawii,” Heinrich said in the news release. “If we see a change in enrollment, we will be able to add more students at that time.” The school currently has an enrollment of 77, including a freshman class of 27 students. The decision to cap enrollment at 75 was made by the Nixyaawii School Board of Directors in March.

Happy Canyon Dinner introduces princesses Happy Canyon held and introduction dinner for the Princesses and Court at the Wildhorse Resort & Casino March 30. From top left is Bobby Corey, Kipp Curtis, Johnny Pimentel, Rick Baltzer, Corey Neistadt, Kenzie Hansell, Casey Evans, Kelsey Garton and Cory Williams. In front from left is Casey Hunt, Tayler Craig, Sequoia Conner and Becky Waggoner. Photo contributed by Robert McLean

MMarket remodel, gas pumps by September? By the CUJ

MISSION – Motorists are closer to pumping fuel at Mission Market, but add-on requirements have added time and hundreds of thousands of dollars to the project that was supposed to have been done in July of 2017. The Land Protection Planning Commission for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation on Feb. 13 approved a variance for parking standards at Mission Market that sets in motion the final stages for remodeling of the community store and addition of fueling islands. “This is a very large step in being able to provide fuel at your community store,” said Cal Tyer from Wildhorse Resort &

Casino, which operates the store. Tyer said permits will be submitted in mid-April. Construction could begin in mid-July and if all goes as anticipated people could be pumping gas or diesel as early as mid-September or October. There will be a total of three fuel stations. Two offering four grades of fuel – diesel, regular gasoline, premium gasoline, and a mix of premium and regular. A center fuel island will pump regular, premium and the mix. The building will be remodeled from 4,500 square feet to 5,000 square feet, which required the variance to allow for fewer parking spaces in the finite space on the corner of Mission Road and State Highway 331. Tyer said the land use variance re-

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quired the “costly” addition of two fire hydrants, one that requires boring under state Highway 331. Umatilla Tribal Fire Chief Rob Burnside said there are two fire hydrants in the vicinity, but not close to Mission Market. One is across the road and another is near Lucky 7 trailer court. “We’d have to lay a line in and block traffic,” Burnside said. The two new hydrants are necessary because of the remodeled store and the fuel pumps, Burnside said. A 2015 International Fire Code gives the Fire Department the “leeway” to require either sprinklers in the store or the two hydrants for “fire protection and a water supply.” Tyer said sprinklers cost considerably

more than hydrants. The variance is also requiring Wildhorse to widen a driveway exit to Highway 331 that will require moving a power pole. Holly Anderson in the CTUIR Planning Office said the Fire Code requires a minimum exit of 25 feet. The entrance is being enlarged from 24 to 30 feet, according to the initial plan submittal. “Public Works is concerned that it is too narrow to enter and exit right and left at the same time,” Anderson said. “If it stayed at the existing width the exit or entrance would be limited.” The need to widen the exit will require moving the pole from its current placement, Anderson said. Tyer said the cost to move the pole is $19,000.

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CUJ News Climate planner embraces First Foods model life ecology at the University of British Columbia and her master’s in community food systems at Washington MISSION – Colleen Sanders thinks First Foods is an State University. “It’s a wonderful way of seeing the “elegant model” for determining the best ways to man- environment through the lens of food, and when you talk about food it has such a positive connotation.” age natural resources for climate change. Carl Merkle, acting manager of the And that’s appropriate Tribes’ First Foods Policy Program, because Sanders is the new said that during his 24 years workClimate Change Adapta‘It’s a wonderful way of ing in the Department of Natural tion Planner in the First seeing the environment Resources he’s seen threats specific Foods Policy Program in to salmon, water quality and water the Department of Natural through the lens of food, quantity. Resources for the Confederand when you talk about But climate change, he said, is ated Tribes of the Umatilla food it has such a positive proving to be a much greater, “farIndian Reservation. reaching threat” to First Foods. Working with the second connotation.’ “When I first heard salmon were part of a BIA grant secured - Colleen Sanders, going extinct we were dealing with in 2013 by the Department Climate Change Adaptation Planner individual killers – dams, timber of Science and Engineersales, grazing allotments, specific ing to conduct a Climate discreet threats. Climate change is Change vulnerability assessment and develop an adaptation plan, Sanders is broad, insidious and worldwide. It is a threat to all tribal now charged with coordinating efforts of other pro- First Foods,” Merkle said. Merkle said Sanders will use some of the DOSE vulgrams and other departments, including outside agencies, to anticipate the effects, prepare for potential nerability assessment information and gather more data problems, and seize climate change opportunities that to fill “information gaps” in other areas. Sanders said she will document climate scenarios may be available. “First Foods is an amazing way of looking at things,” said Sanders, who did her undergraduate work in wildClimate change planner on page 22A By the CUJ

Wyden meets with Tribes, irrigators

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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, standing in back, reaffirmed his support for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation’s (CTUIR) water settlement in a public town hall meeting at Umatilla High School on April 3. He applauded the work the Tribes have done with partners such as the Hermiston Irrigation District and said he will help work with officials at the Interior Department to see this to resolution. Gathering for a photo with Wyden were CTUIR Interim Executive Director Eric Quaempts, Chairman Gary Burke, and Hermiston Irrigation District Manager Annette Kirkpatrick.

New Climate Change Adaptation Planner Colleen Sanders.

Cayuse Technologies submits 8(a) business plan By the CUJ

MISSION – On the heels of receiving small business certification from the federal government, Cayuse Technologies is preparing “to bid and win” government contracts, according to Chief Operating Officer Billy Nerenberg. Cayuse Technologies (CT) was certified in February as a participant in the 8(a) business development program administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), which helps small and disadvantaged businesses win federal contracts. According to the SBA website, each year the federal government sets aside 23 percent of its contracts for small businesses, including those with the 8(a) certification. One of the items SBA requires 8(a) companies to have is a business plan showing how they will go after contracts and perform once they’ve won.

Cayuse Technologies submitted its business plan to SBA in March. Paul Tavernia, SBA Business Opportunity Specialist in Sacramento, California, said in an email to Nerenberg that Cayuse Technologies had submitted one of the best business plans he’d seen. “You are much more prepared than most of the companies I work with,” Tavernia said in an email, according to Nerenberg. “In our business Billy Nerenberg plan,” Nerenberg said, “we identified the target agencies who can benefit from our services and laid out steps to position ourselves for Cayuse Technologies on page 24A

Board to identify priorities at April 12 work session Quaempts takes over as Interim ED; Sampson declines MISSION – A work session is scheduled from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 12, so the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation can identify and document priorities discussed during their Febru-

ary retreat. During work sessions, which are open, BOT members discuss and debate topics, and often reach a consensus, but do not take action with a formal vote until an official Monday meeting. Interim Executive Director Eric Quaempts at the regular BOT meeting March 26 suggested the work session to finalize the priorities to “help the next ED,” once the new executive director is hired. That process - to replace the government’s top employee, a position that

has been vacant for a year – continues. Most recently, terms were not agreed upon between the BOT and Donald Sampson, a former Executive Director and former BOT Chairman. Sampson was interviewed by the Executive Director Hiring Committee and by the Board of Trustees. In an email, Sampson said the Board did not agree to the salary and terms of employment for which he asked. Further, Sampson said, the Board “didn’t even counter offer or attempt to negotiate so unfortunately I had to

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decline their offer.” Sampson said in his email that he intends to be more involved with General Council and has offered his consulting services to the Board. He said he would like to serve on committees and commissioners. The Board at their regular March 26 meeting briefly discussed the cost of the retreat and a training that also took place during the same week in Portland. Board members asked many members of the CTUIR staff to attend the retreat.


These two non-Tribal members weren’t looking for sheds in the summer but should not have been on Tribal property on Telephone Ridge.

This rig is on Hansell Road during the closed dates between Dec. 1 and March 31 of every year. Photos from DNR Wildlife Program trail cameras

Tribes cracking down on closed road trespassing Shed hunters chasing elk, causing damage to private lands By the CUJ

MISSION – Non-tribal shed antler hunters are being cited for trespass and theft by Umatilla Tribal Police game enforcement officers. Carl Scheeler, manager of the Wildlife Program for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, said shed hunters once again are violating road closures and trespassing on Indian land or private fee land. Even more significant, Scheeler said, “overzealous horn hunters often pressure wintering elk and deer herds during the time when they need to be left along to recover from the rut, survive the winter and drop healthy calves.” Scheeler said shed hunters typically begin scoping out elk herds in January, looking for big bulls and bucks that carry prized antlers. When the antlers fall off they are of no use, leading some to question what harm there can be to collecting them for use in crafts or for use in taxidermy.

In the case of animal health, hunting for shed antlers comes at the wrong time of the year. “This is a period where nutritional demands are high and food quality and quantity is often very low,” he said. “Horn hunters can even push the herds into marginal habitats or onto adjacent seeded agricultural lands with their incessant presence as they wait for horns to drop. Worse yet, some try to run the animals to prematurely dislodge the antlers. Regardless, either of these situations is unethical and puts the health of the herds at risk.” The Umatilla Indian Reservation is not public land. It is a mix of tribal, allotted and non-Indian fee lands – all private holdings. However, because of the undeveloped open and forested nature of much of the Reservation lands, some people have the impression that these areas are open to public access like state or federal forest land. “This results in an increase of trespass problems in late winter and spring from shed hunters,” Scheeler said. Hansell Road in the northeast corner of the reservation and Kanine Road about eight miles east of Mission are favorites for four-wheel-drive vehicles in winter

Tribal land and roads are clearly marked.

and spring. Some of the off-road vehicles, Scheeler said, have occupants looking for sheds, particularly those using Hansell Road. Four-wheel vehicles “consistently violate” road closure signs and cause significant resource damage on Hansell Road, Scheeler said. They have created mud wallows on Hansell Road and sometimes veer off the regular roadway expanding the resource damage to adjacent areas, Scheeler added..

Kanine is not closed, but there is no legal access off the road. “You can’t park on the road and go hiking on allotments. That’s all private property or allotments,” Scheeler said. “That includes most dirt tracks off that road. Those are not open roads for public use.” Trespass on Indian lands is a federal offense and will be prosecuted in federal court, Scheeler said. Individuals can also be cited for theft for “taking resources off another individual’s property without gaining permission for access.” Even if a shed hunter gets permission to hunt on a particular piece of land, they don’t have permission to cross other property to get there, Scheeler said. “Those who choose to trespass on tribal lands in search of shed antlers do so at their own risk,” Scheeler said. Landowners who want to collect sheds from their own property are encouraged to wait until mid-April or to periods when the animals are not present to limit impacts to big game resources, Scheeler said. To report trespass and harassment of wildlife, call Umatilla Tribal Police at 541278-0550 or the Tribal Wildlife Program at 541-429-7200.

Court orders more spill over dams for salmon By Courtney Flatt, Klamath Falls Herald

The federal government will have to spill more water over Columbia and Snake river dams to help young salmon migrating to the ocean. This will make up the biggest planned water spill over dams for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The requirement comes after the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on April 2 ordered federal dam managers on the Columbia and Snake rivers to comply with a judge’s ruling from last year. The National Marine Fisheries Service had appealed U.S. District Judge Michael Simon’s ruling to increase spill over dams. “After more than 20 years of federal


failure, salmon are in desperate need of help now,” said Todd True, Earthjustice attorney representing conservation, fishing, and clean energy advocates in the case, in a statement. “The measures the court upheld will give salmon a fighting chance while the federal government catches up to the scale and urgency of what the law requires to protect these fish from extinction.” Spilling water in the springtime over the tops of dams — rather than sending it through turbine blades — is seen by conservation groups as an essential way to protect threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead. The increased spill

will take place from April to mid-June. Advocates say it allows juvenile salmon to quickly pass over dams, rather than sending them through the structures, which can cause traumatic damage to the fish as they head to sea. “It’s tragic that the federal agencies are still ignoring their own science in fighting spill at every step of the way,” said Glen Spain, with the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, in a news release. Conservation groups say this is the fourth time since 2005 that the U.S. District Court has ordered increased spill over the dams. “This is a short-term measure, but it’s

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a critical one, given that salmon populations — especially in the last few years — are headed in the wrong direction. They need more help right now, not less,” said Joseph Bogaard, executive director of Save Our Wild Salmon. The move has been controversial. First, opponents say, less water through dams means less power generated. Second, they say, too much spill can lead to too much dissolved oxygen in the water, which also causes problems for fish. Terry Flores, the executive director of Northwest RiverPartners, a group that opposes the increased spill, said she supports fish recovery plans that are “wise, not wasteful.”

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Newly hired Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center CEO Lisa Guzman stands among new chairs and tables in one of the rooms at the new facility that will open to the public May 1.

New CEO prepares for Yellowhawk move By Jill-Marie Gavin of the CUJ

MISSION – Lisa Guzman, the new Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center (Yellowhawk) CEO, stepped into her role March 26 with a rapidly evolving vision. Guzman was introduced to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Board of Trustees (BOT) by the Health Commission and then-interim CEO Sandra Sampson during a work session March 15. Guzman, enrolled Nez Perce, left her position with the Camas Center Clinic to join the Yellowhawk staff in March, just in time to implement the final steps of the transition to the new facility. With the BOT, she went over her background in the social services and health field, which she gained over the past 22 years and also shared her educational history. Guzman has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Idaho and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University. Also during that meeting Guzman spoke about her vision for Yellowhawk and her dedication to the CTUIR community. She was not shy about sharing her work ethic with the BOT; she said several times during her introduction that she is not only dedicated to her goals but that she gives everything she does 110 percent. Guzman spoke of her experience in developing and implementing transitional housing for patients leaving alcohol and drug treatment programs when she was working with the Kalispel Tribe of Indians in Washington. She cited her experience as a social worker in helping her navigate the complicated system that meshes Indian Health Services and state funding. The BOT was receptive to Guzman and wished her well in her new endeavor. They also thanked Sampson for her ef-

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fort and excellence on the job during her tenure as interim CEO, succeeding Tim Gilbert, who took a job in Alaska. Eleven days after her introduction to the BOT, Guzman started her work as Yellowhawk CEO. She has made herself at home in her office in the administrative wing of the soon-to-be-empty building. Looking forward, Guzman was quick to convey how her passion in the boardroom has switched gears. While Guzman remains passionate about alcohol and drug transitional housing, she realized quickly that Yellowhawk is in need of an administrative reboot. Guzman is still very vocal about her dedication to transitional housing and assisting in the revamping of a well-oiled alcohol and drug prevention program, but she saw during her first week that the administrative side of her job is going to need her attention first. Guzman assessed her environment during her first week and rolled up her sleeves to get into the gritty details of her position. First, Guzman needed to ensure the clinic has no risk or liability, especially during the transitional period from the old clinic to the new Yellowhawk facility, which opens May 1. To ensure this task is complete Guzman said the daily operations of the clinic must adhere

to and stay in compliance with state and federal regulations and compacts. With all of the funding that Yellowhawk receives for its many departments and programs, each source has regulations and compliance issues that must be followed separately to ensure funding is not revoked or discontinued. She said, “I have a different vision about what to roll out first. But I am still very passionate about patient care of Tribal Members and all others who utilize the clinic.” Updating technology within the clinic is certainly on Guzman’s radar. The new clinic will have new equipment and facilities, but most of the software and computer programs will still be in need of upgrades to match the shiny new surroundings. After the dust settles on her initial tasks, Guzman wants to shift her focus to behavioral health. Guzman said that department is extremely valuable and is in need of support. After reviewing all the programs within the behavioral health department she sees a need for infrastructure and foundation that will streamline the process of patient intake and supports Yellowhawk patients during each step along the way of their treatment. Alcohol and drug treatment and prevention are to be at the forefront of

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The Health Commission posed with Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center CEO Lisa Guzman and previous interim CEO Sandra Sampson after introducing Guzman to the Board of Trustees March 15. From left is Health Commission member Susan Sheoships, Vice Chair Martina Gordon, member Bob Shippentower, Guzman, Chair Shawna Gavin, Sampson and member Aaron Hines.

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Behavioral Health in Guzman’s plan. All of these ideas and goals that Guzman has identified during the early stages of her position with Yellowhawk are subject to change and adjustment depending on community and the Health Commission feedback. She said as she develops a road map of the clinic she is seeking support from the community on how to improve services. Though she has identified several areas for improvement and growth, Guzman said of staff, “What I’ve found is that the clinic has a strong team of professionals on board at Yellowhawk. And I believe employee satisfaction will only be enhanced with the move to the new clinic. “ It was Guzman’s passion for this field of work that prompted the Health Commission to ask her to come aboard as the new CEO. She looks forward to working with the Commission and said she feels comfortable with many of the members already. Guzman has done a lot of work with The Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations, an adolescent treatment facility for youth age 13 to 17 struggling with alcohol and drug dependency, with current commission member Bob Shippentower, Vice Chair Martina Gordon and BOT memberat-large Rosenda Shippentower. She said she has also served on the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board with Chair Shawna Gavin. Guzman credits the commission and Sampson for assistance in preparing for her new position and moving to the new clinic. The transition to the new facility has picked up steam as the peripheral offices and programs move out of their buildings. The new clinic will hold a soft opening May 1 from noon to 6 p.m. where Guzman can get acquainted with the community.


CUJ Editorials Sunset stuns Tutuilla Flats Tutuilla Flats glowed with red and orange at sunset on March 25. Temperatures in the area were slightly colder during the month of March. According to the National Weather Service at the Pendleton airport, the average temperature was 44.2 degrees, which was almost a full degree below normal. The high temperatures averaged 56.2 degrees with the highest at 73 degrees on March 13. The lowest temperatures averaged 32.2 degrees with the low for the month of 24 on March 7. During 15 days the temperature dipped below freezing.

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Yesterday and today - Economy and Trade


he Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla People have built and distributed their wealth primarily in three ways: trading/bartering, gambling, and giveaways. These economic methods and practices have allowed us to thrive for thousands of years. These ways of building our economy ensure our basic needs are being met and allow for personal growth and self-sufficiency. Prior to contact with the non-Indian, our People controlled, managed and fought for the trade routes that emanate from the Columbia plateau. For thousands of years we traded foods, crafts, and utility items, in addition to social and religious ideas with other peoples. We regularly met with and travelled to Up River tribes into present day Canada, to the East with Plains tribes, to the West to Coastal tribes and to the South with Great Basin tribes. Commerce was key to growing our wealth, our cultural understanding of place, and social interaction with the other humans who lived upon the lands. It is said that our best trade came in about 1730 when a group of Cayuse and Umatilla warriors were travelling south into enemy territory and came upon a group of other Indians who were riding big dogs, kusi. Our men wanted to trade for a stallion and mare so they went back and gathered enough trade items to negotiate for these new animals. The gamble of making trade with an enemy paid off and we acquired Spanish horses; these horses furthered our ability to trade in far off lands and to develop a new culture centered on raising large herds of livestock, furthering economic development. By this same time period our People were seeing an influx of new trade items from the Spanish, English, Russians, and French. These new items became valuable in trade, gambling and in giveaways. When

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Lewis and Clark made their way through our territory they readily saw these Western items in our villages and knew the value of establishing commerce with Northwest Indians. By 1810 the American Pacific Fur Company made its way to the Pacific Northwest along with the British North West Company, which eventually merged with the Hudson’s Bay Company. These companies immediately recognized the trading skills and controllers of the routes that lay in the Columbia Plateau. By 1818, Fort Nez Perce was established on Walla Walla land as a fur trading outpost. Our Tribes entered the world stage of commerce. By 1859 the fur trading faded and the Treaty was ratified, opening up our lands for non-Indian settlement. We continued trading and bartering only now in livestock, primarily Cayuse horses - a strong, nimble and patient breed capable of traversing the rough terrain of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Our traditional system of commerce began a slow wane and eventual death, with the exception of giveaways. Our People have always been generous and through personal craft and industrious behaviors, we continued to make regalia and handcrafted items to give away during ceremony and celebrations. Once placed on the Reservation, our economic status fell quickly. Shortly after the formation of our modern form of government in 1949, our elders and leaders began developing plans and ideas to rebuild our historic prosperity. Tribal members continued to fish and sell fish over the bank on the Columbia River and its tributaries. A BIA funded study was conducted between 1968 and 1969 and published by Ernst & Ernst. This study recommended the development of a hotel, golf course, resort area, industrial park and commu-

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nity buildings. There was an opportunity to invest in ourselves with Indian Claims judgment money, but in an act of sovereignty and democracy the Tribal membership decided to allocate the funds to enrolled Tribal members rather than invest in community development. It would take two more decades for us to realize the importance of investing in our future to reclaim the economic status we once enjoyed. The practice of gambling to obtain wealth was reinvigorated by 1995 when we established the Wildhorse Casino. By betting on ourselves we have won and found a way to rebuild our economy. Tribal gaming dollars helped community building development, it rebuilt Arrowhead Travel Plaza, Mission Market and allowed for acquisition on more lands for farming enterprise and the creation of an industrial park. We have invested our dollars on the stock market and weathered the storms over the past 20 years. We have diversified our investments to acquire Cayuse Technologies, build a new Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, and expand our Casino and Resort facilities. Over the coming few years we will potentially see tremendous growth. Our need for engineers, developers, health care professionals, business professionals, and technology professionals is growing. We live in a time when we are recapturing our ability to control our economy and determine who we want to do business with and how we want to do business. We must continue to build upon the three pillars that sustained our wealth for thousands of years: trade, gambling, and giveaways. Each form allows for the building of wealth and redistribution where resources are most needed in order to maintain a strong economy and a strong community. ~ CFS III

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A future Bowman village community cluster of attached townhomes and commercial development is shown above. Housing on the Bowman site that will take advantage of proximity to transit, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, and the Nixyaawii Community School relocation is shown at left in these architectural renderings from the CTUIR Planning Office.

CTUIR DEVELOPMENT Last 25 years ‘pales in comparison’ to next stage By J.D. Tovey, Planning Director for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation


he Transportation Growth Management Grant that funded the Mission Community Master Planning Project has been wrapped up. The Planning Office would like to thank the consultants, and all the staff and community members that provided input and comments during the last year. Copies of final documents will be available in the Tribal Planning Office in the coming weeks. Ultimately, The Mission Community Master Planning Project developed some guiding conceptual ideas about the design and layout of streets and buildings near the intersection of Highway 331 and Mission Road. With the existing and proposed intensity of development in this area it is imperative to make sure it is master-designed in a way that reflects the culture and community. It is also important that the construction of the Nixyáawii Governance Center, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, the future Education Facility and Nixyáawii J.D. Tovey Community School as well as future housing projects provide for efficient use of resources in their construction and operations, while also making walk-able neighborhoods for a healthier community. Over the course of the year there have been a number of public open houses and workshops that involved tribal staff, the youth, elders, veterans and those in the health industry. From these events the consultants and Tribal Planning staff received an enormous amount of insight into the type of neighborhoods people desire. The consultants also provided a number of technical memos with valuable data ranging from economics to housing to roads and infrastructure. This data will be utilized in on-going work and planning activities. Some of the more interesting information include 20-year demand estimates for homes based on population growth, which demonstrated a need of approximately 130 owner-occupied homes. The vast majority of this need is in the median market-rate, which include homes between the $90,000 and $300,000 price range. The study also demonstrated a 20-year need of approximately 165 market-rate rental units with rents generally between $400 and $1,400 per month. Additionally, we must also consider homes for other needs such as elder care, transition homes, veteran

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homes, and workforce housing that may or may not will include policies, future road locations, zoning, infall within those price ranges. frastructure and land-use maps that will define areas This is a sizable number of homes that the Reserva- that would be most appropriate for housing or other tion will need over the next 20 years and it comes as development. All this work will be open for public no surprise that many of them are needed now. With comment through the amendment process and will be so many homes that will need to be constructed it reviewed and considered by the Board of Trustees. It has been an exciting time on the CTUIR over is important to make sure that as we build them we the last 25 years with the development of Wildhorse are respecting the natural environment, mindful of Resort & Casino, the Nixyáawii Governance Center, impacts of taking water from the aquifers, keeping Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, and the nearly comsewer discharge to a minimum, protecting wildlife plete Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. areas, preserving agricultural lands, and respecting All that development pales in comparison to what’s culturally sensitive areas. next for the CTUIR, however. The next round of deWe have less than 3 percent of our original 6.4 velopment will include the Education Facility, Wildmillion acres so it is paramount we think carefully horse expansion, improvements to roads and other about how we use the land and resources we have infrastructure and housing. left. While many people It is an exciting time to be desired to have homes Tribal member as in the country, a lot The next round of development aweCTUIR create livable, walkof participants in this able, and healthy neighborwill include the Education Planning Project also hoods that strengthen our expressed a desire to Facility, Wildhorse expansion, culture and family relationhave smaller house lots ships, while continuing to improvements to roads and and apartments closer create jobs and a stronger to work, friends, and other infrastructure and economy for the long term access to services. Many success of the CTUIR and housing. It is an exciting time people also expressed a tribal members. desire to downsize from At any time, if there are to be a CTUIR Tribal member their homes in the counany comments, concerns, or try to live in smaller as we create livable, walkable, general questions concernplaces so they can save ing this project, or any and healthy neighborhoods money, travel more to development project, do visit grand kids, and that strengthen our culture not hesitate to contact the spend less time “doing Tribal Planning Office at and family relationships, while yard work and shovel541-429-3099 ing snow.” The Mission Comcontinuing to create jobs and a The conclusions of munity Master Planning stronger economy for the long- Project was funded by a the housing-needs study include continuing to term success of the CTUIR and Transportation Growth assist land owners to Management grant from build homes on their altribal members. the State of Oregon Departlotments or other lands ment of Transportation and and to continue working the Department of Land toward neighborhood Conservation and Development. The goal of the grant development in areas that allow for a larger number was to provide technical assistance to communities of homes with minimal environmental and cultural to plan for transportation solutions and development impacts. The Board of Trustees has designated the patterns such as roads, sidewalks, trails, freight routes first of these neighborhood areas to be the land near and transit, and how they are designed in conjunction the new Yellowhawk and Education Facility, with ad- with housing, commercial, government buildings, ditional neighborhoods to be developed in the years and parks. The purpose was to help the CTUIR plan to come as additional housing is needed. and coordinate development for a vibrant community The next step for the Planning Office is to include near the 4-Corners area that fosters economic vitalthe information and data derived from this planning ity, cultural connectedness, health and well-being for effort to create a new Mission Community Plan that tribal members and reservation residents.

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CUJ Almanac Obituaries Alameda Addison July 12, 1959 – March 4, 2018 Alameda Addison was born on July 12, 1959, in St. Ignacious, Mont. She passed on March 4, 2018, in Richland, Wash. She attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M. Alameda worked in various jobs throughout the years, including cage cashier at Wildhorse Resort & Casino, accounts receivable clerk for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) (199495), secretary/occupancy specialist for the Umatilla Reservation Housing AuAlameda Addison thority (1981-1993), and superintendent secretary at the Bureau of Indian Affairs on the Umatilla Indian Reservation (1997-2018). Alameda was a very talented artist. In her spare time she enjoyed designing custom cakes, in which she would often incorporate tribal designs, for family and friends. She was an avid sports fan and you would often see her at Nixyaawii Community School basketball games or her grandchildren’s sporting events. She also enjoyed attending pow-wows throughout the years and made many friends across the country. She was an outstanding grandmother and an activist. She was also a member of the Kent, Washington, Cursillista. Alameda was preceded in death by her parents Thomas James Addison and Mary Ann Bigcrane; her sister Sally Christine Addison; her paternal grandparents Burdick Addison and Susie Addison; and her maternal grandparents Frank and Josephine Bigcrane. She is also preceded by her paternal uncle Leo Addison; paternal aunts Aurilda Addison and Madeline Addison; maternal uncles John, Louis and Frances Bigcrane; and cousin Steve Bigcrane. Alameda is survived by her son Jesse Bevis Sr. and partner Nukinka Manuel; her daughter Rachel Bevis; her grandchildren Elijah Bevis, Alayna Bevis, Zoe Bevis, Chloe Bevis, Cashis Bevis, Elizabeth Bevis, Nunika Bevis, Addaius Bevis and Jesse Bevis Jr.; her brother Allen Addison and his wife Luanne; and her sisters Joanne Bigcrane and Amy Addison. The dressing was held at Burns Mortuary on March 7. The Rosary and Washat services were that evening at the Mission Longhouse. The final Washat services were on the morning of March 8 with the burial following at the Agency Cemetery. Virgil Bronson June 5, 1934 – March 18, 2018 Virgil Bronson, 84, of Cayuse, Oregon, died on March 18, 2018. Virgil was born on June 5, 1934, to Emery and Sara (Clark) Bronson. He was born, raised and attended school at Iskuulpa Creek, Oregon. Virgil worked as a logger, a well driller, heavy equipment operator, a horse farrier and most famously a race horse trainer and jockey. He was a master horseman and lived his entire life raising and training some of the best horses. Virgil met his wife of 63 years, Videll (Burke), at a wild horse roundup. Virgil Bronson Videll lovingly gave Virgil the handle “Cowboy” and that he was. The couple were married in 1955 and together they raised their five boys, Ronald, Richard, Wendell, Vern and Bryson, and daughter Lawanda at their ranch in Cayuse. Virgil and Videll raised their children to be horse people


and horse racing was a family affair. He bred and raised thoroughbred and Quarter horses. In November 1968, Northwest Ruralite featured the racing family in its November edition. Each of the Bronson kids were jockeys at one time or another and won some of the biggest races at premier race tracks across the Northwest. As owner and trainer, Virgil and his family raced their horses at some of California’s most famous race tracks. Virgil rode for many clubs and organizations in baton, relay and Pony Express horse races across the Northwest winning champion buckles, jackets and horse blankets. Not only did Virgil share his master horsemanship with his kids, he shared it with his grandkids, extended family and friends all over. Stories of Virgil saddling up a horse for an in-law or one of his grandkids are plentiful. Advice on riding or doctoring a horse was abundant. Virgil was generous when it came to sharing his knowledge of horses and riding. His grandchildren treasure the knowledge he shared. He liked to hunt and fish. Virgil played bingo with his wife and together they attended their grandkids’ basketball games. His warm smile, kindness, love for his wife and children and grandchildren will be missed. Virgil had numerous friends and acquaintances in the horse racing community. Virgil is survived by his wife Videll; his sisters Pat Johnson (Guymon, Oklahoma), Freida Boyles (Christmas Valley, Oregon), and Charlotte Cesarano (Guymon, Oklahoma); his son Richard Bronson (Athena, Oregon); his daughter Lawanda Bronson (Pendleton, Oregon); his 27 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his extended family and friends in the horse racing community. Virgil was preceded in death by his brothers Emery Bronson, Tillman “Ted” Bronson, James Bronson Sr. and David Bronson; his sister Juanita Phillips; his sons Ronald, Wendell, Vern and Bryson Bronson; and his stepdaughter Violet (Burke) McGuire and son-in- law Brian McGuire. A funeral service was held Wednesday, March 21, at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. Burial followed at Agency Cemetery.

James Cameron Conner Nov. 17, 1954 – March 21, 2018 James Cameron Conner, 63, of Mission, died March 21 at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla. He was born Nov. 17, 1954, in Pendleton to Gilbert Cecil and Virginia Wilkinson Conner. He was the fifth of 12 children and the second eldest son. James attended Keizer and Washington Elementary Schools, John Murray Junior High in Pendleton, and Madras Junior High. He graduated from Madras High School in 1973 where he lettered four years each in football, basketball, and James Conner tennis. He was named Most Valuable Player for his senior football season and went to State finals twice in tennis. He attended Linfield College and Willamette University. For most of his life, James was a Happy Canyon participant in various scenes over time from little war dancer to scout, raider, cliff fall-over, silhouette, and war party roles. James was notable for reading every newspaper and magazine he picked up from front to back. He tuned in regularly for Washington Week, Face the Nation, and old movies. He enjoyed cross-country skiing, zydeco music, quaffing, and cooking excellent chili, fried potatoes, and spaghetti for family and friends. He also competed in marathons in his younger years. He was employed by Kahneeta Resort, Madras Safeway, Cove State Park, Ranch of the Canyon, the Wildhorse Resort, Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, and numerous construction contractors. For many years, he served his family as a caregiver for his mother and youngsters. James was an avid Oregon Ducks and Montana Grizzlies fan. He loved golf and, like every sport he played, excelled at it. He was particularly gifted at creating nicknames for family members

and created and sang little songs for children in his care. He was preceded in death by his parents, elder brother John Macy Conner, niece Elena Gonzales, and grandnephew Elijah Conner. Surviving siblings are Cheryl, Kit, Verna, Matthew, Carol and Kristen Conner, Pendleton; Jody Conner, Wallowa; Elaine Miller, Madras; Carla Conner-Greene, Warm Springs; and Thomas Conner, Ukiah. Nephews and nieces bidding fond farewell to much-loved uncle Jamesy include Marcus, Vanessa, Gus, Lucas and Virginia Conner, Jason Lamere and Appollonia Saenz, Pendleton; Cyrus Conner, Portland; Dyan Lamere, Rocky Boy; Damien Webster, New York; Brycee Bear, Wallowa; WeetahLoo Bear, Spokane; Valerie Miller, Louisiana; Logan Miller, LaPine; Benjamin Gonzales, Salem; Gari Conner and Thomas Bear, Arizona; Rico Saenz, Madras; Manuel Greene, Lapwai; Perry Greene, Redmond; and Jerrod Miller. Dozens of cousins who were James’ rivals and partners from childhood on, grandnieces and

grandnephews who were tended, teased, sung to, and nicknamed by James, and his close cronies will miss his affection, witticisms and special charm. Family viewing and funeral services were at Burns Mortuary March 23. A dinner was held at the Longhouse. In accordance with James’ wishes, his ashes will be laid to rest at a later date by family.


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James Minthorn Ip-suh-nee-was-kin June 27, 1986 – March 16, 2018 James Phillip Minthorn 31, a lifelong resident of Mission, Oregon, passed away on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. James was born on June 27, 1986 to Armand Minthorn and Marjorie Williams Waheneka in Pendleton, Oregon. His Indian name is Ip-suh-neewas-kin, a family name passed down from one of the original signers of the James Minthorn Nez Perce Treaty of 1863. He attended Pendleton High School and later went on to become a Certified Welder. He also was a student in the Upward Bound program at the University of Idaho for two years. James was an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). He worked in a variety of positions with the CTUIR Department (DNR) of Natural Resources Walla Walla basin project, DNR Range Program, Public Works, Day Laborer, Housing Department, Wildhorse Resort & Casino, including construction of the tower hotel expansion project. For the last several years he also volunteered his time helping set up bleachers and shades for the annual Wildhorse pow wow. He loved his homelands, loved taking cruises upriver and to the mountains and knew every backroad. He loved spending time with his friends and family. He was always kind, had a big smile and greeted everyone with a handshake, and never departed without giving multiple hugs.   He is survived by parents Armand Minthorn and Marjorie Williams Waheneka, sister Trinette Nowland (Jess), brother Robinson Wilkins, nieces Cyrene Red Elk and Latis Nowland, nephews Hiyuum Nowland, McKinley and Tumayis Minthorn, grandniece Kinsley Mae, uncles Craig Alexander, Phillip Cash Cash and Kenton Minthorn, aunts Elaine Miles and Shana Alexander, and numer-

ous aunts, uncles and cousins from the Umatilla, Nez Perce, Yakama, Warm Springs, Ft. Hall and Blackfeet tribes.   He is preceded in death by paternal grandparents Loretta Pinkham Alexander and Phillip Minthorn, maternal grandparents James J. and Armenia Miles, Grant and Emily Waheneka, and brother Alexius McKinley Williams Minthorn. The dressing was held Monday, March 19, 2018 at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. Holy Rosary was held that evening with a Washat Service at the Longhouse. Final 7 was held Tuesday morning March 20, 2018, with burial following at the Agency Cemetery.

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CUJ News NCS students join nation in 17-minute walk out March delivers gun violence message By the CUJ

MISSION – Student leaders said Nixyaawii Community School may be small, but its participation in a nationwide walkout March 13 still helped deliver a message that gun violence should not be accepted as the norm in America schools. “Every kid needs to speak up and fight. If small schools aren’t part of this then it leaves hundreds of students out of it,” said Kaitlynn Melton, student body president at NCS, the charter school on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Seventeen students participated in the 17-minute walk out, which was a tribute to the 17 victims who were fatally shot at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 13. According to the Say #ENOUGH website, which compiles the stories of shooting victims and advocates for change, more than 3,000 walkouts were held in communities coast to coast. Students participating in the movement left their classes at 10 a.m. in their respective time zones. Melton, along with EllaMae Looney, student body vice-president, and Milan Schimmel, student body treasurer, started thinking about the NCS march two days after the Parkland shooting when she saw word of the movement on social media. “We’ve been planning this march for a month,” Melton said. “It’s been a topic in (Zack) Brandsen’s advanced civics class.” Students carried signs like “Never Again,” which is a trending hashtag on social media. Looney made a sign that read, “We are strong, we are victims, we are change” and another that said “Arms are for hugging.”

Nixyaawii Community School Student Body President Kaitlynn Melton (purple coat) speaks in front of the school March 13 after 17 students participated in a nationwide 17-minute walkout that paid tribute to the 17 victims fatally shot at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 13. In front of Melton is Milan Schimmel. Noah Enright is in black with the hat. In front of Enright holding signs are Ella Mae Looney and Kylie Mountainchief.

Said Schimmel, “We are standing for families. No family should have to feel the pain of losing a child when they send them off to school.” Looney said school isn’t a place where there should have to be live-shooter drills. NCS, like many schools throughout the nation, have routine lock-down and lock-in drills. “We had a student with a gun in the school last year,” Melton said. Melton said she didn’t expect to have

17 student participate in the NCS event. “It was cool that we had staff encourage us to exercise our rights, to have a school that allowed us to do what we believe in and do what we think is right,” she said. The group walked from the school in a loop in front of Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center around to the front of the Cay-Uma-Wa Education Center and back to NCS. In front of the school they gathered with their signs, made remarks and chanted.

Melton said she was encouraged by the nationwide movement. “Usually after a week of grieving people forget. It’s a month later and we’re still talking about it and fighting for our rights … after Sandy Hook it should have been the end of it. Those kids didn’t even know how to ride a bike yet.” Said Schimmel, “As youth, our voices are different than adults. If we continue to talk about it and continue to lead, eventually there will be change.”

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Elk escape to Isquulktpe

Iosefa Taula, a wildlife technician with the Department of Natural Resources for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, watches as elk exit a U.S. Forest Service trailer March 27 near Isquulktpe Creek. A total of 29 elk from the Starkey Experiment Station and Range near La Grande were released to greening grass on hills around Gibbon Ridge in the Isquulktpe Creek drainage. Last year, about 150 elk from Starkey were released into the same area on the Umatilla Indian Reservation to help the U.S. Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife meet population management objectives inside the Starkey facility. The management objective for the study area is to maintain 350 elk at the end of winter. State, federal and tribal staff participated in the transfer. CUJ photo/Phinney

Booze tax pays for range of A&D prevention tools By the CUJ

MISSION – A percentage of Wildhorse alcohol sales that comes back to the Confederated Tribes for drug-and-alcohol prevention activities is used for a range of things, from food and clothing to random drug testing for juveniles on probation in tribal court. The Board of Trustees (BOT) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) on March 12 appropriated (by motion) $105,000 from Wildhorse Resort & Casino to Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. The dollar amount represents the 5 percent alcohol sales tax that was established in 2006. The CTUIR Tax Code established these funds to be used to provide substance-abuse education, prevention, treatment and enforcement services. On March 7, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center provided a spending plan for the money allocated by the BOT. (The money was included in the 2018 budget adopted by the BOT last November, but was not released until Yellowhawk submitted the spending plan.) Sandy Sampson, former interim Chief Executive Officer at Yellowhawk, said the

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‘We justified spending $9,600 in alcohol-and-drug funds because the Court doesn’t have money to effectively monitor monthly random drug testing for youth on probation.’ - Sandy Sampson, former interim CEO at Yellowhawk

money from Wildhorse alcohol sales do not have the same restrictions as other federal grants. “There are not a lot of restrictions on this money, but it is supposed to be used for things when other funding isn’t available,” Sampson said. “It’s not a lot of money but it helps. The lion’s share of the funding $40,400 – goes for outside medical providers. According to Yellowhawk’s justification plan, it covers continued need for rapid access to alcohol-anddrug detox, residential treatment, medication-assisted treatment, and other specialized substance abuse and dual-diagnosis treatment services for adults and youth that are not covered by the Oregon Health Plan or Purchase Referred Care. One of the activities covered by the funding is lab fees for juvenile proba-

tion random drug testing through Tribal Court, Sampson said. (The money will pay for 16 youth to be tested once a month for a year.) “We justified spending $9,600 in alcohol-and-drug funds because the Court doesn’t have money to effectively monitor monthly random drug testing for youth on probation,” Sampson said, “so the A & D Oversight Committee collaborates with the Court system to help kids out at that age.” Nearly one fourth of the grant - $25,365 - is peeled off for “indirect” costs, which is a fee charged to pay for administrative costs at Yellowhawk. Here’s what the rest of the money will be used for. Client transportation ($2,000) – occasional secure transport needed to access inpatient treatment for youth and adults. Consumables ($9,000) – food for

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prevention activities and community prevention trainings. (This is a critical need as other federal prevention grants do not allow spending for food.) Recovery House Rental ($5,000) – support for first 60-90 days for clean and sober transitional housing for initial period following successful completion of inpatient substance abuse disorders. Donations ($10,300) – Family Culture Night ($2,000), Nixyaawii Community School Mentoring Program ($7,800), community events ($500). Patient assistance ($1,335) – emergency needs such as lodging, medications, clothing, food, hygiene. Prizes and awards ($2,000) – T-shirts, honorary gifts, incentives for drummers/ dancers, and prizes for various prevention and recovery oriented community events. Last year, Yellowhawk’s number of oneon-one alcohol-and-drug treatment patient visits dropped by 61 from the year before, but the total number of patients served, 242, increased by 17, according to information presented to the BOT in March. Weekly treatment groups offered by Yellowhawk include Men’s Group, DUI, Anger Management, Women’s Talking Circle, Matrix Relapse Prevention, and Seeking Safety.



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eins around his shoulders, Lee Carlson held the handles of the plow and steered a line straight enough to lay pipe through the dark soil in a weedy field in Tutuilla Flats. As he plowed, the 76-year-old veteran talked to his horses and the observers gathered to witness what was a common experience 100 years ago. “Say hup,” he said to the Fiord and Halfinger team. “You think the horses do all the work?” he asked someone on the sidelines. “You take the plow and try it.” But he kept trenching that straight line, back and forth, while his son, Ken, and Brian Cook from Irrigon, drove their three-horse teams, in a rectangular pattern, tearing up the black earth. It was supposed to be a competition March 24 but unseasonable snow – on the Oregon Coast – kept seven other teams from traveling east. Carlson, the event organizer, said he hopes to try again April 15. “I don’t blame them,” said Carlson, from Hermiston. “They’re afraid of the Gorge. Safety first.” Carlson travels to different contests – Pomeroy, Colville and Linden, Washington, and McMinnville, Oregon. Plus this one on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. He also drives covered wagons. He was with the first Washington County wagon master and drove for several years in the Pendleton Round-Up train. His biggest event was the 1989 Montana Centennial. He was voted leader of the Black Circle which somehow ended up as the leader of 200 teams in one stretch. “When they found out there was a guy from Oregon leading the Montana wagon train … then I told them I was born in Ronand in 1943,” he said.

Three beautiful work horses pull the plow through the dark earth of a field along Weedy Lane in the Tutuilla Flats area of the Umatilla Indian Reservation March 24.

Lee Carlson, the horse plow event organizer, explained to observers how a contest is scored. It is based on, among other things, the depth and straightness of the plowed trench, and how well the horses work.

When only four horse teams made it to the field March 24, a plowing contest became an exhibition. The weather cooperated and about three dozen people gathered to watch the action. A group of musicians led by Sissy Falcon provided entertainment.


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Ken Carlson leads his three-horse plow team across a field owned by Bob Fossek near Weedy Lane on the Umatilla Indian Reservation March 24.

Brian Cook of Irrigon worked with two Percerons and one Suffolk Punch. He usually uses his horses to provide carriage rides, but said plowing teaches the animals patience. “They learn to rest. Unlike the carriage there’s a lot of drag on the plow. With the carriage they don’t want to stop. It’s hard to get an animal to stand still for you.” Cook said the horses aren’t in shape at this time of year and will give out after an hour of hard pulling. “They need to rest and they know it.”

Lee Carlson, 76, brought five horses - Four Fiords and a Halfhinger - to what was supposed to be a plowing contest on the Umatilla Indian Reservation March 24. However, seven teams from the coast couldn’t travel east because of snow. Carlson said he hopes to try again on April 15.

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BENT officers to get federal authority on Rez By Wil Phinney of the CUJ

MISSION – Law enforcement officers from the Blue Mountain Enforcement Narcotics Team (BENT) and the Umatilla/Morrow Major Crimes Team will soon have federal law enforcement authority on the Umatilla Indian Reservation when requested to assist Umatilla Tribal Police. The assistance would be only for investigations of five federal major crimes – murder, narcotics, kidnap, sexual assault, and/or arson. Tribal Police, which have a BENT member, would always take the lead on crime investigations, including the execution of warrants, on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, according to Umatilla Tribal Police Department (UTPD) Chief Tim Addleman. “BENT has done knock-and-talks and executed three search warrants. They’ve been our tribal search warrants with our officer,” Addleman said. “BENT has investigated at our request.” Addleman said the community has “liked us working with BENT,” noting a recent drug bust that involved the arrest of Tim Burns and others in Mission housing. Several of the newest authorized officers obtained BIA Special Law Enforcement Commissions (SLEC) in November after a three-day training held at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The training, presented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys, included topics such as Indian Country criminal jurisdiction, federal search and seizure,

and tort liability. Assistant U.S. Attorney and District of Oregon Tribal Liaison Tim Simmons coordinated the seminar, “Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country,” for 23 law enforcement officers from Oregon and other jurisdictions seeking to obtain their SLEC. Following the training, applicants had to pass an exam with a score of 70 percent or higher. The SLECs are described as “force multipliers because they permit local, county, and tribal officers to assist in federal investigations of major crimes in Indian Country,” Kevin Sonoff, Public Affairs Officer in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon in Salem, wrote in a March 6 email. The Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) in February approved a resolution that asked the BIA to amend the SLEC Deputation Agreement to allow commissions to be issued to BENT and the Major Crimes Team, which includes officers from the Pendleton Police Department, Oregon State Police, Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, Milton-Freewater Police Department, Hermiston Police Department, and Boardman Police Department. Each agency has to apply to the BIA for the SLEC designation. Addleman said it’s a matter of paperwork. Addleman said all the agencies are “cognizant of our sovereignty and respect it.” He said that Tribal Police are understaffed to investigate major crimes, es-

pecially murders, and welcome the help of other agencies. Tribal Police have good relationships with police departments throughout the region and particularly with Pendleton Police. “Pendleton has always been a good partner,” Addleman said. “Not to take over our investigations, but to help us. That’s what partnerships are.” Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts agreed and said in an email that he’s hopeful the SLEC process will end the frustration of the BIA’s “mixed interpretation of policy/law.” Over the years, BENT has worked a number of significant cases in Indian Country. “Up until recently, we did not have federal participation on the team outside of the dedicated UTPD detective, which really hampered operations, because the ability of non-federal or tribal officers to apply for search warrants, initiate arrests or assist in active investigations was compromised,” Chief Roberts wrote in his email. Most major crime investigations, including narcotics cases, are resource intensive. Therefore, Roberts said, it is counter intuitive that a single narcotics detective or a single FBI agent assigned to the Pendleton Resident Agencies work complex cases without utilizing the experience, equipment or other detectives available to help in investigations. “What the SLEC credential does is allows BENT members and other trained

The CTUIR Board of Trustees approved a resolution that asked the BIA to amend the SLEC Deputation Agreement to BENT and the Major Crimes Team, which includes officers from:

- Pendleton Police - Oregon State Police - Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office - Morrow County Sheriff’s Office - Milton-Freewater Police - Hermiston Police - Boardman Police detectives to actively work drug trafficking organizations, major crimes and/or any other criminal enterprise that may be occurring in Indian Country while assuring tribal members that SLEC card holders have been trained/vetted by the BIA,” Roberts wrote. Just as Addleman said, Roberts reiterated that Umatilla Tribal Police will be consulted or asked before any enforcement action is taken or any investigations are opened.

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PENDLETON – Melissa Sandven is the new principal for Pendleton High School (PHS). She currently is principal at the Ranier Junior/ Senior High School in Rainier, Oregon. Sandven begins work July 1 of this year. She will succeed Dan Greenough, who resigned earlier this year, and has taken a principal position in Hermiston. Pendleton School Melissa Sandven District Superintendent Chris Fritsch said there were three finalists for the PHS job, and those three candidates participated in multiple activities during the selection process.

In addition to their formal interview, candidates met with the district administrative team, two different staff groups, a student leader group, parents group, went on a district tour and met individually with Fritsch. “Ms. Sandven brings a wealth of experience to the district, from working in a smaller district to working in the largest district in our state. She has a strong background in curriculum and instruction and will be a positive addition to our team,” Fritsch said. Sandven has worked in Rainier since 2014 and previously worked in the Oregon Trail School District (Sandy), Portland Public Schools and the Gresham Barlow School District. She is currently earning her doctorate at the University of Oregon.

Walk April 18 to support end of sexual violence MISSION - The Step-By-Step: Together We Can Make a Difference Seventh Annual Walk will be held in April 18 at the Mission Longhouse. The walk to show support for the end of sexual violence will start at 11:30 a.m. and go until 1:30 p.m. Lunch is provided for participants and will host guest

speakers from Nixyaawii Youth Leaders Against Violence. The event is sponsored by the Family Violence Services Program and the food will be provided by the Wellness Program. For more information call 541-4297045.

Crow’s Shadow to host ribbon shirt workshop MISSION – A ribbon-shirt-making class will be taught by CTUIR member Dorothy Cyr April 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A registration fee of $20 is require to cover materials. To register call Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts at 541-276-3954.

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Jillian Morning Owl, 2, was all dressed up in her prettiest Easter dress at the Umatilla Tribal Fire Department Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31, on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Jillian was with Andi Scott.

Below, Barrett, left, and Bradley Rivera celebrated with their best bunny ears at the Umatilla Tribal Easter Egg Hunt March 31.

Twins Kateri, left, and Kelsey Jones, 6, show off the eggs they found at the Umatilla Tribal Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31, at the BIA grounds on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. They are the daughters of Shawndine Jones.

Elwood Wildbill-Parker sits in the grass with his basket while the bigger kids in the 0-2 age category headed out on the hunt. Children of all ages, including 12 year olds throwing elbows, had the opportunity to gather plastic eggs filled with salt-water taffy. Some of the eggs were good for special prizes provided by the Umatilla Tribal Fire Department.

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FS rangers to visit Meacham Creek during Summit By the CUJ

WALLA WALLA – About 40 U.S. Forest Service Rangers attending the Pacific Northwest Summit in Walla Walla are scheduled to spend a full day, April 18, on the Umatilla Indian Reservation to visit the Meacham Creek Restoration Project and sit down for a First Foods dinner at the Longhouse. Bill Gamble, District Ranger for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in La Grande, one of the Summit organizers, said the theme of this year’s bi-annual conference is “Landscapes and Relationships.” “As such,” Gamble wrote in an email, “the relationships we have with our tribal partners at CTUIR [Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation] and the mutual work we are engaged with in restoring our aquatic and terrestrial landscapes is something we are excited and proud to share with other rangers from across the region.” Eric Quaempts, Interim Executive Director (Director of the CTUIR Department of Natural Resources or DNR), will make a presentation on First Foods and River Vision in Walla Walla on the morning of April 18 before the rangers load buses and head for Meacham Creek. Gamble said the three-day Summit has dedicated one full day to highlight work on Meacham Creek as a “shining example of what we accomplish in restoring our landscapes and ecosystem process when healthy relationships form the foundation for restoration efforts.” Quaempts said the rangers coming to the Umatilla Indian Reservation is good for a couple of reasons. First, it’s an opportunity to build long-time relationships with current and future Forest Service leadership. District Rangers typically move up in leadership rank and could, Quaempts said, one day be a supervisor in the Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman or Malheur National Forests, which combine to form some of the CTUIR ceded land base. “Or they could end up in a regional office in Portland or maybe even Washington, D.C.,” Quaempts said. “We can build working relationships now that will be valuable down the road when we are advocating for our fishing rights goals and interests.”

Rangers attending the Pacific Northwest Summit in Walla Walla will spend April 18 on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. They will tour the Meacham Creek Restoration Area, shown here, visit Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, and then sit down for a First Foods feast at the Longhouse.

Secondly, Quaempts said, the visit gives the CTUIR the “ability to distinguish ourselves from other Tribes with our goals to exert our Treaty rights and First Foods restoration.” The Rangers’ schedule during their visit to the Umatilla Indian Reservation includes lunch at Meacham Creek followed by a site visit with a discussion of the Restoration Partnership Project. Presenters for the CTUIR will be Mike Lambert, DNR Fisheries Habitat Program Supervisor and project manager on Meacham Creek; Rick Christian, Umatilla Fisheries Habitat Project Leader; Ethan Green, Fisheries Habitat Biologist II, Umatilla Fisheries Project; Kaylyn Costi, DNR Habitat Biomonitoring Project Leader; and Scott O’Daniel, research geographer in the CTUIR Office of Information Technology (IT). Co-presenting with Lambert will be Traci Hickman, Forest Resiliency EIS Team Fish Biologist with

the Umatilla National Forest. The afternoon also includes a one-hour presentation titled “The northeastern Oregon wolf story” with remarks from livestock allotment permittees and a spokesperson from the environmental group Oregon Wild. The afternoon also provides an hour for self-guided tours at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, the CTUIR museum. At 5:30 p.m., the group will partake in a First Foods dinner at the Longhouse. The Daughters of Tradition will be helping set the tables and deliver the food. The cooks are being led by Linda Jones in the kitchen. The Pacific Northwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service includes 19 National Forests, a National Scenic Area, a National Grassland, and two National Volcanic Monuments within the states of Washington and Oregon. Each national forest is broken down

into management units called districts, which often align with county and/or watershed boundaries and define the geographic area the district ranger is responsible for stewarding. The district ranger is responsible for the management of the employees and natural resources associated with their district, and also play a key role as the primary “face” for the forest in the communities associated with their district, according to Gamble.  “A key role of the district ranger is to establish and build productive working relationships with tribes and communities’ partners and organizations associated with and interested in the management of their district,” Gamble said in an email. “We rangers are essentially the land and people managers for our districts and key contacts and liaisons between the communities we serve and the forest.”   

Acting Supervisor takes helm at Umatilla Forest PENDLETON – Slater Turner has been named Acting Forest Supervisor for the Umatilla National Forest. Turner is filling in behind Forest Supervisor Genevieve Masters, who accepted a new position this winter on the Prescott National Forest in Prescott, Arizona, due to family medical issues. Following her departure, Whitman District Ranger Jeff Tomac of the WallowaWhitman National Forest filled in as Acting Forest Supervisor until Turner’s arrival. The Forest Supervisor position is anticipated to be hired permanently within the next two months. Turner brings a wealth of experience to the Umatilla National Forest. He comes to the Umatilla from the Ochoco National Forest, where he currently serves as District Ranger on the Look


Out Mountain Ranger District and Crooked River National Grassland. He has served as District Ranger for more than 10 years. Prior to this position, Turner worked as the Natural Resources Team Leader at the Crescent Ranger District on the Deschutes National Forest. In 2006, Turner filled in as Acting District Ranger on the Walla Walla Slater Turner Ranger District of the Umatilla National Forest. Prior to that he served as Acting District Ranger on the Crescent Ranger

District of the Deschutes National Forest. Turner also worked as the Assistant Forest Products Manager on the Deschutes National Forest and as a PreSale Forester at Sisters Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest. Turner started his career with the Forest Service in 1989 in timber management on the Detroit Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest. Turner holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest Products Management from Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University. “I am honored to be asked to serve as Acting Forest Supervisor on the Umatilla National Forest until the position is filled,” said Turner. “I look forward to getting to know the local communities, continuing the great work this Forest has done in stewarding the public’s lands,

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and taking care of our folks through some challenging times.” Turner is an experienced leader, serving as a member of the National Grassland Council and working on Incident Management Teams in a variety of roles including Agency Administrator (responsible official for all personnel involved in an incident), Liaison Officer (coordinator for cooperating agencies on incident management) and a Division Supervisor (manager of tactical operations for a geographical area on an incident). Turner is married and has one son and two grandkids. In his free time, Turner enjoys hunting and watching sports. For more information about the Umatilla National Forest please visit www.

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Rigs are on site to uncap Well Number 6 in anticipation of approval of a conditional use permit that will allow construction of a 750,000 gallon reservoir and waterline to serve the Mission Community Water System.

Public hearing April 24 for Well Number 6 permit MISSION – Rigs already are in place at Well Number 6 off South Market Road anticipating approval of a conditional use permit that will go before the Land Protection Planning Commission in a public hearing on April 24. The Public Works Department for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation is seeking approval to construct a 750,000 gallon reservoir, a control building, and a waterline to distribute water from the well that was drilled and capped in 2010. The line would carry water along the west side of South Market Road north to a connection at South Coyote Business Park that serves the Mission Community

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Water System. The Planning Commission’s public hearing will begin at 9 a.m. in the Wanaq’it Conference Room at Nixyaawii Governance Center, 46411 Timine Way in Mission. Also on the agenda is a request from William J. Gentry for a conditional use permit to conduct a timber harvest on about 257 acres on Bell Road near the intersection of Hansell Road and Eagle Creek Road. The public is entitled and encouraged to attend the hearings and to submit oral or written testimony on the proposed amendments. To obtain further information, contact the Tribal Planning Office at 541-276-3099.

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Wolf to present at NAFWS WARRICK, Rhode Island – David Wolf, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), will be a presenter at the Native American Fish & Wildlife Society’s (NAFWS) 36th annual national conference, which is scheduled in Warrick May 8-10. Wolf, a fisheries technician II in the CTUIR Department of Natural Resources’ Fisheries Program, represents the Pacific Region as a member of the NAFWS Board of Directors. The Pacific Region includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and parts of Montana and California. Wolf will talk about the First Foods

management plan employed by the CTUIR’s Department of Natural Resources. Among other topics to be discussed at the conference are carnivore restoration, bat and white nose syndrome, eagle policy and permitting, wild pigs David Wolf strategies and climate change. The conference also concentrates on law enforcement training.

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“It could very well harm the fish that we are trying to protect,” Flores said. “At best this more forced spill … will at best shave off a few hours of travel time for young fish heading downstream.” The Bonneville Power Administration estimates the increased spill could cost up to $40 million per year, which will be passed on to ratepayers under a “spill surcharge.” Dam managers say spilling too much water incorrectly over the dams can create eddies, where young fish are vulnerable to predators, and it can eventually damage the dams. Officials have been testing new spill plans on miniature dams to make sure they find the right solution.


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Republican lawmakers and other dam supporters including farmers and power trade groups criticized the court decision. They said the increase to ratepayers and the energy lost is too much for something they say won’t help fish. “It’s like flushing money down the river,” said U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, RWashington at a news conference. The Bonneville Power Administration said it’s “analyzing the full financial impacts of this court decision.” Newhouse said the groups will work to prevent further spill increases on the river system. The increased spill began April 3 on the Snake River and will begin April 10 on the Columbia River.

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FVS plans April events during Sexual Violence Awareness Month MISSION – Family Violence Services (FVS) is planning four events in April during Sexual Violence Awareness Month on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Among the activities scheduled is the program’s annual Step-By-Step: Together We Can Make A Difference Walk. The walk will start at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, at the Longhouse, with a lunch provided. Sexual violence, according to FVS Director Donyale Jackson, is any type of unwanted sexual contact, including words and actions of a sexual nature against a person’s will and without their consent. The impacts of sexual violence affect individuals, families, communities and society as a whole, said Jackson, but prevention is possible. Toward that goal, the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) in 2016 amended the Criminal Code and created the crime of Unlawful Dissemination of an Intimate Image. The code, Jackson said in a news release, now holds people accountable for unlawful distribution of an intimate image of another person, with the intent to harass, humiliate or injure another person. This includes identifiable Internet images of another person whose intimate parts are visible or who is engaged in sexual contact. The Board also put into place a chapter for victims’ rights in domestic abuse, sexual assault, stalking or dating-related crimes. For complete descriptions of the CTUIR Criminal Code on unlawful dissemination of an intimate image (Section 4.107) and/or the Crime Victim Rights (Section 5.01), visit ctuir-codesstatuteslaw. “Sexual violence has lifelong effects on the victim, immediate family, community and generations to come, ranging from

Native American sexual assault by the numbers Native American and Alaska Native women are 2.5 times more likely than the general U.S. female population to experience sexual assault. Nearly one in five women in the United States have experienced rape or attempted rape some time in their lives. In the United States, one in 71 men have experienced rape or attempted rape. An estimated 32.3 percent of multiracial women, 27.5 percent of American Indian/ Alaska Native women, 21.2 percent of non-Hispanic black women, 20.5 percent of non-Hispanic white women, and 13.6 percent of Hispanic women were raped during their lifetimes (Black et al., 2011). Nearly one in two women and one in five men have experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point in their lifetime (Black et al., 2011).

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words to actions,” Jackson said. “For many Tribal nations, the offenders often believe it’s their ‘right’ and many will not be held accountable for their words or actions unless we speak up. No one person has a right to dehumanize another. Not our babies, our children, our teens, adults or our elders, no matter the offender’s title nor position within the community or home.” Here’s what’s coming up for the Family Violence Services Program in April. April 10 – Wear purple April 11 – Brown bag lunch with video – Rape on the Reservation, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Conference Room L204A-Laliik at the Nixyaawii Governance Center April 18 – Eighth annual Step-By-Step: Together We Can Make A Difference Walk, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., starting at the Longhouse. Lunch provided. April 25 – Denim Day.

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comparing baseline guides against the most extreme predictions to identify emergency preparedness plans. And she will determine what kinds of information is missing. For example, a recent visit to the CTUIR satellite offices at the Walla Walla Community College Water & Environmental Center showed her that the mussel population is an indicator of water quality, but certain triggers involving host fish and when the mussels release spores to the gills of those host fish are unknown. Mussels are important to the ecosystem because they act as a filtration system in streams. So how will climate change impact mussels? That’s the kind of information Sanders hopes to learn. It’s the kind of information that can be plugged into models that will help the CTUIR as it prepares to deal with climate change.

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Part of a recent $60,000 BIA grant will be used by Sanders for community outreach in coordination with DNR programs such as water, fisheries, wildlife, cultural resources, and range-ag-andforestry. Further, she will do outreach work with other CTUIR departments like planning, housing and the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. “All these programs will be impacted,” Sanders said. “It’s my job to line things up, to plan for climate change. How can I help?” Sanders has a science background with an understanding of policy implications, Merkle said. She has worked most recently for the Oregon State University Extension Service, worked for the Umatilla Basin Watershed Council as the Education & Outreach/Water Quality Monitoring program manager, is chair of the Eastern Oregon Climate Change Coalition (EOC3) and the Umatilla County Master Gardener Association, as well as volunteering on the board of the Pendleton Farmers Market. Merkle said it’s important to keep climate change at the forefront of peoples’ minds, especially when some of the nation’s leaders are not. Sanders agreed. “It’s happening whether we want to talk about it or not,” she said. “A lot of it is not insurmountable but we have to plan now.”

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Tutuilla Flats fire destroys home

TUTUILLA FLATS - A fire that broke out while nobody was home totally destroyed a one-story house located on Billy Road south of Mission on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The house, a stick-built project home according to Umatilla Tribal Fire Chief Rob Burnside, was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene about 4:30 p.m. on March 12. Four Tribal firefighters with one engine and one water tender, plus a water truck from the Pendleton Fire Department, responded to the burning house. A wind from the north blew flames through the house and rendered efforts to extinguish the flames fruitless. “There was nothing left,” Burnside said. “It got up underneath the floor, under the crawl space and there was no way to get under there to get it out. It rekindled as the wind blew under there.” Burnside said he’s not sure how the

first started but “we’re tracing it back to occupants building a fire in the wood stove the night before and leaving it unattended.” He thinks the fire started in the attic when the stove flue got too hot. “It’s hard to say because the damage was so extensive, but from what the occupants told us and what the fire showed us … it was venting through the roof and out the windows and it had been burning a while,” Burnside said. Nobody was home at the time of the fire. A neighbor called to report the blaze. The main resident of the home was Robert Van Pelt. FBI agents were on the scene with Umatilla Tribal Police as the fire burned. Umatilla Tribal Police Chief Tim Addleman said the FBI took over the investigation. Neither FBI Special Agents Matt Jagger nor Alexander White returned phone calls for comment.

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Pendleton Fire Department fire fighter Alex Baty refills his engine while fighting a house fire on the Umatilla Indian Reservation March 12. Baty used the water from the Pendleton fire truck to assist the Umatilla Tribal Fire Department.

KCUW hires new radio station assistant MISSION - KCUW radio station recently hired Lily Sheoships to serve as the new radio Station Assistant. Sheoships, enrolled CTUIR, is the daughter of Cecelia Sheoships-Husted. She grew up on the Umatilla Indian Reservation and attended the Athena-Weston School district and graduated from Weston-McEwen High School. She also attended Blue Mountain Lily Sheoships Community College for a short time. Sheoships will have a radio segment called “Your time with Lily”, where she will be interviewing individuals who want to talk about Art, Music, History (foundation of our tribal lands), and Culture. The first topic that will be discussed on “Your time with Lily,” is a Basket Weaving class that was held near Alsea, OR, where a group of 13 people went to meet the instructor Margaret Mathewson.

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each opportunity. We’ve examined our competitors and understand what sets us apart. With over 11 years of experience in the commercial technology services market, we are uniquely positioned as an 8(a) participant.” Nerenberg said CT has been approached by prime contractors and government agencies about upcoming contract opportunities, including some at Hanford, which will be discussed in the coming weeks with CT’s board of directors and the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, which owns Cayuse Technologies. “The amount of federal regulations and compliance issues with government contracting is significant,” said Debra Croswell, Cayuse’s Compliance Chief of Staff, “but our support departments, such as finance, human resources and information technology, are learning about government contracting and actively preparing so that we’ll be ready when we begin winning contracts.”


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Wolves caught on trail cameras on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

was shot in the head,” Scheeler said. “It appeared to have been there several days. It had been scavenged heavily by coyotes and birds.” Scheeler said the wolf packs have been roaming the Reservation for a couple of ‘Apparently years now with few problems. “Apparently somebody thinks it’s okay somebody thinks to kill wolves,” Scheeler said. “The only instance when it is permissible in Oregon it’s okay to kill and on the Reservation is when a wolf is wolves. The only actively taking livestock or pets, or is posing an immediate threat to human safety.” instance when it Scheeler said that although wolf and is permissible in livestock conflicts make headlines, “concerns of impacts to local big game herds Oregon and on the are overblown.” Reservation is when Because wolves are coursing predators, Scheeler said, they run their prey singling a wolf is actively out the sick, weak and aged. taking livestock or “That actually creates a positive demopets, or is posing an graphic effect on the population, leaving healthier more vigorous animals on the immediate threat to landscape,” Scheeler said. human safety.’ At this time of year, Scheeler said, there are “hundreds, sometimes thousands” - Carl Scheeler, CTUIR Wildlife of migratory elk on the foothills of the Program manager Reservation that provide “ample foraging opportunities for wolves and other large carnivores.” Scheeler said wolves serve an important role in maintaining the health of big game herds. “Far from being a threat to them, they actually provide an important ecological service,” Scheeler said.

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Spring sports begin for Native athletes

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Spencer pounding it at Eastern Oregon University Rayne Spencer, playing for Eastern Oregon University (EOU), gets caught in a run down between third base and home, above, in a game played in La Grande against the College of Idaho March 24. At left, Spencer smacks a double. In the double header – Eastern won 10-7 and 5-0 - she had three hits and two runs batted in. Baseball would be nothing without statistics and Eastern Oregon University lets nobody down in that category. As of March 30, the Mounties had a record of 16-10 and had won 12 of their last14 games. Spencer, who had been batting mostly in the third spot (the team was 14-6 when she batted there), had a .325 average with 25 hits in 77 trips to the plate. She had three homers and seven doubles and had knocked in 19 runs. She had walked a dozen times and had been intentionally walked once. Spencer’s three homers came in EOU wins – a 6-3 win over Northwest Nazarene, an 11-9 win over Northwest Christian, and a 4-2 win over Providence. In each of those games she had two RBIs. She had six multiple hits and was leading the team with eight multiple RBI games. She also had the longest hitting streak of nine games. Spencer has a fielding average of .973 with only one error and 33 put-outs.

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MISSION – Megan George, a junior at Pendleton High School, tied for low score at the 10-team Wildhorse Invite April 2 but had to settle for second after a onehole playoff. George, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, is the daughter of Gary and Kelly George. She shot 84 in windy conditions, but lost on the first-hole of a playoff to Pomeroy’s Deana Caruso. George is one of two CTUIR members on the PHS team. The other is Cyrus SpinoHarris. Sophomore Chelsea Farrow plays left field for the PHS softball team and Aaron Luke runs the 100, 200, 400 meters and relays for the Pendleton track team. Other student athletes at PHS include Jonathan Begay playing baseball, plus Celia Farrow, Kaiya Spencer and Korie Spencer playing junior varsity and freshman softball. At Athena-Weston, Tyree Burke and Kaeleh Hall are playing varsity softball, with Aurelia Heay and Althea Huesties playing JV. Mena Laude is running track. In Irrigon, all-around athlete Jada Burns is playing softball. At Nixyaawii Community School, 16 golfers – that’s more than a quarter of the student enrollment – are hitting the Wildhorse links every afternoon. Three more golfers, including three-time state qualifier Riley Lankford, come over from Pilot Rock in a co-op. The squad is being coached by Ryan Heinrich and Aaron Noisey this year. “We have a big number of first time golfers,” Heinrich said. “We want them to learn the game, have fun and improve every day. If we can get four other golfers to shoot in the mid 90’s the boys would have a chance at going to state as a team. Spring sports on page 2B

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Native athletes dominate All-EO basketball teams

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Aaron Luke, a sophomore at Pendleton High School, is competing in the 100, 200, 400 and relays, stretches across the finish line in the 100-meter dash in an early meet on a cloudy day in March. In fact, the invitational was cut short because of rain. In his most recent race, Luke, son of Marcus Luke, set a personal record in the 400 meters with a time of 55.06 seconds and finished seventh in a12-team meet at Hanford High School in Richland, Washington. CUJ photo/Phinney

PENDLETON – The annual All-EO teams included 10 Native American players – nearly 20 percent of the total roster of all-stars – with four first teamers. Indian girls made up half of the first team with Mary Stewart and Milan Schimmel off Nixyaawii’s team that finished second in the Class 1A state tournament and Jada Burns from the Class 3A Irrigon Knights. All four seniors from Nixyaawii’s girls’ team made the EO list. Also earning first team honors was Mick Schimmel, the sophomore leader of the Nixyaawii boys’ team. The Nixyaawii girls were the team of the year and Dakota Sams, a freshman at Pendleton High School, was the top newcomer of the year. Other Native on the All-EO lists included Chelsea Quaempts, Kaitlynn Melton, Ella Mae Looney, Deven Barkley, Quanah Picard, and Sams. The complete all-star lists are on page 7B.

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If Riley plays his normal game he should be at the top of the leaderboard in our district and make a strong run in the state tournament again this year.: The list of NCS boys’ golf team includes seniors Wilbur Oatman and Lankford; juniors Austin Ancheta, Lucas Arellanes, Deven Barkley, James Penney, Dazon Sigo, Justin Wells (PR); sophomore Mick Schimmel; freshmen Jace Ashley, Tyasin Burns, Dylan Conner (PR), Robert Windy Boy, and Beto Zamudia. The girls’ team consists of senior Milan Schimmel, junior Alyssa Tonasket, and sophomores Cloe McMichael, Susie Patrick and Tyanna Van Pelt. Five NCS girls are playing softball in the co-op with Pilot Rock. They are junior Keala Van Horn, sophomore Kyle Mountainchief, and freshmen Alexia Laib, Ashlynn Looney and Allyson Maddern. Two NCS boys – senior Noah Enright and junior Jayden Bryant – are playing for the Pilot Rock baseball team.


Safe at the plate

Kaeleh Hall slides home for the Weston-McEwen TigerScots in a softball game at Athena in March. Also playing CUJ photo/Dallas Dick softball at Weston-McEwen are Tyree Burke,Aurelia Heay and Althea Huesties

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Mission local to appear in ‘Hairspray’

Ava Zamudio

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ELGIN – Mission local Ava Zamudio is hitting the stage to dance at the Friends of the Opera House production of Hairspray. Zamudio, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Jr. Youth Leadership Council, will be one of “Mabel’s Dancers” in the production.

Zamudio has been rehearsing for the play since February.This will be her first time appearing on stage. The Broadway Musical classic will be showing from April 6 to 28. Tickets are on sale on the Elgin Opera House website at or by phone at 541-663-6324.

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Chelsea Farrow, a sophomore at Pendleton High School, went to second on a first-inning RBI single in a game aginst La Grande on the first day of spring, March 20, at Sunridge Middle School. Farrow ended up scoring in a two-out eight-run inning for the Bucks. The daughter of Patty and Matt Farrow Jr., Chelsea plays left field. Pendleton beat La Grande, 12-2 in the non-conference home opener.

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Bear Moses, Showtime, blocks out a bigger defender in a 9-11-year-old boys game. Showtime from Pendleton took second place in their bracket.

Start ‘em small and grow ‘em into ball players. That’s the plan around Indian Country and it was no different at this year’s BAAD CUJ photo/Gavin tournament when the little kids, many from the Cay-Uma-Wa Head Start, took to the court.

BAAD was GOOD again Kash Bronson holds up as Jojo Ochoa from Grandview flies by. Ochoa kept his hand on the ball for a second, but Bronson was able to hold his position and put the ball off the glass for a bucket.

Sheldon Joseph drives between defenders in a 9-11-year-old game.

MISSION – There were fewer teams and fewer games, but just as much excitement at this year’s Basketball Against Alcohol and Drugs Tournament held during Spring Break on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. And staff and volunteers were just as busy taking care of fans and players from Oregon, Washington and Idaho who competed in 6-8-yearold co-ed brackets, 9-11-year-old boys and girls, 12-14-year-old boys and girls, and 15-18-year-old boys and girls. Many of the teams were mixtures of players from across the region. For example, Nixyaawii

Community School players Milan Schimmel and Mary Stewart played on a Yakama squad. Here’s the list of winners and all-stars (name, team, home town).

15-18-year old boys Teams-1, Boyz. 2, NW Buckets. 3, Gangland. MVP-Marjon Beauchamp, Boyz, Seattle. All-stars-Byron Strom, Boyz, White Swan; Collin Kelly, Boyz, Yakima; Tyler Newsom, NW Buckets, Pendleton; Try Allen, NW Buckets, Lapwai; Dhaunye Guice, Gangland, Richland. 15-18-year old girls Teams-1,Yakama. 2, Noni’s. 3, Nabor. MVP-Mary Stewart, Yakama, Mission. Ms. HustleJanealle Sutterlict, Yakama, Yakama. All-stars-Brit Guerro, Yakama, Yakima; Milan Schimmel, Yakama, Mission; Marley

Muriel Hoisington works off a defender to score in a 12-14-year-old girls contest.

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Jada Burns, playing for Nabor, which was third in the 15-18-year-old girls bracket, drives against her defender in a Basketball Against Alcohol and Drugs Tournament game during Spring Break on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in March.

Devon Hall, left, and Atticus “Atty” Johnson jump for a rebound in their 6-8-year-old co-ed basketball game.

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Johnson, Noni’s, Portland. 12-14-year old boys Teams-1, Legacy. 2, Young Chiefs. 3, Wapato. MVP-Kupkana Leavitt, Legacy, Yakima. Mr. Hustle-Milo Jones, Young Chief, Yakima. All-stars-James Matheny, Legacy, Yakima; Justice Hart, Legacy, Wapato; Teal Soaringeagle, Young Chiefs, White Swan; Tyasin Burns, Young Chiefs, Mission; Jose Reese, Wapato, Wapato. 12-14-year old girls Teams-1, Swish U Away. 2, Native Storm. 3, Yakama. MVP-Abby Grahm, Swish U Away, Portland. All-stars-Jennifer Jacobo, Swish U Away, Burbank, Wash.; Iliana Moran, Swish U Away, Kennewick; Nadine French, Native Storm, Richland; Jayda Davis, Native Storm, Warm Springs; Bree Peters, Yakama, Yakima. 9-11-year old boys Teams-1, Wapato. 2, Showtime, Pendleton. 3, Nephews, Lapwai. MVP-Trenton Tahsequah, Wapato. Tribal award-Easton Berry, Showtime, Athena. All-stars-Zay Santana, Nephews, Lapwai; Rylen Bronson, Showtime, Pendleton; Omar Arizpe, Wapato; Jeffrey Bill, Wapato, Yakima. 9-11-year-old girls Teams-1, NW Heat, Tri-Cities. 2, Nation, Lapwai. 3, Union Gap. MVP-Malia Rudd, NW Heat, Pasco. Tribal award-Eva Thompson, NW Heat, Pasco. All-stars-Trinity Wheeler, Union Gap, White Swan; Kendall Wallace, Nation, Clarkston; Maddie Bisbee, Nation, Lapwai; Adri Amaro, NW Heat, Sunnyside; Deets Nagle, NW Heat, Zillah. 6-8-year-old co-eds Teams-1, Lil Players, Yakima. 2, Valley Players, Yakima. 3, Team Nation, Lapwai.

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Kyeila Picard drives around a pair of defenders in a 9-11-yearold girls game at the Nixyaawii Community Center gym during the BAAD tournament.

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Zephyrus Barker, 13, from Walla Walla, was the grand prize winner in the 11-14-yearold division with a piece called Under the Wonderful Lighthouse.

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ArtWORKz winners listed The ArtWORKz competition at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute highlights the “outstanding creativity and passion” for young artists in this region and beyond. In fact, the grand prize winner in the youngest division was 7-yearold Nizhoni Bearchum from Hardin, Montana, and the top prize winners in the other two age-divisions were the Barker brothers from Walla Walla. The judges’ statement included the following message: “The imaginative playful energy of many of the works celebrates the creative spirit and of power of our youth. The specific voice is clear in the individual works as they come together to create a dynamic exhibit. Seeing the experimentation in materials and exploration of subject matter demonstrates a love of art that is clearly fostered by community. We were excited to see poetry included in the show and encourage youth to explore all forms of artwork. We commend each of the artists on their commitment and creative energy and encourage their collective future studies in art. Keep making art; the world needs your creativity.” The ArtWORKz exhibit at Tamastslikt continues through April ArtWORKz results 1-10 year olds Grand prize-Nizhoni Bearchum, 7, Hardin, Montana, Cheyenne Rainbow. Award of Excellence-Maleah Archibald, 10, Canyon City, Oregon, The Beautiful Trees. Award of Merit-Sascha Quaempts, 7, Pendleton, Rainbow Bloom. Honorable mentions-Aaliyah Judd, 10, Canyon City, The End of the Day. Emmalyn Northway, 9, Canyon City, Rainbow Trout Fish. Sawyer Quinton, 10, Canyon City, Sun Bear. Sarah Karson Engum, 7, Pendleton, Leep Leep (Butterfly). Eliza Bailey, 9, Canyon City, Fish Sunset. Belle Walczyk, 4, Canyon City, Sea. Gabriella Wallace, 6, Pendleton, Robin. Daniel Dick, 8, Thornhollow, Untitled. Azzy Harris, 9, Pendleton, The First Principles. Mikayla Powell, 9, Boardman, Unicorn. Marcella Stanger, 9, Pendleton, Dream Catcher. 11-14 years Grand prize-Zephyrus Barker, 13, Walla Walla, Under the Wonderful Lighthouse. Award of Excellence-Daniel Henry, 12, Canyon City, Oregon, Country Side Barn. Award of Merit-Jason Bearchum, 13, Hardin, Montana, Untitled. Honorable mentions-Marcelle Kirsch, 14,

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Yayoilyssa Newman, 16, from Pendleton was named Best Emerging Artist. She is the dautgher of Shorty Minthorn and Jason Newsome, and grandaughter of Malissa Minthorn-Winks and Mike Winjks.

Phineas Barker, 15, from Walla Walla, won first place in the Artists’ Choice for his piece called Anatomy of Travel (Horse Curiosity). Pendleton, The Journey Home. Emily Wallace, 11, Pendleton, Chiaroscuro. Melinda Cramp, 13, Pendleton, Stormy Night. Lupita Garcia, 15, Pendleton, I’m Listening. Ellaynah Brown, 14, Echo, One Blurred Vision. Thalassa Barker, 11, Walla Walla, World of Friends. Liam Wallace, 12, Pendleton, Untitled. 15-18 years Grand prize-Phineas Barker, 15, Walla Walla, Anatomy of Travel (Horse Curiosity). Award of Excellence-Yayoilyssa Newman, 16, Pendleton, Spirit of the Forest. Award of Merit-Sierra Breeding, 15, MiltonFreewater, Chief. Honorable mentions-Ella Mae Looney, 17, Pendleton, Make America Native Again. Ermia Butler, 17, Pendleton, Nightly Eyes. Clayton Carlson, 17, Echo, Reuse. Maryjane Popp, 15, Pendleton, Self Portrait. Cornelia M. Reynen, 15, Pendleton, Pineapple. Kiley Reichert, 16, Milton-Freewater, Georgia on my Mind. McKenna Stallings, 15, MiltonFreewater, The Walk of Time. Best emerging artist-Yayoilyssa Newman, Spirit of the Forest. Artists’ Choice 1, Phineas Barker, Anatomy of Travel. 2, Rachel Henry, 17, Canyon City, Mountain Goats.

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Natives dominate All-EO all-star lists ALL-EO GIRLS BASKETBALL FIRST TEAM Mary Stewart, Nixyaawii, sr. Milan Schimmel, Nixyaawii, sr. Jada Burns, Irrigon, sr. Jazlyn Romero, Hermiston, so. Kalan McGlothan, Pendleton, sr. Jordan Thomas, Hermiston, jr. SECOND TEAM Chelsea Quaempts, Weston-McEwen, sr. Sydney Wilson, Heppner, fr. Jaiden Lemberger, Pendleton, sr. Jacee Currin, Heppner, jr. Maureen Davies, Pendleton, sr. Sadie Wilson, Helix, sr. THIRD TEAM Katie Vescio, Weston-McEwen, jr. Kayla Deist, Pilot Rock, sr. Kendra Hart, Stanfield, so. Alondra Caldera, Riverside, jr. Hannah Thompson, Hermiston, sr. Kaitlynn Melton, sr.

HONORABLE MENTION Hallie Porter, Pendleton, sr. Maggie Flynn, Ione, sr. EllaMae Looney, Nixyaawii, sr. Rhyanne Oates, Pilot Rock, sr. Marti Huff, Echo, sr. Taylor Davis, Irrigon, sr. Charlene Alvarez, Umatilla, jr. Top team: Nixyaawii Golden Eagles The 2017-18 season was not as magical as the Nixyaawii Golden Eagles’ had hoped for but it was still mighty impressive. Nixyaawii put together their second straight undefeated regular season and bumped its win streak up to 56 games dating back to March of 2016. However, the streak stopped at 56 as the Golden Eagles were upset by Country Christian in the Class 1A championship game 56-54. But with the fantastic four seniors of Mary Stewart, Milan Schimmel, Kaitlynn Melton and EllaMae Looney, the

VICTORY & FREEDOM IN CHRIST Here I am Lord; Glorifying your name with endless thanks and praise. My name is Sandie Dave, enrolled member of CTUIR. I rejoice in being a child of God. I was living in nothing but darkness, total chaos and destruction. Satan was having his way and was sure I couldn’t find my way out. I started churches in and out, until the Lord showed me his burst of love for a lost soul losing all hope, such as me. I was learning the truth from the word, going to Mission Assembly of God, I was then led to the still water’s by Pastor Vern Kube at Law Enich at the Black Bridge to wash my sins away that had such a hold on me. Refreshed, restored and renewed. Times I felt I had only a speckle left from my heart. It all came back whole. I thank Jesus continually and strive to be there at his will, not mine. There will always be the enemy waiting to kill, steal and destroy. It is up to us on the direction we choose. Hugs, loves, prayers, -Sandra Dave All my hope is in Jesus Thank God yesterday is gone All my sins are forgive I’ve been washed by the blood Paid advertisement

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Golden Eagles still won 28 games on the season, won 16 times by at least 40 points, and scored 2,074 total points — the most in the entire OSAA for a girls basketball team.

ALL-EO BOYS BASKETBALL FIRST TEAM G Kaden Webb, Umatilla, sr. G Mick Schimmel, Nixyaawii, so. G Ryne Andreason, Hermiston, jr. G Tyler Newsom, Pendleton, jr. F Bryson Pierce, Pilot Rock, sr. F Johnny Phillips, Irrigon, sr. SECOND TEAM G Dakota Sams, Pendleton, fr. G Eric Carillo, Irrigon, sr. G Sebastian Garcia, Umatilla, jr. G Brett Speed, Weston-McEwen, sr. F Cesar Ortiz, Hermiston, jr. F Brody Woods, Stanfield, sr. THIRD TEAM

G Chris Weinke, Pilot Rock, sr. G Jordan Ramirez, Hermiston, jr. G Bryce Harrison, Condon/Wheeler, sr. F Felix Aparicio, Riverside, sr. F Trent Smith, Heppner, jr. F Trent Durfey, Umatilla, jr. HONORABLE MENTION G Deven Barkley, Nixyaawii, jr. G Quanah Picard, Nixyaawii, jr. G Shaw Jerome, Pendleton, sr. G Seth Cranston, Umatilla, sr. G Adrian Roa, Irrigon, sr. G Hunter Winslow, Condon/Wheeler, jr. F Eli Sprenger, Helix, fr. F Ryan Russell, Pendleton, sr. F Thomas Evans, Arlington, sr. F Morgan Marcum, Echo, sr. F Wyatt Steagall, Heppner, sr. TOP NEWCOMER: Dakota Sams, fr., Pendleton With the likes of Caden Smith, Wyatt Morris and Johnny Stuvland lost to graduation, the Pendleton Buckaroos

needed some new faces to make a big impact in 2017-18 season, and freshman guard Dakota Sams did that. Sams played his way into the starting lineup for the Buckaroos for the bulk of the season and proved himself as a sharpshooter and slick ball handler this season, averaging more nearly 11 points per game in conference play and earning first team all-conference honors.

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Thank you letters

On the mend Zoe Bevis, left, receives a hug from high school friend Tanaya Totus, at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation in Spokane, Wash., in midMarch. Both girls are freshmen at Nixyaawii Community School, the charter school on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Bevis was injured in a multiple vehicle accident on Cabbage Hill March 3 as travelers were returning to Pendleton from the Class 1A state basketball tournament in Baker City. The basketball community, including people from North Powder and Joseph, raised money for the Bevis family.

THE RECREATION PROGRAM would like to thank the following individuals for making the 2018 BAAD Tournament a success. Special thanks to Wenix Red Elk for bringing Whitman College Spring-break Service Trip students and also to Lindsey Watchman for bringing students from the University of Oregon to assist the BAAD. They all worked hard at volunteering for the BAAD Tournament. We want to thank the following sponsors: The CTUIR Board of Trustees, Education Department staff, Wildhorse Foundation for donation sponsorship, Tamastslikt for Lunch, Dean’s Athletic for donation, Pendleton Electric Co., Health Commission, Les Schwab Tire of Pendleton, Safeway for complimentary lunch, Joe’s Fiesta Mexican Restaurant for complimentary dinner, Gordon’s Heating and Cooling Inc., Tutuilla Presbyterian Church Board of Elders and Barbara Cummings, Wheatland Insurance, and Frazier Office Supply. We also thank all the volunteers and employees; the CTUIR Public Works crew for setting up gym, sound system etc.; and Longhouse’ the Prevention staff of Wenona Scott, Ian Sampson, and Linda Sampson, Keysha Ashley, Lennox Lewis and Monice Samuels for working Registration; Public Safety with Officer Dave Williams and others; EMT’s; and Fred Hill and Kelsey Burns for serving as our announcers. The BAAD Tournament Committee members Lloyd Commander, Keysha Ashley, Wus Gone, Larry Cowapoo, Randy Minthorn, Frank Ball Jr., Alaina Mildenberger, Modesta Minthorn, Lindsey Watchman, Wenona Scott, Kelly George, Officer Dave Williams, Vince Sohappy, Shelly Minthorn and Ian Sampson. And many others made the BAAD Tournament a success including the CTUIR Finance Dept., Elders and youth helpers. We apologize

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if we missed anyone. Thank you, Recreation and all BAAD staff! THE BRONSON FAMILY would like to thank all family and friends for their support during our loss of beloved Virgil Bronson. Also a special thanks to the Public Works for all their help. We appreciate you all very much, thank you. IT IS WITH SUCH JOY IN MY HEART that I want to sincerely thank all the people who helped me celebrate my Mom, Theda Scott, in her much earned retirement. Shawna Gavin, bless you for making the money tree, helping me organize this, and all the extras you did to assure a grand celebration! Michael Ray Johnson, appreciate the bell, song, opening, and all that you did to contribute. Jill-Marie Gavin, truly you are a godsend! Thanks for the enchiladas, slide show, invitations, and picture taking. You’re Wonder Woman! Levi & Helen Morrison, thanks for being such a wonderful couple who always look out for and support my Mom. Your encouragement kept her spirits going, no matter what. Doris Scott, thanks for bringing dessert, and checking on her, your kindness and smiles are always appreciated. Special thanks to the family for making it: Sharon Navarro, Brenda Kemp, Harold & Danielle Scott, Kayeloni Scott, Akela Scott, Jack Sohappy, Lynette Scott, Jay Sohappy, Shayley Sohappy, Doris Thompson, Tyrone Wilson, Yvonne Scott, and Adolph Laso. Additional thanks to friends: Marlene Taylor, Rita George, William Shawaway, Teresa Crane, Marty, and Gloria Williams. Again, thank you, Wenona Scott X-2102


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Community Wellness PFLAG brings Gay Straight Alliance to Mission By Jill-Marie Gavin of the CUJ

Pendleton High School Gay Straight Alliance member Daphny Chen explains to CTUIR youth the mission and importance of providing inclusion to LGBTQ youth March 11 at the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. CUJ photo/Gavin

MISSION – For the first time in their 30 year existence, Pendleton PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) made their first trip out to the Umatilla Indian Reservation on March 11. Meeting organizer Vicki Read worked with Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center staff to facilitate the event. Among the attendees were members of the Youth Council for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) and members of the local chapter of Pendleton PFLAG. Also present at the meeting were members of the Pendleton High School Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) group. Daphny Chen and Samuel Attridge both shared the mission of the GSA. The main goal of their group, Chen and Attridge said, is to provide inclusion and a safe place to allow students the opportunity to be themselves. Read explained to the youth what school was like in the days at Pendleton High School before the GSA to illustrate the importance of the group. She said before the group existed at PHS she would hang a rainbow wind sock outside her office as a message to lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) students that her office was a safe haven for them to visit. Read said it wasn’t until a straight student with a gay brother became fed up with his brother’s treatment that the GSA started at PHS. She said in the early days of the GSA all of the students involved, to her knowledge, were straight. The focus early on was to provide a welcoming environment to LGBTQ youth. One of the adult PFLAG members, David Silva, said before the days of inclusion and acceptance, coming out as gay meant death. Silva said, “I never came out until I was

old. Straight people are there to help you and be your true friends. Find someone who is your true friend and bring it forward to them.” Attridge shared some of the activities the GSA had on their calendar. One was the March For Our Lives, which the group participated in on March 23 in Pendleton. The other event Attridge shared with the Youth Council and other attendees is the National Day of Silence on April 27. During this event, which was started by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network decades ago, students who participate abstain from all forms of communication whether verbal or via cell phones. The goal of the day of silence, Attridge said, is not to be defiant or to disrespect your teachers, but rather to shed light on the high suicide rates among LGBTQ youth. “It’s for LGBTQ youth who have been bullied and forced into silence resulting in suicide and suicide attempts,” Attridge said. “When we’re done we can pat ourselves on the back for not breaking our silence because how bad must it feel to be unheard?” CTUIR Jr. Youth Council Chair Juju Matamoros talked about the Youth Council involvement in a leadership training at the 2018 Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians conference that focused on LGBTQ and Two Spirit issues specific to Indian Country. Before the meeting came to a close Read expressed PFLAG’s interest in bridging the gap between the UIR community and the town of Pendleton. She sought input from the youth council on how to extend an invitation for inclusivity to the tribe. Youth at the meeting were receptive to the idea of creating a GSA amongst themselves, the Jr. Youth Leadership Council especially.

Nixyaawii Celebration Committee Announcements Wednesday Youth Culture Nights

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Youth from Wapato who played in the 10-12 BAAD Tournament age bracket practice conscious discipline at the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center March 29. From left are players Collin Hamilton, Callie Strong, Bela Valadez and Angelina Buck. CUJ photos/Gavin

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MISSION – Prevention classes are a require part of the Basketball Against Alcohol and Drug tournament, but youth seemed to enjoy the new offerings from the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center (Yellowhawk) prevention program. Yellowhawk Native Connections Project Director Ashley Harding taught a group of 10 to 12 year

old players March 29 who seemed eager to participate in the mandatory class. Harding focused the class on conscious discipline and taught the youth of Wapato, Wash. breathing exercises that she said can assist in self-regulation and provide a calming effect in their bodies during times of stress and frustration.

Yellowhawk Native Connections Project Director Ashley Harding shows Wapato BAAD players greetings . From left the players are Farol Razo and Collin Hamilton.

BAAD Tournament players from Wapato, Wash. practice the “bunny ear” greeting with Yellohawk prevention staff during their prevention class March 29. Players pictured from left are Colin Hamilton and Callie Strong.


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Members of the Channel Islands’ Chumash community cross from the California mainland to Santa Cruz Island in the tomol (redwood plank canoe) ‘Elye’wun, 2006. Robert Schwemmer, CINMS, NOS, NOAA

Tamastslikt, St. Anthony present H2O exhibition MISSION - Tamástslikt Cultural Institute presents “H2O Today,” an exhibition that explores the beauty and essential nature of water, the planet’s lifeblood. The exhibition, which runs through July 14, examines the diversity and challenges of the global water sources and promotes conversation, creativity and innovation through art, science and technology according to a Tamastslikt news release. “H2O Today” dives into what it means to live on a planet where 71 percent of the surface is covered in water, yet less than 3 percent is drinkable. It explores the science of water from the hydrological cycle, weather and climate to its physical power as an architect and sculptor of landscape. The exhibition highlights water’s criticality in daily life worldwide through power, industry, agriculture and home use. Visitors will learn the affects climate change, population growth and pollution have on the water cycle, and weather patterns as well as the creative ways people around the world are tack-

ling the challenges of water shortages and pollution. The exhibition is part of the Smithsonian’s Think Water Initiative to raise awareness of water as a critical resource for life through exhibitions, educational resources and public programs. The public can participate in the conversation on social media at #thinkWater. H20 Today is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. It was adapted from an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York ( www., and the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul (, in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland; The Field Museum, Chicago; Instituto Sangari, Sao Paul, Brazil; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore. For more information, go to www.

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April 17 Business Basics Workshop open for registration at Wildhorse MISSION – The Wildhorse Business Development Services Center (BDS) will hold a Business Basics Workshop April 17 and 18 at 5:30 p.m. The class will be held at the BDS building behind Wildhorse Resort & Casino. Barbara Roloff of the Seven Sisters Community Development Group, LLC will

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share lessons she’s learned and best practices for those getting started on the journey to entrepreneurship. Roloff is a former Housing director for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. To register for the class visit the BDS building or call 541-966-1920.

Entrepreneur of the Year Award applications available for pick up MISSION - The Wildhorse Business Development Services Center (BDS) is accepting applications for the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Criteria for the award requires that applicants be Native American small business owners who demonstrate “staying power, determination and resourcefulness.” Applicants will also need to illustrate positive impacts they have had on their community.

Application packets are available at the BDS building and include more details for eligibility. Packets are due by May 11 at 4 p.m. Mailed packets must be postmarked by May 8 and hand-delivered or emailed packets must arrive to the BDS office by 4 p.m. on May 10. For more information contact Raven Manta at 541-966-1920 or Raven.manta@

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MISSION – Wildhorse Resort & Casino has a variety of upcoming entertainment ranging from a 60’s rock band to an exotic male dance show. Here’s the quick spring and summer rundown: April 20 – Blue Oyster Cult will perform at 8 p.m. BOC is an American hard rock band formed in 1967, which most successful work includes songs “Don’t Fear The Reaper”, “Godzilla”, and “Burnin’ For You.” May 26 – Country superstar Hal Ketchum will perform at 8 p.m. Ketchum is known for singles like “Small Town Saturday Night,” “Past the Point of Rescue”, and “Hearts are Gonna Roll.” June 2 – Hunks: The Show is set for 6 and 9 p.m. shows. They are billed as the world’s foremost exotic dance show with a high-energy performance featuring “some of the sexiest men alive.” They sing, dance and strip in choreographed routines to thumping beats and dazzling light shows. June 16 – Kim Russo: The Happy Medium, with a show at 8 p.m., appeared on A&E’s hit show, Paranormal State, and their hit TV show “Psychic Kids.” She also has appeared on The Biography channel’s “Celebrity Ghost Stories” featuring country legend music star Loretta Lynn. She is currently the host of the weekly running series “The Haunting Of …” July 27 – Naughty by Nature, Tone Loc and Sir Mix-a-Lot at 8 p.m. Naughty by Nature is a Grammy Award winning,

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

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Cultural Coalition seeks April grant applications

MISSION – Money is available from the Umatilla Culture Coalition, which provides grants that promote on- and off-reservation activities that can range from drumming to philosophy. The next application deadline is April 30. Separate applications are available for youth and adults.In the past, Culture Coalition funds have been spent on the Knowledge Bowl, to decorate a Head Start float for the Pendleton Round-Up Dress-Up Parade, and the purchase of

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weaving and art supplies for classes. The Cultural Coalition was established in 2007 to “support the understanding, practices and preservation of traditional and Tribal heritage and culture” for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The Coalition is supported with funds and direction from the Oregon Cultural Trust, and authorized under resolution by the CTUIR Board of Trustees. This year, according to BOT member

Sally Kosey, the Coalition has $6,000 in grant money. According to a news release, the Coalition was formed to provide opportunity for CTUIR members to participate in arts and crafts, music, heritage, art history and theory, culture events, culture education, oral tradition, drumming, dancing, linguistics, culture heritage tourism, design art, visual arts, landmarks, and historical sites, community culture development, philosophy, historic trails, and historic interpretation

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including tribal and family genealogy. Application deadlines are also set for May 31 and June 30. Applications are available by contacting Avary McKay at the Department of Economic Development in the Nixyaawii Governance Center at AvaryMcKayC@ctuir. org or at 541-429-7488. Applicants need to submit a complete proposal, a budget form and a complete narrative that explains a number of things that are listed on the application.



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Yellowhawk News & Events Save the Date

Yellowhawk Fun Run Saturday, June 9th, 2018 More details coming soon.

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Pyrotechnics reflected off the lakes at Wildhorse Resort Golf Course helped Wildhorse Resort & Casino celebrate its 23rd anniversary on March 10 on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

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Krazy Horse quilt show May 5, 6; raffle to benefit Clearview Center PENDLETON – Krazy Horse Quilters will put on their annual Pendleton Quilt Show May 5 and 6 at the Pendleton Convention Center. A raffle fundraiser is underway now with proceeds to be donated to Clearview Disability Resource Center, according to raffle chair Tina Witherell. Each member of the Krazy Horse group selected scrap fabrics and made sections that were sewn into blocks of the quilt. Raffle tickets for the hexagon “Honeycomb Quilt” stitched by Wendy Rohde are available at Thimbles Fabric and More and at the Show. The winning ticket will be drawn May 6 at the close of the show. Clearview is a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping seniors and people with disabilities. Clearview offers resources to individuals and their families as well as being an ADA resource center for people with concerns about employment, housing and other areas where independence is a priority. Darrin Umbarger is the driving force behind Clearview and is responsible for expanding the reach of the organization.

Assistance and training are provided at no cost to clients. The latest innovation provided is electric wheelchair charging stations. The featured quilter at this year’s show will be Janine Burke of JBdesigns. A fabric designer and store owner, Burke offers patterns and kits for quilts. She will be offering a class on Friday before the show. Information regarding the class project and fees is available on the group’s webpage, krazyhorsequilters. org. The show features 200 quilts from makers in the region and includes a challenge for those who chose to participate. This year’s challenge theme is “Hexagons Gone Wild.” There will be a number of regional quilt supply vendors offering their wares. Hours for the show are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. A $5 admission is good for both days of the show. The Krazy Horse group has held the show for 17 years. In addition to the quilt show, the group regularly donates quilts to community projects and the Quilts of Valor program.

Briefly Summer Youth Employee application night April 17 MISSION - Applications for the Summer Youth Employee Program are available now with an Application Night planned at Cay-Uma-Wa computer lab April 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The deadline to turn in applications is April 30 by 4 p.m. Applicants will interview for a spot in the program May 14 to 17. For more information contact Summer Youth Coordinator Althea Huesties-Wolf at 541-429-7824 or at

Fun Run Logo Contest open until May 1 MISSION - The annual Fun Run Logo Contest is now open for submissions. Rules for the contest are as follows: Anyone can submit artwork; logo must contain “36th Annual” and “2018”; and multiple entries are allowed. The logo winner will be voted on by Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center employees. Artwork must be submitted by May 1. The winner will receive a $150 prize. For more information contact Shoshoni Walker at 541-215-1976 or at

Nixyaawii Celebration events open in April MISSION - The Nixyaawii Celebration Committee will host Wednesday Youth Culture Nights April 11, 18 and 25. Dinner will be provided April 18. Craft Night will be held April 11 and 25. Volunteers to sew regalia for children are needed. The craft nights are also open to those working on personal beading,

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weaving and sewing projects. The Spring Celebration Planning meeting is scheduled for April 11. All events will be held at the Mission Longhouse starting at 5:30 p.m.

Free will-writing and estate planning Service available MISSION - Information, will-writing and estate planning services are available at no cost for members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Wills (distribution of property), Powers of Attorney (allows others to make decisions), and Living Wills (detailed end-of-life decisions) are documents available for preparation. Information about “options for land owners,” why will-writing is important, and how it will affect families will be presented. To make an appointment or for more information call 541-429-7401 or email Happy birthday to my son

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Cougar found at hotel construction site in downtown The Dalles

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Kaidyn Meninick, 7, from Harrah, and Rome Saina, 8, from White Swan, found a quiet spot against a bicycle rack to play Pokemon between games at the Basketball Against Alcohol and Drugs Tournament on the Umatilla Indian Reservation during Spring Vacation in March.

FBI says 18 arrested on warrants on Fort Apache reservation in Arizona FORT APACHE, Ariz. (AP) - FBI officials say 18 people have been arrested on federal warrants on the Fort Apache reservation in east-central Arizona. They say the executed arrest warrants included charges for first-degree murder, second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, domestic violence, kidnapping, assault resulting in serious bodily injury, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, assault with a dangerous weapon, strangulation and interstate threat-

ening communications. Authorities still are searching for a 41-year-old man indicted on charges of possession and intent to distribute methamphetamines. The FBI says six tribal arrest warrants were executed as a result of the operation. They also say four prisoners who escaped from the White Mountain Apache Department of Corrections on March 21 were arrested within 24 hours of their escape.

THE DALLES, Oregon - A two-yearold male cougar that travelled all the way into downtown The Dalles and into a hotel complex was euthanized March 20 after wildlife managers determined it was a public safety risk. City of The Dalles Police responded to an incident at the Oregon Motor Motel downtown after reports of a wild animal within the complex. The animal was in a room under construction down a narrow walkway. The cougar was secured in a small room and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) staff was able to access the room through a vent in the wall. Staff sedated the animal with drugs administered via dart gun, and then transported the cougar off-site and euthanized it in a safe location. The cougar had been spotted at this same location on March 18 in the evening, according to a Facebook post seen by ODFW staff. Cougar sightings are not uncommon in the outskirts of The Dalles, especially this time of year when deer are on winter range just outside the city. “But a cougar coming this far into downtown, into the business district and deep into a hotel complex, and not showing fear of people or wariness of urban environments? That’s just extremely odd,” said Jeremy Thompson, ODFW district wildlife biologist. “This may have been a cougar that was unable to establish its own home range in its


natural habitat.” “Considering this cougar’s concerning behavior, it was deemed a public safety risk not suitable for relocation, and so it was euthanized,” said Thompson. According to ODFW’s current records, the March 20 incident marks the sixth time in 2018 that a cougar has been euthanized due to public safety concerns. (A Silverton cougar was euthanized March 17.) Under the state’s cougar management policy and state statutes, specific behaviors indicate that a cougar is a public safety risk. Those behaviors include attempting to break into a residence/ structure and showing loss of wariness of humans. ODFW does not relocate cougars that display these behaviors or cause agricultural damage. Cougars that show these behaviors and are relocated are likely to return to where they were causing problems in the first place. Because cougars are territorial, relocating cougars can lead to conflict with other already established cougars, resulting in an animal’s injury or death. Oregon has a healthy cougar population of approximately 6,400 statewide, up from just 200 in the 1960s when they were reclassified as a game mammal and protected in Oregon. Cougars, especially males, are extremely territorial. The need of some cougars to establish a home range could be driving them into urban and suburban areas.

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The Cayuse Sisters are two large basalt pillars created eons ago during the Missoula Floods on the east bank of the Columbia River in the Wallula Gap.

Three young people play in a sand dune in a hollow behind the Cayuse Sisters.

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Cayuse Sisters at Wallula Gap The Cayuse Sisters, also known as Twin Sisters, are basalt pillars that inspired the mythology of the Wallula Gap. A photo of Cayuse Sisters is used as the cover for “as days go by,” the history book for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Inside on the first page of the book, the story of Cayuse Sisters goes like this: “Coyote fell in love with three sisters who were building a trap in the river to catch salmon. Always the trickster, Coyote watched them, and at night he would destroy their work. The sisters rebuilt the trap daily, but Coyote would destroy it each time. One morning, Coyote saw the sisters crying. They were starving for fish. Coyote promised to build them a trap if they would become his wives. The sisters consented, and he kept his promise. For many years, Coyote lived happily with the sisters, but after a while he became jealous of them. Using his supernatural powers, Coyote changed two of his wives into basalt pillars. The third wife he turned into a cave downstream (the cave is now covered by the dammed waters of the Columbia River). He then turned himself into a nearby rock so he could watch over them forever.”

This photo shows off the geological magnificence of the basalt lava flows from the Miocene Epoch 17 million years ago and the subsequent scabland residual of the Missoula Floods.

The Cayuse Sisters cast shadows as the sun moved into the afternoon western sky.

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Wallula Gap was created during the Miocene Epoch some 17 million years ago when flows of extremely fluid basaltic lava spread in all directions from long fissures, building broad fields of gently sloping lava over great distances in what is now southeastern Washington, eastern Oregon, and southern Idaho. The Lewis and Clark Expedition first saw the Wallula Gap on Oct. 18, 1805, as they headed downstream from their camp at the confluence of the Columbia and Snake rivers. The Corps camped near Spring Gulch Creek that night and proceeded through Wallula Gap the next day. In the 1840s pioneers headed west on the Oregon Trail found Wallula a logical stopping place to convert their wagons to boats and then continue the trip via the Columbia River.

Wrinkles on the face of the Washington side of the Columbia River near Wallula Gap.


Pepsi Primetime April 16 looks at Japanese concentration camps in Oregon during World War II

And the sign said... Sheila Bradley from Creative Signs in Pendleton was one of the vendors at the Basketball Against Alcohol and Drugs Tournament played over eight days on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Players from Oregon, Washington and Idaho competed in four age divisions at Nixyaawii Community Center. Between games players took part in mandatory drug-and-alcohol prevention classes provided by Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center programs. CUJ photo/Dallas Dick

MISSION - On Dec. 7, 1941, George Nakata was a 9-year-old American citizen growing up in Japantown in Northwest Portland. A few weeks later he was an enemy alien. Why did this happen? Why was he along with his family taken from their home and thrown into an American concentration camp? Hear this amazing, untold historical story few Americans understand or even believe happened when George Nakata returns on Monday, April 16, from 6-8 p.m. to the Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute. Admission is open to the public and free. Refreshments will be served. Armed guards, barbed wires, and eight guard towers with machine guns surrounded Minidoka Camp, an Ameri-

can concentration camp that imprisoned Japanese-Americans during World War II, and the camp to which George Nakata and his family were sent. A total of 120,000 Japanese-Americans were incarcerated into ten such camps - the largest segregating of any ethnic group since slavery. Nakata learned first-hand about the hysteria of World War II that stripped Japanese-Americans, US citizens, of their civil rights, liberties, and freedom, losing all their possessions, suffering the injustices of overt racial prejudice. “In America freedom continues to be fragile. In America we can be careless and selective with our own Constitution”, states Nakata. For more information, go to www.

BOT Minutes summary DATE: February 5, 2018

BOT Present: Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Doris Wheeler, Treasurer; Kathryn Brigham, Secretary; Rosenda Shippentower, Member; Woodrow Star, Member; Sally Kosey, Member and William Sigo, General Council Chairman. Gary Burke, BOT Chairman on travel. Aaron Ashley, Member on personal leave (arrived at 10:20 AM). Quorum present. Old Business. None. Resolution 18-009: Topic: Tort Claim Code Revisions. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees does hereby approve the revised Tort Claims Code (attached as Exhibit 1) and authorizes the Code to go into effect March 1, 2018. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 5th day of February, 2018. MOTION: Woodrow Star moves to adopt Resolution 18009, Kat Brigham seconds, Motion carries 5 for (Woodrow Star; Kat Brigham; William Sigo; Doris Wheeler and Sally Kosey) – 1 against (Rosenda Shippentower) – 0 abstaining. Resolution 18010: Topic: SLEC Amendment. RESOLVED, for purposes of tribal law enforcement needs on the Confederated Tribes hereby requests that the Bureau of Indian Affairs amend out Special Law Enforcement Deputation Agreement in a manner that would allow commissions to be issued to members of the Blue Mountain Enforcement Narcotics Team and the Umatilla/Morrow County Major Crimes Team that may assist with law enforcement efforts within the Confederated Tribes’ Indian country, which specifically includes officers from the Pendleton Police Department, Oregon State Police, Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, Milton-Freewater Police Department, Hermiston Police Department, and Boardman Police Department; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees authorizes the Office of Legal Counsel to assist in negotiating amendments to the SLEC Deputation Agreement consistent with the intent of this resolution and authorizes the Chairman of the Board of Trustees to sign any amendment as necessary; AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 5th day of February, 2018. MOTION: Woodrow Star move to adopt Resolution 18-010, Sally Kosey seconds, Motion carries 6 for (Woodrow Star; Sally Kosey; William Sigo; Kat Brigham; Rosenda Shippentower and Doris Wheeler) – 0 against – 1 abstaining (Aaron Ashley). Resolution 18-011: Topic: Portland Harbor Phase 2 Funding and Participation Agreement & Addenda. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees authorizes its Chairman to execute the Phase 2 Funding and Participation Agreement (Phase 2 FPA) and corresponding Addenda, attached here to as Exhibits 1 and 2; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees autho-


rizes its Chairman to execute the Triangle Park Restoration Project MOA, attached hereto as Exhibit 3. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 5th day of February, 2018. MOTION: Rosenda Shippentower moves to adopt Resolution 18-011 with revisions, Woodrow Star seconds, Motion carries 7-0-0. Other Board Action: Global Warming Commission Nomination. At a work session held on Feb. 1 the BOT present unanimously agreed to supports nominating Cheryl Shippentower, Plant Ecologist to serve on the Governor’s Oregon Global Warming Commission. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to nominate Cheryl Shippentower to the Oregon Global Warming Commission as CTUIR representative, Sally Kosey seconds, Motion carries 7-0-0. BOT Travel Reports. Deferred. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Doris Wheeler, April 21-25 travel request to New Orleans to attend NAFOA Conference. 2) Gary Burke, Feb. 21-23 travel request to Salem for OTGA Board meeting. 3) Jeremy Wolf, personal leave request on Feb. 6 from 1:30-4 PM. 4) Sally Kosey, two personal leave requests; March 28-30 all day on both days and April 24 from 11 AM to 4 PM. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to approve leave requests, Woodrow Star seconds, Motion carries 7-0-0.

DATE: February 12, 2018

BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Doris Wheeler, Treasurer; Kathryn Brigham, Secretary; Rosenda Shippentower, Member; Aaron Ashley, Member; Woodrow Star, Member; Sally Kosey, Member and William Sigo, General Council Chairman. Full quorum present. Old Business. Residency Issue by Sally Kosey, BOT Member. She reported on research she conducted regarding residency issue. She reported on findings from 1993 and action involving elected officers. Sally Kosey informed the Board of Trustees she will ask to be placed on next regular General Council agenda in order to ask for change to the Constitution. She asked the BOT Chair if her report and intentions were clear. Gary Burke, BOT Chair said BOT agreed that the residency issue will be brought up and discussed at the BOT Retreat scheduled for week of February 26. Resolution 18-012: Topic: Amendment to Advisory Code. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby approves the amendment to Section 3.04 of the Advisory Committee Code, attached hereto as Exhibit 1, which amendment shall take effect immediately. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 12th day of February, 2018. MOTION: Woodrow Star moves to adopt Resolution 18-012, Kat Brigham seconds, Motion carries 8-0-0. Resolution 18-013:

Topic: Military Project Security Requirements. RESOLVED, the Board of Trustees affirms that its officers, agents and employees of the Tribal government does not require and will not have access to classified information in the custody of Cayuse Technologies, LLC,, and that Cayuse has been delegated authority to act independent of the Confederated Tribes in matters which involve Cayuse Technologies’ responsibility to safeguard classified information; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this action of the Board of Trustees of the Confederated Tribes is taken for the purpose of excluding the Confederated Tribes from the necessity of a Facility Security Clearance in conformity with the “National Industrial Security Program Operations Manual”; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that this action clarifies and confirms its earlier commitment in Resolution No. 13-005. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 12th day of February, 2018. MOTION: Sally Kosey moves to adopt Resolution 18-013, Kat Brigham seconds, Motion carries 7 for (Kat Brigham, Sally Kosey, Woodrow Star, Aaron Ashley, Jeremy Wolf, Rosenda Shippentower and Doris Wheeler) – 1 against (William Sigo) – 0 abstaining. Other Board Action: None. BOT Travel Reports. 1) Gary Burke, Feb. 5 to Salem to attend State of the State Address by Gov. Brown. Feb. 9, Friday, verbal report to meet with Phillip Stevens from U of I regarding Native American classes he teaches. 2) Kat Brigham (4) reports, Jan. 12 to Portland State University as speaker on CTUIR Treaty and tribal government. Jan. 14-16 to Olympia, WA to provide CTUIR testimony on SB 1611 Hirst bill and to attend Sen. McCoy dinner. Feb. 1-3 to Olympia, WA to attend tribal leaders luncheon and meeting with WA Gov. Inslee on Climate Change. Feb. 6 to Walla Walla Community College for W3MP meeting. 3) Rosenda Shippentower, Jan. 31-Feb. 2 to Coeur d’Alene ID to attend Healing Lodge Annual Retreat. MOTION: Jeremy Wolf moves to approve reports, Sally Kosey seconds, Motion carries 7-0-0. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Gary Burke, travel request to Portland on Feb. 19-20 to attend TNT meeting. 2) Kat Brigham, travel request approved on Feb. 5 to Portland to attend Roadmap event. MOTION: Rosenda Shippentower moves to approve leave requests, Doris Wheeler seconds, Motion carries 7-0-0.

DATE: February 26, 2018

BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Doris Wheeler, Treasurer; Kathryn Brigham, Secretary; Rosenda Shippentower, Member; Aaron Ashley, Member; Woodrow Star, Member; Sally Kosey, Member and William Sigo, General Council Chairman. Full quo-

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rum present. Old Business. None. Resolution 18-014: Topic: Acceptance of BIA Grant for Climate Change Support. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees accepts and appreciates this award from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to support mutually-beneficial efforts to better understand and confront the threats and identify possible opportunities presented by global Climate Change; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation acknowledges that this award addresses only funds available for competitive Rights Protection Implementation (RPI) Climate Change funding available in FY 2017, and further acknowledges that no guarantee is made, or implied, that funds will be available for that purpose beyond the current year; AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 26th day of February, 2018. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to adopt Resolution 18-024. Jeremy Wolf seconds. Motion carries 8-0-0. Resolution 18-015: Topic: Opioid Litigation. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees directs its Interim Executive Director and its Lead Attorney to gather available data regarding the size and scope of opioid abuse and addiction among Confederated Tribes’ members and other enrolled Indians residing on the Umatilla Indian Reservation; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the opioid abuse and addiction data should be gathered from Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, the Department of Children and Family Services, the Umatilla Tribal Police Department and other available sources, to determine the impacts on the CUTIR and this data shall be presented to the Board of Trustees with the next 90 days; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Trustees hereby supports the filing of a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors and retailers to address the opioid addiction and abuse the Tribal community has experienced; AND BE IT FUTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees directs its Lead Attorney and Interim Executive Director to recommend counsel to represent the Confederated Tribes and the causes of action that should be included in the Confederated Tribes lawsuit; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, the selection of the law firm to file the lawsuit on behalf of the Confederated Tribes, and the associated legal contract, as well as the complaint, shall be subject to Board of Trustees approval. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 26th day of February, 2018. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to adopt Resolution 18-015, Sally Kosey seconds, Motion carries 7 for (Jeremy Wolf, Doris Wheeler, Kat Brigham, Woodrow Star, Aaron Ashley and Sally Kosey) – 1 against (Rosenda Shippentower) – 0 abstaining. See BOT Minutes Summary on page 23B

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Bill passes to fund AMBER Alert in Indian Country From

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bill that was born out of tragedy in Indian Country has cleared its final hurdle in the 115th Congress. S.772, the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act, is named for Ashlynne Mike, an 11-year-old girl who was kidnapped and murdered on the Navajo Nation in May 2016. Her tribe lacked an emergency notification system that could have quickly alerted others about her disappearance. Navajo officials are now implementing a system that will help protect children within its 27,000 square-mile reservation, the largest in the United States. And, thanks to lobbying efforts by Pamela Foster and Gary Mike, Ashlynne’s parents, Indian Country stands to benefit with the passage of S.772, which makes tribes eligible for federal AMBER Alert grants for the first time. “It has been a long-time coming for

tribes to be included in this important discussion, and I am hopeful that the Navajo Nation will benefit in having access to these grants,” Amber Kanazbah Crotty, a delegate to the Navajo Nation Council, said in a press release March 23. Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) introduced the bill almost a year ago to ensure that Ashlynne’s passing inspired change. With more that more than 8,000 children considered missing in Indian Country, he said tribes need tools to protect their most vulnerable. “This bipartisan legislation addresses serious gaps in current law that have prevented tribes from quickly issuing AMBER Alerts and helping victims like Ashlynne escape tragedy,” McCain said, noting that Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) was among the Democratic supporters of his measure. “Tribal lands should not be safe havens for criminals or a weak link in our ability to find and protect children who have been abducted or run away,”

Heitkamp said on March 26. The bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent, meaning no one objected. Another vote was needed because the text of the measure was slightly modified in the House. It passed that chamber by unanimous agreement in February. “I sincerely hope that no parent has to see the AMBER Alert used on behalf of one of their children, but it is good to know that if it is necessary, there are now no holes in the American AMBER Alert system,” Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Arizona), the sponsor of H.R.2666, a companion version of the bill, said in a press release. With work in the legislative branch complete, S.772 is headed to President Donald Trump for his signature. So far in his term he has signed three Indian bills into law, all within the last four months. “The protection of our children is a top priority and we ask President Trump to sign the bill into law to help safeguard our youth,” said LoRenzo Bates, the Speaker of the Navajo Nation Council.

Kansas passes law protecting tribal regalia TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed a bill protecting the right of native Americans to wear tribal regalia and other cultural objects at public events. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the bill was sponsored by Rep. Ponka-We Victors. The Wichita Democrat is a member of both the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma and the Tohono O’odham Nation in Arizona. She contends some states have enacted similar laws in response to policies enforced at events like high school graduations where officials sometimes insist on strict dress codes. The new law bars any state agency, school district or local government from prohibiting any individual from wearing tribal regalia at events or meetings.

BOT Minutes summary Other Board Action: Commission/Committee Update by Kat Brigham, BOT Secretary. Credit Board, 1 vacancy with one application from Talia McLaughlin. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to reappoint Talia McLaughlin to Credit Board for 3 year term. Rosenda Shippentower seconds. Motion carries 8-0-0. Education & Training Committee, 1 vacancy, two applications from Pamela Shippentower and Matilda Hoisington. ACTION: by secret ballot Pamela Shippentower was reappointed to the Education & Training Committee for 2 year term. Tribal Water Commission, 1 vacancy with two applications from Lisa Ganuelas and Matilda Hoisington. ACTION: by secret ballot Lisa Ganuelas reappointed to Tribal Water Commission for 2 year term. Umatilla Reservation Telecommunications (URT), LLC. Former BOT Member Justin Quaempts was appointed in 2016. ACTION: by secret ballot Jeremy Wolf was appointed to URT. An amended Resolution will be on the March 5th BOT agenda. Terms Expiring: Les Minthorn, Economic & Community Development Committee, term expires April 4, 2018 Shawn Joseph, Science & Technology Committee, term expires on April 4, 2018 Will continue to advertise for: 1 position for CTUIR Culture Coalition – 2 year term, meets as needed – No Stipends All applications will be due Monday, March 19 by 4:00 PM. A BOT work session will be scheduled March 23 at 9:30 AM to review applications and will take action on the application appointments on Monday, March 26. BOT Travel Reports. 1) Gary Burke, Feb. 18-22 to Portland and Salem to attend TNT meeting at Portland then to Salem to attend individual meetings with legislators, LCIS Tribal Government Day and LCIS meeting at Salem. 2) Kat Brigham, Feb. 14-16 to Portland to attend Roadmap event. Rosenda Shippentower moves to approve reports, Woodrow Star seconds, Motion carries 8-0-0. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Jeremy Wolf travel request to Spokane, WA to attend Columbia Basin Tribes and Indigenous Nations Leaders Columbia River Treaty Work Session, depart March 5 at 2 PM and return March 7. 2) Rosenda Shippentower travel request to Portland to attend TERO Spring Conference, April 10-11. 3) Sally Kosey travel request to Toppenish, WA to attend Washington State Indian Education Conference, April 4-6. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to approve leave requests, Rosenda Shippentower seconds, Motion carries 8-0-0

DATE: March 5. 2018

BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Kathryn Brigham, Secretary; Rosenda Shippentower, Member; Aaron Ashley, Member; Woodrow Star, Member; Sally Kosey, Member and William Sigo, General Council Chairman. Doris Wheeler Treasurer on

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personal leave. Full quorum present. Old Business: a. Polled: Feb. 21 fund raiser for Senator Heidi Heikamp. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to ratify polled motion and Woodrow Star will attend, Sally Kosey seconds, Motion carries 7-0-0. b. Polled: BOT agree to provide refreshments at the Vice-Chair swearing in. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to ratify polled motion, Rosenda Shippentower seconds. Motion carries 7-0-0. c. 99 Year Lease – Whirlwind Drive Lease Forms by Naomi Stacy, Office of Legal Counsel Lead Attorney. Two draft letters for BOT review requesting follow up from CTUIR December 14, 2017 letter to USDA Portland Office. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to approve BOT Chair sign the two letters after internal review, Woodrow Star seconds, Motion carries 7-0-0. Resolution 18-016: Topic: Participation in Class Action Lawsuit. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby approves the participation of the Confederated Tribes as a member of the Plaintiff class in the class action lawsuit captioned as Alaska Electrical Pension Fund, Et al., v. Bank of America, N.A., et al; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby authorizes and directs its Treasurer to serve as the designated representative of the Confederated Tribes and that the Treasurer shall work with the Office of Legal Counsel and Finance to submit claims on behalf of the Confederated Tribes under any proposed settlement agreement in the above referenced class action lawsuit; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Treasurer is hereby directed to periodically report to the Board of Trustees on the status of the Confederated Tribes’ claims under the above referenced class action lawsuit. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 5th day of February, 2018. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to adopt Resolution 18016, Woodrow Star seconds, Motion carries 7-0-0. Other Board Action: e. US v. Washington Culverts proceeding by Brent Hall, Office of Legal Counsel Attorney. On January 31, 2018 OLC provided an update to the BOT regarding the Supreme Court’s acceptance of the appeal, and advising that OLC may seek authorization to file an amicus brief in the proceeding. CTUIR sent a letter to Oregon asking them to not join as an amicus and should hear back from Oregon this week. MOTION: Jeremy Wolf moves to authorize the Office of Legal Counsel to draft and file an amicus brief in the United States v. Washington (No. 17-269) proceeding in the Supreme Court of the United States, Woodrow Star seconds, Motion carries 7-0-0. BOT Travel Reports. 1) Gary Burke, Feb. 27-March 2, to Portland for BOT Governance and Retreat. MOTION: Rosenda Shippentower moves to approve report, Sally Kosey seconds, Motion carries 7-0-0. BOT Leave and Travel

Requests. 1) Woodrow Star, travel request, April 16-20, to Las Vegas for Annual Nations Indian Gaming Association Conference and Trade Show. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to approve leave requests, Woodrow Star seconds, Motion carries 7-0-0.

DATE: March 12, 2018

BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Doris Wheeler, Treasurer; Kathryn Brigham, Secretary; Rosenda Shippentower, Member; Aaron Ashley, Member; Woodrow Star, Member; Sally Kosey, Member and William Sigo, General Council Chairman. Full quorum present. Old Business. None. Resolution 18-017: Topic: Forest Management Deduction. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby approves the 2018 Forest Management Deductions Expenditure Plan, attached as Exhibit 1 and authorizes the transfer of these funds into Tribal accounts so that they will be available for expenditure by the appropriate Tribal program. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED tis 12th day of March, 2018. MOTION: Woodrow Star moves to adopt Resolution 18-017, Kat Brigham seconds, Motion carries 8-0-0. Other Board Action: a) Umatilla Army Depot Land Transfer by Teara Farrow-Ferman, Cultural Resources Protection Program Manager. A work session was held on Thur. March 8 and agreed upon the following motion to be presented. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves that the Board of Trustees hereby directs the Office of Executive Director (OED) to take the following actions to support a Board of Trustees (BOT) decision regarding the potential fee transfer of the Wildlife Area to Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) from the Columbia Development Authority (CDA): 1. Investigate and characterize potential and likelihood for special assessed property determination from Umatilla County and the Umatilla County Assessor’s office; 2. Investigate and characterize the potential for an exemption from property taxes for the Wildlife Area by the Oregon Legislature and/or by filing a fee to trust application for the Wildlife Area; 3. Receive and evaluate all available documentation from the Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), State of Oregon and others needed for the submission of a fee to trust application for the Wildlife Area and identify the documentation deficiencies that exist; 4. Characterize the legacy contaminant issues and their potential impact on CTUIR member’s desire and ability to use the area in the future; 5. Investigate the potential for water use on the site to support allowed uses; 6. Acquire letter-ofsupport of the Columbia Development Authority and the governmental entities they represent to

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support legislation to exempt the Wildlife Area from State property tax and to support a CTUIR fee to trust application for the Wildlife Area; 7. Outline an operating plan that identifies what the management costs of the Wildlife Area would be, and the funding sources that could pay for such management costs including the revenue that could be generated at the Wildlife Area (rental of igloo storage space, etc), Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) Accord funding, PacifiCorp Right of Way (ROW) compensation, etc. 8. Based on the results of 1-7 above, recommend whether or not CTUIR should pursue taking title to the Wildlife Area totaling 5,678 acres; and 9. The Board of Trustees approval shall be required for any agreement transferring title to and/or management of the Wildlife Area to the CTUIR. Jeremy Wolf, seconds, Motion carries 8-0-0. b) Yellowhawk 2018 Budget. On Thurs. March 8th Yellowhawk staff presented the 2018 Yellowhawk Budget. After review and discussion BOT agreed to approve by motion. MOTION: Rosenda Shippentower moves to approve the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center report on Alcohol and Drug prevention and treatment budget, in accordance with the 2018 Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Budget appropriation language for a total of $105,000 for the purpose described in the report, William Sigo seconds, Motion carries 8-0-0. c) Acting Executive Director. MOTION: Jeremy Wolf moves to appoint Eric Quaempts as Acting Executive Director, Aaron Ashley seconds, Motion carries 7 for (Jeremy Wolf, Aaron Ashley, William Sigo, Kat Brigham, Sally Kosey, Doris Wheeler and Rosenda Shippentower) – 1 against (Woodrow Star) – 0 abstaining. Letter to Gov. Brown re: Opportunity Zones – nominating Census Track 9400 by Bruce Zimmerman, Tax Administrator. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to approve letter to Governor Brown, Sally Kosey seconds, Motion carries 8-0-0. BOT Travel Reports. 1) Kat Brigham, a) Feb. 27-March 2 to attend BOT Training/ Retreat. b) March 6 to Walla Walla Community College to attend monthly water (W3MP) meeting. 2) Rosenda Shippentower, Feb. 27-March 2 to attend BOT Training/Retreat at Portland. 3) Jeremy Wolf, March 5-7 to Spokane, WA to attend Columbia River Treaty meeting. MOTION: Rosenda Shippentower moves to approve reports, William Sigo seconds, Motion carries 8-0-0. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Rosenda Shippentower, Personal leave on March 16. 2) Jeremy Wolf, a) March 21-23 to Portland to attend CRITFC meeting. B) Personal leave on Fri. March 16. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to approve leave requests, Rosenda Shippentower seconds, Motion carries 8-0-0.



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