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Oscar Huesties and Uriah Reymond take a break and rest on the chipping green at Junior Golf Camp See more sports in Section B.

A tractor driven by Jim Schnell pulling a disc and a Tribal fire truck work at a stubble blaze. More on page 3A.

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Aaron Barkley, trailed by Sheldon Joseph, takes the ball to the hoop during Summer Recreation fun at Wetlands Park. More on Page CUJ photo/Lennox Lewis

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Bumper wheat crop for Tribal Farm Enterprise MISSION – Yields more than twice the average are being harvested in wheat fields farmed by the Farm Enterprise Program for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Kevin Hudson, manager of the Farm Enterprise, said yields of as much as 125 bushels per acre have been cut in fields along the river bottom. Hudson and a four-man crew were busy cutting 3,500 acres of wheat on the Reservation in late July. “The cutting is good quality and the yield is above average,” Hudson said, noting that the average here is between 50 and 70 bushels per acre. Last year was below average. Hudson said some fields in the Kirkpatrick Road area are “extraordinary” with “nothing less than 90” bushels being harvested. Others dip into the 60-bushel-per-acre level, which is average for dryland wheat in this area. Hudson said earlier this spring that a “prescription for weather” could not have been written any better. Lots of rain and sun, plus cool nights, produced some of the best yields in years, although some of the production was dependent on the variety of seed used. The CTUIR Farm Enterprise, using a Gleaner Super 70 combine with a 35-foot header, was cutting about 100 to 125 acres a day in late July. The harvest takes a little longer here because small fields are spread over 25 miles. “We do a lot of moving,” said Hudson, as the crew continued working a field behind the CTUIR Transfer station on the south side of Interstate 84 on July 28.

The Gleaner Super 70 cruises through golden wheat in a field on the south side of Interstate 84 in late July. The Farm Enterprise for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation was harvesting a bumper crop with some fields CUJ photo/Phinney yielding more than 100 bushels per acre. Markus Dunfee is the driver of the combine.

CTUIR to receive more $ to buy back land By the CUJ

MISSION – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) are one of 20 tribes identified to receive some of the $540 million remaining in the federal government’s Land Buy-Back Program. The U.S. Department of Interior in late

July announced a revised strategy for consolidation of fractional land interests. This is a second go-round of funding for the program, a component of the Cobell Settlement, which provided $1.9 billion to purchase fractional interests in trust or unrestricted land from willing sellers at fair market value. The CTUIR already has purchased

more than 10,100 acres using $12.4 million from the Land Buy-Back Program. Koko Hufford, Land Project Manager in the CTUIR Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), said it is not known yet how the money will be distributed. However, she said, “We are going to be prepared” when the funding arrives.

Toward that goal, Hufford said members of CTUIR Commissions and Committees, which represent the tribal community, will be asked for input concerning continued land purchases. The Tribes’ Land Acquisition program will continue to work on the 400 allotments on a CTUIR priority list, although Land buy-back on page 2A

Keeping the community informed Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is making sure everyone is kept up to speed on the new clinic and other changes. Look for that information on pages 10-11A and 10-11B.

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CUJ News Solar panels will power three buildings By the CUJ

MISSION – Electricity generated from a 300-foot-long solar array to be installed on the south side of the Tribes’ Field Station and Engineering Laboratory is expected to power new LED lights in three buildings on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Over the anticipated 25-year lifespan (warranty) of the project, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) expect to save more than $450,000 in electrical utility bills, according to Rod Skeen in the Department of Natural Resources. Total cost for the project is estimated at $267,000, but the CTUIR investment will be less than one fourth of that amount. Skeen and Patrick Mills, a CTUIR scientist, began work on the project two years ago, but last month received the final funding piece - $133,706 from the U.S. Department of Energy, which will cover half of the cost. The Energy Trust of Oregon is providing incentive funds of $71,128 and the CTUIR is pitching in about $60,000. A Wildhorse Foundation grant of $20,000 paid for an energy audit conducted as part of the grant proposal. The CTUIR was one of only 13 projects nationwide to receive grants to “Deploy Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands.” Another Northwest

award of $1 million went to Spokane Indian Housing Authority at Wellpinit, Washington. Tribes from Alaska to North Carolina and from Wisconsin to California also received grants from the DOE, which shelled out a total of $7.8 million in the effort. The savings generated by the solar panels will pay for the CTUIR’s portion of the funding within five years, which means additional years of electricity will be at no cost.

The project, called “On the Path to Energy Independence and a Clean Power Future,” will install 96.6 kilowatts of clean energy for the 4,000-square-foot Field Station Science and Engineering Laboratory (formally the Department of Science and Engineering – DOSE) built in 2011, the 8,800 square foot Public Transit Center Maintenance Shop and 6,380 square foot Kayak Public Transit Bus Barn, both built in 2013. “There will be enough power for all

three with maybe a little extra,” said Mills. “If there is extra we can loop in the street light monitors.” The solar panels will be installed directly to the south of the Field Station. The 300-foot by 20-foot PV array will be composed of 276 solar panels mounted on a fixed ground-mounted tracking system built of steel and concrete. In addition to saving about $13,000 a year, the CTUIR will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fuel based power generation systems by 22.8 tons a year. The project will reduce the total energy use of the three buildings by 88 percent. Further, the project will enable Tribal staff to become skilled in installing and maintaining PV systems and will assist in completing similar work in the future. This project is relatively small, Skeen said, but with interconnection right outside the field station and with infrastructure already in place, this was the “perfect project.” Projects of much larger size were being discussed, Skeen said. One of those projects would have provided power to the entire Nixyaawii Governance Center “but a larger amount of money would have created a substantial investment of capital from tribal government.” Instead, the smaller project was an Solar panels on page 17A

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many of those already have been successfully purchased. However, another 591 owners – mostly non-CTUIR members – have been identified as willing sellers. Interior developed its revised process for determining on which ownership interests to make purchase offers. Those factors included severity of fractionation; appraisal complexity; degree of ownership overlap between locations or geographic proximity; tribal readiness; past response rate; and cost and efficiency (including land value). Board of Trustees Chairman Gary Burke said the CTUIR’s selection as one of the 20 tribes to receive more funding is a testament to the diligent work of

the Land Acquisition Program within DECD. “This shows what happens when you go out and create your own opportunities,” Burke said. “We worked hard to execute the Cobell land buy-back program and the work was noticed. We have a record of partnering with the federal government to get things done. This is just another example of that.” Since the Program began making offers in December 2013, about $1.2 billion has been paid to landowners at 45 locations, more than 700,000 fractional interests have been consolidated, and the equivalent of over 2.1 million acres of land has been transferred to tribal governments. As a result, tribal ownership now exceeds 50 percent

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in almost 14,000 tracts of land, which strengthens tribal sovereignty and self-determination, and allows for investments in tribal infrastructure and community projects. Fractionation affects nearly 11 million acres of land across Indian Country, preventing beneficial uses of significant resources and creating an overly complicated land tenure status where single tracts of land can have hundreds of owners. When tracts have multiple owners, it is difficult to obtain the required approvals for leases or other uses of these lands. As a result, many tracts are unoccupied and unavailable for any purpose. All interested landowners are encouraged to call the Trust Beneficiary Call

Center at 888-678-6836 to indicate that they are interested in potentially selling their land and/or to update contact information. Registering as a willing seller does not commit a landowner to selling land, nor does it guarantee an offer will be extended; it merely identifies interest to help advance planning as additional locations are added to the schedule. Landowners can also contact the Call Center or visit their local OST office to ask questions about their land or purchase offers, and learn about financial planning resources. More information and detailed frequently asked questions are available at buybackprogram/FAQ to help individuals make informed decisions about their land.

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CUJ News Some residents ‘roll dice’ on fire protection fee By the CUJ

A stubble field on the north side of Kirkpatrick Road burned in late July. A nearby farmer, Jim Schnell, rushed over with his tractor and disc to create a perimeter fire line around the blaze. “He saved the day for sure,” said Kevin Hudson, the Farm Enterprise manager for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Fire officials have identified no official cause for the blaze. CUJ photos/Phinney

current building trend on the reservation a higher level of protection capabilities is in order. MISSION – Residents on the Umatilla Indian Reser“We’re building a new skyscraper” at Wildhorse and vation who do not pay the $135 fee for fire protection the new Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is under conservices will be charged for the cost of extinguishing struction. Plans call for a new education facility and more fires based on the apparatus used and the time it takes new homes near Nixyaawii Governance Center as well. to fight the fire. Burnside said UTPD does not meet national stanPublic Safety Director Ray Denny and Tribal Fire dards for the size of the reservation. Chief Rob Burnside provided information July 24 on the “We don’t have the manpower to run the equipment “Fire Protection Fee for Service” to the Board of Trustees we have,” Burnside said. (BOT) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Minthorn said limited capabilities in light of the new Reservation (CTUIR). development should trigger the need to look at ways to “A lot are aware of the fee but choose not to pay,” strengthen the fire department. Burnside said. “They’d rather roll the dice. They say the Denny reminded the BOT that other governments chance of a fire isn’t that offer fire protecworth the $135. It’s a tion – cities and counmatter of choice.” ties - tax homeowners The Umatilla Tribbased on property valal Fire Department ue, and also are able provides wildland to put before voters and structural fire special levies like the services to all resione recently passed dents of the Umatilla by Pendleton voters to Indian Reservation. build a new fire house. To help pay for the “The Tribes spend a service and to prolot of money to run the vide residents with fire department, but we a cost-saving option don’t have a tax base,” the protection-for-fee Cody Hubert, a volunteer with the East Umatilla County Rural Fire Protection Denny said. District, sprays down the remnants of a hunting cabin that burned about 20 service is offered. Residents in CTUIR According to a miles east of Mission along the Umatilla River in mid-July. Rigs from the CTUIR, housing or CTUIRHelix, Oregon Department of Forestry, and the BIA also answered the call. UTFD flyer, “When owned properties do a fire occurs at your not have to pay the property, the typical minimum billing for non-subscribers subscription fee. Payroll deduction is available to CTUIR could easily exceed $600, with a much larger bill for ex- employees and Wildhorse Resort employees who live tended time on scene (for a larger, harder-to-control fire).” on the Reservation. The charges for responding to a fire are based on the For more information contact the Fire Department at rate of $175-$350 per hour for each piece of equipment 541-276-2126 or and $45 per hour for each firefighter on scene. The $135 subscription fee can be sent to the CTUIR Fire BOT member Armand Minthorn noted that with the Department, 46411 Timine Way, Pendleton, OR 97801.

Planners looking for Mission Master Plan feedback By J.D. Tovey, CTUIR Planning Department Director

MISSION - The Mission Community Master Plan Project is making a lot of headway and the Planning Office invites you to come to the Second Open House on Aug. 3 (today) from 3-6 p.m. in the General Council Chambers at the Nixyaawii Governance Center to see their work, and to give us feedback and more ideas. Light refreshments will be provided. The first Open House was held on July 14 in the General Council Chambers to get feedback on potential options for future development such as community facilities, housing, business development, parks, and street amenities. It had a great turn out of more than 30 participants from all over the reservation. Participants were encouraged to leave notes on poster boards of their impressions of the ideas presented. Some of the comments included: “Smart! Would like to see a village center concept!” “Need Trails!” “Not enough high quality play spaces.” “Community space for dance arbor,

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The Planning Office of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will hold another Community Master Plan open house Aug. 3 in the General Council Chambers at Nixyaawii Governance Center.

fish distribution, commercial market.” “Not too tightly clustered.” “Have a range of homes from scattered sites, townhomes, apartments, single family, duplex, etc.” “ADA accessibility is highest importance.” “Need pedestrian connections from

Governance Center to Mission Market.” “Need better pedestrian crossing amenities.” These are all great comments, and the Planning Department appreciates the time everyone put into making them. The Planning staff and consultants will present at the Aug. 3 open house to

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address these concerns and challenges while taking advantage of areas of opportunity. It is a great time to have your voice heard. If you are unable to make the meeting you can also leave comments at this website: CTUIR_Mission_Community or by leaving a message with the Tribal Planning Office at the Governance Center, second floor, south wing. The Mission Community Master Plan Project is funded by a Transportation Growth Management grant from the State of Oregon Department of Transportation and the Department of Land Conservation and Development. The goal of the grant is to provide technical assistance to communities to plan for transportation solutions and development patterns such as roads, sidewalks, trails, freight routes and transit, and how they are designed in conjunction with housing, commercial, government buildings, and parks. The purpose is to help the CTUIR plan and coordinate development for a vibrant community near the four corners area that fosters economic vitality, cultural connectedness, health and well-being for tribal members and reservation residents.


CUJ News $3.5M grant to build road for Tribes, Port By the CUJ

UMATILLA – A $3.5 million grant will be used to construct a one-mile road that will provide access to an otherwise isolated chunk of tribal industrial land along the Columbia River near the Port of Umatilla. The paved road will cut east from Beach Access Road and then cross between Two Rivers Corrections Institute and Port of Umatilla land (see map). Although there was some question early on where the money would go, it ended up as a grant to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Bill Tovey, Director of the CTUIR Department of Economic and Community Development, said it is “probably the most complex deal I’ve ever worked on.” Not only did the project ‘The money fell involve more than a dozinto our lap. en state, federal and local agencies, it even required ‘Here’s some an amendment to a 2013 money, build law by the Oregon State a road.’ Would Legislature. The amended version will be signed by we like to go Oregon Gov. Kate Brown further than a in August. The development was mile … we’re thrown into a state of flux not complaining when engineers deterabout free mined that $3.5 million wasn’t enough to pay for money.’ the full 1.5 miles of road - Ryan DeGrofft at DECD and utilities. Based on that 2013 legislation, the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, which is in charge of doling out grant money, took the position that the full 1.5-mile road must be built in order to receive lottery funds – unless that four-year-old law was amended to require construction of a shortened one-mile road. The Port of Umatilla and Department of Corrections will get the most immediate benefit from the road, which is expected to stop at the edge of the Tribes’ 195-acre parcel. The road project plans came about when State Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner) was looking for transportation projects to fund, according to Tovey. Smith apparently talked with Kim Puzey, Port of Umatilla Director, about building the road. The Port did some initial engineering estimates before the money

Wanapa Road will be built from Beach Access Road east to the edge of the Wanapa Industrial Site. The road will go between property owned by the Port of Umatilla and the Oregon Department of Corrections.

was channeled to the Tribes. “The money fell into our lap,” said Ryan DeGrofft, Economic Planner at DECD. “‘Here’s some money, build a road.’ Would we like to go further than a mile? Yes, but we’re not complaining about free money.” The road will open up opportunities for the Tribes to market sites for industrial businesses. “We had no access before,” said Tovey. “It would be tough to market the land without a road.” If there is any money left after the one-mile road and infrastructure are completed, a gravel extension into the Tribal lands could be built. “If there’s money left, it may go 10 yards or a quarter mile,” said DeGrofft. The City of Umatilla will maintain the road because of the potential economic benefits if and when industrial businesses locate at the Port of Umatilla or CTUIR property.

The only other access to the Wanapa industrial property would require an easement – and construction of a road - through a federal wildlife area, which Tovey said would be difficult at best. A second grant of $60,000 from the state required $10,000 in matching funds from the Confederated Tribes for waste water planniung in the event one of the industrial businesses is a food processor or data center that needs to dispose of waste water. But that $10,000 is the extent of the CTUIR investment in the $3.5 million project. “It’s a windfall for the Tribes,” said Tovey. “Once the road is built we will have access to our heavy industrial property. It will cost the Tribes a minimal amount of money and without it the property would be sitting there idle.” Wanapa is the site that former Tribal official Les Minthorn proposed for a natural-gas fired power plant about 15 years ago.

Indian Lake Campground improvements planned INDIAN LAKE – Indian Lake camping facilities southeast of Pilot Rock will receive major improvements following the award of $110,000 from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund. Another $240,000 was pledged by the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), which owns and operates Indian Lake Campground. The Umatilla Tribes’ contribution was contingent on the award from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, which is the charitable arm funded by Spirit Mountain Casino owned by the Grand Ronde Tribes. Nearly $1 million was awarded by the Grand Ronde to Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes with each receiving $110,000. The major portion of the $350,000 Indian Lake project will be used to


“Now it replace three vault toilets, is 2017 and they are outaccording to of-date and Leigh PinkhamJohnson in the need to be replaced,” she CTUIR Department of said. Wenaha Economic and Group, a Community Development. tribal member-owned Other major improvements project management firm, will include the expansion of an Indian Lake is a favorite camping and fishing site east of did an assessPilot Rock. CUJ file photo arbor and rement of the restrooms in moval of an old underground diesel tank. November of last year – at no cost to A man-made reservoir, Indian Lake the CTUIR. The assessment showed the was built in the early 1970s and the restrooms are inadequate according to vault toilets were standard for that era, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “In Depth Design and Maintenance Manual.” Pinkham-Johnson said.

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The roof of each restroom needs to be repaired and the tanks need to be vented. Additionally, water removal is difficult. And the restrooms are ADA accessible. Many people who camp and visit Indian Lake Campground are from the Pendleton and Pilot Rock area. It is the closest campground for overnight stays and fishing. According to Pinkham-Johnson, three quarters of the people who camp at Indian Lake are non-tribal members. Last year approximately 2,790 people visited Indian Lake Campground. Two archery shoots – one in June and the other in August - are sponsored by the Pilot Rock Archery Club at Indian Lake. There are two other events sponsored by Indian Lake – an annual fish derby in June and Family Fun Day in July.

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Tribes play big role in Dillon Dam removal By Wil Phinney of the CUJ

ECHO – More than 20 years after irrigators threw out the idea in jest, Dillon Dam – the biggest obstacle for migrating fish and lamprey on the Umatilla River – is being removed. “It wasn’t really a joke, I was half serious,” said Mike Taylor, chairman of the Dillon Irrigation Company (DIC) and the landowner who was one of driving forces behind the eventual removal of the dam. Since the 1990s, it has taken many players and plenty of moving parts working together to reach the point where an excavator armed with a rock hammer started cracking concrete at the 209-footwide dam, which is located upstream of the Interstate 84 bridge crossing between Echo and Stanfield. It wasn’t easy, said Rick Christian, Umatilla River Habitat Project Leader in the Fisheries Program for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. “We tried at every stumbling block and obstacle to make it work,” Christian said. “With all the parts and pieces, one signature on a piece of paper at the right time can kill a project.” Taylor said it took a diligent, determined cooperative effort to see the $1.2 million project through. “If not for the Tribes stepping up, ODFW (Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife) stepping up, and OWEB (Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board), it wouldn’t have happened,” Taylor said. “They all saw the need and everybody saw the good parts of it. Any one entity probably could have stopped it.” Built more than 100 years ago – in 1915 – Dillon Dam created a point of diversion for about 1,600 acres. Until earlier this spring, the dam provided water for Taylor and four other landowners who are part of the DIC. Maintenance of the 5-foot dam has caused consternation for irrigators – primarily Taylor - who routinely has had to use equipment in the river to remove gravel and woody debris from behind the barrier. With the removal of the dam, that gravel and wood will be free to travel downstream to create better channel habitat. Since March, water for downstream Dillon Irrigation Co. landowners has been delivered through a 2-mile pipeline taken from the Umatilla River at Westland Diversion Dam upstream from Dillon. The CTUIR has been instrumental in the $1.2 million project, providing the lion’s share of funding using Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) dollars. BPA funding of nearly $775,000 included $400,000 that came through the 10-year fish accord agreement with the CTUIR. Jon Staldine, a former executive director of the Umatilla Basin Watershed Council (UBWC), said the Tribes played an essential role, naming in particular

Dillon Dam was a major passage impediment for migrating fish, including lamprey, on the Umatilla River between Echo and Stanfield.

Umatilla Passage Project Locations Columbia River McNary Dam Three Mile Dam


Wildhorse Creek

Maxwell Dam Dillon Dam Westland Dam Cold Springs Dam Stanfield Dam


McKay Dam

Umatilla River Birch Creek Butter Creek

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This diagram shows all the dams on the Umatilla River that cause passage problems for fish.

An excavator with a rock hammer works on removal of Dillon Dam in July.

Christian, Mike Lambert and Brian Zimmerman. “They funded the dam removal plan through an interagency cooperative agreement, they did the cultural resources work for the dam and the pipeline, and they had big roles in planning, assisting [with] fundraising, working

with landowners, permitting, and have commitments with landowners for the restoration work that follows the dam removal,” he said in an email. Staldine said ODFW’s Restoration & Enhancement Board also recognized the cooperation between the state, the Tribes and irrigators.

“The R&B board, recognizing those virtues, ranked the project #1 for the cycle, awarded full proposed funding, and made a point of praising our collaboration in addressing a common issue,” Staldine wrote in an email. Although Dillon Dam has fish ladders, steelhead, fall chinook and coho salmon have historically banged their noses at the base of the dam. That needed to be fixed to allow returning fish, including lampreys, to continue upstream to spawn. And the fix was more difficult and more costly than expected. “Everybody had their little piece that they wanted or needed,” Taylor said. One of the biggest hurdles – before grant applications began – was the okay from the state to move DIC’s point of diversion upstream, a rare occurrence. “It’s unheard of to move a point of diversion upstream,” Taylor said, “but that’s basically what we did.” He said that Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) decision and two other factors kept the project moving. “Three things came together all at once and kick-started it again,” Taylor said. “I’d kind of quit on it.” Besides the OWRD decision, the other two factors were the Tribes’ introduction of lamprey into the river and the work of Greg Silbernagel as Executive Director of the Watershed Council. When the first lamprey returned after three years in the ocean, they cleared Maxwell Dam near Interstate 84, but they were thwarted when they reached Dillon Dam. That invariably forced the hand of the parties to find solutions. Lamprey ladders were installed, but the fish also known as eels had trouble finding the ladders which, like the fish ladders, often times were plugged by debris. Then along came a concerted effort from the Umatilla Basin Watershed Council, which, under Sibernagel’s direction, was looking for a project – the pipeline was an initial proposal. (UBWC was a partner in an interagency restoration planning team that existed until about five years ago.) “He (Silbernagel) came to me and I told them, ‘if you find the money I’m more than willing to listen’ because we had that window with the state,” Taylor said. Silbernagel began pulling together grants and worked with a River Design Group to study feasibility issues. “Things started rolling along and when we got the OWEB money I thought, ‘Well this is really going to happen,’ and it snowballed,” Taylor said. The funding began to take shape. Along with the Tribes’ BPA dollars, several other agencies saw the need and workable solutions. They answered requests for funding. After the Tribes, the other largest Dillon Dam removed on page 19A

‘They all saw the need and everybody saw the good parts of it. Any one entity probably could have stopped it.’ - Mike Taylor, chairman of the Dillon Irrigation Company August 2017

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CUJ Editorials Good Day Sunshine! Doing a pretty good imitation of the fiery sun, this bright orange sunflower cut a happy pose against a clear blue July sky over the Umatilla Indian Reservation. As the CUJ went to press on Aug. 2, temperatures were forecast to hit triple digits.

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To hunt, fish and gather as a sovereign right


hen our Creator gave us our law, we were to be stewards of the resources provided. Our Creator provided all of the first foods to sustain us as humans. As we evolved, we understood the need to be good caretakers of these resources. We learned to gather our resources in accordance with the seasons – in springtime we fish and gather roots; in summer we fish, hunt big game, and gather berries; in fall we hunt big game; and in winter we take stock of our first foods and prepare for the return of the new seasons. In our Tribal communities before confederation, there were elders and leaders responsible for determining when to gather these resources. Their knowledge of the seasons helped to ensure we gathered at the right time and in the right place. In addition, these leaders ensured we paid our respects to these resources through prayer, song and active management. By recognizing their sacrifice to provide for our nourishment, we helped to bring these resources back annually. It was also generally understood that the rights

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and privileges to hunt, fish and gather were an individual sovereign right. No person could tell another person when he or she could hunt, fish and gather if food was needed, because no person could or should control the appetite of another person. In the Treaty minutes, the individual sovereign right was discussed numerous times as it related to hunting deer, elk, and bison and fishing. Thus, these rights were expressly reserved in the Treaty of 1855. The 1949 Tribal Constitution’s Article III - Treaty Rights and the Federal Trust Responsibility clearly states in the second sentence of the paragraph: No tribal right of any kind shall be weakened, impaired, or surrendered by the adoption of this Constitution and Bylaws. Yet, we now have formalized and institutionalized our traditional practice of having hunting and gathering leaders by forming a Fish and Wildlife Commission charged with regulating and dictating our seasons, effectively telling Tribal members the only times they can hunt, fish and gather. The Fish and Wildlife Code exercises this full control

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over our lives, yet recognizes that the code should not abridge, diminish or abrogate any treaty right – rights held by each Tribal member, not just the government itself. As a community it seems we have not fully answered questions around who should dictate when, where, and how we hunt, fish and gather. Questions still persist as to how or if we should regulate individual needs. That is not to say there should be no conservation practices, but perhaps we need to have more discussions regarding our individual sovereignty as it relates to this practice. The First Foods Tribal Forums are an excellent opportunity to have this discussion. They provide a place to directly discus with elected leaders and resource managers the concerns we have with our first foods. We have an opportunity to ask how to be better stewards and how we can better support the work of our government, and self-police our practices while not denying an individual his or her right to feed themselves or their family. ~ CFSIII

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On Aug. 21 people across the United States will see the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight, causing the temperature to drop rapidly and reveal massive streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon. On that day, America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse. The so-called Great American Total Solar Eclipse will darken skies all the way from Oregon to South Carolina, along a stretch of land about 70 miles wide. People who descend upon this “path of totality” for the big event are in for an unforgettable experience. REMEMBER: Looking directly at the sun, even when it is partially covered by the moon, can cause serious eye damage or blindness. NEVER look at a partial solar eclipse without proper eye protection. See our complete guide to find out how to view the eclipse safely. What is a total solar eclipse? A total solar eclipse occurs when the disk of the moon appears to completely cover the disk of the sun in the sky. The fact that total solar eclipses occur at all is a quirk of cosmic geometry. The moon orbits an average of 239,000 miles from Earth — just the right distance to seem the same size in the sky as the much-larger sun. However, these heavenly bodies line up only about once every 18 months. Outside the path of totality, skywatchers in the continental U.S. and other nearby areas will see a partial solar eclipse, in which the moon appears to take a bite out of the sun’s disk. Two to five solar eclipses occur each year on average, but total solar eclipses happen just once every 18 months or so. What will I see during a total solar eclipse? During a total solar eclipse, the disk of the moon blocks out the last sliver of light from the sun, and the sun’s outer atmosphere, the corona, becomes visible. The corona is far from an indistinct haze; skywatchers report seeing great jets and ribbons of light, twisting and curling out into the sky. “It brings people to tears,” Rick Fienberg, a spokesperson for the American Astronomical Society (AAS), told of the experience. “It makes people’s jaw drop.”

MISSION – Employees will be released for an hour on the morning of Monday, Aug. 21, to witness the solar eclipse. Employees are encouraged to gather in the front of the Nixyaawii Governance Center on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Special glasses have been purchased for viewing. The Board of Trustees on July 31 gave the okay for employees to take part. It wasn’t unanimous, though. BOT member Aaron Ashley asked, “What’s the big deal?” and voted no on the motion. BOT Vice Chair Jeremy Wolf said he’d already bought eclipse glasses for his children. He said the “world will be watching” and he noted that among the best places to watch is in Oregon. Officials are preparing for as many as 1 million people to visit Oregon to see the 2-minute 20-second phenomenon.

During totality, the area inside the moon’s shadow is cloaked in twilight — a very strange feeling to experience in the middle of the day. Just before and just after totality, observers can see this cloak of darkness moving toward them across the landscape, and then moving away. These effects are not visible during a partial solar eclipse, so skywatchers are encouraged to see if they are inside the path of totality during the total eclipse. When will the total solar eclipse occur, and how long will it last? The timing of the total solar eclipse and its duration both depend on where you are inside the path of totality. At most, the moon will completely cover the disk of the sun for 2 minutes and 40 seconds. That’s about how long totality will last for observers positioned anywhere along the center of the path of totality. As you move toward the edge of the path, the duration of totality will decrease. People standing at the very edge of the path may observe totality for only a few seconds. Because the shadow of the moon will move from west to east, totality will occur later in the day the farther east you travel. Do I need any equipment to view the eclipse? Anyone planning to view the total solar eclipse of 2017 should get a pair of solar viewing glasses. These protective shades make it possible for observers to look directly at the sun before and after totality. Sunglasses

cannot be used in place of solar viewing glasses. During totality, when the disk of the sun is completely covered by the moon, it is safe to look up at the celestial sight with the naked eye. Binoculars are helpful for seeing more detail in the solar corona. Telescopes are not necessary, but some skywatchers may use low-powered telescopes. Skywatchers outside the path of totality will still be able to see a partial solar eclipse. Solar viewing glasses allow skywatchers to look directly at the moon’s progress across the face of the sun. You can also view the progress of a partial solar eclipse using a pinhole camera. What else should I know before viewing the eclipse? Aug. 21 may be one of the worst traffic days in national history, some NASA representatives predict. Although about 12 million people live within the narrow band of totality, approximately 25 million reside within a day’s drive of it, and the agency has estimated that the population inside the path of totality may double on the day of the eclipse. When selecting a location where you plan to view the eclipse, keep in mind your proximity to food, water, parking and facilities. Attending an organized eclipse event is an ideal way to make sure those things are close by. Traveling even short distances could be difficult in some areas, and midday in the middle of August can mean punishing heat in many parts of the country.

CUJ Letter to the Editor GC Chairman denies membership right to voice, participate in tribal affairs To the Editor, The Board of Trustees always claim they welcome input and participation in tribal affairs by grass-roots General Council members. However, there is a recent situation that clearly demonstrates the opposite – the BOT intentionally denied GC members our right to have a voice and to participate in tribal affairs. The situation occurred in late 2016. Pursuant to Article V of our Constitution, a petition in proper form was submitted by GC members to convene a special GC members meeting to discuss a forthcoming multimillion dollar settlement that was awarded to the CTUIR. The meeting would be an opportunity for GC members to provide input and have a voice on how to distribute the settlement funds. However, GC Chairman Alan Crawford, a voting member of the BOT, refused to convene the meeting although the Constitution required him to do so. Then,

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the BOT, without input or recommendations from the GC, made a decision on how to use the funds. The BOT knew it was wrong to deny GC members a voice in this important issue but they did anyway. One BOT member stated at a later GC meeting that the BOT was unaware of the petition. This is not believable as I was on the BOT for multiple terms and issues like this do not go unnoticed by all the BOT members. One or more BOT members should have advised Chairman Crawford that the meeting must be held. However, none did and this clearly demonstrates the BOT was just fine with the GC not having a voice or participation in this important tribal situation. Chairman Crawford’s refusal to call for the special meeting in this situation clearly demonstrates that even after several terms in office he still does not understand the roles and responsibilities of the GC chairman. Also, by refusing to convene the special meeting, Chairman Crawford obviously believes his personal opinion supersedes our Constitution and its processes (petition for meeting). When I became aware of the situation I discussed it with Chairman Crawford. I advised him the meeting must still be held even though the BOT already made

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a decision on the issue. Thus, the meeting was finally held but the issues were moot. At the meeting, I asked him why he did not convene the meeting in a timely manner, he replied, “I dropped the ball”. This was the understatement of the year. There is an on-going situation wherein the BOT has again denied GC members from having a voice and participation. After this situation plays out, a report will be made. A directly related issue is the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968, which provides protections for the civil rights of American Indians, much as the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution does for the general American population. However, in this settlement situation, the rights and principles of free speech (no meeting means no free speech), right to peaceably assemble (no meeting, again), and to petition for redress (no meeting means no discussion) of grievances have been improperly and unjustifiably denied for General Council member by Board of Trustees. These are clear violations of the Indian Civil Rights Act. This is not good leadership or governance. 541-969-3574. Sincerely, Bob Shippentower


CUJ News & Almanac Tribal Court orders owner Wildlife commissioner to control ‘vicious dog’ guilty of illegal bison take By the CUJ

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MISSION – The Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) will on recommend removal of Damon McKay from its membership on Aug. 7 to the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The FWC met Aug. 1 in an official hearing to discuss the plight of McKay, who on July 13 pleaded guilty in Tribal Court to buffalo hunting violations. With only three members present, two (Jim Marsh and Bud Herrera) voted for removal. Chairman Jeremy Wolf only votes to break a tie. McKay attended the hearing and did not vote. McKay pleaded guilty to two counts of “hunting during a closed season” when he shot and killed two buffalo cows. CTUIR Prosecutor Kyle Daley said the charges were filed as violations rather than crimes. Tribal Court Judge Dave Gallaher sentenced McKay to a fine of $1,000 per count and suspended his right to hunt buffalo for one year. The CTUIR, Daley said, had recommended the Court impose a sentence

of $2,000 per bison, one year hunting rights suspension, and two year loss of all tribal hunting permits. The Tribal Fish and Game officers recommended a fine of $4,000 for each bison, two years loss of hunting rights, and loss of all hunting permits for five years. At the trial, McKay told the Court it was his first hunting violation. He had traveled to Montana with 10 family members for the hunt. “I didn’t plan on misidentifying on my first shot,” said McKay, who told the court the animals were among about 60 buffalo standing about 100 yards away. McKay told the court the citation “fell over to me” after a “conflict” between one of his family members and CTUIR game officers. Pictures submitted at the trial showed two dead cow buffalo. One of the cows was carrying a nearly full-term fetus. Daley told the court that as a Fish and Wildlife Commission member McKay should have been aware of the hunting season dates. Further, Daley said, McKay was the “hunt boss” and should have been able to tell the difference between a cow and a bull buffalo.

MISSION – Bob Shippentower says he already has complied with an abatement order from Tribal Court to control his dog, Fluffy, which has bitten at least three people over the last couple of years. Most recently, the dog bit Shippentower’ s niece, Sierra James, leaving scars and nerve damage to her leg and foot. Shippentower was cited for violating the Environmental Health and Safety Code for keeping a dog as a public nuisance. The dog’s behavior had resulted in two previous citations and some 15 other incident reports for dog at large, aggressiveness, and chasing horses. The third citation was made by Tribal Prosecutor Kyle Daley who acted on the report after the report was referred by the Tribal Police. Shippentower took it to court where he was unsuccessful in having the case dismissed. He asked Judge Doug Nash to dismiss the case because the court summons did not contain an official seal

and because, he said, he did not receive a speedy trial. Judge Nash denied both assertions, noting that a speedy trial pertains to criminal cases but not civil cases. Shippentower cross-examined witnesses, including James, his sister Rosenda Shippentower, and Community Police Officer Dave Williams, who said he has had to fend the dog off with a night stick to avoid being bitten. At the trial, Shippentower said the attack was “regrettable” and called it an “unfortunate incident.” In an email to the CUJ after the trial, Shippentower said: “I will comply with every stipulation of the court findings. I already have purchased a dog kennel to securely confine our dog in, as the Court determined the steel cable we have been using was not adequate for securing our dog.” James was taking items from her deceased uncle’s home to Bob Shippentower’s house when the incident took Nuisance dog on page 19A

Weather Weather information summarizes data taken at the Pendleton Weather Station from July 1-31. Temperature is reported in degrees Fahrenheit and time in Pacific Standard Time. The average daily temperature was 75.1 degrees with a high of 101 degrees on July 6 and a low of 49 degrees on July 17. Total precipitation to date in July was trace

amounts with greatest 24-hour average July 15-15. The average wind speed was 7.5 mph with a sustained max speed of 26 mph from the southwwest on July 10. A peak speed of 34 mph occurred from the southwest on July 10. There were 31 clear days in the month of July and zero partly cloudy and cloudy days.


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Several names of Tribal member college graduates were inadvertently left off a story in the July CUJ. Graduates were honored at Wildhorse Resort & Casino June 23 by the Higher Education Department of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Graduates whose names were left on the list were Veronica Mankiller, Bachelor of Science from Lewis and Clark State College; Chelsey Minthorn, Bachelor of Science from Portland State University; Lynette Fairley-Minthorn, Master of Arts in Special Education, PE, Health from Portland State University; Kelsey Motanic, PhD in Medicine from University of New Mexico of Medicine; Sarasa Partida, Associates of Science in Physical Therapy from Bellevue College; Jory Spencer, Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences from University of Oregon; and JueJue “Amamathla” Withers-Lyons, Associates of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree from Blue Mountain Community College.

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TERO Code Amendments On July 17, 2017, the Board of Trustees approved amendments to the Tribal Rights Employment Office (TERO) Code via Resolution No. 17-053. The new Code becomes effective September 1, 2017. The amendments included many minor edits but some key changes include: - Expanding TERO’s application to all TERO jurisdiction lands; - Expanding TERO’s application to a larger number of project types; - Outlining the process for Indian Owned Business’ to become certified; - Clarification of the Project Costs subject to the TERO Tax; - Clarification of TERO Commission members responsibilities; - Addition of preference for Indian Owned Businesses in the solicitation process; - Revised tax structure (projects $25,000 or less are exempt); - Increased penalties for non-compliance; - Expanded review of appeals by the Tribal Court For more information or to obtain a copy of the new TERO Code, please contact terostaff@ or call 541-429-7180.

Vehicles, fence, and sidewalk located at the north end of Whirlwind Drive will be removed in order to open up the road for emergency vehicle access.

North fence to be removed soon on Whirlwind Drive By the CUJ

MISSION – Plans are underway to open up the north side access of Whirlwind Drive. No one seems to know when or exactly why, but at some point after the 1970’s homes were built on Whirlwind Drive the north end of the street was blocked off with a fence and sidewalk. “I’ve heard talk about too much traffic going through there and cars going too fast,” said Rob Burnside, Fire Chief of the Umatilla Tribal Fire Department. “It’s been so long ago, way before any of us were working here,” said Marcus Luke, Director of the Housing Department of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). The reason for re-opening the blocked off road is for emergency service vehicles to have quick access to the area. Currently, emergency vehicles must go around onto Confederated Way, another road, in order to get onto Whirlwind, and once on the street, they don’t have ample space to turn around. Burnside said the CTUIR’s

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Fire Code also addresses the specifics of access and space for emergency vehicles. “When they blocked it off I don’t think the fire code existed or if it was recognized,” said Burnside. “We’ve had a couple incidents … and residents expressed concern about access to and from their homes … not just by the fire trucks but also by the police.” Getting the road open shouldn’t cost very much or take too much time, according to Burnside. “It’s just a matter of knocking down concrete and moving a fence out of the way,” he said. However, some vehicles can also be found at the end of the street blocking off access to the gate. Burnside is currently in communication with the owners to get the vehicles moved. According to Ray Denny, Public Safety Director for the CTUIR, any vehicles that continue to block fire equipment access could potentially get cited by the Umatilla Tribal Police Department. Burnside hopes to see the road opened by the end of October.

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Career Opportunitites at the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

1- On-Call Public Transit Bus Driver/ Dispatch 2- Teacher 3- Police Officer 4- Field Archeologist 5- Archeologist 6- Special Victims Criminal Investigator 7- Tribal Linguist 8- Master Speaker- Nez Perce 9- Indian Education Coordinator 10- Hanford Archaeologist 11- Language Program Manager 12- Forester 13- Equipment Operator I 14- ChildWelfare ICWA/ Lead Case Worker 15- Admnistrative Assistant 16- Receptionist/Secretary II 17- Wheat truck driver 18- Biologist III 18- Biologist III For more information visit: Office of Human Resources Online employment-opportunities

Jobs THE CITY OF PORTLAND, Oregon’s Bureau of Development Services is seeking staff who have the knowledge and motivation to perform important work overseeing the City’s development processes. This position offers a collaborative work culture and great benefits, not to mention the amenities beautiful Portland, Oregon has to offer. Upcoming recruitments include: Office Support Specialist II, Planning Assistant, City Planner I – Urban Design, and Commercial Plans Examiner. Visit to learn more and apply. New recruitments posted every Monday. NIXYAAWII COMMUNITY SCHOOL is looking for a Head Volleyball Coach. Salary: $2300 Requirements: driver license, hold or obtain coaching certification. Practices begin August 21 and application deadline is August 14. Complete application and submit to: or mail to: Nixyaawii Community School,

73300 July Grounds Lane, Pendleton, OR 97801

Application can be found at: Http://

Pendleton Pioneer Chapel received three prestigious awards in 2009

CTUIR Board of Trustees

General Council

Chair Gary Burke

Chair Alan Crawford

Vice Chair Jeremy Wolf

Vice Chair Kyle McGuire

Treasurer Rosenda Shippentower Secretary Kathryn Brigham

Secretary Jiselle Halfmoon Interpreter Thomas Morning Owl

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

CTUIR Executive Team :

Interim Director: Debra Croswell

General Council Meeting

w The Oregon Funeral Directors Association Award of Funeral Service Excellence w The Best Of Eastern Oregon Award as voted by the readers of the East Oregonian w Pendleton Chamber of Commerce 2009 Business of the Year

Nixyaawii Governance Center, 2 p.m. - August 17 Draft agenda:

1. Second Quarter CTUIR Financial Report BOT Treasurer Rosenda Shippentower 2. 2016 Independent Auditor Report - Stauffer & Associates 3. Investment Report - Strategic Wealth Management

Our experienced family provides caring, compassionate care including:

Burial Services ~ Military Services Cremation ~ Monuments

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CTUIR Express Phone Directory

Tribal Court 541-276-2046

Human Resources 541-429-7180

Department of Children and Family Services 541-429-7300

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

Enrollment Office 541-429-7035

Senior Center 541-276-0296

Finance Office 541-429-7150

TERF 541-276-4040

Finance – Credit Program 541-429-7155

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Schedule your back-to-school appointments MISSION – Parents, are you ready for back-to-school? Help your child start off a successful year by scheduling appointments now for immunizations, physicals and dental check-ups. Yellowhawk has designated specific dates and times to help all back-toschool patients. If your child plans to participate in any school designated sports, a sports physical is required. Starting July 31st, the medical department will offer Sports Physical appointments on a daily basis from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Appointments are limited, so call early to schedule. In addition, Yellowhawk has committed two Thursdays in August to help prepare your child for Head Start. On August 24 and August 31 appointments will be available for immunizations and dental check-ups for CTUIR Head Start students. Parents should contact Head Start Liaison, Shelly Minthorn at: 541-429-4904 to schedule their child’s appointments.

Yellowhawk Staff Updates & Changes After more than 10 years at Yellowhawk, Dental Staff Supervisor and CTUIR tribal member, Kylie Bronson will leave her post to continue her education. Bronson was accepted into Dental Hygiene School at Carrington College in Boise, Idaho. Her last day at Yellowhawk is August 4, 2017. During her time at Yellowhawk, Bronson served as a Dental Assistant and Staff Supervisor. Bronson said she’s always strived to be successful, and this was the next step in her career path. Upon graduation in 2019, Bronson said she plans to return to Yellowhawk and looks forward to cleaning teeth in the new clinic.

THE ELIGIBILITY COORDINATORS, along with their supervisor, Zelda Bronson, have replaced the Patient Care Coordinators (PCCs) at the front desk location. The Eligibility Coordinators will be responsible for checking patients in for their appointments, checking and verifying the patient’s eligibility, creating a new chart for the patients, updating the patient’s information, includ- Ashley Bronson, Supervisor Zelda Bronson, and Jackie Thompspon. ing addresses and phone numbers, and verifying and/ or updating the patients’ insurance information. This new step in the patient check-in process was created in an effort to better collect information needed for insurance, billing and medical needs. Esther Huesties transitions from her role as Patient Care Coordinator to Outstation Outreach Worker. Esther will now be an advocate for Yellowhawk’s Medicaid clients. She is available for eligibility screenings, applying for coverage, reporting changes, and to discuss how Medicaid, Medicare and the Federal Market Place work in Indian Country.

In addition to her role as Assistant Administrator, Carrie Sampson will transition into the Quality Director position at Yellowhawk. She oversees the operation of the Quality and Performance Improvement functions.

Bobi Tallman, RN joins the medical department with Teams Bourret and Canwell. Previously, Tallman was the Maternal Child Health Coordinator at Yellowhawk.

JOIN OUR TEAM! Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is looking to employ: Family Practice Physician (MD/DO) needed Staff Dentist (DMD, DDS) needed No weekends. No shift work. No on-call. Paid federal and tribal holidays. For more information:Thom Hauer, Human Resources Director 541-278-7544 / /


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ity achieves optimal health through a culture of wellness. community with opportunities to learn and experience healthy lifestyles.

Clinic transition in progress The Transition Team at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is committed to keeping all Yellowhawk employees, patients, and community members informed about this important move into our new clinic. The Transition Team has contracted with Jane Loura of NBBJ to assist with this important planning. The Transition Team meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month to define plans and provide department updates and strategies. In addition, Yellowhawk has implemented a new internal employee newsletter to provide monthly staff updates. The team has identified communication and patient experience as guiding principles throughout this planning process. Yellowhawk is excited for the opportunity to provide our patients with an organized and seamless transition into the new clinic! We are seeking your feedback in a number of ways. Transportation Survey closes August 10th. If you haven’t participated yet, please let us know how you get to your appointments at Yellowhawk. You can either take the survey online at: https:// or by filling out a survey when you arrive at your appointment. We have also implemented new comment boxes in the clinic lobby. Patients are encouraged to ask questions and provide comments about the new clinic. You may also email questions to: and expect an answer to your question within 48 hours.

Yellowhawk 2017 Transition Phases: 1.Discovery (May-June) •Employee interviews about change •High-level timeline •Transition budget 2.Strategy (June-July) •Project team organization •Roles and guiding principles •Communication planning •Kick-off 3.Facilitation (July-Aug) •Process Improvement and Redesign

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•Improve internal communications •Assess and implement early learning •Work group tasks 4.Management (Aug-Sept) •Relocation planning 5.Training (Oct-Nov) •Development of employee and patient user guides •Department specific orientation and training •Live simulation with patient volunteers 6.Implementation (Nov-Dec) •Transition oversight and coordination •Go-live: Opening Day

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CTUIR counts victories at Legislature SALEM - The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) walked away from the 2017 Oregon Legislative session with a number of victories. The Legislature wrapped up business and adjourned on July 7. The long-debated statewide transportation package was passed and includes transit dollars for all nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon, including CTUIR. Senate Bill (SB) 13, the native education curriculum bill, passed and was signed by the Governor. Soon, tribes and school districts will be working together to develop regional curriculum. The Tribal Enterprise Zone designa-

tion that CTUIR uses to attract potential businesses was extended for 10 years. A seat for Columbia River Treaty tribes was secured on the new Willamette Falls Locks Commission. And now, thanks to new legislation, CTUIR and other tribal governments will be eligible to apply for state grants to improve war and veterans memorials. There was no legislation passed to improve safety and incident response to oil train spills in eastern Oregon. However, CTUIR will continue working on language that will improve response during the next legislative session.

People of the Big River students look at the Umatilla River during a visit to the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

People of the Big River students learn about CTUIR natural resources By Lennox Lewis of the CUJ

What’s going on in the Monday morning Board of Trustees meeting? Listen to Mission Minute on KCUW to find out.

MISSION- Sixteen students from the People of the Big River visited the Umatilla Indian Reservation to learn about the Confederated Tribes’ Department of Natural Resources. The People of the Big River, which included students from both Heritage University in Toppenish and White Swan High School, were on a 13-day academic experience. “It was cool to be welcomed by the Red Elk family and to share my experiences with them,” said Cristy Fiander. While camping at Wenix Red Elk’s home on Short Mile Road, the campers participated in art and culture projects. Camp fires each night were meant to encourage discussions about what each camper had learned during the day, and


the opportunity to share tribal stories with one another. Among other things, participants worked at the Tribal Plant Nursery to get a better understanding of how the CTUIR deals with the native plants from around the reservation. “I think it has been very interesting to come here (Mission) to see what the tribe is doing different and how it’s been successful,” said Fiander. Red Elk gave the group a tour of the Umatilla River, the CTUIR fish hatchery, traditional food gathering sights and Jubilee Lake. While giving her tour, she talked briefly about the upcoming berry season (Huckleberry) and the harvesting “handshake agreement” that allows both natives and non-natives to pick berries. “What was once respected is no longer respected as much,” Red Elk told the youth.

CTUIR interpreter busted for DUII PENDLETON – Thomas Morning Owl, the General Council interpreter for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, was arrested July 21 for two traffic-related offenses. Total bail at the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office was set at $15,000 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, and hit and run (property). Morning Owl is out on bail. Morning Owl, 54, was arrested at 45310 McKay Creek by the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office.

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Old BIA school may get historic designation MISSION – Should the old BIA school building be protected by the Tribal and National Register of Historic Places? That question hopefully will be answered following four days of research, including time inside the old building, by staff and student interns from the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (OR SHPO) who visited the Umatilla Indian Reservation July 17-20. The Confederated Tribes’ Cultural Resources Protection Program (CRPP) and the Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) collaborated with the OR SHPO to research and document the Bureau of Indian Affairs campus to determine its eligibility to the Tribal and National Register of Historic Places. The team of staff and students were here to complete an inventory survey of the historic buildings on the BIA campus, specifically highlighting the old BIA school building. The CRPP and THPO coordinated with the CTUIR Planning Department, Public Works Department and Office of Legal Counsel to access the old BIA school building, which has been locked and boarded up for several years, said Teara Farrow Ferman, CRPP manager. It was determined that a structural inspection of the building was needed to determine its integrity prior to entering the building. The Planning Department paid for a structural inspection which found it to be structurally safe for people to enter. The structural engineer stated that the building had very little water damage, no obvious pockets of mold, and was structurally in good condition considering its age, Farrow Ferman said. The engineers recommended removing the remaining files stored in the building, repointing the stacked stone foundation, and replacing the roof. After the building was aired out as per the engineer’s suggestion, CTUIR staff and OR SHPO staff entered the old BIA school building on July 18 to document the historic structure and assess the

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remaining items in the building. The modifications to the building that were made after the school stopped operating are minimal and can easily be removed to bring the building back to its original design and layout if desired. According to Farrow Ferman, the OR SHPO staff said the building is one of the best they have seen for its age and current condition. The BIA assisted with the project by contacting the landowners who reside in the historic BIA campus buildings and provided historic documents on the campus. The CRPP also gathered copies of historic BIA records regarding the school and the Agency campus from the National Archives and Records Administration in Seattle. Several of the building are now gone; however the records are helping piece together the history of the campus and the school. For example, the building now known as the Legion Building may have been built as early as 1892. It was a public school in the 1940s but was originally the laundry building for the boarding school. There were both a girls’ dormitory and a boys’ dormitory. The Umatilla Day School appears to have started after the

A researcher from the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office checks out one of the rooms in the old Bureau of Indian Affairs building on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Above left, a stack of old Confederated Umatilla Journals was among the stuff that still calls the dusty building home.

boarding school was closed in 1918 and was located in the first floor of the boys’ dormitory, which was constructed about 1903. The boys’ dormitory was remodeled into a clinic and quarters. The girls’ dormitory burned down after it was remodeled into apartments. The CRPP also conducted two oral history interviews on the BIA campus with

CTUIR tribal members and the OR SHPO staff. The interviews extracted new information about the school building’s top floor use and how the Tribe utilized it for government purposes. The results of the research, inventory survey, and documentation will be shared with the Cultural Resources Committee at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 5.

Round-Up City new testing ground for ‘Uber of the Skies’ Jetson’s-style personal unmanned aircraft PENDLETON – The future of traveling in large cities could be born in Pendleton. Project Vahana will arrive at the unmanned aircraft system test range in mid-August and will begin test flights in November. UAS Manager Darryl Abling says that means the Round-Up City will be the proving ground for what is being billed as the Uber of the skies. “Project Vahana is a Jetson’s-style personal transportation unmanned aircraft,” he said. “It’s a 2,000-pound electric vehicle, takes off vertically, transitions to horizontal flight, and then will land vertically. Abling says Vahana is designed to relieve traffic congestion that clogs the streets of big cities where traveling a couple of miles by car can take longer than an hour. “These vehicles can come, they can

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land in a parking lot or a heliport, pick up people. Fly across town and get there within five minutes instead of a multiplehour commute,” he said. Abling likened the craft to being like George Jetson taking his son Leroy to school. “We seek to help enable truly vertical cities by opening up urban airways in a predictable and controlled manner,” Project Vahana, a division of A3 by Airbus states on its website. “We believe that full automation will allow us to achieve higher safety by minimizing human error. Our aircraft will follow predetermined flight paths, with only minor deviations if obstacle avoidance is needed. We believe this mode of operation will be compatible with future airspace management systems and will allow more aircraft to share the sky.”

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Nez Perce Leader Casey Mitchell sworn in as CRITFC’s New Chairman HOOD RIVER – Nez Perce leader Casey Mitchell was sworn in as chairman of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) July 26. Mitchell was elected by his peers from the Warm Springs, Yakama, Nez Perce, and Umatilla tribes. At 38, he is one of t he youngest individuals to ever chair the four-tribe commission. He assumes the Casey Mitchell position from Leland Bill, a tribal council member from the Yakama Nation. Mitchell is the Secretary of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee, the tribe’s governing body. He has spent the past 20 years serving his tribe and community, focusing his efforts on tribal treaty rights and natural resources issues. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Northwest Indian College in Bellingham, Washington, afterward teaching Ecology there. He returned to the Nez Perce Reservation and worked for the tribe’s fisheries program as a biologist in the Watershed, Harvest, and Production divisions, specifically working on fisheries manage-


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ment issues throughout the Columbia River Basin. “Indian Country is looking at some challenging times ahead,” he stated in a CRITFC news release. “Let us not be afraid. As a united front we are strong, confident, and ready to uphold our inherent sovereignty and tribal treaty rights. Through the common ground that we all share, we will work to protect the rights that we were given and to preserve the land, water, and resources for everyone in the region.” Said Retiring chairman Leland Bill, “As tribal leaders we come together to restore fisheries populations throughout the Columbia River system and educate others about the tribes and our work. It has been a tremendous honor to serve the commission and the four treaty tribes. The commission is in great hands with Chairman Mitchell and I look forward to working with him as the four tribes continue our fight for tribal sovereignty, tribal treaty rights, and the fish populations that sustain our communities.” The other CRITFC officers elected were Ryan Smith (Warm Springs), vicechair; Jeremy Red Star Wolf (Umatilla), secretary; and Leland Bill (Yakama), treasurer. The election of CRITFC officers takes place every June with the seats rotated among the four member tribes beginning in July. Information on CRITFC and its newly elected officials are available online at

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Where is the Foundation money going? By Miranda Vega Rector of the CUJ

PENDLETON – Grant money provides tools to save lives. That’s what the Wildhorse Foundation did when they granted a total of $20,399 to the Pendleton Fire Department (PFD) and Ambulance Service in the past two years. When Fire Chief Mike Ciraulo started at the station a year and a half ago, PFD personnel and staff needed new equipment, specifically thermal imaging cameras and intravenous (IV) pumps, but they didn’t have the funds to buy them. A few months after taking on his role as Fire Chief, Ciraulo applied to the Wildhorse Foundation in an attempt to garner funds for the cameras. “That’s something I get real excited about,” said Ciraulo. “From two standpoints – lives saved and money saved. Not money Mike Ciraulo for us, but citizen’s money.” Ciraulo went on to explain that being in a fire is like being blindfolded while trying to save people, “It’s black … you can’t see anything,” he said. This is why he felt the cameras were essential to the department. They cut through the smoke and allow firefighters to see heat given off by a person or an object. With the $11,999 that was granted to them in 2016, the fire department purchased two cameras. Since then, the PFD has used them for several reasons. In early July, a camera was used to save a cat during a mobile home fire. Although pets can be hard to find when they hide, this cat was immediately rescued from underneath a couch because the thermal imaging camera caught its body heat. In another situation, the PFD used a camera to find an elderly man with Alzheimer’s who had wondered away at night. According to Ciraulo, the cameras help save money because they cause less damage. He said that historically firefighters

Above, Adam Wilkinson, Firefighter and Paramedic, demonstrates how a thermal imaging camera works by pointing it at Captain John Richardson. The camera picks up the body heat of Richardson and shows his image on a monitor to Wilkinson.

At left, Wilkinson shows how medication enters the drip chamber of an intravenous drip set. Each drip has to be counted by paramedics to know if they are administering the medication at the correct rate. Soon, the drip sets will be replaced by more efficient and effective IV pumps.

go in and rip the “s**t” out of things if they think there is a fire in the ceiling or behind a wall, causing a lot of damage for the building owners. Captain John Richardson, a career firefighter of 25 years, further explained, “Before thermal imaging cameras, we had to bust open walls. Consequently it’s more man hours to do that, more physical, and took more time. Thermal imaging is taking that equation out.” Now, the cameras allow the firefighters to look through the wall to see where the fire is burning and then open a smaller section of the wall. “We’ve saved literally tens of thousands of dollars for our citizens in less damage. It allows surgical precision in

fire fighting that has never been available up until recent years,” Ciraulo said. The PFD also needed another critical tool - IV pumps, two of which were purchased this year when Wildhorse Foundation awarded the Fire Department an $8,400 grant. Ciraulo hadn’t worked as a paramedic since the 1980’s, but his staff developed a compelling argument about why they needed the pumps. The IV pumps allow paramedics to administer medication to patients at the correct dosage and rate. According to the grant application, they are critically needed on long distance transports that often last three to four hours. Prior to the pumps, the paramedics

used IV drip sets. With drip sets, the medication bag is attached to a drip chamber that brings the medication through tubing, then into a needle, and finally into the patient. Paramedics have to steady the drips and count them to know how fast the medication is being administered. “It’s really hard to count drops while you’re bouncing down the road,” said paramedic and firefighter Adam Wilkinson. “It’s really nice to have the pumps to say ‘I actually gave that patient the right amount of medication over the correct amount of time’ rather than having to say ‘oops I gave it a little too fast or a little too slow’.” “Which is especially critical for pediatrics where the finite dosages are critical… we don’t have any room for error,” added Ciraulo. “The IV pumps allow us the precision of a hospital… the patient’s life depends on that.” The tools purchased by the PFD are not only used for the Pendleton community but for the surrounding communities including the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Since both agencies are small, they depend on one another to help cover large emergencies, especially fires. “They’re our first back-up ambulance,” said Ray Denny, Emergency Operations Director for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. “It’s true that we rely on them for structure fires and anything that gets very big.” Denny also said the Umatilla Tribal Fire Department doesn’t have the staff to transport patients so the Pendleton Ambulance Service will transport for them. Overall, excluding Hermiston, the Pendleton Ambulance Service does most medical transports for Umatilla County. “This [thermal imaging cameras and IV pumps] isn’t just a Pendleton thing, it benefits the Tribe, it benefits Pilot Rock … these are regional tools,” said Ciraulo. “Where is the Foundation Money Going?” is part of a series of articles that shows how money from the Wildhorse Foundation is spent. The Wildhorse Foundation is a community benefit fund established by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to support organizations in northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington. For eligibility requirements, visit www.

Youth learn ‘value’ in summer program

By Lennox Lewis of the CUJ

Althea Wolf was a speaker during a Summer Youth workshop. This is the 35th year of the program, which gives young people realworld exposure to the workforce. CUJ photo/Lennox Lewis

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MISSION - Scattered across different Tribal departments, the Summer Youth program gives a “helping hand” to the next generation. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) has provided the Summer Youth program for nearly 36 years with the intent of giving youth workers a real-world exposure to the workforce. The program, which has been ongoing every other summer, has helped develop work ethics that have led to management positions for some. Alyssa Treloar, who was a summer worker in 2016, has since completed her first year of college and now works full time at Cayuse Technologies. “A key value I took away from it was responsibility; they gave you a job, but it was your responsibility to keep it and do well in the work field,” Treloar said. Every Monday, before the work starts in the field, youth workers participate in a variety of activities such as civic arts,

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‘They gave you a job, but it was your responsibility to keep it and do well in the work field.’ Umatilla language classes, weaving and beading. Many of the classes include guest speakers. As a group the youth workers have a common goal to strengthen themselves not only mentally, but culturally as well. “It’s been helping me with my [Tribal] language and so far I’ve also learned a lot of patience,” said 15-year-old Chauncey Sams, who works in the Summer Recreation Program. Some youth are still undecided while others already have an idea of what they want to pursue. Markus Davis, a 15-year-old working in the Community Gardens, said the summer program will help him make future decisions. “Where I am working is helping me benefit towards college to be a botanist, and it tends to help me better understand the plants we use within our culture as well as the different species of the plant(s),” Davis said.


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Above, Jacoah Scott throws up the peace sign as he and Thomas VanPelt clean up old branches and weeds around the Nixyaawii Governance Center. CUJ photo/Sammantha McCloud

At right, Carissa Close and Ike VanPelt clean up the mounds outside the Nixyawii Governance Center.

BOLSTER crews bust a move MISSION- Ending its third “wave,” the Building Our Life Skills and Training Employment Readiness (BOLSTER) is preparing for the next wave. Each wave consists of 12 workers that are part of a BOLSTER crew for four weeks. Two crews work with either the Public Works or Housing Department with hopes of building better resumes that will lead to part- or full-time jobs. “It keeps me busy, it’s nice to have a job and I have the ability to take away the different experiences that will add to my resume,”

said Leo Crawford. The program has had 58 applicants thus far and 40 people have gone through the BOLSTER crew. With hopes to teach communication, work ethics and punctuality, the program is “Tough work, fun, and rewarding not only for the workers but the community as well,” said Lisa Ganuelas. Ganuelas was once on a day-labor crew and knows how the program works. She is currently the temporary coordinator for BOLSTER.

Look to the night sky Aug. 16 during Astronomy Day activities MISSION – Several large telescopes will be set up for viewing the night sky during Astronomy Day on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The day-long event Aug. 16 will begin with a day program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nixyaawii gymnasium and Education buildings. Planned are a number of presentations and hands-on activities, including solar eclipse safe viewing, making and using a star finder, viewing sun spots, and a Cosmos movie. The evening program is planned from 8-11 p.m. on the paved walk path to Tamastslikt Cultural Institute (TCI). The telescopes will be set up on the path between the July Grounds and TCI at the

second switchback for viewing galaxies, planets, the moon and its craters, nebula, globular clusters, and constellations. Star finders made in the day program will be used to find and identify various constellations in the night sky. Sponsors of the event are the American Indian Science & Engineering Society – Columbia River Professional Chapter, Wildhorse Foundation, Tri-Cities Astronomy Club, Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), and the Confederated Tribes Education and Recreation Programs. For more information contact John Cox at, or Kim Minthorn at

BMCC fall admission deadline Sept. 18 PENDLETON – The fall admission deadline is September 8 with classes starting September 25 at Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC). Applications are available online and new students need to attend orientation, complete placement testing, and meet with a success coach to schedule fall classes.  New BMCC students are also encour-


aged to attend Welcome to the Pack on September 22 from 10 am to 2 pm at the BMCC Pendleton Campus. Check-in starts at 9:30 am. Check your financial aid status in your Wolf Web student account.  Contact Annie Smith, Native American Liaison and Success Coach, if you have any questions at or 541-278-5935.

MISSION – To continue donating to youth and young adults for the remainder of the year, an additional $5,000 has been allotted to the Donation Fund of Board of Trustees (BOT) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). The Tribes created the donation fund in 2009 to assist CTUIR youth and young adults with the cost of attending events in four different categories: lEducational lCultural lRecreational lCommunity Improvement Those applying for the donations also have to be within one of four categories: l Individuals (24 years of age or younger) lSports team members (youth under 18 years of age) lCommunity group on the reservation lCommunity group off the reservation Tribal members who qualify can receive donations once a year, and the BOT will cover 50 percent of total costs up to a specified amount. Specified amounts are as follows: lIndividuals - $200 lSports team members - $25 each lCommunity group on the reservation - $300 lCommunity group off the reservation - $200 Some examples of events and activities that Tribal members request money for include golf camp, Hoop Fest, root feast,

and functions at Nixyaawii Community School. Although $10,000 has been the budgeted amount for the past four years, always leaving a surplus, this year that wasn’t the case. By the beginning of July only $400 was left and that wouldn’t be enough to continue donating for the remainder of the year, according to CTUIR Finance Director Paul Rabb. Marlene Hale, CTUIR Loan Officer, believes the reason why it depleted so quickly was because in April 2015 donation amounts were adjusted for individuals from $150 to $200, and the age limit was raised from 18 to 24. Due to the shortage, Rabb made a recommendation at the July 17 BOT public meeting to either add $5,000 to the fund or closing it out until next year. Treasurer Rosenda Shippentower made the motion to add the $5,000 to the donation fund from the BOT Reserve Fund. Member-at -Large Woodrow Star seconded it. The motion passed 5-0-0. Rabb will recommend to the board to continue allocating $15,000 to the fund for the 2018 budget year. “Not everyone knows the fund is available,” said Hale. “There are truly kids out there that could use the help if they were aware of it.” An application can be downloaded online at or picked up at the CTUIR Finance Office. Along with the application, a detailed budget for the event or activity needs to be turned in. For more information, contact Hale at 541-42-7152.

NRC now Land Protection Planning Commission MISSION – The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) has been renamed the Land Protection Planning Commission for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). In a memo written July 27, J.D. Tovey, CTUIR Planning Director, said the name change “provides a level of clarity regarding the purpose and role of the Commission while also reflecting its core mission of protecting the lands of the CTUIR.” The name was selected by the current Commission membership and presented in a public hearing before it was recommended to the CTUIR Board of Trustees, which approved the name by resolution on July 24. The NRC was created as an advisory body to the Department of Natural Resources in the 1970s. Since that time the CTUIR government has grown and evolved creating specific committees and commissions to advise the BOT on natural resources. This evolution, Tovey said, included the Planning Office and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) becoming individual departments. The NRC remains attached to the Planning Office with the responsibility of administration and enforcement of the provisions of the Land Develop-

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The NRC was created as an advisory body to the Department of Natural Resources in the 1970s. ment Code and Environmental Health & Safety Code in both an advisory and quasi-judicial capacity. Discussions regarding a name change have occurred several times over the last several years by Commission members, community members and tribal staff. Most notable points for a name change, Tovey said, include confusion by the general public, other jurisdictions, tribal members, staff and other committees and commission members who, because of the title, think the NRC still provides direct policy oversight of the Tribes’ DNR, even though this has not been the case for about 30 years. Members of the Land Protection Planning Commission are Travis Olsen, chair; Billy Bronson, vice-chair; Rosenda Shippentower, secretary; and members Brian Startzel-Holt, Charles Sams III, and Raymond Huesties. Any questions should be directed to Tovey or Patty Perry in the Tribal Planning Office. The phone number is 541-429-3099.

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Shelby Tallman, right, visits the KCUW fundraiser as Jill-Marie Gavin, Radio Station Assistant, explains the merchandise. The fundraiser was held at the Nixyaawii Governance Center in July and the next one will be held on August 21 in the same location.

KCUW raising funds for radio content, including tribal news MISSION – KCUW held a fundraiser to raise money for production and operation of the community service radio station at the Nixyaawii Governance Center on July 25. Donations received will help support community content, local information, noncommercial media, and gives voices to those who normally would not have a

broadcast platform for expression. Although they did not have a goal, KCUW radio assistant Jill-Marie Gavin said they had record breaking donations from the community. KCUW raised $630 to help improve programming and production costs. KCUW will host another fundraising event on Aug. 21 at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center.

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“easy sell” for the Tribes’ Board of Trustees. There are no obstructions in the development area to prevent sunlight from reaching the solar panels. And the array will not impact the local view shed, an issue that has been a problem with local wind power development. The CTUIR has actively pursued the development of renewable energy projects for many years. For example, the Tribes have invested in the 104 MW Rattlesnake Road Wind Farm near Arlington, Oregon. Other projects include the 50kW wind turbine and 123 kW solar carport at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. Most recently, the CTUIR was awarded funding to conduct an on-reservation geothermal resources assessment with the intent to develop resources for power producing and/or heating applications.

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Pamáwaluukt Discover training starts in August By John Barkley, Pamáwaluukt Program Manager

MISSION - The Discover program manager training module under the Pamáwaluukt Empower Program will start in August. The trainee selected will spend two weeks each month for the remainder of the year in various programs and departments within the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. This training, which has never been available to tribal member employees, focuses on programmatic functions, roles and responsibilities of program managers in each department, as well as budgets, annual work plans, and goals and objectives related to that department. Department directors and program managers serve as mentors during this training experience, sharing their experiences and challenges and offering advice for career growth. Pamáwaluukt is also working with the weekly BOLSTER program administered by the Department of Children & Family Services. BOLSTER clients learn how to write cover letters, resumes and receive advice on how to conduct an interview. Pamáwaluukt means “each person raising themselves up” in the Walla Walla language as named by the elders of the language program. Pamáwaluukt is a program providing services to CTUIR tribal members. For more information contact the CTUIR Office of Human Resources at 541-429-7180.

Ramone rocks largest Wildhorse concert ever Ramone Ayala, “The King of the Accordion”, performed with his band on the south lawn at Wildhorse Resort July 28. Wildhorse reported that 2,649 tickets were sold, which makes this the largest concert in Wildhorse history. The predominantly Hispanic crowd went wild for Ayala, who also was the lead singer for the group. The entire concert was performed in Spanish and people in the huge crowd sang along with every song. At right, throngs of people took photos and videotaped the concert. Security had to be beefed up in one area where concert goers tried to get through the fence for a better look at the Texas star.

AUGUST Birthdays:

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1st: Nikki Minthorn and Cristina Ferea 3rd: Nika Kash Kash 5th: Melissa VanPelt 6th: Loretta Cook 10th: Tracy Viegener 18th: Reannon Jones-Morris 22nd: Robert Brigham and Sara Jones 24th: Aggie Kash Kash 27th: Jon Morrison, Taryn Minthron, Andrew VanPelt, and Symon Picard 28th: Fabby Jones and Tiff Rodriguez 29th: Eric Kash Kash and Mika Asher 30th: Ryan McLaughlin


4th: Reannon & Dan Morris 12th: Tiona & Jon Morrison 14th: Nita & Mike Hussey and Phyllis & Alan Simmins Jr. 30th: Jackie & Stanley Shippentower

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place. She testified that she was at the door of the house when the dog attacked. During cross-examination, Bob Shippentower said James should have been aware of Fluffy’s aggressiveness. He also implied that James had not been invited to his house. Bob Shippentower said his dog is not a problem for many visitors. “Why she chooses certain individuals,

nobody knows,” he said. Rosenda Shippentower, who also was taking items of her deceased brother (John Shippentower) to Bob’s house, heard the attack. “I heard that vicious animal and knew it was an attack,” Rosenda Shippentower testified. “I don’t think I will ever forget that noise of the dog attacking my granddaughter. It was awful.”

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funders are the Oregon Water Enhancement Board (OWEB), which pitched in $374,529 (about $38,203 came through the Umatilla Basin Watershed Council, which wrote most of the OWEB grants), while Taylor, who grows mostly grass hay and runs some 1,300 head of cows on his fourth-generation ranch near Echo, contributed $140,000 of his own money toward the project fruition. More than $300,000 of the OWEB funding went toward construction of the pipeline. ODFW did not contribute money directly, but was a pass-through agency for about $100,000 from BPA and $75,000 in Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery fund money. Taylor said he contributed money to the cause for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that he loves to fish for steelhead on the Umatilla. But he knew it wasn’t a project the DIC could do alone. “The project was way too big for me to undertake,” he said. “I couldn’t justify the dollars to do it privately.” Taylor said he was losing money on operation and maintenance of the dam, which included instream work to clear gravel and debris that backed up behind the barrier. “The gravel stacked up usually near the fish ladders on the side of my gate for water,” Taylor said. “I had to dig out the gate and fish ladders every year.” He said he was authorized to take up to 50 cubic yards of gravel from the river, which equates to five 10-yard dump truck loads. The best – and easiest – solution was the pipeline. It was cheaper than pumping, which would require electricity and more maintenance, and some assurance against potential flooding. The pipeline option provided more efficient irrigation water delivery and, among other things, allowed Taylor to eliminate three miles of ditch. Taylor said he never lost faith. “It took a lot longer than it would have taken in the private sector but I knew it was standard operating procedure. We knew we would run into hurdles with DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality) and the Division of State Lands. We knew it would take time,” he said. During that time, a number of players came and went. For example, leadership changed three times in the last four years at the Watershed Council. “If Brian Zimmerman (Artificial Production Program leader) or Bill Duke (ODFW fish biologist) had retired, I’m not sure what would have happened,” Taylor said. “But new people were as enthusiastic or even more.” He noted the work of Christian and

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The players Echo Meadows Ranch Spike Ranch Double M Ranch Dillon Irrigation District Westland Irrigation District Partners and agencies Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Bonneville Power Administration ODFW Restoration & Enhancement Program ODFW Umatilla County ODFW John Day Passage & Screen Umatilla Basin Watershed Council Oregon Water Enhancement Board Oregon Water Resources Department Umatilla County Contractors River Design Group IRZ Consulting Anderson & Perry Engineers Starr Machine Silver Creek Contracting Elmer’s Irrigation

In his cross examination, Bob Shippentower questioned the “credibility of the witness” by contending that his sister is not bonded as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Judge Nash ruled that his questioning was not relevant to the dog case. Officer Williams testified that police had responded to more than a dozen in-

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Timeline 1915 - Dillon Dam construction 1972-74 – Upgrade of concrete infrastructure 1990s – Mike Taylor and Bill Duke first discuss removing dam 2000 – Pacific Lamprey reintroduction in Umatilla River 2005 - Dillon dam identified as passage barrier for lamprey March 2014 – Dillon Dam removal feasibility study April 2014 – Dillon Dam removal phase I alternative irrigation design October 2014 – Dillon pipeline study February 2017 – Pipeline construction July 2017 – Dam removal begins

cidents dating back to November of 2009. Testimony indicated that two men have been bitten by the dog, including Charles Craig, who was bitten in January of 2016. In addition to the abatement order, Bob Shippentower was fined $300.


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Gary James, Director in the CTUIR Fisheries Program. “I’ve always had a good relationship with these fish-pass guys,” Taylor said. Irrigators and fish managers now share in the successful removal of Dillon Dam. Staldine said he gained perspective on the scope of larger projects and appreciation for the amount of cooperation needed to ensure a successful outcome. “It’s easy to take a bridge, fishing access or trail way for granted after it exists, but the reality is a great number of folks put their heart into such a project … Dillon is the type of project you’re lucky to work on, the type of project that benefits each of the stakeholders and has the potential to really build rapport between organizations, landowners and producers. Here we had an opportunity to take two problems and actually come up with a solution, how often do you actually get to say that?”

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Young Burke bounces to London for all-star basketball adventure

School registration and start dates Nixyaawii Community School Registration: August 10, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. ($50 registration fee) School starts for freshman Aug. 23 (all students Aug. 24)

Weston Middle School Registration: Begins August 7 until school starts School starts Sept. 5

Pendleton High School Registration: August 15, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Pilot Rock High School Registration: Aug. 1 seniors and juniors; Aug. 2 freshman and sophomores School starts Aug. 22

Sunridge Middle School Registration: August 9 and 10, 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. August 15, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. for students who are new to the Pendleton School District School starts Aug. 29 Weston McEwen High School Registration: Begins August 7 until school starts School starts Aug. 25

Pilot Rock middle school Registration: August 3 School starts Aug 22 Griswold High School in Helix Registration: Aug. 8, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Aug. 9, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. School starts Aug. 28

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Dillon George helps Deandre Minthorn choose the club he should use during a chipping lesson at the second session of Junior Golf Camp at Wildhorse Golf Course.

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the Beatles, and played in a Hoopfest in Blackpool. The basketball games (the team played 17) were MISSION – Keith Burke didn’t just play basketball played in towns like Manchester, Blackpool and Kenwhen he traveled to London as part of a National Bas- nington. To reach those places the team rode trains ketball Camp all-star team in July. and the famous London UnderThe 14-year-old son of Amanda ground, also known as the Tube, Burke and the late Oren Ewell, Keith which is a rapid underground transit was the only Oregon youngster sesystem. (The network of 11 Tube lected to play for the national squad, lines collectively handles approxiwhich competed against teams from mately 4.8 million passengers a day.) England, Canada and Italy over an During the tournament, the U.S. 11-day period. all-stars stayed in dormitories at Burke, a 5’ 7” point guard who King’s College in London and with likes defense best, was selected after host families, besides a couple of impressing coaches at an NBC Camp nights in hotels. at Eastern Oregon University. Each Burke, who doesn’t waste too year athletes are selected for traveling many words, admits he was homeall-star teams based on “exceptional sick. skill and outstanding character.” “It’s a long ways from home,” he Keith’s mother said her son is playsaid. ing as “hard as he can” for his father, In England Burke said he had trouwho died in a car crash on Best Road ble understanding the Brit’s strong three months ago. Keith was in the accents. vehicle and escaped with just cuts He doesn’t know if it was a comand bruises. munications issue or what, but he “Basketball really helped him” ordered a plain burger and a large after the accident, Amanda Burke Coke at a McDonald’s, but was given said. Besides his mom, Keith’s biggest chicken nuggets and ketchup. Keith Burke supporter is his grandfather and his The team played two games a day namesake, Keith Burke. for the first four days, then played in The trip opened a new world for the young man a tournament. They finished second after a loss to the who will enroll as a freshman this year at Nixyaawii Canadian squad. Community School. The young Burke has three younger siblings – It was his first time flying and his first time travelSkyler 7, Aaliyah 4, and Oren 2. He lives in Pendleton ing out of the United States. Along with teammates with his mother. from states like Tennessee, North Carolina and Family members pulled together most of the Alaska, Burke had the opportunity to see London as a money he needed to make the trip and Amanda tourist. He visited Big Ben, the Tower of London and Burke thanks community members for their financial St. Paul’s Cathedral. He visited Liverpool, home of assistance.


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Nathan Dick checks the swing of Uriah Reymond.

Wildhorse completes second camp, next session Aug. 13 MISSION- Wildhorse Golf Course hosted 11 young golfers for the second junior golf camp of the summer. Of the youngsters that participated, five were tribal members - Oscar Huesties, Richard Huesties, Karter Spencer, Zane Emery and Deandre Minthorn. The golfers, who ranged in age from 7-13, focused on the basics of the golf as well as golf etiquette. The camp also helped with golf swing fundamentals (driver to the wedges) and sand shots, from the help of Nathan Dick and Dillon George. The next wave for the junior golf camp is Aug. 14-18. Registration forms and more information are available at the WRC pro shop or online at the website promos-events.

After School kids show off their carrors. From left, Abigayle McIntosh, Sophia Ferman, Luka Worden, Gabriella Calvillo and Colten Bell. More on 16B. CUJ photo/Lennox Lewis

Tamkaliks dancers enter arena during grand entry. Pow-wow results on Page 5B.

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CUJ  News & Sports Tribal hoopsters win at Hoopfest By Lennox Lewis of the CUJ

SPOKANE - With more than 14,000 games during the last weekend of June, the Spokane Hoopfest continues to be an iconic Northwest sports event. Hoopfest doesn’t bring in just players, it brings in over 250,000 spectators in just one weekend. The tournament contributes over $46 million to local businesses that have come to rely on the economic boost from the annual event. Approximately $16 million is donated to local charity organizations, according to www.spokanehoopfest. net. The donations also have helped pay to rebuild the community’s outdoor basketball courts. Although 3-on-3 teams from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) played in different brackets, their outcomes were similar. CTUIR members that played in the tournament competed with other Tribal members, while others played with Indians from different reservations. “The ability to play other teams who wanted to win just as much as us was very nerve wracking. It was also about having fun and getting the chance to play other teams from different reservations that had excited me most,” said Adilia Hart. Native Storm, a team consisting of Hart, Jayden Davis, Glory Sobotta and Jada Liulamaga, competed in the middle school 14-year-old bracket and won their final game 20-11. The team won their bracket. Mick Schimmel played on the Mission Ballerz with Dakota Sams, Stockton Hoffman and Kason Broncheau. They won the high school male bracket. The team won their final game 20-17. “To be surrounded by basketball throughout the whole weekend got me really excited,” said Schimmel. “So I was really looking forward to the tournament, because it’s always a great time to play basketball and be up in the Spokane area.” After recovering from a stage-3 sprained ankle and torn ligaments in her ankle, Chelsea Quaempts was ready for Hoopfest. Quaempts played on a team called Cayumawa and won the high school female bracket along with teammates Jada Burns, Mary Stewart and Amil Mitchell. “I was very excited to play in Hoopfest this year! It’s something we do every year and is one of my favorite parts of summer,” said Quaempts. “Of course I was nervous - I mean it’s streetball.”


Julie Taylor and Candice Cowapoo listen as Babbett Cowapoo talks about their Uncle Clarence Cowapoo.

Cowapoo, Schimmel new Hall of Famers PENDLETON - The Pendleton Linebacker’s Club Hall of Fame inducted 16 athletes at its annual weekend gala July 8. More than 300 people attended at the Pendleton Convention Center. Among those recognized was Clarence “Clancy” Cowapoo, who was a lauded by other inductees for his basketball prowess. Two former Pendleton players said they were often surprised by Cowapoo’s no-look passes included Roger Schiewe who said he caught a pass or two in the ear. Cowapoo’s nieces – Babbette Cowapoo, Candice Cowapoo and Julie Taylor – paid tribute to their uncle, who graduated from PHS in 1965. A brief biography for Cowapoo said he was “ahead of his time handling the basketball with breathtaking passing and a pure jump shot from long distance – years before the three-point play was introduced.” In his senior season, the 5’8” Cowapoo led the team to the conference title. He became the leading scorer in Pendleton history with a total of 519 points and a 19.2 point-per-game average. Cowapoo died in August of 2015. Also inducted was Rick Schimmel,

Rick Schimmel was an outstanding football and baseball player, as well as a championship wrestler. CUJ photo/Phinney

the husband of Cecilee Moses and father of their eight children. Family and friends filled two tables at the event. Schimmel set a different tone at the ceremony, choosing to talk about his family. He said his family, including his wife, had not had a fair shake in local athletics because of racism. He said that although he had an outstanding career as an athlete at PHS, his children were not accepted. Schimmel was the 1987 Oregon Baseball Player of the Year as a shortstop and pitcher. He also won the state’s Elks Scholarship and earned an academic scholarship to Stanford University where he played his freshman year for the Cardinal baseball team. He later played three years at Portland State University. Schimmel was also an outstanding football player and wrestler. He started three seasons at quarterback and defensive back for Don Requa’s Buckaroos. At the ceremony he said he should have started in his freshman year as well. In his senior year, Schimmel was selected the Intermountain Conference Defensive Player of the Year, was a first-team

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all-state defensive back, and second team all-state punter. He was later named to the Shrine Game. As a wrestler, Schimmel was IMC Wrestler of the Year three times. His enviable wrestling record was 116 wins, 15 losses and one tie. He won IMC titles three times and was a three-time third place finisher at the state tournament. Three women were inducted in the Hall of Fame – Buckaroo booster Terre Seitz Rasmussen, 1970’s track and cheerleading star Cyd Cimmiyotti, and 1990’s basketball standout Kelli Chandler Read Bullington. Football inductees include David Boor (1988), Ty Haguewood (1994), Brian Nooy (2003), Michael Schindler (1962), Kenny Melton, Kenny Kuehl (1985), and Tex Taylor. Others were John Eggers (basketball 1940), Roger Schiewe (baseball 1966), Lew Beck (basketball 1940, winner of Olympic gold medal in 1948 in London), and Roger Johnson (skiing 1961). Cade Anderson and Grant Kennedy were scholarship winners. Anderson won the $10,000 Don Requa Award and Kennedy won the Alex Stuvland Memorial Scholarship.

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CUJ News & Sports NCS needs volleyball coach   MISSION – Nixyaawii Community School is seeking a head volleyball coach for the upcoming season, which begins with practices Aug. 21. Last year’s coach, Nicole Bowden, moved to Pendleton High School as a teacher’s aide. The selected coach will receive $2,300. Candidates must possess a driver’s license. Applications are online at Application deadline is Aug. 14.

Youth football sign-ups open PENDLETON- Pendleton Youth Football Registration is now open. Season registration forms are available at Dean’s Pendleton Athletics. Other information is located at as well as the Pendleton Youth Football Facebook page. Questions can be directed to Ron Smith at In the month of August, camps and skills assessments will take place first. Later, a draft will determine which team youth will play for in the fall 2017 season. Practice will begin after the draft in mid-August. From September to late October, games will be played with different divisions competing head to head.

Remote control workshop set PENDLETON- Pendleton Parks and Recreation are bringing a Remote Control (RC) workshop to local youth on Aug. 5. Youth will meet at the north end of Grecian Heights Park on Tutuilla Road from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Youth are encouraged to bring their lunch, chairs and sunscreen. Learning how to design, build and fly RC aircrafts will give participants a basic knowledge of aerodynamics. Participants will have the opportunity to fly RC planes and quadcopters (drones) in the park before creating their own RC aircrafts out of hot glue and foam boards. Prizes will be awarded for the farthest flown, straightest flyer, and best concept. Registration fee is $20. Call 541-276-8100 or visit www.pendletonparksandrec. com for further information. Register for all programs at the Parks office, 865 Tutuilla Road (next to Olney Cemetery).

85 in Summer Rec program MISSION – Approximately 85 youth are participating in the Summer Recreation Program on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. With activities such as walks up the trail and lacrosse on the field, the staff is able to keep the youth active from the time of drop off to the time of pick up. Healthy snacks and lunch are provided throughout the weekdays as well. In addition to trips to the pool every Friday, the kids have the opportunity to drum and dance at the Longhouse during their lunch hour. They also do school work, like reading and writing, on a daily basis. Toward that goal, the youngsters have visited the Pendleton Library where they received library cards. The kids are making ribbon shirts and wing dresses at Thimbles and More on Westgate in Pendleton. The majority of the children who attend recreation should have full regalia within the next few years. The culturally based summer also means more language, more singing, more dancing and more tribal history. Youth have Umatilla language class for one hour each day during the weekdays.

Kindergarteners and first graders gathered for a photo in the Longhouse include, front row from left, Michael Wallulatum, Tegan Herrera, Dyamand Say, Ayaina Star, and Ciicyle Thompson; middle row, Collen Yallup, Sinaloa Eastwood, Savaya Minthorn and Kyler Lee; and back row, Meleah Bell, Delbert Bruno, Joaquin Hernandez, Gabe Picard, Irvin Stewart, Tydan Moore, and Tharen White.

Adult hoops, karate offered PENDLETON - McCune open gym for both basketball and karate takes place on weekdays. From Monday through Friday, an open gym for adult basketball is set from 5:45-7:15 a.m. and on Sunday afternoon games are from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Also located at the same place, karate open gym takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 5-6 p.m. All ages are welcomed for karate and no requirements are needed to participate in the activities. Call 541-276-8100 or visit www.pendletonparksandrec. com for further information. Register for all programs at the Parks office, 865 Tutuilla Road (next to Olney Cemetery).

Gonzalo Arthur throws his Frisbee.

Retta Quaempts, Shawn Ray Gregg and Ava Zammudio are water-spouting statues during Summer Recreation activities.

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Tiny Tot Olympics Aug. 24 PENDLETON - Tiny Tot Olympics is set for Aug. 24 at the Pendleton Recreation Center. The competition begins at 5:30 p.m. Children will receive a score card, which will be stamped for each activity completed. Competitors also will receive medal on the podium. A $5 fee is due on the day of event. Call 541-276-8100 or visit www.pendletonparksandrec. com for further information. Register for all programs at the Parks office, 865 Tutuilla Road (next to Olney Cemetery).

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Izzy Escalera and other youth play football when Summer Recreation visited Wetlands Park,

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Community Wellness Sams graduates from math, science academy ANDOVER, Maryland – Rosevelie Sams, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, graduated July 30 from the (MS)2 – Math & Science for Minority Students at the Phillips Academy in Andover. The program provides an intense academic environment concentrating on math, science, English, and college preparation. The program Roseveli Sams also offers campus tours to the Ivy League colleges along the Eastern seaboard. Her class of 37 represent students from Native American, Latino, and African American communities across the country. Rosevilie graduated with honors in both math and science. She is the daughter of Chuck and Lori Sams, and Markelle Sams, and the granddaughter of Butch and Sara Sams. Rosevilie will be a senior this fall at Grant High School in Northeast Portland.

Diabetes, chronic pain topics for two weekly programs at Yellowhawk clinic MISSION – Two new health education workshops are being offered by Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center’s Community Wellness program. Both workshops are six-week programs with meetings once a week. The Diabetes Self-Management class will be held Aug. 9 through Sept. 13 and again Sept. 7 through Nov. 1. Participants will meet each Wednesday from 3-5:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. They will learn techniques on how to deal with symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/ hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems. Chronic Pain Management will be addressed in another six week course. During this class, instructors will share techniques on how to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep. The group will meet each Thursday beginning Aug. 10 through Sept. 21 at the WIC building from 5:30-8 p.m. Then beginning Sept. 28 through Nov. 2, another session will be held on Wednesdays at the same time and location. Workshops instructors are Dionne Bronson and Shawn MacGregor. For more information, call Bronson at 541429-4922 or MacGregor at 541-215-1978.


She sees color and hears music From the Pendleton Center for the Arts

PENDLETON - When Jessica Lavadour (Walla Walla) was young, she thought everyone saw color when they listened to music. “I didn’t know it wasn’t normal until I started telling my friends about it when I was about 13-years old,” she said. It wasn’t until years later that she learned that what she experienced had a name; synesthesia. An exhibit of paintings that Lavadour created to explore the phenomenon will be on exhibit in the Lorenzen Board Room Gallery at the Pendleton Center for the Arts in August. Synesthesia is defined as a perceptual phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second. It can manifest in various ways; some people get a taste in their mouths from numbers, some, like Lavadour, see colors in response to music. Her most vivid memory of it as a child was listening to Janis Joplin with her mom, Tina Jackson. Lavadour has made art since she was a child, starting with drawing, clay forms, and poetry. She learned to weave from her uncle Joey Lavadour then taught herself Plateau style beadwork while she was working as a ‘It’s almost cultural interpreter in the summer like you’re youth program at living village looking exhibit at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. at earth Since moving to Eugene from through a her home on the Umatilla Indian Reservation she’s encountered telescope.’ more information about synesthesia, including becoming friends with a woman who focused on the phenomenon for her master’s thesis. Having more information has helped her understand different aspects of it, and caused her to become more interested in paint. She started painting last year, experimenting at first with oils and acrylics, and then she learned about epoxy resin. “It’s very fluid and you can mix things into the resin for

This epoxy resin production by Jessica Lavadour is titled “Suntime.” Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jessica Lavadour

cool effects. It kind of paints itself,” she explained. “It’s an abstract process and you really don’t know where it’s going. I can think a painting is perfect, then I step away for two hours, and when I come back it’s different. It’s fun to see what the painting did when I wasn’t watching it.” The paintings in the exhibit are very bright and colorful, some are very planetary, and some end up looking like ocean scenes. Blues are a common theme. “It’s almost like you’re looking at earth through a telescope,” Lavadour notes. The paintings will be on display through Aug. 26. Admission to the Pendleton Center for the Arts is free, thanks in August to a contribution from Colleen and Jeff Blackwood. The East Oregonian Gallery will feature an exhibit of small works by regional artists during the month, and the Pendleton Foundation Trust Fine Craft Gallery features more than 100 regional artists every day. More information is available by calling 541-278-9201 or online, pendletonarts. org.

‘Wisdom Warriors’ becomes ‘Live Wise ... Live Strong’ self-management class By Miranda Vega Rector of the CUJ

MISSION - New name, new logo, more classes. Wisdom Warriors has received a makeover. Now called “Live Wise…Live Strong,” the self-management class is open to anyone with a chronic disease or those who are caregivers. So, if a teenager suffers from depression or a 25-year-old is caring for their parent who has had a stroke, Live Wise…Live Strong may be what they need. The next class is scheduled from Aug. 7 to Sept 11. It is offered as a six-week series every Monday from 5:30-8 p.m. in the WIC Building. Participants will learn 13 self-management tools; once the course is completed individuals become Wisdom Warriors and receive wellness pouches. Afterwards, the Warriors continue to meet monthly to encourage one another and to keep each other accountable in reaching personal health goals. Shortly after the August class has finished, another will begin Sept. 25 and

go through Oct. 30 in the same location and at the same time. “Live Wise...Live Strong,”offered by Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center (YTHC), is overseen by Dionne Bronson, Community Health Representative. The curriculum that is used is from Stanford University and is an evidence-based program. Since Bronson plans to hold more sixweek sessions throughout the year there will be more groups meeting monthly. To assist in teaching the class, YTHC invited certified “Trainers of Trainers” to Mission in mid-June to hold a week-long “Master Trainer” certification course at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. Bronson, along with Health Educator Shawn MacGregor and Project Manager Lindsey X. Watchman became certified as Master Trainers. All three are employed by YTHC and can now train others to become “lay leaders” – Wisdom Warrior leaders who understand and support the program. So far, around a dozen lay leaders who work for YTHC and the Confederated

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Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) have been certified. Adding to the changes, Bronson and MacGregor are planning a logo contest. Currently the logo being used is one of an owl, but the current Wisdom Warriors would like a logo that represents the Mission community and values. Some of those values include strength, discipline, teaching, Tamunwit, and the creation story. The warriors felt the animals that could be a good fit as a symbol are the eagle, salmon, horse, and a mammoth representing Elephant Rock - a natural rock formation that holds cultural significance to the CTUIR. Artists can submit their design as a PDF or JPEG image to or to An original copy should also be turned in to the Community Health Building located next to the Cay-Uma-Wa Head Start building. The deadline for entry is Sept. 18 and the winner will receive a sweatshirt with their logo printed plus $100 in cash.

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Community Wellness Tamkaliks draws 140 dancers

Taiwanese cultural exchange students from Oregon State University performing their traditional song and dance.

An official opening ceremony for the new Longhouse is planned at 9 a.m. Aug. 27 in Wallowa.

Results from Tamkaliks Celebration WALLOWA – The 27th annual Tamkaliks Celebration and Friendship Potluck brought in 140 dancers and 12 drum groups on July 21-23. The celebration included a horse parade and contest dancing, with Thomas Morning Owl and Fred Hill, both from the Umatilla Indian Reservation, serving as masters of ceremony. The pow-wow included a veterans honor dance and an owl dance special. On Sunday there were traditional Washat Services and a Friendship feast with tribal leaders from Umatilla, Colville, and Nez Perce tribes. Other events going on throughout the weekend included memorials and namings. There was another indigenous group of 15 young Taiwanese college students that performed traditional song and dance at the pow-wow and longhouse. An official opening ceremony for a new Longhouse is planned at 9 a.m. Aug. 27 in

Wallowa. Results from Tamkaliks dancing follows: Women’s Senior Traditional – 1, Lynn Pinkham. 2, Wilma Wahsisse. 3, Sophie Hunt. Women’s Traditional Adults – 1, Tasha Smith. 2, Annie Smith. 3, Katie Harris. Girls Teen Traditional – 1, Layla Sohappy. 2, Natasha Smith. 3, Jue Jue Matamoros. Junior Girls Traditional – 1, Jordan. 2, Manaia Wolf. 3, Lelia Red Crane. Jingle – 1, Mary Harris. 2, Natasha Smith. 3, Alunyna Bevis. Fancy Shawl – 1, Cece Begay. 2, Mary Harris. 3, Sydney Jordan. Senior Men’s Traditional – 1, Leroy Smith. 2, Phil Allen. 3, Allenroy Pay-Kwin. Adult Men’s Traditional – 1, Brian Adams. 2, Jesse Bevis Sr. 3, Lester Wahsise Sr. Teen Traditional – 1, Tom Redhawk Tias. 2, Alex Williams. 3, Andrew Adams. Junior Boy’s Traditional – 1, Lewis Allen. 2, A. Fish. 3, Hiyuum Nowland. Grass Dance – 1, Robert Tewawina Sr. 2, Francis Dionne. 3, Jesse Bevis Sr. Fast and Fancy – 1, Jay Meninick. 2, Dillon Begay. 3, Redhorse Wesley. Owl Dance Special – Results not available

Jingle dancer winners included, from left, Alunyna Bevis, third; Natasha Smith, second; and Mary Harris, first place.

CUJ News Briefs Weed service available to CTUIR elders 65 and older

will be provided in the order in which the requests are received.

MISSION – Hot days bring dry grasses and weeds, which is why the BOLSTER crew is providing a onetime service to cut a fire line around homes of tribal member elders on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. To add your name to the work list contact Public Works at 541-429-7507. Eligible residents include tribal members who are 65 years and older, and whose home is located within a reasonable distance from the Nixyáawii Governance Center. BOLSTER crews may not get to all the homes that request the service. Services

Camp meeting at Assembly of God Aug. 11-13

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MISSION – A “Camp Meeting in the Heart of Mission” is planned Aug. 1113 at the Assembly of God Church on Shortmile Road. The event will feature speakers Christian and Brittany Lent from Lakeport, California. The camp is scheduled at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, and at 1 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, with an 11 a.m. service on Sunday. Meals will be served.

Information is available from Law and Dana Enick at 541-371-1429 or 406450-2785.

Young Einstein Camp set PENDLETON - Young Einstein Science Camp, with a special guest from the University of Washington, will focus on engineering, biology, chemistry and physics. Looking deeper into how electricity and magnetism work, the class will talk about the upcoming solar eclipse and more astrology topics. The camp will be from 9-11 a.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 14-17. Registration deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 8

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with a fee of $60. Call 541-276-8100 or visit www. for further information. Register for all programs at the Parks office, 865 Tutuilla Road (next to Olney Cemetery).

Home Visit dinner Aug. 8 MISSION - átawišamataš Home Visiting program will be hosting a quarterly dinner at the WIC building on Aug. 8 from 4-7 pm. Food, books, games and pictures with your child(ren) will be provided. The theme is back to school. There will also be a clothing give away for those with smaller children. For information contact Shelly Minthorn at 541-429-4904.


Above, Garrell Moore putts while Chaz Webb looks on during the NW Indian Memorial at Wildhorse Golf Course July 21-23.


Among the 86 golfers competing in the tournament was this foursome of, from left, Bill Desautel, Leo Stewart, Tom Rodriguez and Nels Nelson.


INDEPENDENT LIVING A Global Disability Resource and Advocacy Center EOCIL is a proud supporter of the CTUIR community and other communities and programs that promote and value inclusion, equality and opportunities for people with disabilities and elders. EOCIL is a disability resource and advocacy enter that provides an array of services for people with disabilities or seniors. These services are designed to empower clients to improve the quality of their lives and promote full access to society. EOCIL is operated by people with disabilities and seniors who themselves have been successful in establishing independent lives. These individuals have both the training and the personal experience to know exactly what is needed to live independently.

Services Available:

- Informational and Referral - Independent Living Skills Training (budgeting and financial management, cooking, application assistance, etc.) - Peer Counseling - Individual Advocacy - Life Transitions (school to employment, home to home, corrections to community, etc.)

- Support Groups - Youth Mentoring Project - Representative Payee Project - Emergency Financial Assistance - Accessibility Assistance - HIV/AIDS Independent Living Project - And many other services

EOCIL has three locations: 322 SW 3rd St., Suite 6, Pendleton, Ore. webpage: Email: 541-276-1037 711 Relay Toll free: 1-877-711-1037 1021 SW 5th Avenue, Ontario, Ore. 541-889-3119 Voice 711 Relay Toll free 1-866-248-8369

The Dalles Office 400 East Scenic Drive Building 2, Third Floor, Suite 2 The Dalles, Oregon 541-370-2810 Toll free: 1-866-248-8369

Providing services in Harney, Malheur, Baker, Union, Grant, Wallowa, Umatilla, Morrow, Wheeler and Gilliam, Wasco, Sherman and Hood River counties.

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Lumi golfer wins NW Indian Memorial tourney MISSION - The 2017 Northwest Indian Memorial Golf Tournament was held at the Wildhorse Golf Course on July 21-23 with 86 golfers in attendance and roughly 100 golfers were memorialized. The tournament is a tribute to tribal golfers of the northwest area. An evening banquet was held and a slideshow of those being honored was played as well as a slideshow of current participants. The tournament and banquet is put on by Gary and Kelly George of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Ore., 153. 2, Turk Holford, Spokane, Wash., 157. 3, Roger St. Claire, Bothell, Wash., 160. 4, Tied, Chazz Webb, Mission, Ore., 161 and Terry Evans, Wellpinit, Wash., 161. Net – 1, Bill Desautel, Coulee Dam, Wash., 130. 2, Denny Mojado, Riverside, Calif., 131. 3, Gary Dupree Sr., Spokane, Wash., 131. 4, Jon Bergstrom, Quinalt, Wash. 135. Senior Flight Gross – 1, Steve Edwards, LaConnor, Wash., 149. 2, John Barkley, Mission, Ore., 153. 3, Gary George, Mission, Ore., 155. 4, Jay Keys, Klickitat, Wash., 157. Net - OJ Jack, West Bank, British Columbia, 127. 2 (Tie), Jim Wabaunsee, Wapato, Wash., 135, and Richard Baker, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 135. 4, Tom Ball, Nespelem, Championship Flight Wash. 137. Gross - 1, Jay Julius, Lumi, Ladies Flight Wash, 142. 2, Nathan Dick, MisGross – 1, Kylie Jack, Vancousion, Ore., 143. 3. Paul French, ver, British Columbia, Canada, Mission, Ore., 151. 4, Dillon 145. 2, Megan George, Mission, George, Mission, Ore., 153. Ore., 161. Net – 1, Matt Baker, VancouNet – 1, Marilyn Sheldon, ver, British Columbia, 130. 2, Nathan Harry, Brentwood Bay, Dillon George finished fourth Tulalip, Wash., 139. Calloway Flight British Columbia, Canada, 133. in the championship flight. Net – 1, John A Wilson, Van3, Easton Powaukee, Mission, couver, British Columbia, CanaOre., 135. 4, Josh Barkley, Mission, Ore., 140. da, 190. 2, John H. Wilson, Vancouver, British Super Senior Flight Columbia, Canada, 192. Gross – 1, Frank Knychief, Warm Springs,

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Haley Greb wins Wildhorse Amateur by six strokes MISSION - Haley Greb, who was comedalist in the Oregon High School Class 4A state tournament, won the Wildhorse Amateur by six strokes over the two men tied for second. Greb shot one-under par over the twoday 36-hole tournament. She played from the white tees - the same as the men. The tournament boasted 94 players on July 15 and 16. Low net for the field when to Joe Stump of Boise with a handicap-adjusted score of 129.

Results follow: Gross medalist -Haley Greb, Pendleton, 143. Net medalist - Joe Stump, Boise, 129. Championship flight Gross-1, (tie), Kurt Simmons, Hermiston, and Reilly Hegarty, Pendleton, 149. 3, Mike Wog, Walla Walla, Wash., 151. Net-1, Benjamin Beck,143. 2, Ken Wade, Kennewick, 145. 3, Brandon Peterson, Aberdeen, Wash., 146. First flight Gross-1, Cory King, Beaverton, 153. 2, Blake Blakey, Beaverton, 154. 3, Dean

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Pratt, Soaplake, Wash., 160. Net- 1(tie) Greg Axe,Salem, and Madison Welch, Hermiston, 154. 3, Geoff Gibor, Gresham, 144. Second flight Gross-1, Larry Simmons, Hermiston,156. 2, Gary Bradley, Mattawa, Wash., 160. 3, Tom Rodriguez, Pendleton, 165. Net-1, Troy Rodriguez, Pendleton, 136. 2, Mark Laib, Pendleton, 137. 3(tie), Eric Yundt, La Grande, and Richard Bothman, Portland, 140. Third flight Gross-1, Tony Villanueva, Hermiston, 164. 2, Kendall Zebra, Walla Walla, 173. 3, David Nelson, Pendleton, 175. Net-1, Patrick Kerrigan, Hermiston,131. 2, Melody Miller, Pendleton, 139. 3, Calvin Word, Enterprise, 40.

Oregon Trail Gallery & Trading Post

621 Sixth St. in downtown Umatilla

Closed on Mondays Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On call 24 hours a day 541-922-5123 Evenings 541-922-5567

"Everything on sale during month of August. Most items discounted"  

Large Stock of Mocassins

 Huge stock on regalia items George Flett prints included one signed print  Pow-wow regalia  Buckskin All old style trade cloth dresses

Beaded antique old and new shawls Tule mats  Men’s, women’s & children’s hard-sole fully beaded mocassins  Roaches, shell dresses for women and children White buckskin dresses for women and children  Old style trade cloth dresses for children  White 3X large deer hides Otter hair wraps  Wing and jingle dresses for women and girls  Large stock commercial and brain-tanned hides

DID YOU KNOW? The Umatilla primarily occupied areas along Willow Creek, the Umatilla River, and the main stem Columbia and hunted in the Blue Mountains. East of the Umatillas, the Cayuse lived on the south side of the Columbia; in the upper reaches of the Umatilla and Walla Walla Rivers; along the Touchet, Tucannon, and Grande Ronde Rivers; and in the Blue Mountains. The Walla Walla were also at the home on the lower Walla Walla River, both banks of the Columbia, the lower Snake, and the lower valley of the Yakima River. Together, these tribes used and managed the diverse topography and habitats of the region to reap great varieties of foods from the Cascade Mountains to the Bitterroot Mountains and from the Blue Mountains to the Spokane River. Salmon, trout, suckerfish, sturgeon, freshwater mussel, lamprey, deer, bighorn sheep, antelope, moose, elk, goat, bison, bear, prairie chicken, sage hen, jackrabbit, and cottontail complemented the variety of roots, spring greens, and berries that were harvested, processed, and stored. Gathered from”as days go by” page 28

Much love from me, Cinni, Simon & His Cayuse family

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Healing Lodge provides youth residential treatment SPOKANE VALLEY, Washington – The Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations, a youth residential treatment center, has beds available for qualified youth that need intensive chemical dependency treatment. Although the Healing Lodge serves Native American youth from all over the United States, it was seven Northwest tribes that banded together in 1988 to create the facility. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation is among the

seven tribes, which also includes the Confederated Tribe of the Colville Reservation, the Spokane Tribes of Indian, the Kalispell Tribe of Idaho, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Indians, and the Nez Perce Tribe. CTUIR Board of Trustees member Woodrow Star is a delegate on the Healing Lodge Board of Directors. His alternate is Bob Shippentower. The website states that “the consortium of tribes knew that they would be the most successful if they combined their limited resources to develop one collective program rather than creating their own.” With the help of IHS, the tribes established the treatment program under the name of Inland Tribal Consortium (ITC) Youth Treatment. Once the program was established and services were expanded to all adolescents (Native or non-Native), additional funding was attracted from the State of Washington so that the program could serve youth covered by state-funded medical plans. The Healing Lodge is one of 12 Indian Health Services (IHS) regional youth treatment centers around the country. The Healing Lodge has 45 beds that serves youth ages 13 to 17. Beds are not allotted to individual tribes; rather the beds are filled on a first-come, firstserved basis. The facility has 30 beds for males and 15 for females. The most common treatment is for amphetamines, marijuana and opiates. The treatment program at the Healing Lodge is grounded in native cultural values, according to its website, which states: “By incorporating truly innovative programs that meet the youth where they’re at, treatment at The Healing Lodge reinforces daily practices that foster respect, honesty, generosity, hope, and strong cultural identification. Our programs help empower youth and enhance their lives.” Residents at The Healing Lodge may be involved in some or all of the following activities: Chemical Dependency Education and Process Groups Individual and Group Chemical Dependency and Mental Health Therapy Educational Activities Life Skills Instruction Recreational Therapy Culturally Relevant Therapy Family Education and Counseling After-Care Planning Music/Expressive Arts Activities Rites of Passage Ceremony Social Justice Curriculum For more information, the website address is To reach Healing Lodge, call toll free 888-739-9893, or 509-795-8340, or by email to

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Farrow attends physicians academy MISSION – Chelsea Farrow attended the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, Massachusetts June 25-27. Following the three-day academic honors program Farrow, who intends to become a revision-plastic surgeon, received the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence. Farrow was selected to participate in the program because of her “outstanding academic record, leadership potential and desire to contribute to the profession of medicine as a physician or medical scientist,” according to a letter from Robert Darling, M.D., the National Academy Medical Director. (Darling was White House Physician to President Bill Clinton and director of the Navy Medicine Office of Homeland Security.) Chelsea Farrow, left, met “It’s not every day you Rebecca Bower, a Pendleton get a letter in the mail from High School student, at the Cambridge inviting you to academy. attend something like this, so it was a once in a lifetime thing,” said Farrow At the Congress, which took place at the Tsongas Center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Farrow and other high school students discussed and observed state-of-the-art diagnostic tools. They also viewed surgery and had an opportunity to submit questions for the surgeon. Additionally, Congress participants came face-toface with winners of the Nobel Prize, award-winning inventors and scientists, prominent medical school deans, leaders in medicine, and medical futurists. “Seeing the people there that had started their careers when they were my age was really eye opening and it tells me that I can actually do things that I want to do, that age isn’t a restriction,” said Farrow.

Justin Quaempts only local winner at WRC Summer Poker Rodeo MISSION – With over 1,000 entries into the annual Wildhorse Resort & Casino Summer Poker Rodeo, one Mission local – Justin Quaempts – placed in the top five of two separate games. During the five day event that was held July 19-23 there was over $225,000 that was given away. The largest pot of $84,230 attracting the highest number of competitors – 278 total.

Chelsea Farrow had a chance to do some sight seeing, including a stop at Fenway Park.

Chelsea is the daughter of Patty Farrow and Matt Farrow Jr., and granddaughter of Glo Jim and the late Daniel Jim and Judy Farrow and Matt Farrow Sr.

Below are the daily winners: July 19, No-Limit Hold’em - 1, Angel Iniquez, Richland, Wash., $5,371. 2, Tim Still, Richland, Wash., $4,065. 3, Steve Smith, Eaton, Wash., $2,982. 4, To m S c h u l t h e i s , Colton, Wash., $2,116. 5. Justin Monk, Spokane Valley, Wash., $1,473. July 20, No-Limit Hold’em - 1. Daniel Johnson, Meridian, Idaho, $7,457. 2, Jorge Canada, Kennewick, Wash., $5,625. 3, Alex Earle, Spokane, Wash., $4,110. 4, Michael Foti, Tigard, Ore., $3,034. 5, King S. Moy, La Grande, Ore., $2,155. July 21, Limit Hold’em - 1. Dick Turner, Ellensburg, Wash., $11,365. 2, Rich Hampton, Pendleton, Ore., $8,600. 3, Michell Johnson, Kennewick, Wash., $6,305. 4, Justin Quaempts, Mission, Ore., $4,470. 5, Bryce Clark, Powell Butte, Ore., $3,201. July 21, Turbo No-Limit Hold’em – 1, Michael Young, Pendleton, Ore., $3,726. 2, David Smith, Boise, Idaho, $2,820. 3, Joan Turchin, Sammamish, Wash., $2,068. 4, Ben Wolf, Lincoln City, Ore., $1,469. 5, Ryan Roskowski, Bend, Ore., $1,024. July 22, No-Limit Hold’em – 1, Kim Wood, Salem, Ore., $19,425. 2, Matthew Ostby, Kennewick, Wash., $14,747. 3, Binh Nguyen, Spokane, Wash., $10,853. 4, Steven Myers, Portland, Ore., $7,743. 5, Michael Foti, Tigard, Ore., $5,416. July 23, No-Limit Hold’em – 1, Gunner Gunderson, Walla Walla, Wash., $2,414. 2, Nickolas North, Middleton, Idaho, $1,8360. 3, Dave Smith, $1,398. 4, Justin Quaempts, Mission, Ore., $1,025. 5, Dung Ngo, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, $744.

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Meth impacts everyone in Indian Country The Behavioral Health Prevention program at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center will be conducting a six month article series regarding methamphetamine and its effects. Methamphetamine, commonly referred to as meth, is detrimentally impacting tribal communities across the nation. According to the Methamphetamine in Indian Country: An American Problem Uniquely Affecting Indian Country, “Native Americans now experience the highest meth usage rates of any ethnic group in the nation.” The impact is not only on the individual, but on children, family members, elders, community resources, financial resources, and law enforcement. Over the next few months, information discussing this impact will be featured with resources to support community, family, and individuals who may be struggling with a meth addiction. According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 1.2 million people (0.4 percent of the population) reported using methamphetamine in the past year, and 440,000 (0.2 percent) reported using it in the past month.

What is Methamphetamine?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), methamphetamine is a highly potent, highly addictive, stimulant drug usually used as a white, bitter-tasting powder or a pill. In addition, crystal methamphetamine is a form of the drug that looks like glass fragments or shiny, bluish-white rocks. Beyond its devastating effects on individual health, methamphetamine abuse threatens whole communities, causing new waves of crime, unemployment, child neglect or abuse, and other social ills. A 2009 report from the RAND Corporation noted that methamphetamine abuse cost the Nation approximately $23.4 billion in 2005. But the good news is that methamphetamine abuse can be prevented and addiction to the drug can be treated. People can and do recover over time if they have ready access to effective treatments that address


the multitude of problems resulting from their abuse of methamphetamine, according to NIDA.

How else is meth referred to?

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) lists the following as alternative names meth is called on the streets as, Batu, Bikers Coffee, Black Beauties, Chalk, Chicken Feed, Crank, Crystal, Glass, Go-Fast, Hiropon, Ice, Meth, Methlies Quick, Poor Man’s Cocaine, Shabu, Shards, Speed, Stove Top, Tina, Trash, Tweak, Uppers, Ventana, Vidrio, Yaba, Yellow Bam.

How is meth used?

Methamphetamine comes in several forms and can be smoked, inhaled (snorted), injected, or orally ingested. The preferred method of abusing the drug varies by geographical region and has changed over time. Smoking methamphetamine is currently the most common way of ingesting it, according to Community Epidemiology Work Group (CEWG) data from NIDA. Smoking or injecting methamphetamine puts the drug very quickly into the bloodstream and brain, causing an immediate, intense “rush” and amplifying the drug’s addiction potential and adverse health consequences. The rush, or “flash,” lasts only a few minutes and is described as extremely pleasurable. Snorting or oral ingestion produces euphoria—a high, but not an intense rush. Snorting produces effects within 3 to 5 minutes, and oral ingestion produces effects within 15 to 20 minutes. As with many stimulants, methamphetamine is most often abused in a “binge and crash” pattern. Because the pleasurable effects of methamphetamine disappear even before the drug concentration in the blood falls significantly, users try to maintain the high by taking more of the drug. In some cases, abusers indulge in a form of binging known as a “run,” foregoing food and sleep while continuing to take the drug for up to several days.

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What does meth do?

According to the DEA, Long-term meth use results in many damaging effects, including addiction. Chronic meth abusers exhibit violent behavior, anxiety, confusion, insomnia, and psychotic features, including paranoia, aggression, visual and auditory hallucinations, mood disturbances, and delusions — such as the sensation of insects creeping on or under the skin. Such paranoia can result in homicidal or suicidal thoughts. Researchers have reported that as much as 50% of the dopamine-producing cells in the brain can be damaged after prolonged exposure to relatively low levels of meth. Researchers also have found that serotonin-containing nerve cells may be damaged even more extensively. Affect on body Taking even small amounts of meth can result in increased wakefulness, increased physical activity, decreased appetite, rapid breathing and heart rate, irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, and hyperthermia (overheating). High doses can elevate body temperature to dangerous, sometimes lethal, levels as well as cause convulsions and even cardiovascular collapse and death. Meth abuse may also cause extreme anorexia, memory loss, and severe dental problems.

What can you do?

“American Indians have been especially hard hit by meth. Drug cartels have targeted Indian Country because the people are vulnerable, and law enforcement struggles to keep up,” according to the Associated Press. Knowing what to do can be a difficult situation as loved ones are hoping with the best intentions to help their child, relative, friend, or co-worker but may feel a variety of emotions of how that will impact the person they are close to or care about. If you suspect a child, relative, friend and/or co-worker is struggling with a meth addiction or is abusing those around them to gain access to this drug, please contact your local health authority or law enforcement.

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They say 65 is the new 45

And Miss Kitty still has the moves to prove it! Happy Birthday from all of us, we love you!

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Waco volunteers return to Reservation MISSION - Volunteers from Waco, Texas, returned to the Umatilla Indian Reservation for another summer of work. A total of 28 volunteers arrived July 24 from the First Baptist Hewitt Church including the Texas youth as well as three from Mississippi. The group plans to be here for five weeks. The group has painted the gym and its parking lot. They pulled weeds and repainted the senior center parking lot. They have also done yard work and repainted the parking lot around the Tutuilla Presbyterian Church. In the last week of July, the group repainted Cay-Uma-Wa classrooms as well as rooms at Leo Stewart’s house, and they helped around Chief Carl Sampson’s yard too. Volunteer Han Nguyen, 18, recently

Michael Harris and Aija Stanford take a close look at paint job while repainting Cay-Uma-Wa classrooms. CUJ photo/Lennox Lewis

graduated from high school in Waco. This is the fourth time she has visited the reservation. “I’ve really enjoyed seeing the similari-

ties to the importance of language and tradition that goes through the community. Since I’m Asian, I know there’s always a cultural difference between Asian culture and American culture so it’s nice to get another outlook and perspective,” said Nguyen. This is the first trip to Eastern Oregon for Michael Harris, 16. It is also the first time he has been a volunteer for the First Baptist Hewitt group. “I really learned a lot just being here within these few days. I always wanted to come to Oregon with the group,” Harris said. “Just being here I’ve gotten to see first of all a beautiful landscape and second a greater understanding of what reservations are like. I’ve never stepped foot on a reservation so it’s an eye opening experience for me.”


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31 men needed to promote DV Awareness Month

MISSION – Family Violence Services (FVS) is looking for 31 men to speak out during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. “The idea is that these men come from different walks of life, they are different ages, with different professions, but all share the common goal of speaking up to prevent violence and abuse,” said Donyale Jackson in the FVS for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Volunteers are being asked to write a short paragraph why they do not tolerate domestic violence. Photos of the men and their paragraph will be included in the October Confederated Umatilla Journal. “If you know a gentleman who does not tolerate domestic violence and works hard in living a healthy relationship with his partner and you would like to have him featured send in or call with his information and we will contact him to

see if he would be willing to take part,” Jackson said. Or, those men who would like to be featured can email, fax, mail or drop off the following information: name, employer, job title and the paragraph. FVS can take a photo if needed. Deadline for paragraph and photos is Aug. 31. Jackson offered the following information to honor Domestic Violence Awareness Week: “Domestic violence thrives when we are silent, but if we take a stand and work together we can end domestic violence. Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another loved one. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate,

humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone. “A healthy relationship is an evolving relationship; each partner is learning and growing through the relationship. Having open, honest and safe communication is an important part of a healthy relationship. The first step to building a relationship is making sure both partners understand each other’s needs and expectations - being on the same page is very important. That means you have to talk to each other! Disagreements

are a natural part of healthy relationships, but it’s important that you find a way to compromise if you disagree on something. Try to solve conflicts in a fair and rational way. Offer reassurance and encouragement to each other. Your partner’s wishes and feelings have value, and so do yours. Let your significant other know you are making an effort to keep their ideas in mind. Mutual respect is essential in maintaining healthy relationships. Healthy relationships are about building each other up, not putting each other down.”

Liquor ban? Sales boom in Nebraska towns

WHITECLAY, Neb. (AP) - Some Nebraska communities near a South Dakota Native American reservation where alcohol is banned have seen liquor sales boom since beer stores shuttered at a tiny nearby village that long served as the reservation’s watering hole, according to figures from the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission. The agency asked for data from distributors after ordering an end to beer

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sales in the community of Whiteclay in April. The figures show that overall beer sales in northwestern Nebraska counties have declined, but specific towns have seen liquor sales more than triple. Whiteclay is next to the Pine Ridge Reservation. Rushville, a town about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Whiteclay, reported more than 3,700 gallons of beer in April and nearly 13,000 gallons in June.

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Hip-hop artists Tony! Toni! Tone! will perform Sept. 21. Award-winners Sawyer Brown will play Wildhorse Oct. 7.

Wildhorse books hard rock, hip-hop and country MISSION – Wildhorse Resort & Casino has released their fall concert lineup. Dokken, an American metal band, will perform on Aug. 31. Formed in 1978 and nominated for a Grammy in 1989, some of Dokken’s biggest hits include “Into the Fire”, “Alone Again”, and “It’s not Love”. Tickets are currently on sale for $29 each. The Dokken concert will be a stand-up venue with no tables or chairs in the room. Performing Sept. 21 is Tony! Toni! Tonè! a 90’s hip hop band that achieved their greatest commercial success with their 1993 double plati- Grammy winner num certified album “Sons sing Nov. 18. of Soul”. Some of their well-known hits are “Feels Good”, “If I had no Loot”, and “Anniversary”. A Tony! Toni! Tonè! Pre-Funk appearance will take place in Wildhorse’s Cayuse Hall prior to the show. Tickets are currently on sale. Seven-time Country Vocal Group of the Year, Sawyer Brown, will hit the Wildhorse stage on Oct. 7. To date, the band has released 20 studio albums and more than 50 of their singles have entered the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Some of their best known songs

are “Some Girls Do”, “The Race is On”, and “Six Days on the Horizon”. Tickets are currently on sale and standing room only is expected. Wrapping up the fall lineup on Nov. 18 is Grammy Winner and Country Superstar Travis Tritt, performing in an intimate acoustical show. Tritt has released 11 studio albums, had five number one hit songs, landed on the top charts more than 40 times and has taken home two Grammy’s. Some of his biggist hits include “It’s a Great Day to be Alive”, “Here’s a Quarter”, an Travis Triff will “I’m Gonna be Somebody”. Tickets are currently on sale now. All shows begin at 8 p.m. and guests must be 21 years of age or older. Tickets can be purchased at or in person at the Wildhorse Gift Shop. Wildhorse is located just off I-84 at exit 216, four miles east of Pendleton, Ore. The Resort features a 24-hour casino, hotel, RV Park, seven restaurants, a five-screen cineplex, 18-hole championship golf course, travel plaza and tribal museum. Wildhorse is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

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After School children learn to dig, practice Walla Walla language

Monday thru Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-2 Linda Sampson and the After School children translate words that describe digging from English to the Walla Walla tribal language.


Community Day/Reunion Weekend 2017 Friday, August 18 • Class Reunion & Community Dinner @ Pilot Rock High School

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Saturday, August 19 • 8am Yard Sales, maps will be available Friday afternoon (City Hall 541-443-2811) • 8am Vendors set up • 8:30am Horseshoe Tournament @ City Park (Jason Bedard 541377-9789) • 9am Stick Horse Rodeo (Lea Van Houten 541-240-1961) • 11am Children games and activities • 1pm Weiner Dog Races (Jackie Carey 541-443-8551) • 2-4pm Car & Auto Show (Sheila Buckley 541-969-0830) • 3pm Great Duck Race (Nancy Hinkle 541-379-1950) • 3:30pm The Rock Walk, history poker walk (Mary Ann Low 541379-4972) • 5-6pm Barnyard Bingo (Mary Ann Low 541-379-4972) • 6pm Parade (Sheila Buckley541-969-0830, Virginia Carnes 541969-6033) Parade Route: Starting at Fire Station, down Cherry St, Main St, down Birch St to 8th, up Cedar St, back to Fire Station. • 7pm-12 midnight Beer Garden and entertainment

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Feds lift protections for grizzly bears in Yellowstone region HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. government lifted protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region on July 31, though it will be up to the courts to decide whether the revered and fearsome icon of the West stays off the threatened species list. More than a month after announcing grizzlies in and around Yellowstone Na-

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tional Park are no longer threatened, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially handed over management of the approximately 700 bears living across 19,000 square miles (49,210 sq. kilometers) in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming to wildlife officials in those states. The ruling does not apply to the approximately 1,000 bears living farther north in the Northern Continental Divide area that includes Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Not much is expected to immediately change as a result of the handover. State wildlife officials have been working for decades to protect the bears as their population grows and their range expands farther away from the oldest U.S. national park, and they say they will continue to do so. Federal wildlife officials will also monitor the states for five years and re-impose protections if the population drops below 500 bears. The bears were determined to be a threatened species in 1975 after hunting and trapping in the 1800s and early 1900s nearly wiped them out.

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Toastmasters elect new officers Cay-Uma-Wa Toastmasters Past President Pam Peterson is passing the club leadership to Karen Malcolm for the next year. Peterson will become the new Area Director for District 9 Area B3. The Toastmasters elected officers and recently had a swearing-in ceremony. Toastmasters exists to help members grow in public speaking and leadership roles. Meetings are held at noon Wednesdays in the Wildhorse Resort & Casino (WRC) Birch Room. New Cay-Uma-Wa Toastmasters officers include, from left, Mary Halfmoon, vice president of membership; Roy Jones, vice president of public relations; Gary Hildebrand, sergeant at arms; Jan Taylor, vice president of education; Karen Malcolm, president; Pam Peterson, treasurer; and Christina Barkley, secretary.

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Board of Trustees minutes The following are summaries of Board of Trustees minutes. They are not complete minutes, nor are they the minutes of the work sessions in which the BOT discussions and debates issues before voting in an open session. The summaries are presented here as they are provided, without CUJ editing.

DATE: June 26, 2017 BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Rosenda Shippentower, Treasurer; Kathryn Brigham, Secretary; Aaron Ashley, Member; Armand Minthorn, Member; Woodrow Star, Member, and Alan Crawford, General Council Chairman. Full Quorum. Old Business. 1) Ratify Polled Resolution 17-035. Topic: Portland Harbor Programmatic EIS and Restoration Plan. RESOLVED, the Board declares its support for the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement/Restoration Plan issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and authorizes the Chairman to sign a brief letter of support expressing the Board’s approval (Exhibit 1); AND that said Resolution has not been modified, amended, or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 16th day of June, 2017. Move to ratify the BOT polled Resolution 17-035 Portland Harbor Programmatic EIS and Restoration Plan. Rosenda Shippentower moves to ratify polled resolution, Aaron Ashley seconds, Motion carries 7-0-0. 2) Ratify Polled Resolution 17-036: Topic: Head Start Grant Renewal Application. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees approves and authorizes the submission of the CayUma-Wa Head Start Renewal Grant Application #90CI009955 for the Year 2 Federal Assistance Continuation Refunding Grant Application (Exhibit 1) and 2017-2018 Budget (Exhibit 2); AND IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees authorizes the Executive Director to prepare, submit, negotiate and execute the Cay-Uma-Wa Head Start Grant #90CI009955 and with the Cay-Uma-Wa Head Start Policy Council and the Tribal Education Administration, provide periodic reports through our established process to the Board of Trustees regarding accomplishments and obstacles in such implementation; AND that said Resolution has not been modified, amended, or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 16th day of June, 2017. Move to ratify the polled Resolution 17-036 for the Head Start Grant Renewal Application. Armand Minthorn moves to ratify polled resolution, Woodrow Star seconds, Motion carries 7-0-0. 3). Ratify Polled Resolution 17-037: Topic: Spirit Mountain Community Fund Application. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby approves the submission of an application to the Spirit Mountain Community Fund (SMCF) for a grant in the amount of $150,000 for the Indian Lake Upgrade Project as identified in Exhibit 1; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby appropriates $240,780 from Tribal contingency funds as the contribution of the Confederated Tribes to the Indian Lake Upgrade Project, which appropriation is contingent upon the receipt of grant funding from the SMCF; AND that said Resolution has not been modified, amended, or repealed and is still in full force and effect. Armand Minthorn moves to ratify the polled Resolution 17-037, Woodrow Star seconds, Motion carries 7-0-0. 4). Ratify Polled Motion Appointing Executive Director Hiring Committee. On June 8 a polled motion was taken and approved by vote of 7-0-0 Executive Director hiring committee. Move to ratify poll appointing Hiring Committee for the Executive Director consisting of Human Resources Director, Kathryn Burke; Lead Attorney, Naomi Stacy; WRC CEO, Gary George; Acting Gaming Inspector, Brad Spencer; BOT Vice-Chair; Jeremy Wolf; BOT Treasurer Rosenda Shippentower; BOT Secretary, Kat Brigham and Alternate General Council Chair, Alan Crawford. Armand Minthorn moves to ratify Motion, Woodrow Star seconds, Motion carries 7-0-0. New Business: 5) Resolution 17-038: Topic: CTUIR Trust Property Lease for Whirlwind Drive. RESOLVED, that the Board supports the form and substance of the draft lease (Exhibit 1), and wishes to request review from the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs within 30 days for the purpose of finalizing this form to be used for the public purposes of residential homes, with the point of contact to be the CTUIR Office of Legal Counsel; NOW THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Office of Legal Counsel shall bring back a final version for Board approval within

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60 days of final approval by the BIA; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that said Resolution has not been modified, amended, or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 26th day of June, 2017. Armand Minthorn moves to adopt Resolution 17-038, Woodrow Star seconds, Motion carries 7-0-0. 6) Resolution 17-039: Topic: Ratify Articles of Incorporation (Timine). RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby ratifies the Timine Development Corporation Articles of Incorporation that received Secretarial approval on December 15, 2003, all as required by federal law; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, the Timine Development Corporation may be used to own or operate a Tribal enterprise when authorized by the Board of Trustees. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 26th day of June, 2017. Move to adopt Resolution 17-039. Armand Minthorn moves to adopt resolution 17-039, Rosenda Shippentower seconds, Motion carries 4 for (Armand Minthorn, Rosenda Shippentower, Kat Brigham and Woodrow Star) – 3 against (Aaron Ashley, Jeremy Wolf and Alan Crawford) – 0 abstaining. 7) Resolution 17-040: Topic: Agreement for Temporary Access to Tidewater Pipeline (Wanaket). RESOLVED, the Board of Trustees hereby approves the Agreement for Temporary Access to Tidewater Pipeline and authorizes its Chairman to execute the Agreement, or one containing substantially similar terms; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, the Board of Trustees hereby directs the Executive Director to assemble a Tribal negotiation team that includes staff from the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Economic and Community Development and the Office of Legal Counsel to negotiate a rights-ofway agreement with Tidewater that complies with Federal law, the law of the Confederated Tribes and the Wanaket conservation easement, which rights-of-way agreement 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 June, 2017. Armand Minthorn moves to adopt Resolution 17-040, Rosenda Shippentower seconds, Motion carries 7-0-0. 8) Resolution 17-041: Topic: Wanapa Road Construction. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby concurs in the selection of Apollo, Inc. (Apollo) to be the general contractor for the Wanapa Road Project; AND BE IT FURHTER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby authorizes its interim Executive Director to execute the State of Oregon’s required Intent to Award Contract to Apollo, attached to this Resolution as Exhibit 1, once the Oregon Legislature has approved an amendment to the 2013 Law authorizing the release of funds for the Wanapa Road Project that includes a road of 1 mile in length (Wanapa Amendment); AND BE IT FURHTER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby authorizes its interim Executive Director to execute the Notice of Award to Apollo, attached to this Resolution as Exhibit 2, upon approval of the Wanapa Amendment; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby approves the Construction Agreement between the Confederated Tribes and Apollo for the Wanapa Road Project and authorizes its Chairman to execute the Construction Agreement attached to this Resolution as Exhibit 3, or one containing substantially similar terms, upon approval of the Wanapa Amendment; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby authorizes its interim Executive Director to execute the State of Oregon’s required Responsibility Determination Form, attached to this Resolution as Exhibit 4, upon approval of the Wanapa Amendment; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby authorizes its interim Executive Director to execute the Notice to Proceed to Apollo for construction of the Wanapa Road Project, attached to this Resolution as Exhibit 5, upon approval of the Wanapa Amendment; AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 26th day of June, 2017. Kat Brigham moves to adopt Resolution 17-041, Armand Minthorn seconds, Motion carries 6 for (Kat Brigham, Armand Minthorn, Rosenda Shippentower, Jeremy Wolf, Aaron Ashley and Woodrow Star) – 1 against (Alan Crawford) – 0 abstaining. Other Board Action: Commission/Committee Update by Kat Brigham, BOT Secretary. Tribal Water Commission, 1 vacancy with 1 application from Kelly Long. Kat Brigham moves to reappoint Kelly Long to 2 year term on the Tribal Water Commission, Rosenda Shippentower seconds, Motion

carries 7-0-0. Terms expiring: Cheryl Shippentower, Education & Training Committee, term expires on August 3. Brenda Shippentower, Enrollment Commission, term expires on August 26. Timothy Nitz, Umatilla Culture Coalition, term expires on August 10. Kat Brigham moves to send letters notifying members of expiration of terms and advertise for the vacancies, Armand Minthorn seconds, Motion carries 7-0-0. Will continue to advertise for: 1 position for Housing Commission – 4 year term, meet on 3rd Tuesday @ 9AM. 2 positions for Tiicham Conservation District – 2 year term, meet 2nd & 4th Tuesday @ 1pm. Move to continue to advertising for vacancies. Motion carries 7-0-0. All application will be due Monday, July 24 by 4:00 PM. A BOT work session will be scheduled Friday, July 28 at 8:30 AM to review applications and will take action on the application appointments on Monday, July 31. 2017 CTUIR budget for YTHC’s Behavioral Health Program. Kat Brigham moves that the Board of Trustees approve the use of the $105,000 in the 2017 CTUIR budget for YTHS’s Behavioral Health Program. The funds are available to address needs related to alcohol and drug abuse and prevention. At a work session on June 28th, the BOT, met with YTHC staff to discuss the proposed use of the 2017 Alcohol and Drug Funding from the CTUIR. The BOT supports YTHS’s proposed spending plan for the 2017 funds and direct Finance to release the funds, Rosenda Shippentower seconds, Motion carries 7-0-0. BOT Travel Reports. 1) Aaron Ashley to Oregon City, May 24-26 to tour Willamette Falls Project. BOT decided to hear all the listed trip reports only from June 10 since some BOT member may have read them already. It was also noted that there was not BOT meeting for almost the whole month of June. 2) Alan Crawford, June 22-23 at Warm Springs to attend Four Chairs meeting. Gary Burke and Jeremy Wolf give a verbal report. 3) Kat Brigham, June 21 to attend W3MP Planning meeting. 4) Woodrow Star, gave verbal report on a meeting he at Bear Paw Battlefield NPS from Jun 22-24 at Omak, WA. Armand Minthorn also attended the meeting gave a verbal report stating a suggestion was made to have next 2 day meeting at CTUIR in Aug. and Sept. 2-3 to include descendants. Kat Brigham moves to approve reports, Woodrow Star, Motion carries 7-0-0. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Alan Crawford, July 30-Aug. 3 for TERO conference at Kah-Nee-Tah. 2) Jeremy Wolf, Personal Leave, July 12-13 and Personal Leave, June 30 at 1:30 pm. 3) Rosenda Shippentower, polled travel to Warm Springs on June 23-25. 4) Kat Brigham, polled travel to Washington DC on July 10-14. Rosenda Shippentower requested to add Armand Minthorn’s polled June travel request to this list. 5) Armand Minthorn Personal Leave, June 20-22; June 22-24 to Omak, Wash for Bear Paw Battlefield meeting; June 27-28 to Salem, Ore, Dept. of Corrections Summit, and June 29th for Gov. to Gov. meeting with Oregon. Move to approve leave requests. Armand Minthorn moves to approve leave requests, Aaron Ashley seconds, Motion carries 7-0-0.

DATE: July 3, 2017 BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Rosenda Shippentower, Treasurer; Kathryn Brigham, Secretary; Aaron Ashley, Member; Woodrow Star, Member, and Alan Crawford, General Council Chairman. Armand Minthorn, Member on personal leave. Quorum present. Old business: none. Resolution 17-042: None. Other Board Action: None. BOT Travel Reports. 1) Rosenda Shippentower to Warm Springs from June 23-25 to attend annual Treaty Day Dinner and event. Kat Brigham moves to approve report, Woodrow Star seconds, Motion carries 6-0-0. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Gary George, 2 travel requests: National Gamblers Problem Conference at Portland from July 18-21 and Oregon Tribal Gaming Association meeting at Coos Bay on July 26-37. 3) Rosenda Shippentower, personal leave on July 5. 3) Woodrow Star (verbal request) Personal leave July 6. Kat Brigham moves to approve leave requests, Woodrow Star seconds, Motion

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DATE: July 10, 2017 BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Rosenda Shippentower, Treasurer; Aaron Ashley, Member; Armand Minthorn, Member; Woodrow Star, Member, and Alan Crawford, General Council Chairman. Kathryn Brigham, Secretary on travel. Quorum present. Old Business. None. Resolution 17-042: Topic: Fiscal Management Policy. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby adopts the amendments to the Fiscal Management Policies as set forth in Exhibit 1 to this resolution; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Director are authorized to take all actions necessary to implement policy changes adopted by this resolution. AND that said Resolution has not been modified, amended, or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 10th day of July, 2017. Move to adopt Resolution 17-042. Armand Minthorn moves to adopt Resolution 17042, Woodrow Star seconds, Motion carries 6-0-0. Resolution 17-043: Topic: Cayuse Board of Directors – McCord Robinson. Move to adopt Resolution 17-043. Armand Minthorn moves to adopt Resolution 17-03, Rosenda Shippentower seconds, Motion fails by vote of 2 for (Armand Minthorn and Rosenda Shippentower) – 4 against (Woodrow Star, Aaron Ashley, Alan Crawford, and Jeremy Wolf) – 0 abstaining. Resolution 17-044: Topic: Election Code Amendments. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby adopts the amended Tribal Election Code attached to this Resolution as Exhibit 1, with all new language underlined and all deleted language lined through; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby determines that the attached Election Code amendments shall go into effect immediately and shall be applied to the Tribal General Election in November 2017; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees directs the Tribal Planning Office and the Office of Legal Counsel to prepare and submit amendments to accommodate political campaign signs in the Sign Code provisions in Chapter 18 of the Land Development Code to the Natural Resource Commission to initiate the amendment process. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 10th day of July, 2017. Alan Crawford move to adopt Resolution 17-044, Rosenda Shippentower seconds, Motion carries 6-0-0. Resolution 17-045. Topic: Agreement for Project Management Services for Tribal Education Facility Project. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby approves the Project Management Services Agreement between the Confederated Tribes and Wenaha Group, Inc. for the Tribal Education Facility Project, attached to this Resolution as Exhibit 1C; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby authorizes its Chairman to execute the attached Agreement; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby authorizes the use of funds appropriated for the Tribal Education Facility Project in Resolution 16-021 to pay for the Wenaha Group, Inc. services under the attached Agreement. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 10th day of July, 2017. Woodrow Star moves to adopt Resolution 17-045, Rosenda Shippentower seconds, Motion carries 6-0-0. Other Board Action: e. Letter of request to Bureau of Indian Affairs Northwest Regional Director. CTUIR requests Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission be included in all distributions of materials and meeting invitations regarding the In Lieu Treaty Fishing Access Committee. Jeremy Wolf moves that BIA include CRITFC in all distributions of materials and meeting invitations regarding the In Lieu Treaty Fishing Access Committee, Armand Minthorn seconds, Motion carries 4 for (Jeremy Wolf, Armand Minthorn, Aaron Ashley and Woodrow Star) – 2 against (Alan Crawford and Rosenda Shippentower) – 0 abstaining. BOT Travel Reports. None. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Rosenda Shippentower, Personal leave July 11 from 9am to noon. 2) Armand Minthorn verbal request for Personal leave, July 13 and 14. 3) Gary Burke verbal request for Personal leave from July 17, 18, and 19. Move to approve leave requests. Alan Crawford moves to approve leave request, Woodrow Star seconds, Motion carries 6-0-0.



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