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15 students learned the intricacies to Najavo weaving in a workshop at Crow’s Shadow. Turn to Page 12B.

Acocia Red Elk, front, and Tania Wildbill are hoping to take “Wellness Wave presents Taking Flight” across Indian Country. See more on Page 5B.

Alayna Bevis and Ella Stewart pose in front of their mural painting at Wetlands Park. For more turn to Page 17A.

Awna’ee Najera was one of the 26 Headstart graduates from Cay-Uma-Wa on June 15. More graduation photos on Page 5A.

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New hotel, bowling alley

Wildhorse gets the go By the CUJ

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Competing for honor Les Wahsise, a Yakama tribal member, competes in the senior men’s traditional dance contest at the Wildhorse Pow-wow on July 1. For more photos by Dallas Dick, go to pages 10A and 11A.

MISSION – With the intent to “re-invent” itself, Wildhorse Resort & Casino is adding a second 11-story hotel tower, a 32lane bowling alley, four more screens in the Cineplex and five new restaurants. Those amenities and more are expected to be completed by the summer of 2020. The Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) by resolution June 5 authorized a team to begin exploring financing for a loan not to exceed $85 million. Gary George, CEO at Wildhorse, said banks have indicated willingness to loan up to $137 million. However, based on what the resort currently is earning, the number was reduced to $85 million to ensure that there would be no impact to the current distribution to the Tribes. George said he believes the Phase II expansion is a “very solid project that will generate additional discretionary revenue” for the CTUIR and its programs. Further, he said, based on a feasibility study, it will increase allocations (dividends) for current and future CTUIR tribal members or, as George calls them, shareholders. The expansion is expected to create at least 100 new jobs, which would bring the total employment up to 860 during Wildhorse Expansion on page 2A

Vets join Senator

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Veterans at Sen. Ron Wyden’s Town Hall meeting on the Umatilla Indian Reservation joined him for a photo at the Nix-Ya-Wii Warriors Memorial. They include, bottom row from left,Toni Cordell, Bruce Barnes, Jennifer Olsen, Sen. Wyden, Chief Gary Burke, Antone Minthorn; back row from left, Tom Groat, Bruce Barns, Gary Chambelin, Mark Peterson, Mike Sanderson, John Wilson, and Art McConville. More on Page 4A.

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Wildhorse expansion building. It’s not going to be like a standard concrete parking garage. It will peak summer months. Even in the slower blend in with the rest of the property,” winter months the number of employees George said. would be around 760 to 800, George said. What about the view of the Blue Here’s a list of some of the main expanMountains from the Plateau Restaurant? sion items: The way it’s being designed won’t afHOTEL fect your view. Although another tower may seem “It may affect your view of Arrowlike overkill for a resort 300 miles from head,” he said. any large metro area, George is quick to WHAT NEXT? note that the old courtyard rooms (built The BOT resolution: in 1996) will be demolished and the net - authorized Wildhorse to negotiate increase will be 115 rooms. That means with Thalden Boyd Emery Architects for the overall number of rooms will be 416. design development, construction drawGeorge wouldn’t talk about occuings and to develop final project costs; pancy rates but said every weekend all - authorizes Wildhorse to begin decurrent 301 hotel rooms have been sold veloping a Request for Proposals for an out and many times more rooms would This architect rendering shows the new hotel tower on the left and the parking garage on the right. owner’s construction project representahave been sold if they’d been available. tive and a general contractor, and negotiRegional opportunities, including more ate contracts for BOT approval; conferences and conventions – even large of 16 lanes for the public and league play 120. - establishes a CTUIR team to begin during weekdays. There has been talk about serving food bowling tournaments – could draw more exploring financing options with a loan And, George said, Wildhorse wants like some of the newer theaters in larger people to the hotel. not to exceed $85 million and bring back to offer “high quality” tournaments for cities are doing, but that will depend on Toward one of those goals, two more the best financing package to the BOT bowlers from across the region. Some the cost of the project, George said. key parts of expansion to draw more for approval. GAMING patrons are a new multi-events center tribal bowling alleys have been successful CURRENT DEBT Of course all this new stuff is designed and a pow-wow/outdoor arena for con- in drawing larger Professional Bowling The current Wells Fargo loan, apAssociation (PBA) tournaments. to bring more people to the casino to certs to be located where the current old proved in May of 2014, funded the first RESTAURANTS spend more money gambling. courtyard now stands. phase of the WildT h r e e r e s t a u The expansion An outdoor horse expansion, rants, including will re-configure swimming pool and re-financed the some kind of franthe floor to add 300 Expansion Schedule Wildhorse Phase II will connect to the Nixyaawii Goverchise company, will more slot machines multi-events center Expansion *Present design and preliminary costs to nance Center and be located in a small that will bring the and face a stage in CTUIR Board of Trustees and General the Tamastslikt food court. George total to 1,500. Anthe new outdoor *11-story 211 room tower (172 standard, Council for approval Cultural Institute. said Wildhorse has other half dozen 37 suites, 2 executive suites) arena. *Retain construction owner’s representative Currently Wild*Re-configuration of gaming floor for “reached out to a tables will bring the – third quarter 2017 BOWLING ALmore slots and table games horse is paying $6.7 couple” franchises total to 20. *Hire general contractor – third quarter 2017 LEY *Additional 4 screens at Cineplex *Develop Wildhorse detailed expansion cost million a year toalready. He named To date, George The idea for a *32-lane bowling alley estimates – first quarter 2018 ward the expansion a handful of well- said, the previous 32-lane bowling al*Events center *Secure Expansion Project funding – first debt, which comes known fast-food four expansions *Pow-wow/outdoor arena (shell only) ley has been tossed or second quarter 2018 due in May 2019 h a m b u r g e r a n d have been “very *Outdoor pool around for two or *Expansion construction begins – second *Spa and salon with a balloon paynoodle outfits. s u c c e s s f u l ” a n d quarter 2018 three years after *Office space – Wildhorse Resort & ment of $7.7 mil*Expansion construction completed – secA fourth restauWildhorse “expects Pendleton’s bowlCasino and Gaming Commission ond quarter 2020 lion. rant will serve pato have the same ing alley closed. *Parking garage – customer and staff “By the time we trons of the bowling success.” parking When Pendlenegotiate the new alley and the movie PARKING *5 new restaurants ton’s bowling alley loan, Wildhorse’s theater. Where are all closed, then-BOT old loan will be close to being paid off,” And t he fift h these people going to park? treasurer Aaron George said. “This new loan should not eatery will be a sitWell, the current pavement isn’t going Hines - an avid impact the current distribution to the down affair overto spread across the landscape. bowler - suggested CTUIR and should be repaid within looking the swimming pool. It will have “We want to quit building surface and bowling at Wildhorse. start building up,” George said. “Other- seven years when the expansion project is George said he and others visited a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. completed and ready for full operation.” CINEPLEX wise it’ll be nothing but black top.” several casinos that have successful TIMELINE The theater changes are straight forInstead, a parking garage for custombowling alleys. Those casinos were atThis process will extend through the ward. Add four more screens so more ers and staff is planned at the site of the tracting large tournaments with people balance of 2017 and into the first two movies can be offered. current pow-wow grounds to the south who tended to gamble as well. quarters of 2018. However, George said, they will be of the Cineplex. The bowling alley visits actually led to If everything goes smoothly, George Will that mess up the site visibility the entire expansion project, George said. “more elegant.” said, construction could begin in the sumThe state-of-the-art theaters will ac- from the freeway? The new bowling alley at Wildhorse “The design will match the casino mer of 2018 and finish in 2020. likely will be configured with two sets commodate audiences of approximately Continued from page 1A

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CUJ News TAPP: Disproving myths, embracing culture By the CUJ

PENDLETON – The demolition of the dated redbrick structure and construction of the new state-of-the art Washington Elementary School, and the addition of names in Umatilla and Nez Perce languages on classroom doors and on the rear ends of school buses are more than symbols. “The demo of the old building, the proverbial culture of the school … it’s like a new beginning, new language, families are seeing the district embrace the tribal culture,” said Brent Spencer, the Family Advocate for the Tribal Absenteeism Pilot Project (TAPP), which is ending after a year. TAPP follows a number of other things that have occurred at Washington and other schools throughout District 16R as it tries to improve relations with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. For example, monthly meetings are being held between the Department of Children and Family Services for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, Spencer, Washington Principal Aimee Van Nice, Title 6 Counselor Rachel Guardipee, and Title 7 Coordinator Corrina Robinson. Also, Modesta Minthorn, the CTUIR Education Department Director, and Lloyd Commander, Youth Services and Recreation Program manager, meet monthly with Matt Yoshioka, Interim Pendleton School District 16R Superintendent, and on occasion Spencer. The group currently is focusing on tribal curriculum. Last year, former Assistant Superintent Tricia Mooney pushed to provide CTUIR flags in every classroom throughout the school district. There is a Umatilla Dictionary in every classroom – again promoted by the district. And District 16R meets annually on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Spencer confirmed the obvious: children who don’t show up or are late for classes at Washington can seldom be blamed. Rather, it’s more than likely an adult at fault. It’s other perceptions that were disproven that could make a difference in how attendance – or abseentism - is approached in future years, according to Spencer. For example, school officials can no longer buy the excuse that where kids live has anything to do with when or if they get to class. “We disproved our previous perceptions about geographics and busing,” said Spencer. “I rode the bus and found that location had no bearing on attendance.” However, ride time still is an issue for some children and adjustments need to be made. Like one first grader

Jubal Hoisington, Cashis Bevis and Teegan Herrera end of the year tug of war at Washington Elementary School in Pendleton. The majority of young members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation attend the first-through-fifth school. This is the first classes in newly built school, which this year added Umatilla and Nez Perce signage at all rooms.

who was on the bus for an hour from pickup to drop off. “It’s a continual battle for Mid-Co to have enough drivers,” said Superintendent Yoshioka. “Mid-Co had to combine routes. The fact is if you live outside the Pendleton city limits you’re going to have long bus rides, unfortunately.” Spencer said some of the worst offenders are students who live in reservation housing projects “no more than 100 yards from the bus stop.” Those kids complain about buses being too crowded but Spencer found buses sometimes only half full. “It disproves the overcrowding reason that some use for not wanting to ride the bus in the mornings,” Spencer said. “We also find chronic absent siblings in the same household. Sometimes they are in the same school, sometimes in the Early Learning Center, they may be in the middle school.” Spencer said it tells him that absenteeism “goes beyond

a kid not getting up in the morning.” That’s why TAPP has pointed out the need for “wraparound” services that can address issues such as family crisis. There are many untangibles, but one of the ways TAPP has seemingly worked is by gaining trust among students and their families. “Parent night started with 14 people and at the end of the year we had 40,” said Yoshioka. “That might not seem like a lot but it showed a change in attitude from the kids. We don’t want to one and done with this program. We want to continue trust with the new kids and new parents.” Spencer said family participation will result in better attendance. “A lot of our parents didn’t have the most positive experience in Pendleton schools. This gives me the opportunity to reach out on the district’s behalf,” Spencer said. Teachers, too, are in on the effort. “It’s important to see staff greeting families and students,” Spencer said. Teachers have embraced the opportunity to improve relationships with children and their parents. “On the last day of school I already had teachers asking me if I was coming back, if TAPP was refunded,” Spencer said. “The kids are looking forwared to the incentive program and the teachers have been at every event.” Yoshioka said teachers send postcards to children who are absent telling them “We miss you” or telling them they missing out on something and “We hope to see you back.” Another result of TAPP has been a change in the excused absence policy. This year, for example, children attending First Foods gathering or Root Feast were not marked absent. It was counted as a school activity. “It’s an important cultural event, and educational opportunity,” said Yoshioka, noting the policy is district wide. The student is still expected to make up work but teachers approach it differently than they would if it were an unexcused absence. TAPP helped Spencer create an at-risk list of students. If any on the list didn’t show up at school Spencer called the family. Some had automatic visits, “knocks and talks,” Spencer calls them. “He’s not a truancy officer,” Yoshioka said. “Sometimes they’ve turned off the lights and pulled the curtains. He’s not there to yell. He’s there to offer assistance.” Whether or not TAPP funding is renewed is up to the Oregon Legislature and Governor Kate Brown. The new budget is expected to be released sometime this month.

Tribal language takes official place at Washington PENDLETON – Tribal language signage was officially unveiled at an open house at Washington Elementary School in Pendleton June 14. About 50 people, mostly families from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), turned out for the event, which was part of the Tribal Absenteeism Pilot Project (TAPP). Matt Yoshioka, Interim Pendleton School District 16R Superintendent, and Washington Principal Aimee Van Nice made brief remarks before Brent Spencer, TAPP family advocate, introduced CTUIR representatives. CTUIR Board of Trustees Secretary Kat Brigham, Education Department Director Modesta Minthorn, and Youth Services and Recreation Program manager Lloyd Commander, attended. Van Nice introduced several Washington teachers who attended the event in the school’s new gym and tribal drummers performed a flag/honor song. Ramona Halcomb, Oregon Department of Education Indian Education Specialist, provided comments on the TAPP project and read a letter from Dr. Salam Noor, ODE Deputy Superintendent. Halcomb, a former CTUIR Education director, quoted

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Noor: “What better way to restore trust and revitalize the Umatilla and Weyíiletpu (Nez Perce) languages by infusing language at Washington Elementary. Truly this step will engage young people who want to learn more about their culture, identity and language. “Washington Elementary is taking a courageous step in creating an environment that honors the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservations cultures and values. We look forward to witnessing how this TAPP effort will increase the student outcomes in the future.” People at the open house walked through the school and viewed the signage, and shared a catered meal in the school cafeteria. The TAPP project was paid in part by a state grant through ODE and a partnership with the CTUIR and Pendleton School District (PSD). “This is a remarkable undertaking for Washington and shows the CTUIR and PSD commitment to creating a culturally responsive learning environment for our tribal students and families,” said Spencer. Hiyuum Nowland, son of Jess and Trinette Nowland, points to tribal words marking a restroom at Washington Elementary School.

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CUJ News Tovey takes job with Land Tenure Foundation By the CUJ

PENDLETON – Dave Tovey, the former Executive Director for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, is working under contract with the Indian Land Tenure Foundation, a national, community-based organization serving American Indian nations and people in the recovery and control of their rightful homelands. Tovey left his job with the CTUIR in February 2017 and accepted the position with ILTF after considering and turning down several other offers that would have taken him out of town. “My family is here, my wife, everything I love. My prime objective was to find a way to work from Pendleton. You never know when the earth is going to get pulled from under your feet. But it warms my heart to realize that maybe I do have some skills and gratefully I have

a deep network across Indian Country.” As it turned out, Tovey’s work with ILTF President Cris Stainbrook over the years became a mutual opportunity. “Cris led the team for our project site at Umatilla back in 1988 with First Nations Financial Project working with us on land and the farm enterprise,” Tovey said. “Since then, ILTF was established, along with the Indian Land Working Dave Tovey Group, Indian Land Capital Company. The Tribal Farm Enterprise is now among the biggest wheat producers in Oregon and the Tribes’ land staff is the envy of other Tribes with our management of realty, probate, and land

acquisition.” Essentially, Tovey is working on a special project to make a case, building on work already done through the federal Land Buy-Back Program and years of work by ILTF, that administrative costs could be reduced for the number of allottees with fractionalized land title issues. The CTUIR spent some $13 million – its share of the Land-Buy Back money – to purchase land interests from willing sellers. Those land interests became part of Tribal holdings. On the other side of the coin, Tovey said, some 2.9 million fractionized tracts across the country remain in the ownerships of thousands of individuals. “We want to give people tools to better control management of their lands,” Tovey said. Toward that end, the core piece to leverage is will writing, a service still available through ILTF.

“If you don’t have a will the probate process goes through a number of heirs and the land keeps breaking up even further,” Tovey said. “Sometimes there are hundreds, even thousands of allottees. It gets harder and harder to get an agreement on what to do with the land.” Tovey said even with the Buy-Back program, fractionalized land continues to grow at 3 percent a year when allottees die. “Each one of those small interests take up administrative costs for the Department of Interior to manage the tract, send out notices and take on more land management responsibilities,” Tovey said. Tovey said he hopes his modeling and research will “eventually get traction” so a solid case can be built. “If the federal government can see future savings and find a way to pay up front, then they will see benefits in the long run,” Tovey said.

Wyden talks health care, VA benefits, budget cuts and climate change at CTUIR Town Hall By the CUJ

MISSION – Like he’s done hundreds of times, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden on June 10 spoke to a receptive audience at a town hall meeting in Oregon, but this time he did something different. He did it on an Indian reservation. Two days after the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence he serves on probed former FBI Director James Comey about Russian interference in U.S. elections, Wyden was bouncing a basketball signed by players from the Nixyaawii Golden Eagles girls’ state championship basketball team at the Community Center gym on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Members of the team presented Wyden with the basketball and, in return, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden he presented Nixyaawii dribbles the signed ball given Community School with to him by the Nixyaawii girls an American flag that had state champions. flown over the Capitol in CUJ photo/Wil Phinney Washington, D.C. Wyden had done his homework. He knew the girls had gone undefeated, 27-0, on their way to the Class 1A state championship. He knew how to pronounce Nixyaawii. And he knew that he was preaching to a choir of more than 200 people who likely heard the answers


U. Senator Ron Wyden gestures to the crowd of mostly tribal members during his Town Hall meeting on the Umatilla Indian Reservation June 3. Sitting in the front row include, from left, Julie Taylor, Toni Cordell, Art McConville and Antone Minthorn.

they were expecting because Wyden didn’t get political. Only one pointed question was presented. It included terms like “outhouse” and “blowflies” and “stench” and Wyden deftly stepped clear of that potential mess. Instead he focused on the basics: health care, veterans services, climate change and budget cuts proposed by the administration of President Donald Trump – not necessarily in that order. Wyden, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, railed against Trump’s proposed budget, albeit noting that Presidents’ proposals always change. However, he told his audience, the proposal calls for cuts of $300 million to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, $150 million from Indian Health Services, $50 million from Indian Country housing, as well as other big whacks. “Budgets are not facts and figures on paper,” Wyden said. “They are the hopes and aspirations of real people.”

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Health care is near and dear to Wyden, who has long insisted it will take bipartisan coalitions to reach consensus on such human issues. As one might expect, he isn’t fond of any Republican desire to repeal the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. At the time of the Town Hall meeting, the GOP leaders hadn’t started meeting in secret to draft a health care plan they’d been unable to do for the eight years. (Since then, the Senate version of a health care bill has been released. It looks much like the House version that narrowly passed in the House.) However, with what he did know at the time, Wyden cautioned his older constituents, age 55-65, to expect insurance premium hikes perhaps five times as much as those of a young person. Further, Wyden said what he knew of the GOP plan would give states the ability to “punch holes” in obligations to cover pre-existing conditions by pricing individuals out of the market. Wyden on page 14

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CUJ News Volunteers needed as wildfire season looms By the CUJ

Ela Morrison jumps up to receive her graduation certificate, kupin, and shawl.

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Above, Abigayle Ford and Quincy Sams smile after being chosen for Lil Miss CayUma-Wa and Lil Cay-Uma-Wa Warrior. Below, the Cay-Uma-Wa Headstart graduating class of 2017 sit together after receiving their awards.

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MISSION – Cay-Uma-Wa Head Start celebrated its 2017 graduation on June 15 at Wildhorse Resort & Casino. The ceremony consisted of 26 graduates and 14 returning students. Each student received small graduation gifts. The boys received a vest and small hand drum while the girls received a kupin and shawl. The ceremony began with an opening prayer from Larry Begay, followed by guest speaker No’alani Malumaleumu. Her advice to the graduating class was “Always have fun and keep up the good work.” The class motto was, “Tell me, I forget, Show me, I remember, Involve me and I understand.” Following the graduation there was a dinner provided by Wildhorse Resort & Casino and a pow wow for the graduating class, family and friends. Quincy Sams won Lil Cay-Uma-Wa Warrior and Abigayle Ford won Lil Miss CayUma-Wa. CUJ photos/Sammantha McCloud

or patio fire pits. Burnside said folks should be remindMISSION – A rainy spring and the ed to keep a green strip around houses. early heat of summer forebode a crazy “A lot of homes are up around a wheat wildfire season but Tribal Fire Chief field,” he said. “They need a buffer.” Rob Burnside said his crew – with the He also advised cleaning gutters. help of others – is ready for any battles a “A lot of times an amber will drop lightning strike or a smoldering cigarette into gutters that haven’t been cleaned. might throw at them. It smolders and soon “We’ve had a good snow catches.” pack and plenty of rain and it’s Burnside said resi‘They move still green in the foothills, but dents should have fast. A little with more hot days it can go a water supply and from bad to worse in a hurry,” a shovel handy this gust of wind Burnside said. summer. and it’s off to The Tribal Fire Department The Fire Chief the races.’ has six full-time firefighters also said the obvibut because they work 48ous: Be careful with - Tribal Fire Chief hour shifts there are no more fireworks, which are Rob Burnside than two ever on duty at a notorious fire starters time, according to Ray Denny, in dry grass. the Public Safety Officer for Lastly, Burnside’s the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla pet peeve: People who “take that last Indian Reservation (CTUIR). drag and then throw out their cigarette.” Denny predicts a busy wildfire season Denny said the community should this summer. keep the safety of elders in their minds. “We’re going to need more volunteers “For elders who don’t have the ability this season, but it’s difficult to get them,” to mow their grass, mow it,” he said. Denny said. “We’ve had as many as 30 Starting this month (July), individuvolunteers. If we could get another 10 to als in the BOLSTER (Building Our Life go with the eight we have now... “ Skills Training and Employment ReadiJust like paid firefighters, volunteers ness, formerly day-labor) program will have to make a dedicated commitment, mow perimeter fire breaks around the which includes classroom work and homes of tribal members 65-years and physical training. Recently Tribal fire- older, according to Alaina Mildenberger fighters were expected to run three miles at CTUIR Public Works. Elders can get in 45 minutes with 45 pounds strapped on the list for assistance by calling 541to their backs. 429-7507. “That’s tough on an old fat man,” Burnside said wildfires burn rapidly Burnside said. and you can’t take too many safety meaThe Tribal Fire Department has a sures. mutual-aid agreement with Morrow and Even with a cell phone that gives Gilliam counties. Fire departments in firefighters immediate notification of a Pendleton, Pilot Rock, and East Umatilla fire and their location, it takes time for County have been called for assistance. volunteers to arrive, Burnside said. Even Hermiston and Heppner helped “From the time we’re called to the with a bus crash on Cabbage Hill a few time we get there, the fire has probably years ago. doubled in size and by the time we’ve If a fire gets further out of control, figured out how to fight it, it’s probably crews from the Oregon Department of doubled again. They move fast. A little Forestry and the federal Bureau of In- gust of wind and it’s off to the races.” dian Administration are available. BIA is often the first responder to wildland fires on the reservation. Last year, the Happy 2nd Birthday state forestry department called in air Pete ‘Kaytuu’ Stanger tankers to drop retardant to make sure a grass fire wouldn’t spread on land up Emigrant Hill. The Tribal Fire Department is equipped for wildland fires with two light brush fire trucks that each carry 300 gallons of water; a four-wheel drive truck that carries 400 gallons of water; and a heavy brush truck capable of hauling 1,000 gallons of water. Each carries 20 gallons of foam, which is used to suppress flames when water can’t. Anticipating a demanding fire season, outdoor burning was recently closed. That includes burn barrels and yard July 13 debris. The only exceptions are sweats or ceremonial fires, and small backyard

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ur People have had to adapt to the changing climate on these lands for thousands of years. Our stories tell us of the last ice age, the Missoula floods, and the changing temperatures the landscape and people have endured. These climate conditions were natural cycles of the earth. Over the past 650,000 years, the earth has experience seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat. Scientists have attributed the changes to small changes in the earth’s orbit that can change the amount of solar energy the earth receives. Today, all humans face climate change as caused by human progress. Around the world, the industrial revolution has contributed to carbon gas emissions as caused by the use of fossil fuels to run our manufacturing plants, provide energy, and fuel our vehicles. There are stories, barely over 60 years old, among our elder fishermen that foretold of this coming change. As the dams were being built on the Columbia River our Tribal fishermen began to notice weather pattern changes caused by impounding water behind the dams. The stoppage of free flowing water caused more frequent rainfalls and longer rainfalls along traditional fishing areas of the big river and its tributaries. There was a shift in the winds that once blew through the drying sheds that were on the shore banks of the river. The dams and these new weather patterns led to decreased fishing runs, as told by these Tribal fishermen. Across the globe we are witnessing ocean acidification, decreased snow cover, temperatures rising, warming oceans, shrinking ice sheets and glaciers, and extreme weather events. We all have to ask ourselves how we will adapt. It is becoming clear that we cannot rely on the United States government to come up with solutions. The current Administration does not believe Climate Change is real and caused by man. Therefore, they will shrink from their trust responsibility to Tribal nations. We are a relatively small reservation. Our ancestors ensured by treaty that we would have access to our first foods both on and off reservation. We need to begin reviewing and implementing climate change adaptation strategies that will continue to ensure we protect our first foods and our way of life. We need to consider energy use and how we can better harness the power of wind and solar as demonstrated at Tamastslikt. We need to look at water conservation practices and how best to protect our aquifers and wells. We need to look at how we construct our new developments to better use materials that are green and renewable, such as we are doing at the new Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. We are on a good path, but we need to increase our knowledge and understanding of how climate change will affect our lives now and for the next seven generations. There is a balance to be found, we were given a law that struck a balance between man and the natural resources we are dependent upon. We need leadership to sustain the balance. ~CFSIII

I-84 bighorns Many people motoring along the freeway near Philipi Canyon around milepost 119 east have spotted the California bighorn sheep on the rocky hillsides on the southside of the interstates. Rarely, though, do you see this many rams together. The sheep didn’t seem botherer when Brandi Bill stopped her car along the thoroughfare to take this photograph.

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CUJ News Port of Kennewick to dedicate bronzes at Clover Island By the CUJ

CLOVER ISLAND – Two bronzes – one of a grandmother in typical dress from the 18th century and a young boy in short pants wearing ear buds – will be unveiled Aug. 4 at Clover Island which lies in the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington. The grandmother, teaching the boy how to harvest tules from a pond, is a metaphor that symbolizes change, although much of the change at Clover Island occurred decades ago. It also symbolizes the growing relationship between the Port of Kennewick (Port), which is responsible for the project, and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). Members of the CTUIR Board of Trustees are expected to attend the ceremony before their annual meeting with Port officials. Tim Arntzen at the Port, said the project is more than the “piece of paper” signed as a memorandum of understanding 12 years ago. Instead, it helps me- Tim Arntzen, morializes a true friendPort of Kennewick ship meant to be “meaningful to both sides.” “It’s supposed to be something with feeling, not just a pond with statues. It’s supposed to be bigger than a wide spot in the trail,” Arntzen said. In fact, Arntzen hopes it will be a place where tribal members will come and feel comfortable. “It can be a place where tribal members can feel comfortable to stop, pull over and relax,” he said. “It’s not supposed to be a place just for non-tribal people.” The two bronzes will be about five feet apart and then perhaps another 10 to 15 feet away three story boards will spread out so people visiting the area can learn more about Clover Island. Arntzen said the stories will be “authentic” because the words are coming from the CTUIR and, specifically, Malissa Minthorn at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. “We didn’t want the Port trying to write or edit the story,” Arntzen said. “We got it in raw form and said ‘That’s pretty cool. It’s your story.’” Arntzen said contractors are trying to make the pond as authentic as possible with tules in bogs with art objects placed inside. He said cylinders have been placed in the pond to represent fish baskets. He said the bronze statues used models and “painstaking detail” for authenticity, but “we’ve taken artistic license with the fish baskets.” People walking on the sidewalk along the river to the site will have the opportunity to visit shoreline attractions. The fish baskets will draw people to come to the attraction where they can see the bronzes and read the tribal history, Arntzen said. The Port of Kennewick paid for the project.

‘We didn’t want the Port trying to write or edit the story.’

An artist’s rendering of the bronze statues of a contemporary boy and the traditional grandmother gathering tules at the Clover Island pond.

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Workers build the foundation for an artificial pond at Clover Island where two bronzes and three story boards are going up to represent the historic significance of the island to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Photos contributed by Port of Kennewick

Clover Island once active winter village CLOVER ISLAND – Before treaties, reservacontact and contemporary historic times. tions, and Columbia River dams, Clover Island Clover Island was inhabited year round, in and nearby shoreline was an active winter village part because of the abundance of fish in this area, and First Foods procurement area of the Cayuse, including salmon and eels (lamprey), but also Umatilla, and Walla Walla people. Its native steelhead, blue back, whitefish, sucker, and sturname, Ánwaš, named for “Sun” of the myth time, geon. Fishers used dip nets and swing nets, and was originally named for the area around and some fished with spears from canoes. including today’s Clover Island. According to tribal oral histories, large herds of Ánwaš, pronounced horses once grazed these ‘ON-wash’, directly translands. The area was ideal lates to ‘Sun’s place.’ The for its pastured lands, permanent village located close proximity to water, here was occupied by the habitation areas and family bands. Fishing travel corridors. for salmon, sturgeon, Many trails met here, and lamprey was done creating excellent trading nearby. It was a favored opportunities. This travel location in winter as well corridor was utilized to as in summer, although get to Bateman Island, the some moved to the Columbia Point area, and nearby mountains and to the Walla Walla area. tributaries to hunt, fish, Many people utilized this and gather the traditravel corridor to reach tional foods, medicines other resource areas such and materials along the as the mountains, and to This map from the Lewis and Clark journals shows seasonal round migration Clover Island in the early 1800s. attend social events and route. Not far from here ceremonies in other terriwas a major trading locatories. This area also was tion, which took advantage of the strategic locale in close proximity to the Peo Peo Mox Mox Tradof the confluence of the Snake, Columbia, and ing Post. In addition to Walla Walla, Wanapum, Yakima rivers. and Yakama people also lived in this area. The original island was inundated by the McTrade was an important aspect of tribal life. Nary Reservoir Project in 1954. So that it would Trading places were usually located at predomirise above the water, portions of the original nate resource areas such as large fishing sites or island were scraped off and used as fill to create river confluences. Trade usually consisted of the current “built-up island” that exists today. exchange of foods such as salmon for roots, or of The Clover Island area is considered a tradiraw materials, tools and equipment. If resources tional cultural property to Columbia River tribes weren’t available locally, trade with family or because of its uses for burial areas, ceremonies, neighboring bands and tribes made up for the village and camp habitation areas, traditional shortfall. fishing areas, horse grazing areas, a travel corHistory, Tradition & Culture articles are written and submitted by the Tamastsridor, a trade area, and social event areas in prelikt Cultural Institute and the CTUIR Cultural Resources Protection Program.

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CUJ Almanac Obituaries Edwina Mary Vivian Sheoships George Nov. 9, 1933 – June 14, 2017 Edwina “Midge” George passed away on June 14, 2017 in Omak, Washington. She was 83. Edwina was born in Pendleton, Oregon on Nov. 9, 1933. Edwina was the daughter of Edward Sheoships and Betsy Cowapoo. She was raised in Mission, Oregon, just north of St. Andrew’s Church on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Edwina attended St. Joseph’s School and Pendleton High School. When Hank George attended Chemawa Indian School, he met Edwina Sheoships. Their courtship was interrupted during the Korean War, where Hank served in the U.S. Army. In 1953, Hank returned to the states and in a civil ceremony in Toppenish, Washington, married his girlfriend, Edwina Sheoships. A few years later, after his service in the US Army, they were formally married in a Catholic Church wedding ceremony at St. Mary’s Mission. She was a devout Catholic and loved St. Andrew’s and St. Mary’s mission. They settled in Omak, where they raised their nine children and numerous foster children. Edwina is a member of the Cayuse and Walla Walla tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Edwina was a full-time loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. While small in stature, she was no doubt the matriarch of the family. Edwina was a very quiet person and told my nephews who were also very quiet, “we’re thinkers!” Perhaps more importantly, Edwina was a very passionate, loving and caring person to all who knew her and she was a friend to all who knew her! Edwina and her husband Hank had a passion for the outdoors and loved to watch their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren in all their activities, and celebrate in their success or offer word of encouragement. She always thought of everyone else before herself. In her younger days Edwina was an avid ‘Jitterbug’ dancer and later an avid bingo player. Edwina’s stories of her youthful adventures were truly amazing, rich and full of laughter, and it was an experience we all treasured. During her last few days, she told my sisters (her daughters) it was time to step aside and to let them lead the family. Edwina was preceded in death by her husband, her mother and father, her sister Gladys “Macy” Saluskin and many childhood friends. Edwina is survived by her sons, Gary (Kelly) of Pendleton, Henry ‘Bobby’ and Steve of Omak; daughters, Elaine (Kenny) Clark, Jeanne Miller, Brenda (Albert) Clark, Kim (Raymond) Gunn, Deanna (Tim) Sargent, and Wanda of Omak; grand-children, Jeremy, Jamie, Adrienne Bryan, Sarah, Ashley, Joseph, Mari, Bradley, Henry,

Rex, Brianne, Hank, Christopher, Stephanie, Tiffine, Jordan, Jade, Timmy, Faith, Quincy, Dillon, Megan; great grandchildren, Layla, Airanna, Zyrel, Kelton, Edwina, Nakoda, Rayen, Naloni, Kayla, Lawrence, Dominic, Chelsea, Sapphire, Saylor, Elizabeth, Corra, Jesse, James, Edward, Maya, Ivan, Baby Joe, Aiyanna, Madison and Little Brian; and great great-grandchild Nick. We will dearly miss her loving touch, her gentle yet reassuring guidance and her quiet vocal support for our sons, daughters, grandkids achievements; and more importantly her love of her husband, their children and their grandchildren’s children! Nathan Allen Munoz Oct. 6, 1992 – June 10, 2017 CTUIR member Nathan Allen Munoz, 24, of Pendleton passed away Saturday, June 10, 2017 in his home. A recitation of the rosary and Washat services took place on June 13 at the Tribal Longhouse The last Seven Drums took place June 14 at the Longhouse with a funeral mass at St. Andrews Catholic Church and burial at the Agency Cemetery. Mr. Munoz was born Oct. 6, 1992 in Hermiston, Oregon to Irene Munoz and Victor Sohappy. He was raised in McKay Creek on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. He loved writing his own music and rapping with his own YouTube Channel. He loved playing basketball, working out at the gym, spending time with his nieces and nephews, and being a family man. He worked for CTUIR and enjoyed it. Survivors include his mother, Irene Munoz of Eugene, Oregon; aunts Doreen and Wanda Munoz of Pendleton, uncles William “Billy” and Andy Munoz of Pendleton and Uncle Dennis Munoz Sr. of Tigard, Oregon (God Father); brother Dom Sohappy of Pendleton, sister  L’Risa Sohappy, grandmother Rose Sohappy, grandfather Steve Sohappy, aunts Vivian “Bubits” Shaw of Pendleton, Aunt Valerie “Babs” Sohappy of White Swan, Uncles Vince and Van Sohappy of Pendleton; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Florine Burke Munoz and Alfredo Munoz, and father Victor Sohappy. Sign the on-line book at www.burnsmortuary. com. David Arlen Franklin April 10, 1945 - June 2, 2017 David Arlen Franklin was born to Lorena Sams and Claude Franklin at Thornhollow, Oregon. He attended Thornhollow grade school and he graduated in 1954 from Weston High School where he excelled in and received numerous awards for his athleticism in football, basketball and track/field; and he was chosen to play in the

East/West Shriners Football Game. Arlen was a Veteran of the Navy Forces stationed on the U. S. S Cogswell. He enlisted in 1954 and was honorably discharged in 1958. He moved back to the Thornhollow/Gibbon area where he met the love of his life, Martha Quaempts, and they were married in 1961. Arlen was a hard worker, building many facilities within the Pendleton area. He assisted in the construction on the expansion of St. Anthony Hospital, helped to build the highway between Arlington/Boardman area and several highways within the Pendleton area. Arlen’s passion was horses, ranching and cattle. He assisted his uncles, neighbors and many ranchers on the tribal horse roundups each year. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed hunting, preparing and sharing the elk and deer meat and catching fish, which he shared with family, neighbors and families in need throughout the reservation. Arlen could always be seen fishing at his favorite spot at Cascade Locks, Oregon, on the scaffolds each spring and summer sharing fishing and river stories and his knowledge of the Tribal fishing treaties. Arlen is survived by his wife, Martha Franklin, children Paula Wallis (Jim), David Franklin (Sandy), grandchildren Cassandra, Jerimiah (Mindy), Josh (Ashley), Jessica, Rachael, Jacob. great grandchildren Hayden, Abi, Paityn, Paxton, Harper. In lieu of flowers please donate to the CTUIR George St. Denis Auxiliary or Tribal Fire Department in Arlen’s honor. Gerald W. Reed Nov. 9, 1930 – June 4, 2017 Gerald W. Reed died on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at his home. A Recitation of the Holy Rosary was on Sunday, June 11, 2017 and mass of Christian Burial was June 12, 2017 St. Mary’s Catholic Church with burial at the Athena Cemetery. Gerald was born on Nov. 9, 1930 to Charles and Celine Krueger Reed. He was raised at Thornhollow by his Aunt Stella Canthrell. He attended school at Thornhollow, Pendleton, and Jefferson High School in Portland, and graduated at Clark County High School in Dubois, Idaho. Returning back to Thornhollow he worked at Sigman’s Food Store, Philip’s Flower Garden and Zigman’s Flowers. Gerald got involved in politics working in Umatilla County and he worked for John Kennedy’s run for President. He also ran against Stanford Hansell for Oregon House. He moved to Portland working at many different jobs. He managed taverns for five different people becoming part owner of one while he

Save the date! What: Clover Island WIYAKUTPA The Gathering Place Event When: Friday, August 4, 2017 ~ 10:30 a.m. Where: Clover Island, Kennewick, Washington A public Ceremony to Commemorate Wiyakutpa The Gathering Place ~ “The Exchange” Art Installation ~ South Shoreline Improvements


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leased the Meacham Tavern and owned Jerry’s Meacham Lodge. At Meacham, he was an avid winter sports enthusiast using many hours during the winter snowmobiling. Returning home from Portland he became active in Tribal government serving on various committees. He was cochair of the Elders Committee of the Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest for ten years. He was a member of the Eagles, serving two times as President in Portland, Chair of Region, President of the Oregon State, and President of the Past President Association. The biggest honor was being chosen Oregon Eagles Father of the Year. He became interested in his family history and became a board member of the French Town Historical Foundation. He is survived by sisters Barbara Maximovich, Carolyn Ramsauer and Dianna Yeagen; two daughters Dixie Stecha and Donna Yeske; four grandchildren, five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, uncles and an aunt.

Public notice NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will hold the following public hearings: Variance #V-17-001 – Applicant/Owner; Gary James, 4315 NE Riverside Avenue, Pendleton, OR 97801. Mr. James requests approval from the NRC to vary 12-feet from the required 20-foot setback distance for a proposed new carport (25’ X 22’). Subject property is 10,940 square feet, zoned R-2 (General Rural), identified as Tax Lot 2900 on Umatilla County Assessor Tax Map 2N 33 06CC and currently developed with a single family residence. Variances to the provisions of the CTUIR Land Development Code (LDC) are subject to approval criteria contained in Chapter 8 and public hearing processes of Chapter 13. Variance #V-17-002 – Applicant/Owner; Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), 3012 Island Avenue, LaGrande, OR 97850. ODOT requests approval from the NRC to vary 10-feet from the required 20-foot setback distance for a proposed new salt storage shed (60’ X 100’). Subject property is 4.10 acres, zoned Ag-1 (Exclusive Farm Use), identified as Tax Lot 200 on Umatilla County Assessor Tax Map 2N 33 21A and currently developed as ODOT’s interstate highway maintenance area for gravel storage. The site contains existing gravel storage sheds, de-icer tanks and gravel piles. Variances to the provisions of the CTUIR Land Development Code (LDC) are subject to approval criteria contained in Chapter 8 and public hearing processes of Chapter 13. Land Development Code (LDC) Text Amendment #ZC-17-002 – Applicant; CTUIR Planning Office, 46411 Timine Way, Pendleton, OR. The Tribal Planning Office seeks a recommendation from the NRC to the CTUIR Board of Trustees for text amendments to the Land Development Code: changing the title of NRC to Land Protection Planning Commission (LPPC) throughout, amend Chapter 2, Definitions, §2.020.146(n)(s)(cc) and all sections of Chapter 18, Signs. Amendments to the LDC are subject to Chapter 9, Zone Change/ Amendments, and Chapter 13, Hearings. The public hearings will be held on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Nixyáawii Governance Center Wanaq’it Conference Room on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, 46411 Timíne Way, Pendleton, OR. The public is entitled and encouraged to attend the hearings and to submit oral or written testimony on the proposed amendments. To obtain further information, contact the Tribal Planning Office at, 46411 Timíne, Pendleton, Oregon, 97801 or call (541) 429-7518.

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Senior Advisory Group meeting July 7 - Senior Center at 9 a.m. Farmer’s Market token distribution July 20 - Senior Center at 8:30 a.m.- noon

July 2017

Weather Weather information summarizes data taken at the Pendleton Weather Station from June 1 to June 30. Temperature is reported in degrees Fahrenheit and time in Pacific Standard Time. The average daily temperature was 65.6 degrees with a high of 100 degrees on June 25 and a low of 39 degrees on June 11. With a departure from normal of 0.7 degrees Total precipitation to date in June was 2.15” with greatest 24hr average 1.1” June 26-26. Seven days out of the month had precipitation level greater than .01”, with three days greater than 0.10 inches, with two days greater than 0.50”, and with one day greater than 1.00”. There was a departure of 1.17" from average for the month of June. The average wind speed was 8.4 mph with a sustained max speed of 53 mph from the South West on June 26. A peak speed of 64 mph occurred from the South West on June 26. The dominant wind direction was from the South West. There were 20 clear, nine partly cloudy and one cloudy day in the month of June. Air Quality Index values remained stable in the low range throughout the month of June.

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Colby White Sr., a Yakama Indian from Usk, Washington, won the men’s traditional

dance competition. Hundreds of dancers and drummers, both big drum and hand drum, competed in the three-day pow-wow at Wildhorse Resort & Casino on the Umatilla Indian Reservation outside of Pendleton, Oregon.

Edwina Morning Owl strikes a beautiful profile as she waits for a women’s traditional dance competition. Morning Owl, from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, finished second in the division.

Under slightly cooler skies on Saturday night, Clayton Chief from

Ministickwan Cree Nation, Island Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada, was second in the men’s senior division.

Girls on the sidelines record the dances or just watch, ready to provide bottles of water to dancers on the arena floor.


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miah Burns, 6, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian eservation, is surrounded by color - including her face.

Wildhorse Pow-Wow

Dancers, drummers compete against heat

nior Boy’s Fancy – 1, Dylan Sampson, Walla Walla, Pendleton, Ore. 2, Caden Stewart, atilla, Pendleton, Ore. 3, Garian W. McDonald, Umatilla, Pilot Rock, Ore. 4 tie, Liam ebe, Blood, Toppenish, Wash. 4 Tie, Conan Foltz, Yakama, Wapato, Wash. nior Boy’s Grass – 1, Rusty McCloud, Puyallup/Dakota Sioux, Harrah, Wash. 2, Elijah nny, Warm Springs, Warm Springs, Ore. 3, Sevastran Scabby Robe, Blackfeet, Tama, a. 4, Moon Billy, Yakama, Wapato, Wash. nior Boy’s Traditional – 1 tie, Herschel Williamson, Nimiipuu, Kamiah, Idaho. 1 tie, istopher Beebe, Blood, Toppenish, Wash. 2, Bryson Wallahee, Payallup/Yalama, White an, Wash. 3, A’Tish Williams, Cayuse, Thornhollow, Ore. 4, Sheldon Joseph, Hopi/ atilla, Pendleton, Ore. nior Girl’s Fancy – 1, Valerie Scabbyrobe, Yakama, Whote Swan, Wash. 2, Keaira Wak k, Yakama, Whote Swan, Wash. 3, Katelyn Tanewasha, Warm Springs, Warm Springs, e. 4, Jada Meninick, Yakama, Toppenish, Wash. nior Girl’s Jingle – 1, Tosha McCloud, Puyallup/Dakota Sioux, 2, Alayna Bevis, Umatilla, ndleton, Ore. 3, Kailee Lefthand, Stoney Nakoda, Morley, Alberta, Canada. 4, Victoria ler, Siletz, Grande Ronde, Ore. nior Girl’s Traditional – 1, Willena Whitegrass, Meskwaki/Hochink/Blackfeet, Starr School, nt. 2, Tyla Freeman, Pawnee, Bellebue, Wash. 3, Jareen Hines, Umatilla, Adams, Ore. Frieda Delores Buck, Yakama, White Swan, Wash. en Boy’s Fancy – 1, Brian Mason George, Yakama, Toppenish, Wash. 2, Litnakapi abbyrobe, Yakama, White Swan, Wash. 3, Preston Olney, Din’e/Yakama, Winslowm Ariz. Kyal Dakota, Yakama, Toppenish, Wash. en Boy’s Grass – 1, Manny Hawley, Chippewa Creem Seattle, Wash. 2, Hampton Olney, ’e/Yakama, Winslow, Ariz. 3, Ezrah Jim, Yakama, Wapato, Wash. 4, Tyus Beebe, Blood, ppenish, Wash. en Boy’s Traditional – 1, T.J. Olney, Din’e/Yakama, Winslow, Ariz. 2, Nataos Beebe, od, Toppenish, Wash. 3, Donovan Cree-Chief, Dine, Shiprock, Wash. 4, Ethan Wallahee, kama, White Swan, Wash. en Girl’s Fancy – 1, Heaven Walsey, Yakama, Satus, Wash. 2, Violet WHotegrass, ckfeet/Meskwaki, Browning, Mont. 3, Kaleen Joseph, Hopi/Umatilla, Polacca, Ariz. 4, iela Johnson, Paiute/Haida, Salem, Ore. en Girl’s Jingle – 1, Natasha Smith, Yakama/Nimiipuu, Lapwai, Idaho. 2, Ashley Big fe, Chippewa Cree, Toppenish, Wash. 3, Julianah Matamoros, CTUIR, Pendleton, Ore. Denae Smith, Yakama/Navajo, Pendleton, Ore. en Girl’s Traditional – 1, Heaven Walsey, Yakama, Satus, Wash. 2, Rena Penney, Nez ce, Adams, Ore. 3, Tia Butler, Siletz, Salem, Ore. 4, Dancingstar Leighton, Umatilla, ndleton, Ore. n’s Fancy – 1, Gary Olney, Yakama, Whote Swan, Wash. 2, Manny Totus, Yakama, yallup, Wash. 3, Jay J. Meninick, Yakama, Lapwai, Idaho. 4, Jamie Ward, Wintu, michael, Calf. n’s Grass – 1, Gary Villa, Warm Springs, Warm Springs, Ore. 2, Denny Stanley Jr., /Din’e/Shawnee/Creek, Milton, Wash. 3, Alec Bluff, Kalispel, Usk, Wash. 4, Morris okedneck, Cree, Billings, Mont. n’s Prairie Chicken – 1, Alex Meninick, Yakama, Harrah, Wash. 2, Logan Quaempts,

Mykael Sam, 4, from Warm Springs, was the show stopper in the junior boy’s traditional dancing. The crowd loved him Saturday night. At one point he stopped to see what all the cheering was about and once he found it was about him his show got even better.

Women lined up in front of judges after dancing.

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CTUIR, Pendleton, Ore. 3, Jesse Bevis Sr., Umatilla, Pendleton, Ore. 4, Kellen Joseph, Walla Walla, Pendleton, Ore. Men’s Traditional – 1, Colby White Sr., Yakama, Usk, Wash. 2, Russell McCloud, Puyallup, Harrah, Wash. 3, Nakia Williamson, Nimiipuu, Lapwai, Idaho. 4, Quindon Calica, Warm Springs, Warm Springs, Ore. Senior Men – 1, Peter Jo Olney, Yakama, White Swan, Wash. 2, Clayton Chief, Ministickwan Cree Nation, Island Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. 3, Rainbow Azure, Chippewa/Yakama, Toppenish, Wash. 4, Terry L. Heemsah Sr, Yakama, Harrah, Wash. Senior Women – 1, Wilma Buck, Yakama, White Swan, Wash. 2, Audrey Olney, Yakama, White Swan, Wash. 3, Charlene Tillequots, Yakama/Nez Perce, Harrah Wash. 4, Pat Heemsah, Yakama, Toppenish, Was. Women’s Fancy – 1, Summer Dawn Olney, Din’e/Yalma, Winslow, Ariz. 2, Denelle Stanley, Ute/Navajo/ Shawnee/Creek, Seattle, Wash. 2, Mary Harris, Cayuse, Pendleton, Ore. 3, Mary Harris, Cayuse, Pendleton, Ore. 4, Teata Ellenwood, CTUIR, Pendleton, Ore. Women’s Jingle – 1, Acosia Red Elk, Umatilla, Pendleton, Ore. 2, Kia McCloud, Puyallup/Dakota Sioux, Harrah, Wash. 3, Keeli Littleleaf, Warm Springs/Wasco, Longview, Wash. 4, Denette Chee Chief, Din’e, Shiprock, N.M. Women’s Traditional – 1, Leah Villa, Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde, Warm Springs, Ore. 2, Edwina Morning Owl, Yakama/Crow, Pilot Rock, Ore. 3, Destiny Buck, Wanapum/Yakama, Mattawa, Wash. 4, Thea McCloud, Dakota Sioux, Harrah, Wash. Drumming - 1, Black Lodge, Yakama/Blackfeet, White Swan, Wash. 2, Buffalo Hill, Yakama, Usk, Wash. 3, Indian Hill, Inter-Tribal, Jemez Pueblo, NM. 4, Southern Express, Navajo/Shawnee/Kiowa, Milton, Wash. 5. Little Island Cree, Cree, Saskatchewan, Canada. 6, Wild Rose, Yakama, Toppenish, Wash. 7, Indian Nation, Yakama, Granger, Wash. 8. Bad Soul, Grande Ronde, Ore. 9. Eagle Spirit, Yakama/Warm Springs, Toppenish, Wash. 10. Battle Stone, Yakama, Granger, Wash. Hand Drum – 1, Young Spirit, Plains Cree, Shiprock, NM. 2, Hill Side Jemez Pueblo, Jemez Pueblo, NM. 3, Charles Woods III, CTUIR, Pendleton, Ore. 4, Sonny Eagle Speaker, Cree/Blood, Yelm, Wash.

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Antone Minthorn, a U.S. Marine veteran, rides in the July 4 Parade, which was held June 30, on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

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Celebrating the Fourth Viola Wallalutum, Miss Yakama Nation, rode on one of the floats in the Fourth of July Horse Parade on the Umatilla Indian Reservation held June 30.

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Loretta Bernice (Pinkham) Alexander 1933-2016


here was once a woman who's resolve would never falter. Her strength seemed never ending even in the face of inevitability. Her strength was undeniable. You knew you could find her in the root fields in the spring, on the Pow Wow trail in the summer, at the Round Up grounds as the year wound down, and then at the winter dances praying for it all to start again. It was easy to tell that she loved you. Although not often said, her door was always open, her heart always willing, the means to make it happen and the knowledge to back it up. Her love was tasted in her biscuits, seen in the beautiful way she dressed herself and her family, heard in her familiar laughter, felt in her warm embrace and the smell of smoked buckskin and antique regalia that seemed to follow her everywhere. She was a master beadworker and weaver, photographer, painter and seamstress. As the year has come and gone we have missed her in all the familiar places we were used to seeing her. Her favorite spot to sit at the longhouse no longer offers comfort and support in the practices of our ways but a lonely reminder of a great presence now gone. We expected to see her in Kitchen on Sundays, in the newspaper supporting Crow’s Shadow and the local artists, bouncing gracefully around the arbor, perched at her sewing table, and smiling widely at the various family functions. When she wasn't there, we found ourselves clinging to relics with her memory firmly attached. We found


ourselves wanting to call and check in and offer the usual helping hand. Perhaps the best way to recount her time on this earth in a sentence, would be to say that she was the consummate matriarch. As the year comes to a close we invite you to a ceremony to memorialize her and help us to close out our year of pain and turn her memory into the wonderful and happy gift that we will treasure always. A memorial will be held for Loretta Alexander (Lonnie) on Saturday July 15, 2017 at Mission Longhouse. Lonnie was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. She was born in 1933 in Lenore, ID and was enrolled with the Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho. She carried the name of her ancestor Tsa-nah who was in the war of 1877 and was proud of her New Perce heritage. She lived most of here life here in Pendleton where she was a fixture amongst the community. She worked for many years as a nurse at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center where she made many friends and lifelong connections. She is survived by her brothers Alvin, Alan, Alexius “Mike, and Alfred. Her children Armand , Kenton, Phillip, Shana and Craig. Her grandchildren Trinette, Rob, James, Jason, Jennifer, Jacy, Brennan, Lexi, and Chyenne. Her great grandchildren Cyrene, Latis, Layla, Hiyuum, Alexander, Kaitlyn, McKinley, Tumayis, and her great- great granddaughter Kinsley Mae. Also many cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and countless friends.

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Tribes, Portland recognize Crow’s Shadow By the CUJ

MISSION – Twenty-five years after Jim Lavadour and Philip Cash Cash hatched the idea of creating a space for up-and-coming indigenous artists, Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts in mid-June celebrated a quarter century of making art on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. June 12, 2017, was proclaimed Crow’s Shadow Day by the Board of Trustees (BOT) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). What started as Lavadour’s little painting studio has become a world-renowned press that has turned out prints on exhibit at, among other places, the Eitejorg Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana; the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.; the Portland Art Museum; and very soon at the Whitney Museum in New York City. The facility at St. Andrew’s Mission about 10 miles east of Pendleton has drawn unique artists-in-residence from around the world. Currently, Demian Dineyazhi, is the artist-in-residence. According to his blog, he is a transdisciplinary artist who uses social interventions to interrupt colonial power structures. His work contemplates “Radical Indigenous Queer Feminist Art” and how a marginalized body navigates and resists assimilation. Earlier this year, Crow’s Shadow hosted Modou Dieng, an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Portland. Raised in Dakar, Senegal, he often works in mixed media, incorporating painting, collage, and photography into colorful popeclectic installations. Dineyazhi and Dieng aren’t necessarily typical of the artists working with Crow’s Shadow Master Printer Frank Janzen, but they are examples of the one-off artists who have discovered the print-making facility on the Umatilla Reservation. At a gathering June 10 at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, Lavadour, one of the founding board members for Crow’s Shadow, made remarks that recalled the facility’s beginnings. He remembered when, in 1988, he realized he could make a living making art. He and Cash Cash brainstormed and came up with the idea that would become Crow’s Shadow. “We thought wouldn’t it be great if we had a press,” Lavadour said. It was founded on “indigenous creativity,” Lavadour said, and came together through the “goodwill of the people of

‘Crow’s Shadow is all about community and bringing people here to share their ideas and thoughts through art while educating the world about what our community is about so they can take it back with them and tell their part of the world about us.’ - Pat Walters, a founding board member for CSIA Jim Lavadour, founder of Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, speaks at the 25th anniversary celebration held at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute in early June. CUJ photo/Wil Phinney

Pendleton.” Lavadour heaped praise on Janzen for his work in making the Crow’s Shadow dream come true. “I can’t stress enough how difficult it was to establish a print studio on a reservation,” Lavadour said. “Frank had the spirit, the can-do attitude, the self-sacrifice and belief to make it happen.” Lavadour said his purpose now is to promote art in the indigenous community. He said Crow’s Shadow “shines like the sun to encourage creativity.” Pat Walters was one of the founding members of the Crow’s Shadow Board of Directors and, according to CSI Director Karl Davis, has missed less than a handful of meetings in 25 years. “Crow’s Shadow is just another appendage to me,” Walters said. “Crow’s Shadow is all about community and bringing people here to share their ideas and thoughts through art while educating the world about what our community is about so they can take it back with them and tell their part of the world about us.” Said Walters, “It’s been quite a ride for 25 years, learning how to manage and organize and how to have a staff helping us get more established, especially on a national level. Celebrating 25 years of Crow’s Shadow is exciting with the staff in place, plans for a new facility and the great team we have on our board of directors. All of this combined is setting us up for the next 100 years.”

CTUIR proclaims June 12 Crow’s Shadow Day MISSION – June 12, 2017, was proclaimed Crow’s Shadow Day on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in a resolution adopted by the Board of Trustees (BOT) for the Confederated Tribes. No BOT members were in attendance so the proclamation was read by CTUIR Communications Director Chuck Sams during the 25th anniversary celebration at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute June 10. The proclamation notes that Crow’s Shadow, located at the foothills of the Blue Mountains, was founded by “one of Oregon’s most celebrated artists and CTUIR member, James Lavadour, to serve as a resource for creative people.” It says Crow’s Shadow provides a “creative conduit for educational, social and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development” and “has created a nationally and internationally known artists-in-residency program for professional print artists, native and non-native for Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and beyond.” Further, the BOT proclamation acknowledged Crow’s Shadow as the only professional fine art press with a full-time master printer on staff located on a federally recognized Indian Reservation with prints produced by artists exhibited in museums, galleries and private collections around the world.

Portland Mayor Wheeler reads proclamation in City Hall PORTLAND – Mayor Ted Wheeler proclaimed Crow’s Shadow Day May 31, 2017, in the Council Chamber of Portland City Hall in honor of the art institute’s 25th anniversary. The proceedings were initiated by Commissioner Nick Fish, a longtime supporter of the arts. The event was supported by several local and regional organizations, including the Regional Arts and Culture Council, current and past Board members including Lucinda Welch and longtime supporters Phillip Hillaire, Al Solhiem and others. Commissioner Fish gave a glowing introduction of Crow’s Shadow work and impact with the reading and presentation of the proclamation by Mayor Ted Wheeler. The proclamation was attended by Commissioners Chloe Eudaly and Amanda Fritz (Commissioner Dan Saltzman was unable to attend). Receiving the award and saying a few words in gratitude, Crow’s Shadow Executive Director Karl Davis and CSIA Board President Charles Froelick of Portland thanked the Portland City Council, the City of Portland, and the regional native organizations for its support of Crow’s Shadow’s mission to foster and facilitate the creative and artistic expression of Native Americans through art.



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“After the treaty of 1855 was signed, unfounded rumors circulated that the Indians were organizing to kill all of the whites in the area. After the Hudson’s Bay post of Fort Walla Walla was looted and burned, Colonel James Kelly blamed and targeted the Walla Walla Chief PeoPeoMoxMox as the prime instigator. PeoPeoMoxMox and other companions approached a camp or Oregon Volunteers under a white flag of truce to offer peace and to protect the women and children in their village. On December 7, 1855, they were taken hostage and in the ensuing battle of Walla Walla in the vicinity of the old Whitman Mission and Frenchtown, PeoPeoMoxMox was killed. He was scalped by the Volunteers and parts of his mutilated body were later distributed throughout Oregon Territory. The war raged intermittently for three years and ended with the military slaying of about 1,000 Indian horses at the battle of Spokane Plains in August 1858.” Gathered from “as days go by” page 82

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“If that happens you go back to health care for the healthy and wealthy,” the Democrat Senator said. Toni Cordell, a U.S. Army Desert Storm veteran and American Legion Commander of George St. Denis American Legion Post 140, asked Wyden to support the establishment of a “Veterans Service Organization” on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. A VSO would streamline services for tribal veterans who otherwise must navigate through county and/or state organizations. “We will pull out all the stops to get a VSO here,” Wyden said. “We’ll be on the phone Monday morning.” As for Climate Change, Wyden let a little disgust show through. “It comes back to our kids,” he said. “What kind of world do we want them to inhabit? Change is happening and affecting us right now … The United States incredibly said no to 185 countries [Paris Climate Change Accord]. We’re out! That was breathtakingly bad.” Toward a better solution, Wyden has offered a proposal that would “throw in the trash can” 44 separate tax rates for energy, oil and fossil fuel. His plan would cut the number of tax rates to three and produce savings of some $140 billion over 10 years. The new tax rates would cover clean energy, transportation fuel, and energy efficiency. “That’s what you do if you want to get serious about ecological damage being done,” he said. Dressed in a head dress and buckskin, Gary Burke, chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, asked Wyden about treaty rights as they pertain to federal water rights negotiations. Burke reminded Wyden of the CTUIR’s negotiations with irrigators, ditch companies, state and federal agencies. “It was rejected the first time and we were told to cut costs, but BIA dollars were cut,” Burke said. Wyden told him: “I sit on the Finance Committee [ranking member] and we are trying to get BIA money so we can negotiate that contract.” Wyden also praised the Tribes for taking a lead on the negotiations. “It’s especially good to see the Tribes want to be the spark and work with all the leaders along the way to get an agreement,” Wyden said. Wyden also answered questions about energy, coal, oil trains and crashes. “How do you stop dirty energy?” Linda Sampson asked. Wyden used the opportunity to remind attendees that Trump has floated the idea of selling BPA as a private entity. “First I stopped Bush from selling BPA, and I’ll stop Trump from selling off BPA too. I’m on the Energy Committee and it’s a prescription to put more people out of work and higher electric bills. It will not happen on my watch.” More toward Sampson’s question, Wyden said more first responders are needed. He said the current safety system is not safe enough. “Trump is cutting the work force when we don’t have enough inspectors right now,” Wyden said. “He wants to roll safety standards back when they’re not good enough right now.”

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

HERMISTON – Friends of the Fair and Rodeo (FFR) have raised money to insure that proper handicap access will be installed into the west and east arena bleachers for the 2017 Farm-City Pro Rodeo in August. The FFR was formed five years ago so that community members could donate funds to a charitable entity, according to Dennis Barnett, a rodeo volunteer of 29 years and a member of the FFR Board. Barnett works as a full-time certified public accountant and co-owns an accounting business in Hermiston. “If your commuDennis Barnett nity is going to be successful, you have to give back,” said Barnett. The new grounds where the rodeo and fair will take place are co-owned by Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center (EOTEC), the City of Hermiston and Umatilla County. Operated by EOTEC, the 90-acre property is located on the south side of Hermiston on East Airport Road off of Highway 395. Construction began with a budget of $16 million in June of 2015, but came up $2 million short of completion. A

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East side bleachers of the rodeo grounds are being installed. A ramp that will go through the bleachers giving access from the south to north side was built several days later.

fundraising committee of the EOTEC has been successful in raising the remaining $2 million. Sometime after this was when FFR stepped in, according to Heather Cannell, representative of EOTEC. Friends of the Fair and Rodeo wanted to insure that the grounds would be completed for this year’s events so they began to raise funds for the bleachers which needed to meet handicap-access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The renovations would give access to the north sides of the alleyways on both ends of the arena. The original plans, with an estimated cost of $70,000, would have had a ramp on the backside of the bleachers, located “out in the middle of nowhere,” according to Barnett, and an additional ramp

would need to be built to reach a separate section. The FFR didn’t feel that was the best use of resources and instead wanted the ramp incorporated into the stands. Because of this, more bleachers needed to be installed and more lighting was needed as well. “In order for us to finish it properly, the FFR has gone out and generated additional monies to help complete them at a higher level,” said Barnett. The total cost of the new installations is an additional $380,000. As of the beginning of June the FFR had gathered around $250,000 of that total. However, Barnett is confident that they will be ready for the Aug. 8 festivities, even if he’s “screwing bolts in until people are sitting on his hands.”

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“We’re committed, and if you’re committed you need to finish, and if you’re going to finish you gotta do it right,” he TheWildhorse Foundation granted the FFR $10,000 to put toward the construction. In addition Wildhorse Resort & Casino (WRC) has been a sponsor to the fair and rodeo. According to Tiah DeGrofft, who works in Wildhorse Community Relations, WRC has been a title sponsor going on 11 years, although they were sponsoring the fair and rodeo long before then. Wildhorse helps with volunteer shirts, volunteer time, are the title to the main stage, and they send donations for their various fundraisers. They also support the 4H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) programs and the Umatilla County Court. “Really there isn’t a part of the fair that we are not involved in,” said DeGrofft. “It is a great way to reach the entire county and help the youth county wide.” “We very much appreciate the Foundation because they do so much around our area …,” said Barnett. “They’re very generous. If you’re worthwhile and you’re asking, they fund.” Another $125,000 has come in from local individuals and business owners. In addition, two anonymous individuals said that, together, they would match up to $250,000 in funds raised. “We’re very fortunate. People are very generous in the area,” said Barnett.



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Above, Alayna Bevis and Ella Stewart pose in front of their mural painting.

At right, Jim Marsh, in blue hat, helps Cashis Bevis get his paint ready for the murals.

Below, Elizabeth Bevis helps paint the fish on Wetland Community Park building.

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MISSION – Youth art contest winners recently painted murals onto the Wetlands Community Park building to cover up gang-related graffiti. The goal of the murals is to help promote Native culture in the community. Zoe Bevis, 13, and Alayna Bevis, 12, were both selected for their art work. Zoe’s drawing was an elder gathering huckleberries and Alayna’s was a field of grass and flowers, and a heart with a tribute to a recently passed family member. The theme for the art contest is “to remind people of their heritage.” Other youth who volunteered to help paint included Chloe Bevis, Ella Stewart, Cashis Bevis, and Elizabeth Bevis. Jim Marsh with Public Works worked with the Umatilla Tribal Police Department to set up the event to cover up graffiti on the bathroom building.

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Above, Kim Brigham-Campbell, Ellen Taylor, Anson Crane, and Peter Walters smile after receiving their awards for their small businesses.

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MISSION – Winners of the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year award were Kim Brigham-Campbell and James Campbell of Brigham Fish Market. The award was given by the Wildhorse Business Development Services (WBDS) during a luncheon award ceremony held on June. Brigham-Campbell received a crystal award and a $5,000 check. Three other nominees were recognized for their small businesses - Anson Crane of Red Crane Studios, Peter Walters of Impresario, and Ellen Taylor of Ellen Taylor Art. Each runner-up received a $500 check from WBDS. Randall Melton,

Board Member of the Nixyaawii Chamber of Commerce, also presented the winners with a free membership into the Nixyaawii Chamber of Commerce for a year and a half. “We’re trying to find ways we can support small business rather than just giving a gift and we want to foster our relationship with that business owner,” said Melton who was Entrepreneur Award winner in 2016. “We felt a good way to do it was to give them an honorary free membership to chamber to get them involved with what we do,” said Melton.

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Pictured are Tribal college graduates from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation who were honored by the Higher Education Department of the CTUIR. From left, standing, is Jayme Motanic, Correen Hines, Amber Gaines, Brock Startzel-Holt, Althea Wolf, and Aaron Hines. Kneeling is Boots Pond and Weyekin Bill.

CTUIR college graduates recognized MISSION - College graduates were honored at Wildhorse Resort & Casino on June 23 by the Higher Education Department of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Students who attended the ceremony were gifted a certificate and a Pendleton blanket. Those students were Jayme Motanic, Correen Hines, Amber Gaines, Brock Startzel-Holt, Althea Wolf, Aaron Hines, Boots Pond and Weyekin Bill. Bill graduated with Associates of Arts in Education from Clackamas Community College. Gaines graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies from Eastern Oregon University. Aaarom Hines graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Eastern Oregon University. Correen Hines graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from Heritage University. Motanic graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Minor in Law and Legal Studies from Portland State University. Pond graduated with an Associate of Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in Corrections from Lake Superior State University. StartzelHolt graduated with an Associate of Applied Science in Fisheries Technology from Mt. Hood Community College and Wolf graduated with a Masters of Fine

Arts in Non-Fiction Writing from Eastern Oregon University. Other CTUIR college graduates who were unable to attend the event included Dominque Belafsky, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Portland State University; Philip Cash Cash, PhD in Anthropology and Linguistics, University of Arizona; Robert Fossek, Business Administration, Eastern Oregon University; Molly Jim, Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, Blue Mountain Community College.

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Lined up at the third grade track and field meet during the last week of school were, from left, Cece Thompkins, Matilda Allen, Nevaeh Moore, Sophie Wilson, Avery Quampts, Liana Higheagle and Nayeli Gornick.

Kamia Dick, above, tosses the disc during competition in the third grade track and field meet at Sunridge Middle School. Elementary students from all Pendleton schools participated in the end-ofthe-year events. At right, Eric McKay, aims to better his mark in the long jump. CUJ photos/Phinney

Wildhorse Career Fair on fire with over 100 guests MISSION – The Wildhorse Career Fair hosted more than 100 people on June 27 in the Wildhorse Resort & Casino (WRC) Cayuse Hall. “We had record breaking numbers,” said Tiah De-

Grofft, Community Relations of WRC. There were 57 applications turned in at the fair which showcased both full-time and part-time career opportunities across the resort property. There were also some on-the-spot preinterviews. In the fair hall were over 20 booths featuring various departwere unemployed ments and programs as well as were over 40 years of age an application station for anyone were between 18-27 years of age wanting to apply. Most of the positions offered at WRC require a had a GED or High School Diploma minimum age of 18, except for the had a college degree gaming positions in which applicants must be at least 21 years old. were seeking full time work “We haven’t had a WRC Calive on the Umatilla Indian Reservation reer Fair solely for WRC since

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Bananas were flambé’d by Mindy Legore, Culinary Lead, at the Wildhorse Career Fair held June 27. CUJ photo/Miranda Vega Rector

CUJ News & Sports Whif, bif, pow At far left, Cohen Bronson, playing for Vision Source, smacks the whiffle ball in a game June 22. Later in the game, bottom photo, Bronson avoids the tag at home by Brody Tallman, who plays for the Eagles team. At left, Luka Worden swings left handed toward the ball. She plays for the Tum-aLum team. All games are played in the Round-Up grounds. CUJ photos/Dallas Dick

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Gymnastics begin the week of July 17 PENDLETON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Pendleton Parks & Recreation will offer gymnastic classes for all ages beginning the week of July 17 at the new gymnastic studio in the Vert Little Theater. Classes include Partners in Play (children and adults), Tiny Tumblers, Tumblers, Gymnasts, and Gymnastic Stars. Meeting days, time and what is covered will vary

by class. The cost for classes will range from $40-$50. The instructor will either be Angie Nash or Amanda Copeland depending on the level. Register online or in person by July 13. For more information or to register contact the Pendleton Parks & Recreation at 541-276-8100 or visit

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from 6:30-7:30 p.m. from Sept. 18 to Oct. 28 in the Helen McCune Gymnasium at the Pendleton Recreation Center. Registration fee is $47 and includes pom-poms and a cheer T-shirt. Deadline to register is Sept. 11 at Pendleton Parks & Recreation by calling 541-276-8100.

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CUJ News & Sports Mission Minute launched on KCUW Radio104.3 f.m. MISSION – A new radio show - Mission Minute with Jill-Marie Gavin – is now being launched on KCUW 104.3 f.m. The show is a digital news feature that will cover local news about the community of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It will broadcast daily on the KCUW airwaves at 7 a.m., noon, 4 p.m., 7 p.m., and 11 p.m. For those who miss it, an online version will be available through or “like” the stations facebook page to get up-to-date announcements by going to

Gavin, Radio Station Assistant, is new to working exclusively for KCUW but has worked for the Communications Department of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) in the past as a Public Affairs Technician/ CUJ Reporter. She went to school for Journalism at Mt. Hood Community College and has won six Native American Journalist Association Media Awards and three Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association Collegiate awards. She is an enrolled member of the CTUIR. Her goal in rejoining the Communications team is to inform the tribal membership and community of pertinent information and news. “Journalism is my passion,” said Gavin.

Yui Paula Hoptowit was sworn in for her oath as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in Montgomery, Alabama, in June. She stands next to her father, James Hoptowit, and family friends, Captain Trevot Graves, left, and Michael Graves, right. Trevor Graves swore Hoptowit performed the swearing-in Photos contributed by Yui Paula Hopotwit ceremony, which took place right before this photo was taken.

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Members of the Tribal Youth Council of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation visited at Resere Stadium where the Oregon State Beavers play their Pac-12 football games. The visit to Oregon State University included a stop at the box-seats of OSU’s College President Ed Ray and concluded with a run around on the field. Members of the Youth Council include, from left, Vincent Sheoships, Luis Ortega, Magi Moses, Lark CUJ photo/Sammantha McCloud Moses, Zach Cyr, Moses Moses, and Beto Zambudio.

Youth Council members visit Oreegon State CORVALLIS – Youth leaders from the Umatilla and Warm Springs tribes attended the second annual Tribal Youth Campus Tour at Oregon State University (OSU) in May. The college visit began with a tour around campus, followed by a tour of freshman dormitories, a tour of two sports facilities, and lastly the 41st annual Klatowa Eena Pow Wow at Gill Stadium. The first sports facility was Reser Stadium where the youth were able to visit the different levels of the stadium and had a chance to run around on the field. Following the football field was a tour of the OSU Basketball Center where youth and chaperones took the court. To finish off the day OSU’s Superfund Research Program (SRP) hosted a pizza dinner where stu-

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dents had the opportunity to ask college professors and current college students questions about college. Two tribal elders from Warm Springs attended, giving the youth their perspective and insight regarding the importance of college. Youth Council Advisor Corrine Sams from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation said , “It is imperative our youth know they will have support while obtaining a college degree and that culture can occur off the reservation. This trip is a good example of colleges who have an investment in Native students and are enriched in their culture off the reservation and on campus because many youth contemplate leaving the reservation to attend college because they will miss their culture.”

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Yui Paula Hoptowit has started her U.S. Air Force career after completing Officer Training School (OTS), a nine-week program focusing on building military leaders. Yui, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, is the daughter of James Hoptowit. “It was an honor to be at her graduation and be her first enlisted salute and pin on her Lieutenant bars,” said James, a retired Air Force master-sergeant. Yui Paula Hoptowit began applying for OTS two years ago as a civilian. For one of those years she was a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch. The application included the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test, which is a standardized multiple-choice test similar to the college-entrance SAT exam, with additional sections for pilot and navigator aptitude testing. It takes about threeand-a-half hours to complete the test, and it is scored in such areas as science, math, block counting, vocabulary and aerodynamic knowledge. Her application to get into the OTS also included an essay about her reason for joining and a thorough application that delved into the last 10 years of her history and accomplishments. “It was a process I stuck with even when I was searching for jobs and moving from Oregon back to Hawaii,” Hoptowit said. “Although it was a long sometimes arduous process, it was worth it.” The OTS is a nine-week program that focuses on leadership building, Air Force history and missions, and interactive

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courses to not only put cadets on the spot, but to observe how a cadet reacts under pressure. Leadership grades were focused solely on individual leadership skills. “We each were given leadership roles for a week and graded on a pass-or-fail scale on how we conducted ourselves and led other cadets during the week,” she said. OTS included physical testing such as push-ups, sit-ups, body measurements and a half-mile, combat training, mock deployment scenarios in a staged setting, obstacle courses with scenarios and missions to complete in a pre-determined time, and marching to-and-from class. “The difference in OTS and basic training is the mental aspect,” Hoptowit. “Academics is stressed and we have to pass each test with an 80 percentage or better.” Additionally, cadets were scored on marching skills, and courtesies and customs. To accomplish what was involved in OTS, Hoptowit and others were up at 4:30 a.m. and didn’t hit the sack until sometimes 10 at night. “Some days were harder than others and sometimes you would find yourself questioning your decision,” she said. “But in the end if you stick it out you reap the benefits.” After graduating from the OTS program each cadet becomes a 2nd Lieutenant and goes on to their respective technical school. Hoptowit intends to fill a pilot slot at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma.


Community Wellness Wisdom Warriors battle chronic disease By Miranda Vega Rector

MISSION – Learning to manage chronic disease and live healthier is what Wisdom Warriors is all about. A chronic disease is an illness that lasts three months or more. Common diseases include arthritis, diabetes, depression, and cardiovascular disease. “It is estimated that 91 percent of older adults have at least one chronic disease and 73 percent have at least two,” said Lindsey X. Watchman, a Wisdom Warriors Master Trainer. Wisdom Warriors is a series of classes held through Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center and is led by Watchman and Dionne Bronson. It uses an evidence-based program founded by Stanford University that teaches chronic disease self-management. The classes and trainers help keep participants accountable to their goals. “We are seeing lifestyle changes,” said Bronson. Wisdom Warriors is a group class that is offered twice annually and meet once a week for six weeks. Once the six weeks are completed, participants continue to meet monthly to learn new tools and to keep one another on track. “It’s good because it teaches you to speak about whatever your ailments are … and express them to your doctor,” said Leah Conner, 85 years old, who has been involved in Wisdom Warriors for a little over a year. “I haven’t got real good at it because I had a stroke but I am healthy.” Conner enjoys the goal setting at Wisdom Warriors and those goals have kept her accountable with exercising. Although she can’t stand for too long, she still stays active and exercises while sitting. Conner participates three times in an exercise program she watches on Oregon Public Broadcasting and attends Tai Chi at the Senior Center. She said when she misses her exercise classes she notices her body feeling different. “There have been many success stories from our participants,” Watchman said in an email. “Healthy breakfast eating habits, using tools to calm the mind when enduring pain, and blood sugar levels have dropped. Most importantly, we became a family of peer support.” Debra Shippentower, 63, has also seen a difference in

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her lifestyle after involvement in the class. “Before I wasn’t doing much of anything to tell you the truth,” said Shippentower. “Once I got home from work I would just stay at home. I was so involved in my work and I was so physically and mentally tired … I would just vegetate at home, play at the casino or go to a movie and those things were all sedentary. Now I’m outside, I’m pulling weeds … I’m doing things I used to do.” Last year Shippentower had a health scare and thought she might have thyroid cancer. That’s when she decided to do a better job at taking care of herself and she began attending Wisdom Warriors. Attending the class helped Shippentower get back in touch with the things she was missing in her life – being physically active and being more conscientious of what she eats. She has also quit smoking, walks more, and attends Tai Chi to help with her balance. “The class is useful for any and all individuals including youth … it’s also good for caregivers,” said Bronson. A new class will begin in the next couple months. For those interested call Bronson at 541-429-4922 or at 541-969-1854.

Dionne Bronson and Roy Lentz look at the medicine pouch that Lentz received after completing the six week Wisdom Warrior class. At the July meeting, Bronson handed out achievement beads to all participants who completed their goals within the last month.

Yellowhawk unveils new logo as clinic nears

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Participants of Wisdom Warriors gather around a table at the Senior Center and share ideas on what their new logo should be.

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MISSION – Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center has unveiled a new logo in preparation for its new clinic set to open in the fall of 2017. “We really felt that it was time to update our look as we move into our brand-new clinic,” said Shawna M. Gavin, Chairwoman of the Health Commission for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). “We are very pleased with this logo and the connection it displays to our community.” The graphic artist, Victor Pascual is Navajo (Dine), and owns and operates Digital Navajo in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As part of his research for the design process, Pascual took historical documents, beadwork and basket designs to guide his creativity. In addition, he met with CTUIR tribal member Thomas Morning Owl, who shared with him the creation story of the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla Tribes. The new Yellowhawk logo depicts three mountains, which represent the three tribes, a sloped terrain, the hills, root system, a river line, three basket arrows and four directions stars. Pascual

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also added the idea of the circle to encapsulate the idea of centeredness, which could translate into the idea of wellbeing and connectedness of the people. “Reoccurring themes of nature, this idea of landscape, mountains within the creation story that Thomas shared was really what I was trying to achieve with this concept taking a look at the bigger picture, the area in which the tribe is located and its direct connection to the people and applying that to a contemporary and clean design,” Pascual said. The current Yellowhawk logo is a hand drawn image by Lonnie Alexander, who was a nurse at Yellowhawk for more than 20 years. The image of three medicine wheels and three eagle feathers was drawn for a Yellowhawk event and eventually evolved into the official logo. Cecelia Husted, Secretary of the CTUIR Health Commission, said that while she appreciates the old Yellowhawk logo, “It was really important for Yellowhawk to get a new logo that represented us as a people, and a culture, and to move forward.” Contributed by Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center

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Community Wellness ‘Taking Flight’ to balance daily life By Wil Phinney of the CUJ


andall Minthorn was so skeptical he showed up in slacks and a button-up shirt. He had to drive to Penney’s in town to buy yoga gear. “To me it was always a sissy thing, but I told myself, ‘Now be open minded and try to learn something,’” Minthorn said. And that’s what he did. “We learned about each other and I learned about myself,” Minthorn said. “I came with a stereotype and it all changed. It ain’t for the weak of mind.” Minthorn was a member of the staff at the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) that went to the mats with Acosia Red Elk and Tania Wildbill in the new program the pair hopes to take across Indian Country to promote wellness across America. “Wellness Wave presents Taking Flight” is an outgrowth of Wellness Wave, the business Wildbill founded with her husband, Cedric, in 2016. The business started in downtown Pendleton and has grown to include a second site on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Wildbill, a registered yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance and a certified yoga therapist, said the Taking Flight program was born following data in last year’s Umatilla-Morrow County Health AsTania Wildbill and Acosia Red Elk want to take their yoga message sessment that reflected 75 percent obesity in across Indian country. Umatilla County and 81 percent on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Four out of five CTUIR members that are clinically obese is a “health crisis,” Wildbill said. In response, Wildbill and Red Elk, who also is a certified instructor, created the “Wellness Wave presents Taking Flight” program and tested it first on DCFS employees. “We were the guinea pigs essentially,” said Corrine Sams, Community Resource Case Worker at DCFS. “It was an amazing experience. It definitely opened up the room for individuals to take healthy risks to match a balance of work life, personal life and physical fitness.” Sams said she liked most the way Wildbill and Red

grandmother; get off social media by 8 p.m. every night; and reduce sugar. “It’s a way to create a balance and break through barriers that hold people back in professional work and their personal life,” Wildbill said. Sams said she is pleased that Taking Flight takes aim at social media, especially in light of the problems it has caused for young people. Sams has no such worries about the members of the CTUIR Youth Council who will participate in the program in early July, but she said others that might fall into the social media abyss could greatly benefit from the yoga wellness regime. “We learned what social media does to sleep, to your heart, to the major organs of the body,” Sams said. Minthorn, who didn’t know what to expect in the first place, was surprised to learn the mental and physical benefits of yoga. “Stretches, exercise, ‘I came with a talk … I didn’t know yoga was like that,” stereotype and Minthorn said. “I didn’t it all changed. know you worked on all It ain’t for the your body parts. Upper, weak of mind.’ Acosia Red Elk demonstrates a yoga move to employees of the middle, lower extremities. It feels pretty good. Department of Children and Family Services. - Randall Minthorn It works you over and Elk kept the program “culturally relevant no matter there’s so much with your background – tribal, non-tribal, you can find a your mind. You have to fit.” be focused. It puts you in a frame of mind. It detoxiWildbill said Tribal departments could benefit fies your mental state; it clears your mind to focus.” greatly by “Wellness Wave presents Taking Flight”. Minthorn wasn’t ready for was the talking part. “People break out of their daily routine and come “I’m not one to discuss things in a forum unless it’s back from their jobs refreshed,” Wildbill said. “They work related. If it’s personal I clam up,” he said. “But come back with more connections to a team. They this wasn’t bad. I actually shared stuff about when we come back with a vision in their own lives and tanwere kids, growing up, personal stuff, marriage, when gible tools to find a balance in their personal lives and the hall burned down, broke times, when we didn’t work lives. have a place for war dances and moved to the VFW “They’ll know each other in a new way. Right now hall, and then in the spring we built the old pole barn.” maybe employees cross paths, but we can create a Minthorn acknowledged that he was a “judgmental shift in the work place with team building and under- person” who was “enlightened” by his yoga experistanding,” she said. ence. So much so that he will go back. Toward that goal, “Wellness Wave presents Taking Not so much that he plans to sign up for all the Flight” provides tools, other than a yoga mat, to carry classes, but he’ll go back for a follow up. on the discipline necessary to carry out day-to-day “I think everybody should try it at least once,” goals. Minthorn said, “to change your misconceptions.” Taking Flight will begin July 14 at 7 p.m. at the Wellness Participants fill out a “commitment to action” and Wave studio in downtown Pendleton. Class will also be held pick a partner with three steps of communication July 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again July 16 from 9 a.m. to designed to improve personal as well as community noon. Cost of registration is $250 and can be done online at wellness. or by contacting Wildbill at 541-310-9102 For example, a person might walk with their or at

Group from the Department of Children and Family services works on their “commitment to action” in the Wellness Wave Studio in Mission. At left, Angelica Lopez holds a yoga pose. Photos contributed by Tania Wildbill

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Community Wellness Summer camp and day trips open to youth July/August PENDLETON – Summer camp and trips are now being offered by Pendleton Parks and Recreation (PPR). The Summer Parks Adventure Camp began in June but will go through the end of July. Youth ages 8-12 can attend as many weeks as they’d like for $19 per week. The days are scheduled from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, lunch and snacks are included in cost. Campers can choose between Pioneer Park or Community Park and will also visit the Pendleton Aquatic Center, Recreation Center, and library. Monday and Wednesday mornings will include active games such as tag, Frisbee, and kickball, and in the afternoon students can do craft or science projects. PPR also offers “Friday Trips” which are a separate cost and are listed below. Check in will be at the Recreation Center at 9:15 a.m. and youth will return by 3:30 p.m. Registration deadline is the Monday before the trip. Attendants must be 8-13 years old. July 7 youth can visit the Trampoline Park in Kennewick, Washington, for $23 but an online waiver must be signed at . July 14 a trip to Tri Cities, Washington, is scheduled to visit Chuck E. Cheese and Carousel of Dreams. This trip has a $21 fee that will include soda, two slices of pizza and 30 game tokens. July 21 attendants will head to Jubilee Lake located north of Elgin, Oregon. Attendees are being asked to bring shoes for walking and a life jacket with their name on it if they have one. July 28 is the final trip which will consist of a hike at Harris Park outside Walla Walla, Washington. Youth are asked to pay $12 for the trip and to bring extra money for a stop at Dairy Queen. An extended session of Adventure Camp will be held July 31 to Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ages 7 to 12. Registration deadline is July 15. The registration fee is $90 with similar activities and schedule as the other Adventure Camp, however, there will be a few additions to the program. This camp will be held at Pioneer Park and Picnic Shelter in Pendleton. There’s a limit of 50 children. For inquiries, more information, or to register call 541-276-8100 or visit www. The office is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at 865 Tutuilla Road.

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Leo Stewart and Sissy Falcon, Special Projects employee at Yellowhawk, perform a parody to the song “My Girl” as “Bro Bro” and “Aunty Sister Sister.” Not pictured was “Dat Udder Girl”, played by Shawn McGregor, who tried to steal Bro Bro away from Aunty Sister Sister.

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Talent Night Talent that included comedy, singing and performances on musical instruments was on display June 17 when Yellowhawk’s Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention program hosted a Talent Show at Wildhorse Resort & Casino. Nearly two dozen participants and another 80 people attended the drugand-alcohol-free show. Snacks were provided and youth in the show received medallions. Community members of all ages were welcome to participate.

Ariana Britton, dressed in Hawaiianlike attire, sang “How Far I’ll Go” from the Disney cartoon “Moana” that takes place on the Pacific island. She also performed the song “Cups” by the artist Anna Kenrick in the movie “Pitch Perfect”.

Five year old Katy Majer, right, went on stage to sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” but after experiencing stage fright, her brother Weylin Walton, 7 years old, sang with her as she held onto him throughout the song.

At right, JJ Jackson played his guitar and sang his version of “Praise You In this Storm” by Casting Crowns.

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Thank you letters IN TIMES LIKE THIS, IT IS DIFFICULT to adequately express our gratitude and thankfulness to everyone that helped us when our mother Edwina Sheoships George passed away in Omak, Washington. On behalf of Edwina George’s family, we would like to thank Father Jake at St. Mary’s Mission in Omak who was with us during our mother’s passing and the Precht Harrison Nearents funeral home for arranging our mother’s transport to the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Once here, Ron Martin at Pendleton Pioneer Chapel allowed us to use the Chapel for Edwina’s Rosary services. We deeply appreciated Father Mike’s help with our mother’s services and burial at St. Andrews Cemetery! Special thanks to the CTUIR and Sargent Hayes (UTPD) for their thoughtful Funeral Service support and to the Tribes’ Public Works crew lead by Pros Picard, Jim Marsh, Joe Ball and the Tribes public works crew for the grave site preparation. Burial services were followed by an excellent meal provided by Michelle Thompson, Judy Farrow, Kootsie Burke, Kathy Burke, Nina Stewart, Alvina Huesties, Linda Sampson, and Sandy Sampson at Kateri Hall. And to John Barkley and David Wolf for the salmon, and Dit Burke who provided the buffalo. We also appreciate and are grateful to the Longhouse Cooks in Omak.   We are grateful to Armand Minthorn for his graveside service and to our family speakers Rooney Pond, Susan Shoeships and Leo Stewart for speaking on behalf of the family. Finally, the George family would like to thank Michelle and Becky Burke who fed the family while here in Mission and offer our special appreciation to Kelly George for making all the arrangements here locally while the family was in Omak! We would also love to thank all who supported the family, attended services and sent cards and flowers during this difficult time! We know our mother was grateful to be welcomed home! Sincerely, The George Family CAY UMA WA HEAD START WOULD like to thank all of the parents, families, Policy Council, Board of Trustees, Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Education Department, and all of you who had a part in putting on the graduation, dinner, and pow wow on June 15 this year. We also want to thank Marie Dick for the sashes, Julie Alexander for the shawls, Clayton George for MC and speaker, Cayuse singers, Nation Boys, Wildhorse staff, and everyone who helped. Thank you so much! We were honored with your presence and that of our children as they graduated on such a special day. Everything went very well and we were certainly able to enjoy the events as well as

each other. We are happy to end with pleasant memories and we wish the families well. We hope you have a great summer! Also, we are accepting applications for enrollment for the coming year, so please feel free to stop by and enroll your child. We look forward to serving you this coming year. Cay Uma Wa Head Start THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO ATTENDED the 2017 Root Feast Pow-Wow. Nixyaawii Celebration Committee wishes to thank Yellowhawk Behavioral Health, Nixyaawii Senior Center, CTUIR Health Commission, Round-Up Association, Happy Canyon, Pendleton Round-Up Court, and Happy Canyon Court. Thanks to all of you who supported our raffle. Bill Burke won the 50-inch TV and Pendleton blanket. Bill donated the 50 inch-TV to the Wednesday night cultural class. A big thanks to Bill for his generous donation. Thanks to all who helped and participated either as community member or a participant. Nixyaawii Celebration Committee 2017 THE NEW BEGINNINGS COALITION and Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center Prevention Programs would like to thank those who came to support our annual Talent Show. We had 23 performers. A lot of work was put together by our prevention staff Marcy Picard, Wenona Scott, Jay Stanley, Sissy Falcon and Kelsey Burns. Thank you to the DJ that provided all of the music and videos. Also we would like to thank the Wildhorse Resort & Casino for hosting the talent show in the Rivers Event Center; it was a wonderful event. At the end of the show, Wenona Scott gave the closing remarks and quoted Nelson Mandela, “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” That’s what our Talent Show is about, encouraging others to share their talents with the world! Again thank you on behalf of New Beginnings, and Yellowhawk Alcohol & Drugs, and Suicide Prevention Programs. We hope we see you at our next event! ON BEHALF OF THE FAMILY of atway Rhonda “Nu-Nu” Minthorn, we’d like to thank everyone for the condolences and prayers, and to the following for helping us while she was in hospital and in the time of her passing. If we missed anyone please know it isn’t intentional. Thank you to everyone at Yellowhawk, Kadlec, Willowbrook, CTUIR Board of Trustees, General Council, DNR, and Enrollment, everyone at Public Works as well as staff at Yakama Nation for their assistance. Thank you Armand Minthorn, Jess Nowland and Michael Ray Johnson for officiating; Irma

Totus and Michelle Spencer for dressing her; the drummers Kite Minthorn, Fermore Craig, Victor Bates, Sam Spino, William Shawaway, Isaiah Welch, Logan Quaempts, Gail Shippentower, Tommy Pierre Jr. and Junior Sam for the beautiful songs; hunter Michael Ortiz; cooks Lynn Sue Jones, Jan Jones, Trinette Nowland, Shawna Gavin, Beth Looney, Jolie Wendt and LeAnn Alexander; the Minthorn nephews for being pallbearers: Jesse Sr., Tysen, Adam Dean, Dusty, Dimitri, Rob, James and Lamar; Odie Minthorn for truck; graveside speakers Marcia Minthorn and Robert Taylor; Marjorie Waheneka and Rosie Hines for tulee mat and dish; Ada May Patrick, Lisa Minthorn, and Abby Farrow Stapleman and niece for garments and moccasins; Bibzee Lopez, Victoria Baker and Michael Ray from the Mission Senior Center for sending food. Last but not least, in no particular order, to the following for their support: Ricky and Marcia Minthorn, Deanie Johnson, Dena Brown, Babette Cowapoo, Marjorie Waheneka, Kite and Pat Minthorn, Lorene Spencer, Jue Jue Withers, Melanie Colwash, Lela Tewee, Micheal Minthorn, Maureen Minthorn, Malissa Minthorn Winks, Teresa Parker, Tessie Williams, Roberta Lou Williams, Christopher Williams, Shalaya Williams, Charles Jones, Camille Spino, Rosenda Shippentower, Deb Shippentower, Bill and Stevie Quaempts, Clayton Johnson, Carmen James, Mary James, Josephine and Arnold Lavadour, Mitzi Rodriguez, Alfreda Kipp, Julie Taylor, Ellen Taylor, Larry Cowapoo, Candice Cowapoo, Koko Hufford, Tina Minthorn, Doris Scott and Nelson, Mia Freeman, Debbie Craig Penney, Rosie Hines, Sherri Saunders, Jojo Wilson, Beth Brouillard, Cameron Shawl and family, NPAIHB, Steven Hart and the Hart girls, Patty Thompson, Vern and Elvira Guardipee, Malinda Frank. Thank you to family who brought in bundles for our giveaway. The intention behind us giving is to help our family members go forward in a respectful way with the things that were in place before this big loss. She was proud of her family and supported everything that they were active in, no matter what it was. Her nephew Kellen Joseph will go forward with sponsoring his dance special at Wildhorse powwow this year, the kids will continue with their sports and cultural participation, and some family will fish, hunt and gather for those who cannot. There will not be a memorial this summer for atway Sylvana Denise Minthorn Shippentower as originally planned. Instead, we will combine the sisters’ stone settings, memorials and namings into one, to be held June/July 2018. It has been a hard year for this family, and we are all doing our best to honor our unwritten laws the best we can in these changing times. Thank You.

July Birthdays: 8th: Jalissa Dave 9th: Tabatha Brigham, Jr. Bronson, Zelda Bronson, Isaac Vanpelt, Hazel Quaempts 17th: Dolores Gonzalez 20th: Cassandra Franklin, Jalen Kash Kash 21st: Osias Edmiston 22nd: Sarah Frater 27th: Dennis Quaempts Sr. Anniversaries: 7th: Raymond & Bonnie Harrison 26th: Cheryl & Gene Shippentower



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Ramon Ayala to perform at Wildhorse Resort July 29 MISSION – Ramon Ayala or “The King of the Accordion” as many norteño bands call him will be performing on the outdoor stage of Wildhorse Resort & Casino on July 29. Ayala, a Latino norteño style artist, has won many American and Latino Grammy Awards and has record sales of roughly 750,000 units per year, according to his website Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert are on sale in the Wildhorse gift shop and can be purchased online at Premium seats, or Estrella Club Seats, are $109 and include up-close seating, access to a private bar and pre-show food. Most seats are general admission on the lawn, but a limited number of reserved seating is available. Club Wild members can get the general admission tickets for $39 and non-club members can purchase them for $49. It is recommended to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit for guests who purchase general admission tickets The show is open to guests of all ages. A no-host bar will be available as well as food vendors and a dance floor.

Meacham yard sale to be held Aug. 5 MEACHAM – The community’s sixth-annual Yard Sal will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, in the parking lot at Oregon Trail Store & Deli. Mountain Millie’s famous hamburgers will for sale. A parade is planned at 9:30 a.m. Participants are encouraged to be ready to line up by 9 a.m. After the bills are paid, the yard sale proceeds will go toward the Oregon Pioneer Cemetery in Meacham and the publishing of the monthly Meacham Gazette. Free spaces will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants are expected to bring their own tables to sell their goods. At the end of the day, the goods and tables must be removed and spaces cleaned. For more information, call Karen at 541-969-8227.

‘Wednesdays in the Park’ concert series begins PENDLETON – “Holiday Friends” on July 19 will be the opening show in the Wednesdays in the Park free concert series offered through the Pendleton Parks and Recreation and Sounds Like Entertainment. The concerts take place from 6-8 p.m. at Roy Raley Park. Food vendors, and a beer/wine garden, offer food and beverages. The rest of the summer series includes Foxtails Brigage July 26, Lincoln Barr Aug. 2, Ian Moore & The Lossy Coils Aug. 9, and New Transit Aug. 16. For more information call 541-966-0228.

Summer Poker Rodeo scheduled for July 19-23 MISSION – The Summer Poker rodeo hosted by Wildhorse Resort & Casino will be held July 19-23 with $15,000 in added cash and prizes. Players in the rodeo will not only participate in live play but will have expanded satellites, a complimentary players-only gourmet buffet and special hotel rates. Hotel reservations can be made by calling 800-654-9453. Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to play. For specific information such as game types, buy-ins and start times, visit or call Jeremy Maddern at 541-966-157.


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At right, Sean Hoolehan hands a career fair guest an “employee schedule”. Hoolehan is the Superintendent for the Wildhorse Golf Course Grounds and Landscaping.

At left, Plateau Server Loretta Newberry creates Chocolate Truffles at the Career Fair. Attendants of the fair got to taste test them as they inquired about job openings.

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Nancy Minthorn holds up a wad of cash as she speaks to a guest at the Wildhorse Career Fair about working as a slot floor attendant. Minthorn said that her primary job is giving our change and paying jackpots.

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“We haven’t had a WRC Career Fair solely for WRC since our last expansion,” said Lorena Thompson, Director of Human Resources, in an email. “... and this turnout was higher ... To give some comparison, we participated in a local job fair in Pendleton a couple months ago that had about 40-50 people total that we received 3 applicants from.” Thompson also said that she expects the career fair to become a regular event. Kirk Browne was a guest at

the fair who took some time inquiring at the hotel and valet booth. Browne is a Pendleton resident and said he was taking some time off from school so he was looking for a job to get him through the next year. Another attendant was Lori Picard who is relocating from Idaho. As she was driving into the area on June 26 she heard about the career fair over the radio and decided to check it out. “Wildhorse is a great place, not only to work but to grow,” said

Mindy Legore flambé’s Banana Foster Cheesecake for guests to sample during the Wildhorse Career Fair. Legore is a culinary lead and said she works wherever they need her. Wildhorse has six dining areas.

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MISSION – Junior golf was the big winner when a Wildhorse Golf Scramble generated $1,842 for youth programs. Players from the Nixyaawii Community School and Pendleton High School golf teams help players with clubs and assisted with the putting contests and side games. Nathan and Sedia Dick, and PGA Pro Mike Hegarty helped “keep us on track,” said Susan Johnson, secretary of the Golf Club at Wildhorse. The Club thanked Wildhorse Resort, Sysco and Pepsi for donations to the tournament.

Johnson noted that the Wildhorse Amateur Golf Tournament will take place July 15 and 16. Results from the scramble follow: Gross-1, Travis Beers, Shane Reinhart, Kelly Dietz, Casey Dietz. 2, Jeff Quinn, Chris Cockburn, Eric Davis, Fred Phillips. Net-1, Al Tovey, Bill Tovey, Dave Tovey, Thad Jackson. 2, Jay Wolfe, Scott Eddings, Denny Thornton, Dave Pedro. KPs-Shane Reinhart, Jeff Quinn, Travis Beers (2). Longest putt-Bill Tovey, Dave Pedro, Jake Burns, Megan George. Putting contest-1, Travis Beers. 2, Jake Burns.

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Tamkaliks Celebration and Friendship Potluck July 21-23 WALLOWA, Oregon – The 27th annual Tamkaliks Celebration and Friendship Potluck is planned July 21-23 at the pow-wow grounds on Whiskey Creek Road. Friday and Saturday mornings are open for memorials and namings. All drums are welcome and will be paid. The event includes free camping; RVs and tents are welcome. The drug-andalcohol-free event also encourages concessions. The big day is Saturday with a horse parade at 9 a.m., grand entry roll calls at 1 and 7 p.m., contest dancing, and an Owl Dance Special. Prize money of $1,000 will be on the line for dancers. On Sunday, July 23, Washat Services are scheduled at 9 a.m. to be followed by the Friendship Feast at noon. Everyone is welcome to the lunch. A roll call for dancers is set for 2 p.m. with championship dancing to follow. The opening evening on Friday, July 21, will feature a grand entry at 7 p.m. with social dancing. For more information or to ask about special events and contests call the of-

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fice of the Nez Perce Homeland Site and Visitor Center at 541-886-3101 or email In 1990 Taz Conner, a descendant of Old Chief Joseph, Tuekakas, was invited by the City of Wallowa to help plan some kind of Native American festival in Wallowa. It was decided that a friendship potluck and powwow would be the most appropriate event. Since that time, a group of 10-15 volunteers have met, planned, and worked nearly year-round to conduct the event. During the powwow and potluck, about 40-50 local people and 10-12 Native Americans with the event. In the first year, 1990, the pow wow was held in the high school gym and the potluck on the school grounds. There were about 50 participants. By the third year the event had grown so much that it was moved to a five-acre site with the pow-wow and feast outside. In 1998 the Wallowa Band Nez Perce Pow Wow and Friendship Potluck was renamed Tamkaliks (“From where you can see the mountains”) and moved to a permanent site on the Wallowa River at the edge of town.

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Thompson in a press release. “We hire excellent people with the expectation of promoting leaders from within the organization.” Everyone who attended the fair had the chance to enter a drawing to receive a one night stay in the hotel’s tower and a $100 gift certificate towards the Plateau. The winner was Maisie Januszewski. Wildhorse currently employs about 860 employees and will be expanding with expansion beginning soon. When construction is completed, Wildhorse is expected to employ as many as 960 people, according to CEO Gary George. “We think we’ll create more than 100 new jobs, but like every other employer we hope we have enough people to fill those jobs,” George said. “We have lots of jobs if people qualify … if they can be drug-and-alcohol free. The job fair, with more than 100 come in, is a good sign.”

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Najavo master weaver Anita Hathale, gives a group demostration to, from left, Barbara Hetrik, Deb Barrett and Angela Smith.

Student Cheryl Simpson and instructor Anita Hathale at the five-day Najavo weaving class Hathale taught at Crow’s Shadow.

Najavo master weaver puts on clinic for 15 students at Crow’s Shadow

MISSION – Fifteen students learned the intricacies of Navajo weaving from Master Weaver Anita Hathale at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts over five days in late June. The participants, a range of Native and non-native learners, set up donated looms and added row and row of wool threads to build up multi-colored rugs. Each participant took their looms home at the end of the class so they could complete the projects and start new ones. Hathale traveled from southeast Utah specifically to teach the weeklong class. Her designs range from traditional pat-


terns to original, contemporary motifs. “The range of style demonstrates her wonderful technical craftsmanship and allows plenty of room for new creativity, which she encourages her students to pursue,” Crow’s Shadow Executive Director Karl Davis said in a news release. Hathale grew up in a large family on the Navajo reservation in a remote area of the Four Corners, Utah. She tended to her family’s sheep as a child, learning to shear wool, then how to wash, dry, card, and spin the wool into yarn for weaving. She has woven steadily since she was a girl, and has been teaching weaving since 1999.

Charlotte Friberg was one of 15 students who took part in a five-day Navajo weaving class tauht by Master Weaver Anita Hathale in June. Hathale traveled from southeast Utah specifically to teach the weeklong class. Her designs range from traditional patterns to original, contemporary motifs.

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CTUIR Board of Trustees Minute Summaries 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.

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DATE: May 8, 2017 BOT Present: Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Rosenda Shippentower, Treasurer; Kathryn Brigham, Secretary; Aaron Ashley, Member; Armand Minthorn, Member; and Woodrow Star, Member. Gary Burke and Alan Crawford on travel. Quorum present. Old Business. Polled Resolution 17028: University of Oregon Memorandum of Understanding. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby approves the Memorandum of Understanding between the CTUIR and the University of Oregon; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby authorizes the BOT Chair to sign the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the CTUIR; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby expresses its support for the constructive working relationship between the Education and Training Committee and the Tribal Education Department with the University of Oregon as reflected in the Memorandum of Understanding and hereby directs both the Education and Training Committee and the Tribal Education Department to dedicate the time, personnel and resources to work with the University of Oregon representatives to develop and implement the programs needed to achieve objectives set forth in the Memorandum of Understanding. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 3rd day of May, 2017. Rosenda Shippentower moves to ratify Polled Resolution 17-028, Aaron Ashley seconds, Motion carries 5-0-0. Next Resolution 17-029: None. Other Board Action: 1) Motion by Natural Resource Commission for Name Change. Kat Brigham moves that the Board of Trustees directs the Tribal Planning Office and the Office of Legal Counsel to initiate amendments to the Land Development Code and the Bylaws of the Natural Resource Commission to change the title of the Commission to “Land Protection Planning Commission”, Woodrow Star seconds, motion carries 5-0-0. 2) Schedule of Annual Commission/Committee Reports by Kat Brigham, BOT Secretary. Update on rescheduled Commission/Committee meetings being moved to May 30. Woodrow Star moves to change annual Commission/Committee reports, Rosenda Shippentower seconds, motion carries 5-0-0. 3) Election Commission. Received application from Tammi Rochelle for vacant position. Discussion on C/C application process, Code and By-Laws. BOT agreed to follow the established process, therefore no action was taken on the application. DATE: May 15, 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 at another meeting. Quorum present. Old Business. None Resolution 17-029: Topic: Juvenile Code Amendments re: Truancy and Tardiness. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees enacts the proposed changes to the Juvenile Code to help reduce the absenteeism and tardiness level of CTUIR Students; AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 15th day of May, 2017. Rosenda Shippentower moves to remove the 11th Whereas and adopt changes with the exception in Exhibit 1 Chapter 6 Section d subsection 6 3, Aaron Ashley seconds, motion carries 6-0-0. b. Resolution 17-030: Topic: Education Facility. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby establishes the Education Facility Project Core Team which shall include BOT Appointed Member(s), BOT Treasurer, Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, Education Director, Finance Director, DECD Director, Planning Director, Public Works Director and a Tribal At-

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torney; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Project Core Team shall be responsible for the following: a) The new Tribal Education Facility Project (Project); b) The repurposing of the existing Yellowhawk Clinic facility, if feasible; ) Minor improvements to the existing gymnasium; d) Improvements to the July Grounds; and e) Creating a coordinated funding plan that may include outside funding sources (federal,grants, loans, tax credits); AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees authorizes the Project Core Team to develop a Request for Proposal (RFP) for an Owner’s Representative and select a firm to fulfill that role, which contract shall be subject to Board of Trustees approval; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees authorizes the Project Core Team to develop an RFP for Project architectural and engineering services and to select a firm to provide those services, which contract shall be subject to Board of Trustees approval; AND BE IT FURHTER RESOLVED, the Board of Trustees adopts this Resolution, in part, for the purpose of establishing compliance with the requirements of 1.150-2 of the Treasury Regulations, and the Board of Trustees hereby declares its official intent to use proceeds of the new Tribal Education Facility Debt to reimburse itself for Reimbursement Expenditures incurred after the date of this Resolution. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 15th day of May, 2017. Move to adopt Resolution 17-029. Woodrow Star moves to adopt resolution, Alan Crawford seconds, motion carries 5 for (Woodrow Star, Alan Crawford, Aaron Ashley, Kat Brigham and Rosenda Shippentower) – 1 against (Jeremy Wolf) – 0 abstaining. Other Board Action: None. BOT Travel Reports. Deferred. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. Woodrow Star cancelling Salem trip but wanted to know if Gary or Aaron will assist in Flag presentation at Tribal Government Day at the state capitol. 2) Kat Brigham polled leave request on May 12 from 1-4pm. Kat Brigham moves to approve leave requests and Gary Burke or Aaron Ashley will assist with flag presentation at Salem for tribal day, since Woodrow Star cancelled his trip, Woodrow Star seconds, motion carries 6-0-0. DATE: May 22, 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 17-031: Topic: Executive Management Policy. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees approves the amendments to the Executive Management Policy (Policy) which reorganizes the Office of the Executive Director and eliminates the role of the Deputy Executive Director in the attached Exhibit 1 and related organizational chart in Exhibit 2; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, an updated and properly formatted version of this amended Policy will be posted and accessible on the CTUIR internal website; AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 22nd of May, 2017. Move to adopt Resolution 17-031. Aaron Ashley moves to adopt resolution, Rosenda Shippentower seconds, motion carries 4 for (Aaron Ashley, Rosenda Shippentower, Alan Crawford and Jeremy Wolf) – 2 against (Woodrow Star and Kat Brigham) – 0 abstaining. Other Board Action: 1) Conflict of Waiver letter approved by polled motion. Kat Brigham moves to ratify polled motion regarding Conflict of Waiver letter. Jeremy Wolf seconds, motion carries 5 for (Kat Brigham, Jeremy Wolf, Woodrow Star, Aaron Ashley and Alan Crawford) – 1 against (Rosenda Shippentower) – 0 abstaining. 2) General Council Chair Report. Alan Crawford, General Council received letter from Election Commission with recommendation to BOT minutes on page 18B

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Rec. program searching for temporary employees MISSION – The Tribal Recreation Program is looking for temporary employees to start work on July 10. If you are interested, register at the Office of Human Resources (HR) in the south wing on the first floor of the Nixyaawii Governance Center. The rate of pay is $10 per hour and the job will go until August. All interested applicants must be at least 18 years old and pass a pre-employment drug test and a criminal background check. For further information, contact HR at 541-429-7180 .

First chinook Cyndee Bean did it right the first time After losing a lunker the night before, Cyndee Bean wasn’t about to let this 28inch chinook swim off, especially since it was her first catch. She used hook-andline just like Joe Ball showed her in a spot upriver from Cayuse. Ball had been showing her the ropes for about the last three weekends before Bean pulled her first salmon onto the rocks June 17. “It was exciting and I wasn’t about to let this one go because the night before or well close to dark I almost had one then but my line broke,” Bean said. “So this time I was real determined to keep this fish.” Ball said he had to keep telling Bean not to “horse” it. Besides that, he said, she let her tip down and let the fish run downstream. That’s not something he taught her. “I have to remember to keep the pole turned up the river,” she said. “It was exciting, but I have a lot of things to learn about fishing.” Besides hook and line, Bean said she wants to learn to gaff as well. Larry Allen gave Bean her “very own” fishing pole and tackle box for catching her first fish “so I’m pretty excited about some more fishing.” And by the way, Bean said, contrary to some reports, “I didn’t scream that loud when I was reeling the fish in.”

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Co-ed pee-wee flag football held Aug. 15 PENDLETON - Co-ed pee-wee flag football will begin August 15 for first and second graders at Steve Price Field. Teams will meet every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. Registration fee is $18. Pee-wee football will combine funda-

mentals and practice time followed by the structure of a short game. Team flags are provided. Register by Aug. 8 by calling Pendleton Parks & Recreation at 541-276-8100 or visit

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Hot + cold = floating Waylon Breazeale, Bradley Breazeale and Emma Star float down the Umatilla River at the Gibbon swimming hole to cool down from the summer heat, which has routinely been in the 90s in June. Don’t expect much a lot of cooler days in July.

Community Picnic set for Aug. 9 MISSION – The Community Picnic of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) is to be held Aug. 9 at the July Grounds from 4-7 p.m. Several activities are planned and prizes will be handed out. A barbeque meal will be served to all in attendance, which are generally a couple hundred people. Aug. 9 will mark the twelfth year that the Housing Department of the CTUIR has organized the event and the CTUIR Public

Works Department has assisted in setup. “Our goal is to share resources, programs, and services available,” said an email sent by Deb Wallace, CTUIR Office Housing Specialist. Wallace is currently getting vendors and extra activities lined up for the event. She hopes to have poney rides available for the kids. Volunteers are also needed. Those interested can sign up by calling 541429-7920.


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Tamastslikt exhibit explores trade blankets MEACHAM Contributed by Tamastslikt Cultural Institute

1890, these blankets were a staple of the fur trade, especially in Canada and the MISSION - A new exhibit opens at northern tier states. Tamástslikt Cultural Institute on Aug. During the same period, Navajo weav4, 2017 and will be on display through ers were earning reknown for their fineOct. 14. wearing blankets. But with the arrival “Kaleidoscope of Color: A m e r i c a n of trading posts at the end of the 19th Indian Trade Blankets” century, traders explores commercially encouraged Naproduced trade blankets vajo customers to as an important facet of focus on the proAmerican Indian culture. duction of rugs Opening day is free to the for sale to distant public. markets; this adThe exhibition will vice, coupled with showcase 20 pre-1925 reservation conblankets from wellstraints that limited known historic manufacTribal access to the turers such as Pendleton materials needed Woolen Mills, Buell Manto create their own ufacturing Company, J. blankets, ultimately Capps & Sons, Racine led Navajo weavers Woolen Mills, and Orto stop making blanegon City Woolen Mills. kets. As a result, enThe featured blankets terprising American are from private collecwoolen mills jumped tions and offer a rare on the opportunity Co m m er cia lly pr od uc ed tra de opportunity to see some and began producblankets are the focus of the new ex hi bi t at Ta m of the most colorful ing brightly-colored as ts lik t Cu ltu ra l In sti tu te on th e items ever created by blankets with bold Um at illa In dia n Reservation. American industrial geometric designs for designers. sale to the American The early residents of Indian population. North America fashioned warm robes for These trade blankets soon became an imthemselves for many millennia. Whether portant part of American Indian culture crafted from woven cotton, yucca, feath- and for general household use. ers or rabbit skins, or made from tanned Although Indian trade blankets are elk or buffalo hides, wearing blankets synonymous with 20th century reserwas a ubiquitous feature of the Ameri- vation style, they were never Tribalcan Indian wardrobe. Trade blankets designed or Tribal-made. Manufacturers made by outsiders didn't appear on the were dependent on sales to the noncontinent until the 18th century, when Tribal population. Instead of transferring the Hudson’s Bay Company imported specific Tribal designs onto blankets, English “point” blankets. From 1780 to they created patterns that appealed to

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mainstream romantic stereotypes of American Indian imagery and specific pattern names were assigned because of their lyrical quality rather than any relationship to objective origins. Trade blanket aficionados favor blankets made prior to 1942 – the year mills began manufacturing for the war effort. The majority of vintage robes still in circulation come from non-Tribal families as American Indian people took great pride in their blankets and generally used them until they were worn out. Others were valued as burial attire and the practice of wrapping departed relatives in a new Pendleton blanket is still common in some American Indian communities. Indian trade blankets are among the most colorful items ever created by American industrial designers. Made for both the American Indian trade and for general household use, a half–dozen manufacturers once made these vibrant woolen robes. Today, Oregon’s Pendleton Woolen Mills is the sole surviving producer of the trade blankets that are a fixture throughout Indian Country and the American West. The Museum Store at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute features several exclusive Pendleton Wool blanket designs that are recreations of historical patterns. Others are contemporary Tribal designs that also can only be found in the Museum Store alongside Pendleton Wool blankets of the company's own design. For more information, go to www.

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YARD SALE Saturday Aug. 5 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Spaces are free on a firstcome, first-serve basis at the Oregon Trail Store & Deli parking lot. Mtm. Millie’s famous hamburgers will be sold on site.

Parade at 9:30 a.m. Entrants should be there by 9 to line up and be ready. After all the bills are paid, proceeds will go toward the Oregon Pioneer Cemetery at Meacham and publication of the monthly Meacham Gazette.

Questions? Call Karen at 541-969-8227


CTUIR Board of Trustees Minute Summaries Continued from page 14B not have a special election for the vacant BOT member position. Alan Crawford moves to go with Election Commission recommendation to not have a special election for the BOT member position, Woodrow Star seconds, motion carries 4 for (Alan Crawford, Woodrow Star, Jeremy Wolf and Rosenda Shippentower – 2 against (Aaron Ashley and Kat Brigham) – 0 abstaining. BOT Travel Reports. No action items to report. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Deb Croswell, annual leave May 23 from noon to 2 PM; Jeremy Wolf, travel May 23-24 to Portland for CRITFC meeting and Kat Brigham travel, May 31 to June 1 to Little Creek Casino to meet with Speaker Chopp. Woodrow Star moves to approve leave requests, Kat Brigham seconds, motion carries 6-0-0.

Child Care Development Program You may be eligble for child care assistance if you meet these requirements: * Reside in the service area, which is on or near the Umatilla Indian Reservation (this includes Umatilla, Morrow and Union Counties) and the ceded areas; * Child(ren) must be enrolled OR a descendant of a Federally Recognized Tribe; * Meet the income eligibility based on the Sliding Fee Scale; * Must be employed, attending school and/or vocation program, and/or active job searches. 18B

DATE: June 5, 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. None Resolution 17-032: Topic: Resolution 17-032: Topic: Amendment to lease with Total Renal Care, Inc. (Davita). RESOLVED, the Board of Trustees hereby approves the First Amendment to Lease Agreement (Lease Amendment) between the Confederated Tribes and Total Renal Care, Inc.; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees authorizes its Chairman to execute the attached Lease Amendment or one containing substantially similar terms, to submit the Lease Amendment to the BIA for Secretarial approval as required by Federal law, and to take such further action and execute additional documents that may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this Resolution. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 5th day of June, 2017. Kat Brigham moves to adopt Resolution, Jeremy Wolf seconds, motion carries 7-0-0. Resolution 17-033: Wildhorse Resort & Casino Expansion. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby expresses its support for an expansion of the Wildhorse Resort & Casino and authorizes the Wildhorse Chief Executive Officer to take appropriate action in connection with such expansion; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees does hereby approve the project construction cost estimate of $85 million plus an allocation of associated project soft costs (Tribal permits, loan fees, FFE, surveillance, etc.) and the scope of the Wildhorse expansion presented by the Wildhorse Chief Executive Officer at the work session on June 2, 2017, which scope included the construction of a new 11 story hotel with 211 rooms, outdoor pool, 32 lane bowling alley, the addition of 4 theaters to the Cineplex, an events arena (shell only), parking garage and additional office space for Wildhorse and Gaming Commission staff, which expansion may be further revised and refined by the Wildhorse Chief Executive Officer and his management team as further analysis and progress on the expansion occurs; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees does hereby authorize the Wildhorse Chief Executive Officer to negotiate an architectural and engineering agreement with Thalden Boyd Emery (TBE) Architects to complete the design and provide related architectural and engineering services in connection with the Wildhorse expansion project, which services shall be paid by Wildhorse Capital Improvement Project funds; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees does hereby authorize the Wildhorse Chief Executive Officer to develop and post a Request For Proposal (RFP) for, and retain, an Owner’s Representative and a General Contractor for the Wildhorse expansion project, which agreements shall be subject to Board of Trustees approval; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees does hereby authorize and direct its Treasurer, the Tribal Finance Director, the Wildhorse Chief Executive Officer and Tribal Attorney to develop a proposal for financing phase II of the Wildhorse Expansion project in accordance with Exhibit 1C to this Resolution, and the final budget for, and any loan agreement to finance, the Wildhorse

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Phase II expansion project shall be subject to Board of Trustees approval; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees does hereby approve the draft schedule for the Wildhorse expansion project which is set forth in Exhibit 2 to this Resolution; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees adopts this Resolution, in part, for the purpose of establishing compliance with the requirements of §1.150-2 of the Treasury Regulations, and the Board of Trustees hereby declares its official intent to use proceeds of the Wildhorse Expansion Debt to reimburse itself for Reimbursement Expenditures incurred after the date of this Resolution; AND, that said Resolution has not been modified, amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. Dated this 5th day of June, 2017. Armand Minthorn moves to adopt Resolution, Woodrow Star seconds, motion carries 6 for (Armand Minthorn, Woodrow Star, Aaron Ashley, Jeremy Wolf, Alan Crawford and Kat Brigham) – 0 against -1 abstaining (Rosenda Shippentower). Resolution: 17-034 Topic: Declaration of Crow’s Shadow Institute of Arts Day. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation declares Monday, June 12, 2017 as Crow’s Shadow Day; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that CTUIR will host a Tribal Celebration in the Rotunda of the Nixyaawii Governance Center on Monday, June 12, 2017 to continue the CSIA 25th Anniversary Celebration with the tribal community; AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 5th day of June, 2017. Armand Minthorn moves to adopt Resolution, Jeremy Wolf seconds, motion carries 7-0-0. Other Board Action: 1) Request for Veterans Organization recognition by the Tribal Veterans Services Program of the CTUIR. Alan Crawford moves to approve the letter to Veterans Organization requesting recognition of CTUIR Veterans Program, Woodrow Star seconds, motion carries 7-0-0. 2) Commission and Committee Update by Kat Brigham, BOT Secretary. -Economic & Community Development Committee (ECDC), 1 vacancy with 1 application. Kat Brigham moves to reappoint Jeff Van Pelt to ECDC for 2 year term, Woodrow Star seconds, motion carries 7-0-0. -Election Commission, two vacancies, with four applications from Tami Rochelle, Pam Peterson, Roberta Wilson and Michelle Thompson. On May 12th Christina Barkley submitted her resignation and Election Commission accepted it. BOT will appoint two vacancies and the remaining two applications will be sent to General Council to select one. ACTION taken, Michelle Thompson was appointed to Position 4 and Roberta Wilson was appointed to Position 8 as BOT appointee’s and other two applications will be forwarded to General Council to review for Position 3 appointment. -Umatilla Culture Coalition (UCC), 1 vacancy with one application. Kat Brigham moves to reappoint Fred Hill Sr. to UCC for two year term, Armand Minthorn seconds, motion carries 7-0-0. -Tribal Water Commission TWC), one vacancy with application from Kristen Conner. Kat Brigham moves to reappoint Kristen Conner to TWC for 2 year term, Woodrow Star seconds, motion carries 7-0-0. -Terms Expiring: Kelly Long, Tribal Water Commission, term expires on July 6. Kat Brigham moves to send a letter of notification to member letting her know that her terms is expiring and the BOT will be advertising for one vacant position, Aaron Ashley seconds, motion carries 7-0-0. -Will continue to advertise for: 1 position for Housing Commission - 4 year term, meet on 3rd Tuesday @ 9 am. 1 position for Tiichám Conservation District - 2 year term, meet 2 & 4 Tuesday @ 1 pm. All applications will be due Monday, June 19 by 4:00 PM. A BOT work session will be scheduled Friday, June 23 at 8:30 AM to review applications and will take action on the application appointments on Monday, June 26. BOT Travel Reports. Deferred. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Jeremy Wolf, Personal leave June 8 and Travel June 14, Rainwater tour. 2) Rosenda Shippentower, Personal leave June 15. 3) Woodrow Star, June 8-9 for Healing Lodge meeting at Spokane, WA. Kat Brigham moves to approve leave requests, Armand Minthorn seconds, motion carries 7-0-0.

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Top citizen at Sherwood Addison Jones-Kosey, daughter of Jake Kosey and Rachel Jones, received the Citizens Award certificate from Sherwood Heights Elementary from her fourth grade teacher. The award was given to one boy and one girl who have shown outstanding citizenship based on treating others with respect, respecting authority, helps peers, has a positive attitude, is caring, arrives to school prepared, and takes responsibilities for their learning.

Creative writing class begins July 10 PENDLETON â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A class for creative writing and local history is open for youth ages 12-18 who are interested in research, creative writing, history, and/ or genealogy. The class will meet Mondays for four weeks beginning July 10 from 5-6 p.m. and will cost $18. Students will learn and write about Pendletonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first cemetery, Pioneer Park Cemetery, and the history related to the founding of Pendleton. Lessons in the class will cover writing, revision, and research techniques. No experienced required and all supplies provided. For more information or to register contact the Pendleton Parks & Recreation at 541-276-8100 or visit

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