Shane Rivera, boys’ basketball coach at Nixyaawii Community School, was named Oregon Class 1A Coach of the Year. Two NCS players made all-state teams. Turn to Page 2B for more.
Natives from area high schools graduated in late May and early June. Photos of graduation ceremonies can be found on Pages 4A and 5A and photos of the graduates can be found on Pages 20A and 21A.
Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker signs the shirt of Lilian Nomee at the Kyle Petty charity motorcycle ride that had a pit stop at Arrowhead Truck Plaze in early May. For more turn to Page 23B.
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Tribes buy Pendleton golf course
NCS Board election June 10
By Wil Phinney of the CUJ
Voters will select two instead of three new members By the CUJ
MISSION – The election for the Nixyaawii Community School (NCS) Board is June 10 – and things have changed. Voters will be electing two board members instead of three. The election will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the school lobby. The change in the number of elected positions was made at its meeting May 13 when the school board voted to reduce its membership from seven to five. Voters will see a list of three candidates on the ballot – incumbent Candice Patrick and two newcomers in Marissa Baumgartner and Andrea Hall. Another incumbent, Syreeta Azure, has declared herself a write-in candidate,
Color me Brockie Traditional boys dancer Demetri Brockie Jr. pivots for his next move during the Eastern Oregon University Pow Wow. Brockie travelled to La Grande for the event with his mother Midnite Halfmoon. See more Page 6B. CUJ photo/Dallas Dick
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PENDLETON – The Confederated Tribes have purchased the 248.5-acre Pendleton Country Club (PCC) located along Highway 395 between Pendleton and Pilot Rock about 12 miles southwest as the crow flies from Wildhorse Resort Golf Course. Gary George, CEO at Wildhorse, said there will be “synergy” between the two golf courses, although the details haven’t been worked out. “We haven’t had enough time to determine that yet, but if one golf course is full, we could shuttle to the other,” George said. “When PCC is full during the Round-Up City Am golfers could come to Wildhorse to play and when the Oregon Senior Open is at Wildhorse golfers could go to PCC. There could always be somewhere available for golf. We wouldn’t have to turn anyone away.” The boundary of the Umatilla Indian Reservation is less than two miles east of the PCC Clubhouse, across Highway 395 and McKay Reservoir. Since March, Wildhorse Golf Course maintenance workers have been working alongside a skeleton PCC crew to get the golf course in shape. In mid-May 15 people were hired through Wildhorse Resort & Casino, which will manage PCC as a golf course at least through the summer. Tribes buy PCC on Page 27A
One for the books Classmates celebrate as Deontae Johnson is announced as the 2019 Nixyaawii Community School Prom King. Mari Mills was voted Prom Queen. See more Page 19B. CUJ photo/Jill-Marie Gavin
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Tribes celebrate as Governor Kate Brown presents a signed proclamation designating May 18-25 2019’s American Indian Week in Oregon. From top left is Miss Warm Springs Charisse Heath, BOT Chair Gary Burke, BOT member Aaron Ashley, Coos Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Vice Chair Marke Petrie. In the middle row from left is Warm Springs Chair Raymond Tsumpti, Grand Ronde Tribal Council member Denise Harvey and Legislative Commission on Indian Services member Jacki Mercer. In the front row from left is Grand Ronde Chair Cheryle Kennedy, Coquille Tribe’s Chair Brenda Meade, Cow Creek Band Chair Dan Courtney and Grand Ronde Vice Chair Chris Mercier standing around Gov. Brown.
Governor Kate Brown greets Board of Trustees Member at Large Aaron Ashley and Chair Gary Burke at the State Capitol May 16. Ashley and Burke were among several tribal leaders who travelled to Salem to participate in the Nine Tribes’ Spring Celebration put on by the Legislative Commission on Indian Services. CUJ photos/Jill-Marie Gavin
Governor proclaims American Indian Week in May By Jill-Marie Gavin of the CUJ
SALEM – The sound of drums and singing echoed through the rotunda and halls of the Oregon State Capitol building during the 2019 Nine Tribes Spring Celebration May 16. Tribal leaders from each of Oregon’s nine federally recognized Tribes spoke about their relationship with the state government and recalled the journey that tribal leaders have travelled to get to where they are today. The celebration was organized by the Legislative Commission on Indian Services and attended by Oregon Tribes as well as the Native American Rehabilitation Association who all provided information tables outside the entrance to the Senate. Senator Bill Hansell of Athena spoke about his experience working with Tribes while he has represented District 29 in eastern Oregon. The Umatilla Indian Reservation boundaries are within the 29th district, Hansell noted, and he said he is honored to be able to continue a positive relationship with the Tribes in all their government-to-government
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communication. Chair for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Cheryle Kennedy acknowledged each of the Tribal leaders that travelled to the Capitol to participate in the celebration and signing ceremony for the American Indian Week proclamation. Grand Ronde bused in students from their Elementary Chinuk Language Program. The students, in grades kindergarten through third, danced to a paddle song in the regalia customary to their coastal tribe. Lunch, which was also provided by the Grand Ronde Tribe, was trucked in from the kitchens of Spirit Mountain Casino. The Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation was represented by Chair Gary Burke and m Aaron Ashley. Burke, CTUIR’s representative on the Legislative Commission on Indian Services, spoke during the Spring Celebration procession while Ashley served as a member of the color guard for CTUIR’s flag. Burke spoke of CTUIR’s evolving relationship with the Oregon state government. He noted, particularly, the Tribes’ special relationship with
Governor Kate Brown. Ashley said of his time in the Capitol for the event, “To me, that action (signing of the American Indian Week Proclamation) by our Governor is a testament to not only the CTUIR’s efforts, but all Oregon Tribes in recognizing the tribes. It is an action of respect and recognition of our ongoing relationship with the State of Oregon. Our presence at the State Capitol, I am learning in my short tenure as a BOT member, is well received and we are consistently praised by many at the state level for CTUIR’s representation and reputation for consultation, collaboration and being at the forefront for leadership and excellence.” Ashley also expressed his gratitude for being able to attend the signing of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Bill signing in the Governor’s Office later that day. Ashley and Kola Shippentower-Thompson attended the Governor’s ceremonial bill signing of HB 2625 (sponsored by Rep. Tawna Sanchez) after the Spring Celebration.
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CUJ News Close arrested in Yellowhawk bomb threat incident By the CUJ
MISSION – David Close faces Tribal charges of menacing and disorderly conduct in connection with a verbal bomb threat that he allegedly made to an employee at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center on May 21. Close, an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, was arrested by Tribal Police
on the evening of May 21 and taken to the Umatilla County Corrections Facility in Pendleton. He was released the next morning on his own recognizance. According to a May 28 news release from Yellowhawk, the safety of patients, employees and the facility were threatened by the clinic patient’s actions. The news release, issued by Yellowhawk CEO Lisa Guzman, did not name
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additional information. Close, a former Secretary on the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, has an attorney. Close was scheduled to make his first appearance in Tribal Court on June 17. If Daley files a criminal complaint, Close could be arraigned at that proceeding, according to Tribal Court information.
The ribbon has been cut at Wanapa Road during a ceremony June 4. From left to right, Ashley Wheeler, Umatilla City Council, David Stockdale, City Manager, Gary Burke, Chair CTUIR BOT, Kim Puzey, Port of Umatilla General Manager and Troy Bowser, Superintendent Two Rivers Correctional Institute. The cut was made by Umatilla Mayor Mary Dedrick who stands in front.
UMATILLA – A ribbon-cutting ceremony June 4 opened Wanapa Road, which opens for development more than 500 acres of land, 120 acres of which are owned by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). The project is a collaborative effort of CTUIR, the City of Umatilla, the Port of Umatilla, and Oregon Department of Corrections. The project has been in the works since 2013 when the Oregon legislature, with leadership from Representative Greg Smith, passed a bill appropriating $3.5 in lottery bond proceeds to build a road and utility infrastructure accessing previously landlocked properties owned by the Port, CTUIR, and the Department of Corrections. The City of Umatilla will own and maintain the road. Wanapa Road starts at Beach Access Road and ends one mile due east on a 120-acre industrial parcel owned by CTUIR. CTUIR provided staff for project management, and the project wasn’t without challenges, according to Bill Tovey, CTUIR’s Director of Economic and Community Development. “We have a list of about twenty federal, state, local, and tribal agencies and departments that we had to coordinate with at various times throughout project planning and construction,” Tovey said in a news release. “There were a couple delays but we’ve had great support at the local level and are really pleased with the result. Hopefully this infrastructure investment will attract new industry and new jobs to the area.” As it heads east, the road passes seven 20-acre lots owned by the Port of Umatilla that previously had limited or no infrastructure access, as well as a 160-acre port lot just south of the CTUIR’s industrial
Close or the charges. Per policy, the news release states, the bomb threat was reported to the Umatilla Tribal Police Department. Close was later arrested by Tribal Police. Tribal Police Chief Tim Addleman referred all questions to Tribal Prosecutor Kyle Daley. As of June 4, Daley had not returned numerous email and phone requests for
Lined up in front of an industrial site sign are CTUIR representatives, from left, Ryan DeGroft, Economic Planner; Willie Sigo IV, General Council Chair; Gary Burke, BOT Chair; Don Williams, Economic Development Commission; Antone Minthorn, Leo Stewart, and Bill Tovey, ECDC Director.
parcel. As the road was being designed, Port of Umatilla General Manager Kim Puzey worked to ensure electrical vaults and utility stub-outs were installed at intervals to serve those properties. The land on which Wanapa Road was built was contributed to the project by the Department of Corrections, which owns roughly 150 acres of undeveloped land east of Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI). The road serves that parcel as well, enabling future growth of the prison or other development opportunities. TRCI Superintendent Troy Bowser and other corrections staff worked closely with the project team to minimize operational disruptions. “TRCI is a proud member of our community and values the coordination and cooperation by CTUIR and the City of Umatilla during construction of Wanapa Road. Wanapa Road provides greater access for supplies, and services to assist TRCI in meeting the
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needs of our local community, and keeping our local citizens safe as we continue to grow and prosper,” Browser said in the news release. The City of Umatilla has played a critical role in the development of Wanapa Road as well. Seeing the potential for new jobs and a growing industrial tax base, City leadership has been supportive of the project from early on. Umatilla City Council ‘Hopefully approved a land use excepthis tion to provide sewer service to the CTUIR property, infrastructure and the City’s administrainvestment tive staff and public works will attract department were active contributors throughout new industry construction. and new jobs In the news release, Dave Stockdale, Umatilla’s City to the area.’ - Bill Tovey, Director Manager, elaborated on the of CTUIR Department significance of the project. of Economic “It is an exciting time and Community in Umatilla where we are Development experiencing the cultivation of partnership demonstrated through the sharing of combined expertise and resources with a look into a brighter future. Some may consider Wanapa Road simply a road, and they wouldn’t be wrong, but this project was much more. This road symbolizes the collaboration of Tribal, State, Port, and City governments working together to enhance community and economic development that supports the current and future needs of our great community. We are so pleased to celebrate this collaborative achievement and partnerships, and look forward to celebrating the future economic fruits of these labors,” Stockdale said.
21 Natives graduate at Pendleton High School
Cheyenne Bronson takes her diploma and shakes hands with Dale Freeman, chairman of the Pendleton School District Board of Directors.
Korie Matilda shakes hands with Pendleton High School Principal Melissa Sandven at the commencement ceremony held in the Round-Up Grounds under sunny skies June 1. CUJ photos/Phinney
Kaiya Spencer and Trent Sorey strike a pose as they enter the Round-Up Grounds through the calf chutes.
Megan George received her diploma and congratulations from her father, Gary George, who is a member of the Pendleton School District Board of Directors.
Morningstarr Redcrane looks back over her shoulder at the crowd in the west grandstands as she enters the Round-Up arena at the start of the graduation ceremony for Pendleton High School June 1.
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The 2019 graduating class from Nixyaawii Community School included, front row from left, James Penney, Jacob Gillpatrick, Carissa Yallup, Thomas Bushman, Mari Mills, Jayden Bryant, Keala Van Horn, Deontae Johnson, Kyle Close, and back row from left, Lucus Arellanes, Rayvin Van Pelt, Dazon Sigo, Alyssa Tonasket, Deven Barkley, Ermia Butler, and Austin Ancheta.
16 graduate from Nixyaawii School
Carissa Yallup was all smiles when she received her diploma.
Sixteen graduates received their diplomas May 24 at the 15th commencement for the Nixyaawii Community School, the charter school on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. An estimated 600 people packed the Rivers Event Center at Wildhorse Resort & Casino for the event, which featured drumming and singing by the Golden Eagle Wings Drum Group. The keynote speaker was J.D. Tovey, Planning Director for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. His remarks are featured on Page 6A. Also making speeches were Austin Ancheta, the class valedictorian, and Dazon Sigo, class salutatorian. Principal Ryan Heinrich and NCS School Board Chair Randall Melton presented diAustin Ancheta plomas. In his remarks, Ancheta talked about stories. “... We each the opportunity and the choice to write our own story in which we live a positive, constructive, joyfukl life or one that is destructive and miserable ... We can each choose to become the hero in our life story; we each have that choice ... Let’s get out there and make our lives stories worth telling...”
Deontae Johnson checks out his poster board of photos from when he was much younger during the reception for Nixyaawii Community School graduates at Wildhorse Casino May 31. Johnson said he plans to join the National Guard.
Families join A-W grads Tyree Burke, left, and Mena Laude, right, graduated from Weston-McEwen High School in Athena June 1. To the left, Randy Burke, Tyree Burke and Kathy Burke. To the right, Celestine Crawford, Mena Laude, David Wolf and Alan Crawford.
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CUJ Editorials Tovey challenges grads to give of themselves J.D. Tovey was the invited speaker at the commencement for the Nixyaawii Community School graduation May 24. The following are his remarks. I’m J.D. Tovey. Cayuse and Wallowa Band and a Wenix descendent. I am also Welsh, Scottish and English and a smattering of other backgrounds. I am the Tribal Planning Director and have been in my position for 5 years. And I have had the great joy in being a part of the development activity including the new school currently under construction. Of all the projects I have had the opportunity to work on in my career, the new school is the one I am most proud of so far. My name will never be on the building, but my fingerprints are in the foundation and for that honor I am deeply grateful. Second only to my work on the Education facility, being asked to give the Commencement Speech for the Nixyaawii graduation class of 2019 is also a great honor, and I thank the graduating class for the privilege of being here tonight. Congratulations, and I hope I do a half decent job helping you commemorate this occasion in your life. When I was asked, I was deeply honored, but was then promptly given direction that this speech could only be 15 minutes … So I had to cut my 37 or so gloriously inspiring points about life down to just 3 … I am hoping I can still keep it under 15 minutes. My own graduation ceremony. I barely paid attention, I was thinking about the trip to college in a few weeks. But I remember the speaker saying “if you want to be a millionaire before you’re 30, pay attention to this new Internet thing.” Obviously, no one listened. I’m going to give you the same notice of opportunity … If you want to be millionaires before you’re 30 … Pay attention to drone technology and development. Sacrifice Everyone knows the saying “if you love it, give it away.” It is important to know the truest meaning of sacrifice. The deepest meaning of sacrifice is that point that you much choose to do something or lose something you care about for something bigger and greater than what that thing was to you. The greatest story our tribes have is the signing of the treaty. I can’t imagine what that day was like as the entire tribe rode down into the Walla Walla Valley knowing they would be signing a document that gave away over 6 million acres of their land. Think about that sacrifice ... They had been protectors and guardians of this land for thousands of years, and they stood at the precipice of history, and had to choose to sign it away … The question is what did they get out of it? What was bigger and more important than the very land they stood on? The answer is you. Their future … a decision made for 7 generations. They signed the land away in an act of sacrifice and hoped that someday, somehow they as a people would survive. A generation is about 22-25 years long. The treaty was signed 164 years ago. 164 divided by 7 is about 23.5 so you and any young adult within about 5-10
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J.D. Tovey gave the commencement address for Nixyaawii Community School May. 24.
years of your age are the 7th generation after the signing of the Treaty. They made that sacrifice for you 16 young adults. They would never know your names, and at that time and under the circumstances they didn’t know if you would ever even exist ... Yet here you are … because of their sacrifice. Understanding and experiencing sacrifice is transformative because it makes you realize what is most important … What is bigger than yourself? But most importantly understanding the importance and deep meaning of sacrifice and remembering stories of sacrifice such as the Treaty, Indian wars, US Veterans, or even something as simple as a mother choosing to raise her child rather than attend college reminds you that nothing is owed to you. Everything you enjoy, every breath you take is because of a sacrifice thousands of ancestors made on your behalf. And begs you to always be prepared for the moment when you will also be called to give a sacrifice for something bigger than yourself. Generosity Generosity is different than sacrifice in that it is something you freely give away because it will bring joy to someone else. True generosity has no expectation of reciprocation. It can be something as simple as a smile to a stranger or a compliment to a friend. It can also mean dedicating your time or even dedicating your life to the benefit of others. I call upon you to be generous for something that is good and brings joy or value to someone else. Be generous with your time, be generous with your family and be generous to strangers. The world can be a cruel place, it beats people down, and often takes more than people have the energy to give. Smiling and saying hello to a stranger will cost you little energy, but may just be all the energy that other person needs to get through the day. Learning The act of learning is putting yourself into an unfamiliar situation. It forces your mind and body
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to adapt, change and grow. This can be something as simple as learning your colors in kindergarten, or doing something that terrifies you. Believe it or not, I’m terrified of speaking. All my childhood I was an apron-clutcher. Even until I was in my early 20’s if a teacher called upon me, I would turn scarlet and want to crawl out a window. It wasn’t until I was about 23, when I was so frustrated with myself because of it. I had a voice, I had ideas, and knew I could add value to discussions. I had to learn how to get over my fear of speaking. One never stops learning throughout their life. When challenges are placed before you, always see them as learning moments and not obstacles that you just can’t be bothered with. Obviously, the simple call to action for you is to continue with school. But that’s too easy of commencement speech trope. While school is absolutely important, and you should go on, my call to you individuals is to go see the world. Travel, see new places, hear new music and listen to new stories. Meet new people, learn from them, and try their food. Learn new ideas, make new connections, and make friends from all around the world. There are many ways to travel … joining the military, going into the Peace Corps, volunteering with a church or community service program, study abroad programs in college, or working 3 jobs one summer so you can go backpacking in Europe the second summer for a few months, however you can, get out there. Go… get out there and do all those things…. And bring that knowledge home. Bring those experiences back here to the reservation and to your community. Bring back those new ideas. A few months ago I was stopped in the grocery store by an elder. He asked me all sorts of questions about development and that development and how I liked working for the tribal government and what my ideas are for the future …. It was a lengthy conversation over the avocados. He said to me … you know, everyone is terrified of new ideas …. But do you know what is more terrifying than new ideas? …. Old ideas… Then he took my hand and pointed at me and said … “It is time for a new generation to rise.” So I stand here and I pass on those words because you are the next generation. We need your new ideas, we need your perspective, and we need your innovation for the future of these tribes and our community. Gift So I have a question for each of you. Do your promise to go out of this room to face sacrifice with honor, to be generous and most importantly, in the next 10 years, I want you to travel the world and learn everything you can about it and bring that knowledge back here for the benefit of the tribes and your community? Then my gift to you … I will offer to personally pay the application fee for a passport for each of you. I look forward to hearing about your travels, and seeing the knowledge you bring home, and over the next 20 years, I look forward to watching your generation rise.
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CUJ Op-Ed/Columns Grand Ronde not only tribe with ties to Willamette Falls By Gary Burke, Raymond Tsumpti and Delores Pigsley
As the chairs of three tribes in Oregon with interests in Willamette Falls, we feel compelled to set the record straight about the controversy over the construction of a modern, metal fishing scaffold at the falls (“Grand Ronde win right to keep Willamette Falls fishing scaffold,” Dec. 10). The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde has falsely blamed Portland General Electric for interfering with their tribe’s ceremonial fishing interests. In reality, Grand Ronde’s own Guest Column actions have turned an interOregonlive.com tribal use agreement into a May 22, 2019 major publicity stunt. Despite the Grand Ronde’s statements, they are not the only Indian tribe with historic, cultural or legal interests in Willamette Falls – far from it. For thousands of years, many different Indian bands and tribes have used the falls. Some were local, others traveled from far away to harvest fish there. Western conquest, disease, treaty-signing and forced removal scattered the original Indian people with connections to Willamette Falls. The local Kalapuya Indians were almost entirely removed to both the 1.1-million-acre Siletz Reservation along the Oregon coast and the smaller Grand Ronde reservation next to it. Those who came from the east – upstream on the Columbia and Clackamas Rivers – were removed to several reservations in central and eastern Oregon and Washington. Many of the descendants of those people are enrolled members of federally recognized tribes to the east, west and north – with rights and interests at Willamette Falls and elsewhere in the area. Although our ancestors came from many places, we are now identified by the reservations they were moved to: Siletz, Warm Springs, Umatilla, Yakama and Grand Ronde. These tribes regularly work together on issues of mutual interest on the Willamette River. Since 2001, for example, federal and state agencies have worked with Siletz, Grand Ronde, Warm Springs, Umatilla, Yakama and Nez Perce tribal governments on the cleanup of the Portland Harbor Superfund site because of the interests that all these tribes have there. More recently, Congress recognized the interests of the many tribes, not just the Grand Ronde, in protecting salmon and restoring ecological balance to the Willamette River. Unfortunately, the Grand Ronde decided to deviate from an intertribal agreement in which our tribes had committed to discuss together tribal cultural issues associated with Willamette Falls. The Grand Ronde’s unilateral action disrupted decades of tribal coopera-
tion on issues related to the Willamette. Moreover, the acted respectfully to tribes by adhering to a collaboraGrand Ronde’s decision invited conflict with the other tive process at the falls – a process the Grand Ronde tribes as well as PGE, which owns property around deliberately bypassed. Willamette Falls. We also object to the Grand Ronde’s attempt to claim the falls for themselves alone. Sadly, the As they rushed to build a metal fishing scaffold at manufactured scaffold conflict is yet another saga the falls, the Grand Ronde’s public relations camin the Grand Ronde’s effort to be seen as the only paign went into full relevant Indian tribe effect. They denied in the Portland area, as that other tribes had well as other places in The Grand Ronde’s unilateral any historic conOregon. nection to the Falls action disrupted decades of tribal That does not reflect and had a historian the history of our tribal cooperation on issues related to the support their bizarre ancestors, our cultural Willamette ... We object to the Grand claims. They falsely practices or any treaty cast PGE as a corpoRonde’s attempt to claim the falls for or law. rate villain denying We urge the leaderthemselves alone. Indians access to their ship of the Grand Ronde Tribe to work collaborahomeland. As tribal tively with all the tribes leaders, we are deeply who have interests, claims and rights on the Willaconcerned by the Grand Ronde’s rhetoric. mette River and at the falls. Our past, as well as our In reality, PGE is a model for corporate relations future, is united by Willamette Falls. with Indian tribes. Even as ecologically focused tribal governments, all of us enjoy a positive and constructive working relationship with PGE. Together, we Gary Burke chairs the Confederated Tribes of the have restored fish habitat and water quality in OrUmatilla Indian Reservation. Raymond Tsumpti chairs egon rivers. PGE has worked with tribes to facilitate lamprey harvest at the falls and to facilitate intertribal the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Delores Pigsley chairs the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. dialogue about cultural resource protection. PGE has
Freshmen excited for new school
Songs ‘keep us grounded’
Faces of eighth grade students lit up with anticipation as they got a sneak peek at their soon-to-be school Nixyaawii Community School. Eleven incoming freshmen walked around the construction site of the Nixyaawii Education Center slated to open in time for classes. Staff will move in August 12 and classes will start later that month. Nearly 30 freshmen have already enrolled in NCS. The consensus of the touring students was, “We’re ready.” At right, Alayna Bevis points a blue prints of the new school while other incoming freshmen look on.
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To the editor, I’m writing on behalf of all of us women who are incarcerated at Coffee Creek and who have just partaken of the Spring Celebration. We would like to send our love and prayers out to all the volunteers who came in to sing, drum and dance with us – Michael Ray Johnson, Shawna Gavin and Art McConville, and also to the CTUIR for donating the salmon. Thank you as these ceremonies and songs are what keep us “grounded” and bring us closer to home. Respectfully, Erin Fragua, CTUIR X-1241
CUJ Almanac How to Report a Crime to Tribal Police If you witness a crime, or are aware that one happened, you have a civic responsibility to report that crime to the tribal police. Call Tribal Dispatch 541-278-0550 or 911. Here are the steps you should follow: Dial 541-278-0550 or 911 An emergency dispatcher will answer the call Provide the dispatcher with as much information as possible so that police can find the location and provide a description of the suspects and vehicle Suspects name if you know it, clothing color, any unusual identifiers like tattoos, hair, hats, backpacks or purse - Vehicle, color, brand, license plate, any unusual modifications - Where was the last place you saw them Remain on the line until the dispatcher tells you to disconnect. Call back if you need to. Answer any questions the police may have, with as much detail as you can. This helps the police piece information together to solve a case. If you are reporting later, write a statement giving all of the details. Start at the beginning, such as when you first noticed the crime. Describe every step up to your call to the 911 dispatcher. If you continued to see or hear anything while talking to the dispatcher, give this information as well. Report a Crime at the Tribal Police Station Walk into the Tribal Police station office to report a crime to a tribal police officer. Report all of the details of the crime. Do not omit any detail. Write your statement in detail so that the suspect can be caught and punished. Leave your contact information with the police officer/deputy in case the need arises to ask you more questions after the suspect has been caught. Report crime information by email Reporting for non-emergency and observed criminal activity that has already happened. Send detailed statement giving details of what you observed. Make sure you include the date of your message and the date of crime. Tribal Dispatch - UTPD@ctuir.org
Obituaries Ruby L. Sams August 2, 1926-April 6, 2019 Ruby Lucille Sams died peacefully at her home in Thornhollow, surrounded by her children. Ruby was born August 2, 1926, on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Popular, Montana, to Chauncey F. Whitright and Mary Cecelia Akers. Ruby’s mother died when she was 5 years old, she lived with various relatives, and eventually she and her brother Chauncey ended up living with and raised by their maternal grandmother. Ruby was Yanktonias Sioux, enrolled member of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. In 1939, Ruby was 13 years old and sent to Chemawa Indian Boarding School where she met the love of her life Charles “Chuck” Sams, a young man from the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Ruby and Chuck were married April 20, 1943 in Walla Walla, Washington. Ruby spent the next several years livRuby Sams ing at Thornhollow. Upon Chuck’s return home from the military the family moved to Weston, Oregon where they resided for the next 50 years. During those years in Weston, Ruby raised her family and 3 nephews who lived with her and Chuck in order to finish high school, not to mention many other kids, who resided on and off the reservation, in the Sams household. There was always room for one more. Ruby was a domestic engineer, managing household of ten or more at all times, housework, home cooked meals every day, going to sport activities, seeing to it that homework and grades were kept up, and maintaining peace and order at all times, which was not always an easy task at the Sams home, but Ruby ran a tight ship. Ruby enjoyed life; she enjoyed her family, grandkids, great grandkids, family gatherings, reading, playing cards, watching old westerns and Archie Bunker reruns. Ruby loved Bingo, and most of all the casino, where she made many friends. Ruby’s kindness to others and thoughtfulness in giving and devotion to her family was unsurpassed. She laughed often and loved with all her heart. We will miss her dearly but are deeply blessed to have had her in our lives. Ruby was proceeded in death by her husband of 55 years in 1998. In 2000, Ruby returned to Thornhollow to live with her son. Ruby is survived by three sons, Charles “Butch” Sams, Jr. (Sarah) of Pendleton, Oregon, Dave Sams of Thornhollow, Kim Sams (Kala) of Weston, Oregon and four daughters, Mari Tester of Walla Walla, Washington, Margaret Sams, Sally Kosey (Dave), and Tammy Sams, all of Pendleton, Oregon. Grandchildren include Tonyia Tester-Loyer (Jeff) of Bothell, Washington, Charles F Sams III (Lori), Ryan E. Sams (Nikki), Aaron Noisy, Preston Bronson, Sam Sams, Corinne Sams, Feather Husties-Sams (Raymond), Jake E. Kosey all of Pendleton, Oregon. Jen Shipp and Chrissy Gaitan-Finney of Eugene, Oregon. 20 great grandchildren. Survived by brothers Ralph Whitright of Seattle, Washington and Alan Whitright of Hoods Port, Washington. She was proceeded in death by her husband Chuck, her sons Donald, John “Sluggo,” Jack Sams, brother Chauncey and Curtis Whitright, and sisters Joyce Hahn and Dorothy Todd. Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrews Church in Mission, Oregon. Sharon L. Taylor-Navarro September 10, 1944 — May 13, 2019 Sharon L. Taylor-Navarro of Pendleton, Oregon, passed away at Kadlec Medical Center in Tri-Cities, Washington, on May 13, 2019, of atrial fibrillation. She was born to Leon Taylor and Clara Ramey Scotton September 10, 1944, in Lapwai, Idaho. She was adopted and raised by Alfred and Ad-
alaide Paulsen ofLewiston, Idaho. She was an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Mom attended schools in Lewiston and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1962. In 1960 she met Marlin Kemp at the Rollaway in Lewiston, Idaho. They married in 1962 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. During their marriage they had four children: Robin, Brenda, Holly and Jarey. In 1979 Sharon and Marlin divorced. In 1980 she met and married Rodney McAtty of Lapwai, Idaho. They had a house built at Moccasin Flats where they lived for several years. In 1987 she divorced Rodney McAtty Sharon and moved to Toppenish, Taylor-Navarro Washington. In 1990 she met and married Jesus Navarro. They lived together in Toppenish and Sunnyside, Washington, divorcing in 1995. Sharon worked as an administrative assistant for The Nez Perce Tribe, Tohono O’odham Nation and as a care giver for the Yakama Tribe. Her hobbies included drawing, bingo, crossword puzzles and crocheting. She is survived by her children, Robin Bitrick (Michael Bitrick) of Pendleton, Oregon, Brenda Kemp (Winston Mitchell) of Yakima, Washington, and Holly Rodriguez of Pendleton, Oregon; grandchildren Andrea Rios (Ruben Rios) of Toppenish, Washington, Alexander Rodriguez of Pendleton, Oregon, Cody Denton (Tina Denton) of Yakima, Washington, Mitchell Kemp-Olsen of Warrenton, Oregon, Dominic Kemp of Kelso, Washington, and D’Mitri Kemp of Kelso, Washington; great-grandchildren Ruby Rios, Ruben Rios Jr., Isaiah Rios and Olivia Rios, all of Toppenish, Washington, and Bailey Denton, Aaron Denton, Emily Denton and Lucas Denton, all of Yakima, Washington. She is survived by sibling sisters Laura Rishling of Juliaetta, Idaho, Ermith Gladstone of Seattle, Washington, June Pinkham (Alvin Pinkham) of Lapwai, Idaho, Doris Thompson and Theda Scott, both of Pendleton, Oregon; brothers John Scott of Boise, Idaho, Harold Scott (Danielle Scott) of Lewiston, Idaho,Wilfred Scott (Bessie Scott), Roderick Scott (Tammy Scott), Allison Scott and David Scott (Yvonne Scott), all of Lapwai, Idaho; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son Jarey Kemp; parents Leon Taylor and Clara Scott; parents Alfred and Adalaide Paulsen; brothers La Verne Alfrey, Elisha Scott and Lyman Scott Jr., and Carl Paulsen; sisters Wanda and Rhonda Scott, Benedicta Scott Holt, Julie Ann Scott Crowe and Darlene Loma; and niece Chantelle Scott. Funeral arrangement were May 15, 2019: Private Dressing Service at Burns Mortuary in Pendleton, Oregon. A service followed at Burns Mortuary at 5 p.m. with David Wolfe officiating. A 7 Drum Service at Pin-Nee-Waus Community Center in Lapwai, Idaho was held May 17 as well as a 7 Drum Service and SunriseBurial at Scott Family Tribal Cemetery in Lapwai, Idaho.
Weather Weather information summarize data taken at the Pendleton Weather Station May 1-31. Temperature is reported in degrees Fahrenheit and time in Pacific Standard Time. The average daily temperature was 72 degrees with a high of 85 degrees on May 31 and a low of 63 degrees on May 16. Total precipitation to date in May was 1.52” with greatest 24hr average 0.43” May 21. 11 days out of the month had precipitation level greater than .01 inches with 5 days greater than 0.10 inches. The average wind speed was 7.9 mph with a sustained max speed of 32 mph May 17. A peak speed of 42 mph occurred May 17. The dominant wind direction was from the North East. There were 11 rain days out of 31, 9 Fog/Mist events in the month of May. Air Quality Index values remained good thru May.
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Correction A story in a Yellowhawk advertisement on Page 17B of the May edition did not include a byline for Adrienne Berry.
Public notice NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Land Protection Planning Commission (LPPC) of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will hold the following public hearings: Land Development Code (LDC) Text Amendment #ZC-19-001 – Applicant; CTUIR Planning Office, 46411 Timine Way, Pendleton, OR. The Tribal Planning Office seeks a recommendation from the LPPC to the CTUIR Board of Trustees for text amendments to the LDC to allow for Accessory Dwelling Units meeting certain standards. Changes are proposed to LDC Section 2.020 Definitions, Section 17.005 Special Uses, and Chapter 3, Use Zones. Accessory Dwellings are proposed to be allowed in the CR-1, R-1, R-2, Ag-1, Ag-2, and Ag-3 zones. Some minor housekeeping changes to the LDC are also proposed. Amendments to the LDC are subject to Chapter 9, Zone Change/ Amendments, and Chapter 13, Hearings. The public hearings will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 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) 276-3099.
Jobs Career Opportunities 1. Re-Education/Intervention Facilitator 2. Public Transit Bus Driver (part time) 3. Advanced Wildland Firefighter Type 1 (up to 4 positions) 4. Public Transit Bus Driver (Hermiston) 5. Police Officer (2 positions) 6. Communications Officer (dispatcher) 7. Archaeologist I/II 8. Sahaptian Language Developer 9. Construction & Maintenance Supervisor 10. Hydrologist 11. Equipment Operator I (2 positions) 12. Fisheries Habitat Technician IGrand Ronde Habitat Project 13. Business Recruitment Specialist 14. Forester 15.Workforce Development Coordinator 16. Lawn Care/Grounds Keeper 17. Pamawaluukt Staffing and Recruitment Specialist
For more information visit: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Att: Office of Human Resources Online 46411 Timine Way Pendleton, OR 97801 http://ctuir.org
Job Title: Accounting Technician/Staff Operations Full-time, regular, exempt (2 positions) Salary/Wage Range: $41,893- $61,490 (DOE), Open Until Filled Job Summary: This position provides support to accounting functions. It primarily processes account payable by receiving & processing purchase orders, analyzing A/P and tying it to the general ledger, and issuing checks. It also assists in the back-up of other accounting functions such as travel and fixed asset inventory. Job Requirements/ Qualifications: This position is expected to exercise independent judgment and initiative in performance of duties and assignments and should have experience in working with all levels of accounting and demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively with other staff. Confidentiality of information is required. Experience working with Not-For-Profit and Governmental organizations (Public accounting), with a working knowledge of the Single Audit Act-OMB General Guidance and Fund Accounting is beneficial. Working knowledge of governmental accounting practices and procedures, including Federal Travel Regulations (FTRs) and of Federal OMB financial standards that apply to federallyrecognized Indian tribal governments (Circular 2CFR 200) will also be considered favorably. Visit CRITFC.org or call 503-2380667 for more information.
TRIBAL MEMBERS: This notification formally announces that applications are now being taken from tribal members who wish to serve on the Commissions/ Committees listed below. Appointed members will receive a $100.00 stipend per meeting effective January 1, 2016 once the minutes have been approved on CTUIR pay days.
2 positions for CTUIR Culture Coalition – 1 position to complete one term ending on May 7, 2020, meets as needed (No Stipends). 1 position for Farm Committee – complete term ending May 7, 2021, meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday @ 2:30 PM 1 position for Science & Technology Committee – complete term ending Feb. 4, 2021, meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday 2 positions for Tiicham Conservation District – 1 position to complete one term ending on June 11, 2020, meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday 1 position for Water Commission – 2 year term, meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday @ 8:30 AM All applications will be due on Monday, June 17, 2019 by 4:00 p.m. and BOT will make appointments on Monday, June 24, 2019.
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Entrepreneur of the Year luncheon June 12 at casino MISSION – The Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, June 12 at 11:30 a.m. in the Cayuse Hall at Wildhorse Resort & Casino. The event celebrates Small Business Day for native entrepreneurs. This year’s theme is “Warriors in Business: Own your Power, Own your Path, Own your Future.” The keynote speakers are Monica Simeon and Marina Turningrobe of Sister Sky Inc. The company distributes Sister Sky branded lotion, shampoo, conditioner body wash and soap. Principal partners are real life sisters; and enrolled citizens of the Spokane Tribe in Washington State. A certified Native American, women-owned company, Sister Sky has product all over the United States from Chukchansi Gold Resort Casino in Coarsegold, California, to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum in Connecticut. Their hair and body care products are also available at Wildhorse Resort & Casino. Tickets are $20 each. For more information, contact Raven Manta, manager of Business Development Services at Wildhorse, at 541966-1920 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Nixyaawii Community School’s CommuniCare Group. Back row, from left to right, Chelsea Hallam, advisor, Kylie Mountainchief, Ermia Butler, Dazon Sigo, Mick Schimmel, and Lark Moses. Front row, from left to right, Christina Kalsukis, Tyanna Van Pelt, Cloe McMichael, Suzy Patrick, Zack Brandsen, advisor. Austin Ancheta kneels in front. CUJ photo/Casey Brown
CommuniCare philanthropists give away $39,000 to 27 organizations Hermiston, Pendleton high schools join Nixyaawii in grant ceremony at Tamastslikt By Casey Brown of the CUJ
MISSION - Nixyaawii Community School’s (NCS) first year as a CommuniCare school culminated May 16 in a joint grant award ceremony hosted at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute by the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Care Foundation. The Schnitzers founded CommuniCare in 1997, which challenges schools to raise $1,500 for a $15,000 match. Student leaders then accept applications, interview applicants and decide how grants are awarded. CommuniCare student organizations from Pendleton and Hermiston high schools joined NCS in the event at the museum on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The three Eastern Oregon schools awarded more than $39,000, spreading the funds to 27 organizations. Each school was allowed to grant up to 25 percent back to their own schools. The rest went to organizations elsewhere in the community. NCS’s $16,500 went to eight community organizations and eight in-school programs. Pendleton High School focused on immigration services, giving much of their grant money to legal and counseling services, plus a scholarship to the Deverred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient at PHS. DACA is the controversial immigration policy that allows some undocumented individuals who have been brought to the United States as children to receive a renewable tdeferred action from deportation and become eligible for a work permit in the United States. Harold and Arlene’s son, Jordan, opened the evening with remarks on the importance of the program. “This program helps high school kids learn to be grant makers. It helps to realize that a community is more than just bricks and mortar and buildings.” Schnitzer explained that his parents saw the model in Denver and brought it back to Oregon when they founded the program, which is in its 23rd year. “This is a program that really represents my parent’s values, and mine too. What are those values? Those val-
ues are giving back, and we realize that no matter what our circumstances are, there are always those who need a helping hand,” he said. Schnitzer also emphasized his own ties to the local communities. He said he started a scholarship fund for Round-Up Court members and Happy Canyon Princesses 22 years ago. He also talked about friends in the area and organizations that he supports such as Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts and the Pendleton Center for the Arts. Then, students took over the evening. Hermiston was up first. They discussed their mission statement and awarded grants to six community organization and one in-school group, including playground equipment for Highland Hills Elementary School. The students stated why they chose each organization to receive grant funds. Next, Pendleton took the mic and awarded grants to three community organizations and one in-school program, a scholarship for a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient. Finally, the largest group of students, from NCS, stood before the group to award the most grants of the evening. Their mission statement centered on Native American health: “We want to do something to make a change, see a change, and be the change.” Ultimately, Schnitzer encouraged all Nixyaawii, Pendleton, and Hermiston students to get involved in their CommuniCare programs. “For kids who are having a tough time with their families, they realize that there are others that are worse off and you have to reach out and help others. For those that are doing okay, they maybe don’t realize the condition a lot of other people are in and they need a bit of a helping hand,” Schnitzer said. He emphasized the importance of being involved for the sake of college applications, but he also touched on something deeper. “It brings people together and helps young people understand what community is.” Here’s a list of the grant recipients: Nixyaawii Community School - Domestic Violence Services, Inc, - $1,000; Blue Mountain Chapter BACA - $1,000; CTUIR Language Program - $2,000; Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts - $2,000; Nixyaawii Celebration Comittee - $1,250; CTUIR Department of Children and Family Services Youth Council - $1,500; In-school grants - College trips $1000, new media class $570, drama $300, National Honor Society $195, Science Department $535, Drumming $300, Prom fund $250, ASPIRE $600. Pendleton High School - Horizon Project, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon SOAR Immigration Legal Services, Immigration Counseling Services. In-school - PHS Scholarship for DACA recipient. Hermiston High School - Altrusa International of Hermiston, Kiwanis of Hermiston I Can Bike, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon, Mount Hood Foundation of Oregon, Ready to Learn, Special Olympics Oregon for Hermiston-Pendleton. In-School - Highland Hills Elementary School playground equipment.
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Food sovereignty workshop at Yellowhawk June 12-13 MISSION – A workshop focusing on food independence is planned June 12-13 in the Laxsimwit Conference Room at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. The workshop, which will be hosted by Adrienne Berry, Community Garden Coordinator, will emphasize food sovereignty for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). The core discussion will be on Indian Country food systems, data collection, terminology, and an assessment of food sovereignty the CTUIR community. Encouraged to attend are CTUIR members and employees, local growers, local organizations working within the food system, and people interested in food sovereignty. Tribal leadership is especially encouraged to be present. To register, contact Berry at 541-240-8432 or AdrienneBerry@yellowhawk.org.
$90K up for grabs July 5-7 at Wildhorse Pow Wow MISSION – The 25th annual Wildhorse Pow Wow will take place July 5-7 with more than $90,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. Grand entry takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Featuring dancing contests and daily dance specials, drumming contests, food and vendors, the long-standing tradition is free and open to the public. Bleachers are set up around the dancers for an intimate view of the colorful action. All are welcome to the free event. On Thursday, July 4, a free pow wow comedy show will feature Tonia Jo Hall with Marc Yaffee. It is in the Rivers Event Center at Wildhorse Casino at 8 p.m. For more information, call Wildhorse Resort & Casino at 800-654-9453.
Foster Care Appreciation Dinner June 21 at Wildhorse MISSION – The Foster Care Appreciation Dinner will take place on Friday, June 21 at 6 p.m. at the Rivers Event Center at Wildhorse Resort & Casino on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is hosted by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and Department of Human Services (DHS) for foster parents with foster children currently in their home. Foster parents in Umatilla County and for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are invited to attend. For more information, contact DCFS at 541-429-7300.
Code for excluding, removing people from reservation approved MISSION – A code that provides a process for civil exclusion and removal from the Umatilla Indian Reservation for persons who commit certain crimes, threatens the welfare of the Tribes or damages property or natural resources has been approved by the Board of Trustees. The code, which includes a variety of other removal and exclusion provisions (listed below), was not passed unanimously. The vote was 3-2-1 with BOT Vice Chair Jeremy Wolf and members Aaron Ashley and Rosenda Shippentower voting in favor of the resolution, and Secretary Kat Brigham and member Sally Kosey voting no. General Council Chair Willie Sigo IV abstained. That vote followed an earlier vote in which Brigham asked to table the issue so another work session could be scheduled for further discussion. After a 3-3 vote, with Sigo voting with Brigham and Kosey, Chair Gary Burke broke the tie with a vote with the other three not to table the issue. During early discussion, Brigham said she was “disturbed” by the code and questioned its ambiguity. Naomi Stacey, lead attorney for the CTUIR, explained that the code was like any other tribal rule in that it set down a process by which, and conditions under which, civil exclusion and removal
orders may be issued. The new code applies to both Indians and non-Indians and involves a courtbased procedure to ensure due process is accorded to all persons subject to a petition for exclusion and removal. A petition may only be brought by the Prosecutor or Office of Legal Counsel on behalf of the tribe. The Board of Trustees does not have authority to issue any kind of order for someone to be removed or excluded from the reservation. According to a news release issued by the BOT, individuals may be subject to exclusion and removal if they commit an act that substantially threatens the health or safety of a person that resides, works or attends school within the Confederated Tribe’s Indian country; or threatens the integrity, economic security, or welfare of the tribal government. Individuals may also be excluded and removed if their actions result in damage or destruction of government property, or of natural resources, within the Confederated Tribes’ borders. Other acts that may result in an exclusion and removal of an individual include threats to public safety such as drug and gang activity, sex trafficking, shootings, unlawful discharge of firearms, felony assault, or other repeated Exclusion on Page 18A
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After shooting one person, on the right, Collee Mayfield works her way around a table looking for others during this scenario in the ALERT training offered at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute in May.
ACTIVE SHOOTER Training teaches how to think in unthinkable situations
By Wil Phinney of the CUJ
MISSION – Collee Mayfield had never picked up a gun before and she noticed quickly how heavy the nerf automatic rifle was. About 30 adults hid in three rooms. They shut the doors and turned off the lights and hid behind tables and crouched around corners. They couldn’t speak. If it was good enough for little kids in a classroom it was good enough for them. They were helpless and vulnerable. Mayfield didn’t know what she was doing but she was doing it. She moved down the office hallway at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute and stopped at the first door. She opened it and turned on the lights and started shooting the little yellow nerf balls. The adults, just like the little children at Sandy Hook, were “sitting ducks,” as one person described it. Mayfield screamed at them, “Look at me! You’re never going to forget what you did. Look at me! You’re going to remember what I did today.” The people in the room were upset, but Mayfield shot them anyway. She shot some of them multiple times. As she worked her way down the hallway to the next room and the next, she continued to fire and she continued to hit the people hiding under desks and tables. In one minute she fired off 105 rounds. This person who had never touched a gun before, who didn’t know what she was doing with a gun in her hands, had shot 23 of 30 people. John Sylvester from the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate), which claims to be the leading training solution that increases an organization’s and individual’s odds of survival during a violent intruder event, took his class back to the conference room
Brad Spencer takes the gun away from Steve Filkens during a training scenario in the conference room at Tamastslikt in May.
at Tamastslikt. They debriefed after that first scenario and prepared for the next. Sylvester was leading an ALICE Instructor Certification class that trains participants who completed the ALICE e-Learning, which is online course work. The training brought together students from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), including Tribal government, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, and the Gaming Commission,
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plus participants from as far away as Grande Ronde and Klamath Falls. ALICE training programs and services increase employees’ odds of survival during a violent intruder event, according to its website. The training goes beyond lockdown methods by providing individuals with a new set of skills that greatly increase the odds of survival during an active shooter situation. Three of the participants, including Mayfield, readily agree. “When I went into it I wasn’t sure what to expect, but when I realized I was actually in the scenario I was nervous,” said Mayfield, who works in the CTUIR planning department. “I was at Southern Oregon [University] when there was an active shooter and the following Monday in chemistry we did not talk about chemistry, we talked about what to do in the event of a shooting. It was really alarming to me because to that point I’d only seen those kinds of things on the news.” Mayfield said she was very uncomfortable as the designated shooter. “It was surreal walking in and screaming at people. It was far removed. All they could do was sit and stare back at me. How helpless they must feel, how scared,” she said. Dana Quaempts, the administrative assistant to the CTUIR Executive Director, didn’t realize she was becoming a certified instructor when she took the class, but now she’s glad she is. “We didn’t have to worry about this 15 years ago,” Quaempts said. “It’s sad, but normal now that we have to teach this to our young children.” Quaempts said the scenarios were a “huge eye opener” for her. “In today’s world we need to see what is actually happening and the idea that it could happen is scary,” Active shooter on Page 13A
Photos sought for Umatilla County book MISSION – Photos from the 1800s through the 1930s are being accepted by Tamastslikt Cultural Institute for an upcoming Umatilla County Memories book. Bring photos to the event on Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at TCI. Submitted pictures will be digitized and possibly used in the book, which is a partnership between TCI, the East Oregonian and Pediment Publishing. They will be scanned on-site and returned same day. Photo submission form prior to the session. Forms can be downloaded and printed from umatillapictorialbook. com. If you are a private collector, please
set up an appointment with Pediment. The photo collection project provides the opportunity for Umatilla area tribal members to take part in reflecting daily life in the region from the 1800s through the 1930s by bringing their photos from that era to be digitized. The photos will appear in a coffee-table style pictorial history book publishing November 2019. Submission guidelines: Photos taken in Umatilla County, photos taken between 1800-1939, general interest photos, such as: family photos, community events, commerce, industry, transportation, rural life, public service,etc., origi-
nal photos (no newspaper clippings or photocopies). Pediment Publishing is a family owned and operated book publisher that creates hardcover, heirloom-quality books. Pediment’s history books are unique in that they work with communities at a local level, inviting residents to come in, tell their family stories, and bring their own photos. They also work with local historical societies, libraries, and museums. For more information, contact TCI at 541-429-7700 or Pediment at 360-7235802.
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she said. “The scenarios made it seem more real and taught us what we could do to prevent it.” As one of the people who was hiding in the first scenario, Quaempts acknowledged just how vulnerable it felt to be hiding without protection. “You can’t just huddle and hide under tables,” she said. “We weren’t moving. We were easy to hit, we were sitting ducks.” Quaempts said what she learned will be shared with the CTUIR Management Team to “see what we can do to prevent” violence in the workplace. “We’ve got a lot of work to do here,” she said. “We have security issues here, we have work to do to make this a safe work environment.” Brad Spencer, who works for the Gaming Commission, said his job is not only to protect the assets of Wildhorse casino but to protect employees and the public as well. “I see the ALICE program basically giving people a feeling of empowerment to have a proactive approach to increasing
survival in the case of critical, life-threatening situations,” Spencer said. “It provides tactics and real-life strategies in the case of an active shooter. Instead of a general lockdown you can counter, distract the shooter.” Hiding under a table, Spencer was shot four times in the first scenario. Armed with strategies he was able to help disarm Steve Filkins who was the shooter in the final scenario. “I saw that his gun wasn’t working. John and Abby were on each arm so I came over and grabbed the gun,” Spencer said. Spencer said the scenarios showed him that things can happen quickly in active situations. “Stuff can happen just that fast. Are we going to be ready? We need to be prepared for when something is going to happen, no matter when that is … We need to be informed and be in survival mode when the time comes. I’m not saying it’s coming, but it’s always closer than you think,” he said, noting the recent incident at Parkrose High School in Portland. Spencer said he wants the entire community to be prepared for such an unwanted incident. “Hopefully,” he said, “it will never have to be used.”
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Támayčt Camas digging to begin soon for earth oven
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Roots go into oven on first day of Culture Camp at Indian Lake By Wil Phinney of The CUJ
t all depends on the camas.There may be time to deliberately dig and gather or it may be kupins twisting quick and deep to dislodge the roots in time to go into an earth oven July 15 during Culture Camp at Indian Lake. That’s when the final footage will be shot as part of “Tamayct – Ground Oven Perpetuation Project”, a video documenting the process of gathering traditional raw materials for making the earth oven, the gathering of traditional First Foods like Xmaas (camas), the process of back the First Foods in the tamayct, and sharing the First Foods with a small feast. The video documentation, resurrecting the oncestrong, but almost forgotten pit-style cooking practice, began last fall in October when Umatilla speakers narrated the preparation for the 72-hour cooking process of camas roots in an earth oven dug east of Mission. Some 20 volunteers kept the fire burning on top of the four-foot-deep earth over for three days while it cooked three bundles of cams roots that had been gathered in the summer. This year, the camas will be fresh because the digging is planned in June within three weeks of when the earth oven will be excavated at Indian Lake by BOLSTER crews from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). The earth oven project is a joint venture between the Language Program, headed up by Kristen Parr, and the Department of Natural Resources, headed by up Wenix Red Elk. Red Elk is in charge of a First Foods Excursion project, which is an education and outreach effort for tribal members. DNR coordinates community excursions to gathering areas on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, ceded land base, and aboriginal uses areas, as well as to places on private property where access has been allowed. Participants learn about restoration project work, First Foods gathering sites and how to access the locations. They learn when and how to gather and process the First Foods, about First Food diversity and availability, as well as treaty rights
associated with First Foods. It is through DNR’s First Foods Excursion Project that the community can participate in the Tamayct earth oven project. And a “huge amount of people” will be needed, Parr said. Because it sometimes takes a whole day to fill one wapas (a woven bag), finding the right spot with a lot of diggers is paramount. “We need to get gunny sacks full and we can never determine how many we’re going to get. The Spokane area is already digging,” Parr said in mid-May. “Sometimes it takes a whole day to fill one wapas. Some people can gather a gallon in three to four hours, but it’s hard work. You have to dig deeper. Coush is easy compared to camas.” A gunny sack contains 15 to 20 gallons of camas and when Parr said gunny sacks – plural – she knows she’s reaching for the sky. “Sixty to eighty gallons is a fantasy. That’s why we need so many people. If we get one whole gunny sack it would be great,” she said. First Foods root digging began June 1 and 5, and is scheduled June 14 and 15. Camas digging is planned June 27 and 29, and again July 3 and 9. Parr said the Language crew, and anybody else who wants to volunteer, will be digging, packing and peeling camas Monday through Thursday, July 8-11. If all goes according to plan, the camas goes into the earth oven on the first day of Culture Camp, Monday, July 15. It will cook for 72 hours before it is uncovered on Thursday, July 18. Some of it will be eaten with a big meal that likely will include traditional foods like salmon, elk, deer, and possibly kinch (edible tree moss/lichen). But most of the camas will be canned and saved for community feasts, and shared with volunteers who helped with the earth oven activities. “Anyone who volunteers, who donated time and energy, when we finish canning we’d like to give away a little can to those who helped,” Parr said. Volunteers like Thomas Morning Owl, a master Umatilla speaker who was one of the men in charge
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of the first earth oven last October, began gathering wood for the fire last month. It will require at least four cords for the oven and two cords for campfires during the week. The wood of choice is alder because it burns hot and doesn’t spark so there is less chance of a fire. There will be a sign-up sheet for people who will watch the fire burning on top of the earth oven around the clock. A core group last year included Isaiah Welch, Morning Owl, Willie Sigo, Damien Totus, Fred Hill, Mildred Quaempts, Linda Sampson, Red Elk, and Mary Keith. Parr said members of the CTUIR Board of Trustees will be invited to take a turn as well. At the end of June, rocks will be gathered near Hood River. Flat, porous rocks that hold heat will be used to line the edges of the oven. Lindsey Howtapat from Yakama has been invited to help gather the rocks. In fact, Parr said, natural resources staffs from different tribes have been invited to take part in the video experience. Later, mint and alfalfa, also part of the process, will be gathered, as well as pine needles that are mixed with mud that is layered over the earth oven rocks. Meanwhile, Parr said, in addition to everything that’s needed for the earth oven project, Language Department staff also needs to get themselves ready for the week at Indian Lake. That means wheelbarrows, wood, tents, tee-pees, camp equipment, etc., plus the stuff that’s needed to organize and feed up to 20 youth at Culture Camp where they will be no running water or electricity. (CTUIR Public Works will provide generators and water will be available nearby with hand pumps.) Parr said she’s nervous. “We don’t want to screw it up. It’s going to take a long time to get it (camas) and we take such care of it,” she said. And in some ways she has no control. “Everything depends on the roots. We have to wait until they are ready,” she said.
EXCURSIONS First Foods Access Project expands By Wil Phinney of the CUJ
ore opportunities to more First Food harvesting locations are planned this year as the First Foods Access & Use Project expands for members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). “We’ll be going to places we’ve never been before or where the foods are available when we harvest,” said Wenix Red Elk, the Public Outreach & Education Specialist in the CTUIR’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Last year, the first year of the project, tribal members picked huckleberries and went root digging at Iskullpa on the east side of the Reservation near Deadman Pass. Harvesting plans for this year call for gathering coush and Indian carrots in June, digging for camas in July, harvesting tules in July and August, and picking huckleberries at the end of summer. Last year, and expected again this year, the harvesting opportunities arrived quicker than usual in many areas, especially for bitter root. Red Elk and other diggers speculate that it could be due to many variables such as a dry winter, late snow, late rain and possibly climate change effects. “The seasons are coming really fast and what we gather will depend on the roots that are still there, whatever is available at the time,” she said. In some areas, roots have already gone to seed. Already, the Tribes’ Cultural Resources Protection Program (CRPP) staff has scouted areas near Wallowa and to the east and west of La Grande. Some digging took place in mid-May with Colville and Nez Perce women in the Wallowa area. Red Elk said warmer temperatures may mean diggers will have to go to higher elevations to find roots. DNR and CRPP have secured access through and on private lands to places where tribal members have not gathered roots in decades. “Because it’s so dry and it has been a late winter, some things are turning a lot quicker this year,” she said. “Besides finding places to dig, we’re documenting every site with GPS points, climate and weather reports, roots that are available, how the weather is effecting the roots year to year, better ideas for management, how we can improve our timing, all those kinds of things.” Red Elk said the excursions are meant to provide a hands-on learning experience for Tribal members.
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“It’s is our goal, not just to tell, but to teach about multiple foods and anything people learn. I hope they pass it on. If we keep knowledge to ourselves then it becomes lost. We have to be educators,” she said. For Red Elk, this is a personal expedition rooted in a history she keeps close to her heart. She easily puts it into words. “When our people moved to the reservation they had to give up part of themselves to sustain themselves as people,” Red Elk said. “They knew they were going to lose the life they always had known prior to the Treaty and it would never be the same. Before they followed the food all throughout the year. Our foods grew and sustained us naturally. Some tribes grow their foods in crops. We are true foragers who followed the resources, but once we moved to the reservation for a time they were no longer able to freely follow the foods because we had restrictions. Also our people were forced into poverty and there wasn’t always a means to get to where they needed to go. “When salmon were not coming up the Umatilla River and instead of going to salmon feasts up river I was told we had to go to Celilo. Some people didn’t always have money to travel to Celilo. Due to dams and irrigation salmon were lost in the Umatilla for 80 years and in the Walla Walla for longer than that. People were not returning to certain sites and places and the languages related to many of those sites were not spoken of and we lost language and stories we would have otherwise retained. “That’s a loss of culture. It’s not just about losing the foods. We lose all the language that’s associated with the loss of the culture. They had to remember associated words related to the process of gathering and cooking camas. There were many words for different things. There were words for medicine, roots, fish, foods. Salmon, white fish, sucker fish. White fish had a lot of bones. You busted it up with a knife on the inside, pulled back the skin back and it pulls all the bones out of the fish. I remember my Grandmother Margaret Elk doing this. She would have my brothers bring her back suckers and other fish people just don’t eat them anymore. “We’ve lost parts of our culture, that knowledge, those stories. We’ve lost those family stories. Every time a Tribal member passes, especially our elders, we lose all the cultural knowledge they learned over their lifetime. Things they were unable to pass down to others. We have also lost knowledge of many of
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our foods and medicinal plant knowledge.” And now, Red Elk said, we’re at a critical stage because the last of those elders who remember are dying out. So the people who can, the people here now, have to take up the mantle and do something. “The foods remember us,” Red Elk said. “We used to make a promise that if the foods sacrifice for us we would take care of them in a sustainable way. “Roots are sensitive to being gathered. One hundred fifty years ago there were lots of roots and food. When People were harvesting you’d see the field production increase. Sometimes plants will go kind of dormant if they aren’t harvested and produce less. As you gather, you dig into the earth and soften the earth. Camas is a good indicator. “You dig year after year, turning the land, loosen it up and there are more plants. You walk, swing your kupin, stick the top (of the plant) back into the ground. If you hold it out there, the seeds drop in one place and the birds and other animals eat it off the ground. But diggers put the whole top of the root back in the ground and it stays secure and the seeds germinate into bulbs that become more plants. “Once you start messing with plants, they react to disturbance. Even plants that have sat dormant. Just knocking them around is enough to prompt them to reproduce. And when you gather you have to make sure there is a substantial enough amount that you’re only taking a certain percentage of the site. The plant has to be able to support a good dig.” Red Elk knows that elders have worried about piracy by people who want to make a profit off traditional foods. These foods are sacred and we must also be cautious and protect them, she said. “There was a time when we didn’t write anything down,” Red Elk said. “We can’t stay in that thinking unless we want to lose everything.” By utilizing traditional teachings and ecological knowledge, combining it with Western knowledge, the Tribes become better managers of natural resources. Red Elk said it’s the Tribes’ hope that excursions will give Tribal members the opportunity to learn and access areas they’ve never been to before. “We are working to bring our knowledge and teaching back to our people and empower them. I’m very excited about it and I am also learning more every day, this new direction is a good thing for our Tribal members,” she said.
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Women rise to build community, relationships By Casey Brown of the CUJ
MISSION - A diverse group of women, men, and children gathered May 11 to explore ways to bridge communities and build relationships at the first Women on the Rise event at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The event was the vision of Raven Manta, the mother of a teen-aged daughter and manager of Business Development Services at Wildhorse Resort & Casino. She collaborated with Enough Iz Enough, a local grassroots organization, and Yellowhawk to bring the event to life. Manta wanted to have a women’s business panel last year but it didn’t materialize. She started talking with Kola Shippentower-Thompson, a co-founder of Enough Iz Enough, and they decided a joint venture that included other topics - business as well as health and fitness would be a good idea. Along came Yellowhawk with more topics. “It was a pivot from the original topics, but it worked,” said Manta. The event took place on Mother’s Day with the idea “that adults could bring the younger generation to hear the topics,” Manta said, noting that girls as well as boys attended. Manta, who also has a 4-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son, brought her 13-year-old daughter to the event. But it was about women who juggle businesses, children, volunteer work, etc. “Women who also need to take care of themselves. We wanted them to know they have support and that we need to help each other,” Manta said.-
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The organizing team for the Women on the Rise conference hold their Mother’s Day roses in front of the event poster. From left to right, Randall Melton, emcee, Willa Wallace, Kola Shippentower Thompson, Carol Farrow-Morgan, Ashley Harding, Raven Manta, and Marissa Baumgartner.
The schedule was packed with a unique mix of presenters and presentations. The master of ceremonies, Randall Melton, acknowledged that it might be unexpected for a man to emcee an event titled Women on the Rise, but he said that his sister, Willa Wallace, president of Enough Iz Enough, “voluntold” him to help. Throughout the day, there were a few other men who stepped up to the microphone in front of a packed audience in the Laxsimwit Conference Room. Each of them talked about the strong women in their lives and shared what it looks like for women to be on the rise from their perspective. Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR)
spoke about his family and cultural beliefs. “I take my culture with me. That being said, I would not have culture without my mother,” he said. He shared memories from his childhood and spoke about attending ceremonies at the Mission Longhouse. He also talked about how people of different backgrounds can coexist and learn from each other. “Those who have gone and received an education can be teachers of what they have learned and also students of those who stayed,” he said. Abel Matamoros talked about the women in his family, including growing up in a household of all women. He also spoke of his journey of sobriety and what it has taught him. The keynote speaker was Carina Miller, who joined the group from Warm Springs. She just finished a term serving on the Warm Springs Tribal Council. She spoke about her experience in tribal government and why she was called to serve her people in that way. Miller said she was very outspoken on Tribal Council and went toe-to-toe with some fellow councilors who did not see the value in a young woman serving. She said it was important to her to remain forthright despite the opposition she faced. “Every time you bite your tongue,
you’re leaving those words for the next woman to hear,” Miller said. The morning continued with a “Hip and Handmade” panel led by Roberta Lavadour of the Pendleton Center for the Arts and a fitness panel with three difficulty levels. After lunch, Sydelle Harrison, CTUIR tribal member, took the floor. She owns Kanaine Company, which manufactures and sells homemade goods and apparel. She is also a PhD student at Oregon State University, wife, and mother of four children. She said that owning her own “selfsustaining” business makes her feel healthy, and knowing she can provide for her family helps “fill in the gaps” while she attends school. Sammi Mahaffy, a yoga instructor from Pendleton, led a unique presentation with lots of audience participation. The group paired off and did some guided meditation. She started with breathing exercises that encouraged the partners to work together. During the closing remarks, each member of the organizing committee shared the importance of the event. Shippentower-Thompson said, “I’m tired of the negativity among women.” Her goal for Women on the Rise was to bridge gaps between Mission and Pendleton, tribal members and non-tribal people, and between the community and law enforcement. Ashley Harding, Native Connections Project Director at Yellowhawk, asked, “How do we hold space to talk about the issues women are going through … and how do we bring men in?” Marissa Baumgartner, a member of the Prevention team at Yellowhawk, said, “Thank you for those of you who aren’t familiar with our community and our clinic for stepping out of your comfort zone.” Manta said, “This was important to me because we’re raising young girls.” The group plans to make Women on the Rise an annual event, and organizers welcome anyone who is interested in helping with next year’s program. Those interested can contact Manta at raven. email@example.com.
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Code has been discussed for many years, particularly as a means to stop non-Indian criminals who continue to threaten the safety of tribal members, the news release states. The need for such a process became even more evident in light of shootings and other violent activity over the past several months, according to the news release. The new code will help the CTUIR deal with individuals who engage in or support others who engage in violent, threatening or destructive actions on the Reservation. The CTUIR is made up of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes, formed under the Treaty of 1855. In 1949, the Tribes adopted a constitutional form of government to protect, preserve and enhance the treaty rights guaranteed under federal statute.
Tribal members receive Ford Family scholarships By the CUJ
EUGENE – Two CTUIR students have been awarded highly competitive scholarships from the Ford Family Foundation. Morningstarr Redcrane and Melissa Van Pelt, both enrolled members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, received the prestigious awards. Redcrane is a 2019 Ford scholar and Van Pelt is the recipient of the Ford Opportunity Program. Redcrane was chosen from among 2,562 eligible applicants. Of that, 126 scholars were chosen. Van Pelt was one of 38 Ford Opportunity Scholars chosen from a pool of 208 applicants. Recipients must attend an accredited, nonprofit college in their home state and be pursuing a bachelor’s degree full-time. The renewable scholarship covers 90 percent of each student’s unmet financial need for each academic year. The Opportunity program has an additional stipulation that recipients must be a single head of household. Van Pelt is a single mother with four children. Redcrane is a member of National Honor Society and competed for the Pendleton High School (PHS) varsity cross country and track teams. She will attend Oregon State University to major in biology and hopes to attend medical or dental school, according to a press release from the Pendleton School District.
“This scholarship is truly life changing, without it I would never have been able to attend my dream college. Being a Ford Scholar is truly a blessing. The biggest thank you to The Ford Family Foundation for helping make my biggest dream a reality,” said Redcrane. Van Pelt also plans to attend Oregon State University, the alma mater of both her parents, and major in sociology. She is an alumna of Pendleton High School and just received an associate’s degree from Blue Mountain Community College. “Thank you to the Ford Foundation for selecting me as a recipient of this award to help me achieve my academic goals. I am now able to relocate my family to Corvallis to attend Oregon State University oncampus. This is truly a dream come true, and I am so grateful for the opportunity,” said Van Pelt. Vanessa Schmidt, another PHS, is also a 2019 Ford Scholar. Schmidt was the team captain for two years of the Rhythmic Mode dance team. A member of National Honor Society and PHS Leadership, Schmidt plans to major in biology at the University of Portland. “I am very blessed and honored to be a Ford Scholar. I am able to go to my dream school while being debt free! I would like to thank The Ford Family Foundation for this amazing opportunity; they have changed my future and whole life for the better,” Schmidt said.
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2019 High School Graduates Nixyaawii Community School
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Graduates of other high schools:
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MMIW lanterns rising National Day of Awareness May 5, 2019
Top: Destiny Chase, Randall Melton, Ryellynn Melton, Abraham Shippentower, Willa Wallace, Olivia Wallace, and Jonathan Stucker celebrate the launch of the first successful lantern launch. Bottom left: Andrea Comacho and Hillary Perez, students at Eastern Oregon University (EOU), closely watch a lantern fill up with enough hot air to go airborne. Bottom right: Delaney Paullus, EOU student, and Norma Patrick track the lantern that made it highest in the sky. Children chase the lantern and eventually retrieve it when it came back to earth.
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he intention was to set a group of lanterns airborne, but more went up in smoke than went up in the air. Event organizers Kola ShippentowerThompson and Willa Wallace of Enough Iz Enough saw the symbolism and humor in their best laid plans being dashed. The lantern launch was to commemorate the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s (MMIW) Day of Awareness, which takes place nationally on May 5. A crowd of 20-30 participants gathered in the parking lot of Tamáskslikt Cultural Institute (TCI) where ShippentowerThompson and Wallace made bandanas and T-shirts with red and white handprints on them, the colors and symbol of the national MMIW movement. As the paint dried, the group formed a circle in which participants shared memories about local women. “The wow moment that I had was when Abel Matamoros talked about his wife’s friend. I didn’t realize so many people were so closely connected to my family members that had passed,” Shippentower-Thompson said, “and hearing stories about who they were or how they were when they were alive was probably the best part I’ve been able to hear this entire movement.” After the talk, everyone walked to the field south of TCI’s parking lot. There, small groups broke out to light their lanterns. The first wax bundle went aflame and rather than lifting the paper lantern up it caught on fire. The crowd’s excitement was not dampened. Several more lanterns followed suit. Finally, one lantern rose slowly, timidly up a few feet before catching fire and returning to the soft grass below. Slowly, the first lantern made it skyborne. Wallace, rather than being disappointed, pointed out that this unexpected turn of events showed that the lives of these young women are going along just fine but can then be taken away in an instant. She also said that she could hear her family members laughing from above. They were laughing that despite wellintentioned plans, things went another way. Shippentower-Thompson agreed with Wallace’s sentiments. “Just remembering how my cousins and my aunt were, they were very humble women. They didn’t like a lot of attention. They didn’t like anything flashy. They liked to do the work and to take care of other people… They would be laughing, but it would be in good fun,” Shippentower-Thompson said. The work of Enough Iz Enough (EIE) continues. In May, they also co-hosted the Women on the Rise conference, attended the signing of Oregon House Bill 2625, which allocated resources to statewide solutions for missing and murdered indigenous women, and received a grant from Nixyaawii Community School’s CommuniCare program. Shippentower-Thompson emphasized that EIE is for the community, by the community. “If there is anyone in the community that wants to get involved, volunteer or help, they can easily contact Willa or I with EIE or they could also contact Ashley Harding with Yellowhawk because she is the Native Connections Program Director.” EIE has an Instagram page @eie541, Kola’s email is kola.shippentower@gmail. com, and Ashley’s email is AshleyHarding@yellowhawk.org.
Oregon joins effort to solve MMIW crimes CTUIR representatives on hand for bill signing by Governor Brown in May By The Associated Press
SALEM, Ore. — Native American women have gone missing or been killed at alarming rates, federal and private studies show, and there is growing concern that confusion by law enforcement over who has jurisdiction can lead to lax pursuit of cases and insufficient data. Oregon, home to nine federally recognized tribes or confederations of tribes, has now joined a movement to account for and solve more of the crimes.
‘I will treat these women and girls; these sisters, these mothers, these daughters, as if they were my own.’
The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation supported the bill, provided support at both Senate and - Travis Hampton, House hearings, and superintendent had a tribal member of the Oregon State Police (Kola ShippentowerThompson) whose family is affected by the issues and an elected Board of Trustees member Aaron Ashley at the bill signing two days after the bill was passed. Senator Bill Hansell, who represents District , which encompasses the Umatilla Indian Reservation, was one of the bill’s sponsors. Patricia Whitefoot, whose sister disappeared in 1987 in an unsolved case, watched as Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill May 14 that directs the state police to study how to increase and improve criminal justice resources on these cases. “As families, we simply seek justice and healing of the heart,” Whitefoot told lawmakers in written testimony in April. After Brown signed the bill, Whitefoot told a reporter
Enough Iz Enough co-founder Kola Shippentower-Thompson, right, attended the MMIW bill signing in Salem May 16. She met and visited with Rep. Tawna Sanchez, the chief sponsor of the Oregon bill and the only Native American in the state legislature.
her sister, Daisy Mae Heath Tallman, was 29 when she went missing. She was Whitefoot’s youngest sister and lived with her in Washington State. She would be gone for long periods, fishing for salmon in traditional spots along the Columbia River that divides Washington from Oregon and visiting relatives on the Warm Springs reservation in Oregon. Then, in the autumn of 1987, she never returned to her home in White Swan, Washington. “She was just a very self-reliant, self-sufficient individual who could take care of her business and what needed to be done, fiercely independent,” said Whitefoot, who wore a red dress - representing missing and murdered indigenous women -- otter furs, shell jewelry and moccasins to the bill signing ceremony.
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Travis Hampton, superintendent of the Oregon State Police, told attendees, many of them Native American women, that he was emotionally invested in bringing results. He said he had been concerned about a lack of state police jurisdiction in Indian country but that it would be compensated for with collaboration among federal, state and local law enforcement. “I will treat these women and girls; these sisters, these mothers, these daughters, as if they were my own,” he said to applause. Montana, Washington state, Arizona and New Mexico have passed similar legislation. A bill re-introduced in the House of Representatives in mid-May would expand tribes’ access to some federal crime databases, establish protocols for handling cases of missing and slain Native Americans, and require annual reports. The bill is named Savanna’s Act, after Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, who was killed while pregnant in 2017 in North Dakota. Her baby was cut from her womb but survived. In urban areas alone, some 500 Native American women in 71 U.S. cities vanished or were killed, the Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board, reported last year. Most of the cases cited occurred since 2010. On some reservations, federal studies have shown women are killed at more than 10 times the national average. Predators believe they can get away with abducting or killing American Indian women there because of scant law enforcement presence, said Rep. Tawna Sanchez, chief sponsor of the Oregon bill and the only Native American in the state Legislature. Some tribes have no law enforcement, while the FBI might be able to dedicate only one agent to investigate crimes on sprawling reservations, Sanchez said. “All of these jurisdictional issues make it really, really difficult for people to know and understand what they can and cannot do,” she said. “Most tribes don’t have the ability to deal with anyone around a criminal issue on a reservation.” The new Oregon law, which takes effect immediately, directs the state police to study how to increase and improve state criminal justice protective, responsive and investigative resources. It also calls for better systems for reporting, identification, investigation and rapid response to future and past cases. The state police must report its findings by September 2020.
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Susie Patrick, a member of one of the Language Knowledge Bown teams from the Nixyaawii Community School, shows her exasperation during one of the contests May 15 at Wildhorse Casino.
Priest Rapids Wanapum team wins Language Knowledge Bowl MISSION - A new format mixed things up at the 10th annual Language Knowledge Bowl hosted by the CTUIR Language Program May 15. Nearly 100 students and more than two dozen teams competed in six languages. A Knock-Out bracket replaced the Round Robin format of the past. “We wanted to try something new to make the event a little more competitive, and to also accommodate more teams to have more games,” Sarah Belton, Sahaptian Language Archival Specialist, said in an email to the CUJ. No local teams made it to the top this year. The winning Wanapum team was from Priest Rapids and consisted of four Buck children. Wanapum brought several teams. However, Warm Springs teams took the next three places. One of the Wanapum judges was Ernestine June from Priest Rapids, who translates Itishkin in languate classes. “They need to study more and speak from their hear and not just as a contest,” she said during the competition. “It is important for [the students] to share their language with other tribes.” Nixyaawii Community School had three teams. Kristen Parr, Language Program Manager for the CTUIR, said she was happy to see students of all ages in the competition. “It’s cool,” she said, “to see teams with participants from really young to college age.”
And Fred Hill, who teacher Language at NCS, said it was important for young people to speak the language and not rely on written texts. “Some sounds have to be spoken. There is no way for them to be written. they come in the spirit of storytelling.” 2019 Language Knowledge Bowl results:
26 teams, 97 students Tribes represented: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Wanapum at Priest Rapids, Yakama Nation, Warm Springs Tribes of Oregon. Languages that were part of the competition: Umatilla, Weyiiletpuu, Wanapum, Icheshkin, Numu, and Kiksht-Wasqu. 1, Pinapu Yamasma from Wanapum. Judge Irene Cloud (Yainpum), Coach Joseph Seelatsee (Slakim), Captain Jordan Buck (Popotaikli), Participants Katrina Buck (Pyaxi), River Buck (Ciwana), alternate Angelina Buck (Lalawai). Awards – eagle trophy and embroidered sweatshirts. 2, Ashnmashu Spilyaima from Warm Springs. Judge Dallas Winishut, Coach Wanda Suppah, Captain Vanessa Crane, participants Marissa Andy, Cecelia Andy, alternate Aaron Strong. Awards – plaque and embroidered jackets. 3, The Warriors from Warm Springs. Judge Margaret Suppah, Captain Julie Wolfe, participant Hayden Heath, participants Kahmussa Green, alternate Orrin Cortazar. Awards – plaques. 4, Ich’inun from Warm Springs. Judge Deanie Johnson, Coach Rosetta Herkshan, Captain Gunner Herkshan, participants Wallace Herkshan, Bella Herkshan. Awards – plaques. All participants received certificates and medals. Winners were determined through process of a knock-out bracket. Teams had to win games to progress through brackets. The top four teams were those that made it to the last three games, which then played to determine where they finished.
Members of the Warriors from Warm Springs finished third in the 2019 Language Knowledge Bowl competition. The team included Captain Julie Wolfe and participans Haden Heath and Kahmussa Green, plus altnerate Orrin Cortazar. The team’s judge was Margaret Supopah.
After 10 years, CTUIR will no longer host Language Knowledge Bowl MISSION – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) will no longer host the Language Knowledge Bowl. “After 10 years of competition in the Sahptian, Paiute, and Kiksht languages, we feel it is time to allow others to organize competitions on their own reservations and focus our efforts in our local community,” said Modesta Minthorn, the director of the CTUIR Education Department. Minthorn remembers when she was sitting with atway Eugene John at a table in the Language Program office when he asked, “’They have basketball tournaments, baseball tournaments … why can’t we have a tournament for language?’ I responded to him with a very simple, ‘Well, why not then’?” After a few months of research, the CTUIR Language Program hosted the first Language Knowl-
edge Bowl in 2009 with 18 teams. Unfortunately, John became ill and was never able to witness the competition he inspired. In 2009, the CTUIR had nine fluent speakers and by 2013 there were four left, Minthorn said. However, even as the number of fluent speakers declined, the number of language students that participate in the Language Knowledge Bowl increased and in 2018 reached a record 32 teams. By 2019, the 10-year total was 609 students with 183 volunteers, three sets of word lists with 1,201 single words and 1,196 phrases used in competition. “As the initial organizer of this event I have had the opportunity to work with many people that have dedicated years to revitalization of our languages,” Minthorn said. “It has been a great 10 years.” Minthorn has a thank you letter on Page 11B.
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Members of one of the Wanapum teams from Priest Rapids talk over an answer to a question at the Language Knowledge Bowl at Wildhorse Resort & Casino. Brothers Sunsky Buck, 11, in derby hat, talks with his brother, Rex Buck IV, age 9, far right.
Sampson appointed to Oregon health insurance committee SALEM – Governor of Oregon, Kate Brown, appointed Sandra Sampson of Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center (Yellowhawk) to the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace Advisory Committee. Sampson is the Liaison and Outstation Outreach Worker at Yellowhawk and will now serve on the state-wide board. She will be the only person who is an enrolled Oregon Sandra Sampson Tribal Member on the committee. “Members of the state boards and commissions provide valuable expertise and perspectives that help the state better address challenges and develop policies that help all Oregonians thrive,” said Governor Brown, “I appreciate the willingness of all of these nominees to serve our great state.” Yellowhawk CEO Lisa Guzman said of Sampson, “On behalf of (Yellowhawk), we were excited about the announcement that Sandra Sampson has been appointed by Governor Brown to the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace Advisory Committee. Sandra will be a strong advocate for policy development and the challenges facing Oregonians in this arena.”
Wildhorse Foundation celebrates grantees By the CUJ
MISSION – Nearly 120 people from Oregon and Washington gathered May 8 to recognize Wildhorse Foundation for 2018 grant awards totaling more than $1 million. In addition to grant recipients, who came from as far away as Portland and Bend, those attending included members of the Board of Trustees and General Council for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Wildhorse Foundation members, and members of the Wildhorse Resort Executive Team. George Murdock, a Umatilla County Commissioner, and John Turner, Pendleton Mayor, who both are part of the Wildhorse Foundation Board, attended the luncheon at Wildhorse Casino. Other Wildhorse Foundation members include
Debra Croswell, Louisa Allman, and Doris Wheeler. Four people spoke at the event, including Emielle Nischik from College Possible, a program that helps low-income students with college admission with an intensive curriculum of coaching and support; Michael Vendrame from Advantage Smiles for Kids, a Redmond-based non-profit that pays for Oregon children to get orthodontic treatment when health insurance won’t cover it and parents can’t afford it; a representative from Imbler Education Foundation, which enhances the educational environment for Imbler students outside support of school district tax dollars; and Julie Fossen Wheeler from Divide Camp, which is dedicated to “healing hearts and minds” of combat-wounded soldiers by providing outdoor adventures in the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area.
Nischik grew up in Deadwood, Oregon, and then moved to Mapelton, Oregon. Both coastal towns are so small they are unincorporated. In an emotional speech, Nischik said that without College Possible she would never have attended college. Now she works for College Possible, coaching other lowincome individuals through the college labyrinth. Wildhorse Foundation in 2018 awarded 119 grants totaling more than $1 million. Grants were awarded to 109 organizations in seven counties plus the Umatilla Indian Reservation in the arts, cultural activities, education, environmental protection, historic preservation, public health, public safety and salmon restoration. Since 2001, more than 2,000 organizations have been helped with more than 1,700 grants totaling $12,164,432.
Group forms ‘People of the Sacred Food’ By the CUJ
MISSION – People of the Sacred Food, a new group focused on local food sovereignty, formed in February, and Adrienne Berry, Community Garden Coordinator, is leading the charge. The group is a collaborative effort and comprised of people from various departments within Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center and the Confederated
Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) government. Represented are Community Health, medical, education, planning, the Department of Natural Resources, and more. The group’s Umatilla name is Atwni tkwatat maamithlama, which is pronounced out-nee (atwni) ta-kwa-tat (tkwatat) maa-me-thla-me (maamithlama). “We’ve always had food sovereignty in Indian Country,” Berry explained. “I
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think it is inspirational and gives people an idea of what food sovereignty looks like. The wordage is new, but the concept isn’t.” The group meets each month. The June meeting is a special Food Sovereignty Workshop, which takes place on June 12-13 at Yellowhawk. They are working toward defining and strengthening the local food system and separating from Sacred Food on Page 28A
Desiree Coyote accepts last year’s CTUIR ﬂag from David Wolf while Mildred Quaempts, Thomas Morning Owl and Randall Minthorn look on during the Flag Day observance May 20. Said Coyote, “It is excellent that the CTUIR is acknowledging all veterans and it’s nice to know that we as women veterans are not invisible to our own people. The raising of this new ﬂag is in honor of all women for the next year.” CUJ photos/Phinney
New flag recognizing Tribes’ women veterans By the CUJ
MISSION – One banner came down and another went up as close to 75 people gathered in front of the Nixyaawii Governance Center (NGC) to observe Flag Day on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. For the next year, the flag flying over the Confederated Tribes’ capital will recognize women veterans. In dedicating the new flag, the old one was handed to Desiree Coyote, the CTUIR Family Violence Services Director and a military veteran. “It is excellent,” Coyote said, “that the CTUIR is acknowledging all veterans and it’s nice to know that we as women veterans are not invisible to our own people. The raising of this new flag is in honor of all women for the next year.” During remarks made inside the NGC, Tribal elected officers Jeremy Wolf, Board of Trustees Vice Chair, and William Sigo IV, General Council Chair, reminded people of the significance of the CTUIR flag. Wolf read the 2002 BOT resolution that
adopted the flag and the 2010 General Council resolution proclaiming May 20 as Flag Day. Wolf said people around the country know the CTUIR flag. “They know where we are from,” Wolf said. “The flag carries with in everything that came before it … our elders and our ancestors.” Wolf told those attending, “Make sure you don’t forget the past when you speak of the future.” Sigo said he’s been proud to see the CTUIR flag when he travels, including to other venues where Nixyaawii Community School has played in basketball tournaments. He said he gets “goosebumps” when he sees others, including non-Indians, recognize the importance of “our flag” and “our nation.” Randall Minthorn, who served as master of ceremonies, gave a brief history of the flag. Tribal language instructor Thomas Morning Owl provided some history of the flag song. Members of the American Legion Post 140 presented the colors during the ceremony. The Nixyaawii Singers, which included drummers from the community school, provided the Flag Song.
About 75 people gathered in observance of the changing of the CTUIR ﬂag in front of the Nixyaawii Governance Center on May 20.
The Nixyaawii Singers, which included drummers from Nixyaawii Community School, provided the Flag Song in front of the Nixyaawii Governance Center.
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By the end of summer, George expects to have a business plan ready for consideration by the Board of Trustees (BOT) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). If the business plan is approved by the BOT then funding for “needed improvements” will be provided, according to a resolution passed 4-2 on May 20. Two members of the BOT, including Treasurer Doris Wheeler, opposed the purchase because, they said, not enough information – including the lack of a feasibility study or business plan – was available to make an informed decision. “I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad purchase,” Wheeler said. “It could possibly be a good business venture, but I needed more information … We’ve seen pieces of information, but we haven’t seen it all at one time. It was presented as a land purchase in the resolution, but we did not approve money for improvements until we see a business plan.” BOT member Sally Kosey, the other no vote, was mindful that CTUIR already has debts for Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, the Nixyaawii Education Center, the Wildhorse golf course clubhouse, and the Wildhorse Resort expansion. George, who negotiated the deal with PCC membership, pitched the purchase as a land transaction and the BOT bought it. However, none of the normal Tribal protocols for a land purchase were followed. For example, it did not go through the CTUIR Planning Department or the Land Acquisition Program. Tribal issues like jurisdiction, land use, encumbrances, flood plain overlays and restrictions, nor county and state land-use and tax issues, were presented by George or discussed by the BOT. Rather, those things are to be worked out during the summer and fall. “We will limp along for the next seven months and then submit a business plan during the budget cycle and show how we’ve done during the summer and evaluate what’s needed,” said George. George convinced the Board that “For the price it’s a great piece of property.” The price for the property has not been officially announced by the CTUIR, but Country Club members have said it is $810,000. PCC members, which own a percentage of the property, will receive a portion of the purchase price. The resolution, which states that the BOT “hereby authorizes” a loan for improvements “upon completion” of the approved business plan, said the amount is set forth in an exhibit that also is not public. However, the number that has been bandied is more than $1 million. George did not divulge the amounts of the loans. He told the Board the property is a good investment for the Tribes. “It’s 248.5 acres of land adjacent to the reservation border with Birch Creek running through it and four certified subsurface and surface water rights. There are a lot of different things we can do with the property. There have been discussions of a hatchery because there are flows to bring salmon back to Birch Creek,” he said in an interview with the CUJ.
BOT Vice Chair Jeremy Wolf would like to see improvements on Birch Creek, which runs along the west side of the golf course. “I hope to see habitat work on the stream,” Wolf said, noting that there is access to the flood plain and the opportunity to manage the watershed “bank to bank.” The potential to create the original “meander” rather than a channeled stream would fit the Tribes’ River Vision, Wolf said. As for the purchase of the property, Wolf said it’s a matter of the casino developing a property using casino resources. The loan, he said, would be paid back by casino profits while realizing profits from the golf course itself. At the same time, Wolf – and George too – said tribal member dividends will not be impacted by the purchase of PCC. As for a business plan, Wolf said the “time table was limited,” although he did not elaborate. “It’s not as if we haven’t discussed the potential,” Wolf said. “It will stay as a golf course and benefit our own golf course, off-setting the traffic at our own golf course. We can’t just absorb all the golfers from Pendleton.” Still, Wolf said, there are a number of options. “Internal (CTUIR) staff is working with casino staff developing a potential process that makes good business sense. We’re checking off all the boxes,” Wolf said. “There are a number of ideas but I’m not going to say because I don’t want people to think this is going to happen or that is going to happen.” George said he hopes PCC can make money but he isn’t making any promises. Wildhorse Resort Golf Course does a “little less than break even” he told Kosey at the BOT meeting May 20 when she asked about the potential for profit at the new golf course. “We knew that going in,” George said, noting that the hotel and RV park are also amenities that don’t necessarily make money but get people into the casino to gamble. In another interview, George said, “We’ll take a loss to get people here. That’s a game plan and it’s been working. Gamblers aren’t golfers, but golfers are gamblers.” Meanwhile, George noted, PCC has made money on food and beverage, alcohol sales, and cart rentals. But not much. In 2017, he said, PCC made a profit of $10,000. Over the course of the last several years, not much has been reinvested in the course or the clubhouse. Among the improvements that need to be made at PCC, George said, is the irrigation system, which is in a “poor state.” In fact, he said, the “majority of 26,000 sprinkler heads need to be replaced.” And the kitchen needs to be remodeled. George said a new breakfast and lunch menu, and possibly dinner, are being planned. PCC has a large banquet facility that George wants to put to use. Member of the Board of Trustees who voted in favor of the purchase were General Council Chair William Sigo IV, and BOT members Aaron Ashley, Rosenda Shippentower and Woodrow Star.
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what Berry calls the “colonial diet.” Berry explained, “food sovereignty is different for each community,” so the group has been focused on defining what food sovereignty means for the citizens of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. People of the Sacred Food are in the middle of a multi-step process. They are currently on step four of seven, which is
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where the workshop comes in. The seven steps are 1-Define the community, 2-Understand food sovereignty, 3- Think about what tools, assets, and resources are needed, 4- Design food assessment, 5-Publicize the assessment, 6- Conduct assessment, 7- Compile and analyze data from assessment; disseminate information and develop an action plan. The workshop is open to everyone, and Berry specifically invited CTUIR leadership, especially the first day in which participants will learn about food systems in Indian Country, such as a very successful model in the Oneida Nation. “I hope we have our leadership there. At least the first day,” she said.
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Trainers from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) trained members of Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) on May 9 at the Nixyaawii Governance Center. From left to right, Richard Higheagle, Arturo Archila, John Barkley, William Surface, Rodrigo Toscano, and Michelle Bratlie.
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TERO offering hazardous waste awareness training By John Barkley, TERO Program Manager
MISSION - The Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) will sponsor a three-day training session on Hazardous Waste Awareness June 26-28 at the Nixyáawii Governance Center. This is the first of three series of trainings that will result in the Tribes’ ability to have certified Hazmat trainers. For the first training series, registration is open to mainly CTUIR employees engaged in emergency response; those requiring access to Department of Energy properties, such as the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Washington; those employees working proximate to systems transporting hazardous waste material, and; those involved with hazardous waste in their employment field. The second training series involves two days of training at the HAMMER training facility at Hanford where trainees will wear suits and handle hazardous materials. Of those completing the five-day, 40-hour
training course, some will be selected to undergo an advanced one- or two-day course for Hazmat certification to teach Hazardous Waste Operations classes. TERO is working with the United Steelworkers Union, which is providing funding for the training under a National Institute on Environmental Health Sciences grant. TERO has been engaged with Rodrigo Toscano of the Labor Institute for the United Steelworkers. Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) classes were held and three CTUIR tribal members successfully completed the ‘Train the Trainer’ course and are now certified to train OSHA classes. Those OSHA trainers are Tony Surface, Richard Higheagle and Michelle Bratlie. If you are eligible and interested in the training contact John Barkley, TERO Program Manager, at 541-429-7506, or stop by the Nixyáawii Governance Center. Registration is limited so register early to secure your spot for the Hazmat training.
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CORVALLIS – Patrick Mills, a scientist in the Energy & Environmental Sciences Program (EESP) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, has been honored with the Young Engineer Award by the Professional Engineers of Oregon. The award is presented annually to an engineer 35 years or younger who has shown outstanding engineering. Mills, a certified Project Management Professional as well as a Scientist I in the Department of Natural Resource’s EESP, works from the CTUIR Field Station where he served as Laboratory Manager from 2015 to 2018. While in this position, he played a critical role in the process that led to the laboratory receiving Oregon Environmental Laboratory Accreditation in 2017. Mills’ current job duties include project management and research and development. In this role, he has demonstrated proficiency writing successful grant proposals and has led and managed a
variety of technical projects including a climate change vulnerability assessment, the first phase of geothermal analysis (completed in 2018 using several methods including magnetic and g e o chemiParick Mills cal to assess viability of tapping geothermal energy on the reservation), and a 98 kW grid-tied solar photovoltaic array installation. According to its website, the Professional Engineers of Oregon, which began in 1929, acts as the conduit of information within the membership and between the members and the outside world. That outside world includes the legislature, licensing board, universities and major employers, as well as with other state societies and organizations.
New Indian Lake facilities open for business
Both the Nixyaawii Chamber of Commerce (NCC) and Pendleton Chamber of Commerce (PCC) braved the cold wind and rain at Indian Lake for a ribbon cutting for the new vault toilets. Pictured above from left is PCC members Loren Frinifrock, Steve Mohrland, NCC Members Jill-Marie Gavin, Dale Jenner, NCC Past President Preston Eagleheart, PCC Members Bob McMillan, Karen Martin, NCC President Aaron Hhines and PCC member Eli Stephens.
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but her name will not be on the ballot. This year voters will pick one tribal member and one community member to replace three people – Patrick and Azure, whose terms are expiring, and Briana Spencer, who resigned because a new job and schedule does not allow her time for meetings. Once the two positions are filled this year, a six-member school board will set policy for two years. In 2021, when three positions expire, two will be elected (a tribal member and a community member) to create a five-member board. Then in each subsequent year two people will be elected and one person will continue to be appointed by the Education and Training Committee of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). Sally Kosey is the current ETC appointee. A tribal member is anyone enrolled with the CTUIR. A community member is anyone living on the reservation, who may or may not be a tribal member. According to the NCS by-laws, eligible voters include all parents of children enrolled at the school, all current employees of the school, all current employees of the Confederated Tribes’ government including all tribal enterprises (Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Cayuse Technologies, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, Mission Market, etc.), chartered authorities, and tribally created entities if the employees work on the Reservation, all current members of the School Board, and all current residents within the boundaries of the Reservation. NCS is a charter school established in 2004 under the auspices of Pendleton School District 16R, which must approve the reduction in the membership size of the school board. NCS is a public school open to any high school student in Oregon, grades 9-12. “We do not have to have an agreement with other districts in order for students in their district to attend,” said Carrie
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Phinney, NCS administrative assistant. “We have had students who lived in Milton-Freewater, Echo, La Grande and Cove attend.” As of May 13 NCS had an enrollment of 75 students. With a big class of freshmen registered, Principal Ryan Heinrich is anticipated enrollment of around 90 students when the school moves into the Nixyaawii Education Center this fall. Some students at Pendleton High School have expressed a desire to move to NCS as well. Further, Kosey, at the meeting May 13, said there may be some students from Pilot Rock transferring to Nixyaawii following an altercation at the high school in which a tribal member youth was injured and school officials’ response was considered inadequate. In other business, the NCS Board:
Approved use of a school van to transport one student from NCS – Tyanna Van Pelt, plus students from Pendleton High School, to Portland Airport July 15 for their outbound flight to Japan on a two-week exchange program. A total of 10 people will be on the van to the airport. The van will be used to pick up the group July 30 for the return trip to Pendleton. Van Pelt is the second NCS student to participate in the Japan exchange program. The first was Ella Mae Looney. Heard from Principal Heinrich about a new video scoreboard being purchased for the gymnasium at the new Nixyaawii Community School gymnasium under construction in the Nixyaawii Education Center. The 6-foot by 10-foot scoreboard will be on the east wall with a secondary scoreboard on the west end of the gym. Heinrich said he is hopeful for donations to pay for an interactive table display that will provide loops for sponsors and boosters. The scoreboard price is around $10,000, Heinrich told the Board. Approved a 2019 schedule that has school starting on Aug. 26 and ending in the first week of June, although the day is not yet firm. The grand opening for the Nixyaawii Education Center has been set for Sept. 27 and the first tournament in the new gym, with four northwest tribal teams, is slated for Dec. 6. The calendar year will be 1001.3 hours, eclipsing the state requirement. Approved a pro-rated salary of $1,000 for Gilbert Diaz as assistant golf coach this spring. Heinrich said it was understood that if more than 10 golfers were on the team then an assistant would be needed. The squad included a dozen players most of the year.
Charges dropped against former Tribal game officer PORTLAND – Former Tribal Fish and Game Officer Jim Currey has satisfied his pretrial diversion conditions so charges against him for stealing antlers have been dismissed, according to documents from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. U.S. Senior District Judge Anna J. Brown, at the recommendation of Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer J. Martin, dismissed the misdemeanor charge of “theft from a tribal organization.” Currey had been indicted in May of 2018 by a federal grand jury for stealing tribal property for his own use between Jan. 21 and Feb. 14 of 2018. Currey stole the antlers from a storage shed at Tribal Police headquarters about six weeks before he retired at the end of AZIMUTH 315 APARTMENTS 2155 NW LABICHE LANE BEND, OR 97703
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Rubber duckies took over Mill Creek May 11. See more on Page 20B.
Leather braiders from as far away as Australia gathered at Tamastslikt. More on Page 28B.
Nixyaawii Community School Head Boys Basketball Coach Shane Rivera was named Oregon Class 1A Coach of the Year. See more on Page 3B.
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Rugby racers Matilda Allen carries the rugby ball with Evan Minthorn (in red) closing. Cameryn Norris (in purple with black leggings) moves in on the left ahead of Thagon White on far left and Sheldon Joseph in the back. On Allen’s right is Miles Kennedy (in gold). Photos by Courtney Stover
Request to OSAA would move NCS from 2A Pilot Rock to 5A Pendleton By the CUJ
Sheldon Joseph maintains the ball with Nova Condron and Tharon White in support during a rugby game at Grecian Heights Park in May. The rugby season has ended for the young players from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Contributed photos
Thomas Greenough carries the ball as Tharon White stays right beside him during a match at Grecian Heights Park.
PORTLAND – The Nixyaawii Community School (NCS) has requested a change for its co-op in football from Class 2A Pilot Rock High School to Class 5A Pendleton High School. In May, the Nixyaawii School Board and members of the community discussed the pros and cons of the option and decided to pursue the change, according to a May 22 letter sent to the Oregon School Activities Association from NCS Principal Ryan Heinrich. During the open community forum, Heinrich wrote, athletic director Lynette Minthorn, school board members, parNCS football co-op on Page 5B
George leads Pendleton to 5A state golf title By the CUJ
PENDLETON – Led by Megan George, the Pendleton High School girls’ golf team won the state Class 5A title at Quail Valley Golf Course by nine strokes May 13 and 14. George, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, finished in the runner-up spot – one stroke out of first place. One of three seniors on the team, George led through 27 holes, but had a tough back nine on the second day and gave up four strokes to Tannica Porter from Willamette. George shot 80-78-158 while Porter shot 81-76 for a 157 total. George shot even par on the front nine on the second day and had a 27-hole score
of 116. Porter was sitting at 119 after 27 holes. But a shot in the water on the 14th hole led to a triple bogey and three bogeys to end the round and gave George a back nine score of 42 while Porter finished with a second 38 to pick up four strokes. The two girls didn’t play together. Porter played in the group behind George and was able to keep tabs on Pendleton’s top player throughout the second day. The state tournament capped a great high school career for George, who was the Buckaroo leader for four years. Along with seniors Rylee Harris and Makenzie McLeod, George led Pendleton to two second places and a fifth place state fin-
Members of the Class 5A state champion girls’ golf team from Pendleton High School are, from left, Megan George, kneeling, Chelsea Kendrick, Coach Dave Curtis, Rylee Harris, Makenzie McLeod, and Gracie Broadfoot. Contributed photo
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CUJ Sports Heppner/Ione boys finish third at state golf tourney
First place gross winners were John Barkley, Jeremy Barkley, Cal Tyer and Louie Quaempts. They shot 17-under-par 55.
CRESWELL, Oregon – The Heppner/ Ione golf team, which includes Tribal member Logan Burright, finished third in state Class 3A/2A/1A tournament at Emerald Valley Golf Club. Oregon Episcopal won the title with a four-golfer total of 664 strokes, which was 88 over par. Bandon was second at 730 and Heppner/Ione was third at 742. Burright, a senior, shot consistent bogey rounds of 90-90 for a 180 total to finish in a tie for 15th place. Heppner/Ione was led by Kellen Grant, a junior, who shot rounds of 86 and 92 for a 178 total to finish in a tie for 13th. Cason Mitchell shot 93-92-185 to finish tied for 23rd and Robinson Fletcher was the fourth scorer with rounds of 10396 for a 199 total to tie for 28th. The team’s
fifth man, who’s score was not counted, was Reno Ferguson, who shot 104-103 and finished 37th. Tommy Rohde of La Pine won the tournament with rounds of 80 and 77 for a 157 total, which was 13 over par for 36 holes. Will Phillips of Oregon Episcopal was second after shooting 74 the second day to jump ahead of six others who had lower scores Logan Burright after the first round. Burright is the son of Paul French and Kemmery Burright, and the grandson of Kathleen Peterson
pendleton track First low net went to Jess Nowland, Randall Minthorn, Kris Powaukee and Easton Powaukee. They shot 60 gross and 46 after adjusted with their handicap.
Aaron Luke, far left, competed in two sprints and a relay at the state Class 5A track meet.
Luke, Hoisington-Jones race at state track meet
Second low gross with a score of 56 went to Quincy, Dillon and Gary George. Not pictured: Haley Greb.
55 wins Mammoth Cup
MISSION – The team of Jeremy Barkley, Louie Quaempts, John Barkley and Cal Tyler shot 17-under 55 and ran away with the four-man-scramble Mammoth Cup, the annual fundraising golf tournament for Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. Fifteen teams played in windy, sometimes rainy conditions at Wildhorse Resort Golf Course. The team of Kris Powaukee, Easton Powaukee, Jess Nowland and Randy Melton took low net honors with a score of 46 after taking their team handicap off their gross score of 60. That score of 60 would have given them the second best gross round of the day. The rest of the results follow. Gross – 2, Gary George, Dillon George, Quincy George, Haley Greb, 56. 3, Dave Tovey, Al Tovey, Thad Jackson, Mike Hensley, 61. Net – 2, Tom Strickland, Kyle Devore, Gavin Devore, Bruce Mecham, 48. 3, Paul Wallis, Jim Wallis, Richard Walker, Travis Walker, 48. Closest to the pin – Rich Walker and Ajiah Ganuelas. Long drive – Paul Wallis, Garrett Sotherland. Wrong-handed putt – Dan Winter.
GRESHAM – Two young Tribal 4:03.62. members, Matilda Hoisington-Jones Luke ran on the sixth place 4X100 and Aaron Luke, competed for Pend- relay team with Cam Sandford, Blake leton High School May 24 and 25, Davis and Aiden Patterson, finishing in the OSAA/Onpoint Community in a time of 44.07. North Bend won the Credit Union 5A Track and event in 43.12. Field State Championships Luke also ran in two at Mount Hood Community spring prelims, finishing College. 10th in the 400 meter dash In heavy rain, Hoisingtonwith a personal best of 52.29. Jones finished eighth in the Sebbie Law of Corvallis won 400 meter dash in a time of in 50.58. He was 12th in the 1:01.94. That was a bit slower 200 meter dash in 23.91. than her seventh place finish Malaki Connella of Dallas in the preliminaries when won in 22.05. she ran 1:01.05. The winning Other Native athletes time of 59.03 was run by Juscompeting in sports at Pendtice McBride from Silverton. leton High this spring, acHoisington-Jones, a freshcording to school informaman, was part of Pendleton’s Matilda Hoisington- tion, included Kalan Spencer 4X100 relay team that fin- Jones runs in the 800 in tennis; Patrick Hendren, ished 11th in a time of 51:53. meter race. Anton Hughes, Wallahee The other members of the team Moffett, and Jon Moreno in were Kendall Bonsani, Emma House boys track; Samantha Allen, Kya Lynn and Elisabeth House. The winning Cregar, Kaolyn Henderson, Kaiya time by North Salem was 47.77. Spencer and Brooke Zander in girls Hoisington-Jones ran on Pendle- track; Celia Farrow, Chelsea Farrow, ton’s 4X400 meter relay team as well, Brynn Cody and Bell Shaveneaux in running the third leg with Ellaynah softball; Tucker Zander, Jimmy Jones, Brown, Kendall Bonzani and Elisabeth and Gabe Kauffman in baseball. House. The girls ran 4:22.40 while the first place North Salem team ran Contributed photos
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CUJ Sports Rivera, Schimmel and Burns earn 1A all-state honors
Nixyaawii Community School Boys Basketball Coach Shane Rivera, shown here talking with his Golden Eagles at the Class 1A state tournament in Baker City, was named Coach of the Year by the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association. CUJ file photos/Phinney
Coach Shane Rivera didn’t always show a lot of emotion on the bench during ball games but he let his joy out after his squad won the state title.
Coach Shane Rivera had a good crew behind him, including assistants Alan Crawford, Ken Mayfield and Aaron Ashley. The team lost just two seniors to graduation and will be making a strong bid to defend their title when a new season begins next winter.
PORTLAND – Shane Rivera was named Class 1A Coach of the Year by the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association in early May. And two of Rivera’s players from the state champion Nixyaawii Community School Golden Eagles earned honors among the best 10 players in the state. Mick Schimmel, a junior, earned first team all-state honors, and Tyasin Burns, a sophomore, was selected to the second all-state team. More than 360 coaches and athletes were honored May 18 at the 2019 Oregon Athletic Coaches Assocation Awards Banquet Mick Schimmel Levi Burke from Prairie City was named Boys Player of the Year. Here’s the list of all-state selections. First team - Levi Burke, senior, Prairie City; Matt Eidler, junior, Trinity Lutheran; Mick Schimmel, junior, Nixyaawii; Luke Martin, senior, Sherman; Blake Ellis, senior, Days Creek. Second team - Jonathan Shields, senior, Damascus Christian; Zeke Quintero, senior, Jordan Valley; Chris Nobles, senior, Wallowa; Dustin Silver, senior, Perrydale; Tyasin Burns, sophomore, Nixyaawii. Third team - Scooty Gilbert, freshman, Trinity Lutheran; Derek Johnston, senior, Horizon; Nate Hopkins, senior, Riddle; Randy Rilatos, senior, Siletz; Ethan Moritz, junior, Triad. Honorable mention - Aaron Buechly, Umpqua Valley Christian; Jason Budey, Damascus Christian; Omar Benites, Powder Tyasin Burns Valley; Syd Holman, Prairie City; Jaidyn Jackson, St. Paul; Keenan Coles, Sherman; Blake Lambert, Life Christian; Jacob Moore, Hosanna; Hunter Winslow, Condon/Wheeler; Keagan Spikes, Eddyville.
Two OOL girls make first all-state team
Junior Mick Schimmel led the Nixyaawii Community School Golden Eagles in most offensive categories, plus rebounding and steals. He was named to first team all-state for Class 1A players.
Sophomore point guard Tyasin Burns earned second team all-state honors. He’ll be back as a junior with four other upper classmen who saw plenty of varsity action last year. Also, there is a big freshmen class entering Nixyaawii, which will start classes this fall in a new school with a new gymnasium.
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PORTLAND – The Class 1A Oregon Basketball Coaches Association Girls All-State Teams included several players from the Old Oregon League, including two first-teamers. Seniors Sabrina Albee from Joseph and Megan Bingham from Powder Valley made first team, along with Isabelle Wyss, a junior from St. Paul, who earned Player of the Year honors. Others on the first squad were senior Regann Skinner from Jordan Valley and junior Erin Counts. Dave Matlock from St. Paul was Coach of the Year. Second team - Sara Phillips, senior, Country Christian; Abby Whipple, senior, North Douglas; Savanah Zamorah, senior, Rogue Valley Adventist; Abby Birman, senior, South Wasco; Sydney Lawrence, junior, Perrydale; Tori Webb, senior, Damascus Christian. Third team - Kelsi Siegner, freshman, Crane; Riley Davis, sophomore, Crane; Emma Hite, senior, Joseph; Abby Lowther, senior, Alsea; Kyla Crume, senior, Days Creek. Honorable mention - Merideth Bush, Hosanna Christian; Moriah Michaels, Days Creek; Taylor Warn, Jordan Valley; Emma Conner, St. Paul; Faith McCarty, Echo; Kieryn Carnes, Elkton.
All the young boys brought up the end of the line in the grand entry on Saturday night at the Spring Celebration at the Mission Longhouse on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
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Root Feast Celebration Bob Miller, 1, and Juanita Miller, 2, from Toppenish, enjoy an intertribal dance at the Spring Celebration Pow Wow May 25.
Mission Longhouse, May 4, 2019 Golden Age Women (55+) – 1, Edith WalLsee. 2, Sofia Hart. 3, Kathy Burke. Golden Age Men (55+) – 1, Terry Heemsah Sr. 2, Fred Hill. 3, Terrence Bettles. 0-6 Tots Girls – 1, Jayden Walsee. 2 Jazmin Ward. 3, Hazel Quaempts. 12 and under jingle/fancy – 1, Jayden Holiday. 2, Dazha Joseph. 3, Brooklyn Jones. 12 and under fancy/grass – 1, Adam Bower. 2, River Edwards. 3, Kashus Bevis. 7-12 girls traditional – 1, Nyema Sam. 2, Addison Kosey. 3, Denise Morning Owl. 7-12 boys traditional – 1, Eli Bower. 2, Sheldon Joseph. 3, Miles Minthorn. 13 and older jingle/fancy – 1, Jordan Heemsaw. 2, Eva Oatman. 3, Keyen Singer.
During a break in the big drum dance categories, a group of hand drummers provided the beat for owl dance songs at the Spring Celebration at the Mission Longhouse on the Umatilla Indian Reservation May 25. The drummers included, from left, Jessie Bevis Sr., Kelsey Burns, Fred Hill, Kellen Joseph, Irma Totus and Isaiah Welch.
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13 and older fancy/grass – 1, Sky Smith. 2, Tias. 13-17 girls traditional – 1, Mariah Dee Dee. 2, Heaven Walsey. 3, Nizhoni Toledo. 13-17 boys traditional – 1, Bryson Bronson. 2, Alyric Red Crane. 3, Aiden Wolf. 18-54 women’s tradition – 1, Shawna Waheneka. 2, Ida Shock. 18-54 men’s traditional – 1, Ahla Johnson. 2, Levi Blackwolf. 3, Nataos B. Women’s fancy/jingle – 1, Josephine Penny. 2, Sabrina Sam. 3, Jareen Hines. Men’s fancy/grass – 1, Redhorse Wesley. 2, Terry Heemsah Jr. 3, Dezlan Walsey. Drums – 1, Nixyaawii Golden Eagles. 2, White Feather. 3, Red Hawk Canyon. 4, Umatilla InterTribal. 5, Wakpala. 6, Chute #8. 7, Gopher Flatts. 8, Eagle Spirit.
Owl dancers move around the Longhouse on Saturday night at the Spring Celebration. On the left is Jaren Hines and Sheldon Joseph, then Mikki dances with Eli Brown (in sweatshirt); behind them are Manaia and Aiden Wolf; and in the back Eva and Wilber Oatman.
Nixyaawii boys win summer hoop tourney in La Grande LA GRANDE – A Nixyaawii Community School (NCS) summer league basketball team whipped five teams on the way to the championship at an Eastern Oregon University hoop tournament June 1 and 2. Nixyaawii beat Joseph, College Place and La Grande in pool play on Saturday and then topped Umatilla in the semifinals before defeating Nyssa in a competitive contest for the title. Most of the squad that will be playing for the Golden Eagles in the 2019-2020 season were on the floor in La Grande. Mick Schimmel, a first-team all-state selection, twisted an ankle in the tournament and likely won’t play for the rest of the summer, according to Coach Shane Rivera.
Other members of the summer league team include returners Tyasin Burns (second team all-state), Quanah Picard, Reuben Bronson, D’Andre Rodriguez, and Isaiah Pacheco, and incoming freshmen Shane Rivera (the coach’s son who will be transferring to NCS from Toppenish), Aaron Barkley, Dillon Abrahamson, Saint Schimmel, and Alyric RedCrane. Three other returning varsity boys who were not available for the La Grande tournament were Moses Moses, Magi Moses and Luis Ortega. The NCS team also is playing four games a week in Umatilla with games starting at 6 and 7 p.m. June 12 and 19. They will play in a tourney June 14-16 at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston.
Picard takes second in shot put at state middle school track meet CORVALLIS – Kyella Picard, an eighth grader at Weston Middle School, took second place in the 6-pound shot put at the Oregon Middle School Meet of Champions May 23 in Corvallis. Picard, the 14-year-old daughter of Dionne Bronson and Kristopher Picard, set a personal record of 40-feet, 1.5-inches to place second behind Sydney Brewster of Cedar Ridge/Welches who put the shot 43-feet, 10.5-inches. The state record in the 6-pound shot put is held by Jaida Ross of Hedrick with a toss of 45-feet, 5-inches in May of 2016. A total of 32 girls competed in the 6-pound shot put competition. Other Weston Middle School athletes competing at the state competition included Lily Lindsey in the high jump; Colson Hall in the 100 meters and 400 meters; Alex McIntyre in the 1500 meters;
Contributed photo Finishing first and second in the shot put at the state middle school championships were Sydney Brewster, left, and Kyella Picard, right.
and Colson Hall, Logan Mohney, Gabe Corsin and Cameron Reich in the 4 X 100 relay.
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ents, current and former players, and booster club members, listed several advantages and disadvantages of moving the student-athletes to Pendleton. In the letter, Heinrich listed the following: - “Pilot Rock is 8-man and Pendleton is 11-man football. With our student enrollment there is not another school in close proximity that we could co-op without moving their classification up a level. [The full enrollment of NCS is added to the other school when computing the enrollment. Because Pendleton is already a small 5A school, Nixyaawii’s enrollment would not move it into 6A status.] - Safety of players; with a move to Pendleton, our students would have the opportunity to play with age equivalent opponents because they have three teams (freshmen, junior varsity and varsity). Currently, we have our freshmen (typically 14 years old) playing with and against seniors (17 and 18 years old). - Our participation has gone down
steadily over the past five years with Pilot Rock. When students were asked why, they state things like dedication to the game, distance to practice, length of their day (Pilot Rock does not practice until 5 p.m. or later and players return home around 8 p.m.; school starts at 8:10 a.m.). In addition, our school board now has a policy that we will not transport students to co-op school [functions] unless we have five or more athletes. Last year we had four players finish the [football] year at Pilot Rock.” At their May 13 meeting, the Nixyaawii School Board discussed the possibility of co-oping with Athena, MiltonFreewater or Helix, but it was determined that the addition of NCS’s enrollment would likely cause those schools to move up a classification. There also was discussion of NCS starting its own 8-man or 6-man football team. Additionally, at least one school board member said that even with freshmen, JV and varsity teams at Pendleton there still would be NCS players sitting on the bench.
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Teata Ellenwood dances in the women’s fancy category at the Eastern Oregon University Pow Wow in La Grande on May 18.
CUJ photos/Dallas Dick A dignified Tyera Pete dances in the women’s traditional contest at the Spring Pow Wow in La Grande on the campus of Eastern Oregon University.
Kellen Joseph dances during a men’s round bustle special at the 49th annual Indian Arts Festival Spring Pow Wow and Friendship Feast at Quinn Coliseum May 18 in La Grande.
Eastern Oregon University Spring Pow Wow Results Golden Age Women – 1, Alvina Huesties, Pendleton. 2, Nancy Minthorn, Pendleton. 3, Trina Sherwood, Wapato. Golden Age Men – 1, Randall Minthorn, Pendleton. 2, Wilson Totus. Junior Girls Fancy/Jingle – 1, Dazha Joseph, Pendleton. 2, Nadine Garcia, Pendleton. 3, Saraya Minthorn, Pendleton. Junior Boys Fancy/Grass – 1, River Edwards, Pendleton. Junior Girls Traditional – 1, Manaia Wolf, Pendleton. 2, Stella Wolf, Pendleton. 3, Hannah Brown, Walla Walla. Junior Boys Traditional – 1, Sheldon Joseph, Pendleton. 2, Eli Bauer, Walla Walla. 3, Weptas Brockie, Pendleton. Teen Girls Fancy/Jingle – 1, Eva Oatman, Pendleton. 2, Keyen Singer, Pendleton. 3, Alayna Bevis, Pendleton. Teen Boys Fancy/Grass – 1, Brianan Matamoros, Mission. 2, Sky Smith, Mission. Teen Girls Traditional – 1, Auralia Heay, Pendleton. 2, Tamish Sherwood, Wapato. Teen Boys Traditional – 1, Aiden Wolf, Pendleton.
Women’s Fancy/Jingle – 1, Teata Ellenwood, Pendleton. 2, Mary Harris, Pendleton. 3, Winona Ramos, Nespelem, Wash. Men’s Fancy/Grass – 1, Wilbur Oatman, Pendleton. 2, Logan Quaempts, Pendleton. 3, Garrett Begay. Women’s Traditional – 1, Katrina Miller, Satus, Wash. 2, Tyera Alice Pete, Pendleton. 3, Shelly Minthorn, Pendleton. Men’s Traditional – 1, Logan Quaempts, Pendleton. 2, Michael Badwarrior, Owyhee, Nevada. 3, Joshua Spencer, Pendleton. Women’s Shortfringe – 1, Tyera Pete, Pendleton. 2, Katrina Miller, Satus. 3, Shelly Minthorn, Pendleton. Men’s Slick Style – 1, Kellen Joseph, Pendleton. 2, Jesse Bevis, Pendleton. 3, Louis Van Pelt, Mission. Women’s Jingle Special – 1, Cece Walsey Begay, Satus. 2, Mary Harris, Pendleton. 3, Teata Ellenwood, Pendleton. Hand Drum Special – 1, Washie Squesimlain, Grande Ronde, Oregon. 2, Isaiah Welch, Pendleton. 3, Leon Totus, Pendleton.
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Logan Quaempts has some fun dancing around Aurelia Heay during an intertribal dance at the Spring Pow Wow & Friendship Feast at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande May 18.
George leads PHS 18 holes in front of us and let everything else fall where it will,” Curtis said. “The McLeod was tied for 16th. Sophomores second day four of Gracie Broadfoot the five girls imwas tied for 28th proved their scores and Chelsea Kendand we ended up rick was 40th. winning the state The girls swept championship by the Intermountain nine strokes.” Conference with all Pendleton finfive girls finishing ished with a fourin the top 15 indigolfer total of 767 vidually. George strokes, which was won every IMC 191 over par. Crater event this year. was second at 776 Harris was third and West Albany and McLeod was was third at 803. sixth in district. Curtis couldn’t “The girls had say enough about CUJ Photo/Phinney George. g r e a t ch e m i st r y and the girls played Megan George watches a putt fall into the hole “She has played very consistent golf in a recent tournament at Wildhorse Golf Course. tremendous golf,” all season,” said Curtis said. “Her Coach Dave Curtis. hard work and dedication will leave a After the first day at state, Pendleton lasting impact on our younger golfers.” as a team was down by a stroke. Megan is the daughter of Gary and “We talked about just focusing on the Kelly George. Continued from page 1B
Wildhorse Pow Wow hoop camp scheduled July 5-7 MISSION –Basketball camps are planned during the Wildhorse Pow Wow July 5-7 on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Enough Iz Enough, a community advocacy group, will host the camps for grade school through high school students. For more information, contact Enough Iz Enough on Instagram @eie541 or Facebook at Enough Iz Enough.
Youth football signups begin this month PENDLETON – Registration begins in June for Pendleton Youth Football, which starts in early August for incoming third through sixth graders. Camps, skills assessment, and team placement takes place in August. Registration can be completed online on the program’s new website at pendletonyouthfootball.org. Registration forms are also available at Dean’s Pendleton Athletic on Main Street in Pendleton. For more information contact Ron Smith via the webste or email email@example.com.
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BBALL camps save the date Indian Lake Fish Derby MISSION – Community basketball camps are planned to coincide with the Wildhorse Pow Wow July 5-7 on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Enough Iz Enough, a community advocacy group, will host the camps for grade school through high school students. For more information, contact Enough Iz Enough on Instagram @eie541 or Facebook at Enough Iz Enough.
INDIAN LAKE – The 33 rd Annual Indian Lake Fish Derby is June 15. Registration begins at 6 a.m. and fishing lasts from 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Adults cost $10, youth ages 12-17 are $5 and under 11 is $3. All registered youth receive a raffle prize. Pre-payment for camping required for Fish Derby weekend (non-refundable). For information call Leigh or Tami at 541-276-3873. Indian Lake is south of Pilot Rock.
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First Pendleton all-comers track meet series slated Community sports event for competitors from age 5 to whatever PENDLETON – An inaugural community track and ﬁeld series for all aged competitors – from 5 to 60 – has been scheduled over six days in June and July. The ﬁrst Pendleton Summer All Comers’ Track and Field Meet Series is being co-hosted by the Rising Phoenix Track Club, Roundup City Racer, and Pendleton High School Track &Field/Cross Country. Running events have been scheduled on Fridays at 5 p.m. on June 14 and 28, and July 12. Field events have been scheduled for the following Saturday mornings at 8 a.m. on June 15 and 29, and July 13. All the competition will take place at the Pendleton High School ﬁeld. Who can participate? Anyone age 5 and older. Athletes will participate in the following age groups: 6U, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 5059 and 60 and older. Athletes ages 8 and young may not run in events longer than the 800-meter run. Athletes ages 10-and younger may not run in hurdle events. The events are “pretty relaxed” because the purpose of the meets is for athletes of all ages to come out and enjoy the day, introduce newcomers to the sport, act as practice competition for athletes training to compete for bigger meets, give the community something different to do and enjoy, and just have fun, according to the meet director Ben Bradley.
Participants can register an hour before the meets start, ﬁll out a registration form, grab an entry sticker and head to their event. Membership in the Rising Phoenix Track Club is not required, but members to compete is free. Cost of participants for non-members is $10. Membership applications will be available at the meets. All track and ﬁeld participants must ﬁll out a waiver form; all participants under the age of 18 must have a waiver form ﬁlled out by their parent/guardian. For more information, visit risingphoenixtc.com/all-comers-track-meets. Websites are risingphoenix.com and phstrackandﬁeld.wordpress.com. Follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @ risingphoenixtc and #pendletonfxc.
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Royalty visited Rez Members of the Portland Rose Festival Court, together with the Pendleton Round-Up Court and Happy Canyon Princesses visted Tamaskslikt Cultural Institute May 14 as part of their annual Eastern Oregon tour. The royal court also visted the Pendleton Underground Tours, the Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame, the RoundUp Pavillion for horseback riding and the Let er Buck Room for dinner and dancing.
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Thank you letters K̓ ʷAŁANÁWAŠAMATAŠ! The 10th annual 2019 Language Knowledge Bowl has been possible with the generous support from our community and local organizations. This event is an important part of our community, and we are appreciative and we honor the work and dedication of every person who has contributed to make it a success. We are grateful for the speakers, the students, the families that encourage them, and the many volunteers that lend their time and energy. We would especially like to thank the following organizations: CTUIR Board of Trustees, CTUIR General Council, CTUIR Cultural Coalition Grant, Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Altrusa International Literacy Club, Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, Cayuse Technologies, and CommuniCare Grant/ Nixyaawii Community School Many people have contributed their time and effort to this event, and it would be impossible to mention every person who has helped make the Language Knowledge Bowl a success. Please know that we are thankful for your help and participation. CTUIR Language Program AS THE INITIAL ORGANIZER OF THE LANGUAGE KNOWLEDGE BOWL I have the opportunity to work with many people that have dedicated years to the revitalization of our languages. I wanted to take the opportunity to thank them all for their support of this event because it has meant a lot for those us that have been the organizers. First and foremost, I would like to thank all of those in the CTUIR Language Program for their dedication. Without them this event would not have been successful for the last 10 years. A big thanks to Mildred Quaempts, who supported this event and championed it many times for the budget. Thanks to the Warm Springs Language Program was the only Tribe to offer to host an event and did a wonderful job. I especially want to thank Arlita Rhoan who has been supportive and always willing to provide guidance to me as the organizer. Thanks to the Yakama Language Program provided our first seven-and-under team that did a great job and also made me understand that this event was open for all ages. I would like to thank Lavina Wilkins who has always been a willing participant for her students.
And thanks to the Nez Perce Language Program, has provided the best prepared and competitive teams throughout the years. I would like to thank their number one judge, ítway Jim McCormick, who was a huge supporter of this event because his students worked hard every year to prepare for it. He was dearly missed this year. This event could not have happened without volunteers - CTUIR support: Human Resources, Department of Natural Resources, Education Department, Department of Children and Family Services, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, Wildhorse Resort & Casino, and the Board of Trustees. A big thank you to the Northwest Indian Languages Institute that provided volunteers every year of the competition. I would like to thank Dr. Virginia Beavert for bringing her language classes to compete and help. Nixyáawii Community School (NCS) provided space, volunteers, and time for the students to participate. I would like to thank Mary Green who has been the shining example of language support because as the Language Arts teacher she competed with her students in the Language Knowledge Bowl as a Umatilla language student. A big thank you to Kia Owlchild who was the bracket organizer and the volunteer that always stepped up. At last, after 10 years of competition in the Sahaptian, Paiute, and Kiksht languages the CTUIR will no longer host this event. After 10 years we feel it is time to allow others to organize competitions on their own reservations and focus our efforts in our local community. This event has taken many hands to accomplish it and if I have left any out I apologize. It has been a great 10 years, nch’i kwathla. Modesta Minthorn CTUIR Education Department Director THE PENDLETON EARLY LEARNING CENTER would like to thank the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Fisheries Department for facilitating a wonderful field trip experience for our kindergarteners. We enjoyed learning about salmon and lamprey at the ODFW site. We would like to thank the following CTUIR Fisheries staff: Jon Lovrak, Tysen Minthorn, Louis Case, Aaron Jackson, Jerrid Weaskus, Kanim Moses-Conner, Aric Lyons, Paul Seoships.
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McKenzie Blue Thunder, 17, left, looks at the braiding of Percy Other Medicine, 21, at the three-day leather and braiding workshop that took place in May at Tamastlikt Cultural Institute on the Umatilla Indian Reservation., The two are cousins and grandsons of Woodrow Star, who helped organize the event. CUJ photos/Phinney
RAWHIDE and LEATHER Braiders come together at Tamastslikt to share craft By Casey Brown of the CUJ
C. Ralph Dillon from Montague, California, and Brad Trap from Salina, California, measure string and core size at the rawhide and leather gathering at Tamastlikt Cultural Institute in May.
MISSION – Rawhide and leather braiders from around the country and around the world, including as far as Australia, took over a classroom of Tamáskslikt Cultural Institute for a three-day workshop. Tribal youth were able to attend the event for free, which Percy Other Medicine, Arlen Blue Thunder, and McKenzie Blue Thunder took advantage of. The room was packed with people, projects, and tools. Everyone brought their own inprogress work. Some worked on projects, others taught what techniques they knew, and some visited with their neighbors. In one corner, Percy and Arlen were making a nosepiece for horse tack. They are using small strips of leather called lace. Across the room, McKenzie braids a whip that he has been working on for two hours. The group head out out the back doors to watch a hide dying demonstration on a piece of stretched cowhide. A large metal hoop had the cowhide stretched out, hair side facing out, and then a solution of Rit dye (brown and cherry red in color) and vinegar was applied.
The hide was sprayed facing one direction, the excess solution was wiped off, and then the hide was rotated and sprayed with a second coat. Rotating it helps prevent streaking from the excess runoff. “I’m learning more techniques that I didn’t know before and learning things I didn’t know about,” Arlen said. Percy shared that someone from Australia brought kangaroo leather with them. “Kangaroos fight each other, and you can see the scars in the leather,” he said. Back inside, the nosepieces take shape. Each braider has a few pieces of lace they are working around a dowel. Mike Hinkey explains that braiding is a very mathematical process involving parts and bights, sailor terminology according to Hinkey. They make pairs by braiding down the dowel one way, and then they turn around and braid back up splitting those pairs. Depending on how many parts and bights there are results in different patterns: herringbone, pineapple, and gauche, for example. “If you learn how to make pairs and split pairs, you’ve got ‘er whipped,” Hinkey said.
Aussie brings kangaroo leather By Wil Phinney of the CUJ
Neil Harvey brought kangaroo leather to a gathering of Western American horsemen. And although he didn’t have that cowboy twang that some of the Texans had, he braided right alongside them. Harvey was part of the “loose knit independent bunch of people” who braid leather and rawhide and gathered at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute for three days of comradery – renewing friendship and making new ones while sharing skills and learning new tricks.
“Historically they didn’t teach this in Australia,” said Harvey. “It was a trade, a skill, a craft that was only told in the family. But it’s no good to have a skill if you don’t teach it.” He was one of two Australians at the Tamastslikt workshop, which was organized by Woodrow Star, a horseman – and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Three of Star’s grandsons took part in the braiding event. He was hoping more participants from here would have taken part. Harvey said he’s seeing more and more
bustles made from cowhide and kangaroo leather. The bustle is a leather piece that goes over the horse’s head and rests on the horse’s face like a hackamore and takes the place of a bit in the horse’s mouth. It’s a practical piece, not decorative. Kangaroo leather was also used on the stick or cane handle of the whip made by McKenzie Blue Thunder, one of Star’s grandsons. Harvey was a rancher, a farrier, and a horse trainer. He’s braided since he was in grade school. “Rawhide bit me. It was an itch that’s gotta be scratched,” he said.
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McKenzie Blue Thunder works on a rawhide whip under the tutelage of Lee Finsted of Etzikom, Alberta, Canada, who runs Plainsman Stockwhips - Custom Whipes and Whip Repairs. Other braiders came from Australia, Washington, Utah, Oklahoma, Nevada and Idaho.
Fort Hall braider is ‘best in the Northwest’
A braider uses a tool to create small strips of leather called lace, which is used to make various leather items such as knots, whips, and tacks.
MISSION – Braiders consider Brent Haskett one of the best, if not the best, leather braider in the Northwest. Haskett is humble but confident. He wouldn’t go so far as to say the best, but he’s good. “He’s at the top of his game,” said Joe Benner of Echo, who helped organize a three-day leather and rawhide braiders workshop at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute in May. “He is the best braider in the Northwest.” Haskett, a Shoshone-Bannock from Fort Hall, Idaho, wasn’t braiding at the workshop. Rather, he was there to renew friendships with people he’d kept in touch with through social media. “Some I hadn’t had the chance to meet yet,” said Haskett, who works as the director of the Fish and Game Enforcement staff for his tribe. “Most know me, but I haven’t met them in person.” Haskett grew up a cowboy. His folks ran cattle. So it was natural that braiding leather and rawhide would interest him as a youngster. “It’s something I developed and I followed as I got older,” he said. Haskett worked for a few years creating leather goods for trade shows and made his stuff available to the public. Now he braids mostly for “working cowboys” on a “per order basis.” Periodically, he’ll make “high end pieces for
collectors” from all over the world. For Haskett, braiding leather is a therapeutic hobby. “I go home and I can take my mind off work, think of something besides the stress of the job. It’s morphed into and other job and I’ve had good success,” he said.
‘I go home and I can take my mind off work, think of something besides the stress of the job.’ - Brent Haskett
Jay Adcock from Pawhuska, Oklahoma, rubs Rit dye on a cowhide outside Tamastslikt Cultural Institute on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It was part of a three-day leather and rawhide braiders workshop.
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Inmates and veterans at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institute carry in the American, Oregon and CTUIR flags during grand entry at the annual prison pow wow May 18.
Indigenous inmates at Eastern Oregon Correctional Facility practice their religious freedom by sweating, smudging and drumming whenever possible. Drummers and singers sing a flag song during grand entry in Pendleton May 18.
By Jill-Marie Gavin of the CUJ
PENDLETON – Trish Jordan, enrolled Creek, was living in Lewiston, Idaho, when she got her first call to help with Native American religious services in prison. Now the Executive Director of Red Lodge Transition Services, Jordan had never volunteered in a prison before 2000 when she travelled from Lewiston to Pendleton to help the women of the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI) start their journey to practicing their own religion. Though EOCI sits on the ancestral lands of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation it had little to no opportunity for female inmates to practice the religion of their tribes in the way Catholics, Muslims and countless other religions were able to. Jordan received a call from the chaplain at EOCI after the native women of the prison had exhausted their attempts to reach the decision-makers of the Oregon Department of Corrections. The women were sending daily “kytes” (prison term used for written requests from inmates to administrative departments) to request their constitutional rights of religious freedom. After months of these requests, finally Jordan’s phone rang and on the other end was a nearly desperate chaplain explaining he had followed a phone tree looking for a woman who knew the ins-and-outs of Native religion. Though she was reluctant to commit to the task due to her strenuous work schedule and other volunteer work, Jordan thought of what could have been if she had not had leaders intervene in her life. “There was a time in my life when I could have gone down a different path, but I didn’t because I had people who were willing to help me. Because of that I have a responsibility to pay it forward,” she said. When Jordan arrived at EOCI for the first time the situation was bleak. There had once been grass at the designated area for the sweat lodge but when she arrived she instead found gravel and no water source. She found an environment that was inhospitable, and it wasn’t just the grounds making it that way. The correctional officers and the chaplain, at the time, were sometimes impolite and suspicious of the
Mable Jackson, left, and Executive Director of Red Lodge Transition Services Trish Jordan, right, prepare f
women. She had to change her clothes in the security officer’s bathroom and walked through part of the facility in her sweat dress. After enlisting the help of knowledgeable native men the women were able to hall in supplies and build their lodge. While the environment was oppressive, the inmates continued to surprise Jordan. When she arrived for their first sweat the women had taken scraps of denim to sew and create mats to guard their legs and rear-ends from the sharp gravel they were made to sit on. Even more impressive, Jordan said, is that the women had been given only six matches to light their fire. “The guards would tell them here, you get six matches. If you use them all then too bad. Every time I showed up those women had started the fire for the rocks and always had one or two matches to spare for the pipe ceremony,” Jordan said. The process moved along slowly, the chaplain was wary of the women and insisted on sitting directly outside the sweat so he could hear what they were saying. This made a lot of the inmates uncomfortable; to remedy this and to clear any bad energy Jordan began smudging the chaplain as part of her preparation for sweat. When he protested she made it clear everything near the lodge needed to be smudged. She said that during each sweat he moved farther and farther away from the lodge until he was in a separate area all together. Participating in their culture fed the women, but they were still in need of nourishment. “I told them, look, these women are starving, spiritually. They need their sacred foods to feed their Ancestors. The chaplain told me flat out that would never happen, I would never be allowed to bring in first foods for these women. It took me four long years but we had a first foods ceremony at Coffee Creek a few years after it opened,” Jordan said. Coffee Creek Correction Facility and inmate intake center is Oregon’s only women’s prison. When it opened in 2001 all of the women at EOCI were sent there. The move across the state was not initially one that Jordan planned to follow, but she was again requested to oversee religious services for the Native women in Wilsonville. By that time she had recruited
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fellow volunteers and again felt duty-bound to lend her time to this cause. Eventually the cause spread from Coffee Creek to other prisons and the core group of volunteers started to help at men’s prisons across the state. Everywhere they went it was positive to see happy inmates who had been cut off from their culture Fatigue set in ‘...these wom and spirits began to slump when inmates they celspiritually. ebrated release with began sacred fo popping back up in their ceremonies. The revolving door of - Patricia Jordan, Ex inmates sparked the birth Transiti of Red Lodge Transitional Services, a non-profit foundation that helps Native women, and some men, transition into life on the outside. The foundation also travels the state helping inmates with annual pow wows. Mable Jackson from Klamath, Modoc and Hoopa tribes, was one of the inmates at Coffee Creek that saw a way out while she was working with Red Lodge. Jackson was serving three years for assault after she had given up on her sobriety. Angry at the world, Jackson blamed Creator for the death of her son and both fathers of her children, one to a car ac-
Guests travelled from as far as Arizona to spend the day with their broth Facility. Inmates rejoiced being allowed to walk around and dance fre
Shawna Gavin, General Council Secretary and Native American Religious Services volunteer, gifts Mable Jackson with a necklace after she shared the story of getting her Indian name at Two Rivers Correctional Institution.
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frybread for inmates and their families at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Facility Pow Wow May 18.
cident the other to violence. At the end of her rope, spiritually and emotionally, Mable found herself alone and in a dark place in prison. Through therapy and her time in the sweat, smudging and prayer, she was able to address her lifetime of abuse and trauma. She said, “When I met Trish and Tawna (Tawna men are starving, Sanchez now a Democratic in Portland) . They need their Representative in 2001 I participated in my oods to feed their first sweat lodge ceremony. up you’re taught Ancestors...’ Growing not to talk about sexual xecutive Director of Red Lodge abuse, but after smudging, ional Services in Portland, OR participating in talking circles and going through treatment I was finally able to talk about what had happened to me.” Mable looked up to Jordan and said, with her help, she was able to envision a new life with new opportunities. She was released in 2011 and has since completed two Associate Degrees and plans on going forward to become an addiction counselor. She graduated in 2016 alongside her son; that moment is something she will always attribute to the intervention of Red Lodge. Mable is now a card-carrying volunteer at Deer Ridge where she volunteers
hers, husbands and friends incarcerated at Eastern Oregon Correctional eely with their loved ones as they can only sit during regular visitation.
with the Native men and is celebrating her eighth year of sobriety. Last month Mable completed the orientation at Two Rivers Correctional Institution . During her latest visit to Two Rivers, while escorting two Lakota elders from South Dakota, she received her Indian name. During the EOCI Pow Wow, May 18, Mable was gifted with a woven necklace from fellow volunteer Shawna Gavin, enrolled CTUIR. Gavin, General Council Secretary, began volunteering after her brother Michael Ray Johnson, General Council Vice Chair, was asked to serve as master of ceremonies at one of the prison pow wows. Her first experience at a prison pow wow was about five years ago at EOCI. Her first time volunteering really resonated with her and became something she wanted to continue doing. “I think it’s so important for inmates to have someone in their life willing to help them exercise their treaty-protected rights, such as religious services, first foods, Washat and all those traditional things. They’re paying their debt to society and it’s important for them to have these opportunities,” she said. Unfortunately, Gavin said the Oregon Department of Corrections does not understand the rights and culture of Native inmates. Maybe not at an administrative and state-wide level, Gavin noted, but there are facilities where religious services are suppressed. The Indigenous men and women in the system are treated as if they are seeking special treatment rather than their treaty and constitutional protected rights, Gavin said. This sentiment was echoed by Jordan who said though great strides have been taken in the right direction, sometimes it’s two steps forward and one step back. For instance, the victory of getting first foods into the prisons was exciting, but this year Red Lodge was notified that the ODOC will no longer allow first foods to be cooked or stored in their facility. Now instead of being able to collect donations of fish and other first foods from tribes across the state and cook them in the kitchens with inmates in preparation for ceremonies and pow wows they now have to either be prepared in advance or outdoors at the facilities. As Jordan stood flipping frybread in the yard at EOCI
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Tiwahnee Sahme, who goes by “T” served as an MC for the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institute 2019 Pow Wow, May 18. He recalled the freedom that annual pow wows brought him when he was an Oregon inmate.
she explained that support from Tribal governments in reinforcing the importance of their work is the only thing that will help them accomplish their goals in a timely manner. “We’re just a small group, we don’t have the clout the way the tribes do with the State (of Oregon),” she said. Native American men are incarcerated at a rate 38 percent higher than White men; Native American women are incarcerated at six times the rate of white women, according to a report compiled by the Lakota People’s Law Project, and Jordan wants the tribes to understand that the inmates behind bars, being denied their rights as Indigenous people, are often tribal members from the nine tribes of Oregon. Regardless of the hang-ups and obstacles Red Lodge and Jordan encounter, the group is determined to keep the mission moving, not for themselves but for the inmates who experience freedom one drum beat at a time. Inmate after inmate expressed that they feel the most liberated on pow wow day. Especially those with release dates decades into the future. The pow wow provides them the motivation to keep going according to Steven Anderson, currently serving 23 years for manslaughter. Anderson, enrolled Yakama, is six years into his sentence and said many times his only comfort has been the sound of Washat songs in his head. He only gets to sing them with other people when he attends sweat, which is scheduled once a month but due to lack of volunteers sometimes doesn’t happen for months at a time. Once a year Anderson is able to taste salmon, roots and berries and he doesn’t take that for granted. He said being able to participate in those traditional practices, the taste, smells and sounds bring him home at least for a little while. Once the pow wow ends Anderson and all the other inmates return to their daily routines, but the experience of laughter, dancing and singing goes with them back to their cells and they try to hold onto it while they wait until next year. “I’m truly grateful for Trish, for her effort and her hard work, all that she does for us inmates. I honestly think I can speak for everyone else, she brings us a piece of home year after year,” Anderson said.
Youth entrepreneur 3-day summer camp
MISSION – For kiddos ages 8-12, there will be a youth entrepreneurship summer camp from June 17-19 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. each day at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. Lunch will be served. Learn and explore the fundamentals of designing, launching, and running a business. For more information, contact Raven Manta at 541-966-1920 or raven.manta@ wildhorseresort.com.
Wellbriety is back for ‘New Beginnings’ coalition
MISSION – New Beginnings Coalition meetings are back starting June 5. The first and third Wednesday of each month from 3-5 p.m. in the Yellowhawk Prevention Building, 46770 B Street, by the BIA office. For more info, contact Kelsey Burns at 541-240-8427 or KelseyBurns@yellowhawk.org or Wenona Scott at 541-240-8429.
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Heart of Country Fun Run coming to Helix June 8.
HELIX – The Helix Heart of the Country Fun Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, June 8. It is a 5K event with the proceeds going toward Helix Community Improvements. Registration costs $20 and opens at 7 a.m., and the race beings at 8 a.m. Proceeds go toward community improvements. To register online, visit http://heartofthecountry. itsyourrace.com.
Mari Mills and Deontae Johnson were voted as 2019 Prom Queen and King May 11.
The Prom Planning Committee celebrates their second successful prom with a photo. From left is Tyanna Van Pelt, Teacher Seanne Perkins, Suzy Patrick and Cloe McMichael. The committee threw Nixyaawii’s first solo-prom last year and followed-up with another successful event.
Students have magical time at Enchanted Forest Prom
Alyssa Tonasket, left, Ermia Butler, center, and Dazon Sigo, right, take pose in the photo booth at the 2019 NCS Prom. May 11.
MISSION - Eighty students attended the second-annual Nixyaawii Community School Prom. The theme for the 2019 prom was “Enchanted Forest,” students, after passing a Breathalyzer test facilitated by Umatilla Tribal Police Department, were led into the event by a row of glowing jars and a shroud of flowers and leaves. Among the student’s favorite parts of the prom, according to NCS instructor and Prom Planning Committee Advisor Seanne Perkins, was the photo booth that came with props and a sequin backdrop. Students asked for the photo booth to be at the 2020 prom as well. The photo booth, food and decorations were all paid for by the prom planning committee. The venue space was donated to the school by Wildhorse Resort & Casino, and the rest of the event was sponsored by the $2,000 raised by NCS students.
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Student Tyanna Van Pelt hugs Nixyaawii Community School Board Member Syreeta Azure during the Enchanted Forest Prom held at Wildhorse Resort & Casino May 11.
Elle Marsh, left, and Jace Ashley, right prepare to walk into prom representing the Sophomore Prom Court at Wildhorse Resort & Casino May 11.
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A young girl pauses for a picture before releasing a Chinook Salmon into Mill Creek during the annual Return to the River event on the campus of Walla Walla Community College May 18. Hundreds of children partcipated in releasing fish into the creek to celebrate the return of salmon to the area. This year’s event also featured demonstrations, dancing, a duck race fundraiser, and more.
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he annual festival celebrating the return She talked about having a relationship with the of salmon to the Walla Walla Basin drew land and not overfishing or overhunting in any hundreds of people to the Walla Walla particular area. She said roots mature to harvest Community College campus near Mill Creek to at different times of the year depending on where participate in “Return to they are located. For example, the River” May 18. she said near Wallowa, roots are The event is a collaboraready earlier than others because tion between the Confederthey get more sun. ated Tribes of the Umatilla While fish, salmon in particuIndian Reservation (CTUIR) lar, were a big focus of the day, and Walla Walla ComRed Elk also pointed out that any munity College’s Water & one organism does not exist on Environmental Center. its own. The morning started “People always think about with children releasing salmon and trout, but the rivers spring Chinook salmon are ecosystems so you need the into Mill Creek. Families other organisms.” walked and biked the trail To that end, the research next to the creek between laboratory at Walla Walla Comtwo grassy areas that were munity College is learning to set up with food trucks, ice propagate Pacific lamprey, a fish cream stands, interactive that resembles an eel. They are demonstrations, booths, also working on repopulating and games. mussels. In the afternoon, Dance “One day we want to be able Troupe Generation demto harvest them [mussels] in the onstrated various styles of Wenix Red Elk, a lead organizer, gives a water as long as the population pow wow dancing, includdemonstration of First Foods at the Return to is big enough and sustainable the River event May 18. ing men’s traditional, fancy enough,” she said. dancing, and women’s jingle. In order to get to that future, Wenix Red Elk, outreach coordinator for the Red Elk said it would take a lot of people and CTUIR Department of Natural Resources (DNR), groups. captivated audiences as she explained the complex“It takes not just the Tribes but everyone within ities of First Foods and tribal traditions. the watershed.”
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At another booth, Paul Word, Lloyd Barkley, and Kate Ely from the Tribes’ DNR had interactive stations to show people of all ages the effects that certain practices have on streams and other waterways. Word demonstrated that when water is forced into a narrow channel the velocity increases, which has a negative impact on habitat for mammals, birds, bacteria, and fish. At times, people have been tempted to control waterways by moving woody debris, or add dams and other human made obstacles, that force water to flow in a straight channel rather than meander throughout the entire flood plain. “Wood debris causes pools and habitat for animals, bugs, and fish,” Word said, so when they are removed those that depend on it for shade and somewhere to live are displaced. Lack of shade also has a negative impact on vegetation. Being able to physically show what it looks like when water velocity increases to the point that it washes out a riverbank below tree roots is important to Word. “Anytime we can visually explain anything it seems to key in better,” he said. Plus, he likes interacting with younger visitors. “I love seeing families getting their kids out here at a young age.” The day concluded with a rubber ducky race. Hundreds of ducks were released down Mill Creek to raise funds for child abuse prevention in the Walla Walla Valley. For the 22nd year, the Walla Walla Exchange Club, a civic organization, promised a car to the person who bought the first duck to cross the finish line.
Above, Paul Word, Department of Natural Resources, demonstrates the negative effects taking away flood channels in waterways has on flora and fauna. Right, Alayna Bevis demonstrates womenâ€™s jingle. Below right, Rubber duckys race to the finish line in Mill Creek to raise money in support of child abuse prevention. Below left, a juvenile Chinook salmon is released into Mill Creek.
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BOT Minutes DATE: APRIL 8, 2019 BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman (arrived at 9:28 am); Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Doris Wheeler, Treasurer; Kathryn Brigham, Secretary; Rosenda Shippentower, Member; Aaron Ashley, Member; Woodrow Star, Member; Sally Kosey, Member and William Sigo IV, General Council Chairman. Quorum present. Old Business. None. Resolution 19-026: Topic: Fish & Wildlife Code Amendment. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby approves the amendments to the Fish and Wildlife Code, attached hereto as Exhibit 1; AND BE IT FURHTER RESOLVED, that the Fish and Wildlife Committee Bylaws, having been incorporated into the Fish and Wildlife Code, are hereby rescinded; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Fish and Wildlife Code amendments shall take effect immediately. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 8th day of April, 2019. MOTION: Aaron Ashley moves to adopt Resolution 19-026. Sally Kosey seconds. Motion carries4 for (Aaron Ashley, Sally Kosey, Williams Sigo and Woodrow Star) – 2 against (Doris Wheeler and Rosenda Shippentower) – 1 abstaining (Kat Brigham). Resolution 19-027: Topic: Land Lease Code. RESOLVED, the Board hereby adopts the Land Leasing Code, AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board directs the Executive Director to publish
the Land Leasing Code immediately and ensure it is publically available as long as it remains enacted; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board directs the Executive Director to review CTUIR Codes and policies to ensure consistency with the terms of this Code and present for Board approval within 90 days; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, the Board of Trustees directs the Executive Director to ensure that any and all appropriate administrative rules and staff assignments required for the full implementation of the Land Leasing Code are made and reported to the Board of Trustees by December 2019. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified, amended, or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 8th day of April, 2019. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to adopt Resolution 19-027. Woodrow Star seconds. Motion carries 6 for (Kat Brigham, Aaron Ashley, Sally Kosey, Doris Wheeler, Rosenda Shippentower and Woodrow Star) – 2 against (William Sigo and Jeremy Wolf) – 0 abstaining. Resolution 19-028: Topic: Hanford NonFederal Trustees Common Interest Agreement. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby approves the Common Interest Agreement, attached hereto as Exhibit 1C; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees authorizes its Chair to execute the Common Interest Agreement. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full
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force and effect. DATED this 8th day of April. 2019. MOTION: Jeremy Wolf moves to adopt Resolution 19-028. Rosenda Shippentower seconds. Motion carries 7-0-0. Other Board Action: McCoy Meadows Delegation of Manage motion. Draft Motion for 4/8 BOT Meeting: MOTION: Kat Brigham moves that the Board of Trustees, representing the sole member of McCoy Meadows LLC, designate current Executive Director Ted Wright, as the manager of McCoy Meadows, LLC pursuant to Section 4.2 of the McCoy Meadows LLC Operating Agreement and further moves that such action be taken without formal meeting of the LLC, pursuant to Section 5.2 of the LLC Operating Agreement. Sally Kosey seconds. Motion carries 7-0-0. BOT Travel Reports. 1) Gary Burke, Four Chairs meeting on Fri. March 29 at WRC. 2) Kat Brigham, Water of the US Forum, April 2-4 at Seattle, WA. 3) Rosenda Shippentower, Health Commission Retreat at Spokane, April 5-6. 4) Verbal-William Sigo IV, Four Chairs meeting on Fri. March 29 at WRC. MOTION: Jeremy Wolf moves to approve reports. Woodrow Star seconds. Motion carries 7-0-0. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Aaron Ashley, personal leave afternoon of Mon. April 8 from 2:30-4 PM. Travel, May 13-16 to Mohegan Sun @ Uncasville, CT to attend Tribal Government Brainstorming of Tribal Leaders Across Indian Country. 2) Kat Brigham, 2 leave requests to attend Partnership Work Group meetings in Walla Walla on April 9 and 23 from 2-6 PM. 3) Jeremy Wolf, travel to Redding Rancheria Tribal Leaders Roundtable on May 14-16, 2019. Personal leave April 11 from 3:30-4 PM. MOTION: Aaron Ashley moves to approve leave requests. Rosenda Shippentower seconds. Motion carries 7-0-0. DATE: APRIL 15, 2019 BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Kathryn Brigham, Secretary; Rosenda Shippentower, Member; Aaron Ashley, Member; Woodrow Star, Member;
and Sally Kosey, Member. Doris Wheeler, Treasurer on travel. William Sigo IV, General Council Chairman on personal leave. Quorum present. Old Business. None. Resoution 19-029: Topic: CTUIR Emergency Declaration Spring Flooding. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby declares that a State of Emergency exists within the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and tribal resources have been exhausted in responding to ﬂooding. AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that said Resolution shall continue as long as condition exist that result in ﬂooding. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 15th day of April, 2019. MOTION: Jeremy Wolf moves to adopt Resolution 19-029 as amended. Woodrow Star seconds. Motion carries 6-0-0. Other Board Action: None. BOT Travel Reports. 1) Gary Burke, West Linn to attend Willamette Falls Locks Commission meeting on April 10th. Salem to give testimony on SB 2270 on April 11th. 2) Kat Brigham, WW Partnership Work Group at Walla Walla on April 9th. Mill Creek Coalition at Walla Walla on April 10th. 3) Woodrow Star, NIGA Convention at San Diego, CA from March 31st to April 5th. 4) Verbal-Jeremy Wolf and Rosenda Shippentower on the Senator Ron Wyden Town Hall meeting at Boardman on April 14th. MOTION: Rosenda Shippentower moves to approve reports. Aaron Ashley seconds. Motion carries 5-0-0. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Jeremy Wolf, personal leave on April 17 all day. 2) Kat Brigham cancel April 23 travel to May 14 to attend WW Partnership Work Group. 3) Woodrow Star travel to Salem on April 23-24 to testify on mental health orders. 4) Sally Kosey, U of I at Moscow, ID, April 15 PM and return April 17 morning. 1 hour Admn April 18th. 1 hour PL April 3rd and 12th. Admn leave, May 17. 5) Verbal-Gary Burke, personal leave April 18-19. MOTION: Aaron Ashley moves to approve leave requests. Woodrow Star seconds. Motion carries 5-0-0.
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Rick Allen, NBC Sports NASCAR commentator, signs a street sign for Daniel Taggart from Walla Walla during the pit stop at Arrowhead Travel Plaza for 340 bikers at the 25th anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America May 3. Allen does play-by-play for NASCAR’s Monster Energy Club Series and Xfinity Series, and also for NBC Sports coverage of track and field. He won two Big Eight decathalon titles at the University of Nebraska.
Arrowhead pit stop MISSION – Arrowhead estimates 174 motorcycles with 340 bikers purchased 599 gallons of gas when the Kyle Petty’s Charity Ride Across America rumbled onto the Umatilla Indian Reservation May 3 on its run from Seattle to North Carolina. The one-hour pit stop included autograph signing from Petty, a former NASCAR racer, and a pair of Heisman Trophy winners – Herschel Walker (1982) and George Rogers (1980). Now in its 25th year, more than 8,400 riders have logged 12 million cumulative motorcycle miles and raised more than $18.5 million for Victory Junction Camp and other children’s charities. Because of the ride, 8,185 critically or terminally ill children have attended Victory Junction Camp at no cost to their families. Victory Junction Camp has served as the Ride’s primary beneficiary since its establishment by Kyle Petty and his family in 2004 in honor of his late son, Adam.
Herschel Walker, 1982 Heisman Trophy winner, hugs 11-year-old Vanessa Cook, during an autograph session at Arrowhead Travel Plaza on the Umatilla Indian Reservation May 3. Vanessa was with her 9-year-old sister, Lorissa, and their father, Jeremy Cook (a Colts fan) and Brian Arellano, all from Pendleton. Walker,57, played football at the University of Georgia befpre playing professionally for the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League, then the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL. He also played for the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. Interesting facts about Walker: He has a fifth-degree black belt in tae kwon do; in 1988, while a member of the Dallas Cowboys, and he danced with the Fort Worth Ballet for a single performance. According to a CNN story, Walker claims to sleep five hours a night and eats only one meal a day. Also, instead of lifting weights, he has a daily regimen of 750 to 1,500 push-ups and 2,000 sit-ups.
Kyle Petty, left photo, takes a selfie with autograph seekers during an event at Arrowhead Travel Plaza on the Umatilla Indian Reservation May 3. Petty’s Charity Ride Across America has raised more than $18.5 million for children’s charities over the last 25 years.
At right, the signatures of George Rogers and Kyle Petty adorn the shirt of Lillian Nomee. CUJ Photos/Phinney CUJ photos by Wil Phinney
George Rogers, the 1980 Heisman Trophy winner from North Carolina, gets a photograph with Sharon Trumbull from Meacham at the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America event at Arrowhead Travel Plaza on the Umatilla Indian Reservation May 3. Rogers played professional football for the New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins. Rogers was the first overall pick in the 1981 NFL Draft. At left, an estimated 174 motorcyles and 340 bikers showed up and 599 gallons of fuel were sold during a one-hour pit stop at Arrowhead Travel Plaza May 3 on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
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Student work center stage at Crow’s Shadow By Casey Brown of the CUJ
MISSION – Once a week this school year, a hand-picked group of Nixyaawii students had the opportunity to spend their Friday morning at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) to make prints or linocuts with master printer Judith Baumann. Normally, Fridays are days off at the four-day-a-week charter school, but rather than sleep in or use their free time for other activities, the Nixyaawii Community School students chose to enhance their artistic skills. Teacher Michelle Van Pelt each year chooses eligible students. This year eight girls - Ermia Butler, Isabell LeCornu, Elle Marsh, Cloe McMichael, Kylie Mountainchief, Latis Nowland, Eva Oatman and Tyanna Van Pelt, and teacher Ken Mayfield - exhibited work at Crow’s Shadow on May 24. A packed house filled the exhibit space and showed support for the artists and their hard work. Everything is for sale. The students set their own prices and receive all of the proceeds with the exception of three limited-run collaborative prints. The proceeds from those large prints support next year’s program. Michelle Van Pelt explained how beneficial the initiative is for the students, especially considering there are no formal art classes offered at NCS due to budget constraints. “I think they are really nervous about their lack of training, but by the time they finish the program some of them are so knowledgeable. They are very skilled artists. The detail of being able to lay three colors takes a lot of work and precision,
Ken Mayfield, right, answers Chelsea Hallam’s questions about his work, which is displayed at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts. Four of his prints are titled “4:44,” far left, and represents the four members of his family, himself, his girlfriend Cicily Moses, and their daughters Nila and Nicholi.
and for them to complete those types of pieces is college-level or professionallevel work,” Van Pelt said. Karl Davis, executive director at CSIA, said that every student sold at least one piece during the opening. Total sales for the night were about $500. The students’ work will remain on display and for sale until July 28. Cloe McMichael, a second-year participant in the program, had four pieces on display. Her print titled “Blue Mountain Nights” is a glimpse into her nighttime world in the mountains. It shows a scene through a half-moon shape with a dark color palette, which contrasts with the
light and bright yellows and pinks of her other pieces. “I wanted to open up a door into the nights in the Blue Mountains staying at my cabin and going into the mountains. Trying to capture what it’s really like up there, the starry night,” she said. Ermia Butler takes inspiration from various sources. For her linocut “Indian Power,” she heard a line in a song and went from there. “Indian Cars” by Keith Secola mentions a bumper sticker with that phrase and images that convey her message. “I really like feathers and [wanted to show] Indian Power and we are one, we
Alyssa Tonasket views “Indian,” a linocut by Ermia Butler, with Alex Tonasket. The opening reception of Nixyaawii Community School Printmaking Exhibition took place on May 24 at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The work is on sale with all proceeds benefitting the artists and is on display until June 28. CUJ photos/Casey Brown
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can do this, and we are powerful when we are together,” she said. Ken Mayfield has multiple pieces displayed in the main gallery. A set called “4:44” coincidentally had four pieces in the I’m a little series. He said the messy number of different - very versions was unintenmessy tional, but he did put four subjects in the actually. piece. One horse for It is just each member of his something family: himself, his with girlfriend Cicily Monature ses, and their daughters Nila and Nicholi. that I “It was a new fun wanted experience learning to do, how to line them up and I like and get them matched making a up correctly and mess.’ flush. If you notice some of these aren’t Tyanna Van Pelt flush, but I think it gives them character,” he said. Elle Marsh’s piece, “anatomia,” was inspired by her biology class. Her inspiration came from what she describes as “connected chaos” of the interworking of the body, particularly the various systems within the body. Tyanna Van Pelt was inspired by very personal feelings for “My Life.” “I wanted it to be messy. I’m a little messy - very messy actually. It is just something with nature that I wanted to do, and I like making a mess,” she said. She also talked about what it is like to come to Crow’s Shadow to work in this program. “I like talking to other people about art because they all have different creative minds,” she said. Their advisor, Baumann, also talked about the interactions of the groups. She said it can be a “roller coaster” working with teenagers, but ultimately it is “super fun.” “They have a great relationship among each other. They give each other advice and critiques. It is a really nice and inclusive creative environment.”
Free WIC Farmer’s Market classes help families
MISSION – Yellowhawk is offering Women Infant and Children (WIC) Famer’s Market classes. They will take place on June 11 at 1:30 p.m., June 27 at 2:30 p.m., July 11 at 10:30 a.m., and July 23 at 1:30 p.m. Farmer’s Market coupons are available for eligible WIC participants who attend one of the classes listed above. Stop by the Yellowhawk WIC office or call Alisa at 541-240-8521 for more information.
a free summer movie series, kicks off on Friday, June 14 with “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Full schedule available at www. pendletonparksandrec.com. The series continues every Friday until August 9 with a break on July 12. The movies are shown at dusk Community Park, 1000 SW 37th Street, and include a concession stand offering popcorn, soda, and candy. The full schedule is available on www. pendletonparksandrec.com. For more information, contact Pendleton Parks and Rec at 541-276-8100.
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DID YOU KNOW? Until the early 1900’s, our ancestors moved in a yearly cycle, from hunting camps to fishing spots, to celebration and trading camps. The three tribes spent most of their time in the area that is now northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington, subsisting on salmon, roots, berries, deer and elk. In 1855, the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla tribes and the U.S. Government
negotiated a treaty in which 6.4 million acres were ceded in exchange for a reservation homeland of 250,000 acres. As a result of federal legislation in the late 1800s that reduced its size, the Umatilla Reservation is now 172,000 acres -158,000 acres just east of Pendleton, Oregon plus 14,000 acres in the McKay, Johnson, and McCoy Creek areas southeast of Pilot Rock, Oregon. Gathered from ctuir.org
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PELC kids hoop it up at Field Day
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Grace Moses, left, volunteered her time to paint faces at the Pendleton Early Learning Center May 31. Moses paints a rainbow on kindergartner Patience Crawley, right, during the end of school year celebration. PELC students were looking forward to Field Day as they made their way backward through the alphabet during their 26 school day countdown to the end of the year. The last day of school is June 7 - “A Day,” PELC students will take a field trip and head home early.
Jordan Diaz dishes out his best hulahooping skills during Field Day at Pendleton Early Learning Center May 31.
Samara Eagleheart, left, leads the pack while waiting to jump in the bouncy house at PELC Field Day. Behind her is Van Sohappy, Jr., center, and Chance Squiemphen Jr., right. CUJ photos/Jill-Marie Gavin
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New musical festival coming to town June 29 PENDLETON – A dream of having a country and Americana music festival in Pendleton has come to fruition for three local entrepreneurs. Two men hatched a plan last year to organize and host a country music festival here in Pendleton and over time they added a third member to their group. Peter Walters joined Rian Beach and Chad Colwell to form the Jackalope Jamboree LLC. The production company, formed in 2018, worked hard preparing the groundwork for their first music festival that will host 13 bands, two stages and various food and beverage vendors at the Happy Canyon grounds later this month. Country, rock and Americana bands are travelling from as far as Austin, Texas
and Nashville Tenn., to perform here in eastern Oregon. With them, Jackalope Jamboree planners hope, will come hundreds if not a 1,000 fans. American Aquarium, Shane Smith & the Saints, Lilly Hiatt and Pendleton’s own James Dean Kindle and the Eastern Oregon Playboys are among some of the top acts that will be performing. The group named the festival the Jackalope Jamboree, also the name of their production company, and hope that this will be the first of many festivals. For more information or tickets visit www. jackalopejamboree.com. The group also has organized space for RV’s and camping locations for fans travelling to Pendleton, that information is also available on their website.
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Science at Sunridge Eastern Oregon University Chemistry Club leads Native American Science Fair By the CUJ
PENDLETON – Students in plastic goggles took turns kneeling on the floor in the small gym at Sunridge Middle School using liquid nitrogen to make ice cream May 30. They also made large soap bubbles from dry ice, learned about atoms and molecules and discovered paper chromatography with members of the Chemistry Club from Eastern Oregon University during the Native Justin Dixon shows off the molecules he American SciCUJ photos/Phinney ence Fair. made. EOU faculty members Anna Cavinato, Professor of Chemistry and Dr. Colby Heideman, led five chemistry club members, who led students through experiments at five stations. Also on hand was Katie Murphy (she was Katie Harris before May 29 when she got married to Jackson Murphy), who graduated with a chemistry degree from EOU two years ago and is now the coordinator for the EOU Native American Program. Students learned how molecular structure affects the biological properties of molecules, Cavinato said
Faylinn Campbell stirs liquid nitrogen into vanilla and cream to make a frozen treat while fellow Sunridge Middle School students, from left, Sacas Wildbill, Tommy Moore, Tucker Sams, Emmalyn Meling, Jaedean Looney and Chris Minthorn, plus Katie (Harris) Murphy, far right, watch during the Native American Science Fair May 30. The Eastern Oregon University Chemistry Club led the experiments.
in an email. “Specifically, we talked about a molecule called carone, which can smell like mint or caraway seeds depending on the two different structures, which are mirror images of each other,” she said. Students used packing material and pipe cleaners to make their own molecules that looked like mirror images. When they made bubbles from dry ice students launched rockets using baking soda, citric acid and water. “Children learned about sublimation, going from a solid like dry ice directly to carbon dioxide gas, and fuels for propelling rockets in space,” Cavinato said.
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Paper chromatography was connected to Earth Day and how paper can have many uses and can be recycled. In the specific activity students used a small piece of a filter paper to observe how different inks spread and form bands of color when drops of water are added. Students learned that nitrogen, the largest component in earth’s atmosphere, can be made liquid by lowering its temperature. They used liquid nitrogen to make ice cream and then ate it with chocolate syrup. The fair concluded with a magic show. The EOU crew left the student with pocket-sized periodic tables, a small character called “nanomole” and activity books from the American Chemistry Society.
Bright sunlight, warm but moderate temperatures, and lots of participation were the hallmarks of this year’s Yellowhawk Fun Run. The theme was May the Fourth Be With You, a play on the phrase from Star Wars and a hint of the event date, May 4. After racers finished their event, either a 10K, 5K, or 1 mile course, they moved over to the event area which boasted a prize table, booths, music, and a bounce house for the kiddos. To the left, Julie Taylor, Syd Jones, and Candice Patrick celebrate nearing the finish lining by proclaiming, “We did it!”
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Several participants took advantage of the costume contest. One the left, Sadie M i l d e n b e r g e r, i n costume, dances across the finish line. She and her daughter, Saydee Speedis, showed up in style. Speedis has been telling people she “won the Fun Run” thanks to her first place finish in the costume contest. Setting the goal to participate in a Fun Run and then acheiving that goal is something to be proud of. Runners #70, Wanda Munoz, and 71, Diana Romero, are on the home stretch of the race course
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Results Costume Contest 1st: Saydee Speedis 2nd: Miranda Leonard 3rd: Kateri Jones and Kelsey Jones 10K First Place: Joe Pitt, 37:17 Second Place: Lorassa Joseph, 51:56 Third Place: Lori Sams, 59:27 5K First Place: Mick Schimmel, 21:22 Second Place: Saint Schimmel, 24:40 Third Place: Mike Van Pelt, 24:48 1 Mile First Place: Anthony Nix, 7:36 Second Place: Weptus Brockie, 8:06 Tie for Third Place: Halley Jackson, 9:52 Elle Hainey, 9:52
Costume contest winner Saydee Speedis, middle, is dressed as a jedi. Miranda Leonard, left, took second place in her Princess Leia costume. Kateri and Kelsey Jones in third placed chose ewok costumes. The crowd judged the costume contest, which had about 15 entrants, based on the amount of applause they made for each person. Youth swept the costume contest and one mile race and had a large showing at the event. A picture of all youth participants is at the bottom of this page.
154 racers & 215 event participants
Rosetta Minthorn and Kota Bear, dressed as Leia, stand before the costume contest judges (aka the crowd) who made some noise for the pooch.
A tie for third meant there were four people on the one-mile podium. First Place: Anthony Nix, 7:36. Second Place: Weptus Brockie, 8:06. Third Place, Halley Jackson and Elle Hainey, 9:52
A little over 21 minutes after the 5K began, Mick Schimmel crossed the finish line with the fastest time. Saint Schimmel took second, left, and Mike Van Pelt, right, took third.
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Two of the top three finishers collected their medals for the 10K race. Lorassa Joseph, left, took second place, and Lori Sams, right, took third place. Not picture: Joe Pitt.
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR Friday, June 7 16th Annual Old Iron Show at 8 a.m. to Dusk Roy Raley Park, 1205 SW Court FREE to the public. Wonderful display of engines from bygone eras. On display will be steam engines, cars, and much more! Saturday, June 8 Adult Prom from 7-10 p.m. The Lodge, 14 SE 3rd, Adam Mack, 503-720-5370 DJ, no host bar, snacks and dessert, silent auction, photo booth, and costumer contest. All proceeds beneﬁt Pendleton Friends of the Library.
pianist, composer, and teacher come to the PCA for one night only.
Free movie with concessions for sale. Christopher Robin.
Thursday, June 13 Blue Mountain Community College Commencement at 7 p.m. Pendleton Convention Center, 1601 Westgate Doors open at 6 p.m. Ceremony starts at 7 p.m. Parking is free and there is no ticket required to attend the event.
2nd Annual Heroes on the Water Indian Lake Retreat Indian Lake Free to all veterans and ﬁrst responders. Participating heroes are responsible for tents, sleeping bags, and other personal belongings. Event social and camping starts Friday at 5 p.m. Fishing starts Saturday morning until 3 p.m. Followed by BBQ and games. Checkout is Sunday morning at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22 Frenchtown Historic Site in Walla Walla Frenchtown Historic Site, 8364 W. Old Highway 12, two miles west of the Whitman Mission The Frenchtown Historical Foundation invites you all to the 8th annual celebration of Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day! This event is free and open to the public
Helix Heart of the Country Fun Run at 8 a.m. Helix City Park The cost is $20 per racer and the proceed will be used to pay for general community improvements. The race and check-in, which is at 7 a.m., will be at Helix City Park. 16th Annual Old Iron Show at 8 a.m. to Dusk Roy Raley Park, SW 12th St FREE to the public. Wonderful display of engines from bygone eras. On display will be steam engines, cars, and much more! Sunday, June 9 16th Annual Old Iron Show at 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Roy Raley Park, SW 12th St FREE to the public. Wonderful display of engines from bygone eras. On display will be steam engines, cars, and much more! Monday, June 10 Author Visit: Susan Butruille at 6 p.m. Pendleton Public Library, 502 SW Dorion, 541-966-0380 Free and open to the public. Award-winning author Susan Butruille will be at the Library Monday, June 10th to talk about the 25th anniversary edition of her book, Women’s Voices from the Oregon Trail. Wednesday, June 12 John Storie + Nikos Syropoulos in Concert at 7 p.m. Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N Main, 541-2789201 Local musician who has appeared on late night shows with Jeﬀ Goldblum’s jazz band, and an award winning WEEKLY FOR ADULTS WEDNESDAYS Reel Classics $5 Matinee Movie at Noon Wildhorse Cineplex, 46510 Wildhorse Blvd, 800-654-9453 Showing a classic movie every Wednesday at noon for $5. Includes free popcorn and soda. Beginners’ Computer from 3-4 p.m. Pendleton Public Library, 502 SW Dorion, 541-966-0380 Registration required. Classes tailored to the needs of the students. THURSDAYS Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Women’s Support Group at 6p.m. 541-276-3322. Free. Call for location. Sponsored by Domestic Violence Services. Laugh Out Load Comedy at 8 p.m. Wildhorse Sports Bar, 46510 Wildhorse Blvd, 800-654-9453 June 6, Opener Sam Miller, Headliner Phillip Kopczynski June 13, Opener Irwin Loring, Headliner Tommy Savitt June 20, Opener Kris Shaw, Headliner Jason Ward June 27, Opener Beth Norton, Headliner Dwight Slade FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS Weekly Live Music from 8 p.m. to Midnight Wildhorse Sports Bar, 46510 Wildhorse Blvd, 800-654-9453 No cover charge. Every Friday and Saturday. June 7-8, Funaddicts, Variety June 14-15, Nash Brothers, Country June 21-22, Guy Johnson Band, Country June 28-29, Marlin James, Country
Friday, June 14 Movies in the Park at Dusk Community Park, 1000 SW 37th Free movie with concessions for sale. Solo: A Star Wars Story
Friday, June 28 Movies in the Park at Dusk Community Park, 1000 SW 37th Free movie with concessions for sale. Aquaman.
Oregon East Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Vert Auditorium, 480 SW Dorion Ave The ﬁnal performance of the season “Summer, SaintSaëns, & A Symphony.” The program will include Brahms’s Fourth Symphony and Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring soloist Artina McCain.
Saturday, June 29 Community Flea Market from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Roy Raley Park, 1205 SW Court Come bring your yard sale goods or craft items to Roy Raley Park. Spots will be designated and sold on a ﬁrstcome basis. $20.00 fee per 20x20 space.
Saturday, June 15 Recovery and Sobriety Potluck Dinner from 6-9 p.m. Mission Longhouse Annex Mission Area Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous host this potluck and speaker meeting. Everyone is welcome. Guests with last names A-M are asked to bring a side or salad. Guests N-Z are asked to bring desserts.
Thursday, July 4 4th of July Parade at 10 a.m. Line up at City Hall Line up starts at 9:15 a.m. Entry forms are at Pendleton Chamber of Commerce. Hosted by the VFW. This year’s theme is “Only in America.”
Friday, June 21 Movies in the Park at Dusk Community Park, 1000 SW 37th
Friday, July 5 Movies in the Park at Dusk Community Park, 1000 SW 37th Free movie with concessions for sale. Sandlot.
The Confederated Umatilla Journal runs a community calendar in each edition. It includes community events large and small to keep readers up to date on what is happening. Please send your community events to email@example.com or call 541-429-7368. Include the title, date, time, location, cost, contact information, and a short description. Even if you think we probably already know about it, give us a call just to make sure. WEEKLY FOR YOUTH MONDAYS Youth Art Studio Drop-In Class from 4-5:30 p.m. Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N Main, 541-278-9201 Kids can explore art indpendently or work with a group project. TUESDAYS Crafternoons at the Library from 4:15-5 p.m. Pendleton Public Library, 502 SW Dorion, 541-966-0380 All are welcome to attend. Crafts are tailored toward children age 6 and under. THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS Story Time from 10:15-11 a.m. Pendleton Public Library, 502 SW Dorion, 541-966-0380 All are welcome to attend. Stories tailored toward children 6 and under. SATURDAYS Hip and Handmade Adult Drop-In Class Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N Main, 541-278-9201 We gather at a big table to work on a diﬀerent project each week, depending on what has captured our interest.
MONTHLY First Draft Writers’ Series and Open Mic at 7 p.m. Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N Main, 541-278-9201 Each month people who love the written word gather to hear a featured author and 3-5 min. open mic readings by local emerging writers. Free First Fridays at Tamáskslikt from 10 a.m.-5p.m. Tamáskslikt Cultural Institute, 47106 Wildhorse Boulevard, 541429-7700 Admission is free the ﬁrst Friday of every month. First Saturdays Free at Heritage Station Museum 10a.m.-4p.m. Heritage Station Museum, 108 SW Frazer Ave, 541-276-0012 The ﬁrst Saturday of each month is free. Come in and check us out! Jam Night: A Free Adult Drop-In Class Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N Main, 541-278-9201 First Thursday of every month. A casual and fun get together for musicans of all experience levels and genres.
FOURTH OF JULY PARADE Thursday, July 4 at 10 a.m.
SATURDAYS Free for All! Youth Drop-In Class from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N Main, 541-278-9201 Stop in for a fun, free Saturday morning art project.
Josephy Center bronze statue dedication at 2 p.m. Josephy Center, 403 N Main, Joseph There will be drums and a salmon lunch. All are invited, but elders and all tribal members are especially invited.
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