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Archivist Melissa Bob shows one of many reel-to-reel recording that is stored in the Records vault in the Nixyaawii Governance Center. For story see page 15A.

Sheldon Minthorn tops his burger with mayo as Rachel Matamoros serves fruit and veggies during the Earth Day cleanup event in April. See page 4A for more photos.

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Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is taking shape inside and outside and on top as well, and with forecasts of fewer raindrops, contractors are confident they can meet the construction deadline. For more photos turn to page 14A.

Cayuse Tech expanding Tribal company buys businesses in Utah By Miranda Vega Rector of the CUJ

Standing outside the Mission Cayuse Technologies building is David Filkins, Lead Staffing Recruiter. Filkins, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, is one of the only employees who consistently wears a tie to work because he is considered “the face of the company,” according to Executive Director Billy Nerenberg.

MISSION - Cayuse Technologies (CT) has expanded past the Umatilla Indian Reservation into Salt Lake City, Utah. “About six months after I started I got my team together and we put together a strategy to grow,” said Billy Nerenberg, Executive Director of Cayuse Technologies. “That strategy included expanding past Pendleton to find pockets of people all around the country that live in rural areas that could perform things that we couldn’t perform here.” As part of that strategy, CT purchased Informatech - a recruitment and staffing company, and Ergonomux – a business that works in high end usability software

design. Cayuse Tech also won a deal with Cisco Systems, Inc. by building a team of twelve who could manage Cisco’s Utah partners. Cisco Systems is a billion dollar company that develops, manufactures, and sells high end technology services and products. All three are housed in one office located in Salt Lake City. Since CT is owned by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) that also means the Tribe is the owner of the Utah office. Recruiter and CTUIR Tribal member David Filkins said that Cayuse Tech will continue to go by the same Native American hiring preference as they do in the Mission Cayuse Tech on page 5A

Twine weaving cornhusk style About a dozen ladies took part in a twine cornhusk weaving workshop presented by Michael Ray Johnson at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in April. Here, Clara Sohappy Jackson, works on a basket under the tutelage of Johnson. For more photos, turn to page 18A.

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Juvenile Code review may address withholding ‘18 money’ By the CUJ

MISSION – Truancy officer Ryan Sams told the Nixyaawii School Board May 10 that a meeting of Tribal leaders in midMay will, among other things, revisit a Youth Council recommendation to withhold “18 money” until a high school diploma or GED is attained. The issue of “18 money” is expected to be a discussion item when the Board of Trustees (BOT) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) The Youth discusses changes Council’s to the Juvenile proposal Code. The “18 money” was met refers to casino with dividends that are kept in a fund for approval minors until they from the turn the age of 18. Education Currently, when an enrolled memand ber of the ConfedTraining erated Tribes of Committee the Umatilla Indian Reservation and the turns 18 they will Law and receive around Order $30,000. The Youth Committee. Council earlier this year recommended that “18 money” be withheld to the age of 20 unless a high school diploma or GED was in hand. There was some confusion because the Youth Council’s initial recommendation apparently suggested that the money be withheld until an individual

Richland, Washington, where she was listed in serious condition at last report. Crash reconstruction has determined that the 2001 white Jeep Cherokee was traveling west on Rieth Road near Mile Marker 16. It appeared the vehicle was trying to negotiate a curve, left the roadway and hit a rock outcropping. The SUV then rolled, coming to rest in the center of the road on its top, with the passenger side of the vehicle crushed inward. Funeral services for Gone were held on April 24. A full obituary appears on Page 8.

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Students from Pendleton High School participated in Career Day activities in April. Students were able to choose from a variety of businesses to visit including Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution and Interpath Labs.

was 25 years old. At any rate, the Youth Council’s proposal was met with approval from the Education and Training Committee, the Law and Order Committee, the Education Department, the Office of Legal Counsel, and the Office of Executive Director. However, the majority of the BOT members showed no interest in financial consequences for 18- to 20-year-olds. Some BOT members consider withholding the money as punishment but Sams sees it as incentive to get an education. He said the goal is for young people to reach their educational potential and if it takes money to entice them then so be it. “The money will be suspended, but eventually they get it once they get a GED or diploma,” Sams said, noting that there would be provisions made for youth with special needs. Sams told the School Board he was aware of concerns expressed in the community about truancy. “We do the paper work. It goes to the prosecutor and then a court date is set but we have no control after we file our referral,” Sams said. “As of right now, we have cases filed in October that haven’t been seen yet in court. “We get the backlash. We do the home visits. We file the paperwork. The kids aren’t going to school because of A and D problems, family problems, health problems, mental health issues. All people see is that they aren’t in school. A lot of times we have juniors and seniors with five credits or less. It’s hard to make them go to school,” Sams said. Sams said he’d like to see truants go before the judge sooner.

Crash claims young tribal man RIETH, Oregon – Tribal member Matthew Gone, 21, died early Saturday, April 22, in a one-vehicle crash on Rieth Road west of Pendleton. Umatilla County Sheriff Terry Rowan said authorities don’t know how long the car was in the middle of the road before it was spotted by a train crew who reported it to a 911 dispatcher about 7:16 a.m. in the morning of April 22. The injured person, who was reportedly the driver, is Angela Salemme of Pilot Rock. She was taken by Life Flight to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in

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Checking out the inside of an inmate cell are, from left, Tyler Chichester, Gabe Holcomb and Carson Moreno. The officer is Captain Bobby Rabb.

Pendleton Fire Chief Mike Ciraulo, left, and Campbell Agee, resident intern EMTB, far right, led Nixyaawii Community School students through the fire station. Students are, front row from left,Jessy Church, Susie Patrick, Deven Barkley, Ermia Butler, Kaitlynn Melton, Mick Schimmel; and back row, Keala Van Horn and Lexi Bronson. CUJ photos/Phinney

Sams, Melton re-elected MISSION – As expected, the two incumbents were re-elected to the Nixyaawii Community School (NCS) Board of Directors April 28. A third vacancy drew no candidates. Last year, about a dozen candidates prompted more than 100 votes. This year, Cor Sams won with 14 votes and Randall Melton received 13. The other vote was a write-in, but since that person had not declared before the election the name was not tallied. The School Board still lacks two mem-

bers. The School Board will appoint a Tribal member, likely a choice between the write-in and another person who has expressed interest. The other will be chosen by the Board of Trustees (BOT) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) to replace Justin Quaempts, who recently resigned his position on the BOT. Quaempts was chair of the CTUIR Education and Training Committee, which made him the BOT representative on the NCS Board.

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CUJ News Quaempts resigns from BOT

At-large member elected in November with highest number of votes

MISSION – Justin Quaempts, an at-large member of the Board of Trustees, has resigned after being away from the job about two months. The Board of Trustees (BOT) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) accepted Quaempts resignation April 24. The resignation was effective on that day. Quaempts was re-elected to a second term in November of 2016 with the most votes of any candidate. He was re-elected as an at-large member, but also took on the duties of BOT Secretary when David Close was

recalled in October of 2016. Quaempts was serving on the Education/Training Commission, Head Start Policy Council, and the Commission on Indian Services, and was the BOT representative on the Nixyaawii Community School Board of Directors. In an email message, Quaempts said: “It was with great thought and care that I submitted my resignation to the chairman as CTUIR Board of Trustees Member effective April 21, 2017 due to prolonged medical conditions. Through medical consult and support from my family, I have made the decision that I must follow my doctors’ advice to resign, as it has been advised that I can no longer effectively serve the remainder of the term

and heal from said prolonged medical issues and conditions. Thank you to all who supported me and my vision as a leader.” In a short news release, Chairman Burke, said, ““We appreciate Mr. Quaempt’s service to the Tribal membership. We wish him well.” A special election will be held at a date to be determined by the Justin Quaempts General Council Chair and the Election Commission in accordance with Constitution and Election Code of the CTUIR.

CEO Gilbert leaving Yellowhawk

A woman with a kápn and an ánpš full of roots.

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Tribes want to document First Foods gathering sites MISSION – The Cultural Resources Protection Program (CRPP) is seeking the assistance of tribal members willing to help identify locations currently being used or those used in the past to gather or harvest First Foods or medicines. The First Foods Documentation Project is similar to the Huckleberry Project conducted two years ago to identify huckleberry gathering areas. That project garnered 253 locations tribal members have traditionally used to gather huckleberries, according to Dara Williams-Worden, a CRPP History/ Cultural Technician in the Department of Natural Resources for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). The information will be used to help the CTUIR Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manage these resources on the Umatilla Indian Reservation and work with state and federal land managers to administer resources within ceded and traditional use lands. The information could also assist with

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negotiations with private land owners for access agreements to obtain First Foods resources on their lands. The CRPP is offering a small stipend for participation and willingness to share information. Individual information will be kept confidential; however, location information will be shared in general terms for management purposes. Furthermore, the information will identify places that are important for the CTUIR to protect and preserve for treaty reserved rights, and follows the mission of the DNR to protect, restore, and enhance the First Foods for the perpetual cultural, economic, and sovereign benefit of the CTUIR. Persons willing to participate in the project can contact Williams-Worden at 541-429-7205 or, or Jennifer Karson Engum at 541-429-7216 or jenniferkarson@ to set up an interview

MISSION – Tim Gilbert has resigned from his position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Gilbert’s last day at Yellowhawk is May 31, according to an announcement from the Health Commission for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). Gilbert has served as CEO for nearly seven years. “We have accomplished much, not the least of which is the development of the new health center,” Gilbert said in a statement. “I have struggled with this decision but I have personal needs to attend to back in Alaska.” During his tenure at Yellowhawk, Gilbert has been instrumental with actualization of the new clinic Tim Gilbert planning and initial construction, Medicaid expansion, quality measures reflecting the highest scores in this region, as well as expansion of services and relationships with referral partners in the local area. “The Health Commission appreciates the hard work and positive impacts Tim has had on the patients at Yellowhawk,” said CTUIR Health Commission Chair Shawna Gavin, “While it is bittersweet to make these kind of announcements, we wish Tim well.” To ensure a smooth transition, the Health Commission has appointed Sandy Sampson to the role of Interim Chief Executive Officer. Sampson is an enrolled member of the CTUIR and brings more than 12 years of experience working on the Health Commission and has been involved with the new clinic since its initial planning.

Local High School 2017 Graduation Dates Stanfield - May 28, 2 p.m. in gym Hermiston - June 10, 10:30 a.m. in gym Pilot Rock - June 3, 11 a.m. in gym Pendleton - June 3, 10 a.m. at the R-Up grounds McLoughlin - June 4, 5:30 p.m. at Shockman Field Nixyaawii - May 26, 6 p.m. at Wildhorse Casino Echo H.S. - June 2, 6 p.m. in gym

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CUJ News Amos Pond, right, wasn’t satisfied picking up trash along the road. He worked his way through the tules to reach the refuse along Cayuse Highway. At one point, Pond was talking about reports of mushroons in the mountains and then, not six feet further, he spotted a morel that had popped up in the gravel. “That means I’m going to have a good day,” he said.

Kateari Kerwinm oart of a Umatilla County Community Corrections team, said it was cool working during a sunny Earth Day. She and 11 other workers, including one other femaile, were cleaning in the South Market Road area. Here she was cleaning up the road to the Tribal Environmental Recovery Facility. After Earth Day, Kerwin said she had about 70 hours left on her court-ordered community service.

Ashley Picard from TERF hands Lee Coiner a freshly grilled burger for lunch at the Earth Day clean-up event on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

A dozen Umatilla County Cowmmunity Corrections service workers, either court ordered or there in-lieu of jqail, or as the consequence of a sanction for violating probation, volunteered to work in the sunshine on Earth Day, April 21, along south Market Road on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Community Service workers commonly put in hours


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Earth Day Around 40 people of the Mission community participated in the Earth Day cleanup event held on April 21 by the Department of Economic and Community Development of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Participants in yellow vests went throughout the Umatilla Reservation picking up litter. Two shred containers were available for community members to discard outdated documents. There was also a coloring contest for youth; Ethan Marsh and Sophia

on the Reservatiuon, according to Della Beers, Community Corrections, Work Crew Supervisor for Umatilla County. In fact, Community Corrections contracts with the Confederated Tribes for work three or four times a month. Community Service workers have cut weeds for Housing, pulled rye and picked rocks from fields for

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Ferman were the winners. A raffle was held for all volunteers and a variety of gifts were given away. Some of the winners included Kris Powaukee, who won two Round-Up tickets; Roberta Kipp, who won two Happy Canyon tickets; and Adele Guyer, who won two Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame tickets. Lunch was served to all volunteers at noon and included grilled burgers and fresh fruits and vegetables. Water, juice, and soda were also made available.

Farming, and cleaned cemeteries for Public Works. Additionally, Community Service crews have completed tasks for TERF and Tutuilla Presbyterian Church. “It’s a chance for them to do something good,” said Beers. “They come here because they did something wrong, but they’re able to do something good at the end of the day.”

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CUJ News Citations await non-Indians searching for shed antlers on Reservation

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MISSION – Six non-Indians have been charged with trespass and theft in connection with the illegal collection of shed elk antlers on trust lands of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The Wildlife Program in the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) and Tribal Police Game Enforcement officers ‘It’s not only are working hand-in-hand to put a stop to the illegal activa problem ity before it gets out of hand. of trespass “It’s not only a problem and theft, of trespass and theft, but it causes a stressful situation but it causes for bull elk trying to recover a stressful from the rut and a long winsituation for ter,” said Carl Scheeler, manager of the CTUIR Wildlife bull elk trying Program. “And it displaces to recover calving cow elk from traditional calving areas.” from the rut

and a long winter.’

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Tribal Game Officer Dick Bobbitt, who issued the citations to six individuals, said charges are pending against others.

“We’re hoping to get the word out that people can be charged with theft and trespass, and that they can be charged in federal U.S. District Court,” Bobbitt said. Scheeler echoed Bobbitt’s warning. “Tribal enforcement and DNR Wildlife want people to know that the Umatilla Indian Reservation is not public land,” he said. “Many of the roads on the reservation are not public rights of way and people should not assume they can use them to access range and forest lands where elk may be shedding antlers.” Scheeler said shed hunters are using track-mounted utility vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, and four-wheel pickup trucks. “This exceptionally wet spring makes off-road travel especially damaging to fragile soil and causes significant harm to roads,” Scheeler said. Bobbitt said under certain circumstances Tribal Police could confiscate vehicles and other equipment used to gather shed antlers. Bobbitt said he hears about the wrong-doers from tribal members who are looking for antlers. (Individual land owners and tribal members can collect shed antlers.) “They (tribal members) are out there themselves looking and they see trespassers and it upsets them,” Bobbitt said. Scheeler said the CTUIR Wildlife Program has placed several trail cameras through the reservation lands to help in catching and prosecuting cases. Bobbitt said when confronted the individuals charged don’t argue. “It’s like ‘okay, I got caught.’ There are a lot of signs all over. The people we’ve caught had to go right by signs to get there.” Said Scheeler, “We just want to get the word out we’re not going to put up with it.”

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Billy Nerenberg, Executive Director at Cayuse Technologies (CT) speaks at the CT Open House during the first session. Two representatives of Eastern Oregon University were in attendance.

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headquarters. “If there’s an A1 Tribal member down there, they’re always going to take precedence. We want to take care of our Tribal people first. That’s what we do,” said Filkins. “As long as they stack up equal, we always take the Tribal member.” In an effort to hire more Tribal members and Pendleton residents, and to gain partnerships with surrounding collegiate education systems, CT recently held an Open House with Filkins as the lead. There were roughly 60 participants, including prospective employees and representatives from Eastern Oregon University and Blue Mountain Community College. According to Filkins, CT plans to host more outreach events to recruit more locals. Nerenberg gave three reasons why CT wants to expand beyond Mission: • There are a limited number of people in the Mission and Pendleton area with a technology background. • The minimum wage increase in Oregon causes CT to no longer be competitive on prices. Because they obtain much of their business through contracts that require entry level employees, Cayuse Tech needs to hire lower-wage employees. • To grow faster, acquiring a similar business is essential. That way they can increase their revenue while also growing their current employees by pairing them with the new employees who have advanced skillsets and experience. To explain the third reason, Nerenberg used Filkins, who he refers to as “the face of the company,” as an example. When Filkins first started at CT he had an entry level position and since then has worked his way up as the main recruiter for Mission. His personal success has become his inspiration in recruitment. However, the work load eventually started to pile up for Filkins and he needed help. That’s where the acquisition of Informatech has been beneficial. After CT acquired Informatech, Filkins began working under the supervision of Joe Marvullo, who was the Vice President of Recruitment at Informatech. Marvullo now works as the Director of Recruitment for the Utah Office. Because he’s being mentored by Marvullo - who has more training and experience in the area of recruiting - Filkins is able to advance his skills and apply them locally. “Joe has helped me grow a lot in a short amount of time,” said Filkins. The Mission community benefits from the acquisition because those working in the Utah offices bring skills back to share with co-workers at Cayuse Technologies. In addition, the revenue from the Utah office goes into the business as a whole. Cayuse Tech has also acquired new clients, such as Nike, because Ergonomux has the shoe and apparel giant as a client. As the Utah office brings on more clientele and projects, it may mean more work for people with the required skillset. That’s when Informatech will

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begin searching for workers through job hiring sources such as or, or they could recruit with open houses. “The way I do recruiting is I don’t just park job postings some place and expect people to respond,” Marvullo said. “We proactively ‘hunt’ for specific individuals based on their skillsets and we’re able to do that with some of these tools like Indeed, Dice, LinkedIn … and the key is that you can easily find someone that has the skillset but the problem is that our product that we’re selling to people is an actual human being ... and you can find the right person with the right skillset but there’s a million other things that can prevent them from getting that job.” Nerenberg said that in the short amount of time since they acquired the businesses, CT has already seen a profit. However, he explained that before CT can generate enough profit to contribute to the Tribes’ general fund, they have to pay expenses such as the cost of the building, their property taxes, and their CT Board of Directors fees of $15,000. He explained that at the end of 2015 they had a $600,000 loss and by the end of 2016 they grew by one million dollars and had $400,000 in gain. As the years continue they plan on reinvesting most of their profit back into the company to grow quickly. In the next five years Nerenberg is expecting the company to be at the hundred million dollar mark and at that point they could give “several millions of dollars” to the Tribal general fund. “The fastest way for any business to grow is through acquisition,” said Nerenberg. And because of that, he plans for CT to continue purchasing other businesses outside of Mission.

David Filkins, far right in purple, gives a tour to potential applicants of Cayuse Technologies (CT) during the Open House held in April. From left is Christine Hansen, Johnny Bohnenkamp, CT Chief of Staff Preston Eagleheart, Dillan Beers, Austin Okaly, and Scott Herburger.


CUJ Editorials A Flag Day celebration will take place May 19 from 10-11 a.m. at the Nixyaawii Governance Center on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. In this staff photo, Thomas Morning Owl carries flag of the of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.



or thousands of years, nation states have used flags as a symbol to represent their nation, their leaders, and their people. The tribes on the Columbia Plateau regularly used a staff, adorned with leathers and eagle feathers to represent their people. For nearly 20 years, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation considered designing their own flag to represent a modern government, yet symbolized our history and heritage. In 2001 the Board of Trustees adopted a Tribal flag on behalf of the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla Peoples. The CTUIR flag represents the strength of the people. It flies proudly in front of the Nixyaawii Governance Center. It lowers when the heart of the people is hurting because a Tribal member has passed. It extends to reveal its glorious colors when the strong winds blow across the land. The flag is a symbol of the strength and the health of the Tribal nation.

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And, like the flag, each Tribal member is a symbol that surfaces when struggles are swirling around like a storm. A symbol that remains standing even when you have a rough day at school or work - or a breakup with someone you love. A symbol that keeps your spirits up when you question whether you can get through a day. Because you know you are the Tribe. And when others look to you, they see the Tribe. Who is there to hold you up? Who is your support when the sun is shining or the storm is brewing? Your community. Your family. Your friends. Your elected leaders. Your education. Your experiences – both good and bad. These elements forge together to make your flagpole, your staff. They are firmly planted in the soil to support you and hold fast when you struggle. Your community also creates expectations to help you be your best self - a positive sign of a powerful nation. Your elders share their wisdom. Your community teaches you to honor and preserve the First Foods and culture. And your family and leaders establish expectations for education both formal and informal

There will always be programs. There will always be classes. There will always be tests of both will and wisdom. But now is the time to stay the course. Continue on the path to help each other to achieve an education and open the doors of the world.

Fly your flag. Know that we are holding you up. Represent your people as powerfully as your flag does. ~ CUJ

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CUJ Op-Ed/Columns Sharing cultural culinary arts from Umatilla’s bakyard By Linley B. Logan

I am very fortunate and thankful that I serve as the Director of the Northwest Heritage Program for the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. My job is to seek out partnerships with tribal communities in developing and hosting cultural artists in residencies to strengthen our cultural arts. Through the Evergreen Longhouse we have partnered with the Crow’s Shadow Institute two times in the last three years to present Cornhusk Twine Weaving workshops. With the success of our cornhusk twine workshop with Joey Lavadour in 2014, I was excited to return in 2017 for a workshop with Michael Ray Johnson April 15-19 working with Karl Davis and Nika Blasser at Crow’s Shadow. Big shout out of thanks to Pat Walters as well. This second workshop was remarkable because of the participation. It was the best response in my four years in this position as director of the Northwest Heritage Program. I enjoy and appreciate the opportunity to visit tribal community and interact with the workshop participants. In sharing space we conversed about community. Our conversation around cultural weaving warped and wafted into many aspects of cultural community and at some point included indigenous natural foods. Wild onions came into our conversation and Candi [Heay], a workshop participant, commented that wild onions grew all over the hillside behind her home. I was curious and interested and asked, “Can I come and pick wild onions from your backyard before I leave?” I don’t think she took me seriously as she didn’t respond. Let me point out that I am Seneca, my home community of the Tonawanda Seneca Nation is on the Tonawanda Creek, which is why we are named Tonawanda Senecas. Tonawanda translates to where the waters run swift, or swiftly running waters. The Tonawanda Seneca Nation territory is in what is now called New York State. Well, wild onions grow on the flood plain area of the Tonawanda Creek and we harvest the wild onions in the spring as family and make a wild onion soup from our harvest. We freeze wild onions so we can enjoy wild onion soup throughout the year. For us, harvesting wild onions in the springs is tradition; an aspect that we indigenous folks assert is

Wild onions grow on the flood plain area of the Tonawanda Creek and we harvest them in the spring as family and make a wild onion soup from our harvest. We freeze wild onions so we can enjoy them throughout the year. For us, harvesting wild onions in the springs is tradition; an aspect that we indigenous folks assert is food sovereignty. food sovereignty. One evening after our workshop, I drove to the hillside overlooking the Tribal community to enjoy the view. I pulled off to the side of the road and realized I was standing on a hillside of wild onions. It was like a dream because we harvest wild onions in the spring in my home community. I decided I had to come back to the hillside to harvest wild onions before I left. The next day, I returned to the hillside with a stick (like root digging) to harvest wild onions. I was in awe at the plethora of wild onions and I picked for about an hour and my harvest was remarkable. When we pick wild onions in my home community we always pre-wash the dirt from the onion roots in the Tonawanda Creek before we take them home to wash and clean them. I washed my wild onion harvest at the RV park using one of the camp site water spigots. The next day I asked Umatilla tribal members and a non-native couple if they harvested the wild onions and both looked at me like I was crazy. For us as Seneca, the Keepers of the Western Door for the traditional Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy, we harvest wild onions in the spring as part of our traditional foods gathering. Using social media, my home peeps post their first spring wild onion harvest and first wild onion soup photos on Facebook. I couldn’t leave Umatilla without attempting to make wild onion soup. In about an hour I harvested enough wild onions to freeze six 2 1/2 cup portions, which will make

soup for four people with leftovers for a second dinner. I like to cook with indigenous foods when I can. Here is my recipe for our Tonawanda Seneca traditional wild onion soup, O’noh:sao’. Two 2 1/2 cups of wild onions (including the greens because they have onion flavor as well) About eight cups of water Three to four 6-inch long cubed white potatoes (I shred some of the potato to thicken the broth) 12 ounces of cured salt pork (sliced and diced). I slice the salt pork and fry it first because it cuts down on the fat added to the soup, after frying the salt pork, I dice it to add to the soup. Traditionally, we add the raw salt pork to the soup when we boil the ingredients. In a more healthy option, frying the salt pork first cuts down on the fat in the soup, but also cuts down on the salt taste. I added two cups of green beans to the recipe because my kiddies have never had wild onion soup and I was concerned that they would not appreciate the onion taste. I like to include indigenous ingredients in my recipes, so I added 7 ounces of southwest fire roasted green chilies. I added a dash of garlic salt to the soup for flavor, because frying the salt pork cuts down on the salt flavor. I use a hand-held blender to slightly blend the potatoes and green beans to thicken the broth. Of course nothing goes better with wild onion soup than fry bread. O:ga’oh - this taste good

CUJ Letters to the Editor California reader relates to ‘Get the lead out’ bald eagle story To the editor, I was pleased and encouraged to read in the April edition the “Get the Lead Out” story about the bald eagles. Now in the San Francisco Bay area there is a large increase in the numbers of bald eagles for the first time years. Here in the Sacramento Delta region, where I live a few blocks from the San Joaquin River, we are seeing bald eagles for the first time ever. I am sure the reduction in the use of lead bullets has something to do with it. Unfortunately, President Trump’s new Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke overturned President Obama’s ban on lead bullets in National Parks and wildlife refuges on his first day on the job.

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It looks like Mother Nature is going to need all the help we can give her in the next four years. I am a hard copy subscriber to the CUJ and always enjoy reading all the good things that are happening in your community. Sincerely, Patricia Hansen Ahern Oakley, California

Shippentower wants independent investigation of financial decisions Why object to transparency? At the special General Council meeting on tribal financial issues, held on April 6, 2017, a motion was approved that called for an independent investigation on financial decisions by tribal officials.

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There was a question if a quorum was present when the motion was approved. Robert’s Rules of Order was referenced for guidance to resolve the issue – yes, there was a quorum present, and in effect, when the motion was approved. If tribal officials, elected and non-elected, have used good judgment, are ethical, and have integrity in their decisions and actions, then they should have no problem with the investigation. After all, an investigation would clearly demonstrate transparency. Why would anyone object to transparency? 541-969-3574 Bob Shippentower Editor’s note: A financial audit (a systematic review of randomly selected portions of the entire organization) by a third party is performed annually for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It is a requirement for any organization that receives more than $500,000 in federal funding. There have been no financial findings in the 25 years since the audits have been conducted. This year’s audit is underway and will be presented to the General Council, as it is every year, in August.)


CUJ Almanac Obituary Matthew Brandon Gone May 27, 1995 - April 22, 2017

Mathew Brandon Gone, Omiyosiw Kihiw “Pretty Eagle” died in Pendleton on Saturday, April 22, 2017. He was born on May 27, 1995 in Pendleton, Oregon to Julian “Wus” Gone and Melva “Bibsy” Lopez. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Sign the on-line condolence book at www. b u r n s m o r t u a r y. com. He attended elementary and junior high schools in Pendleton and later attended high school at Nixyaawii Community School. One of his favorite teachers in high school decided he needed a new name and called him K’axli which meant “Tule Mat.” This became a term of endearment between him and his teacher throughout the rest of his life. He played football, golf, and was also active in Language Knowledge Bowls. In 2012 he presented at American Indian Science Engineering Society (AISES) in Anchorage Alaska. Also in 2012 in took 2nd place in the Language Knowledge Bowl. In 2013 he was the Language Knowledge Bowl Champion winning by speaking the Umatilla language. He graduated from Nixyaawii Community School in 2013. He worked at Wildhorse Hotel. He loved spending time outdoors. He enjoyed golf, fishing, walking, and playing video games. He loved and respected his heritage. He loved singing on the big drum for ceremonies and Pow Wows. He is survived by his mother Melva “Bibsy” (and Frank) Lopez, father Julian “Wus” Gone, Jr. (and Deedee Raboin-Smith); Grandmother Charlene “Chaz” Bennett, grandfather Melvin Henry; Brothers Julian “JD” Gone III, Theodore “Thigs” Gone, and Harley Gone; Sister Charlene Lynn Butler; Numerous aunts and uncles and cousins from all over. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Martina “Chin” Gone and Grandfather Julian Gone.

Public notice NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMISSION (NRC) of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will hold the following public hearing: Conditional Use #CU-17-001 – Applicant, Edward and Derrindia Clark, 56128 Bingham Rd, Adams, OR 97810 is requesting Conditional Use approval from the NRC to rebuild a pole building on their existing home site located in Township 3N Range 36E Section 29 and identified as Tax Lot Number 3N360000-12300, containing 2.0 acres. The subject property is zoned G-1 (Big Game Grazing Forest) where an accessory building is permitted as a conditional use per Land Development Code Section 3.290 and is subject to the approval criteria in Section 6.015. The existing home and area of the proposed structure are outside the flood zone. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the Nixyáawii Governance Center Wanaq’it Conference Room (L202) on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, 46411 Timíne Way, Pendleton, OR. The public is entitled and encouraged to attend the hearing and to submit oral or written testimony regarding the request. To obtain additional information, contact the Tribal Planning Office at, 46411 Timíne Way, Pendleton, Oregon, 97801 or call (541) 429-7517. Rosenda Shippentower, Secretary Natural Resources Commission


Death Notice Damian T. Anderson July 23, 1995 - April 25, 2017

Damian T. Anderson was born July 23, 1995 and died April 25, 2017. Funeral services will be held May 5 at 8 a.m. at Pioneer Chapel in Pendleton. A dinner at the Mission Longhouse will follow.

Weather Weather information summarizes data taken at the Pendleton Weather Station from April 1 to April 30. Temperature is reported in degrees Fahrenheit and time in Pacific Standard Time. The average daily temperature was 49.3 degrees with a high of 68 degrees on April 22 and a low of 29 degrees on April 9. With a departure from normal of -1.4 degrees Total precipitation to date in April was 1.94” with greatest 24hr average 0.37” April 18. Thirteen days out of the month had precipitation levels greater than .01 inches with eight days greater than 0.10 inches and with one day greater than 0.50”. There was a departure of 0.74” from average for the month of April. The average wind speed was 10.6 mph with a sustained max speed of 47 mph from the West on April 7. A peak speed of 59 mph occurred from the South West on April 7. The dominant wind direction was from the South West. There were 11 clear, 16 partly cloudy and three cloudy days in the month of April. Air Quality Index values remained stable in the low range throughout the month.

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Fisheries tech Greg George perished in April 27 river accident From the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission PORTLAND – The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) in April released final information about the capsized research vessel that claimed the life of a crewmember Greg George. CRITFC reported a four-member crew was conducting sea lion abundance counts in the lower Columbia River aboard the research vessel CRITFC 3 when it capsized near Multnomah Falls. Crewmember George, 56, was transported via Life Flight to Portland where he later died. A member of the Yakama Nation, George came from a well-known fishing family and had decades of experience on the river as both a fisher and research technician. He worked on a number of fisheries projects over the past 20 years for CRITFC, USGS, and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. His work at CRITFC included measuring gas bubble trauma in juvenile salmon, removing northern pike minnow, and evaluating sea lion predation on returning salmon in the lower Columbia River. The other three crewmembers received care for mild hypothermia in area hospitals and were released later that day. The surviving crewmembers are Bobby Begay and Maria Jim, both Yakama Nation tribal members, and Tyler Simmons, a Umatilla tribal member. Davis Washines, Yakama Nation General Council Chairman and retired Chief of CRITFC Enforcement, met with CRITFC staff on April 10 to reflect on the accident and honor George. “We are taught to always treat one another in a good way, because we never know when the Creator will call our name,” Washines said. “One day, we can be talking and visiting with someone, and the next day they can be gone. Greg grew up as a Columbia River fisherman and worked over the past 20 years helping to restore and protect the salmon runs, which he was doing when this tragic accident happened. He loved the river and saw the importance of his job protecting salmon. We can now say that he truly dedicated his life to this effort. He worked for something important and this work goes on. We can pay tribute to his sacrifice and his honor by continuing to restore and protect our first food, salmon.”

The day started at 8:30 a.m. when the crew checked in with the Portland office and reported that the Columbia River just below Bonneville Dam was calm and that they were heading to Phoca Rock for their morning sea lion count. Phoca Rock is an outcrop across from Bridal Veil Falls 13 miles downstream from Bonneville Dam. On their return, river conditions worsened and a large wave broke over the bow of the boat, capsizing it. The crewmembers were able to exit the cabin and held on to the capsized vessel until it sank. All were wearing flotation devices and were retrieved from the water by the Gresham Fire and Rescue team, which was dispatched after receiving 911 calls. The CRITFC 3 was a three-year-old, 26-foot research vessel that was equipped with twin-engines, a self-bailing deck, and the latest navigation and safety equipment. “CRITFC and it’s member tribes mourn the loss of our colleague and our friend who was lost in this accident and give thanks for the safe return of the other three crew members,” said Leland Bill, Chairman of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. “The crew captain showed true bravery and his actions prevented an even larger tragedy. The Columbia River offers many gifts, but its power makes it dangerous, even for the most experienced. “We are overwhelmed by the community support and well-wishes from our state and federal partners as well as members of the public,” Chairman Bill continued. “We will be forever grateful to the first responders who were involved in the rescue effort and provided care to our crew.” CRITFC is the technical support and coordinating agency for fishery management policies of the Columbia River Basin’s four treaty tribes: the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation and the Nez Perce Tribe. Formed in 1977, CRITFC employs biologists, other scientists, public information specialists, policy analysts and administrators who work in fisheries research and analyses, advocacy, planning and coordination, harvest control and law enforcement.

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CTUIR Board of Trustees Chair Gary Burke

Chair Alan Crawford

Vice Chair Jeremy Wolf

Vice Chair Kyle McGuire

Treasurer Rosenda Shippentower Secretary Kathryn Brigham

Let the season begin Happy Canyon Princesses Gabriella Lewis and Virginia Conner ride in the parade marking the opening day of the Adams Little League. It was the first of many parades in which the young ladies will participate between now and Happy Canyon and the Pendleton Round-Up held the second full week of September.

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Secretary Jiselle Halfmoon Interpreter Thomas Morning Owl

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

CTUIR Interim Director: Executive Team : Debra Croswell

Interim Deputy Director Charles F. Sams

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Pendleton Pioneer Chapel received three prestigious awards in 2009

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w The Oregon Funeral Directors Association Award of Funeral Service Excellence w The Best Of Eastern Oregon Award as voted by the readers of the East Oregonian

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w Pendleton Chamber of Commerce 2009 Business of the Year

New Business Draft agenda:

1. First Quarter 2017 Financial Report BOT Treasurer Rosenda Shippentower 2. OSU Superfund Research Program - Community Engagement Core; Dr. Molly Kile, Dr. Diana Rohlman, Sydelle Harrison Our experienced family provides caring, compassionate care including:

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Tribal Court 541-276-2046

Human Resources 541-429-7180

Department of Children and Family Services 541-429-7300

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

Enrollment Office 541-429-7035

Senior Center 541-276-0296

Finance Office 541-429-7150

TERF 541-276-4040

Finance – Credit Program 541-429-7155

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Willa Wallace leads a March for Science along the River Parkway in Pendleton on Earth Day, April 22. An estimated 200 people turned out for activites at Roy Raley Park and then took part in the noisy march to the park on Court Avenue before Wallace led them on a “silent” march back to the park. “It was a timeof relflection,” said Wallace, a Seneca from Oklahoma who grew up on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. “It was a time to walk along the river and listen and hear what Mother Earth had to say, to open our hearts and hear her language.” CUJ photos/Phinney

Native leads ‘Silence for Science’ March By the CUJ

PENDLETON – Willa Wallace participated in her first peaceful demonstration as a 13-year-old at Pendleton Junior High in the 1980’s. The School District wouldn’t extend the contract of choir teacher Randy Thomas who was starting his A-1 Painting business. Wallace gathered signatures and took part in a sit-in at the school commons. Now, 30 years later, she led a silent stretch of peaceful protesters on the paved parkway heading west along ‘It was a time the Umatilla River as Pendleton’s part of the March for to walk along Science on Earth Day Saturthe river and day, April 22. listen and From the steps of the Riverfront Parkway, Wallace imhear what plored the placard carrying Mother Earth group of about 200 to quiet their chants and shouts, and had to say, instead walk the final leg in to open our silence to contemplate the hearts and reason why they were there. “It was a time of reflechear her tion,” Wallace said. “It was a language.’ time to walk along the river and listen and hear what - Willa Wallace Mother Earth had to say, to open our hearts and hear her language.” Wallace said she is always ready to champion good causes. “If it’s peaceful I’ll support it,” said Wallace, a Seminole Indian from Oklahoma who grew up on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. She attended school in Pendleton before graduating from Chemawa High School in Salem. She attended Heritage College in Toppenish, Washington, but started a family before she finished. However, she became a single mother to a four-yearold and an eight-month-old when her second husband died. Two years later she met her current husband Christopher. They have been married 25 years and now have six children, two from Wallace’s first marriages, and four


together. The oldest boy, now 24, lives in Washington. Her 20-year-old son lives at home and is still figuring out what he wants to do. Wallace homeschools the others - ages 14, 12, 11, 6 and 3. She teaches through the state-certified on-line Oregon Virtual Academy. She still finds time for worthwhile causes because she feels it is an individual’s responsibility to speak out. “We should lend a voice whenever we can,” she said. Wallace has been involved with causes all her life, notably among military wives and families who protested peacefully on the bridge from Tacoma to Fort Lewis. “It was a show of solidarity supporting our troops but not the decision to go to war,” she said. She particularly takes stands on environmental causes. She went to Standing Rock in November with members of her family, including her brother Randall Melton, who works at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute and recently was reelected to a position on the Nixyaawii Community School Board of Directors. His wife and children, an older sister, and their 84-year-old mother also traveled

to North Dakota. “It was powerful, a sacred feeling just standing on the ground there,” Wallace said. “It didn’t matter where you came from or what your background, if you traveled there then you were meant to be there.” Promoting and protecting science shouldn’t be necessary, but it is. Climate change deniers, she said, are “unfortunately uninformed.” “All we can do is continue to draw awareness with documentation. I’d rather battle with facts than emotion.” Wallace said spirituality and science do not have to be exclusive. “They should embrace each other absolutely,” she said. “They can find common ground. There is room for spirit and science. We need to find something in common and go from there instead of constantly looking for differences. Because there is common ground, even if we just love each other and share the road.”

Participants in the March for Science on Earth Day show their signs for photographers before the final leg of the march along the Umatilla River to Roy Raley Park where activities were taking place.

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MISSION – BOLSTER, a new program designed to provide individualized employment services and training, starts May 16 on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The “Building Our Life Skills Training and Employment” program expands on the Day Training Program that has been offered for the last three years by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). BOLSTER, like the Day Training program, will be run out of the Tribes’ Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in a partnership with Public Works, Tribal Housing, Finance, Human Resources and others. Cor Sams in DCFS is overseeing the program. The primary purpose of the training is to develop and strengthen the participant as a potential employee and community member, Sams said. The program provides individual case management, wrap-around services and the opportunity to gain training. During the intake process, an individual employment plan is created to decide the best “fit” for the trainee in Public Works or Housing, two of the CTUIR departments that participate in the Day Training program. The individual employment plan depends on a trainee’s career path. Julie Taylor, director of DCFS, hopes the program can expand to offer training and experience for BOLSTER trainees to work in other Tribal departments. “The vision is for all willing departments to train so they (BOLSTER workers) can look at different careers,” Taylor said. Would-be employees can benefit from BOLSTER because it gives case workers more of an opportunity to help break down obstacles one-on-one . “It could be court fines, child support, health or mental issues, lack of a GED that stop people from getting employment,” Sams said. As an example, she said, it could be “fear of the unknown.” If applying for work at Wildhorse, a background check

New program creates individual employment plans Targeted skill area include promptness, reliability, responsibility, communication and work ethic. may reveal a bench warrant that could keep them from becoming an employee. “As a case worker, I can call and find out that it may be a $100 fine from 1998,” Sams said. A BOLSTER trainee, who receives a daily stipend of $100, could pay that fine off and “now qualify for any job,” Sams said. Trainees work three days a week on four-week rotations. Every other Thursday afternoon will be dedicated to teaching from the Pamáwaluukt Empower Program in the Office of Human Resources which assists tribal members

with work-related documents. Sams said John Barkley at Pamawaluukt will teach trainees, among other things, how to write resumes and cover letters, build competitive interview skills and improve their budgeting. Additionally, training may include first aid/CPR, customer service, computer skills, food handling skills, and cash handling. Targeted skill areas include promptness, reliability, responsibility, communication and work ethic. Upon completion of the BOLSTER program, successful participants will

receive a certificate and may be eligible for referrals to other CTUIR programs such as Workforce Development placement, temporary employment applicant, Pamawaluukt Empowerment participant, GED assistance, higher education and vocational educational assistance, Vocational Rehabilitation Program, and other CTUIR employment opportunities. Eligible individuals must be CTUIR members, be at least 18, and have no driver’s license. Eligibility does not require a pre-employment drug test, but it does require a criminal background check. Applications are at the DCFS office. They are due on May 12 with BOLSTER beginning May 16 with an orientation at the Nixyaawii Governance Center.

Pendleton Parks and Rec. seeks vendors for concert series PENDLETON – Vendors selling food, beer or wine can now submit applications to Pendleton Parks and Recreation (PPR) for the 2017 Wednesdays in the Park concert series. The series will begin July 20 with five concerts each Wednesday at Roy Raley Park beginning at 6 p.m. Once applications are submitted they will be reviewed by the event coordination committee. The committee will then select vendors based on price, quality and variety of food, qualifications, experience and event needs. Applications can be obtained at www. or at the PPR office located at 865 Tutuilla Road. The deadline for completed applications is May 15 at 4 p.m. Successful applicants will be notified no later than June 8.

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Ancient One work to be recognized in Seattle SEATTLE – Tribal leader Gary Burke will be honored for his contribution to the care and eventual repatriation of the Ancient One by the Washington State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) in a ceremony in Seattle May 16. Burke, chairman of the Board of Trustees (BOT) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, will receive SHPO’s 2017 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation. “This award is made to you in the stewardship category in recognition of

your unwavering commitment in caring for the Ancient One during his time at the Burke Museum, and more importantly, your dedication in pursuing his repatriation and reburial,” SHPO Director Allyson Brooks, Ph.D., wrote in a March 2 letter to Burke. Brooks invited Burke, a ceremonial chief of the Walla Walla people, and other BOT members as well as CTUIR cultural staff, to join with other recipients to the awards ceremony, which will take place at the Pritchard Building on the historic Capitol Campus in Olympia.

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CTUIR Tribal members Gabe Sheoships, a speaker at the March for Science rally in Portland on Earth Day, takes a selfie on his phone in front of the crowd. He told the crowd, “This is science.” That’s U.S. Rep Suzanne Bonamici behind Sheoships. She also spoke. A video of the speeches can Photo by Sara Phinney be found at

Gabe Sheoships: March for Science and ‘reconnect with the natural world’ PORTLAND – Gabe Sheoships was one of the keynote speakers April 22 on Earth Day during the March for Science when thousands turned out in Portland. Sheoships, an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University, told the crowd that “Tribes have been involved in ‘science’ since time immemorial and

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hold onto tens of thousands of years of ecological knowledge.” Sheoships, in an email to the CUJ, said Tribal people have fought and defended their rights to maintain their relationship with the natural world, which is a relationship that is mostly lacking in western society. He spoke about the motivation of his career in science, which is to “restore and protect my First Foods.” Speaking from a stage, Sheoships told people to “reconnect with the natural world and all living things.” In the email, he said, “Our society has put a price on all of our resources and now that everything is spoken for, where do we go from here?” He spoke about the “need to get past the intimidation factor” of science. He emphasized that “we are all scientists, we all make observations, hypothesize and think critically about our natural world. Science should not be politicized. Science should be inclusive for all cultures to connect with.” Sheoships ended with a message that everyone in attendance should continue the momentum from the March for Science and Earth Day for the rest of the year, and encourage others to be stewards of the land, to reconnect with nature, and to “look at the natural world in a different way, for our next seven generations.”

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Briefly from across Indian Country Blackfeet tribal members approve water compact KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Members of the Blackfeet Indian Tribe have voted overwhelmingly to approve a water compact that quantifies the tribe’s water rights and confirms its jurisdiction over those rights on the reservation near Glacier National Park. The tribe voted April 27 to approve the water rights agreement with Montana and the United States after more than 30 years of negotiations. The compact passed the Montana Legislature in 2009 and received Congressional approval late last year. It will provide the tribe with $471 million for water-related projects including new or improved irrigation systems, the development of community water systems and land acquisition. Tribal officials say projects in areas of the reservation that have lacked access to clean drinking water will be a top priority.

Law enforcement shakeup underway on Pine Ridge reservation PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) - A major shakeup in law enforcement is taking place on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council declared a state of emergency and withdrew support in late April for Police Chief Harry Martinez, who has since resigned. The council has faced a deluge of complaints from tribal members on a reservation that’s experienced a wave of drugrelated crime. Eight police chiefs have come and gone since 2008. Not long ago, 100 officers patrolled the reservation’s 3

million acres. Now, it’s just 30 officers. KOTA says the council has disbanded the Public Safety Board and hired Mark Mesteth as interim police chief. He held the job before Martinez.

Officer charged with punching 73-year-old casino bathroom attendant PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island police officer charged with punching a 73-year-old casino bathroom attendant because ``the water was too cold’’ is seeking to avoid prison. The Providence Journal reports that 36-year-old Pawtucket officer Michael Tousignant was charged with assaulting

an elderly person. Authorities say Tousignant was offduty at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut on April 1 when he complained to the attendant and then “smacked him.” He was charged by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police Department. Tousignant said during booking that he served in the military and had been with Pawtucket police for 10 years. He applied for a court program that would let him avoid a criminal conviction and prison. It’s unclear if he has an attorney. Pawtucket police say Tousignant is on administrative duty and under investigation.

Montana governor signs suicide prevention bill HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has signed a bill that allocates $1 million for suicide prevention over the next two years. The Independent Record reports the bill includes elements of several suicide prevention bills introduced during the 2017 Legislative session. Montana’s suicide rate has been at or near the top in the nation for nearly four decades. The bill allocates $250,000 to implement efforts to reduce Native American youth suicide and $250,000 in grant money to help schools implement suicide prevention programs. Another $500,000 would help fund ongoing efforts to prevent suicide including those carried out by veteran organizations and Native American groups. For efforts to qualify for grants, they must be based on peer-reviewed research or recommended by the Montana Suicide Review Team.

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Yellowhawk taking shape It’s busy inside and outside and on top of the new 60,000 square foot Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center under construction just west of the Nixyaawii Governance Center on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. In spite of a long snowy winter and a wetter-than-usual spring, officials on site say they’ll meet construction deadlines. Leaders from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation have worked closely with Energy Trust of Oregon to incorporate a high level of energy efficiency into the building design. The building is enrolled in Energy Trust’s “Path to Net Zero” offer, which means it was designed to operate at least 40 percent more efficiently than required by current energy code. It is the first Path to Net Zero project in Eastern Oregon and Oregon’s first tribal Path to Net Zero project. Yellowhawk’s energy-efficiency features planned for completion in the fall of this year include the latest LED lighting technology and lighting controls; a high-performing mechanical system using variable refrigerant flow technology to manage heating and cooling of the building and water heating system; a dedicated outside air system with heat recovery; a high-performance building envelope; and a solar array with long-term plans for an additional solar installation.

Upper left: You might not recognize it, but among all that steel is where the dental chairs will go. Top: Concrete and gravel work goes on inside the courtyard which is the center. Right: Marcus George, a CTUIR member working through the Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO), stands on a powered scaffold to reach pressboard near a wondow on the south side of the building. CUJ photos Phinney

DID YOU KNOW? In the 1940s, all of the tribal celebrations, ceremonies, and other social functions took place in the Old Barn that was located on the floodplain between BIA Agency grounds and the old cemetery on the hill. The old barn was a gatherin place for tribal members, and a host of social and cultural activities were held there, such as the Christmas War Dance celebration, talent shows, modern dances, and the spring Root Feast. Gathered from “as days go by”


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Wildhorse finds winner who walks away from machine MISSION – Once they were positively identified, Wildhorse Casino employees didn’t have to ask their names. The elderly man was handed a ticket for $788 from a 10-cent slot machine he and his wife had walked away from after unknowingly triggering a bonus round. “He and his wife had asked the floor manager for a place to eat,” said David Rohn, Director of Slot Operations at Wildhorse. “Then the floor found the machine in bonus mode and couldn’t find who had been playing it. It was a free spin on this one and it won $788 but the player wasn’t there.” It was a “substantial” amount so the Wildhorse crew started looking for the winner. “Surveillance couldn’t ID the player, but the floor manager knew exactly who it was and found him and his wife in the Hot Rock Café and paid them the $788,” Rohn said. “We could not have paid. They never would have known the difference, but that’s not the way we operate,” Rohn said. “We want winners to get paid. We want people to have a good experience. There have been a number of times players have left credit in a machine or dropped tickets and we reunite them with their money.” The most famous incident, Rohn said, came on the “Cash Express” train game, a linked progressive. The player bet his last 25 cents and then walked away. It triggered trains and paid the top award. Through Club Wild and surveillance cameras, Wildhorse was able to identify the player. “We called Hermiston and asked if they’d like to come get their $2,700,” Rohn said.

January 2017

$50K grant employs Archivist for Tribal records By Miranda Vega Rector

MISSION – A part-time archivist has been hired to assist in preserving and managing historical documents using a $50,000 grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust (MMT) awarded to the Office of Information Technology (OIT) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). The grant will be used to hire Melissa Bob as an archivist for one year. Bob will have a seven step process, which includes monitoring and improving storage conditions in the records vault; surveying departments and programs; updating a needs assessment and work plan; developing Tribal archives policies and procedures; conducting an inventory of records; planning and prioritizing digitization; and digitalization of the archives. “The goal is to have all this information in one place,” said Bob. “Right now it’s all over the place so people aren’t getting much out of it.” When the CTUIR opened the Nixyaawii Governance Center in 2009 it was the first time that one area – a storage vault- was designated for all departments to house records. These are managed by Records Program Manager Janene Morris, who works under the supervision of the OIT and applied for the MMT grant. Records management, according to the grant application, is the practice of organizing and storing records no longer needed for everyday use. Therefore, once a record is received it is given a life cycle, electronically imaged, and in most cases destroyed because it is no longer deemed as a permanent record. (A permanent record usually has historical or Tribal business significance and that’s where archiving is needed, especially for the photos, recordings, and artifacts that are being stored in the vault.) An archive serves a different purpose than a record because it’s a repository of the permanent valuable records of an organization and it holds the history of that organization, according to the action plan submitted with the grant application. That’s where Bob comes in. Bob is from the Lummi Reservation in Washington. She interned at the Smithsonian National Museum of American Indians working with artifacts and collections. Her master’s degree is in Public Administration in Tribal Governance with a focus on Native Language and Cultural Policy. Her bachelor’s degree is in Art History and Printmaking. To assist in the storage process, Records will purchase acid free archival supplies from money received by the Wildhorse Foundation. This will be

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Above, Records Program Manager Janene Morris stands in the Records vault in front of hundreds of documents she oversees. Right, new Archivist Melissa Bob telling the story of the reel recordings that are stored in the Records vault.

necessary to properly store several reel recordings from the 1950s to the 1980s that are being kept in cardboard boxes. The boxes are acidic and breaking down the reel tape. Some of the reels are from the personal collection of CTUIR Tribal member Thomas Morning Owl who works in the CTUIR Education Department. A Umatilla Master Speaker, Morning Owl said the reels are recordings of Tribal meetings, celebrations and Longhouse ceremonies and are inherited from his parents and grandparents. “There are a lot of reel to reel tapes that contain this information. In those days it was a common practice to share it,” said Morning Owl. “The reel to reels represent a time when people had a more open view to documentation because they lived it in their everyday life.” Morning Owl continued to explain that as time passed those who had knowledge of the traditional ways became fewer and fewer so people started to protect and not document it. He calls it “inventive piety” where “everything becomes so sacred

that you can’t touch it.” “It’s advantageous to the Tribe to get more reels … I believe the importance in archiving them will show in 20 years when reel to reel technology doesn’t exist, and nobody knows what it is,” said Morning Owl. Another priority is archiving the field notes of Dr. Noel Rude, a linguist who worked on the Umatilla Dictionary. Records has roughly 40 of Rude’s field notebooks stored on a shelf along with several folders filled with his research. Preserving and archiving the reels are a top priority for Records, which is working closely with Trinette Nowland, Language Archival Specialist of the CTUIR Education Department. Because the reels are vulnerable, Nowland and Bob agree that a professional who is “very skilled” will need to be the one to digitize the recordings. However, before the notebooks and reels can be digitized and archived, the other six steps of Bob’s process need to be completed. Lisa Minthorn, the Sahaptin Technology Specialist in the Education Depart-

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ment, said they have all forms of media including reel, text, audio, and image that need to be digitized. Many of the paper documents they have are the original copy written in the native languages of Umatilla, Walla Walla, Cayuse or Nez Perce. Archives to be kept in a physical location need to be in energy efficient, secure, climate controlled building. For digitized copies, Bob plans to develop a usable archive for the Tribal government and community, which will include a web portal that can be accessed on a computer or a mobile device with different levels of access for CTUIR employees, community members, and researchers. Morris remembered her grandfather, Phillip Guyer, telling her the significance of maintaining tribal documents. “He was a Tribal leader, historian and artist. He instilled in me from a young age how we need to protect our treaty. A very important part of that is preserving our Tribal history and culture,” Morris said in an email when asked why she applied for the MMT grant and hired an archivist.


One of the gifts presented by Ralph “Mountain Man” White was a buffalo skull adorned with a painted rendering of Raymond “Popcorn” Burke and White.


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‘Mountain Man’ presents gifts to honor ‘spirit brother’ Raymond Burke MISSION - On behalf of his father, Umatilla Chief Gary Burke accepted several gifts from “Mountain Man” Ralph White in a ceremony April 28 at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The event included a blessing, dance, and memorial for atway Chief Raymond “Popcorn” Burke, who was a close friend of White. White, from Canyon City, made brief remarks. In a letter to Gary Burke, White said he wanted to honor Raymond, “my spirit brother,” with gifts that included: A buffalo skull with a picture of Raymond in his “formal dress” and White in “my skins.” White said the “detail and the colors on the skull are exquisite.” The painting was modeled after a photograph taken on the day of White’s wedding on May 25, 1996. At times the artist used a magnifying glass and one hair brush. “This beautiful artwork has held in a place of honor in our home” since 1996. A large “thunder drum” with a painted eagle, White’s “spirit animal,” and

a butterfly, the spirit animal of White’s wife, Margot. Unfortunately, White said in his letter to Burke, the drum is damaged. However, Raymond Burke, the grandson and namesake of Raymond “Popcorn” Burke has said he can repair the drum in an honorable way. Another ceremonial drum. Both of the drums were blessed in the Longhouse and White told Chief Burke he would like for them to remain together. There are several small hand drums White plans to bring as well. Additionally, White brought a framed picture that said “Itreasure two great men, Chief Raymond Burke and the Mountain Man Ralph White.” Beside Ralph is his loyal dog Simheela. The picture was taken near White’s tee-pee on his wedding day 20 years ago. “Oh, I was honored to stand beside my Spirit Brother,” White wrote. In summarizing the letter, White asked Gary Burke to make the decision as to where the gifts honoring his father should go.

Please send announcements for 2017 babies. Send the photos (wallet size), plus date of birth, weight, length, parents and grandparents to We want to welcome our new tribal members. ~ The Brigham Family ~

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Catherine Creek project earns state award SALEM – A project to restore riverine and floodplain habitat along a one-mile stretch of Catherine Creek in the Grande Ronde Basin in northeast Oregon will receive a Stream Project Award from the Department of State Lands in a ceremony May 9 at the state capitol. Co-sponsors of the project – the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) and the Union Soil and Water Conservation District – worked with multiple partners to restore spawning and rearing habitat for Snake River Basin spring-summer Chinook salmon, summer steelhead, bull trout and resident fish and wildlife. Additionally, lamprey larva and freshwater mussels were salvaged from the pre-construction channel and transplanted into the new channel. Restoring floodplain and watershed functions will restore and create riverine habitats that will help ensure sustainable “first foods” for tribal members, as well as provide improved ecosystem services for the watershed and community. Acquisition of the Southern Cross Ranch along Catherine Creek by Western Rivers Conservancy, CTUIR, and Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) in 2015 provided a significant opportunity in the basin to restore a completely channelized river segment to its natural form and function. Natural river processes and dynamics create and maintain high quality habitat features and the environment required by multiple life stages of native fish for spawning and rearing, according to Al-

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Before and after photographs show the work done to create new channel alignment in a Catherine Creek Project. The project will receive an award from the Department of State Lands in a ceremony in Salem on May 9.

len Childs, CTUIR Grande Ronde Fish Habitat Program Leader. The overall vision of the project is to contribute to an increase in habitat suitability, capacity, and productivity of Chinook salmon, steelhead, bull trout, and resident fishery resources. The project area of 545 acres is located in a property purchased by the CTUIR through funds from the BPA Accord for fishery restoration in the Grande Ronde Basin. “The property presented one of the largest and most significant opportunities along upper Catherine Creek to expand, create and enhance core spawning and rearing habitat for fish,” Childs said. The project had several sustainable stewardship goals, including: L protection of 545 acres through

land acquisition and establishment of a permanent natural resource conservation easement; L purchase, protection and instream dedication of 1.075 cubic feet per second (cfs) of senior Catherine Creek water to contribute to improved summer base flow conditions for aquatic resources; L development of a stewardship funding agreement to provide long-term management resources, and a management plan for permanent natural resource protections, and; L establishment of monitoring protocols that include habitat and biological surveys and photo points. “A tremendous collaborative effort by basin partners led to the development and implementation of this project including the Conservation District,

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Western Rivers Conservancy, Bonneville Power Administration, Bureau of Reclamation, Grande Ronde Model Watershed, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. We are all optimistic that focused efforts similar to this project can be development in the future to further contribute to fishery resource recovery in the basin,” Childs said in an email This is the 13th year of presenting State Land Board Awards. Since 2004, the board has given 29 awards for exceptional wetland, stream and partnership projects, and to one exemplary lessee. The geographic representation of award winners spans the state – Wallowa County, the Central Coast, Charleston/ Coos Bay, Wilsonville, Eugene, Klamath See Catherine Creek on page 19A


Dena Brown, below, works on a cornhusk basket during a twining workshoip taught by Michael Ray Johnson at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The five-day workshop, which was sponsored by the Longhouse Education & Cultural Center at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, filled up fast. By the way, Brown may have been smiling because it was her birthday.

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Twining with cornhusk


More than a dozen women gathered at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts on the Umatilla Indian Reservation to learn cornhusk twining from Umatilla Master Weaver Michael Ray Johnson in a five-day workshop in April. The free workshop was sponsored by the Northwest Heritage Program at the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Linley Logan, director of the Northwest Heritage Program, said his role is to partner with northwest tribes for cultural activities.

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Deadlines approaching for summer programs MISSION – Summer programs for students are approaching and deadlines are coming up in May. The Whitman Institute of Scholastic Enrichment (WISE) program is scheduled for July 23-25 for students entering ninth grade in the fall of 2017. It is an all-expense paid program at Whitman College in Walla Walla that aims to introduce local middle school students to college life, according to Workshops for parents will also be offered, providing guidance for financial aid and other college concerns. Applica-

tion deadline is May 20. Salmon Camp will be held June 25-30 at Emigrant Springs State Park. The free program is open to students entering the sixth through eighth grades in the fall of 2017. Students must be Native American from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Yakama, Warm Springs, or Nez Perce tribes. Application deadline is May 26. For more information and assistance applying to the summer programs, contact Annie Smith at 541-429-7831 or at

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County, Brownsville, North Central Oregon, Deschutes County, Astoria, Columbia County, Portland Metro, Mount Hood National Forest, Corvallis, and Oakland, Oregon. Awards have gone to watershed councils, private landowners, a port, small nonprofits, mitigation bankers, large environmental organizations, cities, and county law enforcement organizations. Most awards honored projects that were supported by an array of partnerships and funding sources. In addition to the Catherine Creek

Fish Habitat Restoration Project, another stream project award will be presented to the Wallowa River/6 Ranch Habitat /Restoration Project II, which restored 1,800 lineal feet of the Wallowa River to a more historical and natural conditioning with functioning wetlands, activated floodplain and a stable stream channel. Among the partners involved with the project is the Nez Perce Tribe. A reception will start at 9:30 a.m. in the Mill Creek Room with the awards ceremeony at 10 a.m. in the Land Board Room at 7775 Summer Street NE in Salem. For more information contact Julie Curtis at 503-510-5298 or

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May 2017

Mammoth Cup golf tourney at WGC May 21 MISSION - The fifth-annual Mammoth Cup Golf Tournament presented by Wildhorse Resort & Casino is set for Sunday, May 21, at the Wildhorse Resort Golf Course. This scramble format tourney is the premiere fundraiser for Tamástslikt Cultural Institute and an opportunity to play one of the region’s top golf courses. Tamástslikt Cultural Institute is the interpretive center and museum of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). Since its opening in 1998, more than a half million visitors have enjoyed its spectacular setting at the base of the Blue Mountains. Inside its walls of native stone and wood are 45,000 square feet of exhibits, archive vaults, research library, museum store, café and meeting spaces. Tamástslikt Cultural Institute has become a major attraction and a source of pride not only for tribal members, but the entire region. The Mammoth Cup is named in recognition of the two mammoth teeth excavated when the Wildhorse Resort Golf Course was being built. Designed by legendary golf architect, John Steidel, Wildhorse Resort Golf Course features 18 holes of stunning golf, featuring beautiful lakes, long fairways and deep bunkers. Foursomes (and singles) can register for the Mammoth Cup through May 17. The entry fee is $95 per person (tax-deductible; member discounts apply) and includes green fees, complimentary range balls, tee prize, box lunch, and the Indian Taco Awards Banquet. There are many prizes to be won, beverage carts throughout the day, a raffle for merchandise, golf items and rounds, and lots of side bets including a $10,000 Hole-in-One, Wrong Hand Putting Contest, Longest Drive and more. New this year is the Dixon Challenge in which participants can win golf balls, an Aurelius driver, gift certificates, entry into the $1-million Fiesta Bowl Hole in One, and more. Dixon Golf is an eco-friendly golf company that manufactures four different golf balls, as well as apparel made from eco-friendly products. The shotgun start is at 1p.m. Registration opens at 11 a.m. The Awards Banquet featuring Indian Tacos will follow on the patio of the Clubhouse Grill immediately following tournament play. The Mammoth Cup has become one of the most anticipated golf events annually and is made possible through the support of Wildhorse Resort & Casino, CHI St. Anthony Hospital, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Pepsi/Pendleton Bottling Co., and media partners East Oregonian and Port of Kennewick. For questions and to enter, call Sandi at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute at 541-429-7723 or register online at For more info, call Mike Hegarty at the golf course, 541-276-5588.

Pam Ranslam, CTUIR Mortgage Specialist, sits with Briana Spencer at AmeriTitle after Spencer finalized the purchase of her new home. See page 6B for story.

Linocut by Tyanna Van Pelt will be on exhibit and for sale at Crow’s Shadow.

Student art goes on exhibit May 23 MISSION – A select group of student artists portunities for Native Americans through artistic from Nixyaawii Community School will be show- development. cased May 23 through June 30 at Crow’s Shadow Davis feels that this collaboration with Nixyaawii Institute for the Arts (CSIA) on the Umatilla Indian Community School perfectly encapsulates the misReservation. sion statement. The students taking part in the Nixyaawii Com“We are pleased to continue this collaborative munity School Student Print relationship with Nixyaawii, ofExhibition include Erma Butler, fering new and returning high Sunshine Fuentes, EllaMae Looschool artists the opportunity ney, Helena Peters, Tyanna Van to work in a professional print Pelt, and L’Rissa Sohappy. studio,” Davis said. “We hope Over the past year these that this experience serves as a students have been learning positive creative outlet for the printmaking in the Crow’s individual students, but also Shadow studio under the direaches the surrounding comrection of CSIA Master Printer munity.” Frank Janzen. The students An opening reception is set have been visiting once a week for Tuesday, May 23, from 5-7 and building their knowledge p.m., to view the students’ artof printmaking, making both work and honor their achieveLithograph by EllaMae Looney. linocuts and lithographs. Each ments. Prints will be on sale student was instructed in the with 100 percent of the print technical aspects of these processes and produced sale going directly to the student artists. their own limited-edition prints. The exhibition also can be viewed during Crow’s The resulting works are of remarkable quality Shadow’s regular hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and exemplify the creative potential of these tal- through Friday, until the show closes. ented young artists, according to Karl Davis, Crow’s The Crow’s Shadow gallery is free to visit and Shadow’s Executive Director. open to the public. This is the third year of the colRenowned artist James Lavadour founded laborative project which is funded through contriCrow’s Shadow in 1992 to provide a creative butions to Crow’s Shadow general operating fund, conduit for educational, social, and economic op- either by direct donation or by print purchases.

Memorial Day May 29 Happy Mother’s Day May 14

Sophie Van Pelt, CTUIR member, is heading to MIT in June. For story turn to page 3B.

CUJ Sports NCS golfers ready for district tournament MISSION – Nixyaawii Community School golf team, which includes a pair of Pilot Rock athletes, will take on the Pendleton Country Club Course May 8 and 9 for the Special District 3 Golf Tournament. The top four teams out of the 10 competing and the top 11 individuals will qualify for the state tournament May 15 and 16 in Redmond at Eagle Crest’s Ridge Course. “We’re looking to make this our third straight team appearance,” said Coach

Ryan Heinrich. Teams send five players onto the golf course and take the scores of the top four for a total score. “I told the boys in order to be in the top four we need to shoot under 400 each day,” Heinrich said. The top five boys include Riley Lankford and Justin Wells, a junior and sophomore, respectively, from Pilot Rock; James Penney and Deven Barkley, sophomores from Nixyaawii; and Wilbur Oatman, a junior from

Nixyaawii. “If we don’t make it as a team Riley should make it as an individual,” Heinrich said. “He’s a two-time defending district champion with an average of 80 this year. He shot 75 last week at Wildhorse and has been runner up twice at Echo and at Big River in Umatilla.” Heinrich said Nixyaawii hasn’t had a chance to play many of the school in the district. The pre-district tournament in April was “blown out” when branches

started crashing to the ground at Pendleton Country Club. One Nixyaawii girl, Susie Patrick, will play as an individual. Patrick, a freshman, is shooting between 100 and 110 consistently. “She has steadily improved,” Heinrich said. Two other freshman girls, Cloe McMichael and Tyanna Van Pelt, and sophomore Alyssa Tonasket chose not to play in the district tournament, Heinrich said.

Golf events, clinics planned in May at Wildhorse MISSION – Several events are planned in May at Wildhorse Golf Course at the resort on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. “Get-Ready” golf clinics are planned May 5, 13, 19 and 27. The one-hour clinics are set from 5-6 p.m. to help golfers get back in the swing of things. Each clinic costs $10. A golf demonstration day is scheduled for Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Golf vendors include Callaway, Titleist, Ping, Bridgestone, Nike, TaylorMade and others. Golfers can get a free video analysis by a PGA pro. A barbecue is planned on the range. A Mother’s Day Golf event is planned on Sunday, May 14. All moms play free when they golf with their families. Every Saturday in May from 3-5 p.m. individuals can get a free 10-minute lesson as part of PGA Play Golf America. Lessons are also available for juniors, singles, couples and groups. Private lessons can be scheduled with the Wildhorse PGA Professional Mike Hegarty. Lessons for groups or couples also are available and offer a relaxed atmosphere for friends and families developing their games. The package is a series of three lessons that include putting, full swing, chipping and pitching. Lessons are tailored to each player’s skill level. Meanwhile, ladies should mark their calendars for the W-3 Wild Women at Wildhorse two-lady team play golf tournament June 1011. It is a two-person best ball Saturday and a two-person scramble on Saturday. Entry fee includes a Friday night reception, individual tee prize, green fees and cart for two days, lunch and awards. Entry fee also includes a practice round on Friday, June 9. (Cart not included for practice round.) For information on any of the events, call the Pro Shop at 541-276-5588.

Emery Kodazky laces the baseball for the Athena Cubs in a game against the Pendleton A’s played in Pendleton April 22.

Play ball! Manaia Wolf covers her heart with her hat during the National Anthem on Opening Day for Tri-Angle Little League in Adams on April 8. Daniel Dick reaches second base while Adam Brown waits for the throw from the outfield. The Athena Cubs beat the Pendleton A’s April 22. CUJ photos/Dallas Dick


Season opener draws 13 teams MISSION – The foursome of Nathan Som, Brayden Pulver, Jared Geier and Seth Wood were scramble winners of the Kelly Wechter Memorial, the season opening tournament at Wildhorse Resort Golf Course April 15. A total of 13 teams competed in the annual event. Results follow: Gross – 1, Som, Pulver, Geier, Wood. 2, Ken


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Heitzmann, Onny Heitzmann, Derik Heitzmann, Paul Richards. 3, Gary George, Dillon George, Quincy George, Megan George. Net – Al Tovey, Dave Tovey, Thad Jackson, Mike Hensley. 2, Tom Rodriguez, Troy Rodriguez, Gordon Campbell, Ron Reinhart. 3, Gail Shippentower, Gene Shippentower, Reese Shippentower, Robby Bill. Closest to the pin winners – Patrick Fisher and Gary George.

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Student shows science prowess Sophie Van Pelt selected for MIT program this summer BOISE – Sophie Van Pelt has been selected from a nationwide pool of more than 2,400 applicants to participate in a summer program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Van Pelt, an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, is a junior at Borah High School in Boise, Idaho. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Robert James Van Pelt and Nijone Lockhart. Her paternal grandparents are atway Jacqueline Phillis Van Pelt and atway Alvin Penny III. As a student in the Treasure Valley Math & Science Center (TVMSC), Van Pelt will take part in the 2017 Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) Program, a six-week residential program for high school seniors, from June 10 to July 21. In a Boise School District newsletter, Van Pelt was thankful to the Boise School District’s TVMSC for allowing her the opportunity. “The school pushed my academic capabilities and I devel-

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oped a work ethic that will help me for the rest of my life,” Van Pelt said. “I truly want to thank you (TVMSC Principal Dr. Holly MacLean) and all of the teachers for TVMSC for providing the background and knowledge for students like me to succeed. Hard work pays off.” Meanwhile, Van Pelt was the lead electrical student on Boise’s first robotics team, which earned third place at the world championships in Houston, Texas, in mid-April. Team Tators, which was sponsored by TVMSC, competed in the four-day event with more than 15,000 other students from around the world. According to the newsletter, “During the first three days, Team Tators with the three teams that they chose for their alliance, rose to the top of the Carver Division where 67 teams from around the world met to compete. “The Boise team was amazing in their focused performance and consistent displays of sportsmanship,” said TVMSC Principal MacLean.


Funding bill holds line for Indian Country From

Lawmakers are moving forward with a massive funding bill that includes modest increases for Indian Country as tribes brace for cuts from President Donald Trump. H.R.244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, keeps the federal government up and running through the end of September. The $1 trillion package is expected to clear Congress ahead of a May 5 deadline. The 1,665-page bill provides $2.9 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. That represents a slight increase of $69 million, or about 2 percent, from the prior fiscal year. Another $5.0 billion is going toward the Indian Health Service. That’s a $232 million increase, or about 5 percent, from

the 2016 level. “As the vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, I strongly support this bill’s investment in programs and services that benefit Native Americans,” Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), who took on the leadership role on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in January, said in a press release on Monday. “The bill includes new funding for the Indian Health Service’s efforts to treat substance abuse through detoxification centers, it will help make infrastructure improvements in Indian schools and hospitals, and it increases funding for initiatives to bolster Native arts,” Udall said. The increases stand in marked contrast to the budget blueprint that Trump released in March. He’s calling for a 12 percent cut at the Department of the

Interior, the parent agency of the BIA, and another 17.9 percent cut at the Department of Health and Human Services, which includes the IHS. Trump, though, has yet to offer a detailed proposal for fiscal year 2018, which starts October 1. But key lawmakers, particularly those with close ties to Indian Country, have cautioned that Congress makes the final call when it comes to funding the government. That’s certainly the case with the spending bill, which was developed in order to avert a shutdown of the government. By staying the course at Interior and HHS, lawmakers aren’t rushing to embrace Trump’s agenda and, in some areas, such as funding for a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, they are outright rejecting the new president’s priorities.

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Cay-Uma-Wa teacher to graduate with high honors MISSION – Cay-Uma-Wa Head Start Teacher Peggy Petrovich-Knibbs will soon be graduating with honors from Oregon State University with her bachelor of arts degree in Sociology. Petrovich-Knibbs has worked for Head Start for almost two years and said she has around 30 years of experience working with children. Besides being the mother of four, she has worked as a Child Development Coordinator for Eastern Oregon Alcoholism Foundation and owned her own preschool and childcare business. “I love kids … you have to have a calling, a gift, to work with them, you really do,” said Knobbs. “Like, I could never be a nurse.” Currently Petrovich-Knibbs is finishing up her last two online classes before she graduates in June. During her last term she placed in the top 15 percent of her class to earn an invitation into the prestigious Golden Key International Honour Society, which is the world’s largest collegiate honor society. “I was getting emails from the National Honour Society and I didn’t know why. I thought they were trying to sell me something,” said Petrovich-Knibbs while chuckling. “I didn’t think in those terms. I was focusing on getting through the term.” For Petrovich-Knibbs, receiving honors isn’t the most important thing even though she does consider herself to be competitive and likes to see the higher grades. She mostly looks forward to finishing her BA and will eventually pursue an associate’s degree at Blue Mountain Community College in Early Childhood Education. “I’m so excited to be done, it’s hard to concentrate,” said Petrovich-Knibbs. As of April, she held a 3.7 grade point average and was on track to graduate Cum Laude with the possibility of Magna Cum Laude. “We are proud of Peggy’s accomplishments,” said her coworker Karen Malcolm who works as an Engagement Specialist at Cay-Uma-Wa.


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Program teaches smart financing Classes offered by the CTUIR Housing Department teach Tribal community about homeownership and debt management, creating first-time homebuyers By Miranda Vega Rector of the CUJ

MISSION – Credit scores, realtors, and loads of paperwork are only a few things that concern new homebuyers, and then there are the financial aspects such as down payment, property tax, and bank account history. “There’s a lot of paperwork and deadlines. When I went to sign, I had 98 documents and then 33 more from the lender that all had to be signed that day … I guess I probably signed 300 documents all together,” said first time homeowner Briana Spencer. “The process of buying a home could be overwhelming.” To assist with the process, two classes are offered through the Housing Department of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) - a Financial Success Education Series and a Homebuyer Workshop. The classes are open to CTUIR members and employees as well as employees of Yellowhawk Tribal Kristen Parr Health Center and Wildhorse Resort & Casino. “Anybody that has a bank account should take the [Financial] class,” said Kristen Parr, Tribal member and employee in the Language Program. Parr took the financial series in 2016 and is one session away from finishing the homebuyer workshop. Even though she currently is not in the market to buy a home, it’s a goal and she wants to be financially stable when the time comes. “I’ve paid off so many bills using the techniques,” said Parr. “I eventually want to get a house … I hope I will. I don’t want to be paying $1,000 a month as a renter when it could go to something I own,” said Parr. Spencer, CTUIR member and employee, closed on her home in March after completing both classes four years ago at the age of 22. She is the first in her family to own a home and had lived with family prior to the purchase. “I’ve never lived in an apartment

Briana Spencer, right, accepts the keys for her first home from Matt Vogler, the real estate agent who assisted her in house hunting. Vogler works for John J. Howard & Associates Reasl Estate. Photo by Briana Spencer

before, so I am really starting out with nothing,” said Spencer. She explained that when she initially took the classes she wasn’t ready to buy a house but knew that eventually she would need to in order to qualify for the Umatilla Saves Grant – a program that specifically benefits first-time homeowners who are CTUIR enrolled. The grant

encourages qualifying first-time homebuyers to save a minimum of $2,000 and in return they are given an additional $8,000 to go toward closing costs and a down payment. “The grant could be the difference between someone purchasing a house now or after they have saved another five to ten thousand dollars,” said Pam Ranslam,

Assistant Manager of the Homeownership Program. Although the Financial Success Education Series is separate from the Homebuyer Workshop, they are scheduled in correlation to one another because, according to Ranslam, the financial series will benefit those in the home buyer class. For Spencer, she said she became more mindful of her spending habits after going through the series and was able to save enough money to qualify for the grant. Ranslam also explained that the curriculum used is Native based. She gave examples of how ancestors survived by managing their resources, saving them for later seasons and how they were put to use. By looking at those principles, the same can be done with money. After teaching budgeting, identity theft, predatory lending, and federal protections, she also teaches participants about credit scores which is a subject that some prefer to avoid. “Some tell me not to pull their credit score … even if you have some negative information, at least we can see if you can clear it up and start with a clean slate,” said Ranslam. “I’ll pull the Tri-Merge report to see where they’re at … usually the scores are better than the person thought.” “I didn’t know much ‘The grant about credit could be the and it put into perspective difference how important between it was … I don’t someone think my credit score would purchasing be what it is if a house now I hadn’t taken these classes, or after they especially at have saved the age I took t h e m , ” s a i d another five to Spencer. ten thousand Parr also dollars.’ learned a lot about her credit score and how to improve it. Since taking the class she has been able to help her partner Victor Caputo increase his score. Currently the classes are full with a waiting list of about 20. To get on the list, contact Ranslam at 541-429-7932.


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Community Wellness Yellowhawk receives ‘trauma healing’ grant MISSION – Yellowhawk’s Native Connections program will use money from a federal grant to support communitywide healing from historical trauma; increase social-emotional knowledge of youth development, suicide and postvention; and develop a horse program to support wellness and recovery. Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is receiving the Native Connections grant of $1 million over five years ($200,000 per year) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. SAMHSA’s Native Connections grant program aims to reduce suicidal behavior and substance use and promote mental health among Native youth. “Over the last few months, new and existing community partnerships have been developed and strengthened in order to better serve youth, families, and community, “said Ashley Harding, Project Director of Yellowhawk Native Connections. “We are increasing training opportunities and providing new tools for youth and family serving agencies.” On May 10, Yellowhawk will host Conscious Discipline training from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tamástslikt Cultural Center. The goal of the Conscious Discipline model is to increase knowledge and capacity in learning about the importance of social connections, the meaning of emotions, brain development and how this impacts the child and adult relationship, according to Harding. Conscious Discipline also teaches how

to self-regulate emotions through healthy approaches and provides parents, staff, and care providers with skills to create safe, trusting, and healthy connections. In addition, to continue to support community-wide healing, Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) training-oftrainers will be taking place in May with tribal staff and community members to continue the healing process GONAs provide with facilitators representative of the community. A second cohort of the GONA training-of-trainers will be offered in July. For more information regarding the Yellowhawk Native Connections program, contact Ashley Harding at 541215-1938 or by email at ashleyharding@

Paying the Price Representatives for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation attended a Tribal consultation meeting at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Washington, D.C. where they met HHS Secretary Tom Price. Pictured here are Jo Marie Motanic, Secretary Price, and Woodrow Star, a memberof the Board of Trustees.

Spring Celebration set for May 26-27 MISSION –To rejoice over the First Food roots returning in April, the Spring Celebration is planned May 26-27 at the Mission Longhouse. “Years ago after our Root Feast there would be the Root Feast Celebration which immediately followed,” Linda Jones, eldest leader of the root gathering group, said in an email. “It was our people’s way of expressing joy that our foods had returned and a time for family and friends to gather, visit, dance – celebrate.” The event is organized by the Nixyaawii Celebration Committee and is a drug and alcohol free activity. Grand entry will begin at 7 p.m. on May 26. A roll dinner at 3 p.m. and grand entry at 7 p.m. is planned on Saturday, May 27. There will be a variety of dance categories for all ages and Pendleton items will be given as prizes to first, second, and third place winners. On Saturday night there will be a sponsored drum contest with cash prizes of $500, $300, and $200. For further information call Babette Cowapoo at 541-969-3303 or Rachel Matamoros at 541-429-7485.

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Charlie Schmidt, National Commander of the American Legion, stands with Toni Cordell, Commander of the local St. George St. Denis Post 140 during Schmidt’s visit in April. At the drum is, Deven Barkley, Lucus Arellanes, Board of Trustees Chairman Gary Burke, and Isaiah Pacheco. Below, Toni Cordell and Chuck Sams present the Kusi Blanket to Charlie Schmidt, the National Commander of the American Legion. Cordell is the Commander and Sams is the Deputy Commander for the George St. Denis Post 140.

American Legion National Commander visits Charlie Schmidt, the National Commander of the American Legion, made an official visit to Oregon posts in April, including the George St. Denis Post 140 on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Schmidt’s one-year term takes him from state to state visiting American Legion posts. The Mission stop was his 187th of his term. He planned to drive to Ontario after his stop in Mission and then fly on to North Carolina. Schmidt was honored with songs by the Nixyaawii

Golden Eagles drummers (joined by Gary Burke, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation) and gifts, including a Kusi blanket from the American Legion, necklaces presented by Tessie Williams, President of the Post 140 Auxiliary. Also, Schmidt’s wife, Linda, received a CTUIR flag throw blanket, and other dignitaries with Schmidt were given CTUIR mugs. Schmidt reciprocated with an autographed

photograph of himself. Toni Cordell, Commander of the George St. Denis Post 140, has asked Schmidt to support their goal of becoming a Veterans Service Organization (VSO). With that designation, the Post would have power of attorney for clients and would have access to a veteran’s database, and could then file claims directly instead of working through other VSOs such as Umatilla County or the State of Oregon.

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Parent Night planned for May 18 MISSION – A Parent Night has been scheduled for May 18 at 5 p.m. at the Recreation building. The purpose of the event is for parents to learn more about the Title VI program and Special Education Services offered through the Education Department of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Presenting will be Dr. Julie Smith who works as the Director of Special Programs for the Pendleton School District.

The Title VI program is sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to support the efforts of local education agencies and Indian tribes in meeting the educational and culturally-related academic needs of American Indian students. Those attending the parent night will be entered into a raffle for books and t-shirts. For more information contact Lloyd Commander at 541-429-7887

Dates set for CTUIR elders events MISSION – The Nicht-Yow-Way elders have three remaining trips scheduled for the rest of the year and a date has been set for the Elder’s Day event held at Wildhorse Resort and Casino (WRC). On May 18 elders will be heading to Yakama to participate in their Elder’s Day event held at the Sun Dome. The van will be leaving at 7 a.m. and will return later that evening. A trip to the Nez Perce Reservation is scheduled for June 1-3 and a trip to Coeur d’Alene is scheduled for Oct. 5. To attend the trips, potential travelers must check in with Theda Scott, Senior Elders Coordinator, or with the office of

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the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). To contact Scott, call 541-429-7388 or call DCFS at 541-4297301. Travelers must have a doctor’s note from their provider that clears them to travel. The Elder’s Day event for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will be held Sept. 8. A block of rooms at the Wildhorse Hotel have been designated for visitors attending the event. Individuals must reserve their own room by calling 541-278-2274. Vendors who are interested in setting up a booth can contact Coleen Berry at 541-377-1301.

Lynsie Burke earns 20-year service award for Gila River, Arizona Fire Dept. GILA RIVER, ARIZONA – Lynsie Engineer in 2006. Three years later M. Burke, a member of the Confeder- she was promoted to Fire Captain ated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian and recently took on the Field InciReservation, recently earned a 20-year dent Technician position on board Battalion 421. service award from the Burke is currently in Gila River Fire Department. charge of the Personal Burke, the daughter of Protective Equipment program, the Uniform Bonnie Burke, started her Committee and the Defire service career in 1991 partment’s Wildland as a wildland firefighter in Team. Warm Springs. In 1996 she learned Captain Burke conabout the Gila River Fire siders her career with Department’s All Native the Gila River Fire Department her “greatest American Fire Academy. accomplishment” and is After acceptance to the academy, Burke moved thankful for the “supLynsie Burke port of a strong, loving to Arizona specifically for the career opportunity as part of the family.” Her uncle Randy Burke is a capclass 97-2. She worked as a firefighter for tain in the Tribal Fire Department nine years before being promoted to on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

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Thank you letters THE FAMILY OF MATTHEW BRANDON GONE, Omiyosiw Kihiw “Pretty Eagle”, would like to thank Steve Sohappy for his leadership and guidance of our son’s memorial. We also would like to express our thanks to Thomas Morning Owl for his knowledge and teachings shared. We thank all who came alongside our family in our time of need. We are grateful for all the love everyone has shown for Matt. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We thank those that had donated food for the services. The meal was only possible due to each and every person who donated. We are sincerely grateful. We especially would like to thank each and every one of the cooks who prepared the meals. We would like to sincerely thank Linda Sampson and Sandy Sampson. We also thank Michael Ray Johnson, Shawna Gavin, Damien Totus, Father Mike, Fred Hill, Kim Minthorn, Gary and Kathy Burke, and

Jenalee Charles, Chris and Tina Marsh. We sincerely thank all who attended the services, the drummers, and the dancers. Special thanks to Nolan Nez, Nathan Nez, Chris Marsh, Josh Barkley, Shawn Simpson, Gabriel Jones, and John Marsh. Sincerely, Julian “Wus” Gone, Jr. and Deedee Raboin-Smith, Melva “Bibsy” and Frank Lopez, Julian “JD” Gone III, Theo “Thigs” Gone, Charlene Butler, Harley Gone. THANK YOU TO ALL THE DRUMMERS AND DANCERS That showed up to attend and support the Blue Mountain Community College Powwow on March 9th. Special thanks to Fred Hill, Kim Minthorn, Brandie Weaskus, Althea Huesties, Molly Jim, Vincent Sheoships, Zech Cyr, Trinity Treloar, LaRiah Alexander, Melissa McMichael, Cheyenne Bronson, and Mollee Allen.

Thanks, Annie Smith, Native American Liaison. ON BEHALF ON THE NIXYAAWII BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM, we would like to express what a privilege it was to be a part of the 2017 BAAD Tournament. We would like to start with a big thank you to Kelly George and the BAAD Committee who granted us the opportunity to run the concession stand throughout the nine day tournament as a fundraiser for our team. We were given endless support, advice, and donations of meals, baked goods, and time by the following people: Bibzee Lopez, Vickie Johnson, Candace Allen, Karen Cook, Alisa Portley-White, Jean Farmer, Kelsey Swearingen, Jennifer Peterson, Pam Fisher, Rebecca Ainsworth, Natasha Herrera, Janyce Quaempts, Carleta Abrahamson,

Linda Sampson, Sandy Sampson, Keysha Ashley, Robby Bill, Shoshone Walker, Dionne Bronson, Melissa Bob, Matt Johnson, June Johnson, Bill Johnson, Stephanie Barkley, Fred Hill, Safeway, Aaron Barkley, Tommy Moore, Cole Soaring Eagle, Wenona Scott, Ian Sampson, Kelsey Burns, Kristi Gartland, Nancy Kirksey. Due to the contributions of these people, the concession stand ran smoothly and we were able to exceed our original goal. Thank you to all of you who helped in making this a success. Also, a big thank you to everyone who purchased items and thanked us for the low prices, the healthy options, and the variety of foods. Lastly, another big thank you to all of the community members who support us all season long and have continued that support through our fundraising efforts. Áwna Xʷ̣aamáma! Shane Rivera and the Nixyaawii Boys Basketball Team


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This module is designed to broaden the trainee’s knowledge of program functions and responsibilities in a coaching/ mentoring setting. Discover training is available to members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) who have been employed for at least two years with governance and administration. Participants must have at least two years of supervisory experience or be employed at least five years with CTUIR. A selection panel will review appli-

cants, interview finalists and select the trainee participant. The selected participant must be able to be absent from their work duties two weeks per month for six months (JulyDecember). Their participation must be approved by their supervisor and department director. Completion of the Discover training module does not guarantee a promotion or reclassification. Applications will be available May 9; the deadline to apply is June 1. Three letters of recommendation – one from

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a department director – are required. The trainee will be selected by June 14 and will begin the first training module July 10. More information is available at the Office of Human Resources. Call 541429-7180 or email John Barkley at Pamáwaluukt means “each person raising themselves up” in the Walla Walla language. The program was named by tribal elders of the CTUIR language program.

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Samarah Eagleheart and Fallyn Plume, both four years old, help each other gather eggs provided by the Tribal Fire Department. Firefighters filled and hid 5,000 eggs in the BIA yard for children to find on April 13.

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The aftermath of Standing Rock Who profited from the protests? By Avis Little Eagle and Georgianne Nienaber For the Native Sun News Today

An Indian woman is found frozen in her trailer due to lack of propane for her furnace. A few days earlier, a 54-year-old tribal member was found frozen behind a building, a 24-year-old woman froze to death, and her 29-year-old boyfriend is still missing in brutal winter conditions. This is the reality of life on the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux Reservations. Many do not own their own homes, cars, money for gas if they do have a car, and the per capita income on the Standing Rock Reservation is $13,474, less than half of U.S. per capita ($27,334). How can this happen when the eyes of the world are focused on the Standing Rock protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and millions of dollars are pouring into Internet crowd sourcing sites? Estimates of the number of sites that use “Standing Rock” and “Sacred Stone” range from 5,000 to 20,000 including at least 10,000 GoFundMe accounts. Over 5,000 use the Standing Rock name, according to tribal officials. Where is the money going? The short answer is that no one knows. Tribal budgets as well as the annual tribal audits are available upon the request of tribal members, at the tribal finance office. This is often not the case with crowd-sourced funding. The National Crime Prevention Council suggests that online donors check out any unknown charity with a charity registration office, the Better Business Bureau, or a charity watchdog group such as,, and This investigation followed the NCPC guidelines and offered fundraisers the

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opportunity to respond by email if we could not locate the charity in question through charity watch organizations. GoFundMe, the number one crowdsourcing website with over $3 billion raised for personal causes such as the Standing Rock protests, presents challenges in transparency. When is a donation a “gift” and therefore tax-exempt? The courts have not yet clarified this, but crowd funding services have to report to the IRS campaigns that total at least $20,000 and 200 transactions, according to tax consultant Liberty Tax’s website. Money collected from crowd funding is considered either income or a gift, and the “gift tax” is levied upon the donor. If a GoFundMe campaign benefits or is a registered nonprofit organization or charity, taxes may not be necessary. For now, it is up to the donor to be aware. Is it easy to contact the site? Is there a mailing address? Can donors reach the company by phone, email, or chat? If contact is established, do the owners of the campaign willingly provide clear answers as to how much money has been spent and how it has been allocated? Search for the fundraising site on the BBB’s business search service. If the company is listed as a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC), it will be listed on the website of the state in which it is doing business. Do you want to make a “gift” to an organization with absolutely no accountability, or would you rather work with an accredited 501 (c) (3) charity? Read the rest of the story on the Native Sun News Today website: news/2017-04-26/Top_News/The_aftermath_of_Standing_Rock.html

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Beer stores close and Whiteclay becomes a Nebraska ghost town By Grant Schulte of the Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. - A Nebraska village blamed for fueling alcohol-related problems on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation remained a virtual ghost town May 1 as mental health and substance abuse advocates arrived to help people at risk of suffering from withdrawal. The advocates found empty streets in Whiteclay, a sharp contrast from the usual scenes of public drunkenness, loitering and violence in a town that sells millions of cans of beer each year near the home of the Oglala Lakota Tribe. “We honestly didn’t know what to expect,” said Matt Walz, a representative for the Keystone Treatment Center based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. “We’re just trying to be helpful and complement the efforts of people here within the tribe. But it’s looking right now that Whiteclay is probably not where the needs are at this point in time.” The push to offer services comes amid a major shakeup in the town, which has nine full-time residents. All four of Whiteclay’s beer stores closed on April 30 after state regulators refused to renew their licenses, citing concerns about inadequate law enforcement. A district court

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‘It’s kind of surreal for people who are familiar with the way it normally looks. There’s going to be a period of adjustment, visually, psychologically, emotionally.’ judge overturned the decision not to renew their licenses, but that ruling was put on hold while the case is appealed. In a separate case, the Nebraska attorney general’s office has filed a combined 22 charges against the stores, including bootlegging and selling alcohol after hours. An attorney for the beer stores filed a motion to dismiss the charges. Scottsbluff attorney Andrew Snyder argued that because state regulators hadn’t renewed the licenses, the liquorlaw charges against his clients were moot. Walz said he was concerned that some regulars in Whiteclay may try to detox by themselves, which can be dangerous.

People who are in severe withdrawal can suffer from heart or breathing problems, he said, and in extreme cases they can die. On May 1, trucks arrived in town to take back unsold beer from the stores. On a sunny day that would typically draw 18 to 20 people to Whiteclay at a time, the streets were empty, said Bruce BonFleur, a faith ministry leader who lives and works in town. “It’s kind of surreal for people who are familiar with the way it normally looks,” BonFleur said. “There’s going to be a period of adjustment, visually, psychologically, emotionally.” BonFleur’s group, Lakota Hope Ministry, is co-hosting an event on May 19-20 with a newly formed legislative task force that is looking to address public health problems in Whiteclay. The gathering will include property and business owners in the area who are looking to spruce up storefronts. State officials have also demolished several old, abandoned homes where drunken people were known to pass out. BonFleur said he’d like to see the town get a detoxification center, a hub for business and art projects and a YMCA facility to offer services not available on the reservation.

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Utes demand ‘voice’ as Trump orders Bears Ears review From

The Ute Tribe is once again taking on powerful interests as it seeks to prevent the Trump administration from undermining the Bears Ears National Monument. Ute leaders have been major champions of the new monument in southeastern Utah. They call its designation an exercise of the federal government’s treaty and trust responsibilities to their people because it protects their ancestral territory. But Bears Ears - already unpopular among politicians in the state - is facing a new attack. President Donald Trump derided the monument an “abuse” of the government’s power on April 26 and ordered Department of the Interior to review it. “The monument was designated in response to government-to-government discussions that honored the trust relationship between the federal government and Indian Country,” the tribe’s business committee said in response. “Any proposed changes can only be done through full tribal consultation that respects our sovereignty and the authority of the tribes to manage the monument.” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has promised to go to Bears Ears within the next 45 days to hear from tribal, local and state interests. Ute leaders are welcoming the visit but they are already alarmed by his declaration found in a press release - that “rural America has a voice again” as a result of Trump’s executive order. “What about our voice?” the tribe said in its statement. “It’s been almost two

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Trump asks for review of 24 monuments

Chairman Shaun Chapoose of the Ute Tribe stands outside the Department of the Interior headquarters in Washington, D.C. on September 27, 2016.

CORTEZ, Colo. (AP) - Colorado’s Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is one of 24 monuments being reviewed under an executive order signed by President Donald Trump. The 164,000-acre monument near Mesa Verde National Park was created by President Bill Clinton in 2000 and later expanded to 176,000 acres. It contains more than 20,000 Native American archaeological sites, the largest concentration in the United States. Trump signed an order April 26 directing his interior secretary to review the designation of the monuments by previous administrations. Trump and other critics say presidents have lost sight of the original purpose of the law created by President Theodore Roosevelt that was designed to protect particular historical or archaeological sites rather than wide expanses.

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months since we asked Secretary Zinke to meet. He must live up to his commitment to work with tribes, honor our voice, and not just listen to D.C. politicians.” Ute leaders last year battled Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), the powerful leader of the House Committee on Natural Resources when he introduced a bill that essentially punished them for supporting Bears Ears. The measure would have taken federally-managed land within the tribe’s reservation and transferred it to the state. The tribe slammed the effort as a “modern day Indian land grab” - a description that clearly disturbed Bishop.

Opposition from the Utes, the Navajo Nation and other tribes kept the bill from getting too far in the last session of Congress. But while he may have lost the fight on Bears Ears, Bishop isn’t giving up on the larger war. One of his subcommittees is meeting this month for a hearing with a provocative title – “Examining the Consequences of Executive Branch Overreach of the Antiquities Act.” The Antiquities Act is the century-old law that authorizes presidents to create national monuments out of federal lands. That’s exactly what Barack Obama did

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by protecting 1.35 million acres of sacred lands, burial grounds and other important sites at Bears Ears in Utah. “If President Trump wants changes in how national monuments are designated, he should change how the law is used in the future [not] revoke or change monuments already agreed to,” the Ute leaders said. “The only groups opposed to Bears Ears and other monuments are D.C. politicians and their lobbyists,” the tribe said. “This monument was established with the input and support of five tribal nations and should not be arbitrarily set aside or rescinded.”


Summary of CTUIR Board Minutes DATE: MARCH 13, 2017 BOT Present: Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Rosenda Shippentower, Treasurer; Kat Brigham, Secretary; Aaron Ashley, Member; Woodrow Star, Member, and Alan Crawford, General Council Chairman. Gary Burke, BOT Chairman and Armand Minthorn, Member on travel. Justin Quaempts, Member on personal leave. Quorum present. Old Business. None. Next Resolution 17-021: None. Other Board Action: a. Two letters to Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) requesting a meeting regarding Umatilla Hatchery water. The BOT Vice Chair and Secretary determined the letter read was not the one to be acted upon. The correct letters will be polled later today and ratified at the March 20 BOT meeting. Later during the meeting the two correct letters regarding Umatilla Hatchery was presented and Chuck Sams read the letter. Move to approve the two letters regarding Umatilla Hatchery. Motion carries 5-0-0. b. Executive Director (ED) Hiring Committee. Discussion on appointment of committee being deferred until Executive Management Policy (EMP) amendments are completed. Move that Board of Trustees appointment of ED hiring committee being deferred until Executive Management Policy is completed. Motion carries 3 for – (Alan Crawford, Rosenda Shippentower, and Aaron Ashley) – 2 against (Kat Brigham, and Woodrow Star) – 0 abstaining. c. Columbia Development Authority (CDA) representative appointment. Previous Executive Director was the CTUIR representative with Rosenda Shippentower are the alternate. Move that Bill Tovey be the representative to CDA with Rosenda Shippentower as alternate. Motion carries 5-0-0. BOT Travel Reports. 1) Rosenda Shippentower, March 2-5 to U of O a Eugene at attend 3th Annual Environmental Law Conference. 2) Kat Brigham, March 7 to attend W3MP meeting. March 9 to Lacey, WA to attend Columbia River Advisory Board meeting. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Kat Brigham, personal leave, March 14 from 11AM to noon.

DATE: MARCH 20, 2017 BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Rosenda Shippentower, Treasurer; Aaron Ashley, Member; Woodrow Star, Member, and Alan Crawford, General Council Chairman. Kat Brigham, Secretary and Armand Minthorn, Member on travel. Justin Quaempts, Member on personal leave. Old Business. Two BOT Official Poll – 1) Washington State Legislature. Columbia River Water Supply Legislation on Senate Bill 5269 and House Bill 1394 seeking an extension, consultation and an Ecology proposal in light of the Foster decision requiring fisher co-managers. Move to ratify polled motion regarding Columbia River water supply legislation SB 5296 and HB 1394. Motion passed unanimously; 2) BOT Official Poll: Two letters of Support for the Walla Walla Basin funding requests to Washington State Legislatures. Move to ratify polling of two letters to Senator Walsh, Representatives Nealey and Jenkins regarding support for the Walla Walla Basin funding. Motion unanimously. Resolution 17-021: Topic: Atlas Tower Company Mitigation Agreement. The BOT approved the Mitigation Agreement with Atlas Tower Company and authorized Chairman to execute it on behalf of the Confederated Tribes. Motion passed unanimously. BOT Travel Reports. 1) Gary Burke gave verbal report on testimony he gave to Salem on Mon. March 13. 2) Woodrow gave verbal report on Healing Lodge meeting attended. 3) Jeremy Wolf gave verbal report on US v. OR meeting he attended at Portland on March 1 and 16. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Aaron Ashley, Travel, May 15-17 to Olympia, WA with BOT Chair to receive Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation 2017 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation on behalf of tribe. 2) Gary Burke, Personal leave, Tues. March 21. 3) Woodrow Star, Travel, March 28-31 to Washington DC to attend HHS Tribal Budget Consultation. Travel, March 21-23 to Salem to give testimony. DATE: MARCH 27, 2017 BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Rosenda Shippentower, Treasurer; Kat Brigham, Secretary; Aaron Ashley, Member; Armand Minthorn, Member; Woodrow Star,

Member, and Alan Crawford, General Council Chairman. Justin Quaempts, Member on personal leave. Resolution 17-022: Topic: CTUIR Higher Education Scholarship Policy. The BOT approved the amended Higher Education Scholarship Fund Policy to be implemented for the 2016/2017 school year and beyond. Motion passed unanimously. Resolution 17-23: Topic: Amended NCAI Tribal Membership and Delegates. CTUIR authorizes Gary Burke be the official principal tribal official, to take the necessary action to place the Tribe in Membership with NCAI; tribal funds in the amount of $1,100.00, based on the Tribal Membership dues schedule of the NCAI By-Laws, Article III – Members, Section C 2 are authorized to be paid for such Tribal Membership in NCAI; based on the Tribal citizenry of 3, 023 persons, the Tribe shall have 130 votes, in accordance with Article II – Members, Section B 1d; that pursuant to Article III – Members, Section B 1(b) of the NCAI Constitution and By-Laws, the CTUIR designates the following persons as Delegate and Alternate Delegates, and instructs them to become Individual Members in Good Standing in National Congress of American Indians in order to fulfill their responsibilities as Official Delegates to the National Congress of American Indians Annual Session, MidYear Session and Executive Council Sessions. Delegate: Gary Burke BOT Chair; Delegate: Jeremy Wolf, BOT Vice Chairman; Alternate: Rosenda Shippentower, BOT Treasurer; Alternate: N. Kathryn Brigham, BOT Secretary; Alternate: Aaron Ashley, BOT Member; Alternate: Justin Quaempts, BOT Member; Alternate: Woodrow Star, BOT Member; Alternate: Armand Minthorn, BOT Member; and Alternate: Alan Crawford, GC Chairman Ex-Officio. All the above Terms Expiration Date: December 2, 2017. OFFICIAL TRIBAL ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, 46411 Timíne Way, Pendleton, Oregon 97801, (541) 276-3165 and Facsimile (541) 276-3095. Motion passed unanimously. Resolution 17-024: Topic: Amended ATNI Delegates. The BOT, which is the official governing body of the CTUIR, authorized Gary Burke, who is the principal delegate of the Tribe, to join ATNI; that pursuant to Article VII, Section 1 of the ATNI Constitution, the Tribe designates the following persons as Delegates and Alternate Delegates, and instructs

them to become individual Members in Good Standing in ATNI in order to fulfill their responsibilities as Official Delegates to the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Winter Conference, Mid-Year Conference and Annual Conventions: Gary Burke, Chairman as its official delegate and the following Board of Trustees members as alternate delegates: 1) Jeremy Wolf, Vice-Chairman 2) Rosenda Shippentower, Treasurer 3) N. Kathryn Brigham, Secretary 4) Aaron Ashley, Member 5) Armand Minthorn, 6) Woodrow Star, Member 7) Justin Quaempts, Member and 8) Alan Crawford, GC Chairman Ex-Officio. Motion passed unanimously. Resolution 17-: Topic: Cayuse Technologies Board of Directors Reappointment. The BOT approves the re-appointment of Stanley Gukowski to the Cayuse Technologies Board of Directors for a three year term beginning from the date of expiration of his prior appointment and to end on midnight of March 31, 2020. Motion failed 2 for (Kat Brigham and Armand Minthorn) – 5 against (Rosenda Shippentower, Jeremy Wolf, Alan Crawford, Aaron Ashley, and Woodrow Star) – 0 abstaining. Motion dies and not assigned a number. Other Board Action: Commission/Committee Update by Kat Brigham, BOT Secretary. -Cultural Resource Committee, 1 vacant position with 1 application from E. Thomas Morning Owl. Motion passed unanimously to appoint Thomas Morning Owl to Culture Resource Committee for a 2 year term. -Election Commission. Two letters of resignation from Tami Rochelle and Doris Scott have been accepted by the Election Commission. Appointments of the 8 positions are made by BOT and General Council and the two vacancies are BOT appointed. Motion passed unanimously to accept the resignations from Tami Rochelle and Doris Scott from the Election Commission and advertise for two positions. -Natural Resources Commission Alternate position, 1 vacant position with 1 application from Raymond Huesties. Motion passed unanimously to appoint Raymond Huesties as the Alternate Member for a 3 year term. -TERO Commission, 1 vacant position with 1 application from Ross Simmons. Motion passed

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Summary of CTUIR Board Minutes Continued from page 16B unanimously to reappoint Ross Simmons to the TERO Commission for a 2 year term. -Tribal Water Commission, 1 vacant position with 1 application from John Barkley. Motion passed unanimously to reappoint John Barkley to Tribal Water Commission for a 2 year term. -Education & Training Committee. Kat Brigham was serving as tribal member before the special election. ETC recommends Kat Brigham remain as BOT representative until Justin Quaempts, BOT Member returns from extended medical leave. Motion passed unanimously to advertise for 1 position on Education & Training Committee. -Housing Commission. Housing Commission recommends removal of commission member based on the process established in the Advisory Code, Chapter 2. Rosenda Shippentower asked if this is proper way for removal of a commissioner. Malena Pinkham explained there are two ways for removal. Armand Minthorn reported on incidents and follow up conducted. Malena Pinkham added that by resolution Housing Commission follows the Advisory Bylaws. Move to accept the Housing Commission’s letter seeking removal of a member and advertise for 1 vacant position. Motion carries 5 for - (Armand Minthorn, Woodrow Star, Jeremy Wolf, Kat Brigham and Aaron Ashley) – 2 against (Rosenda Shippentower and Alan Crawford) – 0 abstaining. Oregon Environmental Council (OEC). On March 27 a BOT work session was conducted with OEC to gather information to determine if Kat Brigham could continue to remain on OEC. If the BOT supports her membership, will BOT allow her to use her BOT travel to cover the quarterly OEC meetings. Motion passed to deny Kat Brigham continued membership to on the Oregon Environmental Council. Motion carries 4 for - (Jeremy Wolf, Rosenda Shippentower, Alan Crawford and Aaron Ashley - 2 against (Armand Minthorn and Woodrow Star) - 1 abstaining (Kat Brigham). Terms Expiring:

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Bill Burke, Tiichám Conservation District, expires on April 6; Fermore Craig Sr., Cultural Resource Committee, expires on April 6; Ken Hall, Land Acquisition Committee, expires on April 6; Patrice Walters, Economic & Community Development, expires on April 6; Shawna Gavin, Health Commission, expires on May 27; and Lawanda Bronson, TERO Commission expires on May 4. Motion passed unanimously to send letters notifying members of expiration of terms and advertise for the vacancies. Will continue to advertise for: 1 position for Tiichám Conservation Dist., 2 year term, meet 2nd & 4th Tues. @ 1:00 PM and 1 position for Umatilla Cultural Coalition (No Stipends) - meet as needed. All applications will be due Monday, April 17 by 4:00 PM. A BOT work session will be scheduled Friday, April 21 at 8:30 AM to review applications and will take action on the application appointments on Monday, April 24. BOT Travel Reports. 1) Kat Brigham, Olympia, WA from March 19-21 to meet with WA legislators and the Governor. Also presented the painting from Governor Inslee that he gave CTUIR . BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Armand Minthorn, Travel, April 3-4 to Hood River to attend Hanford Cleanup Board meeting. Travel, April 5, The Dalles to meet with Parks Dept. Travel, April 6, Burbank, to meet with USFWS on Rattlesnake Mt. 2) Jeremy Wolf, personal leave, March 27 from 2 – 4 PM. 3) Rosenda Shippentower, Personal leave, May 2 – 3. Travel, April 24-25 to San Francisco, CA to attend Native American Finance Conference. 4) Woodrow Star, Travel, April 6, Spokane to attend Healing Lodge meeting. DATE: APRIL 3, 2017 BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Rosenda Shippentower, Treasurer; Kat Brigham, Secretary; Aaron Ashley, Member; Woodrow Star, Member, and Alan Crawford, General Council Chairman. Justin Quaempts, Member on leave. Armand Minthorn, Member on

travel. Resolution 17-025: Topic: Approval of EDA Planning Grant Application. The BOT approved the EDA Economic Development Planning Grant Application and authorizes the Interim Executive Director to execute and submit the EDA Application and to take such further action as may be required to carry out the purposes of this Resolution. Motion passed unanimously. Other Board Action: Kenworth Lease Renewal by Bill Tovey, Dept. of Economic & Community Development. Bill reported on background of lease between CTUIR and Kenworth. A work session was held on March 30 to review the lease. Move to approve and authorize the Board of Trustees Chairman to execute the Amendment to Lease Agreement between the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and Transport Equipment Company, Inc., which Amendment extends the term of the Lease from December 1, 2016 to November 30, 2021 and adjusts the lease payments to $7,500 per month. Motion passed 5 for (Jeremy Wolf, Aaron Ashley, Woodrow Star, Alan Crawford and Kat Brigham) – 1 against (Rosenda Shippentower) – 0 abstaining. BOT Travel Reports. 1) Kat Brigham, March 27-28 to Olympia, WA to provide testimony to WA State Legislature. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Kat Brigham, Travel, April 11-13 to Tucson, AZ to attend a water planning meeting held by the Native Nations Institute. DATE: APRIL 10, 2017 BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Rosenda Shippentower, Treasurer; Kat Brigham, Secretary; Aaron Ashley, Member; Woodrow Star, Member, and Alan Crawford, General Council Chairman. Justin Quaempts, Member on leave. Armand Minthorn, Member on personal leave. Quorum present. Resolution 17-026: Topic: 2017 Tribal Transportation Improvement Plan. The BOT enacts the proposed Tribal Transportation Improvement Plan (TTIP) and directs the ED to execute the necessary contracts and program documents required to accomplish the projects, make modifications as

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necessary to implement the annual Transportation Improvement Program; and directs the ED to forward this resolution to the US Department of Interior BIA Umatilla Agency and the NW Regional Office, Division of Transportation. Motion passed unanimously. BOT Travel Reports. 1) Aaron Ashley, April 3-4 to Salem to provide testimony on SB 144. 2) Kat Brigham, April 4 to Walla Walla to attend monthly WW3MP meeting. 3) Woodrow Star, March 28-31 to Washington DC to attend annual Indian Health Budget Consultation. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Jeremy Wolf, Travel, April 12-14, Portland for US v. OR meeting. 2) Alan Crawford, Travel, April 14, Tulalip, WA to attend Boys & Girls Club. 3) Aaron Ashley, Travel, April 14, Tulalip, WA to attend Boys & Girls Club. DATE: APRIL 17, 2017 BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Rosenda Shippentower, Treasurer; Kat Brigham, Secretary; Aaron Ashley, Member; Armand Minthorn, Member; and Woodrow Star, Member. Justin Quaempts, Member on leave. Alan Crawford, General Council Chairman on travel. Quorum present. Resolution 17-027: None. Other Board Action: a. Four Chairs meeting by Gary Burke, BOT Chair. Four Chairs meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 28 at WRC with CTUIR hosting. Gary Burke, Jeremy Wolf, Alan Crawford, and Audie Huber will attend the meeting. BOT Travel Reports. 1) Aaron Ashley, Tulalip, WA for Boys & Girls Club, April 14. 2) Kat Brigham, Phoenix, AZ to attend Cultural Water Use, April 14-17. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Alan Crawford, travel to ATNI at Portland, May 22-26. 2) Armand Minthorn, travel to Washington DC, May 1-4 attend State/Tribal Working Group meeting with DOE. 3) Jeremy Wolf, travel to Portland for CRITFC meeting, April 26 at 4PM to 27 at 4PM. 4) Kat Brigham, personal leave, Fri. April 21 from 1-4 PM. 5) Rosenda Shippentower announced she will be at a Cayuse Technology meeting from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM on April 18.


CTUIR Youth Council members meet the President of the National Congress of American Indians, Brian Cladoosby, in April. Left, past Chair and Ambassador Kelsey Burns, Cladoosby, PHS Member-at-large Vincent Sheoships and PHS Member-at-large Zach Cyr.

Siletz bet on plan to build casino at Salem By Andrew Selsky of the Associated Press

SALEM — A confederation of tribes in Oregon announced plans May 2 to build a casino in the state capital and draw in crowds of gamblers from Portland. The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon said they hope to open the 140,000-square-foot entertainment, gaming and hotel facility in 2021 on reservation property at the northern end of Salem and that they want to partner with other tribes. The Siletz would need approval from the governor for a casino. The initial reaction from Gov. Kate Brown’s office indicated the Siletz will have to hedge its bet by getting the other eight federally recognized tribes in Oregon on board — and some already have casinos or have their own plans. “To date, Gov. Brown has not received any proposal that enjoys comprehensive tribal support,” Bryan Hockaday, Brown’s press secretary, said in an email. “Should Gov. Brown receive such a proposal, the discussion would focus on whether the proposed casino would be in the best interest of the tribes and of the people of Oregon.” The Siletz said they expect to create 1,500 full-time jobs the first year of operation of the casino, which the tribe wants to build near Interstate 5 on the north side of Salem. They project $185.4 million in gross revenue also in the first year of operation. The tribe said it is working to expand tribal participation in the project. “We know that when tribes come together with a shared mission, we achieve more for our community,” Dee Pigsley, tribal council chairman of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, said in a statement. On April 24, another tribe opened a casino near La Center, Wash., 25 miles north of Portland, causing traffic jams on I-5 as the parking lot quickly filled up. It is now the closest major gambling venue for residents of Oregon’s largest city. Oregon has a policy of one casino per tribe. The Siletz tribe has a casino in Lincoln City, on the coast, so it is doubly important it recruit other tribes as partners. The proposal would have a “devastating” impact on the Grand Ronde tribe’s Spirit Mountain Casino west of Salem, said Grand Ronde tribal member and tribal lobbyist Justin Martin, The Statesman Journal reported. Martin predicted his tribe would not support the proposal. Participating tribes would share 50 percent of the net revenues of the entertainment facility, 25 percent would go to state and local governments, with the Siletz getting the remaining 25 percent, according to a spokeswoman.


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Operation labeled ‘chop-shop for eagles’ By James Nord of the Associated Press

RAPID CITY, S.D. - Federal officials in South Dakota said April 24 that 15 people have been indicted for illegally trafficking eagles and other migratory birds after a two-year undercover operation potentially involving hundreds of birds. U.S. Attorney Randy Seiler said that officials expect “significant” additional federal charges in the case, which focused on trafficking of eagles and eagle parts and feathers for profit. Authorities said the case involves more than 100 eagles, a number that could climb as high as 250. Seiler described one operation as basically a “chop-shop for eagles” in which eagle feathers were stuffed into garbage bags. He said it was clear that it was a moneymaking operation and that the feathers and eagle parts such as talons and beaks were treated as merchandise. “There was no cultural sensitivity. There was no spirituality,” Seiler said. “There was no tradition in the manner in which these defendants handled these birds.” He said the investigation involved confidential informants, a multi-state area and the purchase of regalia items such as ceremonial fans. A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office said in an email that there are a variety of reasons


A Nevada game warden displays the carcasses and wings of two golden eagles and a hawk seized from an Arizona man. There is an expensive underground market in eagle feathers and carcasses. Joe Doucette/Nevada Department of Wildlife via AP, File

why people buy eagle parts, and a collectors market plays a role. Dan Rolince, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assistant special agent in charge of law enforcement for the region, said that some of those accused used code

words to avoid detection by describing the eagle and other bird parts for sale using the names of animals or even car parts. He said the eagles were primarily shot. “At the end of this process, I have full

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confidence that it will be one of the largest cases of this nature we’ve ever worked,” he said. Three Rapid City men charged in the case are involved with Buffalo Dreamers, which performs Native American dance programs. Owner Troy Fairbanks has been charged with conspiracy to commit wildlife trafficking and violations of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Lacey Act. Fairbanks, 54, allegedly sold or traded eagle parts to an informant including a golden eagle head for $250, a trade involving about $5,400 of legal merchandise for eagle parts and selling two sets of eagle wings for $900. Rolince said that a whole eagle carcass would generally sell for between $1,000 and $1,200. The indictment says Fairbanks in 2015 claimed he could acquire between 30 and 40 eagles by February 2016. Fairbanks also said in 2015 that he had 19 people in the Los Angeles area who wanted to buy “eagle feathers/parts” from him, according to the document. The document says Mesteth in 2015 discussed having connections in Wyoming who could get whole carcass eagles and would take the informant hunting for eagles.

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This artist’s rendering from NBC News shows how a 1.6 mile tram into the Grand Canyon would work if it comes to fruition.

Grand Canyon tram won’t fly without more support

PHOENIX (AP) - A project to build a 1.6-mile tram that would take visitors into the Grand Canyon is on hold for a few months after failing to gain enough support from Navajo Nation lawmakers. The proposal must go through four committees before the tribal council votes. Two committees voted it down, a third wanted to table it and another, in which the whole council will debate the project, had not yet considered it before the spring session ended in mid-April, The Arizona Republic reported. The council could approve the measure even if the committees do not. But Larry Foster, a former Navajo council member and political adviser, said the measure is struggling for broad backing. “They don’t have the votes. I think until they do, it’s not in their interest to bring it to the council,’’ said Roger Clark, of the group Grand Canyon Trust.”

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The project calls for building a tram that would drop 3,200 feet into the canyon, taking visitors from the rim to the Colorado River in about 10 minutes. It also calls for building commercial and retail space, a multimedia complex, a river walk and administrative buildings. Supporters say the project would bring jobs to the cash-strapped reservation, while opponents say it could desecrate the region and turn the Grand Canyon into an amusement park. The council could still vote on the proposal during the summer session, which starts July 17. Council members have questioned the cost of the proposal in committee meetings. The Navajo Nation must come up with $65 million to start the project and will receive 8 to 18 percent of gross revenue, while the rest goes to outside investors.

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Trump uses ‘Pocahontas’ as a derogatory name again By Jonathan Lemire of the Associated Press

ATLANTA - President Donald Trump revived one of his favorite - and most provocative - taunts against Elizabeth Warren on April 28, derisively calling the Massachusetts senator “Pocahontas.” Trump mocked Warren repeatedly during the presidential campaign for claims she made about being part Native American. During remarks at the National Rifle Association, the president took aim at the liberal senator once again, saying she could be among the Democrats who seek to challenge him in 2020

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if he seeks a second term. “I have a feeling that in the next election, you’re going to be swamped with candidates,” Trump said. “It may be Pocahontas, remember that.” Native American leaders have called Trump’s attacks on Warren offensive and distasteful. Some Democrats have called the remark racist. The president has spent months feuding with Warren, an outspoken Wall Street critic who leveled blistering attacks on Trump during the campaign. He seized in particular on questions about her heritage, which surfaced during her 2012 Senate race challenging incumbent Sen. Scott Brown. During that campaign, law school directories from the Association of American Law Schools from 1986 to 1995 surfaced that put Warren on the association’s list of ``minority law teachers’’ when she was teaching at the University of Texas and the University of Pennsylvania. Warren said she listed herself with Native American heritage because she hoped to meet people with similar roots. In a 2012 interview with The Associated Press, Warren said she and her brothers were told of the family’s heritage by their parents, the late Don and Pauline Herring. Brown pressed Warren to release more information about how she described her heritage to potential employers. Warren said she never sought proof of ancestry because she didn’t think it was necessary.

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Cascadia Earthquake Summit set May 12

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PENDLETON – The Eastern Oregon Cascadia Earthquake Preparedness Summit is scheduled for May 12 with registration deadline set for May 8. The Umatilla County Emergency Management is organizing the event that will be held at the Red Lion Hotel beginning at 8:30 a.m. To register, visit Those who attend will become part of a response planning group and will learn about the probable impacts that a Casca-

dia earthquake can have on the Pendleton area. Presenting will be speakers from FEMA, Oregon National Guard, Oregon Department of Energy, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, and the Oregon Department of Geology & Mineral Industries. Breakout sessions for industry-specific discussions will also be available. For questions contact Casey WhiteZollman at 541-278-5839.

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