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Brigham Fish received a commendation for assistance to fire crews in Cascade Locks during the Eagle Creek Fire. Page 16A

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BOT decides on special political sign locations By Jill-Marie Gavin for the CUJ

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Jess Nowland holds 18-month-old Tumayis Minthorn while the babe’s mother, Trinette, looks on. Nowland serves as the announcer in the arena each day during the matinee Indian dancing. He explains the traditional role of Native Americans in the region. He is usually joined by Rob Collins, Pendleton Round-Up Board of Directors Secretary who also is in charge of Indian activities, when awards are presented. Photo by Wil Phinney

Oregon mandates Native curriculum By Lennox Lewis

MISSION – Native educators across the state rejoiced as Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 13 into law July 27 in Salem. Senate Bill 13 directs the Department of Education to work with

Oregon Tribes to develop curriculum relating to the Native American experience in Oregon and to provide professional development related to the new curriculum. The legislation provides $200,000 to each of the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon to create individual place-based curriculums. Oregon De-

partment of Education (ODE) will be funded at the $200,000 level as well to create an Essential Understanding of Oregon Indian curriculum that will be implemented in three distinct phases. As Brown was signing the bill she had pointed out the CTUIR and Pendleton School District had already been working together on this subject.

MISSION –The Board of Trustees (BOT) designated public squares for candidates to place political signs on CTUIR-owned lands in their meeting on Monday, September 25. The BOT approved an amendment to the Land Development Code (LDC) July 24 that allowed for campaign signs to be posted on CTUIR-owned lands within “public squares.” Previously the LDC prohibited political and campaign signs on CTUIR lands. Also amended in the July 24 meeting were the allowable dates for sign posting and size requirements for signs. The Election Commission worked with the Tribal Planning Office to identify appropriate options for public squares. In a memo sent out by the Director of Tribal Planning,J.D. Tovey noted that no signs at any public square can be placed in a manner that requires soil to be dug such as posts or with a post pounder. Signs at each location can be posted in the ground and must not exceed four square feet in size. Public square number one is at the “Bowman Entrance.” Signs can be placed in the grassy area within 200 feet of the intersection at the northwest entrance to the Nixyaawii Governance Center from Mission Road. Public square two is at “Kipp/SW Four Corners” and is along Highway 331 where it interSee Signs on page 2A

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The Nixyaawii varsity girls soar at the beginning of their cross country race at the Footrace to Valhalla From left, E l l a M a e L o o n e y, Milan Schimmel, and McKenzie Kiona. For more on the Nixyaawii Cross Country Team see page 16B

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sects with Mission Road. Signs can be placed within 30 feet of the property boundary and cannot be attached to any fences or the well house. Public square number three is at the “July Grounds” and includes stretches of land next to Mission Road. In these areas, signs cannot be attached to any fences or bus shelters. A forth public square was recommended during the BOT meeting and would have been in the grass next to the entrance to Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center (YTHC). The approval of this site was contingent on the approval from YTHC administration or the Health Commission. The decision was deferred to the Health Commission which voted on the matter and decided against allowing political signs to be posted. In a statement to the CUJ regarding their decision, Health Commission Chair Shawna Gavin said, “While we understand that during election time, all candidates are striving to put their best foot forward and inform the community of their goals and agenda

for our Tribe, we the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Commission, feel that placing signs on the premises of Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is not an appropriate placement. The Health Commission took a poll vote which resulted in three no votes, one yes and two commission members did not respond. Had it been a tie vote, as chair, I would have voted against it. It’s uncommon that any healthcare facility, tribal or non, would allow election propaganda to be posted on their premises due to potential conflict of interest. Yellowhawk is a place of health and healing for our tribal community and that should be every patient’s focus when they visit the facility.” Signs were allowed to be posted starting Sept. 30 and must be removed within 15 days after election day. Election day is Nov. 14 so signs must be removed by Nov. 29. Questions regarding election signs or concerns about signs that may be out of compliance can be addressed by contacting the Tribal Planning Office at 541-429-3099.

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160k from contingency fund to extend east boundary research project By the CUJ

MISSION – A project that has been started and stopped multiple times gets another chance to reach its potential. The Board of Trustees allocated $160,000 from the 2017 contingency fund to extend a project into 2018 during their regular Monday morning meeting Sept. 25. The funding will go towards hopefully providing proof that the east boundary of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (UIR) was labeled incorrectly during a survey conducted in 1871. The quest to re-establish the rightful boundary stems from the belief that same survey misidentified the correct location of key landmarks. The result of this misidentification “lopped off” roughly a

quarter million acres of land that originally belonged to the CTUIR according to Tamastslikt Cultural Institute Director Bobbie Conner. This issue was addressed in court under The Indian Claims Commission Act of 1946. The Indian Claims Commission (ICC) was intended to address outstanding legal claims that tribes may have had against the US Government according to resolution 17-064. The ICC, Conner said, could not restore wrongfully-taken land and only awarded monetary settlements. To address these claims the CTUIR filed Docket 264 which contained four claims. The reservation boundary claim was claim three. According to the resolution unanimously passed by the BOT, claim three presented errors in the gov-

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ernment survey of the boundaries of the UIR that included the misplacement of the source of Wildhorse Creek, the headwaters of McKay Creek and the location of Lee’s Encampment. In 1960 the claims commission entered ‘Findings of Fact,’ or the conclusions of a judge, jury or commission regarding underlying facts, but then withdrew the findings in 1964. The CTUIR was awarded a settlement for $2,450,000 regarding two of the claims in the docket, however, the east reservation boundary claim was among the two claims not addressed. This current attempt to recover evidence supporting this claim is the latest See East Boundary on page 4A

MISSION - CTUIR Housing Department was notified on September 11 that they have been awarded a Housing Preservation Grant. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and will be geared towards housing needs in sanitation, water quality, electrical along with roofs and American Disability Act (ADA) bathrooms. The Housing Preservation Grant is for repairs done during 2017 through 2019. The grant was awarded in the amount of $50,000 to assist low and very-low income elder homeowners with repairs to increase the safety of their homes. Housing, as a part of grant requirements, has agreed to match $29,500 over the two-year time frame. This additional funding will bring the total amount of grant funding to $79,500; this number does not reflect CTUIR indirect rate applied towards all incoming grant funds. According to Housing Director Marcus Luke the grant funds going towards repairs for CTUIR elder will outweigh the costs going towards administrative support. Also according to Luke as part of the grant application, the goal is to assist 12 household with four of them being low income and eight qualified as very-low income. The allocated assistance will be approved for these candidates up to $6,000 for repairs and maintenance. The focus of work will See Housing on page 19A

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CUJ News Head Start kicks off with new staff, vision Program Manager Margaret Gunshows shares her vision for the 2017 school year and beyond By Jill-Marie Gavin for the CUJ

MISSION – The 2017 school year has brought new opportunity and new faces to the Cay-Uma-Wa Head Start. Margaret Gunshows, enrolled Pyramid Lake Paiute, is the new program manager for head start and hit the ground running when she was hired in April this year. Since she began with the program a number of job descriptions have been cut, edited and created. This year Jory Spencer became the very first Health and Mental Health Services Coordinator. Spencer graduated from University of Oregon with a degree in Communication Disorder and Sciences and is excited to share her new-found knowledge with the program. She said, “I’m really passionate about our community and our youth. Because I was born and raised here I was holding out for a position I knew I could be working closely with that population.” She said she thinks it’s important to have a positive influence on the children because it only Margaret Gunshows takes one positive influence to impact their lives. Another passion of Spencer’s is to have culturally appropriate teaching for native youth. She wants the children to know that as a People “we are here and we are thriving.” Her degree focused largely on language and developmental Jory Spencer delays and disorders. She said “If we are not healthy mentally, physically and spiritually we cannot learn new things, we can’t absorb the new knowledge unless we are healthy.” Asked where she wants to be in five years Spencer said, “Hopefully in the new education facility promoting health and wellness Martina Gordon among head start children and among our community as a whole.” She hopes that the new education center will take a holistic approach to bridge the gap across all age groups to establish a connection between health and education. Gunshows spoke highly of Spencer, she said, “We have begun to grow our own, and with Jory it’s really awesome to watch that.” She also mentioned that Spencer has a background with many of the youth in the head start f r o m h e r Treson Farrow Photo by Lennox Lewis work in the Tribal daycare where many of the students originate. Gunshows has a vision for the other positions that have been created for the program over the last year as well. The Health and Mental Health position was created at the same time that the Education and Cultural

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coordinator was created. The cultural position as well as the new part time cook and data entry position remains to be filled. Her ideas as a program manager have been of her own vision for the head start as well as her heavy background with the national program. Gunshows started in head start on the Colville reservation where she worked

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Cay-Uma-Wa Head Start is in its second year of return to a five-year grant status. That status was revoked due to an overwhelming amount of deficiencies and non-compliance and was placed on a one-year grant status to correct all of those issues. Gordon said, “They had to make sure the program was in compliance with grant requirements and the staff at the time worked very hard to get back in compliance.” She said of other challenges facing the head start in her first term (Gordon is now in her second one-year

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from 1999 until 2014, it was then that she returned to Hermiston where she grew up and became the head start manger there until this year. She said the Hermiston program is a five star program and she loved how well the functions of that program operated and enjoyed the stability it offered Photo by Lennox Lewis the community. When the Cay-Uma-Wa position was Angel Calvillo advertised around the time she started in Hermiston she did have interest but decided to stay where she was. term on the council), “Unfortunately there was a high When it was advertised recently and when she was hired turnover rate and the policy council discussed how to she said she decided to go for it because although the keep employees for longevity because the students need head start she was running at the time was top notch stability in staffing.” she wanted to return to the Native community where On a positive note moving forward Gordon said that she felt a sense of belonging. currently the head start has some really good-hearted Gunshows said, “I missed working with Native chil- people in the new positions that have been filled. She dren, I missed the culture, said of Spencer, “You can the feeling and the language. really tell that her heart is I wanted to be somewhere I in it and it’s not just a job “I missed working with Native to her.” could relate more and make a difference.” Gordon also wants children, I missed the culture, the She managed 180 famiparents and community feeling and the language. I wanted members to know that the lies in Umatilla-Morrow County but her call to have to be somewhere I could relate policy council meetings a positive impact lead her are open to the public and more and make a difference.” they are free to attend. to change. It was not without chalThe next meeting will lenge that Gunshows chose be held at the Nixyaawii -Margaret Gunshows Governance Center Oct. to make her move, she was Cay Uma Wa Head Start Program Manager 18 at 11:30 a.m. well aware that the CayUma-Wa Head Start had Also on new staffing, endured a rocky few years “Margaret has vast exrecently. perience with head start. Head Start Policy Council Chair Martina Gordon Often times change is difficult but in the long run change made reference to the tumultuous past of Cay-Uma- will be for the good of the program.” Wa. Gordon said as she began her time on the policy Change is definitely on the agenda according to council the first order of business was to make sure Gunshows. She said, “I have visions of the things that I the head start remained in compliance with their grant want to see done and I like to see those things happen.” responsibilities. See Head Start on page 19B

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CUJ News ‘Discover’ training gears up for 2nd round Contributed by John Barkley

The Pamáwaluukt Empower Program will implement their Discover training program for both supervisory and program manager level positions in January of 2018. The modules are designed to broaden the trainee’s knowledge of programmatic functions, supervisory roles and responsibilities, budgetary preparation and compliance, how various policies are applied, and what primary challenges those programs and departments manage. Discover is available to Tribal Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) who are employed with governance and administration. For the supervisory level you must be employed for at least two years. For the program manager level, at least two (2) years of supervisory experience is required or, if no supervisory experience, be employed at least 5 years with CTUIR. A selection panel including members of the Pamáwaluukt Empower Committee, a volunteer group of Tribal Member employees already employed in supervisory/managing capacities, and staff of the Office of Human Resources, will review applicants, interview finalists and select the trainee participants. For 2018, Discover will be held for one week per month for the entire year in various programs and departments, instead of the two weeks per month for six months done in 2017. This enables the trainee to attend to their job functions and provide flexibility in scheduling. The selected participant must have approval by their supervisor and department director. Completion of the Discover training module does not guarantee a promotion or reclassification but trainees successfully completing the training will be recognized with 3 months of supervisory or program manager experience. Applications are available Oct. 16 and the deadline is Dec. 1. Three letters of recommendation – one from a department director – are required. The trainee will be selected Dec. 13 and will begin the first training module in January. More information is available to those eligible CTUIR employees. Contact the Office of Human Resources at (541) 429-7180 or email John Barkley at Pamáwaluukt means ‘each person raising themselves up’ in the Walla Walla language as named by tribal elders of the CTUIR language program.

First participant shares her insight By the CUJ

MISSION – As the first participant for the program Information Technology Specials Briana Spencer had the opportunity to help administrators fine-tune the process. During her time in the training she rotated her regular job duties as well as serving as a supervisor for various programs. She said, “I expected to gain vital information on how different departments help the tribe succeed in serving our tribal people.” The program exceeded Spencer’s expectations. The biggest challenge for Spencer was not having a laptop to perform hands-on tasks like creating a mock budget, personnel reviews and all other job related tasks. She also said, “The biggest thing I took away from this training is communication. A supervisor must clearly define their goals, adjust their leadership to different personalities, and make the environment safe for employees to discuss when their workload is too much. I have used these techniques when training new hires and it has greatly changed our co-worker relationship.” Spencer said she is thankful to have been afforded the opportunity to be the first participant. Since her training has completed she said she has already applied the teachings within the workplace and she’s noticed a significant impact in her day-to-day operations. One thing she wanted to do as her training ended was express gratitude to Pamáwaluukt Empower Program, the

First Tribal field station laboratory in U.S. opens CTUIR receives accreditation for testing of environmental samples Contributed by Matt Johnson of DNR

The purpose of the CTUIR Field Station laboratory is to keep Tribal members safe from exposure to toxic metals and other contaminants in the environment. ‘ This mission arose from work at the Hanford Site, the former nuclear reservation near Richland, Washington. The Hanford Site overlays some of the same lands that the Cayuse, Walla Walla, and Umatilla peoples ceded to the United States in the Treaty of 1855. For thousands of years, Indian people utilized the area that became Hanford for a variety of subsistence, cultural, and ceremonial purposes. Beginning in 1943 and continuing into the 1980’s, the United States produced plutonium for nuclear weapons at Hanford. These operations released millions of gallons of water contaminated with toxic metals and radioactive materials


into the environment. Cleanup of the Hanford lands is ongoing and will likely continue for many decades. Once the Department of Energy finishes cleanup activities, Tribal members could potentially use portions of Hanford for hunting, fishing, digging roots, or gathering foods, medicines, or fibers. Each of these activities could cause direct exposure to contaminants that pose severe health risks. CTUIR people are likely to be more affected by contaminants that could be found in the soil, air, water, or fish and wildlife because Tribal members tend to interact with the land in a more intense way than most other populations. In order to obtain the analytical capability to ensure safe access and use of the Hanford area, the Department of Energy and the CTUIR entered into a cooperative agreement to provide funding to build See Field Station on page 20A

Pamáwaluukt Committee who volunteer their time in addition to their regular job duties and every department she trained in.

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She said, “Through amazing collaborations I was provided with the right tools to dive in with full force and I received invaluable information. I look forward to the Board’s continued contribution to the program so it can continue to foster Pamáwaluukt (each person raising themselves up in the Walla Walla language) within our tribal people.”

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try over the decades. A lack of enough funding to continue into next year prompted this resolution requesting the $160,000. The directive to draft a resolution aimed at continuing this project was given by the BOT to staff during a work session in September. The money, Conner said, will go towards hiring a private contractor who will be responsible for searching records that will hopefully hold clues in support of this venture to restore lands to the CTUIR. The evidence could be in Washington D.C., Salem, Portland or anywhere else in the country according to Conner. It could be in an unarchived box in a museum somewhere or within correspondence of government officials within that time frame, she said. Because the information sought could be anywhere Conner said the expertise of an outside professional is necessary. She said, “This is a task that can only be characterized as looking for a needle in a haystack.” The first step of this project Conner said is to map all of the efforts that have been attempted in the past as to not du-

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plicate previous work done. She also said the venture into hiring a private contractor is not to say that tribal employees in the past have been insufficient but rather that the task is so vast that a researcher who can apply their entire focus is necessary. Because this particular issue has already made its rounds through the US claims system the only route for it to go would be through the US congress to restore lands to the CTUIR. But that step, Conner said, would be so far down the road it is not currently part of the planning process. During the work session Secretary Kat Brigham called for periodic or quarterly report on the matter to ensure the funding is being used wisely. Treasurer Rosenda Shippentower agreed with her sentiments and also asked that the BOT hears back on this venture annually or even more often. The idea to report on the allocated funds and project quarterly was dismissed before the resolution was passed because staff explained to the BOT that it would take at least a year to see any results worth reporting.

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Mental health becomes priority for family After the highly-publicized arrest of her brother, Nika Kash Kash discusses healthy coping mechanisms By Jill-Marie Gavin for the CUJ

MISSION –Rodrick Edmiston, the subject of a statewide search, was found in a Kahneeta Resort bathroom on the Warm Springs Reservation on Sunday, Sept. 24. While this brought the police case to a close, Edmiston’s psychiatric hold was resumed and it marked the beginning of what could be a new approach for the family regarding mental health, according to Edmiston’s sister Nika Kash Kash. On Sept. 13, CTUIR Public Safety Director Ray Denny released a police report that stated Edmiston resisted arrest and fled the scene in a stolen patrol car. Umatilla Tribal Police Department responding officer Markus Williams reported that during the attempted arrest at 47155 Short Mile Road on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Edmiston had fallen to the ground during his arrest and was able to recover quickly and escape the officer’s grasp. Edmiston then drove away in the patrol car that was left running and presumably crashed it on Cayuse Road where it was later recovered near milepost 6. Edmiston was later taken into custody without incident at 49710 Cayuse Rd. It was at that time he Rodrick Edmiston was taken to Umatilla County Jail with tribal charges of Resisting Arrest, Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Hit & Run and Burglary. During a transport conducted by J&R Secure Transport from Pendleton to Bend he again escaped custody at the Photo contributed by Nika Kash Kash Cow Canyon An old family photo shows Edmiston and Kash Rest Area on Kash posing with their siblings. From top left Sept. 22. EdRodrick Edmiston, Kariann Edmiston, Osias miston was Edmiston, Nika Kash Kash and Iva Edmiston described by sits in her lap the Oregon State Police as unarmed and unrestrained during his transport but they did note that Lifeways Inc. LLC classified him as dangerous and schizophrenic. He was on a mental health hold at the time of his escape and disappearance. The events that unfolded, as documented by justice department and mental health facility reports, were heavily publicized and shared within the CTUIR community. Kash Kash said the beginning of Edmiston’s troubles began years ago. She said, “He went on a downward spiral about three years ago.” Growing up was hard and their family endured a lot of trauma. The effects of that have manifested in her and her siblings according to Kash Kash, who said, “My mom is going through a hard time, and she has been for a long time. That has had a lot of effects on all of us.” It was not until Edmiston started facing legal struggles that the entire family was able to get on the same page regarding his mental health. Kash Kash said, “I think as a whole we’ve been in denial and we haven’t

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Mental health counseling and crisis resources The following resources and information were contributed by Behavioral Health Clinic Program Director Becky Greear. The information does not reflect any specific individual’s medical information but is intended to serve as a guide for those who feel they are in crisis:

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From top Iva Edmiston, Kariann Edmiston, Michael Scott, Osias Edmiston, Nika Kash Kash and Rodrick Edmiston pose after Osias’ Nixyaawii Community School graduation in 2014.

all been on board and thought he was just going to snap out of it. That hasn’t been the right approach.” Edmiston has been needing help for a long time and has not, until recently, been willing to ask for help voluntarily. It wasn’t until the day before his most recent court date that Edmiston was willing to seek help. The trouble started years ago when Edmiston’s Oregon Health Plan coverage lapsed and the family was unable to pay for his court-ordered psychiatric evaluation. Kash Kash said they were living in Mission at that time when her brother was 21 and the family was unable to come up with the $3,500 for the evaluation and the

“He’s always had such a

huge heart and he’s alway been protective of his family, especially the women. That’s what he needs back from everyone now is love and support.” -Nika Kash Kash

issue was put on the back burner. Mental illness and distress is not uncommon in Indian Country. Native Americans experience serious psychological distress at 1.5 times higher than the general population and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at twice the level of the general population according to an American Psychiatric Association study on Mental Health Disparities. While suffering mental health issues at a rate greater than all other ethnic groups and white Americans, Native Americans are three times as likely to lack health insurance and 57 percent rely solely on the Indian Health Service for care according to that same study. Kash Kash believes these national and cultural barriers are the same issues that prevented Edmiston from getting the needed treatment along with stigmas surrounding mental illness.. She said it was not until her brother became a danger to himself and others that the family realized an intervention was needed. It has been hard to come together See Edmiston on page 24A

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Mental health counseling is available at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm, Monday thru Friday. We have mental health counselors in the Behavioral Health Department as well as in Primary Care. During clinic hours, we can provide scheduled appointments as well as walk-in crisis response. After hours crisis response is provided in partnership between Lifeways and Yellowhawk. Please call the 24- hour Crisis Line 1-866-343-4473 and inform the Lifeways staffthat you are eligible for services at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. In a crisis, patients may need to go to St. Anthony’s Emergency Room (ER) in order to be safe and to fully assess the needs of the individual, as well as access inpatient care, detox services, or other intensive services and supports. If an individual does need inpatient care, they have to be medically cleared which can only occur at the ER., Thisis another reason why it is necessary to provide crisis response in the ER setting. Lifeways and a Yellowhawk mental health counselor will work together to assess the situation, make referrals, and provide follow up care. Lifeways is another option to receive mental health services. They provide mental health services to local residents and can be reached during business hours at 541-276-6207 or 541240-8030, and after hours through the Crisis Line 1-866-343-4473. In addition, there are private mental health counselors in the area that accept private insurance payments; check your insurance benefits package for the specific providers covered by your plan. Employed community members can also seek mental health services through their employer’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Yellowhawk also recommends the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 and the Crisis Text Line 741-741. Both the Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Crisis Text Line can be used for any kind of emotionally overwhelming situation (not just suicide) and can be used by concerned family members and friends as well as the individual of concern. If you or a loved one are in immediate danger due to a mental health problem, call 911. Please feel free to contact any of the above resources for further information. We are all committed to providing care.

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CUJ Editorials CTUIR has opportunity to reclaim lost lands Documents that affected East Boundary of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are getting review Our Elders tell us that we are part of the land. Our creation story tells us that we are made up of both the flora and fauna of the earth. When our leaders agreed to the Treaty of 1855 they believed they secured for us five hundred thousand acres of land for our exclusive use. The lands they reserved for us gave us direct access in to the Grand Ronde, Umatilla, , Walla Walla, and John Day watersheds. Access to these watersheds was intended to ensure that we would have clear approaches to our traditional foods, fishing stations, hunting grounds, and seasonal camps. The Treaty negotiators had described to the interpreters the lands they wanted reserved. The contours of the boundaries were to be drawn along streams, stream divides, ridge lines, and other projected lines as described by the very people who walked and lived on our lands since time immemorial. In 1871, a federal government surveyor was sent out to demarcate the boundaries of our reservation. The surveyor, interpreting for himself, looked to the Treaty language describing the reservation boundaries and drew a straight line to mark the eastern edge of the reservation. This effectively cut the reservation by nearly two hundred and fifty thousand acres, reducing by half what the Treaty signers had believed they agreed to. In 1891, the reservation was further diminished, by Congress through the Slater Act, to include only 156,000 acres of reserved lands. Our lands were reduced without our consent and in contravention of our Treaty. Many tribes across the United States had a similar experience to us here at Nixyaawii. By 1946, Congress

passed the Indian Claims Act in order to consider long-standing claims by tribes against the United States. In August of 1951, just two years into our modern form of government, the Board of Trustees

New evidence will allow this government to pursue avenues to secure the lands we all believe were reserved in 1855 for our exclusive use. filed a claim with the Commission which became docket 264B. Our claim was straightforward, the 1871 survey excluded nearly half of our reservation on the eastern boundary. The Claims Commission made their finding, not in our favor, in 1960. Our attorneys filed for a review before the U.S. Supreme Court. By 1966 our Tribe decided to settle our claims

without review by the Supreme Court. Our General Council agreed with the settlement and its’ stipulations and received $2.4 million dollars. By agreeing to the settlement, we forfeited our right, under U.S. law, to bring claims for our lost lands in the east unless we could provide new evidence. The Claims Commission adjourned in 1978. Since 1966 approximately every ten years the subject of our lost lands on the eastern boundary comes up for discussion in the community, at General Council, and in the Board of Trustees chambers. Over the past 40 years we have commissioned research on the eastern boundary both internally and externally of the tribal government. The results of the research have been limited. We need new evidence that the boundary was erroneously surveyed. The current Board of Trustees has asked questions once again about the validity of the survey completed in 1871. The Board has directed staff to complete the most comprehensive research to date by passing a resolution on September 25, 2017. Both staff and contractors will begin an intense data gathering effort looking for new information and evidence that will prove that the eastern boundary encompasses more of our reserved lands than what was identified by the government surveyor. New evidence will allow this government to pursue avenues to secure the lands we all believe were reserved in 1855 for our exclusive use. It will be a tough job, likened to finding a needle in a haystack, one that could ultimately correct a long standing issue that has plagued our community since 1871. -CSFIII

Tribal Members responsible for determining new BOT ‘Tis the season for political campaigning. The staff of the CUJ works hard to fact check and verify the information that is written in our stories. Paid advertisements do not get the same scrutiny. We take the advertisements as given to us; the same applies for campaign advertisements. Tribal elections come around every two years for our community. We have twenty-five candidates vying for seats on the Board of Trustees and General Council. There are a few newcomers, but the majority of candidates has either held office or has run for positions before. So, what can we expect this go around? Will the candidates be stumping for supporting elders and youth? Will they tackle the difficult questions around marijuana? Will they discuss economic development for a middle class? Or will they extol us with their virtues and attributes to be the voice of our People? Our job as the electorate is to vet out and examine each candidate to determine who is best suited to

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represent our interests. Mind you, our interests are broad and vary from person to person. Therefore, it is imperative we look at each candidate’s background, work history, experiences, political activities, formal and informal education, and ability to be responsive to the electorate. The qualifications to become a candidate are straight forward: be an enrolled member of the General Council, be over 18 years of age, and reside within the 1855 Treaty boundaries of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. There is no requirement that a candidate hold any specific types of formal or informal education, no requirement that they have never been convicted of any civil or criminal offense, no requirement that they have political experience, no requirement that they have a work history or a requirement that they have been honest or truthful. With that stated, it still behooves all of us to hold our elected officials to some standards by which they have lived their lives.

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Listen carefully to what the candidates say, read carefully what they publish, and be ever cognizant of how they treat and interact with their fellow Tribal members. We will hear and learn about each of the candidates’ positive and negative aspects. We are each charged with investigating the claims that will be made. We are each responsible for insuring there is truth being spoken in their campaign promises. This Tribal government is very large. It is like a huge ship on the high seas. It takes a tremendous amount of work and effort to change its course. If you want a candidate who can help change our course you need to know if they are indeed capable of such actions. Please get out and vote. Vote with both your heart and mind. Vote for who you believe will give all of us a stronger community, stronger economy, protection of our resources, and a reinforcement of our cultural values. -CSFIII

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CUJ Op-Ed/Columns Chairs respond to General Council audit report


By Gary Burke and Alan Crawford

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Alan Crawford

t the August 17, 2017 General Council meeting a quorum of fortytwo (42) tribal members heard two very important presentations, the first was a review of the 2016 Independent Audit Report and the second concerned the 2016 Investments report. The 2016 Independent Audit was conducted by Stauffer and Associates, PLLC reported by Ken Stauffer. All CTUIR internal entities received a clean audit report. Mr. Stauffer added that the CTUIR has, for 2014, 2015 and now 2016 received a “No Findings” status. This clearly indicates that our entities are in

conformance with the CTUIR Financial Management Policy and that the CTUIR is in compliance with federal acceptable accounting standards and principles.

As your Chairmen, we want to make it clear to all members of the General Council that protection of our financial wellbeing is of great importance to each of us... There were a few comments and questions asked by general council members. One tribal member noted that the report is inconclusive as it did not contain information regarding farming monies. Also, tribal members asked if Mr. Stauffer audits gaming

Off-rez Tribal Member requests inclusion By Celeste Whitewolf

I call upon the Board of Trustees to represent all tribal members regardless of where the tribal member lives. The Tribal Constitution states, “The tribal organization shall be called the “Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation”, and shall include Indians of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes.” Membership in the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla is not based on residence it is based on lineage. A January 2014 “Quick Facts” report found on the Internet said that “nearly half” of the 2,965 tribal members live on or near Celeste Whitewolf the reservation. Stated differently, at that time, more than half of the tribal members lived “off” the reservation. I believe approximately 60% of tribal members currently live off the reservation. I could be wrong but I know the percentage is substantial. I ask the Board of Trustees and tribal employees to think outside the box and develop methods where the off-reservation tribal members can participate in governmental affairs, tribal services and the economic benefits afforded to those who live “on or near” the reservation. Standing outside the box, I offer the following methods for inclusion: Candidates forums for upcoming BOT elections held in areas off the reservation

where groups of tribal members live. Live streaming or telecasting of BOT, General Council and Committee meetings so tribal members can participate in governmental affairs. Establishment of “Satellite” offices in urban areas where tribal members can participate in fish/game/distributions and elder services activities and where tribal representatives can interact with off-reservation tribal members. Wildhorse hotel coupons so off-reservation members can afford to travel home and participate in on-reservation activities. I also call upon the Tribal Government to recognize the contributions of those tribal members living off the reservation by mandating that all committees include at least one off-reservation tribal member and by establishing a seat on the General Council and Board of Trustees for a position that represents off-reservation tribal members. Many of us grew up with our elders and know the “old ways.” We have gained an education that benefits the tribe and other Indian people. Our world view is broad because we have been challenged by living in diverse environments. We are an asset to the tribal system. I call upon the Election Commission to honor my verbal and written request for a “Candidates Forum” in Portland, Oregon so that the Candidates can provide their position on these suggestions. Communication is a good thing. Thank you. I am finished. Celeste Whitewolf is an enrolled CTUIR Elder who resides in Multnomah County.

funds, to which he made clear that his firm audits the funds of all our entities and specifically the funds the casino operations send to this government, but that a separate independent auditor conducts an audit on the casino. After the discussion a motion was made and passed to accept the audit report as presented. In addition, this was also true for the investments report which was presented by Jim Sizemore, of Strategic Wealth Management. As your Chairmen, we want to make it clear to all members of the General Council that protection of our financial wellbeing is of great importance to each of us and that your government’s finances are reviewed by independent sources who can verify each year that we allocate funding in accordance with approved budgets and financial controls. Board of Trustees Chair Gary Burke and General Council Chair Alan Crawford are elected officials for the CTUIR.

Halfmoon says Radford for VC

Dear Editor: My name is Ron Halfmoon, former Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasure of the Board of Trustees, serving from 1978 to 1983. It is from my knowledge and experiences gained during my terms of office that I support the candidacy of Shane Radford for Vice-Chair in the coming election in 2017. I believe she has excellent qualifications to serve. Ms. Radford has good working knowledge of the legislative process and the routes to the various Congressional committees and sub-committees relevant to ndn interests. With such knowledge she can consult with the delegations traveling to Washington DC who can then make more effective use of their time on the hill when sharing CTUIR concerns and interests. Ms. Radford has strong analytical skills and has the ability to understand complex technical and legal issues. Such abilities will do well to strengthen the BOT understanding and deliberations of tribal government issues coming down from a hostile congress and administration. I feel that Ms Shane Radford, would be an asset to the BOT as an officer. She has been a single, capable parent and has a rapport with many of the young people of her age group. She has strong motivation to serve, great discipline to finish what she starts. Her knowledge, skills and abilities are very highly developed from her formal education and academic achievements. Thank you for considering her candidacy as you go to vote in November. Sincerely yours, Ronald T. Halfmoon

Sigo aims for GC chair, promises change for tribe Dear Editor:

I am a Umatilla Tribal Member and have lived in Nixyaawii for nearly forty years. I’ve grown up here to witness the salmon reappear and watched the wild horses disappear. In my short life, I’ve seen strong leaders reshape our community. I decided to represent our community this term to promote tribal housing ownership, increasing the scholarship fund, and

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investing in renewable energy. I am willing to serve our community to strengthen our self-governance, and promote educational opportunities. I think we need to be more aggressive in reserving rights for our natural resources. Our tribal hunting rights, home ownership opportunities, and sovereignty are all stagnant on current priority lists. We must protect what we have left and build where we can. More

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importantly, we must commit our economy to be less dependent on government subsidies. I feel that we need to promote renewable energies to lower the costs of building operations and expand that resource in this community. Let’s take a modern step forward to help tribal structures and members become more independent. William Sigo IV a new age leader for General Council.


CUJ Almanac Obituary Cheryl Wilson

Wilson 61, of Pendleton died Monday, September 25, 2017 in Walla Walla. She was born August 6, 1956. Dressing was Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. Washit was held at the Longhouse at 7 p.m. that evening. 7 at 7 a.m. was on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 26th at Tutuilla Church. Burial followed at Tutuilla Cemetery. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton handled the arrangements. Ryder Lee Heidenrich Heidenrich, 45, of Milton-Freewater died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Walla Walla. He was born Feb. 23, 1972. Burial was held Friday, Oct. 6 at 12:30 p.m. at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. A celebration of life followed at 2 Ingle Chapel Church in Milton-Freewater. Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater handled the arrangements.

Public notice PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Land Protection Planning Commission (LPPC) of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will hold the following public hearings: Variance #V-17-001 – Applicant/ Owner; Gary James, 4315 NE Riverside Avenue, Pendleton, OR 97801. Mr. James requests approval from the LPPC to place a portion of a carport within the lot’s front yard setback. The subject property is 10,940 square feet, zoned R-2 (General Rural), identified as Tax Lot 2900 on Umatilla County Assessor

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For more information visit: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Att: Office of Human Resources Online 46411 Timine Way Pendleton, OR 97801

Tax Map 2N 33 06CC and currently developed with a single family residence. Variances to the provisions of the CTUIR Land Development Code (LDC) are subject to approval criteria contained in Chapter 8 and public hearing processes of Chapter 13. Conditional Use #CU-17-002 – Tutuilla Presbyterian Church, PO Box 1477 Pendleton, OR 97801 is requesting Conditional Use approval from the Land Protection Planning Commission to expand the church cemetery located south of the Church on property identified as Tax Lot 1400 on Umatilla County Assessors Tax Map 2N33C containing +158 acres. The subject property is zoned Ag-1 (Exclusive Farm Use) where cemetery is listed as a conditional use, Land Development Code §3.030 subject to approval criteria in §6.015. The pre-existing non-conforming cemetery comprises approx. 1 acre and the proposed expansion to the north would add another estimated 1 acre. The public hearings will be held on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Nixyáawii Governance Center Wanaq’it Conference Room on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, 46411 Timíne Way, Pendleton, OR. The public is entitled and encouraged to attend the hearings and to submit oral or written testimony on the proposed amendments. To obtain further information, contact the Tribal Planning Office at, 46411 Timíne, Pendleton, Oregon, 97801 or call (541) 429-7518.


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PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: Provide administrative support to the Fisheries Management Department and coordinate with other departments as needed. Facilitate communication within the Fish Management Department, the Commission staff, the Commissioners, tribal technical staffs, tribal attorneys, tribal fishers, and state and federal agencies. Also, provide backup and support for Fish Science and Policy and Litigation Support as necessary. JOB REQUIREMENTS: A high school diploma and a minimum policy. Upon request, CRITFC’s Motor Vehicle policy is available to applicants to review the required criteria.

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Community Forum No October meeting Next meeting on November 28 at Senior Center 5:30 p.m. Potluck, 6 p.m.

Candidates Fair on October 26, 2017 at Nixyaawii Governance Center from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Bear Paw Battlefield meeting date set By the CUJ

MISSION - Three tribes will meet on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in October in an attempt to come to a compromise regarding visitor center improvements at the Bear Paw Battlefield in Montana. The Bear Paw Battlefield commemorates the final battle of the Nez Perce War of 1877, which members of the Cayuse participated in and, where tribes fleeing to Canada ceased fighting with US Army troops on October 5, 1877. The battlefield is located in north central Montana 15 miles south of Chinook, Montana on Highway 240. For nearly 10 years the feasibility study regarding the planned future changes to visitor-use facilities has been in the works. The site is the same location where Chief Joseph uttered his famous phrase “I will fight no more, forever.” The scoping for the feasibility of the center began in 1999 but it was not until 2005 that consultation began with the tribes who held vested interest in this piece of land. In 2009 the first draft of an Environmental Assessment (EA) was published which resulted in several proposed alternatives. The CTUIR, Nez Perce, and Colville tribes have all been involved in this planning process, although the three tribes have not been on the same page as of late. The three tribes had all agreed to alternative 3 however earlier this year the Colville Tribe had changed their preferred alternative to alternative 1, no action. In the results of an EA four different options for construction at the site were introduced. The desire to build a visitor center is to provide a venue to keep education of the sacred history of this battle and its significance to tribes a center piece in the park. According to Board of Trustees Member at Large Armand Minthorn this effort is a necessary venture to teach non-native and tribal visitors alike. He said, “In order for the park service to educate year-round they need facilities at the site. There will be minimal ground disturbance.” The difficulty in moving forward with this project has been due to the disagreement between the tribes in which preferred alternative project plan to use. The National Park Service’s draft decision to select preferred alternative 2 due to the local county museum objecting to the NPS building their own interpretive center. The local county museum feels this would take away visitors from their museum. The Colville tribe has expressed their interest in Alternative 1 which would make no changes to the site and it would See Bear Paw page 17A


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Committee, Commission vacancies PUBLIC NOTICE September 25, 2017 TRIBAL MEMBERS:

This notification formally announces that applications are now being taken from tribal members who wish to serve on the Commissions/ Committees listed below. Appointed members will receive a $100.00 stipend per meeting effective January 1, 2016 once the minutes have been approved on CTUIR pay days. 1 position for Land Acquisition Committee – 2 year term, meet on 1st & 3rd Tuesday @ 9:00 AM 1 position for Land Protection Planning Commission – 3 year term, meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month @ 9 AM 1 position for TERO Commission – 2 year term, meet 1st & 3rd Tuesday @

1:30 PM 1 positions for Tiichám Conservation District – 2 year term, meet 2nd & 4th Tuesday @ 1:00 PM 1 positions for the Wildhorse Foundation – No Stipends All applications will be due on Monday, October 23, 2017 by 4:00 p.m. and BOT will make appointments on Monday, October 30, 2017. Applications available at the Nixyáawii Governance Center or online at government/committeescommissions Completed applications should be submitted to the Nixyáawii Governance Center lobby. For more information, call 541-2763165. Completed applications are to be returned to the Nixyáawii Governance Center switchboard desk. If you have any questions, please contact Kathryn Brigham BOT Secretary 541-429-7374 or Doris Scott, Secretary II at 541-429-7377.

Pendleton Pioneer Chapel received three prestigious awards in 2009

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Board of Trustees

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Chair Gary Burke

Chair Alan Crawford

Vice Chair Jeremy Wolf

Vice Chair Kyle McGuire

Treasurer Rosenda Shippentower Secretary Kathryn Brigham

Secretary Jiselle Halfmoon Interpreter Thomas Morning Owl

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

CTUIR Executive Team :

Interim Director: Debra Croswell

General Council Meeting

w Pendleton Chamber of Commerce 2009 Business of the Year

Nixyaawii Governance Center, 2 p.m. - October 19 Our experienced family provides caring, compassionate care including:

Burial Services ~ Military Services Cremation ~ Monuments

Candidate’s Forum October 25th NGC

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Draft agenda:

1. 2018 Draft Budget Report - BOT Treasurer Rosenda Shippentower

CTUIR Express Phone Directory

Tribal Court 541-276-2046

Human Resources 541-429-7180

Department of Children and Family Services 541-429-7300

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

Enrollment Office 541-429-7035

Senior Center 541-276-0296

Finance Office 541-429-7150

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Yellowhawk News & Events


Our vision: Our tribal community achieves optimal health through a culture of wellness. Our mission: We strive to empower our Tribal community with opportunities to learn and experience healthy lifestyles.

Meth Induced Psychosis The Behavioral Health Prevention Team at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is conducting a six month article series regarding methamphetamine and its effects. This months article is focusing on the Methamphetamine Associated Psychosis (MAP) or also referred to as methamphetamine induced psychosis. The information in this articles comes from and According to, methampehatamine induced psychosis is a non-schizophrenic mental disturbance that creates a series of dangerous false perceptions. It can create hallucinations that effect hearing, smells, what someone is feeling on their body and taste. As many as two-thirds of meth users can experience some form of psychosis, according to The Meth Project, which can begin within the first few months of use. They can become consumed by paranoia and fear—believing they are in constant danger and people are out to get them. This delusional state of mind is very similar to that of paranoid schizophrenia. The Meth Project defined each of the areas of delusion, haullications, paranoia, and psychosis and its impact to better understand the what is going on for a person using meth. What is Delusion? An idea or thought that a person believes in completely, even if there is no evidence to support it or it has been proven false. Methamphetamine distorts a user’s ability to tell what is real and what is not. Delusions caused by Meth can include feelings of paranoia or of being in constant danger. What is Hallucination? Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that do not exist. Since methamphetamine makes users paranoid, the hallucinations tend to be sinister or threatening. These false perceptions may include seeing what Meth users refer to as “shadow people” or imagining that insects are under their skin. What is Paranoia? An idea or thought that a person believes in completely, even if there is no evidence to support it or it has been proven false. Methamphetamine distorts a user’s ability to tell what is real and what is not. Delusions caused by Meth can include feelings of paranoia or of being in constant danger. What is Psychosis? A severe mental disorder characterized by a loss of contact with reality. Meth users can develop psychosis, even within the first few months of use, experiencing extreme paranoia, delusions, and hallucinations. They may also exhibit personality changes along with bizarre, obsessive/compulsive, and sometimes violent behavior. It is important to note that while methamphetamine psychosis is similar to paranoid schizophrenia, it is not the same as schizophrenia, according to both sources. In a study called the Pre-Morbid Characteristics and Co-Morbidity of Methamphetamine Users With and Without Psychosis, they found MAP that mimicked schizophrenia was more noticeable in youth who used meth in larger doses. This brought out the importance of receiving treatment as soon as symptoms start to appear. Is there treatment for Methamphetamine Induced Psychosis? Although MAP or meth induced psychosis can be frightening for loved ones of those using meth, there are opportunities for treatment. It is important to reach out to the appropriate resources to get support for your family member. At right, meth induced psychosis and effects on the brain.


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Our vision: Our tribal community achieves optimal health through a culture of wellness. Our mission: We strive to empower our Tribal community with opportunities to learn and experience healthy lifestyles.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Walk for the Cause By Natasha Herrera, Community Health Representative To kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center’s Community Wellness Program is hosting the 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walks. Breast Cancer is the leading cancer among women on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Last October, more than 25 women and men joined together during their lunch hour at Yellowhawk and walked Confederated Way to show their support. This year, Yellowhawk has joined forces with CTUIR and Cayuse Technologies making it easier for community members to participate and walk for the cause. Every Thursday during the month of October from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Yellowhawk will have a representative at the Nixxayawaii Governance Center, Cayuse Technologies and Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center to host a lunch hour walk. The first 20 walkers will receive Breast Cancer Awareness Pins and each person that participates will have a chance to enter a raffle and win one of our Awareness items. If all four walks are attended, the participant will be eligible for a chance

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to win a Fitbit provided by Yellowhawk Community Wellness. Winners will be announced at the end of October. Thursday, October 19th is Indigenous Pink Day, a national breast cancer awareness campaign for American Indians/Alaska Natives. The American Indian Cancer Foundation,(AICF) asks men and women of all ages to wear pink and share photos on social media using the hashtag #IndigenousPink to spread breast cancer awareness. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death and the most common cancer found in American Indian/Alaska Native women nationwide. The goal of Indigenous Pink Day is to educate all indigenous people on the importance of early detection and remind men and women to keep up to date on their screenings. This is a national awareness campaign, so you can participate from wherever you are! To get more involved check out www. Every other month, Yellowhawk offers mammogram screenings for women age 40 and older. Ask your provider when your next screening is due or call 541-966-9830 to schedule an appointment.

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Family Nurse Practitioner Karen Cook Retiring

Capt. Karen Cook, Family Nurse Practitioner will be retiring from Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center in October 2017 after serving the CTUIR community for the past six years. She will also be retiring from the USPHS having served for 26 years. In her role as the Community Wellness Director, Capt. Cook was incremental in securing Yellowhawk’s grant programs for Special Diabetes Project Initiative (SDPI), the Tribal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (TMIECHV) program, the


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Karen Cook Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country program, and the Wisdom Warriors program.

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Yellowhawk Welcomes Dr. Joseph Wujek, Obstetrician/Gynecologist

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Flu Season is here don’t forget to get your vaccination at Yellowhawk


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Dancing in the Square PDX

Photo contributed by Derek Gavin

PORTLAND - Shawna Gavin holds granddaughter Danielle Gavin, daughter of Derek and Malia Gavin, at Dancing in the Square. Also pictured from left is Autumn Gavin and Izabelle Gavin. Dancing in the Square is a result of an ongoing discussion between Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board Director Joe Finkbonner and his wife’s non-Indian colleagues. He said the discussion was on the subject of his personal ethnic background and when he realized that many people only know about Navajo and Cherokee tribes, but were completely unaware Northwest Natives are still around and thriving, he decided someone needed to bring attention to Natives in the Northwest. Finkbonner said, “I decided to sponsor the very first pow-wow on the 4th Friday of September (Indian Day as established by President Reagan) and I was going to do it in the middle of downtown Portland where it would draw the largest amount of commuter and foot traffic.” Gavin, a previous employee of NPAIHB, tries to attend the event regularly to represent the CTUIR people who reside on the reservation. This year marked the 12th anniversary of the event.

*The CUJ inadvertently left out the September birthday list below. We apologize for our mistake.



1st: Troy Gillpatrick 2nd: Reese Shippentower 3rd: Preston Bronson 5th: Audrey Shippentower, Johnny Dick, Willie McKay, Vicki Rodriguez 6th: Misty Brigham 7th: Katelynn Red Bird 8th: Cleo Dick, Alina George 10th: Nathan Dick, ANgelica Ancheta 11th: KariAnn Edmiston, Nijone Lockhart 12th: Robert VanPelt 14th: Tom Brigham 16th: Chris Brigham, Dan Morris, Tyler Rodriguez 17th: Charlie Morrison, Ela Morrison, Charlie Quaempts 18th: Ralph Jones 19th: Rodrick Edmiston 27th: Neva Kash Kash 28th: Mary Renner- Wittkopf



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3rd: Michael and Deb VanPelt 4th: Andrea and Jose Hernandez 7th: Amber and Troy Gillpatrick 29th: Angelica and Chris Ancheta


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5th: Jenz Kash Kash 9th: Sophie Van Pelt 10th: Michael Van Pelt 15th: Mike Hussey 19th: Marcy Hoptowit 29th: Bryson Bronson 31st: Francis Marsh

Anniversaries: 24th: Aaron & Brooklyn Quaempts

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Mission Holiday Bazaar Nov. 25 MISSION – Holiday Bazaar is set for November 25 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Rivers Event Center at Wildhorse Resort & Casino (WRC). Admission for all ages, as vendor opportunities will be available starting October 3. Tables are $25 each, to reserve, call Amanda Brown (541) 966-1635 or

Fall/winter BB registration open

PENDLETON – Pendleton Youth Basketball is now taking registration for fall and winter basketball. Registration deadline is October 13 for boys’ season. Applications and online registration are available online at or forms can be picked up at Sunridge Middle School office. To register online click the register/reserve button in the upper right corner and search “Pendleton Youth Basketball.” Registration fee is $25 for grades 1st-2nd and $35 for grades 3rd-6th. Coaches are needed; Call Lisa at 541-966-0228 for more information on coaching.

Oct. Contest starts at Wildhorse

MISSION – Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October from 10:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m., ticket and cash drawings will be held to partake in being a contestant for ‘America’s Greatest Game Shows’ hosted by Erik Estrada. Going LIVE on October 29 at 5:00 p.m. contestants will be selected from the live audience for a chance to win $100,000. Wildhorse Resort & Casino (WRC) Club Wild Members can swipe at an eSTATION for one free entry per day and a chance to instantly win live audience tickets. For more chances to win tickets to the LIVE show, play every Wednesday for a 20x Entry Stacker, visit Club Wild for details.

Apocalypse Halloween Bash Oct. 28 MISSION – Wildhorse Resort & Casino (WRC) Sports Bar will have an “Apocalypse theme Halloween Party” set on Saturday, October 28 beginning at 8:00 p.m. Everyone that shows up in an Apocalypse costume will be eligible to win $500 CASH prize. NO masks as part of costumes but there will be drink specials, prizes and extra surprises waiting. Live music from ‘Bleeding Tree’ will be performing at the event that is presented by Hood River Distillers and SinFire Whisky.

Homelessness resource event Oct. 7 PENDLETON – Community Connect Project is a free event on Saturday October 7 from 10a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pendleton Convention Center for homeless or at risk of being homeless. CAPECO is providing resources and on the spot services such as employment and adult education services, haircuts, legal help and information about expunging, vision care, supportive services (mental health, disability, domestic violence, DHS and more), pet care, veteran’s services, health screenings and Oregon Health Plan application help, housing resources, children’s programs, dental care and clothing and hygiene supplies. There will be a free meal provided. For more information contact Susie at CAPECO at 1-800-752-1139.

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CUJ briefs

FAFSA apps available Oct. 1

2018-19 FAFSA application opens October 1, 2017. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at and use 2016 tax information when completing the application. Please contact Annie Smith, Native American Liaison at 541-429-7831 or anniesmith@ for assistance on completing the FAFSA. PHS will have a FAFSA workshop on October 7, 2017 at 10am-12pm in the PHS library. Another FAFSA workshop will be on October 9, 2017 at 6pm-8pm in the PHS library.

Democrat party and auction Oct. 7 PENDLETON – The first Annual Umatilla County Democratic Party Feed and Auction will be held on October 7, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 North Main, Pendleton, OR. With the silent auction going from 5:00-7:00 p.m. dinner will begin at 6:00 and the live auction will start at 7:00 p.m. Proceeds raised from the first annual event will support the local Democratic Party, candidates for local elections, and scholarships to deserving students within the district of Pendleton. Details and questions contact Sue Petersen, (541) 377-0752 or

Country Vocal group to meet Oct. 7 MISSION – Wildhorse Resort & Casino (WRC) hosts the seven time Country Vocal Group of the Year Sawyer Brown on Saturday, October 7. Tickets are on sale starting at $74 for just the concert or $99 for the concert/ dinner tickets. Club Wild member’s tickets are $64 for the concert and $89 for concert/dinner. Tickets are general admission, standing room only and can be purchased in person at WRC gift shop or Must be 21 years of age to attend. Attendees may partake in a special fund raising opportunity for Farmers Ending Hunger. Purchase raffle tickets for items such as a ticket package to the sold out Travis Tritt concert, 2018 Pendleton Round-UP package and autographed merchandise.

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Annual book sale Oct. 13-14

PENDLETON – The Pendleton Friends of the Library annual book sale will take place Oct. 13 and 14 at the Pendleton Convention Center. The book sale is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday followed by a $1-per-bag sale from 3-5 p.m. WRC birthday party and slot tourney

MISSION – Those with birthdays in October and Wildhorse Resort & Casino (WRC) Club Wild Members can celebrate by participating in the Slot tournament on Sunday, October 22. Registration from 5:00-6:00 p.m. the sessions run from 6:00- 7:30 p.m. and if you don’t feel like partaking in the tournament, WRC offers birthday bonus spins at the eSTATIONs. Visit Club Wild for further details.

‘Krazy Keno’ starts at WRC Oct. 21 MISSION – Platers will have a chance to win up to $1,900 in 20 tournament games in October. The top seven winners will win cash rewards. Wildhorse Resort & Casino (WRC) hosts the ‘KRAZY KENO’ tournament Oct. 21. To participate in this contest the signup will take place starting one hour in advance. Club Wild members will be signed up and also earn 100 bonus entries into the ‘America’s Greatest Gameshow’ with their Krazy Keno tournament buy-in. Also in the list of prizes the top seven players will win two tickets to the game show and one entry into the ‘Big Game Giveaway.’ For more information call 541-2782274 or visit the WRC website at www.

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Cascades Locks received level 2 (be ready to leave any moment) and level 3 (leave immediately) evacuation notices. When Kim Brigham returned to her store, Brigham Fish, Sept. 5 to check on the building she witnessed several fire fighters sitting outside the post office with no access to hot food due to the town being closed down. Pictured above is a photo of the fire from Cascades Locks during that time.

Brigham Fish honored for feeding fire crews CASCADE LOCKS - With help from the community the Brigham family, who own a tribal fish business, fed more than 200 hungry fire fighters for many days in September. Tribal Members who helped with cooking, delivery, gathering of supplies and donations included Sara Patrick, Charlie Quaempts, Terrie Brigham, Kim Brigham, Jordyn Brigham, Isabel Watchman, Elliot Watchman and Peighton Campbell.

From left Heather Hobbs, Reannon Jones, Kim Brigham Campbell and Megan Janik pose while they prepared meals the week of Sept. 5 during the Eagle Creek Fire.

Commander of the Southwest Area Incident Management Team John Pierson thanked Brigham Fie Market for preparing 150 breakfast and lunch meals and 200 dinners each day for fire fighters.

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Board of Trustees Secretary and member of the Education and Training Committee Kat Brigham said, “This $200,000 will help work on curriculum for all ages, money that was granted previously to the Pendleton School District from the Oregon Department of Education was for specific age ranges.” Brigham, who was in attendance in Salem when the bill was signed, also said, “It’s taken years to get this done. I want to thank all the staff and our lobbyist Phil Donovan and his staff because it’s great to see all nine tribes pull together on this [bill].” Education Director Modesta Minthorn gave testi-


BOT Secretary Kat Brigham stands next to Gov. Kate Brown as she signs SB13 into law.

mony on behalf of CTUIR in February. She talked about how Senate Bill 13 will assist not only the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) but other tribes as well. Minthorn said, “This provides the opportunity for each of us, federally recognized tribes, to educate Oregonians about who we are as native people.” She also said she believes the bill will result in increased graduation rates throughout the state of Oregon and also have positive effects in math and reading test scores. The ODE currently requires the history of American Indians be taught in the social science state standards; however, with this new bill, standards will expand American Indian curricula to other subjects such as Math, Science and Language Arts. The goal of this bill is to make sure the added information is historically accurate and establishes a contemporary understanding of American Indians for all Oregonians.

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remain as is. The CTUIR and Nez Perce tribes would like to opt for alternative three. In alternative three the NPS would construct or reuse an approximate 2,500 square foot building in Chinook for a visitor information station/administrative headquarters, which will be occasionally unattended. The facility would include office space for two employees, unheated storage for maintenance equipment and supplies, a multipurpose room (with future potential for audiovisual capabilities), a public greeting area/information desk and interior public restrooms. Outside and adjacent to the facility would be 300 square feet of outdoor exhibit space to provide visitors with self-service orientation and interpretation of the battlefield site when staff is unavailable or at the battlefield. The interest of the CTUIR Cultural Resource Committee and tribe as a whole, according to Minthorn, is not just that the Battlefield lies within CTUIR traditional use lands but that many Tribal Members today can trace their lineage back to the

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thousands of people walking to raise funds that allow AFSP invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy and support survivors of suicide. Our Yellowhawk Suicide Prevention Circles of Hope partners with other stakeholders in the local community to work toward the goal of increased awareness and outteach, educational resources and support services to help decrease suicide in our community. The Out of Darkness Walk has been attended by Yellowhawk team for the past 4 years with tribal members walking for the cause.

Continued from page 8A battle and surrender that occurred there. Minthorn said, “We have oral histories and bloodlines that can be traced back to that place. We have the closest tie (to Bear Paw Battlefield) because of the Cayuse blood that leads back there. There are many people, friends and relatives from CTUIR who have Indian names from that time of war in 1877.”

He said the focus of the October meeting here on the Umatilla Indian Reservation will to be to discuss a proposed amended alternative 3 that has less ground disturbance and takes the visitor facility improvements out of the view shed of the battlefield. Additionally, the goal of the meeting is to get all three tribes on the same page and get back to helping the NPS start the quest to provide education on the sanctity of the site. If the meeting is successful, he said, it will demonstrate to the NPS that all the tribes want to work together.

Above, left, shows the Alternative One in the National Park Service feasibility study for Bear Paw Battlefield alterations. Alternative one shows no changes to the park. The Confederate Tribes of the Colville Indians has voiced their support for this option.

Above shows Alternative Two in the NPS feasibility study. Alternative Two shows minimal changes to the park. CTUIR and the Nez Perce Tribe have voiced their support for Alternative Three which includes the all the alterations contained in Alternative two plus a few more.


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Golden Eagle hit by train euthanized in Pendleton



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MISSION - A one-year-old Golden Eagle eating roadkill off the tracks in a remote area of Meacham Canyon was hit by a Union Pacific train. The bird was transported from the Nixyaawii Governance Center to the Blue Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (BMWRC) where the raptor (common name for birds of prey) was tested for lead poisoning. The bird suffered injuries that made release unlikely. Lead poisoning can be caused by eating lead shot fragments left behind in dead animals. It causes dulled senses and slow reaction time. Lead poisoning was a suspected cause for this fatality but the test results came back negative. The bird will be preserved and given to CTUIR. Generally birds are sent to the national eagle repository in Denver.

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Lynn Tompkins reviews the eagle’s x-ray before the bird was euthanized.

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Though this bird tested negative for lead poisoning it remains a concern due to the dulled senses birds suffer when infected. Tompkins said to reduce the chance of lead poisoning hunters should use lead-free bullets, such as those made with copper.

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Blanket appraisal guru draws in curious Pendleton wool owners

Barry Friedman appraises a family blanket for Katie Harris.

MISSION – During the Pepsi Prime Time event Sept. 27, the world’s foremost authority on trade blankets visited Tamastslikt Cultural Institute (TCI). Barry Friedman’s passion and business for both antique Indian trade and camp blankets has lead him to write two books (‘Chasing Rainbows,’ and ‘Still Chasing Rainbows’) on the subject. Friedman is also a vintage blanket consultant to the Pendleton Woolen Mills and he is the only surviving pioneer Indian trade blanket manufacturer. Friedman isn’t the New York City

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be sanitation, water quality, electrical along with roofs and ADA bathrooms. Luke said, “The Housing Department received the USDA Housing Preservation Grant again and it brings more opportunity for CTUIR Elders that are in need of ADA, electrical inspections, safety inspections and basic septic needs. They can apply here at Housing in December. We can assist those that are low

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antique dealer or the Beverly Hills attorney he shares his name with, he is the only specialist in the world that does what he does. Since 1969 he has sold over 30,000 Indian-trade blankets and has been building the finest collection assembled. He once had the largest stock in the world at one point and those who wish to see his collections are able to do so but must set up and appointment. His collection is located in Phoenix, Arizona, where he currently resides and was once an Arizona State Sun Devil.

income or very low income with the requirements then.” Luke hopes to see about 12 elders assisted with home repairs over the next two years. According to Home Inspector and Rental Coordinator Kimberly Hughes, after the application process is finished and a client is approved for repairs a bid for services is done and the housing department hires outside contractors to complete the work. For more information contact the housing department at 541-276-7544.

Treaty between the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes and United States June 9, 1855 12 Stat. 945 Ratified March 8, 1859 Proclaimed April 11, 1859

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ing that this is the first laboratory in Indian Country. and operate the Field Station. Months turned into years as the lab This funding has enabled the CTUIR team, including Katy Mirgon-Anderson to develop the capacity to analyze soils at as a Laboratory Technician and Rod Skeen Hanford with the goal to prevent Tribal as the Quality Manager, continued to deMembers from coming into contact with velop standard operating and testing proand experiencing the negative health ef- cedures for the analysis of samples from fects of toxic compounds. Hanford. Before a The stacks laboratory of paper can generincreased, ate waste it the analyneeds a waste ses bemanagement came more plan and complex, laboratory and the identification methods so, after the used often Photo contributed by Matthew Johnson completion Field station laboratory staff pose for the camera mid chemical test. changed. of construction However, in 2012, the first the hardtask was to learn how to correctly manage ships of the meticulous work in the labothe waste the lab would generate. Federal ratory are small when compared to what regulations on waste management are could happen if the Tribe acquired or massive and piecing together the legal allowed its members to use lands that had requirements was just the beginning. not been properly tested for contaminants. The technical manager, Mason Murphy, The lab achieved accreditation for metimplemented a waste management plan als testing in soil on July 28, 2017. This for nitric acid waste from metals testing, marks the first time that a Tribal facility including lead and arsenic, two toxic has achieved national environmental labometals that are harmful to human health. ratory accreditation. Patrick Mills, the lab manager, contacted The laboratory and its accreditation the Environmental Protection Agency are an excellent example of Tribal self(EPA) to obtain an ID. determination and represent a big step The ID that EPA generated for the toward protecting the health of CTUIR CTUIR laboratory was TT00001, signify- people and all of the resources at Hanford. Continued from page 4A

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From left General Council Chair Alan Crawford shows his Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians Fall Convention Agenda in the lobby of the Davenport Grand in Spokane, Washington Sept. 20. Next to him is BOT Member at Large Aaron Ashley, previous ATNI President Fawn Sharp of the Quinault Nation and BOT Chair Gary Burke. Staff and BOT Members attended the conference to sit in on sessions discussing regional tribal issues.


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Thank you letters On Saturday, September 09, 2017, The Veteran Service Program, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) and George St. Denis (GSD) Post #140 & Auxiliary Unit #140, American Legion Oregon had a successful day celebrating the kick off of the 2017 Pendleton Round Up by entering a float to the Main Street Cowboys (MSC) Dress-Up Parade. This success was made possible due to local community members stepping up and making this happen. Community volunteering refers globally to those who work to improve their local community. This activity commonly occurs through not for profit organizations, local governments and churches; but also encompasses ad-hoc or informal groups such as recreational sports teams.[25] ( Winfield, Mark. The Essential Volunteer Handbook. FriesenPress. ISBN 978-1-4602-1583-8.). We are fortunate to have such great volunteers and sponsors within the CTUIR Community. These types of event provide an opportunity

to bring community members together across a few generations. William “Bill” Runion is a World War 2 veteran and “Tessie” Williams were participants to ride for the parade. There were several youth from the Wednesday Cultural Night that assisted in decorating and tearing down the float, creating signs, handing out candy, pins and flags in the 1.9 mile parade. This gang literally ran the parade and completed this volunteered event with a smile despite the 1.9 mile jog/run while distributing candy, pins and flags to crowds. Juju, Bay Bay & Izzy Matamoros, Reyanna Daly-Jackson, Mena, Jolene and Ione Wolf, are members of the Wednesday Culture Night, Persephone Bearchum for making “Thank You” signs, decorating and tearing down the float, creating signs, handing out candy, pins and flags. Glenn Bradley, Post #37 Commander for locating and transporting the float trailer. In addition, Hermiston added to the float with Wil-

liam “Bill” Runion, World War 2 veteran & Post #37 member, Bill Jennings, Post #37 member of Hermiston, OR riding on the float. Gary Hildebrand, GSD Post #140 member for handling the straw bales and David Wolf GSD Post #140 for ensuring we had a cooler with ice and water. Tessie Williams, Unit #140 President donated candy and, Kathleen Peterson, Unit #140 Membership Chair for bringing breakfast burritos and all the fixings. Roberta Kipp transported our participants and rode during the parade. CTUIR Department of Children & Family Services: Tony Barnett for loading bales of straw, Randall Minthorn, Leanne Lewis, and Celeste Watchman for taking 10 minutes out of their busy schedule to help load up all the staging area and parade materials. Claudette Enos provided a creative element by assisting in choosing plants from the DNR Plant Nursery Staff, decorating t-shirts, and reaching out the Pendleton Pepsi Company to donate 3 cases of water. Sophia Bearchum Enos and John Enos for assisting Claudette Enos in keeping the plants alive and fresh. Christopher Selam and Wesley Thompson, DNR Plant Nursery Staff for assisting in selecting the plants. Steven Hart, Public Works for last minute requests of loading and unloading straw. Umatilla Tribal Police Department for providing security of the parade trailer. Modesta & ShellyRose Minthorn for the stylist tips, providing my outfit and support. Sincerely, Toni Cordell CTUIR Veteran Service Program Manager Commander, George St. Denis Post #140, AL OR Commander, District 6, AL OR

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Thank you to the DCFS Department, specifically Theda Scott who worked tirelessly on the Annual Elder’s Day Celebration putting in many hours and miles ensuring that there would be a lot of gifts and gift baskets for the annual event. Further thanks to Verna Patrick for the creative and charming table centerpieces, miniature kup’ns with miniature basket and plant. You are always amazing with your unique ideas and are always helpful to provide artistic and innovative pieces to commemorate attendance. Also thanks to the Nicht-Yow-Way Elders Advisory Committee officers and participants who spent a lot of time planning and discussing in order to have the dinner. Special thanks to NEAC Vice Chair Lorena Thompson who organized a raffle to raise funds for the NEAC upcoming events. This was the first such fundraising raffle for the NEAC . Due to Ms. Thompson’s initiative as well as those who donated items for this raffle, it was profitable. Appreciation goes to the volunteers who helped in so many ways at the dinner, helping to serve meals, bringing tickets to participants, generally on the floor and busy the entire time of the dinner. Without volunteers it would not have been as efficient or seemed so effortless. This includes Senior Center staff who delivered special meals to those who couldn’t attend. Thanks to the staff members and departments who provided entertainment, your skits and games were entertaining and it was wonderful to hear and see elders from CTUIR and other tribes enjoying themselves together. It was a wonderful day and I look forward to next year’s event. We’eke Eykse We’eptes Ayat – Shawna M. Gavin X-735

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Thank you from Dancing in the Park! I want to take this time to say thank you from everybody who made the 2017 Pendleton Round Up, Dancing in the Park a huge success! Honoring the old style is what the Round Up Directors really like. They like to keep things authentic and in keeping with the old Western Heritage, which we all enjoy. At the same time, Round Up is very contemporary, billing itself at the fastest moving Rodeo in the West! A shout out to: Cedric Wildbill, Rob Collins, Brian Currin, Ethan Coluart, Thomas Morning Owl, Alan Crawford, Judy Burke, Andrew Wildbill, Nancy Minthorn, Latis Nowland, Layla Sohappy, David Lloyd, Rian Beach, Richard Sams and Richard Sams, Jr. Thank you to the Flag Bearers, for honoring the floor with your participation, All of you who carried in one of the honor flags over the 3 days, again a big thank you! I also want to thank the judges, and all of the Dancers in the Men’s Old Slick Style, and the Women’s Short Fringe Traditional style. Your dancing was good medicine to the elders and you were good role models for the young people. Its hard to select winners from such a great group of competitors, both men and women, but the judges were all consistent and did the best job that they could. Again, thank you for stepping up. Thank you to all of the Drummers: Nation Boys, Ama Kay, Indian Nation, Cayuse Singers, Umatilla Inter Tribal, and TJ Slicks. Your songs were beautiful and really made the dancers look good! And, thank you to Indian Nation who did the invocation on the first day, honoring the old ways with their special song. Also, thank you to Rex Buck and Soy Redthunder for rendering the invocation on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Your words and songs were a blessing sent down from the creator and it is my hope that everybody involved in this year’s event will take home a good feeling from all of the efforts that so many people put forth. Until next year……Let ‘er Buck. Randall Minthorn, Round-Up Dancing in the Park Volunteer. The CTUIR Elders Advisory Group and CTUIR DCFS would like to thank the following for all of your donations and hard work to make our Elders Day Luncheon another success: The BOT & GC Officers, Wildhorse Resort & Casino and their wonderful staff; Colleen Berry, Melody Miller and Lorena Thompson. George St Denis American Legion, Toni Cordell, our entertainers; Martina Gordan, Sissy Falcon and Crew, Kayak Transportation , and Cor Sams, Umatilla Native Drummers. Thanks to the following for all of their help; Verna Patrick, Keysha Ashley, Paula Post, Angela Hummingbird, Jill-Marie Gavin, Marlene Taylor, BOLSTER Crew, Anson Crane Thank you for the donations; Dean’s Athletic, The Saddle, Hair Salon, Blue Hawk Beads, Hair Shop, Pendleton Market, Joe’s Fiesta, Big John’s Pizza, Premium Tire & Lube, Wanda’s arts & crafts, Out & Action Main Street, Hair Pin, Hair Salon, Bare Bones, Frazier’s Office Supply, Zimmerman’s, Great Pacific, New York Richie’s, Golden Fountain, The Parlor, Pendleton Tire Factory, Chamber of Commerce, Stilman Sisters/ Legion Auxilary, Nancy Minthorn, Tessie Williams, Michael Ray, Theda Scott. Thank you Julie Taylor for the wonderful designs of the t-shirts and bags that were handed out to all that attended. We look forward to seeing you all in September 2018. Nicht-Yow-Way elders advisory. Then jiselle halfmoon for the t-shirt design. Also thanks to all of the elders who travelled here from Oregon and out of state! Many Thanks, The Elders Advisory Group Officers Chairman- Allen Crawford Vice Chair- Lorena Thompson Secretary- Roberta Kipp Treasurer- Rita Maldonado

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Trip to Africa shatters expectations for Tribal traveler Marissa Baumgartner of Mission, who traveled to Tanzania, a country in East Africa answered a questionnaire from the CUJ regarding her recent trip. Here are here answers:

Much of Marissa’s work in Tanzania centered around providing fresh water to villages without access to wells.

I hope that this story brings inspiration to our community and helps us remember the gifts that the Creator gave us. -Marissa Baumgartner

Q: Please provide brief summary of why you went, where you went and who you went with (organization and friends) A: Early in February I decided to apply to be a fellow for the Everyday People Initiating Change (EPIC) Fellowship program. A short two weeks later, I found out I’d be going to Iringa, Tanzania on the continent of Africa in August. This program focuses on people who are willing to get out of their comfort zone to make a difference, and to serve those who are in need within the villages of Tanzania. If you would have asked me any time before February, I would not have told you that I was dreaming to go to Africa; now, I can’t wait to revisit someday soon. At this point in my life I had realized that I had been going through life afraid, and I truly wanted to push my limits and see what I was actually made of. Most importantly, I wanted help others and submerge myself into another culture, and ultimately learn from the people of Tanzania.   Q: What was your initial reaction touching down across seas? A: When I first arrived in Tanzania I could not wait to get off the plane, (mostly because I had been stuck on it for about 16 hours!). I had no expectations as to what Africa would be like, and I wanted to experience it all in the moment. Walking into the airport off of the plane was what I would describe as beautiful chaos. Several languages were spoken all at once, a few airport workers pointing to where to get visas, tons of confusion from everyone, and so much more. Trying to get my Visa paperwork filled out and follow the necessary steps was something I could only laugh at. I wasn’t the only one who had no idea what they were doing, so that helped. Q: What was different than you expected? A: When you think of Africa, what do you think? Do you think of lions, elephants, war and danger? All of the stereotypes that had previously run through my head were proven wrong. I never once felt unsafe, all of the people were wonderful and there aren’t lions roaming the streets. Q: What did you do when you first got there? A: After going through the confusing process of getting my Visa, I met up with my group leaders outside of the airport, again, very chaotic and confusing. I quickly searched for the faces I was looking for and once I found them we loaded up our things into a taxi and headed on the bumpy road to our hotel close by. Q: What were the living accommodations like? A: We stayed with a woman called Bibi, who is our group leader Kisindah’s mother. Bibi did all of our cooking, and the 4 orphans that lived with her were absolutely amazing. We had a five-star living experience while in Iringa however it was not anything close to our living conditions here in America. We did have running water and electricity; though we took bucket baths and the toilet situation was a little different! Ha!

Q: Were there language barriers? A: Yes, Swahili is the main language used in Villagers teach Baumgartner and others the proper way to carry a bucket of water, a daily chore for those without access to indoor Tanzania especially in the villages. English is seen as plumbing. an opportunity and a lot of people also speak quite a bit of English.

It’s a language that parents want their children to learn because they will be able to go further in life with that tool. Q: Were there anything about the people there you noticed were similar to at home? A: I believe that I didn’t have as much culture shock while in Tanzania because their people are very similar to us Indian people. For example, elders are always respected, men and women have special roles and jobs they do, children are also helping out extremely and learning their way of life at a very young age. Everyone was very welcoming and appreciated us being there, which was a beautiful experience. They even have “Africa Time” there, which basically means that things can tend to run late and plans may even change, so that made me feel right at home. How were the people different there? (cultural customs, greetings, attire, food etc.) Something I found very interesting was that I could

Children gather around a well, many villagers have to travel several miles for access to fresh drinking water.

not visibly tell who was stressed and who was not. The lifestyle and the way that society has trained Americans to be is completely different than Tanzanians. Part of this has to do with our material world. There, material items are not valued nearly as much. Although their world is becoming more westernized, they still are very in touch with their culture and traditions. Another thing I noticed was that these people do not feel oppressed. They are very grateful and appreciative of everything that they have, and it truly shows. The food was delicious, lots of fresh veggies, rice, beans, and chicken. I had the chance to have bananas, pomegranate, pineapple and papaya right off of the tree. There is a particular way to greet elders, villagers, and children. Women are to be dressed very modestly, mostly dresses or long skirts, especially in the villages. Q: What was the most memorable moment while you were there? A: The most memorable moments have to be when visiting the schools and communities of the villages called Kitiyawa, and Mlanda (Mlanda is the village that our water well was installed in, and where we taught a Leadership Class to students). When the See Africa on page 24A

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Many of the issues stem from childhood trauma which is generational and and seek outside help according to Kash it’s not just Edmiston who has suffered Kash. and needs to gain support, “We feel so good she said. “We have to pay and happy he’s been attention to the pain, as a found safe. It’s been People we tend to isolate really scary, he wasn’t and not talk about our probaround anyone he lems. Denial is not healthy.” knew and we’ve been Seeing the large response scared for his life. I that friends and family had was scared he felt while sharing the struggles alone and abandoned. on Facebook posts was painWe want him to be ful at first, Kash Kash said, happy,” she said. but at this point it’s public Kash Kash hopes and perhaps that’s what is that the ordeal that needed to finally address they have suffered the issue. will be a wake-up call She said of Edmiston, Photo contributed by Nika Kash Kash for other families going through mental Rodrick Edmiston, right, stands with “Rodrick is finally at this his father John Edmiston in 2012. time getting help and it’s health trauma. “I would say definitely get help. There are so many important for him to live a life that he people here in this community who deserves to live. He’s always had such a want to lend a hand to someone who is huge heart and he’s always been protechaving a hard time. Please ask for help,” tive of his family, especially the women. That’s what he needs back from everyone she urged. Getting the help for her brother was now is love and support.” Kash Kash said she wants to thank a relief but help for the family is still everyone for their prayers and support needed. She said coping is also necesduring this time especially the Tribe. She sary. Being clear on the next steps has said, “Now that it’s in the open, all of the not been easy along the way and she said suffering and trauma needs to be dealt the community is here to help each other with. All of us have healing to do. When and the key to relief is to talk to someone and get all the bad feelings and thoughts this is all over I feel like he’s going to be so amazed by how amazing he really is. out in the open.

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children see our van coming, they immediately run together and start clapping and singing. Hearing 300 plus children singing the most beautiful Swahili songs immediately sends tears of joy, a sense of peace, and so much more that I can’t even put into words. Those voices have a way of bringing you back home, and reminding you that the things we worry about like what clothes we’re wearing, the latest iPhone, stress at work and anything else you could think of; they don’t matter. Q: How did it feel to board the plane to return home? A: Boarding the plane home was saddening, but of course exciting. I still had about 26 hours of flying to do, which made it interesting. I wasn’t really sure how to feel, and adjusting back into the American society was much harder than I anticipated. Q: What do you think you took with you back home? A: As I mentioned above, as I experienced what it was like to ration my water, to see children who were ill and barely had shoes on their feet be so filled with joy put everything into perspective for me. We take so much for granted here, we get so stressed out in our heads about things we can’t control. We forget that we are truly blessed

with just the privilege to have running water. It was also a gift to see children who had clean water wells. Their vitality and liveliness was through the roof compared to some villages that do not have clean water access. Q: Will you go again? A: Yes, I hope to go back many times! I became part of the family while staying in Iringa, and my three Australians sisters were a hoot. I hope to bring back each of my siblings to Tanzania (if they’re up for it), because the experience is truly amazing. The country, culture, and people are beautiful. Q: Anything you want to add? A: I hope that this story brings inspiration to our community and helps us remember the gifts that the Creator gave us. He blessed us with water and our own foods to survive off of. It is our job to appreciate and take care of the land that has always been our People’s home. I hope that this story reminds the youth and everyone, that anything is possible if we set our minds to it. My parents taught me this as a young girl and it has never proven me wrong. I have accomplished many of my dreams with the help of a strong mindset. There will always be barriers and setbacks that come up in our lives however we do have the capability to overcome those obstacles. We are resilient.

Candidate’s Forum October 26th 5 pm in the General Council Chambers Nixyaawii Governance Center Food and beverages at 5pm

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Diamond Say, 7, (center), leads the smiling Onepenny Drum in the Round-Up arena during the Indian Ceremonial Dancing on Friday of the Pendleton Round-Up. The Indian dancing took place each day following the bull riding competition. The Onepenny Drum, composed mostly of women, is a fixture at the Round-Up. From center in red, the group on this day included Marylee Totus holding 8-month-old Virginia Totus, Irma Totus, and several children who joined in the fun.

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Whipman Alan Crawford, left, leads the flag entry at the championships of the dancing at Roy Raley Park during the Pendleton Round-Up on Saturday, Sept. 16. Also part of the procession were Louis Van Pelt, Walla Walla Chief Don Sampson and Umatilla Chief Gary Burke. Audrey Shippentower journeyed to Europe. She returned with an array of photos. More on Page 28B.

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Tribal Member Peyton Sinclair worked with a team to get Weston-McEwen some new cardio and weight equipment. More on 17B.

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The Swan Dance winners were the mixed-team of Katrina Walsey, Satus, Wash.; Kamarin Gleason, Wapato; Edwina Morning Owl, McKay Creek; and Aurolyn Stwyer, Warm Springs. Morning Owl said she made it to the arena on Saturday morning just in time to be asked to participate on the team. The Swan Dance - like the Butterfly, Cougar and Bear dances - is one of the oldest traditional dances of the Plateau Indians. Different tribes start and end the dance differently so it was a challenge, Morning Owl said, but the women were judged best on their synchronization.

Iola Totus, 84, from White Swan was honored as the oldest Indian woman at the Ceremonial Dancing in the Round-Up arena on Saturday morning. The oldest man was Walla Walla Chief Carl Sampson, also 84, who lives in Tutuilla Flats on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Also honored at the event were the oldest veteran - Soy Red Thunder, who earned a Purple Heart in Vietnam, and the youngest veteran - Clifford Stanger, who served in the U.S. Army and Navy. Red Thunder is from Nespelum and Stanger is from Poverty Flats on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Abigayle Ford, daughter of Keri Kordatzky, focuses on her steps during arena dancing at the Pendleton Round-Up.


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Pendleton Early Learning Center Kindergartner Maelyn Stanger enjoyed the Children’s Rodeo with her sidekick for the day, Brandon Christensen.

Azul Ruiz of Grove Elementary let the crowd know she’s a cowgirl by waving her hat as she rode horses during the Children’s Rodeo.

Evan Owens seizes the bull’s own bell as he enjoyed all eight seconds of his bull riding experience.

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Yuritzi Garcia of Stanfield Elementary smiled as she attended her first Children’s Rodeo. Her assistant cowboy Shawn Towne crouched next to her.

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Tyler Peasley, the rider from the Northwest Express relay team from Colville, is dragged by his horse after an exchange in the Chief’s Race on Saturday of the Pendleton Round-Up. Northwest Express was in the first slot so other horses and riders were racing toward him, which is why his partner sprinted to help his jockey.

Kylie Bronson charges forward as she rounds the arena corner. Bronson competed in the Women’s Horse Race Saturday of Round-Up. She finished third behind two riders from Colville.

Kylie Bronson focuses on placing during the women’s race Saturday of Round-Up. Bronson is a CTUIR Tribal Member and former Happy Canyon Princess.


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Katrina Blackwolf, Miss Warm Springs, strikes a beautiful pose during the women’s shortfringe competition at Dancing in the Park at Roy Raley Park during Pendleton Round-Up on Saturday, Sept. 16. Winners of the contest were Destiny Buck, Wanapum Tribe, first; Katrina Walsey, Yakama, second; and Edwina Morning Owl, Yakama, third.

Mollee Minthorn participates in the Ceremonial Dancing in the Round-Up arena. The contest is sponsored by Pendleton Woolen Mills, which provides blankets as prizes.

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Kaia John, a Walla Walla/Yakama beauty, was the second place winner in the American Indian Beauty Pageant on Friday morning. The winner was 21-year-old Tayler Craig from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Her photo is on page 9B.

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Mary Harris, an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, won in third place in the American Indian Beauty Pageant on Main Street Friday morning before the Westward Ho! Parade.


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Little Josephine Thompson snoozes on the shoulder of Enid Miller as they leave the arena after dancing Saturday afternoon of the Pendleton Round-Up. She is the daughter of Josiah Thompson.

Left to right, Joe Thomas from Puyallup, danced in the arena; Isabell Hunt, 5, Little Miss Omak Stampede, from Toppenish, is Colville/Yakama; and Ashton Stadtmiller, a Nez Perce Indian, is from Lewiston.


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The 2017 Junior Beauty Pageant Winners from left to right, second place Ava Zamudio, first place winner Layla Sohappy, Chief Gary Burke, and third place winner Kirsten Spencer at Roy Raley Park. At left, Cecile Hines stands on the grass stage at the Junior American Indian Beauty Pageant on Thursday, at Roy Raley Park. Seated is Donald Sampson who has taken over RoundUp chieftainship duties for his father, Walla Walla Chief Carl Sampson. Below, Diamond Say, 7, Yakama/Klamath/Crow from White Swan, wore a cowboy hat and carried a rope in the pageant. On her left is Brooklyn Jones from the Umatilla Tribes and on her right is Kaydin Gregg from White Swan.

Lyndsi Lewis puts the finishing touches on the hair of her daughter Ava Zamudio before the Junior American Indian Beauty Pageant.

Moses Stanger, 14, read “Eldest� while waiting to watch his younger sister Michelle Stanger, and April and Vera Bigwolf at the Junior American Indian Beauty Pageant. Riley Erickson, 5, (number 32) a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, reaches out with a feather while waiting in line at the Junior American Indian Beauty Pageant at Roy Raley Park on Thursday, of the Pendleton Round-Up. More than 250 people sat in folding chairs and on blankets under overcast skies in 60-degree temperatures for the annual event. Erickson is the daughter of Clifford Stanger.

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Anilese Danzuka, 1, from Warm Springs, playing with bells during the Cermemonial Dancing Event in the Round-Up arena.

While waiting to enter the arena for daily dancing, this trio was more than happy to strike poses for the camera. The boys are, from left, Nevan Marsh, 9, son of Jessica and Christopher Marsh Jr.; Adam, 9, and Elijah Bauer, 10, sons of Michelle Jamison, and grandsons of Malvin “Boo Boo� Jamison.


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The swinging fringe of a woman’s traditional buckskin dress blows in the wind during the arena “Indian Show” at the Pendleton Round-Up.

Wainani Onepennee, 2, from Wapato, sports an umbrella even though the Round-Up avoided rain this year. The skies opened up on Sept. 17, a day after the event ended.

Rosie Hines, Josephine Penney, and Chelsey Dick, supporting Brooklyn Jones after the American Indian Beauty Pageant.

Tayler Leigh Craig, 21, is the new 2017 American Indian Beauty Pageant winner, selected Friday, on Main Street in downtown Pendleton. Craig, the daughter of Fermore J. Craig and Rachel Hoptowit, is the great-great-granddaughter of Jim Kanine, former Chief of the Walla Walla Tribe. A 2015 graduate of Pendleton High School, Craig was third in last year’s pageant. She and her mother spent three years beading the traditional buckskin dress and horse trappings she and her horse wore for the pageant. Craig plans to apply to serve as a Happy Canyon princess next year. There were 13 contestants this year. Kaia John, 17, from Toppenish, Wash., was awarded second place. She is the daughter of Syd and Robin John and is affiliated with the Walla Walla and Umatilla tribes. Mary Dawn Harris, 21, of Pendleton, was the third place winner. The daughter of Stuart and Deborah Harris, Mary was a Happy Canyon Princess in 2015. She is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Fourth place went to Destiny Buck, 20, of Mattawa, Wash., who is Wanapum, Yakama, Cayuse and Palouse. She is the daughter of Rachel Buck and Kenneth Hunt. The women’s Swan Dance remains a key attraction during the “Indian Show” at the Pendleton Round-Up.

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Jordan Yazzie, an enrolled Yakama Indian from Georgeville, competed in the Dancing in the Park contests at Roy Raley Park each day of the Pendleton Round-Up.

After a three-way tie, judges selected Kellen Joseph in third place in the Dancing in the Park slick-style competition at Roy Raley Park on Saturday. First place went to Levi Blackwolf from Warm Springs and second went to Nathan Buck from Wanapum.

Brendon Dearing from Athena flashes color on Saturday morning in the setting of the RoundUp arena during the ceremonial dancing. Visitors got a close-up view of the dancers and drummers on benches that surround the competition. Ernest Morning Owl and Logan Quaempts danced in the arena on Saturday morning in the ceremonial competition sponsored by Pendleton Woolen Mills.


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Jesse Bevis, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, danced in the 19-and-older competition in the arena on the cool morning of Saturday, Sept. 16. The age division was won by James Tones of Fort Hall, Idaho.

Earvin Paskemin led the Wapato Nation Boys Drum during dancing in the arena at the Pendleton RoundUp. Natives from the Indian teepee village gathered each day after the bull riding competition to put on a colorful show for Round-Up enthusiasts.

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Boots Pond smiles as he participates in the Westward Ho! Parade.

Katrina Walsey from Harrah,WA waves to the crowd during the Westward Ho! Parade

As the parade went on, this youth decided to bring back the ‘duck lips’ style.

Walla Walla Chief Carl Sampson rides in a buggy in the Westward Ho! Parade on Friday of the Pendleton Round-Up. Other ceremonial chiefs Jesse Jones and Bill Burke weren’t able to participate in the parade.

Youngsters waved and tossed candy as they rode on floats early Friday morning.

Toni Cordell, C.T.U.I.R. tribal member, tosses Wildhorse-sized candy to parade goers at the Westward Ho! Parade.


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German visitors took the opportunity for photos with “real Indians� at the Pendleton Round-Up. Pictured are Birgit Luebeck, Whipman Andrew Wildbill, Chief Gary Burke, Anika Thuerk, Teresa Ehle and Lotis Nowland in front. Bryson Bronson races into the arena during the grand flag entry to open the Pendleton Round-Up on Saturday, Sept. 16, the final day of the week-long activities.

Sioux Benson watched the Ceremonial Dancing in the Round-Up arena.

Tribal flag bearers rode into the Round-Up arena in traditional regalia.

Azalea Minthorn, 4, and Jayaa Rabago, 5, hammer and stab Justin Rabago, under a tarp in the teepee village. Minthorn is from the Umatilla Tribes; The Rabagos are from Lapwai. Below, Ida Schock, from Yakama, recorded the dancing with her phone.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown and new Round-Up Chief Don Sampson get ready for the Westward Ho! Parade on Friday, before the Pendleton Round-Up. Brown spent the afternoon watching the action in the stands - even behind the bucking chutes with State Representative Bill Hansell. She was one of several taking part in the activities.

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The hot weather kept kids thirsty during the arena dancing tempatures up to the high 90’s throughout the week.

Katrina Blackwolf, Kaylynn Bailey and Mary Harris participated in the Swan Dance special during the Ceremonial Dancing. 3 year old Hazel Quaempts, daughter of Logan Quaempts and Sierra James, waved to the crowd during the Junior American Indian Beauty Pageant

The tradition of the synchronized Swan Dance remains a heavily-watched Round-Up tradition.

Ida Shock rocked her pink dress during the Ceremonial Dancing.


Amber Onepennee, 10, fixes the hair of her younger sister, Wainani Onepennee, 2, during the Ceremonial Dances on Saturday.

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Relay race teams from Colville dominated the racetrack during the 2017 Pendleton Round-Up. Three teams came from the Confederate Tribes of the Colville Indians; Arrow Lakes, Omak Express and Northwest Express. Also from the Colville Tribe riding on the Abrahamson Indian Relay race team was Scotty Abrahamson.

Relay racer Terrence Holford takes a spill while rounding the track during the ‘Chief’s Race.’ CUJ Editor Wil Phinney caught the fall frame-by-frame.

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CUJ Community & Sports News Eagles take flight in Umatilla UMATILLA – Nixyaawii Cross Country team finished strong at the Footrace to Valhalla Meet in Umatilla, OR Sept. 30. Boys’ varsity runner Mick Schimmel placed 23 out of 62 runners and set a personal record of 18:41. Other varsity runner Moses Moses finished in 24th place with a time of 18:49 and Reuben Bronson finished 43rd with a time of 20:31 respectively. Freshman Mackenzie Kiona finished 19th in the varsity race with a time of 22:35, senior Milan Schimmel finished 31st with a time of 23:43 and senior Ella Mae Looney finished 44th with a time of 27:30 out of 48 high school varsity runners. Boys’ junior varsity runner Deven Barkley placed 47th with a time of 24:07 and Dazon Sigo placed 50th with a time of 25:57. Girls’ junior varsity runner Ermia Butler placed 39th in her race with a time of 35:26. The NCS Cross Country team’s next meet is October 5 in Heppner, OR.

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Sophomore Mick Schimmel finishing strong as he completes the Footrace to Valhalla 5k Meet.

MISSION – Nixyaawii Community School (NCS) Golden Eagles were victorious after they bounced back against Pine Eagle. After a tough loss to the Echo Cougars 1-3, the Golden Eagles hosted Pine Eagle at the Eagle’s Nest on Sept. 23. The Golden Eagles would go on to win their match against Pine Eagle 3-2 as they got their first hard fought win. NCS hits the road for their next five games. Following are where the Golden Eagles will play and what time the matches start. Powder Valley on Sept. 5 for two matches that will began at 4:00 and 5:00 p.m., Wallowa on Oct. 7, game starting at 11:00 a.m., Echo on Oct. 10, game starting at 4:00 p.m., and Joseph on Oct. 12, starting at 5:00 p.m. The Golden Eagles will host both Wallowa and Powder Valley for their last home game on Oct. 14 and match play will began at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

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NIXYAAWII COMMUNITY SCHOOL 2017 Fall Sports Calendar Sport Opponent Location Time

Kaitlynn Melton looks on as Alexia Laib goes for a save during a home game against Echo Cougars.

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Fri. Sept. 22nd Football Sherman Huskies Moro 7:00 pm Small Van Fri. Sept. 22nd Cross County Footrace to Valhalla Umatilla Big Van Sat. Sept. 23rd Volleyball *Pine Eagle Spartans Nixyaawii 2:00 pm Tues. Sept. 26th Volleyball *Helix Grizzles Helix 4:00 pm Big Van Friday Sept. 29th Volleyball *Cove Leopards Cove 2:00 pm Big Van Fri. Sept. 29th Football Enterprise Outlaws Enterprise 7:00 pm Small Van es solo after the Weston-McEwen Homecoming Court Kaeleh Hall poses nextHalfway to her H a l l p o s2:00 Sat. Sept. 30thHigh School Volleyball *Pine Eagle Spartans pm Yellowhawk Tigerscots lost to the Heppner escort, Garrett Shell, wearing his Tigerscots number 52 jersey Sept. 29. van or Senior Mustanges 52-12. Photos by Dallas Dick Van Sat. Sept. 30th Cross Kah-Neee-Ta Warm Springs Big Van Country Invitational NIXYAAWII COMMUNITY SCHOOL 2017Grizzles Fall Sports Calendar Tues. Oct. 3rd Volleyball *Helix Nixyaawii 5:00 pm Date Location Van Use Thur. Oct. 5th Volleyball Sport *PowderOpponent Valley North Powder Time 5:00 pm Yellowhawk Fri. Sept. 22nd Football Sherman Huskies Moro 7:00 pm Small Van Van or Badgers nd Fri. Sept. 22 Cross County Footrace to Valhalla Umatilla Big Van Senior Van Volleyball *Pine Eagle Spartans Nixyaawii 2:00 pm th Sat. Sept. 23rd Thur. Oct. 5 Tues. Sept. Cross Mustang *Helix Invitational Heppner 26th Volleyball Grizzles Helix 4:00 pm Big Van Big Van Friday Sept. 29th Volleyball *Cove Leopards Cove 2:00 pm Big Van Country th Fri. Sept. 29th Enterprise Outlaws Enterprise 7:00 pm Sat. Oct. 7 Volleyball Football *Wallowa Cougars Wallowa 11:00 Small am Van Yellowhawk Sat. Sept. 30th Volleyball *Pine Eagle Spartans Halfway 2:00 pm Yellowhawk or CTUIR van or Senior Van Van 30th CrossTigers Invitational Kah-Neee-Ta Warm Springs Big Van Big Van Sat. Oct. 7th Sat. Sept.Cross Union Country Invitational Country Tues. Oct. 3rd Volleyball *Helix Grizzles Nixyaawii 5:00 pm Tues. Oct. 10th Thur.Volleyball Cougars 5:00 Yellowhawk pm Big Van Oct. 5th Volleyball*Echo*Powder Valley NorthEcho Powder 5:00 pm Badgers Van orYellowhawk Thur. Oct. 12th Volleyball *Joseph Eagles Joseph 5:00 pm Senior Van Thur. Oct. 5th Cross Mustang Invitational Heppner Big Van or CTUIR Van Country 7th Volleyball *Wallowa Cougars Wallowa 11:00 4:30 am Yellowhawk Thur. Oct. 12th Sat. Oct. Cross Helix Stubblebuster Helix pm Big Van or CTUIR Country Van th th Fri. Oct. 13 Football Perrydale Pilot Rock 7:00 pm Sat. Oct. 7 Cross Tigers Invitational Union Big Van Big Van th Sat. Oct. 14 Volleyball Country *Wallowa Cougars Nixyaawii 11:00 am Tues. Oct. 10th Volleyball *Echo Cougars Echo 5:00 pm Big Van Sat. Oct. 14th Thur.Volleyball *North Powder Nixyaawii 1:00 Yellowhawk pm th Oct. 12 Volleyball *Joseph Eagles Joseph 5:00 pm Fri. Oct. 20th Football Dufur Rangers Dufur 7:00 pm or CTUIR Big Van Fri. Oct. 27th Football Arlington/Condon Pilot Rock 7:00 pmVan Big Van th Thur. Oct. 12


Cross Helix Stubblebuster Helix 4:30 pm Country*Denotes League Games th Fri. Oct. 13 Football Pilot Rock 7:00 pm ***Schedule is SubjectPerrydale to Change without Notice*** Sat. Oct. 14th Volleyball *Wallowa Cougars Nixyaawii 11:00 am Sat. Oct. 14th Volleyball *North Powder Nixyaawii 1:00 pm Fri. Oct. 20th Football Dufur Rangers Dufur 7:00 pm Please make sure the van is clean and has at least ¼ of gas. If it needs gas Fri. Oct. 27th Football Arlington/Condon Pilot Rock 7:00 pm

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Milan Schimmel goes up for a block during the NCS girls varsity volleyball game against Echo Cougars.

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Student helps W-M get new cardio equipment

Homecoming Court hits the (varsity) field running Not only was senior Jada Burns on homecoming court for Irrigon High School but she’s also the only girl on her school’s football team. Burns currently plays as quarterback on the JV team, but on Sept. 29 Burns entered the varsity game as quarterback during the third quarter where she led multiple touchdown drives. Burns helped the Irrigon Knights advance to a 50-0 win over the Riverside/Ione Pirates.

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By Lennox Lewis

ATHENA-WESTON – Two students attending Weston Middle School (WMS) turned their old 1900’s basement into a top of the line fitness center with ‘up-todate’ workout equipment. Students Peyton Sinclair and Josh McDowell helped their school receive a $100,000 prize that gave their school district, Athena-Weston district, the right amount of money to change the

way kids exercise in the weight room. Athena-Weston is now one of the three in Oregon schools to receive this funding. The new equipment was fit to the youth that focused on cardio, strength-training and flexibility workout machines. Jake Steinfield, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC), goal of the program is to reward elementary and middle schools with brand new fitness centers for demon-

At left, Jada Burns dresses up for her senior homecoming and while she holds her football jersey

Photo contributed by Julia Burns

See Athena-Weston on page 19B

Alan Crawford has more than six years experience serving on the Board of Trustees as General Council Chair as well as his time on committees and commissions. He current sits on the Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) Commission and the Elder’s Advisory Group. He stands with Students, Veterans, Elders and CTUIR.

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Results from the 28th Annual Cay-Uma-Wa All-Indian golf tournament follow below: Ladies Gross – 1, Sharon Jack, West Bank, British Columbia, Canada, 160. 2, Megan George, Mission,164. Ladies Net – 1, Marilyn Sheldon,Tulalip, Wash., 133. 2, Libby Chase, Warm Springs, 138. Championship Flight gross – 1, Jeremy Lewis, Vernon, British Canada, 148. 2, Keith Quaempts, Phoenix, Ariz., 150. 3, Paul French, Pendleton, 151. 4, Louie Quaempts, Mission, 153. Net – 1, James Samuels, Jr, Worley, Ida., 138. 2, Aaron Marton, Pentiction, British Columbia, Canada, 143. 3, James Samuels, Sr, Plummer, Ida., 144. 4, Shannon Wheeler, Lapwai, Ida., 148. 1st Flight Gross – 1, Jamin Feist, Oliver, British Columbia, Canada, 159. 2, Matt Baker, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 163. 3, Gary Papp, Taholah, Wash., 167. 4, Chad Monoghan, Omak, Wash., 169. Net – 1, Carter Yellowbird, Alberta, Canada, 137. (tie) 2, Dave Gordon, East Glacier, Mont., 142. (tie) 2, Kurt Steinhaur, Alberta, Canada, 142. 4, Arnie Sorrell, St. Ignatius, Mont., 149. 2nd Flight Gross – (tie) 1, Andrew Scott Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, 184. (tie) 1, Kyler Quaempts, Phoenix, AZ, 184. 3, Ian Arcand, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, 186. 4, Preston Eagleheart, Pendleton, 192. Net – (tie) 1, Myron Shock, Toppenish, Wash., 146. (tie) 1, Paul Thomas, Canton, Geo., 146. 3, Jesse Baker, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 148. 4, Steven Powell, Browning, Mont., 149. Seniors 1st Flight Gross – (tie) 1, Carl Lane, Lummi Wash, 152. (tie) 1,Robbie SiJohn, Plummer, Ida., 152. 3, Frank Knychief, Warm Springs, 157. (tie) 4, Dan Henry, Victoria Island, British Columbia, Canada, 160. TIE 4, Jay Keys, Klickitat, Wash., 160. Net – 1, Vince Lewis, Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, 135. 2, Roger Youngchief, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 139. 3, Kerry Funmaker, Baraboo, Wisc., 140. Frank Harrison, Browning, Mont., 143. Seniors 2nd Flight Gross – 1, Daryl Talksabout, Browning, Mont., 171. 2, Joe Myers, Cottonwood Height, Uta., 173. (tie) 3, Gordon Potts, Glenvis, Alberta, Canada, 178. (tie) 3, Victor Hall, Browning, Mont., 178. Net – Denny Mojado, Riverside, Cal., 137. 2, Jon Begstrom, Aberdeen,Wash., 142. 3, Leo Stewart, Mission, 143. 4, Joe Kintanar, Taholah, Wash., 145. Seniors 3rd Flight Gross – 1, Richard Baker, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 179. Greg Gabriel, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, 184. 3, Reed Anderson, Sr, St. Ignatius, Mont., 188. Merle Smith, Ft. Hall, Ida., 189. Net – Rich Wells, Olympia, Wash., 137. Larry Jordan, Coulee Dam, Wash., 145. Gene Sorrell, Missoula, Mont., 146. 4, Bill Powell, Browning, Mont., 147.


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have stopped by to voice their support The biggest challenge, she said, is and interest in the program. She said docfinding qualified and properly educated tors, dentists and elders have stopped by to see her. Another team-up Gunshows is candidates to fill open positions. excited about The federal is with Ashmandates for ley Harding minimum qualof Yellowifications within hawk Tribal the program are Health Center extremely high who has conand many resistently been quire either an partnering associate’s or with the probachelor’s degram to teach gree. conscious disShe said in cipline. order to make She said all the program of this suprun smoothly Photo by Lennox Lewis port from the she has been focusing on pro- Teacher’s assistant Raven Cody, right, poses with Xavier c o m m u n i t y has left her fessional devel- Chavez during the second week of 2017 classes. feeling welopment and concome and retinued education of her staff. Twice she mentioned the idea of “growing our inforces the idea that it is time for change at Cay-Uma-Wa. She said, “So far it’s a own” educators. Building relationships with other pro- new year, the classrooms look great and grams is also on Gunshows’ priority list. we have come a long way in a short peShe said she has been honored by how riod of time. We have awesome kids and many professionals from the community you can feel the positive energy.”

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stration of innovation in the field of youth video submitted to the organization and fitness and employing unique methods caught the eye of Steinfeld. to promote student physical activity The youth’s message was simple. It and wellness. told a story of According a small town to the natand how its spot in the website the y middle of have already wheat fields dedicated fitdoesn’t offer ness centers opportunito the states ties to exof: Arkanercise with sas, Arizona, specialized California, equipment. Connecticut, They clearly Delaware, hit it spot on Florida, as Steinfield Photo by Dallas Dick Georgie, Il- New equipment has been installed at Weston Middle School. s a i d “ T h e y linois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New were explaining that even though this Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, is a little school, they still deserve good Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., things too.” Wisconsin and West Virginia. They equipment was delivered and “Don’t Quit! Fitness Center” appli- installed in the basement hallway of the cants came from all over America, accord- Weston Middle School in September. The ing to Steinfeld. He said schools big and gym includes 36 pieces of youth-sized small applied for the opportunity to be cardio, strength-training and flexibility awarded what Athena-Weston received. equipment according to an article in the Sinclair and his pal McDowell starred in a Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.


The treaty commenced on May 29, 1855, and adjourned on June 12, 1855. The Cayuse understood that the purpose of the 1855 Treaty was to remove them from their land. Their first choice was to not sign any treaty at all. If that meant killing the treaty negotiators, then so be it. The second choice was for the Cayuse to move and live on the Yakama or Nez Perce reservation, which meant giving up their homelands. This was not acceptable, and the proposal was rejected. If that meant war, then it was going to be war. The third choice was the establishment of an additional reservation in Oregon Territory. This proposal was accepted, and the Umatilla Indian Reservation was thereby created and established in Cayuse territory. The Umatilla and Walla Walla moved to the Umatilla Reservation. All of their land had been ceded to the United States government, but some land – the traditional home of the Cayuse – had been saved, and the Umatilla and Walla Walla were welcome to live together there with the Cayuse.

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Nine men respond to request to speak out against domestic violence Contributed by Family Violence Program

MISSION - In August, Family Violence Service, a program of Public Safety, sent out a request in the CUJ for 31 men to stand up and speak out on domestic violence. Our goal was to have one man for each day of the month featured. FVS believes the community needs to hear from the men that live and work within the community as to why they do not tolerate domestic violence and how they work and strive to live a healthy relationship with their partner. While FVS was not able to get 31 men, nine men chose to stand up and speak out. FVS knows that there are far more

men within the community that do not tolerate violence. But when it comes to speaking out against such a crime many might feel it is not their place to speak up or things like this need to stay within the home. Thoughts like this need to change; domestic violence is a community issue. Each person that is assaulted lives within this community; they are someone’s grandmother mother, daughter, son, father, grandfather, auntie and so on. Their abuse affects their loved ones, their friends and their coworkers. Even though this is 2017 and being equal partners in a relationship is getting better. We all still have a long way to go. American Indian women residing

on Indian reservations suffer domestic violence and physical assault at rates far exceeding women of other ethnicities and locations. A 2004 Department of Justice report estimates these assault rates to be as much as 50 percent higher than the next most victimized demographic. A 2008 CDC study states 39 percent of Native women surveyed identified as victims of intimate partner violence in their lifetime, a rate higher than any other race or ethnicity surveyed. Violence against Indian women occurs as a gauntlet in the lives of Indian women: at one end verbal abuse and at the other murder. Most Indian women do not report such crimes because of the belief that nothing will be

done ( Family Violence Services would like to thank the men that participated in 31 Men Against Domestic Violence article and also to all the other men that speak out against domestic violence. The end of domestic violence can only come when each and every one of us stands up and speaks out that as individuals and as a community we will not tolerate domestic violence any more. David Pell Williams CTUIR/Umatilla Tribal Police Department Community Policing Officer I do not tolerate domestic violence due to having grown up as a child witness to DV. I have seen firsthand and suffered firsthand the devastation and side effects. I deal with some of the problems still today. Healthy relationships do not require violence to make them work. James Currey CTUIR/Umatilla Tribal Police Department Police Officer It is wrong and against the law.

Dave Gallaher CTUIR/Courts Associate Judge Pro Tem Having been District Att o rn ey f o r U ma t i l l a County for 13 years I have seen firsthand the devastating effects of domestic violence on entire families. Victims of domestic violence are denied their basic human rights of love, happiness, peace, security and to be heard. I have granddaughters who I know will never tolerate domestic abuse in any form because of the example set by their parents and grandparents and I am very comforted by that. My wife and I talk about everything with an eye toward resolving our differences in a loving way where there is not a winner and a loser. Both partners must seek win-win solutions to their problems. Of course we get angry and argue on occasion but we have taught ourselves to take a break then come back and discuss how we will make it work. We are not proud of “getting our way”, we are proud of finding a better way.

Tim Addleman CTUIR/Umatilla Tribal Police Department Chief of Police I was raised in a famSee ‘Domestic Violence’ page 30B


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‘In a Landscape’ offers Tamastlikt visitors a personal jazz experience Story and photos By Lennox Lewis of The CUJ

MISSION – Native Oregonian Hunter Noack is an internationally-acclaimed concert pianist that integrates literature, visual art, dance, theater and design into his presentations of classical music. Noack’s hopes for his concert he performed at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute Sept. 28, ‘In a Landscape’, was that it wouldn’t be only about the music, but the surrounding area would be a factor as well. Noack’s crew was handing out wireless headphones before the show began that allowed the crowd to explore the surrounding area or simply lay down and get comfortable while he played music. Concert-goers walked around in the surrounding fields or look at what the exhibit had to offer. He has performed in major halls all throughout the United States and Europe in his life thus far; these places include the Kennedy Center located in Washington D.C., Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, Cali., Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, Cali., Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, Cali., The Ravinia Festival, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Germany, Casa da Musica in Porto, Portugal and the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria. Noack said he loved being a part of other work such as sound design and composing short films or plays. His love

for all media led to him to ask they to be in his work as well. The end result was ‘In a Landscape.’ Each concert is free is played in theaters, public spaces and parks. Every concert of the ten-day series has been “sold-out” or full before the first shows began Sept. 2, in Washougal, Wash. He has performed his concert in three countries, eight states, 13 Oregon counties and 34 Oregon cities which led to double the expected attendance.

Chasen Tyler wanders the field during Hunter Noack’s ‘In a Landscape’ concert on Sept. 28.

Pictured above, Bridger Cairns enjoys reading his book during Noack’s performance.

Hunter Noack plays on a nine-foot concert grand piano outside at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute during his ‘In a Landscape’ Concert on Sept. 28.

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Elders break attendance record at 2017 luncheon MISSION - Senior Elders Coordinator Theda Scott said registration numbers broke records for this years annual Elders Luncheon on Sept. 8. Elders from tribes across Oregon, Washington and Idaho travel to attend the event held at Wildhorse Resort and Casino (WRC). There were even Tribal Members from tribes as far away as Arizona. This year the head count was 501. Also this year Elders Advisory Group officer Lorena Thompson orchestrated a raffle to help raise funds for the

Suzanne Barnett stops to pose while checking out the 12 vendors during the luncheon on Sept. 8.

elders cultural activity budget. The raffle raised $1,634 from items donated by community members. Nixyaawii Governance Center (NGC) departments were allowed to donate up to $100 from their budgets to purchase door prizes in a separate raffle for attending elders. Also during the event elders played bingo and enjoyed skits from several NGC department staffs. Volunteers and elders all ate during the luncheon. The final buffet lunch count was more than 600 according to Wildhorse staff.

William Showaway listens for his name during the special raffle where he won a beaded medallion.

Elders watch their bingo cards carefully while WRC staff call out bingo numbers during a professional-grade game at the Elder’s Luncheon on Sept. 8. Prizes included a flat screen TV, cash prizes, several food gift certificates and more. CUJ/Photos by Lennox Lewis

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Qum Sali Wainanwit plays at the fishing station during the party put on by the Education Department on Sept. 28. During the event several play stations were set up with different activities and the after-school program did all the grill work while daycare staff prepared the sides.

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‘Game of Drones’ NCS students fly miniature aircrafts in science class By Lennox Lewis of the CUJ

MISSION – It’s not a bird, but it’s very close to a plane. Keep an eye out for drones if you are around the eagles nest anytime soon. The computer science class takes flight with their new drones this school year. The Nixyaawii Community School (NCS) Computer Science program takes science class to the next level as their drones take flight with the help of Eastern Oregon University (EOU). NCS Teacher Zach Gualke attended a drone class that EOU offered last summer. EOU instructors helped the local Mission science class by donating a drone to NCS. Gualke said the class he took at EOU offered brief lessons in drone flight-school. During that training he realized the similarities between drones and air planes. Once he completed the course and became certified to fly the much larger drones he began going over the basics with his own class. The class goal for the day, Gaulke said, was learning how to fly the drone. Students split into groups to attempt to take selfies using the miniature-remote-controlled aircrafts. During that time, they learned the basics in drone operations safety.

From left to right, Adilia Hart and Alyssa Tonaskit take a ‘selfie’ as Beto Zamudio controls and flies the drone in the Eagle’s Nest Gym as part of their daily classroom goal.

Freshman Adilia Hart learned the basics of how to fly a drone and drone operation safety.

Moses Moses concentrates on flying the drone, while Reuben Bronson throws up peace signs.

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Board of Trustees Minutes DATE: August 14, 2017 BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Kathryn Brigham, Secretary; Aaron Ashley, Member; Woodrow Star, Member, Armand Minthorn, Member (departed at 9:30 AM for authorized travel) and Alan Crawford, General Council Chairman. Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman on personal leave; Rosenda Shippentower, Treasurer on personal leave. Quorum present. Old Business None. Resolution 17-057: Topic: ATNI Delegates. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees, which is the official governing body of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian

Reservation, hereby authorizes Gary Burke, who is the principal delegate of the Tribes, to join ATNI; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, 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, Member 6) Woodrow Star, Member and 7) Alan Crawford,

General Council Ex-Officio. AND that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force effect. DATED this 14th day of August, 2017. Kat Brigham moves to adopt Resolution 17-057,Woodrow Star seconds, Motion carries 5-0-0.Other Board Action: None. BOT Travel Reports. Deferred. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Gary Burke, Personal leave, Tues. Aug. 15. 2) Jeremy Wolf, Travel, Aug. 23-24 to Lapwai for CRITFC meeting. CRITFC sponsoring travel. Personal leave on Aug. 25. Personal leave from Sept. 12 to 14. Birthday leave, Sept. 19. 3) Kat Brigham, Personal leave, Aug. 24. Kat Brigham moves to approve leave requests. Aaron Ashley seconds, Motion carries 4-0-0.

DATE: August 21, 2017 BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Kathryn Brigham, Secretary; Aaron Ashley, Member; Woodrow Star, Member, Armand Minthorn, Member and Rosenda Shippentower, Treasurer on personal leave. General Council Chairman, .Alan Crawford arrived at 9:27 AM. Quorum present.Old Business None. Resolution 17-058: Topic: Cayuse Technologies SBA 8(a) Application. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees authorizes its Chairman to sign Exhibit 1, (form AIT 1010) of the SBA 8(a) application; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Trustees approves and supports

the Cayuse Technologies submission of the SBA 8(a) application to the U.S. Small Business Administration; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, Cayuse Technologies will keep the Board of Trustees, and the Confederated Tribes Executive Director apprised of the progress in securing 8(a) certification, and any obstacles to securing such certification I its routine reports to the Board. AND such resolution has not been modified, amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 21st day of August 2017. Armand Minthorn moves to adopt second Resolution 17-058, Kat Brigham seconds, Discussion: BOT had a lot of discussion on application and requested that

there be a BOT work session to update the BOT on Cayuse Technology future plans with CTUIR, Motion carries 5 for (Kat Brigham, Armand Minthorn, Jeremy Wolf, Aaron Ashley and Woodrow Star) – 1 against (Alan Crawford) – 0 abstaining. Other Board Action: None. BOT Travel Reports. None BOT Leave and Travel Requests. Woodrow Star, Personal leave, Aug. 23. Deb Croswell birthday leave on Fri. Aug. 25. Kat Brigham moves to approve leave requests, Armand Minthorn seconds, Motion carries 6-0-0.

DATE: August 28, 2017 BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Kathryn Brigham, Secretary; Aaron Ashley, Member; Armand Minthorn, Member; Woodrow Star, Member, and Alan Crawford, General Council Chairman. Rosenda Shippentower, Treasurer on personal leave. Quorum present. Old Business None. Resolution 17-059: Topic: Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. RESOLVED, the Board of Trustees hereby approves the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) attached to this Resolution as Exhibit 1; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees authorizes its Chairman to submit the attached CEDS to the Economic Development Administration. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 28th day of August, 2017. Kat Brigham moves to adopt Resolution 17-059, Armand Minthorn seconds, Motion carries 6-0-0. Other Board Action: Commission/Committee Update by Kat Brigham, BOT Secretary. -Enrollment Commission, 1 vacancy with 2 applications from Bonnie Burke and Jill-Mare Gavin. By secret ballot Bonnie Burke was appointed to the Enrollment Commission for a 4 year term. -Fish & Wildlife Commission, 1 vacancy with one application from Michael Van Pelt. Move to appoint Michael Van Pelt by acclimation for 3 year term on Fish & Wildlife Commission. Woodrow Star moves to appoint Michael Van Pelt by acclimation for 3 year term on Fish & Wildlife Commission, Jeremy Wolf seconds, Motion carries 5-0-0.

[Alan Crawford not present for vote]. -Housing Commission, one vacancy with 1 application from Jill Marie Gavin. Move to appoint Jill Marie Gavin by acclimation to Housing Commission for a 4 year term. Kat Brigham moves to appoint Jill-Marie Gavin by acclimation to Housing Commission for a 4year term, Armand Minthorn seconds, Motion carries 6-0-0. -Land Acquisition Committee, 1 vacancy with one application from David Wolf Jr. Move to reappoint David Wolf Jr. by acclimation to the Land Acquisition Committee for a 2 year term. Kat Brigham moves to reappoint David Wolf, Jr. by acclimation to the Land Acquisition Committee for a 2 year term, Woodrow Star seconds, Motion carries 5-0-0. [Alan Crawford not present for vote]. -Tiicham Conservation District Board, 2 vacancies with 2 applications from Bill Burke and Kyle McGuire. Move to reappoint Bill Burke to Tiicham Conservation District Board for 2 year term. Kat Brigham moves to reappoint Bill Burke to Tiichám Conservation District Board for a 2 year term, Woodrow Star seconds, Motion carries 6-0-0. BOT Secretary explained Kyle McGuire was not included for the vote recommendation. Even though Kyle was appointed to two Commission/Committees he was never sworn in at Tribal Court. She asked what BOT wishes are on his application. Woodrow Star moves to readvertise for the Tiicham position given the BOT Secretary information that Kyle McGuire was not sworn in even though he was appointed to two Commission/Committees, Armand Minthorn seconds, Motion carries 6-0-0. -Terms Expiring: Myrna Tovey, Health Commission, term expires on October 6, 2017 and Joan Malumaleumu, TERO Commission,

term expires on October 5, 2017. Kat Brigham moves to send letters notifying members of expiration of terms and advertise for the vacancies, Armand Minthorn seconds, Motion carries 6-0-0. -Will continue to advertise for 1 position for Tiicham Conservation District – 2 year term, meet 2nd & 4th Tuesday @ 1:00pm. All applications will be due Monday, September 18 by 4:00 PM. A BOT work session will be scheduled Friday, September 22nd at 8:30 AM to review applications and will take action on the application appointments on Monday, September 25. -Motion to support Cultural Resources Committee proposal. The BOT Secretary read a letter addressed to Fish & Wildlife Commission from Jennifer Karson Engum, Cultural Anthropologist/NAGPRA Coordinator requesting support of a proposal. The proposal is for a traditional use study of the Upper Pools Area of the Columbia River. Jeremy Wolf moves to approve support of the Cultural Resources Protection Program proposal, Aaron Ashley seconds, Motion carries 6-0-0. BOT Travel Reports. 1) Kat Brigham, Cayuse Technologies BOD meeting held on July 18. 2) Woodrow Star, Meeting with new Sec. of Department of Energy, Rick Perry on Aug. 15 at Richland, WA. 3) Jeremy Wolf, CRITFC meeting August 25 at Clearwater Casino. Alan Crawford moves to approve reports, Aaron Ashley seconds, Motion carries 6-0-0. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Kat Brigham, Personal leave, Sept. 12 morning, 13 and 14. 2) Gary Burke, Reported he will be attending TNT meetings Aug. 30 and 31. Jeremy Wolf moves to approve leave requests, Armand Minthorn seconds, Motion carries 5-0-0.

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

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Shippentower stands in front of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy in September.

Photos contributed by Audrey Shippentower

By Jill-Marie Gavin for the CUJ

MISSION – Audrey Shippentower, 24, went overseas this September and witnessed some of the most breathtaking art on the planet, traveled throughout Europe and walked the ancient city of Rome during her first-ever trip out of the U.S. Shippentower was able to take this trip thanks to participating in a program called EF College Break. The company provides travel opportunities for adults age 18-28 and allows participants to make payments ahead of time for their travels. They offer trips to Europe, Asia and South America. Shippentower opted to attend a tour that started in Italy with nights in Florence, Orvieto and Rome and included time on the Greek island of Paros and in Athens, the capital and largest city in Greece. She landed in Amsterdam September 1 after a 10-hour flight from Portland. During that lay-over she immediately recognized the cultural differences in Europe. When she reached her destination in Florence, Shippentower said she noticed immediately how much energy efficiency was a priority. To activate the electricity in her room at the hostel, she


noted, an energy conservation card had to be inserted into a slot near the door where Americans would normally see a light switch. She said when exiting her room and the card was removed the lights, television and all other electrical components in the room lost their power. Shippentower admired this aspect of life in Europe and said the same system was used at all her stops along the way. Beyond the difference in energy efficiency, she said it was interesting to stay in a hostel for the first time. Hostels are a common lodging option in Europe but also exist in major US cities. They provide budget-friendly sleeping space for travelers to share a room with others, many times strangers. Shippentower said there were three other travelers all using bunk beds in her room in Florence and she was surprised to find that most people she ran into spoke English. There were 24 other participants who went on the trip and Shippentower was the only one from Oregon. In Italy, the trip opened with guided tours and a mixer for everyone to become acquainted with each other. After getting settled there was almost an entire week of fast-paced tours in Florence, Orvieto

Shippentower snapped this photo of the famous Oia Village in Santorini Greece. Oia, pronounced “La,” is a small village in the Cyclades of Greece.

The shores of Vernazza, Italy are dotted with colorful homes in the Cinque Terre region. Cinque Terre translates to “Five Lands” and refers to the coastal villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia,

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Shippentower captured the intricate marble carvings at the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy.

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and Rome. Shippentower said there was very little cab riding and public transit was the group’s go-to mode of transportation. The subway itself was a sight to see, she said, as it was covered in elaborate and colorful graffiti. The Mission native said that riding the subway was quite an experience. The platforms were bustling with passengers; so much so she said there were a few times the group struggled to stay together. During her visit to Rome they took a guided tour through Vatican City, which is its own country within the city of Rome, and that’s when Shippentower’s most memorable moment of the trip happened. It was in the Apostolic Palace that Shippentower was both breathless and speechless at the sight of one of the world’s most beloved structures, the Sistine Chapel. As they walked through the halls leading to the chapel the group was reminded that photos were strictly forbidden and that the room was a holy place. Shippentower said, “I noticed the tapestry as we walked down the hall. Then we walked in and it was instantly warm, all of the walls and the ceilings were painted, fifteen minutes was not long enough to look at it all. Being in there, I was almost crying it was crazy.” After leaving Italy, the group left for

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Greece where began the laid back portion of their vacation. She said while they were there she was able to take in a lot more landscape as opposed to in Italy where the streets are condensed and surrounded by buildings. In Athens none of the buildings exceed five stories. This architectural quirk was implemented in order to honor the Acropolis of Athens. Acropolis originates from the Greek word Akron which translates to “highest point.” During one of their days in Athens, the group trekked to the top of the Acropolis where she was once again in awe of her surroundings. Leaving the bustling streets St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City showed Shippentower the meticulous design of the buildings. of Rome to roam the relaxed beaches of Greece was a welcomed change, Shippentower said. During her time in Greece the days were spent drinking wine, swimming in the ocean and eating food which differed greatly from the pastas and pizzas of Italy. Before her trip came to a close the group was able to take a cruise in Greece and see one last time all of the bright blue shores they would be leaving behind to start their journey home. Shippentower said, “I was kind of ready to go home, but as soon I got home I was ready to turn around and go right back.” Shippentower took this photo of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore during her visit to Florence, Italy.

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ily in which respect for family members was a core value. I was taught that you never hit a girl or woman no matter how wronged you may feel. Control of your anger in a relationship was an extremely important part of becoming a man. I have always learned that lesson and have applied it in my relationships with women. In learning and utilizing these lessons I have never understood why a man would abuse his partner. This carried on into my career in law enforcement. From the very beginning I never tolerated domestic abuse and I never will. My partner is one I truly love and on the flip side of domestic violence, I would give my life to defend and protect my partner from harm. I believe that is the stand all men should take. Josh Hughes CTUIR/Family Violence Services Batterers Intervention Facilitator I do not tolerate domestic violence because it is not part of our tradition and culture and not who we are. I do not tolerate domestic violence because WE need to stop the cycle of teaching our children that domestic violence is acceptable. I do not tolerate domestic violence because I never want my daughter or anyone’s daughter or son to know what it

is like to become a victim of someone else’s hand, words or actions. I include my partner in all aspects of my life from financial choices to how we raise our daughter. It’s a joint effort on both of us to do what’s right and no such term “it’s a women’s job to or a men’s job” exists in our home. By demonstrating equality within our marriage and home, it will teach our daughter that in a healthy partnership, both are just as important as the other and violence is never the answer. I will continue to treat my partner with respect and we will continue to teach our daughter what a partnership free of violence looks like so that when her time comes, she knows how it should feel and what it should look like to be in an equal, productive, happy partnership free of violence. Ray Denny CTUIR /Public Safety Director Domestic Violence negatively impacts a victim for the rest of their lives. Like a scar that fades over time but still visible to the person that bears the scar. Knowing, allowing disagreements to grow to the point of emotional and physical confrontation is never an option.


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Brent Leonhard CTUIR/Office of Legal Counsel Attorney Whether or not you know it, domestic violence has impacted your life. My wife and her family survived through horrific domestic abuse when she was a girl – including being kidnapped and terrorized at a very young age. In my line of work I’ve seen some of the worst of humanity in the cases I’ve either defended or prosecuted – the great majority of the worst cases involved domestic violence. I also routinely discover people I’ve known for many years outside of my work life have their own stories of abuse and survival that they never shared before. Sadly, it is rampant. It can be obvious as in the case of aggravated assault, rape, and kidnapping but is often more subtle like in the case of public and private belittling and humiliation. Domestic violence not only impacts the immediate victim, but their children, their friends, their family, coworkers, and communities generally. Almost all domestic violence is perpetrated by men, yet society generally focuses on the female victim when trying to “solve” the problem. Why doesn’t she leave? Why did she go back? What can she do to keep it from happening again? What can we do to protect her from future abuse? Etc. Wrapped up in all of this is one glaring omission: accountability of men by men. It is time for men to stand up and reject domestic violence and hold other men accountable for it. That not only means rejecting violence when you see or hear it first hand, but rejecting the sexist attitudes and the general demeaning of women by other men – and ourselves. These kinds of behaviors often come from the same power and control issues at the heart of domestic violence, although guised as some kind of machismo. These attitudes are subtly taught in our daily lives in modern American society, in our homes where we are raised, and in our workplace. We, as men, need to be wary of this and actively look for it in others as well as ourselves, and we need to likewise own and change that behavior in ourselves, keep from passing it on to our children, and identify it and reject it in others.

CTUIR/Public Safety Prosecutor As prosecutor, one of the worst things about domestic violence is the helpless children who witness a violent act. These kids often learn how to be abusers, or abuse victims by modeling their parent’s behaviors or negative coping methods. A healthy relationship is one of mutual respect & communication where you treat the other as well as you wish or expect to be treated. Everyone has worth especially children who are just learning how to behave. Bobby Benton, AAS, CADC I CTUIR/Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center-Behavioral Health Program Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor My name is Bobby J. Benton, Sr. I am employed at the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center-Behavioral Health Program. I work as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and provide services to all ages of individuals suffering from substance abuse issues. As a substance abuse counselor, I see the correlation between substance abuse and domestic violence. Many of those involved in family violence were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. As a survivor of Domestic Violence from my childhood, I can relate to the trauma suffered by those unfortunates who had to experience devastating occurrences. It took many years of work on myself, to learn to forgive and heal from the invisible scarring from my childhood, but I did. I was raised by a single parent mother and a grandmother, who taught me that women are to be respected. As a traditional Native American male, I understand the importance of honoring the female, because she is the giver of life, as our Mother Earth is. Domestic Violence is not a traditional way. In my current relationship, I do strive and work to support my spouse in maintaining a healthy union. There will always be disagreements, but also compromises, that both can live with. In no instance does family violence solve anything. Compassion for all is the answer.

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Time for Change

Vote for Johnny Sampson - Board of Trustees At-Large Here are some of my values: LISTEN FIRST.

Growing up, I was taught to listen first and keep my mind open. Try to understand and respect everyone’s opinion and needs.


Some of my priorities: 1. Education & community fitness – Build a new Nixyaawii school AND a new Tribal Fitness & Health Center that both the community and Nixyaawii can use. 2. Housing – Build individual or scattered homes and more low-income housing for tribal members

I believe I have earned the respect of my younger generation and my elders for doing what I say I will do.

3. Hire and Promote Tribal members first


4. Increase scholarships for education

I have traditional values that I have learned in the longhouse, from my family, my elders, and from practicing our fishing, hunting, root digging, berry picking, sweathouse, and going on spiritual quests. I also have been learning my native Walla Walla language.

5. Support Tribal member businesses on and off the reservation 6. Increase funding and support to our Elders and our Youth programs

SOLVE PROBLEMS and FIND SOLUTIONS. I work to solve problems and find solutions. I been told not to complain about something unless I have a solution.


I am not afraid to speak up. Too often I’ve seen our Board or General Council sit back and say nothing, especially on controversial issues, I promise to by your voice on the Board of Trustees.


7. Cannabis referendum - I support a Tribal referendum so our Tribal citizens can decided if the tribe should pursue marijuana as a business. The current Board has refused to bring this issue to a vote of the Tribal membership. I support Tribal members use of medical marijuana when they need it. It is a real, legitimate, and important medicine. Medical use of marijuana should be legal on the reservation, just as it is in Oregon and over 20 other states.

I know what our 1855 Treaty rights are and know my re8. The Land Use Code needs to be changed. It makes sponsibility to serve our people and follow our Tribal Conit too hard on our people to build a house for our famistitution – this means listening and following the people. If lies. I would look at each policy and code, bring it to I don’t have the answer or know enough about something, I General Council and ask our people how they want these will seek people who have the expertise, experience, and take their advice into consideration.



PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME AT MY EMAIL OR CELL or 541-969-6662 I look forward to hearing what’s important to you. October 2017

Confederated Umatilla Journal



Confederated Umatilla Journal

October 2017

Confederated Umatilla Journal 10-2017  

The Confederated Umatilla Journal Monthly Print Edition for October 2017