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Liora Sponko, the Executive Director of the Lane Arts Council in Eugene, pulled her first silkscreen print at Crow's Shadow. Page 15A.

D. L. Shakespeare of Umatilla Express ties a bandana on the head of Hiyuum Nowland of Lil' Umatilla Express before Indian relay race practice. More on Page 2B.

Jillian Morning Owl works on a mouthful of melon at the Community Picnic in August. More photos on Pages 20A and 21A.

Amariana Willingham, 12, laughs with fellow dancer during a welcoming ceremony for visiting Japanese students. See more on page 28B.

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Tribes buying Hawaiian IT firm Holding company created for growth opportunities By the CUJ

MISSION – The Confederated Tribes are in the final stages of purchasing a Honolulubased disabled-veteran-owned business that provides solutions and products in the areas of information technology, homeland security and emergency management, among other services. A tentative verbal agreement on the final terms of the deal has been reached and the next step is a work session with the CTUIR Board of Trustees to discuss the financing and seek final approval, which likely will take place this month. Native Hawaiian Veterans (NHV) LLC will become part of Cayuse Technologies, the IT business owned by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). NHV, which has been in operation for 11

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Welcome to the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Happy Canyon Princesses Sequoia Conner, left, and Tayler Craig, right, pose for one of many photos that will be taken of them before Pendleton Round-Up. To get to know the princesses a little better flip to page 16B and read their responses to the annual CUJ questionnaire.

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New school year begins More than 70 students gathered for first-day protocol at the Longhouse on the Umatilla Indian Reservation Aug. 27. New teacher Lynette Minthorn (in grey T-shirt) joined the Nixyaawii Community School staff. For a story about the school turn to Page 3A; for a story about Minthorn turn to Page 4A.

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CUJ News Annual Kidz Pow Wow keeps dancers hoppin’ MISSION - More than 20 children registered for the annual Kidz Pow Wow held at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute Sept. 1. Randall Minthorn served as an MC and was joined by Caleb Minthorn and Joshua Spencer on the big drum. Categories included 0-4, 5-7, and 8-12. Youth were gifted with backpacks full of supplies and necklaces for their participation. Tamastslikt Cultural Institute Director Bobbie Conner and Jessica Wallis hold hands with young dancers during a round dance at the Kidz Pow Wow Sept. 1.

Demetri Brockie, right, Emery Kordatzky, left, and Weptas Brockie, center, danced in a special song to honor the grounds of the Kidz Pow Wow Sept. 1 at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute.

Jillian Morning Owl danced in the 0-4 -yearold category at the Kidz Pow Wow Sept. 1.

Pendleton Round-Up event schedule jam-packed as usual Saturday Sept. 8 kicks off the Pendleton Round-Up week with the Dress-Up Parade at 10 a.m. in downtown Pendleton. That evening the Kick-Off Concert featuring Old Diminion will start at 7 p.m. at the Happy Canyon Arena.

Banner Bank Pendleton Professional Bull Riding Classic will be at the Happy Canyon Arena beginning at 8 p.m. on Sept. 10 and 11. The Happy Canyon Night Show starts at 7:45 p.m. Sept. 1215. The Junior American Indian Beauty

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TERO raises minimum wage MISSION - The CTUIR Board of Trustees (BOT) passed a new minimum wage for some Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) projects during its regular meeting at the Nixyaawii Governance Center August 27. The minimum wage rate is effective on covered activities on TERO jurisdiction land that are not already governed by an established wage rate. The new minimum wage was changed from $15 per hour to $20 per hour. The public notice regarding the new minimum wage was published in the June CUJ and all exhibits pertaining to the issue were available for public review and comment for a 45-day period before the resolution was passed. The resolution states that after a $20 per hour wage was used as a minimum on the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center construction, it was then used on the Recreation Center improvements, and is now being used on the Education Facility project as well. A motion to approve the resolution was made by BOT member Woodrow Star and seconded by General Council Chair William Sigo IV. BOT members also voting in favor of the resolution were Treasurer Doris Wheeler and BOT members Sally Kosey and Rosenda Shippentower. Voting no were Secretary Kat Brigham, Vice Chair Jeremy Wolf, and BOT member Aaron Ashley. Brigham declined to comment when asked wwhy she voted no on the resolution. Ashley and Wolf did not return a request to comment on their no votes.

Yellowhawk start new 'Holistic Health Campaign' MISSION- As part of their 'Holistic Health Campaign' Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center will begin hosting a free yoga class in the Community Garden in Mission. The first class was held Sept. 5 and will continue through September every Wednesday at noon. The class is open to the community and mats are provided. For more information contact Shoshoni Walker at 541-240-8436.

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CUJ News Leaders offer advice, encouragement to students By the CUJ

MISSION – More than 75 Nixyaawii Community School (NCS) students started the new year Aug. 27 with a Longhouse grand entry and pre-classroom protocol attended by seven of the nine members of the Board of Trustees (BOT) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). NCS Cultural Historian Fred Hill led the first-ever grand entry with boys and girls circling inside the perimeter of the Longhouse to the beat of a big drum. School started with 79 students on the first day, including 16 freshmen, 26 sophomores, 18 juniors and 19 seniors. At protocol, Hill and Principal Ryan Heinrich acted as master of ceremonies, handing over the microphone to a number of speakers, including BOT Chair Gary Burke, Vice Chair Jeremy Wolf, Secretary Kat Brigham, and members Woodrow Star, Sally Kosey and Aaron Ashley. General Council Chair William Sigo IV also made remarks. Additionally, Scott Minthorn, chair of the CTUIR Education and Training Committee; Michelle Van Pelt, career and post-secondary counselor; and Lindsey Watchman, one of NCS’s first school board members, also spoke to the students. NCS alumnus Alyssa Farrow, a 2016 graduate who will begin her junior year at Stanford University this fall, was a keynote speaker. Farrow reminded students of the “unique and diverse cultural tradition” they won’t “find anywhere else.” “I’m the only Umatilla at Stanford,” she said. “The classes I had at Nixyaawii were impactful and set me apart from other students. Take advantage of language and drumming because once you graduate you will miss them.” She also told students to embrace the school’s small class size and the relationships they can make with teachers “who care about you and your education.”

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Students from Nixyaawii Community School danced into their first invocation of the year at the Mission Longhouse Aug. 27. The boys and girls took their ceremonial places on either side of the Wash in this longhouse and listened to speakers from the school and the Board of Trustees encourage them to do well in the upcoming school year.

BOT members took turns reminding students to be on time, stay in class, keep their grades up and ask lots of questions. “Don’t look at sports as everything,” Kosey said. “You’re all special. You can make things happen,” Brigham said. “Wake up with a positive attitude.” “Go out in the world and ask questions,” said Wolf. “While you’re here in school have the best time you can. Encourage each other, help each other,” Burke said. “ “Take advantage of everything you have,” Sigo added. “At one time I was sitting where you’re at,” said Star. “Nobody told me I would be a leader.”

Minthorn told the students it isn’t too early to be thinking about their future after high school, but he admonished them to attend class and not be tardy because it “reflects on you and your school and your community.” Watchman reminded students that Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla ancestors signed a treaty 163 years ago that promised a school, among many other things. He said many people made the charter school happen and he acknowledged Lloyd Commander and Tania Wildbill for writing the original charter application.Watchman noted that NCS has given the Tribes the opportunity to control the traditional lessons taught in the classroom.

He said it is easy for tribal students to “disappear in a big school” like Pendleton High School and said NCS was created to reduce truancy and improve graduation rates. Watchman, whose daughter Mariah graduated from NCS and whose son, Moses Moses, now goes there, told the students, “I believe you are in the right place, I believe in this school.” BOT member Aaron Ashley, one of the first to speak, told the students to “have high expectations of yourselves and each other and of us. Respect yourself and one another.” “Think big, utilize your time and utilize your resources. We’re here because we care about your education and your well-being,” he said.

Elders' concern over smaller budget explained By Jill-Marie Gavin of The CUJ

MISSION – A report of the 2019 draft budget sent alarm bells pulsating through the elders’ community on the Umatilla Indian Reservation when they were told that next year’s funding would be approximately $9,000 less than in 2018. The “cut” is not really a cut in 2019 funding it's not even a smaller allocation, but due instead to a 2017 decision that requires the elders program, like all other Tribal programs, to adhere to the Confederated Tribes’ Fiscal Management Policy (FMP). The FMP is the governing document the Tribes use to make sure all programs adhere to the same financial guidelines. Starting this year, any money left over in the elders’ budget is being transferred

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money left in the budget at the end of back to the Tribes’ general fund. And since $9,000 wasn’t spent in 2017, the year would no longer carry over and it was allowed to would instead be placed into the carry over into 2018, the same algeneral fund like 'CTUIR elder Tessie Williams other programs. lowance will not “The carryover be made for the said that every year there are 2019 budget. was previously always “bad feelings” about the allowed to go Board of Trustbudget, many of which, Williams ees Treasurer into the followsaid, have occurred since the age ing year’s budget. Doris Wheeler, of elder eligibility was lowered from Either the BOT elected in 2017, explained the or the previous 65 to 55.' - CTUIR Elder treasurer made reason for the Tessie Williams funding change. that decision,” Wheeler said. She said that sometime in the The elder’s budget, Wheeler past “couple of years” it was decided, either by the BOT said, was increased this year by $771 or the current treasurer of that time, the dollars, but that money does not go to-

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ward activities for the elders, but rather toward the salary of the Senior Activities Coordinator. The 2018 budget came in at $234,052 and the projected draft budget for 2019 is $224,983. The carryover from one year to the next (the $9,069 in question) was a onetime allowance, according to BOT member Rosenda Shippentower, who served as treasurer from 2015 to 2017 when the 2018 budget was approved. Shippentower said in an email, “The Fiscal Management Policy (FMP) is the policy that does not allow carryover within the Tribes to be retained and used in the following year. Thus, this decision was not made by anyone. See Elders' Budget on page 17A


Minthorn will change ‘fitness culture’ at NCS By Wil Phinney of the CUJ


xpect some changes when Lynette Minthorn blows the whistle in gym class for Nixyaawii Community School (NCS) students this fall. You won’t hear as many basketballs bouncing on the hardwood. Instead, there will be more focus on fitness and other recreational games. There will be a different concept than the “open gym” some kids might be accustomed to. Minthorn is just the second certified/licensed teacher who is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes (Belinda Hayes Toyama was the first) hired at NCS since its inception in 2004. She wants to emphasize a more rigorous physical fitness and health-education regimen that looks at, for instance, muscular conditioning and endurance, cardiovascular health and overall physical wellness. “Don’t get me wrong. We will play basketball,” said Minthorn, who played colleMinthorn giate hoops at Lane Commuwent through nity College in Eugene and Eastern Oregon University in the two-year La Grande. American “It’s going to be a change in culture,” Minthorn said, Indian noting that Ken Mayfield, Teaching assistant cross country and boys’ basketball coach, has Program “done a great job in the last at Portland couple of year’s jumpstarting that change.” State But Minthorn has lots of University. other ideas running around in She earned her head. She plans on implementing a Master’s the following classes during of Education her first quarter at NCS: fitness and games, team sports, and dual strength and conditioning, licensure in and a weight-lifting course. In the second quarter, she PE/Health is thinking about adding a and Special group fitness class in the old Yellowhawk clinic building Education. where some NCS classes are to be taught this year. She’s up in the air about step aerobics, yoga or tai-chi. “It could be for those not drawn to individual or team sports,” she said. “Fitness is different for everybody and that should be honored and addressed.” LAST YEAR MINTHORN was teaching PE to firstthrough-fifth graders at Sherwood Heights Elementary in Pendleton. “I loved the little guys. They wore me out, but it was great. They still love PE at that age,” Minthorn said. But she was on a temporary contract and in the early spring found out she was being transferred to Sunridge Middle School for sixth-through-eighth grade. “I am not interested in teaching that age group at this time in my life, with my lifestyle, my sexuality,” said Minthorn, whose partner, Chelsea Hallam, is a Language Arts instructor in her second year at NCS. With being the only female PE teacher at Sunridge, she would have been the lone adult in the locker room and was apprehensive about the potential for what might arise “during this current political state or anytime really.” Minthorn said she received administrative support, but did not feel comfortable with the idea of battling discrimination and prejudices in regards to her sexuality. It is common for larger schools to hire more than one teacher to supervise a locker room in order to avoid isolating teachers and students in a one-on-


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Lynette Minthorn gets her feet wet as the new Nixyaawii Community School Physical Education and Health Instructor in the Eagle's Nest Gym. Lucas Arellanes, NCS senior, does wall sits with a medicine ball behind Minthorn during one of her classes.

one environment, Minthorn said. Without a constant secondary presence in the locker room, teachers do not have access to a safe and secure environment, and are unable to ensure protection from false allegations or dangerous behavior. “Anything can happen and kids are tough at that age. They are trying to figure out who they are,” she said. A simple joke, statement or misunderstanding could be taken out of context and blown out of proportion. Minthorn has developed new locker room policies and procedures in the remodeled facilities at the Community Center gym. However, she will not be physically present in the locker room.

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“It’s a conservative lifestyle in Eastern Oregon. I know. I grew up here. I’ve been able to navigate it now that I’m older.” Minthorn weighed the pros and cons of transferring up to Sunridge with her partner and in the end it was a “simple decision..." NOW SHE’S EXCITED AND NERVOUS to be at NCS. “It feels really good,” she said as she organized the office where Aaron Noisey spent 11 years as Athletic Director. (Noisey has taken a teaching job at Echo High School.) “This is what I had in mind, working at Nixyaawii,” Minthorn said. A graduate of Pendleton High School in 2008, Minthorn went off to Lane Community College on a basketball scholarship and finished with a Northwest Athletic Association College championship. She moved to Las Vegas intending to play basketball and finish her undergraduate degree at New Mexico Highlands University. The basketball part didn’t work out. “It was the first big decision in my life when I decided to leave the team,” she said. “I didn’t get along with the coaching staff. I got a job to pay for the rest of my school year. I was far away, it was a new culture, and the distance started catching up with me.” So she reached out to Eastern Oregon University and landed a two-year basketball scholarship and a Minthorn on page 14A

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Families buy HC flowers after BOT denies request Gift made in memory of former Princess Esther Huesties By Wil Phinney of the CUJ

MISSION – The Wolf, Huesties and Burke families decided to purchase flowers to decorate the Sept. 8 Dress-Up Parade saddles for the Happy Canyon princesses after a $400 request was denied Aug. 13 by the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). The families will purchase the flowers in honor of atway Esther Huesties, a 1993 Happy Canyon Princess who died in April of this year. Esther was the sister of Althea Wolf, a 1996 Happy Canyon Princess, who is married to BOT Vice Chair Jeremy Wolf. Alvina Huesties, the mother of Esther and Althea, was a princess in 1963, and their Aunt Judy was a princess in 1966. The request wasn’t on the regular Aug.

13 BOT agenda when Jeremy Wolf, as the acting chair in Gary Burke’s absence, read the letter from Casey Hunt, a director from the Happy Canyon Association. Happy Canyon traditionally purchasessaddle flowers for the two CTUIR representatives when they ride in the Sept. 14 Westward Ho! Parade. Althea Wolf said her family has always been involved in Happy Canyon activities and has always purchased “stuff – outfits and whatnot” for the princesses. They have hosted parties, provided dresses and regalia, and provided horses and trappings for the girls either in their roles as princesses or during beauty pageants. “There’s a stereotype about being a princess,” said Wolf. “People think it’s a girly-girl thing, but you have to know how to ride a horse, you have to have the regalia, you have to know how to mend or make the regalia, you have to have respect for family heirlooms.” Alvina Huesties’ dress, made around 1920, was worn by Althea’s daughter, Stella. Althea’s little sister, Ashley, wore her Aunt Marilyn’s dress, which had to

be repaired before it could be used. Ashleigh Wolf, Althea noted, shattered the girly-girl stereotype when she joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Althea said it was both fitting and ironic that the saddle flowers are being purchased in honor of her late sister Esther, who in spite of taking her princess role very seriously, was not a horse person – or an animal lover for that matter. “She was not an animal person of any sort,” said Althea. “My Dad bought a puppy and gave it to her with her eyes closed. He put this soft, fury puppy in her hands. She screamed and dropped it.” The only animal she really softened up to was a barn cat named Ralph, which she rescued from a couple of dogs that were tossing it around. “We were shocked that she touched that cat,” Althea said. “She nursed that cat back to health and it lived for 20 years.” Getting on a horse and riding it were not easy for Esther. Their grandfather, Raymond Burke, wouldn’t let the horses be ridden in the spring or winter for fear of the animals catching colds.

So Esther would walk and lead her horse as often as she could. “She took it serious. I had this ‘colonial concept’ and I didn’t really want to be a princess,” Althea said. “Esther was proud to do it and she was good at it. She laughed all the time, ‘I can’t mess this up for Happy Canyon, for my family, for my tribe.’ She took it to that level, very serious.” The flowers, Althea said, make it easier on her because she’s not a shopper. “That was more an Esther and Mom thing,” she said. But she wonders about what the Board of Trustees was thinking when they denied the flower purchase for the two girls who represent not only Happy Canyon, but the CTUIR. She said she’d ask BOT members: “What other investments do you make in young girls who want to do good in the community? You just denied buying these girls flowers. Don’t you want more girls to do this kind of thing, to be strong, to follow tradition? They don’t get to See Happy Canyon flowers on page 18A

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CUJ Editorials Smoke settles over Mission Fires across the Pacific Northwest left Mission residents indoors in August. This photo, taken on Cayuse River road about four miles north of Mission, shows the skies looking west during a hazy sunset Aug. 19. Smoke kept Tribal daycare and other programs indoors to avoid the hazardous air conditions.

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John McCain: An American first, last, always


he United States Navy has an official and unofficial motto: “Semper Fortis” – Always John McCain Courageous, officially, and “Non sibi sed worked hard on partiae” – not for self but for country. behalf of Indian You may have liked or disliked Senator Country. Like John McCain, but you can be rest assured he did live by both of these mottos as a any human he Navy man. had his faults and The Senator was a graduate of the weaknesses, but Naval Academy class of 1958, he served his strength and during the Vietnam War and was held as a prisoner of war for five and a half resolve to find years, three and a half in solitary conjustice for American finement. He was released in March of Indians set him 1973. While in prison his fellow captive apart from so many compatriots attested to his courage and steadfast devotion to duty. He espoused of his colleagues. the belief of “not for self but for country” when he refused any special treatment by his captors, including early release, unless all his fellow prisoners received the same treatment. For his stance, his captors beat issues facing Indian Country, primarily from the 17 and tortured him. Tribes in Arizona. Upon being released from captivity and returnSenator McCain recognized the failures of the ing back to the United States, McCain served as the United States to live up to its obligations and trust Navy’s liaison to the Senate where he quickly learned responsibilities to Tribes. From 1987 until his passing, how to shape and make policy. Upon his retirement he served on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, from the Navy in 1981 he went on to run and win a twice as its chairman. He championed a number of Congressional seat and a Senate seat in his adopted Native issues - gaming, education, housing, women’s state of Arizona. Senator McCain learned about the safety, economic development, telecommunications,

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environmental protection, veteran’s issues and the protection of our artifacts and cultural properties. While the Senator could be pragmatic, he stood on principle most of his career as a public servant. He understood the need for the United States to live up to its responsibility. He worked hard on behalf of Indian Country. Like any human he had his faults and weaknesses, but his strength and resolve to find justice for American Indians set him apart from so many of his colleagues. During the 2004 Republican National Convention he said, “We are Americans first, Americans last, Americans always. Let us argue our differences. But remember we are not enemies, but comrades in a war against a real enemy, and take courage from the knowledge that our military superiority is matched only by the superiority of our ideals, and our unconquerable love for them.”  As First Americans, we grieve for our loss of such a good leader, we offer our condolences to his family, and we pray his legacy will not die. Fair Winds and Following Seas Senator McCain. Your courageous love of country and work to help find justice for Indian Country is greatly admired and appreciated. ~ CFS III

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CUJ Op-Ed/Columns Letter to the Editor Connect the dots if you want vote to count

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A crew of more than three dozen young men and women from Northwest Grain Growers out of Walla Walla pulled tarps over wheat at the grain piles in Mission Aug. 8. It was sunny and hot that day, but the following day it rained.

To the editor, The voter intent rule is really quite simple. The rule states in Election Code 3.13B that you have to connect the dots for the vote to count. If the dots aren’t connected then the vote doesn’t count. If you follow the Election Code rule 3.13B you can eliminate the Election Committee involvement. They should have never been put into the predicament of having to figure out the voters’ intent. Fact is, they should have never been put in that position at all if you follow the rules. Some BOT members have admitted it’s wrong. So has [tribal attorney] Dan Hester. Fact is, Dan Hester told the Election Commission it was okay to do this when, in fact, he knew it was totally wrong and probably illegal. Shame on Hester. The BOT stated they need a fix. To leave it the same way is no fix at all (which was one of the choices) or we could follow the Election Code rule 3.13B. To do anything less to me is, oh, what’s the word I’m looking for? Oh yeah, it’s called cheating. David Sams Thornhollow

Enemies of the people?' Simply, plainly – 'no' Gene Policinski of the Freedom Forum Institute


free press brings us the news of the day, from weather to Wall Street, and when done properly functions as a "watchdog on government." The public expects that first part, and the First Amendment — on behalf of all of us — protects that last part. Today, at many small town publications and major metropolitan dailies and broadcast outlets big and small, something extraordinary is happening: News outlets are publishing editorials defending a free and independent press, pushing back against those who have attacked them as "enemies," "despicable people" and purveyors of "fake news." "Enemies of the people?" Don't make me laugh — though, if the implications were not so serious, we probably should. The reality: Most journalists put their personal preferences aside in doing their job, looking for a good story regardless of political implications. "Fake news?" The term has been diluted to a current definition of news and information that some don't want to see or hear, rather than an earlier association with factual error or deliberate misinformation. The slander that may sting the most, the "enemies" tag, is centuries old, even appearing in a Shakespearean tragedy, but is most often associated with despots of a modern time, Stalin and Hitler. The charge simply has no place in a debate over the role, performance or ethics of a free press. It also ignores what is plain for all to see: journalists are "the people." Reporters and editors and broadcasters and online journalists throughout the nation live in the very same communities on which they report. Their children attend the same schools as everyone else's. They shop in the same stores, and worship in the same places.

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Most journalists work on topics like local school board policies, track government programs and officials, and report on the joys and tragedies of everyday life. Even the select group of professionals who track events in Washington or Wall Street or Silicone Valley go home at night to families and friends, just as we all do. Yes, there are errors made in what is now journalism's "24/7" world. There are cable TV pundits paid to pontificate, not report. The web and social media have brought us "stuff and fluff" that pretends often to be journalism but in reality is just political messaging and social posturing from those on the right and left wings of partisan debate. A real worry is that there are just fewer journalists and fewer news outlets around to do the job — in newspapers alone, there are less than 25,000 when in 1990 there were more than 65,000. The amount of news to be reported has not shrunk accordingly. But that does not mean the remaining staffers are any less committed to clear and accurate journalism. "We are not the enemy of the people," Marjorie Pritchard, deputy managing editor for the editorial page of The Boston Globe, told the Associated Press. Last week more than 350 newspapers and broadcast outlets said they would join in the one-day commentary combine suggested by the Globe. Pritchard said she expects differing views from the editorials, all written locally, "but the same sentiment: the importance of a free and independent press." No doubt some will slam President Trump for his frequent attacks on "the media," as if there were one, monolithic news machine rather than the diverse, independent news sources that collectively make up the nation's news outlets. But vitriolic attacks on the press began long before Trump found ways to exploit those terms in what he told CBS's Leslie Stahl in 2016, as his presidential campaign began, was a deliberate tactic to "discredit

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you all and demean you all so when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you." Congress tried jailing journalists it didn't like only a few years after the Bill of Rights was adopted in 1791 — and failed soon after. Not that many years ago, President Nixon had a news media "enemies list" of those to be targeted by government agencies and deployed Vice President Spiro Agnew to call journalists "nattering nabobs of negativity," among other things. We know who, by virtue of relentless, solid reporting, was proven right in that dispute. Today's unprecedented editorial blitz is prompted in large degree by the perceived effectiveness of Trump and other politicians having found a new, direct way to deliver the "enemies" tag on a nearconstant basis via social media — combined with the self-awareness of a news industry that knows it has been severely weakened by the web's negative impact on both audience and advertising income. There is some risk in today's editorial effort: Trump may just use it as populist evidence that "the media" really is against him. Of course, he makes that case in many ways on most other days. And the 2018 State of the First Amendment survey, released in late June, clearly shows most Americans could use a reminder about the value of a free press. For those willing to look, journalists print, broadcast and post stories each day that make our lives better, expose waste, fraud and abuse, and celebrate the good in our collective lives. For those not willing to look, and all too willing to just parrot the glib lines of leaders more interested in political traction than accurate criticism — well, no editorial is likely to change those minds. Whatever the reason behind editorial writers nationwide making their case today in defense of good journalism, the ultimate — and effective — response in defense of a free press is in the work that simply proves the critics wrong.


CUJ Almanac Obituary Byron Samuel Strong 4/26/1947 - 7/14/2018 Byron Samuel Strong 71, of Pendleton, OR went home to be with the Lord and his wife Myrna on July 14, 2018. He was born to Byron and Dolores (Stevens) Strong in Pendleton, Or on April 26, 1947. He was raised at McKay Creek by his grandparents Emma Jones and Samuel Luton. He attended school in Pilot Rock and Madras. He worked as a mechanic most of his life. He loved fast cars and loved to go fast. He was an avid horseman, hunter and fisherman. He was known to go hunting on horseback and would always come home with something tied over his saddle. He loved the outdoors and taught his nephews to love it as well. He taught them to fish and hunt. He was married to Myrna Strong for 27 years before she passed away in November 2017. Together they raised their nephews Daniel Redelk, Tommy and Syd Thompson. He taught them many important lessons. He loved football and spent many days tossing the ball around with them. He even played tackle football in the gravel driveway with them and never complained when he got tackled. He is survived by his children: Alice (Dan) Spaulding, Lori (Bill) Picard, Teresa (James) Oatman all of Idaho and Tannon Shippentower of Pendleton, Or; step father William Burke, sisters Beverly Winn, Bonnie Burke, and Robin (Jim) Turk; brother Randy (Kathie) Burke all of Pendleton, Or; 14 grandchildren, 5 great grand children and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sister Francis Lee Burke, brothers Christopher Dean and Sidney Gene Burke, along with his parents and grandparents. Services were held Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 9:00 am at Mission Assembly of God with burial at Tutuila Cemetery. Geneva Frances Haskie 2/15/1929 - 8/13/2018 Geneva Frances Haskie, 89, of Pendleton died Wednesday August 8, 2018. She was born February 15, 1929. Dressing Services were held Monday August 13, 2018 at 4:00 pm at Burns Mortuary. Rosary was held at 6:00 pm at Burns Mortuary. Mass was held Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 9:00 am at St Andrews Mission, followed by burial at the Agency Cemetery. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton was charge of arrangements. Sign the online guestbook at www.burnsmortuary.com Lacey Rae Wolf-Betzer November 9, 1991 – August 31, 2018 Lacey Wolf-Betzer passed away August 31, 2018 after she was involved in a single-car accident in Wells, Nevada. She is survived by her husband Mike and daughter Alisa Oralynn Wolf-Betzer. She is also survived by her mother Ora Frazier, step-father Bill Frazier, father David Wolf Jr. and his significant other Ione, her brothers Jeremy Redstar Wolf, Brian Trevor Laude and Istaapakspam Filkins. She is also survived by her sisters Adrienne Wolf, Tiona Wolf-Morrison, Ashleigh Wolf, Jolene and Serenity. Lacey is also survived by her nieces, and nephews Menabelle Laude, Elizabeth Annie Laude, Lily and Tony Dennison, Stella, Aiden and Maniah Wolf, Stormy and Addison as well as Iosefa, Charlie, Ela and Katherine. Lacey spent her early years at St. Andrew’s Mission and moved with her mother to the Mission housing before moving and spending her


adolescence on the west end of the Spokane Indian Reservation. She moved to Arizona where she met and married her husband before spending her pregnancy and first year as a mother in Oasis, NV. For a year Lacey moved home to live with her brother David “Bubba” Filkins and spent time reconnecting with her family on the Umatilla Indian Reservation before returning to Wells, NV where she spent the last years of her life. Lacey loved to laugh, hike, listen to music and her favorite activity of all was to spent evenings cruising with her closest friends listening to music under the open sky and stars. Anyone she met and became friends with was invited on these cruises with Lacey. She absolutely loved to be outside. She was described as being an “avid rock hound” for her love of mountains and hiking. Music was a part of her spirit. She loved pow wows, spending time with family and friends. Lacey’s power to persuade lent to her career as a manager in Wells, NV where she was running a brothel. The talents she possessed and picked up on the job translated to her final task of gathering all of the men in her life into one vehicle as they traveled to send on her way. Lacey’s husband, ex-boyfriend and current boyfriend all hopped in one car on the journey home in honor of Lacey’s life. Lacey’s presence was powerful and will be missed.

Weather CTUIR Weather Report August 2018 Weather information summarize data taken at the Pendleton Weather Station Lat 45 40 N and Lon -118 51 W from August 1 to August 31. Temperature is reported in degrees Fahrenheit and time in Pacific Standard Time. The average daily temperature was 88 degrees with a high of 106 degrees on August 8 and a low of 43 degrees on August 25. With a departure from normal of 1.0 degrees Total precipitation to date in August was 0.03” with greatest 24hr average 0.03” August 27. 1 days out of the month had precipitation level greater than .01 inches with 0 days greater than 0.10 inches and with 0 day greater than 0.50”. There was a departure of -.35" from average for the month of August. Snow, Ice Pellets, Hail total for the month: 0.00” with greatest 24 hour: 0.00”. Greatest Depth: 0.00”. The average wind speed was 9.5 mph with a sustained max speed of 32 mph from the South West on August 23. A peak speed of 39 mph occurred from the West on August 23. The dominant wind direction was from the West. There were 3 Thunder storms, 1 rain days out of 31, 26 Haze events/Smoky days in the month of August. Air Quality Index values remained MODERATE thru August with heavy wildfire smoke activity scattering across the Pacific Northwest.

Applications due Sept. 12 for YHTC beading project MISSION - Community members skilled in beading are invited to create one of 25 medallions we need for Yellowhawk Christmas tree display by Sept. 12. Yellowhawk tree will be auctioned at the annual St. Anthony's Christmas tree charity auction. The theme is "In loving memory". Those interested in creating a medallion in honor of a loved one they lost will need to complete our application. We will supply the material needed for the medallions. Applications are available at Yellowhawk Prevention and due by Wednesday, September 12th before 4:00 P.M. Chosen applicants will be notified by Monday, September 17th. Proceeds from the auction will go to Cason's Place; a grief support for children and families located in Pendleton, OR.

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1. Executive Director 2. Public Transit Bus Driver 3. Archaeologist (2 positions) 4. Re-Education / Intervention Facilitator 5. Seasonal Farm Assistant 6.Victim & Witness Assistant 7. Web Programmer 8. Surveillance Operator 9. Resident Services Coordinator 11. Computer Helpdesk 12. Finance Clerk 13. Nixyaawii Governance Center Receptionist/Secretary 1 14. Juvenile Delinquency Specialist 15. Kinship Cafe Lead Cook/ Cashier 16. Veteran's Services Representative 17. HUD/NON HUD Maintenance Repairer For more information visit: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Att: Office of Human Resources Online 46411 Timine Way Pendleton, OR 97801 http://ctuir.org

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Jobs CRITFC Job openings Administrative/Contract Support Specialist $49751-$64674, FT/REG/Exempt Portland, OR Closes on: September 21, 2018 CRITFC is seeking an Admin/Contract Specialist to Serve the Fish Science Dept. Is responsible for trackingdepartment budgets, contracts, and expenditures. Will provide administrative and contract support to the FSCI Dept. Manager and Project Leaders. AA/BA Degree in Admin/Business Mgmt. HS Diploma w/5yrs relevant exp.will be considered. Demonstrable admin contract exper. High proficiency w/Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Excel proficiency test will be given during interview. Public Relations Coordinator Full-time, Regular, Exempt $85,794.00 - $111,530.00 This position is to build public understanding and strategies to advance CRITFC’s mission. Will lead by designing and implementing media strategies and initiatives and cultivates Community and strategic relationships that promotes the principle aspirations and accomplishments of the Commission and it’s member tribes. Will collaborate within the commission, with the tribes and among relevant partners to generate content, identify opportunities and make sure the messages and strategies are aligned. REQ: Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Public Relations, or Communication’s is preferred. Other degrees are Acceptable if five years of experience and performance reflects ability to accomplish essential job functions. Outgoing, confident, and persuasive communicator with exceptional communication skills. Fishery Management/Harvest Management $72148-97233 FTR/Exempt/Portland Area Assist tribes in the planning and coordination of tribal harvest in the Col. Riv. Basin for CRITFC’s 4-member tribes. Work within Various harvest mgmt. forums to implement Tribal fisheries consistent with the treaty fishing rights case law. REQ: Master’s in Bio Sciences or related field, OR Bachelors in Bio Sciences or 3 yrs. of relevant work. Population Dynamics, eco modeling, or applied statistics. http://www.critfc.org/blog/jobs/fisheryscientist-harvest-management/

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Committee, Commission vacancies This notification formally announces that applications are now being taken from tribal members who wish to serve on the Commissions/ Committees listed below. Appointed members will receive a $100.00 stipend per meeting effective January 1, 2016 once the minutes have been approved on CTUIR pay days. 2 positions for CTUIR Culture Coalition – 2 year term, meets as needed - No Stipends 1 position for Culture Resource Committee – 2 year term, meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday @ 1:30 PM 1 position for Economic & Community Development Committee – 2 year term, meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday @ 9:00 AM-term ending June 12, 2019. 1 position for Gaming Commission – 4 year term, meets every Tuesday @ 1 PM and Wednesday @ 10:30 AM 1 position for Science & Technology Committee – 2 year term, meets 2nd & 4th Thursday @ 2 PM-term ending December 5, 2018.

1 position for TERO Commission – 2 year term, meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday @ 1:30 PM-term ending April 3, 2019 1 position for Tiichám Conservation District – 2 year term, meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday @ 1:00 PM All applications will be due on Monday, September 17, 2018 by 4:00 p.m. and BOT will make appointments on Monday, September 24, 2018. Applications available at the Nixyáawii Governance Center or online at www.ctuir.org/government/committees- commissions Completed applications should be submitted to the Nixyáawii Governance Center lobby. For more information, call 541-276-3165. 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.

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The top photo shows the Ántukš-Tińqapapt Solar PV Array after its completion on the south side of the Energy & Environmental Sciences Program (EESP) Field Station. At left is a drone photo of the array under construction near the EESP domes. From June 29, when the array was commissioned, through Aug. 21, the solar array had produced more than 32,509 kwh, equivalent to 20 tons of CO2 emissions avoided; 2,871 gallons of gasoline offset; more than 6 million smartphone charges; 968 nights of powering of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center; 1 day of powering one search engine data center; and 1,355 electric cars charged.

At right, a geotech drill rig works during the exploration phase.Three primary sites and five secondary sites have been identified for exploratory boreholes.

Geothermal next energy frontier for CTUIR By Wil Phinney of the CUJ

MISSION – Patrick Mills gets excited talking about the possibility of generating enough renewable, sustainable power to provide electricity for the entire Umatilla Indian Reservation. He lights up and gets chatty. He’s an optimist with an audience. Watch out. He talks like a scientist, because he is one, so it’s difficult to keep up if you aren’t savvy. He speaks fast about geothermal resource assessment and standby baseload and microgrids. Already, the Ántukš-Tińqapapt Solar Photovoltaic Array installed in July is producing power for the Energy & Environmental Sciences Program (EESP) Field Station (domes included), the Kayak Transit Center and Bus Barns. Now Mills and Rod Skeen, an engineer in the Tribes’ Department of Natural Resources (DNR) EESP, are ready for the second phase of a geothermal project that could lead, they hope, to a geothermal power plant that will push the Confederated Tribes closer to their goal of energy independence. The solar array is on track to exceed all performance expectations, despite the smoky summer conditions. From June 29, when the array was commissioned, through Aug. 21, the solar array had produced more than 32,509 kwh, equivalent to 20 tons of CO2 emissions avoided; 2,871 gallons of gasoline offset; more than 6 million smartphone charges; 968 nights of powering of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center; 1 day of powering one search engine data center; and 1,355 electric cars charged.


First Foods will benefit from efforts to create electricity from renewable sources MISSION – Electricity generated by solar and geothermal resources will move the Confederated Tribes farther toward their goal of energy independence while reducing their carbon footprint, according to Matt Johnson, Energy and Environmental Science Program Manager. Like the rest of the CTUIR programs, Johnson looks at the EESP with First Foods in mind. “We take of them so they take care of us,” he said. When energy is created from fossil fuels it puts carbon dioxide into the environment and when water is used to make hydroelectricity it has a direct negative impact on salmon and other aquatic life. Renewable energy, however, reduces those impacts, Johnson said.

Mills said EESP and the Tribes’ Department of Economic and Community Development are in the early stages of talks for bigger solar projects at sites on and off the reservation, including on land near the Columbia River. Solar is proving itself so the new focus is geothermal energy, which is made by harnessing heat from the Earth’s crust. The first phase of exploration is complete. It was a geothermal resource assessment, which used above ground measurements to determine where drilling might take place Skeen said the survey assessed ground “fractures” to find areas where heat is near the surface and the ground permits water flow. Three primary sites and five secondary sites have been identified for explor-

“With solar and geothermal we aren’t putting carbon dioxide into the air or contributing to climate change,” Johnson said. “Neither are we requiring water from the rivers that impact fish. And we are definitely reducing negative impacts on our First Foods.” Johnson said he hopes the CTUIR can do some larger scale solar projects that perhaps can provide power for the Nixyaawii Governance Center or Wildhorse Casino. “We’ve proven we can do it on a smaller scale. The logical step are bigger facilities,” he said. Geothermal plans are “ambitious,” but not something that is going to happen soon. It will take several years of planning. “The potential is there,” Johnson said, noting that test wells could be drilled within the next year or two.

atory boreholes. The main objective will be to measure “temperature gradients” plus geophysical and geochemistry attributes. One of the boreholes, Mills said, may be drilled more than 3,000 feet to a depth below the Columbia River Basalt Group. Are the scientists optimistic? Mills laughs. “I wouldn’t be doing this if I wasn’t optimistic,” he said. Said Skeen, “We’re researchers, we’re always optimistic. At the very least, it will provide valuable information for decades.” Mills added, “It will improve our understanding of the geology of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and hopefully will turn into an energy generation system in the end.”

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Skeen and Mills took the lead on the solar installation leveraging a half-dozen funding sources, including the Department of Energy ($133,705), Energy Trust ($71,088), Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation ($63,413), and Wildhorse Foundation ($20,000). Skeen noted that solar power is low impact to the environment compared to wind turbines. The CTUIR has banned wind farms, allowing single wind mills in some cases for individual residential or farm use, for example. Turbines only turn when the wind blows and solar panels collect energy only when the sun shines. But the ground beneath us, if you go down far enough, is hot all the time so geothermal is the “24/7 standby baseload.” It is the “best of all worlds” with a small aboveground footprint. “You pump the water up, extract the heat or steam, and put the water back,” Skeen said. Mills thinks on a grand scale when he ponders the possibilities. Solar, geothermal. Don’t stop there. Biofuel. Hydrogen-powered cars. “The full spectrum of technologies should be considered as long as it’s renewable and sustainable,” Mills jumps. Microgrids. Electricity enough to power everything on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. CTUIR-controlled power generation, distribution and jobs. Skeen is upbeat too, but keeps it cool, mindful that “Mother Nature dictates all.” Patience Patrick.

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BMCC President leaves for state director position PENDLETON - BMCC President Cam Preus departing for OCCA Executive Director role PENDLETON - Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) President Cam Preus will leave the college at the end of October to become the Executive Director of the Oregon Community College Association (OCCA) in Salem. Preus has served as president at BMCC since 2013. “It has been my honor and privilege to serve as President of BMCC these past five years,” Preus said in a news release. “Every BMCC employee is dedicated to putting ‘Students First’, and seeing the work they do each day to support our students achieve their goals is inspiring. I will cherish Cam Preus the many memories I have made at the college and in eastern Oregon.” As Executive Director of the OCCA, Preus will represent all 17 of Oregon’s community colleges as the primary voice on legislative and regulatory issues at the state and federal level, advocate state-level leadership for student success efforts, and foster partnerships to further community college interests. As President of BMCC, Preus led the effort to a voter-approved $23 million capital construction bond in 2015 and oversaw the construction of three new buildings and renovation of others to expand student programs and improve safety. Among her accomplishments was the expansion of Career-Technical Education (CTE) programs in Morrow County and Hermiston. She represented the college on numerous local, state and national boards and committees, and formed partnerships with numerous organizations and businesses to support college efforts. Prior to coming to BMCC, Preus was the Director of the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development and while in the position served as the Commissioner of Community Colleges. “The Board now faces a significant challenge to replace one of the most outstanding presidents BMCC has ever known,” said Chris Brown, Chair of the BMCC Board of Education.

Culture Night returns to Mission Longhouse


Dancing in the Park $4,000 Men Slick Style and Women Short Fringe Dress Contest on Thursday and Friday afternoon in Roy Raley Park after the rodeo performance. The Men and Women contest finals will be on Saturday morning at Roy Raley Park after the Pendleton Woolen Mills competition. Sponsored by the Pendleton Round-Up.

The Round-Up Indian Village The American Indians have been a rich part of our Round-Up history since 1910. We honor the Native American culture that shared in the village and the Round-Up arena. There are over 300 tipis set up annually and the encampment is one of the largest at a North America at rodeo.

Nez Perce National Historical Parks and Whitman National Park Parks Tipi Demonstration The Nez Perce and Whitman Mission National Parks staff will provide history of the American Indian tipi and demonstrate how to set up a tipi at Roy Raley Park. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11:45 a.m.

American Indian Beauty Contest The American Indian Beauty Contest will be at 9:00 a.m. Friday on Main Street. The contestants will be on horseback. The Pendleton Woolen Mills will present a Harding shawl and cash award to the winner. The first places will receive a Chief Joseph shawls and cash awards. All the contestants will receive a cash awards. The registration for the American Beauty Contest will be in the Round-Up Indian Village.

The public is welcome to come learn

Pendleton Woolen Mills Dance Contest The Pendleton Woolen Mills American Indian dance competition will be held at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning in the Pendleton Round-Up arena. Public is welcome to this intimate setting. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the competitions.

The Oldest American Indian Couple Award An award will be presented to the oldest married American Indian couple from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and the couple is camped on the Round-Up Indian Village. If you believe you are the oldest couple, contact the Indian Director.

Junior American Indian Beauty Pageant Native American Vending at Roy Raley Park The public is welcome to visit and shop at the Native American Vendors at Roy Raley Park. We welcome you to come enjoy a frybread with your favorite toppings. Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. daily until closing, that varies each day.

The Junior American Indian Pageant starts at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday at Roy Raley Park. The public is welcome to this popular event that starts at 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning. Bring your chair or blanket to sit on the grass and enjoy the event. All contestants should register early before the pageant.

MISSION - Culture Night set to return to Mission Longhouse the first Wednesday in October. Youth are invited to come dance, drum, sing and play Oct. 6. Dinner will be at 5:30 with activities to follow at 6 p.m. Regalia not required to participate. For more information contact Babette Cowapoo at 541-969-3303.

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WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2018 September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) has translated the banner for World Suicide Day, which is Sept. 10, into the native languages of 60 countries. Working with CTUIR linguist Kristen Parr, the banner was translated into the Umatilla language, which is now included on the IASP website. Pictured here from the CTUIR Language Program, from left, are Fred Hill, Thomas Morning Owl, Mildred Quaempts, and Sara Belton.


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Burke, Cowapoo families cancel Round-Up meal

PENDLETON – The Burke and Cowapoo family have cancelled the annual lunch they provide for Round-Up on the Friday after the Westward Ho! Parade. The event was cancelled out of respect for the death of a family member in July, according to Bonnie Burke. Chief Bill Burke said he expects the lunch to resume next year.

Athena Fall Festival Oct. 6

ATHENA – The Athena Fall Festival, which will include a classic car show, local vendors, a kids’ area and pumpkin patch, is set from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main Street on Saturday, Oct. 6. There is no fee for vendors; registra-

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tion fee for cars entering the show is $10. People interested in participating as a volunteer, a vendor, a car owner, or for more information can contact the Athena Chamber of Commerce at athenachamber@gmail.com or on Facebook @athenachamber.

Fall admissions closing soon at BMCC

PENDLETON – The fall admission deadline is September 7 with classes starting September 24 at Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC). Applications are available online and new students need to attend orientation, complete placement testing, and meet with a success coach to schedule fall classes. New BMCC students are also en-

couraged to attend Fall classes begin September 24. BMCC GED orientation is Sept. 17 at 9am and BMCC GED placement testing is Sept 19 at 9am. FAFSA application for 2019-20 opens October 1, 2018. Please check your financial aid status in your Wolf Web student account. Please contact Annie Smith, Native American Liaison and Success Coach, if you have any questions at asmith@ bluecc.edu or 541-278-5935.

Hall of Fame Banquet set

PENDLETON – The Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame Banquet is set for 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 in the Pendleton Convention Center. Tickets are limited, but may be purchased at the Round-Up ticket office

or at the door on the day of the event. Honorees include Janie Pond, Native American; Brad Goodrich, contestant; Bill Dawson, Round-Up volunteer; and Smith and Velvet, animal.

Crow’s Shadow receives NEA grant

MISSION – Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts has received its first grant from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). The $35,000 grant will be used to fund up to three nationally recognized Native American artists to work at Crow’s Shadow and include documentation culminating with a full-color publication. The NEA artists have not been scheduled or announced yet.

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chance to get her bachelor’s degree. “By that time I was getting old compared to the younger players. I got a little playing time, but not as much as my ego would have liked,” she laughs. She finished with a dual major in Exercise Science and PE/Health. Minthorn went to work at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center and coached NCS basketball for two years with Coach Jeremy Maddern from 2013-15, then made the tough decision to leave the Umatilla Indian Reservation again to pursue her master’s degree. She went through the two-year American Indian Teaching Program at Portland State University. She earned a Master’s of Education and dual licensure in PE/Health and Special Education. In 2016, Minthorn talked to NCS Principal Ryan Heinrich about a job, but there weren’t enough students and there wasn’t enough money to hire a full-time physical education teacher that year. Not too long after, she was hired to teach at Sherwood Heights Elementary School. After deciding against the job at Sunridge, she talked to Heinrich about the Athletic Director job opening with Noisey’s departure. That’s when Heinrich mentioned the full-time PE/Health position. “And I happened to be looking for a job,” Minthorn said. “I had applied for several jobs at Yellowhawk, but this decision was easy. The chance to teach and coach in the community that raised me. Not to mention four-day work weeks and summers off.” Heinrich and Minthorn will share AD duties. “There’s a lot more to the AD position than I thought,” Minthorn said, noting the need for organizational skills to pull off scheduling, working with other area schools, the NCS Booster Club, Oregon School Athletic Association, Oregon Athletic Directors Association, and colleges. Athletic directors are responsible for travel and funding and managing money and attending games

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Lynette Minthorn is the new PE/Health teacher at Nixyaawii Community School. CUJ photo/Phinney

and going to meetings, as well. “There’s a lot to learn,” she said. “I don’t want too much on my plate and I think this will be the right amount.” MINTHORN REMAINS HUMBLE and likes that everyone just knows her as Lynette. “I was a rez kid too,” she said. “I don’t view myself as more successful than anyone else. We’re not all given the same opportunities, but we all can be successful in different ways. For example, success in regards to our traditional ways of life like learning the language, drumming or dancing, knowing how to fish and hunt, where and when to gather our first foods. There are people younger than me that I look up to. “I think we kind of put higher education up on a pedestal. I’m not much of an academic … I tell people I beat the system,” she laughs. She’s excited and ready!

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Lindsey Jones peeks at Kenny Houck’s silkscreen print as Missy Morgan and Kenny Houck look on at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts on the Umatilla Indian Reservation Aug. 9. Jones, Houck and Morgan - from Illinois Valley (Cave Junction) - were part of a contingent visiting Eastern Oregon. They also visited Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. CUJ photos/Phinney

An ‘amazing, beautiful’ Crow’s experience By Wil Phinney and Cami Lewis of the CUJ

MISSION – With the morning sun blasting through the east studio window at Crow’s Shadow Institute for the Arts, Lindsey Jones found a bit of shadow and peeked under the arm of Kenny Houck to get a look at the first silkscreen print he’d created since seventh grade in 1965. Jones and Houck, both from Illinois Valley near Cave Junction in southern Oregon, were among more than 70 school administrators, teachers, artists, and non-profit leaders who spent three days in Eastern Oregon as part of the Studio to School project of the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF). It is a five-year initiative supporting 18 collaborative projects between school and community arts organizations across the state to design and deliver sustainable arts education opportunities that have the potential for replication, according to Jerry Tischleder, OCF Program Officer for Arts and Culture. The visit to the Umatilla Indian Reservation and other parts of the region was the eighth convening since 2014 for this group. The theme was “quality” and the goal for this gathering was to help grantees and OCF “examine barriers and approaches to ensuring all students have access to high-quality programming.” The sessions took place Aug. 7-9 at the Pendleton Center for the Arts, Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, and Crow’s Shadow. Jones, a performing artist, said it was interesting to see visual arts and found the screen printing “easy once it is set up with a team and a system.” She was most impressed with Crow’s Shadow because it dedicates space, equipment and materials to artists, something that isn’t always available in other communities. Houck, the Executive Director of the Illinois Valley Community Development Organization (IVCanDo), represents three communities and a

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Liora Sponko, the Executive Director of the Lane Arts Council in Eugene, was pulling her first silkscreen print with help from Crow’s Shadow volunteer Sandra Westford. The Oregon Community Foiundation brought 70 educators to Crow’s Shadow as part of the Studio to School Project. They worked in teams to produce prints in an informational learning experience to be shared in their classrooms and communities.

total population of 17,000 with Cave Junction being the largest town in the valley. IVCanDo was established to focus on the economy and business, but it has expanded to include the arts, culture, and education components, plus forests, watersheds, etc. It also offers a revolving loan with micro-lending that has taken goats and bee hives for collateral. “We made screens yesterday and I thought, ‘What the hell are we doing?’” said the goateed

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Houck. “It was all set up this morning and we created a final product. It was instant gratification.” Participants came from across Oregon, including Ashland, Bend, Sun River, Portland, Hood River and Eugene. They split into workable groups and took part in a variety of activities with local students, artists and musicians, ranging from poetry to a talent show. At Crow’s Shadow they were led by master printmaker Judith Baumann and Jaime Durham, the summer assistant who recently graduated from the Tamarind Institute. In Pendleton, they performed at Hamley’s with a band called REV. Some of the Studio to School participants were wearing REV T-shirts at the screen-print making. Liora Sponko, Executive Director of the Lane Arts Council in Eugene, pulled her first screen print and proudly showed it with a big smile. “I love it, it’s so fun,” she said. “We have print making in Eugene but I’ve never done it before.” Sponko said she was happy to finally see and take part in activities at Crow’s Shadow. “I’ve heard about it for years. It’s known across the state,” she said. “It’s amazing to see. It has a legacy of artists and I can imagine them using this space.”

Silk screens were turned into original prints at Crow’s Shadow during the Studio to School project.


TERO hits 40-year mark MISSION – The golden age of TERO (Tribal Employment Rights Office) was on the minds of keynote speakers Aug. 7 as they reminisced about the program’s early days. Several dozen people gathered in the rotunda at the Nixyaawii Governance Center to celebrate the 40th anniversary Aaron Hines of the program, which is dedicated to serving Tribal workers in the construction world. TERO ordinances require that all employers, including government agencies, who are engaged in operating a business on and near reservations give preference to qualified Indians in all aspects of employment, contracting, and other business acLes Minthorn tivities. Randall Minthorn, one of the first TERO employees, and Les Minthorn, a Tribal leader when TERO was established


Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and Tribal Enforcement Right's Office workers attend TERO's 40th Anniversary celebration at CUJ photos/Phinney the Nixyaawii Governance Center Aug. 7.

here, both recalled when the TERO program had just been adopted by the Board of Trustees 40 years ago in 1978. Current TERO Manager Aaron Hines spoke about the mission the office has pursued since he began working there two years ago. The first order of business Hines had on his to-do list was TERO code amendments, which he worked closely with the TERO Commission and Office of Legal Counsel to complete. All of the managers over the years have left their distinct imprint on the

program though, according to Randall Minthorn. “In 1978 the board, Les Minthorn, Bill Minthorn, Judge Johnson, they all passed the code, which was very straight forward; get Tribal Members to work,” said Randall Minthorn, one of TERO’s first employees. Minthorn remembered back in the early days when prejudice was still openly practiced on the job site and Tribal leaders at the time had to ensure their workforce was trained and qualified

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enough to combat stereotypes placed on Native workers. He said, “They (TERO workers) must be qualified to protect the Tribes’ political integrity.” Past TERO managers mentioned during remarks included Michelle Liberty, Alvina Huesties, atway Ruth Tias, John Barkley and now current manager Hines. Hines was quick to mention his staff early on in his comments. The TERO disSee TERO Anniversary on page 19A

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Students learn entrepreneurial skills at OSU business week By the CUJ

CORVALLIS – Six students from Nixyaawii Community School (NCS) and one from Pendleton High School (PHS) learned leadership, teamwork, networking, public speaking and more at the Young Entrepreneurs Business Week (YEBW) the campus of Oregon State University Aug. 6-11. The NCS students included junior Lark Moses, and five sophomores – Magi Moses, Adilia Hart, Moses Moses, Ashlynn Looney-Britton and Allyson Maddern. PHS freshman Lindsey Pasena-Littlesky joined the NCS youth at the Business Week program. Another PHS student, senior Zech Cyr, completed his third and final session at YEBW – Investment Week. Additionally, 2018 NCS graduate Kaitlynn Melton was a volunteer advisor this year at two campuses. She completed all three sessions last year. Raven Manta, manager at the Business Service Center for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, transported the youngsters to Corvallis and took part in the closing ceremony and student awards. Native American students attended the YEBW on scholarship. Business Week Executive Director John Chang approved all nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon with the opportunity to fill six or seven spots. Manta said two other students planned on going but were unable to attend at the last minute. Ashlynn Looney said she was “terrified and incredibly nervous” on the first day of camp, which was when the group of students were separated into 8-10-person “companies.” On subsequent days, the student companies focused on business development and ideation; innovation teamwork and collaboration; professional development and networking; presentation practice, marketing and selling; and presentations and public speaking. “I had heard about how stressful the camp was and I had no idea what to expect,” Looney wrote to the CUJ in a Facebook message. Looney said she had the “best teammates in the entire camp.” “We got down to business creating something unique for the future,” she said. “Every day had a tight schedule with a smattering of team-building exercises, guest speakers, company meetings, and extra classes and activities you could attend on what little free time you had. This camp helped me build better leadership skills, genuine appreciation for a team’s multitude of skillsets, and the importance of getting to know new people.” Adilia Hart heard about the camp from NCS teacher Michelle Van Pelt. She became “curious” about advertising, costs, values, and products. “I wanted to see what’s going on,” she said in a phone

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However, the Senior Advisory was allowed a one-time waiver from the FMP but were advised that the following year and henceforth they needed to abide by the FMP.” Part of the budget for that program pays for elders to go on trips. It also pays for their annual September Elders Luncheon, which carries a price tag of approximately $14,000-$15,000. The largest portion of their $224,983 budget is used to pay for energy assistance. In 2018 the energy assistance price tag was $108,000. This is a non-negotiable line item, according to Senior Elders Coordinator Alan Crawford. “That’s (energy assistance) a huge piece and that’s going

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CTUIR youth attended the Young Entrepreneurs Business Week at the Oregon State University Campus Aug. 6-11. Pictured from Left are students Ashlynn Looney-Britton, Zech Cyr, Magi Moses, Moses Moses, Lark Moses, Alysson Maddern and Adilia Hart.

interview with the CUJ. When she started, Hart said she “didn’t understand the concept” of business and now she wants to be the CEO of a company. “It was fantastic. I loved it. It made me think of what I want to do in my career path,” she said. Hart said she has a strong interest in computer science and may pursue a career in that field. After attending the camp, she now wants to take leadership training. “It was a good experience. I made a lot of new friends and learned how important it is to communicate with different people. The camp made me want to do a lot of new things,” Hart said. Hart’s company developed a product called “Fizzy Clean,” which was a bath bomb that “did the scrubbing for you.” Hart said you just dropped “Fizzy Clean” in the tub, sink or toilet and let it “do the hard work for you.” Her contribution was in marketing and finance, something she’d never contemplated before. “I was amazed at what we did,” Hart said, noting she produced a tradeshow poster board. “It was hard to do at first. I didn’t know what to do, but the team helped everyone.”

The final day was for closing activities, including student awards. The company Hart was part of won an award for Business Simulation Competition Product Ideation & Development. Others were award winners as well. Lark Moses’ company won the product invention award. Her company invented a non-slip bedsheet that was guaranteed to not slip off the mattress. They called their product the “Esheet.” Among 20 competitors, Cyr was one of three finalists to pitch his idea in a Shark Tank. Cyr’s idea was a “job box” - a rental hiring booth. “YEBW is one of the very few programs that really immerses you in the business environment,” Cyr said in a Facebook message. “I have learned how to start and maintain my own business effectively ... I took away entrepreneurial skills and connections from all over Oregon.” And Magi Moses was a member of a 3-on-3 hoop team that won a basketball tournament during the camp. Melton, who is starting her freshman year at Whitman College in Walla Walla, thinks so much of YEBW that she has volunteered as an advisor for two years. “I truly believe in this program,” she said in a Facebook message. “I make many connections with students, guest speakers, YEBW staff and volunteers, and I could never get those connections from any other program. I plan to go back next year.” Melton said she faced challenges as an advisor, not the least of which was exercising authority over those of similar age. “I benefited a lot. I got to share my experience with these bright students and they really all valued it,” she said. “Watching the students grow though the week was so heartwarming, especially those from our reservation. I was so excited to see more students from Nixyaawii participate.”

to happen whether we’re cut or not. The elders’ luncheon is another 14 or 15 (thousand dollars),” Crawford said. After the explanation for the lesser budget was shared with the elders during their lunch, they still expressed their frustration. CTUIR elder Tessie Williams said that every year there are always “bad feelings” about the budget, many of which, Williams said, have occurred since the age of elder eligibility was lowered from 65 to 55. There were fewer elders in the 65-and-older category so the money went farther. Now that more people are eligible for energy assistance, there is less money available for trips and luncheons. During a discussion at the Senior Center in late August, many elders agreed that money that was set aside

for them should stay in their account from year to year. CTUIR elder Art McConville said, “It’s been allocated to the elders. Most of it (money being placed back into the general fund) is just getting thrown away.” Bertha Case, also a CTUIR elder, said she worked in the tribal finance department and she disagrees with the way money is handled. The FMP mandates that all programs be managed the same, which means carry-over must be placed back into the general fund. DCFS Director Julie Taylor and Crawford meet monthly with the elders. Taylor said money in the budget will be spent by the end of this fiscal year with little or no funds going back into the general fund.

CTUIR students attended a luncheon during the Young Entrepreneurs Business Week at OSU.

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be Happy Canyon princesses by being beautiful; they earn it.” Wolf said she thinks members of the BOT may not understand some of the ways girls and women were traditionally honored in the past. “In the end, no father, grandfather, brother or uncle who contributed to the hunt meant for dresses to be hidden away,” Wolf said. “Girls and women have always been uplifted in our culture and dresses are proof of that. “Men that killed deer were thinking of women’s dresses, of who was going to wear the skin. They shot the deer in a way that did not harm the skin,” she said. “Dresses were an emblem of success for a family. They wore their wealth. They wore their wealth with pride, literally.” Wolf said she felt that the Board of Trustees “as a group was saying it’s time to throw that part of our culture away.” Jeremy Wolf told the BOT that the Happy Canyon Association hoped the CTUIR would purchase the flowers for the Round-Up’s kick-off parade. However, there was little discussion before BOT member Aaron Ashley made a motion to deny the request and Rosenda Shippentower gave it a second. BOT member Woodrow Star suggested Ashley include an explanation in his motion, but Ashley said he didn’t need

to offer any reason. “Casey Hunt can call me if he wants to ask me why,” Ashley said. After the meeting, in an email, the CUJ asked Ashley how much money the CTUIR government provides for the Happy Canyon princesses. Ashley responded saying he didn’t know how much Tribal government provides, but that Happy Canyon and Round-Up apply for Wildhorse Foundation grants “seemingly every quarter, every year … and yes they have been awarded grant monies in the past.” Ashley, who served on the Wildhorse Foundation Board of Directors, said he was “always a ‘No’ vote when it came to awarding HC and PRU grant money,” but he did not say why. At the Aug. 13 BOT meeting, Ashley mentioned the bathrooms in the Indian village, which have been in deplorable condition, but did not elaborate or say that was the reason for his motion or vote. The Board voted 5-0 with Ashley, Shippentower, and Star joined by BOT Secretary Kat Brigham and Treasurer Doris Wheeler denying the Happy Canyon request. As acting chair, Jeremy Wolf could not vote. Said Althea Wolf, “I think Aaron got caught up about the bathrooms and the Indian [seating] section, but in the end it was just flowers for the girls.”

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Tribal history class becomes senior project at NCS By the CUJ

MISSION – Tribal history will become a year-long independent student project for graduating seniors rather than a course taught in a classroom at Nixyaawii Community School (NCS). The NCS Board of Directors decided at their regular meeting Aug. 28 to form a committee to iron out graduation requirements for the new individual-study based project, which will be supervised by the school’s Cultural Historian Fred Hill, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). In addition to Hill, NCS Principal Ryan Heinrich, social studies teacher and staff liaison to the school board Zack Brandsen, School Board Chair Randall Minthorn, School Board Vice Chair Cor Sams, and School Board member and

CTUIR Board of Trustees representative Sally Kosey will serve on the committee to determine a final curriculum. Heinrich said the project, as envisioned, could incorporate an oral, visual and/or written project through independent research. Seniors would learn work ethic, how to budget their time, and would have to hold themselves accountable. At the same time, they would have help along the way. “They would check in monthly,” said Brandsen. “We’d be on them to do the work.” During the year-long project, students would be expected to work during study hall, during open class and on their own time. “Fred will oversee progress and he’ll check in at certain points, but he’s not going to give direct instruction,” Heinrich

said. “It will be a graduation requirement, but I’m sure some will wait until the last minute.” Some seniors already have enough credits that they probably won’t be required to complete a tribal history project this year. None of this year’s juniors have had any tribal history classes so they will be looking at the year-long project next year.

Heinrich said the committee will discuss topics and already has a list of possibilities. The usual suspects are personal family histories and treaty subjects, as well as current native issues. Last year those native issues would have been Kennewick Man and Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Suggestions at the NCS Board meeting also included CTUIR priorities and federal Indian policy.

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patch officer Andrea Rodriguez, TERO Compliance Officer Damon McKay, TERO office assistant Jonni Spencer and even his summer youth worker Noalani Malumaleumu were all cited as integral parts of the office’s success. McKay was highlighted among staff after he was recently honored as the TERO Compliance Officer of the Year by the Council for Tribal Employment Rights at the national conference in North Carolina. Hines also thanked all of the TERO

Damon McKay receiving his award at the National Council for Tribal Employment Rights conference.

workers for their hard work and dedication to their trades.

Happy Canyon Princess Applications Available Happy Canyon is now accepting applications for 2019 Happy Canyon Princesses. You can get an application by visiting www.HappyCanyon.com or by visiting the Pendleton Round-Up retail store. Drop off applications in a sealed envelope at the Pendleton Round-Up office or store located at 1114 SW Court Ave. Address the envelop "Attention to: Happy Canyon Court Director, Casey Hunt" You may also mail them, post marked by 5pm on October 1, 2018. Mailing Address: Happy Canyon Court Director, Casey Hunt PO Box 609, Pendleton, OR 97801. Please call the Round-Up office at 276-2553 or Casey Hunt, Court Director, 503-410-4602 if you have any questions.

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Hazel Quaempts plays in the toy Mid-Columbia Bus during the Annual Community Picnic Aug. 2.

Luis Ortega let loose with some lacrosse during the Annual Community Picnic Aug. 2.

Haidyn Thompson spent her time riding horses during the Annual Community Picnic Aug. 2.

Jace Marchand,left, and Kiya Frost, right, ride a horse together during the Community Picnic Aug. 2. Horses and supervision were provided by Board of Trustees Member Woodrow Star and family.

Archie Broncheau, left, and Chris Marsh, right, volunteered their time to feed the hundreds of hungry people who turned up during the Community Picnic Aug. 2.

Logan Quaempts guarded the net in a pick-up match of lacrosse during the Community Picnic held at the Mission July Grounds Aug. 2.


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Athena Whiskeyjack enjoys a fresh slice of watermelon during the Community Picnic Aug. 2.

MISSION - The 2018 Community Picnic was a huge success. Hosted by the Housing Department, staff from various departments volutneered time and ended up serving 450 hamburgers, 250 hot dogs and 8 gallons of salad to the some 400 community members, including elders, veterans. A large portion of visitors were children, all who ate, played games and won over $1,500 worth of raffle prizes. Two youth bikes and a camping were the grand prizes.

Darcy Johnson, left, and Barrett Rivera, center, hold Sis Adaiah Moses during the community picnic Aug. 2. Moses was born June 18 to parents Sammantha McCloud and Isaiah Moses.

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Every August crowds flock to the July Grounds for the Annual Community Picnic. The 2018 picnic was held Aug. 2.

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Abigayle McIntosh, left, and Gabriella Calvillo, center, play with Smokey Bear during the Community Picnic Aug. 2. Jess and Billy Bronson talk in the background.

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years, employs about 150 people. The last six months have been a period of transition for the company, according to a letter to employees written in the July newsletter by new NHV President Gil Tam. “Operationally, we have experienced some loss in revenues due to the expiration of several contracts, and we are working hard to win more contracts that will help us replace lost revenues and build on our current backSo what does it log,” Tam mean for CTUIR? wrote. “… As we emPage 23A bark upon the second half of 2018, we will be focused on strategic growth … growing our business and revenue base with innovative ideas and solutions; growing quality relationships to be in position to capture opportunities as they present themselves; and growing our people with programs that help us think big and stretch ourselves to grow personally and professionally.” The businesses, when combined, will initially continue on their current path with no major management changes, according to Billy Nerenberg, Chief Executive Office at Cayuse Technologies, which employs 250 people. Nerenberg, on the day the CTUIR Board of Trustees (BOT) approved a resolution that set the purchase in motion, called Aug. 6 the “second biggest day in Cayuse Technology history,” the first being the day the business opened. The resolution directed the Treasurer, Tribal staff and Cayuse Technologies staff to return to the BOT with a financing package for their final approval of the deal. General Council Chair William Sigo and BOT member Rosenda Shippentower voted against the acquisition of Native Hawaiian Veterans. Voting in favor of the purchase were BOT Vice-Chair Jeremy Wolf, Treasurer Doris Wheeler, Secretary Kat Brigham, and members Aaron Ashley and Sally Kosey. (BOT member Woodrow Star was out on personal leave.) In addition to the NHV resolution, the BOT also approved three resolutions which established a holding company structure for Cayuse Technologies, a move that was needed for Cayuse to take full advantage of its recent certification as a Small Business Administration 8(a) company. In one of the resolutions, the BOT created Cayuse Holdings LLC, which became the parent company for Cayuse Technologies and a newly formed sister company, Cayuse Sharing Services

LLC. The holding company structure Nerenberg said he was pleased that is intended to protect tribal sovereignty Cayuse Technologies received the goand protect tribal assets, Nerenberg said. ahead from Tribal leaders to operate Koko Hufford, Chair of the Cayuse under a legal structure that will allow Technologies Board of Directors, praised the company to take advantage of the the CTUIR for its support in growing 8(a) designation. the company by forming the holding “What the Board did today was company structure and authorizing say ‘You are our company. Get in the the acquisition of race. Go get your NHV. track shoes on “I believe the ‘...We’ve found a company and run.’ Now Small Business got to go that already has contracts, we’ve Administration’s win some races,” 8(a) certification Nerenberg said. employees, and is grant and the Board Wildhorse qualified. This jumprevenue plus of Trustees’ apstarts our government federal grants/ proval of our new contracts for the holding company contracting business by tribal governstructure will both several years.’ ment are the two benefit Cayuse - Cayuse Technologies main revenue and the Tribe in CEO Billy Nerenberg sources for the the coming years,” CTUIR econoHufford wrote in my. Nerenberg an email. “I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to provide said the Tribes have taken steps over the more jobs for our community and grow years to try and diversify the economy our revenue stream, which will mean a but the new holding company structure more diverse economy for the CTUIR. I and participation in the 8(a) program want to thank all the Cayuse and Tribal should greatly accelerate the effort to add staff who worked together diligently over another major revenue source. Toward that goal, the SBA created 8(a) the past several months to help achieve to give small businesses and tribes a “leg these milestones.”

What is N Native Hawaiian Veterans?

ative Hawaiian Veterans is a company that lists information technology (IT) as the third area of expertise on its list of “services, solutions and products” offered. NHV also provides services, solutions and products in the areas of homeland security, emergency management, communication equipment, professional staff augmentation, munitions and explosives-of-concern remediation, and strategic communications/creative services, according to its website. NHV and Cayuse Technologies are most closely aligned in the area of IT services and government contracts. Billy Nerenberg, CEO at Cayuse Technologies, said some of the contract work is very similar. For example, one of NHV’s largest contracts,


which requires top-secret clearance, requires employees sitting at computers to analyze and decipher intelligence feeds for military and government organizations. “We do almost the identical process with AT&T,” Nerenberg said. “We see intelligence feeds from AT&T retail stores and create reports for leaders of AT&T.” One thing Cayuse Technologies doesn’t do is military operations. In some instances, NHV has sub-contracted for outfits to destroy unexploded ordnance. According to its website, NHV is big on a family-type atmosphere, using the Hawaiian word “ohana” – the circle of those who are family and those chosen as family – in its vision. The company mission is “to be a trusted partner

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up” on meeting the complex requirements to acquire government contracts. The U.S. government is the single largest buyer of services in the world. Through the 8(a) process, around 23 percent of what the U.S. government spends is committed to small disadvantaged groups such as women entrepreneurs, veterans, some 8(a) designees, and some Tribes, Nerenberg said. The new holding company structure will allow Cayuse Holdings to create and manage subsidiary companies (some that may apply for 8(a) certification), which can go after government and non-government contracts and still remain within the government’s required size standards to be certified as an 8(a) small business. The Board’s actions Aug. 6 also created Cayuse Shared Services which will provide in-house support services (such as human resources, finance, and IT) to the holding company, Cayuse Technologies, and the other subsidiary companies that will soon be created. Cayuse Shared Services will not be performing project or contract work itself. Usually 8(a) designated entities are much less experienced than Cayuse Technologies and typically spend four or five years in the development stage, but Hawaii on page 23A

earning customer loyalty while fostering growth for our Ohana and enriching our community.” Other values include Alaka’I – leadership; kina’ole – flawlessness; Lokahi – collaboration and cooperation; and Ho’okipa – generosity. The company is committed to Kina’oile … “to do the right thing, the right way, the first time.” In a July 2018 letter to employees, new NHV President Gil Tam wrote: “I am personally aligned with the NHV commitment to service to our community, and I am passionate about paying it forward to improve the social-economic well-being of Native Hawaiians, veterans, and at-risk youths who need a helping hand along the way to making a positive change in their circumstance, and in turn, help others.”

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A company from Hawaii? So what’s that mean for CTUIR? Now that Cayuse Holdings LLC has been established, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation has a legal structure to allow its businesses to grow. Right now, Cayuse Technologies, Cayuse Shared Services and Native Hawaiian Veterans are the companies under the umbrella of Cayuse Holdings LLC. In the near future, additional subsidiary companies will be started. The acquisition of a company that operates in Honolulu, Hawaii – 2,800 miles away across the Pacific Ocean – may not seem to be a perfect fit for the Umatilla Indian Reservation in the dry-desert of Eastern Oregon. So what’s the upside for the CTUIR and its members? Number one, according to Billy Nerenberg, CEO at Cayuse Technologies, is that it creates new diversified revenue for the CTUIR economy. Winning contracts from other regions pulls money to the Umatilla Indian Reservation. With its current contracts, the CTUIR will be generating money from Hawaii to go with revenue from Virginia, Washington D.C., and Florida.

“Without the contracts, that money would not be coming to the Reservation. Now the money will be coming here and by nature, it will create more jobs,” Nerenberg said. Number two, although not immediate, it will create new jobs and new services. As an example, Nerenberg points to the potential for more contracts like the one it has performed for the federal government since 2011, with the Department of Defense. The government, Nerenberg said, prefers the work done here because Cayuse Technologies is experienced in that line of work, and it can be done in a remote and safe location that is cost effective for the government. “Over time,” Nerenberg said, “some of those kinds of jobs will come here.” And number three, it creates economic diversity and a new source of funds for tribal government programs and projects. Cayuse Holdings’ companies complement the revenue brought in to the tribal government’s coffers from government grants and contracts and Wildhorse Resort & Casino. “Now the structure is in place. We go to work, get the businesses. All of these businesses will be the Tribes’ businesses,” Nerenberg said.

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Cayuse is further along since it’s inception in 2006, Nerenberg said. “We’re acquiring a company that’s been in business 11 years so we can hit the ground running,” he said. “Normally we’d have to hire and train and find contracts. Instead, we’ve found a company that already has contracts, employees, and is grant qualified. This jump-starts our government contracting business by several years.” Nerenberg said it was a natural progression for the CTUIR to take full control of Cayuse Technologies, which was managed for the first few years by Accenture and to begin growing the company in a new direction. “It’s a complex business, but the BOT absolutely understands this and is embracing it,” Nerenberg said. In addition to approving the purchase of Native Hawaiian Veterans and the holding company structure, the Board of Trustees also approved a $2 million line of credit to Cayuse Holdings LLC through December of 2019 to “allow businesses to grow and create economic

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diversity,” according to the resolution that passed 5-2. (Sigo and Shippentower also voted against the line of credit.) Nerenberg said the line of credit is a common need for young businesses, especially those doing business with the government, which typically can take 6090 days to pay an invoice for the contract work that’s been done. In the meantime, a company must pay its employees and keep the lights on, so a credit line is used as a bridge to fill the timing between doing the work and getting paid for it. When cash is needed, Cayuse will draw that amount, then repay it within a few weeks. “It’s not a loan to buy tables and chairs,” he said. “It’s like a credit card to pay bills before you get paid, to cover any gaps.” Cayuse Holdings LLC, adding the number of employees at NHV with Cayuse Technologies, doubles in size so the Board “doubled our line of credit.” “It’s the conservative way to do business,” Nerenberg said. “It’s the Tribes supporting their business, giving it the money tools to allow the company to grow.”

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NCS adds drum group, clubs to random drug testing list By Wil Phinney of the CUJ

MISSION – Athletes won’t be the only ones picked out for random drug testing following a split vote by the Nixyaawii Community School (NCS) Board Aug. 28. Now students involved in extra-curricular activities, including drum group, National Honor Society, poetry club, and chess club, will be subject to periodic unannounced drug screening at the public charter school on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The School Board, meeting on the evening after 79 students began classes, took two votes to resolve the single Handbook issue. Principal Ryan Heinrich told the Board that random drug testing has been a proven deterrent to using drugs for athletes participating in that season’s sport. Up to this point, only athletes have been tested. “From rumors, the teachers and I hear that the athletes won’t smoke (marijuana) on weekends because there’s the chance they’ll get tested and they don’t want to mess up that sports season,” Heinrich said after the meeting. “They don’t want to take that chance.” Other area small schools – Pilot Rock, WestonMcEwen and Echo – test their athletes for drugs. At around $50 per test, it is cost prohibitive for big schools like Pendleton and Hermiston to do so, Heinrich said. School Board Vice-Chair Cor Sams made a motion to remove drug testing from the handbook and Sally Kosey, the representative of the Education and Training Commission for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, seconded that motion. Sams said it is unfair to single out only athletes for random drug testing. “I would hope we have a coaching staff that would know if a player on a team is using,” she said, “and they would take that person aside. We have a small school and each student represents our school. It is unfair to individuals who only play sports. Why go looking for an issue when we don’t have to? What is the point other than creating barriers for kids who already have a lot of them?” That motion was defeated, 2-3, with board members Briana Spencer, Candice Cowapoo and Andi Scott voting against it. Seconds later Spencer moved to include not just athletes but “anyone with after school activities,” because they all represent the school. Heinrich noted only students involved in activities outside the classroom would be subject to the random

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Tyasin Burns, a sophomore running back from Nixyaawii Community School, wore the uniform of the Pilot Rock Rockets when he ran roughshod over the Enterprise Outlaws, Aug. 31. The 5-7 160-pound Burns ran for 215 yards on 15 carries (14-yardsper-carry average) and scored two touchdowns.

Tyasin Burns receives congratulations from teammates and Milo Abrahamson, right, after an interception and what they thought was a 24-yard return for a touchdown just before halftime. There never was a whistle, but the play was called back on a motion penalty. Burns, however, would score twice in the second half.

All four boys from the Nixyaawii Community School (NCS) started for the Pilot Rock Rockets in their 24-12 opening win over the Enterprise Outlaws Aug. 31. In addition to Tyasin Burns, the others were 5-10 210-pound senior Deven Barkley at tackle; 5-11 155-pound senior Quanah Picard at wide receiver; and 5-8 240-pound sophomore tackle William Sigo V. Low participation forced Pilot Rock to play 8-man football last season as a Class 2A independent and though numbers are up this year, the Rockets drop to Class 1A as part of OSAA’s new competitive balance measures, according to the preview in the East Oregonian. NCS recently hired Lane Crisman as its assistant coach. CUJ photos/Phinney

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Shawna Gavin, Chair of the Health Commission, talks with guests at the formal grand opening at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. See more on Pages 26B and 27B.

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BOT resolutions starts on Page 28B Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) and directs development of the Invasive Weed Management Plan for implementation; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, at least every 10 years, staff of the BIA and DNR shall review with the BOT whether the IWMP EA is consistent with Tribal goals for invasive weed management; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees directs staff in the Tribal Planning Office to begin the process to amend the Land Development Code by incorporating the Best Management Standards contained in the IWMP EA to apply to all Reservation lands; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees authorizes the Chairman, the Director of the Department of Natural Resources and other relevant staff to sign the necessary documents for the BIA to execute the IWMP WA AND, that said Resolution

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The biggest Indian Relay Race to hit the region will be at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds Sept. 2123. Read about it on Page 2B. The full-page ad is on Page 31B.


“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” William Shakespeare

A horseman cometh for Umatilla Express By Wil Phinney of the CUJ


UTUILLA FLATS – With a name like D.L. Shakespeare something good’s gotta happen for somebody. A poem maybe? Nah. Horses. Racing. Relays. The rush. The speed. The dirt flying. The crowd’s roar. Living the dream. That’s life this summer for Shakespeare, an Arapaho from Ethete, Wyoming, who finds himself residing in a camper in the front yard at the Patawa Road home of Katherine Minthorn. Minthorn is the owner of the Umatilla Express relay team. She works in the spring with her sister Julie Minthorn, her daughter Shannon Galloway, her grandson Myles Minthorn, and her granddaughter Sydney Mosher, to get the horses “legged up” and ready to gallop. But this summer, Shakespeare has become the new face of the team when the horses take the track. He’s the only cowboy working the nine race horses – all day every day - in the dusty pens at Minthorn’s place. Shakespeare’s arrival and stay on the Umatilla Indian Reservation is a bit unorthodox, or maybe it isn’t. He showed up in early April with John Redman, the regular rider for Umatilla Express. “He (Redman) kept asking me in the winter and I told him if I wasn’t busy,” Shakespeare said. When winter was over, the pair gathered their gear and

D.L. Shakespeare, an Arapaho Indian from Ethete, Wyoming, is the face on the track for Umatilla Express.

caught a ride west. “It was his dream and passion. I just came along,” Shakespeare said. The pair started working the horses and built a track near Tutuilla Presbyterian Church. “It was me and him and nine horses. He was the rider and I was the holder. He jumped on and off and I did the exchange,” Shakespeare said.

In May, four others were recruited to join Redman and Shakespeare at Emerald Downs, a mile-long race Shakespeare called the “daddy of them all.” It was an exciting event, his first experience at a big time race. “My heart was pumping. I was always the guy in the stands. It was crazy,” he said. But after that race, the four who joined the team went home and Redman found trouble with, of all things, a disruptive dog at Arrowhead Travel Plaza. Shakespeare knows nobody’s perfect. He’s spent his fair amount of time behind bars. “Stupidity caught up to me,” he said. Which is one of the reasons he was happy to be in Oregon, away from his Wyoming troubles. So he found himself, a novice racer, alone with the Minthorns, a horse racing family. “They helped me out like I was family. They took care of me,” he said. And he took care of the horses. Katherine Minthorn said Shakespeare was just the horseman she’d been looking for. “The biggest problem all these years is that most young men I’ve been able to come up with on my teams have not been horsemen,” she said. “They’ve been just friends of the rider. They think relay racing looks cool. But you’ve got to have experienced handlers who know horses. That’s essential to make it work.” So along comes a cowboy poet? No, he’s a horseman. He rides horses, he works horses, he knows horses. He clicked with Minthorn’s big thoroughbred and smaller quarter horses. He calls Horseman on page 3B

CTUIR host tribe at Championship of Champions Three-day Indian relay races in Walla Walla Sept. 21-23 By the CUJ

WALLA WALLA – The best Indian relay racers in the United States and Canada are expected to compete Sept. 21, 22 and 23 in the Championship of Champions at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds. Tickets are on sale now at the Fairgrounds, at www.horsenationsrelay.com, or by phone at 509-527-3247. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) is the host nation and will play a big part in the festivities, according to Bobbie Conner who is spearheading the organization of each day’s opening ceremonies, which will include a memorial horse process, an invocation, color guard, a big drum with flag and victory songs, a blessing before races commence. Demonstration dancing is planned during intermission each day. The CTUIR will sponsor one of the Championship Day races and the CTUIR Board of Trustees is sponsoring the Chief’s Race, Conner said. Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is also sponsoring races. Additionally, Tamastslikt Cultural Institute will provide information about the Tribes’ history, including accounts of the 1855 Treaty at Walla Walla, for a page


Lil’ Umatilla Express, which includes, from left, Cole Sazue, Hiyuum Nowland, Miles Minthorn, and Denise Morning Owl, expect to race at the Championship of Champions races in Walla Walla. The 9-year-olds have been practicing in the round pen at Katherine Minthorn’s place on Tutuilla Flats.

in the event program. Organized by Horse Nations Indian Relay Council, the Championship of Champions brings together racers from 40 active team members from South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon and Canada. The Council is headquartered in Pine Ridge, S.D. The CTUIR will be represented on the track by two teams – both Umatilla Express. An adult Umatilla Express team, owned by Katherine Minthorn, will bring a thoroughbred team to the half-mile Walla Walla Fairgrounds oval. That team

includes D.L. Shakespeare, Tony Tone, Dallon Racehorse and James Tone. They qualified for the Championships with races in Browning, Montana, and at Emerald Downs in Puyallup, Washington. And the Lil’ Umatilla Express, four nine-year-olds, will compete in kids’ relay races between Indian relay race heats. That foursome includes Cole Sazue, Hiyuum Nowland, Myles Minthorn and Denise Morning Owl. They have been practicing in a round pen at Minthorn’s place on Tutuilla Flats. For three days, the top teams in North America will race three laps on three

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horses. Friday and Saturday racers will be vying for positing on Championship Friday, weeding teams down to a final heat to determine the 2018 Champion of Champions. The races will be rounded out by the Chief’s Race, Warrior races, maiden races and the Kids’ relay races. Calvin Ghost Bear, chairman of the Horse Nations Indian Relay Council, said the Championship of Champions moved from Billings, Montana, because of interest from teams and because “we were treated with open arms” in Walla Walla. “We were looking for somewhere different and Walla Walla was the best fit for us … the culture, the native community, the population. We looked at the weather, the track, the dirt, the farms in the area when choosing the location. And the community support was huge,” Ghost Bear said. Ghost Bear said he also received strong support from Bill Ogg, the manager at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, and from Conner and Marjorie Wehenaka at Tamastslikt and Minthorn from Umatilla Express. Ghost Bear said he and others from the Council planned to be at the Pendleton Round-Up and then stay through the following week to prepare for the races in Walla Walla. Many of the teams that will compete in Pendleton are expected to race in Walla Walla as well. Champions on page 3B

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Ghost Bear said the Council hopes to fill the stadium, which has a capacity of around 6,000 people. In Billings, the races generally draw around 12,000 people, he said. “The facility is smaller here. Our hope and goal is to bring half that many people. Through marketing, Facebook and promotions we want to get the stands filled. We have race fans throughout the states,” Ghost Bear said. Friday’s races begin at 6:30 p.m. with many of the 14 contests under the lights. Opening ceremonies will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Vendors will be on site with Native American crafts and jewelry, according to information from the Council. Saturday will be another 14 races, including six heats of relay races plus “novelty” races. Sunday’s finals will probably include D.L. Shakespeare works with the big thoroughbreds that will be on the track for Umatilla Express during the Championship of Champions races in Walla 10 races, Ghost Bear said. Finals will be Walla one week after the Pendleton Round-Uo. based either on time or money earns in the first two days of heats. Ghost Bear said Indian Relay Racing is a wild competition that comes down to “sheer athleticism,” but anything can Continued from page 2B happen. “When the champions meet, you can them his brothers, and the mare his throw all the records out from the previlittle sister. ous season because it’s one more final and “All these years,” Minthorn said, who that team will be is the team who is “I never had someone who knows have a great race on that day,” he said. horses the way I do. Each has its own In his younger days, Ghost Bear was personality. He has spent hours a day, an active athlete with a competitive drive. not just feeding them, but working “I see that spirit in young native athwith them, grooming them, hanging letes today. I call them athletes. They are out with them. He’s the first one in all mostly high school students but they these years that’s bonded with these all were athletes in one way or another. horses other than members of my own Now because of the prize money and family.” prestige they are the ones who put in Hers aren’t just any horses either. the extra time working out, preparing, Most come out of the Stormcat bloodpurchasing or breeding better horses,” Members of the Umatilla Express Indian relay team include from left, D.L. Shakespeare, Tony Tone, line. Eagle Boy, who won a $35,000 Ghost Bear said. Jonmarc Skunkcap, Dallon Racehorse and James Tone. Chinook Pass stakes race at Emerald Racing, he said, has rising to “whole Downs in 2011, is the grandson of new level.” Triple Crown winner Secretariat. “This thing is to the point now where She has two big horses – Rooster and it can only get better. We’re coming to Sparky (nicknames, not their registered new venues, new cities and it keeps relay names) – that run fast and hot. teams always wanting to connect like this “They are extremely aggressive new outlet for the Champions such as the horses. They’ve got super sprinting one here in Walla Walla,” Ghost Bear said. speed. Muscular, powerful, intimidatGeneral admission tickets are $22 daily ing,” Minthorn said. “People look in with a three-day discount. Limited box the pen and Sparky is the one they pick seats are available. out. He can be flat scary.” Horse Nations Club passes are priced With only Shakespeare on the roster, at $745 daily. They give fans access to a Minthorn needed to recruit three more private bar and hors d’oeuvres during men to complete a team for summer the event, 2018 Championship of Chamrelays so she started messaging other pions program, meet-and-greets with riders. several of Indian Relay’s stars and photo She got lucky and found two of the opportunity with the 2018 Champion of best in James and Tony Tone, two ShoChampions (Sunday passes only). shone-Bannocks from Fort Hall, Idaho. The best of the best are expected for the James Tone is considered a legend races, including: among horse racers. Abrahamson Relay from Colville, Washington Said Minthorn, Shakespeare “doesn’t – 2017 Champion of Champions, 2017 Pendleton Katherine Minthorn, owner of Umatilla Express, has high expectations for her team at the Pendleton know how blessed he is” to learn from Round-Up winner, 2018 Muckleshoot Gold Cup Round-Up and the Championship of Champions races this month. James Tone. winner. “I’ve learned so much over the last S/M Express from Lodge Grass, Montana – 2018 Cloud Peak Energy Season Opener six months,” Shakespeare said. “It’s not home after Emerald Downs, after evthem right now. They are in a good Champion, 2017 World Champion a job, it’s a passion if you love horses. erybody else went home and Redman spot right now and I pray for them evLokota Warpath from Oglala, South Dakota – It’s like the old days when horses took found trouble, but he wanted to race. ery day,” Shakespeare said. “If I hadn’t 2014 World Champion you to game, took you to find food, He has family in Ethete. followed John out here that day I’d be Brew Crew from Pine Ridge, South Dakota – took you to war.” He said he misses his six children. home doing nothing. I’ve glad I’m out Two-time World Champions (2015, 2016) Young Money from Browning, Montana – 2017 Shakespeare used to be the spectator. He has five boys and one girl. The of trouble here. Canadian Indian Relay Association Champion “I’m not in the grandstands any8-year-old daughter is snuggled in “I miss home, don’t get me wrong, River Road from Crow Agency, Montana – more. Now I’m the one slammed into between twins aged 5 and boys 9, 13, but now I’m living my dream. The 2018 World Champion the fence. Now I’m that guy,” he said. and 14. kids are in a good place and I’m doing Omak Express, Omak, Washington – 2018 Shakespeare said he could have gone “They have security that I can’t give something I’m happy about,” he said. and 2015 All Nations Indian Relay Champions


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Burke for the block

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Weston-McEwen middle blocker Tyree Burke (15) and defensive specialist Keree Graves (2) go up to block a shot by Dufur’s Mikayla Kelly during a volleyball game in Athena Aug. 21. Burke, a 5-11 senior, is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. In the background is senior Bryce Thul (3). The TigerScots have one other senior - Hailey Weaver. The girls won their first two matches against Dufur and Imbler.

FAFSA Parent Night, College Fair coming soon PENDLETON – Parents of students planning to attend college are encouraged to attend a meeting Monday, Sept. 24, at The Commons at Pendleton High School to learn about the FAFSA, types of financial aid and loans, and how to pay for school. FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students to determine their eligibility for student financial aid. Students need to apply online at www. fafsa.gov in early October to get maximum federal and Oregon financial aid. A financial-aid representative from Blue Mountain Community College will be there to answer questions. On Thursday, Oct. 4, Pendleton High School will host a College Fair in The Commons from 6-8 p.m. Representatives from more than two dozen two-year and four-year colleges


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are expected to attend the event. Then on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon, and again Monday, Oct. 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the PHS Library, FAFSA Workshops are scheduled. ASPIRE volunteers will be onsite to help parents and students fill out and complete the FAFSA form online. Computers will be available for use. Pendleton High School’s ASPIRE (Access to Student Assistance Programs In Reach of Everyone) provides resources and individual assistance to students and parents to assist with post-high school education and training as well as military and employment options.  Volunteer mentors assist students with career exploration, college and/or training program identification, SAT & ACT registration, test preparation, admission and scholarship applications and essays, and navigating the financial aid processes.  

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Nixyaawii girls look for better net season Tyanna Van Pelt lunges for the volleyball while Alexia Spino (8) calls out orders in the back row and Christina Kaltsukis watches in the middle during a game at the Echo jamboree in late August. Watching from the bench are, from left, Healyne Mahoney, Keyan Singer, Alyssa Tonasket, Eva Oatman and Cloe McMichael. Other girls on the team include Julianah Matamoros, Anjelica Robledo, Ada Samayoa, Mackenzie Kiona, Allyson Maddern and Ermia Butler. Butler and Tonasket are the only seniors on the squad. Nixyaawii Community School starts the season with five straight home games and finishes with two home games, with six away game in between. The girls opened Sept. 4 and lost in three sets to Helix. The next games are against Pine Eagle Sept. 7, against Imbler Sept. 11, against Elgin Sept. 18, against Wallowa Sept. 22, and against Cove Sept. 27. All the games are 5 or 6 p.m. contests except for Wallowa, which is on a Saturday at 11 a.m. CUJ photos/Dallas Dick

Kylie Mountainchief watches as Alexia Spino bumps the volleyball toward the net in a game played during a jamboree in Echo. The Nixyaawii Golden Eagles girls won two out of three of their matches for first-year coach Jeremy Maddern. Last year the girls were 1-13 in the Old Oregon League but with 10 returns are hoping for a better outcome this season.

Student-athletes turn out for high school fall sports MISSION - Counting all those from Nixyaawii Community School, more than two dozen student-athletes are out for fall sports on area high school teams. This is an incomplete list of mostly varsity players and the CUJ welcomes parents to email us names with their child’s sport and school so we can follow their achievements through the season. Email to cuj@ctuir.org. So far, this is the list we know of. Pendleton High School Cross Country (boys) - Leighton Redcrane, sophomore. Aaron Luke, junior.

Cross Country (girls) - Kaiya Spencer, Star Redcrane. Soccer (girls) - Uliyana Guerroro, senior. Weston-McEwen High School Volleyball - Tyree Burke, senior. Football - Aiden Wolf, Alex Williams, Garrett Huesties. Nixyaawii Community School Volleyball - Healyne Mahoney, Julianah Matamoros, Eva Oatman, Anjelica Robledo, Ada Samayoa, Keyen Singer, freshmen; Mackenzie Kiona, Allyson Maddern, Alexia Spino, sophomores; Christina Kaltsukis, Cloe Mc-

Michael, Kyle Mountainchief, Tyanna Van Pelt, juniors; Ermia Butler, Alyssa Tonasket, seniors. Cross Country (girls) - Latis Nowland, freshman; Adilia Hart, Mackenzie Kiona, sophomores; Ermia Butler, Mari Mills, Crissa Yallup, seniors. Cross Country (boys) - Jace Ashley, Moses Moses, Luis Ortega, Jared Wildbill, sophomores; Mick Schimmel, Joe Simon, Ryan Yallup, juniors. Football - Tyasin Burns, William Sigo V, sophomores; Quanah Picard, junior; Deven Barkley, Keala Van Horn, senior.

Hegarty wins Wildhorse Club Championship

MISSION – Reilly Hegarty shot sevenunder-par to win low gross honors by nine strokes in the 36-hole Wildhorse Resort Golf Course Club Championship Aug. 25 and 26. Hegarty had rounds of 68 and 69 on the par-72 course. Nolan Nez was sitting tied for fourth (seven strokes out of second place) after the first day, but surged into the runnerup spot with a four-under-par 68 on Sunday. Jeremy Barkley, playing in the first flight, and Kenneth Devereaux in the second flight, finished at eight-under-par 136 in a tie for low net of the field. Barkley shot 81 and 83 to go with his handicap of 14. Devereaux shot 85 and 85 to go with his 17 handicap. Results follow: Low Gross – Par 144 Flight 1 – 1, Reilly Hegarty 137. 2, Nolan Nez 146. 3, John Barkley 152. 4, Barry Warner 157. 5 (tie), James Cahill and Paul French, 166. 7,

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Dave Tovey, 180. Flight 2 – 1, Jordan Yaoch 169. 2, Tim Strickland 175. 3, Chazz Webb 177. 4, David Rohn 179. 5, Eric Emmerson 188. 6, Ken Heitzmann 195. 7, Ron Reinhart 207. Low net Flight 1 – 1, Jeremy Barkley 136. 2, Louie Quaempts 146. 3, Al Tovey 148. 4, Gary George 150. 5 (tie), Garrell Moore and Josh Barkley 157. Flight 2 – 1, Kenneth Devereaux 136. 2, Bill Brownfield 142. 3, Bill Ezell 143. 4, Onny Heitzmann 147. 5, Susan Johnson 152. Deborah Hayward 165. 7, Rob Johnson 170. Skins (gross) Flight 1 – Nolan Nez (3), John Barkley (2), James Cahill, Reilly Hegarty. Flight 2 - Kenneth Devereaux (2), Eric Emmerson, Tim Strickland, Onny Heitzmann. Skins (net) Flight 1 – Al Tovey (2), Jeremy Barkley (2), James Cahill, John Barkley. Flight 2 – Deborah Hayward (2), Eric Emmerson, Kenneth Devereaux, Tim Strickland, Onny Heitzmann. Closest-to-the-pin – Tim Strickland, Ken Heitzmann, John Barkley, Paul French, Jordan Yaoch, Rob Johnson.

Reilly Hegarty, center, won the Wildhorse Club Championship Aug. 25 and 26. Second place went to Nolan Nez, right, and third went to John Barkley, left.

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recreation photos

Ella Stewart, left, Owl Dances with Weptas Brockie during the Recreation Pow Wow in the Eagle’s Nest Gym Aug. 17.

Penelope Gavin and Nadene Garcia sing ‘Lost Boy’ during the Recreation Talent Show in the Eagle’s Nest Gym.

Last chance summer dance, sing and play CUJ photos by Dallas Dick Sky Smith dances in the Recreation Pow Wow the Eagle’s Nest Gym Aug. 17.

Caleb Minthorn, left, Manny Totus, center, and Andrew Tewawina, right, all showed up to drum during the end of year Recreation Pow Wow Aug. 17.


Ella Stewart, left, Keyen Singer, center and Ayanna Star, right, all placed during the girls’ category contest at the Recreation Pow Wow Aug. 17.

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Malaeloa Malumaleumu, left, Stella Wolf, center, and Deven Hall all sang together during the talent show held at the Eagle’s Nest Gym Aug. 16.

Along with learning to make tule mats, recreation students spent their time doing artwork over the summer.

Cara Greene, left, Owl Dances with Sunhawk Thomas during the Recreation Pow Wow held at the Eagle’s Nest Gym Aug. 17.

Girls perform a welcome dance during the Recreation Pow Wow held at the Eagle’s Nest Gym Aug. 17. From left is Neveah Moore, Lillian Watchman, Aurora Whiskeyjack, Shawndin Salt, Nadene Garcia, Deven Hall and Savaya Minthorn.

Recreation students learned to make tule mats over the summer.

Jula Hoisington, left, Hiyuum Nowland, center, and Ellis Ashley, right, play a game of “Sweep Your Tipi, during the Recreation Pow Wow Aug. 17.

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Latis Nowland, left, Owl Dances with Anthony Nix, Center during the Recreation Pow Wow held at the Eagle’s Nest Gym Aug. 17. Kiana Rodriguez and Arianna Britton Owl Dance at right.

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Japanese hydrologists tour Umatilla Reservation From the CTUIR Department of Natural Resources

MISSION - Five Japanese scientists traveled more than 8,000 miles to visit Oregon’s spectacular geology and beautiful landscapes in a 10-day trip with their host Steve Gingerich from the US Geological Survey-Portland Water Science Center. On day two they came to the Umatilla Indian Reservation and toured the upper Umatilla River Basin to learn about ongoing research being conducted by the USGS in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The scientists are members of the Japanese Association of Hydrological Scientists. Members have been traveling to the western United States every two years to learn about the hydrology of specific areas. This year the focus is on Oregon hydrology and geology. They are interested in hydrology of volcanic terranes and using geochemistry to trace groundwater ages and origins in mountainous areas. “Last year the Tribes and USGS started a two-year groundwater study to better

Japanese scientists visited with the Tribal Water Commission and later explored Meacham Creek restoration area and Zig Zag Spring in the Umatilla National Forest.

understand the groundwater-flow system and recharge by age-dating aquifers and springs,” said Kate Ely, Umatilla Basin Hydrologist. (Aquifers are satu-

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track groundwater-flow paths and the degree of mixing of old groundwater with modern recharge.” Last fall, 22 wells and four springs were sampled over a range that includes the Blue Mountains down to Mission basin. Eight more groundwater samples will be collected from wells in September. Funding for the study comes from the US Bureau of Indian Affairs’ grant for Rights Protection Implementation Climate Change, the USGS, and the CTUIR for a total of nearly $300,000. The information gained will help in groundwater management and development under a changing climate. This work builds on previous work by CTUIR and USGS to describe the hydrology in the upper basin. A geologic framework and groundwater budget were completed in 2013 with results published by the USGS in 2017. The visiting hydrologists are researchers and faculty at the Geological Survey of Japan, Rissho University, Akita University, and the University of Yamanashi. Other stops on their trip include the Harney Basin, Newberry Volcano, Crater Lake, and the Willamette Valley.

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Tribal Member paves new path as colorist By Jill-Marie Gavin of the CUJ

PENDLETON - Chelsey Parker, 34, grew up in Irrigon, but has moved around eastern Oregon to find a colorful niche in the hair-styling business. Parker, an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, went to cosmetology school in Pendleton with plans to become a makeup artist. Soon after starting classes, however, she realized color was her passion. She loves to give her clients exciting colors Chelsey Parker, CTUIR Tribal Member, stands outside Pier No. 104 Sept. 3 in between coloring a client’s hair indoors. that they may have never CUJ photos/Jill-Marie Gavin “I get to be thought to do before. creative. volunteers time to coach Triangle Softball League. Her schedule stays This year Parker applied to be considered for busy at Pier No. 104 where she My clients rents a chair as a private contrac- the “Entrepreneur of the Year” with the Wildhorse come in tor, but she would like to have Business Development Services. She was the first and say ‘Do more tribal member clients for runner-up to Anson Crane, who won with his sucwhat you cessful DJ business. Parker said she was grateful for haircuts, colors and perms. the opportunity because it offered a lot of exposure Parker said she has a few think looks Tribal member clients, but she and more word-of-mouth marketing. good.’” Traffic to her Facebook profile has increased since moved home to the Umatilla Indian Reservation so she would she was considered for the award and rave reviews be closer to her people. She also continue to roll in, especially concerning her colorhad her two daughters in mind when she moved ing skills. Parker is confident in her talent. home. “I get to be creative,” she said. “My clients come Both her daughters, Madison age 11 and Caiylin, 9, are enrolled CTUIR and go to school in Weston. They in and say ‘do what you think looks good.’ They put were the ones on Parker’s mind when she decided to their trust in me and I’ve done so much color I know what products are best and I have the knowledge to leave Hermiston. Andrea Hall, CTUIR Tribal Member, stopped in at Pier No. 104 She said, “I moved to Pendleton to open doors for make it look good.” Sept. 3 for a new hair color done by Chelsey Parker. Parker would like to one day own and operate her me and my kids.” Parker is a single parent and has spent the last six own salon. She said she loves what she does and calls grandmother Cecelia Bearchum, is offering a discount years in Pendleton trying to find her place in the hair it “excelling instead of just existing.” to Tribal Members who come to visit her for haircuts Now that Round-Up is around the corner and in the next two months. She is offering men’s haircuts market. It wasn’t until a year and a half ago that she was able to find a stable home at Pier No. 104. Now school has started she stays busy, but her goal to for $15, women’s for $30 and children’s for $10. she’s able to share her time between career and her increase her tribal clientele is still there. For more information you can reach Parker through Parker, whose Indian name is Kunmay after her- her page at www.Facebook.com/hairbychels104. daughters’ after-school sports and activities. She also

Thank you letters THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES (DCFS) would like to extend a very special thank you to Cycle Town Roasters who donated $2,200 to the CTUIR Board of Trustees who in turn allocated those monies to DCFS for backpack purchases, Cayuse Technology, Office of Executive Director, CTUIR Finance Department and the staff of DCFS for their participation in the annual backpack distribution. DCFS and Cayuse Technology volunteers shopped and stuffed the backpacks with school supplies. Cayuse technology volunteers shopped for 140 backpacks and school supplies, and DCFS shopped for 147 backpacks and donated $500 for school supplies. The event was a success with 223 backpacks being distributed to CTUIR Tribal Members, grades K-12. The remaining backpacks and school supplies are at the DCFS office and are available to CTUIR Tribal members. DCFS has also notified the Title IV staff at the local schools that there are backpacks available. ON BEHALF OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, we would like to give you a

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big thank you for your generous donation to our community picnic event. It was a tremendous success, serving 450 hamburgers, 250 hot dogs and 8 gallons of salad to the some 400 community members including elders, veterans and many kids that ate, played games and won over $1,500 worth of raffle prizes with two youth bikes and a camping set as the grand prizes. It was great day to wrap up the end of summer with food and prizes from your generous donations that help kids think about gearing up for the fall school year. Here are some of the prizes raffled: yard games, board games, headphones, sports toys, bikes, chairs, camping equipment, BBQ set and many more. We had more than two dozen volunteers to help cook, serve, clean, assist elders/ veterans and give away prizes to children and adults. “Inchii-qwuthla” A big thank you to all: Board of Trustees of CTUIR, Tribal departments of CTUIR, Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Aaron’s Rent-A-Center, Cash and Carry, Franz Bakery, Yellowhawk and Senior Center. We look forward to next year! Thank you again. From all of us here at CTUIR and volunteers from Housing Department.

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Olivia Wallace, the 15-year-old daughter of Willa Wallace, makes a heart shape with her hands during a group song at the Rock & Roll Camp concert on Main Street Aug. 17. It was the finale to a week-long camp, for teens 13-18, sponsored by the Pendleton Center for the Arts. Wallace performed with a band called The Good List.

Kaydon Higheagle, 15, a sophomore at Pendleton High School, received a rousing round of applause after his flute solo at the Rock and Roll Camp performance on Main Street in Pendleton Aug. 17. Kaydon was given the flute last October by his uncle, Stevie Williams, and “got the hang of it in the first five minutes,” he said. That should be no surprise since he’s able to play a number of instruments. He’s quick to rattle them off ... “guitar, bass guitar, piano, drums, violin, yukelele, trumpet, trombone, harmonica, and ... pots and pans.” Kaydon wants to be a professional musician and actor and perform all over the world. Aaron Luke, right photo, a junior at Pendleton High School, gets after the bass guitar during the Rock N Roll Camp sponsored by the Pendleton Center for the Arts. The weeklong camp culminated with a concert on Main Street Aug. 17. Luke, the son of Marcus Luke, also plays saxophone, French horn and trumpet.

Crow’s Shadow hosting open house after R-Up Sept. 16 PENDLETON — Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) is welcoming the public to an open house on Sunday, Sept. 16, after the Pendleton Round-Up ends. The open house is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon with coffee and light refreshments. The gallery space will feature a variety of works from the permanent collection, including prominent regional, contemporary Native American artists such as James Lavadour, Wendy Red Star, and Rick Bartow; and local artists such as Whitney Minthorn, Susan Sheoships, Vanessa Enos, and Jeremy Red Star Wolf. Crow’s will also have a display of work made by high school student printmakers from the Nixyaawii Community School. The student-made prints will be

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The Crow’s Shadow gallery will feature a variety of works at the open house Sept,. 16.

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Althea Huesties, left, and Aiden Wolf, right, play arm wrestle before the actual competition during the Summer Youth Fair August 15. Huesties won the girl’s heavyweight division and Deven Barkley won the boys’.

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Training has been added to the Summer Youth program by way of “Civic Mondays” when all of the 43 participants in the program attended weekly classes on subjects that ranged from “Tribal Women in Leadership” to “Tai Chi and Bicycle Adventure.” Althea Wolf is entering her second year on the job as the Summer Youth Coordinator for the Education Department. Wolf has continued to add structure and change the culture of the program. Along with classroom lessons, Wolf wanted the youth to get a chance to learn physical education. The youth and their supervisors were all invited to attend the second annual Summer Youth Fair at the Mission Longhouse where the youth proudly showcased their efforts over the summer. Wiley Redcrane, awarded the Summer Youth Employee of the Year award, was honored during the fair along with all other participating youth.


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Happy Canyon Princess 2018

Sequoia Conner

SEQUOIA CONNER, 19, an enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, was born in Madras, Oregon, and grew up in Mission on the Umatilla Indian Reservation with her family nearby. Her mother, Terri Carnes, is the daughter of Herbert Carnes and Angelita Smith. Conner’s father is Marcus Conner, who is the son of Marcus Harrington and Kit Conner.


Here are the CUJ’s questions: Q. What’s your favorite kind of food? Nature’s candy, fruit. Q. What are your favorite movies? My favorite movies consist of The Lion King, other Disney movies, horror/thriller movies, action and comedy movies. Q. What books have you read recently? The book genres that I have read include poetry, lifestyle and fiction. I am currently reading a magazine that goes over the history of The Rolling Stones. Q. Where did you go to school?


Q. What has been your favorite part of being a Happy Canyon Princess? My favorite part about being a Happy Canyon Princess is connecting with people, whether they are people you have known all of your life, or if you just met them. It is interesting to learn about people and to listen to what they have to say. Q. What are your future plans once your reign as a Happy Canyon Princess is over? My future plans are to finish school and to start a business as a self-employed photographer who captures images of landscapes, wildlife, and people. Q. What is your favorite music? The music that I listen to varies upon the time of the year. I listen to the blues, classic rock, rap, and other types of music. Beyonce is definitely one of the main people that I listen to. Q. What is your best childhood memory? I have a lot of great childhood memories. One would be swimming with all of my cousins in the pool that was in front of my great grandmother’s house, along with jumping on the trampoline. Q. What kind of bond have you created with your fellow HC Princess? During our travels I have developed a great bond with Tayler, my co-princess, by singing, dancing, and listening to music. Q. What has made you most proud in life? Continuously improving on myself and growing as a person is what makes me proud in life, especially from this reign. Q. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why? If I could travel anywhere, I would travel to Italy for the food, architecture, beaches, people, and the experience. Q. If you could only keep five possessions what would they be? Why? If I could only keep five possessions it would be my dog for company, car to travel, Polaroid camera to take instant pictures, digital camera to capture pictures with high quality, and books to stay entertained. Q. If you could witness any event of the past present, or future, what would it be? If I could witness any event, it would be either I attended schools within the Pendleton School a Led Zeppelin concert or The Rolling Stones. District and graduated from Pendleton High School. Q. If you could meet anyone in the world, present Q. What teacher has had the most impact in your or past, who would it be? Why? life? Why? If I could meet anyone in the world, it would have John Remington has had the most impact in my to be Beyonce. I love her and her music. I would love life, because he was a teacher who stood out to a lot of seeing all the places she gets to travel. She has been people. He had a great taste very successful, she’s beautiin music as well as having ful and a very strong woman. a lot to say about each song “I have a lot of great childhood A great role model to me and and artist. He was also honmany other children. memories. One would be swimest with his students in the Q. Who do you admire ming with all of my cousins in the lessons that he has taught. most in life? Why? pool that was in front of my great He is also memorable. I admire my parents and grandmother’s house, along with Q. What have you brother the most in life, jumping on the trampoline.” learned from being a because they have taught me Happy Canyon Princess? the most and have always I have learned to be been there for me. I have - Happy Canyon Princess thankful, humble, patient, Sequoia Conner experienced many events and to live in the moment, how occurrences with them, which to socialize and network, I feel has brought us all closer. and how to carry and present myself from being a I have learned a lot from the three of them and have Happy Canyon Princess. created many memories that I am glad to look back Q. Was there any specific skill you needed to on today. learn to carry out your duties as HC Princess (i.e. Q. If you won the lottery what would you do? horse-riding, public speaking, waving, etc.) I am not sure what I would do if I won the lottery; I improved my public speaking and riding skills See Conner on page 18B during my reign.

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Happy Canyon Princess 2018

Tayler Craig

Becoming a Happy Canyon Princess was on TAYLER CRAIG’s short list of goals for as long as she can remember. Craig applied for the position after spending years beading and preparing, and then nearly missed her interview. In the end it all paid off. Craig was born in Yakima, Washington, but she is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation. Her parents are Rachel Hoptowit and Fermore Craig. On her mother’s side her grandparents are the late Belva Jean Hoptowit and the late William McLean. On her father’s side her grandfather is Fermore Craig Sr. and the Late Priscilla Craig. Here are the questions from the CUJ: Q. What’s your favorite kind of food? I love Mexican food and Sushi. Q. What’s are your favorite movies? 42 with Jackie Robinson. Q. What books have you read recently? American Wolf, a true story of survival and obsession in the west. Q. Where did you go to school?


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Happy Canyon Princess? My favorite part would be representing our incredible community. I also love interacting with the little kids. Their eyes light up with delight and I am pretty sure they think we are the real life Pocahontas. It warms my heart to spend a few minutes interacting with them and making them feel special. Q. What are your future plans once your reign as a Happy Canyon Princess is over? I will be returning to BMCC (Blue Mountain Community College( in September. When finished up there I hope to transfer to EOU (Eastern Oregon University) for the nursing program. Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is my current employer and I plan to continue working as I am surrounded by amazing health care professionals. Q. What is your favorite music? I love everything from old school rock to today’s country, anything that makes me happy. Q. What is your best childhood memory? My favorite childhood memory would be getting my pony Nicholas for my fifth birthday. He was the best. Q. What kind of bond have you created with your fellow HC Princess? I’ve developed a fun bond with Sequoia. We both like books, going to the movies and we both love to take a lot of pictures together during our travels. We’ve shared so many laughs and memories. Q. What has made you most proud in life? Graduating high school and fulfilling my long term goal of becoming a Happy Canyon Princess. Q. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why? I would like to travel to Hawaii and visit my aunt Kaimi; she’s been a huge supporter and I would like to explore the beautiful island and try their native food and possibly catch a few waves. Q. If you could only keep five possessions what would they be? Why? I would keep my traditional regalia, a drawing pad with pencils, my puppy Hunter, my horse Lane, my I-phone. I would keep these possessions because they make my heart swell with joy. Q. If you could witness any event of the past present, or future, what would it be? I would like to travel back in time to 1964 to Tokyo to witness Billy Mills win the gold medal in the I went to Pendleton High School. 10,000-meter run. Q. What teacher has had the most impact in your Q. If you could meet anyone in the world, present or life? Why? past, who would it be? Why? My kindergarten teacher Mrs. Stewart from McKay I would like to meet Jim Thorpe if he were still livElementary School. She was so encouraging, kind, caring. He was the greatest Native American athlete ever. ing and just an overall inspiration to me. Q. Who do you admire most in life? Why? Q. What have you learned I admire my mom Rachel from being a Happy Canyon Hoptowit. Sshe has been my Princess? “My favorite part would be reprebiggest fan. She’s always supI’ve learned that we have ported my dreams and been senting our incredible community. the most incredible commuby my side making anything I also love interacting with the little nity. They have embraced, possible for me. Anyone who kids, their eyes light up with delight supported and encouraged us knows my mom knows she and I am pretty sure they think we every step of the way on this would rather chew glass than are the real life Pocahontas.” phenomenal journey. watch me get on a horse and Q. Was there any specific ride through a parade. She skill you needed to learn to - Happy Canyon Princess is terrified of horses, but she Tayler Craig carry out your duties as HC continues to be at every event Princess (i.e. horse-riding, with me. public speaking, waving, etc.) Q. If you won the lottery, Yes, I am typically not very girly. I am a jean and what would you do? T-shirt type of girl. I have had to polish a few skills and I would finish school, buy a house plus two more learn to be comfortable in a dress. I was not groomed horses, get my mom a Maserati Q4 and I also would set to be a princess so the whole make-up application took up scholarship that would pay for costs and travel for some time to warm up to. Speaking to large crowds can future Happy Canyon princesses. It’s been an excepbe intimidating but like anything else, practice helps. See Craig on page 18B Q. What has been your favorite part of being a

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Happy Canyon Princesses Tayler Craig, left, and Sequoia Conner, right, bookend Mike and Linda Muller, Happy Canyon President Corey Neistadt and Joe Lewis at the Happy Canyon Appreciation Dinner Aug. 28.

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tional journey, and one I would like others to be able to experience if they choose. Q. What has been your most embarrassing moment? My most embarrassing moment would be at the beginning of December, when Sequoia, me and our moms met at our court parents’ house to get some make-up tips. Kim Jones gave us these wax papers and asked if we had anything on our lips? We said no, so Sequoia and I folded the piece of wax paper and put our lips on it… Kim looked at us like, what are you guys doing? We didn’t know that she was going to put some make up on the wax paper for us to use instead of applying it directly from the tubes. That was a great laugh for the first time meeting and the beginning of a great year. Q. Who are you grateful for and would like to give thanks to? I am so grateful for my family, my mom, my uncle Bob Fossek, aunt Jennifer Fossek, and cousins Bobby, Jared, Kayla, uncle James Hoptowit, aunt Joyce Mardel. They are all my amazing support group. I appreciate all the early mornings, late evenings and really just helping me in making this the best summer I have ever had. I would also like to give a huge thank you to the Happy Canyon Board of Directors for placing their trust in me to represent Happy Canyon this year. Its been an incredible experience that has helped me to grow, meet new

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that is something that I have never thought about. I suppose that I would keep working, finish school, then start my own photography business, and travel the world with my family. Q. What has been your most embarrassing moment? One of my most embarrassing moments, to me, would be when I spent the whole day thinking that it was Sunday, when it was only Thursday. I did not realize it until the next morning. Q. Who are you grateful for and would like to give thanks to? There are a lot of people that I am grateful for and would like to give


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friends, gain confidence and share a little bit of my culture with others who may not otherwise get an opportunity. I feel infinitely blessed. Finally, I would like to thank Casey and Whitney Hunt for their dedication and commitment to us. They really do make us feel a part of their family. They are gracious, caring and supportive in every way possible. They offer so much encouragement and guidance. Their energy never seems to end. Thank you William and Charlotte for sharing your parents with us for the summer. Q. What is something about yourself that you feel people don’t know that you would like them to know? I almost didn’t become a Happy Canyon Princess this year. After three long years of continuous beading and preparation, it looked like I was going to miss my interview. I was in Washington DC for work all week and scheduled to fly into Walla Walla the evening before my interview. The weather didn’t cooperate, it was too foggy to land so the last leg of my flight was cancelled. I spent several hours at the Sea Tac airport waiting to board our flight and they announced it was cancelled just before boarding. I felt like a really bad dream. Thankfully, my coworker Tammy Moore got us a flight to Pasco. I got home early in the morning and made my interview. I had been awake for 24 hours super tired, but I made the interview. Thankfully, the interview panel overlooked my red eyes that day.

thanks to. I am thankful for all of my family for being there for me and for all of my supporters. I am thankful for the events that I got to experience, as well as what I have learned. Q. What is something about yourself that you feel people don’t know that you would like them to know? I am left-handed when it comes to eating and writing, but right-handed when it comes to sports. I have watched The Lion King at least 150 times (including on VHS). Literally. It was my childhood movie, and now my life-time movie. I am reserved on my outer shell, but past that point, I can crack some jokes. My zodiac sign is a Cancer.

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Arrowhead pumps 13,661 gallons of unleaded fuel on Customer Appreciation Day The customers came out in droves and Arrowhead Travel Plaza treated them kindly Aug. 22. It was the seventh annual Customer Appreciation Day. Customers were rewarded with 50-cents off per gallon of gas and Arrowhead pumped 13,661 gallons of unleaded fuel that day. That compares to a normal day when 8,000 to 9,000 gallons of unleaded are pumped. Alecia Rogers, an Arrowhead employee since 2000, said the number of plates of food served this year was almost double that of last year. A total of 1,125 plates were served this year, compared to 600 last year. Thirteen major raffle prizes were given away. Here’s the list of winners:

A Ukiah threesome, from left, Christina and Robert Bowman, and brother Cody Boman in blue shirt, gassed up during Arrowhead Travel Plaza’s Customer Appreciation Day Aug. 22. With fuel 50-cents off per gallon the Bowmans filled up their Venture van as well as a variety of containers. “We live in the mountains and go through some gas,” said Christina Bowman, who drives 30 miles to Pendleton to work every day. “We knew there was a discount but didn’t know it was fifty cents.”

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Hiyuum Nowland, 9, was having fun on a blow-up slide, which was one of the activities for people attending the Customer Appreciation Day at Arrowhead Travel Plaza 22 on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. CUJ photos/Phinney

Cycle Oregon to ride through Umatilla Reservation Sept. 12, 14 MISSION - When Cycle Oregon takes its week-long ride through the region in early September, one leg will include roads on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. An estimated 1,500 bicyclists will start in Baker City Sept. 9 and will end there Sept. 15. The bikers will travel about northeastern Oregon with stops in Halfway, Wallowa Lake State Park, Elgin,

Pendleton and La Grande. The touring is scheduled to go from Elgin to Pendleton Sept. 12 via Highway 204, using Pambrun, Thornhollow, Cayuse and Mission roads on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. On Sept. 14, riders will go from Pendleton to La Grande taking Mission Road, Old Highway 30 and then Interstate 84.

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Tribal kids welcome visitors from Minamisoma, Japan

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Visiting Japanese girls are framed by Maelyn Stanger and, left, and Manaia Wolf, right, during exhibition dancing at the Community Center Aug. 8.

Participating in a circle dance was Lauralee Stanger, Satomi Hase, Malaya Stanger, Kasumi Wakamori, and Abigayle Kordatzky.

Teen-agers from Minamisoma, Pendleton’s Sister City, spent the first full day of their two-week visit to Eastern Oregon on the Umatilla Indian Reservation Aug. 8. The six girls and their chaperone first visited the Nixyaawii Community Center gymnasium where they danced with 16 young native dancers led by Mildred Quaempts and a big drum. Kristen Parr from the Language Department helped with the event. From there the young people visited and had lunch at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute with the CTUIR Youth Council. They also visited Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts.

From left in the front row is Mildred Quaempts, Manaia Wolf, Haruka Kyoya, Kasumi Wakamori,Athena Whiskeyjack , Satomi Hase, Miyu Sato, Maelynn Stanger, Arisa Sato, Rino Kobayashi, Aurora Whiskeyjck, Abigayle Ford and Kristen Parr. From the back left is Sky Smith, Weptas Brockie, Keyen Singer, Jareen Hines, Eva Oatman, Malaya Stanger, Lauralee Stanger, Amariana Willingham, Marcella Stanger and Rhi-Lee Stanger.

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testing. That means elective classes like leadership or construction or drama would not be included. Although it is a class, drum group would fall into the random drug testing because it takes place much of the time at events away from the classroom, Heinrich said. Randall Melton, NCS Board Chair, noted that some students could be involved in two or three activities at the same time, but he was assured that their name would be in the random-testing pool only once when names were drawn. Before the vote, Heinrich suggested the drug testing policy be removed completely from the Handbook and considered as a second document with more time to “hash this out.” However, the vote was taken and the same three board members who voted


no the first time voted yes this time. The motion to add the extra-curricular activities to the athletics passed 3-2. Even after the vote there was some confusion with questions asked, but the vote stood. Melton said in the future, Handbook issues need to be worked out earlier – before the day school begins. At NCS, the penalty for a positive drug test is two weeks of no contests. The offender still practices, but participates in no games. A second offense means four weeks of no games. A third strike and you’re out. It was not specified what consequences for clubs will be. Nixyaawii Community School provides a list of names of eligible students, but that’s as far as its involvement in the drug testing. Interpath Lab from Pendleton does the rest. Interpath assigns a number to each student’s name and uses a computer

to randomly select 25 percent for testing. Interpath administers the test and analyses the test, then reports the results to the school. In other action:

Heinrich reported 79 students started the first day of school with 16 freshmen, 26 sophomores, 18 juniors and 19 seniors. Heinrich told the Board there were five NCS students out for football at Pilot Rock, with a dozen girls out for the NCS volleyball team, and between six and 10 runners out for the NCS cross country team. On the first day of school, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center sponsored lunch, which was catered by Mo Pho, the Vietnamese restaurant co-owned by CTUIR member Whitney Minthorn, an NCS alumnus. Randall Minthorn was re-elected chair and Sams was re-elected vice-chair of the school board. The Board approved a motion allowing Heinrich and Lynette Minthorn, the new PE/ Health teacher, to split duties and wages for

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the athletic director position. Heinrich talked about building a new culture at the school to include better communication, especially with parents. Toward that goal more than two dozen photos of the first-day protocol were uploaded to the NCS Facebook page. He said he wants teachers and staff to know students better “beyond the classroom” and he wants to encourage more parent participation in school activities. Heinrich noted the school is adding drama, foods and leadership classes as electives this year, which is resulting in better “student buy-in” academically. Furthermore, there will be extra Friday school days offered. Measure 98 funds allow for more staff time to offer instruction in the added elective classes. Teacher Zach Brandsen said he’s had students tell him they plan to attend classes offered in the mornings at Crow’s Shadow and construction classes offered in the afternoons on Fridays.

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Bobcats on patrol up river

Contributed photo/Kim Minthorn

Bobcats were photographed in late August up the Umatilla River in a couple of different locations. In the photo at left, Kim Minthorn photographed a mother and two kittens in the backyard at the home of her father, Antone Minthorn, on Thornhollow Road about 15 miles east of Mission. Six miles west of there, Dallas Dick photographed the bobcat, right photo, from inside the house of his mother, Marie Dick, near Cayuse. Since the photos were taken, Dick said, his mother has seen the bobcat with two kittens of its own. There have been other sightings in the region as well. According to Carl Scheeler, wildlife biologist for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the bobcat (Lynx rufus) is the smallest of the North American wild cats. It is a versatile and highly capable hunter taking prey from snowshoe hair and pine squirrel to mule deer, depending on season and location. While not uncommon, it is stealthy and rarely seen in the wild.

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Blue Mtns. documentary to air Sept. 19 WALLA WALLA – A special view of Blue Mountain Television’s “Secret Life of the Forest: The Northern Blue Mountains” is scheduled at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Maxey Auditorium on the Whitman College Campus. Admission is free but due to a growing interest there is a registration. To save a seat visit www.bmt.tv/forest or call 509-529-9149. The series explores the natural world of the norther Blue Mountains of southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon. Editor/photographer Daniel Biggs and writer/narrator Mike Denny have created the first documentary on the Blue Mountains, focusing on the beauty and splendor of the massive mountain range as well as the plants and animals that inhabit this little-known landscape. The first episode of the 13-part series will launch Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. on Blue Mountain Television. Blue Mountain Television can be viewed in the Walla Walla Valley and surrounding areas on digital channels 21.1, 281 and 36.1. In the Inland Northwest, BMT can be viewed on Charter Cable channel 179 and in the Wenatchee area on LocalTel cable channel 560. Blue Mountain Television is also available worldwide livestreaming at www. bmt.tv and on ROKU (search for Blue Mountain TV).





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Annual Frenchtown Rendezvous scheduled for Oct. 6 in Walla Walla

Dancers emerge as butterflies Wrapped in their cocoons, dancers, from left, Amarianah Willingham, Keyen Singer and Malaya Stanger demonstrated the traditional butterfly dance for visiting Japanese students Aug. 8. CUJ photos/Phinney

WALLA WALLA – The annual Frenchtown Rendezvous is planned on the afternoon of Oct. 6 at the Assumption Church Parish Hall, 2098 E. Alder Street, in Walla Walla. A tri-tip dinner is planned at 5 p.m. Tickets are $40 each or $300 for a table for eight. All proceeds go to the maintenance, restoration and interpretation of the Frenchtown Historical Site, 8364 Old Highway 12, Walla Walla. The event begins at 1 p.m. with a workshop on writing and publishing family histories before doors open to the public at 2 p.m. for a silent auction, purchase of raffle tickets for a Chief Joseph Pendleton blanket, and historical displays. At 4 p.m. historical archaeologist Maryanne Maddoux will speak on the digitization of the Harriet D. Munnick Papers by the St. Paul Mission Historical Society and the field school excavation of a French-Canadian homestead at Champoeg, Oregon. Tickets are available online at tinyurl. com/RDV2018. For more information visit frenchtownwa.org.

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Students wowed by backpack selection Donations rolled in from all around to provide Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Tribal Member students from K through 12th grade with backpacks. A hand out of the backpacks was held at the Nixyaawii Governance Center Aug. 23. Cayuse Technologies donated $3,500 towards the effort. That funding purchased 140 backpacks and school supplies to fill them. An additional 147 backpacks were purchased by Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). DCFS used donations from the CycleTown Roasters and the Board of Trustees to purchase the additional bags. A total of 223 students were served during the handout. Above from left Lauralee Stanger, Malaya Stanger, Marcella Stanger and Cece Stanger choose bags for the students Aug. 23 at the NGC. Additional backpacks are available for Tribal Members at the DCFS office.

Birthdays: 1st: Troy Gillpatrick 2nd: Reese Shippentower 3rd: Preston Bronson 5th: Audrey Shippentower, Johnny Dick, Willie McKay and Vicki Rodriguez 6th: Misty Brigham 8th: Alina George and Cleo Dick 9th: Manuel Soares 10th: Angelica Ancheta and Nathan Dick 11th: KariAnn Edmiston and Nijone Lockhart 12th: Robert VanPelt 14th: Thomas Brigham 16th: Chris Brigham, Danny Morris, Tyler Rodriguez 17th: Charlie Morrison, Ela Morrison and Charlie Quaempts 18th: Ralph Jones 19th: Rodrick Edmiston 27th: Neva Kash Kash 28th: Mary Renner-Wittkopf

DID YOU KNOW? The General Council, which consists of all Tribal members age 18 and older, elects the governing body of the CTUIR -- the Board of Trustees. The General Council also elects its own officers whose primary responsibilities include running the monthly General Council meetings and moving forward General Council issues. The General Council meets monthly to hear updates from its Chairman, the Board of Trustees, and various working groups. This is also an opportunity for General Council members to provide input and recommendations to the tribal officials. Special General Council meetings are occasionally held to discuss specific issues. General Council meetings are generally closed to the public and the news media unless invited by the General Council officers. Gathered from “as days go by� page 82

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

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Taking part in the Aug. 7 Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center grand opening ribbon cutting, from left, Health Commission (HC) member Bob Shippentower, HC Secretary Patty Hall, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center CEO Lisa Guzman, HC member Aaron Hines, HC Vice Chair Martina Gordon, HC Chair Shawna Gavin, and Board of Trustees Chair Gary Burke.

Yellowhawk gets formal greeting CTUIR Tribal elder Antone Minthorn stopped to talk to Pendleton Mayor John Turner. Other local dignitaries included Umatilla County Commissioners George Murdock and Bill Elfering.

Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center CEO Lisa Guzman spoke during the clinic’s grand opening ceremony Aug. 7. Guzman introduced members of the Board of Trustees, the Health Commission, and Yellowhawk staff. After the speakers, honor songs, and ribbon-cutting a tour of the facility was given by Yellowhawk staff.

MISSION – Special praise was given to the people who years ago began the effort that led to the formal grand opening Aug. 7 of the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Remarks came from Board of Trustees Chair Gary Burke, Health Commission Chair Shawna Gavin, Yellowhawk CEO Lisa Guzman, and 18-year-old Alyssa Farrow, a Nixyaawii Community School graduate entering her junior year at Stanford University where she is pursuing a career in medicine. Also speaking at the ribbon cutting ceremony were Neil Piispanen, architect/project manager; Michael Colgrove, Executive Director at Energy Trust of Oregon; and Jim Wallis, retiring CFO at Yellowhawk, who was honored for his years of service. Nixyaawii Eagle Singers sang an honor song following an invocation by Health Commission member Aaron Hines, who along with Burke, Gavin, Guzman, and Health Commission members Martina Gordon, Bob Shippentower, and Patty Hall took part in the ribbon cutting. Gavin named several others for their work on the project over the years, including former Health Commission members Elizabeth “Smitty” Jones, Paula Wallis, Delphine Wood, Betty Burke, Bill Burke, Andrea Hall, Cece Husted and Roberta Wilson. Gavin said Sandy Sampson, Shippentower

Mike Van Pelt, project assistant for Kirby Nagelhout Construction, right, talks with Board of Trustees Vice Chair Jeremy Wolf, during the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center grand opening.


and Wilson were on the Health Commission when money was set aside in 2005 for a new clinic. Sampson was the Health Commission Chair at the time. Also recognized by Gavin was Myrna Tovey and atway Bette McLean. McLean was “passionate” about the project and “painstakingly” covered every detail of the budget. Tovey pressed the Commission to build the clinic. Gavin remembers her saying, “I don’t want to just talk about it, I want to do it.” Gavin also thanked former Yellowhawk CEO Tim Gilbert for his tireless work toward completion of the project. “It was the voices of our elders, though, that drove us through the process of not only building the new clinic, but ensuring that the care provided there would be the highest level - always a work in progress,” Gavin said. In her remarks, Farrow said the building is an inspiration where “health and traditional ways intersect.” Burke said the building should “inspire” the community to “make healthy decisions.” He said, too, that although Tribal ancestors could not speak English they made sure at the Treaty signing in 1855 that health care was one of the promises made by the U.S. government. Following the ceremony in front of the building, the audience of 200 people took tours inside the facility.

Brian Goatsen, left, and Julian “Wus” Gone, were two of the Nixyaawii Eagle Singers on the big drum at the grand opening at the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center Aug. 7.

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Stanford University junior and Nixyaawii Community School graduate Alyssa Farrow served as the master of ceremonies during the grand opening Aug. 7. Farrow spoke about the importance of culture in health care and shared her plans for pursuing a career in medicine.

Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center Communications Manager Kaeleen McGuire greeted visitors in the new 63,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility.

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Contingent from Lummi visits Yellowhawk Physician Assistant Elizabeth Seiders, Dr. Dakotah Lane, Dr. Justin Iwasaki and Carrie Sampson walk through the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center during a grand opening tour Aug. 7. Lane and Iwasaki were among several Lummi Tribal members, including Council members, administrators, and the planning director, who visited the new clinic. Lane said the Lummi Tribe are about 10 percent into the process of building a new health clinic. Still in the design stages, the goal is to break ground next summer. “We wanted to visit one that is actually built and we’re thankful that Yellowhawk is hosting us,” Lane said. “We were eager to see it, see how you are solving issues, and hopefully take the knowledge back.” Lane said Yellowhawk is “beautiful, you can’t deny that.” An enrolled Lummi member, Lane said his tribe is going through “growing pains” and right now is working hard to get the community to “buy into” a comprehensive clinic plan. “There are all these different ideas of what it should look like,” he said. “This is built like a village. Historically, we lived in longhouses and our community has bought into a longhouse theme. The hardest part is getting people to agree and buy in on what the care should look like.”

Pat Beard, Pendleton Convention Center manager, visits with Yellowhawk employees Rachel Hoptowit, left, and Tayler Craig. Inside the new health clinic. Beard called the facility “amazing,” “beautiful,” and “breathtaking,” and said it should “bring a lot of confidence to the tribal community.” Craig is a Happy Canyon Princess.

Special thanks was given to... CTUIR Board of Trustees CTUIR Health Commission CTUIR Language Program CTUIR Tribal Employment Rights Office Crow’s Shadow Institute Tamastslikt Cultural Institute Jim Lavadour Indian Health Service Energy Trust of Oregon Collins Foundation Cambia Foundation Wenaha NBBJ Architects Kirby Nagelhout Construction

Board of Trustees Chair Gary Burke chats with a visitor during the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center Grand Opening August 7.

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Tribal elder Les Mnthorn sits to talk with Kellen Joseph while members of the public toured the new Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center following grand opening ceremonies Aug. 7. Joseph is clinical applications coordinator at Yellowhawk.

Lloyd Commander serendaded the crowd with his saxophone prior to the start of the grand opening of the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center Aug. 7. The facility opened to patients in May.

Health Commission Chair Shawna Gavin, left, and Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center CEO Lisa Guzman, right, honor retiring CFO Jim Wallis, center, with a Pendleton jacket during the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center grand opening August 7. With temperatures approaching 100, Gavin joked that Wallis should wear the jacket for the rest of the event.

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CTUIR Board of Trustees resolutions The following are Board of Trustees resolutions. They are not complete minutes, nor are they the minutes of the work sessions in which the BOT discusses and debates issues before voting in an open session. The summaries are presented here as they are provided, without CUJ editing. DATE: July 23, 2018 BOT Present: Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Doris Wheeler, Treasurer; Kathryn Brigham, Secretary; Rosenda Shippentower, Member; Aaron Ashley, Member; Woodrow Star, Member; and William Sigo, General Council Chairman. Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Sally Kosey, Member on personal leave. Quorum present. Old Business. None Resolution 18-051: Topic: HUD Self-Monitoring Policies and Procedures. RESOLVED, that the HUD Self-Monitoring Policy attached hereto as Exhibit 1, is hereby approved and adopted, effective as of the date of the resolution; AND BE IT FURHTER RESOLVED, it is the policy of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation-Housing Department to conduct an annual assessment of our adherence to Native American Housing Assistance and SelfDetermination Act (NAHASDA’s) applicable federal requirements through a self-monitoring process; that the self-monitoring process will be conducted by an impartial appraiser; that results of this assessment will be made accessible to the public; and that recommendations to improve areas of significant compliance deficiencies will be developed and implemented during the next program year; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that Board directs the Housing Director to present the findings of the yearly Self-Monitoring Policy within 90 days after the findings are issued; AND, that said Resolution has not been modified, amended, or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 23rd day of July, 2018. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to adopt Resolution 18-051 as amended to add Safety to exhibit 1. Woodrow Star seconds. Motion carries 6-0-0. Resolution 18-052: Topic: 2018 Fiscal Man-


agement Policy Amendments. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby adopts the amendments to the Fiscal Management Policies as set forth in Exhibit 1 to this Resolution; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Director are authorized to take all actions necessary to implement policy changes adopted by this resolution. AND that said Resolution has not been modified, amended, or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 23rd day of July, 2018. MOTION: Doris Wheeler moves to adopt Resolution 18-052. Woodrow Star seconds. Motion carries 6-0-0. Other Board Action: Elder’s Group donation request. Elder’s Day Annual Luncheon scheduled for Fri., September 7 at Wildhorse Resort & Casino. The request is for four Pendleton blankets. Two Pendleton blankets will be awarded to eldest CTUIR man and woman and two Pendleton blankets awarded to two eldest veteran man and woman. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to approve donating four Pendleton blankets using DEB to the Elder’s Group Annual Luncheon on Sept. 7th to present to 2 CTUIR eldest man and woman and 2 to eldest veteran man and woman. Rosenda Shippentower seconds. Motion carries 6-0-0. BOT Travel Reports. 1) Gary Burke, July 11, Government to Government meeting on at NGC. July 18, Willamette Falls Locks Commission meeting at West Linn. 2) Kat Brigham, July 10 to WW Community College for W3MP meeting, July 11 at NGC G2G meeting with Governor’s staff, July 16 Milton Freewater for monthly WWBC meeting, July 17 to Portland to attend retirement event for Lori Bodie, BPA. 3) Willie Sigo, June 17 Suquamish, WA to attend HUD housing training, June 20 to Warm Springs to attend Four Chairs meeting. MOTION: Rosenda Shippentower moves to approve reports. William Sigo seconds. Motion carries 5 for (Rosenda Shippentower, William Sigo, Woodrow Star, Doris Wheeler, Kat Brigham) – 1 against (Aaron Ashley) – 0 abstaining. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Jeremy

Wolf, July 25-26 to Portland for CRITFC meeting, July 17 to Portland to attend retirement event for Lori Bodie, BPA, July 31 to Missoula, MT to attend Inter-Agency Bison Management mtg. 2) Rosenda Shippentower, Aug. 8-9 travel to Anacortes, WA to attend ATNI Drug Prevention Summit. 3) Woodrow Star personal leave from Aug. 6-10. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to approve leave requests. Woodrow Star seconds. Motion carries 6-0-0. DATE: August 6, 2018 BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Doris Wheeler, Treasurer; Kathryn Brigham, Secretary; Rosenda Shippentower, Member; Aaron Ashley, Member; Sally Kosey, Member and William Sigo, General Council Chairman. Woodrow Star, Member on personal leave. Quorum present. Old Business. Ratify Polled Motion on TERO Exempt Taxes. On Thursday, August 2 the BOT polled the following motion: The BOT hereby waives the TERO Taxes on all CTUIR timber harvests until proper TERO Code amendments can be approved by the BOT. The poll vote was 6 for (Kat Brigham, Woodrow Star, Jeremy Wolf, Sally Kosey, Rosenda Shippentower, and William Sigo) – 0 against – 0 abstaining. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to ratify Polled TERO Motion. Sally Kosey seconds. Motion carries 5 for – (Kat Brigham, Sally Kosey, Aaron Ashley, William Sigo and Rosenda Shippentower) – 2 against (Jeremy Wolf and Doris Wheeler) – 0 abstaining. Resolution 18-000: Topic: Renew Annual NCAI Tribal Membership and Dues. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to defer resolution until August 13. Rosenda Shippentower seconds. Motion carries 7-0-0. Resolution 18-054: Topic: Cayuse Holdings LLC, Articles of Organization. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees selects Cayuse Holdings LLC (Limited Liability Company) as the name of the holding company; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that for a 90 day transition period, the Board of Trustees appoints the current Cayuse Technologies Board of Directors to be the interim

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Board of Directors of Cayuse Holdings LLC, effective immediately and further directs them to comply with the Board composition specified within the Cayuse Holdings Operating Agreement within 90 days from the execution of this resolution; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees approves the Articles of Organization for Cayuse Holdings LLC, attached as Exhibit 1 and hereby directs the Tax Administrator to file the Articles of Organization with the Board of Trustees Secretary; AND, that said Resolution has not been modified, amended, or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 6th day of August, 2018. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to adopt Resolution 18-054 with updated exhibit. Jeremy Wolf seconds. Motion carries 6 for (Kat Brigham, Jeremy Wolf, Aaron Ashley, William Sigo, Doris Wheeler, Sally Kosey) – 1 against (Rosenda Shippentower) -0 abstaining. Resolution 18-055: Topic: Cayuse Holdings LLC, Operating Agreement. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees approves the Operating Agreement for Cayuse Holdings LLC (Limited Liability Company), attached as Exhibit 1, and hereby authorizes its Chairman to execute the Operating Agreement, and authorizes the Tax Administrator to file the Operating Agreement with the Board of Trustees Secretary and to file any necessary documents with the Internal Revenue Service; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that future Board of Trustees specifies that the appointment of the Economic and Community Development Committee (ECDC) member to the Board of Directors will be treated as a subcommittee assignment of the Economic and Community Development Committee and otherwise subject to the CTUIR Advisory Committee Code; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees directs the Board of Directors of Cayuse Holdings, LLC, to report back to the Board of Trustees within ninety (90) days with an LLC Governance Policy for Cayuse Holdings LLC; AND, that said Resolution has not been modified, amended, or repealed and is still BOT resolutions on page 29B

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BOT resolutions in full force and effect. DATED this 6th day of August, 2018. MOTION: Jeremy Wolf moves to adopt Resolution 18-055. Aaron Ashley seconds. Motion carries 6 for (Jeremy Wolf, Aaron Ashley, William Sigo, Kat Brigham, Doris Wheeler, Sally Kosey) – 1 against (Rosenda Shippentower) – 0 abstaining. Resolution 18-056: Topic: Cayuse Shared Services LLC, Articles of Organization. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees approves the Articles of Organization for Cayuse Shared Services LLC (Limited Liability Company), attached as Exhibit 1 and hereby directs the Articles of Organization to be filed with the Board of Trustees Secretary. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified, amended, or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 6th day of August, 2018. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to adopt Resolution 18-056 as amended. Jeremy Wolf seconds. Motion carries 6 for (Kat Brigham, Jeremy Wolf, Aaron Ashley, William Sigo, Doris Wheeler, Sally Kosey) – 1 against (Rosenda Shippentower) – 0 abstaining. Resolution 18-057: Topic: Acquisition of Native Hawaiian Veterans LLC. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees directs the Chief Executive Office of Cayuse Technologies, LLC, to work with the Confederated Tribes’ Executive Director and Treasurer to develop a loan agreement and other loan documents with Northwest Farm Credit Services for the acquisition of NHV by Cayuse Technologies, LLC; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOVLED, that the final loan agreement and loan documents shall be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval; AND, that said Resolution has not been modified, amended, or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 6th day of August, 2018. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to adopt Resolution 18-057 as amended. Jeremy Wolf seconds. Motion carries 5 for – (Kat Brigham, Jeremy Wolf, Aaron Ashley, Doris Wheeler, Sally Kosey) – 2 against (William Sigo and Rosenda Shippentower) – 0 abstaining. Resolution 18-058: Topic: Cayuse Holdings, LLC Line of Credit. RESOLVED, that the authorizes line of credit of up to $2, 000, 000 is hereby extended for the purpose of relending to Cayuse Holdings, LLC, as revolving Line of Credit. Advance requests will be coordinated through the CTUIR Finance Office with principle repayment schedules not to exceed 160 days. Such arrangement is extended through December 31, 2019, and subject to review at that time; AND BE IT FURHTER RESOLVED, the extension line of credit to Cayuse Holdings, LLC, will allow the business to grow and is consistent with the CTUIR Board of Trustees and the adopted CTUIR Comprehensive Plan goals to create economic diversity in the CTUIR community; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the interest cost chargeable to Cayuse Holdings, LLC, shall be equal to the cost of margin for the amount and period of borrowing. Monthly accrued interest will be remitted back to CTUIR by the end of the following month; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Cayuse Holdings, LLC, will provide monthly financial reports to the CTUIR Finance Office in sufficient detail to allow monitoring and provide management feedback through periodic meetings and other communications; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Director are authorized to take all actions necessary to implement policy changes adopted by this resolution. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified, amended, or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 6th day of August, 2018. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to adopt Resolution 18-058 as amended. Jeremy Wolf seconds. Motion carries 5 for – (Kat Brigham, Jeremy Wolf, Aaron Ashley, Doris Wheeler, Sally Kosey) – 2 against (William Sigo and Rosenda Shippentower) – 0 abstaining. Other Board Action: None. BOT Travel Reports. 1) Jeremy Wolf, July 30 to Aug. 1 to Bozeman, MT to attend IBMP meeting. Aug. 3-4 to Vancouver, WA to attend Sen. Cantwell’s Sea Lion Press Conference. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Aaron Ashley, personal leave on Aug. 10. 2) Jeremy Wolf, personal leave on Aug. 8-10. 3) Rosenda Shippentower, Aug. 10 travel to Spokane, WA for Healing Lodge meeting. Travel, Aug. 18 to Warm Springs to attend the 23rd Annual Huckleberry Harvest. 4) Sally Kosey, personal leave on Aug. 9 from 1 to 4 PM.

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DATE: August 13, 2018 BOT Present: Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Doris Wheeler, Treasurer; Kathryn Brigham, Secretary; Rosenda Shippentower, Member; Aaron Ashley, Member; and Woodrow Star, Member. Gary Burke, BOT Chairman on personal leave, William Sigo, General Council Chairman on funeral leave and Sally Kosey, Member on personal leave. Quorum present. Old Business. None, Resolution 18-059: Topic: NCAI Delegation and Membership. RESOLVED, that the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, which is the official governing body of the above named Tribes, hereby authorizes Gary Burke who is the official principal tribal official, to take the necessary action to place the Tribes in Membership with NCAI; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that tribal funds in the amount of $1,300, based on the Tribal Membership dues schedule of the NCAI By-Laws, Article III – Members, Section C 2 are authorized to be paid for such Tribal Membership in NCAI; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that based on the Tribal citizenry of 3,110 persons, the Tribe shall have 130 votes, in accordance with Article II – Members, Section B 1d; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that pursuant to Article III – Members, Section B 1(b) of the NCAI Constitution and By-Laws, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation designates the following persons as Delegate and Alternate Delegates, and instructs them to become Individual Members in Good Standing in National Congress of American Indians in order to fulfill their responsibilities as Official Delegates to the National Congress of American Indians Annual Session, Mid-Year Session and Executive Council Sessions. Delegate: Gary Burke, Board of Trustees Chairman; Term Expiration Date: December 4, 2019; Alternate: Jeremy Wolf, Board of Trustees Vice Chairman; Term Expiration Date: December 4, 2019; Alternate: Doris Wheeler, Board of Trustees Treasurer, Term Expiration Date: December 4, 2019; Alternate: N. Kathryn Brigham, Board of Trustees Secretary, Term Expiration Date: December 4, 2019; Alternate: Aaron Ashley, Board of Trustees Member, Term Expiration Date: December 4, 2019; Alternate: Woodrow Star, Board of Trustees Member, Term Expiration Date: December 4, 2019; Alternate: Sally Kosey, Board of Trustees Member, Term Expiration Date: December 4, 2019; Alternate: Rosenda Shippentower, Board of Trustees Member, Term Expiration Date: December 4, 2019; Alternate: William Sigo IV, General Council Chairman Ex-Officio. Term Expiration Date: December 4, 2019; Official Tribal Address and Telephone Number: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, 46411 Timine Way, Pendleton, Oregon 97801, (541) 276-3165 and Facsimile (541) 276-3095. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to adopt amended Resolution 18-059. Motion carries 5-0-0. Resolution 18-060: Topic: Cay-Uma-Wa Nonprofit Corporation. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees hereby approves the CayUma-Wa Articles of Incorporation attached to this Resolution as Exhibit 1 as required by Section 2.03.A of the Nonprofit Corporation Code; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, it is the intention and expectation of the Board of Trustees that Cay-Uma-Wa will apply for tax-exemption as an organization described in Section 501( c ) (3) of the Tax Code as a functionally integrated Type III Supporting Organization that is operated in connection with and for the benefit of the Confederated Tribes, and that the Chair, ViceChair and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees as “incorporators” are authorized and directed to file articles of incorporation for Cay-Uma-Wa, to apply for an employer identification number (EIN) for Cay-Uma-Wa, to sppoint the Cay-Uma-Wa Board of Directors and to execute, deliver, and perform, or cause to be executed, delivered, and performed any and all agreements, instruments and documents related thereto, and all further actions such individuals may deem necessary or appropriate to carry out the functions of a qualified active low-income community business (QALICB) in connection with the New Market Tax Credits Program and the Tribal Education Facility Project; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees directs its Secretary to record the Cay-Uma-Wa Articles of Incorpora-

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BOT resolutions tion and issue a certification of incorporation to Cay-Uma-Wa upon the filing of the Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary and the Lead Attorney as provided in Section 2.06 of the Nonprofit Corporation Code; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that this Resolution shall become effective as of the date and time of its passage by the Board of Trustees. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 13th day of August, 2018. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to adopt Resolution 18-060. Woodrow Star seconds. Motion carries 4 for (Kat Brigham, Woodrow Star, Aaron Ashley, Doris Wheeler) – 1 against (Rosenda Shippentower) – 0 abstaining. Resolution 18-062: Topic: Integrated Weed Management Plan Environmental Assessment. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees selects the proposed alternative from the Invasive Weed Management Plan Environmental Assessment (IWMP EA) as developed jointly by the BIA and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) through the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) and directs development of the Invasive Weed Management Plan for implementation; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, at least every 10 years, staff of the BIA and DNR shall review with the BOT whether the IWMP EA is consistent with Tribal goals for invasive weed management; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees directs staff in the Tribal Planning Office to begin the process to amend the Land Development Code by incorporating the Best Management Standards contained in the IWMP EA to apply to all Reservation lands; AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees authorizes the Chairman, the Director of the Department of Natural Resources and other relevant staff to sign the necessary documents for the BIA to execute the IWMP WA AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 13th day of August, 2018. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to adopt Resolution 18-062. Aaron Ashley seconds. Motion carries 5-0-0. Other Board Action: Columbia Development Authority (CDA) appointment to CTUIR Negotiation Team. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves the Board of Trustees hereby approves the addition of Board of Trustees At Large Member, Rosenda Shippentower as alternate, to the CTUIR Team to negotiate with the Columbia Development Authority for the transfer of Umatilla Army Depot wildlife lands that was authorized by Resolution 18-041 (June 4, 2018). Woodrow Star seconds. Motion carries 4 for (Kat Brigham, Woodrow Star, Aaron Ashley, Doris Wheeler) – 0 against – 1 abstaining (Rosenda Shippentower). Oregon Tribal Gaming Association (OTGA) Donation Request. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to approve Silver Package sponsorship in the amount of $2,000 using the DEB. Woodrow Star seconds. Motion carries 5-0-0. Appointment to Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund Advisory (STIF) Committee. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves that the BOT support J.D. Tovey, Planning Director to apply for Umatilla County’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund Advisory (STIF) Committee as a representative of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and Kayak Public Transit. Rosenda Shippentower seconds. Motion carries 5-0-0.

Happy Canyon Association donation request for saddle floral arrangement at $200 each for total of $400. BOT stated this is a first time request because generally this is covered by them and CTUIR already provides funds. MOTION: Aaron Ashley moves to deny request. Rosenda Shippentower seconds. Motion 5-0-0. BOT Travel Reports. Deferred. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Doris Wheeler, personal leave on Aug. 24. 2) Rosenda Shippentower, personal leave from 1-4 PM on Aug. 17. Birthday leave on Tues. Sept. 4. Personal leave on Sept. 5 from 7:30 AM to noon. Travel on Sept. 5 to Portland to attend Future PAC Women’s event. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to approve leave requests. Woodrow Star seconds. Motion carries 5-0-0. DATE: August 20, 2018 BOT Present: Gary Burke, BOT Chairman; Jeremy Wolf, Vice Chairman; Doris Wheeler, Treasurer; Kathryn Brigham, Secretary; Rosenda Shippentower, Member; Aaron Ashley, Member; and Sally Kosey, Member. Woodrow Star, Member and William Sigo, General Council Chairman on personal leave. Quorum present. Old Business. None. Resolution 18-063: Topic: Objection – Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision. RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees supports the filing of a formal objection to the final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision for the revised Blue Mountains Forest Plan focused on concerns previously raised regarding bighorn sheep, elk security, and cultural resources management as well as filing as “interested parties” as necessary; AND BE IT FURHTER RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees authorizes the Office of Legal Counsel, in coordination with the Department of Natural Resources, to develop an objection letter focused on the aforementioned subject matter, authorizes the Board of Trustees Chair and tribal staff to take all required action to execute and file the objection letter, and directs that the final objections letter be reported to the Board of Trustees in a future Executive Director communication. AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees directs staff of the Department of Natural Resources and Office of Legal Counsel to report to the Board of Trustees regarding the progress of the objection process. AND, that said Resolution has not been modified amended or repealed and is still in full force and effect. DATED this 20th day of August, 2018. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to adopt Resolution 18-063. Aaron Ashley seconds. Motion carries 6-0-0. Other Board Action: None. BOT Travel Reports. 1) Kat Brigham, W3MP monthly meetings at Walla Walla on Aug. 7. Senator Courtney’s fundraiser at Portland on Aug. 1-2. 2) Rosenda Shippentower, Healing Lodge meeting at Spokane, WA on Aug. 8-9. Kah-Nee-Ta to attend 23rd Annual Huckleberry Harvest event on Aug. 18-19. MOTION: Kat Brigham moves to approve reports. Sally Kosey seconds. Motion carries 5-0-0. BOT Leave and Travel Requests. 1) Jeremy Wolf, travel request to attend CRITFC meeting at Portland, Aug. 22-24. 2) Kat Brigham, personal leave on Sept. 11 and 20. Travel to Coeur D’Alene, ID to attend ATNI Convention, Sept. 16-19. Travel to Portland to attend Future PAC Women’s event, Sept. 5-6.

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The Confederated Umatilla Journal Monthly Print Edition for September 2018