Megan Red Shirt-Shaw speaks at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, on Jan. 17, 2023. Two University of South Dakota faculty members, Megan Red Shirt-Shaw and her husband, John Little, have long included their gender pronouns and tribal affiliations in their work email signature blocks. But both received written warnings from the university in March that doing so violated a policy adopted by the South Dakota Board of Regents in December. RYAN PAGELOW | DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY PHOTO

Pronouns and tribal affiliations are now forbidden in South Dakota public university employee emails

By MARGERY A. BECK, Associated Press A new South Dakota policy to stop the use of gender pronouns by public university faculty and staff in official correspondence is also keeping Native American employees from listing their tribal affiliations in a state with a long and violent history of conflict with tribes. Two University of South Dakota faculty members, Megan Red…

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation member Weptas Brockie, who serves as the CTUIR Senior Youth Council chairman, speaks during the Salmon Keepers event on May 22 at the Wildhorse Resort & Casino in Mission. The 16-year-old said restoring salmon to healthy and sustainable runs should be important to Native and non-Native people because they are a keystone species. Also shown are CTUIR Department of Children and Family Service Director Julie Taylor and CTUIR Board of Trustees Member at Large Corinne Sams. TRAVIS SNELL | CTUIR PHOTO

CTUIR, CRITFC host first-ever Salmon Keepers event

MISSION – In collaboration with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC), the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) on Wednesday, May 22 hosted the first-ever Salmon Keepers dinner at the Wildhorse Resort & Casino.  Corinne Sams, CTUIR Board of Trustees Member at Large and CRITFC chair, said the event highlighted the work CRITFC and its member tribes…

Treaty Day Parade

8 a.m. Gather at BIA parking lot for parade and judging 9 a.m. Parade starts 10 a.m. Veterans Memorial program 11 a.m. Lunch and exhibits at Longhouse 12 p.m. Treaty Day program with Keynote Speaker 1 p.m. Closing prayer

Campgrounds that will open for the holiday weekend include Alder Thicket, Bear Wallow, Big Springs, Bull Prairie Lake, Coalmine Hill, Drift Fence, Driftwood, Divide Well, Fairview, Frazier, Forest Boundary, Gold Dredge, Ladybug, Lane Creek, Midway, North Fork John Day, Oriental, Panjab, Pataha, Penland Lake, Teal Spring, Tollbridge, Tucannon, Umatilla Forks and Welch Creek. ADOBE STOCK PHOTO

Umatilla National Forest prepares for holiday weekend

PENDLETON — Memorial weekend traditionally kicks off summer recreation season on the Umatilla National Forest and many are planning their annual trek to the mountains to enjoy nature. With that in mind, forest visitors are cautioned that not all roads, trails and campgrounds are open, particularly this year with the late season snow. Shaded areas and cut banks on roads…

Sisters Lisa Faye and Abigayle McIntosh ask Sen. Merkley about what the federal government was doing to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous people and support their families. CHRIS AADLAND | CUJ PHOTO

Oregon senator holds town hall on reservation

By CHRIS AADLAND MISSION – Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) leaders and community members told Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley about their priorities and concerns during a Sunday town hall May 19. The CTUIR hosted the event for Merkley, who plays a key role in allocating federal dollars for Indian Country in the Senate, at the Nixyaawíí…

From left to right, Clifford Stanger, Lindsey Watchman and David Wolf lead the presentation of the colors during the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation’s observance of Flag Day, May 20, outside Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. LEE GAVIN | CTUIR PHOTO

CTUIR observes Flag Day

By CHRIS AADLAND MISSION – Dozens of community members gathered Monday morning to recognize the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) holiday recognizing the tribal flag. The annual event – the only holiday the tribe recognizes that isn’t shared by anyone else – was held outside Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center this year. About 70 attendees heard remarks about…

The Umatilla Indian Reservation area meeting will be held from 7-9 p.m. in La Grande on Tuesday, June 4, at Union County Fairgrounds, Mount Emily Building, 3604 N 2nd Street.

State holding open house meetings on community wildfire programs

The Umatilla Indian Reservation area meeting will be held from 7-9 p.m. in La Grande on Tuesday, June 4, at Union County Fairgrounds, Mount Emily Building, 3604 N 2nd Street. SALEM — A series of six open houses about the state’s new community wildfire risk reduction programs are scheduled June 3 through July 1 across Oregon. These events will offer opportunities to…

ODFW staff donned Tyvek suits, respirators, layers of gloves and eye protection in a mission to get the toxic cow carcass out of the forest before it could kill more wildlife.

Alarming incidents lead to collateral damage for wildlife, pets

ENTERPRISE —The target was likely a wolf, the latest poisoning in a disturbing trend that has killed 19 wolves in Oregon since 2015. Whatever the target, the collateral damage in northeast Oregon’s ongoing poisoning cases now includes golden eagles, dogs, and other carnivores.   The latest case was announced by Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division (OSP F&W) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife…

Willamette Falls, the second largest by volume in the country and holds ancestral and cultural significance to Native nations that have been here since time immemorial. Since the 1800s, colonization led to the privatization of the falls. Photo by Jarrette Werk Underscore News / Report for America

Warm Springs asks state to repeal agreement with Grand Ronde

Nine months after Oregon passed a historic agreement with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs filed a petition to repeal the agreement, saying the state didn’t consult them about an agreement that threatens their treaty rights. BY NIKA BARTOO-SMITH, Underscore News + ICT The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs asked the Oregon Department of…