CTUIR Command Incident Command Status Update for March 19, 2020

Press Release from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
For immediate release: March 19, 2020
Carrie Sampson-Samuels, Public Information Officer – Public Health, (541) 240-8728
Jiselle Halfmoon, Public Information Officer – Tribal Governance, (541) 969-4801

CTUIR Command Incident Command Status Update

MISSION, Ore. – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) is working on several plans to ensure the safety of the entire community. The ICT continues to monitor and manage the emerging situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a very serious situation with Tribal, Local, National and International implications. As this situation progresses, it increasingly appears that COVID-19 is now in the greater population, so taking immediate measures to slow its spread are imperative – especially to vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations include people above 60 years of age, people who may be immunocompromised or other chronic conditions such as lung disease, heart disease and diabetes.

The ICT will share information on a frequent and regular basis as quickly as decisions are made. They have reviewed and considered all recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they become available, however, the CTUIR has the authority to choose how the guidance is used in our community.

As of 8:30am today, Oregon now has a total of 88 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, after the Oregon Health Authority announced 13 new cases of the novel coronavirus.

OHA is reporting new cases in the following counties: Linn (2), Marion (5), Multnomah (4) and Washington (2).

Additionally, at 2:00pm today, the Center for Human Development reported the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Union County. This case will be reflected in Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 daily update totals for states and counties tomorrow, March 20, 2020.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of March 19, 2020 at 5:00pm are as follows:

  • The CTUIR Credit Program will remain open March 23-27, 2020 (by appointment) to continue to be a financial resource for meeting tribal member’s credit needs.  Tribal members who have already turned in a credit program application will be contacted for appointments starting next week.
    • If you have not yet turned in a credit application and are in need of assistance, they are available for download at www.CTUIR.org under tribal services. Please note: the credit program is receiving a large volume of calls at this time; Be sure to leave a voicemail with contact information for a return call to your inquiry:
      • 541-429-7155

FAX: 541-429-7171

Email: Credit@ctuir.org

  • BOT will hold a special meeting, tomorrow, Friday – March 20, 2020 at 9AM to vote on the following action items:
    • Ratify Polled Motion approving the Wildhorse Chief Executive Officer’s Recommendation to temporarily close the Wildhorse Casino and how the other Wildhorse enterprises should be operated in the CTUIR Public Health COVID-19
    • NW Farm Credit Services Loan Documents for a loan to purchase the Wheelhouse property
    • Grazing Lease with Standing O Ranch and the First Amended Maintenance and Logging Easement

Tribal Members who have experienced discrimination by denial of services in the State of Oregon may report an Oregon businesses that discriminated against you.

Under Oregon law, businesses open to the public are prohibited from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status or age.

Reports filed with the Oregon Board of Labor and Industries (BOLI) initiate an investigation into that business. Your reported information should be filled out on the BOLI website on their questionnaire for public accommodation discrimination.

Report Questionnaires can be filed on line, or printed and submitted:

  • ONLINE complaint filing: https://oregon.gov/boli/CRD
  • Print, Submit & Mail
    • Civil Rights Division – Oregon L&I
      800 NE Oregon St., Ste. 1045

Portland, OR 97232

  • Email: crdemail@boli.state.or.us
  • Fax: (971) 673-0803

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation is made up of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes, formed under the Treaty of 1855 at the Walla Walla Valley, 12 statute 945. In 1949, the Tribes adopted a constitutional form of government to protect, preserve and enhance the treaty rights guaranteed under federal statute.