Food distribution at noon on Saturday, May 23

MISSION – 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.

Current CTUIR guidelines/updates as of May 21, 2020 at 5 p.m. are as follows:

    • The CTUIR Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Food Distribution will take place on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 10 a.m.
      • Who: CTUIR Tribal members, other Federally-Recognized Tribal members or families that reside within the CTUIR boundaries
      • What: Food Distribution
      • When: Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 10 a.m.
      • Where: Mission Gym/Community Center
      • Sponsor: CTUIR
      • Each family or community member must pick up their own food.
      • You must remain in your vehicle while picking up the food. Food will only be placed in vehicle trunks or pick-up beds. No exceptions.
      • Elders may send a representative to pick up food and sign for their household.
      • We are unable to hold food for individuals and families; it is first come, first serve.
      • If you have questions, please contact DCFS at 541-429-7300.


    • CTUIR Public Works will have a hand sanitizer refill station at the July Grounds during the food distribution. It is advised community members bring only 1 or 2 small to medium containers to be refilled so that supply can be shared with more community members in need.
    • Yellowhawk Project LAUNCH staff are holding a Spring Supply Send Out each Friday in May for families to collect activity supplies such as books, bubbles, and arts and crafts materials. Staff will be onsite at the Pendleton School District lunch distribution in the CTUIR Mission Gym parking lot tomorrow, Friday, May 22 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Project LAUNCH staff will also be distributing supplies at the CTUIR DCFS Food Distribution on Saturday, May 23 at 10 am.
    • The Oregon Employment Department announced that individuals who have run out of their regular benefits will be able to continue receiving benefits through the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program. Individuals who have used up all of their benefits from a current claim for regular employment will be eligible for the 13-week extension of regular unemployment insurance. Those who run out of regular benefits will have to apply on the online claim system website or through mail.