No salary increases in 2021 CTUIR budget

MISSION – There will be no salary raises in 2021 for employees of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, according to a proposed budget that will be presented at 2 p.m. Nov. 5 in a Special General Council meeting.

The meeting will be a Zoom video-conference call. Contact General Council Secretary Shawna Gavin ( for Zoom meeting ID login and call-in information.

“Due to the strain of the coronavirus and shutdown in operations during 2020,” the draft budget “maintains all Tribally funded government services at their existing 2020 levels, including a salary freeze,” according to an official release provided by Board of Trustees (BOT) Treasurer Sandra Sampson.

However, the draft budget does include additional money to enhance online outreach to Tribal members via the CTUIR website for General Council meetings.

The CTUIR uses a retro-budgeting process for its gaming funds, meaning that the money earned in one calendar year is used to fund CTUIR programs in the following year (i.e., funds earned in 2020 are spent in 2021).

CTUIR Finance Director Paul Rabb says the retro-budgeting process helps the CTUIR as it allows the BOT to make budget and spending adjustments in the following year, not in the current year.

The BOT conducted work sessions in October to review the target budgets and draft annual work plans from the departments and enterprises.

The draft 2021 budget is available to General Council Members by calling the CTUIR Finance Office at 541-429-7150.

Comments on the draft budget can be submitted in writing or by email to the BOT Treasurer, Sandra Sampson, by Nov. 12 (

The BOT anticipates adopting the budget in November.