Wildhorse Resort & Casino announces upcoming event

Anniversary Fireworks March marks the 26th anniversary of Wildhorse Resort & Casino. Each year, Wildhorse hosts an incredible fireworks display to celebrate the occasion and show appreciation to the community. The event kicks off at Wildhorse on March 6th at 8pm. Wildhorse encourages everyone to enjoy the fireworks from the comfort of their vehicles or to stay in close proximity…

Oregon Health Authority Issues Joint Statement with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation on COVID-19 Data

The Oregon Health Authority reports that the addition of approximately 1,400 COVID-19 laboratory reports from Umatilla County on Saturday, Feb. 20 will not affect the county’s risk level status. The past cases covering a seven-month period had been investigated and had previously not been electronically recorded by the agency. OHA has been receiving weekly data from Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center.…

Vaccinations open to immediate family members of employees at CTUIR enterprises and entities

MISSION – Nearly a week after announcing COVID-19 vaccinations would open to CTUIR employees and Reservation residents, the Tribe announced it is opening up opportunities to immediate family members of employees at Tribal enterprises and entities. “After reviewing ‘Mass Vaccination’ registration numbers with Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, we have determined that we will open up vaccine registration for the CTUIR…

Tyanna Van Pelt named to All Native American High School Academic Team

ALBUQUERQUE – Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation member Tyanna Van Pelt has been named to the All Native American High School Academic Team. The group is selected by the American Indian Graduate Center and is recognized as a cohort of students who have displayed an outstanding original academic, artistic or leadership endeavor. “This year’s All Native American High…

CTUIR cancels 2021 Basketball Against Alcohol & Drugs (BAAD)

Mission, OR – After careful consideration of current pandemic restrictions within the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) has announced the annual Basketball Against Alcohol and Drugs tournament has been cancelled for 2021. “The Tribe has proudly hosted the BAAD tournament for more than 30 years,” said Kat Brigham, Chair of the CTUIR Board…

Board approves increases

MISSION – On Feb. 8, Interim Executive Director Chuck Sams announced a pair of increases tribal employees may receive. The Board of Trustees adjusted their 2021 annual budget and approved a 3 percent cost of living adjustment to employee salaries, retroactive to Feb. 1. They also approved Departments be authorized to provide an average of 2 percent merit increases to…

CTUIR supports Rep. Simpson’s Columbia Basin Initiative

Mission, OR – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) supports Congressman Mike Simpson’s newly-announced Columbia Basin Fund initiative. The plan calls for restoring the lower Snake River while making whole all impacted users of the Columbia River and changing the way fish and wildlife restoration, protection and enhancement is done in the Columbia Basin. “Restoring the lower…

Payment approved: Multi-entity payout includes Cayuse Holdings dividends

By Cary Rosenbaum of the CUJ MISSION – After just a few years in operation, Cayuse Holdings reached a point of success where dividends could be shared with Tribal members. The $250,000 dividend translates to $19.82 per person, but combined with other sources — including Gaming ($650.25), Arrowhead/Mission Market ($198.96) and NOAA Fisheries ($34.98) — each CTUIR member will receive…

February sees small surge in COVID cases

Six news cases suddenly emerge; hundreds will receive first shot soon By Cary Rosenbaum of the CUJ MISSION – Despite more than 320 community members having received both Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations, a small surge occurred as February began. Six positive cases out of 10 tests were reported at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center on Tuesday, Feb. 2, reflecting testing that occurred on…