Allman named Pro Tem Judge for Tribal Court

Chief Judge William D. Johnson has appointed Louisa M. Allman, Juvenile Delinquency Specialist, as Pro Tem Judge for the Umatilla Tribal Court. Allman has been employed by the Umatilla Tribal Court since 2018 and is an enrolled member of the CTUIR. She previously served as Paralegal/Victim’s Assistant for the City of Pendleton City Attorney for 19 years, and was employed…

Tribal member appointed Interim Director for Trial Court

Chief Judge William D. Johnson has appointed Martina Gordon, Criminal Justice Records Specialist, as Interim Umatilla Tribal Court Director effective immediately. Gordon has been employed with Umatilla Tribal Court since 2017 and is an enrolled member of CTUIR. She previously served as the Food Programs Coordinator and Manager for CAPECO for six years. She currently serves as Vice-Chair for the…

Nixyaawii neighborhood still in the works for 2022

Press Release Nixyáawii – the 13-acre neighborhood located south of Nixyaawii Education Center and Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, was originally, planned for development over the summer of 2021; however, delays from pandemic response and very volatile development market has moved the project to spring of 2022, with lot sales windows occurring in early spring 2022. Nixyáawii will allow CTUIR Tribal…

Vaccine mandate at four Tribal entities

By Cary Rosenbaum of the CUJ MISSION – Tribal employees belonging to four CTUIR entities have until Sept. 30 to get fully vaccinated. Though the Tribe has held mass vaccination clinics and given a $50,000 grand prize for a fully vaccinated employee, an estimated 35 employees working at those entities are not vaccinated. The directive was released Aug. 31 by…

A Tribe in mourning

CTUIR loses two tribal members to COVID-19 in August as cases spike By Cary Rosenbaum of the CUJ MISSION – By definition, “átway” is the Umatilla Tribal word used to respectfully name a deceased person. Two átways were added to Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center’s daily report in August, including 39-year-old Michael Gavin — the son of Tribal leader Shawna Gavin…

General Election details released

By the CUJ The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation’s General Election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 9, according to officials. In-person voting will occur from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Nixyáawii Governance Center, 46411 Timíne Way, Pendleton, OR, 97801. Voting room is #102 A/B, Cayuse/Umatilla. The Tribal Election Commission reviewed nomination petitions at 4 p.m. on Aug.…

Spotlight: William Wapass, mini relay racer

By the CUJ “Horses make me feel happy,” William Wapass says. “I have fun and feel cool when I ride them. I ride for my ‘mosums’ (grandpa’s) and I’m never gonna stop riding.” Wapass, an enrolled Thunderchild First Nation member, is a 7-year-old mini relay racer with CTUIR ties. He is the eldest son of Alicia Picard and Bretner Wapass.…

CTUIR athletes go undefeated

By the CUJ JaLay Harris-Burns and Muriel Jones-Hoisington, cousins along with teammate Lindsey Littlesky (Pendleton, Bucks High School) & Iliana Moran (Hanford, Falcons High School) made waves in Salem the weekend of Aug. 7-8, going undefeated in the annual Hoopla 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Burns and Hoisington are both stand out players for their high school teams. They started their careers…

Justin Quaempts finds art during surgery recovery

By the CUJ CTUIR member Justin Quaempts went from star athlete, to Tribal leader to now being an acclaimed independent freehand spray-paint artist. Just two years into being an artist, he’s got his own collection, which will be on display at the Pendleton Art Center on Oct. 7. “My recent discovery of my artistic skills has opened up a new…

CTUIR Legends: Justin Quaempts

Hard throwing Justin Quaempts reached incredible heights in his baseball career By Brandon Hansen for the CUJ Justin Quaempts has travelled more than most, played baseball at a higher level than many and battled through injuries during his athletic career that would have dismayed anyone else. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation’s tribal member pitched at the highest…