Weekly Board of Trustees meeting, June 6

MISSION – The Board of Trustees (Board) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) held their weekly Monday morning meeting June 6. Present at the meeting was Board Chair Kat Brigham, Vice Chari Aaron Ashley, Secretary Sally Kosey, General Council Chair Lindsey Watchman, Board members Lisa Ganuelas, Toby Patrick, Boots Pond and Corinne Sams. Treasurer Sandra Sampson…

Organizational excellence picking up speed

By Jill-Marie Gavin of the CUJ MISSION – The Board of Trustees (Board) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) has begun adjusting organizational structure and plans to make additional changes to the way the Tribes address Human Resource operations, Workforce Development and Governance. The changes in operation for CTUIR are largely due to an organizational assessment…

UTPD, FBI investigating UIR homicide

By Jill-Marie Gavin of the CUJ MISSION –Kawlija Scott, a member of the Confederated Tribes, appeared in Tribal Court May 25, a day after he was arrested for allegedly stabbing Gabriel Freeman to death. Freeman, 27, was stabbed May 24 at his residence on Parr Lane on the Umatilla Indian Reservation (UIR), according to a Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla…

CTUIR Hires New Deputy Executive Directors

Mission, OR –Jonetta Herrera and Shana McConville-Radford have been hired to serve as Deputy Executive Directors of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). “Jonetta has an educational background in construction and business administration combined with work experience as a former Department Director for CTUIR. Shana has a law degree and has worked in national and regional legislative…

Board of Trustees Pledges Financial Donation to Ukraine

MISSION, OR – The Board of Trustees of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) formally condemned Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation for the invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing genocide of the Ukrainian people that this vicious and unprovoked attacked is causing. The CTUIR supports the sovereign authority of the government of Ukraine and the protection…

CTUIR’s Brent Leonhard appointed to committee by Pres. Biden

BY THE CUJ WASHINGTON, D.C. – CTUIR attorney Brent Leonhard was one of 21 citizen members appointed to President Biden’s Committee on People with Intellectual Disabilities (CPID) on March 11. He will begin a two-year term as part of a committee that reflects the diversity of America and includes people with intellectual disabilities and their family members, researchers, service providers…

Carl Scheeler retires from DNR

MISSION – Normally, Zoom sessions aren’t full of laughter and heart-felt reminiscence at the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), but after more than 30 years with the Tribes, no one would expect anything different in bidding Carl Scheeler adieu. Scheeler, former Wildlife Program Manager, was honored via a digital retirement party Feb. 7. Board of Trustees (Board)…

Cay-Uma-Wa Toastmasters hosting meeting

The public is invited to the monthly themed meeting of the Cay-Uma-Wa Toastmasters club. The theme is “Love is in the Air”. The date for the themed meeting is February 16. Meeting begins at 12 pm and will end at 1 pm. Arrive 15 minutes early to interact with members. Text Leigh Pinkham-Johnston, 541-215- 2724 regarding meeting information. Currently meetings…

Award-winning journalist returns to CUJ

Jill-Marie Gavin hired as reporter in February MISSION – A CTUIR member has rejoined the staff of the Confederated Umatilla Journal after serving as a Board of Trustees At-Large member for the past two years. Jill-Marie Gavin was hired by the CUJ as a reporter in late January and started on Feb. 2. “It was an honor to serve my…