Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Chairman Gary I. Burke on Monday, June 17 cuts a ribbon signifying the opening of the Safe Routes to School Path sidewalk and Community Paths trail near the Nixyáawíi Governance Center in Mission. Also shown are members of the CTUIR Youth Council, Board of Trustees Treasurer Raymond Huesties, left in hat, Board Member at Large Corinne Sams, left of Burke, and CTUIR Transportation Planner Dani Schulte. CHRIS AADLAND | CUJ PHOTO

New trails near governance center ready for use

By CHRIS AADLAND, Reporter MISSION – Whether it’s getting to work, going to an appointment or as a healthy living strategy, Umatilla Indian Reservation community members now have safer options to walk, run or bike near the tribal government headquarters area. About 30 people joined Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Board of Trustees (BOT) members and the…

The Supreme Court sided with Native American tribes June 6 in a dispute with the federal government over the cost of health care when tribes run programs in their own communities. Seated from left are Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Samuel A. Alito and Elena Kagan. Standing from left are Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Neil M. Gorsuch, Brett M. Kavanaugh, and Ketanji Brown Jackson. Credit: Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

Supreme Court sides with Native American tribes in health care funding dispute with government

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sided with Native American tribes June 6 in a dispute with the federal government over the cost of health care when tribes run programs in their own communities. The 5-4 decision means the government will cover millions in overhead costs that two tribes faced when they took over running…

Leonard Peltier | FILE PHOTO COURTESY JEFFRY SCOTT

What to know about Indigenous activist Leonard Peltier’s first hearing in more than a decade

By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH and JACK DURA, Associated Press A parole hearing was held Monday for Indigenous activist Leonard Peltier, who has spent most of his life in prison since his conviction in the 1975 killings of two FBI agents in South Dakota. At 79, Peltier’s health is failing, and if this parole request is denied, it might be a decade…

Answers to FAQs regarding new revenue payments

By CHRIS AADLAND, Reporter MISSION – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) recently received confirmation from the federal government that it could implement the new gaming revenue sharing plan for tribal members that leaders approved last November. With that, the CTUIR made its second quarterly payments to enrolled members on May 20 using the new Gaming Revenue…

CTUIR Enrollment Office reminds members to submit tax form

MISSION – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) just wrapped up the General Welfare Distribution (former gaming/dividend distribution) for May 2024. Under the new payment formula, tribal members now have the ability to make their distribution tax exempt. To qualify for the exemption, download and fill out the attached form to submit to the CTUIR Enrollment Office.…

Former Oregon Gov. Kate Brown stands at Willamette Falls. WILLAMETTE FALLS TRUST | COURTESY PHOTO

Former Oregon Gov. Kate Brown named President of Willamette Falls Trust

WEST LINN – Following a national search, the Willamette Falls Trust Board of Directors has selected former Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to lead the non-profit and the next phase of the Willamette Falls Inter-Tribal Public Access Project. “Willamette Falls has been sacred for Pacific Northwest Tribes since time immemorial, providing food, spiritual nourishment and community gathering space. After conducting a…

Sexual assault report released to tribal members

By LISA SNELL Editor MISSION – It’s something uncomfortable to talk about, to hear about, or even believe is happening in your community, but a report on the history of sexual assault crimes happening on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) was delivered to tribal members’ homes and tribal offices in early May. “Learning the number of…

Public Notice June 4, 2024

TRIBAL MEMBERS:  This notification formally announces that applications are now being accepted from tribal members who wish to serve on the Commission(s)/Committee(s) listed below. Appointed members will receive a $125.00 stipend per meeting, effective January 1, 2022, once the minutes have been approved and processed on CTUIR paydays.      Will advertise for the following vacancies: 3 Positions for CTUIR…

General welfare needs is how the CTUIR now classifies its allocations to tribal members. The CTUIR is one of the few tribes so far that have made tax code changes to how it shares gaming revenue with tribal citizens. CUJ | STOCK PHOTO

Answers to FAQ regarding updated revenue payments

By CHRIS AADLAND, Reporter MISSION – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) recently received confirmation from the federal government that it could implement the new gaming revenue sharing plan for tribal members that leaders approved last November. With that, the CTUIR made its second quarterly payments to enrolled members on May 20 using the new Gaming Revenue…