Megan Red Shirt-Shaw speaks at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, on Jan. 17, 2023. Two University of South Dakota faculty members, Megan Red Shirt-Shaw and her husband, John Little, have long included their gender pronouns and tribal affiliations in their work email signature blocks. But both received written warnings from the university in March that doing so violated a policy adopted by the South Dakota Board of Regents in December. RYAN PAGELOW | DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY PHOTO

Pronouns and tribal affiliations are now forbidden in South Dakota public university employee emails

By MARGERY A. BECK, Associated Press A new South Dakota policy to stop the use of gender pronouns by public university faculty and staff in official correspondence is also keeping Native American employees from listing their tribal affiliations in a state with a long and violent history of conflict with tribes. Two University of South Dakota faculty members, Megan Red…

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation member Weptas Brockie, who serves as the CTUIR Senior Youth Council chairman, speaks during the Salmon Keepers event on May 22 at the Wildhorse Resort & Casino in Mission. The 16-year-old said restoring salmon to healthy and sustainable runs should be important to Native and non-Native people because they are a keystone species. Also shown are CTUIR Department of Children and Family Service Director Julie Taylor and CTUIR Board of Trustees Member at Large Corinne Sams. TRAVIS SNELL | CTUIR PHOTO

CTUIR, CRITFC host first-ever Salmon Keepers event

MISSION – In collaboration with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC), the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) on Wednesday, May 22 hosted the first-ever Salmon Keepers dinner at the Wildhorse Resort & Casino.  Corinne Sams, CTUIR Board of Trustees Member at Large and CRITFC chair, said the event highlighted the work CRITFC and its member tribes…

Committee/Commission Members List

Committee/Commission Member’s List May 2, 2024 CCWIC CTUIR Community Wellness Improvement Collaborative 2 YEAR TERM (1 BOT Member) POSITION NAME DATE SWORN IN TERM ENDS MTG DAYS Chairperson Marcus Luke Yellowhawk   3rd Tuesday Yellowhawk 3-4 PM Member Housing/DCFS/Safety Yellowhawk Behavioral Health Directors   Member Steven Hart    BOT Member Dec. 01, 2025 Member Wenona Scott GC   Member Glavis…

Donald Sampson

CTUIR executive director resigns

By CHRIS AADLANDReporter MISSION – Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) leaders will begin searching for a new executive director in the coming weeks after accepting the resignation of Don Sampson on April 29.Board of Trustees (BOT) members voted unanimously to accept the resignation, which takes effect May 10.In his resignation letter, Sampson stated he resigned due to…

Tracy Toulou, the outgoing Director of the Office of Tribal Justice, stands in a hallway lined with flags of tribal nations at the Department of Justice, Thursday, March 14, 2024, in Washington. MARK SCHIEFELBEIN | ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO

How to tackle crime in Indian Country? Empower tribal justice, ex-Justice Department official says

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A quarter-century ago, the Justice Department had few meaningful relationships with Native American tribes. While the federal government worked with state and local police and courts, tribal justice systems did not have the same level of recognition, said Tracy Toulou, who oversaw the department’s Office of Tribal Justice from 2000 until his…

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation initiated an experimental study in July 2023 by removing the left-hand side of the weir to test the possibility of salmon returning. ODFW PHOTO

CTUIR celebrates return of salmon to McKay Creek

By LISA SNELL, CUJ PENDLETON– The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announced evidence heralding the return of salmon to McKay Creek in their #FishPassageFriday social media post Feb. 22. Recent Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) surveys counted 72 salmon-cleared egg pits, or redds, along the six miles below the McKay Reservoir Dam – the result…

Renewable energy infographic of a hydro power station.

Tribes gain new authority to stop unwanted hydropower projects

By MICHAEL PHILLIS, Associated Press Federal regulators have granted Native American tribes more power to block hydropower projects on their land after a flurry of applications were filed to expand renewable energy in the water-scarce U.S. Southwest. Previously, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted developers approval to move ahead with planning even if tribes objected. That practice came to an…

BOT officers being sworn in are Chair Gary I. Burke; Vice Chair Aaron Ashley; Treasurer Raymond Huesties; Secretary Roberta J. Wilson; and Members At Large Toby Patrick, Steven Hart, Corinne Sams and Lisa Ganuelas. General Council officers taking their oaths are Chair Alan Crawford, Vice Chair Michael R. Johnson, Secretary Martina Gordon and Interpreter Thomas Morning Owl.

CTUIR to swear in elected officials Nov. 29

MISSION, Ore. – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) is inviting the public to the inauguration of its recently elected Board of Trustees and General Council officers at 9 a.m., Nov. 29 in the Nixyáawii Governance Center. BOT officers being sworn in are Chair Gary I. Burke; Vice Chair Aaron Ashley; Treasurer Raymond Huesties; Secretary Roberta J.…

Special guest Acosia Red Elk leads the boys in a dance, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023, at Wildhorse Resort Casino.

CTUIR Youth Leadership Council prepares to elect new leadership

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation youth prepared to elect new Youth Leadership Council leaders Tuesday and Wednesday during a gathering at Wildhorse Resort & Casino. Youth spent the two-day gathering discussing issues that affect them and their community and how they can address them, what sort of events and conferences they’d like to attend over the next year…

Keeli Nehani Littleleaf Kotchik, Warm Springs, Wasco and Wyam of the Columbia River territories in Oregon, currently holds the title of Miss Oregon Sweetheart 2023. She is a champion jingle dress dancer and was among more than two dozen dancers to perform during half time. JARRETTE WERK/UNDERSCORE NEWS & REPORT FOR AMERICA

Hundreds of Indigenous community members came together in celebration of Native American Heritage Month during Trail Blazers game

By NIKA BARTOO-SMITH Underscore News + ICT In a packed stadium, community members showed up to the Blazers versus Thunder game Nov. 19 not only in support of Portland’s NBA team, but also to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Fans poured into the Moda Center for the Portland Trail Blazers versus Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game on Sunday night. Blazers…