Tribal youth get culture tour by Snake River

By the CUJ Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Colville Tribes and Nez Perce Tribes floated the Snake River in August. “It was an unforgettable three days with pukuunen (Snake River),” Josiah Pinkham said, “visiting cultural sites, learning about the canyon and all its life and splendor, and forming new friendships.” CTUIR youth members present were…

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…

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.…

Book sale Aug. 27

PENDLETON – The Pendleton Friends and Family Book Sale will be held Aug. 27-28 at the Pendleton Convention Center starting at 10 a.m. The sale raises money for the Pendleton Public Library to purchase new materials for patrons of all ages. There will be $1 a bag sale runs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. both days, meaning that participants…

Relay for Life Aug. 14

PENDLETON – Relay for Life for Umatilla and Morrow counties will be held Aug. 14 at Roy Raley Park, located at 1205 SW Court Ave., from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The relay is held every year in Pendleton by volunteers of the American Cancer Society and 2021 marks its 16 year in Pendleton. In 2005, the first relay was…

BOT authorizes closure of off-Reservation Tribal properties due to extreme risk of wildfire

MISSION – The Board of Trustees of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) has approved the closure of a number of off-reservation properties owned by the CTUIR in order to protect people, structures, and land by reducing the risk of catastrophic fire events that could occur from human causes. The closure applies to the Rainwater, Wanaket, McCoy…

Temporary land use restrictions being implemented on Umatilla Indian Reservation due to fire fisk

MISSION – Given the current fire danger on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, restrictions have been put in place on the lands protected by the Umatilla Tribal Fire Department (UTFD). Continued hot weather coupled with drought-like conditions have increased concerns of potential large growth fires. UTFD and local fire suppression officials have indicated that, given the level of risk of wildland…

GIS website shows wildfires burning ancestral lands

By The CUJ MISSION – A map of showing wildfires affecting ancestral lands of the CTUIR was released to members and employees in a mass email July 19. “I think (the map) could be helpful to the community,” Stacy Schumacher told the CUJ. “I have been hearing from the Natural Resource Department that there is an increased concern for extreme…

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Milan Moves On

By The CUJ FORT MYERS, Fla. – Florida Gulf Coast University women’s basketball coach Karl Smesko announced the addition of CTUIR member Milan Schimmel to the Eagles’ roster on July 30. Schimmel, the younger sister of former Louisville standouts Shoni and Jude, departs the University of Cincinnati after starting 12 games during a COVID-shortened 2020. The 5-8 guard will be…