COVID-19 vaccine arrives

CTUIR receives 300 doses; next round to include 55-plus with underlying symptoms By Megan Van Pelt & Cary Rosenbaum of the CUJ MISSION – “Didn’t even feel it,” CTUIR elder Chazz Webb said with a laugh after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 19. Webb was among the first 300 Tribal and community members vaccinated at Yellowhawk Tribal Health…

Indian-uity: CTUIR’s Ingenuity with lamprey freezer keeps vaccines at appropriate temperature

By Cary Rosenbaum of the CUJ MISSION – Collaboration between departments at the CTUIR is not uncommon. But when a deadly COVID-19 pandemic is involved and a potential solution is a 700-pound lamprey freezer to store lifesaving vaccines, you’ll be hard-pressed to find such a unique situation nationwide. Its -75-degree capabilities make it ideal to hold the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. “You…

WW Hatchery Construction on Schedule

By Wil Phinney of the CUJ SOUTH FORK WALLA WALLA RIVER – A new fish hatchery, which is expected to produce some 500,000 spring Chinook salmon smolts, is nearing completion on the South Fork Walla Walla River about 10 miles southeast of Milton-Freewater. It eventually will provide hatchery-raised fingerlings for the Walla Walla Basin. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla…

Pandemic Preparedness building on fast track

By the CUJ MISSION – Walls are expected to go up during the week of Dec. 9 on the 10,560 square foot “Pandemic Preparedness” building under construction in Coyote Business Park South on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Workers are hurrying to get the $2.5-million building up and finished by the end of the year because CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and…

Warming station open with COVID-19 restrictions

By Wil Phinney of the CUJ MISSION – As temperatures dip below 36 degrees, homeless people on the Umatilla Indian Reservation will have a place to go again this winter when the Warming Station opens in November under new management. The Cmuytp’ama Warming Station will soon be open from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. for up to seven adults, but…

Peacekeepers on the Road

Yakama-based group delivers food, positive message By Wil Phinney of the CUJ MISSION – Quanah Spencer said he came to the Umatilla Indian Reservation, where he has several relatives, to “take away despair, anxiety, and give back hope” to the Native people struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Spencer, the Tribal Relations Director for BNSF Railroad Company, was one of more…

Tribals to debut body cameras in December

MISSION – Tribal police will soon be wearing body cameras to record interactions with the people they contact during their patrols. The Board of Trustees at a work session Oct. 5 passed a motion to purchase body and vehicle cameras at a cost of $54,747 from Axon Enterprises, a company that also provides body cameras for police departments in Pendleton,…

Bentz visits Nixyaawii

MISSION – Former Oregon state senator and congressional candidate Clifford Bentz visited Nixyaawii Governance Center Tuesday, Oct. 6 for an informational tour and greet with tribal officials. Bentz, the Republican candidate, is running against Democrat Alex Spenser in Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District race – a position formerly held by Greg Walden, who retired this year. The visit allowed for a…

Air quality advisory extended through Saturday for Northwest, Central, Eastern and some parts of Southern Oregon

Sept. 18, 2020 The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality extended an air quality advisory through Saturday for Northwest, Central, Eastern and some parts of Southern Oregon due to smoke from fires in Oregon and California. ** Información en español ** Smoke is beginning to clear out of the I-5 corridor. Portland and Salem areas were still at the unhealthy  levels Friday morning,…

Birch Creek Fire Update

Sept. 18, 2020 PENDLETON, Ore. – Firefighters continue to make progress securing containment lines on the Birch Creek Fire yesterday, which is burning on the North Fork John Day Ranger District west of the junctions of Forest Service Road (FSR) 54 with FSR 5412 and FSR 5411, approximately 12 miles northeast of Ukiah, Oregon. The Birch Creek Fire remains approximately…