Alayna Bevis dances while her father, Jesse Bevis Sr., records a video that they submitted to a social network pow-wow site. Native Americans from across Indian Country have been participating in the activity, some of which is competitive. Alanna was dancing here in front of the Nixyaawii Governance Center.
Alayna Bevis dances while her father, Jesse Bevis Sr., records a video that they submitted to a social network pow-wow site. Native Americans from across Indian Country have been participating in the activity, some of which is competitive. Alanna was dancing here in front of the Nixyaawii Governance Center.

Distance dancing

By Wil Phinney of the CUJ WALLULA GAP – Logan Quaempts’ moccasins moved nimbly on the basalt deck, a crisp spring wind off the Columbia River, a setting sun in the west at his back, and it was almost like he was floating in that round bustle, a chicken-dance special to the sound of the Bull Horn Drum from the…

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Five seek Umatilla County Commission post

By Casey Brown of the CUJ There is one seat open on the three-person Umatilla County Commission in the May 19 primary election. Five candidates are running to succeed retiring Commissioner Bill Elfring from Echo who has filled position #3 for two terms. The five candidates running for the open seat include Jonathan Lopez, Patricia Maier and Dan Dorran, all…

Linda Sampson took these photos during an April root gathering expedition. The Sampson family had to cancel their annual Mother’s Day Feast, but plans to get together at a later date to celebrate the return of the First Foods.
Linda Sampson took these photos during an April root gathering expedition. The Sampson family had to cancel their annual Mother’s Day Feast, but plans to get together at a later date to celebrate the return of the First Foods.

Root Feast ‘postponed’ until ‘semblence of normal’

By the CUJ MISSION – The Root Feast on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, one of the last on the spring Longhouse calendar among Northwest tribes, has been postponed – not cancelled – because of COVID-19. “It’s kind of sad that we can’t, but also with the virus it’s understandable,” said Linda Jones, the head cook and root gatherer of the…

Virus has affected grieving process

By Wil Phinney of the CUJ MISSION – COVID-19 has locked Longhouse doors not only for celebrations, but for the traditional grieving process of funerals on reservations across Indian Country. “It’s been difficult because we can’t do all the ceremonies and those ceremonies are what help the family move on,” said Armand Minthorn, a Longhouse Washat religious leader and an…

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Register by June 2 for FEMA flood assistance

SALEM, Oregon – Residents of the Umatilla Indian Reservation who sustained damage or loss due to the February storms and flooding have until June 2 to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Individuals or families from across Umatilla County, including the Reservation, who had property damage or loss as a result of the Umatilla River…

Staff from CTUIR departments and programs, as well as many volunteers, handed out food to hundreds of tribal members and others who reside on the Umatilla Indian Reservation during first-come, first-served distributions April 18 and May 1. In addition to the menu listed below, elders received hamburger patties and a half gallon of milk; families received half a roasted chicken and a chub of ground beef. Other items that were purchased or donated for the distribution included celery, a whole pineapple, sliced turkey, mixed berry yogurt, fruit mix, flour tortillas, bread, hot instant cereal and a bag of plastic resealable bags. Julie Taylor, director of the Department of Children and Family Services, who stands on the other side of the silver car, organized the event.
Staff from CTUIR departments and programs, as well as many volunteers, handed out food to hundreds of tribal members and others who reside on the Umatilla Indian Reservation during first-come, first-served distributions April 18 and May 1. In addition to the menu listed below, elders received hamburger patties and a half gallon of milk; families received half a roasted chicken and a chub of ground beef. Other items that were purchased or donated for the distribution included celery, a whole pineapple, sliced turkey, mixed berry yogurt, fruit mix, flour tortillas, bread, hot instant cereal and a bag of plastic resealable bags. Julie Taylor, director of the Department of Children and Family Services, who stands on the other side of the silver car, organized the event.

More than 400 Reservation residents receive food

By the CUJ MISSION – Nearly 200 people in cars lined up for nearly a half mile Saturday morning, April 18, to receive potatoes, onions, milk and bread, as well as other items in the first of two food distributions on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. A second first-come, first-served distribution on May 1 drew more than 215 members of the…

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Kii hiiwes wew’eex wala! – it’s spring time!

Normally during this time of year, the weather becomes warmer, daylight longer, and families enjoy community events like the Fun Run and Flag Day. Normally playgrounds and basketball courts are active with our children. Also during this time, you can find tribal members in the mountains carefully harvesting, caring for, and preparing our sister roots.   Normally, we are honoring our…

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Chair of the CTUIR Board of Trustees

Follow guidelines so we can reopen community

By N. Kathryn Brigham The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are at war with an invisible enemy and we fight this war alongside all 574 Tribal Nations, the United States, and the World as a whole. In the beginning it seemed that this enemy would only take those over 60 years of age.  Now we know that it…

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Taking the classroom home…

By Casey Brown and Wil Phinney  of the CUJ Oregon students haven’t been sitting in desks in front of their teachers since March 12, but education hasn’t stopped, it’s just been from a distance. Like everything COVID, social distancing came to Oregon schools on March 12 when Oregon Gov. Kate Brown virtually closed the state over the novel coronavirus pandemic.…