Talia Tewawina, bottom right, is a warrior mom, keeping her five children on track during the COVID-19 pandemic with a daily schedule that includes schoolwork, chores, exercise and freetime while she works a part-time job at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The family, which lives in Pendleton, includes husband Andrew, plus the children, Midnight Rose Tewawina at the bottom, Ayanna and Ayden Star in the middle next to their mother, and Anthony and Leo Crawford on the top step.
Talia Tewawina, bottom right, is a warrior mom, keeping her five children on track during the COVID-19 pandemic with a daily schedule that includes schoolwork, chores, exercise and freetime while she works a part-time job at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The family, which lives in Pendleton, includes husband Andrew, plus the children, Midnight Rose Tewawina at the bottom, Ayanna and Ayden Star in the middle next to their mother, and Anthony and Leo Crawford on the top step.

A COVID Education

Family’s distance learning involves daily schedule for school and chores, on-line learning systems and educational websites for children ages 4-16 By Wil Phinney of the CUJ PENDLETON – With five children ranging in age from 4 to 16, Talia Tewawina knew she had to establish a schedule for school work, chores and exercise. And although it hasn’t always been easy,…

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‘Sober Transition’ homes may open in August

By Wil Phinney of the CUJ MISSION – More than 30 years after the first official resolution cited the need, a pair of “Sober Transition” homes could open as early as August for a dozen adults on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The Confederated Tribes’ Health Commission, working with Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center and its Alcohol & Drug Program, put together…

Wes Leers of Portland, who works for 3 Kings Environmental from Battle Ground, Washington, sprays water on the former accounting office for Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. That building and several more, including the old clinic and Cay-Uma-Wa Education facility, are being razed over the next eight weeks. That will leave the July Grounds mostly empty except for the Community Center, the Longhouse and a couple of other smaller buildings.
Wes Leers of Portland, who works for 3 Kings Environmental from Battle Ground, Washington, sprays water on the former accounting office for Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. That building and several more, including the old clinic and Cay-Uma-Wa Education facility, are being razed over the next eight weeks. That will leave the July Grounds mostly empty except for the Community Center, the Longhouse and a couple of other smaller buildings.

Demolition begins at July Grounds

By the CUJ MISSION – Demolition work is beginning at the July Grounds on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Heavy equipment has moved in to tear down the Cay-Uma-Wa Education Center, the old Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, the former Nixyaawii Community School, and the old Tribal Police station. About the only buildings left at the July Grounds will be the Community…

Wes Leers of Portland, who works for 3 Kings Environmental from Battle Ground, Washington, sprays water on the former accounting office for Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. That building and several more, including the old clinic and Cay-Uma-Wa Education facility, are being razed over the next eight weeks. That will leave the July Grounds mostly empty except for the Community Center, the Longhouse and a couple of other smaller buildings.
Wes Leers of Portland, who works for 3 Kings Environmental from Battle Ground, Washington, sprays water on the former accounting office for Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. That building and several more, including the old clinic and Cay-Uma-Wa Education facility, are being razed over the next eight weeks. That will leave the July Grounds mostly empty except for the Community Center, the Longhouse and a couple of other smaller buildings.

Demolition begins at July Grounds

By the CUJ MISSION – Demolition work is beginning at the July Grounds on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Heavy equipment has moved in to tear down the Cay-Uma-Wa Education Center, the old Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, the former Nixyaawii Community School, and the old Tribal Police station. About the only buildings left at the July Grounds will be the Community…

Wes Leers of Portland, who works for 3 Kings Environmental from Battle Ground, Washington, sprays water on the former accounting office for Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. That building and several more, including the old clinic and Cay-Uma-Wa Education facility, are being razed over the next eight weeks. That will leave the July Grounds mostly empty except for the Community Center, the Longhouse and a couple of other smaller buildings.
Wes Leers of Portland, who works for 3 Kings Environmental from Battle Ground, Washington, sprays water on the former accounting office for Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. That building and several more, including the old clinic and Cay-Uma-Wa Education facility, are being razed over the next eight weeks. That will leave the July Grounds mostly empty except for the Community Center, the Longhouse and a couple of other smaller buildings.

Demolition begins at July Grounds

By the CUJ MISSION – Demolition work is beginning at the July Grounds on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Heavy equipment has moved in to tear down the Cay-Uma-Wa Education Center, the old Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, the former Nixyaawii Community School, and the old Tribal Police station. About the only buildings left at the July Grounds will be the Community…

BOT Secretary Sally Kosey addresses fellow Board of Trustees members during a Zoom video-conference in April.
BOT Secretary Sally Kosey addresses fellow Board of Trustees members during a Zoom video-conference in April.

By the CUJ MISSION – Besides the challenges of making tribal government work from the isolation of their homes, leaders on the Umatilla Indian Reservation are feeling a little lonely like everybody else. They miss their friends and families. For General Council Chair Lindsey X. Watchman, that means “not being able to hug family members long and tightly, to see…

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Yellowhawk study will determine reopening decisions

By the CUJ MISSION – A phased plan to re-open government and business on the Umatilla Indian Reservation was unveiled May 6 in a work session with the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). The Board of Trustees (BOT) on May 11 is expected to approve a resolution authorizing implementation of the plan,…