Governor Kate Brown Provides COVID-19 and Vaccine Update

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown held a press conference today to update Oregonians on the status of COVID-19 and the pending distribution of vaccines. The Governor was joined by Patrick Allen, Director of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA); Dr. Dean Sidelinger, State Epidemiologist; and Darrah Isaacson, an Oregonian who has experienced COVID-19 symptoms for nearly 10 months. “Oregon is…

Wildhorse Casino and Tamastslikt Museum Store Remain Open

Mission, OR – Yesterday the new restrictions approved by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Incident Command Team (ICT) took effect, temporarily closing select business units. Tribal businesses that remain open include the casino, RV park and hotel at Wildhorse Resort, Wildhorse and Birch Creek Golf Courses, Museum Store at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, Arrowhead Travel Plaza and…

Governor Kate Brown Issues Executive Order on the Temporary Freeze to Stop the Rapid Spread of COVID-19

The order outlines risk reduction measures, effective for two weeks beginning Nov. 18, in all Oregon counties (Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today issued Executive Order 20-65 following last week’s announcement of a statewide freeze to stop the rapid community spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. In light of increasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the order outlines necessary risk reduction measures designed…

Board of Trustees Approves Willamette Falls Traditional Use Report

Mission, OR – The Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) on Monday, November 9, approved the public release of Traditional Use Study of Willamette Falls and the Lower Columbia River by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, a report prepared by the Department of Natural Resources Cultural Resource Protection Program.  This…

CTUIR Executive Director Ted Wright Steps Down

Mission, OR – Ted Wright, who has served as Executive Director of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) government for the past two years, has resigned his position, effective on November 4, 2020.  Mr. Wright has accepted a position as Executive Director with the Spokane Indian Tribe. Charles F. “Chuck” Sams III was formally selected for appointment…

Bighorn Sheep Ram Harvested by Tribal Treaty Hunter Tests Positive for Deadly Respiratory Disease

Mission, OR – Wildlife biologists from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Department of Natural Resources received the results this week of biological tests on a four and a half year old bighorn sheep ram harvested from the Burnt River Herd in Oregon. The test results indicate the ram was carrying the deadly bacterial disease Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae…