Yellowhawk recommends universal mask use

MISSION – Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center is recommending universal mask use in public indoor settings throughout the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The recommendation aligns with new guidance from the CDC that everyone in areas of substantial or high transmission should wear a mask, even if they are vaccinated. COVID-19 is spreading among our community members within the boundaries of the Umatilla…

Board of Trustees Authorizes Closure of Off-Reservation Tribal Properties Due to Extreme Risk of Wildfire

Mission, OR – 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,…

CTUIR receives $25,000 grant for Tribal Broadband Project

MISSION, OR – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) received a $25,000 grant from the First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colorado. The award will support the CTUIR Tribal Broadband Project by providing funding for a fixed based wireless system on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The funding will help with the construction costs cost for two wireless…

ABOVE: Kendyl DeJong smiles with Achilles, a dog that was surrendered to animal control and will be placed with PAWS for adoption. BELOW: A skunk walks into a trap that was setup to catch two kittens and their mom.

SPOTLIGHT: Kendyl DeJong, CTUIR Animal Control Officer recounts quirky stories

By Miranda Vega Rector of the CUJ MISSION – With five years of experience being the Animal Control Officer for the CTUIR, Kendyl DeJong has acquired quite the collection of stories from a kitten riding a semi-truck’s transmission for 279 miles to accidentally trapping a skunk. “Every day the calls come in and I never know what is going to…

Youth Council sends letter to President Biden

By The CUJ MISSION – The CTUIR Youth Leadership Council sent a letter to President Joseph R. Biden on June 9 and started an online petition that’s gained more than 10,000 signatures. They asked the president to remove the four lower Snake River dams “and save salmon from extinction!” “America made a deal and promised that we would be able…

Spotlight: Monica Paradise of the Discover Program

By The CUJ MISSION – Monica Paradise is one of this year’s Pamáwaluukt Empower Program participants. She was nominated for a business spotlight by the Pamawaluukt Staffing/Recruitment Specialist, Lorene Broncheau. Paradise answered a handful of questions about what she does in the program. CUJ: The Pamáwaluukt Empower Program searches for Discover candidates based on a number of items including displaying…

Yellowhawk sees 31 COVID-19 cases in June

By The CUJ MISSION – A flurry of COVID-19 cases were linked to each other this month, according to Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. The Health Center logged 31 cases in June, with approximately 75 percent linked to each other, Yellowhawk Interim CEO Aaron Hines said. Since then, five more cases emerged in July. Variant testing is being done collaboratively with…

Potential distribution delayed

  By the CUJ MISSION – Talks about a potential financial assistance distribution allocating up to $3,000,000 from the American Rescue Plan funds to all Tribal members in the amount of $750 were pushed to Friday, July 9 by the Board of Trustees. A motion from BOT Member Jill-Marie Gavin-Harvey on June 28 would have released money “in response to…