Wus Gone sits in a chair at the DaVita Dialysis Center on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Gone spends four hours, three days a week, on a machine that does the work his kidney is supposed to do. He was born with one kidney and it no longer functions. Now he’s waiting for a kidney transplant.
Wus Gone sits in a chair at the DaVita Dialysis Center on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Gone spends four hours, three days a week, on a machine that does the work his kidney is supposed to do. He was born with one kidney and it no longer functions. Now he’s waiting for a kidney transplant. CUJ Photo/Phinney

Young son inspires Wus Gone to hold steady

By Wil Phinney of the CUJ Wus Gone was born with one kidney. Now he needs a transplant so he can see his sixth-grade son, Harley, graduate from high school. Two years ago, his poor eating habits – “whatever was greasy, sweet or salty” – caught up to him. His kidney has virtually shut down. He sits for 12 hours…

Part of a herd of 15 mule deer pause near a sand trap between the 14th green and a lake at Birch Creek Golf Course Feb. 28. The course was purchased last June by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The golf course and clubhouse, including a restaurant, are being managed by Wildhorse Resort.
Part of a herd of 15 mule deer pause near a sand trap between the 14th green and a lake at Birch Creek Golf Course Feb. 28. The course was purchased last June by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The golf course and clubhouse, including a restaurant, are being managed by Wildhorse Resort. CUJ Photo/Phinney

Birch Creek ‘best I’ve ever seen it’: Emphasis will be on family, junior-oriented activities

By Wil Phinney of the CUJ PENDLETON – Crews began mowing greens Feb. 28 at “The Golf Course at Birch Creek” where new memberships have already eclipsed the number of members who were left when Pendleton Country Club was purchased last June by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). One of those players, Ron Schultz of Pendleton,…

Screenshot from Seventh Generation commercial
Daijha Roper, enrolled CTUIR tribal member, appears in a national TV commercial for the brand Seventh Generation. The photo was taken in December when she and her mother attended a Youth Climate Strike in Portland. It first aired Feb. 4, immediately after the State of the Union address. Photo Credit: CUJ Photo/Casey Brown

Young tribal member appears on national TV

By Casey Brown of the CUJ After the State of the Union address on Feb. 4, one of the first faces television audiences saw was Daijha Louise Roper, an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The annual address from the President of the United States had 37.2 million viewers on 12 television networks, and anyone…

New programs hit KCUW airwaves

By Casey Brown of the CUJ MISSION – The reservation radio station, 104.3-LP Pendleton, has increased their programming. Three new programs hit the airwaves in February, which is on top of Live streaming Nixyaawii Golden Eagle basketball games on Facebook. Every Thursday, “Radio Hawaii with Uncle Phil” airs at 11 a.m. Uncle Phil plays “the native and modern sounds of…

Inside a building under construction. A man, Dave Tovey, is on the far right of the frame wearing a hard hat and neon vest.
Al Tovey, General Manager of Wildhorse Casino, checks out the construction inside Whispering Aspen Lanes, the newest addition at Wildhorse Resort. The facility will feature 16 lanes for general bowling plus another eight “boutique” lanes that can be rented for parties and other occasions. A full bar, a 120-seat open-air food court, and a 35-game state-of-the-art arcade will also be under the roof of the new building. Not-so-distant plans include the addition of a second hotel tower. Wildhorse is celebrating its 25th anniversary in March with its big fireworks show scheduled for Saturday, March 14. Photo Credit: CUJ Photo/Phinney

Bowling alley to open before Round-Up

By the CUJ MISSION – Inside it’s still a huge expanse of hanging cable, steel beams and concrete, but it’s not hard to imagine the shiny hardwood lanes, the clatter of pins scattering at the impact of a bowling ball, or the rat-a-tat-tat of the firing-range arcade games. Or maybe you can smell Brigham’s Fish and Chips or Moe Pho’s…

Tribal youth volunteers at flood shelter

By Megan Van Pelt of the CUJ PENDLETON – Caring hearts are out to help, and high school students wanted to help just as much as anyone else. One such student, Kaydon Higheagle, volunteered with fellow Pendleton High School students at the Pendleton Convention Center Feb. 9.  Higheagle, a Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) tribal member, wanted…

Two members of the Native American Club hold up club flyers.
Molle Minthorn, left, and No’alani Malumaleumu, right, are two of the eight members of the Native American Club. Photo Credit: CUJ Photo/Megan Van Pelt

Native American Club is back at BMCC

It’s official and on campus. Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) Native American Club is back in action as of March 3. Eight members join the ranks, although they have yet to elect officers. This marks the return of a club that was previously on campus but since lost the minimum number of students – five – to have an official…