Justin Quaempts finds art during surgery recovery

By the CUJ CTUIR member Justin Quaempts went from star athlete, to Tribal leader to now being an acclaimed independent freehand spray-paint artist. Just two years into being an artist, he’s got his own collection, which will be on display at the Pendleton Art Center on Oct. 7. “My recent discovery of my artistic skills has opened up a new…

Final opportunity for public comment – CTUIR Hazard Mitigation Plan

Residents, CTUIR members, and other community stakeholders are invited to comment on the draft 2021 Update to the CTUIR Hazard Mitigation Plan. The goal of the Hazard Mitigation Plan is to save lives, property, and natural resources by reducing the vulnerability of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to disaster events. Hazard Mitigation is any effort to reduce or eliminate the long-term…

Tribal Government Modifying Public Use Restrictions on the Umatilla Indian Reservation and Reopening Off-Reservation Properties with Limitations

MISSION, OR – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) is reducing Public Use Restrictions on the Umatilla Indian Reservation for this fire season due to the cooler weather and slight but significant decrease in the threat of fire on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. In addition, the CTUIR is reopening Rainwater Wildlife Area and other off-reservation properties with…

Gordon appointed interim Umatilla Tribal Court Director

Chief Judge William D. Johnson has appointed Martina Gordon, Criminal Justice Records Specialist, as Interim Umatilla Tribal Court Director effective immediately. Gordon has been employed with Umatilla Tribal Court since 2017 and is an enrolled member of CTUIR. She previously served as the Food Programs Coordinator and Manager for CAPECO for 6 years. She currently serves as Vice-Chair for the…

Land Ownership Consolidation Program Returns to CTUIR

Mission, OR – The Land Buy Back Program has returned to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), and is now offering eligible landowners a third opportunity to participate in the land ownership consolidation program. The Program will be based upon the availability of funds remaining and offers were mailed to landowners in late July 2021. Because of…

Board of Trustees Mandating Mask Use in All Public Indoor Settings throughout the Umatilla Indian Reservation

MISSION – The Board of Trustees is following the recommendation of Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center as the public health authority for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) and has approved a resolution to mandate mask use in all public indoor settings throughout the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The indoor mask order will go into effect at 12:01am on…

Trevon Allen continues basketball career in Italy

By Cary Rosenbaum of the CUJ CTUIR member Trevon Allen is moving up in the European basketball ranks. The standout professional basketball player signed with Pallacanestro Cantu Basketball. The team has a storied history in the EuroLeague, including five Italian titles, two EuroLeague titles, and 10 FIBA Cup titles. “It’s official,” Allen said in a July 20 Facebook post. “Next…

Living the Lineman Life: CTUIR member Shawn John had one of the most decorated careers for a lineman at CWU

By Brandon Hansen, for the CUJ Shawn John’s Wapato High School football team had one winning season. But his college career for Central Washington was legendary. “It was a dream come true,” John said. “I never imagined that would happen. The thrill of hitting people while playing for a university that wanted me to play for them. It was five…

The business of bounce

By Miranda Vega Rector of the CUJ MISSION – Catherine Barkley and Iosefa Taula have started a new tribal owned business as co-owners of Mission Inflatables, providing bounce houses and water slides that are available for rent within a 25 mile radius. Barkley and Taula have always been business driven and throughout the years, and while raising their children, they…

Vaccinated Win Big Prizes

By the CUJ MISSION – More than $200,000 in prize money for getting vaccinated was announced on Aug. 3. Three grand prizes for $50,000 — including one scholarship in that amount for a Tribal youth — were announced by Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center and Interim Executive Director Teara Farrow Ferman. “We had a random generation system that assigned numbers to…