CTUIR plans to purchase some flood-damaged homes

By the CUJ MISSION – Hazard mitigation has been of the utmost importance in the area since February’s Umatilla River Flood. “The river’s changing course and moving as it wants to, and (a flood) is going to happen again,” Planning Program Manager Patty Perry told the Board of Trustees (BOT) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR)…

‘Report card’ released for NCS, Pendleton schools

By the CUJ MISSION – Seven out of 10 students at Nixyaawii Community School graduate on time, according to the statewide 2019-2020 Report Card issued in November by the Oregon Department of Education. Pendleton High School graduates about eight of 10 Native students on time. Among other things, the report card indicates the percentage of Native American/Alaska Native students at…

WW Hatchery Construction on Schedule

By Wil Phinney of the CUJ SOUTH FORK WALLA WALLA RIVER – A new fish hatchery, which is expected to produce some 500,000 spring Chinook salmon smolts, is nearing completion on the South Fork Walla Walla River about 10 miles southeast of Milton-Freewater. It eventually will provide hatchery-raised fingerlings for the Walla Walla Basin. The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla…

Food pantry part of ‘Preparedness’

CTUIR will provide USDA commodity foods on Reservation By Wil Phinney of the CUJ MISSION – The Pandemic Preparedness Building under construction in Coyote Business Park South will include a food pantry to provide commodity foods – everything from fruit to nuts – to members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). About one-tenth of the 10,500…

Consolidation goal of buying fractionalized land

By the CUJ MISSION – The Confederated Tribes plan a new round of purchasing a dozen fractionalized interests on a dozen parcels, some of which have more than a dozen owners. The process can be long and cumbersome, especially if the parcels are in the probate process for owners who have died. The 12 parcels are 40-80 acres in size,…

Reservation COVID-19 cases climb to 169

By the CUJ MISSION – COVID-19 is not going away. On Nov. 30, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center recorded an all-time high with 10 positive cases, bringing the total number of positive cases to 169 on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. In November, Yellowhawk performed 364 tests with 65 returning positive for the coronavirus. That’s an 18 percent positivity rate for November,…

Pandemic Preparedness building on fast track

By the CUJ MISSION – Walls are expected to go up during the week of Dec. 9 on the 10,560 square foot “Pandemic Preparedness” building under construction in Coyote Business Park South on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Workers are hurrying to get the $2.5-million building up and finished by the end of the year because CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and…

BMCC: What’s going on?

By Megan Van Pelt of the CUJ Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) has added instruction in the Umatilla language to Winter Courses. Fred Hill, a language teacher at the Confederated Tribes Language Program, is teaching the first year Umatilla class. Previously, the only language courses offered were first year Spanish and intermediate Spanish. If they pass, students can use the…

2020 Gorge management plan to include ‘diversity, equity, inclusion’

New policies introduced by Gorge Commissioner from Warm Springs By the CUJ Policies that reflect “diversity, equity and inclusion” are being added to the new management plan for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Then Columbia River Gorge Commission approved a revised management plan in October. It is the second time the plan has been updated in 29 years…

CTUIR wants more land at UMCD

UMATILLA – The Oregon Trail Advocates want a revised mitigation proposal for the Umatilla Chemical Depot by the Department of Army. The allocation of a 600 by 500 feet plot of land to preserve the Southern route of the Oregon Trail for lands to be transferred to the Columbia Development Authority, which the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation…