New committee sheds light on importance of Census

By Casey Brown of the CUJ The U.S. Constitution requires the U.S. Government to count every person once every ten years. The decennial count is known as the U.S. Census, and everyone is required to respond. The 2020 Census starts on April 1 and can be completed in person, over the phone, or online. This year is the first time…

Strangulation: unseen, under-reported, under-acknowledged

It is hard to see strangulation, and it is a topic that is underreported and under-acknowledged. In fact, only half of victims have visible injuries, according to the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention (TISP). “Oftentimes, even in fatal cases, there are no external signs of injury.”  Many factors influence why this topic isn’t talked about or understood as widely as…

Enola Dick, Family Violence Services advocate for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, in last year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Walk. This year’s walk is scheduled for April 16 and is part of a month of awareness activities.
Enola Dick, Family Violence Services advocate for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, in last year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Walk. This year’s walk is scheduled for April 16 and is part of a month of awareness activities. CUJ File Photo, 2019/Casey Brown

Tribal youth will ‘paint the town teal’ in April

By Casey Brown of the CUJ MISSION – Enola Dick is on call 24/7/366. She answers calls, day and night, from sexual assault and domestic violence victims. But that’s not all she does. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and Enola is going to paint to the town teal –  with a little help from tribal youth. Students from…

Part of a bigger herd of Rocky Mountain elk graze on upcoming wheat in a field south of the Umatilla River in February. Winter hasn’t been too tough on big game this year and with March already here the outlook for more cold gets less and less.
Part of a bigger herd of Rocky Mountain elk graze on upcoming wheat in a field south of the Umatilla River in February. Winter hasn’t been too tough on big game this year and with March already here the outlook for more cold gets less and less. CUJ Photo/Phinney

Brown on green

Part of a bigger herd of Rocky Mountain elk graze on upcoming wheat in a field south of the Umatilla River in February. Winter hasn’t been too tough on big game this year and with March already here the outlook for more cold gets less and less. CUJ Photo/Phinney

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…