Rod Cowapoo Jr.

Rod Cowapoo Jr. Jan. 25, 1961 – June 2020 Rod “Gibb” Cowapoo Jr. was born on Jan. 25, 1961 to Roderick Cowapoo Sr. and Thelma Johnson. He died June 19, 2020, at the age of 59. Rod was an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. He attended Wapato School District, but left in ninth grade…

Patrick Louis Luke

Patrick Louis Luke Dec. 7, 1962 – June 22, 2020 WHITE SWAN, Wash. – Patrick Louis Luke, “Yetatamanisht,” passed away at his home in White Swan, Wash., on June 22, 2020. He was born on December 7, 1962 in Pendleton to Faydeena (Thompson) and Marcus Luke. He was raised in Portland, on the Columbia River, and at Thornhollow and Mission…

Verna Dee “Duck” Conner

Verna Dee ‘Duck’ Conner March 5, 1959 — June 19, 2020 Born in Salem, Oregon, Verna Dee was named after her doctor, Dr. Vernon D. Casterline. Verna graduated from Madras High in 1977, excelled at tennis and went to districts in girls’ doubles. She annually made the Pendleton Round-Up, camping in the Indian Village with her family. In 1978 she…